Batavia, NY – Friday morning, G-Dub the GCC Cougar was reported missing. He was last seen on a morning run near the soccer field at 7 a.m., witnesses report. Campus Safety officers have begun searching the field and the surrounding area for clues regarding his disappearance.
At the scene of G-Dub’s last known whereabouts, Campus Safety officers retrieved a scrap of paper with the website www.bit.ly/MissingCougar typed on it. The website introduces a game open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the community to solve the case. By attending campus events and online locations, participants receive clues to help determine who kidnapped G-Dub, how he/she did it and where G-Dub is currently being held.
Four GCC faculty and staff members have been named as suspects in the case: Director of Student Activities Cliff Scutella, Athletics Assistant Ron Spoitta, Director of Admissions Tanya Lane-Martin and First Year Experience Professor Dr. Tom Priester.
According to Campus Safety officers, all four have the means to execute the kidnapping. The website makes note of the possible weapons used in the kidnapping, such as the College Village golf cart, as well as the following four locations G-Dub could be held by the kidnapper; the Roz Steiner Art Gallery, Campus Bookstore, Fitness Center or the Alfred C. O’Connell Library.
“GCC’s beloved Cougar is out there somewhere, and we need all students, faculty and staff to help solve the case of the missing Cougar,” Jackie Vetrano, the College’s Web and Social Media coordinator said. “He’s an important College ambassador and loved by all. By attending College events through the month of October and collecting evidence and clues – we are confident the campus community will solve the case.”
According to the website, correctly solving the case enters participants in a raffle to win one of three prizes:
•First Prize - Two tickets to The Forum Players' Clue the Musical - $40 value, Friday November 8th, 2013 at 7 p.m.
•Second Prize - Clue the board game and Clue the movie.
•Third Prize - A GCC gear basket, donated by G-Dub the Cougar.
The first prize tickets include a dine-in mystery theatre experience based on Clue, the popular board game. Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation as the audience, seated at tables on stage, help solve the mystery.
The GCC Forum Players joins Genesee County Mental Health Association for their performance of Clue the Musical presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. on November 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., as well as a matinee on November 10 at 2 p.m. All seats are $20, presale tickets only at the Genesee Community College Box Office, 1 College Road, Batavia NY, 14020 or by phone at (585) 343 – 0055 x6814.
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