It has come to my attention, that a number of items were left behind during the New England Power Convergence, which took place in the Hamilton Smith hall over the weekend of April 26th to 28th. Among those items were:
- 4 24×36 prints of class schedules which were taped up with blue painters tape and duct tape.
- 5 goldenrod 8.5×11 sheets with classroom letters on them, also taped up with blue painters tape
- And blue painters tape, in the shape of arrows left on the stairway leading down to the first floor of the hall.
- Flyers and stickers for attending organizations were left behind in the main foyer.
I am also being made aware of items that were either moved, or molested in some form.
I want to first and foremost apologize for leaving the hall in that state. There is absolutely no excuse for leaving the hall the way it was left. All other areas that Occupy New England used that weekend, including the Waysmeet center, our Solarfest booth and the City of Porstmouth, were left in better shape than when we had arrived.
You are absolutely justified in your outrage over this incident, and I have no excuses. I personally should have made sure that the hall was restored to its original state or better, as I had in all the other spaces. I apologize on behalf of myself, Occupy New England, and the participants of the New England Power Convergence, as well as its affiliated groups. The event consisted of a series of workshops to teach students and community members how to get involved with politics, community projects, and environmental issues.
I apologize to the Student Environmental Action Coalition, who put their trust in us to take care of the space they had reserved for the New England Power Convergence, and apologize to the English department for having to take a half hour of their time to remove what we could have easily taken down at the end of the day.
I take full responsibility of the mess that was made, and would like to offer my services to make up for it. If you have any need for volunteers to help clean the building, please do not hesitate to ask. This was my mistake, and I own all of the responsibility for it. This should not come down on the Student Environmental Action Coalition, or any other student organization.
My deepest apologies,
Ryan Glen Hirsch