Ithaca, N.Y. — A custodian found a marijuana pipe inside Cornell’s Sage Chapel last week, according to officials.

Around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the “drug paraphernalia” was found on a bench inside the chapel, a Cornell police report stated. An officer was dispatched to the chapel to take a report on the matter.

No word yet on any suspects. A Cornell police report made public this week called the investigation “closed.”

A marijuana pipe was found in Cornell’s Sage Chapel, shown above, last week. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
A marijuana pipe was found in Cornell’s Sage Chapel, shown above, last week. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

An official with the Cornell United Religious Works had a good-humored response when called by a reporter.

“I’ve been managing the chapel for the last three-plus years or so, and this is the first time I’ve seen an incident of this nature,” said Janelle Hanson, office events and building manager for CURW.

Hanson said she had heard about the report but that she had not had the chance to speak with the custodian who found the pipe.

Hanson also said she’s not sure how or why someone could have left the pipe inside the chapel, which was constructed in 1875.

“Maybe they were just walking by and accidentally set it down when they were praying to God,” Hanson said.

While acknowledging that the incident was bizarre, Hanson also said that it was troubling that someone would be abusing the chapel space.

“It’s upsetting to think,” Hanson said. “Hopefully they’re not smoking it in there.”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.