The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 56.0°F | Overcast

Security van awaits approval

By Sophia Yen

A security minivan service that would shuttle students and staff around campus and to most living groups, including fraternities, awaits approval by the administration, said Stacy E. McGeever '93, Undergraduate Association secretary general.

The UA came up with the idea of the security van, and asked Stephen D. Immerman, director of MIT special services, to write the van proposal and take care of legal matters, McGeever said.

"The security van will go to MIT parking lots and all dorms and fraternities except Epsilon Theta and Zeta Beta Tau, because they are too far away," she explained.

The proposal asks the administration to purchase a van and hire a professional to drive it from "dusk until dawn, which

is about from 6 pm to 4 am," McGeever said.

According to the UA, Immerman must finalize the proposal with Senior Vice President William R. Dickson '56 before the campus security plan can begin. The UA hopes the security van service will go into effect the first week of November.

"The primary interest is safety, not convenience. You cannot just call if you are cold," McGeever said. "Other than that, the shuttle will be available on demand."

Those in need of the security van would call the Campus Police, and the police would dispatch the van. Student requests would receive priority, even though the security van would be for both students and staff.

UA forms campus

security committee

The newly formed UA Campus Security Committee, which will deal with student safety issues, will poll students and try to expand the van service.

"Eventually, the goal is to make it like a shuttle bus -- something more than a van to call on demand, something with set routes and a schedule,"

said Jennifer B. Singer '92, co-chairperson of the committee. "This would be a pilot program. The administration wants to see how much students use this service."

"The effectiveness is highly dependent on student feedback," Singer said. "The administration is listening to us, and doing something directly for us. . . . The student safety committee can push for whatever students want."

"People don't realize that this campus in not safe," she said. "It's not safe to walk across the bridge at night."

"As long as you are in their range, they would pick you up," McGeever said.