Students in urban residences need security shuttle service
At 11:30 pm Wednesday night, on the way home from the bus stop, I saw someone get mugged. Two people from a large group turned around, followed the man walking 10 feet ahead of me, forced him to the ground, and took his wallet.
As I watched this transpiring, I wanted desperately to help, but knew there was nothing I could do. Had I crossed the street sooner or walked a little faster in the two blocks from the bus stop to Fenway House, that could have been me. I shudder to think what else may have happened had I been the victim.
I have lived at Fenway House since freshman year and safety has always been an issue, but when I can't even make it two blocks without fear of attack (and this was the well-lit part), the situation needs to be remedied.
It is long past time for there to be some sort of escort for living groups in Boston. I do not understand why the Campus Police will drive people to the Women's Independent Living Group (WILG) or pika, but not across the bridge.
"They're in Cambridge" is not acceptable: The distance and danger are equivalent. A van shuttle has been discussed in the past, and while I understand these things need planning and financing, nothing has yet come out of all the times I have heard "Things are almost in place" in the last three years.
I challenge MIT and the Interfraternity Council to get a shuttle in place so that students who live in Boston -- women and men -- can arrive home safely.
Lindasusan Ulrich '91->