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Two Women Trespass in Dormitory

By Sarah Keightley
Associate News Editor

Two females were given trespassing warnings at McCormick Hall Saturday night after a resident questioned the legitimacy of the walkathon they were soliciting sponsors for, said Kathleen J. Nothnagle '92, McCormick desk captain. Soliciting is prohibited on the MIT campus.

Anne P. Glavin, chief of Campus Police, said that at 7:32 p.m. Saturday night, Campus Police received a telephone call from a McCormick resident complaining of two women soliciting money for a walkathon.

Officers questioned the females, who were described as "high-school-aged," and examined their walkathon paperwork, which they concluded was not legitimate. Glavin said the women were "vague about the walkathon." The officers told the women that soliciting was prohibited on campus and gave them a warning for trespassing.

If the women solicit money at MIT in the future they may be subject to arrest.

The policemen returned money to two students who had agreed to sponsor the women, Glavin said.

Desk worker witnesses incident

The student working at McCormick desk Saturday night, who wished to remain anonymous, said she received a phone call from the Campus Police asking if she had seen a black, 5-foot-4-inch female leave McCormick. Soon after the telephone call, two Campus Police officers walked into the dormitory as the two women were leaving, the desk worker said.

Another resident who also requested anonymity said she was in the lobby at the time the incident occurred.

According to the resident, the police questioned the women, who said they were high school students collecting money for a walkathon for AIDS research and that they were visiting residents who had told them to come back.

The police, who said they were familiar with the area, told the women that the address they gave as walkathon headquarters did not exist. The women were subsequently given trespassing warnings and left the dormitory, the resident said.

The resident said the police "were not that nice" to the women. They would not let one go to the bathroom and told another to "get off of the phone."

The police told the resident, along with others in the lobby, to remember what the two women looked like because they had been stealing things from unlocked rooms, the resident said. The two women had not been charged with robbery and no complaints of stealing were made Saturday night at McCormick.

Glavin said that the Campus Police have received several complaints about soliciting in the past. Sometimes the solicitors are legitimate and do not know that soliciting is not allowed, she said.

In other cases "people use it as a guise for stealing." They may be "walking around, appearing to look legitimate," possibly to look around to see what they would like to steal at a later time, Glavin said.

Other people have been caught stealing in the dormitories before, but "not these specific two" women, Glavin said.