Baker House Mourns LossBy Sarah Y. Keightley
Baker House held a meeting at 11:30 a.m. yesterday to address students' concerns relating to the stabbing of Yngve K. Raustein '94 Friday night.
President Charles M. Vest, his wife, Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin, Associate Dean for Residence and Campus Activities James R. Tewhey, Medical Department counselors, and other deans attended the meeting.
Many students were wary of being quoted for this story. Flyers posted in Baker instructed residents not to talk to the press.
"A good majority of [Baker] house" attended the meeting, according to one resident. This was aided by a "special effort put forth by the [graduate resident] tutors," the student added. The student said a few people at the meeting were upset, but that most had not known Raustein very well.
The meeting included a presentation by Glavin, as well as a description of campus resources available to students, including counseling. Glavin told Baker residents about Friday night's stabbing, noting that MIT is an urban environment, and that students should look out for themselves, the student said.
The meeting then opened up for discussion, at which point students expressed their safety concerns. According to the student, Glavin listened to suggestions but also said that no matter how many lights there are on Memorial Drive, it would be impossible for police officers to be everywhere. Memorial Drive is not MIT property, but is under the jurisdiction of the State Police, she added.
Nancy J. Schondorf '93 said, "I thought that Anne Glavin handled it really well. She addressed students' concerns and really understood where students were coming from."
"It's unfortunate it takes a tragedy like this to get people to talk about the concerns that they might have otherwise kept to themselves. ... I hope students do something about" improving safety, Schondorf added.
Students suggested shortening the 25-minute waiting time for Safe Ride, improving lighting along Memorial Drive, and putting extra telephone booths on Memorial Drive, the student said.
Tewhey agreed that Safe Ride needs improvement, and said that the administration will ask for student input. There will probably be further discussion on safety issues at future Baker House meetings, the student said.
Another Baker resident, who sometimes studied with Raustein, said, "I'm shocked. I think it's a waste. ... He was a promising young student." She added: "I don't think it's going to deter anything. We thought we were safe before."
Another Baker resident said that reporters and cameramen were outside the dormitory yesterday morning. Baker's front door is now locked 24 hours a day, he said.
David R. Blust '93, another Baker resident, confirmed that the dormitory's front door is now locked all day. It probably makes students feel safer, he said. Raustein's death "hit home that things could happen to anyone." Still, Blust felt that the danger was on the streets, not in Baker.
Kenway Louie '93, Baker president, would not comment on the situation.