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Editorial -- Tragedy Spotlights Security Needs

The gruesome and unprovoked murder of Yngve K. Raustein '94 on Friday evening is a tragic act and a pathetic statement on the deterioration of our urban community. We extend to the Raustein family our deepest sympathies and can only feel shame for the misfortune that befell him while visiting our country.

But to call this vicious robbery and murder a chance occurrence would be wrong. The very fact that two male students walking through campus at 9:45 p.m. could be set upon by a gang of youths is a testament to the inadequacy of security afforded to members of the MIT community. Safe Ride has done little to improve safety, despite the good intentions of those who proposed it. Unfortunately, Safe Ride has continued to be plagued by incompetent organization and insufficient funding. Instead of stopping at predetermined times at various spots on campus, it arrives randomly, forcing students to choose between walking or waiting for up to 20 minutes on the street for the van to arrive. A van which would arrive more frequently and at set times for each stop would be more readily used by students. Raustein and his companion might well have taken such a regular and reliable safety van.

We can only commend the Campus Police for their and quick response at the scene of the murder, and congratulate Boston University's police force on their diligence in capturing the three suspects. But that Raustein was assaulted at all is an admission of failure. The MIT administration must take a renewed interest in campus safety if it hopes to remain a respected institution of learning.