Tewhey Issued Charges On False ClaimsHaving just read Mike Miles' letter ["Tewhey Deserves What Is Receiving," Nov. 30], I felt I had to add my voice to his in expressing disgust at Tewhey's double standard of "justice" at MIT (that he shouldn't be treated by MIT as he treated students).
In April 1990, I swung by a dormitory to pick up a friend who was attending a party there. While at the party I was knocking on a student's door (a girlfriend of a friend of mine) so that I could say good-bye to her boyfriend, who was staying with her. She did not want to answer her door because he had passed and she feared he would return to it if she let me in. While I was standing outside the door, another party-goer on his way to the bathroom stopped and said, "That's not how you do it" and proceeded to bang on the door very loudly. He then continued on to the bathroom at which point the resident opened the door and accused me of smashing it. I tried to explain, but she slammed the door and I left.
I later received a letter from Tewhey in forming me I was now "persona non grata" at MIT and would be subject to arrest if I entered a dormitory. The grounds of this notice was that I had damaged the door. After calling around, I was able to find out that a friend had been the occupant of that room the year before and had personally caused the damage that I was accused of causing. I visited Tewhey and explained the situation. I offered to have him meet with the individual who had banged on the door and with my friend who had damaged it. He got angry at this point and began accusing me of sexually harassing the woman who lived there. I did not understand his attitude but eventually got him to agree to look into it. He never returned any of my calls, letters or electronic mail after that point.
I have subsequently stopped contributing to MIT financially. I am now the founder of a growing business that is heavily staffed by MIT alumni and I will do all in my power to make sure that it never gives any donation to MIT or matches any contribution an employee makes until Tewhey's ruling is overthrown. In the meantime I will delight in every bit of news I hear of dismay and distress that Tewhey must endure.
Art Mellor '85