SafeWalk Not Adequate for Edgerton
The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin:
I called Safe Walk on March 16 around 10:45 p.m. for an escort from my office, E15, to my dormitory, Edgerton House. Along the way, the knowledgeable and friendly Safe Walk pair explained that they could only take me to 77 Massachusetts Ave. to wait for Safe Ride. They told me that the Chief of Campus Police, Anne Glavin, had declared that the five minute walk from 77 Mass. Ave. to Edgerton is "too unsafe for Safe Walk." Contradicting Safe Walk's good-intentioned flyers and electronic mail that boast complete on-campus coverage, Edgerton House and all parts of campus "on the wrong side of the railroad tracks" have been excluded.
Since then I have exchanged e-mail with Chief Glavin. Her responses have been fast, courteous, and informative. Despite my suggestions and the suggestions of other Edgerton residents, Chief Glavin will not acknowledge that there is a problem with the current situation regarding safe transportation to Edgerton House.
The letters I have received from Edgerton residents show there is a problem, even by Chief Glavin's standards (a 20-minute trip on Safe Ride is the limit of reasonability). Everyone I've discussed this issue with agrees that Safe Ride has improved since last year and that Safe Walk is a well-intentioned program. Nevertheless, there is not sufficient safe transportation to Edgerton.
Jill S. Kliger G