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Police Investigation Proceeding Slowly

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief

An investigation into a possibly hate-motivated attack two weeks ago is proceeding slowly, according to Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin.

In the attack, an unidentified person threw a large cup of ketchup and mayonnaise on the Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgenders, and Friends booth in Lobby 10 on March 10.

GAMIT Political Coordinator Joaquin S. Terrones '97 was bruised by the projectile. In a related development, Terrones received a telephone death threat over the weekend.

Campus Police investigators are "attempting to ascertain if there may have been any other witnesses" to the attack other than Terrones, Glavin said.

Although the attack was initially filed as an assault, GAMIT asked the CPs to look into reclassifying it as a hate crime. "On the surface, we're suspicious" that it was a hate-motivated incident, Glavin said.

"I think we want to go a little further with the investigation" before calling the incident hate-motivated, she said.

Terrones said he received a telephone death threat early Friday morning that may have been motivated by "the fact that I spoke out against the incident," he said.

The caller swore at Terrones and said that he was going to kill him. The caller, who was male, did not identify himself and hung up immediately after making the threat, Terrones said. "It sounded like he was about to burst out laughing."

Terrones said he is taking the threat seriously "to the extent that it means somebody went to the trouble of looking my number up and calling me at an obscene hour of the morning."

Terrones said he had talked to the CPs, but "there is not much they can do about it."

IFC turns up no results

Terrones had previously described the Lobby 10 assailant as wearing a purple and gold cap with the letter epsilon.

Interfraternity Council Judicial Committee Chair Gregory J. Miliotes '96 is investigating the incident, but has turned up no results.

Miliotes is "waiting to see if anyone steps forward" and claims responsibility for the attack, he said. "We have very little to go on," he said.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the only MIT fraternity that uses the colors purple and gold and has the letter epsilon in its name. But SAE officials say no member of the group was involved in the attack.

"We respect [GAMIT] as an organization, and to our knowledge, have no disputes with them," wrote SAE President Nicholas Bollweg '95 in a letter to The Tech ["Writer of GAMIT Article Did Not State Relevant Facts," March 17].

Although Terrones reported seeing the cap and letter, "there is no way to identify any one fraternity" based on that information, Miliotes said.