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Hostile Staff Attitude Insults Students

What has moved the powers-that-be to their current position of hostility against the students here? I have two cases.

Lately, I've seen the Athena panthers who wear the black jackets going around rebooting terminals in Athena clusters. I've been told by friends that sometimes they send them in to straighten up around morning, but straightening up doesn't mean being hostile. My laboratory partner was running a compile on a machine at the time and because she was 10 feet away, the Athena staff logged her out, also costing us about 30 minutes. The cluster was also empty. I've also heard of Athena staff doing this in mid-afternoon, which makes no sense even from a tidying up point of view.

The second case happened just today when a Campus Police officer marched into the Student reading room on the fifth floor and demanded that all present show their MIT Cards. This didn't happen in the term when people come and are noisy with their friends, but today when people were quietly studying for finals. I fail to see the wisdom in such hostile behavior towards students. There may have been one or two non-MIT students - the others that left had forgotten their cards. Even if all were non-MIT students I wouldn't care. I don't feel worried, upset, or threatened if someone comes here to study from another school. There are far worse things someone could do from outside. As far that night is concerned, there was no situation to worry about, just a tremendous inconvenience and an outright insult to students here.

Mitch White '97