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Column Misrepresented Random Hall Incident

Column Misrepresented Random Hall Incident

As a sorority member, I sympathize with the anger felt by Wallace B. Davis '00 against the prejudices and untruths told about the Greek system. As a dormitory resident, I am enraged and upset that he used the same tactics in his own article ["Offensive Column Lacked Logic," Feb. 28].

Based on The Tech's article regarding the beating in front of the Cambridgeport Saloon ["Student Attacked Outside Random," Oct. 18, 1996], a reader might think the evening ended when the bad guys walked away. Here is the rest of the story:

On the evening of Oct. 12, I was walking with my boyfriend, Jonathan R. Blandford '98, back to Random Hall when several men harassed us and then began to hit him.

I ran inside to get the desk worker to call the police. (This would make me the "several dorm residents" who "walked away.") The other residents who were at desk followed me as I ran back outside. I ran at the men. I guess the assailants saw the people following me; they casually strolled off. I ran to my boyfriend, who was on the sidewalk, and sat with him. Within half a minute, there were about 20 residents of Random Hall with us, offering us assistance and support.

After being questioned by the police, I was offered a ride to the hospital. Around 20 Random Hall residents showed up that night, staying past 4 a.m. when my boyfriend was finally released.

Those who stayed at the dorm were busy as well. They contacted his parents and helped to relay information between us. One resident who had seen the assailants patrolled with the police in an effort to find them.

After returning to the dorm, several residents made a run to the convenience store to get us some food since we had missed dinner due to the excitement. During the next few days, residents gave him cards, baked him treats, and decorated his door with get well fingerpaintings.

I cannot speak for other dorms because I have not lived in them. I also cannot speak about any Greek society other than my own. What I can say is that the bonds of friendship I share with many of the people in my dorm equal those I share with my sorority sisters. My experiences with both groups are special, and neither can eclipse the other in my heart.

Rosanna W. S. Yuen '97