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LETTER

Ventilation Report Not Substantiated

The Tech provides a vital service to the MIT community when it raises student awareness of potentially fraudulent activity on campus. However, the clear bias in your article regarding the ventilation system cleaning service [“Possible Ventilation Scam Raises Concerns within ILG Community,” Mar. 16] does not seem to have been substantiated adequately. Is Jeff Hurley able to produce a signed copy of his “contract?” Is there any listing for Safety Clean of New England in the Boston phone book or via toll-free directory assistance? Answers to these questions would serve as indisputable facts, and they are relatively easy to get. Importantly, they would have strengthened the story and avoided the “he said, she said” tone set by the series of quotes that were used instead.

Maybe Hurley is dishonest. Perhaps this first chapter of “ILGScam” (or “Ventigate?”) will also be its last. But to be a credible watchdog, The Tech must continue to search for the unequivocal truth in reporting.

Matt Giamporcaro ’85