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Auto Accident Ends In Pedestrian Death

By Kevin R. Lang

and Matthew F. Palmer
STAFF REPORTERS

An MIT graduate student struck and killed a pedestrian while driving near Central Square Friday evening.

The 48-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, died en route to the Boston Medical Center.

According to police reports, the unidentified student was driving down Massachusetts Avenue at approximately 9 p.m. when he hit the man.

Sergeant Lewis Sullivan, the officer in charge of the accident investigation, said that many causes could have led to the accident. However, he does not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

No charges have been filed against the driver pending the completion of the police investigation.

Pedestrian accidents around campus are hardly common, yet they are not unheard of. Still, students say they generally feel safe walking or biking around MIT.

“I feel pretty safe” walking around campus, said Kevin E. Atkinson ’02. “People really need to wait for the traffic light [on 77 Massachusetts Avenue].”

Andrew P. Lundgren ’01 also considered the campus reasonably safe, but added, “I hear screeches out my window.” Lundgren lives at MacGregor House, within earshot of Memorial Drive.

Faisal Anwar ’03 said he felt Massachusetts Avenue was “not that bad, but the light is confusing.” He said he’s always careful when walking on Memorial Drive. In 1997, Michele S. Micheletti ’00 was struck and killed while crossing Memorial Drive.

Search for Bates goes national

At the Undergraduate Association’s council meeting yesterday, Associate Provost Philip L. Clay ’75 discussed the search process for a new Dean for Student Life to succeed Margaret R. Bates, who is stepping down at the end of the spring term.

“Our intention is to identify ... a candidate by the middle of April,” Clay said.

While Clay said that an internal promotion has not been ruled out, the next dean will most likely be selected from outside MIT. “This is a national search,” Clay said. “The person we expect to fill the job is a dean somewhere.”

The new dean will have largely the same duties as Bates, including oversight for housing, the Campus Activities Complex, dining, athletics, and other aspects of student life.

“We’re looking for a person who has a passion for excellence,” Clay said. “We expect ... a flair for working with people.”

Clay said that MIT needs an experienced administrator to handle a $30 million budget and staff of 300-400 employees, in addition to “demonstrated ability to design and implement change.”

MIT will screen at least 100 candidates before narrowing the field to a handful of finalists. Those finalists will then be invited to campus to meet with students, faculty, and current administrators.

The search committee includes students Christopher M. Rezek ’99 and Luis A. Ortiz G, several faculty members, and administrators. The committee has hired an academic search firm to assist in the process.