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‘Fortress’ Got It Wrong

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor referring to an incident that occurred at the president’s house on the evening of Wednesday, October 25 [“Fortress Vest?”, Oct. 31]. Contrary to the statements in the letter, neither my wife Becky nor I were in town at that time.

Around 11:00 P.M., the mother of a student came to the door of the president’s house for help because her car had been towed. (Apparently it was one of several illegally parked cars in the area that had been towed that evening.) A person who was looking after the house in our absence answered the bell, but she was reluctant to let a stranger inside at that late hour. After hearing the circumstances, she asked the woman to come to the side door and called campus police to see if they could send over an officer to help retrieve her car. Although she had called the non-emergency number, several officers responded, as is usually the case when a call for assistance comes from the president’s house.

She had only been trying to help, and I am sorry that her response was misunderstood by the parent and that the campus police response appeared to be excessive.

I would hope that in the future, when The Tech receives a letter impugning the motives or actions of others, the editors will check the facts before deciding whether to print it.

President Charles M. Vest