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Students Meet with Police, Benedict after Shooting

By Shefali Oza

STAFF REPORTER

Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict and Campus Police Captain John E. Driscoll met with Random Hall residents last Tuesday morning to discuss concerns about a recent shooting near the dormitory.

The shooting, currently under investigation by Cambridge Police, occurred outside the Cambridgeport Saloon on the morning of Nov. 11.

“We know students, particularly at Random Hall, were very concerned about it,” said Chief of Police Anne P. Glavin.

The meeting may lead to changes that will improve the safety of Random Hall. Benedict said that the Campus Police have set up patrols to monitor the area. In addition, “we are going to write a letter to the Cambridge Licensing Commission because of the incidents, especially the shooting,” said Benedict.

Random Hall Housemaster Nina J. Davis-Millis was impressed by the actions of Benedict and the Campus Police. “We felt that [Benedict and the Campus Police] took Random’s safety concerns very seriously. I left the meeting feeling extremely pleased ... that MIT is totally doing the right thing,” she said.

“Dean Benedict has been very responsive to our concerns, and I am confident that he and others will do their best to try and improve the situation,” Cain said.

Shooting increases awareness

The shooting incident has caused many people to think about safety on campus. “We have all of the problems that come with living in a city. ... I don’t think there is a deterioration of safety on the campus,” said Davis-Millis.

Glavin does not believe that the MIT community has become unsafe. “What we do is keep an eye out for trends of violence that occur. ... I don’t think it’s getting less safe [on campus],” she said.

Benedict also thinks that the shooting is an isolated and random occurrence.

Bar has been problem in past

Davis-Millis said that the bar has caused problems in the past. “[The incidents] have been periodically frequent ... but a noticeable problem for the last few months,” she said.

Benedict said that the incidents have included “loiterers shouting at students and generally harassing students getting into Random Hall.”

“Most [Random Hall] residents are just tired of the fighting from the saloon in general and would like to see it dealt with somehow,” said Matthew S. Cain ’02, Random Hall President.

Davis-Millis and Cain also agreed that the Campus Police have been attempting to keep the residents of the hall safe.

“When we have called the Campus Police because of fights or people causing a disturbance outside the door, they have been generally very good about responding in a timely fashion,” Cain said.

Man found dead in Boston

In an unrelated incident last Tuesday night, a man was found dead on Storrow Drive near Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street in the vicinity of many MIT fraternities.

Spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office Jim Borghesani said that “a male was found dead under the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge along Storrow Drive.”

Borghesani said that he could not provide more information because the investigation is still pending.