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Letters to the Editor

What’s Happening

With Campus Security?

As most of the MIT community hopefully now knows, a woman has accused two strangers of raping her in the basement of Building 16. This happened before 6 p.m. in an area students occasionally walk through, especially on weekdays.

As concerned members of the MIT community, we would like to know why there has not been more response from the MIT police and administration. Is there an increased police presence in the halls and the basements of MIT? We have not noticed this, and the relocation of the police department from its accessible, visible Massachusetts Avenue location to the less safe, less well-lit Vassar Street location does not make the situation better.

Also, it is strange and unsafe that the doors to the main cluster of MIT buildings are open all year long, allowing anyone to wander through the buildings. It’s nice to have an open-door policy, but what of the students, postdocs, and staff who work late in Buildings 1 through 10, Building 16 and Building 56, not to mention elsewhere? Why doesn’t the administration arrange for MIT doors to be closed after hours to decrease probability of theft (and now rape)?

We would like to know what MIT is planning to do to protect the women and men who keep this institution running.

Aliaa H. Abdelhakim G

Tahmeena Chowdhury G

Shamsah S. Ebrahim G

Shannon L. Flaugh G

Andreas Hochwagen ’05

Jennifer Y. Hou G