Volume 94, Issue 87

Wednesday, March 7, 2001


NEWS

USC gets ready to talk numbers

Students up the computer creek - Police looking for FIMS break-in suspects

Hitchhiking isn't that bad, says expert traveller

Nike-funded report says Nike bad, but not too bad

Social services shafted as United Way falls short of goal

Briefs

His Royal Mintiness

Students up the computer creek - Police looking for FIMS break-in suspects

Sherri Wood
Gazette Staff

A late-night theft at Middlesex College this week has left many students without access to a frequented computer lab that is crucial to completing certain assignments.

According to Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department the theft is still under investigation. While she did not divulge the names of any possible suspects, she said the crime occurred around 11 p.m. on Monday. "The computer lab was entered and components were removed from the systems," she said.

Sara Daniels, administrative officer for the faculty of information and media studies, said several processing chips from computers in the lab were removed. "We're trying to get [the computers] back up and running as soon as possible," she said.

The theft has left students unable to access various programs and assignments that are only accessible from those systems. The incident has left many FIMS graduate students worried they will not be able to finish their work.

"We're really busy right now with midterms," said graduate student Stacy Anthony. "I don't have a computer at home, so I use the lab quite a bit."

According to Anthony, who was one of the first to discover the disassembled computers, her suspicion of possible wrong-doing was raised when she saw that the lab looked out of order. "There were computer parts all over the place, and the casings were removed," she said. "At first, I thought someone was repairing them."

FIMS graduate students received an e-mail from the faculty yesterday, informing them of the incident.

Kimberly Hintz, also a FIMS graduate student, said the e-mail informed students that every effort was being made to ensure they have access to the lab soon.

However, the announcement has done little to reassure some students. "Even when all the computers are working it is hard to get a spot," Hintz said. "It's going to be weeks before they're available again."

McGowan stressed the importance of all students being aware of their surroundings at all times. "If [students] are working late at night and see something [unusual], report it immediately," she said.

She added UPD is urging anyone who may have observed anything related to this crime to contact CrimeStoppers at 661-8477.




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