Staffers Shocked Investigation Underway
By Sierra Howard
An iMac computer worth nearly $2,000 was stolen from the Banner’s office during a break some time between Thursday and Friday, March 3rd and 4th, raising questions about campus security.
The Office of Public Safety declined to comment, citing that the incident is an ongoing investigation.
On morning rounds of Friday the 4th, a public safety officer discovered that the bottom right portion of the window on the door of the Banner office had been smashed. An officer spent the rest of the day posted outside Room 1C-228, the Banner’s offices. Campus planning replaced the window by that evening.
According to the Banner’s co-Editor in Chief, Junior Communications Major Clifford Michel, Public Safety believes that the burglary occurred between 10:30pm on Thursday—when the campus center’s building manager last checked on the Banner—and 7am on Friday.
Robert Kee, who oversees CSI’s student publications, which last year doled out more than $100,000 to the three active student publications, addressed the Banner staff at a meeting during club hours on March 10.
“I wanted to reassure you that we will bring this matter to an end,” said Kee. “We’re still seeking justice for you all.”
In a note emailed on Friday March 3rd, Michel, reassured the 21-student staff.
“You guys work so hard for this paper and have every right to be upset about this situation,” he wrote. “But what we want to drive home here is that the Banner is still a safe place for all of our staffers.”
The computer is password protected, and can be tracked by Apple’s GPS technology when online.
Many staff members left thoughts on the student newspaper’s private Facebook page.
“I can’t even believe this,” wrote Loren Trapanese, opinions editor at the Banner.
“That’s savage,” added sportswriter Frank Costagliola.