In a new development, it is being reported that a suspect described as tall, athletic build wearing a jersey with a black and red Green Bay Packers logo has apparently tried to cash the T at several local banks.
Was part of a group that made an attempt back in '80. (I was the only one not caught. The two on the tower had it cut down, on a rope ready to lower when a campus cop on routine patrol rolled by, saw it out and decided to check it out. The two that got caught on the tower ended up with social probation for life and had to clean the quad daily for a semester, the others invovled that were caught just got a lecture from Dean Dull. These days I understand it is considered a felony and means expulsion. I thought they had plenty of cameras up there now.
I thought if you stole the "T" and you returned it and explained to them how you did it they would let you off with a slap on the wrist. Of course, that was the rumor when I was at GT. Probably disinformation so you would turn yourself in!
Many thanks for your input on this matter. As reported in the press, the student involved has been issued a "citation for vandalism" and we do not plan to press criminal charges. He has also been referred to the Office of Student Integrity, and will be put through the student judicial process here on campus, which provides an opportunity for a panel of students to make recommendations on the appropriate sanctions.
While I understand your position, our principal concern is for the safety of our students. Having students climbing around on a very steep and slippery rooftop in the middle of the night presents a very dangerous situation, particularly if they have been participating in some other activities before doing so. As a result, Georgia Tech as an institution, and I as President, must take that the impact of any actions we might take into account. Simply put, I could not live with myself if a student fell and was injured or killed because of some the desire to support a "tradition." That said, we will see where the student judicial process takes us.
All the best and thanks for the continued support of Georgia Tech.