Entrepreneurship Center judges selected club president Thea Koullias ’13 as one of the top ten contestants in the 2011 $100K Elevator Pitch Contest–Products & Services track. Koullias presented the club’s idea for a stolen-property recovery service.
Koullias and three Sloan Fellows — Moreno Buehler, UBS (Switz.); Arthur Rogers, U.S. Army Special Forces; and David Rosenman, Mayo Clinic — went on to use the idea as the foundation for the Tornero™ Business Plan, submitted to Mgmt 15.390, New Enterprises.
Minutes of the IAP 2011 project meetings.
FAIR Fund invited the club to nominate a candidate for the Fall 2007 Dru Scholarship Award, supporting efforts by students to combat violence against women. Club member Brittan Smith (Harvard ’09) shared the $1500 award for her work in making a drink-spiking test kit available to students at the College.
Members have been known to give away free saliva-alcohol test strips. :
“Someone from the Crime Club … gave us kits to detect dangerous drugs in cocktails or determine somebody’s blood alcohol level from their saliva. Ken was very happy, because as an ASA person he allocated money to the crime club, so he appreciated that the money was actually being put to good use….”
Sam Maurer ’07, Life & Culture Blog Entry, MIT Admissions (Nov. 1, 2005).
Findings: The instructions are incomprehensible to anyone who’s over the limit. (The manufacturer is willing to rewrite the label.)
The Campus Crimestoppers have been trying to find a personal-safety device that actually works. We’ve determined that chemical sprays are a bad idea if you’re facing upwind; that whistles are predictably ignored; and that “tactical flashlights” are almost effective ... meaning, useless.
Eventually we gave up and designed our own device, an optoacoustic “sonic flashlight.” A description appears in our Venture Information Form.
The director of the Entrepreneurs Club invited the team to serve as the Fall 2007 study case for Mgmt Sem 089, Starting Up New Technology-Based Business Enterprises at MIT.
Any intrepid Sloan entrepreneurs interested in taking over?
Jessica Fargen, MIT Kids Send Spies to Harvard: Slaying prompts closer study of campus security, Boston Herald, June 3, 2009.
Jason Schwartz, The Case of the Gumshoe Geeks: The curious MIT club that's taken on a murder investigation as an afterschool project, Boston Magazine, August 2009.
Investigation, Charges Dismissed Against Massachusetts PI, PI Magazine, Nov.–Dec. 2009.
“One apparent implication is that investigators may take photographs in residential common areas at universities without being subject to immediate arrest. Permission can be granted by an occupant of the residence hall floor.”
Which dorm won the club’s 2008 Sparky the Fire Dog Award for Not Setting Off as Many Fire Alarms as Last Year? Hear East Campus House Manager Joe Graham’s interview with the club on Droppin’ Knowledge (WMBR radio broadcast, April 30, 2009).
Last summer a female was attacked in Harvard Yard while walking on an unlit “designated pathway” posted as a public detour. The University responded by altering the detour sign at Johnston Gate.
Aug 09. “Detour
—>” (arrow points to Yard).
Aug 10. Woman raped in Yard.
Aug 11. “Detour
<—>” (arrow points to Yard and to West Cambridge).
“Community Advisory. Rape – Harvard Yard … If you are out after dark … use only well-lit routes or designated pathways.” Source: Harvard University Police. But the University doesn’t routinely patrol the pathways. Nor does the City.
Members Gabi Paz ’12 and Susana Hak ’13 published the first news report that Aaron Swartz had been arrested. “Jan. 6, … Aaron Swartz, was arrested at 24 Lee Street as a suspect for breaking and entering….” Recent Incidents, Hak–De Paz Police Log Compilations, January 26, 2011.
2006 Club president Marjan Rafat MIT ’06, Harvard PhD ’12, served as a Police Log Compiler at The Tech and became the first Police Log Compiler for MIT & Harvard at the Cambridge Chronicle. Rafat with other MIT Crime Club members, Police Log, Tech, April 28, 2006; Witlin & Rafat, Crime Watch, Cambridge Chronicle, September 13, 2006.
April 2010. Of the twelve largest universities in Massachusetts, MIT reports the highest theft rate.
University | (Net value of property stolen)/(10,000 degree-seeking students enrolled) | Stolen-property recovery rate
|Boston Univ.||$ 97,000||5.0%|
MIT Police; Harvard Police; …; UMass–Amherst Police, Uniform Crime Reporting Record Card (2008; 2009), in FBI, Supp. to Return A Master File (2009; 2010), available in E-mail from CJIS_COMM, FBI, to MIT Crime Club (2011). FBI, Crime in the United States, 2004; 2005; 2008; 2009.
June 2012. MIT hires five additional patrol officers.
The self-proclaimed “official website” of South Sudan’s governing party (the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement) is an obvious spoof site. Check out the 2007 SPLMToday homepage archived at mitcrimeclub.org/stp/ and see how many clues you can spot.
Example: The site banner reads “Sudan People Liberation Movement”.
Robert Wong, Deputy Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, sent an unsolicited e-mail message to MIT Crime Club on January 16, 2008, saying:
“Please understand we are neutral in this, but are very curious about this claim (which I take very seriously).”
Wong forwarded our reply to SPLM leadership. A week later someone deleted the homepage’s phishing module. It stayed deleted for about a year.
Someone also rewrote the banner to read “Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement”. Not “People’s”, which would have infringed the real governing party’s wordmark.
MIT Corporation says the Institute must make an exception to its policy on matters not affecting its core mission and take “action” to address crime in Sudan. Press Release (2007). So we did!
The self-proclaimed “official portal” of South Sudan’s government (GoSS), at goss.org, is an obvious spoof site too.
1. The title bar reads “Government of Southern Sudan - Official portal”. The irredentist term “southern Sudan” is used by the Government of Sudan, in Khartoum — not by the Government of South Sudan, in Juba.
2. Whois Search Results for domain name “GOSS.ORG”:
“Ministry of Telecommunications, Government of Southern Sudan, Juba 33, SI” = Slovenia,
... not “Juba ##, SS” = South Sudan.
“+249.957102623” = Kosti, Republic of Sudan (Khartoum),
... not “+211.9811#####” = Juba, South Sudan.
The MIT Crime Club is an MIT Student Group that gives students a chance to initiate and implement public-safety projects. The group was organized in 2004–05 by Margeaux Randolph ’04, Adora Asala ’04, and Shavonne Nyoka Hylton ’05. Description.
Questions about the club? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org