The Summer Script (Dillon, Mont) 1985-1985, August 02, 1985, Image 1

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The Summer Script Volume I, Issue 3, August 2, 1985 Summer Edition WMC Wescolite Microcomputer center robbed Dayton to serve as president by Steve Howery On the weekend of July 12-14 the WMC Microcomputer Center located in the base­ ment of the Administrative Building was broken into and burglarized by an unknown person or persons. According to Microcomputer Controller Myrna Hemasath, 39 IBM business computer software discs were removed from the center. Glen Levitt, Western’s director of fiscal affairs, reported that losses are valued at $3,221.40. This figure is considerably less than the original estimate of $5,000 released one week ago. Hemasath stated that on Friday, June 12, Patti Moore reportedly left the center after turning off all machines and lights. She re­ turned early the next morning to discover that the center was unlocked and that a printer was left on. On July 15, the first disc, Wordstar, was noticed missing. Further investigation re­ vealed that the other 38 discs were also gone. On July 17 Levitt notified the police. When questioned as to why the span of time between the initial discovery of the missing disc and notification of the authorities was so great, Levitt responded that ‘we had to first be sure that no faculty member had borrowed the software without signing it out’. Levitt also noted that several suspects have been turned in to the police. He feels the robbery was an inside job because the burglar ‘has to be someone familiar with the micro­ computer center and how it operates’. Levitt did not rule out the possibility that more than one person could have been involved. He continued by stating that most clues point to a break- in of the center, as the outside door could be opened with a sharp jerk and the key to the disc cabinet was in a place that ‘lots of people knew about’. Both the faulty lock on the outside door and the cabinet key have been changed since the robbery. In a Friday, July 26 meeting of the Board of Regents in Helena, the committee an­ nounced that Commissioner Irving Dayton has been appointed to serve as Montana Tech’s acting president in Butte. Tech expressed the need for an acting president when its search committee could not determine a finalist from the list of appli­ cants. Dayton is expected to assume the position with the beginning of the upcoming school year. Sources also revealed the possibility that the current commissioner may accept a posi­ tion within the high school educational sys­ tem at Bozeman in 1986. This 1969 Maverick suffered multiple damages as a WMC student piloted the machine through a display of acrobatic manuvers. (story on pg. 4) He did note that the police have been Hemasath also believed the robbery was a break-in because she felt that it would be ‘tough for anyone to hide inside after hours. We have people checking the machines and lights to be sure they are off and also pushing in the chairs'. When questioned as to the context of the list of suspects turned in to the authorities, Levitt reported that ‘not everyone who has used an IBM computer is a suspect'. extremely cooperative in the case, and he feels positive about the entire investigation. The burglary has placed an element of anxiety on people who utilize the center as well as workers in the center and near-by library. Ron Beck, an assistant work study librar­ ian, summed up the situation best when he commented, ‘until a few more hard facts are discovered, I imagine that everyone con­ nected to the center is suspect’.

The Summer Script (Dillon, Mont), 02 Aug. 1985, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheSummerScript/1985-08-02/ed-1/seq-1/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.