Mathew Galvao ’17
This past weekend several students on campus reported that the side mirrors on their cars were broken and mostly hanging by the wires on the inside with one mirror completely missing. It comes as a surprise to those involved that something like this would happen on Merrimack’s campus.
“I find Merrimack’s community to always be really close-knit and caring for each other. This awful situation is completely opposite of the way I view Merrimack,” said junior Molly Malinoski who had both side mirrors detached from her car.
Malinowski found her broken side mirrors and the side mirrors of the car next to hers on Sunday afternoon much to her surprise.
“I was trying to leave to get lunch with my sister from Baltimore on Sunday,” said Malinowski. “I had taken my car out on Friday night, parked it in the lot, and when I was on my way to get my car on Sunday afternoon, I saw my car and the car next to mine and had the side mirrors broken.”
Junior Nicole Dupre also had her mirrors detached from her car and it was the paint was heavily scratched.
“My car was hit with some kind of weapon which caused the mirror to completely detach,” she said. “There are also scratches all over that side of my car from either the weapon or the mirror hitting the door repeatedly.”
The victims said the damage have totaled nearly $800. Malinoski explained that her insurance covered part of it, but was disappointed in the fact that someone has damaged these vehicles and students have not reported anything.
“It will cost me about $300 to get my car fixed, with insurance covering some of it, which means that the damage costs are even worse than that,” she said.
Dupre also expressed that her car sustained damage upwards of $500 due to scratches sustained to her vehicle along with her broken mirrors.
Dupre explained that she had contacted police services when she saw what had happened to her car and was told that it is now an “open investigation” with other students going through similar situations.
“I contacted Merrimack police immediately after I saw the damage done to my car,” she said.
The incident came as a shock to Malinowski and also a slight disappointment that this would happen to herself and many others being that Merrimack is known for its close-knit community feel and that students are caring for each other.
“There must be someone that knows something about this situation, and I thought Merrimack’s community was better than being a bystander,” Malinowski said. “I am really disappointed that someone would do this to not only my car, but many others.”
Executive Vice President Jeff Doggett could not comment on the incident as he was unaware it had taken place.
Both students have expressed that if any student knows anything about the situation to come forward so that it can be resolved and to help situations like this from occurring in the future.