Commends PreviewTo the Editor:
I wish to take exception to Andrew Bein's column ["The administration's shadow," April 12]
criticizing the admissions office in its handling of the Campus Preview for prefrosh women.
First, the organizers of this program, Lora Silverman and Marilee Jones, should be commended for their careful planning, tight organization, and creative scheduling efforts. The Preview was very enthusiastically attended, our visitors were generally quite impressed, and dorm floors hosting the prefrosh enjoyed having them. With only one year of experience to draw on these results are remarkable.
Second, Bein's contention that the prefrosh were not shown spontaneity is silly. The administration did not restrict these prefrosh. The only mildly restrictive guideline was to keep activities on campus: necessary for legal liability considerations. Of course, if an ambitious host or prefrosh decided to privately go into Boston for some sightseeing or nightlife, nobody would stop them.
In fact, the admissions office actually encouraged spontaneity. The visiting women all stayed with individual women students in their dormitory or house rooms for three nights.
I cannot attest to acts of spontaneity in other living groups, but at East Campus, the prefrosh were included in an IM water polo game (don't tell the IM council), they participated in an intense philisophical discussion that extended into the night, and they got involved in certain "hacks" that I should not talk about here.
These activities are just as spontaneous, though perhaps less destructive, as those mentioned by Bein. Furthermore, this freedom was the intent of spreading the prefrosh around to the more than 150 hostesses.
Perhaps some members of the administration do impose restrictions, and after all, officials of an institution sometimes must do this for the common good, but I do not see the admissions office doing it. As far as the spontaneity goes, Mr. Bein, I am sure the administration would be pleased if you could suggest some additional spontaneous events for them to plan.
Carey Rappaport G->
East Campus Graduate Resident->