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McBay accepts the Big Screw

"I need to thank earlier Deans for Student Affairs who left their reputations untarnished by wisely punting pornography, thereby paving the way for an ultimate collision."

"I truly deserve this award for so seriously underestimating the power and influence of the written word."

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MIT's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, presented the Big Screw award to Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay Saturday at the All Tech Sing sponsored by the Student Center Committee.

McBay designated that the $296.35 collected in her name and the $738.99 collected for other Big Screw candidates be donated to the Aid for Ethiopia Fund. The text of McBay's acceptance speech follows:

I have a number of groups and individuals to thank for helping me receive this prestigious award and I would like to acknowledge some of them at this time. These include:

O+ The editor of The Tech during my initial year here who first put me in the spotlight by referring to me in an editorial as a babysitter because of some "don't forget to call home and keep your room clean" remarks that I made in fun at the Freshman Picnic (and I have myself to thank for not telling, as I wanted to, that not only didn't I babysit, I didn't do windows either!);

O+ Earlier Finance Board Chairmen who annually asked for more money from the Institute as they built up cash reserves with unexpended funds while publicly stating that I was negotiating in bad faith when I asked them to justify their requests;

O+ Some of the larger student organizations and their officers who, without approval and/or knowledge of the general student body, invested student-generated funds in certificates of deposit and in outside bank accounts, had IOU boxes for use by their executive committee members only and had unmonitored access to large sums of money that provided the opportunity (and, as we all know, the reality) for funds to be stolen while publicly accusing me of interfering with the autonomy of student activities;

O+ Earlier members of [the Lecture Series Committee (LSC)] who chose to help introduce freshmen to MIT through the traditional Registration Day porno movie; without them, this honor would not be possible.

In this regard, I need to thank earlier Deans for Student Affairs who left their reputations untarnished by wisely punting pornography, thereby paving the way for an ultimate collision;

O+ The Faculty Committee on Discipline for refusing to act on a formal complaint of sexual harassment against the LSC and against its officers leaving it to the Dean for Student Affairs to act instead;

O+ More than any other group, my unrelenting public relations firm, The Tech, whose staff have worked long hours into the night to put out editions timed to gain me the maximum exposure.

I truly deserve this award for so seriously underestimating the power and influence of the written word.

I will cherish this award always; I promise to continue living up to its ideals and to work to help ensure that those among us who have also earned this honor will have the opportunity to get what they so richly deserve.