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Letter to the editor

Column/Thomas T. Huang


To the Editor:

We would like to correct a serious mistake in last Tuesday's lead editorial. In that editorial, the editors state that the UA is "the representative of the student body," and go on to propose that the UA be put in charge of reallocating the space vacated by the anticipated departure of the Tech Coop from the Student Center.

As the editors of The Tech should know, the Undergraduate Association (UA) is the representative of only the undergraduate students. The majority of MIT students are graduate students; they are represented by the Graduate Student Council (GSC). The Tech's suggestion, that the use of the Student Center be dictated by the Undergraduate Association alone, is an affront to graduate students.

The Tech should live up to its responsibility to all students. Therefore, we request that The Tech retract its proposal that space utilization in the Student Center be directed by the UA alone. Instead, we suggest that The Tech endorse the idea that both the UA and the GSC be given a role in this process.

John M. Lucassen G->

Janine M. Nell G->

John is a member of the GSC, and Janine is the president. Both were undergraduates at MIT.

Simply put, John and Janine are right.

The editorial in question mis

takenly ignored more than half of MIT's student body.

In my first column as editor in chief, I committed this newspaper to become one for the graduate, undergraduate, women, men, international, minority and gay students who make MIT such a diverse campus.

Ideally, we would not let ourselves suffer from tunnel vision. Ideally, in our coverage, we would be sensitive to all students and all issues.

Things are easier said than done. To take responsibility, however, and to maintain a certain integrity, the newspaper must take action to uphold its objectives.

So when I apologize, it's really not enough. Action is far more revealing than words.

There is, for example, a need to inform the community of the problems that graduate students face on housing, academics and social life.

At this half-way mark of the volume, I find that work lies ahead of us, not behind us.

As chairman of the Tech editorial board, I call on both the UA and the GSC, the representatives of the student body, to join together to direct the utilization of the space The Coop could vacate.

Perhaps together, graduate and undergraduate students can succeed in developing a center where we all can meet.