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Be mindful of tone in speeches

I would like to commend you for your effort in reporting on the 13th Annual MIT Black Students' Conference on Science and Technology; however, I was disappointed with your coverage the speech given by Professor James H. Williams Jr. '67. Your edited narration ["Williams gives own view," Oct. 22] did not capture the full intensity of Williams's speech, diminished its clarity, and failed to reflect the emotion with which it was delivered. It is unfortunate that the reporter neglected to mention the thoughtful tone that was present throughout the speech, because tone is so important in interpreting the written word.

I hope that in the future you will be mindful of intensity, clarity, and tone as you edit and recount speeches.

Simone C. Peterson G->