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Club Latino membership open

We would like to make two remarks regarding our membership policy in case the article by Mary Condello and Harold Stern ["GSC reviews activity policy," Nov. 19] leaves a wrong impression with your readers.

Firstly, the purely technical issue of membership: Club Latino does NOT limit its membership to Latin-Americans. Article III of our constitution and bylaws, after referring explicitly to Latin-American members, states the following on membership eligibility (Sec. 1, c-4): "Any other person who, by decision of the Club Latino Central Committee, is considered to be potentially valuable to the well being of the organization." Moreover, all members have equal voting rights and all members who are full time MIT students are eligible for office positions.

Secondly, the more important practical aspect of discrimination: Club Latino does NOT discourage non-Latin-American nationals from joining our organization. On the contrary, since one of our aims is to promote "the exchange of cultural backgrounds...," we gladly welcome people of any origin that have an interest in Latin America and/or Club Latino. In fact, traditionally we have had not only American members but also members from most continents other than the Americas (though not that many, to be honest).

We hope that the name of our organization does not mislead your readers or the Graduate Student Council to think that Club Latino limits, in print or practice, membership on the basis of ethnic origin. This may also be the case of some of the other associations referred to in the article above.

Julio Escobar G->