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Housing report sought only to compile student opinions

In response to The Tech editorial ["Housing Report Lacks Substance," Feb. 28], the Undergraduate Student Housing Committee would like to clarify some of the assumptions made by the Tech editorial board about the USHC position report.

The purpose of this report is to offer the viewpoint of a group of students who met over the course of the past four months, including five hours a week during IAP. The group's intent was not to conduct a scientific study but rather to compile the opinions of MIT students on various aspects of the present housing system.

The Tech notes that our opinions are not statistically supported. We feel that although we do not have numbers backing up our positions, we contacted all house presidents and leaders of all student activities several times, in addition to issuing regular open invitations to the student body, in an effort to solicit a wide range of student opinion.

Furthermore, the position statement was issued in an attempt to inform the Institute Housing Committee of student opinions before they developed a new Institute-wide policy on freshman housing. Given the time frame handed to us by this committee, we did not have sufficient time to conduct an extensive survey from which to obtain a foolproof research report.

With respect to delaying rush, the Undergraduate Student Housing Committee did not come to a conclusion as opinions varied. However, we did feel that freshmen should be given a choice as to where they will live freshman year.

We feel that the housing position paper opens up a wide range of issues dealing with the housing system and life at MIT. It is not meant to be a final statement on student opinion. If students read and either agree or disagree with the ideas presented in this paper, we encourage them to publicly voice their opinion.

Susmitha Bellam '89->

Luisa Contreiras '90->

Brian Lasher '89->

Stacy Segal '90->

Members of the USHC->