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Sound off on pass/fail before faculty meeting

We, like many of you, attended the wonderful colloquium on Wednesday entitled "How to be Different." When three students asked questions regarding why the faculty hasn't looked inward when addressing certain problems including the current status of freshman pass/no record, we too applauded enthusiastically. Here, we the undergraduates, demonstrated, more powerfully than ever before, that we feel the current freshman pass/no record system in both terms is an important part of the learning process for an MIT undergraduate. We showed that it is important to us, and that we do not feel ample justification has been given for taking it away.

Unfortunately however, not all faculty members understand our concerns. Despite all our efforts throughout the past 12 months (including many departmental discussions, a vote strongly in favor of our position, and many meetings amongst ourselves to make sure we truly represented student opinions), some faculty members still feel that we are unaware of what is in our best interests and that we are not serious about this issue.

We have done almost all we can do. We will continue to fight with logic and reasoning right up until the faculty vote on this issue at their next meeting on Wednesday, April 19, but we need your help. The Undergraduate Association cannot be a powerful body without the support of the student population. We urge all students to make their views known to the faculty before their meeting. The time is now. The need is urgent.

Paul L. Antico '91->

Undergraduate Association->


Andrew P. Strehle '91->

UA Vice President->

William F. McGrath '89->

Faculty Policy Committee->