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Book on homeless sent to freshmen

Book on homeless sent to freshmen

The Undergraduate Academic Support Office in conjunction with a student committee will mail a copy of Rachel and Her Children, Jonathan Kozol's story about homelessness, to each incoming freshman. Discussion groups during Residence/Orientation Week will focus on the book and on the issue of homelessness.

This is the third year in a row that MIT has sent a discussion book to the incoming class. Last year's selection was Beloved, Toni Morrison's Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel. In 1987, freshmen received Professor Leo Marx's The Machine in the Garden, a study of the impact of industrialism on American life and values.

The book program was added to freshman orientation three years ago in an effort to get incoming students to think about social and political issues.

MIT's choice of homelessness to be this year's issue has generated some controversy because of the Institute's strained relationship with the city's homeless and their advocates. The $250 million University Park development on the Institute-owned Simplex site has particularly drawn fire from critics who allege that the project ignores the city's housing needs.