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New ARA price increase example of MIT injustice

I am writing this letter to complain about the recent increase ARA Food Services has implemented in the MIT dining halls. I was shocked to learn that a chicken sandwich and strawberry shake would now cost me $5.50! Moreover, with the increase in price, ARA has not improved the quality of the food. All other types of food have gone up in price, in some cases dramatically.

It is true that ARA is a business and, like all businesses, it is out to make a profit. However, due to the near monopoly that ARA enjoys over student food service, they have taken advantage of their privileged position and the customers must respond. However, it is not solely ARA that has caused this present situation. Only at a school where the student body is politically apathetic could such a situation occur. The only recent student protest of a rights violation I can think of was last spring's minority student protest in response to changes in Project Interphase, an eight-week summer program for incoming MIT minority freshmen. On the whole, it seems that MIT students are timid to act. Most of the injustices committed at MIT would have no chance of succeeding at more politically active schools such as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; the students would simply not tolerate it.

Some of the students are so politically apathetic that they do not even know that injustices exist. They will raise their brows with surprise at the mention of campus police harassment or MIT investment in South Africa. There is a connection between the food service issues and the larger issues of moral injustice. If students are unwilling to stand up for small injustices, they will certainly not stand up for the larger ones. Some students will probably argue that time constraints at MIT do not allow one to be politically active. Although such an attitude may produce competent engineers, it perpetuates ignorance and social injustice. I hope MIT realizes the importance of the above issues and allows students a real voice in their resolution.

Dave Afshartous '89->