Housing comittee points the way to greater control over freshmen
We would like to laud Professor Lester C. Thurow for pointing out the underlying theme behind the Freshman Housing Committee proposal. At the last faculty meeting [November 15], he clarified this point with the following statement: "I'm not interested in arguments about whether or not undergraduates like the current housing system or not . . . Let's hear some adult arguments."
The FHC proposal certainly goes a long way toward moving these decisions out of the incapable hands of immature freshmen and into the more experienced hand of the Institute. After living in carefully selected Institute housing for a year, undergraduates will undoubtedly be better equipped to make intelligent, adult decisions about where to live.
Perhaps the next issue the Institute should consider is that of academic major selection. It is unlikely that students incapable of making adult decisions about their own living accommodations will mature sufficiently in one year at MIT to make adult decisions about more important issues such as that of choosing a major. If, instead, the Institute would randomly assign each student a major at the end of his or her freshman year, this problem would be alleviated in the same manner as the housing decision.
Once these changes are implemented, the Institute could continue its efforts to protect the undergraduates from their own inability to make adult choices in other areas. For example, the Institute could randomly preassign every student a boy/girl-friend.
Clearly, the implementation of the Freshman Housing Committee proposal would usher in a new era at MIT, and things need never be the same again.
Jeffrey C. Bigler '87->
Michael R. Blair G->