HAMIT poster attacked all of MIT community
As parents of an MIT sophomore, we have been rather disturbed as we've read about proposed policy changes. It seems like all the very positive aspects of an MIT education, as we perceived it, are being attacked. Pass/fail grading for the freshman year has its critics. We think every college should incorporate this idea in some form. Others want to do away with Independent Activities Period. We see this as a needed break from the stress of a regular semester with the added bonus of it being a learning experience. It's much better than having students spend three weeks at home or working at a menial job.
Now we see that freshman rush has come under fire. Our son is a fraternity member. We were not at all pleased when we realized that he was leaning in that direction the summer prior to his entrance to MIT. We took the time to read about the process and listen to MIT students (two of whom were MIT tour guides) talk about the process. We were impressed and have not regretted our son's joining a fraternity.
MIT needs to have the rooms provided by independent living groups. Switching to a sophomore pledge period would be detrimental to many of these groups as the members just won't have the time and energy it takes to present their houses in the best light. It seems that this change is being proposed primarily to justify adding more dormitory space. We agree that such space is needed. That should be reason enough to build.
The one change in Residence/Orientation Week that we would propose would be to put rush at the end of the orientation period. This would give students a little more time to be accustomed to their new surroundings before making choices. Most likely, however, the majority of entering freshmen have narrowed their choice to three to five houses before they set foot on campus.
Some people are concerned about the feelings of students who are not selected by fraternities. We agree that such feelings are not going to be positive but aren't they going to be the same as not being chosen for a job for which they applied? That's what college is all about, learning. In this case learning to accept the bad as well as the good.
We hope that MIT never changes the three policies that we have mentioned. They along with the superior academic challenge make us two of the biggest proponents of the Institute.
John A. Grossbeck, D.Ed.->
Charlotte M. Grossbeck->
Parents of Eric Grossbeck '92->
(Editor's note: Charlotte Grossbeck has been a member of the orientation committee of the College of Agriculture and Technology, a branch of the State University of New York, for the past five years.)