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olumbus on class ring demeans Native Americans (2)

(Editor's note: The Tech received a copy of this response addressed to the North American Student Association, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and "other concerned members of the MIT community.")

The members of the Class of 1992 Ring Committee would like to apologize formally for any offense caused by this year's ring design. We realize that our reference to the symbol of Columbus in the 1992 ring is due to our ignorance and oversight regarding the plight of Native Americans. The reference was intended to embody the spirit of exploration and discovery, which is a central theme of an MIT education. Unfortunately, such symbols are institutionalized and result in unintentional forms of racism. We support your efforts in bringing these misconceptions to light and hope it results in increased awareness in the MIT community. Please accept our apology.

Cindy Evanko '92->

Class of 1992 Ring Committee->