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Student House-- 20 eyars of coed living

As someone concerned about the equality and fair treatment of all individuals, I am frustrated that there is so little attention given to some of the positive changes, few though they may be, that have occurred at MIT. In particular, I would like to point out that this school year marks the 20th anniversary of the daring adventure in coeducational living that began at MIT Student House.

MIT Student House is an independent cooperative for financially needy MIT students. This four-story town house, located near Kenmore Square, is affiliated with, but not subsidized by, MIT. In 1969, the students of the house, with the consent of the MIT Student House Corporation (a group of alumni who own the building), decided to extend the benefits of the house to financially needy women students at MIT. Thus, it became one of the first coed college living groups in the nation, and the first in the greater Boston area to house males and female students under the same roof without the imposition of separate wings or alternate floors.

However, the fact that MIT women students do live in MIT-affiliated living groups in Boston, not only at Student House, but also at Fenway House and Epsilon Theta, seems to have been forgotten by the MIT community. The issues of women students residing across the river and possible difficulties related to this situation are being treated as novel ideas.

I quote from The Tech ["Alpha Phi closer to obtaining house," Jan. 31] regarding the procurement of a house in Kenmore Square by an MIT sorority: "Another issue that goes along with sorority housing is that of student security. Because it is dangerous, especially for women, to walk across the Harvard Bridge and into Boston alone at night, MIT is more seriously considering plans for some type of shuttle service." But there have been MIT women students living in Boston for over 20 years.

Is MIT really willing to implement a system of shuttle buses, when currently the Campus Police often will not provide escorts across the Harvard Bridge for women students returning to their living groups late at night?

MIT Student House has provided a precedent-setting example of egalitarianism. MIT should support such values with more immediate action than the nebulous promise of a shuttle service to be installed in the future.

Won-Suk Cho '90->