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Fraternity and dormitory

The letter from 13 members of Alpha Tau Omega ["Double standard exists for fraternities," April 24] addresses a distressing problem in the MIT housing system. The double standard between dormitories and fraternities has taken on immense proportions. The "same high standards of conduct" that are demanded of fraternities are not expected of dormitories. This double standard was exemplified last year when a Burton third resident was chained to a keg for a number of days. This would have been a prosecutable instance of hazing, if Burton were a fraternity.

Unfortunately, the ATO letter compares ATO's "Heaven and Hell" T-shirt fiasco to Baker House's "Sex Goddess" competition and loses all credibility. Matt Groening, author of Life in Hell and creator of The Simpsons, defines a fraternity as a "reactionary xenophobic enclave of superficial conformist little snobs." If you cross the page break in The Tech from the ATO letter to Albert W. Morton Jr. '92's column ["Baker Urchin Alert is dangerous," April 24] you can read about Baker's defense system. Baker residents, when confronted with the unknown, "bash [its] f---ing head in with a lead pipe." Nowhere exists a better example of reactionary xenophobia. Baker deserves its self proclaimed title of "the largest frat on campus."

The double standard between dormitories and fraternities must be addressed. If we are to share <>

a common housing system, we must take steps to settle our differences and problems. However, categorizing Baker House as a dormitory is starting off on the wrong foot.

Kent Lundberg '92->

East Campus Rush Committee->