Wrighton's action is offensive
(Editor's note: The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to Provost Mark S. Wrighton.)
You have made a mistake by deciding not to include students on the search committee for a new dean of engineering. In addition, your reasoning -- that students would not offer a unique perspective -- has inadvertently belittled the intellect and diversity of the entire student body. By offending the students, your reasoning has also offended MIT itself.
I assume, for now, that you
did not intend to belittle anyone. However, I feel that an apology and a retraction of your statements are necessary. Let the MIT community know you understand that students are rightly offended when told that their views are not unique and not valuable. Furthermore, proving you are sorry requires action -- you should include students on the search committee for the new dean of engineering and on all such future committees.
Andrew E. Bloch '91->
Executive Board Member->