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News releases demonstrates flaws in poster policy

(Editor's note: The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Stephen D. Immerman, director of Special Services, Office of the Senior Vice President)

The recent posterings by MIT along the Infinite Corridor to announce the nomination of Professor Phillip A. Sharp to the presidency (Feb. 13) and his subsequent withdrawal of the nomination (Feb. 20) demonstrate two things.

The postering amounts to an admission by MIT that the most effective method of reaching the community is through postering on the walls of MIT, not just on the too-few bulletin boards.

MIT is hypocritical in its attitude toward postering. Apparently for MIT to damage the walls and cause unsightliness is acceptable -- as demonstrated by these recent notices or the frequent postering for UASO-sponsored events. Yet for these very reasons MIT wants to restrict student postering. Granted, the Sharp story was big news, but the notices could have been left out for the taking as were the extra editions of The Tech.

Postering is a necessary method of informing and notifying the community of news and upcoming events. The flow of information it provides is more than worth the unsightliness of the posters, and the expenses of daily removal and repairs to the walls.

As far as I have been told, the proposed increase in the number of bulletin boards will not adequately meet the demands for the postering area. MIT should reconsider its attitude toward postering and determine if it can remain within the limits of the planned policy.

Steven G. Danner '90->