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APC cannot reflect student views

I find it somewhat disturbing that the Alcohol Policy Committee will recommend to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs that house tax funds should not be spent on alcoholic beverages.

The APC's claim that it represents student opinion is tenuous. While Undergraduate Association President Stacy E. McGeever '93 maintains that a considerable amount of student input was used in establishing the recommendation, it remains a fact that dormitory presidents are expressly elected by the residents in each house to represent and articulate their interests, as it concerns the dormitories. No current dormitory president serves on the APC.

Furthermore, contrary to McGeever's statement in The Tech, DormCon was never offered a position on the APC making it somewhat unlikely that we declined ["Alcohol Policy Committee makes recommendations," April 23].

Neither Jeffrey J. Kim '91, DormCon acting president last year, nor I, nor any current sitting DormCon officers ever received a solicitation from the UA or the APC.

The APC can hardly purport to represent the views and interests of the students living in

the dormitory system when it lacks the input of both DormCon and the individual dormitory presidents.

Seth M. Cohen '92, president of Next House, is not alone in his concern that support for the proposal might be thin. The APC has carelessly failed to consult DormCon or the house presidents who are expressly entrusted with representing and articulating the views of dormitory residents.

A decision that affects individual houses should be made by the residents of each house. Neither the UA nor the APC should dictate what each house can and cannot do, which includes the right to use house tax funds as it sees fit.

If any organization should make decisions that affect the dormitories, it should be the elected representatives of each house, the presidents, who, as a group, make up DormCon.

Any decision on house tax funds should remain, as it always has, at the discretion of the individual houses.

Judy Chin '92->

Dormitory Council President->