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From our response line

Last Tuesday's article on Senior House's switch to Pepsi Cola from Coca-Cola ["Coca-Cola replaces Pepsi in Senior House Machine," Oct. 8] resulted in a flood of negative calls from Senior House residents. Unfortunately, only one of the callers gave a name and phone number. The remainder of the calls could not be confirmed.

1/3 Senior House desk captain Hattie L. Schroeder '92 expressed disappointment with the story. "There are a number of problems with this article," she began. "Jason Schultz is not the Senior House Coke Committee, he's some guy who works at the desk and orders sodas over the phone. There's no Coke committee, there's no Pepsi committee. Dr Pepper is not produced by the Coca-Cola company. There was never a sheet [for voting on the issue] at desk. No one voted, no one cared. Jason just said, `Let's get Coke again.' I hope this isn't continued, this finding things to say about Senior House that are untrue."

The Tech: The only mention of a Coke machine was in the headline, which was not written by the reporter and was the unfortunate result of miscommunication. Dr Pepper is indeed bottled and distributed by the Coca-Cola company, although the rights to the formula and the soda itself are held by another company. Since the Senior House switch from Coke to Pepsi was a source of debate among residents, the editors considered it worthy of note that the house had switched back.

We should probably add that the idea for the story came from a Senior House resident, and that Senior House President David W. Hogg '92 gave Schultz's telephone number to our reporter.

1/3 Graduate student Stephen Harrod called to express his appreciation of Jonathan Richmond's column of last Tuesday ["Teaching Needs Priority," Oct. 8.] "I've only been here a month or two and I already feel that strain of lack of attention toward teaching as a goal. I think that's a very serious issue MIT has to deal with," he said.

The Tech: Our Editorial Board agrees about the importance of this issue [see editorial, this page.] We hope that Richmond's column, along with letters and stories in The Tech, will continue to foster healthy debate on campus.

1/3 Finally, the comics debate continues with graduate student Robert H. Kassel commenting that "I think you should get rid of Jim's Journal. It's an insult to anyone who has any intelligence whatsoever." He concluded with a Jimesque comment: "I called The Tech's Response Line. It was OK."

The Tech: We believe that Jim's Journal has quite a devoted following among Tech readers, but input on comics or any feature of The Tech is always welcome.

The Tech's Response Line is an opportunity for readers to informally respond to any issues raised in The Tech, or to comment on the paper itself. Readers may call the Line at 258-8219 and leave their name, MIT affiliation, and evening phone number along with a comment or question. Responses which do not contain all of the above information will not be considered. These summaries will be printed as often as the response demands.