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DormCon proposal was reasonable

DormCon proposal

was reasonable

Associate Dean for Student Affairs James R. Tewhey's decision to reject the Dormitory Council's alcohol plan is inexcusable. Tewhey, who had previously advocated dormitory self-regulation, has now rejected a reasonable plan worked out and agreed to by the Institute houses. The plan would limit the percentage of house tax money that could be spent on alcohol to the percentage of house residents of legal drinking age.

The fact is that no dormitory has come close to this percentage in the past, despite the lack of any spending limits under the current policy. The 17 percent of Baker House taxes spent on alcohol is much lower than it might appear at first glance: Baker sponsors two cocktail parties each term for faculty members, which certainly isn't the type of alcohol consumption Tewhey wants to stop. Other houses' percentages are even lower; the limits were proposed by DormCon only as a self-regulatory gesture that allows for maximum flexibility by individual house governments.

If there is indeed a problem with drinking in undergraduate houses, Tewhey should be prepared to demonstrate this problem. He should approach it from a more reasonable perspective, stressing education and improved regulation of underage drinking, rather than make a nebulous attempt at restricting the purchase of alcohol.