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Rush penalties do not need to be publicized

One thing I have noticed in my three-and-a-half years at MIT

is people's willingness to flame about subjects when they only see half of the story. A shining example is The Tech's recent editorial ["Publish ILG rush sanctions," Nov. 8]. The Tech said that in order to prevent houses from violating rush rules in the future, the InterFraternity Council should publish the sanctions for rush violations.

If The Tech had even read its own story on the matter ["JudComm rush trials start; fewer violations reported," Oct. 25], it would have known that there are many cases which have not yet been brought to trial or are under appeal. I hardly think it would be fair to publish accusations, since defendants are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

The IFC rush and Judicial Committee chairmen take many steps before and during rush to minimize rush violations by keeping in touch with IFC members. I do not see the purpose of publicizing sanctions to the whole MIT community.

The Tech also assumed that only fines are given as sanctions. The IFC is aware that fines are in some cases no more than a slap on the wrist. JudComm often sanctions houses in ways that will have a greater impact, such as imposing restrictions on the following year's rush.

If The Tech is so concerned with people obeying rush rules, why doesn't it ask the same of the dormitory system? I don't know any of the statistics of dormitory rush violations, but it seems to me that holding certain dormitories or parts of dormitories up as examples to other dormitory residents would serve an equal purpose. The assumption that ILGs are the only ones who commit rush violations is unfair and untrue.

Perhaps the reason that The Tech is so adamant about the IFC publishing the violations

is that it feels the information would make a good front-page headline. Or maybe it thinks

that the story would give people something to talk about over lunch. I am sorry to inform you that the IFC will not contribute to such tabloid journalism.

Holly L. Simpson '92->

IFC President->