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Editorial -- An Apology

The Tech recently produced an April Fool's Day issue, a satire both of itself and of the MIT community at large. Like most satire, The Daily Reamer generated a lot of interest and discussion. Many people liked it, others hated it. Both are normal, acceptable reactions.

Unfortunately, though, many readers were offended and disturbed by it -- definitely not reactions a publication that is intended to be cynical, witty, and entertaining should provoke. Many potentially funny references to recent events were taken too far. An excessive focus on sexually graphic material and jokes spoiled both the issue's humor and its tastefulness. We apologize for this breach of the trust you, our readers, place in us.

In one instance, these errors in judgment have had serious consequences. Through a long series of remarks and stories, The Reamer fabricated and authenticated lies about several people, particularly Anne S. Tsao '94. In the wake of The Reamer's baseless insinuations, Tsao has received dozens of comments and questions about her private life from friends, professors, even from total strangers. Her reputation has been damaged and her character assaulted, though she did nothing to provoke this. We apologize to Tsao and hope that this ordeal will soon be nothing more than an unpleasant memory.