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Letters to the Editor

Yngve K. Raustein '94 was a valued member of the Lecture Series Committee, and he put in a great many hours of hard work over the last year as a Projection Subdirector. His dedication and skill will be missed in LSC, and we share the MIT community's sense of loss.

In the wake of his tragic death last Friday night, the theme ("A Weekend With Crazy Psychos") of this weekend's LSC movies may seem inappropriate or offensive to some members of the MIT community. This name was chosen months ago, and the posters were printed last week; therefore, unfortunately, there is little that we can do about our bad timing. On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Lecture Series Committee, I would like to apologize to anyone who feels that the aforementioned theme is out of place after such a terrible event.

Jerome D. Marty '93


Lecture Series Committee

Students Should Express Sympathy

Yngve K. Raustein '94 was not one of my friends, nor do I believe that I ever met him. Nonetheless, his brutal murder shook me with horror. How much more horrible all this must be for his parents I can only imperfectly imagine. Because I think that I have a feeling for their sorrow -- even if this feeling can only be an understatement of their true feelings -- I am going to write to Raustein's parents, to convey my condolences to them. I invite every member of the MIT community to do the same. His address is to be found in last year's student directory.

Patrick M. Piccione '95

Tragedy Shows Need For Self-Defense

The death of Yngve K. Raustein '94 is certainly a tragedy. What makes it worse, though, is the knee-jerk reaction displayed by students and the administration. Considering the fact that MIT is located in an urban environment and that this is the first such incident in over seven years, the Institute should consider itself lucky. It is ludicrous to think that additional lighting, more police, or Safe Ride could have prevented a crime like this. The fact is, even if you put a policeman on every corner, there will still be some dark corridor or some desolate street.

The law-abiding citizen needs to be able to defend himself in the face of such criminals. We should not have to change our way of life by restricting ourselves to going out during certain hours or traveling across campus only along certain paths. We should not play into the hands of these hooligans.

Instead, why not live out our lives from a position of strength? If the criminals are armed, then why should we ourselves not be armed? For this reason, we feel it is incumbent upon the MIT administration to do something more fundamental than passing out whistles and cute mugs. Classes should be offered showing students how to defend themselves. The ridiculous ban on firearms in the MIT housing system should be repealed. If Yngve Raustein had learned a lesson from Bernard Goetz, he would be alive today.

Ciamac Moallemi '95

K. Thomas Ko '94