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Letters to the Editor

Contrary to what Matthew H. Hersch implies ["Society Not to Blame for Raustein's Death," Oct. 6], I don't think that the vigil and shows of solidarity following Yngve Raustein's murder were meant to improve communications with local high schools. Rather, I feel that they were simply the start of a long recovery process for those of us who were touched by the senseless tragedy.

The fact that Hersch finds "the most disturbing aspect" of the tragedy to be "knee-jerk, touchy-feely liberalism" says a lot. If he speaks for others, it explains why "pretty soon, people will forget about Raustein all together." Let me make it clear that Hersch does not speak for me.

Greg T. Huang G

MIT Community Must Attend Sports Events

I am making a resolution starting next week, and I hope many MIT students will join me. I am going to attend as many MIT sports events as I can. This semester alone I have seen high school sports, my fraternity's IM events, and several MIT varsity soccer, field hockey, and football games. Of all three, the MIT spectators are the least in number and energy. How can it be that an IM soccer game can have more excited fans than the first home football game for a school of around 5000 undergraduates?

I humbly ask The Tech to start giving the weekly sports schedules. I refuse to believe that with all of MIT's sports, we can't at least make an appearance at one event.

Eric Beam '94

Columbus Anniversary Provides Warning for Future

Five hundred years ago, Christopher Columbus crashed on the shore of the Taino Indian Nation. He would have died had it not been for the hospitality of the native inhabitants. He observed the way of life of these "naked, beautiful" people.

Unfortunately, Columbus, like his successors, was greedy. He sought fame and wealth, initiating the biggest holocaust in world history. The genocide of the American Indians began with disease, but flourished with slavery and eventual slaughter. Approximately 100 million American Indians lived in the Western hemisphere before Columbus arrived. Diseases like smallpox, syphilis, and influenza overcame 95 percent of the original population. The remaining people struggled for their survival. The conquest of the Americas lasted for nearly four-hundred years. In these years, voyagers, settlers, and foreign governments decimated the Indian population.

The quincentenary should teach us that Columbus' voyage had great ramifications. With this in mind, look into the future; how will the next five hundred years be?

Jody Clark '94