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Letters to the Editor

Professor of Management Gabriel R. Bitran has been through enough torture already. It is disgusting that after enduring a lawsuit and having his reputation challenged he should be confronted by protesters in his own class ["Students Protest Outcome of Sexual Harassment Trial," Nov. 17].

Bitran was found not guilty in a court of law. Despite this fact, Kyra Raphaelidis '94, one of the protesters, still insists that he needs to be "punished."

Disrupting the classes of fellow schoolmates because of this view is inexcusable, and it is truly amazing that the culprits involved in the disturbance were not arrested.

David Sukoff '95

Restore the Health Resource Center

We are writing to express our extreme displeasure with the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs for taking the Student Health Resource Center on the fifth floor of the Student Center away from the students of MIT.

The Student Health Resource Center provided a crucial service to students. It was a place where students could pick up information about health issues such as sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, and nutrition or speak to the Health Educator on campus. Instead of providing these valuable health services to students, the Resource Center is now being converted to an assistant dean's office and a conference room for deans.

It has been suggested that the Registrar's Satellite Office in the Infinite Corridor be shared with the Student Health Resource Center or that the reading room on the fifth floor house the health pamphlets. Neither of these locations would be appropriate, because they are too public and may deter students from picking up information.

It is crucial that the Student Health Resource Center have its room back.

Melanie Babb

for the Women's Health Network

Professors Should Provide Practice Tests

Lately, many professors have been giving out practice exams. Some are sets of exam-type problems, and others are just photocopies of previous exams. Releasing these sample problems is a good practice, and should be made mandatory in all classes.

For people without bibles, publicly available practice exams make classes fair, and allow all students to study more efficiently. Providing such resources creates little burden for professors, since photocopying old exams requires very little time, and making extra problems is not exactly time-consuming.

Some will argue that practice exams cause students to study only for the test and therefore not learn the material as well. Well-written questions can easily avoid this situation. Some will argue that practice tests might not improve performance in the class. I think that if the questions are anything like the ones on the real exam, they will be helpful. I do not see anything wrong with knowing what to expect come test-time.

I think most people will agree that practice exams are a good idea. It's time we see them in all classes.

Jimmy M. D. Hsu '95

Computer Pornography Offensive

You recently published a complaint regarding the inappropriate homosexual activities in the public bathrooms at MIT ["Sexual Activity in Public Bathroom Disturbing," Nov. 3, 1992]. I would like to register my complaint against similar activities in the public computer terminals.

I don't understand why certain guys don't enjoy pornography in the privacy of their own homes instead of having to subject the rest of us to their VDT turn-ons. I'm not even specifically referring to the nude women so many use as a background at their terminals, but to the displays of oral copulation that I observed on a computer screen this morning in the Athena cluster in E5l. Please guys, how about a little common courtesy?