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Letters to the Editor

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Here's the situation: you're sitting in the Student Center Athena cluster and you're suddenly aware of the fact that you've been tooling for 15 hours and really could go for a cold gulp of water. So you finally get up from that blue chair and stretch your aching legs. You mindlessly stumble out of the cluster and hunch over the drinking fountain. But, as usual, it's dry. The button's not even there.

"What?" you think, "They still haven't fixed this thing?" Trying not to dwell on the dried, encrusted residue in the drain, you cross the fifth floor to the reading room only to be greeted by the sight of a fountain mummified by a strange plastic garbage bag.

Is there some sort of conspiracy going on? You envision a saboteur from Coca-Cola, in a bold plan to boost sales within a sagging economy, inconspicuously ripping drinking fountains out of walls and spiriting them off to the legendary drinking fountain graveyard in some obscure corner of a sub-sub-sub-basement. On second thought, there does seem to be a lot of protruding pipes where fountains used to be...

I'm considering the acquisition of a body-suit from the movie Dune. One of those suits that recycle your body fluids for you to drink. I think that drinking recycled sweat (and other unpleasant liquids) would be preferable to drinking from an MIT water fountain. Anyone who has ever had a drink in a library, at duPont Gymnasium, or even from a dormitory faucet knows of the perils of Cambridge water. Have you ever noticed the inflated price of bottled water? Or that Lobdell charges you for a cup of water? Good old *2O is a precious commodity here.

What is it about the water that makes it so toxic? Can any Course V folks out there try analyzing the crud left behind after some of it dries? Perhaps we'll discover a new life form.

I read recently that the city is adding a new chemical to the water in order to pass Federal drinking water standards. One small side effect of this chemical is that it is FATAL for aquatic animals. That's right, if you fill your fish tank with some harmless-looking tap water, you'll find some floating bodies the next time you check on your little flippered friends. This new chemical destroys gill tissues. Cambridge water just gets more and more appetizing, doesn't it?

Physical Plant should just stop bothering to fix the fountains that break down every other day. Thirsty students of MIT unite -- bug your UA rep to install bottled water around campus, and especially in the Athena clusters!

Jimmy M.D. Hsu '95

Comic Sends Wrong Message

I am by no means the most politically correct person on campus; nor am I an extreme feminist, but I took offense upon reading a comic ["Zwink's," Jan. 6] in The Tech in which the hero slaps a woman. After this, she "comes to her senses" and becomes a "slut."

Holding a different opinion than other persons is not cause for physical or verbal abuse. I am disheartened to see that The Tech could print both this comic and an ad clearly opposing physical abuse in relationships in the same issue. When are men and women going to learn that stating an opinion, "nagging," protesting, etc. are not causes for physical abuse?

Additionally, women do not have to bow down, bend over, or kneel and kiss any part of a man's anatomy to be respectable. The heroine of the comic did not have to "come to her senses." Entropy Man should have.

Markuene Sumler '94