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Letters to the editor

I am writing in response to the editorial about the house dining system ["Protest House Dining Proposal", Jan. 29]. It's great that you are so enthusiastically protesting it, but I am dismayed at your implication that the Undergraduate Association has been disinterested. The UA president was first informed about the new house dining system only two weeks ago, and the UA does not meet during Independent Activities Period. If you had been at any of the subsequent UA executive committee meetings you would have seen anything but a lack of interest, as most of the exec comm live in some of the affected dorms.

If you are dissatisfied with the UA then I urge you to get involved in it by running for council, joining a committee, talking with UA reps, and/or attending one of the council meetings, which are open to all MIT students. Make your voice heard. Ask questions. It's your right as an MIT student. My sole function is to take minutes for UA and exec comm meetings, so I assure you that all student input is more than welcome. And here's a shocker: UA representatives are students not unlike yourselves. They eat in the dining halls. They have to do problem sets. Talk to them. It's their duty to listen to you, and to represent you.

The unfortunate truth is that faculty and administrators will often make decisions without student input whether students like it or not, such as the new in-line skating policy and the house dining system. These people already know students are irate. Bitching about these policies is not constructive. If you don't like the house dining system (and I have yet to meet a student who does) then point out specific bad points that perhaps the administrators haven't thought of yet, such as it is unfair to women, it's inconvenient for UROPers, it's potentially harmful for students on special diets, and Lobdell Court will lose business. Offer alternative suggestions, such as closing one or two dining halls or lowering the cost and the number of required meals a week. Ask them questions, such as "Why won't you close the dining halls, specifically?"

Remember how much you're paying to go here. You have a right to know. I look forward to seeing you at the UA meeting, Room 10-250, February 4, 7-9PM.

Holly R. Reimers '95

UA Secretary Pro-Tempore