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The Feb. 5 issue of The Tech reported that "the economy only recently emerged from a long downspiral." In fact, the economy has been growing for the last seven quarters. It is therefore not entirely surprising that "students continued to receive many interviews and job offers over the last year."

What would seem to be merely a statistical mistake is compounded by the article's headline: "Despite Recession, Students Find Jobs." The standard definition of a recession in the United States is a prolonged decline in gross national product; in light of all established statistics, this headline seems quite irresponsible.

It seems ironic that at MIT, whose economics department is often considered the world's most outstanding, the staff and editors of The Tech cannot discriminate between growth and recession.

Avik S. Roy '93