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Chitaley's Attitude Uncalled For

As Raajnish A. Chitaley '95 so eloquently reminded us in The Tech, "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game," ["UAP/UAVP Candidates Show Little Promise," Mar. 4]. Funny, that in a pedantic attempt to show the proper lip service to the support of Undergraduate Association President and Vice-President candidates, he should fall from his pedestal of keen attunement to the student body's needs and stumble onto this clich.

Ah, how I long for the days of his strict adherence to this axiom. As was duly noted by myself and the other astute members of the MIT student body during the UA Financial Board scandal of last term, Chitaley's main concern about the actions of David J. Kessler '94 was obvious: that he simply hadn't gone through the proper channels. Certainly, Kessler just didn't know how "to play the game." Such an obvious attempt by Kessler to open a door "to people who don't want to come inside" must irk Chitaley to no end, considering that he has such insight into the very "UA exclusiveness" which he writes off as "empty rhetoric."

I am also encouraged to see that Chitaley, a proven servant of the people, can point out the faults of this year's candidates that we, the "apathetic and busy electorate," are too dull to recognize for ourselves. His observation that Vijay P. Sankaran '95, floor leader of the UA Council, has squandered an opportunity to improve communications and leadership is certainly worthy of note, especially when viewed in light of his great strides in the same field. His argument that the opposing team of Colin M. Page '95 and Michael R. Evans '95 should be ashamed of the accomplishment of serving the Class of 1995 Council shows wisdom beyond his years, since serving in the UA is so much more noteworthy and respected on campus. And we must not forget the sage admonition of our beloved Chitaley: "past failures worry me less than the prospect of future ones." To selflessly offer up his own service to the student body to the discerning eyes of his peers truly warms my heart.

In conclusion, I must admit that the UA just won't be the same without Chitaley, and perhaps that's what prompted his letter. What prompted mine was something else - perhaps that we "undergraduates actually give a damn," just not for the likes of Chitaley.

Stephanie A. Sparvero '96