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Preliminary Housing Proposal Needs Clarification

Preliminary Housing Proposal Needs Clarification

We were quite pleased with the front page article on the release of the preliminary findings of the Undergraduate Association Committee on Housing and Residence/Orientation ["Draft Housing Proposal Calls for Dorm Upgrades," Feb. 25]. We were very satisfied to see The Tech and the MIT Community respond so positively to our work.

However, we would like to make a few corrections to the report. First, we disagree with the second headline of the article: "Draft UA Housing Proposal Slams Housing, Food Services." Our report found that most undergraduates are quite content with MIT housing -- they gave it an average rating of 8.3 on a scale of 1 to 10, which is a far cry from "slamming" it. In addition, our findings make no reference to MIT Food Services.

Second, we released the Committee's preliminary findings, not the working draft of the report. The preliminary findings report is three-and-a-half pages long. The working draft, which is currently around 36 pages long, with six pages of reference notes, has not been released. We would also like to emphasize that the preliminary findings report in no way represents the official position of the UA Council.

We released our preliminary findings to the MIT Community for two reasons. First, the purpose of the report is to find out what the undergraduates truly want and need in MIT housing. Therefore, it is important that they know where the Committee is headed in this cause, so they can make sure that we are fulfilling it. We ask that anyone who believes our conclusions to be incorrect to contact us.

We also used the preliminary findings report to advertise for more information about dormitories, independent living groups, the Interfraternity Council Life/ Safety Initiative, the MIT Housing Administration, and any other housing information. We used the information we already have to list the major concerns students have in our preliminary findings; one of the major concerns was drug and alcohol abuse. We are trying to find ways to address these concerns so that students are not made to feel uncomfortable with their surroundings.

To anonymously contact the committee, send e-mail to housing-survey@mit.edu. To participate in our ongoing e-mail survey, log in and type "add ua" and "survey." Finally, to talk to the Committee directly, feel free to send e-mail to the Committee Chairman, John Hollywood, at jshollyw@mit.edu.

John S. Hollywood '96

Chairman, Undergraduate Association Committee on Housing and Residence/Orientation