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Cleaning up Snow Not A Trivial Task

I would like to respond to the column of Stephanie A. Jenrette '97 in Tuesday's issue of The Tech ["Snowplows Irk East Campus Residents," March 15]. I am also a resident of East Campus, and have, on occasion, been awakened at early hours of the morning by the scraping and beeping of snowplows. I have more often been disrupted from sleep by my neighbors' music, by my hallmates running up and down the hall, and by my noisy radiator. A college dormitory situated in the middle of a city is never a quiet place. I would suggest moving to a peaceful neighborhood in Somerville if one desires quiet.

This has been a grueling winter. At last count, we have seen 16 snowfalls, totaling 89 inches of snow. Every day we battle ice patches, knee-deep puddles, and impassable snow drifts. Cleaning this mess is an arduous task. Only in late February did I finally hear someone say "Thank you" to a Physical Plant worker who was shoveling the step on 77 Massachusetts Avenue. I realized at this time that I had taken Physical Plant's services for granted this winter. Although they do not (and can not) clean up the Institute perfectly, they do an incredible job ensuring that MIT is a safe and clean place for all of its frequenters.

I feel that instead of criticizing these people who work so diligently for our benefit, we should show them gratitude, which they richly deserve. So, to Jenrette, quit complaining -- try shoveling snow yourself one day. To Physical Plant, thank you -- your work is greatly appreciated.

Celeste D. Winant '95