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Godfrey Column Proves Detractors Correct

The childish behavior evidenced by current Undergraduate Association President Hans C. Godfrey '93 in his recent column in The Tech ["Undergrad Dictatorship Always an Option," April 5] to articulate the achievements of the UA serves only to detract from his already weak arguments. During the two terms that I have been an undergraduate at MIT, I have witnessed the exchange between both sides of the debate. Until now, however, I had not formed any judgments. Godfrey's column has forced my opinion to shift firmly against the UA.

Godfrey's piece is replete with sarcasm and vicious energy directed towards the student body that he supposedly represents. The page-long article is merely a counterproductive attack inspired by the immense pressures our poor little UAP feels. Nowhere in the article did I detect even the slightest mention of anything the UA (or Godfrey himself) has done to improve the quality of undergraduate life at MIT.

Godfrey alienates himself from the other undergraduates by saying, "Undergraduates seem to forget that the people they read about in The Tech and The Thistle are students just like themselves (kinda)." Should a responsible UAP be making such capricious statements in the public eye? They only serve to reinforce the arguments of those accusing the UA of being "an insular clique."

Godfrey only fools himself by maintaining the charade that he represents a majority of the undergraduates. According to The Tech [March 12, 1993], Godfrey won 1,026 votes, about 20 percent of the undergraduate student population. A majority? Hardly.

Godfrey, when elected last year, was quoted as saying, "MIT in the past used to be much more of a community, more cohesive... I want to restore the pride." Is this petty whining faithful to this campaign promise? Here, at least, there is clear evidence of Godfrey's failure - his failure to be true to his goals, his failure to maintain the trust of the student body, and his failure to keep a mature sense of cool when put in the spotlight. Why is Godfrey so overtly defensive in his laughable tirade? Again, his letter to The Tech only highlights his lack of tangible achievements as UAP.

Perhaps it would have been better for Godfrey to have forgone this temper tantrum and proceeded directly to outlining what the UA has accomplished this year under his lackluster authority. And to the newly elected UAP, I trust that he will not insult the respect and esteem of the MIT community as Godfrey has so shamelessly done.

Victor Y. Tsou '97