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Ticket Scalping Ruins Spirit of Commencement

Ticket Scalping Ruins Spirit Of Commencement

I contacted a student advertising graduation tickets in the Graduate Student Council's on-line exchange service. "How much are you asking for the three tickets?" I queried. "$70," he replied. "Is that each, or for all three?" I innocently questioned. Without hesitation he replied, "That's each. Actually, I already sold one; there's only two left."

There is no disputing the fact that we live in a capitalist society where the laws of supply and demand apply to many transactions, but are we not an academic community of concerned individuals? Graduation tickets were not meant to be sold to the highest bidder, like the scalpers who peddle tickets to the latest rock concert or playoff sporting event.

Another student advertising on the GSC service asked $40 per ticket. Should I jump at the chance to buy at this "low" price?

Instead, I am upset and saddened that fellow students are perfectly happy to financially gouge me for the privilege of inviting the full circle of my closest family - my two divorced parents, their spouses, my only sibling, and my significant other - to my cherished graduation.

I guess I am naive to ask for consideration from other students in my community. But it certainly would make MIT a nicer place if we showed a little respect for others, especially at a celebratory time like graduation.

Fred G. Martin G