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Ashdown Students Petition for Time to Assess Options

Ashdown Students Petition for Time To Assess Options

The Tech received a copy of the following petition, which has been circulating among the resident of Ashdown House.

We, the undersigned, believe that the decision to eliminate Ashdown as a graduate housing option is proceeding in an imprudently fast manner. We believe that many members of the MIT community would greatly benefit if housing decisions were postponed until Jan. 31.

This delay would allow time for: (1) graduate students to research the benefits and value of retaining Ashdown as a graduate housing option, (2) presenting our findings as well as our own independently considered options, (3) the MIT administration to coherently communicate its short and long term goals, and (4) an accurate assessment of the impact of the various proposals on alumni donations.

We request that you take into consideration the short amount of time we have been given to evaluate these issues, as well as the heavy academic demands students face at the end of the term.

Thomas H. Burbine G.

Chair, Ashdown House Executive Committee and 202 others