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Decisions Regarding Status of Residence Halls Should Be Deferred

Decisions Regarding Status of Residence Halls Should Be Deferred

The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to President Charles M. Vest, Provost Mark S. Wrighton, Senior Vice President William R. Dickson '56, Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Arthur C. Smith, and Dean of the Graduate School Frank E. Perkins '55.

As you are no doubt aware, the much talked about housing plans are a source of great concern to many within the MIT community. Unfortunately it appears that the Strategic Housing Planning Committee has been forming these proposals with minimal input from faculty, alumni, and students.

We are unclear as to the educational benefits of any of these proposals. We understand that there is some urgency in regard to the renovation of Senior House, and that if it is not renovated this summer the building will continue to deteriorate.

However, we believe that there is a grave risk of damaging, if not destroying, the best features of the Senior House, East Campus, and Ashdown communities should these renovations take place without significant input from those who would be affected by any moves that may follow.

We therefore respectfully ask that any decisions affecting the status of these three dormitories be deferred until such time that faculty, alumni, and student input can be taken into account. We are not asking for inaction in regard to Senior House renovations. We would like to propose the following in an effort to satisfy the need to renovate Senior House and also allow for input from faculty, alumni, and students:

Renovations of Senior House be such that residents, faculty, and house managers are consulted regarding the renovations and any possible changes in the status of the dormitory as an undergraduate residence hall.

That Senior House, East Campus, and Ashdown retain their current status as undergraduate and graduate residence halls, at least until the affected communities have had time to present their findings to President Vest, Provost Wrighton, Senior Vice President Dickson and Dean Smith.

Vijay P. Sankaran '95

President, Undergraduate Association

Roger G. Kermode G

President, Graduate Student Council

Thomas H. Burbine G

Chair, Ashdown House Executive Committee

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan '96

Anders Hove '96

and Rebecca Richkus '96

Chairs, Senior House-East Campus Action Committee

Professor Suzanne H. Corkin

Chair, Committee on Student Affairs