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Student Participation in Survey Appreciated

We would like to thank the student body for their amazing help with (and tolerance of) the student life survey. As those who experienced "Camp Survey" in Du Pont Gymnasium know, participating in the 121-question survey was a long and exhausting process. We were hoping for 400 responses. Instead, we received over 700 responses from students who waded their way through six surveys to tell us about student life in an unprecedented outpouring of student involvement.

The response is more than adequate to call the administration's bluff, and make a significant impact. While we cannot guarantee that the MIT agencies concerned will improve as a result of this survey, we promise that we will do everything we can to make sure that they listen to the results.

We would also like to apologize for inflicting the survey on the student body. Unfortunately, the six surveys that made up the student life survey all concerned "hot topics" that we needed to get numerical student opinion on:

The Senior House renovations and converting Ashdown into an undergraduate dormitory are major issues right now.

Student resources, both problem solving services and student involvement, are being reviewed by the Office of Residence and Campus Activities and other administrators.

Aramark's contract to run MIT Food Service is now up for review.

The card readers (and the entire workings of the Office of Housing and Food Services) are being reconsidered.

Medical services for students are being evaluated by a staff committee right now.

With the exception of four typos accidentally added right before the survey was printed, the survey actually was tested - the layout used was the least offensive way found to assemble six surveys and 121 questions on four pages. Of course, all this is small consolation to survivors of Camp Survey. Do not worry: we are being punished for our transgressions.

The Visiting Committee on Student Life is coming on Feb. 14. We plan to present our preliminary findings by then. This means that we have to tabulate at least 400 questions (times 121 questions for each survey), analyze the results, and assemble a presentation by Tuesday.

Better yet, it is not too late to punish us further. If you still have your copy from Registration Day, feel free to fill it out and throw it in interdepartmental mail. It will get to us and we'll tabulate it.

Once again, we thank the student body for their outpouring of support and toleration. We just hope that we get to see you again before next week.

John S. Hollywood '96

Chair, UA Committee on Student Life