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Thursday Night Dinners Shouldn't Be Cancelled

Thursday Night Dinners Shouldn't Be Cancelled

The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to the Residence and Orientation Week Committee and R/O Committee member Mark A. Herschberg '95:

I was disappointed to read in a recent article in The Tech ["Overzealous Crowd Mars Frosh Dinners,"Aug. 25] the suggestion that Freshman Thursday Night Dinners might be cancelled.

Freshmen dinners are a good way for the freshman to ask questions and see some of the Boston and Cambridge area before classes start.

I have watched the progression in the last couple of years as the upperclassmen have moved closer and closer to the football fields to wait for the freshmen, and would like to observe that my freshman year, when Project Move Off Your Assumptions didn't exist, this wasn't a problem because the freshmen came from their dormitories to the oval. If you want to avoid the problems, either schedule an activity that has the freshman scattered across the Institute or schedule an hour between MOYA and freshman dinners so that freshman can go home for a short break and come back.

It is right to say that the upperclassmen should behave better, but cancelling freshman dinners will only punish the freshmen. When I look back on my freshman dinner, I remember meeting some wonderful people, one of whom has remained a good friend since then, and others that made R/O Week more comfortable because I recognized a friendly face, and could ask them questions.

Theresa V. Iuzzolino G