TCA Is Incapable of Handling HowToGAMIT
Perhaps the reason why Technology Community Association President Kevin Amonlirdviman '96 had to respond to the letter by Richard Y. Lee '97 and Dedric A. Carter '98 ["UA Should Salvage HowToGAMIT," Feb. 27] was because no one at MIT except Amonlirdviman knew that TCA is working on HowToGAMIT. Before Amonlirdviman mentioned the meeting in his letter to The Tech ["Despite Concerns, HowToGAMIT Will Go To Press," March 5], how was anyone supposed to know that TCA has planned to have a meeting about the guidebook?
There are no posters, no publicity, no announcements of any sort throughout the Institute. There isn't even a note on the TCA office that a HowToGAMIT meeting is happening. The TCA office is always dark and locked; I practically live in the student center and have frequently walked past W20-450 at all hours of day without having seen anyone there in months. There are no office hours listed on the TCA door. The publicity chair of Alpha Phi Omega was even told that TCA no longer provides drop poster to students, instead directing people to buy paper from APO. How should anyone know that TCA even exists anymore, much less that they are having a HowToGAMIT meeting in two days?
Amonlirdviman wonders "whether HowToGAMIT would have enough staff members to properly edit and produce the publication." He wonders why no one shows up to meetings or expresses interest about HowToGAMIT.
This suggests to me even more that TCA is incapable of handling the publication of HowToGAMIT and that another more intelligent organization should take it over.
How can the many people who want to help publish TCA join in and begin work? Showing up at a meeting hinted at 2 days in advance is not an option for a typically busy MIT student. If TCA is not just joking about publishing HowToGAMIT, it needs to get serious, advertise for the help it apparently needs, and start planning in advance. This is particularly urgent this year, because HowToGAMIT should be provided free to both the Class of 2000 and the Class of 1999 (who missed out this past year).
Richard J. Barbalace G