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MIT Community Should Revive Social Scene

MIT Community Should Revive Social Scene

I have to say I'm a little confused by the "parties" I've been to recently, especially Steer Roast - what is happening to the social scene at MIT? Perhaps I'm just completely naive, being a freshman, but it seems to me that there is definitely something wrong with the recent parties at MIT. I would put the blame on both the students and the Campus Police for the failure of the various events over the past weekend as well as the general anti-social attitude that has seized the campus in its iron grip with the ending of the events moratorium.

I'm sure the folks at Senior House are just as disappointed as the rest of the MIT populace. It was their job, after all, to throw MIT's best party of the year. And I have to say that the Campus Police presence at Steer Roast was the major factor in its meagerness, but a large part the citizenry of MIT are equally to blame. We all know that great parties can be thrown, and have been thrown, and that at MIT attendance to these parties is usually the key issue. It shouldn't be.

We as a student body need to put a more concerted effort towards being social. I'm not demanding that you go to a party that you really don't want to - but why lurk in Athena all night wasting your time drooling over pics on the World-Wide Web when you can be out having fun?

Well, I do want to end this rant on a constructive note, so I'd like to make a pledge to the MIT community. The former Student Center Committee "program board" is planning many events which can be great successes if we can get the MIT community to come out and have a little bit of fun. These will include Strat's Rats and Concerts but also new events such as raves or D.J. nights, capella competitions, drag queen contests, and other activities that will convince more members of the MIT community to be social. You, the person holding this Tech in your hand and glancing over this article, have the responsibility literally in your hands. You can make MIT a fun place to be, and a much less stressful place to be. So let's get together and revive the social scene, put the events moratorium behind us, and look forward to a great 96-97 year.

Jeremy L. Warner '99