Decision Reinforces Student Leadership Gap
Everyone complains that MIT graduates go on to work for Harvard grads. The faculty and staff of MIT are in a position to partially correct this by involving MIT students in the processes that guide and shape their environment. Instead, the Institute has chosen repeatedly in recent years to reinforce the belief that MIT students do not belong in fundamental decision-making processes.
While there are token students on low impact committees, I think most students believe that they have almost no impact on decisions of any real, medium to long-term importance. Think about the Aramark contract renewal a few years back: Students kept saying "get rid of them," and MIT signed them again for five more years.
Scott Centurino '94