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Reorganization Needed Additional Debate

The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to President Charles M. Vest, Dean for Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams, and Director of Administration and Operations Stephen D. Immerman:

I was a bit surprised when I got the news release describing the reorganization of many of the student service departments in MIT's administration. I was, and still am, concerned that there was no public discussion on the change, or even an announcement that changes were being considered. The services offered by the organizations are probably the most important aspect of students' lives outside the classroom, yet I never heard a rumor that changing them was even a possibility, let alone a probability.

I am sure many students, including me, would have had things to say about such a plan had they been given the chance. It is even more disconcerting that such surprise actions are being taken during the re-engineering process, when so many things are up in the air.

I do not think that many positive changes can be made by a few people in the administration operating without the help of students and staff. Not only will many wrongheaded decisions be made, but possibly beneficial ones will meet resistance because of the decision-making process used.

Douglas K. Wyatt G

President, Association of Student Activities