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Williams Has Ability For New Role

I just read The Tech's extra Oct. 2 edition which covered, and complained about, MIT's major restructuring. Complaints seemed to center around the lack of student involvement in the administrative restructuring that just took place. But how the administration structures itself is not the students' concern. We need to make our voices heard in terms of what we want and need from the Institute, but it is the Institute's responsibility to structure itself in a way that meets our concerns and concerns of others.

Considering the column written by Anders Hove G ["Student Life Group Needs Student Members," Sept. 20] denouncing Dean for Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams for her supposed disinterested approach to students, I think it is also necessary to defend her.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take Writing and Reading the Essay (21W735) with her as the professor, and anyone in that class I'm sure will tell you that she understands and is very concerned for MIT students. A couple of token students on committees would contribute far less, I think, than Williams' own knowledge of, understanding of, concern for, and experience with students. I was very happy to see that so many things important to students were placed under her supervision in the recent restructuring, and I look forward to the changes she may make.

If, after this restructuring, the affected offices do not meet student needs more satisfactorily, then we should complain about those things, not about a restructuring which places more responsibility in friendly hands.

Mark A. Story G