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Negative Press For East Campus Unfair

Negative Press For East Campus Unfair

I am writing to express my concern for the credibility of "MIT's Oldest and Largest Newspaper." In the past few weeks, an obscenely large number of articles have been dedicated to blowing the activities of East Campus way out of proportion. The Tech has printed false information and misquotations.

The most recent article on East Campus ["East Campus Raises Tax to Replenish Dorm Funds," Oct. 29] forgot to mention that the tax was decided on by a house vote. Stephanie A. Jenrette '97, the very capable and intellegent vice president of East Campus, was made to sound like an idiot. The paragraph about past house budgets being left in the open and recycled was a complete fabrication. The raise in tax was simply neccesary, not scandalous.

If The Tech was examining the issue of house tax, why did the article not include information on the policies of other dormitories? Wouldn't a comparison have been more relevant and, must I say, better journalism?

I feel that East Campus issues have been highlighted in The Tech because several of The Tech's editors are East Campus residents. Instead of writing entire articles of half-truths, why don't they attend House Committee meetings and actually participate in East Campus government? Maybe then The Tech will have space for articles about other dormitories.

Donna M. Augustine '97

East Campus President