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Close-Knit Communities Also Exist in Dormitories

Close-Knit Communities Also Exist in Dormitories

A lot has been said in the past two issues and among students about the value of fraternities or the lack thereof. While I found this whole squabble mildly entertaining, several inaccurate statements concerning dormitories have been made. As a resident of a dormitory, I am compelled to add my meager two cents into this already overblown bickering and clarify some misconceptions about dormitories.

Many responses to the column by Stacey E. Blau '98 ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT," Feb. 25] seem to insinuate that fraternities are superior to dormitories. Both systems have their strengths and their shortcomings. Yet some of the authors of the letters and columns attempt to compare the two when comparison is just silly. We cannot compare the cohesiveness of a living group of approximately 30 persons to one that comprises over hundreds. It is almost given that the larger group would be divided. Moreover, the precise reason many chose to be live in dormitories is that they prefer to be eclectic rather than to subscribe to an organization.

Still some of the authors mention that fraternities and sororities provide their brothers or sisters with bibles, tutoring, or special attention in times of need and imply dormitories don't. Well, I hate to tell the authors that these services aren't unique to brotherhood and sisterhood. They belong to a more general ideal called friendship. Since friendships also exist in dormitories, so too do these services. This is not to say brotherhood and sisterhood don't exist. Judging by the cronyism, or rather nepotism prevalent in recruiting practices, I know for a fact that fraternity does indeed exist among the Greeks.

Jon R. Tong '98