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Fishbowl Closing Result of Politics, not Needs

Fishbowl Closing Result Of Politics, not Needs

On my way home from class, I passed by the Fishbowl Athena cluster and noticed the sign on the window saying, cleverly, "So long and thanks for all the fish." I felt a pang of sorrow at that and realized that although I have been thinking I will wake up and find that it was all just a cruel joke, the Fishbowl will really be gone for good by the time I get back from Spring Break.

I was disappointed that the response to pleas to keep the Fishbowl was that the decisions have come too far to be changed now. It makes me wonder why I didn't hear about the plans until it was too late for them to be changed. I often hear people pondering why MIT students are so apathetic about change. I think the Fishbowl's destruction is a perfect illustration of why; to MIT, change means getting rid of the good, old things in favor of unnecessary, new things. Change at MIT is about politics, not about the students and what we want or need.

Christa R. Ansbergs '98