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Students are Taking Fishbowl Too Seriously

I think MIT students are taking the whole Fishbowl situation way too seriously. Reading the letter by Aileen Tang '99 in Friday's Tech ["Fishbowl Move Shows No Concern for Students"] makes me wonder just what MIT students are thinking. We are merely moving a computer cluster. Can anyone feel sentimental about a computer cluster? Is it a place of sentimentality or romance? Do people have dates in the Fishbowl? What is the big deal? People make it sound like we are taking Shangri-la away from them.

Tang makes arguments that the Fishbowl allows students to check e-mail before heading off to the next class. When was the last time you saw a free machine in the Fishbowl in between classes or during any time of the day before 6 p.m. for that matter? I have been here for three-and-a-half years, and the Fishbowl is the cluster I least frequently use. Hell, I use the Building 37 cluster more than I use the Fishbowl.

Tang also says that every "Athena conscious" student appreciates the "unique charm" of the Fishbowl. I find this absolutely ludicrous. Are we so far out there that we find "charm" in an Athena cluster? Let's not get carried away here. If you find charm in a computer cluster, you need some help in my opinion.

I find it disturbing that whenever MIT changes anything students always complain. We use dormitory access cards, and people complain that they are being tracked via a computer. We don't put the word "student" on the new MIT Card, and more people complain we are taking away their MIT identity. We complain over the housing lottery, physical education class lottery, etc. Every time I read The Tech, someone is always complaining about something. Enough is enough. Aren't we ever happy?

MingHui Kuang '97