Health and Service Center Deserve Coridor Space
To the ongoing debate on the Infinite Corridor as a high-visibility address, I would like to add my perspective as a support staff person and former MIT parent. Aileen Tang '99 ["Fishbowl Move Shows No Conern for Students," Feb. 7] and Andy Oakland ["Fishbowl and Student Services Center Should Both Reside in Infinite Corridor," Feb. 11] both make arguments for retaining the Fishbowl, and I share their views. The Fishbowl - as a "glimpse into MIT life" as well as a convenience for students - should be preserved.
The Student Services Center is obviously much needed and well used. But it bumped the Public Service Center to a low-rent zone in the Student Center and removed the satellite Health Education desk housed in the Public Service Center. Loss of these complementary services - one for students to give help, one for them to get help - concerns me. Why can't the Student Services Center include some Athena terminals with the Fishbowl window in place and information kiosks for both Public Service and Health Education?
The MIT culture of excellence is one that tends to turn inward and may in some way promote the pandemic complaining that MingHui Kuang '97 complains about ["Students Are Taking the Fishbowl Too Seriously," Feb. 11]. The Public Service Center turns outward to the larger community. It should be spotlighted. Health Education urges all of us terrific people at MIT - faculty, students, and staff - to pursue wellness in our lives, to recognize illness, and, when necessary, to seek help.
I would appreciate hearing comments from students and others on this idea of re-establishing some Public Service and Health Education presence in or near the Fishbowl. Infinite Corridor space is obviously at a premium, but we all make space and time for what we consider important.
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