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Other Standards For Women, Minorities

In his column "Gender Affirmation" [Sept. 9 ], Anders Hove G says MIT does not use different standards in its affirmative action policy. Here is a statement from the horse's mouth, former Director of Admissions Michael C. Behnke, courtesy of the Nov. 9, 1996, issue of Counterpoint:

"We have a different set of rules due to our affirmative action policy."

Behnke also says, "MIT tries to admit people who have the ability to succeed socially."

Need I be the one to point out that the Office of Admissions does not have access to reliable information on this aspect of any applicant?

If Hove wants to defend the affirmative action policy, he should first represent it for what it is.

Omri Schwarz G