Don't Change MIT's Freedoms
I have an explanation for the death of Scott S. Krueger '01. It has nothing to do with MIT policy or the housing system. It has to do with the choices made by Krueger and the people with him. On a larger scale, it has to do with the choices that students make every day.
Although the recent trend has been toward more authoritarian policies, it's still true that compared to most schools, MIT gives student the chance to go out on a limb and learn. This is true in academics, employment, extracurricular activities, and personal conduct. The MIT safety net is very low to the ground. Students, as individuals and as peers, must take responsibility for their choices. It can't work any other way because taking real risks is the only way a person grows.
Scott D. Centurino '94