The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 36.0°F | Overcast

Velazquez and Plotkin Embarrass MIT

The other morning I was watching Good Morning America and there were two MIT alumni talking about the tragic incident at Phi Gamma Delta now over a week ago. Their names were Scott R. Velazquez G and Robert Plotkin '93. They claimed that they had urged the MIT administration years ago (when they just finished going through Residence and Orientation Week) that alcohol was a major problem and someone should make an authoritative stand.

Their interview was borderline embarrassing for me as an MIT alumnus. They were careful with their words, but still spoke with a tone of haughtiness and accusation toward MIT leaders. The two stated that they had written several letters to deans and President Charles M. Vest himself, but no action was taken in the end. Basically, their statements were to the effect, if only MIT had listen to them, this tragic death could have been avoided.

In my opinion Velazquez and Plotkin sounded weak and were disgusting in trying to portray themselves as unrecognized heroes in a fight without victory. They claimed insight and action with their words, but in the end simply sounded disgruntled and unappreciated.

Disgust may be a harsh emotion, but I fear Velazquez and Plotkin were motivated by fame at the expense of this tragic life. What is the claim of these two alumni? Amidst the tragedy for the family of Scott S. Krueger '01, Fiji brothers, and the MIT community as a whole, these two have the gall to take the stage at a national level and piously trumpet away.

Who are these two alumni? I hope that someone could research their background, interview their troubled souls, and expose them for what they seem to me to be: a pair of hungry, self-doubting souls searching for retribution and thirty seconds of fame. They have opened themselves to the world, but may the world return them to their meager shells.

Eddie Cho '93