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MIT Knew of Earlier Hazing Problems

When I was a freshman, I pledged Pi Lambda Phi, and after realizing the mistake I made, I depledged. Because of my experiences, I have been keeping a close eye on events that have taken place since the tragic death of Scott S. Krueger '01.

One piece of literature really caught my eye and changed my view of the current debate over MIT's housing system. This was the document that Scott R. Velazquez G and Robert Plotkin '93 published relating their experiences at PLP (http://web.mit.edu/ what/www2/common_sense.html). It tells stories of rampant hazing and alcohol abuse as well as cover-ups by the Office of Residence and Campus Activities.

What really took me by surprise was that despite the four-year separation and MIT's assurances that the problems like the ones detailed in the document were fixed, Velazquez and Plotkin's story describes my experience almost to the letter. I experienced every event that they described and thought the same things that they thought. I even invented the same ridiculous reasons for staying and said the same things when I left.

I urge everyone to take the time to read what Velazquez and Plotkin wrote. What they describe is not unique; what happened to them happened to me and probably many others. While you may not agree with their conclusions, I can vouch for their facts. If MIT actually had listened to them back in 1993 and done something about these problems instead of just covering them up, perhaps recent events would have transpired differently.

Michael S. Allen G