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Don't End Dorm Rush

The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to a number of administrators, including President Charles M. Vest.

As a concerned undergraduate who has benefitted from the current rush system at MIT, I would strongly urge you not to support any decision to eliminate dormitory rush.

By allowing students to choose their place of residence, cultures unlike those at any other college are created in MIT dormitories. To me and many of my fellow residents, this is one of the best things about MIT. Randomly assigning freshmen to dormitories will destroy these cultures within a few years. This will not create unity; it will create homogeneity. These two things should never be confused.

The current rush system is certainly in need of reform, but please do not allow this reform to destroy the good things we already have: diversity and choice.

Christa R. Ansbergs '98