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MIT Needs to Keep Newbury Comics

MIT Needs to Keep Newbury Comics

I hope I'm not the only student who is really upset about Newbury Comics' closing ["Newbury Comics, MIT Museum To Close Student Center Shops," April 17]. This isn't just a simple issue of economics that we're dealing with here. What we're really dealing with is the apathy of the student body, and this is an indication of how serious it has become. I've known for a few months now that Newbury Comics was planning to close, and I've known the reason why. What it comes down to is that MIT students, faculty, and staff just don't care enough to support their own services. It's not a problem with musical selection or with a lack of money. It's certainly not a problem with numbers - there are at least 20,000 people that have easy access to this store.

There is something we can do about this. We can show Mike Dreese (the president of Newbury Comics, and a former MIT student) that MIT students, faculty, and staff do care about preserving this community. We can show MIT's administrators that they are seriously neglecting the student body by letting the Student Center decay; that they are, in a sense, as culpable in their inaction as much as anyone else. To do either of these things we need to take a stand now, not later. I propose an organized protest to take place on May 14, the last day of classes. These are important issues we're dealing with and I hope that I can get the support of the student body. I have secured a time and a space, now it just remains to be seen if there is enough enthusiasm and pride on this campus to make a difference.

Jeremy L. Warner '99