MIT and Fraternities
The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to the MITAlumni Fund
It is with great regret that I can no longer contribute to the MITAlumni Fund. After many years of modest but regular giving, splitting my donations between the Institute and my fraternity chapter, Ifind myself at odds with the MITadministration over its relations with MIT's independent living groups. From this point onward, Iwill be directing all of my giving to my fraternity chapter. This is a shame as Iam finally beginning to achieve a measure of increased financial success in life, anticipating the day when Ican play a more substantial role in philanthropic activities.
For years, fraternities have been the foundation of a balanced social life at MIT. It is with great distress that Isee the current administration jeopardizing the entire fraternity system in a knee-jerk effort to respond to an unfortunate incident at one house. The long-term damage this will cause to the MITcommunity as fraternities begin to fail, further unbalancing what is already considered by many to be a peculiar college environment, is inestimable. I only hope that my contributions to my chapter will help it survive the inevitable shakeout as the weaker houses succumb to the financial distress caused when freshmen are banned from fraternities.
I do hope that as time passes and passions cool, this issue will be revisited in a more rational manner.
William A. Frezza '76