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Factual Errors in Wan's Column

I would like to correct some factual inaccuracies in the recent column on the showering of freshmen ["For A Kinder Freshman Initiation," Sept. 29].

The 10 "freshmen" she saw at East Campus were in fact seniors. We duct-taped ourselves together while waiting to be showered by the underclassmen (we were later joined by one freshman).

Wan says, "Showering freshmen is an act in which the ones being showered have no control. Freshmen are showered whether they like it or not. Then again, who would want to be showered?" On our hall, no one is showered against their will. Every year, several people choose not to get showered. Even more - freshmen and upperclassmen alike - choose to shower and be showered.

I can't say what goes on at other dormitories, but judging by the one example she gives in her column, neither can Wan.

Edmund W. Golaski '99