The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to President Charles M. Vest.
As father of Casey R. Muller '02, I'd like to make a suggestion concerning MIT's plan to house all first-year students on campus in the near future.
My modest proposal is that you allow them to live off-campus if they live in an alcohol-free living group. Our freshman son lives at pika, which is alcohol-free, and we are very happy about this fact. Because of the recent alcohol overdose at Baker House, we feel that he is actually safer off campus than he would be in a dorm that allows alcohol.
Additionally, we are very well satisfied that our son can add to his prolific academic accomplishments the chance to live cooperatively in a situation in which the students do all the maintenance, construction, cooking, planning, and gardening. We feel that MIT has provided an exceptional variety in living choices which will help our son improve in the qualities he most needs: closeness and cooperation within a small group of peers.
Perhaps your decision to house first-year students on campus can be the lever to accomplish a truly radical change in the fraternity, sorority, and independent living group system: mens sana in corpore sana; students choosing to live together for mutual interests and in a truly healthful environment.
I urge you to be flexible in your decisions. Getting some or all of the Greeks and independent living groups to go alcohol-free would be the best possible publicity for MIT.