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The Proactive Approach

I am writing in response to the column by Joel M. Rosenberg [“MIT’s Willing Accomplices,” April 16]. It was not the intention of the Interfraternity Council to publish “propaganda as a news article” in The Tech. The IFC newsletter was published in The Tech as a cost-effective means of communicating with our members. There was never any attempt to pass off the advertisement as something different than it was, namely reports and commentary of interest to the Greek community.

That being said, one of the main points of Rosenberg’s column was that the MIT administration has managed to exploit the undergraduate population, and specifically the FSILG system, for its own means, while continuously “ignoring the wants of students.” He cited the IFC’s effort during Campus Preview Weekend as a prime example of this, noting that a prefrosh’s impressions of MIT during CPW were not only contrived, but contrived for the wrong reasons. It does thirty percent of the campus an injustice to reduce the IFC’s efforts during CPW to a misguided, selfish recruiting effort.

Arguably, a preview weekend at any school is contrived. However, there is no other way for a school to present all of its options over a span of three days. During CPW, the MIT community turned out in full force to show prefrosh what this school can be like. The weekend was not just about parties, or even good dry parties. It was about hanging out on Kresge Oval, attending sports games and concerts, and meeting people at barbeques, casino nights and ice cream socials. In short, Campus Preview Weekend, IFC-style, was about the Greek community living up to some of its fundamental principles: camaraderie and fun.

The IFC’s efforts during CPW reflect our relationship with the administration. Rather than rebelling against the entire system, we have chosen to work with MIT towards mutually acceptable goals. One example of this is the IFC Transition 2001 Committee, which is evaluating the social and financial impacts of housing all freshmen on campus and will begin formulating strategies with MIT administrators to ease the transition for all involved. Our proactive approach will help ensure that the fundamental aspects of MIT undergraduate life will stay constant for generations to come.

Vicki W. Lin ’01
IFC Public Relations Chair