Homecoming MingBy Ming-Tai Huh
ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
So it’s finally arrived: the MIT homecoming. Now what are we to do? Looking back to our high school days, when we would go watch the football team crush an underdog, then enjoy an amazing finger-licking barbeque, play some outdoor games, and go home and get psyched up for the big dance, all of this seems so nostalgic and old-school.
But if you remember the feeling of being back at home, imagine what it’s going to be like this weekend with the whole MIT community. Exactly--this weekend there will be the closest thing to full MIT participation since Orientation/Rush, but this time I believe its going to be bigger. On Saturday, alums and graduate and undergraduate students will be out there having a good time enjoying MIT’s one-time splurge.
Never again will there be a time to go into MIT’s pockets.
The celebration surrounding homecoming stands in stark contrast to the recent topic of the shortage of funding for MIT athletics. I am pretty sure that I am not only one fiercely annoyed by the cuts of junior varsity teams and shortening of varsity squads. When I applied to this school, MIT had the huge bragging right of 41 varsity sports, the most of any college in the country. What they failed to mention was that we have most underfunded teams of any school. I bet your high school football team gets more money that MIT’s does.
Athletes at this school deserve more. You pour out your time and your dedication, all on top of the hellish education. That’s the way I see it, but MIT sees it like this: “Well, they (athletes) are excellent students so they really shouldn’t be playing a sports anyway. We can save some money by cutting some teams which people join for fun and not real competition, but then again real competition doesn’t exist here at MIT.”
This is a discussion to be continued and continued. I want to hear from teams and players that feel they have been deceived by MIT’s athletic program.
In the meantime, have a great Domecoming weekend. Show me the money!