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LETTER

RSSC Report Risks Student Satisfaction

The report of the Residence System Steering Committee is here. It complies with the freshmen-in-dorms-in-2001 edict, but what does it accomplish?

It does not protect the lives of future freshmen from alcohol, substances or suicide. By the admission of the committee and the administration, it doesn’t even try! It does not fulfill the visions of the Student Life and Learning Report to provide a common freshman experience, enhance student-faculty interaction, or even suggest a better meal program.

It does “offend all parties equally,” be they undergraduates, ILG, dormitory or theme house residents, graduate students, or faculty (although the RSSC must be thanked for a degree of damage control).

It does replace a nascent but promising ILG Resident Advisor Program with questionably trained, unremunerated and lightly motivated individuals as a feeble shadow of the recognized quality of mentoring provided by ILGs. It does place in jeopardy an ILG system that has served MIT for over 125 years, warrants a high degree of satisfaction from its residents, and provides loyal, participating and contributing alumni.


Tom Holtey ’62