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Final Decision Shouldn’t End Input

This Thursday, Chancellor Lawrence S. Bacow ’72 will release his final recommendations on the future shape of the MIT housing system.

This report will encapsulate one of the most important policy drafts in recent memory. Every student at MIT in the coming decades will be directly affected by the recommendations of this report.

Unfortunately, the timing for the release of this report is very poor. Students have precious little time in the twilight of the semester to devote to anything other than classwork. Many students preoccupied with exams will find it most convenient to ignore the release of this report. The chancellor, student leaders, and students themselves must not let this happen.

Chancellor Bacow must redouble his efforts to insure that students give serious consideration to the release of his report. At his presentation Thursday he must make every effort to stress the great importance of this report and encourage all students to read his findings.

Student leaders must also urge their respective constituencies to read the report. If leaders expect to receive feedback from the students they represent, they must stress to students the importance of understanding and reacting to this report. Student leaders have shown admirable dedication to participating in the process which lead up to the release of this report. That dedication to provide student input should continue through the implementation of Bacow’s report.

Finally, students themselves must take responsibility and find time to review Chancellor Bacow’s recommendations. Housing is an integral part of the MIT experience, and students should make their opinions known to the administration on this pivotal issue.

Chancellor Bacow, student leaders, and individual students have an obligation to give the report proper consideration despite the inopportune timing of its release.