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Dorm Delay Offers a ‘Glimmer of Hope’

(The Tech received a copy of this letter, sent to the Founders’ Group.)

After all the controversy and craziness surrounding the freshmen on campus ultimatum, the administration’s decision to postpone it until the new dorm is built is a breath of fresh air: it’s the first reasonable and realistic decision we’ve seen regarding student life in the past three years.

It gives us a chance to slow down the transition from a residence system that we know works to a “community” that may not -- one which will destroy the unique communities that have grown here from the bottom up over the years.

But more importantly, it gives us a few more years with the greatest residence system anywhere. Students don’t want to see freshmen on campus. The system we’re so wantonly throwing away has the highest student satisfaction rates in the country.

I read in a recent issue of The Tech that the postponement of the new dorm was “a disappointment, particularly for the members of the founder’s group.”

I implore you not to be driven by this disappointment and not to push the new dorm to be built any faster than it must be. If this dorm is pushed through at anywhere near its current breakneck pace, it will only hurt the students you represent.

Instead, view this as the wonderful opportunity that it is. It’s an opportunity for a few more years of students to choose their residences. It’s a chance to make the cataclysmic shift between residence systems at a saner pace. And it gives the mass of students, whose ideas and concerns have been repeatedly ignored and tossed aside, the faintest glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, the administration won’t run the Institute into the ground just yet.

Darius Jazayeri ’00