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Vest Doesn’t Care About Students

For a former UA president, Matt McGann showed precious little respect for student opinion when he sang the praises of Chuck Vest in Oct. 3’s “Is There a Vest in Your Future?” While I do admire the man’s fundraising prowess, Chuck Vest has hardly been a president for the students to rally behind.

Perhaps Matt has forgotten that this is the same man who strong-armed the Task Force on Student Life and Learning into recommending that all freshmen live on campus, so that he could use their report as the basis for his unilateral decision on the matter. The same president, in fact, who later dismissed a UA poll in which 89 percent of the student body opposed his decision, saying to an assembly of parents, and I paraphase, “You know students -- they always vote for the status quo.”

The sad fact of the matter is that nobody in this school has done or said more to demonstrate their lack of respect for the students and culture of MIT than Mr. Charles Vest.