GSC on Wrong Side Of Day Care Battle
[Ed: The first letter below was sent to administrators, Graduate Student Council representatives, and graduate student mailing lists. The second letter below is a response to the first.]
As a graduate student and a mother, I would like to express my outrage about the article on the front page of the Mar. 9 Tech, “GSC Wins Day Care Battle.” The article did not report a recent step forward in solving the all-too serious problem that graduate student parents, staff, and faculty at MIT face in finding day care at MIT or in Cambridge. Rather, it reports a “victory” of the Graduate Student Council in the “battle” to keep a proposed day care center out of the planning for the Sidney-Pacific graduate dorm, citing a lack of need for day care on campus and pointing to the troubling spectre of increased traffic to the dormitory. As a student who was on the MIT day care waiting list for at least one and a half years before receiving a call about a possible opening, this sounds ludicrous and insulting to say the least, and is particularly hurtful coming from a group that purports to represent the entire graduate student body. This is the first that many graduate students have heard of the proposal and the GSC’s position.
It is sadly ironic that this decision comes in the wake of MIT’s placement on the list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.” The tone set by the GSC’s president, Soulaymane Kachani, is not exactly one that celebrates the presence of women, in their many important roles, at the Institute.
Kachani invited us to celebrate, over alcoholic beverages at Hacklink 2K1, what he calls “a great victory and achievement.” I encourage those of you who disagree with Kachani’s position to express your feelings to the GSC and to the administration.
Glaire D. Anderson G