John A. Hawkinson
A reader wrote in questioning my Oct. 3 assertion [“Friday’s Flag Editorial Sloppy and Bad Journalism”], under “Flawed arguments,” that the housing regulation applied to flags not at Sidney-Pacific was that prohibiting “flammable decorations” and mandating approval of non-flammable decorations. He was correct; I had misunderstood.
Director of Housing Karen A. Nilsson clarified in an e-mail to me, “the policy that was enforced regarding the ‘flag’ at both East Campus as well as at Sidney and Pacific is the Housing Policy on Alterations and Additions.”
Per the Housing Web site, http://web. mit.edu/housing/standards/housing.html# alterations, that policy reads: “Alterations to physical conditions of rooms and hallways ... must be approved by the House Manager. Residents are not permitted to alter or add to any part of the building structure, mechanical, or electrical systems.”
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