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Changes toThe Tech’s Editorial Board

John A. Hawkinson

Editboard adds Satwik

At this past Saturday’s meeting of The Tech’s managing board, Senior Editor Satwiksai Seshasai G was elected to The Tech’s editorial board.

I welcome more attention to the editorial board, since I’ve been particularly critical of them. This change also gives them an odd number of members, which may help them to achieve a majority.

A former arts editor and night editor of The Tech, Satwik has also been chairman; he was a co-author of Satwik & Frank’s Journal, which ran once amongst The Tech’s comics in 1999 (not to be confused with Frank and Satwik’s Journal). He graduated in 2002 and is now working for IBM; he returns to MIT this term as a graduate student in Technology, Management, and Policy, while still working for IBM.

Satwik hopes to bring a graduate student’s perspective to the editorial board. As an MEng student, he has lived in MIT graduate student housing (specifically, the Warehouse). He also served on the editorial board previously, when he was chairman.

Editorials need more work

I still think the editorial board needs to work a lot harder, though, and to do real research on their editorials. On Tuesday they published “A Message for DKE and the IFC,” in which they asserted that “the IFC should be commended on following their pre-determined procedure and sentencing guidelines.” Yet on the opposite page, “A Message from DKE” by Tom Kilpatrick ’04 and Mark Jury ’04 wrote that the IFC failed to follow Judcomm bylaws requiring audio tapes of hearing, and thus compromised their appeal.

The editorial board had access to the DKE opinion piece as they were writing, and their assertion seems curious in light of the doubts cast. It turns out they really meant to compliment the IFC on choosing one of the four sanctions enumerated in Article VII(D) of the Judcomm Bylaws, but they should have paid more attention before making such a sweeping statement.

The Tech’s Ombudsman welcomes your feedback, to ombudsman@the-tech.mit.edu. His opinions are his own.