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Last week’s sudden loss of Zach Morris ‘09 from the MIT community was a tremendous shock to the many he touched in his too-short time on campus. Zach’s positive, sincere, and easygoing nature bonded him quickly with fellow students in many different groups and organizations. He was, without even thinking about it, fixin’ to make another friend at every moment, and will be remembered that way.

The related Dec. 2, 2005 Tech article was, very unfortunately, poorly done. Instead of using the opportunity for cheap shots at other MIT students, the article should have better centered on well-researched facts and a more interesting portrayal of Zach. For a lesson on better news writing, Tech reporters and editors should study the Dec. 3, 2005 Boston Globe article covering Zach’s death. While reporting the relevant facts and circumstances of the tragedy as accurately as possible, Globe correspondent Michael Levenson also conveyed the essence of the brilliant young man that many of us are truly privileged to have met.

Kevin Coffey ’83

Brian S. Coffey ’09

Editor’s Note: Brian Coffey was Morris’ roommate.

Needlessly Involving Others

I think the blurb about Justin Holland and Neil Kelly in the article about Zach Morris’ death was offensive to Zach as well as to Justin and Neil. This paragraph paints an incomplete and faulty image of Zach’s company. Justin and Neil had the honor not to gossip about the story, but your author felt the need to gossip about them. Their history has nothing to do with the events of that night. Editorializing in an article as important as that one is irresponsible and I think you owe your readers an apology.

Daniel J. Guarda ’06