Letters to the Editor
Resolving DissonanceGranted, a piano frozen in midair does look quite interesting. In fact, it pleased a crowd of about 300 people, News Channel 7, and the remainder of the MIT community as high-speed photography on an inner page of The Tech. The long-lost tradition of the Baker piano drop has returned, and is better than ever.
While I thank Ms. Wu (“A Dissonant Tradition,” May 9) for her opinion, I feel that her point of view is not very objective. The piano was donated by a well-wisher, and I assure you that the condition of the piano was far worse than most any practice piece. Three of my friends and I rented a U-Haul and sacrificed our own time to move it back to Baker.
I also played piano before I came to MIT. Like Wu, the only piano I had to practice on was a hand-me-down from my grandparents. I also played five years on the disparaged instrument, until I was fortunate enough to upgrade to a nicer piano. In my time playing I had the opportunity to study at the Manhattan School of Music Prep program, and I even got to play once in Carnegie Recital Hall.
I know that destroying a piano seems sacrilegious; however, it did bring “joy into my heart” to see the fruits of my labor, and that of so many others, pay off by hearing the crunching thud of a direct hit. I am also very confident that the Baker Piano Drop costs significantly less than most other dorm-sponsored activities because the instrument is donated.
I am truly sorry to hear that members of the MIT community feel that we acted childishly and disgracefully. However, isn’t stealing a cannon from three thousand miles away also considered childish? What if someone practiced cannon shooting for five years of their youth? Is it not in the spirit of MIT to have fun and exciting events? I assure all of you that the piano that we kindly guided over the edge of Baker House had long since seen its last working day. And to that end, we at Baker look forward to pleasing the crowds again on Drop Date 2007.
George Courtsunis ’09
Review Needed Back-UpMinyoung Jang’s review [“Spring Weekend Caters to ‘Alternative’ Tastes,” May 12] of the spring weekend Cake concert was a disappointment. Comments like “Cake’s performance fell flat at times, but only because I find a lot of their songs to be weak in the first place” convey a bit about Jang’s taste — a topic neither I nor other readers are likely to care about — but little about the actual concert. Perhaps it would have been better to mention how the band managed to successfully reproduce the subtleties of their studio sound in a live performance? Jang did, however, provide some comedic relief with statements like “some people blatantly leaned into my space” and “a couple students cut through the crowd to move up front.” Really? At a rock concert? How dare they? Maybe at Jewel concerts everyone is expected to sit quietly and sip tea daintily, but at a rock concert, shouldn’t a little liveliness be expected?
Matthew N. Faulkner ’08