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Letters to the Editor

Speculatio

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Singh


Was Inappropriate


As a community, we are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our dear colleague and friend Push Singh. It is a time when the Media Lab and the entire MIT community gather to offer the family, girlfriend and friends of Push support and compassion.

It is therefore with great distress that I read your report speculating about the circumstances of Push’s death. Quoting an uninformed individual guessing as to the cause of death is thoughtless, unprofessional and unnecessary. I am at a loss to understand the motivation behind such a disclosure. If the aim of your newspaper is to report the truth accurately, please consider first approaching the appropriate sources who can furnish you with verifiable information. It is then your choice to decide how to best deliver the story in a respectful, compassionate and human way.

Aisling M. Kelliher G

Editors’ Response: We certainly do aim to report as accurately as possible, and this case was no exception. In our efforts to find out more about the circumstances surrounding Mr. Singh’s death, we contacted the MIT Police, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office, and several of Mr. Singh’s friends, mentors, and colleagues. In most cases, they declined to comment. However, one of these sources did raise a cause of death that was consistent with other information we had, so we felt that this was worth reporting.

Stata

Center Rocks

I love the Stata Center. Ruth Miller’s half-page manifesto using the coolest building on campus as an analogy for everything wrong with “MIT planning” broke my heart.

When I first saw the campus as a prefrosh, the Stata Center, with its multi-hued intricacy and parts fitted together with ingenuity and humor, blew my mind. Ridiculous as it sounds, this was probably a small detail that tipped my decision to come to MIT, especially as I thought, at the time, that it was one of the ugliest campuses I’ve visited.

Everyone is entitled to an artistic opinion (of course). There are some of us, though, who don’t think that buildings that are not rectangular cement blocks resemble “tumors.”

Hui Ying Wen ’08