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“Stop Whining” Misses the Point

I think Mr Blascovich’s editorial Stop Whining and Start Cheering overlooks a few fundamentals.

Firstly, the point of sports is to participate, not to sit on the sidelines and cheer. Trust me, there will be plenty of time for that later in life.

Secondly, making one’s case in the face of budget cuts is not whining, it’s called democracy. Economic hard times are temporary, but many of these sports, once cut, are unlikely to ever return; and in any case the students who want to participate now will lose that opportunity. Any other activities that want to make their voices heard are welcome to do so. But I feel that the wide variety of sports that MIT offers is a strength and that MIT is cutting muscle rather than fat. I believe that the Institute should put the welfare of the students before its own bottom line.

Tom Hafer ’70