Volume 96, Issue 59
Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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Gazette has Essex Hall's bells ringin'

Re: "Best of London" issue, Jan. 6

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to your "Best of London" issue in which you hail Essex Hall as the best residence to "Sleep, Study and Party." Although I was glad to see my residence featured as a voter's favourite, I am now infuriated with The Gazette. I feel the need to inform you that the statement "Essex is more prone than any other residence to fire alarms at 3 a.m. on a Saturday morning" is entirely incorrect.

Before the "Best Of" issue was published, Essex Hall had not yet been subject to any fire alarms or drills other than during Frosh Week. Not three days after the issue hit campus, myself and the other 499 students in the building have been subject to two fire alarms in one weekend.

The propaganda of this article has sparked some serious thought. I say shame on you, for giving the feebleminded youth in the building a new prank. Twice I was forced outside into the cold and slush in slippers and a sweater, only to find out that no fire actually occurred, but instead, a stupid prank.

I hope the 45-minute wait in the cold on Thursday evening convinced the culprits of the stupidity of such a prank, however I have no choice but to point a finger at The Gazette, for instigating the idea in the first place.

Thanks a lot.

Amanda Grainger
MIT I

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