Volume 96, Issue 81
Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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O-Week criticism

Re: "Still haunted by O-Week memories," Feb. 13

To the Editor:

This is my appeal to sophs for next Orientation-Week – spare the incoming frosh the treatment we received last September. It seems the majority of sophs and residence staff enjoyed being on major power trips. Why? Not really sure, seeing that most of them were only one year older than us (if not the same age or younger).

I remember sitting on the grass behind Delaware Hall residence, with the rez staff seated on the ledge in front, condescendingly asking us "what WE think the rules should be/are." We are NOT in Grade 3 and while there are a few students who act like they've just graduated from elementary school, the majority of us act like what we are: adults.

This was the main issue [of contention] for me. I didn't care about the drinking thing, the cheers, the sweltering heat or the early morning wake-up calls as much as this "counsellor/camper" relationship the O-Week staff thought they should have with us.

This isn't a lash out at O-Week staff; it's merely a suggestion of a way to make it more enjoyable. Get off your high horses and realize that you're no better than the frosh. Encourage us, but please spare the patronizing lectures.

Colin Edington
MIT I

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