An opinion piece last Friday by Alexi Goranov titled “Capitalism and Functioning Democracy Are at Odds” incorrectly stated “A study by IMS Health estimated that the new healthcare bill will bring the drug industry an increase in sales by $137 billion over the next four years.” In a letter to The Tech, Gary J. Gatyas, Jr., a communications director at IMS Health, wrote that the $137 billion increase from the April to the October 2009 forecasts is not all attributable to current healthcare reforms. Goranov cited a November 12, 2009 piece from “Democracy Now!” that, according to IMS Health, misinterpreted the organization’s report. According to Gatyas, “The direct impact of current U.S. healthcare reform measures embedded in the IMS forecast is less than one percent of projected total industry sales through 2013.”
For the past four years, The Tech has chronically misidentified Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel E. Hastings PhD ’80 as a member of the undergraduate class of 1978. Hastings received a master’s degree in 1978 and a PhD in 1980; Tech style calls for him to be referred to by his highest graduate degree, “PhD ’80,” but this has happened only inconsistently.
Articles carried the error on Dec. 2, 2005 and Dec. 6, 2005. There was a three-year pause. But then an Oct. 24, 2008 article used the wrong year. A photo caption on Nov. 4, 2008 repeated the error, which persisted in columns, articles, and a letter to the editor variously published on Feb. 17, 2009, April 18, 2009, May 12, 2009, Sept. 8, 2009, Oct. 2, 2009, Oct. 9, 2009, Oct. 24, 2008, Feb. 24, 2009, Oct. 6, 2009, Oct. 23, 2009, and Nov. 3, 2009.
The dean was correctly identified as “PhD ’80” as recently as March 6, 2009.