Tech lacking in basketball coverage

The MIT Men’s Basketball team just concluded another historic year. For the first time in MIT basketball’s 112 year history, the team reached the Final Four in the National Division III tournament. Coach Larry Anderson and the team had another great year, playing tremendous basketball and shutting down opponents. In short, this is a big deal. A great showing of MIT students and alumni including notable MIT Basketball alum, David H. Koch ’62, as well as President Susan J. Hockfield attended the Final Four game to show their support for the team. As alumnae, we don’t often read The Tech, but after reading several pieces covering this historic run in other news outlets, we came to The Tech last Friday to see what kind of extensive coverage the premier student-run campus newsletter would offer on the day of the biggest game in MIT basketball history. To our dismay, there was not a single mention of that night’s game. We cannot think of any reasons for this blatant omission of such a milestone for MIT.

We wrote a similar letter expressing our disappointment in The Tech’s coverage of MIT Basketball achievements 3 years ago. Instead of joining the national press in recognizing the incredible accomplishments of our student-athletes, to its own discredit, The Tech continues to ignore them.

Sarah Bashadi ’08
Iman Kandil ‘09

Students: Participate in the presidential search!

As President Hockfield steps down from her position, it is critical that the entire MIT student community helps select our next president. This is only the second time in history that the MIT Corporation has officially solicited student responses for the selection of our president.

We, your student task force, want to hear your opinions. Feedback from a large sample of the student population is imperative to create a report that accurately reflects the thoughts of the student body. This report will be used by the Presidential Search Committee when selecting our next president.

The continuation of MIT’s global influence and ability to meet the great challenges of the future will depend on the leadership of our president. Furthermore, it is essential that we select a president with the ability to continue to build and maintain MIT — our campus, reputation, and student experience.

Even if you think that your views are obvious, or possibly already represented, it is essential that you participate in some form. You can get involved by attending any of the three student forums in the coming week, or by submitting your opinions through the online form. We urge you to make your voice heard, give us your input, and help select the next president of MIT.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The MIT Presidential Search Student Advisory Committee

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