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Two seniors nominated for corporation offices

By Becca Munroe

Two MIT seniors, James T. Taylor '85 and Inge Gedo '85, have been nominated as candidates for seats on the MIT Corporation's Younger Members board.

Candidates Charles P. Brown '84, Daniel P. Button Ph.D. '83, Karen L. Fulbright Ph.D. '85, Carrie J. Hunter S.M. '85, John F. Piotti S.M. '85 and Cyrus Taylor Ph.D. '84 are also on the ballot.

MIT alumni will elect one of the candidates to a five-year term. The election of younger alumni to Corporation positions started in 1970.

The name given to the group of younger representatives to the Corporation was changed from "Representatives from Recent Classes" to "Younger Members" in the middle 1970s.

A "need for perspectives of younger people" prompted the creation of the category for younger members, according to Vincent A. Fulmer, secretary of the Corporation.

The Corporation is composed of 75 active and 25 emeritus members who serve on various Institute Standing and Visiting committees. Individual members serve on one or two committees.

"For younger members, the Visiting Committee [is where] they can be most useful," Fulmer said. "They participate in rendering Visiting Committees' reports. Then the Corporation makes judgments about the health and quality [of] those departments," he added.

Many younger members are concerned about local issues, such as the quality of student life, he said. The Corporation's Joint-Advisory Committee on Institute-Wide Affairs "associates with the Corporation a broadly representative group at the Institute," according to The Corporation and its Committees. The Committee is therefore dominated by younger members, according to Fulmer.

The Corporation's younger members become objects of attention from alumni, Fulmer said. He characterized younger members as born leaders: "They stick out like jewels in the jewel box."

Corporation members may not be currently enrolled students at MIT because the Corporation discusses the Institute's budget and money issues. Younger members also serve on the screening committee that nominates their successors.