Moser, Tai reveal plans for UABy Robie Silbergleit
Undergraduate Association (UA) President Bryan R. Moser '87 and Vice President Mary S. Tai '87 have begun a reorganization of the UA Council three weeks into their term of office.
"We aren't changing anything structurally -- only attitudes," Moser said. The pair plans to get people more involved and more cooperative.
Moser and Tai have made an effort to keep the doors open at the UA office, located on the fourth floor of the Student Center. "The office belongs to the 4000 MIT undergraduates; come up and visit us," Moser said.
The UA, in an effort to encourage a greater sense of community among student groups, has scheduled a party for May 10 for student activities with offices in the Student Center and Walker Memorial, Moser continued.
The UA will try to encourage "new attitudes" with biweekly announcements in The Tech aimed at informing and involving the student body, Moser said. Class governments, Association for Student Activities student groups and the UA will be able to advertise their activities without having to request money from the Finance Board, Moser explained.
UA encourages student proposals
Moser and Tai described their work with the Dormitory Council and the InterFraternity Council on the Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol's proposals as an example of the usefulness of the UA as a body promoting cooperation.
Moser and Tai have helped both groups develop statements regarding the committee's proposals, Moser said. The groups' recommendations will be combined into a single comprehensive policy suggestion by the Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol by the end of next week, he added.
The Office of the Dean for Student Affairs will be receptive to the committee's proposals if they are viable and address liability and the questions of people not associated with MIT, Moser continued. "There is no adversarial relationship with the Dean's Office," he explained.
"What I want to see coming out of this committee is the students' hashing out for themselves what the policy should be," Moser said. He said he would like to see student government at MIT adopt a similar attitude. "The UA should make proposals. The UA in the past has waited for the administration's proposals and then said `No, we don't like that,' " he said.
Another project Moser and Tai have initiated is to provide the UA office with the resources to aid students in lobbying on the state and federal level, Moser said.
The UA donated both money and personnel to an Experimental Study Group booth in Lobby 10 that encouraged students to write to their state and federal congressmen and senators concerning student financial aid cuts, Moser said. The only requirement for UA sponsorship is that equal support be available to both sides of any issue, he added.
Other projects that Moser and Tai plan to have underway by next fall include the revitalization of the Student Committee on Educational Policy, student representation in the planning for the reorganization of the Student Center and Walker Memorial, and student representation on the issue of Course VI overenrollment and the possible elimination of need-blind admissions.
Issue-specific monthly forums will also begin next fall to supplement the existing UA Council monthly meeting, Moser said. Moser and Tai plan to prepare for these meetings by taking samplings of student opinion while visiting living groups. "We are going out and knocking on doors," Tai said.
Both Moser and Tai plan to remain at MIT this summer and said that they expect to be able to spend a good deal of time working on UA projects.
"We are just finding out what has to be [done] and playing it by ear," Tai said of the first three weeks of Moser's and her term.