A vote for None of the Above will change the system
We, as candidates for Undergraduate Association president and vice president, were very happy to see the letter by Andrew M. Greene '91 of Students for None of the Above ["Send the UA a message: vote for none of the Above," March 9]. The letter asks those who feel that "the UA does not represent the views of the undergraduate students of MIT" to write-in "None of the Above" on their ballots. We support this initiative.
The membership of the UA is defined by its constitution as consisting of all undergraduates as listed by the Registrar's Office. There is no way for students to disassociate themselves from the UA, even if they feel the UA Council does not represent their interests. The views of the UAC are not meaningful if they represent only a fraction of its constituency. We would therefore like the UA to amend its constitution to allow students to remove their membership from the association. We would like the membership of the UA to include only those students who feel represented by it. The "None of the Above" campaign will give us a good idea of how many students believe they are unrepresented.
We would urge students to write-in "None of the Above" on their ballots rather than choose between candidates they believe will not represent them. We also urge the Election Commission to count and publish the number of votes cast for "None of the Above." Finally, we hope that the future UA Council will consider the "None of the Above" vote, and act on it by increasing the responsibility of the UA to its membership.
David Hogg '92->
Candidate for UAP->
David Stern '91->
Candidate for UAVP->