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UA reps meet, get briefing on issues

By Byungdoo Yi

At the first Undergraduate Association Council meeting of the year on Thursday, Oct. 4, new members took the opportunity to get acquainted with officers and board members, and with UA procedures. Also at the meeting, officers of the Class of 1994 were officially sworn in.

UA President Manish Bapna '91 called the meeting to order in Twenty Chimneys in the Julius A. Stratton Student Center. Following introductions, the leaders of UA committees and projects gave short presentations in order to introduce the new representatives to the UA committees with openings for members.

The general UA committees -- Finance Board, Nominations Committee, Student Committee on Educational Policy, Course Evaluation Guide, Social Council, and various other ad hoc committees were represented. After the presentations, representatives listed their preferences and turned them in to the Executive Board after the meeting.

Kai Tao was sworn in as freshman class president along with Jake Loomis, John Teichert, and Michelle Hsu as vice president, treasurer, and secretary.

Colleen M. Schwingel '92 introduced new legislation to amend the UA constitution to clearly define the duties of UA representatives. The bill, if approved, would provide a strict outline of the duties of representatives, and would give them more power and responsibility in representing student opinion. The council will vote on this bill at the next council meeting.

Finally, Bapna listed a number of issues, and asked council members to gather student response to them. These included MIT's relationship with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, how the Institute is governed, the alcohol policy, and the Student Health Insurance plan and its coverage of abortion.

This fall, MIT Pro Life is continuing its efforts to have abortion coverage made optional in the plan.

At its next meeting, the UA will react to the report of the MIT Standing Committee on ROTC, and decide whether or not to endorse the report's findings. This report will be presented at the faculty meeting next Wednesday.