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MITAA officers elected

By Nick Levitt

The executive councils of the MIT Athletic Association (MITAA) and the MIT Varsity Club were elected last week at a meeting attended by only 25 members of the MIT athletic community.

The four new members of the MITAA council are Celia A. Fleming '93, Thomas J. Klemas '92, Michael C. Purucker '92, and Gregory V. Shank '94. Representing the Varsity Club as new council members are Lisa K. Arel '92, Showna H. Chang '92, Kenneth S. Peng '92, and Tyler L. Worden '92.

Once the Varsity Club council members were elected, they decided among themselves who would fill the positions of president and vice-president. Worden is this year's president, and Chang is vice-president. A similar selection will take place today for the Athletic Association.

The small turnout at the meeting caused some consternation among committee members. The Varsity Club is made up of over sixty student captains and managers from every varsity sport at the Institute, and every athletic card holder at MIT is a member of the MITAA. All of these students could have attended the meeting. Of the 25 students who did attend, more than half of them ran for an office.

Plans for new basketball

court discussed

The MITAA also discussed it's agenda for this year, which includes increasing visibility on campus for both itself and the sports it represents. Preliminary plans include revamping the MITAA bulletin board in the Infinite Corridor and conducting more frequent general meetings.

The MITAA also hopes to stage a large event to raise money for a new outdoor basketball court, to be built just behind the indoor tennis courts near Briggs Field. The estimated cost for the court is between $10,000 and $12,000, and half of the funding would come from the MIT administration.

The council's longer term goals include a push for both a new weight room and a new swimming pool, as well as more locker space in the Johnson Athletic Center and improved surfaces on both the indoor and outdoor tracks.

Despite their importance to athletics at MIT, many students are not aware of the activities of the MITAA and the Varsity Club. The organizations were responsible for both the resurfacing of Rockwell Cage over the summer and the lengthening of dinner hours at Lobdell last year to end the "starvation after practice" syndrome that plagued many student athletes.

A general meeting is planned for next week, at which the newly-elected councils will elaborate on plans for this year.