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Inappropriate UA Advertisements Turn Off Idealistic Students

I have been here for almost four years now, and for all of these I have witnessed arguments and discussions regarding the Undergraduate Association and its usefulness. In this context, what I find interesting is the full-page ad that on page 6 of The Tech on March 7, 1995. "Pad your resume," is the slogan which, the UA seems to think, will attract more candidates to its various committees.

I may be just a touch idealistic here, but I believe the point of joining any form of government is to accomplish something for the community and not for oneself. I am aware that the world does not necessarily work that way, but one would want to dream that at the level of student government there would be enough enthusiasm and altruism for people to at least try and improve MIT and not their resume.

"One likes to hope, but one doesn't want to presume." How can I be anything but disillusioned with the UA when I am told by their members that some committees have no meetings for several months? How can the UA expect the undergraduate population to be interested in them, if they are not interested in us?

As a matter of fact, it appears to me that the way the UA "recruiting" is oriented it will attract only people who have no real motivation to be there. Indeed, the recruiting will reject any person who just might have wanted to actually accomplish something. And that is regrettable.

Patrick M. Piccione '95