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UAP Candidate Myrie Answers "Who Am I," "What Am I Doing Here"

Greetings undergraduates, my name is Sheldon William Myrie '95 and I am running for Undergraduate Association President. My running mate is Jennifer K. Johnson '98. I am writing this letter to you to let you know "who I am" and "what I am doing here."

I am a 1996 candidate for the S.B. degree in Political Science with a Minor in Economics. My contributions to the MIT community include my participation in the Black Student Union, National Society of Black Engineers, MIT Track Team, WMBR radio, and other special events like the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, and the Public Forum on Pressing Issues sponsored by the Black Student Union.

Jennifer and I are running for UAVP and UAP because we care about the undergraduate community at MIT. Throughout my years here, I have noticed that we all possess a level of cultural ignorance that poses a hindrance to positive productive interaction. Lack of knowledge and unwillingness to learn about other people and their cultures does a disservice to our education. Therefore the first point of our platform is "Multiculturalism." We want the UA to be more involved in bridging the gap between cultural organizations on this campus by co-sponsoring and/or initiating multicultural events.

The second point of our platform is "Network Dynamicism." We all know and realize that networking is the best way to accomplish tasks. We all know that the more dynamic our network is the more versatile and the more creative we become in finding solutions.

Thus we have combined the realization that networking is important for resource building with the realization that a dynamic network can help us address and understand a broad range of issues. Under this point we plan to create an Idea Consulting Database (UAICD) as a database and consulting center that will help undergraduates' ideas and concerns become realities.

The third point of our platform is "Structuralism." Under structuralism we plan to refine the operations of the UA to make it more efficient. For example, one main concern is that the meetings are not as focused as they should be on student concerns. Therefore in accordance with this concern we plan to invite student groups to come to UA Council meetings to voice their opinions. Through this action we hope to employ their expertise and advice on what the UA should do to help undergraduates.

Lastly, our fourth point is "Undergraduate Enthusiasm." Jennifer and I are thinking with the end in mind. We ultimately want more student involvement in the UA. Hence, every activity we do, every change we make, we will perform with the goal of heightening cultural education, awareness, and positive, productive student interaction.

I hope this gives you a brief overview of "who I am" and "what I am doing here." Jennifer and I are taking the initiative to change things from "business as usual" to "business as it ought to be." We absolutely cannot effect change by ourselves. This is why we are saying e-mail us at robocop@mit and kurupt@mit (no pun intended) with your concerns, advice, input, and ideas.

Finally, we view you not only as a student but as an investor. You are investing $27,000 per year into education. You are investing four years of your life into education. Thus you can make the most of your experience by investing your enthusiasm and time in an organization designed strictly for your needs. You determine the success of the undergraduate community, the success that is measured "one investor at a time."

Sheldon W. Myrie '95

Jennifer K. Johnson '98