The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 70.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Undergraduate Association in Need of Major Overhaul, Sankaran Says

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief

Undergraduate Association Council meetings are chronically under-attended and "basically boring," said UA President Vijay P. Sankaran '95. "I am confident that something is most definitely wrong with the structure and purpose of the UA Council," he said.

To address these problems, Sankaran will hold an informal meeting of the UAC tomorrow night "to redefine the structure and purpose" of the council, he said.

Sankaran and the councilors will "look at the general ideas of how the council has been functioning" and "see what people think are the major flaws with it," he said.

The councilors will consider general ideas of how well the council has been functioning and "see what people think are the major flaws with it," Sankaran said. The group will also "re-examine the structure and purpose of the UA as a whole," he said.

"The number of people who have been attending council meetings has been declining steadily" over the past three years "and the issues that we have been debating are very boring," Sankaran said.

Details bog meetings down

Meetings would get bogged down in exhaustive debates over the allocation of insignificant amounts of money, he said. "People got turned off by that type of thing."

In addition, because of the low attendance that resulted from this apathy, the council became unrepresentative, Sankaran said. Right now, there are 51 members on the council, but at most only 20 regularly attend the meetings, he said.

Many class officers, who are officially also council members, "weren't really interested in the council" and a majority did not attend meetings, Sankaran said.

"Hopefully we'll see the council become smaller than it is right now," with fewer but more dedicated people, Sankaran said. Reducing the number of representatives for each dormitory, the number of Interfraternity Council representatives, and others could bring the council's size down to around 20 members, he said.

"We want to look at the whole structure and try to figure out what's best for the undergraduate community," Sankaran said.