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Seminar Aims to Explain Complicated MIT Bureaucracy

By Eva Moy
STAFF Reporter

What do the the Campus Police, Graphic Arts, and Physical Plant have in common? While these departments share little in terms of functionality, they are all under the supervision of the auspices of the senior vice president for operations.

A seminar on the organizational structure of MIT, sponsored by the Undergraduate Association Judicial Review Board Wednesday, outlined the major offices within MIT and their responsibilities.

Representatives from each undergraduate living group were invited to the seminar, and about 30 attended, according to Albert L. Hsu '96, a member of Judboard.

By understanding the framework of the Institute, students can have a "better understanding of where they fit in MIT," said Keith V. Bevans G, who developed the seminar with Tammy S. Stevens '96 last year for the National Society of Black Engineers.

"We wanted to share what we had learned about MIT" with the underclassmen, Bevans said. The material for the booklet was a consolidation of organization charts of the various offices.

"For very serious issues that will have an effect on a large portion of MIT [the administrators] will do what they can to help you," Bevans said.

"Most things get handled at lower levels, and that's where people should start," Hsu added.

A new resource to help students figure out how to approach administrators is currently under development, Hsu said.

Visibility recommended

Bevans also suggested being involved in administrative activities and being visible, "so that when something comes up they'll know you."

"It's a pretty revealing look at what the whole Institute looks like," said Winston C. Fan '98, who attended the seminar.

The information would "probably be useful if I get more involved with some of the student organizations I'm working with right now," he said.

Copies of the booklet will be sent over the Independent Activities Period for living groups which did not send representatives, Hsu said.

During IAP, Judboard will offer five days of seminars on negotiation, Bevans said. Judboard also plans to sponsor two seminars at the beginning of next semester, Hsu said.