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Students Should Run For Office

Students Should Run For Office

Students at MIT should seriously consider running for class offices. All of the classes, including the senior class, will elect a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer this spring. These officers will plan important activities for the classes, such as designing class rings, organizing the Battle of the Classes, and planning Senior Week and Senior Ball. In addition, four members of the UA Finance Board need to be elected; these students will be in charge of allocating tens of thousands of dollars in funding to student groups. The candidate packets, available in the UA office, must be completed by Friday.

I believe that members of the senior class should especially consider running for class offices. While most of us are too busy to consider doing any new activities these days, these are offices that we would take on as alumni. Few people know this, but we elect a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, two members at large, and a class agent to five-year terms after graduation. These people take care of things like organizing reunions and keeping in touch with people after MIT.

I know that many of you probably don't want to deal with MIT after graduation. However, don't you want to keep in touch with each other after we graduate? From finding a job to starting a new company to just getting advice, one of our most important MIT resources after graduation is each other. A good set of class council officers can help facilitate this.

I'm trying to find a way for all of us (and all future graduates) to keep our e-mail accounts after graduation. Preserving our e-mail accounts, with a small amount of disk quota, won't cost MIT much money. MIT would benefit by finding it easier to contact alumni when the Institute needs to raise money. Meanwhile, we would win because we would be better able to keep in touch with one another after we leave Cambridge.

MIT has a number of resources for its alumni. Did you know, for example, that MIT career services are there to help you for life? Disseminating such information to members of our class, as well as keeping tabs on where people are and what they're doing is an important task that needs doing. For this we need some strong class council officers. If you would be interested in running for an office, pick up a candidate packet in the UA office today.

Albert Hsu '96

UA Judicial Review Board