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UA Should Salvage HowToGamit

UA Should Salvage HowToGAMIT

We all remember the chaos and confusion that accompanied Residence and Orientation Week. It is impossible to forget the swim test, the diagnostics, and the barrage of papers that was pressed upon us. Through it all, there is one piece of memorabilia that we have all kept: HowToGAMIT.

The guide provided invaluable resources for all facets of the MIT experience - everything from where to go for the best pizza in Cambridge to informative advice about suicide prevention. Many of us still have our copy on our bookshelves.

Unfortunately, last fall, the Technology Community Association announced that it would cease the publication of HowToGAMIT indefinitely due to budgetary problems. For the first time in 26 years, the entering Class of 1999 did not receive any copies.

As candidates for Undergraduate Association president and vice-president, we, Richard Y. Lee '97 and Dedric A. Carter '98, believe that the revival of HowToGAMIT is crucial. In order to achieve this goal, we will implement a two-phase plan to bring HowToGAMIT back to the MIT community.

First, the contents of HowToGAMIT should be put on-line on a web site for easy access to all students. This phase is very feasible and a cost effective way to maintain the viability and the accuracy of the publication. Following the example of the Course Evaluation Guide (which was also put on-line for budgetary problems), the UA can easily provide the necessary financial support to publish an on-line version of HowToGAMIT.

The final phase will be the publication of HowToGAMITs in the full paper form to be available at least to every incoming freshmen and at a nominal fee for the rest of the MIT community. This must be done through a special project group of the UA. Funds for this project will come through increased advertising content, UA and administrative allocations, and possible joint efforts with other on-campus publications.

The revival of HowToGAMIT, however, is only a small part of a comprehensive plan to bring a renaissance of passion back into the Undergraduate Association.

Richard Y. Lee '97

UA Presidential Candidate

Dedric A. Carter '98

UA Vice-Presidential Candidate