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No Candidates Running For 22 UA, Class Offices

By Shang-Lin Chuang
news editor

Five days after the first deadline for submitting signed petitions passed, only six of the 26 positions up for election in this month's Undergraduate Association elections have candidates.

Because of the low participation, the UA has extended the petition deadline to this Friday. The paper-ballot election will take place March 13.

As of last night, 10 candidates or candidate pairs had submitted petitions and declared their candidacy for offices, Ng said.

Some of the election packets handed in were incomplete, and therefore were not counted as of last Friday, said UAElection Commissioner Amy W. Ng '99.

One reason for the number of open spots might be that people running for office intentionally delay turning their packets in on time in anticipation of a deadline extension, Ng said.

"The offices will continue to be open until we can figure something out," she said.

The qualifications for candidacy include filling out an application and obtaining 450 signatures for the positions of UA president, vice president, and Finance Board membership, and 125 signatures for class officers.

Deadline extended to help election

"The election commission encourages people to run for office since the deadline has been extended," Ng said.

For the positions of UA president and vice president "we have three great teams already ready to go and maybe more coming with the deadline extended," Ng said.

"MIT is going through a dramatic period of change this year and next year with re-engineering, the ROTC issue, new upper-level administrators installed, and other intensely undergraduate-related issues that need student and student leaders' involvement," Ng said. "We need motivated and enthusiastic individuals to carry on these projects and initiate new ones."

Voting opens soon; spots still open

Electronic voting will take place from March 6 through 11. Students may also vote using paper ballots at Walker Memorial, Lobby 7, Student Center, and Baker House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first UA study break will be held tonight at Baker Commons at 10 p.m. with refreshments. A candidate forum will be held on Thursday in 4-163 at 7 p.m. The UApresidential and vice presidential candidate debates will also be held in 4-163 Monday at 7 p.m.

Steven E. Jens '97 and Andrew R. Menard '97 are running for UA president and vice president, respectively, along with the teams of Richard Y. Lee '97 and Dedric A. Carter '98, and Ashwin Viswanathan '98 and Orli G. Bahcall '99.

In the freshman class, Ira Gerhardt '99 and Kristen R. Vella '99 are running for president. Pooja Shukla '99 and Jason S. Hornik '99 are running for vice president, while Katharine M. Spayde '99 and Andrew R. Bankert '99 are running as a team for social chairs. There are no candidates for Class of 1999 positions of treasurer, secretary, and publicity chair.

All Class of 1998 positions are open.

Lily J. Koo '97 is running for the position of junior class vice president, and Hank M. Lin '97 and Isaac George '97 are running together as junior class social chairs. The positions of president, treasurer, secretary, and publicity chair are open.

Senior class positions that are up for election are alumni relations and agent, both of which are open. The four positions on the UA Finance Board are also open.