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MIT Offers Many Opportunities For Involvement

MIT Offers Many Opportunities For Involvement

Students (and especially freshmen and sophomores) should jump on several great opportunities to get involved and make a difference at MIT.

Over the past four years, I've watched ever-increasing efforts by MIT to develop undergraduate student leadership. A few years ago, MIT held a day-long Student Leaders at MIT workshop. MIT first offered Leadershape last summer, a week-long program in which students networked with each other, participated in workshops, and developed visions for their various student groups and activities. Students interested in making an impact on the undergraduate community should seriously consider participating in this year's Leadershape Institute, joining the Student Center Committee, and interviewing for a position on various Institute Committees.

Leadershape is a six-day leadership training program held off-campus, right after finals. A combination of seminars, workshops, and hands-on activities teaches students about themselves, about leadership, and about each other. While some participants were apprehensive about the benefits of yet another leadership development program, almost all of us found ourselves greatly enjoying and benefitting from the fantastic networking opportunity. For more information, pick up an application from the Public Service Center and return it by Friday, March 8.

The Student Center Committee makes approximately $100,000 from video game machines and uses this money to subsidize the Coffee House as well as sponsoring the "Battle of the Bands" and the annual Spring Concert. Many of the people who are currently involved with SCC are graduating, so they're looking for young blood. If interested, send e-mail to the SCC Chairperson, Jonathan Allen.

Institute Committees are some of the most important governing bodies at MIT, and many of these committees have voting undergraduate student members. From the Committee on Discipline to the Committee on Academic Performance and the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, these committees set many important MIT policies. The UA Nominations Committee is interviewing students for these committees over the next two weekends. Sign up outside the UA office for an interview time slot.

Some deans have complained that many students on these committees are passive and uninvolved. A student who will just be a dead weight on these important committees doesn't serve student interests. Serious, caring, activist students who want to make a meaningful contribution to undergraduate life need to come and serve on these committees.

I encourage everyone to enrich their education and contribute to their student community by participating in Leadershape, joining the SCC, and interviewing for seats on the Institute Committees in the next two weeks.

Albert L. Hsu '96

UA Judicial Review Board