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Mukerji Wins 2001 Presidency

By Krista L. Niece

Freshman class officer elections took place this weekend with 35 percentof the 1,072-member freshman class taking part in the balloting. The online voting took place between Thursday and Saturday.

Six class offices - president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, social chair, and publicity chair - were filled by the election.

Pamela Mukerji '01 won the election for class president. The major points of her platform included keeping Pritchett Convenience open for longer hours and broadening the selection of produce and other goods offered there, encouraging student participation in the literary arts through campus-wide "poetry slams," and raising the percentage of admitted students who decide to attend MIT.

Mukerji encouraged freshmen to give her their ideas. "This is your student government," she said. Mukerji was the head of several organizations in high school and said that she was a "very energetic person," who could achieve her goals for this year.

As vice president, Akaniyene E. Umoh '01 said that she would focus on uniting her class and involving them in class activities. "My platform was to create an environment where everyone would feel comfortable and feel a part of the class," she said. "My main reason for running for vice president was to make sure that most of the freshman class is involved in running the class. That's the main focus,"she added.

Umoh's plans include holding class workshops during IAP which will promote class unity. "I want to make sure there's stuff we're doing for the class, that they agree on what they want to do, and that they are involved in making [those] decisions," she said.

Class treasurer Andrew D. Montgomery '01 hoped to improve the quality of student life and unite the class. "Don't get so caught up with your studies that you lose sight of what's going on around you," he said.

A freshman sleepover at Johnson Athletic Center topped the list of the new social chair Abigail H. Pelcyger's '01 list of ideas. She encouraged freshmen to attend the upcoming class social events.

Publicity chair Jennifer T. Law '01 said that she plans to focus on bringing the class closer together. She believed that many people do not attend campus events because they are not aware of them. To fight this problem, Law plans to establish the Class Connection Network, which will use posters, e-mail, and other means to advertise events.

Laura M. Rodriguez-Ema '01 was elected class secretary. She could not be reached for comment.

The general consensus of the elected class officers was that knowing their constituents and publicizing their ideas played an important part in their success in the election. In addition, as Montgomery pointed out, "I had good posters."