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Carter and Sandoval Push Patchwork of Campus Unity

Indranath Neogy--The Tech
Sandra C. Sandoval '00 and Dedric A. Carter '98

By FrankDabek
associatE News Editor

Undergraduate Association presidential candidate Dedric A. Carter '98 said that he wants to become a "voice for the students" and someone who will champion student causes before the administration. While being this facilitator of student opinion, Carter would also provide the "vision behind the UA structure," he said.

Sandra C. Sandoval '00, Carter's running mate, would "share in the vision" of the president and coordinate internal affairs. She said that she wanted to be an "enthusiastic force" behind the UACouncil.

Both Carter and Sandoval have previous experience with the UA. Currently, Carter is UAvice president, and Sandoval is president of the Class of 2000.

Carter's and Sandoval's platform stresses interaction between officers of the UA and students, between different groups on campus, and between faculty and students. Other plans include an expanded Logan Airport shuttle service and a new "Safe Ride Express" that would run from 77 Massachusetts Ave. to Beacon Street as often as every 15 minutes. Improvements in living conditions are also priorities, they said. Repairs to Amherst Alley and Vassar Street and the alleviation of the campus rodent problem are also part of the candidates' platform.

President a voice for students

One of Carter's first priorities as president would be forming a "patchwork quilt" of the different groups on campus, he said. "There are a lot of somewhat disjoint groups on campus. Everyone has their little patch. The beauty of a patchwork is being able to join those patches together," Carter said. "The president should be a binding force on campus."

Dedric also hopes to establish a longer term vision for the UA. "One of the goals of the UA should be to develop a permanency beyond my short time on campus," Carter said. Carter hopes a long term plan will prevent the UA from dealing with the same problems every year. "We have to start looking upward and outward," he said.

Freshman provides balance

In the spirit of this longer term vision, Carter chose a freshman as his running mate.

Being a freshman and being freshman class president gives Sandoval a unique balance suited to her role as UAvice president, Sandoval said. "I am still new enough that I can still separate myself from problems and present an unbiased perspective."

Carter chose Sandoval because "she jumps out as a very enthusiastic and energetic person, someone who cares a lot about her class and the position she has. She is already very active in Executive Committee, and I have not seen her shy away from a task," he said.

Sandoval also said she has "a very strong commitment to improving UA ... something that upperclassmen may not."

"I feel extremely devoted to the idea of making [the UA] the best it can be by the time I graduate," Sandoval said.

Carter and Sandoval bring experience

Both Carter and Sandoval have intimate knowledge of UA after holding positions last year. Carter was a member of the social committee during his freshman year, president of the Class of 1998, chair of the Executive Committee, and is currently the vice president of the UA. "I've seen it from all aspects. [My experience] has helped me to develop a larger perspective," Carter said. "It's important to create that sense of permanency."

Their experience is a benefit rather than a sign that that they are "happy with how things are," Sandoval said.

The president must be aware of past issues and needs to realize that change "will come from within, has to come from within," Carter said.

The team's platform is designed to "add a little more sanity" to student life, Sandoval said. Problems like rodents "add to the uncomfortableness" of MIT.

"We just want to see MIT become the best that it can be," Sandoval said.