Oppold and Kelly
Wan Yusof Wan Morshidi--The Tech
Paul T. Oppold '99 (left) and Jennifer A. Kelly '99
By Dan McGuire
Editor In Chief
Undergraduate Association Presidential candidate Paul T. Oppold '99 and Vice Presidential candidate Jennifer A. Kelly '99 plan to revitalize MIT's social scene and expand the time available for non-academic activities if elected.
Oppold said that he hoped to plan additional non-alcohol events with the help of student organizations. He would be interested in "sitting down with differentŠgroups and making sure that events are happening every weekend," he said. He added that the UA would be interested in co-hosting events if necessary.
In addition, he said that he planned for the Undergraduate Associate to take the initiative in organizing larger events. We "look to have two huge events a year," Oppold said. He said that Dean of Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams and Provost Joel Moses had allocated $30,000 for a Spring Weekend concert. Bands being considered, he said, include Bare Naked Ladies and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The fall event would be an Amherst Alley Rally, which would feature a barbeque and games on Briggs Field.
Oppold also called for expansion of the time set aside for non-academic events such as sports and activities. Currently, no classes can be held between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Oppold said that he wanted to expand that by an hour to be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. The main idea was to "move evening exams to 8 [p.m.] rather than 7 [p.m.]," he said.
"On campus we're looking at having a shuttle run from West Campus to [Building] E51," Oppold said. Kelly said she would like to supplement this and "expand SafeRide into daytime hours." She noted that the plan was of "particular interest to the IFC because most of their members live across the river."
Oppold stressed that these goals are attainable. "The ideas are already there in the administration, it [just] takes students screaming to get things done," he said.
UA to work with IFC, Dormcon
Oppold and Kelly said that they wanted to have the UA work with the Interfraternity Council and the Dormitory Council, but said that they did not want the UA to merge with those councils.
"I would really like to see the UA cooperating with the IFC and Dormcon," Kelly said. A great deal of progress could be made "through working with them instead of against them," she said.
Oppold said that the UA thus far had been supplementing work being done by the residential governments. He said that the Housing and Orientation committee, which he restarted, has been "looking at the details" of Orientation '98, including "which statistics should be reported" in the housing guide that gets sent out to incoming students. "They're also working on the fine details of the schedule," he said.
Both Oppold and Kelly have experience in student government. Oppold is currently the UA floor leader, but notes that he "grew up through the IFC," where he was a representative.
Kelly was the MIT Panhellenic Conference's community service chair and served as Vice President for Institute Relations for Baker House.