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Frank, Rockefeller Elected to Dormcon

By Sanjay Basu
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Dormitory Council representatives met in Baker House last Thursday to elect officers for 1999, selecting Jennifer A. Frank ’00 as President and Gabriel M. Rockefeller ’00 as Vice President.

Other newly-elected officers include Senior House President Daniel G. Collarini ’99 as Judicial Chair, Nicole A. Balli ’00 as Social Chair, and Brandy L. Evans ’01 as Treasurer and Secretary.

Frank, a resident of East Campus, hopes to improve communication and collaboration between Dormcon and other student groups, including the Undergraduate Association.

“Lex Nemzer ’00, one of my good friends, is running for UA Vice President, and the fact we know each other could possibly lead to a stronger relationship between Dormcon and the UA,” Frank said.

Frank would also like to extend the on-campus services available to students. “My dream is to have more stuff in the Student Center,” Frank said. “I don’t want more retail stuff. Right now, it’s not ‘Stratton Student Center’, it’s ‘Stratton Student Building’. Why don’t we have things that students will use there?”

Frank said that with classes only two days each week, she can dedicate considerable time and energy to Dormcon.

VP seeks to expand scope of council

Rockefeller, who has previously served on the Judicial Board and is the current president of Burton-Conner dormitory, praised Dormcon’s current role but also thought it could be more effective.

“I think we are the most significant student advocacy group on campus,” Rockefeller said. “We tie people based on where they live. I think that Dormcon can serve a social organizer, but I’d like to see us involved in some of the more serious things on campus, like health services and academic services.”

While discussing his experience with Dormcon and other student organizations, Rockefeller sharply criticized the UA.

“I think the nice thing about Dormcon is that while the UA has multiple conflicting decisions and uses publicity to demonstrate that they have no clear response to anything, Dormcon has a clear, thought-out response so that our group can take action together.”

Outgoing Dormcon President Manju V. Madhavan G agreed with Rockefeller, adding, “I think he acknowledged our position that we don’t waste our breath on what we don’t need to waste our breath on.”

Rockefeller might coordinate Dormcon’s orientation activities if a dedicated committee chair is not elected.

Outgoing Dormcon officers include Madhavan, William W. Vanderson ’99, Jennifer A. Kelly ’99, Kai-yuh E. Hsiao ’99, and Zhelinrentice L. Scott ’00. Most candidates for Dormcon positions were already representatives. Voting members from New House, Next House, and Random Hall were not in attendance.