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UA Announces Class Council Officers

By Laura McGrath Moulton

After a delay in releasing the results of Undergraduate Association Class Council elections, the UA Election Commission announced the names of the winning candidates Wednesday evening.

This year’s election process was marred by “very few violations” according to UA Floor Leader Ryan Pierce ’99.

Class of 2000 President-elect Hugo B. Barra ’00 and Vice-President-elect Sean C. Fabre ’00 will lead the senior class, aided by Melissa M. Barbagelata ’00 as treasurer, Ricci H. Rivera ’00 as secretary, Sabrina B. Chang ’00 and Stephanie Y. Soohoo ’00 as social chairs, and Lewis H. Leiboh ’00 and Mimi Yang ’00 as publicity chairs.

Barra and Fabre ran as a team, a decision that Barra said “made sense to people” in light of the spirit of teamwork that formed the basis of their platform. “It makes sense to work as a team from day zero,” he said.

Barra plans to divide his term into three spheres: professional, cultural, and social. In the professional sphere, Barra and Fabre are planning a “week of cool things”, expanding the usual career fair with a series of events including “seminars, workshops, and networking socials paid for by companies,” Barra said. Such socials are “not an absolute recruiting environment” but still an opportunity to recruit, Barra said.

In the social sphere, Barra hopes to expand on the traditional senior-year model of low-price movie tickets and free Jillian’s nights. The cultural sphere involves bringing “more of outside world to MIT,” by bringing “interesting people to come speak to seniors” and all of the MIT community, Barra said. Speakers’ topics could include business, career, travel, or a number of other subjects.

“MIT has a hell of a name and a hell of an international reputation and we have to make use of that,” Barra said.

Most 2001 spots uncontested

In uncontested Class of 2001 elections, current Class Secretary Amy B. Wilson ’01 was elected president, Cynthia K. Johanson ’01 was elected vice-president, Jorge A. Panduro ’01 was elected treasurer, and Christina M. Chow ’01 was elected secretary.

Raul-David V. Poblano ’01 and Ritu Sharma ’01 will serve as Class of 2001 social chairs, and LeeAnn L. Henn ’01 and Rashmi Khare ’01 will serve as publicity chairs. Although no candidates had petitioned to run for the positions of 2001 social and publicity chairs before the original candidate deadline, several pairs of candidates decided to run when these positions were opened up to accepting more candidates after the deadline.

Rao to again lead class of 2002

In the hotly-contested class of 2002 elections, current Class of 2002 President Sanjay K. Rao ’02 was re-elected. Serving with him will be Brian A. Pasquinelli ’02 as vice-president, Sudeb C. Dalai ’02 as treasurer, Teresa H. Ko ’02 as secretary, Vanessa Li ’02 and Allison L. Neizmik ’02 as social chairs, and Yolanda Fan ’02 and Phebe Y. Wang ’02 as publicity chairs.

Class council results delayed

The class council election results were not released until several days after the announcement of the UA Presidential/Vice-presidential and Finance Board election results on early Tuesday morning. Pierce said that the delay was due to the desire of the election committee to “do everything 100 percent right.” Dealing with write-ins, paper ballots, and a complex computer election program that allows ranked voting took extra time, Pierce said.

No race was particularly close, according to Pierce. Because a preferential voting system was used, final percentages are not being released because the numbers would be misleading, Pierce said.

“I think the system worked pretty well,” he said.