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2003 Council Hopes To Involve Students

By Katherine H. Allen

The Class of 2003 council has started a new program to involve more students in planning class events and functions.

The Freshmen Forum, created by Class of 2003 President Patrick D. Kane ’03, attempts to utilize MIT’s “house pride” by using representatives from the dormitories and fraternities, sororities and independent living groups to publicize class activities. In addition, Forum members will be the “eyes and ears” of the class council, Kane said, in order to better address class issues.

Freshman Forum involves students

“The Freshman Forum will be the first [program] of its kind at MIT. It will help to promote widespread involvement and will serve as a medium in which Living Groups and Dorms can have their ideas and opinions adequately represented,” Kane said.

Class councils typically plan a number of activities each term, including social, academic, and community service events. Normally, class officers are responsible for planning such events. Kane hopes that the forum will distribute events planning among more freshmen.

“This Thursday’s forum will also inform members of upcoming activities; one of the most immediate being during Family Weekend,” Kane said. “On the Saturday following the forum, freshmen will have the opportunity to participate in a joint student/parent community service event to be held on-campus.”

Forums represent dorms, FSILGs

Kane hopes that forum meetings will consist of representative freshmen from every living group at MIT. There will be at least one representative from every fraternity, ILG, sorority, and several from each dorm, Kane said, perhaps even one from every floor or entry in each dorm. These representatives would act as liasons to council officers.

“This is a necessary evolution in MIT’s Student Government,” Kane said. “As a class we intend to illustrate the significant benefits that can be reaped from a well-founded means of broad range communication.”

Kane hopes that Thursday’s opening forum will show members the many ways they can contribute.

“As a member of this new body, each individual will be asked to give input on a variety of class and MIT related issues,” he said.

The class council hopes to have the first forum in time to get freshmen involved in Family Weekend and other upcoming campus-wide events, as well as to plan socials and study breaks for the class.