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Mani, Lin Campaign For Increased School Spirit

Greg Kuhnen -- The Tech
Kartik M. Mani '00 and Rita H. Lin '00
By Laura McGrath Moulton

Continuing the recent positive changes in the Undergraduate Association is the goal of Karthik M. Mani '00 and Rita H. Lin '00, running mates for president and vice-president.

Mani and Lin seek to create a UAthat provides adequate funding for student groups and fosters social interaction on campus.

A resident of Baker House and a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Mani said that his breadth of experience will help him to truly represent students. Mani has served as the Junior Class Vice President and the chair of last year's fall festival.

Lin, a member of the UA Social Board during her freshman year, said that the UAmust continue to play a role in campus social life. She said that the UA social board is currently "not as effective" as it should be.

Both Lin and Mani said that increased funding for class councils is important, since the councils currently must spend much of their time fundraising.

"I don't want funding to be an issue" for student activities, said Mani. He hopes to raise student groups' awareness of the UA funding and resources available to them.

Pair pledges to improve UA

Mani hopes to develop a more "user-friendly" UA, a process he said current UA President Paul T. Oppold '99 began. He supports Oppold's efforts to expand opportunity for student involvement in the UA and said that despite the serious work required, UA participation shouldn't be a "completely non-fun" experience.

He said that he would like to have a UA where students would feel free to "come in and chat with the president."

Echoing this sentiment, Lin said the work of the UA Program Board, of which she is currently a member, is moving in the right direction. She said that the Program Board's activities, such as the "Take Your Professor to Lunch" program and Spring Weekend, help to unite a campus often divided by living groups and cultural affiliations.

Mani agreed that events like Spring Weekend are vital to the campus. He said that this year's concert will be "on a par" with events at peer institutions.

Ticket neutral on alcohol policy

Mani and Lin do not have a specific platform regarding alcohol policies or housing decisions. Lin said that the UA cannot promise "miracles." Rather, Mani and Lin want to make sure that students are fully represented as the administration makes alcohol and housing decisions.

Last October, Mani was personally involved with the new alcohol policy as an organizer of an unregistered party on the third floor of Baker House during which an underage Simmons College student was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after allegedly consuming alcohol at either that party or another on the fourth floor of Baker. In an e-mail advertising his party, Mani had offered "all the Fiji punch you can drink."

At that time, Mani said that while the party was crowded, the crowd was kept under control by strict supervision.

Mani said that the incident is "not relevant to my campaign for the UA."