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McGann, Nemzer Want Students Involved in UA

Wan Yusof Wan Morshidi -- The Tech
Matthew L. McGann '00 and Lex Nemzer '00
By Kristen Landino

Undergraduate Association presidential candidate Matthew L. McGann '00 and his vice-presidential running mate Lex Nemzer '00 seek to increase student involvement in the administrative decision making process at MIT.

"Our primary concern is making sure student opinions and perspectives are respected. We believe people affected by administrative decisions should have input into these decisions," McGann said.

McGann and Nemzer bring experience in the areas of Institute issues, as both are significantly involved in campus committees.

McGann, a resident of Baker House, serves as chair of the UA Committee on Housing and Orientation and worked to gain student input on the design of the new dormitory. He also served as a full-time orientation intern and logistics coordinator of the new orientation program last fall.

Nemzer currently serves as treasurer of East Campus and is a executive board member of the Association of Student Activities. He was also integral in the organization of the orange ribbon campaign protesting housing freshman on campus.

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"We would like to create an Undergraduate Association that is more student accessible," McGann said.

McGann and Nemzer plan to create a central web site which would include information on issues discussed at UA, faculty, Interfraternity Council, Dorm Committee, Graduate Student Council, and other student group meetings.

"With this kind of information available at one place, students would be more likely to become informed about the issues that affect them," McGann said.

McGann and Nemzer also strive to change the way student groups get funding from the Institute.

"We want to assure the process of receiving funding from Finboard is fair for all student groups. We plan to increase the flexibility student groups have with allocated money, and we hope to decrease the bureaucracy involved in reimbursement," McGann said.

"Essentially, we would like to streamline the way students are represented in both communications and allocations," Nemzer said.

McGann and Nemzer also feel that the medical transport issue is also an important one.

Currently, the Campus Police are only transportation available to the medical center in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, the Campus Police are required to report any suspected illegal activity involved in the incident.

"This sets up a a conflict between health and legal issues which should not exist. We believe that privacy is the best way to ensure student safety in this situation," McGann said.