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Few Attend UA ‘Meet the Candidates’ Study Break

By Kristen Landino
STAFF REPORTER

Few candidates, and even fewer students showed up for the Undergraduate Association’s “Meet the Candidates” Study Break held yesterday in the Burton-Conner Dining Hall.

The event was publicized as a chance to meet the candidates running for UA and class offices in the upcoming elections to be held by electronic ballot next week..

“It’s difficult to get students to be interested in the UA candidates, especially with their busy schedules. The UA, just like any other student group, would greatly benefit if its restrictive policy on food was lifted for such events,” said Matt L. McGann ’00, a candidate for UA president.

In total, only seven candidates out of a total of 52 running for various offices were present for the study break, however, the number of students present to query candidates was equally low.

“I came to meet the candidates and learn more about the issues facing the UA. In general, I think the UA is doing a good job of addressing the current problems facing students. One thing I’d like to see happen is greater cooperation and interaction between the UA and the IFC,” said Aneal Krishnan ’02, a member of the Junior Interfraternity Council who attended the study break.

Some of the candidates that were present for the study break included Paige Hopewell ’02 and Geeta Napal ’02 who are running for Class of 2002 social chairs.

“We hope to prevent the lack of social interaction and increased stress associated with the first year on grades by implementing more activities and parties that people will get excited about and want to participate in,” Napal said.

Also running for Class of 2002 social chairs are Alison Neizmik ’02 and Vanessa Li ’02.

“We want to encourage freshmen to get out and meet each other. It is so easy to get bogged down at MIT with work,” said Neizmik.

Jenifer Li ’02, a candidate for the UA Financial Board, felt that this position would be “an interesting way to get involved with the UA.”

“I have prior experience handling finances in high school and I thought this position would allow me to become involved with the UA in a positive way,” Li said.

Current UA President Paul Oppold ’99 declined to comment on the lack of candidates in attendance.

Candidates not present at this UA function could not be reached for comment.