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The Case for Berk: ‘Sincere,’ ‘Dedicated’

Thank you for your thoughtful and perceptive March 31 staff editorial on the current election for UA President and Vice President. I’m glad that you praised our ticket’s ability to tackle the issues that will matter most to students and to the Institute next year.

But I was surprised to read that the decisive factor in your endorsement of the Shulman-Chuang ticket instead of our ticket was a concern that students would not rally around Jennifer Berk, my running mate, because of her struggle with public speaking.

Students will rally around Jennifer because she has made a sincere commitment over her three years at the Institute to work hard for students and their interests. She has been involved in campus issues over the long term because she cares -- she hasn’t just scrambled to join as many committees as possible the weeks before the election. That sincerity and long-term dedication sets her apart from the other presidential candidates and that’s why MIT students will rally behind her as president of the UA.

Jason H. Wasfy ’01
UA Vice-Presidential Candidate