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Rao, Pasquinelli Aware of Issues

I was extremely disappointed to read your comments about us in last issue’s editorial [“Shulman-Chuang for UAP/VP,” March 31, 2000]. Statements such as “their (Rao/Pasquinelli) vision underemphasizes the important issues” are unfounded. Have you spent the time to read our entire platform? We are very aware of the issues at MIT and are going to work closely with students and the administration to attack those issues. In fact, in our roles in the UA we have already begun to work with the administration and students on issues concerning some of our ideas.

One of the important issues is housing. We will work hard to support all 35 FSILGs and will work closely with the leaders of IFC to communicate their needs to the administration. Greek life must remain an integral part of MIT life. We understand and advocate that FSILGs deserve more than just financial support during the residence transition.

You had also stated that we did not address issues such as advising. Brian Pasquinelli (UAVP candidate) is co-chair of the new UA Faculty-Student Relations and Advising Committee and has been devoting much of his time to this issue. Some of the other issues that we are going to tackle range from relations with the media to MIT’s 1.5 billion dollar capital campaign to preserving MIT culture (such as hacking and steer roast) to educational policy.

We have a vision to redefine the UA and make it more representative, active, and effective. If elected, this vision will become a reality. The UA President and Vice President are more than just figureheads for students. They must work for students and with the administration to make MIT a better place. Brian and I are passionate, enthusiastic, and excited individuals who are going to work hard for the UA. We not only have a firm understanding of the issues but also a desire to work with students and administration.

I would like each of you to read our platform, you can find it at You will find a plan that attacks student representation, pressing issues, the residence system, and campus life.

Sanjay K. Rao ’02
UA Presidential Candidate