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Roberts Elected as Dormcon President for 2000

By Frank Dabek

Editor in Chief

The Dormitory Council has elected Baker House resident Jeffrey C. Roberts ’02 as its new president by a wide margin over Bongo the gerbil, a resident of Bexley House. Matthew S. Cain ’02, a resident of Random Hall, will be Dormcon’s next vice-president.

Roberts, who serves as a member of the Founders’ Group and the Strategic Advisory Committee, called the dormitory system “the best resource students have to improve their lives.”

He promised to continue the improvements current President Jennifer A. Frank ’00 has made to Dormcon, one of MIT’s five student governments which represents the dormitory system. “Dormcon is on an upswing. I want to keep that going,” Roberts said.

Roberts said his efforts will focus on the continuing redesign of the residence system including dorm rush and continuing negotiations on the Institute policy on pets which may be finalized before the end of the term.

Roberts will also be involved in “creating more student-designed and student-led resources” in the dormitory system, such as the proposed “FireLinks” who would oversee fire safety inspections. He also plans on continuing to work closely with the Interfraternity Council and other student governments.

“Dormcon is looking to the future,” Roberts said.

Cain, who will serve as Vice President, will focus his efforts on “shaping the future of dorm rush.”

He also noted recent improvements to Dormcon’s stature: “We’ve started a lot of good things ... I want to carry them to fruition.”

At the same meeting, Brandy L. Evans ’01 was re-elected secretary and Scott E. Purnell-Saunders ’02 treasurer. Andrew T. Singleton ’02 will serve as the next Dormcon judicial committee chairman. The social chair election was tabled when no candidates emerged.

Frank expressed her support for the new officers. Roberts has a lot of “good, fresh, ideas” and the experience necessary to lead, she said.

Rush proposal discussed

Prior to his election, Roberts presented a preliminary proposal for dorm assignments and dorm rush.

Under the proposal, which is the product of residence system implementation forums held in the past week, freshmen would fill out a dorm preference card over the summer and receive a room assignment before they arrived on campus. Individual dorms would be responsible for making the room assignments.

During orientation, freshmen would participate in an integrated dorm rush alongside other orientation activities. They would then have the option of keeping their original room assignments or participating in a “no risk” lottery in which they could move to a dorm they ranked higher or remain in their current assignment.

Dorms would organize internal orientation in much the same manner they do now, with the exception that freshmen still residing in their summer assignments could not be forced to change rooms.

Roberts said that an interactive tour of residences funded by the Microsoft I-campus project and being coordinated by the Undergraduate Association will aid freshmen in making informed choices during the summer.