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MIT’s Dormitory Council Elects Cain as President

By Michael J. Ring


The Dormitory Council elected Matthew S. Cain ’02 as president for the 2001-2002 academic year at its meeting last night.

Cain is currently the president of Random Hall and the vice-president of Dormcon. He will be joined on the council by incoming Vice-President Kendall B. McConnel ’02, a resident of Senior House.

Jeffrey C. Roberts ’02, the current president of Dormcon, will serve as rush chair during the upcoming academic year.

The other incoming officers of Dormcon include secretary-elect Michael H. Roberts ’02, treasurer-elect Tyler J. Bronder ’03, and incoming Judicial Committee chair Ronojoy Chakrabarti ’02.

Cain emphasizes awareness

Cain said that his largest priority as Dormcon president will be “to continue raising awareness of Dormcon, both among the students and the administration.”

He also said that he would like Dormcon to continue acting as an advocate for student-life issues. Dormcon has recently been involved in such projects and controversies as the residential coordinator proposal and the expansion of residence-based advising. “We want to get involved in all the projects that come along,” Cain said.

Roberts reflects, offers proposal

Jeffrey Roberts, the outgoing president, said that his goal as president of Dormcon was “to build Dormcon into a more sustainable organization.”

Roberts was pleased that participation in Dormcon has increased over the past year. Eight out of ten dormitories had representatives at last night’s meeting. Roberts said this was an improvement in attendance over meetings last year.

Roberts ran for rush chair because he wanted to continue his work from this year. “Most of what I’ve been working on in dorm life is the coming changes to the residence system in 2002,” he said.

At the meeting, Dormcon representatives also briefly discussed a proposal by Roberts to improve communication between Dormcon and the administration.

Roberts’s proposal asks the administration to follow a series of procedures when new projects are announced that affect members of the dormitory council. The guidelines ask the administration to clearly state an objective for each project, identify the person or persons in charge of the project, and suggest possible alternative implementations.

This would permit any new plans of the administration to be debated by Dormcon prior to implementation and allow Dormcon to recommend revisions to the administration.

Roberts is still revising his proposal, and is going to continue soliciting feedback from members of the student body.

“After going through the residential coordinator controversy, we felt it was appropriate for Dormcon to make a statement; not just to say that it wanted more communication, but to offer a proposal to the administration,” Roberts said.