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Anderson to Become UA Council Speaker

By Melissa S. Cain

ASSOCIATE FEATURES EDITOR

The Undergraduate Association Council elected Victoria K. Anderson ’02 as its speaker for the upcoming academic year.

“My biggest goal is to make sure that every councilor makes a significant contribution to the council and the UA as a whole,” Anderson said.

Anderson plans to meet with each councilor individually at the beginning of the year to discuss his goals and plans for the year.

She hopes that these meetings will put councilors in touch with administrators and committees who can help them to accomplish their goals.

“I want more councilors actively involved in institute committees that are relevant to the goals they set up for themselves,” Anderson said.

Anderson believes that councilors often fail to accomplish their goals because they either do not have a plan of action or feel like there is too much red tape.

“I want to harness the enthusiasm that a lot of the councilors have initially and that is sometimes stifled or even lost altogether,” Anderson said.

Zeskind elected vice-chair

Benjamin J. Zeskind ’03 was elected as the vice chair of the council for next year.

Zeskind’s main goal is to get “more students involved in the UA. We need to recruit more people” to work on UA committees, he said.

Zeskind suggested using unconventional methods of getting students involve, such as giving them free massages to talk to UA councilors about student government.

He also wants to increase voter turnout. “I think the 40 percent turnout we had this year was pretty bad,” Zeskind said. “I want the UA to aim for 100 percent voter turnout next year.”

Anderson and Zeskind worked together last year as co-chairs of the Student Committee on Educational Policy.

Other officers chosen

Emily E. Cofer ’04 was elected council member-at-large of the UA Coordinating Committee.

The Council also approved several administrative positions for next year. Diana L. Bolton ’03 was approved as secretary-general and Sarah A. Farrar ’02 was approved as treasurer. Jennifer Li ’02 won approval to be Chair of the UA Finance Board.

Several resolutions were passed at the meeting, including a resolution to endorse sponsorship of the Gay Resource Center. The center is going to be located in the GaMIT lounge on the third floor of Walker Memorial.

The Council also passed a resolution to investigate the applicability of faculty rules and regulations to subjects with online lectures and recitations.

The resolution was a result of a controversial online lecture for Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (6.001). One lecture was supposedly cancelled, but the length of another was doubled. Students complained that in effect, the number of lectures was not reduced.