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UA Gives Seats to IFC, DormCon Presidents

By Aaron Du

At the first Undergraduate Association Council meeting of the term last night, the UA voted to give non-voting seats to InterFraternity Council and Dormitory Council presidents.

The bill was proposed by IFC President Rory P. Pheiffer ’02 and IFC Councilor Anil Varghese ’02. The bill’s supporters suggested that although IFC and DormCon presidents are too involved in their respective organizations to effectively serve as councilors, their presence on the council is still valuable.

“I’m glad that the bill finally went through,” said UA President Jaime E. Devereaux ’02.

The bill passed by a vote of 19-0-2.

UA helps fund Infinite Buffet

The Council unanimously passed a measure to allocate $2000 from the UA Visibility Account to help fund the Infinite Buffet on Saturday, October 27th. The Infinite Buffet is intended fosters interaction between the undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and alumni. The last Infinite Buffet in 1997 drew over 3000 attendees. This year’s event is expected to draw a similar crowd, at total estimated cost of $40,500.

The Infinite Buffet features free food and entertainment along the Infinite Corridor and Killian. The Graduate Student Council and the Class of 2003 will organize the event with assistance from the Office of Student Activities, led by Class of 2003 President Sina Kevin Nazemi ’03 and graduate students Soulaymane Kachani G and Satwiksai Seshasai G.

Devereaux discusses State of UA

After the council passed the IFC/DormCon motion, Devereaux gave the annual State of the Undergraduate Association Address.

The address was highlighted by discussion of a $30,000 grant the UA recently received to foster interaction between students and alumni. The grant is currently earmarked for the career fair, leadership programs, social events, and networking.

Elections to begin in coming weeks

In her address, Devereaux also mentioned the upcoming freshman elections, which will run from September 23rd to 27th. Campaigning will begin within the week. The UA plans to take new measures “to get freshmen to vote,” Devereaux said.

Along with the school-wide election, the UA is also setting up a new voting booth at Kresge for upcoming local elections, including Cambridge City Council.

In the past, residents from Macgregor house, New House, Next House, Westgate, and Tang have voted at the Salvation Army building located in Central Square.