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UA Encourages Discussion of Meal Plan

By Aaron Du

The Undergraduate Association Council passed a resolution last night asking the administration to acknowledge the complaints voiced by the undergraduate population regarding the new mandatory meal plan.

The MIT Office of Campus Dining announced recently that some form of mandatory meal plan would soon be put into effect. The current plan is supposed to allow more competition among vendors on campus, thus providing more dining options for the MIT community.

However, student complaints arise due to the fear that the plan would cause students, especially those who have access to kitchens and prefer to cook for themselves, to spend more money on food they would necessarily eat.

“There will be some form of mandatory meal plan on the campus,” said UA President Jaime E Devereaux ’02. However, the details of the issue are still open to discussion.

In response to student complaints, the UA resolved that MIT should not proceed with their plans without extensive feedback from students. In order to facilitate this, the UA will provide online feedback form for students, as well as a town hall meeting, which will be held on October 3 at 7:15 p.m. in room 10-250.

The town hall meeting will provide a forum for students to ask questions and get answers for specific issues such as the dining option and mental health, the two main topics for this year’s UA town meeting.

GSC proposes new alcohol policy

John P. Lock G, Chair of Graduate Student Council Activities Committee, proposal that funds from departments and student groups be allowed to be used in alcohol purchases for student events.

According to the current alcohol policy, no Institute funds can be used to purchase alcohol for student activities on campus.

Lock said that the proposal will also make students better informed about whether there will be alcohol at the parties before they attend.

“It’s important for people to know what kind of events they are getting into,” Lock said. “That’s why it’s important to portray what’s going on [at the party].”

According to Lock, the new alcohol policy is intended to strengthen the relationship between undergraduate and graduate communities.

Members of the UA Council agree that the proposal is a step toward the right direction, although it is hard to relate to the undergraduate population. “It could affect a portion of the undergrads,” Devereaux said. “But it makes it easier to plan events and to promote people to get together.”

UA responds to tragedy

During Monday’s meeting, the UA Council also passed a resolution that extends deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of the September 11 attacks, and promises to continue to assist in relief.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported the UA-GSC Disaster Relief Fund,” Devereaux said. “We can see a lot of people coming together, and I’m glad that we can do our parts to help out.”

Freshman election kicks off

Posters and chalk markings point to the beginning of Class of 2005 elections. Voting began Sunday, and will continue until September 27.

While most students can submit their electronic ballots over WebSIS, traditional paper balloting will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 27.

Because of some network problems Sunday, students who voted Sunday from midnight to 4 a.m. will have to recast their votes.