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A Strong, Effective UA Working for You

Sanjay K. Rao and Jyoti Agarwal

To MIT Undergraduates:

Demand passionate student advocates. Demand an effective student government. Demand an administration that will listen to your ideas and improve your life.

It is time for the UA to work for each of you and represent you effectively to the administration. It is time that your views and opinions were not just left to discussions but formed into actions carried out by an efficient and truly concerned leadership.

We present to you a different UA that is proactive and dynamic in creating Institute-wide, policy-driven change. We bring to our UA experience, action, energy, passion, student advocacy, and concrete ideas.

Hi, my name is Sanjay K. Rao and I am a junior at MIT. In the past I have served as a UA Councilor, a UA Cabinet Member, Sophomore Class President (Class of 2002), Freshman Class President (Class of 2002), a member of the UA Nominations Committee, a member of the UA Student Committee on Educational Policy, a member of the UA Subcommittee on Faculty Student Relations and Advising, and a member of the MIT Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee.

Hi, my name is Jyoti Agarwal and I am a sophomore at MIT in Alpha Phi. I enjoy working with students on campus-wide events including the Habitat for Humanity Sleep Out and the upcoming Concert for Humanity. I am a member of the 2003 Class Ring Committee, a Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, Director of Alpha Phi Campus Activities and Internal Events and a member of the UA Committee on Faculty Student Relations and Advising.

Most importantly, we would like to help create a UA that listens, represents, and responds to students’ concerns while working effectively with the administration. While the UA has been successful in its work on the TEAL initiative, their list of accomplishments for the year is below our expectations.

Our advising system, the freshman program, Pass/No Record, renovation of the reading room, and other issues on campus need active direction. Further, the UA still has not delivered solid plans to address issues such as Anonymous Medical Transport, MIT’s Mental Health system, and preparation for the 2002 housing changes. Student groups including class council still receive little support other than money from the UA.

Demand better. Both of us have experience working with the administration and will be your active student representatives on these and other issues.

In addition to actively working on the issues around campus, we have a number of ideas to improve student representation and student life. For example, we would like to create a UA Committee devoted to student representation.

Additionally, we would like to create the “SafeRide Express” which travels across the Mass. Ave. Bridge every 15 minutes, and to expand the Tech Shuttle’s route so that it travels between FSILGs and campus in the morning and afternoon.

Further, we would like to create a new UA Government Relations Committee that will work with local and national governments and students, dorms, and FSILGs to resolve issues that affect MIT students.

These are just a few ideas that we hope to work on. We are pretty down-to-earth people and would really like to work with you and address the issues you care about most. If you are looking for experience, dedication, advocacy, ideas and an effective UA that works for you then vote for Rao/Agarwal for UA President/Vice President. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: <sanjay@mit.edu> or <jyoti@mit.edu>. For a detailed platform statement please visit: <http://www.voteRao.com>.