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UA Senate Revises Election Codes, Elects New Officers

By Marissa Vogt

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The Undergraduate Association Senate held a meeting last night to elect two new officers, approve updates to the UA election code and campaign rules, and discuss money allocation.

Yun-Ling Wong ’04 was elected speaker of the UA Senate, and Rose A. Grabowski ’05 was elected vice chair.

Wong said she wanted UA senators to “become aware of parliamentary procedure ... The second thing is I want is to expand on undergraduate appreciation week,” by holding the event at least once a semester, she said.

Wong also said that she would like to expand the support given to individual senators for their projects during the year. Grabowski said that she also shares these goals.

“What I plan on doing is helping the speaker do her job and facilitating the background organizational stuff to make things work,” Grabowski said.

“I’d like to see more undergraduates understand the role of the UA and what they can do through the UA. There are so many different committees ... that it’s hard to understand it all,” she said.

UA Election Code altered

The senate also approved updates of the UA Election Code and Campaign Rules to clarify various procedures.

One of the major changes is the formal statement that the the Campaign Rules Board is responsible for “interpret[ing] the campaign rules for the election,” and “may not act on violations in the absence of an official complaint.”

Another modification was the establishment of rules governing the use of mailing lists as a means for campaigning. “Candidates and campaign helpers responsible for moderated lists must impartially approve or disapprove campaign material sent by list members,” according to the revised rules.

The senate also voted on Senate-appointed Finance Board members. Current vice chair Jonathan G. Rogg ’05 and undergradates-at-large Hannah K. Choe ’06 and Amerson H. Lin ’05 were appointed to serve on next year’s Finance Board.

The senate also approved a $2325 loan to the MIT/Wellesley Toons to finance CD recording costs. The Toons requested the loan after some paid performances were cancelled and they were unable to procure funds from Wellesley College.

In addition to granting the Toons a loan, the senate voted on a bill to fund a hip-hop conference during Spring Weekend. The senate allocated $1000 to support “Hip-Hop @ MIT - A Celebration of Unity,” an event planned for April 25.