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UA Kicks Off ’03 Elections

By Kathy Lin


The race for Undergraduate Association president kicked off last night at an informational meeting for all presidential and class council candidates.

Although the meeting was advertised as mandatory, students can still contact the UA if they are interested in running, said UA Election Commissioner Seth E. Dorfman ’05.

Three potential teams entered the race for president and vice president last night.

Teams enter UAP race

Parul Deora ’04, the current UA vice president, is running for president with Harel M. Williams ’05 as her running mate.

“I have firsthand experience with the UA, and I know what works and what doesn’t,” Deora said.

Williams, the current chair of the UA Committee on Student Life, is a candidate for the position of VP. “Being UA vice president would give me more power than I have now to fix certain issues,” he said.

David B. Gottlieb ’04 is running for UA president with Karen M. Keller ’04.

“I’m running to make MIT more fun. ... We want to bring fresh new ideas,” said Gottlieb.

An important issue for Gottlieb and Keller is instituting daytime SafeRide.

Running mates Jacob W. Faber ’04 and Pius A. Uzamere II ’04 aren’t sure if they’re going to run yet, but attended the meeting in order to be eligible.

Candidates need signatures

All candidates must submit signed petitions in order to officially be listed as candidates. Candidates for UA president and vice president are required to submit 430 signatures, while class council candidates must submit 105 signatures from students in their class.

“My experience has been that a lot of the people who don’t take the whole thing seriously are turned off by the signatures,” said UA President Josiah D. Seale ’03. “That’s the whole point: to ensure that committed people are the ones running for the job.”

The candidates must also submit signed statements of candidacy, platforms, and photos.

Candidates may not start campaigning until Feb. 21, when all forms are due and an official list of candidates will be released.

Class council candidates excited

Elizabeth A. Witham ’05, candidate for president of the class of 2005, said that she hasn’t had the time to be as involved as she’d like, and is “really excited about getting an opportunity to make some changes” at the Institute, she said.

“This is a good opportunity to get involved, because the UA deals with the entire student body rather than just a small group,” said Hannah Choe ’06, a candidate for class of 2006 treasurer.

UA elections will be held March 6-11.

In addition to UA president and vice president, the positions of 2004, 2005, and 2006 class council officers, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, social chairs, and publicity chairs, are also being contested.