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2004 Class Council Loses Two Officers

By Jeffrey Greenbaum


The 2004 class council announced the resignations of Class Secretary Rachana D. Oza ’04 and Social Chair Nadjia M. Yousif ’04 in an e-mail sent to the class of 2004 on Saturday.

These resignations came only a few months after President Alvin M. Lin ’04 and Vice President Nikhil S. Gidwani ’04 were asked to resign last spring because their campaign platform was plagiarized. With the most recent resignations, the council is now left with only its treasurer and publicity chairs.

Yousif decided to leave her position as social chair in order to run for class of 2004 president.

She had served as social chair her sophomore year and run for president her junior year, but lost. Because she went to Paris this past spring, she decided to run for social chair and not president because of the difficulty in campaigning from abroad.

“Had I been in Boston, I definitely would have run for President,” Yousif said. However, she said that she had faith in the system that a qualified president would be elected.

When the seats of Lin and Gidwani became vacant, Yousif said that she became worried about the state of the class council.

“Class council politics became a joke” and is getting an unfair reputation, Yousif said.

In particular, Yousif said that she was concerned that the council had not seemed to have been taking much action during the past few months.

She said that she intends on having Vanessa Pena ’04 as her running mate, and that the two would like the council to consider hosting events throughout the year, such as free Kaplan events or monthly career panels that would focus on a different industry each month.

Election planned for this fall

Solomon M. Bisker ’06, chair of the UA Election Commission, said that the commission has agreed, at the request of the UA and the 2004 class council, to run an election for the vacant class council seats this fall.

Although the class constitution does not specify who runs special elections for vacant offices, Bisker said that “we agreed to handle the election because we understand the importance of getting the offices filled as quickly and fairly as possible and because we’re the group who can best run an election as close to the original election as possible.”

“Our only terms were that we run the election on the same time scale as the regularly scheduled 2007 [council] and UA Senate election ... and that we run the election pretty much the same way as the original election on the spring,” Bisker said.

Oza said, “I think that people are seeing this as a chance to really get involved.”

Yousif said that she hopes that people run for all of the vacant positions because “this is the biggest year where the council matters.”

Oza decides to graduate early

Oza announced her resignation to the council because she decided to graduate a year early.

She said that she had originally intended on staying at MIT this year to work on her Master’s of Engineering degree. However, she said that she “decided to defer that admission to gain some more working experience before coming back to school.”

Thus, her resignation is unrelated to the other resignations or to the position itself.

“I simply will not be a registered MIT student this semester,” Oza said.

Oza said planning for the Career Fair seemed like it has been going very well in spite of the resignations of Lin and Gidwani because aside from the council’s funding, it is a completely different set of people.