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UA Q&A

By Harel Williams

and Rose Grabowski

UA Coordinating Committee Members

Dear UA,

I’ve heard certain people describe your column as “fluffy” and “vapid.” How would you respond to such an accusation?

--UA Go-Away

Ooh, that one hurt, but I guess we must answer it despite the fact that one of the writers is crouched, crying in the corner (you can guess which one).

We try to deliver as much content as possible and keep it semi-entertaining at the same time. If people read it because they think it is funny, great. If they read it because they think it is ridiculous, well, we are still conveying information to them as well.

But if people use it to line their bird cage, at least it is serving a useful purpose. Once again, we always appreciate a little constructive criticism.

Dear UA,

Last Monday on our “Student Holiday” I saw a bunch of administrators, like the Chancellor and some deans, load into a SafeRide and takeoff into the distance. Was there some sort of Dean Jamboree going on in Boston or something? And why wasn’t I invited?

--Dean Mean Fighting Machine

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Dean Jamboree -- though maybe we can get that going next year.

However, there was an event on Monday called the Chancellor’s Summit where administrators such as Chancellor Clay and Dean Benedict met with student leaders to discuss issues on communication and collaboration on campus. Student representatives from the UA, GSC, ASA, IFC, Panhel, LGC, and DormCon were invited to participate.

This event will lead to more collaboration between the administration and students, as well as among the student government organizations themselves.

A new council that has yet to be official named has also been formed to serve as a communications body comprised of all the different student government organizations in order to strengthen our representation and resolve.

Dear UA,

It seems like MIT students have no political influence in the Boston area. Do the Cambridge City Councillors even know that we exist? First of all, the Sunday prohibition thing has to go; why can’t I hit the bottle when I want? I feel like we should be able to get together with students from other colleges to get our ideas out there, but how can we do this?

--Absolut Representation

Funny you should ask! Just this summer, a group called the Boston Intercollegiate Government came into being. Representatives from Bentley, BC, BU, NU, MIT, Suffolk, and other area colleges come together regularly to discuss student issues and plan ways to get Boston area students more involved in the community.

On Sept. 13, they held an event at which Mayor Menino and Congressman Barney Frank came and spoke to the representatives. Hopefully, this group will continue to expand its influence and serve student interest.

GOT MORE QUESTIONS? E-mail uaqa@mit.edu with your quizzicality. Want more information on any of the issues raised this week? Visit http://web.mit.edu/ua/www/uaqa.