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UA Q&A

By Harel Williams and Rose Grabowski

UA Coordinating Committee Members

Dear UA,

What is the status on the Flag situation? Is it now ok for me to hang my Pirate flag outside my dorm window? C’mon, you know pirates are super cool.

--Thar She’s Hosed

At the UA Senate meeting this past Monday, we invited both Jonathan A. Goler G, the graduate student who originally put up the Israeli flag at Sid-Pac and started the flag-hanging controversy, and Karen Nilsson, the director of housing, to come speak to the senators and give the opinions of both sides of the issue. It appears that things are settled somewhat, such that students can put flags up inside their windows, but not outside.

However, many students still feel strongly that flags should be allowed to hang outside their dormitories, and so we will be holding a discussion session this Monday, Oct. 6, at 9:00 p.m. in W20-400 where people can voice their opinions about this housing policy. You’re welcome to come participate in the discussion -- we’d also recommend bringing the Pirate flag as a visual aid to further your argument.

Dear UA,

During the spring elections last year, I voted for Pius Uzamere and Jacob Faber for UA P/VP because I was impressed with their commitment to maintain a “Goals Checklist” for the UA. Where is it?

--Check-mate

Pius, Jacob, and the rest of the UA are working vigorously right now at getting the Goals Checklist ready for publication. We’re trying to include as many projects and goals as possible so that the undergraduate population can get a better idea of what we’re up to this year.

Look for the first publication of the checklist next Friday, Oct. 10, in The Tech, and regular updates every few weeks after that.

Dear UA,

I live in an apartment off campus. So since I’m not on a dorm mailing list or other living group e-mail list, I don’t get a lot of the regular updates from the UA such as minutes from Senate. How can I get this info? And who is my UA Senator, anyway?

--Off-line

This is a really good question... and it’s something we don’t hear about all that often for the very reason you specified: there is no way at the moment to contact all of the off-campus residents.

Fortunately, the UA Senator representing off-campus students, Katherine H. Allen ’05, has created a new e-mail list that will hopefully unify the residents in apartments and undergraduates in the Senior Segue program. The list is off-campus-undergrads@mit.edu and you can add yourself on any Athena station or on Moira.

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.