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New UA Web Site Tracks Progress of Year's Goals

By Marissa Vogt

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

A new feature of the Undergraduate Association Web site launched today will track the progress of various UA goals throughout the term.

The list is scheduled to be posted at 9 a.m. this morning and will include a description of each goal, the current progress, a target implementation date, and contact information.

“It’s going to be a centralized location where students can check up on what the UA is doing,” said UA President Pius A. Uzamere II ’04.

The Web site will be updated at least every two weeks, Uzamere said, and will include the goals of both the UA Senate and the UA Cabinet.

Part of the motivation behind the Web site is “to keep us all accountable,” said UA Senate Speaker Yun-Ling Wong ’04. “It will explain to students ‘this is what the UA has done for me’”

“We hope to increase accountability in the UA as well as to make sure the goals of the UA are aligned with the goals of the students,” Uzamere said.

Variety of goals on Web site

The goals on the Web site are sorted into three categories: communication, concrete change, and community.

The Web site, Wong said, is not an all-inclusive list, but rather highlights of some of the more important projects whose progress will interest students.

Some of the goals include creating a UA question and answer column in The Tech, connecting Simmons with the rest of the west side dormitories, and installing Athena stations in fraternity houses.

Student reaction mixed

A few students said they welcomed the idea, but that they do not expect that this will increase their interest or involvement in UA projects.

“I might go [to the Web site] to see what they’re changing,” said Jamie Liu ’05. “It wouldn’t be a Web site that I would visit regularly.”

Liu said that the Web site seems like a good idea for holding UA representatives accountable but that it doesn’t make much of a difference to her.

“If something interesting is going on, I probably will” visit the new section of the Web site, said Yaser M. Khan ’07.

The UA Web site can be found at http://web.mit.edu/ua/www.