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Off-Campus Rep. Plans Kitchen for Constituents

By Shuai Chen

STAFF REPORTER

Katherine H. Allen ’05, the new Undergraduate Association senator for off-campus students, will work to make kitchen space available for off-campus students and student groups in Walker Memorial, and establish a mailing list for off-campus students.

In an interview, Allen, who filled a seat left vacant since early last school year, discussed her plans to bring the off-campus community closer together.

She is the representative for MIT’s approximately 60 undergraduates who live in apartments or with their parents, outside the system of dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups.

So far, she has established the mailing lists and is now trying to locate off-campus students. The kitchen space is targeted for competion in January or February.

“I am hoping I might get in touch with information services” to get the names of the off-campus students, she said, but for now, she will just “continue going by word of mouth.”

Students can add themselves to the mailing list by typing blanche off-campus-undergrads -a $USER at the Athena prompt. Students on the list can be reached at off-campus-undergrads@mit.edu.

She said she decided to run for her office “mostly because there wasn’t [an off-campus representative] and I thought that was unfortunate” she said.

Mixed feelings off-campus

Some off-campus students said they are not sure about the usefulness of having an off-campus representative.

“I don’t know how it would affect me,” said Matthew W. Adkisson ’05. “It seems that each [person living off-campus] has their own situation, so I don’t know how they’re going to represent all of us.”

“It seems that the UA’s issues are a lot of issues with in-campus students while off-campus students just go to school,” said Alexander L. Allen ’04.

“I don’t like to be on a mailing list and I’m not really sure how useful that [kitchen] would be,” said Jonathan N. Grall ’05.

But not everybody agreed. “We’re kind of our own little breed, we should have a voice,” said Jared A. Casper ’05.