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UA Q&A

By Rose Grabowski and Harel Williams

UA Coordinating committee members

Dear UA,

I know that you had a discussion session on Monday last week on the subject of hanging flags outside dorm windows -- unfortunately, I had two psets due and an exam the next day (hellloooooo hell week), so I couldn’t come participate. Did anything come out of the discussion? What action is the UA going to take?

-- Double O’Fun

The discussion session went very well -- it seems to have been both informative and productive. The people who came to participate included many UA senators, several other undergraduates, as well as Jonathan A. Goler G, the graduate student who initially hung the flag outside of his Sidney Pacific window.

Many people also asked Goler specific questions about what had happened and what action he would be taking in the future. The senators each went around and reported the information and opinions they had collected from their constituents.

The general sentiment from the undergraduates seemed to be that it would be beneficial to the community to work with the housing department to clarify the regulations around the issue.

Several senators are going to work on a resolution, to be brought before the UA Senate, in support of a revised housing policy. If you have any input on this, please contact your senator.

Dear UA,

So I heard about how the UA office in the Student Center has become a hangout on Saturday nights for UA members to discuss philosophical matters. I decided to swing by the Saturday night before last, but no one was around. I was all prepared to discuss Machiavelli’s The Prince, and was pretty disappointed. Where did you guys go?

-- Nick

Machiavelli? Is that a desert or something? Anyway, that weekend, 30 of the UA officers spent two days on a retreat planning for the rest of the term. Much time was spent clarifying the UA’s goals and mission in general and our own personal goals to benefit the undergraduate body as a whole.

We worked on enhancing internal communication amongst UA members, communicating more effectively with the student body at large, and working effectively with administrators and staff.

Many solid ideas and objectives arose from our discussions, several of which are included in the Goals Checklist, published in The Tech.

If you have any questions, comments, or additional items that you would like to see added to the list, please e-mail make-it-happen@mit.edu. Oh, and just so you know, UA is a democratic organization, not a monarchical one.

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.