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Uzamere/Faber for UAP/VP

Because Pius A. Uzamere ’04 and Jacob W. Faber ’04 have distinguished themselves as the candidates who will most deftly but assertively represent the interests of undergraduates, The Tech chooses to endorse them for President and Vice President of the Undergraduate Association.

Uzamere and Faber offer a combination of qualities that make them superior leaders in campus politics. Their platform reflects a nuanced consideration of the concerns that affect students on an everyday basis, such as financial aid reimbursement timeframes, in addition to those issues that traditionally gain attention. They’ve proposed a detailed, workable, and cost-sensitive plan for a daytime SafeRide service, and they seek to address questions of card use policy, campus dining, and coordination between the UA, the Interfraternity Council, and the Panhellenic Association.

Besides possessing a more than sufficient grasp of MIT undergraduate issues, Uzamere and Faber alone have shown the vision and initiative needed to assess the serious questions facing the undergraduate community. Faber’s work on ILTFP demonstrates that his pledge to fix Dorm Rush is not idle talk. Fraternities will benefit from Uzamere and Faber’s campaign to slow the elimination of fraternity subsidies. Although it will likely not be resolved this year, the candidates’ attention the campus segregation problem demonstrates their insight, as does their push for better relationships between MIT and the press.

With a visible and assertive style, this ticket is a departure from past UA leadership that make it harder for administrators to impose their spasmodic whims upon students. While past leaders have worked almost exclusively behind the scenes, with varying efficacy, that too often means that student interests are quashed.

Faber and Uzamere will not sit quietly in the face of such attempts. They have shown a desire to react to campus concerns through thoughtful action rather than backroom conversation. Uzamere has taken on the burden of watchdog over SEVIS, the federal international students monitoring system. Faber has founded a popular Web discussion forum and has played an important role in the resurgence of ILTFP. They express their care for this place through their actions, not through their seats on a laundry list of committees.

The next year will demand strong leadership from undergraduates. Importing inexperienced Greeks from Boston is not the best solution; neither is looking to the current stale, unimaginative leadership. Uzamere and Faber, though, earn our endorsement not by default, but by their merit.