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UA Senate Conducts Elections

By Waseem S. Daher


The Undergraduate Association Senate elected Rose A. Grabowski ’05 to the position of UA Senate Speaker for the 2004-2005 school year. Hannah K. Choe ’06, John R. Velasco ’05, and Christina C. Royce ’06 were elected to the positions of Vice-Chair, Senate Representative to the Coordinating Committee, and Senate Representative to the Finance Board, respectively.

AXO LipSync granted $1500

The Senate also allocated $1500 from the UA Senate Discretionary Fund to support Alpha Chi Omega’s annual LipSync event. The event, traditionally held in Kresge Auditorium, is being held in Johnson Athletic Center this year.

The appropriate time slot in Kresge was requested by a music class, and academic events take precedence over other events in determining room allocation, said Robin M. Davis ’05, senator from the Panhellenic Association.

Several senators expressed concern over the allocation. The event is a philanthropic one, and Jonathan G. Rogg ’05, senator from the Interfraternity Council, said that it was not a good idea for the UA to fund philanthropic events of other organizations, calling such an act essentially tantamount to making an indirect donation to a charity from the UA, which the UA could just do directly, he said.

The legislation was eventually passed with the understanding that it was a one-time allocation, and was necessary to preserve the tradition of the Lip Sync, something that is an important part of MIT student life, Grabowski said.

Bill specifies senator removal steps

The Senate also passed a bill modifying the Senate bylaws that specify the steps necessary to remove a senator from office.

“The current version of the senate bylaws imply that a senator may be removed without due process,” according to the bill submitted by Seth E. Dorfman ’05, representing Simmons Hall.

The bill proposes a three-tiered system for dealing with negligent senators: a warning, censure, and impeachment.

Impeachment, in the event that it is deemed necessary, would be governed by “the same process normally used to remove” the president of the constituency that the senator in question represents.

DiFava speaks to UA

John DiFava, director of security and campus police services, spoke at the meeting about his experience at MIT and his vision for the police.

“Service” is the mission of the police that the force is trying to drive home, DiFava said. He hopes to “develop a culture” and “raise the level of professionalism” of the organization.

When asked about safety on campus, DiFava said that compared to many other universities, MIT is fairly crime-free, but still has some issues that need to be addressed.

The only large problem that the campus has to deal with is theft, he said. He has placed more manpower in the detective branch of the police, in an attempt to track down stolen items and arrest those responsible, he said.

Another issue that DiFava addressed was that of security. He described his plan of “security from the outside in.” It would be infeasible to put card readers and other security measures on the main doors in the Infinite Corridor, but acceptable to put them on lower-traffic, higher security buildings, such as the nuclear reactors, he said.

In this way, students will still be able to move freely about campus, while maintaining the security of important buildings and offices, he said.

MIT has allocated approximately $500,000 to DiFava for his plans to increase security in this manner, and the first building to become more secure in this fashion is Building 18, he said.

The meeting concluded at approximately 12:45 a.m. this morning.