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Zhou Approved as New UA Vice President

By Kelley Rivoire

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Janet Y. Zhou ’06 was unanimously elected as Vice President of the Undergraduate Association by the UA Senate last night, filling the vacancy left by the recent resignation of Phillip A. Vasquez ’05. To take on her new role, Zhou subsequently resigned from her position as treasurer.

UA President Harel M. Williams ’05 praised Zhou’s work as treasurer and said he anticipates that “she’s going to continue to do a great job in her role as Vice President.” She “has brilliant ideas about how to make things more efficient,” he said.

Zhou said that her role as treasurer has been a “wonderful learning experience so far,” and she “look[s] forward to learning more” in her new role as Vice President.

As Vice President, Zhou said she hopes to “improve the communication going on between different student governments.”

Williams said the UA will perform additional recruitment to fill the vacant treasurer slot by next semester. He said there was “no real time-sensitive issue,” as next semester’s budget has already been completed, and the new treasurer can “transition very quickly.”

UA passes Simmons resolutions

The UA also passed two resolutions related to the Oct. 9 party at Simmons Hall, which was unregistered and resulted in disciplinary action against several residents.

The first, the “Bill to Facilitate Improvement of Student Disciplinary Procedures,” allows the UA President to convene a committee with possible membership from the UA and the Dormitory, Interfraternity, Panhellic, and Living Group Councils to investigate the handling of the incident at Simmons. The committee would also work with administration to develop policies to better deal with similar incidents in the future.

The second item, unanimously passed, was a “Resolution in Support of Simmons Hall,” which “encourages the Cambridge License Commission (CLC) to consider the quick and cooperative response of the Simmons Community to the Oct. 9th, 2004 incident and respond leniently in their findings.”

Andrew T. Lukmann ’07, UA Senator from Simmons, Chair of the Simmons House Committee and sponsor of the resolution, said that “people are getting very worried” about the possible sanctions that could be imposed by the CLC at the upcoming Jan. 4 hearing, and the resolution aims to show the CLC “support from the entire undergraduate body” relating to the Simmons Hall incident. “I think it’s really important for the entire MIT community to come out and support Simmons,” he said.

Lukmann said that since the Oct. 9 party, the Simmons House Government has discussed plans to add cameras, which could be monitored by the desk worker, along the back of the dormitory where doors had been propped open during the party. In addition, he said, there are plans to add alarms to many of the exits in the building, so that doors left open for extended periods of time would be noticed.

The resolution also cites actions taken by the Simmons Hall Judicial Committee such as mandatory Town Hall discussion sessions to encourage party registration and call for “greater personal responsibility of community members.”