The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 72.0°F | Overcast

Fourteen Running For UA Senate

By Jenny Zhang

Following yesterday’s deadline for submitting applications to run for Undergraduate Association Senate, five constituencies — Bexley, East Campus, Senior House, Living Group Council, and Off-Campus — do not have candidates. Students have until Monday to submit late petitions to have their names on voting ballot; campaigning for Senate and Class of 2009 Council positions begins tomorrow. Half of the candidates for UA Senate are incumbent senators.

E-mails announcing the election were sent to undergraduates in dormitories on Tuesday, only two days prior to the deadline; the UA Web site also did not have an elections schedule until earlier this week. UA Elections Chair Tiffany L. Seto ’06 said she felt this was sufficient notice for potential candidates.

An open house held on Sept. 6 should have informed those wanting to run about the elections, said Senate Speaker Andrew T. Lukmann ’07. Additionally, students historically have won elections by campaigning as write-ins, Lukmann said.

This year, non-residential undergraduate fraternity, sorority, and independent living group members who live in dormitories may choose to vote with either their fraternity or their dormitory. Dual-members who do not designate their constituencies by 5 p.m. today will randomly be assigned. Previously, constituency was automatically decided by their residence, Lukmann said.

The change was made because individuals may feel strong sense of belonging to their FSILG’s even if they are not residents, Lukmann said. This option is expected to increase the size of the FSILG constituencies, perhaps to the extent that their UA representative slots will increase. The number of UA representatives per constituency is determined by the number of members divided by 160, with fractions of half or more rounded up. A constituency of 240 members, for example, would be designated two representatives.

A side-effect of the change is that the UA election will be held later than usual, after the two weeks of Rush, Lukmann said. This delay allows men who accepted fraternity bids to choose their constituency.

All students who submitted candidacy applications by the deadline yesterday are official candidates, Seto said. As long as applications — which included statements by the candidates and 105 petition signatures for Class of 2009 Council— were complete, they were accepted, she said.

Voting begins on Monday at 12:01 a.m.