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Lukmann,Miller Elected UAP/VP

By Marie Y. Thibault
NEWS EDITOR

Andrew T. Lukmann ’07 and Ruth F. Miller ’07 will be the next Undergraduate Association President and Vice President, succeeding John M. Cloutier ’06 and Jessica H. Lowell ’07.

According to the UA Election Commission Web site, in the preferential voting system, Lukmann and Miller received 731 final, or fifth round votes while competitors Lowell and Steven M. Kelch ’08 received 648 final round votes. Dwight M. Chambers ’07 and Victor C. Cabral ’07 received 438 votes in the fourth round.

Lukmann and Miller credited their campaigning technique with the win. The pair visited the residents of seven dormitories and handed out information on their platform. “We put a lot of time into platform and ideas and outreach,” said Lukmann. “I think door-to-door did it for us.”

Miller and Lukmann described their campaign as a “concentrated effort,” and both said they are eager to recuperate. Lukmann said he is counting on a good night’s sleep.

The UA elections, which ran from Thursday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 15, drew votes from 42.65 percent of the undergraduate population, or 1,753 out of 4,110, Gary L. Sivek ’06, UA Election Commission technical coordinator, wrote in an e-mail.

The elections also decided the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Class Councils. According to the UA Election Commission Web site (http://web.mit.edu/elections/Spring06/results.html), ten positions had only one official candidate, including all of the 2007 Class Council positions. Sivek said in an e-mail that this contributed to low 2007 voter turnout. 39.79 percent of the class of 2007 voted, the lowest of all the classes, Sivek wrote in an e-mail.

The first practical matter on Lukmann and Miller’s agenda is to formation of a committee to examine the UA Nominations Committee. According to its Web site, the Nominations Committee’s purpose is “to place qualified students onto the governing committees of the faculty and administration and to support these student representatives once they are there.”

Lukmann said the new committee will focus on achieving better feedback to the UA from the student representatives on the presidential and faculty committees.

The current system does not include guidelines that require this sort of communication, Lukmann said, but there are a number of possibilities, such as telling the President or making a report to the Senate. Lukmann said that a feedback method needs to be found because “the UA is reactive lately, not proactive … it is not anticipating things.”

Lowell, who has served as the UA Vice President for the last year, said that she would advise Lukmann and Miller to remember issues that are based outside of the UA. “They were more focused during this election process with fixing the UA. The point of the UA is really to advocate for students in issues of the Institute which are not internal UA issues.” She said she is planning to stay involved with the UA.

Both Lukmann and Miller said that they think that solutions to all the issues on their platform are possible, though Lukmann added that they are not guaranteeing success every time. “We are promising discussion will take place … administrators will hear about what students think on an issue.”

“We wouldn’t put issues on our platform if we didn’t think it was possible,” Miller said.

Lukmann and Miller will be sworn in on May 15.