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UA Publishes Fall and Spring Minutes on Web

In response to an inquiry from The Tech, the Undergraduate Association has published minutes from UA Senate meetings for the current academic year. Those minutes are available at http://web.mit.edu/ua/www/senate/currentsess.html.

In prior years, the UA Senate has published minutes on the Web shortly after each meeting. In contrast, this year, no minutes had been publicly available for the Senate after November 2005, until they were put on the Web on Wednesday evening.

The recently-posted minutes cover meetings from November 2005 through April 2006. The UA Senate meets every other week.

This year’s minutes are available only in the proprietary Microsoft Word format, rather than the standard HTML or PDF format.

The most recent minutes, from April 10, 2006, feature:

Election of Members of the UA Finance Board.
Bill passed to fund “Campus MovieFest” with $2,300.
Bill tabled to “create negative preferential voting.”
Bill passed to formalize the “Senate Committee on Financial Review.”
Bill to fund Steer Roast (no dollar figure listed).

Minutes for two of this academic year’s meetings, however, are not yet available online, because the UA secretary was not in attendance, according to an e-mail from Senate Speaker Andrew T. Lukmann ’07.

“Those minutes should be posted as soon as I have a chance to type them up,” Lukmann said.

Lukmann said that he would also be posting lists of current legislation “within the next few days.”

—John A. Hawkinson