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Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75, Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo, and Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel E. Hastings PhD ’80 answer questions about dining, housing, and the budget during a UA Senate meeting on Monday.
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Senate met on Monday, March 8. Before the regular proceedings, Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75, Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo, and Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel E. Hastings PhD ’80 came to Senate for a town hall meeting. Discussion with the chancellor and deans centered on the implementation of the Institute-wide Planning Task Force recommendations and possible changes to dining.

The Senate adopted the Financial Policy Review Committee’s final report, which sets forth best practices for UA finances, and an updated Class Council Constitution. Kashif Rayani was approved as an undergraduate student representative to the Resources Map Committee. Ashwini A. Gokhale ’13 was confirmed as the chair of the Communications Committee, and Elizabeth A. Denys ’11 was confirmed as the chair of the Enrollment Committee. Senate allocated money to the Stand-Up Comedy Club from the Fresh Fund.

Electronic voting in the UA elections begins on Tuesday, March 16 at 12:01 am and will go through Thursday, March 18 at 11:59 pm. Paper ballots will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 19 in Lobby 10.

Dean Colombo responded to 41 UAS 7.4: Resolution to Ensure Transparency in Dining, which passed last December. His statement, which outlines his commitment to keeping and maintaining kitchens and establishing a new House Dining Advisory Group, is available on the Dining Committee website: http://ua.mit.edu/committees/dining. The final plan for the new dining system is scheduled to be released in May.

Some UA committees are looking for members! Undergraduates interested in joining the UA Nominations Committee, which nominates student representatives to Institute Committees, should e-mail ua-nomcomm-chairs@mit.edu, and those interested in joining the UA Enrollment Committee, which will write a report on how increasing enrollment will affect undergraduates, should e-mail ua-enrollment-chairs@mit.edu.

— Elizabeth A. Denys,
UA Secretary General