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The first Senate meeting of the Spring semester was held on Monday, February 8. Interim Senate Speaker and Vice-Speaker elections were held during the meeting: Tim J. Stumbaugh ’12 was elected Speaker of the Senate, and Tim R. Jenks ’13 was elected Vice-Speaker. Senate members discussed ways to unify the voices of undergraduate student leaders to clarify the undergraduate viewpoint in the eyes of administrators. Other discussion topics included the proposal for allowing second semester freshman to live off-campus, suggestions to improve the FSILG recycling program, the release of the final version of the Institute-wide Planning Task Force report, and reformatting the procedure for nominating undergraduates to Institute Committees.

The Elections Commission held a candidates information meeting last Tuesday. Candidates need to collect signatures and turn in paperwork, platform statements, and photographs by Friday, February 26 by 5 p.m. in the UA office (W20-401). Questions should be directed to ua-elect@mit.edu.

— Elizabeth A. Denys, UA Secretary General