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Elections for the 2009 BE Undergraduate Board will be held during the start of semester study break on '''Tuesday, February 10th'''.
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Elections for the 2013 BE Undergraduate Board are '''today''' at the end of semester study break on '''Wednesday December 12th'''.
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Candidate platforms are due on '''Reg Day, Monday, February 2nd'''.  Platforms should be submitted to '''Dawn Spelke''' at '''dspelke@mit.edu'''.  After submission, platforms will be posted on the page.
 
==Positions==
==Positions==
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The time commitment for all of the positions is about three hours a week.  Responsibilities mainly include attending board meetings, sending emails to students and faculty, and attending events.
 
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* '''President''':
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'''President''':
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Faculty go-to person, runs the board and bi-weekly BE meetings
Faculty go-to person, runs the board and bi-weekly BE meetings
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'''Vice President''':
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''Jenny Van & Jonathan Chien''
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A little of everything, an outside contact person for non-board members
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We're Jenny and Jonathan, and we're running as co-Presidents for the BE board!
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We've both helped run the FPOP the past two years; Jenny has served as Vice President and experience in BE-BMES, and Jonathan is also majoring in Course 6, so we both have ideas of how to improve Course 20 from both inside and outside the major. We're planning to bring you more study breaks, solicit student feedback of how to improve the Course 20 experience, and make sure your board is efficient and active.
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Jenny and Jon
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* '''Vice President''':
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A little of everything, responsible for coordinating FPOP
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'''Secretary''':
 
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Sends out emails, takes minutes, reserves rooms for meetings
 
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''Denise Neibloom''
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'''Treasurer''':
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My name is Denise (Nikki) Neibloom and I would like to be the next Vice President of the BE Board.
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Orders food, budgets events, handles t-shirts, all other money situations
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The duties of the Vice President primarily center around the FPOP. After participating in Discover Biological Engineering as an incoming freshmen and then subsequently serving as an FPOP counselor my sophomore year, I would like to take a more active role in planning and running the FPOP. The goal of the event is to get incoming freshmen excited about biological engineering, whether it is to show incoming MIT students how interesting Course 20 can be or to retain those freshmen who come into MIT already interested in the biological engineering field. I am always willing to help the President out in any way possible and look forward to helping plan study break for Course 20 undergraduates. I want to be part of the BE board in order to become more active in the Course 20 undergraduate community and connect with other students in my major.
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==Platforms==
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''Samantha Alvarez''
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'''President'''
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Hello, my name is Samantha Alvarez and I am running for the Vice President position in the BE Undergraduate Board.  Now that I’m a junior I find that I am invested in the BE major (there’s no turning back after surviving the 20.320/20.109 combination) and really want to make course 20 a more involved major here at MIT.  The easiest way to improve this is to make the undergraduate board more unified and connected to the undergraduate population.  I want to take the cobwebs out of our wiki page, spruce up the bi-weekly meetings, and actually involve all of you, the students, including myself.  I believe in creating a more close-knit course 20 family because let’s face it, we’re all in this together.  In unison with the rest of the board I want to seal the gaps between the classes and create an environment that fosters interaction, community, involvement, and above all, fun. 
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When I first arrived on campus as a freshman the first experience I ever had in biological engineering was the FPOP and that got me pumped for the major.  If offered this position I look forward to coordinating the FPOP program for the next class and for the growth of course 20 to come.  Plus I’m pretty responsible, reliable, and enthusiastic.  What more could you ask for?
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Happy voting and good luck with finals,
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-Sam 
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''Maryelise Cieslewicz''
 
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I have really enjoyed being the secretary for the BE Undergraduate Board. I’m excited by the all the work that BEUB has accomplished over the last year—instituting curriculum reps and associate advisors, setting up the undergrad lounge, making some awesome t-shirts, holding grad school information sessions and throwing great study breaks. I’m running for President of the BE Undergraduate Board because I want to make sure that these great programs run by the BE undergrads for BE undergrads remain a permanent fixture at MIT. I think BEUB is an outstanding way for the BE Undergrads to help the faculty make BE the best it can be.
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''Edgar Aranda-Michel''
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I think I’m a great candidate for President because of my experience in BEUB and other organizations on campus.  By working on BEUB for the last year, I am already knowledgeable about the programs we run and the time commitment that being BEUB President will entail. Also, my experiences working on SWE Board as the Publicity Chair, Outreach Chair, and now Vice President of Outreach Programming have taught me how to collaborate with others for a common purpose, and get work done.
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Hey guys,
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Over the last year, I have appreciated all the emails sent to BEUB and the conversations with students who had great suggestions for both our events and BE curriculum development. I promise your suggestions haven’t been lost, and as President I will continue to help make both BEUB and course 20 even better!
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My name is Edgar Aranda-Michel and im interested in running for VP.
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I really enjoy course 20 and want to make more of a difference in the course here at MIT.
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Apart from this, the main reason i want to be VP is to organize the FPOP. I took the FPOP
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when i was just a frosh here and then i was a counselor here last year. And just enjoyed
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the whole expereince. I have seen the program progress and improve just in the short time
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ive been involved and i want to be a main driving force behind it improving even more.
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I’d really appreciate your vote for BEUB President. Thanks!
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I am quite good at organizing events, managing time, and havning a good time. Also im all
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about getting as many people interested in course 20 and to take an active part in course 20.
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I feel that VP is the best way at this point for me to do that.
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'''Vice President'''
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* '''Secretary''':
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Takes minutes, adds notes to wiki, reserves rooms for meetings
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''Bernice Huang''
 
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It has been really wonderful serving on the BE board this past year as your treasurer and I would love to have the opportunity to continue my work this coming term. As vice-president, I will be committed to seeing that your needs and concerns are heard by the department and taken into serious consideration. I think I make the ideal candidate for the position because I want to help make the course 20 undergraduate experience both fun and rewarding and enjoy putting in the effort to make it happen.
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''Katie Bodner''
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If elected, I will bring to the job experience from planning events and programs as well as working together with fellow board members and faculty. For the coming year, I would like to see the board work towards the following goals: 1.) plan more events to inform you about internships and further education/careers in BE, 2.) continue informing faculty with feedback on curriculum and other issues from undergraduates, 3.) develop an undergraduate insider guide for restricted electives, 4.) organize more convenient study breaks after exams or class. Additionally, I'm always open to suggestions on what more we can do to help out, as I always look forward to getting to know everyone in the major and hearing your thoughts on BE!
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Hi Course 20! My name is Katie Bodner, and I'm a sophomore running for Secretary of the BEUB. 
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To conclude, I am really excited to continue serving on the board, building off the work we've accomplished this past year, and I hope to have your vote for BE vice president. Thank you!
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Currently on campus, I UROP in the Weiss Lab in the Synthetic Biology center, and I was a part of MIT's 2012 iGEM team. This experience has tremendously helped me develop both leadership skills and teamwork skills as well as learn how to manage my time effectively. Additionally, I just ended my term as Maseeh's freshmen representative on Maseeh's Exec board and am currently an Associate Advisor for freshmen. I have a passion for helping people and for making a difference, and I put my full effort into everything I do. In my short time on campus so far, I have learned a lot about how to work with a group to set and achieve goals. I'm very interested in and excited about the future of course 20, as it is still a new major, and I have many ideas. I would like to see us come together more as a major, for upperclassmen to get to know underclassmen, to get more freshmen interested early on for the right reasons and in general, to get more people excited about BE! I would also like to help more student feedback reach the faculty, so that we can all have the opportunity to develop our major, since it is still so new. Of course, these are only a few things out of many that we could accomplish, and I would always be open to suggestion. I'm very organized, and for the reasons stated above, I think I'd make a great secretary on the BE Undergrad Board.
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Thank you for your time.
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'''Secretary'''
 
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''Paul Baranay''
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* '''Treasurer''':
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Orders food, budgets events, handles merchandise, all other pecuniary needs
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Although the secretary's duties may seem simple, I believe they are nonetheless of crucial importance to the smooth running of the entire Board.  I believe that my past experience as secretary for my fraternity makes me well-qualified for this position.  Additionally, I have a great deal of experience working with the ASA and the Schedules Office, so I feel that I would be able to act as a strong liaison between the Board and these administrative groups.  All in all, I would be committed to improving upon the great things that past members of the Board have already accomplished.
 
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''Matthew Hung''
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''Emily Jean Onufer''
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Hello, Course 20!  My name is Matthew Hung, and I’m running for treasurer of the BE Undergraduate Board.  This past year I have served as the treasurer for the Board, student research chair of BE-BMES, and I have come to embrace Course 20 even further as an associate advisor.  For those of you who have been in Course 20 long enough, I’m sure you noticed there has been a dramatic increase in the number of study breaks once I took on those responsibilities.  I wish to continue managing the budget and feeding your bellies with Chipotle and Chinese food with an even greater frequency in the upcoming year :)  As always, you can count on me to be responsible and fulfill my duties.  I hope to ease your academic life with noms in the upcoming year :D 
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Despite the fact that I have not been involved directly on the board, I feel that I am qualified for this position because of my continued dedication to BE.  Not only have I attended many events to help the sophomores decided on majoring in BE, but I also have participated in many events.  I also have talked to many high school seniors about the program.  I feel that I am more than qualified to help the board promote new events that will benefit the students.  As a junior in BE, I have a great foundation in the course-load and I understand the system extremely well.  I would work well with the industries and help our majoring students make the tough decisions about their future by bridging the gap between students, academia, and industrial workers. As I have met many of the BE faculty at various events, I feel that I would also serve well as the faculty relations chair by facilitating open communication between students and professors.  It would be my utmost priority to fight for the student voice and represent the BE student body to the best of my ability.  My coursework, lab experience, and leadership abilities make me a strong candidate and I would appreciate your vote.  Thanks!
 
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* '''Campus Relations'''
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Responsible for communicating with the student body, emails, and publicizing events
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'''Treasurer'''
 
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''Alexander Lue''
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''Mira Moufarrej''
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I believe that I would be a good fit for the position of Treasurer on the BE board. As steward, community service chair, and social chair of my fraternity, I have had experience planning events and performing their respective duties on a budget, as well as managing separate budgets for the committees on each of those positions. In addition, as a member of MIT's athletic teams, I believe I have experienced and understand the teamwork and unity required for success in any goal I set for myself. I truly enjoy all the services that the BEUB and Course 20 itself provides, and it would be an amazing opportunity to give some of my own time back to the major. To conclude, I would work my hardest and try my best to improve on what the current and past members of the Undergraduate Board have done. Thank you.
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Publicizing events and helping plan them is something I've always enjoyed. In high school, I helped plan junior prom at a hotel and subsequently advertise for it by decorating the school, making invitations, and making a video to play in the hallway. Senior year I planned and publicized bonding events in a similar fashion. I love planning events and making them be a success and publicizing has a lot to do with that. I'm willing to work hard and I'd love to get involved with the department. :)
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''Kevin Hu''
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''Karinna Vivanco''
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Because typical MIT students are always on the prowl for free food events, the
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I am running for Campus Relations because I would really like to get more involved in the MIT BE community and help represent student interests to the department.  As for qualifications, in the past year, I was elected to Next House Exec and served as the Vice President of Relations. In addition to helping run all dorm events, I managed 8 student groups and room reservations within the dorm.  I also moderated dorm-wide house meetings once a month, preparing discussion agendas and ordering food.  I am currently the logistics captain of MIT Constructs, a popping dance group, where I help encourage and support my fellow dancers, as well as organize practices and group tripsMy experiences have taught me team-building skills as well as event planning. I would be honored if given an opportunity to serve on the BEUB. Thanks!
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treasurer of the BEUB has one of the most important duties (among his/her many
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others): keeping everyone fed. I feel that I make a qualified treasurer for
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this group because I am (electronically, not physically) organized and
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extremely dedicated to everything I do.  I have experience organizing big
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events (with or without food) as a resident associate advisor and as a member
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of the BIOS committee of BiomatrixI also have experience balancing a budget
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and ordering T-shirts, having done so for one of my high school clubs.  
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Ultimately, I would be committed to smoothing out money matters and keeping out
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events fun and flavorful.
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Revision as of 07:22, 12 December 2012

Elections for the 2013 BE Undergraduate Board are today at the end of semester study break on Wednesday December 12th.


Positions

  • President:

Faculty go-to person, runs the board and bi-weekly BE meetings


Jenny Van & Jonathan Chien

We're Jenny and Jonathan, and we're running as co-Presidents for the BE board! We've both helped run the FPOP the past two years; Jenny has served as Vice President and experience in BE-BMES, and Jonathan is also majoring in Course 6, so we both have ideas of how to improve Course 20 from both inside and outside the major. We're planning to bring you more study breaks, solicit student feedback of how to improve the Course 20 experience, and make sure your board is efficient and active.

Jenny and Jon


  • Vice President:

A little of everything, responsible for coordinating FPOP


Denise Neibloom

My name is Denise (Nikki) Neibloom and I would like to be the next Vice President of the BE Board. The duties of the Vice President primarily center around the FPOP. After participating in Discover Biological Engineering as an incoming freshmen and then subsequently serving as an FPOP counselor my sophomore year, I would like to take a more active role in planning and running the FPOP. The goal of the event is to get incoming freshmen excited about biological engineering, whether it is to show incoming MIT students how interesting Course 20 can be or to retain those freshmen who come into MIT already interested in the biological engineering field. I am always willing to help the President out in any way possible and look forward to helping plan study break for Course 20 undergraduates. I want to be part of the BE board in order to become more active in the Course 20 undergraduate community and connect with other students in my major.


Samantha Alvarez

Hello, my name is Samantha Alvarez and I am running for the Vice President position in the BE Undergraduate Board. Now that I’m a junior I find that I am invested in the BE major (there’s no turning back after surviving the 20.320/20.109 combination) and really want to make course 20 a more involved major here at MIT. The easiest way to improve this is to make the undergraduate board more unified and connected to the undergraduate population. I want to take the cobwebs out of our wiki page, spruce up the bi-weekly meetings, and actually involve all of you, the students, including myself. I believe in creating a more close-knit course 20 family because let’s face it, we’re all in this together. In unison with the rest of the board I want to seal the gaps between the classes and create an environment that fosters interaction, community, involvement, and above all, fun. When I first arrived on campus as a freshman the first experience I ever had in biological engineering was the FPOP and that got me pumped for the major. If offered this position I look forward to coordinating the FPOP program for the next class and for the growth of course 20 to come. Plus I’m pretty responsible, reliable, and enthusiastic. What more could you ask for? Happy voting and good luck with finals, -Sam


Edgar Aranda-Michel

Hey guys,

My name is Edgar Aranda-Michel and im interested in running for VP. I really enjoy course 20 and want to make more of a difference in the course here at MIT. Apart from this, the main reason i want to be VP is to organize the FPOP. I took the FPOP when i was just a frosh here and then i was a counselor here last year. And just enjoyed the whole expereince. I have seen the program progress and improve just in the short time ive been involved and i want to be a main driving force behind it improving even more.

I am quite good at organizing events, managing time, and havning a good time. Also im all about getting as many people interested in course 20 and to take an active part in course 20. I feel that VP is the best way at this point for me to do that.


  • Secretary:

Takes minutes, adds notes to wiki, reserves rooms for meetings


Katie Bodner

Hi Course 20! My name is Katie Bodner, and I'm a sophomore running for Secretary of the BEUB.

Currently on campus, I UROP in the Weiss Lab in the Synthetic Biology center, and I was a part of MIT's 2012 iGEM team. This experience has tremendously helped me develop both leadership skills and teamwork skills as well as learn how to manage my time effectively. Additionally, I just ended my term as Maseeh's freshmen representative on Maseeh's Exec board and am currently an Associate Advisor for freshmen. I have a passion for helping people and for making a difference, and I put my full effort into everything I do. In my short time on campus so far, I have learned a lot about how to work with a group to set and achieve goals. I'm very interested in and excited about the future of course 20, as it is still a new major, and I have many ideas. I would like to see us come together more as a major, for upperclassmen to get to know underclassmen, to get more freshmen interested early on for the right reasons and in general, to get more people excited about BE! I would also like to help more student feedback reach the faculty, so that we can all have the opportunity to develop our major, since it is still so new. Of course, these are only a few things out of many that we could accomplish, and I would always be open to suggestion. I'm very organized, and for the reasons stated above, I think I'd make a great secretary on the BE Undergrad Board.

Thank you for your time.


  • Treasurer:

Orders food, budgets events, handles merchandise, all other pecuniary needs


Matthew Hung

Hello, Course 20! My name is Matthew Hung, and I’m running for treasurer of the BE Undergraduate Board. This past year I have served as the treasurer for the Board, student research chair of BE-BMES, and I have come to embrace Course 20 even further as an associate advisor. For those of you who have been in Course 20 long enough, I’m sure you noticed there has been a dramatic increase in the number of study breaks once I took on those responsibilities. I wish to continue managing the budget and feeding your bellies with Chipotle and Chinese food with an even greater frequency in the upcoming year :) As always, you can count on me to be responsible and fulfill my duties. I hope to ease your academic life with noms in the upcoming year :D


  • Campus Relations

Responsible for communicating with the student body, emails, and publicizing events


Mira Moufarrej

Publicizing events and helping plan them is something I've always enjoyed. In high school, I helped plan junior prom at a hotel and subsequently advertise for it by decorating the school, making invitations, and making a video to play in the hallway. Senior year I planned and publicized bonding events in a similar fashion. I love planning events and making them be a success and publicizing has a lot to do with that. I'm willing to work hard and I'd love to get involved with the department. :)


Karinna Vivanco

I am running for Campus Relations because I would really like to get more involved in the MIT BE community and help represent student interests to the department. As for qualifications, in the past year, I was elected to Next House Exec and served as the Vice President of Relations. In addition to helping run all dorm events, I managed 8 student groups and room reservations within the dorm. I also moderated dorm-wide house meetings once a month, preparing discussion agendas and ordering food. I am currently the logistics captain of MIT Constructs, a popping dance group, where I help encourage and support my fellow dancers, as well as organize practices and group trips. My experiences have taught me team-building skills as well as event planning. I would be honored if given an opportunity to serve on the BEUB. Thanks!

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