MIT Medical reform, Dining Idea Bank, and UA positions

Two guests from MIT Medical attended Senate this past Monday night. The two discussed upcoming budget changes within MIT Medical and the potential impact on students. Medical presented a proposal to close urgent care facilities at MIT from 12 a.m.–6 a.m., citing declining visits during these hours. Students who phone Medical would be consulted by a trained nurse following protocols that would assist the student with obtaining the appropriate care. In the case of emergencies, students would be transported to Mount Auburn hospital. Students were most concerned about the preservation of Medical’s Good Samaritan and confidentiality policies. MIT Medical reassured students that Good Samaritan policies were not changing, but that the confidentiality protocol is left up to Mount Auburn and further discussion with the hospital may be needed.

Senate approved an Institute Committee Nominations slate, presented Monday by the UA Nominations Committee. This slate approves the majority of positions the UA nominates students for, although a few vacancies still exist. The slate can be found online at: http://ua.mit.edu/committees/nomcomm/nominees2010.pdf. Senate also approved $441 from its discretionary fund to purchase deodorant and mouthwash samples to made available during finals week.

Dining reform is underway and has already garnered a lot of attention on campus. The UA encourages all students to participate in the online Idea Bank (http://ideabank-housedining.mit.edu) and attend forums in your living group (if you have house dining) or another public forum to be scheduled for those students who utilize house dining but do not live in a dining hall. The public forum will be held on Wednesday April 21 from 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m. in the Student Center (W20, room TBA).

Last chance to apply to for UA Leadership Positions next year! The deadline is today (Friday) at 5 p.m. See the full list of positions available at http://ua.mit.edu/exec/positions. Committee chair and vice chair positions may also be available. Contact wedothings@mit.edu with applications and questions.