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House Government and Officers

Ashdown residents play a key role in dorm operations and management. The main people responsible for running the dorm are the Ashdown House Executive Committee (AHEC) and the many Ashdown officers. The procedures on voting and elections are described in the Ashdown House Constitution and the Ashdown Election Policy.

If you are an Ashdown Officer:

Ashdown House Executive Committee (AHEC)

AHEC consists of five residents and is elected annually in the Spring. The five positions are Chair, Vice-Chair, Officer Coordinator and Secretary. The AHEC Chair presides over the weekly AHEC meetings and acts as the primary liaison to the MIT administration and other student groups. The Treasurer keeps track of the available funds, writes proposals for outside funding sources, and coordinates reimbursements for purchases made by Ashdown officers. The Vice-Chair assists the Chair in their duties, acts in their place when they are absent and is also responsible for running all in-house room lotteries. The Officer Coordinator maintains a list of current Ashdown officers and assigns seniority points accordingly. Finally, the Secretary is primarily responsible for taking minutes at AHEC meetings.

AHEC meets every Thursday evening in the Crafts Lounge to discuss dorm-related issues. These meetings are open to the entire Ashdown community. All residents are encouraged to attend, whether they have something to contribute or simply want to listen. Residents are also free to bring up problems or concerns at AHEC meetings. If you have something to add to the agenda, please email ahec (at) mit.edu.

The current AHEC members are:


Siyu Sylvia Dai
Chair

Ricardo Santos-Baptista
External Affairs Coordinator

Neha Bokil
Internal Affairs Coordinator

Haley Schilling
Officer Coordinator

Liam Comidy
Treasurer
     

Ashdown Officers

Everything Ashdown does, from caring for fish to planning dance parties to keeping the pianos in tune, is powered by our officers — residents who have volunteered their time to help out the dorm. Even though the positions have varied responsibilities, all of them are important in keeping the building running smoothly.

For their hard work, officers are rewarded with up to 3 seniority points per term. This gives them a huge advantage in our in-house lottery.

A current listing of officer positions is given below. Please contact ahec@mit.edu if any of these jobs sound appealing to you, or if you just want to help make Ashdown a better place. Additionally, feel free to suggest new officer positions that are more aligned with your interests.

Arts Officer


Benjamin Chang
    
The Arts Officer is responsible for encouraging participation in the arts at Ashdown House. They maintain a collection of artwork around Ashdown (both inside the House and in the courtyards) as well as provide arts-related opportunities for Ashdown residents.
ashdown-arts (at) mit.edu

Brunch Committee


Ruihao Terence Zhu

Wei Wei

Andrew James Lew

Juliana Julie Park

Jongwoo Lee

Kevin Tang

Nathan Faialaga

Katherine Young (Sublet)

Chi Wang

Ruoxuan Yang

Fengyi Li
    
The Brunch Committee organizes brunches on Sunday mornings at noon in Ashdown’s Hulsizer Room approximately once a month.
ashdown-brunch (at) mit.edu

Brunch Committee Co-chairs


Peng Qian

Henry K Tran
   

ashdown-brunch-chair (at) mit.edu

Cherry Pie Society Officer


Chengzhao Richard Zhang
    
The Cherry Pie Society Officer runs and coordinates Ashdown’s intellectual discussion group, the Cherry Pie Society.
ashdown-cherry (at) mit.edu

Coffee Hour Committee


In Young Hur

Farnaz Jahanbakhsh

Matthew Sobiesk

Nihal Koduri

Yu Ren Zhou

Margaret Lee

Mina Dalirrooyfard

Vishrant Tripathi

Elaine McVay

Joy Zeng
     
The Coffee Hour Committee organizes Ashdown's weekly coffee hour every Thursday night at 9 pm in the Hulsizer Room. This long-standing tradition provides residents with a great setting to relax and socialize while enjoying snacks and coffee.
ashdown-coffee (at) mit.edu

Coffee Hour Committee Co-chairs


Justin Paloni
    

ashdown-coffee-chair (at) mit.edu

Communications Officers


Sayeri Lala

Yipfun Yeung

Abbas Ghandi
  
The Communications Officers record and disseminate information in Ashdown. At least one Comm Officer takes detailed notes at each AHEC meeting. The Comm Officers also create the IAP/Summer Alumni Newsletters and aid with the “Welcome Brochure” for new residents during August.
ashdown-comms (at) mit.edu

Communities Committee Chair


Vishal Patil
    

ashdown-communities-chair (at) mit.edu

Events Committee


Madeleine Sutherland

Kimberly Dinh

Maxwell Nagarajan

Ki-Joo Sung

Sai Nithin Reddy Kantareddy

Ziwei Li

Courtney Stephen

Aniket Patankar

Sahana Vasudevan

Sara A Sheffels

Alan Sage

Jean Carlos Serrano

Halston Lim
  
The Events Committee plans and runs large and small events at Ashdown, either for Ashdown residents or the entire MIT graduate community. They plan Orientation activities, general social events, non arts-related outings, culturally-themed events and Ashdown traditions that are open to the entire MIT Graduate Community.
ashdown-events (at) mit.edu

Events Committee Co-chairs


Carlos Barajas
    

ashdown-events-chair (at) mit.edu

Floor Officers


Preksha Naik

Theodore Grunberg

Haoquan Tony Zhang

Vaikkunth Mugunthan

Colin A Pavan
     
Floor Officers serve as a residential assistants. They are responsible for encouraging interaction among residents and organizing floor events, overseeing the floor common areas and the use of floor bulletin boards, and voicing floor concerns to AHEC.
ashdown-officers-floor (at) mit.edu

Inventory Subcommittee


Dimitrios Fraggedakis

Xingang Zhao

Weiyue Zhou
  
The Inventory Subcommittee maintains and tracks the status of resident facilities within Ashdown House and the Ashdown Courtyards, including the front desk/mailroom, lobby, laundry room, kitchen, AHEC storage closet, and gym equipment.
ashdown-inventory (at) mit.edu

Operations Committee Chair


Aditya Thomas
    

ashdown-ops-chair (at) mit.edu

Outings & Athletics Officers


Shane Zhang
    
The Athletics Officer coordinates athletics-related events in Ashdown, and serves as a liaison for other athletics-related events on campus. Tasks include coordinating Ashdown intramural sports teams and organizing Ashdown outings (basketball/hockey games, snowball fights/skating, etc).
ashdown-athletics (at) mit.edu

Photographer Officer


Corban Swain
    
The Photographer documents life at Ashdown House, takes pictures at major events, and records Ashdown history.
ashdown-photo (at) mit.edu

Publicity Subcommittee


Sajjad Mohammadiyangijeh

Amir Tohidi Kalorazi

Frederick O Daso

Ketian Zhang

Yue Wu
     
The Publicity Committee is collects and publicizes information about Ashdown, MIT, and off-campus events. The Committee send a weekly email (The Ashdown 3AM) to residents with updates and upcoming events, and organizes publicity campaigns for Ashdown events (this includes creating posters, printing them, and putting them up around campus).
ashdown-publicity (at) mit.edu

Technology Subcommittee


Henry R Kilgore

Shichao Yue

Cheng Feng Gary Lee

Yi Lu
 
The Technology Committee is maintains and improves the Ashdown website and computing facilities. The Technology Committee assists with the hallway displays throughout the building as well as other AV systems in the common areas.
ashdown-tech (at) mit.edu







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