MIT Science Fiction Society

84 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, October 20, 2000

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Jade Wang, President and Skinner, presiding. Ed Keyes is the usual Onseck, usually.

Minutes read.

Motion: Strike the explanation of the ``one big unit'' quote. Passes 9-negative infinity-1+Spehn, immediately revised to 9-2-1+Spehn through vote renormalization.


Committee Reports

Yescomm: Yes.

Nocomm: No.

Apathycomm: Yay...

Mobcomm: More small press books are in. Mobcomm run tomorrow.

Pseudo-Coofcomm: Columbia University Science Fiction Society has a constitution taking nuclear holocausts into account, appointing a group of Elders to preserve science fiction for future generations. Unfortunately their plan also includes stealing our hoard. Letter sent commending and condemning them for this.

New Jersey needs to be nuked first. Pre-emptive strike on Columbia. Columbia isn't in New Jersey, though... New York is probably close enough, and downwind. More tactical strikes are called for, perhaps a Columbia-student tailored virus?

Motion: In the event of a holocaust, Columbia University should be the first to go by means to be determined later. Passes 7-1-1+Spehn. Calls of ``Traitor! Traitor!'' directed to the ``no'' vote.

Motion: Waste no time testing the method on the traitor Aaron. Passes 6-4-0+Spehn.

Pseudo-Hasslecomm: Violence may be in order, as we're up to four boxes of overflow.

Pseudo-Panthercomm: Six boxes of overflow from donations.

Pseudo-Bluebellcomm: Bluebellcomm will be buried soon in donated hardcovers.

Bluebellcomm groans. The Onseck also groans, being part of Bluebellcomm.

Jadecomm: Jade changed her hair restraints to something small, metallic, and ineffective.

Motion: Have Michael Crichton write a book and/or movie about the inability of technology to contain Jade's hair. Passes 10-1-0+Spehn.

Tuttle donation is reported to have 353 magazines and 1252 paperbacks.


Old Business

Motion: July and August now exist. (in the LHE's books) Passes 2-0-1+Spehn.

Motion: [Jade] ``Speak!'' [John] ``Woof! Woof!'' Chickens 0-0-1-3+Spehn, the third category being for canine votes.

New battery in the alarm, it kind of works. Calls for an EE to fix it.

The Alumni Office has commented on our newsletter. Revisions are in progress. We may have lost some alums in the files, but we have huge quantities of info on those actually listed... except for the fact that they were in MITSFS. One member probably from 1951 is actually still on campus, Professor Emeritus Jack Dennis.

Paperwork for the alarm box is filed under ``H'' for ``Hole in wall''.

Discussion of notifications for alumni gifts. This is kind of real business, since it involves looking at pieces of paper. Grumbles about this.


New Business

It's un-cold again outside.

There's a proposal floating around to turn the fifth-floor reading room into a physics classroom. Universally derided as stupid.

[Stephanie] ``I hate to say I agree with an editorial in the Tech...''

Discussion of late fees on unpaid phone bills from the 1970's.

[Jade] ``We're consistent, but only sometimes.''


Future Business

Jamie reports that the Skinner is exacerbating local gravitational instabilities with the gavel.

In the future, Stephanie will have a cool gown. (gallon, galleon?) Sleeves are too short, though.

Motion: [Jamie] ``If this were your elbow, you'd be an orangutang.'' Passes 4-2-1+Spehn.

Motion: Have Jade practice with the Telzey Toy until she stops squeezing too hard. Fails by Skinnerial decree.

``Do we have a future?'' ``No.'' ``When the LHE says `no', we might be worried...''

Discussion of MITSFS constitution and how serious it should be, versus CUSFS's less-than-serious one.

Motion: Miller motion. Fails 2-4-1+Spehn.

Motion: Second Miller motion. Passes 10-0-3+Spehn.

Meeting adjourned, 1740 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Keyes, Onseck