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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, February 16, 2001

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

Minutes read.

Motion: Commend the minutes for being typed. Pass 5-4-3+Spehn.

Motion: Condemn the minutes for being strongly typed. ``Run-time polymorphism!'' Strongly passes 13-0-3+Spehn.


Committee Reports

Mobcomm: A new book. At this rate, the library won't explode. John got the book and jhawk didn't. (insert diabolical laughter)

Pseudo-Picniccomm: The letter to Hal went out, with seven choices for dates. Jade reads the letter and chuckles.

Bluebellcomm: John covered two books this week.

The Alpert walks in, Skinner from 1971-72. It is revealed he left Boston before Jade was born.


Time Warp to Old Business

Motion: Say ``hi'' to the Alpert in an embarrassing fashion. Passes ton-0-3+Spehn. ``Hiiiii...''

The Alpert remarks on the nice gavel resonance that Jade has mastered. However, the gavel smashed a coconut back during the Alpert's reign.


Committee Reports

Bluebellcomm: We still have an overflow box.

Pseudo-Pianocomm: Susan selected Gapdex for part two of her prentice project.

In response to a question by the Alpert, Jamie reports the Society current membership at three or four hundred, down from a high of 450 or so. In comparison to the Alpert's day, we have fewer money problems, but space and prentices are scarce.

Concomm: Boskone started, and we're selling TZ's there.

Jourcomm: We want some fresh meat to print in TZ 46. John demands that Jourcomm stop killing off prentices. The Alpert compares the hassle of Jourcomm in the pre-desktop-publishing era. John says something about using Jello for printing presses in jail.

The Alpert has the record for the highest TZ press rate (four or five issues in two years). John tries to pull out one of these, and then Yevgeniya and Jade get pulled into the search as well. ``It's in a box somewhere.'' Apparently we also have an unpublished Campbell manuscript in a box somewhere. Yevgeniya discovers a TZ 1 submission in her drawer, and everyone admires the blue painting on the cover of TZ 26.

Is George Phillies running for Libertarian office?

There follows a discussion confusing to the Onseck about a guy named Guy, apparently an astronomer and Jesuit, who submitted to the TZ under the pseudonym Erwin T. La Peer (spelling unknown). The Onseck resolves to research this so he'll be less confused the next time.

The Alpert's family is around on campus, but is too embarrassed to accompany him to the meeting. It is reported that the daughter of the original Skinner also never came by, despite attending MIT.

The Alpert has to leave, and a BING! sees him on his way.

All of this is retroactively designated Old Business.


New Business

[Jade] ``Sustain is cool.''

The new shelves are both the same and not the same as the old ones, perhaps an evolved version.

We have a large stack of TZ 36 covers for some reason.


Time Warp to Old Business

A search progresses through TZ 37 and 38 for the Lore of the MITSFS. It is discovered that Bootcomm is the committee for the Alpert himself, and Stranglecomm is the committee to call the Alpert up at 3:00 in the morning.


Future Business

In the future we may do wacky things with the circulating paperbacks.

Jade contemplates sharpening the gavel to make it even more dangerous. Her neck is too big to comfortably fit in the gavel.

In the future net drop rates will be cheaper. Perhaps we can get a net drop now at the cheaper rate if we ask nicely.

John has taken money for the majority of memberships this year for some reason. [Jade] ``John is a bully! John is a bully!'' ``John is poaching! John is poaching!''

Jade likes traffic lights, but only when they're green. Monty Python sings about APO.

Motion: Apply for a grant to study the crystal structure of banana molecules. ``Sec... ond.'' Fails flailing hands-John- ... no, it passes tickling hands-John-nothing+Spehn, after Jamie's hands stop flailing.

Meeting adjourned, 1830 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Keyes, Onseck