Organizations, Past and Present

The only student group I can really claim to be a part of now is the MIT Student Information Processing Board. SIPB provides computer services and documentation that aren't actively provided or maintained by MIT Information Systems. I'm the author of a work-in-progress, Inessential Gnus, a how-to guide for the Gnus mail reader. I was a member-at-large of the SIPB Executive Committee for a bit, and am now the secretary.
As an undergrad, I lived at Epsilon Theta, a coed fraternity in Brookline. For the most part, I liked living at ET. Whatever else you may have heard about MIT fraternities, ET fails to meet the stereotypes: our neighbors like us, the Brookline authorities only tried to shut us down once (ten years ago, and positive comments from our neighbors saved us), and we've failed to appear in the Globe for alcohol-related incidents. I'm presently the Treasurer of Epsilon Theta Corporation.
I spent a lot of time working for the MIT Lecture Series Committee. As a freshman, I was a Friday worker; when the Night committee was formed in 1997, I became a Night worker, and then a subdirector. In April, 1998, I was elected Night Director; I held a seat on the LSC Executive Committee until the end of 1999. Last term, I was a part-time Night subdirector. Now I'm pretty much semiofficially retired.
In the even further distant past, I was a brother of Alpha Phi Omega. There's not a whole lot to say there: it was fun for a while, then the chapter started getting more social than I really would have liked and LSC ate my soul, so I stopped mostly doing APO things. I still hang out in the APO office occasionally.
Back when I was a freshman, my loving big sib, Tara, talked me into playing a live-action role-playing game run by the MIT Assassins' Guild. That game was Andrea Humez's Three-Edged Sword, which actually was quite a good game. I've let myself get sucked into a couple of other games since then. Most recently, I was a Lightside governor in Andromeda Yelton's game, Sunlight and Shadows.
In April, 1998, a group of six MIT independent living groups formed the Living Group Council. The LGC had some far-reaching goals, ultimately leading to possible secession from the MIT InterFraternity Council. During the fall of 1998, I served as Moderator of the LGC; unfortunately, it started to become difficult to achieve quorum for meetings as the term wore on, and the LGC hasn't done much as a group since the end of 1998.
In a non-MIT context, I'm a volunteer package maintainer for Debian GNU/Linux. I'm currently responsible for maintaining several packages, listed on my Debian page.

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