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ASA Elects New Executive Board at Tuesday Meeting

By Sarah Y. Keightley
Associate News Editor

The Association of Student Activities successfully elected executive board officers at their general meeting Tuesday night. The elections were stalled March 19, when a meeting failed to draw enough representatives of student organizations.

The new officers are President Jerome D. Marty '93, Treasurer James P. Mahoney '94, Secretary Pier S. Ho '94, Undergraduate Member-at-Large James L. Kirtley '94, and Graduate Member-at-Large Russell B. Olwell G. The ASA executive board also includes an Undergraduate Association representative and a Graduate Student Council representative.

Marty said that as ASA President, he hopes to increase the visibility of ASA "since most of the student organizations don't know that it's there," he said.

Kirtley said he would make sure that "nothing drastic happens to student funding." Under the current system, as undergraduate member-at-large, he is also a member of the UA Financial Board.

Meeting met quorum

"I was glad people showed up [to the meeting]," said Kathleen Mahoney '92, outgoing ASA president. The original elections scheduled for March 19 did not occur because not enough activity representatives attended to make a quorum. According to Mahoney, there were about 70 people at Tuesday's meeting. ASA quorum is 53.

Mahoney said the ASA was having some problems contacting student groups through interdepartmental mail. Notices announcing Tuesday's meeting "didn't get there in time," Mahoney said. She also said there was some "confusion" with the electronic mailing list before the March general meeting.

The ASA holds one or two general meetings every term. Every student activity group is required to send a representative to at least one of these meetings per term.

Mahoney said it is hard to enforce this policy. "The problem is the only penalties we have are really severe. It seems sort of rude to de-recognize a group for not coming to a meeting." Some of the penalties ASA can impose on groups which do not send representatives to meetings include taking away the group's office space, not allowing a group to reserve a room in the student center, not allocating UA FinBoard money to the group, and not giving the group space at the Activities Midway.

The ASA Executive Board meets once every two weeks. The board's duties include arbitrating disagreements between student groups, coordinating the summer freshman mailing, assigning bulletin board space, and keeping up-to-date files on all student activities.