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ASA Elects Officers, Tables Space Policy

By Eva Moy
News Editor

The Association of Student Activities elected a new executive board at its meeting Wednesday. The officers, who have already assumed power, are Jun B. Lee '94, president; Hillary R. Hudis '94, treasurer; Scott D. Centurino '94, secretary; Archon Fung G, graduate member-at-large; and Kenneth Yang '95, undergraduate member-at-large.

As secretary, Centurino hopes to facilitate communication between the ASA and student groups, he said. "I like the fact that the ASA is beginning to become active again," he added.

Outgoing ASA President Jerome D. Marty '93 suggests the new Executive Board "will have to go to greater lengths to get student activities to get involved in ASA." It is "really a buried treasure that people haven't made use of," he said.

"I've been involved with the MIT racing team ... and we wouldn't exist without funds from [the Undergraduate Association Finance Board]," said Hudis. As treasurer, she is one of sixteen voting members of FinBoard. She added that she wants to make sure other students get the same opportunities to participate in activities.

Office space policy tabled

At the meeting, the ASA General Body also tabled a proposal for a student activity space allocation policy, Marty said. The new executive board will probably call another general meeting in April specifically to discuss this proposal for allocating space on the fourth floor of the Student Center and in Walker Memorial, he added.

Centurino said he hopes that the policy can be passed and take effect by this summer.

Informal discussions concerning the policy began last fall, Marty said. However, there was not enough time before the meeting to circulate the draft to the student activity representatives. "I believe that is why they tabled it," Marty said. "In a sense, it was a test of apathy, and apathy lost."

Under its constitution, ASA has the power to assign office space for student activities. However, without a written policy, the ASA executive board, along with a representative from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, decides arbitrarily on a case-by-case basis, Marty said.

The proposed policy defines ASA's powers concerning office and facilities space allocation. This includes the institution of a lease agreement for one, two, or three years, after which the activity's need and use of space is reviewed. It is "not the type of iron-clad guarantee" as the current system provides, Marty said.

A new provision for sharing office space will "go a long way toward easing the office crunch," Marty said. There is currently a nine year waiting list for office space in the Student Center or Walker Memorial, he added.

The policy also includes a point system for determining priority, although Marty said that it is similar to the guidelines ASA has followed for the past few years.

In addition, the policy includes an appeals process "to protest any decision made under this policy," the proposal states. Under both the current and proposed policies, the executive board arbitrates such requests, but the Dean's Office still has the power to overturn decisions.