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Four Members of UA Finance Board Up for Election in March

By Trudy Liu
Staff Reporter

Students will now be able to elect some of the members of the Undergraduate Association Finance Board during the UA general election in March.

Fin Board allocates funding from the Institute to more than 100 student activities. In the past only the UA nomination committee was involved in selecting the members.

A Fin Board review group made this change in the bylaws "to allow for more diversity and a wider selection of people," said Chairman Matthew S. Warren '93.

"This change reflects an attitude of openness. Anyone can apply for a position on the Finance Board and get elected. Both the UA general election and the selection by nomination committee are well-established procedures," said UA Council Floor Leader Raajnish A. Chitaley '95. "I'm pretty confident that this will work out well."

Although the member selection process has changed to increase student involvement, the allocation procedure will remain the same, Warren said. "We will keep our basic philosophy and policy," he added.

Four out of the 16 board members will be chosen through the general election, and four will be chosen by the UA nomination committee. Three current Fin Board members automatically continue to serve on the board: the elected chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary.

The remaining five positions are ex officio and are filled by the Association of Student Activities treasurer, the Dormitory Council treasurer, the InterFraternity Council treasurer, the UA treasurer, and one UA council member.

"The biggest issue facing the Finance Board now is the student life fee. There are many activities worthy of funding that could be supported by the fee. Students should really give thought to it and consider it as a way of starting to see better things happen on campus," Warren added.

"Opening up some Finance Board positions in the general election will greatly increase general student awareness of the Finance Board and what it does. It will bring in fresh perspectives," Warren said.

Chitaley said that increasing student involvement on Fin Board will help deal with issues such as the student life fee.

"We didn't think we could implement the fee without improving the board member selection process first. We need to have student input and confidence in the Finance Board to make this work," he said.