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ASA Finalizes Room Allocations

By Nicole A. Sherry
Staff Reporter

The Association of Student Activities finalized the room allocations for all student clubs last night. Eleven groups gained space while two lost their rooms.

The clubs will move into their new rooms this summer.

This is the first time since 1988 that room allocations have been reviewed, according to Jun B. Lee '94, ASA president. The Executive Board assigned office space to 60 of the approximately 160 recognized student activities, he said.

"Part of the reason for this happening now is the fact that there are many older organizations which have changed their focus or are not as active as they used to be, therefore they need less space," said Susan D. Allen, advisor to student activities. "There is also a list of many new organizations who are very active and need office space."

The student groups that gained space were pleased.

"Our club has grown to 450 members since 1988," said Jayant Kumar '95, president of the Indian Students Association. "We strongly needed a room. This will enable us to be more unified and more organized," he said.

"We will be able to expand our activities," said Alan E. Coronado '96, president of Club Latino. "We are planning to share the room with other Latin organizations by allowing them to use it for meetings. It enables us to serve our purposes of promoting Latin unity," he added.

SEC upset by loss of room

The Special Effects Club strongly opposed ASA's decision to take away their room in Walker Memorial. Because the club lost its room, its equipment will be moved to a storage closet.

The SEC members present at yesterday's meeting had different opinions on how this action will affect their group. Some believe that the club is ruined while others feel that it will evolve.

The SEC representatives said they were treated unfairly.

"We've been singled out. It may be a vindictive act of the Office [of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs]," said Brian E. Bradley '89, former SEC president. He added that the decision may be a result of animosity between the club and the Dean's Office, which could have arisen when the SEC led a student protest against the proposed conversion of the offices in Walker Memorial to humanities offices in 1989, Bradley said.

The Executive Board members of ASA contested that all decisions were made fairly. The allocations were based on each club's need for office space. They determined that the two clubs losing their rooms were not using the space actively.

"We felt other groups could use the space more effectively," said Scott D. Centurino '94, ASA secretary. "The allocations had nothing to do with the Dean's Office. [The Dean's Office] took a stand-offish and supportive stand," he added.

Clubs that are gaining space for the first time are: the Academy of Leaders and Scholars, the Assassin's Guild, the Cycling Club, the Debate Team, the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Indian Students Association, the Pagan Students Group, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Speech Team, the Filipino Students Association, and the Model United Nations Club.

The Special Effects Club and the Tech Random Music Ensemble are losing their rooms.

The new ASA officers were also elected last night. Gregory Y. Dunn '96 was elected president, Burton M. Knapp '95 was elected secretary, and Rebecca E. Fahrmeier '95 was elected treasurer. Maria T. Gavieres '96 and Douglas K. Wyatt '96 were elected undergraduate members at large. Kent H. Lundberg G will be the graduate member at large, and Wayne H. Baumgartner '95 will be the member at large.