Proposal Would Limit Size of UABy Stacey E. Blau
Associate News Editor
The Undergraduate Association Council previewed several proposals that will be part of "a completely brand-new constitution" for the UA at its Monday meeting, according to current UA Vice President and President-elect Carrie R. Muh '96.
The changes would make the UA more efficient and issue-oriented, said current UA President Vijay P. Sankaran '95. The most important feature of the new proposal is downsizing, he said.
"Right now the council is too large to be effective," Muh said. "It's difficult to get quorum, and we waste too much time with administrative details."
"We have to drag people" to attend council meetings, Sankaran said.
By trimming the UA Council from its current size of 51 to 27, Sankaran hopes to give council members more responsibility, making them more likely to participate and come to meetings, he said.
Larger dormitories, which presently have three representatives, would have two under the proposal, while smaller dormitories would have one representative instead of two, Sankaran said. Interfraternity Council representatives would be cut from 11 to six.
Sankaran said he would like to see the size of each class council reduced from four representatives to one. In the past, class council officers have had poorer attendance at council meetings than dormitory representatives, he said. All four members are supposed to attend, but "we're lucky if one in four" shows up, he said.
The class council members also function as "double representatives," since students are already represented by their dormitory representatives, Sankaran said. He would like the one position to be flexible so that anyone, rather than one designated person, could represent a class council at meetings.
Sankaran supports even more reductions in council size. He suggested having only one representative from each dormitory and three or four representatives from the IFC. This structure would be less unwieldy and attendance would be better, he said. "The bigger the organization, the less effective it is."
However, Muh said she agrees with the numbers in the proposal because the UA should not be too small.
Committees to be restructured
Sankaran would like to see the executive committee handle more minor issues that the UAC "gets bogged down in." Tasks like UA Judicial Review Board confirmations can be transferred from the council to the executive committee, so the council can focus on bigger issues, Sankaran said.
Execcom can report its activities to the council and objections can be dealt with, he said.
In addition, smaller committees could be consolidated into two main committees: the Committee on Student Life and the Committee on Educational Policy, Sankaran said.
The two could form ad hoc committees at any time to deal with specific issues. This structure would eliminate random committees and replace them with two committees to deal with issues that are always relevant, Sankaran said.
Depending on "how long it takes to incorporate ideas," the new proposals could be voted on at one of the next two council meetings, Sankaran said.
In other UA news, the UA's World-Wide Web page should be finished within the next few weeks, Sankaran said.
The page will contain information about everything that is hap pening within the UA, from committee proposals to social events, Muh said. There will also be a section for student groups to promote their events, she said.
David D. Hsu contributed to the reporting in this story.