UAC Meeting Plans For Coming YearBy Stacey E. Blau
Finance Board appeals grants were approved at the first Undergraduate Association Council meeting Wednesday night.
The purpose of the first meeting, which lasted 40 minutes, is "to take care of a lot of the organizational things that have to get done," said UACFloor Leader Ashwin Viswanathan '98.
The first item on the agenda was approval of Finance Board appeals. Student groups who were dissatisfied with the funding allocations they received last spring appealed their funding nearly three weeks ago as part of the final phase of the fall-term funding process.
"Some groups were unhappy with their allocations, and some just didn't show up the first time," said Finboard Secretary Douglas K. Wyatt '96.
Finboard allocated money to several groups, among them Association of Taiwanese Students ($40), Campus Crusade for Christ ($200), the Vegetarian Support Group ($250).
Other groups who appealed their allocations, like Counterpoint, who asked for $14,000 to purchase computer equipment, received no new funds. "We thought that the few hundred we could give them would be only a pittance for their needs," Wyatt said.
The council also approved a $2,000 loan to the Class of 1999. Each year, the freshman class receives a $2,000 start-up loan, but that loan is rarely paid back. "It effectively works out to be a $2,000 grant," Wyatt. Several council members suggested stipulating that the loan be paid back, but Wyatt said "there would be absolutely no way of enforcing it."
The council discussed the elections that will be held next week for the vice chair, who runs the executive committee, and for four other members of the council who want to serve on the execcom.
Viswanathan said that members for various other committees will be found this week.
Dormitory representatives from East Campus, McCormick, and Senior House will also be selected before next week's meeting, he said.
Constitution revisions linger
The council discussed proposed revisions to its constitution. Some of the changes include redefining the roles of UAofficers and giving the executive committee more flexibility. At the council's last meeting in the spring, the revisions were rejected after a heated debate.
"If there is enough interest within the organization, we might pursue amending the constitution," Viswanathan said.
"Some feel that revising the constitution would further detract the UA from facing the issues which concern students. Others feel that fixing it would enable the UA to better help students," Viswanathan said.
Plans for a UA bookstore
The UA has several goals and issues it plans to deal with in the coming year.
The creation of a UA bookstore so that students can buy books in "an easier, cheaper manner," is a one of the UA's main goals this year, Viswanathan said.
The council also hopes to examine the results of the Dean's Office's Sophomore Survey and look at the new experimental grading system.
Viswanathan said he is optimistic about the coming year. "A lot of freshmen seem to be very interested, especially with the special committees," he said. "Freshmen are really our greatest source of interest."