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New ASA Leaders Study Funds, Summer Mailings


Ying Lee--The Tech
Van L. Chu '99 is the new president of the Association of Student Activities.

By Christina Chow

The Association of Student Activities, the student organization that governs all student groups on campus, elected a new executive board Thursday.

Van L. Chu '99 was elected president of the ASA. Matthew L. McGann '00 was elected treasurer, and Eleanor S. Kane '00 will serve as secretary.

"I am very psyched," Chu said. "Though I was reluctant to run at first, I feel like I was the strongest candidate."

The ASA is in charge of allocating office space, regulating bulletin board usage throughout the school year, and approving new student organizations on campus.

We want "to make ASA more user friendly," Kane said. "I think there is a lot of potential for the new board to be effective at resolving complaints."

"Improving the efficiency of the executive board, and looking to see if there is something that we can do for the community at large," are major goals for the ASA, Chu said.

"My hope for the year is not only to improve upon normal ASA administrative functions, but also to direct ASA" in more long term projects, Chu said.

Board will examine funding issues

ASA will confront two major issues in the coming year. The first is whether student groups will, in fact, get access to the $300,000 released by Provost Joel Moses to increase funding for student groups this year. McGann said that the Provost Joel Moses's decision "has not been confirmed."

In addition, the ASA will also enter the debate on how to fund activities containing a mix of undergraduates and graduate students. Currently, any organization with graduate and undergraduate members may apply to either the Undergraduate Association Finance Board or the Graduate Student Council Funding Board, but not both.

Although the ASA has no direct authority over this funding, the group "wants to look into the feasibility of a central allocations board," that would address all financial applications, McGann said.

"Common sense would say that there should be a student activities board that would combine the GSC and Finboard," Chu said.

An attempt to create such a board failed last year. We can't create the board now, Chu said, but "we do want to look into the feasibility of a central allocations board."

In addition to regulating student organizations throughout the term, the ASA is also in charge of the summer mailing advertising the student organizations to the incoming freshmen.

This year, because of changes to Orientation, "the administration is trying to cut down on mailings in general," McGann said. This may include restricting the number of flyers in the ASA mailing, he said.

There will also be administrative changes designed to keep the freshmen's addresses confidential. "No students will see the [address] labelings," McGann said.

There will not be a repeat of last year's Extropians mass mailing, he said. Although student groups were only supposed to send mail to freshmen as part of the official ASA packet, the Extropians obtained the a list of addresses and sent a controversial flyer directly to the incoming class.

The ASA punished the Extropians by not allowing them to apply for official recognition until September, 1998.

"There will definitely be a summer mailing in July [concerning] all the activities," Chu said.

"We are working in conjunction with the deans" so that the ASA can "best represent all the student groups," McGann said.