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New ASA Treasurer Elected At Meeting

By Cristina Roussel

Elections were held for Treasurer and Member at large at the Association for Student Activities General Body Meeting on Tuesday. Philip B. Tan ’01 was elected Treasurer and Ariel E. Segall ’02 is the new Member at large.

“The meeting went wonderfully,” said ASA President Jocelyn L. Wiese ’00. “It only lasted an hour.” Wiese ran the meeting, which covered issues such as mailboxes and funding.

At the meeting, representatives of the Finance Board announced that student groups will now be able to access their account information on Athena through the new SAP finance system. There will be workshops to teach student group treasurers the new finance procedures.

Student groups also have an opportunity to gain funds from the SPICE fund -- which is a class gift from the Class of 1997 to help fund student groups on campus.

The re-rooming policy for student group offices was also discussed. All student groups must re-apply for rooms even if they presently have a space. The process is much like the housing lottery with all groups putting in forms describing what they want and need. Office requests are due December 9, 1999 and the decisions will be announced January 31, 2000.

Wiese warned that current rooms will be spot-checked and groups will be evaluated on how efficiently they are using they space they have. There will be an appeals process, but Wiese asked groups to “be realistic about what you need, what you want, and what you are willing to deal with.”

The re-rooming policy is the result of a shortage of space for student groups. As a result, some student groups have no offices or they share a space with other groups.

“The ASA helps student groups by coordinating their information with the administration... holding large scale publicity events like the Activities Midway and freshmen mailings,” Wiese said.

The ASA is the official body which recognizes, governs and represents all student groups at MIT. Every student group on campus sends a representative to attend the meetings where issues pertaining to student group finance and facilities usage are discussed. The ASA general body meeting is held once a semester.