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UA Fills Positions of Secretary, Treasurer

By Kathy Lin

EDITOR IN CHIEF

A new Undergraduate Association treasurer and secretary general have been appointed by UA President Harel M. Williams ’05, pending approval by the UA Senate.

Yao-Chung King ’06 has been appointed treasurer, replacing Janet Y. Zhou ’06. Zhou resigned to replace Phillip A. Vasquez ’05 as the UA Vice President.

Tulasi Khandan ’06 has been appointed secretary general, replacing Amelia L. Laughton ’06. Laughton resigned near the end of fall semester because she “wanted to focus on other things,” Williams said.

Neither has prior experience working for the UA, and both were selected through an application and interview process.

Both candidates bring experience

King “has a lot of background in finances,” including serving as treasurer of the Chinese Student Club, going through treasurer training, applying for funding through the UA’s Financial Board, and doing similar work for his fraternity, Williams said.

Through working for the CSC, he “has the perspective of a student group” applying for funding, which will help him with the job of treasurer, Williams said.

Khandan’s main experience that prepared her for the secretary general job is her term as the secretary of the House Committee of MacGregor House, she said.

“She’s clearly energetic about improving student life,” Williams said.

As the secretary general, Khandan will be “the communications liaison” of the UA and will be responsible for maintaining communication between the UA and outside individuals and groups, according to the UA Web site. She will also be the UA’s primary archivist, according to the Web site.

“I have to get used to what the UA does and how they go about doing their work,” Khandan said. “Mostly, the aim is to make sure that all the proceedings are well-documented and carried out in the right way,” she said.

She also plans to work with other UA members on planned projects, such as the launching of an online forum.