A.S. Council At A Glance

    Items of Immediate Consideration

    Items A-C

    Melinda Gibson, Rishi Shah and Carol Freire were appointed to the Co-op Oversight Committee effective through June 6.

    Item G

    Asian and Pacific-Islander Student Alliance member Stephanie Aguon was appointed Commissioner of Diversity Affairs for the 2003-2004 A.S. Council. Remaining appointments to commissioner and vice president external officers will be made on May 21.

    Reports

    A.S. President Jeremy Paul Gallagher

    Gallagher reported that he would release the name’s of his proposed appointments for commissioners and vice president external by May 16.

    Vice President Finance Eric Webster

    Webster announced that Student Organization Funding Allocation Board deliberations will be held over the weekend.

    Commissioner of Athletics Jordan Cross

    Cross announced that UCSD will now have a full cheerleading squad at home games.

    Thurgood Marshall College Junior senator Billy Ikosipentarhos

    Ikosipentarhos announced that voter turnout for the Price Center and Student Center Expansion Referendum special election had reached 18.6 percent as of 3 p.m. on May 14. The election needs a 20 percent turnout to be valid.

    University Centers Advisory Board Chair James Lynch

    Lynch reported that applications for student organization office space in a potentially renovated Price Center will be accepted until 4:00 pm on May 16.

    Special Elections Manager Gabe Grossman

    Grossman announced that the results of the Universiy Centers fee referendum special election will be displayed on screen during the Sun God concert. The results will not be verbally announced for fear of crowd reaction, Grossman said.

    Old Business

    Item A

    The A.S. Council allocated $450 to Venture Forth, a student-initiated entrepreunial organiztion, for its annual Business Plan Competition after debate over whether the council should allocate funds to a student organization if it had not requested SOFAB allocations earlier.

    The allocation was approved 15-3-3. Several council members were concerned that the allocation might set a precedent for other student organizations to make late requests. However, others argued on behalf of the organization, which had could not apply originally for SOFAB funds because it planned to hold the event off-campus. The organization later decided to hold the event on-campus and submitted a funding request to the finance committee.

    Council Caucus

    The A.S. Council discussed the possibility of a UCSD bookstore return policy change during the council caucus portion of the meeting, on the suggestion of Eleanor Roosevelt College Sophomore Senator Max Harrington.

    Harrington, who sits on the Bookstore Advisory Committee as ERC representative, announced that a return policy change has been proposed that would install a prorated system for money paid to students for textbook returns. The earlier a student returns his or her book, the more money he or she would receive, as long as the book is returned by fifth week. Currently students have three weeks after classes begin to return books to the bookstore.

    New Business

    The A.S. Council will address a charter for a task force that would research the viability of student fee and A.S. Council autonomy. According to the charter, the task force will “”recommend the desirability of autonomy,”” and if it deems it desirable, the task force will recommend a timeline for the A.S. Council to follow. Council members will present the charter to the Graduate Student Association on May 19 to hear its input.

    — Compiled by Clayton Worfolk

    Senior Staff Writer

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