Council Gives a Lot, Discusses Little at Service-Themed Meeting

    Philanthropy reigned supreme at last night’s A.S. Council
    meeting, while councilmembers heard pleas for cancer research and humanitarian
    relief but did not encounter any serious debates of their own.

    Two representatives for UCSD’s upcoming involvement in Relay
    For Life took the floor to urge councilmembers to participate in the April 12
    event. The centerpiece of the fundraiser, organized by the American Cancer
    Society, will be a 24-hour relay on North Track during which participants make
    rounds through day and night in honor of people affected by cancer.

    While expressing her passion for the event, Thurgood
    Marshall
    College

    junior Lorraine Leynes recounted the deaths in her immediate and extended
    family from cancer and asked
    councilmembers if they knew anyone affected by the disease, prompting
    most of them to silently raise their hands.

    Leynes said that she hoped the event would raise up to
    $90,000.

    On a similar note, Associate Vice President of Athletic
    Relations Stephanie Chang took the opportunity to promote UCSD’s involvement
    with “Row for the Cure” later this month. The fundraising event, sponsored by
    the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, is based around a series of timed
    races in Mission Bay
    with prizes for top finishers.

    Athletes from UCSD as well as a boatload of councilmembers
    (two boats of A.S. would-be kayakers, to be exact), will be rowing away.

    Kayaking and cancer research aside, two students from San
    Diego
    State University

    came to the meeting to introduce a new humanitarian endeavor. During the last
    week of February, SDSU will be hosting their “Under One Roof” campaign to
    celebrate multicultural diversity and raise funds to support a devastated Ninth
    Ward family in New Orleans still
    recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

    Through all the philanthropy efforts and the Katrina relief
    collection bucket, the council did cover some more mundane topics.

    Earl Warren College Senator Peter Benesch reported the
    results of a recent Parking and Transportation Services survey. Eighty percent of 260 respondents
    protested proposed plans to build a new parking structure.

    “A lot of people wanted parking but didn’t want to pay for
    it,” he said.

    Benesch also said that a proposed parking structure near Thornton
    Hospital
    was approved but that the
    university’s usage of the structure (and its portion of the bill) had been cut
    back from 40 percent to 20 percent.

    Associate Vice President of Student Organizations Andrew
    Guichet reported that quarterly funding requests from student organizations
    weighed in at over $300,000, a figure that will have to be pared down
    considerably to match the $70,000 of available council funds.

    Eleanor Roosevelt College Senator Stephanie Usry solicited
    feedback on the recent overhaul of TritonLink in order to relay the comments
    back to the committee that led the redesign.

    The council didn’t jump on the opportunity to critique
    UCSD’s newest hunk of XHTML, but Vice President of External Affairs Dorothy
    Young queried, “Can we ask them to change TritonLink back?”

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