Council Debates Human Rights Board; Appoints AVPs

    Members of the Student Sustainability Collective and other UCSD activists came to the meeting voicing their displeasure with the proposal to create a  human rights board. Their concern is that the board was created without consulting relevant members of the UCSD activist community.

    “It’s really insulting to us as activists who have been working for years to think that there needs to be a human rights board in order to do the work that we’ve already done,” SSC member Cecilia Zhou said.

    Other members of the public commended the efforts of Campus-wide Senator Brad Segal and the rest of council in their work trying to create a human rights board but advised them to try to rework their idea and take a different approach.

    Some senators objected to the idea stating that it infringes on the role of SSC. The resolution was referred back to Rules Committee.

    “Overall this is a really good idea, and we should really push for it,” Warren Senator Nhat-Dang Do said.

    All Campus Transfer Association gave an end-of-the-year report discussing the events that they held this year such as a Bowl-Off.

    “We definitely want to work with AS more because we like you guys. You give us money,” an ACTA representative said.

    Shashank Gupta was appointed Sixth College Senator with unanimous approval.

    VP Finance and Resources Bryan Cassella gave a report on the A.S. budget. He told the council that he would only be allocating up to Week Three, this way Council could use the entire summer to think about what they wanted to do with the rest of the academic year and make revisions to the budget in the fall. He also mentioned that he would be attempting to cut down on the over allocation system from over $150,000 to the traditional $100,000.

    “There’s a lot of things that have no caps right now and I think that’s the target. We need to start working on consolidating where the money is going,” Cassella said.

    AVP of Academics Sammy Chang, AVP of Student Orgs Pauline Nuth and AVP of Student Advocacy Bryce Farrington gave a presentation tracing past trends in the budget in order to understand how to manage the rising costs that Council is encountering. They believe that they need to create a new model as the current one is unsustainable, and provide quality events that demonstrate fiscal responsibility for the bigger picture.

    Council once again discussed consolidating the roles of Speaker and Advocate General into one position. The resolution to create the position eventually failed with a vote of 16-10-1. Many members were concerned that the position silences senators and representatives who were appointed and elected in order to give their constituents a voice.

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