Thursday, April 25

The 2019 Undergraduate Students Association Council elections are upon us, but only 17 candidates are running for the 14-person council. At least three positions have no candidates and only four positions are contested this year. Some ascribe this situation to mismanagement by this year’s election board, while others to disinterest in the council. What do you think about this?
  • USAC has lost relevance with the student body and it is only natural students gradually lose interest in running for student government. (57%, 113 Votes)
  • This year’s election management is primarily to blame, as the council has almost always been staffed in previous years. (25%, 50 Votes)
  • There are too many factors at play to determine if election mismanagement or disinterest in USAC caused the shortage of candidates in this year’s election. (15%, 29 Votes)
  • I have feelings about this that are not expressed in the options above. (3%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 197

Start Date: April 18, 2019 @ 3:56 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Last month, the University of California Board of Regents tabled a vote to raise nonresident student tuition by $762 for the 2019-2020 academic year. During the discussion, regents spoke about how the University used to provide financial aid to out-of-state and international students, but stopped doing so after an agreement with the state government. What do you think about offering financial aid to nonresident students again?
  • The UC should not bring back financial aid for nonresident students because its foremost responsibility is to serve Californians and in-state students. (52%, 243 Votes)
  • The UC should bring back financial aid for these students because low-income out-of-state and international applicants will be otherwise discouraged from attending the University. (38%, 176 Votes)
  • It doesn’t matter if the UC brings back financial aid for out-of-state and international students, as rising tuition would eclipse any amount of aid. (8%, 36 Votes)
  • I have feelings about this that are not expressed in the options above. (2%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 468

Start Date: April 2, 2019 @ 10:56 am
End Date: No Expiry

UCLA’s Interfraternity Council will now be requiring fraternities to have Breathalyzers at all parties to check the blood alcohol content of attendees. The use of the Breathalyzers will be left up to each fraternity’s risk management team, composed of elected chapter members, and fraternities are not required to use them before allowing people to enter the house. What do you think about this?
  • Breathalyzer tests do little to improve or detract from party safety, since determining someone’s blood alcohol content offers little information at parties. (47%, 286 Votes)
  • A Breathalyzer would provide the illusion of safety at fraternity houses, thereby making parties all the more dangerous. (28%, 171 Votes)
  • The new Breathalyzer initiative will help address safety concerns at UCLA’s fraternity houses. (13%, 79 Votes)
  • I have feelings about this that are not expressed in the options above. (12%, 74 Votes)

Total Voters: 610

Start Date: February 19, 2019 @ 8:01 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The Agora, a proposed private 16-story apartment complex, filed plans with the city to set up shop in Westwood and offer amenities such as a farmed vegetable garden, a teaching kitchen and a meditation garden. Most of the complex’s beds would be rented out at $1,000 to $1,200 per month, which can fall out of the range of what students find affordable. What do you think about this?
  • Westwood is lacking in available housing, and it is good that the Agora is offering itself as a viable option for apartment-seeking students. (86%, 2,483 Votes)
  • The Agora’s exorbitant prices are only the latest in a trend of developers overcharging students with nonaffordable housing. (13%, 368 Votes)
  • The Agora will make little difference in the Westwood housing market considering UCLA’s growing student body. (1%, 20 Votes)
  • I have feelings about this issue that are not expressed in the options above. (0%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,885

Start Date: February 9, 2019 @ 2:14 am
End Date: No Expiry

The Undergraduate Students Association Council offers students textbook scholarships via its Financial Supports Commission to use in the UCLA Textbook Store. The program began in 2008 and awarded about 50 scholarships of $200 each quarter. The FSC is now providing 40 scholarships of $50 each, though not on a quarterly basis. What do you think about this?
  • USAC commands an enormous pool of student fees, and the commission should not be content committing so little to addressing a pressing student issue. (54%, 91 Votes)
  • It doesn’t matter how much money the FSC puts forth in scholarships, as textbook prices will overshadow any amount of awarded money. (21%, 35 Votes)
  • Providing a total of $2,000 in textbook scholarships is an impressive feat, and the commission should be proud of its work. (17%, 29 Votes)
  • I have feelings about this issue not expressed in the options above. (8%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

Start Date: January 24, 2019 @ 11:26 pm
End Date: No Expiry