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USAC Recap – Jan. 11

By Flavia Casas and Cody Geib

Jan. 12, 2011 11:45 a.m.

The Undergraduate Students Association Council is the official student government of UCLA’s undergraduate students. Council meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Kerckhoff 417 and are open to all students.

Special Presentations

  • Patty Zimmerman, grant coordinator for The Green Initiative Fund, and Facilities Commissioner JC De Vera discussed TGIF funding allocations, which include a community service day, an initiative that aims to provide more sustainable ways of traveling, a green jobs career fair and networking event, and a sustainability project for youth.
  • UC Student Association executive director Matt Haney spoke about the Student Lobby Conference in Sacramento, which will take place Feb. 26-28, which will focus on the California Dream Act and state budget. Haney said the association is committed to advocating for the Dream Act and opposing budget cuts.

Fund Allocations

  • External Vice President Chris Santos discussed the council’s fund allocations toward various travel grants. The grants were requested by a variety of student groups.

The council unanimously voted to approve $4,500 in contingency allocations.

The council also opted to table capital contingency for a later date in order to clarify the role of a portable-electronic policy in USAC funding. The issue was due to a student group request for funding for projectors.

Officer and Member Reports

  • President Jasmine Hill reported that the university is now striving to meet a 10 percent quota on the student population for out-of-state students. The threshold is intended to offset university costs.

Concerning the fee hike, Hill said the council is working on a set of “moving” testimonials to send to the state, addressing the effects and implications of the increase on the university.
Hill reported that she will be working with an university committee in order to decide where the cuts from each campus will come from and how each campus will contribute to the $500 million expected to be cut.

Finally, Hill announced the planned installation of emergency lighting along Hilgard Avenue, where the university’s sorority houses are located. The installation is part of an effort to promote and increase safety in the area.

  • Internal Vice President Stephanie Lucas discussed the first student group exposition, which will take place on Thursday from 12-3 p.m. and will focus on professional career planning. The second expo will happen Feb. 17.
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