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ASUCLA Board of Directors recap – Feb. 27

By Eliza Blackorby

Feb. 27, 2015 4:11 p.m.

Associated Students UCLA is a multimillion-dollar organization that provides student services and activities that the university does not fund. It oversees the Undergraduate Students Association Council, Graduate Students Association, Communications Board, campus services and enterprises.


  • The board voted unanimously to spend $300,000 on renovations for the Global Viewpoint Lounge in Ackerman Union. The renovations are intended to improve the space for student performances and events as well as admissions presentations.
  • The board voted unanimously to switch the customer payment method in UCLA restaurants from Windows XP-based machines to tablets with pin pads for swiping customers’ cards. The new system also will support Apple Pay.
  • Board members approved a $150,000 expenditure to renovate flooring, fixtures and decor for the Hill Top Shop.
  • The board unanimously passed a motion to defer up to $100,000 in Student Media funds until the end of April.


  • BearWear sales were slower this month than ASUCLA budgeted because there was one less basketball game than usual.
  • Textbook sales were stronger than usual, but it’s not clear whether this reflects a reversal of a declining trend or an outlier, said Bob Williams, executive director of ASUCLA.
  • The Hilltop Store and LuValle Commons sales are strong, Williams said.


  • February restaurant sales have been catching up after January’s lag, Williams said.
  • Sales have been strong in restaurants at the North Campus Student Center, LuValle Commons and the Court of Science Student Center, Williams said.
  • Sales in restaurants on A-level of Ackerman Union have been slower than hoped, especially in Taco Bell, Williams said.
  • Minimum wage, which is currently $9.25, will begin to be increased incrementally in fall through January, reaching $10.75. The total cost of the increase will be $380,000.


  • Officials are moving forward with plans for all-gender bathroom plans in Ackerman A-level, with more complete architectural plans and a full cost estimate soon.
  • Members of the board discussed the possibility of creating a cafe in Powell Library. Williams said library officials have decided where they would want a cafe if plans were approved, but that the ASUCLA board does not yet have cost estimates for a cafe.
  • The Portola steps are expected to reopen by June, which Williams said might increase foot traffic in Ackerman Union’s A-level.
  • After some issues with contractors, ASUCLA plans to move forward with the new Kikka Sushi and Noodles restaurant in Ackerman, Williams said.

Compiled by Eliza Blackorby, Bruin contributor.

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