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ASUCLA Services Committee recap – Sept. 11

By Nicholas Yu

Sept. 11, 2015 2:29 p.m.

Associated Students UCLA is a multimillion-dollar organization that provides student services and activities that the university does not fund and oversees the Undergraduate Students Association Council, Graduate Students Association, Communications Board, campus services and enterprises. The services committee meeting takes place every month and focuses on evaluating the services provided by the association, specifically the association’s facilities.

Executive director’s report

  • Robert Williams, the executive director of ASUCLA, said food and store sales did well for the month of August. Williams said that the association is preparing for the start of school.
  • Williams added that the association has put a wall up to cover the old location of Tsunami in Ackerman Union. The association has not determined how they plan to use that space, Williams said.
  • The construction of the all-gender restroom is moving forward and will be ready soon, Williams said. Williams said that the Hill Top Shop is open and said that the association could not make the space bigger.
  • Williams said he would like to upgrade the first-floor restrooms in Ackerman Union and added that they was old and have not been renovated in a long time. Roy Champawat, the director of the student union, said they have a grant from The Green Initiated Fund they can use to renovate the restrooms. Champawat said it would cost $43,000 to completely redo both the restrooms.

Action and discussion items

  • Williams said that kitchen composting began Sept. 1. The consumer compost pilot in LuValle Commons is expected to launch in November, Williams added. Williams said that Taco Bell has switched from plastic bag to paper bag and that Yoshinoya will only give out plastic bags if requested.
  • Williams said that it would cost about $90,000 to plan and get drawings for a redesign of the A-level to improve way-finding. Williams said he would want to look at the potential cost issues and code violations before going into the design phase. Williams said the association has about $3 million allocated for the renovations.
  • Williams said that he has talked to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Janina Montero to discuss the space requirements of student organizations. Williams said that the association has to put some research into space allocation before making a plan to create more spaces students can use.

Compiled by Nicholas Yu, Bruin senior staff.

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