Most students have heard of the state budget deficit, the financial woes of the universities in California, the recent cancellation of spring admission to most California State Universities, and so on. Now, we’re starting to see the effects.
The beginning of another academic year at UC Merced means being introduced to Welcome Week, Greek Life, and all the clubs and organizations on campus. There’s also the special election for the Associated Students of the University of California, Merced (ASUCM).
ASUCM candidates introduced themselves to the student body at a Meet the Candidates event held Monday evening in the Social Sciences and Management Building. Students enjoyed free pizza and beverages as the would-be senators gave overviews of who they were and what they wanted to accomplish as ASUCM members
Senate approved three presidential appointments, discussed this year’s achievements and passed Bill 68. Last week was ASUCM’s final Senate meeting of the 2011-2012 academic year. Internal Vice President Alex Ela discussed ASUCM’s achievements and presented some statistics on how ASUCM had spent their money this year.
ASUCM’s Student Sustainability Council challenges everyone at UC Merced to think about how they affect their environment, and strives to promote conservative change on campus. The newly formed council started in Fall 2011, and works with individuals as well as campus clubs to fund projects in sustainability.
A bill asking for compensation for student government officials has resulted in uproar among students after its approval at the end the fall semester. Evident is the rise of student attention to the workings of ASUCM with the opposition claiming having had no voice in this decision.
The President has left the building. What should have been a routine Senate meeting turned into the scene of the undergraduate student body losing their two-term ASUCM President, Lamar Williams. It was announced at the October 19 Senate meeting that Williams has offered his resignation in light of conflicting personal issues.