Assembly Moves to Increase Student Seats for Council
Members of the Student Assembly last night approved a motion calling for more student representation on the proposed Undergraduate Council than that stipulated in the Dowling Report.
The Dowling Report calls for five students to represent each undergraduate "district," but the assembly's motion states that such a procedure is "not necessarily the best system," and adds that each district should have at least five representatives, with the larger districts having one representative per 75 students.
The assembly last night also passed a motion asking the administration to fund the upcoming constitutional convention. The motion states that the convention "must have the funds not only to distribute a constitution, but to hold and publicize a referendum on that document."
The motion adds that the convention should have "sole authority" in distributing the funds, and states that "we reiterate that a student constitution is strictly a student matter."
Ross Boylan '83, who introduced both motions, said after the meeting that he based the $2500 figure asked for on the $2000 allocated for the constitutional convention held four years ago.
Leonard T. Mendonca '83, chairman of the assembly, said after the meeting that Archie C. Epps III, dean of students, had agreed informally to authorize funding for the convention.
In other assembly business last night, Mendonca announced that Epps told him in a meeting last week that the controversial issue of serving alcohol at campus-wide student activities "should be discussed with the House masters."
Epps' statement came in response to an assembly motion passed last Sunday calling for the formation of a committee to review what the assembly said were "unnecessarily strict" University alcohol rules.
Mendonca said he will present a letter to House masters at next week's assembly meeting, asking their help in forming such a committee.