The Undergraduate Council executive board voted last night to strike four of five issues that would have appeared on next week's referendum, keeping only a question about the $10 term bill hike on the ballot.
The board recommended that the referendum, to be held April 20-22, be binding. That means its results can only be overturned by a three-fourths vote of the full council.
The board also voted that the referendum will be supervised in each house by members of the council as well as the respective house committees. The board also moved to invite the Independent to help council members in the Freshman Union administer the balloting.
The executive board's recommendations will be taken to the full council this Sunday, where they can be overturned by a simple majority.
A five-question petition with more than 1,100 signatures was presented to the council last Sunday by former member Anjalee C. Davis '96, who is taking the semester off from school. The petition specified that the signatories commit all five questions to a binding student referendum.
The four questions the executive board struck from the referendum included votes on popular election of executives; general elections before every semester; the distribution of unspent funds to the house committees; and last year's council decision to eliminate the check-box option
Most council members present at Sunday'smeeting said they thought many students signed thepetition because they wanted to see a vote solelyon the council's recent decision to raiseterm-bill fees by $10.
President Carey W. Gabay '94 said Davis'petition had been conducted in a "procedurallyincorrect" manner.
"It gave no student the right to decide whichof the five they wanted, so [the petition was]basically packed," Gabay said.
Council members chose to include just theterm-bill fee hike on the referendum because thatissue has been "the most salient, the one that'sbeen in The Crimson every day," Gabay said. "Theother issues are secondary."
Former Chair Michael P. Beys '94, who is not amember of the present executive board, said hedisagreed with Davis' argument that studentssigned the petition because they wanted to see allfive issues go to a vote.
Beys said the four other issues on the petition"are just not germane."
"We have a process to determine these otherissues," Beys said. "There wasn't that samecontentiousness with [the other four]."
Beys also appealed to the concept of areferendum in a representative government.
"The reason we're going to a referendum on [thefee hike] is because we feel the student will mayhave been lost in the process," Beys said."That is not an issue on the other fourquestions."