ASF changes constitution, elects members

The members of next year's ASF Forum are: (top row) juniors Jennifer Rubino and Stefanie Contreras, sophomore Jennifer Pashone, freshman Diane Ramos, sophomore Adriana Macias, freshmen Nancy Ikari and Valancy Rasmussen, sophomore Paromita Nag, who was selected to be Forum secretary, and (bottom row), sophomores Manny Estrada, Matthew Policare and Brian Richenberger. / photo by Brian Murphy
The members of next year’s ASF Forum are: (top row) juniors Jennifer Rubino and Stefanie Contreras, sophomore Jennifer Pashone, freshman Diane Ramos, sophomore Adriana Macias, freshmen Nancy Ikari and Valancy Rasmussen, sophomore Paromita Nag, who was selected to be Forum secretary, and (bottom row), sophomores Manny Estrada, Matthew Policare and Brian Richenberger. / photo by Brian Murphy

by Julie Eklund
Staff Writer

Resulting from elections held last week, five changes have been made to the Associated Student Federation (ASF) Constitution and the 12 Forum positions have been filled for next year.

Students may be most directly affected by the change in the deadline for submission of budget requests from clubs and organizations on campus to the Forum from the second week of October to the final week of September.

“We want to get it done sooner so clubs get their money faster. It will make it easier for everyone,” said junior Rich Quesada, ASF president.

The second area changed includes alterations to ASF constituencies. Each member of the Forum represents a specific constituency and meets with members of that group at least once a month to ensure that ASF is meeting their needs and to get ideas and suggestions.

According to the revised Constitution, “A constituency shall consist of special interest groups made up of members of the student body, whom the members of ASF serve.”

Formerly, the constituencies consisted of Brandt, Stu-Han and Oaks Residence Halls. This has been changed to the all-encompassing “residents.” The constituency that was previously the Inter-Fraternity/Sorority Council (IFSC) has been changed to “fraternities and sororities” and special interest minority groups are now “cultural groups.” The University president, dean of student affairs, vice president of academic affairs, assistant dean of student life and professional studies have all been deleted as constituencies. Athletes, international students and freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes have been added. Commuters and intramurals have remained the same, so that instead of 12, there are now 11 ASF constituencies.

According to a statement released by the Forum, the constituency changes better reflect and represent the ULV student population.

Another change deletes the portion of the Constitution which read, “The accountant shall be a member of the ULV Budgeting Committee on behalf of the Forum.”

According to the current ASF accountant, junior Jose Barba, “There is no such thing as a Budgeting Committee. The people who do that are the Board of Trustees, and we already have a representative for that.”

All references to alternates have also been deleted from the Constitution.

“They aren’t necessary, we’ve never had alternates. There’s really no reason for them. I really don’t know why they were put in there,” said Quesada.

The last change involves the distribution of ASF minutes. They will now be distributed at the next meeting instead of three days after the meeting.

“The constitutional changes were mostly internal, a lot of technicalities, to better improve ASF,” said current ASF Vice President, junior Christina Tejeda,

Elected to next year’s Forum were freshmen Nancy Ikari, Diane Ramos and Valancy Rasmussen; sophomores Manny Estrada, Adriana Macias, Paromita Nag, Jennifer Pashone, Matthew Policare and Brian Richenberger; and juniors Stefanie Contreras, Joseph Martinez and Jennifer Rubino.

However, Martinez resigned from his position on Wednesday. “It was suggested that I resign due to other time commitments [IFSC president and resident assistant]. I regret the fact that I won’t be able to work with the Forum,” he said.

Additionally, Nag was selected by the Forum to serve as ASF secretary, while Barba will once again serve as accountant. Therefore, there are now two Forum positions open, as well as those of transfer and freshman representative, which will be voted on in the fall.

Contreras said, “I think it will be a great experience. I think it will be a lot of fun being able to put on activities instead of just going to them.”

Next year’s Forum president, sophomore Tracey Landisi, said, “I am excited that we have this many Forum members to start off the year. I think we have a great foundation of experienced members as well as some new faces, which will help us make those changes we need to make.”

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