All four ECs will have individual stipends of $600. They will also have voting rights on ASCMC Executive Board, which means that the Exec Board will change to have 15 voting members instead of the current 12. According to Will Su ’16, the current ASCMC Vice President, he originally wanted 5 ECs, but changed to that to 4, saying last night in Senate: “It is what we believe to be the amount of manpower we need to throw events, and what we can afford.”
The Dormitory Affairs Chair (DAC) position, “will now focus solely on residential life programming, that is, working with dorm presidents to throw events” according to Su, and no longer be the primary organizer for TNC. The new DAC’s stipend will decrease from $800 to $600.
Su seems positive about the change, though he is cautious to use that word: “I don’t think the change is positive per se, but we want to try something new because the current social chair positions aren’t really working.” He thinks the change will result in, “more, and better, and more diverse events” that better serve the needs of the student body.
This change will not impact the overall budget. The only small change will be in the way the budget is organized. Currently the Student Activities Budget is delineated into two separate sections, with one fund for the SLC and one for the SAC. Now, both will draw from the same unified fund. Furthermore, the balance between the two funds will not shift, as the budget for dry events will still have a requisite minimum of 25% of the total Student Activities Budget, as it currently stands. Though there will no longer be a person solely dedicated to hosting dry events, neither Thomas nor Zagrodzky believe it will have any negative effect on the number of dry events hosted. Zagrodzky also expressed the hope that, “the Event Commissioners will represent the wide range and spectrum of CMC event needs and preferences so that wet and dry become less polarizing, i.e. not only nondrinkers at dry events and not only drinking students at wet events.”
Of the 21 voting members attending Senate last night, the vote passed 20-1.
The reform means that come this election season, instead of running for SAC or SLC, candidates will run for VP of Student Activities, and will also be given the opportunity to apply for the EC position. Su describes the ideal person for the job as someone who is, “creative, loves event planning, and has exceptional leadership skills” among other things. Thomas commented that, “this person should be someone with friends in many different social circles on campus who can take into account the needs of all of the student body.” Zagrodzky noted that the person will need to be able to strike a balance between wet and dry events since there will no longer be a position focused exclusively on that student group, saying that she “would like to see the same person come up with a brilliant idea for a TNC one week and then throw an awesome dry event the next week.”
The Forum noted several interesting things about the process of discussing and voting on the proposed reform and amendments during the Exec Board meeting. First, the Exec Board did not have a chance to review the actual text of the amendment before voting, and the Chief Ethical Officer, Michael Irvine ’16, was not present at the Exec Board meeting on February 15 to comment on the occurrence. When asked about this by The Forum, Su commented that at the Exec Board meeting when the Board voted, they had “already discussed the concepts and the final [versions of] the amendments were made with the changes they wanted after this week’s meeting.”]]>