Volume 91, Issue 46

Wednesday, November 19, 1997




By Sara Marett
Gazette Staff

The times, they may be changin' for the University Students' Council. At a meeting tonight, new alternatives to a proposed plan to restructure council will be up for debate.

Since the initial restructuring plan was introduced at a Nov. 5 meeting, some changes have been made by the USC and if passed, the council may become one of the largest in the country. The plan goes forward for a final vote Dec. 3.

The most significant change from the initial proposal is the plan to grant each faculty's students' council president a voting seat on the USC. In order to compensate for factors such as additional faculties including Media and Information Technoculture, the addition of a new residence and the goal to increase first-year student representation on council, the USC is proposing to increase the base number of students needed for a constituent councillor, said VP-communications James Deans.

"If we kept the current base of 500 full-time students per representative, we would end up with a very large council. By moving the base number to 600, we end up with 74 voting members, which is still an increase of eight voting members," Deans said.

The original plan suggested removing residence representatives and replacing them with first-year students from each residence. One major change in the revised proposal, however, is to no longer grant voting seats to residents' council presidents.

Instead, the proposal aims to externally include all residents' presidents in council through a caucus with the USC president. "There is a concern that the presidents have a lot of responsibilities within their residences and would not have time for the commitment to council," USC President Ryan Parks said.

He added the first-year residence representatives would keep close communication ties with the presidents to ensure they would be informed on all the issues.

Dan Phillipson, president of Delaware's residents' council, said this kind of relationship would have to exist in order for the first-year representatives to be aware of issues concerning students. "I think it's a great idea to get more first-year students involved with council, I'm just concerned about their ability to represent the residences," he said.

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