Senate gives $1,000 for youth basketball league

By Amanda Riddle
Arizona Daily Wildcat
October 3, 1996

The Undergraduate Senate unanimously approved a request of $1,000 to help fund the ASUA-University Learning Center Basketball League last night.

Sen. Maile Weigele, who proposed the funding measure, is organizing the basketball league. The league, in its second year, benefits at-risk youth in grades 5 through 8.

Gilbert Davidson, Undergraduate Senate chairman, said he believed the funding would not take away from other Senate activities. He said during the meeting that the Senate has a budget of $6,000 to work with.

"I think this Senate is doing a lot more with administrative changes than with projects," Davidson said.

The cost of running the league is projected at $6,000, Weigele said. She said she hopes to raise the rest of the money through sponsors.

Last year the Associated Students gave $1,500 to the league.

Last year, 192 children were involved in the program and about 100 students volunteered, she said.

"This program lets university students give back to the community," she said. It is organized completely by student volunteers, Weigele said.

In other business, the Senate unanimously approved changes in its bylaws, which mainly involved the rewording from "Undergraduate Senate" to "Senate" because of the split between ASUA and the Graduate and Professional Student Council.

The bylaw changes also took away the ASUA president's ex-officio seat on the Senate. ASUA President Rhonda Wilson said the seat should remain until the Senate approves a new constitution which separates the executive and legislative bodies. The Senate plans to re-write the constitution this semester.

Sen. J.J. Rico also announced that he will be holding an open microphone meeting tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. on the Mall for members of campus cultural resource centers to voice their concerns.