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ASUA Briefs

By Dana Crudo
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, April 29, 2004
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The ASUA Senate approved a resolution last night that ASUA opposes any fee not waived for students with merit-based aid or need-based aid.

On April 24, 2003, at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting, Mark Zupan, then-dean of the Eller College of Management, pledged that the Eller College of Business and Public Administration would protect students with merit-based and need-based financial aid from the $500 fee after last year's Associated Students of Arizona Senate wrote a request to do so.

"The (college intends) to follow the ASUA request for merit- and need-based financial aid," Zupan said at the board's meeting.

But recently, speculation and discussion has risen on whether the college would provide such financial aid with the hiring of Kenneth Smith, interim dean, the resolution stated.

Sen. Jacob Reuben said the commitment made last year should still hold. Reuben, along with, executive vice president Melanie Rainer and Associated Students of Arizona task force director Alistair Chapman, drafted a second resolution reaffirming what last year's ASUA Senate declared.

"We need to take action so that the dean's promise will take effect," Reuben said.

Chapman said the resolution will be presented to the regents at this week's meeting at Arizona State University.

"This is important because it protects students with financial need," he said. "It will definitely have an impact."

The resolution also stated that ASUA holds the college responsible for ensuring that students with need- and merit-based tuition waivers are financially covered from the academic differential fee.

The ASUA Senate approved the Appropriations Board consent agenda for $2,000 in special funding for the Society of Automotive Engineers and the High Rollers.

The society requested $1,650 but received $1,000 to attend the Formula SAE competition in Pontiac, Mich., from May 18 to 22.

Its request exceeded the board's precedent for competitions, so it was adjusted to the lower amount.

The High Rollers requested and received $1,000 to attend an international conference regarding global issues in Kemer Antalya, Turkey, from May 17 to 20.

The ASUA Senate approved $150 for the last UA Late Night of the year, Wednesday, which will be held in Wilbur's Underground.

The tentative theme is Cinco de Mayo, and events will include a DJ, casino tables and picture-frame making.

There will also be a midnight movie until 2 a.m. The Charles Darwin Experience is also expected to do a one-hour performance.

"The event provides students with fun programming as an alternative to drinking on weekends," said Sen. Sara Birnbaum.

Students can vote for next year's Zona Zoo T-shirt design by selecting one of the four shirt designs on Zona Zoo's Web site.

Students can vote until Wednesday.

All of the shirt choices are red since there was controversy this year regarding this year's shirt being blue, said Amber Harryman, ASUA assistant spirit director.

She said now Zona Zoo is having students vote on the shirt's design to avoid any conflict.

She said as of right now, the votes are split, and it could go either way.

"Students are excited to vote," she said. "We wanted to expand the voting deadline to give more students the opportunity to vote,"

More than 100 students voted during the Zona Zoo tailgate earlier this month.

Students can vote by visiting and clicking on the MegaPhone icon.

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