Supplement Spring 2018

President

Internal Vice President

External Vice President - Local Affairs

External Vice President - Statewide Affairs

Student Advocate General

Transfer Senator

On Campus Senator

Off Campus Senator

University Owned Off-Campus Senator

Collegiate Senator - Letters & Science

Collegiate Senator - Engineering

Collegiate Senator - Creative Studies

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No Constitutional Amendments for this year

  • AS Food Bank

    Do you support the continued funding of a mandatory fee of $4.96 per undergraduate for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters to support the AS Food Bank (of the $4.96 collected, $1.24 is for return to aid, $0.24 is for a 7% administrative assessment collected on all non-capital expenditures, $0.03 is for the AS recharge fee and $3.45 will go to the AS Food Bank)? If reaffirmed, the fee would be subject to reaffirmation every two years as mandated by the AS constitution.


    Pro Statements

    Con Statements


  • Composting Program/Department of Public Worms

    Do you support the continued funding of $1.29 per undergraduate for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters to support the AS Department of Public Worms (of the $1.29 collected, $0.32 is for a 25% return to aid, $0.06 is for a 7% administrative assessment collected on all non-capital expenditures, $0.01 is for the 1% AS recharge fee and $0.90 will go to the AS Department of Public Worms)? If reaffirmed, the fee would be subject to reaffirmation every two years as mandated by the AS constitution.


    Pro Statements

    This fee will support and sustain the Associated Students Department of Public Worms (DPW) composting program, which began in 2004 and partners with A.S. Recycling on UCSB waste management. DPW focuses on on-site composting of UCSB’s food waste and using the beneficial compost in the campus and community to further encourage sustainable food production. The organization conducts regular workshops about composting and teaches attendees how to reduce food waste in their homes and backyards. Thanks largely to student efforts, UCSB is already a leader in the UC system for composting, but continued stable funding is needed to sustain the program while working on new projects such as the Edible Campus Project.

    DPW is excited to be taking on new responsibilities with the Edible Campus Project, co-led by the DPW, AS Food Bank, and UCSB Sustainability, which aims to address local food insecurity by repurposing underutilized spaces for food production, turning waste into food, and engaging students as growers and producers. DPW is an essential player in the food production on campus and implementation of the sustainable closed loop food cycle. DPW’s compost is used in growing food that is donated to the Associated Students Food Bank. This project provides educational opportunities for students and addresses a major student issue on campus.

    Con Statements


  • EOP

    Do you support the continued funding of one dollar and twenty-five ($1.25) per AS/UCSB membership per quarter (fall, winter, spring) and $0.83 for summer quarter for E.O.P? If reaffirmed, the fee would be subject to reaffirmation every two years as mandated by the AS constitution.


    Pro Statements

    Reaffirm AS/EOP Grant!

    The AS/EOP item on the Associated Students ballot is to reaffirm $1.25/academic year/.83¢ summer toward AS/EOP Emergency Grants. Emergencies happen and the grants are there to assist need-based financial aid EOP students for expenses not covered by financial aid or insurance, such as medical, dental or optical, and graduate school application and testing fees. It also covers one-time emergencies, such as transportation during a family illness/death, housing costs if facing an unforeseen eviction and expenses that exceed the financial aid budget. Students that utilize the emergency funds are those needing assistance with expenses not covered by other sources. This fund allows for confidential financial support of students in their time of need. Vote April 23-26, 2018, via GOLD https://my.sa.ucsb.edu/gold/login.aspx

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    One of the most benevolent and heartwarming realities of life as a Gaucho is the way in which we tirelessly support one another; individually and collectively. For over twenty-five years, the EOP Grant has helped UCSB students in dire need with funding to assist them overcome financial challenges, not unlike the challenges many of us encounter at some point in our lives. Undergraduate students who experience an emergency, may have unforeseen medical or dental expenses, be in need of optical support, face an unexpected eviction or even seek funding to apply to graduate school may be eligible to receive the grant. Your continued support of $1.25 per quarter (fall, winter, spring) and $0.83 for summer quarter can literally help positively impact the lives of your fellow Gauchos. Please vote YES on the EOP Grant Lock-In, and reaffirm your commitment to “I GAUCHO BACK!”

    Aaron E. de Santiago-Jones
    Director, Educational Opportunity Program

    Con Statements


  • Finance Board/Student Organization Program Funding (Finance and Business Committee)

    Do you support the continued funding of $10.08 per undergraduate for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters to support the Finance Board/Student Organization Program Funding Lock-In (of the $10.08 collected, $2.52 is for return to aid, $0.49 is for a 7% administrative assessment collected on all non-capital expenditures, $0.07 is for the AS recharge fee and $7.00 will go to the Finance Board/Student Organization Program Funding Lock-In)?


    Pro Statements

    Con Statements


  • IV Arts

    Do you support the continued funding of the mandatory fee of $2.00 per undergraduate student for Fall, Winter and Spring quarter and $0.67 for Summer to support (of the $2.00 collected $0.50 is for return to aid, $0.02 is for administrative fee, $0.04 is for the AS recharge fee and $1.44 will go to IV Arts); in the summer $0.67 (of the $0.67 collected $0.17 is for Return to Aid, $0.01 is for administrative fee, $0.01 is for the AS recharge fee and $0.48 will go to IV Arts)?If reaffirmed, the fee would be subject to reaffirmation every two years as mandated the AS constitution.


    Pro Statements

    If you have enjoyed any of the following events in Isla Vista, please consider voting for the renewal of Isla Vista Arts’ funding. Every Friday night IV LIVE presents a new show by Improvability, ranging from the Naughty & Nice to Survivor Night, topped off each spring by 24-hours of continuous comedy during Improvathon. Isla Vista Theater hosts many cinematic splendors courtesy of Magic Lantern’s diverse weekly programming, from Hollywood blockbusters like The Shape of Water to art house fare like Anamolisa, or our annual Lord of the Rings marathon. Award-winning WORD: Isla Vista Arts & Culture Magazine keeps its finger on the pulse of IV, with rants by The Albino Raccoon and big feature stories that dissect community life– from festival culture to profiles of IV citizens. IV Arts mixes it up with colorful collaborations including Magic Lantern’s annual Halloween screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show paired with UCSB actors, the annual WORDstock free concert, THE BOX art gallery, and our outdoor summer film series. This spring Shakespeare in Anisq’Oyo’ Park presents Romeo & Juliet: Bring a blanket, bring a lover. IV Arts is a University-sponsored arts organization, run by students and dedicated to the proposition that IV should always be a fascinating place to find yourself at home. Please consider supporting IV Arts with your vote.

    Con Statements


  • Program Board

    Do you support the continued funding of $20.85 per ASUCSB membership collected for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters to support Program Board (of the $20.85 collected, $3.72 is for return to aid, $0.38, of the administrative assessment, $0.05 is for the AS recharge fee and $16.70 goes to Program board? If reaffirmed the fee would be subject to reaffirmation every two years as mandated by the AS constitution.


    Pro Statements

    ASPB is a non-profit, student-led campus organization dedicated to producing and supporting entertaining and culturally diverse events for the UCSB campus and surrounding community. This includes films like our Free Tuesday films and pre-screenings, lectures like In Conversation with Tyler the Creator, our free Noon Storke Shows, hub shows like the recent UMI or Earthgang, and of course our large concerts like Welcome Back, Delirium, The Warm-Up and Extravaganza. Our board also coordinates summer programming and events like Free Bowling at Zodo’s and Free Iceskating, as well as the quarterly Free Bagel Days.
    In addition to events coordinated by the board, we also co-sponsor various events held by other student groups, such as the Winter Wonder Drag Ball and Poetry Club’s Dope Metaphors. Over the course of a year the board hosts around 90 events and co-sponsors around 80 events -- which averages to about 3 events per week.

    Appointed student board members gain hands-on experience in planning, booking, advertising, and running various events ranging from intimate open mics to 10,000 capacity festivals. We aim to be a resource for any student groups or individuals interested in coordinating an event, and offer volunteer opportunities at our various concerts.

    We are dedicated to offering safe, alternative entertainment to students and creating an unforgettable college experience for the community of UCSB.

    Con Statements


  • Queer Commission

    Do you support the continued funding of $2.12 per ASUCSB membership for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters to support QComm and LGBTQ students at UCSB (of the $2.12 collected, $0.53 is for a 25% return to aid, $0.10 is for a 7% administrative assessment collected on all non-capital expenditures, $0.01 is for the 1% AS recharge fee and $1.48 will go to QComm)? If reaffirmed, the fee would subject to reaffirmation every two years thereafter as mandated by the AS Constitution.


    Pro Statements

    Queer Commission (qcomm.as.ucsb.edu) is an Associated Students Entity that is committed to providing education, social advocacy, and funding for our LGBTQ+ communities at UCSB and beyond. Utilizing student fees, Queer Commission is able to distribute funds to crucial queer & trans focused organizations at UCSB that work to build community and support for LGBTQ+ people. Our larger projects include organizing a delegation for the Queer & Trans People of Color Conference and hosting our annual UCSB PRIDE Week which draws engagement from hundreds of people in our communities. Queer Commission also works closely with the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (rcsgd.sa.ucsb.edu) in contributing funding to their projects and coordinating leadership among UCSB’s LGBTQ+ orgs. Reaffirming the lock-in fee for Queer Commission will ensure our continued work to support our LGBTQ+ communities!

    Con Statements


  • UCSB United States Students Association (USSA)

    Do you support the continued funding of  of $3.82 per undergraduate for Fall, Winter, Spring quarters ($1.00 in Summer) membership for USSA (of the $3.82 collected, $1.08 is for a 25% return to aid, $0.21 is for a 7% administrative assessment collected on all non-capital expenditures, $0.03 is for the 1% AS recharge fee and $2.50 will go to Associated Students) and (of the $1.00 per undergraduate student collected in summer, $0.25 is for a 25% return to aid, $0.05 is for a 7% administrative assessment collected on all non-capital expenditures, $0.01 is for the 1% AS recharge fee and $0.69 will go to Associated Students)? If passed, the fee would be subject to reaffirmation every two years as mandated by the AS constitution.


    Pro Statements

    Con Statements


  • Our NewCen

    Click here for the fee breakdown. (Google Sheet)


    This comprehensive proposal outlines a plan to transform and revitalize the University Center (UCen), to address some of its most pressing and longest-standing needs. The original facility, now more than fifty years old and last updated in 1994, was designed to accommodate 17,000 students. As of Fall 2017 UC Santa Barbara now has more than 25,000 students and 6,800 faculty and staff, and with an expectation of more students enrolled in future years, these facilities are no longer able to support the needs of our growing community or keep up with the ever-changing and increasing technological demands of the current or future generations.

    This proposal asks students to approve a fee to help finance the new construction and renovation costs for the UCen facilities, as well as fund additional operating costs associated with the added square footage and re-purposed space; if approved, the revitalized UCen will increase student access to programs, services, and facilities, improving their efficacy, and deepen their impact on our student body. Characterized by the facilities listed below, plans for the new UCen envision it to be the heart of campus where students congregate, eat, socialize, study, relax, work, debate and collaborate.

    Current plans in this project include the following:

    • 24/7 study space with individual and group spaces, quiet zones, and student-requested features such as on-site access to food, beverages, white boards, electrical outlets, electronic charging stations, and drop-in tutoring.
    • Increased classroom and meeting space for free or affordable student services such as CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) and C.L.A.S. (Campus Learning Assistance Services).
    • A permanent home for A.S. Bike Shop with expanded internal and external workspace and storage space.
    • Expanded space for the A.S. Food Bank and other on-campus resources combatting student hunger.
    • A new “Health and Wellness Center” to support students’ physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. The Center would include space for yoga, massage, meditation and lifestyle classes (e.g. managing stress, healthy cooking, money management, etc.).
    • An “Innovation Laboratory” that provides students with space to explore technology, create new modes of production, and collaborate with fellow students and/or faculty members. Features of the Lab would include a 3D printer, laser cutter, power and hand tools, state-of-the-art electronics, and work stations.
    • A 150-seat theater-style classroom, and an indoor dance and performance space that will be available for students free of charge.
    • Improved restaurants and food options, including a new campus pub.
    • Infrastructure upgrades to resolve plumbing, roof and general maintenance issues.

     

    This fee will pay for the final design, programming, renovation, and construction costs of the new Ucen.  Additionally, per systemwide and campus policy, this fee includes a built-in 33% return-to-aid component with almost $55 million in financial aid available to be returned to eligible students over the life of the fee.

    The initial fee will begin in Fall of 2018 at $21.40 per undergraduate student per quarter (including summer),and will last for four years. Of the $21.40 collected, $5.31 is for return-to-aid, $1.02 is for a 7% NSFAS Assessment, $0.32 is for a 2.3% ETS Common Good Fee $0.15 is for the 1% AS recharge fee and $14.60 will go to Operations and Maintenance.   The new facility is expected to open in Fall 2022 at which point the fee will rise to $96.06 per undergraduate student per quarter (including summer). Of the $96.06 collected, $23.83 is for return-to-aid, $1.05 is for a 7% NSFAS administrative assessment, $0.15 is for the 1% AS recharge fee, $0.33 is for ETS Common Good Fee $44.56 for Debt Component, $11.14 is for Debt Coverage and $15.00 for Operations and Maintenance. Once debt is retired, currently projected for 2052, the fee would be reduced to eliminate the debt component (how much is owed for the building). The reduced fee would then be voted on for reaffirmation every 2 years by undergraduate students.

    To subsidize the fee increase, the UCSB Office of Development has agreed to partner with students to solicit (raise funds) from potential donors that could significantly offset this fee.

    Do you support a new fee, starting at $21.40 per undergraduate student per quarter in Fall 2018 and rising to $96.06 per undergraduate student per quarter  including summer beginning Fall 2022, to revitalize, modernize, and improve the University Center facilities?


    Pro Statements

    It’s clear that UCSB’s current UCen is not meeting the changing needs of our student community. Over the years, as our student body has grown, it has become a tarnished and underutilized space, and students and staff alike agree on the need for vast improvements.

    The “Our NewCen” will provide the funding to transform and revitalize the current UCen to become our campus’s hub of intellectual, social and recreational activity. Thoroughly planned with student input, the “NewCen’s” design is intended to foster connections among students, faculty, and staff, and provide countless learning opportunities outside the conventional classroom. And its impact on UCSB students is meant to extend beyond their undergraduate years to last a lifetime.

    The NewCen would include the following features, among many others:

    o 24/7 study space with individual and group study spaces with quiet zones, and student-requested features such as: on-site access to food, beverages, white boards, electrical outlets, electronic charging stations, and drop-in tutoring.

    o Increased access to free or affordable student services such as CAPS and C.L.A.S.

    o A more accessible Bike Shop that has much needed increased internal and external workspace and storage space.

    o Expanded space for AS Food Bank and on-campus resources for students experiencing hunger.

    o A new “Health and Wellness Center” to support students’ physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

    o Per systemwide and campus policy, this fee includes a built-in 31% return-to-aid component; this means nearly $55 million in financial aid will be generated from this fee and returned to eligible students over the life of the fee.

    Even if plans to create a “NewCen” aren’t approved by students this year, it’s likely the current UCen fee will need to be increased in the near future in order to fund additional repairs and improvements beyond the next ten years. It’s not a question of “if” this renovation and expansion will be needed, but “when.” The longer our student body waits to act on this need, the more expensive it will be for future students.

    Previous generations of UCSB students contributed to the many beautiful facilities we enjoy today, such as our Rec Cen, and in that same regard, let’s create a “NewCen” that future generations of students can use and enjoy, and that all generations of Gauchos will be proud of.

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    Mental health is a big issue on this campus and the proposed plans for the “NewCen” includes the creation of a much-needed preventative health & wellness center to address this. This will expand mental health services and give students a whole new facility to reduce test-anxiety, social, physical, and mental stress by having free on-site features such as: relaxation services, therapists, mental health peer counselors, yoga classes, and meditation and prayer room.

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    The food bank is only open 3 days a week and serves over 2,000 students weekly. The food bank is in need of expansion and a re-location to a more accessible and visible location. The “NewCen” proposal will triple the size of the food bank to be able to provide more free and nutritious meals for hungry students who cannot afford it otherwise.

    Con Statements