Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) Elections Commissioner Rishi Sangani PO ’15 began this week’s ASPC Senate meeting with recommendations for next year’s election cycle. Sangani reported that five of the eight first-year representative candidates broke election rules, including the ban on posting fliers across campus. To add some teeth to the less-than-effective regulations, Sangani proposed to implement—cue dramatic music here—Article L. Article L would modify Section IV of the bylaws to immediately disqualify any candidate who breaks an election rule. The Senate almost unanimously passed it, and a review of Article L’s language will be revealed sometime in the future.
Senior Class President Emma Wolfarth PO ’14, Junior Class President Donald Swan PO ’15, and Vice President for Finance Eric Martinez PO ’14 dominated much of the rest of the discussion. Swan updated the Senate on his parking garage subcommittee, which is auditing the North Campus student garage and Information Technology Services faculty garage to see if both are filled to capacity.
Martinez then announced that the Senate has suddenly become aware of $23,000 in extra sundry funds. Debate over whether this money should be invested, placed in the ASPC reserves, or designated as unallocated funds became heated. The Emma-Don-Eric show reached its climax when Wolfarth emphasized that more money needed to be put toward unallocated and security funds, because event organizers are frequently incurring out-of-pocket expenses. Commissioner for Academic Affairs Julia Austenfeld PO ’15 joked about wanting to keep money in the reserves to avoid “a government shutdown,” which was well-received.