"On Tuesday, Student Affairs representatives met with Associated Students of UCD senators during an emergency meeting to voice disapproval of language in the ballot measure.Adding to the confusion, on the first day of voting, the elections website was messed up and caused some people to accidentally abstain from voting on the measure.
Orpina said the bill’s authors were asked by Student Affairs to change responsibility for future oversight of fee revenue from the campus media board to the student fee advisory board. That oversight would include adjusting the fee for inflation.
She said she drafted the new oversight language by night’s end.
The administration also expressed concern that rules about informing the student body about the vote haven’t been followed.
“They’re angry that we didn’t follow policies and procedures that literally no one knew about,” Orpina said.
Tracy Bennett, Student Affairs comptroller, wrote in an email to the senate two days later that the ballot measure was being forwarded for review to the UC Office of the President, which has final say on the approval of new student fees.
One catch: Both UCD policy and ASUCD bylaws prohibit altering ballot measure with less than a week before the vote. So the unaltered language will appear on the ballot.
“If the students want to move forward, they have the prerogative to do that, but they won’t get any feedback from the (Office of the President) until Wednesday,” Associate Vice Chancellor Milton Lang said.
Meaning, students could approve the measure only to have it tossed out.
“If (the Office of the President) doesn’t think they can approve that, it would void the vote and (the students) would have to do a re-vote later in the spring,” Lang said.
“It sounds to me as though we cannot amend the current referendum,” said senator Gareth Smythe, a co-author of the bill that introduced the ballot measure. “We passed it; it’s up to the students now.”
"Yes, after a couple of weeks, the Office of the President finally has the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor-approved referendum. But guess what: Spring Quarter tuition and fees have already been issued. In the language of the bill, it is explicitly stated that the funds would have come into play in the spring."Does that mean that the Aggie is only temporarily paper-free until the fall? According to former Aggie editor-in-chief Janelle Bitker.... well, the Aggie is in even worse trouble than we thought:
" On Wednesday night, the Court of the Associated Students of UC Davis convened due to a lawsuit filed by student Gloria Chen against the ASUCD Elections Committee. The court determined that the Elections Committee incorrectly stated the fee referendum had passed. And therefore, the court reverses all actions that resulted from the “erroneous announcement.”Chen recently ran for ASUCD senate and lost. She also tweeted that "I will destroy you and make sure you never see your 100th birthday."
It remains unclear whether this verdict actually does anything. The court states that its official verdict will be publicly explained April 2. But it also “mandates” that the Elections Committee “must” conduct another election in the spring, essentially asking students to vote again on the exact same measure.
The referendum needed a 20 percent voter turnout and more than two-thirds of students to vote “yes.” Chen claimed that the committee shouldn’t have counted abstentions in the turnout figure, and that there are conflicting numbers of total undergraduate students at UC Davis. According to one figure, The Aggie did get more than 20 percent to vote, but according to another figure, it only got 19 percent.
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