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Undergraduate - 2017 Referenda and Constitutional Amendments:

Highlander Newspaper Revitalization Referendum

Ballot Language:

Standing for 63 years as UC Riverside’s independent and student-run news source, The Highlander Newspaper has continually served as a critical source of unique and often vital information for students and the surrounding community. Yet, in a declining print media landscape where financial challenges continue to mount, the Highlander’s existence into the near future is at risk. In short: Your student paper needs your help. A $2.00 increase to the current quarterly fee of $2.00 (to be collected fall, winter, spring and summer quarters — effective starting fall 2017) will not only provide a remedy for rising print, maintenance and operating costs but will also serve you and the campus in the following areas:
  • Expansion of jobs for students interested in journalism, marketing, media production, etc.
  • The continuation of a weekly print and online publication
  • Expanded multimedia coverage to provide accessible and critical information for the UCR student body, faculty and surrounding community
  • Current and important news updates to keep you informed about your campus, administration and student life

Yes, I do support the Highlander Newspaper Revitalization Referendum fee increase.

No, I do not support the Highlander Newspaper Revitalization Referendum fee increase.

 

Highlander Newspaper Revitalization Referendum

Introduction:

The Highlander Newspaper Revitalization is an effort set forth by the Editorial Board of the Highlander Newspaper to secure the funds necessary to ensure the preservation of UC Riverside’s 63-year-long standing, independent student-run news source. As the only newspaper on the UCR campus, the Highlander continually champions free speech and serves as a source of critical, honest and often vital information for students regarding their campus, administration and surrounding community. Since establishing the Highlander newspaper fee at $2.00 in 2001 (the current fee), the publication has successfully managed to withstand the uphill battles of a growing student body, rising space rental costs and an increasingly obsolete print advertising landscape. Now, as these challenges continue to mount, your school newspaper needs your help!

Due to the decline in print media and in an effort to adapt to this media age without the overarching burden of financial hardship, added funds will not only provide the Highlander a more stable source of income and thus lower the reliance on advertisements, but will ensure the preservation of UCR’s only student-run news source.

The plan proposes that the current quarterly Highlander Newspaper fee be raised by $2.00 for undergraduates in order to fund rising printing costs, space rental increases, operational expansions and the provision of more jobs for students interested in journalism, marketing, media production, etc.

Funding/Oversight:

A $2.00 increase to the quarterly Highlander Newspaper fee (less than the cost of your regular Starbucks coffee) will be established by a referendum vote of the student body, and be run through the Associated Students office. The Highlander Editorial Board will monitor the expenditures created by the additional revenues.

The current undergraduate fee to fund the Highlander Newspaper is $2.00 per quarter. The proposed increase of $2.00 will increase that fee to $4.00 per quarter. In accordance with campus and Universitywide policies, 25% of the fee increase, or $0.50, would be returned to financial aid. The remaining $3.50 would fund the Highlander Newspaper starting in fall 2017. The fee would be collected fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

Referendum Passage: In compliance with UC and UCR policies, this referendum must meet the following criteria during elections to be approved by the student body:

  1. At least 20% of the student body must vote on the issue.
  2. A majority of the votes cast must vote in favor of the issue.

Constitutional Amendment - ASUCR Representative GPA Requirement

Ballot Language:

Do you support the cumulative GPA requirement for all ASUCR representatives to change from 2.0 to 2.5?

Yes, I support the cumulative GPA requirement for all ASUCR representatives to change from 2.0 to 2.5.

No, I do not support the cumulative GPA requirement for all ASUCR representatives to change from 2.0 to 2.5.

 

Please see the changes noted/high-lighted in the attached document

 

Graduate - 2017 Referenda and Constitutional Amendments:

GSA Referendum

Ballot Language:

Do you support a $1.33 per quarter fee to be assessed to all graduate students in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters in order to implement the Graduate Student Sustainability Fund to enable graduate students and their organizations to promote sustainability on our campus through the distribution of Graduate Student Sustainability Grants? In turn, the GSA Sustainability Committee would have a working budget and the GSA Sustainability Liaison would have a yearly stipend currently equivalent to the Legislative Liaison.
  • The fee will begin Fall Quarter of 2017.
  • The fee will be collected during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.
  • This fee will be run through the Graduate Student Association and not the Office of Sustainability.
  • In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the fee ($0.333) will be returned to UC Riverside graduate students in the form of financial aid.
  • After the return to aid, the remaining $0.997 will be used for the Graduate Student Sustainability Fund.

YES, I hereby support the Graduate Student Sustainability Fund at a $1.33 per quarter fee

NO, I hereby do not support the Graduate Student Sustainability Fund at a $1.33 per quarter fee

 

Graduate Student Sustainability Fund (GSSF) Referendum

The assessment of a GSSF fee of $1.33 would not expire and be continuous beginning with Fall 2017.

Introduction

The Graduate Student Sustainability Fund (GSSF) is a collective effort by the Graduate Student Association of the University of California, Riverside to partner with the Office of Sustainability to significantly reduce the campus’ overall environmental impact, address issues of inequality, and advocate for sustainable economic decisions.

The GSSF proposes the continual funding of Graduate Student Sustainability Grants to empower graduate students and their respective organizations, to support the GSA Sustainability Committee in promoting sustainable actions within GSA, and to fund the GSA Sustainability Liaison’s annual stipend.

The aim of the GSSF is to transform UCR’s commitment to sustainability into one of bold and effective leadership at the graduate student level, ultimately contributing to the university’s role as a premier research institution that inspires, educates, and leads the community it serves.

Funding

The GSSF fee will fund GSSF by providing funds for the continuance of GSSF programs and services as summarized below. It will also satisfy the University of California “return to aid” requirement (see “Return to Aid” section below).

  • Graduate Student Sustainability Grants for mini-GSAs, graduate students, graduate student clubs, GSSF events
  • UCR GSA Sustainability Committee
  • Sustainability Liaison stipend
  • Unused funds in each category would individually roll over annually

The proposed graduate student fee to fund this initiative would be $1.33 per quarter, including summer. This fee will be run through the Graduate Student Association and not the Office of Sustainability. The fee will be collected during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.

“Return to Aid”:

In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the amount collected from this fee ($0.333 cents) would be returned to UC Riverside students in the form of graduate financial aid. The remaining $0.997 would fund the GSSF starting in the Fall of 2017.

Distributions of Fees:

All allocations will be made in accordance with GSA by-laws. The fee will be allocated as follows: $0.03 of the fee (1%) collected per quarter would be allocated to the GSA Sustainability Committee. $0.333 of the fee (25%) collected per quarter would be allocated in the form of “Return to Aid”. $225 of the total fees collected per quarter (4%) will fund the stipend for the GSA Sustainability Liaison. The remainder of the total fees collected per quarter (70%) would be allocated to the GSSF Graduate Student Sustainability Grants for mini-GSAs, graduate students, graduate student clubs, and GSSF events.

Gorvernance:

The GSA Sustainability Committee is chaired by the GSA Sustainability Liaison and consists of no fewer than three (3) mini-GSA/department representatives.

The GSA Sustainability Committee would be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the Graduate Student Sustainability Grants are allocated equitably and adhere to all GSSF and GSA policies
  • Promoting the availability of GSSF funds to the graduate student population
  • Continuing the goal of keeping GSSF accountable and transparent to the UCR graduate student body

The GSA Sustainability Committee shall adhere to all further rules prescribed by the GSA, UCR Policies, and any standing orders that may arise.

Referendum Passage:

  1. At least 20% of the graduate student body must vote in the election
  2. A majority of the votes cast must vote in favor of the issue


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Student Elections
202 Highlander Union

Tel: 951-827-3621
E-mail: asucrelections@ucr.edu

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