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February 4, 2020

The Current: The Triton's Editor-in-Chief Files Grievance Against ASUCSD

Editorial: ASUCSD Violated Student Trust With a Private Senate Meeting 
February 4, 2020 | The Triton Editorial Board

The Triton’s Editor-in-Chief Ella Chen filed a grievance against ASUCSD last night. Read the grievance here.

On January 15, 2020, the Associated Students of UC San Diego (ASUCSD) held a closed session for a presentation by University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) Chair Joey Mendoza, entitled “Student Mental Health.” About an hour later, ASUCSD voted unanimously to approve the language for a student mental health/CAPS student fee referendum. The discourse that influences AS’ decisions should be public, especially when potentially related to the allocation of our student fees. The Triton believes that the justification given for this closed section was not legitimate: it is a violation of Section 8 of the ASUCSD Constitution and reveals a negligent lack of definition within said section.

ASUCSD Vice President of Campus Affairs (VPCA) Melina Reynoso justified the closed session by invoking the “matters of personnel” exception within Section 8. She writes:

“Any presentation regarding personnel of UCSD can warrant a closed session, our constitution does not clearly define what personnel matters are … ”

Section 8 of the ASUCSD constitution reads as follows:

“All meetings of the Senate shall be open to the public except when dealing with matters of personnel, existing or anticipated litigation, license or permit determination, threat to public services or facilities, labor negotiations, investments, contracts, or real property negotiations.”

This explanation does not justify the closure of the session and makes clear how problematically undefined the term “matters of personnel” is in Section 8 of the ASUCSD Constitution. Above, Reynoso interprets “matters of personnel” to include all discussions of UCSD staff, regardless of context. Such an interpretation gives AS power to close any session pertaining to a staff member with no substantial justification.

As members of the press and the greater UCSD community, we feel obligated to submit a grievance against AS regarding this interpretation. We hope that the Judicial Board will institute much-needed specificity to Section 8 of the ASUCSD Constitution in response to this grievance.

Read the full editorial here.

Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Triton Editorial Board. This article was written by Opinion Editor Kate Zegans and Managing Editor Ethan Edward Coston. If you’d like to submit a response, or comment on a different issue affecting the UC community, please submit here.


January 31, 2020 | Jules Brütsch, Mo Al Elew, and Orianna Borrelli, Staff Writer, Senior Staff Writer, and News Editor

On January 15, the Associated Students of UC San Diego (ASUCSD) Senate approved the language for a referendum in the 2020 ballot. Students will determine whether increased programming costs for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Health Promotion Services is something they want. If passed, the referendum will increase to $35.71 by 2022. It is the first time students will see this charge separated from the University Student Services Fee. As it is debated, Jules Brütsch noticed the huge gap between the students requesting mental health services and the percentage of students enrolled.

January 24, 2020 | Sahana Narayan, Staff Writer
Do you feel that tuition is too high at our university? Two proposals on tuition increases were postponed on January 21 by the UC Board of Regents. The UC Office of the President (UCOP) shared that a tuition increase is necessary to provide opportunities such as research and student success programs for its student body. Furthermore, their report included that the University could face a $700 million-plus budget shortfall by 2025. Despite the reasons included in the UCOP’s report for a tuition increase, the UC Student Association (UCSA) sponsored a petition calling for no tuition increases for the rest of the academic year. The first postponed proposal was an annual increase in undergraduate tuition based on inflation until the 2024–25 school year. The second proposal was to freeze costs for current UC students but apply increases to incoming classes. A total of five were originally proposed.

January 31, 2020 | Ethan Coston, Managing Editor 

“We are now in closed session.” Advisory Board Chair Joey Mendoza gave an exclusive presentation on mental health to ASUCSD Senate on January 15. After an hour, the senate unanimously approved the referendum language for a mental health fee which would allow students to vote on increased and direct funding of expanded mental health services. The closed session has no public record and it is prohibited for ASUCSD members to publicly discuss any part of it. However, Vice President of Campus Affairs Melina Reynoso did tell The Triton that Mendoza chose to separate from his role as UCAB chair and act “in his capacity as a UCSD student,” which makes this discussion even more interesting.

January 30, 2020 | Camille Lemesoff, Staff Writer 

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 (AFSCME 3299), the University of California’s largest labor union, reached a tentative contract agreement with UC administration on January 22 in regards to patient care workers. AFSCME 3299 continues to voice its opinions on campus as the demands of workers have led to six strikes over the last three years. Patient care workers will vote on their agreement on February 4 and 6; if ratified, the contract will remain in effect until July 31, 2024. Both patient care and service workers can expect annual wage increases upon ratification.


January 31, 2020 | Kiyahna Brown, Staff Writer
Waiting in line may have been annoying, but Horizon sure wasn’t! On January 24, UCSD students swarmed to get floor seats for this quarter's biggest concert, hosted by UCSD Associated Students Concerts & Events in RIMAC Arena. DJ Demon set the tone for a hyped crowd with throwbacks and top hits. Next up was rapper Tobi Lou who asked for someone to dance to his Tik Tok hit “Buff Baby.” DJ Miss Milan set up the stage for the one and only Icy Queen and the crowd definitely went wild. Kiyahna Brown wrote in her piece, “I wish Saweetie had performed a few more songs, but her overall performance was fire and she owned the stage.” Saweetie truly made it a point that all college girls, like her, are icy. Overall, Horizon was a great success.


January 22, 2020 | Victoria Pham, Staff Writer
Have you ever found yourself overcommitted to too many student organizations? Well, one particular student found himself registered in 483 student clubs on campus. Andrew Nguyen, sharing that he is non-confrontational and a “yes man,” accidentally joined orgs including the Muslim Student Association and the Christian Association. We have all been pressured to take flyers and speak with orgs on Library Walk; it was through this hustle from our fellow tablers that Andrew continues to overcommit himself.
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