A.S. recognizes Armenian genocide

Matt Villa

The semester’s final A.S. meeting Tuesday passed an amendment to a four-year-old senate bill recognizing the Armenian genocide.

The open forum had a line of student speakers urging the senate to approve the bill, which originally failed to enact a strict obedience by the panel.

‘The 2005 resolution passed which included an honorary moment of silence in memory of the Armenian genocide but (wasn’t) obeyed and carried out.’ We want A.S. to not only recognize the Armenian genocide, but any and all genocides,’ said Aaron Keshishian, Armenian Student’s Association member. Keshishian said the bill was produced in two days a week prior to the A.S. meeting.

‘We modeled the resolution of one that was already proposed by the state of California this year,’ said Lusine Harutyunyan, President of the Armenian Student Association.
Authors of the bill plan keep close tabs on A.S. and their commitment to the resolution.

‘ ‘We plan on working close to with the new A.S. board and president.’ A.S. now has the ability to educate students at campus events in the coming years.’ Never giving up the fight for the right thing is something is my drive to promote awareness,’ said Harutyunyun.

The senate gave unanimous approval to the bill and its revisions’mdash;superseding the unfulfilled pledges proposed by President Barrack Obama as well as nations reluctant to take a firm position.

The committee also passed an amendment to the 2009-2010 annual budget and terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between AS and CSUN.

David Crandall, general manager of A.S., presented his power point presentation outlining ways to channel money back to A.S. According to Crandall, this would involve cutting inter-collegiate athletics that he claims receives enough funding from the Campus Quality Fee.

‘Funds allocated by campus quality fees can only grow parallel to the growing cost of tuition,’ said Crandall.

Other budget cuts included funds taken from the campus improvement account to pay for the Matador statue’mdash;a previous allocations of $15,000 dropping to $10,000.
Concerns regarding our budget perpetuated the next administration’s goal of sustainability outlined in their five-year plan.

‘ SPACE has just secured tickets for a Dane Cook event it’s planning.’ They’re also aiming for 30 events per month during the summer.