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DSG passes tenting, ICC changes

Duke Student Government voted to accept both the undergraduate basketball admissions policy and the Inter-Community Council bylaw amendments at its meeting Wednesday night.

Junior Pushpa Raja, Student Organization Finance Committee chair, also read amendments to the SOFC bylaw, which DSG will vote on next week.

In his basketball policy, Head Line Monitor Jeremy Morgan, a senior, added a clause to include his right to cap the number of tents registered for Blue, or early, registration during the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill game tenting period. Morgan said he was concerned too many tenters from the UNC game would continue tenting for the University of Maryland game.

He added that he had purposely kept the grace period policy vague to allow leniency in assigning grace periods.

"My general policy is probably going to be one-hour grace periods," Morgan said.

Thaniyyah Ahmad, DSG vice president for community interaction, changed her proposed amendments to the ICC bylaw, reinstating The Chronicle editor to the committee and adding an at-large position to the group.

"I had a meeting with The Chronicle editor [Dave Ingram] and we discussed how he would be useful on the committee," Ahmad, a senior, said. "He has a lot of valuable information [about campus events and issues, including those that are not printed in the school newspaper] that others may not have."

Ahmad added that Hillel and the Muslim Student Association--both religious groups--were included on the committee as cultural groups because of their cultural aspect.

Raja proposed adding a position on the committee for Campus Council, which she called "only fair" after Campus Council said they would give funds to the DSG programming fund.

She also suggested administering "minor repercussions" for student organizations that missed deadlines for resubmitting their charter forms, which she said was a common problem in the past. Those punishments, which Raja said would be given at her discretion, would probably involve either freezing or refusing an organization's funds until the group registered.

IN OTHER BUSINESS: DSG Chief of Staff Emily Grey, chair of the Duke Undergraduate Initiatives on Gender, gave a brief presentation on the project's process.

"The ultimate goal of the project is to assess how gender plays out at Duke in social and academic areas," said Grey, a senior.

Representatives from USA TODAY's Collegiate Readership Program also announced the addition of more newspaper stands on campus--at the West Union Building, bus stops, the Bryan Center, the Marketplace and McClendon Tower in the West-Edens Link.

The representatives said they might increase copies of The New York Times and decrease copies of The Herald-Sun of Durham, based on student demand of the newspapers.

Legislators also approved charter and recognition requests from the Duke Dance Marathon, the Duke Scuba Club and the Duke Undergraduate Investment Club, as well as programming fund requests from Gruv Productions and the ESTEEM body project.

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