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Revamped Board to devote attention to programming

An organization now is being restructured to enhance student life and promote social awareness at the University by students and administrators.

A meeting held yesterday morning in Newcomb Hall laid out an early idea of bylaws for the Cultural Programming Board.

The CPB will implement and coordinate cultural programming for all University students.

William W. Harmon, vice president for student affairs, will spearhead the effort.

Harmon said he plans on having two co-chairs for the Board-one from the faculty or administration and one student leader.

There will also be 12-15 additional members including faculty, deans, administrators, leaders of Student Council and University Union, cultural organization leaders and random students.

"The goal for [yesterday's] meeting was to define 'cultural' programming, develop funding guidelines, bylaws and procedures for the Board," Union Executive Coordinator Jessica Krechel said.

One of the big issues raised at yesterday's meeting concerned the definition of the term "cultural."

Assist. Dean of Students Glenna Chang suggested changing the title of the Board to "Multi-Cultural.

"We should think more broadly in terms of programming," Chang said.

"The term 'culture' makes me think in terms of race," she said.

However, "the term 'multi-cultural' limits the Board to the idea of race," Harmon said.

He said that he did not want to change the title of the CPB out of respect for its founders.

In 1994, former volunteers for the Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center founded the CPB.

The Office of African-American Affairs sponsored the Board.

During the 1994-95 academic year, the group established itself as a CIO and received Student Activity Fee funding.

Last year Union put in a proposal for an increase in the comprehensive fee to increase the Union budget as well as to obtain funding for the CPB.

The CPB currently is being allocated $30,000.

"Performance fees and social events encompass a large portion of the necessary expenses of programming," Krechel said.

"I want an array of diverse programming that is not about race," said Areshini Pather, president of the National Organization of Women at U.Va.

"We should not see culture as something divorced from ourselves; it should be a part of us," she said.


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