As a referee in intramural basketball, Treasurer Candidate Archit Sheth-Shah ’13 calls out fouls; if elected, he says he will call out the Yale College Council for spending too much on events, such as Spring Fling, and use the savings to stage a multi-band Fall Concert to replace the more modest Fall Festival.
Sheth-Shah said he is the only treasurer candidate who has experience on the Yale College Council, not just on his own college council, and that his credentials include being student body treasurer of his high school.
“I learned how to work with a budget,” Sheth-Shah said. “I am creative about where surplus funds can go.”
He said that he has looked through the YCC budget for the past two years to see how the YCC can reallocate funds. For example, this year YCC spent $5,000 on netbooks, which uses money that cannot be spent next year, he said, adding that the Spring Fling budget is not completely used.
Colleges will pool funds for events. The proposed Fall Concert will promote inter-college collaboration, a major goal of Sheth-Shah. He also hopes to initiate more multi-college dances.
Other proposals include modifying the hours of the college dining halls to stay open past 7 p.m. and adding meal swipes at the School of Management’s Donaldson Commons as well as at Durfee’s for dinner. He added that he will urge University Career Services to invite a wider range of employers to campus and create greater transparency in the Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee application process.
“Archit brings a really great energy, and is always really enthusiastic and fun to work with,” said Michelle Glienke ’11, who was the former president of the Morse College Council. She added that Sheth-Shah was the first to arrive and last to leave at most activities the council organized.
Katie Donley ’13, who is running for Events Director and worked with Sheth-Shah on the Iron Chef Competition this year, said he had many creative ideas and worked well with Yale Dining.
As treasurer, Sheth-Shah also proposes to cut YCC spending on bottled water at college events by installing water fountains on Old Campus and Cross Campus.