IV. TOPIC SELECTION
Section 2: By May 1 the committee will report to the Executive Secretary no fewer than three
problem areas to be voted upon by the general membership. In early July the committee will
report to the Executive Secretary no fewer than three resolutions corresponding to the winning
Change May 1 to May 8.
Rationale: gives a full week of work in May to finalize topic papers. Currently, the May 1st deadline is in the middle of a majority of final exam periods for Universities on a semester system. This results in a lack of undergraduate input into the topic area paper creation process. The past 3 years, in an attempt to finalize wording papers it has been nearly impossible to find undergraduates with the time to finalize papers.
Obviously, the topic committee needs time to work on resolutions. But, the 4 possible plus weeks between May 8th and “early July” seems to provide adequate time to work on preparing resolutions – particularly if the extra week creates improved papers and greater involvement in the topic process initially.