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    VSA Council Meeting Minutes: 29 Sept. 2013 

    Hi! We are off to a late start tonight, so hang on while everybody settles!

    7:04 // Call to Order…President

    7:05 // Attendance…Operations
    Absent: Davison
    Proxy: 2017 (VP for the class of 2017)
    At Large Members: The Miscellany News, members of Britomartis, Director of Community Works Tom Ellman, Davison house team members, representative from the Students Class Issue Alliance.

    7:09// Consent Agenda

    Consent Agenda
    Bikes – Discretionary; Capital ($300/$1,000)
    NSO – Discretionary ($951.97/$951.97)
    HYPE – Conference ($1,600/$1,908)
    VISA – Conference ($1,500/$2,151.14)
    Devils – Conference ($0/$395)
    Fly People – Capital ($165/$165)
    Contrast – Speakers ($300/$300)
    ViCE student music – Capital ($799/799)
    Minutes from 9/22/2013

    All are approved.

    7:09 // Note from representative from Students Class Issues Alliance
    The Class action workshop was very successful yesterday. Roughly 26 people attended.
    Thursday in the Aula at 5:00 p.m. (until 6:30) to continue discussion class and class issues on campus.
    FINANCE: Thanks for applying using the Social Consciousness fund.

    7:11 // Forum with Community Works…Tom Ellman
    ELLMAN: Community Works is a philanthropic group that raises funds for local non-profit groups.
    I am inviting student participation in this campaign.
    Community Works was formed after the Boy Scouts won a court case allowing them to refuse scout masters based on sexuality. Vassar was associated with a group that was connected with the Boy Scouts, and after the decision, Vassar decided to separate itself from this group.
    Community Works funds hunger relief, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, local arts, LGBTQ issues, and others important issues.
    100% of Community Works goes to the non-profits.
    Community Works also helps educate the campus about local non-profits.
    Most of the campaign takes place in the fall; while the campaign can take the whole year, but ideally most of the money is raised by 1 January.
    I invite each house to do their own event; examples include an auction, dance, raffle, and other events.

    2015 REP: What kind of responsibilities would a representative have?
    ELLMAN: Most of it would be coordination and help communication between the committee and house teams. There would only be about 3 meetings this year.

    PRESIDENT: How do you decide where the money go each year?
    ELLMAN: Each year we solicit recommendations from the campus via email. We received between 15-20 nominations. This coming meeting on Friday, and maybe the next, we will decide which groups to support. Last year we chose 10 organizations.
    In the past we have raised between $75,000 to $100,000 each year. This means that a lot of good can be done in the local community with this money.

    JOSSELYN: When a House Team hosts an event, will the team raise money and select which agency their fundraiser would go to or is it put into a lump sum?
    ELLMAN: All of the money raised at an event is put together into one group and then is divided at the end of the campaign.

    TOWN STUDENTS: Are there any mechanisms for outreach to the larger community to ask what they would like to fund?
    ELLMAN: There isn’t really any way to do that this fall, but we could reconsider that. We don’t communicate with organizations before they have been officially selected in order to prevent them getting their hopes up.

    MAIN: Do houses need a representative on the committee to host an event?
    ELLMAN: Not all houses need a representative, but a few would be appreciated. I’m not going to turn people away.

    JEWETT: How soon do you want us to do the event? Can we do more than one?
    ELLMAN: I think that it would be best to have one big event in the fall. A good second choice is a continual form of fundraising. But building momentum towards the goal by the holiday season has worked best.

    2014 REP: When I was the Lathrop Treasurer we hosted auctions, but getting the money to the Community Works account was tricky.
    ELLMAN: We can figure that would. I am not sure what the transfer of funds is.
    FINANCE: I can do a transfer within the college, so just have your treasurers get in touch with me. Note that you cannot donate any of your annual allocation directly to Community Works.

    JEWETT: Can we use V-Cash machines within our dorms?
    OPERATIONS: I can check on that.

    ELLMAN: I would love to follow this up by communicating one or two of you.

    7:30 //Executive Board Report
    STUDENT LIFE:
    I am ironing out the language around reporting inter-personal violence events. I am working with Elizabeth Schrock and I am thinking of reaching out to Renee Pabst.
    I am working on making more gender-neutral bathrooms.
    I do need Student Life Committee members to be more committed to the committee. If you are not interested in the projects I am doing, please consider moving to another committee.

    ACADEMICS:
    Peer advising is going well. We have roughly 80 peer advisors. We are now looking into filling targeted groups of advising.
    The newsletter will cover food this semester. We have had enthusiastic responses from many faculty members.
    MAIN: You are doing a great job!

    7:35// Discussion on How to Fill Davison House President Position…Operations
    OPERATIONS: What are by-laws allow us to do is appoint someone or to order a special election.
    Anyone is allowed to run, except members of the Class of 2017, because they have not been on campus for more than one semester.

    TERRACE APARTMENTS: Can members of 2017 vote?
    OPERATIONS: Yes.

    ALEX MOULTON (at large): On behalf of Davison House team, we would ask the VSA to suspend a by-law and allow the Vice President to assume the role of President. The VP has attended house team training and meetings.

    OPERATIONS: First off, we would be suspend one by-law. This vote would require. Suspending the by-law would require a 2/3 majority vote from the VSA.
    I cannot recommend that we do that. We have 2 democratic options already instituted, so throwing them out seems problematic. And note that the special processes we have established are both expedited.

    2015 REP.: I agree with OPERATIONS, and note that the timeline will still leave Davison with leadership throughout the election /appointment process. I think

    2016: I think that the best process is special appointment. By appointing the VP now, we would be setting a precedent that VP would always take over in these situations, which is not something we would always want. I think that your VP is the most qualified candidate, but we don’t want to create the precedent.

    KATIE ELIOT: Our second choice was the special appointment; but we do think that time is a major issue here. We also have our fall event coming up soon.

    DOUG GREER: I still think that the fact that the Davison House team can visit the Operations committee, but they are not a voting members. I think that this means that they have lost some voice. Many members of the Operations Committee also do not live in Davison.

    KHASI: Thank you for all the support from my house team. We have been through a significant change since we lost our president, and we feel like we have a hole in our house team now. The general consensus among the house team, the HSA, and the VSA is that we have to be fair.

    RAYMOND: My house has been discussing this all weekend, and we think that we should listen to Davison. Suspending the by-law would make us appear less rigid and more efficient. “I’m fully in support of whatever Davison thinks we should do.”

    2014 REP: As Elections co-chair, I think that suspending the by-law would not be a valid course of action because we have two totally valid options. While Raymond has an excellent point, I think that upholding the bylaws were voted in to preserve is more important.
    The Board of Elections recommends that a special appointment is done.

    JEWETT: We seem to be doing a process more slowly than necessary. I support suspending the by-law because we can turn our focus toward finding a VP.

    FINANCE: We need to talk about the issue at hand: suspending the by-law. Either way the Davison House Team is down one member: either a President (with Khasi serving as temporary President) and or a Vice President.

    2015: I think that a special appointment is the best option.

    2016: I am really comfortable saying that Khasi is going to be appointed, and I know that people are going to be upset with me for saying that. I think that we should reconsider the by-laws existence all together if we are going to consider suspending the by-law.

    PRESIDENT: I have to take issue with you. You cannot come into the meeting knowing who you are going to vote for.

    OPERATIONS: I agree with PRESIDENT. We need to come in objectively and if you cannot be objective you must abstain from the vote.

    PRESIDENT: This is so controversial because everybody wants to do what is right for Davison and VSA.

    KATIE ELIOT: We would just love to have some way of expediting the election/appointment of the VP so that we don’t have to go through another meeting.

    STRONG: Motion to fill Davison House president by Special Election. (vote can only be special election or no)

    NOYES: Were there any other members of house team interested in running?
    KHASI: As of 3 days ago, the consensus was that 90% of people did not have time and the rest said that they would be comfortable with Khasi serving as president. None would technically want to run or put in an application.

    ACADEMICS: It seems like we are trying not to do what you want, but I want you to know that this is not the case.

    CUSHING: I feel like we are having a discussion about morals and ethics instead of what is best for Davison. I would motion to suspend the by-law.

    OPERATIONS: That cannot happen until the previous motion is defeated.

    STUDENT LIFE: I was under the impression that other people are interested in running for president. For fairness, I do also support the special election.

    2014 REP: Just wanted to remind all residential life positions that they cannot apply because it violates their contract.

    NOYES: I have also heard similar things to STUDENT LIFE so I think that it is only fair to have a special appointment.

    VOTE ON SPECIAL ELECTION MOTION:
    Abstentions: 2017
    Against: Jewett, Cushing, Raymond
    In favor: All other voting members

    THIS MOTION PASSES.

    PRESIDENT: I am so sorry for the drama was this. I am sorry to 2016 for snapping at you; I am sorry to Davison House team for this long process.

    OPERATIONS: I am also sorry for the lack of communication. I encourage you to continue coming to Operations meetings.

    ALEX MOULTON: I would hope that in the future there was more communication between Residential Life and VSA. We came in thinking that suspending the by-law would be a very easily passable motion.

    2015 REP: I have had experience with the lack of communication issue this has think that sometimes Residential Life presents things as options that aren’t really options in the VSA.

    2014 REP: I think that the Residential Life Office was not understanding that this was not an issue for them, but rather a VSA decision.

    8:12 // Certification of Britomartis…Activities
    ACTIVITIES:
    We have reviewed the Britomartis application. They had a strong application, they bring a new kind of theatre to Vassar, and the group has a solid group organizations. As a pre-org they have preformed 5 shows.
    I motion to certify Britomartis.

    FINANCE: I want to stress that this does not immediately give them any funding. They would need to apply the discretionary fund.

    MOTION TO CERTIFY BRITOMARTIS:
    Unanimous passage.

    8:16 // Decertification of Wholistic…Activities
    Wholistic has been inactive for three semesters and has no leadership.
    The group used to work with Religious and Spiritual Life.
    There are no current members of the group.
    Motion to decertify Wholistic.

    MOTION TO DECERTIFY:
    Unanimous passage.

    8:18 // Open Discussion
    2014: Time line until graduation: seniors could knit 120 sweaters and a simple scarf before commencement.
    The Class of 2014 is responsible for Halloween programming.
    I would invite house presidents to talk to their house teams about their concerns for Halloween programming. The Villard Room dance will happen from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

    ACTIVITIES:
    Meet me in Poughkeepsie will happen next Saturday.
    Application closes on Tuesday at noon.
    Late night at the DC is tonight on the East Side of the DC at 10:00 p.m.

    TERRACE APARTMENTS: The Triple AVC (African American Alumnae/i) is hosting an event this Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

    LATHROP: Lathrop’s fall event is this Saturday and is a Trash-to-Treasures event. There will be a fashion show from 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. and then there will be a dance party until 2:00 a.m. in UpC.

    MAIN: I would like to second 2014 REP’S note about Halloween, because Main has been consistently disrespected.

    PRESIDENT: Thank you guys for our discussion earlier. Thank you to those who spoke to their constituents about this issue.
    I’m concerned about some of our actions generally. I think we need to remember that we are representatives. This includes how you behave outside of council, if you write an article in the Misc; we are representatives of the entire of school. Generally air on the side of your representative role. Typically when you are expressing an opinion that is not necessarily representative of your constituency, representatives must note that they are speaking outside of their role on VSA. We should never speak on behalf of council and be conscious that not all of the people you represent agree with your opinion.
    “We have made it through a month and are still alive and that is great.”
    Also know that being a part of committee means that you need to do more than just sit on a committee for one hour. If you don’t like the committee you serve on, please consider changing committees.
    Also, thank you for everything that you have done.

    JOSSELYN: My question to LATHROP is, how should I prepare students for the event via a study-break? And comment: I want to congratulate the class of 2017 for electing a president. I’m very happy to see more POC on this council.

    2016: Congratulations to RAYMOND for hosting their event. Over 200 people attended. I would like to note that there was an issue of hate-speech at the event. A student who was dressed up was mocked by a non-dressed up individual, who was part of group, who called the student “a queer.” I think we need to look into ways of making students speak up against hate speech.

    RAYMOND: Motion to adjourn.

    MOTION TO ADJOURN:
    Unanimous support.
    This motion passes.

    The meeting is over! Write to you next week!

     
  • bethanjohnson 10:58 pm on September 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council Meeting Minutes: 22 Sept. 

    Hi guys! We are going to begin in a couple of minutes! Get excited, it’ll be a fairly long meeting!

    7:00 // Call to Order….President

    7:01 // Attendance….Operations
    Absent: 2017 Proxy (Max Moran); Davison Proxy; Josselyn Proxy; Town Houses Proxy
    At large members: representative from VC Bikes; President’s Assistants; Director of the ALANA Center

    7:07 // Announcement…President
    Davison House President has resigned. His position will be filled in the coming weeks.

    7:07 // Consent Agenda…Council
    Polo – Discretionary………………………………………………………………………..($0/$2,040)
    Soundsystem – Capital…………………………………………………………..…($1,300/$1,300)
    NSO – TBD….……………………………………………………………………………..($0/$951.97)
    Contrast – Discretionary…………………………………………………………..($3,000/$3,500)
    Bikes – Discretionary…………………………………………………………………..($100/$1,000)
    2016 (Raymond) – Collaboration………………………………….……………..…($500/$600)
    VACA – Social Consciousness………………………………………………………..($725/$725)
    Frisbee – Discretionary…………………………………………………………….…..…($0/$3,300)
    Helicon* – Conference……………………………………………………………($275.2/$275.20)
    Monkeys – Capital……………………………………………………………………($2,100/$2,100)
    Britomartis – Preorg…………………………………………………………………….……($0/$350)
    Minutes from 9/8/13

    Motion to table NSO and Polo to next week…Finance
    Abstentions: none
    Opposition: none
    THIS MOTION PASSES

    Discussion of allotment for Vassar Bikes…At large member
    Motion seconded by VP for Operations

    AT LARGE: The fund allotment problems happened because the previous leader failed to fill out the proper paperwork
    The assistance we give is a service to campus. The nearest bike shop is 45 minutes away by a bike.
    We help repare bikes.
    In past years we have been allotted $600.

    FINANCE: We did not want to buy parts for students that students are not paying for.
    Repairing parts for free is not feasible.
    The $100 allotment is to cover the upkeep of the shop and tools.
    Because they failed to submit an annual budgeting application, we are making the allotment now.

    2016: I would recommend resubmitting the application because this information is different from the information we received previously.
    Moreover, the application was not itemized and it is necessary to

    Town Students: As a representative for town students, this allotment seems very measly.

    AT LARGE: We want to make sure that the bike shop has adequate tools and supplies. WE

    2015: I would vote on this application as it stands, with the understanding that they can come back to apply for more funds.

    MOTION TO VOTE ON $100 ALLOTMENT OR NO:

    Unanimous allotment of $100.

    7:18 // Meeting President’s Assistants
    President’s Assistants will be keeping up with the VPs and their meetings so they can inform Cappy about progress.

    TAs: What is your role as an assistant?
    AT LARGE: We work on setting up spaces to meet with Cappy, holding office hours that they can then fill the President in on. We also do office work and serve as a connection between the President and students.

    FINANCE: Where and when are your office hours?
    AT LARGE: Friday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. in a place that has yet to be determined.

    7:21 // Forum with Judy Jarvis, Director of LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center, and Luz Burgos-Lopez, Director of the ALANA Center
    JARVIS: How to be trans-ally training is coming up.
    RSL and LGBTQ will be collaborating on a film screening about God and sexual and gender identity.
    Wednesday is the autumn reception for faculty, staff, and students.
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: We are going on a retreat this weekend to Holy Cross College.
    We are beginning to write a curriculum around white-allies that will be launched in the spring.
    ALANA Center does a number of film screenings.
    There will be a faculty meet-and-greet on Monday for people of colour.
    The LGBTQ and the ALANA Centers are working on potential collaborations.
    “I’m here to challenge students, all students.”

    FINANCE: Tell us a little bit about yourself.What did you do before you came here?
    JARVIS: I graduated from Vassar in 2007 and spent 5 years trying to be a journalist. I did worked in California with non-profit organizations. I went to graduate school and then found myself back here.
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: I was very invested while I was at college, working multiple jobs and working in numerous organizations. Majored in African American Studies. After college I was a union organizer, in the health-care field, for Connecticut and Texas. I did that for a year, and then returned to graduate school while also working in higher education. At UConn I drafted a curriculum around social justice that was then adopted, and is still being used today.
    JARVIS: We also love talking about career options and paths.

    TAs: What are your goals personally and for your respective centers?
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: Personally, making myself available and well-known on campus. Instituting a lot of workshops for when students leave Vassar. I also want to prepare students for conversations and realities beyond the Vassar bubble.
    JARVIS: Personally, I want to do more investigation of my self and of my privilege. As a white female, I want to make sure that the centers that I run don’t become a white-women’s center or a white-LGBTQ center. I want Vassar wants to continue pushing ourselves and also recognize that, despite being at a seemingly progressive campus, people are not always comfortable on this campus. But I think that these conversations will also be conversations for all of the Campus Life Offices to be having.
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: Also, we should continue to think about activism on this campus. Moreover, personally, thinking about ways to ensure people are willing to engage in conversation and not merely be present in conversations.
    JARVIS: Jewett Communitea will happen in October (open to the whole campus) on a Wednesday and will discuss these issues.

    RAYMOND: How has this campus changed?
    JARVIS: I rarely had conversations about race, but I know that there were students who were having these conversations. What has stayed the same is that these conversations were being held by a particular group. I hope that the new structure of the Campus Life and Diversity Offices will improve the number of students engaging in these conversations.

    SoCos: How should interested students get involved in your centers?
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: I think that contacting me or Judy would be the easiest ways. Email either of us or come up to us. You can also get on a list-serve to update students on the events.

    TAs: What you recommend for us, as student leaders?
    JARVIS: Be intentional about where your blind-spots are. Attend an event that makes you uncomfortable and try to stretch yourselves. And let your constituents know that you are doing this
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: If you are uncomfortable, bring someone with you so that way you won’t be as nervous or uncomfortable. Also, realize that you are in positions of power and with that come privilege. Also, continue thinking about the definition of ally-hood and realize that you need to act and not merely stand as a silent ally.
    JARVIS: Also, please when you come to an event, don’t leave early. Even if you are uncomfortable, don’t shy away from those moments.
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: Also, realize that leaving early is not an option for a number of students on this campus, so recognize that there is a privilege to be able to leave.

    FINANCE: Can you explain your relationship with VSA-organizations?
    JARVIS: There are leadership council groups, the Spectrum leadership group and then also SPECTRANA group. These groups meet weekly and have planning boards.
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: We have bi-weeky meetings. We also use the list-serve and helping/serving as an advocate with funding.
    JARVIS: We get asked to co-sponsor events, which we like, but we don’t want groups to be shunted into our location and into our funding. We want these to be on display as student events. We also want to use our money for our own professional events.

    BURGOS-LOPEZ: Now I have a quiz for you.
    What does ALANA stand for? –African-American/Black, Latino/a, Asian/Asian American, Native American Center
    Who was the head of the ALANA Center? –Ed Pittman
    What was the name of the first cultural center? — Afro-American Cultural Center
    What was the original name of the ALANA Center? — The Intercultural Center
    Where was the first official center housed? —Lathrop House (on the ground floor)
    In 1990 the Intercultural Center was moved to which house? —Blegin House
    When did the ALANA Center move to its current location? — 1993
    The name was changed to the ALANA Center in what year? —1998
    When were the take-overs? — There was a 1969 where they took over the telethon demanding more professors of color and more visibility on campus, another took place in 1990 and had similar demands.
    BURGOS-LOPEZ: Know that historically the campus is not so far from happening again. And a take-over sounds harsh, but it’s really a way of presenting demands.

    8:00 // Update about a campus event…Hannah Schenck (at large member)
    Next weekend I am bringing a classism workshop to campus. The event is called “Exploring Class on Campus”
    We are having two trainers come next Saturday, from New York, to do a workshop.
    The model is interactive and discusses income inequality in the United States. Then participants are located on the class spectrum and then students of different class groups are asked to consider how they can be better activists.
    Email Hannah Schenk to register.

    8:05 // Executive Board Reports
    PRESIDENT: I am helping the Seven Sisters Conference. The event will take place on Nov. 1st-3rd.
    OPERATIONS: The Saturday shuttle is now running. Tasty Tuesday will be almost entirely compostable within 2 weeks, and the college will not be providing the compostable materials to venders after October break.
    Also we will host a General Interest Meeting for the VSA Review Board at 9 p.m. this Thursday.

    TOWN HOUSES: People are already really excited about Tasty Tuesdays.

    2016: Is it normal for most vendors not having V-Cash machines?

    OPERATIONS: This week a bunch of phone jacks were broken so we could only have 2 V-Cash machines instead of the normal 7.

    8:11 // Declaration of Open Positions
    One of the 2014 Jud reps resigned. The timeline: open for applications until next Monday at noon. Interviews will be later that week. Appointment to be made on Sunday October 6.

    PRESIDENT: We now need to discuss how to fill the Davison house president position. Motions can be made to be done via special election or by appointment.

    OPERATIONS: There are some people within Operations who do believe that special elections are the way to go. But there is a mixture of both.

    DAVISON PROXY: Having met with VP for Davison, he would like the opportunity to test out the waters and see if he could fill the position. This has also been discussed with the HA for Davison. Also, now the sophomore rep will serve as Vice President. If anything, there would be a vacancy in the Sophomore rep.

    2014: I don’t think that what Davison proxy explained is possible. Also, could you discuss the timelines of both because I have the feeling special elections takes a long time.

    OPERATIONS: We would have a condensed filing/campaigning period.

    2016: I understand the validity of having the VP serve as president because he has already been through house team training, but I’m in favor of a special election. I am a supporter of special elections. But I think that the most important thing is that Davison is happy with what is happening.

    RAYMOND: We do need to look at how we do elections and appointments. However it should be up to Davison House team.

    MOTION TO TABLE THIS TO DAVISON HOUSE TEAM:

    2015: While I agree with the validity of the training aspect, but I think that asking the group to pick seems sketchy.

    MOTION TO TABLE TO DAVISON:
    Opposed: Strong, Operations, 2015

    THIS MOTION PASSES.

    2015: There are major ramifications for this election. There are still questions regarding if 2017 can vote in this election or not. We also cannot treat them as an organization because the decision changes our council.

    2014: I am very uncomfortable with the idea that 2017 would not be able to elect their president. Now that they are here, they should be able to give input.

    OPERATIONS: We will be discussing this in Operations on Monday. We are seeing the need to create a sustainable way to fix this problem. (operations is an open committee meeting)

    8:37 // Discussion of the 9/18 Minutes
    RAYMOND: We name-dropped a lot of administrators and maybe we should discuss publishing these minutes.
    OPERATIONS: I don’t want to hide it. Maybe we should just be more conscious of what we say in meetings.
    RAYMOND: I was just trying to illicit that response.
    STRONG: It’s ok to critique people, but we also should not try to hide what we say.
    ACADEMIC: While I agree on what STRONG said, but we should also make sure that it’s put across in a constructive way because some of the administrators are also house advisors. Also some of the representatives here will have to face these administrators.

    MOTION TO ADJURN: turned down by the President

    ACTIVITIES: The deadlines has been extended until tomorrow at noon.

    FINANCE: There is a lot of money so organizations should apply.

    MAIN: Are pre-orgs able to apply for funds for Meet Me In Poughkeepsie?

    FINANCE: No they can’t because we are trying to limit the VSA’s financial liability so they don’t have access to these funds.

    MOTION TO ADJURN: UNANIMOUS!

    END OF MEETING!!

     
  • bethanjohnson 10:37 pm on September 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Freshman Presidential Debate 18 September 2013 

    Hi all, I’m Christopher Brown from The Miscellany News and the live blog of the Freshman Presidential Debate for the 2013 fall elections is going live in t-minus 5 minutes! Refresh the page to get live updates of everything happening at the debate.

    Introductions have begun! Connor, class of ’14 pres, and Allie, VP for Ops, have introduced Bethan Johnson, moderator and EIC of The Misc.

    Intros: Laura Wood wants to relive some of the craziness of freshman year. She claims she will listen to what people have to say. She will be a strong leader of the class of ’17 and wants the class to take the campus by storm.
    “The class of ’17 is my family.”

    Dan Fu Ruan wants to help as much as she can to help everyone. She claims to be dedicated to here responsibilities and be open to new ideas. She wants to enhance academic opportunities and campus security.
    “I really do want to meet all of you and stick with you as much as I can.”

    Jacob Devasgayam claims to have a lot of experience in government. He wants transparency and wants the board to represent the will of the people. He promises to get answers for any questions class members have.
    “I pledge I will follow the general majority will of the class.”

    Cecil Carey believes in inclusivity. He thought Vassar was a clique free environment, and believes Vassar still has work to do on that topic. He quotes Obama, saying we can be stronger if we work together. He claims to not have many skills, but will make it his sole goal to listen and synthesize the goals of the class.
    “We can be friends, we really can.”

    Drew Leventhal already has a plan to fix certain aspects of Vassar College. He says there is not time to waste in making an effective policy.
    “We need to do this now. I can do that for you guys.”

    teph Jump wants to have a positive impact on her school. She lead a charity event in her high school that raised money for world hunger. She wants to make the time here the best it can be. She wants to ask what can be changed. She promises to listen and to represent the class’ goals in the VSA.
    “I’m happiest when I’m helping others.”

    Nnennia Mazagwu identifies as an activist. She wants to have fun and promote creativity and vision. She believes in the class of 2017.
    “I hope to be a part of who we eventually become.”

    John Eubanks spent the last 8 1/2 years in the military and has worked on the Obama campaign and in the Pentagon. He focuses on social issues and organizations.
    “I have a very direct rapport with the administration and with President Hill.”

    Part one of the debate, respond and rebute.

    Having just experienced orientation, name one thing you loved and two areas that need improvement.

    Carey- The number one thing that went well was to acclimate the class to Vassar climate. Claims sexual assault meeting were important, maybe a little too long. He doesn’t believe in a flood of emails, and wants to work on communication. He also wants to make signing up for orgs easier.

    Devasgayam- He liked time in fellow groups and interacting in smaller groups. He believes orientation was little bit to stratified at times, and wants people to make more personal friendships. He believes the sooner you meet people, the better.

    Ruan- She loved the first house event, as well as I Am Vassar, and claimed that it helped people meet each other faster. She wants more organization during the activities fair, as well as there being more campus events.

    Wood- Favorite moment was meeting her student fellow and group. She believes the Arlington Amble was a little chaotic, although she loved learning about Arlington. She also believes it was a little overscheduled.

    Leventhal- He agrees with Wood about over scheduling, and there needs to be AC in the chapal.

    Jump- The fellow groups are fantastic, but wishes she got a correct map.

    Mazagwu- She liked the fact that integration happened fast. She felt very comfortable in the environment. She feels more comfortable at Vassar because of it.

    Eubanks- Agrees with Wood about fellow groups. He wants to organize clubs and orgs, and have interaction between fellow groups.

    In your first week, you’ve meet your pre major advisor. WHat do you see as the ideal advising system for freshman?

    Jump-Meeting one on one with someone is helpful. She believes more effort should be put on giving people an advisor in their field. She wants to get schedules a little earlier in the summer. She wants it to be clearly about requirements for classes.

    Mazagwu- She believes an advisor can give you an opportunity branch out and learn new things. She bonded with her pre major advisor and gained a lot of insight.

    Eubanks- He knows the system didn’t work well for everyone. He believes there needs to be more accessibility with the advisors.

    Leventhal- He agrees with the other candidates. He believes the advisors need more training. Also maybe a change in re registration in classes. He love the help of the student fellows.

    Devasgayam- the more people you know in the system, the better off you are earlier. He agrees with Leventhal the most

    Ruan- She likes he advisor, but want the first one on one meeting to be longer. She claims the system needs more direction.

    Wood- She believes it is good to meet with other department heads. She hasn’t been introduces to the peer major advisor program.

    Carey- He wants the advisors help to make a gameplan for all four years. He also wants class registration to be fixed.

    Do you believe that your job as a president is to vote with the majority or highlight the key information.

    Ruan- She wants to consult all her peers, and knows there can be dissent, but wants to take all kinds of advice. She knows some students can’t know everything about Vassar, and wants to relay information but also really believes in working the rest of her peers.

    Wood- She wants to inform the class, also realizes that she may have to go against the majority sometimes. But she would explain her actions to the class.

    Carey- He will not poll everyone when an issue comes up. He knows some people won’t care. His door is always open, and he will listen to any concerns that come up. He will try to go with the majority, and knows he has to make decisions.

    Devasgayam- It’s important to remember that the minority opinion is important as well. You’re voting for him as a person and an individual, but will move forward with the majority. He believes that the finance comity need to be closes.

    Mazagwu- It’s important to know that some people will not come to you. She wants go to more than just comities, but also orgs, and centers like LGBTQ and ALANA.

    Eubanks- He wants people to be informed about decisions. He doesn’t want a majority to oppress a minority.

    Leventhal- If you care about the subject, we should have a town hall meeting.

    Jump- It’s important to keep people informed, and wants to listen but be able to explain her own view. It’s not just about what she thinks.

    What is the primary purpose of having a class president?

    Eubanks- He doesn’t want the class to be overlooked in any way. He wants the voice to be heard and any issues and wants to put forth votes.

    Leventhal- We need to act for the will of the class and to inform people of the facts. He will act a liaison.

    Jump- Our class is very diverse. She wants people to be heard. She wants to bridge the gap.

    Mazagwu- She wants to educate herself on issues and wants to take constructive criticism. She wants to learn and grow.

    Wood- She agrees with Jump and wants to be the voice of the people.

    Ruan- She wants to be a bridge between the student body and wants to speak up with everyone.

    Devasgayam- SHe wants delegation, facilitation, and wants to make the best of what we have. He wants representation.

    Carey- He agres with Mazagwu and wants to find out what the issues are. He needs to know how to work the system.

    Next section

    If elected, what commitees are the most important to sit on, and why?

    Wood- Academics and Activities. She wants to be involved in how education is managed here. She wants to help new clubs.

    Ruan- She wants to sit on all committees. Most important: Academic and finance. She wants to know the info to make good decisions with fund allocation.

    Devasgayam- Finance because you need funding to make big ideas happen. Activities because that is how students are getting engaged.

    Carey- Finance- More money means more problems. Student Life because he is passionate about where he sleeps.

    Leventhal- Operations because there is a lot of problems with the VSA. Finance needs to work on money sustanibility.

    Jump- Student Life because she wants to know about how we live on campus. And finance because it is the only one that people cannot view.

    Mazagwu- Student Life is not just about dorms, it is about biased events, and people need to have a voice. It is about minorities as well, and everyone getting a chance to have a voice.

    Eubanks- Academics because that is the reason we are here. Recently there was a three year hiring freeze, and that is an issue.

    Carey- You want to make a clique free environment. What are concrete steps to make this happen?

    There has to be education to make this happen. It’s an abstract thing. He will make it his main goal and wants to promote it. He will work with every org that will here him.

    Jump-How do you intend on keeping your promise for people to be heard?

    She wants to listen to all the freshman. She will figure out what she needs to do to get this done.

    Devasgayam- How would you decide want the class gets to know and what not?

    Education is the foundation of democracy. He is not sure what it entails yet, but things that should be hidden are things that are very personal and things that shed bad light on things.

    Mazagwu- What kinds of changes would you envision?

    A lot of minorities need to be represented more and a lot of orgs need more funding. Minority students to not get the finance to do what they need. She has started to joining orgs that have to do with student life.

    Wood- How will you make people more comfortable at Vassar?

    She will work with the committees and want people to get involved and make sure that everyone feels at home here.

    Eubanks- How do you intend on using your experience here at Vassar?

    He served in campaigns to government orgs to the military to charities. He has a broad spectrum of leadership and an extreme amount of organizational skills. He can adapt quickly and efficiently.

    Leventhal- What changes would you make on financing?

    He can talk to people and they will listen to him because he represents the class of 2017.

    Ruan- How will you ensure the solutions proposed will be in line with majority?

    She wants to talk to people and will describe reasoning behind her decisions. She wants to work with people.

    Open Forum

    In ten words or less, why did you run for presidency?

    Ruan- She has a lot of experience.

    Carey-He cares and will get the job done

    Leventhal- He has the experience and motivation

    Mazagwu- She is authentic and self aware and wants to be socially conscious.

    Eubanks- Wants to give a voice to the class

    Wood- Wants to make change

    Devagayam- I love Vassar

    Jump- I will do good

    How will you deal with minority voices?

    Devasgayam- You must be honest, and you cannot put up a wall to the other people.

    Carey- He can’t claim to understand what other people have gone through. He will listen, he will be objective, he will be honest.

    Mazagwu- The information is available, and there are a lot of things already going on. We cannot just sit there with our leadership skills. We have to move forward.

    Jump- She is an open minded individual and is ready to know if she is wrong. Her mother is Jamaican and has some experience with minority issue.

    Leventhal- He wants to hear stories and problems. It needs to be one on one

    Ruan- She believes everyone has the ability to listen. It’s not about being a president, it’s about being a friend.

    Wood- She wants to learn where her place is, and is apathetic with everyone.

    Eubanks- He learned how to navigate the red tape and it will make things easier for him.

    How would you get info to the masses?

    Leventhal- He wants more face to face contact. He wants to go door to door.

    Carey- He will put in all the hours needed. He wants inclusivity. But there is a certain degree of apathy, and he will not force info onto people.

    Jump- She will not cram info down your throat. She will send emails and use other social media. The people who want to be informed can be.

    Mazagwu- She wants to make herself available. She wants to go to club meetings and be there for the class. She believes she is already doing those things.

    Devasgayam- Overtime, things will change. So it’s about trying new things. Anonymous methods of getting info to people.

    Ruan- She knows there are open meetings and social media is important. She wants people to talk to people, that’s when information is not trivial. Stall news.

    Wood- Face to face contact, whether that be office hours or town hall meetings. She wants to get the word out.

    Eubanks- A blog or discussion forum, and wants people to engage. He wnats the leadership to also engage.

    How will you navigate your privilege in this position?

    Carey- He will not change if he wins. He will listen, but will not be holier than thou. He sees himself as a delegate, and conform to the will of the class.

    Wood- She learned about check your privilege. She loves the phrase here at Vassar and wants to stay level headed.

    Ruan- I only have as much privilege as my peers give me.

    Leventhal- He’s just a kid who goes to class and struggles like a normal student.

    Jump- I am just one of you. She wants to bridge the gap, and get voices out there. She will check her own privilege.

    Devasgayam- She wants to stay in contact will all groups of people. He wants to stay grounded in who he is.

    Mazagwu- She wants to acknowledge the privilege and realize that it is one person sitting on the council. Everyone needs representation. People need to remember to educate themselves.

    Eubanks- He does not think this position should be about privilege. He believes in service for others and views the position as a position of honor.

    Closing

    Eubanks- He wants to service the whole freshman class and makes sure that no one is ever oppressed on campus.

    Mazagwu- Leadership means that she is representing the people. She wants to represent the conflicts brought to the table. She feels she is already being a leader and will always educate herself.

    Jump- We should already be active. She wants more issues to be addressed. She is in Davi 340c and wants to help all.

    Leventhal- He wants to transition people into college smoother. There needs to be more involvement in clubs. Deece food is important. We need to meet more people. Inter dorm party.

    Carey- Quote by Jefferson, it’s too long. It’s about education and spirit. He has the tone and spirit to get the job done. he will ask the tough questions. He is like all of us. He wants to steal ideas…

    Devasgayam- He lives in Lathrop. Another quote, still too long. It was about leadership and love. He wants to be kept accountable. he wants to be available for the class.

    Ruan- She is a dedicated leader. She has known leaders who do nothing, but she promises to do what is asked of her and will be dedicated. She wants to be a friend to all.

    Wood- Your votes would be a great birthday present. Our outlook is fresh at Vassar, and she is learning along side us. We all want to make a difference, and we can figure it out together. She will fight for what you want.

    Well that’s all folks! Thank you for reading the live blog of the debate. Who will win? Who will lose? Stay tuned!!

     
  • bethanjohnson 11:00 pm on September 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council Meeting Minutes: 15 Sept. 2013 

    Hi guys! Hope you all enjoyed Serenading! We’re about to begin here! Get excited!

    7:00 // Call to Order…President
    7:00 // Attendance…Operations
    Missing: 2016 has a proxy; 2017 has a proxy.

    7:04 // Consent Agenda
    Minutes from 9/8/13

    THIS MOTION PASSES (unanimously)

    7:04 // Forum with ViCE…
    Tillan: ViCE is Vassar’s main entertainment source. This year the focus is social consciousness, and ensuring that . The structure of ViCE includes: No ViCE, ViCE Music, Film ViCE, ViCE Jazz. We have a Finance Chair, Special events director, a Director and Assistant Director.
    FINANCE: Congratulations on your concert last night. How does a person get involved in ViCE?
    TILLAN: Meetings will begin this week. Times can be found on the ViCE Facebook page!

    MAIN: How are you incorporating social consciousness?
    TILLAN: Take every step possible to make sure that events are not offensive. Work through collaboration about

    OPERATIONS: ViCE is one of the organizations that we fund the most, but they also do a lot of the event programming the VSA used to do.
    PRESIDENT: Because ViCE gets more money than every other organization, we have to keep a closer eye on this organization. We encourage them to come to meetings on a somewhat consistent basis. Also it allows for more student collaboration.

    TILLAN: The programming board hosted a film screening this week that ViCE could have funded. It made us somewhat uncomfortable that this decision was made without consolation and used student funding. How much control does the VSA have over this?
    PRESIDENT: That is a joint student-administrative project that is going to end at the end of this year.

    2017: What is the mission statement of the group?
    PRESIDENT: It was created to provide events other than the normal “Villard Party” 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.slot.

    2017: We have the best possible model for ViCE like organizations of colleges like us.

    MAIN: How soon do you look for artists like the major semester events?
    OTHER ViCE: Usually 3 months in advance.

    TILLAN: Any collaboration ideas for working with specific houses?
    JEWETT: We would love to do a silent disco-like event. (Headphones are worn by each participant so that they can hear the music but to the outside world can hear nothing.)
    DAVISON: We are looking for collaborators for Harvest Fest, which will happen after October Break.

    7:15 // Forum with Evan Seltzer
    The board is comprised of 4 reps form each grade, with one chair person.
    Three kinds of panels: Academics, Student conduct (Rich Horowitz), College Regulations (DB Brown)
    There are also interpersonal violence: 2 administrators and 1 JD rep (but can be requested without a student representative)
    We have a couple of hearings every week. Student volunteer to work on panels.
    Goal: Everybody commits to an equal amount.

    FINANCE: What preparation do students?
    SELTZER: In the regulations, Jud Board members are not allowed to be advisors to the accused. The panel will come together 72 hours after the student hears from the administration. Within that time, students will learn when the panel will meet, but will not be informed of who will sit upon the board.

    FINANCE: What resources are available?
    SELTZER: Often DB Brown will consult with the student. But not many resources are available. However we have a Jud Board website which students can access, with FAQs.

    TAs: How often do the board meet?
    SELZTER: They don’t meet on a consistent basis. It’s intentionally disconnected in case one Jud Board member is brought before a panel; this avoids bias.

    PRESIDENT: How do we avoid a conflict of interest?
    SELTZER: Initially, an email is sent to the chairperson stating the nature of an offense. The chairperson then informs the representatives, and they sign up. These members are then informed of the time of the meeting and the name of the student involved. Simply knowing someone does not warrant taking yourself off the hearing; it’s largely at the discretion of the representative. However, students are able to request that a representative be taken off a case if they can demonstrate a reason for bias.

    2017: Does the accused students know who reported them?
    SELTZER: Not necessarily.

    FINANCE: Are there resources that happen after a guilty verdict?
    SELTZER: Education is a major component the sanctions given to students.

    PRESIDENT: The Jud Board is vetted through the administration, and they are more intertwined with the administration than the VSA.

    2017: What role does the Jud Board play in deciding repercussions?
    SELTZER: WE are not involved in policy at all. Although there are two components of the hearing: guilty or not, and then sanctions.

    7:28 // Board Updates
    ACTIVITIES: TONIGHT at midnight is the deadline for preliminary organization applications. 22 preliminary organization applications have been filed.
    We will be certifying Britomartis at our next meeting.
    We are also working on Meet Me In Poughkeepsie.
    Student registration for this will happen next week.
    Applications for interested student organizations are being submitted this week.

    FINANCE: We did not meet this week because of Convocation.
    Because we haven’t given out money, the budgets are where they began. Contact FINANCE to find out the available statistics.
    Supplemental budgeting is being done through the discretionary fund this year. It’s open to organizations that have experienced a boast in participation, if errors were made by previous presidents, or if a treasurer failed to appear at the mandatory treasurers meeting.

    2015: Do you expect discretionary to go up or down?
    FINANCE: It’s definitely going down. I would image it will be around $32,000.

    7:34 // Special Meeting Rules…Operations
    OPERATIONS: We typically use Robert’s rules to govern ourselves, and these rules are our adaptations of these rules. We are not making any changes from last year’s rules. They can be changed later if necessary.
    PRESIDENT: This document is subordinate to our bylaws and constitution. This means that it’s slightly easier to use than Robert’s rules.

    Motion to adopt the Special Meeting Rules (Operations made the motion)
    Abstentions: 2017
    All in Favor: All but 2017

    THIS MOTION PASSES.

    7:37 // Appointment of South Commons Treasurer
    OPERATIONS: No other students applied, after multiple attempts to find more candidates by the So Co President. The So Co President is in favor of this appointment. Operations Committee recommends Jennifer Barone to the position.

    Motion to appoint Jennifer Barone. (Operations made the motion)
    Abstentions: 2017 and South Commons
    In favor: all but 2017 and South Commons

    THIS MOTION PASSES.

    7:38 // Open Discussion
    2014: A person can watch 2,011 episodes of Parks and Recreation before Commencement.
    Congratulations to Strong for their victory.

    PRESIDENT: Congratulations to the Class Council of 2014 for a wonderful Serenading event.

    ACTIVITIES: Arlington Street Fair from 12-6 p.m. will be next Saturday. We are still looking for student performers.

    OPERATIONS: This week will be the Freshman election and the debate will be Sept. 18 at 6:15. The structure and location of the event are changing this year, and everybody should come.

    NOYES: Serenading wasn’t a very positive experience for my dorm, and maybe it was the same for others. While there were attempts to make this a much more positive event, it somewhat When we sang our song, the seniors told us to stop. After many were discouraged and wanted to leave. Similar things occurred for Raymond.
    2014: He apologized for this happening. A member of the administration called Serenading like “herding drunk cats.” I think that this year was a good step, but I’m very sorry.
    TAs: I think we should reconsider having an even that promotes drinking culture. And there wasn’t much interaction between freshman and seniors, which was a goal.
    RAYMOND: I think that it put a lot of pressure on my house team.
    JOSS: My main concern, was that this weekend was so busy. This made the freshman and the house team not inclined to like attending the event. Some birds were flipped at the seniors, upon the instruction of former Joss seniors, but apologies to any seniors that were offended.
    STRONG: Agreed with the statements of the previous dorms, despite positive personal experiences. “I can see both sides of it.”
    NOYES: Congratulations for Strong. Two suggestions: find a way to showcase upperclassman participation; I wish there was a more clear way of judging the banners and a better explanation of how a banner was designed.

    FINANCE: 30 second history of serenading?
    TAs: Tradition that started in the 1920s or 1930s. It happened every other week, and the campus would sing back to each other. Professors and administrators used to attend.
    PRESIDENT: The attitude changed in the last 10 years. It used to be a water fight, then it was a food fight, and now we have stopped that. It used to be a much more campus-wide event.

    MAIN: I want to congratulate the class of 2014 for this event. It’s hard to change the tone of an event in one year, but they made a really good start.

    RAYMOND: Thanks to VSA Seniors for being great at Serenading.

    TAs: I want to apologize on behalf of my class. “I apologize if anyone was offended by what happened.”

    JEWETT: I think a discussion about when the event takes place on the calendar is necessary. It seemed so late on the year.

    2014: Tradition is that Serenading is the Saturday after Convocation. Also, we changed it to Sunday because of Yom Kippur.

    8:14 // Motion to Adjourn passes unanimously.

    Write you again next week!

     
  • bethanjohnson 10:57 pm on September 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council Meeting Minutes: 8 Sept. 2013 

    Hi guys! First official Council of the year! It’s Bethan here, Editor-in-chief for this semester. I’ll be doing my very best to keep you all posted on what’s happening here in the CCMPR! Also be sure to check out our Twitter, which will also be live-tweeting this, and all other, council meetings!

    7:03 // Call to Order…….President

    7:03 // Attendance……Operations
    absent: Rep. for Class of 2016 is also serving as rep. for Class of 2017

    7:07 // Consent Agenda
    Vassar Dems/VARC –Speakers ($4,500/$5,200)
    Wordsmiths – Speakers ($2,245/$2,545)
    Idlewild – Collaboration ($500/$500)
    Filmmakers – Capital ($1,240/$1,240)
    Minutes from 5/5/13

    THIS MOTION PASSES (unanimously)

    7:07 // Forum with Terry Hanlon, VSA Advisor
    -Terry Hanlon introduces himself to the VSA. This is his third year as a house advisor.
    -Previously Hanlon served as an assistant advisor for wellness living with the Office of Residential Life.
    -Two results of this work was the Brewer House Cup and The Midnight Question.
    -The midnight question will only go out to the entire campus once, and after that, students must OPT-IN.
    -Hanlon is now the individual who supervises the selection of all house team members and, upon request, may help in the selection of ROC attendants..
    -He also serves as the volunteer assistant coach for the volleyball team.

    QUESTION FROM MAIN REP: What, as the VSA Advisor, do you do?
    ANSWER (HANLON): Help serve as a connecting link between the VSA and the campus-at large.
    Hanlon: “I don’t think my presence is to exert any undue influence.”
    Hanlon also believes that he can serve as a resource to representatives.

    QUESTION FROM PRESIDENT: What was the purpose from the Midnight Question? Can you talk about the positive feedback?
    ANSWER (HANLON): This came out of discussions with many offices, including the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, that students don’t do many reflective practices.
    When done as a pilot program in select dorms, roughly 80% of people wanted to continue the practice.
    The negative pieces were mainly that people didn’t want to be faced with hard questions. But some people who gave positive feedback said that they liked having 5 minutes to reflect amid a hectic schedule.
    Also, many students felt that they could have someone to go and talk to about concerns with their lives.

    QUESTION FROM FINANCE: How and where can students bring concerns about residential life at Vassar?
    ANSWER (HANLON): Talk to their VSA representatives. Also, talking to their House Advisors. Students can also email with Director of the Office of Residential Life Luis Inoa.

    QUESTION FOR CLASS OF 2015: Where do you see the college going?
    ANSWER (HANLON): Everybody is talking about the posse program. It will be great for the first 11 students; but it will also be nice to have some diversity of age.
    Also, the college still needs to work on providing a safe space for every member of the campus.

    QUESTIONS OF OPERATIONS: Do you see any resources for students who would be considered ‘non-traditional students’ such as
    ANSWER (HANLON): We are working on improving the training of student fellows and other student leaders so that they can address issues that maybe not every member of a fellow group has.

    7:22 // Executive Board Reports…….Student Life and Academics
    STUDENT LIFE:
    Worked with Louis Inoa on a program for the freshman.
    5 students performed poetry and a Question and Answer questions.
    Student Life hopes that this event will become an official part of the orientation schedule.

    Also studying how students report sexual assault on campus. Currently students are asked to describe the events to three separate groups, which may dissuade students from reporting the assault.

    ACADEMICS:
    Four major projects this semester:
    1. Trying to encourage cooperation between different departments and also more events that each division (ie all languages) can host together.
    2. Publishing on Academics newsletter. The newsletter would be written by both students and faculty.
    3. Working on improving peer-adivising. Also, attempts will be made to get the program
    4. Working on the social awareness and consciousness requirement. Discussions will be had on many different levels.

    Academics will also be helping select the Dean of Studies position.

    QUESTION FROM CLASS OF 2016: Have any students come in to discuss Arabic Studies classes, as they did last semester?
    ANSWER: Options are being explored between Arabic Studies students and Dean Rock.

    7:29 // Guiding Principles…..Operations
    Goals include:
    being inclusive and being accessible.

    MOTION TO ADOPT RESOLUTION 28-2 (GUIDING PRINCIPLES)
    Voting: no abstaining, all in favor, none opposed.

    THIS MOTION PASSES (unanimously)

    7:31// Finance Amendment…….Finance Committee
    FINANCE: The amendment would allow the time of the meeting to be more fluid. However it will still take place on Wednesday afternoon.
    MOTION TO ADOPT RESOLUTION 28-3 (GUIDING PRINCIPLES)
    Voting: no abstaining, all in favor, none opposed.

    7:32 // Motion on Timeline for Freshman Elections……Rep. 2014
    REP. 2014:
    Election Dates:
    Sept. 9 @ 12:00 p.m. : Filing period begins
    Sept. 10 @ 7:00 p.m. : Interest Meeting in the Rose Parlor
    Sept. 16 @ 12:00 p.m. : Filing period ends
    Sept. 16 @ 6:15 p.m. : Mandatory Candidates Meeting in Rocky 300
    Sept. 18 @ 6:30 p.m. : Freshman Class President Debate in the CCMPR
    Sept. 23 @ 12:00 p.m. : Voting begins
    Sept. 25 @ 12:00 p.m. : Voting ends
    Sept. 25 @ 9:00 p.m. : Results party in the Retreat

    OPERATIONS: The debate format may be changed. It may include Debate society. The goal is to make a more substantial debate.

    THIS MOTION PASSES (unanimously)

    7:37 // Appointment of Raymond Junior Representative……Operations
    VP FOR OPERATIONS:
    The previously selected Fall 2013 representative suddenly resigned. The Spring Representative, Kathleen Konno, who originally wanted to serve for a full year, is willing to take over the position.
    Kathleen has already gone through house-team training.
    The Operations Committee recommends Kathleen Konno.

    Voting:
    Abstentions: Class 2016 and Raymond Rep.
    Nay: none

    APPOINTMENT OF KATHLEEN KONNO APPROVED

    7:41 // Declaration of Open Positions……Operations
    VP FOR OPERATIONS:
    We are still looking to fill a number of positions.You can see the open positions on the VSA website under the special elections tab.

    7:43 // Open Discussions
    Class of 2014:
    There are 250 days, 14 hours 16 minutes and 12 seconds until commencement.
    This Sunday is Serenading!

    QUESTION FROM TERRACE APARTMENTS: How has the event changed this year?
    ANSWER (FROM 2014): Event used to be on Saturday, but we moved it so that it would not conflict with Yom Kippur.
    Starting at 3 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.
    AFter each dorms sing, the seniors will sing a chant back.
    This is NO LONGER a freshman only event. Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to participate.
    The pizza party will be directly following event in the hopes that more seniors will attend (directly on the field).

    VP FOR ACTIVITIES:
    Preliminary Org applications are due Sunday sept. 15th at midnight
    VSA Mug Night at 10:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 13th.

    STRONG:
    Are our banners being judged for points?
    ANSWER (FROM 2014):
    Yes they are being judged for Brewer Cup points.

    JOSSELYN: How are we supposed to decorate the banners? How is it being funded?
    ANSWER (2014): Supplies can be provided. I recommend preparing the banner the morning of the event as students make T-shirts.

    OPERATIONS:
    Motion to adjurn

    Voting:
    Opposed: Class of 2015
    In favor: all others.

    THIS MOTION PASSES.

    End of meeting guys! Talk to you next week!

     
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