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  • mariesolis 6:53 pm on May 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Does Racial Profiling Happen Here?: Cappy Answers to Recent Bias Incidents 

    Hey, everyone! The Misc is here to give you live coverage of what transpires.

    People are filling the Villard Room right now: We’ll be getting started in about five minutes.

    3:00 p.m//There are a couple hundred people in the Villard Room. President Hill is speaking with students Shivani Dave ’15, Emma Redden ’15 and Dallas Robinson ’14 who will aid in the facilitating of the talk.

     
  • mariesolis 11:01 pm on May 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council May 4, 2014 

    Hey, everyone! Council will begin shortly with the new council. Here’s a reminder of who’s who:

    President: Carolina Gustafson
    Ops: Ramy Abbady
    Finance: Max Moran
    Activities: Reuben Moncada
    Academics: Logan Hill
    Student Life: Hannah Matsunaga

    Main: Drew Leventhal
    Lathrop: Sam Rosenthal
    Strong: Neena McBaer
    Davison: William Chaudoin
    Cushing: Essie Asan
    Noyes: Karen Crook
    Joss: Luke Dowker
    Jewett: Calvin Lamothe
    Raymond: Matt Ford
    TAs: Simon Patane
    SoCos: George Beyer
    THs: Kelly Wilkinson
    Town Students: Lanbo Yang
    2017: Jonathan Nichols
    2016: Stephanie Zhu
    2015: Zoe Fullerton

    7:00//Attendance…Ops
    All accounted for.

    7:o2//Consent Agenda:

    a. Native American Student Alliance (NASA)…………………………………Decertification
    b. Giving To Extremes…………………………………………………………………Decertification
    c. Beauty and the Beats……………………………………………………………..Third Level
    d. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)………………………………………….Third Level
    e. Young Democratic Socialists (YDS)…………………………………………….Third Level
    f. Women of Color Alliance (WOCA)……………………………………………Second Level
    g. Vassar Chess Club…………………………………………………………………….Second Level
    h. Mug Enthusiasts………………………………………………………………………..Second Level
    i. Savor……………………………………………………………………………………….Second Level
    j. Generation. ……………………………………………………………………………. Third Level
    k. Quiz Bowl………………………………………………………………………………..Third Level
    l. Oppression Olympics……………………………………………………………… First Level
    m. Committed……………………………………………………………………………. Third Level
    n. SEDS…………………………………………………………………………………….. First Level
    o. Mock Trial………………………………………………………………………………. Second Level
    p. Student Veterans Association (SVA)…………………………………………… Third Level
    q. Body Positive……………………………………………………………………….. Third Level
    r. Vassar Alliance of Women in Foreign Affairs…………………………… Second Level
    s. Chabad Jewish Student Group………………………………………………. Second Level
    t. J Street U at Vassar……………………………………………………………… Second Level
    u. Choir Council……………………………………………………………………….. Second Level
    v. Vassar Croquet Association……………………………………………………… Decertification
    w. Escalating Registers……………………………………………………………… Decertification
    x. Relay for Life – Vassar………………………………………………………… Second Level
    y. Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) …………………………………………… Second Level
    z. Quest Scholars Chapter of Vassar College………………………… Second Level
    aa. React to Film………………………………………………………………………… First Level
    bb. Scientific Research Literature Club……………………………………………… First Level

    President: These are all the pre-orgs and the level they’re at. In general, the consent agenda is something we ask ‘does anyone not consent to this?’

    Activities: You’re also welcome to ask any questions about any of the items on the consent agenda.

    -Consent Agenda consented to-

    At-large members introduce themselves with their preferred pronouns.

    7:05//Gender neutral bathroom resolution

    Ops: This was a resolution that we worked on on the last VSA council with Student Life committee. A resolution is just something we resolve as a council for things we’ll do or work on together. This resolution just says we’re going to work on this initiative that was begun last year.

    Student Life: The tentative preliminary goal is to have every building–academic bathrooms specifically as all dorms already have gender neutral bathrooms–to have at least one gender neutral bathroom. This resolution says that we’ll see it through. I think it’s a good project that was started by the previous council.

    President: This was tabled last week so we’re going to vote on it now. Any abstentions? And just to be clear, abstentions don’t imply that you’re against the motion, but just that you have a conflict of interest. It means nothing that is said in this room will affect your decision.

    -The resolution passes unanimously-

    7:08//Resolution in support of accessibility

    President: This year we decided to write a resolution in support of accessibility. We chose this because the six of us ran on his platform. We want to define accessibility as not only physical accessibility to buildings and classrooms, but a general access of all facets of the world and we tried to include that in the resolution. This is just committing us to keeping this goals in mind over the year.

    -This resolution passes unanimously-

    7:09//Traditions co-chair appointments

    Activities: The VP for Activities last year designed this traditions committee. We nominate Addit Vaddi, currently the Founder’s Day treasurer. He was very enthusiastic about improving these events and he has a lot of ideas about how to expand these events. The second person we’re recommending is Christine Torres. She is a member of CARES and has a lot of programming experience. I move both of these people to appoint them as Traditions co-chairs.

    President: The motion on the table is to appoint them to the co-chair. All abstaining?

    Finance and Activities abstain.
    Everyone else is in favor. This motion passes.

    7:12//Committee descriptions

    President: Each committee is going to describe what they do. Every member of council is required to sit on two committees, though you can sit on more.

    Finance: Finance committee is the best committee. We meet every week. It’s a big commitment. A lot is expected from you. We have a fairly substantial budget of $750,000 including $100,000 special  purpose funds. There’s no math involved. There really aren’t any numbers involved typically. It’s about how to make events happen. You have the most interaction with students of any committee because you meet with students every week. In keeping with our council’s commitment to accessibility, the big project we’re working on fall semester is how we can increase financial accessibility: What orgs do you have to pay out of pocket for and how can they VSA increase accessibility to those orgs? We’re also going to have appointed positions for people off-council so that we have diversity and we’re reaching out to groups not typically represented on the VSA.

    Activities: Next semester we’re going to do the activities fair which is a lot of fun. I want to focus on having a big events calendar in the College Center so we avoid the problem we had this year which was orgs planning all of their events in the same month. That’s something we want to work on. We also want to look at new programming spaces so we don’t have the same Villard Room, UpC parties all the time. We also want to re-purpose spaces like the Mug.

    Ops: The main thing we do is that any document coming to council–we’ll look at it, make sure it’s grammatically correct and clean up things. Also, if the Board of Elections and Appointment loses someone we have to appoint them because they can’t appoint their own members. I want to do a VSA review. There have been talks of doing an audit in the past–I want to look at the VSA structure, what the VSA does. What can we do better? I want to work on outreach to other schools like Marist. I want to do more things in Poughkeepsie in general and work with the other Seven Sister Schools in any way we can.

    Student Life: Student life deals with all of the non academic parts of the Vassar experience. I want to continue projects that have already been started like the gender neutral bathroom committee. There will be huge reforms to the sexual assault/interpersonal violence reporting and make sure that issues of security, accessibility and racial profiling are taken care of. If it’s not someone else’s job, it’s Student Life.

    Academics: I deal with all academic things. In terms of projects that Academics has historically done: peer advising, majors committee, we coordinate the student seminars every year. This year, we put out an Academics newsletter. it took two years to get out, but it got out. In terms of that, I want to make it happen more–at least once a semester. The letter is a grouping of students and faculty scholarship. There are science and poems and other fun stuff. I’d like to work on the accessibility of academic information so we can make sure everyone can read the catalog–some people don’t know how to declare a major, for example, and that’s a problem. I’d like to work collaboratively with professors to make sure they’re getting out their book lists so students can buy cheaper books. I’d like to work on the social consciousness requirement which has been an initiative for about seven years now. However, I don’t think that’s enough so I’m going to pursue other ways we can incorporate social consciousness into the curriculum. Also, I’m open to whatever other ideas people have. One of our best initiatives was the NYT subscription which didn’t come from someone on council.

    Activities: Our sole purpose is to serve the student body. If you have any thoughts on what the student body wants, please come and contribute.

    Strong: Does Activities have any control of what’s happening to the current bookstore space?

    Activities: Marianne Beggeman is looking for student input and there will be a student rep for planning committees.

    7:23//Open Discussion

    President: Open discussion is a time to bring up anything you want–you can promote an event, raise a consitutuent concern, whatever you want.

    Student Life: As some of you may know, there was a forum on racial profiling that happened this Friday. Many students attended. Just so we’re updated on hat happens on campus: Racial profiling happens. Students said they wanted to establish a clear protocol so that there’s a process that directs people who feel they have been profiled to EOAA and the Bias Response Team. They want more anti-racism training for the Office of Safety and Security workers. There are going to be some major changes to the sexual assault and interpersonal violence reporting process. We’re making the move to put everything under the Title IX office. The way people envision it working in the future is handing everything over to Title IX. It’s going to be very different from the system we say this year.

    Cushing: What happened with the Cushing VP and junior rep appointments?

    President: Board of Elections and Appointments will be doing it this week. Once they get that they’ll send it to us and then we’ll send it to you and it will be consented to. There will be a training for council in the fall and the spring to pick committees and discuss the information. At the meeting we will appoint the people and place them on the list. Spring trining will be on May 11. If all house presidents could stay after to meet briefly with me, Operations and Activities, that would be ideal.

    Finance: CIRC will meet to discuss the divestment proposal. If anyone has any questions about what the committee will discuss on Wednesday, please email me.

    7:28//Meeting adjourned.

     
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