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  • mariesolis 10:57 pm on September 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council | September 28, 2014 

    Hey, everyone! Happy Sunday! We’ll be getting started in just a minute.

    7:01//Call to Order
    Attendance: Ops
    Absent: Town Students

    7:02 p.m.//Consensus Agenda

    a. ViCE Special Events (Discretionary) $1200/$5000
    b. VC Sound System (Capital) $510/$510
    c. Islamic Society (Discretionary) $375/$375
    d. Class of 2016 (Discretionary) $0/$500.33
    e. Improv (Discretionary) $121/$121
    f. Ultimate Frisbee (Capital) $685/$685
    g. Asian Students’ Alliance (Speakers) $1000/$2000
    h. Asian Students’ Alliance (Capital) $371.71/$371.71
    i. Minutes From 9/21/14

    The consensus agenda passes.

    Joss: Ultimate Frisbee was denied funds last week and got them this week. Why is that? Just wondering.

    Finance: The first time was for dinner once a week and we said no; the second time was a capital purchase for frisbees and other frisbee materials such as a water cooler, speakers and a tent. Typically those are standard for team-based orgs because it’s boring to practice with no music, but the speakers were expensive. 

    7:04 p.m.//Executive Reports

    Finance: Our finance levels are exactly where they should be right now. The members of the executive board who were available chose the at-large members of the finance board. We’re really excited for all of the students who are participating and we’ve already heard back from some of them, accepting the position. We’ll announce who those people are next week. Finance committee will start meeting Wednesday at 3:30 with this group of people.

    Activities: We met for the second time this Thursday. We reviewed 29 pre-org apps. We decided to approve some, denied others and we’ll be meeting with the rest of the applicants this Thursday or next Thursday. That being said, I’ve decided to resign from my position. I’ve been debating this over the past week or so and I think it’s what’s best for me right now. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it has to be done. I’ll still come to council meetings until a new Activities person is trained.  For those of you who are staying, this is a rewarding experience.

    Cushing: I just wanted to say that you’re amazing and thanks for doing this as a senior. I’m so glad you’re going to keep being my SARC intern.

    7:08 p.m.//Board of Elections

    Casey Hancock: The Board of Elections met today to talk about what we recommend for Activities: We came to the decision that we would like to do an election with a ten-day timeline. We talked about the logistics and feasibility of doing this, especially considering that we’ve been working with CIS every week this year. We recommend that we open filing and campaigning Monday at noon. The following Monday at noon filing and campaigning will close and voting will begin. We’ll announce who’s elected on Wednesday. We’re looking at a week turnaround for this position.

    Activities: So I trust the BoE, and because I resigned it doesn’t matter anymore, but I don’t feel comfortable handing off this position to someone who has really good campaigning skills.

    Casey: Ultimately we decided that we really want to see someone good coming into this position, the disenfranchising of people that would happen if we did an appointment position outweighed the negatives of campaigning.

    2017: I would say tat all of us are here because we campaigned and won he election.

    Student Life: Did BoE talk about the perceived separation from exec and rest of council since we filled others with appointment?

    Casey: We discussed it as in because it’s an exec position, previous appointments for exec have been really controversial whereas previous elections have been met with scrutiny, but are generally better received. So we did have that discussion.

    Finance: I have a lot of respect for BoE and I want to preface my statement with that because Casey knows exactly what he’s doing. I want to disagree with this decision because what it comes down to is I think we need someone in this role immediately and pick up where Reuben left off because we need to get a move on things. We did this in May and had a lot of time to prepare for these exec positions. If someone won an election, it would require a lot of training to catch them up. Our positions are very administrative and there’s a lot of stuff that needs to get done immediately. For example, I’m the person who’s going to be dealing with who’s on what listservs. These tasks need to be filled by someone who knows what they’re doing. Furthering that, I don’t think in my personal opinion, that the student body is going to feel disenfranchised because they didn’t pick their VP for Student Activities. I don’t think they’ll care. I think we just need to fill the role. There will be very little voter turn out, and people who aren’t involved with VSA probably won’t even realize that anything’s different. This conversation shouldn’t be about elections versus appointment ethics because we’re getting caught up in our own things.

    Cushing: How did we fill the Student Activities position last year?

    President: Both of the positions were filled by appointment, though that was later in the year.

    Casey: Having an appointment the first time was because there was a certain level of controversy surrounding the issue that exec wanted to deal with among themselves by appointment. Last year, an emergency meeting was called and we discussed it and in that situation we decided an election was most appropriate.

    Joss: I’m just curious if anyone else thinks that an appointment would be preferable over an election. Or do we think we’re going to get a candidate is competent enough?

    2017: I understand the points Max raised and the real work that needs to be done immediately, but I don’t see how we can have conversations and have our mission be for more openness, accessibility and everything if we don’t have conversations about ethics. If we don’t talk about how our ethics affects these things, we’re not letting our actions reflect our mission of accessibility.

    Jewett: The difference between an appointment and an election is three days. I know last  year with the Davison president there was a lot of controversy about an appointment. I just think elections are perceived much better in general/

    Davison: In response to that, I understand why elections increase access for members at-large, but for this position I personally feel more comfortable putting this as an appointment because in my mind I don’t see an exec board position being representative of the student body. For this position, I don’t feel like people don’t look to the VP for Activities to represent their constituents in the same way a house or class president does.

    Activities: I resigned for this reason. I need to get out of here. I don’t want to sit here for four more weeks and train someone. I think there are more advantages to filling this by appointment.

    Jewett: We had a lot of pros and cons for an appointment. One of the pros is that more people tend to apply when it’s an appointment. With that said, the BoE is now ten people. It’s a small group choosing a very important position.

    Ops: I’m definitely in favor of an election. Also specifically it’s my job to train new council members. I think exec can fill in anything in the interim and I personally will do that if no one else wants to. I also think it’s ridiculous to have this conversation since the amendment that we’re about to vote on is to give BoE full autonomy.

    Casey: I was going to say that our appointments timeline was slightly modified. Applications would open at midnight tonight, get appointed Saturday and then approved by council next Sunday. To make it more level, we would allow anyone to come and observe the questions and determine some of them without allowing strong opinions to override BoE.

    Finance: I would like to remind everyone that an election process doesn’t mean that the person who’s being elected doesn’t mean that we’re not disenfranchising students. The VSA has been remarkably undiverse historically. We can’t say that one is better than the other. The three day difference doesn’t concern me at all, the problem is who is going to be put in that position. These are complex positions. If I were to leave tomorrow, there would be some issues with how we do the financing. It wouldn’t just be about who’s in the role, it’s about the logistics of it. I’m putting in 10 hours a week. We need to think about if this actually matters to everyone else. I don’t think people care. I think it’s self-important to have an election every three weeks on council. When we fill this position no one’s going to know if it was by elections of appointment because two-thirds of the student body doesn’t vote.

    2015: I think it’s important that we recognize that we’re changing the part of our board that the student body sees the most. We just need to come to an agreement about what we can do to keep this thing going. We don’t want to have someone in here who can’t be trained, doesn’t know how to work.

    Bethan (at-large): I’m somewhat alarmed to hear that you think we don’t care how these positions are filled. We do care, and that’s been shown by different arguments about house presidents. The consequence of the exec board–they represent us in  real way with administration and VSA council. If a person has to go to Activities for help planning an event or something, it’s hard to do that if you don’t know who they are. Having an election is a better way to get to know them a little bit and you might not know unless you have kept up with the Misc and VSA meetings. And I know it’s a lot of work for council especially exec board, it does set a not good standard among students. The concept that we don’t care is really false.

    2015: If we do an election, can we make the point that it’s very public what this job entails, speaking as someone who had no knowledge coming onto the VSA.

    Casey: The first set of emails would very directly explain that, at this point, we need someone who can come into the year, on the ground running. And we’ll try to describe what that means.

    Finance: Does a certain percent of the student body need to vote in order for an election to count?

    Casey: Good question. I’ll look into that.

    Jewett: I agree with what Bethan said. Regardless of whether or not people care, the student body is accountable if there’s an election.

    Maddy (at-large): I’m looking at the Misc’s Twitter feed right now and everyone’s replying and saying they should do an election. Six people have replied, three are on The Misc. People are paying attention to this, which they never do.

    Casey: In an election, someone will have to receive more than 50 percent of the outgoing voters.

    President: It sounds like we’re going to have at least six voters. I think it’s important that people feel they have a voice in this. One, the exec board does represent the student body. And two, we need to figure out a way that guarantees someone is ready to go. We need to make sure we aren’t going to be stuck on bureaucracy.

    Strong: I think it’s important to consider not only what BoE has said, that’s very important, but also I think why we’re discussing this so much is because we’re looking at is as not just what’s best for the student body, but what’s best fr us. We’re here to represent the student body and what’s best for them has to come first.

    Activities: These are all good points. I care about this position so much and I don’t feel comfortable handing the position over to someone who doesn’t know anything about Activities. I approve all of the events on campus and I don’t feel comfortable allowing someone to come in who doesn’t know what they’re doing. There’s a lot that this job entails and it needs someone who has some kind of background and experience.

    Cushing: I wanted to ask at-large members to participate as much as you can. It’s going to affect the whole student body.

    TAs: The fact that we have at-large members here who have expressed very real questions about what this process entails, and the lack of respect that we’ve given them, is a little saddening. Especially as a council that prides itself on its accessible and open means.

    Adam (at-large): I would support the Board of Elections and Appointments on this issue. I think the student body should decide. I think the chair of BoE has done a wonderful job, especially since he resigned last week. That deference should be given to him because he had to do this. I support him.

    2016: Former experience is part of the job and you learn that on the job. They will have to learn and be trained and learn as they go. Maybe that’s part of it. Hopefully there will be someone who has experience with orgs and is passionate about them. I think it’s possible. It’s important that they’re representative of the student body.

    Raymond: Similar to that, I understand that the idea of an appointment makes it feel like you have control over who’s coming into the position. But as someone who was appointed to my post, I don’t think an appointment guarantees someone who knows what they’re doing more so than an election. As far as learning on the job, I got thrown into this. Serenading was the first thing that happened to me, my house event is this week; I got thrown into it. It’s perfectly feasible to do this with an election,

    Ops: I move to accept the BoE’s recommendation and fill this by special election according to the specified timeline.

    Finance: I think everyone’s brought up very good points. But I think that there are some things that are specific to this situation. Exec board is very different from other council positions. The difference between an appointment and an election is that the process starts in April for elected positions. You get extensive training and preparation. All the positions on exec board act is most time consuming and that’s something that needs attention. While people can fill this role in May, I think it’s different to fill this position in October. I think people are far more concerned with having the most qualified people rather than the one who was chosen by the most people. The people who elected our executive board were the people who are on campus and engaged last semester. These positions are mostly filled by rising juniors. Those people are abroad and the people who will vote now are freshmen and sophomores and aren’t as educated on the issues.

    Joss: You aren’t allowed to vote while you’re abroad?

    Casey: Our bylaws say that the senior class is essentially a proxy for the incoming freshmen. They have to vote with the consciousness that they’re representing the freshmen. Freshmen will not be eligible to run in this election.

    Joss: In regards to the popularity contest comment: I think exec is very different. I think that it’s a big distinction between an exec position and freshman rep. When you have freshmen who have only been here for three weeks, it is a popularity contest. I’d like to echo that an appointment doesn’t guarantee a great candidate.

    2016: I also am very much in support of an election because we deliberated a lot during Ops meetings about the role of the BoE. Why do we have it if we’re not going to trust their decision? The election has worked in the past. Like Luke said, they’ll have to be trained regardless and people are willing to fill those responsibilities. I don’t understand what people mean when they say they want someone who has experience. We’re not going to find someone who’s already been VP for Activities. Like 2015 said, the role very much outlines the duties. That’ll make it seem more serious and random people who just want to do it to do it won’t run.

    Student Life: The structure of appointments is such that it finds the most competent person. I would feel like my back were covered more if this were an appointment. But if a student body wants an election, we have to be responsive to that and I’m going to be responsive to that no matter my personal feelings are on that.

    Cushing: This is directed at Activities and Finance. What do we mean when we say someone who’s been on Activities, who has experience with Activities? Do we have someone in mind who’s fit for this position or is this just an expression?

    Activities: So there are people on Activities committee, who know about orgs and VSA in general. Some people have strong ties to the Campus Activities office. It’s knowing the orgs we have and these aren’t things we can gauge with an election.

    Finance: If I were hit by a bus tonight, there are probably four people on campus who could fill this role and it wouldn’t make any difference. Those people are Casey, Carolina, Reuben and Ramy. Anyone else, it would probably take a few weeks to figure it out. Org leadership is elected the previous year and they are in he roles they’re going to fill.

    Activities: It would take probably two weeks to talk about why we approve some pre-orgs, what pre-orgs are. It’s very time-sensitive.

    Brianna (at-large): What I’m hearing in the arguments about an appointment versus an election is very self-centered. I don’t mean this in an offensive way: I don’t care that your job is going to be harder for a week and a half. If it benefits 2400 students for the next six to eight months, you can deal with it for a week and a half. You signed up for that when you ran for this position. As a member at-large, it seems elitist that you’re thinking about what it would mean for you. You’re supposed to represent the students and appointments just don’t do that.

    Finance: Could you elaborate on why you don’t think appointments represent students?

    Brianna: I don’t think it does so as much. We could go all polisci and talk about what’s good about democracy, but we don’t have time for that. More people are going to have their voices heard by an election rather than an appointment. We’re putting our faith in the people on this board who we elected and I would just really appreciate an election.

    Academics: This discussion has been a really heartening thing because I felt like a lot of the people in this room don’t care. This is the most we’ve ever heard at-large members talk about anything. Thank you for caring.

    Activities: The point of VP for Activities is that these relationships are developed over time. When you’re in the role, training takes care of some things, but developing relationships happen when you’re in the position.

    Ops: I think people are making the same points over and over again. I’m going to make a second motion which will force us to vote.

    President: I don’t have a vote in this, but I would encourage us to look at this as a group. But we’re not an ordinary group. At the end of the day, I don’t care if my job is harder for a month, it’s what’s best for campus. Please think about what perspective you’re voting from. The options on the table: The classic absention, in favor of an election, or no election.

    Absentions: Activities, Student Life, Academics, 2018, Davison
    All in favor of an election: Town Students, 2016, TAs, Raymond, Lathrop, 2017, 2015, Jewett, Main, Operations, Joss, Cushing, Noyes, Ferry
    Opposed: Finance, THs

    This motion passes.

    7:56//BoE amendment

    Ops: This amendment makes it so that we grant BoE the same process as Finance does for fund apps but for the BoE’s recommendation.

    Absentions: Student Life, Academics, Finance, 2015, Davison, Joss
    In favor: Cushing, Town Students, 2016, TAs, Raymond, Lathrop, 2017, 2018, Strong, Ferry, Noyes, Jewett, Ops,

    Casey: Know

    Logan: I would feel more comfortable, the reason why I abstained, is because I’m not in the right head space to make a decision on this. Maybe we should table this, think about what happened tonight, and come back next week clear-headed. Motion to table it.

    Ops: I’m going to point out that Ops has spent three weeks on this amendment. I know it’s hard to divorce everything that happened tonight from this amendment…

    Presidents: Let’s table this for a week. Any abstentions?

    No abstentions.
    All except for 2016, TAs, SoCos, Jewett, Ops

    8:01 p.m.//Open discussion

    Cushing: When there are a lot of absentions–can we please make it clear to everyone what the process is when there are eight abstentions.

    Main: Reuben, I love you, you’re my best friend.

    2016: I wanted to say that I’ll miss Reuben. 2016 is having their first event. It’s for juniors, it’s called “Where are all the juniors?” We’re getting together everyone who’s on campus and unifying the class that’s here with music and food. It’s Saturday from 11 to 2. Mark your calendars!

    Ops: I wanted to echo Logan’s earlier sentiment. I’m glad people care, I’m glad people have feelings about it. In the future, I don’t think we should have to make that type of decision a minute after finding out about it. We send out the agenda so people can talk to their constituents and get feedback, so let’s not have that happen again.

    Joss: I love you Reuben. Thanks to all of the at-large members who come and tweet and liveblog, especially those who tweet from their own accounts. It gives us a good alternative perspective.

    Reuben: I just wanted to thank you all for an exhilarating final hour.

    Finance: Welcome, Rebecca the 2018 president. I think my goal for council this year is to have more of a community feel than we’ve had in the past. When I was in your role my freshman year, I ended the year not knowing everyone on council’s name. I hope that won’t be your experience and I want everyone to make it a goal. I hope we can all support each other, despite different opinions. People don’t see how much work Reuben does. The reason I’m okay with this happening on an emotional level, is because Reuben has done most of what has to be done with the semester. He’s put up with a lot of shit from me as well. I really appreciate him sticking with it. The biggest problem I see with the VSA has to do with the elections and appointments process. I urge everyone to be open-minded with the idea that someone who’s elected to this position doesn’t mean they’re more representative. The perfect example is that this position has been held my a white man for the past few years.

    Bethan (at-large): We got an email last night from a member of the administration about someone with a firearm on campus and I hope someone could speak to if anyone knows anything about this. We were informed more than two hours after this person was reported. I wondered why there is such a huge time difference because I felt uncomfortable knowing that someone was potentially carrying a weapon on our campus on Saturday night.

    Town Students: I’m not familiar with that process. In the past, it often takes a while for the police report to come out and say what happened. They don’t want to send out a report like that and alarm students if it’s unnecessary. There are a lot of steps. It shouldn’t take that long. I don’t know how we can address that, but that is one of the reasons. It takes a while to confirm facts.

    President: We’re meeting with Cappy tomorrow and Chris Roellke later this week as well as Chenette if you have academic concerns. I was personally concerned and concerned from the perspective of my position.

    Brianna (at-large): I’m Cappy’s assistant this year. I’ll be here every other week and her other assistant will be here every week and we’re going to be giving notes to Cappy. I see her once a week, and Hannah sees her once a week, so let me know if there’s ever anything you want me to bring to her.

    2015: I want to echo Max in saying that I’m not sure how I got here, but I’m glad I’m here.

    Activities: I realized that, based on the timeline, I’ll be here next week so it’s not my last meeting. This is directed toard Rebecca and house presidents: Sometimes this sucks, but I promise this experience will be worth it. Last year I was the most anti-house president, and I still made it here. We’re dropping like flies, but I promise you this is a great experience. With that, I move to adjourn.

    All in favor: All, except for President.

  • mariesolis 11:01 pm on September 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council | September 21, 2014 

    Hey, everyone! It’s that time again. The VSA council meeting will be starting shortly. This week we’re in the CCMPR, so come by!

    7:03 p.m.// Call to order, attendance
    Absences: Davison, Student Life, SoCos
    Proxy: Noyes

    7:04 p.m.//Consensus agenda

    Consensus Agenda

    a. Ultimate Frisbee (Discretionary) $0/$1500
    b. Caribbean Students’ Alliance (CSA) (Discretionary) $2000/$2000
    c. HYPE (Discretionary) $600/$600
    d. Idlewild Theater Ensemble (Collaboration) $500/$800
    e. College Democrats (Discretionary) $50/$75
    f. Cushing House (Collaboration) $100/$500
    g. VARC (Speakers) $5699/$5699
    h. Islamic Society (Discretionary) $225/$225
    i. UNICEF (Conference) $0/$500
    j. Future Waitstaff of America (Capital) $4100/$4100
    k. Minutes From 9/14/14

    7:05 p.m.//ViCE forum with Maya and Casey

    Maya: Last week we had our ViCE welcome back week. Last Wednesday we had an open mic night and then on Thursday we had a jazz show in the Mug which was super popular. On Friday we had a film screening and on Saturday we had the serenading concert.

    Main: In the past years a lot of the well known events have been shut down by the administration, like ABC, Homohop, the Shiva Rave. How do you plan on counteracting that?

    Casey: That was apparently banned by Cappy. There have been attempts to bring it back, but it’s difficult because of the history. It included not a lot of clothing and a lot of cocaine. Similar ideas with the Shiva Rave.

    Maya: For the Shiva Rave they had to scale down because of the number of EMS calls.

    Activities: A lot of the events have been canceled because students don’t know how to behave themselves.

    Academics: Can you describe your general vision for this year?

    Maya: My biggest thing is to increase our visibility. We’re trying to do that mainly through our website. We’d like to do a lot of polls, which is what I’m into, so that we can get a feel for what students are into.

    2015: What is your plan for Halloween if you have any plans?

    Maya: What exactly would you like from us? Like talent, or just a DJ? If you’re talking about bringing in talent, we could definitely talk about that.

    7:14 p.m.//Forum with Chair of Judicial Board Gagandeep Anan

    Operations: could you just talk about the process for what the judicial board does?

    Gagandeep: There’s the student conduct panel which is the lower side of the violations. These are mainly unauthorized parties, fire safety violations. On the student panel there are three students and no faculty. It’s a very informal process. We sit down with the students and decide if they’re responsible or not, look at that student’s history and then determine the violations. Then it could go to the next level college regulation which is two students and a member of faculty. That’s more serious: drunk driving, selling drugs, things like that. Then there’s the academic panel. We’ve had a different training every year. We met with Rich Horowitz and Kelly Grab, we met with security, Jim Kelly from fire safety, Julian Williams from Title IX, Renee Pabst came in. We role-played cases to get us up to speed on how to do things.

    Main: Can you go more in-depth about the issues with campus security?

    Gagandeep: What we got out of training is that the security officers don’t really have a lot of reason to misrepresent things, but the students do have a lot of reason to do that. We have to use our own discretion and judgment. The standard of guilty or not guilty or responsible or not responsible means the chance has to be greater than 50 percent. It can be difficult to make that decision.

    Gagandeep: No students will sit on anything having to do with sexual violence anymore. Other panels have different combinations of students and faculty, depending on what the students want. DB never sees anything by himself, he never makes a decision on anything. The student conduct panel is its own house administrator. They can see cases that are low-level, but Rich Horowitz gets to decide what goes to those panels versus what he gets to deal with on his own. We get more interesting cases.

    2015: Would you be responsible for an event that isn’t necessarily on campus? Where’s the line?

    Gagandeep: We’ve had students that have broken rules on other campuses while visiting another school and those cases have come to us. But otherwise it gets dicey, so I wouldn’t want to say either way.

    Strong: What’s the confidentiality rules?

    Gagandeep: You basically shut your mouth as soon as you leave the room. You’re not allowed to share anything.

    7:19 p.m.//Executive Board reports

    Academics: The director of the library retired, so currently there is a search going on for a new library director. I do sit on that search committee, so I’ll be involved in that process. We don’t expect to have a new director until February. Apparently the director of a library at a liberal arts college is a really hot position, so a lot of people want it. They do want student input once we have a solidified group of candidates, so there will be focus groups and things that some of you may sit on. In terms of my internal committee, we’ve decided on a theme for the news letter. The theme is vision, which is the same theme for the arts across disciplines initiative this year. We got a Mellon grant for arts across disciplines and each year they’ll have a theme based on the five senses. Vision is their theme this year, so we’re going to pair with them and get each other publicity. In terms of a timeline, it will come out this semester. We’re hoping to start soliciting submissions at the start of October. Look out for an email!

    President: Things have been going well. Administrator meetings are starting this week for exec. Coming up, this past week there were a lot of meetings with Healey. There was a student forum with mediocre attendance, though the reason for that was because of the time. They met with a bunch of student groups as well as exec, so we were able to give them a lot of feedback and contact Chris Roellke with other feedback we had. They’re really interested in making substantive, easy-to-observe changes. Hopefully that will rectify the problems within security.

    Ops: One thing they told us is that they will be preparing a comprehensive report that they will produce within 45 days. They said that students should keep on administration about those reports and if we don’t hear anything by October, we should be very proactive about it.

    7:23 p.m.//Safety and Security Advisory Council Filling

    Ops: Operations committee is recommending that this position be filled by appointment by the BoE and that the VP for Student Life sits in on the appointment process. Applications will be accepted starting at midnight and they’ll present to council this coming Sunday. They’re accepting two students of any years. I move to fill this position by appointment.

    Abstentions: Cushing, Noyes, Joss
    All in Favor: All except those abstaining

    Finance: Would the people that abstained like to talk about why?

    Cushing: I abstained because I feel like elections could benefit it more and because it’s going to be a student life-related thing, I thought elections could make it more fair. It’s not that appointments won’t be fair. But I also didn’t want to vote no because Operations made the decision and I stand behind Ops’ decision.

    Joss: This is just so integral in campus climate issues. So I’m worried about how appointments are advertised, especially with the security forum that wasn’t well-attended. There wasn’t a lot of advertisement for it.

    Casey Hancock: That’s something the BoE has talked about. The BoE themselves have talked about emails and postering. I definitely agree with that sentiment.

    7:27 p.m.//Board of Elections proposal

    Ops: Operations committee spent the last two weeks talking about the Board of Elections and Appointments. We split into groups and each group drafted a proposal for changes they wanted to see and then we came to a consensus about the changes we wanted to see. It wasn’t unanimous but we did come to a majority. We recommend that the BoE have more autonomy in making their decisions, especially since they were elected for that job. Section two makes it official that we will be doing appointments through consensus. Since this is an amendment, we’ll vote on it next week, but we can talk about it now. Basically some people felt that we needed to have a check on the BoE like if they decide one thing and council feels a different way. But the majority of the committee believed that since we elect these officials for this purpose we should trust them with this responsibility.

    Finance: I think this is very good and depoliticizes the process and allows for the BoE to be more objective. I don’t think the BoE should have to consult with Operations. I think if there’s going to be a break, there should be a break and they should have total independence.

    Operations: So it’s in the bylaws that I have to consult with them.

    Finance: Regardless of whether or not it’s new, I don’t think it should be in there.

    President: If no one else has anything to say, we’ll see this next week!

    7:31 p.m.//BoE appointments

    Casey: We have three appointments today. Last week we discussed the 2017 judicial board rep: Three applied, two showed up for their appointments, one didn’t and then didn’t reply after we emailed him twice. We’re recommending William Tseng. He has a good standing of fairness and a lack of bias. He knows how to approach each case as a case-by-case basis. The next position is the Strong Treasurer position. We received two applications, one app was withdrawn. We did a phone interview with the other candidate today. We’re nominating Mary Talbot. She was on house team last year, she’s a junior. She has great organizational skills. The reason she didn’t apply before is because she knew that someone else was applying, but didn’t know they could only be here for half a semester. The next position is the Town Students Treasurer; we’re nominating Amy Cao. She very convincingly and uniquely described her desire to integrate the Poughkeepsie community and campus. She knows how to fundraise from doing phone-a-thon.

    2017: Just out of curiosity–I’m not personally invested in this because I don’t believe we should have these at all–but is there a reason why William’s application isn’t here?

    Casey: You should have it from last week.

    President: We’ll do this by consensus.

    This motion passes. All appointed.

    7:35 p.m.//Open Discussion

    Casey: Tomorrow is the freshman debate. Everyone should go!

    Finance: We received about 40 applications for the finance rep student positions. Exec is in the process of figuring out how to review the applications because there’s a lot of them and we hope to have a committee by Wednesday. We’ll let you know how it goes.

    Ops: If anyone didn’t get a notepad or the document, let me know. I was recently informed that Buildings and Grounds won’t be replacing any lightbulbs in anything other than new TAs or new THs. You either have to order a light bulb through them or replace it your help. Some people will get light bulbs for free and others won’t. Which isn’t fair.

    TAs: Do you know the reasoning behind it?

    Ops: They don’t think it’s worth it for the older buildings. They’ll give you the light bulb, but they won’t do the labor.

    Activities: Pre-org applications will be due Wednesday.

    At-large: What do they mean that it’s not worth it to change a light bulb. It doesn’t take a lot of effort.

    President: Motion to adjourn. All in favor?

    All. This motion passes.

  • mariesolis 10:53 pm on September 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council | September 14, 2014 

    Hey, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. VSA binders are being distributed and people are petering in Rocky 210. We’ll be getting started shortly.

    7:01 p.m.// Call to order.
    Attendance: Ops
    All present.

    7:05 p.m.//Executive reports

    Ops: Operation committee had our first real meeting last week. We’ll be in CC240 starting this week. We’re going over the board of Elections and Appointments and seeing if we want to make any changes or add policies for any reason. We’re bringing proposals for this week. The Saturday shuttle has started running. It leaves Vassar every hour, on the hour on Saturdays. Operations committee is discussing the possibility of doing an audit for VSA. It’s still in the beginning stages. That’s it for me.

    Activities: I’ve heard some people talking about the shuttle being operational on Sundays. Is that true?

    Ops: No.

    Joss: What’s an audit?

    Ops: Basically two years ago students called for an external audit, which meant an outside group would come examine what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, that kind of thing. All departments do it every few years.

    Student Life: Major updates in the area of student life: The Bias Incident Response Team is now meeting weekly. It’s taking a more active approach, rather than just responding. Campus climate issues survey. We are legally obliged to conduct it and report rates of sexual assault, etc. We’re working with Renee Pabst to report rates of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus. There’s also a large campus climate conference at Wesleyan that I may or may not be attending. That’s what’s going on in student life.

    Main: Has there been any progress on the issues with the Deece?

    Student Life: We talked about that in committee. The Campus Dining Review Committee met in 2012 and they did a full review of campus dining, collected all of this data. Nothing really came of that. Right now my committee will be going through the data, see what they actually found. One of the biggest push points will have with these changes is that this year Bob Walton and Chris Roellke will be doing an analysis of campus spaces. We’ll be looking at the data that we have and see what we can do. That’ll be one of the major initiatives of my committee.

    7:11 p.m.//Special Meeting Rules with VP Ops

    Ops: The special meeting rules are just the rules for how special meetings operate. Operations committee talked about them; the only change we made–last week an at-large member brought up the issue of the consent agenda being called the consent agenda. Basically, we consent to the consent agenda without affirmative consent or without saying anything. We’ve changed the name of the consent agenda to the consensus agenda.

    Activities: What does this change?

    Ops: It doesn’t change anything procedurally, it just changes the name.

    Cushing: I think this is very important just because of every issue that’s related to consent. An absence of a no, which would mean that the consent agenda would pass, is not what consent is.

    All in favor of Special Meeting Rules: All.
    None opposed, no abstentions. This motion passes.

    7:13 p.m.//Assorted Appointments and Related Business

    Casey Hancock: As it turns out, there were a number of appointments we were trying to make today. With the closing deadline of 12 p.m. yesterday, there was a very small time to schedule interviews and most people didn’t schedule one. Outside of Vassar life, I’m working with this company and I just got back from the city 10 minutes ago. However, I do have the positions that were unopposed to discuss now. The rest of them we can do later. Actually–I have it all now. Do we want to list this out as a consensus agenda? We could have done this better ahead of time if I were on campus. There were two candidates for the 2017 Treasurer. We’re nominating Kentaro Kaneki. For 2017 Judicial Board–we’re pushing that one off. TH Treasurer, we’re nominating Michelle Foreman, partially because she has interest in the role and experience. She has initially in the position. The unopposed positions include Town Students President; we’re nominating Cara Hunt. She lost by a few votes last time. For Town Students Programming Director, we’re nominating Taylor Pratt. He expressed a lot of enthusiasm about uniting Vassar with the Poughkeepsie community, mostly because he is from the Poughkeepsie community and he finds the separation very jarring. For Raymond Junior Rep Fall, we nominate Jonathan Stark. Strong Treasurer, Rachel Messbauer.

    Activities: Strong, how do you feel having a treasurer for only half a year?

    Strong: It’s been difficult running without it already. I’ve been doing almost all of it; the Pcard is in my name. We’ve really split the delegations so far without a PCard. I understand why they made this decision because it’s better to have one for half a year without one for the whole year. But I wonder if people who are here only wanted her because she’s here right now and she has house team experience.

    Ops: Would it be feasible to leave it open for another week and keep accepting applications?

    Hancock: Yes.

    Strong: Personally, I would like it.

    Hancock: The one thing is that it’s probably better to fill positions sooner, but I don’t see a problem leaving it open at all, especially since you’ve been managing well so far. I guess we can take that one off of the consensus agenda.

    President: So we will now vote on this consensus agenda with the first six positions. Then we’ll vote separately on Strong Treasurer. Does anyone object to the first six people on this list. No? Yay. All of those people are in. So now for Strong treasurer: You can abstain, you can table for a week, you can vote yes, or you can vote no to Rachel Messbauer.

    Strong, 2017, Cushing, Joss
    Tabling for a week: Raymond, Main, Lathrop, Davison, THs, Finance, Activities, Academics, TAs, Ferry, Noyes, Jewett, Ferry, South Commons
    In favor: Student Life
    No: 2016

    President: We’re tabling to next week.

    Hancock: Recently I’ve had way too much on my plate, so I’ll be resigning. Just wanted to let you all know. Also, Abby Johnson is one of the best people ever.

    7:22 p.m.//Consent Agenda Amendment
    2017: Basically this just says what we changed to the Special Meeting Rules. I move to suspend the bylaws that would make us wait a week so we can adopt this now.

    President: First we have to vote to suspend the bylaws.

    Ops: Normally we have an amendment that we present it one week, and then vote on it the following week.

    President: This means we can vote on it tonight. All in favor of suspending the bylaws?

    All in favor: All, but Finance who votes no.

    Main: I move to vote on this amendment.

    President: Now you can vote on this amendment–yes to change the language to consensus agenda or no for it to remain the consent agenda.

    All in favor. This motion passes.

    7:25 p.m.//Open Discussion

    Cushing: I was wondering when we’re going to discuss BoEA and how they’re going to present themselves in council and their role, when are we going to discuss that?

    Ops: This Tuesday!

    Finance: we have a little bit of an issue. Exec made the decision this year to be a little more flexible about who can sit on what committee, because it didn’t work well last year to make people sit on committees they didn’t want to be on. But due to a mixture of what the committee discusses and when the committee meets, there are very few people who sit on Finance. This is a problem because a very small group of people controls $800,000. What we decided is that we were going to open up Finance committee to appointment positions because we thought it was important to give people the opportunity to decide how this money is spent who aren’t sitting in this room. I would encourage anyone on council who is free on Wednesdays to join the committee. We spend a lot of time talking about ourselves, and sometimes that’s important. But the people you represent care a lot about how this money is spent. I feel it’s particularly important because I’m the VP for Finance, but I know other people feel strongly about this too.

    2015: Thanks everyone who helped with serenading. Especially since it was pouring.

    Student Life: I just wanted to talk about how many council members are on Finance. Sometimes Finance makes controversial decisions: They choose to allot money or not to allot money in ways people don’t agree with. It creates an icky dynamic in council if we don’t agree with how the decision is made and if we can’t speak to it at all. It creates a weird divide between the things we’re approving in council and the decisions Finance is making.

    Cushing: Because of prior commitments, I can’t make it to the meeting. But is it possible to send a proxy from someone on house team?

    Finance: We’re going to have enough people with the appointed positions. I feel like the distribution of our money is very equitable. A certain kind of person sits on VSA and as different as we all are, the people we represent are more diverse. So I think a lot of the problems come from that. So I think this will be a good thing. One of the biggest grievance we have is that we’re not approving people’s funding requests. If people in this room aren’t sitting on the committee, it’s leaving it all up to me. But I have a very different mindset about funding than all of you, so this is not something I want to do by myself. But thank you for your offer.

    President: Props to Strong for serenading! But I want to reiterate the issue isn’t that there aren’t enough people on Finance committee, but that Max can’t be the only voice to speak to funding on council floor. If you’re free on Wednesday afternoons and you can make it, check it out. That’s when I really became committed and invested in the VSA.

    Ops: I want to thank everyone for being patient with this rooming situation. Next week we will be back in the CC MPR.

    -Motion to adjourn-
    All in favor. This motions passes.

    See you all next week!

  • mariesolis 10:59 pm on September 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VSA Council September 7, 2014 

    Welcome to the first VSA council meeting of the semester! In case you forgot, I’m Marie Solis, The Misc’s editor-in-chief.

    For the first two meetings, VSA council will be held in Rocky 212. We’ll be getting started shortly!

    7:07 p.m.//Attendance: VP Ops
    Proxy: 2017, 2018, Raymond
    Absences: Town Students

    7:09 p.m.// EMS Fund App……………………………………………………………………………………….Finance (15 min)

    Finance: We were intitially going to discuss this at the Finance committee meeting this Wednesday, but EMS needs the items sooner. We have the agency to not approve this fund app if that’s what we wanted to do. Carolina and I decided it would be good practice to talk about a fund app as a council. The way that this works is that Kevin from EMS has the opportunity to give us information about the organization and why this fund app is necessary and we all have the chance to ask questions.

    Kevin: I’m requesting for a total of $2,400.50 to purchase CPR-training equipment. Vassar EMS requires at least CPR training to become a member of EMS so every year we have students take a certification class. This year we decided to have in-house training to certify three EMS members to be CPR instructors. We require equipment for the training including mannequins, AED, breathing masks and other learning equipment which is why we’re appealing to the VSA for EMS. We need three DVDs–each one will be for each of the three instructors. This year the company decided to charge rental fees. In addition we only have one AED trainer. We believe that it’ll be more convenient in the long run to have our own equipment.

    Joss: You said you wanted to switch it to in-house training? Previously was there any cost to students for CPR training?

    Kevin: Last year there was a large change in the athletics department which required us to hire individuals which was very expensive and didn’t work with students’ schedules. So instead of running into that situation again, we decided to switch to in-house.

    Finance: Are you going to charge students for certification classes?

    Kevin: People who are currently members or who would like to become members to VC EMS will not be charged any cost. We want to encourage Vassar students to at least try VC EMS. So if they do at least one shift after being certified we count that as completing their service. If they don’t complete that, we would charge them $25 which is for the certification card and the instructors’ time. If you don’t want to join EMS but want to be certified anyway, you can pay that fee.

    Finance: I think this is a great use o our capital fund and I think it’s a great advantage to EMS and it would add a great opportunity to people interested in CPR certification on campus. The only drawback is that it’s very expensive. We don’t usually see capital-item purchases that are this large. But, as the VP for Finance I think the rewards outweigh the drawbacks.

    -Motion to vote from VP Finance-

    -All in favor. Motion passes-

    Forum with Kelly Grab, VSA Advisor Kelly Grab (15 min)

    Kelly Grab: I’m a house adviser for Lathrop and Jewett. I’m a Title IX investigator. I work closely with health education, SAVP and many other orgs.

    President: Kelly is our adviser this year. Essentially she’s here to serve as an extra resource. If you want a different opinion on an issue, she’s great for that. I wanted her to come in and say hi.

    Executive Board Reports

    7:18 p.m.//Activities……(7 min)

    Activities: After that we’ll review the Activities committee will be meeting on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

    7:19 p.m.//Finance

    Finance: I have successfully transferred almost all orgs’ funds into their accounts. We’re having Treasurer training this Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Rocky 300 and on Thursday it’s at 7 p.m. in Sanders Classroom. All treasurers are required to attend. Finance is meeting this week to look at fund apps we’ve received so far.

    Activities: Can you go over the rough allocation of the funds?

    Finance: We’re still deciding if we’re going to roll the 80,000 of unused funds in the budgets total. The only money that needs to roll over into a specific fund is for the capital fund. Some of our funds we’re used entirely, some of them weren’t used at all. Speakers starts with $50,000; discretionary starts with $60,000, which can go up or down depending on how many students are enrolled; social consciousness $10,000; Capital 65,000.

    7:23 p.m.// 6 Guiding Principles South Commons and 2016 (10 min)

    2016 and South Commons:

    2016: We wrote up guiding principles based upon what we discussed last semester: Improving accessibility…

    SoCos: Support each other; have varied programming; how Villard parties shouldn’t become the norm.

    2016: Work more with Poughkeepsie and nearby and sister institutions. And foster better relationships.

    -All in favor-

    7:24 p.m.// First Year Elections Timeline BOEA and Operations (10 min)

    Casey Hancock: I’m this year’s Board of Elections and Appointments Chair. First year elections begin this Wednesday and two weeks later–the thing is, they follow the format of previous elections timelines. If you look two years back, it’s almost identitcal. Seven days of filing, seven days of campaigning and 48 hours of voting. We’ll have an interest meeting during the filing period so people can learn about what the VSA is before they make the decision to file. The list of positions involved with this is listed on the VSA website.

    7:26 p.m.// Declaration of Open Positions BOEA and Operations (5 min)

    Casey Hancock: A lot of positions that became open over the summer due to transfers or resignations. we have a timeline to fill these positions as quickly as possible within reason. the list may include others. six days of filing for positions,  next sunday 3 to 7 pm. email will go out tonight. Town Students will most likely be filled by appointment according to the bylaws.

    Activities: Can you speak to the decision behind appointment versus elections for the Town Students.

    Hancock: The number of voters we had in the first election were between six and eight. It would be easier to make a decision through appointment: We wouldn’t have to go through CIS and burden people with emails. It’s simpler and more efficient. If you go under representatives on the VSA website, all open positions say “open” next to them.

    Ops: I move to vote on this to officially fill this position by appointment.

    In favor: All, except for Finance, who’s opposed.

    Hancock: In the future we recommend you follow our recommendations because for the last election we found it demeaning to those involved and demeaning overall. We nominate Aleena Malik for the position of Raymond House President.

    Activities: Can you speak to why the candidate is more qualified than others?

    Hancock: The role of the Board of Elections is more substantial than in the past. We’re supposed to be making an independent decision.

    Finance: We shouldn’t be voting on anything we don’t have. We have to consent to the consent agenda. Maybe this is a discussion to be had in Ops. If this is supposed to be a fully autonomous committee, we should be talking about that separately.

    Cushing: Can we be clear about what the consent agenda is, because I’m unclear as to what we’re doing if the Board of Elections can make their own decisions without us knowing why.

    Hancock: The applications are in the possession of Exec, so it’s not my fault they’re not in the consent agenda. We had two candidates, Aleena Malik and David Sampoli. Aleena seemed to be a strong leader who had a strong set of ideals moving forward. We also thought David could be a good leader in the position, but he seemed a little reserved. We thought about how the house team would operate after we made the decision and we thought he might have a hard time integrating himself into the house team. Both were very qualified, but we felt we made the right decision. A lot of Raymond house team was there and there were also members of David’s fellow hgroup there so the conversation was very tense and the questions were leading depending on the candidate. There might have been some scheming ahead of time as to how they were going to approach our appointment meeting. It shouldn’t have been an appointment, it should have been an election. It wasn’t ideal.

    Activities: I move to appoint Aleena as Raymond House President.

    Abstentions: Ops, Main, Davison, TAs, Jewett, Noyes, Activities, THs, Ferry, Activities and Finance.

    SoCos: Why would you vote to abstain rather than ‘no?’

    Finance: I’m abstaining because I’m uncomfortable with the process that just happened. And also I just abstain a lot. But I’m not voting ‘no’ to the candidate.

    Hancock: It’s worth noting that, if it were logistically feasible, we would have rather have an election. Absentions: I totally understand.

    Ops: I’m moving to table this.

    In favor: Academics, Student Life, Strong, Joss, Cushing, 2015, 2018, 2017
    Opposed: None

    President: This motion does not pass.

    Hancock: I move to treat this like a consent agenda.

    Cushing: I propose to table this until everyone on the council and not only the council feels comfortable with all of the things they know about the two Raymond President candidates. That’s in the hands of the Board of Elections. I hope that happens next week or before this passes again.

    2018: I think we should vote–in order for this process to be more fair, an election should occur. Raymond has been functioning without a president for a long time. Tabling it won’t do any good.

    2015: I think we’re uncomfortable with the amount of information we’ve received. I don’t feel like we can make a decision on two candidates without knowing anything about them.

    Hancock: This means at least another week without a Raymond House President. You all originally made the decision to make this an appointment.

    Activities: The rest of exec doesn’t have the applications. I don’t know where it is. This isn’t always this disorganized. But we did vote to make this an appointment.

    Ops: Motion for a 15-minute recess to review the applications.

    -All in favor. This motion passes-

    7:42 p.m.// We’ll be back in 15 minutes!

    7:54 p.m.// Everyone’s back!

    President: Has everyone had the opportunity to read the applications? Great. Who wants to make a motion?

    Main: I move to vote in favor of appointment.

    Abstentions: Raymond, Finance, SoCos
    All in Favor: Everyone else.
    Opposed: None.

    President: We’re moving to Open Discussion.

    Finance: Treasurer training is on Tuesday and Thursday. Everyone should have gotten an email about it. Make sure all of your treasurers are there so you’re not the one who’s doing that work all year. If you don’t have a lot of faith in your treasurer, you can come too.

    Casey Hancock: Also you’ll get an email about council reps for BoE. That will alleviate any issues in the future. I’ll be sending out an email this week to gauge interest.

    Activities: Vice is meeting in the Villard Room right after this meeting?

    At-large: I just wanted to bring up the point that we’ve talking about lately. Calling the consent agenda the consent agenda is a problem because consenting to it is defined by the absence of a no. We can talk about this now or next meeting.

    Student Life: Three administrators decided that at the end of last year with Aramark that they were going to take away guest swipes and enforce a rule that always existed, which is that you can only use your personal swipes on yourself and guest swipes on guests. There will be a forum on

    Academics: We’ll be meeting on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the VSA office. You should come and talk about academics things, which you should want to do because we’re in college.

    Ops: I want to plug my committee–this week we’ll be talking about the BoE and appointments. If you’re not on the committee you’re still welcome to come. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the VSA office.

    Jewett: Welcome, Aleena. Also just because I’ve been on the BoE committee, I just wanted to point out that the point of having the BoE make appointments is to outsource it. So asking for more information and for more discussion is defeating the purpose of that.

    2015: Serenading is on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. There’ll be dunk tanks, Twisted Soul and La Cabanita in Noyes Circle. The concert will be at 7 p.m. on the quad.

    Main: Welcome, Aleena. For house presidents: Stick around for five minutes and get to know her. It’ll be nice!

    Activities: Motion to adjourn?

    -Motion passes-

    8:01 p.m.// Meeting adjourned.

  • mariesolis 11:05 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SoCo Presidential Debate 

    Hello all!

    We are about to begin the South Commons Presidential Debate here soon. We will be liveblogging on here and livetweeting online as well. The debate will be moderated by Editor in Chief of The Miscellany News, Marie Solis.

    The candidates are George Beyer and Ann Nguyen.

    Nguyen: I have a lot of energy to put into it. My basic motto is friendliness and transperency.

    Beyer: My goals as SoCo president would be to expand the accessibility with the VSA. I’m running because I was a member at large at a VSA standing committee and I feel like it could be beneficial for the people.

    Solis: A number of your peers, George, were unhappy with the board of elections decision. Why do you think

    Beyer: I can understand a lot of the animosity with the position. Some of it stems from the closed doors. It can disenfranchise voters. I have to say that there is not that much I can do about who I am, but I would like to show people who I think I am. I want to interact with the residents of the South Commons.

    Solis: Ann, why do you think you are well suited for this position?

    Nguyen: I think the most important thing is to have a conversation with the constituents. Being a senior, I think that since I am not devoting myself to a thesis I have the time to interact with the constituents.

    Solis: How do will you consider your identity in relation to the representation of your constituents?

    Beyer: Any resident has responsibility to be a conduit to other identities, you want to represent the identities of others, the goal shouldn’t be to relay your stance but rather the stance of others

    Nguyen: My identity is as a Vassar student. I agree with George that sometimes you identity can pose issues.

    Solis: How would you make sure that people of different identities will have their voices be heard?

    Nguyen: I’d ask that person what their concerns are and what needs to be represented.

    Beyer: you can’t relay someone’s perspective, if you’re unable to make those objectiosn heard then you should prepare the person to make a statement or bring that person to council if they’re willing to have them appreciate their perspective

    Solis: Over the year, there will arise concerns and controversies of various natures. What kind of sensitivity would you bring to those issues and how would you address them?

    Nguyen: Each issue needs to be dealt with individually. I like to go to those who are more knowledgeable in those areas. I would like to go to persons of authority, my constituents and other Vassar students.

    Beyer: The entire campus will have different awarenesses of the issue. As far as being sensitive to the issue, you have to respect that the issue has occurred without upsetting people and you have to be clear with what you are responding to.

    Nguyen: You have to respond consciously and coherently.

    Beyer: You have to relay that something of a serious nature has happened.

    Solis: or some things we don’t get campus wide emails, there are gaps in the admin and they way they are conveying it, how would you respond to that?

    Nguyen: If there’s an issue that I feel students should know unless there’s a gag order i feel like students should know, you need to have conversations.

    Beyer: You need to meet with admin to convey the importance to them. When you address events on VSA council, it is important. You have to interact with the administration as well.

    Nguyen: I believe it is important to go to the administration.

    Solis: What are some concerns that might be specific to the SoCos?

    Nguyen: I heard that there weren’t many events last year. Something I liked at Joss was study break events. I would just open up my house and bake brownies and have people come over.

    Beyer: There are limitations to programming. Our budget is so low. I think it is best that since we can’t hold structured events, it is best to plan mini events through discrestionary and other funds.

    Solis: The VSA works with administration to make decisions. While you won’t meet with them daily, how will you interact with that structure that includes you on the VSA?

    Beyer: I think the biggest thing with administration is that they consider themselves a larger decision making entity. They come as individuals often so you have to accept that in your job the meetings will not be made for you. You have to reach out to them.

    Nguyen: I agree that individual meetings are good. They might care more if you came as an individual.

    Solis: Now we have questions from the audience. First, what VSA committees will you be on and why?

    Nguyen: Finance and Student Activities. I like all things monetary and I think I have a lot tto contribute when it comes to making sure certain programs get the funding they need.

    Beyer: Finance, Academics and Student Life. I’d like to restructure how these meetings take place. I’m passionate about academics because I think we can all benefit from each other.

    Solis: What events would you like to plan?

    Nguyen: I believe in providing support throughout the year. I’d like to work with the TA’s and TH’s to coordinate those events.

    Beyer: This year I’d like to have collaboration with all senior housing areas. There was a panel for life after Vassar that I think should continue. I’d like to see speakers brought in to talk about social issues.

    Solis: What issues do you feel passionate about?

    Beyer: I’m passionate about majors committees. I think they can be revamped. The students need to be more involved in the VSA and its decisions, continuing programming that benefits everyone.

    Nguyen: I’m passionate about science which translates to majors committees and their activities. I’d like to have students be more involved with the school and its evolving policies.

    Solis: Those are all of the questions. Now for closing statements.

    Nyugen: My motto will always be transparency. My door will always be open.

    Beyer: Thank you all for coming. I look forward to this coming year and I think we can plan great events for everyone. Students should be aware of how much power and authority they can have in these decisions made on campus.


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