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  • The Miscellany News 10:55 pm on February 3, 2013 Permalink  

    Live Blogging | VSA Council, February 3, 2013 

    Hello everyone! Happy Super Bowl Sunday.

    6:04 | Attendance

    Class of 2015 President Alison Ehrlich ’15 is not in attendance.

    6:05 | Consent Agenda

    1. $10,000 from Discretionary to Hip Hop 101
    2. $5,000 from Speakers to NSO
    3. $1,500 from Collaboration to Punx/Sound System
    4. $1,650 from Discretionary to Habitat for Humanity
    5. $$1,500 from Community to Barefoot Monkeys
    6. $2,169 from Discretionary to Debate
    7. $300 from Conference Fund to Democracy Matters
    8. $390 from Conference Fund to GAAP

    All items are approved without debate.

    6:06 | Executive Board Report with VSA VP for Activities Doug Greer ’14

    Meet Me in Manhattan has been cancelled due to limited funding.

    6:07 | Executive Board Report with VSA VP for Finance Alex Koren ’13

    All funds but Speakers are healthy.

    6:08 | Declaration of Open Positions with VSA VP for Operations Deb Steinberg ’14

    Two Class of 2014 Judicial Board Representatives are needed. Strong and Davison Junior Representatives are also needed.

    Ehrlich arrives.

    6:09 | Appointment of Vice President for Student Life with VP for Operations Deb Steinberg ’14

    The Operations Committee recommends Dallas Robinson ’14 for the position. Steinberg mentions that Robinson’s involvement during last semester’s MEChA controversy was a positive factor in the decision. Class of 2013 President Vincent Marchetta adds that her participation in Vassar Athletics would also be helpful for fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.

    The committee did not choose Robinson unanimously. Of seven possible votes, she only received five.

    The VSA Council unanimously appoints Dallas Robinson.

    6:15 | Open Discussion

    There are 111 days until Commencement.

    This year’s student gift to the scholarship fund has been renamed the Andrei Buryachenko Scholarship Fund.

    “Fifty Nights” will occur at The Chance Theater this April.

    Members of Council are collaborating with students at Barnard College on creating a Seven Sisters Coordinating Board.

    Social Conscience Day Dialogues will occur next Sunday afternoon.

    6:21 | Council Adjourns

  • The Miscellany News 5:33 am on December 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Live Blog | VSA Council December 9, 2012 

    Evening, everyone!

    7:01 | Attendance

    All members in attendance.

    Consent Agenda

    1. $4,000 from the Discretionary Fund to Debate
    2. $1680 from the Discretionary Fund to No Offense
    3. $3,000 from the Speakers, Lectures, and Panels Fund to SASA
    4. $170 from the Speakers, Lectures, and Panels Fund to VHP
    5. $400 from the Capital Fund to VHP
    6. $500 from the Discretionary Fund to FWA
    7. $1020 from the Conference Fund to Aircapella
    8. $800 from the Speakers, Lectures, and Panels Fund to Wordsmiths
    9. $700 from the Discretionary Fund to EMS
    10. $0 from the Speakers, Lectures, and Panels Fund to VARC
    11. Minutes from 12/2 meeting

    A member of the audience from Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) has challenged their allocation of $0. They explain that, due to an error in communication, they were unable to attend the Finance Committee meeting in which the allocation was discussed. She continues by describing the nature of the conference that VARC hopes to use the funding for, saying that it is meant to bridge the gap between activism and academia.

    Josselyn House President Casey Hancock ’15 suggests that this discussion be continued in a closed Finance Committee meeting. The conversation continues nevertheless.

    VARC expects between 70 and 100 non-student attendees.

    Jewett House President Ben Morse ’14 echoes Hancock’s suggestion for a private discussion.

    President Jason Rubin ’13 asks about fundraising efforts. VARC has solicited the Drama Department, Education Department, and student organizations. However, only a few hundred dollars have been earned.

    The conference in question is called the “First Annual Conference for Critical Animal Studies,” and will feature panels, workshops and training to raise awareness and promote discussion about animal mistreatment. VARC is requesting $5760.

    The Council votes to take this meeting into a secluded Finance Committee meeting. This blog will be paused for twenty minutes until Council resumes.

    7:42 | Council reconvenes, and the Finance Committee reports that the recommended amount is $1610, which differs from the requested amount by $4150.

    Council approves the $1610 allocation.

    7:44 | Executive Board Report with VSA President Jason Rubin

    American anti-racism activist and writer Tim Wise will be coming to Vassar in the spring.

    Rubin has been meeting with Assistant Professor of Education Collette Cann about bringing an anti-racism workshop to Vassar.

    7:47 | Executive Board Report with VSA VP for Operations Deb Steinberg ’14

    Operations will host an interest meeting for students who aspire to run for 2013-2014 VSA positions in the spring.

    Steinberg has been collaborating with Alumnae/i offices in the Seven Sisters schools to create a database of graduates who can help current students acquire jobs and internships.

    The College Committee on Sustainability hopes to develop a centralized event calendar to minimize the number of print flyers around campus.

    Members of the administration are considering the possibility of including online classes in Vassar’s curriculum. Steinberg thinks that it is unlikely that this would be put into place in the near future.

    7:53 | Appointment of Cushing House Junior Representative with VSA VP for Operations Deb Steinberg ’14

    Caroline Maguire ’14 is appointed.

    7:55 | Charter of the Smoking and Tobacco Action Research Team with Terrace Apartments President Devin Griffin ’13

    The purpose of this team is to disseminate information about the potential smoking ban, and solicit student opinions. These opinions will be presented to the Committee on College Life and considered by its members when discussing a smoking ban.

    Council charters START.

    8:01 | Amendment Concerning the Creation of Preliminary Organizations and the Creation of the Preliminary Organizations Fund with VSA VP for Activities Doug Greer ’14

    The “Preliminary Organization” title will be granted to new student organizations which are undergoing a trial period before applying to become VSA certified student organizations. The fund is meant to supplement their activities, but will have more limitations than the funds available to VSA certified student organizations.

    The amendments are tabled to Operations committee and will be brought before Council at the beginning of next semester.

    8:09 | Open Discussion

    According to 2013 Class President Vincent Marchetta, there are 167 days until Commencement.

    The 2012-2013 Student Gift will be the “2013 Scholarship Fund,” a direct contribution to Vassar’s financial aid program.

    Council adjourns.


    See you all next semester!



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