September 2015

September 25, 2015

USS Meeting 9/25/2015

Present Senators: Nico, Mariko, Ingrid, Maggie, Joy, Petra, Patrick, Simon, Jovan, Dafne, Roz, Logan, Serengeti, Jessie (14 present)

Visitors: Michael (non senator), Ruben (non senator),Chris (non senator), Mohammed (non-senator), Anara (non-senator), Joseph (non-senator) (6 present)

Absent with leave:
Absent:  Wanja, Victoria

Meeting started: 7:20 PM

Meeting Adjourned: 9:27PM

  1. Reading of Agenda & Introductions

  2. Anara’ Update of Change in Sexual Assault Policy

    1. Meeting with Sexy Collective.

    2. Senator training for presence on the panel.

    3. Administration is in works to rework policy.

    4. Logan to coordinate meeting with  Cardozo law contact to review the present language and possibly apply stronger policies.

    5. Next step is to enforce stronger rules, and wait for result. If negative, we will pass around the petition.

  3. USS Meeting Facilitation    

    1. Simon- proposes that the Co-Chair facilitates meetings with a rotating schedule. It I encourage each senator to facilitate, however this is not mandatory. Joseph proposes that each senator presents instead.

    2. MOTION (Simon): To have all senators encouraged to facilitate: 14 in favor, MOTION PASSES

  4. Lang Elections Spring 2016

    1. 50% of seats are up for reelection.

    2. Simon & Nico present a solution for a tie in the Lang elections. One “priority” seat for those in the tie along with normal elections for a the second seat.

    3. Simon and Nico will write out the language.      

  5. 3rd Party Election Process

  1. Joint Divisional Student Senate Meetings

    1. Motion approved schedule as follows:    

      1. NSSR, LSU, PASU, PSS

  2. University Wide Email


  3. Senate Liaisons

  4. Honorary Degree Committee-Serengeti

  5. New School Alumni Update - Maggie  presenting on the Parsons Reunion: October 10th, requesting Parsons Senators to participate, however, all are welcome

  6. Constitutional Reading & Recommendations


  7. Updates: University Town Hall, Tuesday Oct. 6th.

  8. Executive Board/Trustee Elections     

    1. Co-Chair: Simon , Serengeti, Petra, Patrick

    2. Treasurer: Joseph

    3. Secretary: Maggie

    4. Communications Director: Joy!

    5. Graduate Trustee (pink card): Ingrid, Jovan

    6. Undergraduate Trustee (yellow card): Patrick, Logan, Nico

Election Results:

Graduate Trustee:  Ingrid

Undergraduate Trustee: Nico

Co-Chairs: Simon, Serengeti, Patrick


MOTION (Nico): To have Joseph, Maggie, and Joy be elected in their respective executive positions. UNANIMOUS, MOTION PASSES


September 18, 2015

USS Meeting 9/18/2015

Present: Nico, Simon, Serengeti, Dafne, Joy, Petra, Victoria, Mariko, Logan, Patrick, Wanja, Maggie, Jovan

Absent with leave: Roz
Absent:  Ingrid, Jessie

Meeting started: 7:05 PM

Meeting Adjourned: 10:00PM

  1. Reading of Agenda & Introductions

    1. Senator Resignation

    2. NEW SENATOR: JOY DOUGLAS : accepts position.

    3. Funding Guidelines Revision - by Simon, Patrick

  • Going through every paragraph and making a motion.

  • Motion to adopt 8 minutes total in presentation (5mins in presentation, 3 minutes in questions)-1 abstain-15 in favor, MOTION PASSES.

  • Putting a limit to the amount of presentations that will be presented.

  • Having one hard copy of the proposals

  • Motion for an online studying and voting on each paragraph: 1 abstain-15 in favor, MOTION PASSES.


  1. Bios for Website

    1. Not all Senators have filled out the form. Deadline: by Friday 25th.

  2. Email settings for Senators - by Simon

    1. Making sure settings are on IMAP and not POP.

  3. Google Group

    1. Private Email vs. New School Email: Motion for a USS Google Group. MOTION TABLED.

    2. Motion to get this done by next week. Unanimous, MOTION PASSES.

  4. Divisional Communication Contacts - by Simon

    1. Motion to establish communications contact by school: 9 in Favor, 2 Opposed, 1 Abstain, MOTION PASSES.

  5. UC Bathrooms (Email by Chiara Passerini)

    1. Restrooms in horrible state, students are dissatisfied

    2. Contacting facilities management, getting information on their shifts, informing them on broken sensors

    3. Replying to the student once decision has been made.

    4. Motion to contact facilities, unanimous, MOTION PASSES


  1. Initiative Updates

    1. Anara-Sexual Assault and bullying. Immediately advocate and enforce policy on sexual assault. Advocate for stronger penalties, other than simple probation. Institute a “No-Tolerance” policy. Possibly make a petition. Making a committee. USS could help write the language.

      1. Contacts: Anara Askar: Joy, Mariko, Serengeti, Dafne, Victoria, Petra, Patrick, Maggie, Jovan, Logan

      2. Petition: Joseph, Wanja, Serengeti

      3. Motion for USS to endorse Anara’s initiative to change sexual assault policy at The New School. PASSED: UNANIMOUS


      1. 9 floor to become Drama floor

      2. Not enough space for drama students. Demands: curtains, microwaves, soundproofing, basic improvements, meeting with administration and facilities to negotiate for improvements. Lack of information, more info needed.

      3. 150 Undergraduate students, Total of 300 students  in the Drama program.

      4. Conclusion: find more information, write letter with subsequent endorsement of the USS.  

      5. Motion for USS to endorse Victoria’s initiative to explore the option of addressing the Drama Facilities, especially in regards to the 9th floor of Arnold Hall.

  2. Funding Proposal

    1. Lou - Homecoming Out Ball, Queer Collective, sponsored by Student Health Services, Pronoun Collective

      1. 2nd presentation, event will be taking place at the UC

      2. 4th year running, is apparently a success.

      3. Total funds requested: $1,375, Jovan Seconded

      4. MOTION: Full funding, Jovan seconded, 3 in favor for full funding, ; 9 abstentions; MOTION DENIED

        1. Come back next week. The USS would like create a more robust representation. DENIED: The USS asks for more information regarding invoices, if the DJ fee will include speakers, how many Displays boards, where the food is coming from, what is the purposes of the photo backdrop.

    2. Josh - Jewish Student Union

      1. Goal: to host Shabbat Dinner (6 total dinners, 3 times a semester) 35

      2. Average of 30 people attending. 350/Event , not exclusive to Jewish students.

      3. Total funds requested: $2100

      4. MOTION: Patrick motions for full funding with one recommendation: to get a report on the BDS (?)  

        1. 4 in favor

        2. 7 opposed

        3. 1 abstain

        4. MOTION DENIED

MOTION: full funding, unanimous (12 yes), MOTION PASSED


  1. Jia  -Brunch in the Stars by Legends in Training

    1. Proposed date: October 4th from 3-9pm

    2. About wellness, community building, entrepreneurship

    3. $350 for food if provided by TJ’s ; instead of 600$ from LPQ

    4. Total funds requested: $475 (with Trader Joe’s)

    5. MOTION: Full Funding of $475, unanimous, MOTION PASSES

  2. Jia - Ice Cream Social:  Started from the bottom, Now we’re Queer

  1. Proposed date: October 6th

  2. Advisor, Tamra from Student Health Services

  3. Total funds requested: $220     

  4. MOTION: Full funding with a recommendation to push back the date, unanimous, MOTION PASSES.


  1. Jochem-Performing Arts/      

    1. Initiative across divisions (drama, jazz, mannes, parsons)

    2. No cost to rent the old Tischman auditorium performances will take place in May. 2 performances on 14th and 15th Saturday and Sunday.

    3. Requesting the FOAP code of the USS to secure the venue, in case of emergency.

    4. Administration unwilling to collaborate.

    5. Concerns on behalf of USS regarding clarity of The New School Insurance

    6. No funds requested, just the USS FOAP

    7. MOTION:To grant access to the FOAP with the stipulation to provide an update on liabilities. Unanimous, MOTION PASSES


  1. General Topics: Patrick, tentative meeting time Tuesday September 22nd 6pm,

  2. MOTION:  Beginning with the following meeting on 9/25/15, meeting agendas will be conducted on a rotating schedule, beginning with a USS General, Non-Funding Meeting, followed by a USS Funding meeting. 8 in favor, 2 abstains, 3 in opposed. MOTION PASSES.

September 11, 2015

USS Meeting 9/11/2015


Present: Nico, Logan, Serengeti, Mariko, Ingrid, Petra, Patrick, Dafne, Victoria, Roz


Absent: Lucy, Jovan


Absent with leave: Simon, Maggie, Jessie

Meeting started: 7:12pm


Meeting Adjourned:


  1. Volunteers

    1. Secretary

      1. Nico & Patrick

    2. Treasurer

      1. Nico

  2. Introductions

  3. Housekeeping

    1. Thursday, September 17- D. Van Zandt + USF meeting 4:30-6:00 PM

      1. 66 West 12th Street, 8th Floor Terrace* (enter via President’s Office)

      2. *(If the weather is unfavorable, we will move to the Orozco Room)

    2. Thursday, September 17-Board of Trustees meeting (morning)

      1. Attending representatives:  

    3. Approve Conditional Funding for AID: $695.00 for videographer:

      1. "I was requested to send an email following the September 4 meeting, justifying the need for $695 in AID's proposal for a videographer.The quote of $695 is the lowest cost we had been given previously for our event.It is in our opinion that recording the event, and making it accessible on the school's YouTube channel would help document for the school. As the event takes place during the day, students that work full time could access the discussions at a later time.There are also other events that are running at the School at the same time (such as the Milano International Field Programs presentations). Since the Senate meeting we have been furnished a quote for the same job, with a less experienced technician for $400." (Charlotte Hadley Copper) Patrick motions full funding, seconded, FULL FUNDING APPROVED.

    4. Meeting Scheduling:

      1. Rotating USS General Meeting

      2. Rotating USS Funding Meeting

    5. Honorary Degree Committee

      1. Seeking USS Liason

        1. Here are the dates and times that I’d like to hold for our meetings.  There will only be a few, so the commitment isn’t too onerous: Thursday September 24, 12 noon, Thursday October 8, 12 noon, Thursday October 15, 12 noon (if needed)  


  1. New Initiatives/Initiative Updates

    1. Board Meeting: Selecting “Interim Co-Chairs”

    2. Time-line for Executive Board Elections & Student Trustees

      1. Senators are to review agreement that was approved last year

      2. Internal elections for co-chair and trustee positions -- Patrick motions elections in two weeks, 9/25. Unanimously approved. Addendum: Send email to all voting senators notifying them of elections.

    3. National Voting Registration Day

      1. Seeking volunteer: September 22nd, Tuesday, 12:00- 3:00pm.

      2. Draft University-wide Email for NVRD (Serengeti)

    4. Admissions and Enrollment Management Service

      1. Senators need to fill out the Doodle Poll

      2. Senators to seek non-voting Senators for meeting

  2. Delegations

    1. Website w/ bio’s and photos

      1. Wanja

    2. Flyers Approval

      1. Nico motions for conditional approval with Logan’s addition of “Free Food”. Approved.

    3. First Email to Student Body

      1. Edit Google Doc here:


  1. Proposals

    1. Nicole: “Conversation with Black Girl Dangerous”

      1. Contact: Nicole Story

      2. Speaking event for Mia Mackenzie

      3. $8,500 honorarium, total $10,860.00

      4. Grand total of $10,860

      5. $5000 requested TODAY

      6. Expected attendance of 150


        1. Many inconsistencies, Professor lead, not student lead, issue of sovereignty?

        2. What happened to the research fund of the Professor?

        3. May seek additional funding from LSU, Social Justice Committee

        4. Motion: Deny funding, foster greater student involvement, inquiry about additional sources of funding, especially from Professor’s research fund.  VOTE: UNANIMOUS

        5. Nicole Story,

    2. Jia: “Brunch Under the Stars”

      1. Contact: Jia

      2. Seeking feedback before submission of official proposal

      3. Exploring connection to self and community in relation to entrepreneurial pursuits

      4. Seventh floor garden of UC as alternative venue?

      5. Expected attendance of 40

      6. Requesting $700-$1000 tentatively


        1. FEEDBACK: explore on campus venue, itemized budget, share Parsons Senator emails, & Parsons Student Senate

    3. Gene Derosena: “The Nonviolence Project”

      1. Contact: Marte Samuelstuen and Nicholas Allanach

      2. Film series, Women, War, & Peace screening following by discussion

      3. Over the course of 5 weeks

      4. Expected attendance of 50 at each event

      5. Amount requested: $1,446.75


        1. Cons: First event is on Wednesday

        2. MOTION: Full funding ($1,446.75) with the condition that the group may have to pay out of pocket for the first event. In the case that the group pays out of pocket for the first event, the USS will reimburse the group for their expenditures.

        3. MOTION: $46.75 will be reimbursed by the USS.

        4., Gene Derosena

    4. Lou: “The Homecomingout Ball”

      1. In affiliation with The Queer Collective

      2. In contact with Student Health Services and LSU for additional funding

      3. Co-sponsors - Safe Zone, Pronoun Collective, SOAD

      4. Total estimated cost of event: $1,625 barring additional funding

      5. Request to USS subject to be lower than originally proposed

      6. Estimated attendance of 75-100

      7. STUDENT-RUN


        1. Not enough specifics, refine proposal and come back next week.

        2. Conversations regarding seeking additional funding sources prior to presenting to the USS

        3. MOTION: Hold off funding until they can bring us more information, on the budget specifically, and a more informed speaker, and to bring a quote from the Lang Student Union

          1. 9 YES, 1 NO.

          2. CONTACT: Lou Purington,

    5. AID “Sustainable Fashion”

      1. Increase in funding requested on account of increased public interest in event

      2. Over 200 RSVP’s without any official promotion yet

      3. Requesting $750 in total

      4. $400 for refreshments, honorarium $100, HCD workshop supplement $100, travel cost increase $150


        1. 6 YES, 2 NO, 2 ABSTENTION, PASSED for additional $750

        2. Danielle Robinson,

  3. Open Floor

    1. Meeting Times

      1. Prior notice from elections to host meeting at Friday’s at 7:00

      2. Doodle Poll: Wanja will make

    2. USS Update on Linda’s meeting

      1. Make all expenditures public every month

      2. Make all allocations public

    3. Social Justice Liaison position created and Joseph and Petra have been voted into the position