Present Senators: Joey, Mario, Lex, Alexis, Didi, Deja, Lulu, Gus, Claire, Ahad, Andres, Izzy, Mackenzie
Visitors: George, Lily, Mathias, Robin, Payton, Zach
Absent with leave:
Absent: Jonathan, Frank, Maftuna, Katie
Meeting started: 6:00 pm
Meeting Adjourned: 7:35 pm
For this meeting, quorum is reached because there are [ ] present Senators
I. Public Forum
Proposal by Mathias and Robin:
Get student leadership together to make them known to students
Just want to ask about the student body and student orgs -- who is effective and popular -- student groups that aren’t student orgs
Will email us about their next steps
V.01 Elections Recap
Voter turnout and election results!
George came in to introduce himself and talk about voter turnout and elections
Advisory board -- history of the board, never had one before -- talk about how much we did
New and Old Senators introduce themselves.
V.03 Funding Rubric and Goals Sheet!
Co-Chairs and Treasurer will present the funding rubric and the USS will vote on it.
Funding rubric voted on
Joey proposes to use it for all proposals going forward
V.05 Executive Board Positions and Elections / Narwhal Nation Page
USS will vote on separating the Treasurer position into Procurement and Allocations Managers, as well as announce
Executive Board Elections for next semester and the first meeting of the semester. Who runs Narwhal Nation page?
Explains the breakdown of representative board vs the executive board
Explains different senatorial roles
Do NOT pursue executive board if you have initiatives you wanna do !!!!
Separating treasurer into two positions
Procurement -- budget
Allocations -- emails and communication regarding budgeting
Deja motions to approve the separation of treasurer
V.04 Family Fair Well Tabling / Centennial Celebration
Claire will ask for final thoughts on tabling for Spring Orientation.
New senators can reach out to Claire about participating in Spring Orientation events
Zoe explains background on how we manage funds -- where we get money, how we use it on a basic level
V.06 Student Research Award and NSPE Updates
Deja and Didi will update us on feedback from NSPE tabling, as well as feedback from the Student Research Award.
George’s anti-oppression leadership training -- do it at two meetings for two hours each (safe zone later)
Deja and Didi talk about how important this is for student leaders in general, especially USS
Make it MANDATORY for USS senators
Make it Feb 1st and 8th next semester
Safe spaces in fall 2019
Deja motions This is mandatory for all senators
Student Research Award
Deja and Didi on selection committee
Would the USS be open to considering adjusting the SRA budget?
Increase it by $2,145 (really wanted to include this one proposal from Parsons Paris)
Just for this cycle of the award
Ahad, Deja, and Didi all made it clear that this is a one time thing.
Lex motions to not fund
3 yes, 4 opposed, 2 abstain
Ahad motions for the increase this one time because the rubric under how this person is being funded is rigorous and it is unfair to leave this one person out
4 yes, 3 no, 2 abstain
It is being funded *****
Mario reminds that the research fund already takes 17% of our budget
Ahad makes the argument that we will fund individuals $3000 during funding proposals, so why not this? We can’t fund abroad students anyway
Mario has seen this rom the administration before, so he is not sure that we are setting a hard enough line for them, because we are here for students, not for the administration
Joey motions to pass a proposal to the administration about matching our funds
Didi and Deja clarify that this is in addition to cutting $300 from each person to try to fund all of these research projects
V.07 Alexis’ Initiatives
Alexis will talk to USS about:
a mental health project she has been working on.
Suicide prevention show in spring
Panel and workshop included
Come back with a proper proposal in the spring
a creative tech workshop for TNS.
new equipment for the only performance space shared between each school of CoPA at Arnhold Hall.
Jazz and Drama spaces are small and sad
Mannes takes over most of the building
One shared space -- proposing next semester for a new projector
Arnold hall is not friendly to people with disabilities
Better facilities for Jazz and Drama !!!!
how USS can be a more proactive force in this field at our school, including a workshop in Connecticut for intimacy direction
Intimacy directors (payton)
Wants to send payton to a conference to learn how to be an intimacy director
Intimacy directors are important for consent culture in dramatic fields -- acting, theater, tv, film, etc
Come back from conference and talk to the school about consent culture
a Drama mixer and the potential for mixers in other schools.
how USS can create a more inclusive space for students!
V.08 Dinner !!
Dinner reservations at Peacefood at 7:45pm !!
V. Public Forum Two
This time is reserved for members of the public to address the University Student Senate on issues on or not already appearing on the
agenda. A limit of 5 minutes per speaker and 15 minutes per topic will be enforced. This is not a period of discussion for the
University Student Senate, however, the co-chairs may respond to specific questions and concerns made by the public.
VI. General USS Reports
VII.02 Board, Officer, and Staff Reports (Limited to 2 minutes per person)