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Meeting Minutes

October 23rd, 2006

  • Location: Sayles Hill
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Present: President Jim Watkins, Vice President John Smith-Ricco, Treasurer Peter Fritz, Rich Majerus, Romeo Chichirau, Yusi He, Erica Martinez, Tricia England, Marshall McDonald, Evan Rowe, Ben Barclay, Love Anani, Marquita Davis, Ali Khaki, Kelly Carlin, Brandon Walker, Yirong Zhu,
  • Absent: Elizabeth Gray, Brittany Larson, Jason Malashevich
  • Guests: Dean Joe Baggot, Associate Dean of the College John Ramsay, Kaaren Williamsen, Colin McLain
  • Secretary: Signe Swenson

Welcome

Budget Committee

DESI requested $823 for the Diwali festival. Senate voted and approved the bid.

Social Dance requested $400 of funding to bring a dance instructor to campus. Senate voted and approved the bid.

Katie Barton on behalf of Taize members, requested funding to travel to Taize, France to benefit their religious services. Budget Committee recommended a bid of $900. Ben Barclay asked about the merits of the request. Davis spoke in support of the bid stating a religious trip should be funded just like mock trial trips are funded. Fritz pointed out that their trip is like a conference or training trip and other groups request much more money for trips within the country. Anani asked why 8 people are going on the trip. Barton explained that they opened it up to anyone who wanted to attend. Senators voted and approved the bid.

WHIMS requested $68 to hold a Women in Action panel. The funding would provide food for the event. Budget Committee considered the centrality of food at the event. Ultimately a bid of $68 was recommended. Senators voted and approved the bid.

JSC requested $100 for Bowling with the Jews. The funding would cover the games, shoes and snacks. BC recommended $60 which did not cover food for the event. Senators approved the bid.

CHS requested $5,496 for the Hmong fall festival. The funds would cover decorations, movie rights, entertainment (dancers), and food. BC discussed the request heavily. Several bids were made at the meeting. A final bid of $3371 was recommended by BC. Barclay asked that because Admissions would use the event as a recruitment opportunity, could they get money from Admissions. In response, Smith-Ricco stated that Admissions will be covering other costs associated with the prospies. Davis pointed out that in past years, Carleton has only contributed $200 to the event when it has been held at Olaf. Senators voted and approved the bid.

La Esquelita requested $902 for transportation, art supplies and snacks for kids for their after school program. The transportation would take the children to the apple orchard as a reward at the end of term. A full bid was recommended by BC. Senators voted and approved the bid.

KSA requested $340 to rent speakers and related materials for a dance party. A full bid was recommended by BC. Anani pointed out that KSA ended up using speakers from Campus Activities for the dance. Watkins made the motion to table the request. Senators approved the motion.

CIA requested $2220 to partially cover the honoraria costs to bring Dr. Omid Safi to campus for the Eid service. A full bid was made by BC. Senators voted and approved the bid.

KRLX requested $1038 for digital recording equipment. The current equipment is being used nearly 24 hours a day and another would benefit the radio station. BC discussed the merits of the request and recommended a full bid. Senators voted and approved the bid.

ASIA requested funding for 4 students to attend a conference in Evanston IL. BC recommended a bid of $600. Senators voted and approved the bid.

Jessica Brooks requested $250 for a multicultural food progressive at the Culture Houses. A full bid was recommended by BC. Rowe asked if the event was necessary as there is already a block party. Khaki stated that the block party is organized by OIL and this event is to get people into the houses and learn about each culture. At least 100 people are expected to attend. Senators voted and approved the bid.


Guests

John Ramsay, Associate Dean of the College, came to CSA as an advisor to faculty and student issues. He asked that senators come to him with their questions or conflicts. Because of the nature of his position, he must keep conversations with students confidential unless they request otherwise. He stated that he came to the meeting in response to a previous CSA meeting discussing a student/faculty conflict. He shared that he spoke with a student who was confused and distressed about a withdrawl from a course that had already happened. The student was already in another course. He asked how the student wanted the issue to be handled and how they felt about the issue. He did not conclued that any discrimination took place though the student was distressed about the event. Ramsay followed up with the student's advisor, the professor, Deans Baggot and Zeitz. He said that this was a case of misunderstanding. Ramsay shared that a conversation needs to be had with professors of introductory courses about how to handle situations in which it appears a student is not prepared for their classes. He welcomed questions or future conversations with senators.


Khaki asked if there were any specific things CSA should do when issues like this arise and what the role of CSA should be. Ramsay stated that he would be happy if CSA senators hear of similar issues that they talk to him or send the students to him. Davis asked if the professor offered any advice to the student. Ramsay shared that the faculty member did point out some resources available to the student but the student did not quite understand. England asked if Ramsay thought it would be effective to have a resolution against discrimination. Ramsay pointed out that the college already has a policy on discrimination and that would pertain to the CSA. Anani asked if Ramsay was notified of another student involved in the same situation and if he noticed any sense of displacement when talking to the student, and how extensive was the investigation of the event. Ramsay only spoke with one student who approached him about the issue. He shared that he is not a psychologist and wouldn't hazard a guess about the student's condition. The student did not request any further steps after the interview. They spoke with the faculty member, the student, and the student's advisor. Chichirau asked how many complaints of this type are brought to his attention each term. Ramsay responded saying a few, about 6 to 10 students per year.


Kaaren Williamsen presented the college's Statement on Diversity. It was drafted by a subcommittee of the College Counsel. They met with CSA last year. She presented the final draft to CSA and shared that it will go to the faculty and ultimately the trustees of the college. A year ago they realized that there are many different statements about diversity floating around the college but not a global statement. President Oden hopes that a student diversity plan will come out of the statement. Williamsen asked that senators email her with questions.


Colin McLain shared information about MAPCS and Carleton's involvement in the organization. The main goal of the organization is to lobby the legislature for money. In his perspective, the lobbying is not quite effective enough. Khaki asked how much money is spent to be a part of the organization. Carleton pays $200 to be part of the org. The group lobbies on the private college student grant for Minnesota students. Rowe pointed out that it is nearly a free ride as Carleton would benefit from the efforts of other private college students. Fritz asked what the difference is between the lobbying done by MAPCS and MPCC. MPCC has a paid lobbyist at the capital at all times. MAPCS has pretty much one day at the capital and deals with state grants. Khaki asked when dues need to be renewed. Watkins shared he recieved an email this week. McLain shared that MAPCS is somewhat ineffective because they try to go through the student body president who is often extremely busy.

Watkins stated he would entertain not renewing the dues. Smith-Ricco pointed out that while it may not be effective, it has potential and at only $200 per year, it is a relatively small cost. Rowe supported waiting until the group becomes successful and then hopping on the bandwagon. Barclay voiced his support of Smith-Ricco's comments. Barclay also pointed out the potential of the group and the benefits that the org. can provide. Vote was called to question. Senators did not approve. Senators did move to cap the speakers list but the vote did not pass. Khaki pointed out that other groups have associations with other schools but CSA does not. Senators discussed networking, jumping on the bandwagon and other things. Senators capped the speakers list. Watkins pointed out there could be a liaison to MAPCS. Davis pointed out that it may not be effective if the group doesn't have the support of all private colleges in Minnesota. She also pointed out that if the group isn't putting any effort into the organization then they can't expect to achieve much. Senators voted on the motion to sever ties with the organization. The vote did not pass. Khaki made the motion to appoint a liaison to MAPCS. Watkins stated he would make it known to students at large.


Committee Reports

College Council

Khaki and Martinez shared their response to 4 questions asked by College Council about the CSA budget and funding requests. CSA has seen an increase of large requests of capital reserve funding and how this could be worked into the college's budget. They also responded to questions about what the college should be spending money on, support for the expansion of the arts, the career center, on-campus housing, etc. They also came up with a way the college could save some money. They recommended that professors find creative ways to cut back on e-reserves. Professor Roy Grow loans out packets of readings and Professor Kim Smith sells packets of readings. They do not present their response to the College Council until November 7th and are open to input by senators. Senators gave Khaki and Martinez feedback. Carlin pointed out that cutting costs involved with e-reserves would save tens of thousands of dollars but increasing financial aid would increase costs by much more. Motion was made to cap the speakers list. Senators approved the motion. Rowe stated he supported the questions they raised about the new arts center. Anani pointed out that the college already bought the facility. Smith-Ricco stated he doesn't support a statement that asks for the end of e-reserves. He also pointed out that there is expensive projection in each classroom that many professors do not know how to use. Barclay proposed contacting ITS about printing two pages per side of paper from the printers. Khaki said he will send out an email to senators or present again next week about changes to their responses.


Chartering

Smith-Ricco shared that Chartering committee met and recommended the approval of two charters. The group was the Alternative to Violence org. It is an international group that helps educate others about violence. It is a program that has been going on for some time but they would now like approval of the senate. Senators approved the charter.

Middle Eastern Society and Politics requested a charter. The group would meet to discuss issues of the middle east. Senators approved the charter.


Dining Review Board

The dining review board now has all its members and will begin meeting this week.


ECC

ECC recommended the CAMS program to become a major and sent the proposal to the faculty for approval.


EAC

The EAC is working to have recycled paper on campus and they are pushing the college to have biodesil vehicles.

Crepe Committee

The Crepe Committee needs applications from groups to use the crepe stand on Fridays during Winter term.


St. Olaf Liaison

St. Olaf and Carleton senate liaisons are working on the tailgating party for the football game Nov. 4th


Watkins pointed out that senators do not approve the minutes and that doing so in the first minutes of each meeting the minutes would be a good thing to do. Watkins said senate will now do so.


Meeting adjourned.