September 17th, 2007
- Location: Sayles 251
- Time: 8:00 pm
- Present: President Tim Singer, Vice President Peter Fritz, Treasurer Rebecca Bartram, Senators Chai Lee, Evan Rowe, Elizabeth Gray, Brandon Walker, Jason Malashevich, Peter Antonov, Liv Killeen, Pablo Kenney, Caitlin Fleming, Marquita Davis, Subinay Bedi, Lindsey Shaughnessey, Syed Sadaf Sultan, Peter Ladner, Alec Roman, and Robert Stephens
- Guests: Joe Baggot, Chris Rasinen
- Secretary: Robert Martin
- Keywords: Vending Machines, Senate Appointments, Campus Activities
Singer introduces the new academic year.
Two appointments to senate were made immediately, due to students no longer able to serve. They are to serve through winter term.
The nominations are Alec Roman and Robert Stephens, both of the class of 2010. Applicants were asked to state their qualifications and goals in seeking service to the senate.
Roman is interested in working with organizational efforts. He has a specific interest in dining services, and the bookstore, which he described as inefficient and overly expensive.
Stephens stated his interest in better connections and integration with the student body. He hopes specifically to connect more with the Office of Intercultural Life.
Both candidates were approved unanimously.
The senators have been split into teams of two and assigned specific issues to focus on. These positions are part of a larger outreach program, designed to involve the constituent base more in the administration of the CSA.
Clarifications were made regarding the positions. The Dining Board is a large committee involving senators and staff members, whereas the Dining Taskforce is to concern itself with future contracts and changes to the Dining System.
Peter Fritz offered an update about the current state of affairs with the soda vendors. Fritz said that negotiations were in process with several competing companies. In the mean time, OneCard readers were installed on a number of machines at no cost to the school.
Fritz also brought up the subject of post-event financial evaluations. There is a new online form for organizations to fill out after an event. This form is designed to provide financial information to the CSA so that future decisions will be more informed.
The next order of business was hearings from Chris Rasinen, the assistant director of Campus Activities, an Joe Baggot, Associate Dean of Students.
Chris Rasinen mentioned an external review of Campus Activities carried out last year. This review, which will not be released in full, showed a disconnect between the Campus Activities office and the CSA. Rasinen will be sitting in on Senate meetings in an effort to establish greater contact between the two administrative bodies.
The Campus Activities office directs a number of important on campus topics, including the Cave, the yearbook, alcohol licenses, and buses. Rasinen hopes to work in greater harmony with the campus organizations.
Two issues raised were a possible redivision of responsibilities among Campus Activities and Student Services, and a possible reutilization of Sayles, specifically Sayles 160. Rowe is of the opinion that Campus Activities should fund the redesign.
Associate Dean of Students Joe Baggot spoke next. He is with the CSA as a silent observer, in part to be the voice of the administration. By attending the meetings and offering his aid, he hopes to promote better relations between the college administrators and the CSA.
Motion to adjourn was passed unanimously.