Meeting Minutes

April 14th, 2008

  • Location: Sayles 251
  • Present: President Caitlin Fleming, Vice President Pablo Kenney, Treasurer Sam Ritter, Senators Bessie Schwarz, Jinai Bharucha, Peter Antonov, Lindsey Shaughnessey, Whittney Smith, Charlotte Turovsky, Jack Boller, Eleni Schirmer, Nimo Ali, Liz Alspach, Ben Barclay, Brandon Walker, Robert Stephens, Bret Adelmann, Jordan Epstein, Jason Malashevich, Tim Foran, Chase Kimball, and Will Cole
  • Guests: Joe Baggot, Paul Thiboutot, Justin London, Brandon Zumwalt
  • Secretary: Robert Martin

Budget Committee Recommendations
AFAC Update
Budget Committee Appointments
Sustainability Code of Conduct
Free Research Movement
Campus Climate Survey Update

The meeting was called to order at 7:05PM.

Budget Committee Recommendations
The first order of business was Budget Committee. For details on the budget committee recommendations, see the minutes from last week:

All recommendations less than $1,000 were considered as a block. They were approved unanimously.

There were two requests over $999. The first was from the SGA; $1,500 for the publication "When I Knew." SGA is planning on publishing a short book with stories from faculty, students and staff. The total cost will be $5,000, but other sources of funding will cover the other $3,500. There will be 2,000 books printed.

Kenney said that although Budget Committee did not see the book as personal property, he felt that it was. He pointed out that if they charged 1 dollar, they would raise more than the request.

Bharucha said that a book would be different than the Lens, because people throw away the Lens more often.

Ritter said that he supported the full bid because the bylaws say publications are not personal property. Kenney argued that full books fit under the category of publication.

Stephens apologized for being late and said he did not believe it was personal property. Furthermore, he argued that the publication supports the community and should not be blocked based on minor interpretations of the bylaws.

Smith agreed that it fits within the bylaws and that some people keep the Lens.

Boller argued that charging a dollar seriously decreases the audience for the book.

The recommendation was approved unanimously with Kenney voting in opposition.

Men of Color requested $1,000 for the James Baldwin week. The senate voted unanimously to approve with Walker abstaining.

International Festival appealed their recommendation. Budget Committee recommended $1,687, and International Festival appealed for $2,651. They are receiving approximately $1,000 from other sources. They requested more money for food and stancions. They argued that food is absolutely central to the event and that stancions will help control the crowd. As a student organization, they are not allowed to charge admittance.

Malaschevich said that this is a major Carleton event, the main focus of which is food. He didn't think food should be cut.

Ritter presented the possibility of buying stancions which would be the property of the CSA. They will be funded from Capital Reserves.

Barclay moved to amend the recommendation to the full amount, including money to buy stancions.

There were 20 votes in favor. Kenney voted in opposition and Bharucha abstained. The recommendation was amended.

The recommendation was approved unanimously with Alspach abstaining.

AFAC Update
Dean of Admissions Paul Thiboutot and Chair of AFAC Justin London gave the senate an update on the recent activity of the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee.

There has been a recent trend among colleges to decrease loans and increase grants. Carleton College is trying to do what it can with a more limited budget.

The trustees approved one million dollars for the Carleton Access scholarship, which will replace some loans with grants for low income students over the next four years. Students will receive the scholarship all four years they are at Carleton, but tuition will increase.

The average loan students have upon graduating Carleton is currently $20,000. The Access Scholarship does not support the current class. If a student received the loan and then the family income changes, then the scholarship changes as well.

There is no limit based on class year. If there is a surge of students who come to Carleton and qualify the for the loan, they are committed to providing it for all of them. 90 students from the class of 2011 qualified.

The pilot program will be evaluated as its effects work out.

Dean of Admissions Thiboutot also gave an update on the admitted class of 2012. The class of 2012 is the most selective ever. Multicultural admission is the the second most diverse in history, with the highest number of international students ever. 98.5% were admitted on a Need Blind basis, meaning that this is an almost Need Blind class while remaining within budget. 195 in the class applied early decision.

Budget Committee Appointments
Three extra members were appointed to Budget Committee due to the exception from the bylaws made last week. Paul Petke '09, Michelle Garjewski '09 and Dominic Vendell '09 were appointed unanimously with 1 abstention.

Senators Ali and Foran will now serve on Budget Committee as well.

Sustainability Code of Conduct
A group of students has been work on a sustainability code of conduct. This is part of the ongoing sustainability campaign on campus. The list includes a number of recommendations to help the environment. By signing the code of conduct, students pledge to adopt as many as possible over their time at Carleton.

This will be an integral part of the New Student Week. They would like to have it approved by EAC, CSA and College Council when it is completed. Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the term.

Schwarz emphasized the importance of this for Carleton. Behavioral changes are crucial for reducing emissions, but difficult to realize.

Some students believe that sustainability should be defined in a broader sense to include multiculturalism and gender issues. Bharucha said she believes the code of conduct should focus on environmental sustainability so as not to dilute the message.

Kimball said that he supported the broader definition of sustainability because there is awareness of those issues.

Stephens said he believes the focus should be on the general health of community, because a more encompassing message is more effective. Schirmer argued that sustainability is easier to focus on when it is based on the environment.

Schwarz pointed out that other schools also view sustainability in the broader sense in their corresponding documents. The EAC is specifically aimed at environmental sustainability, but this is not an EAC project.

Free Research Movement
Gavin Baker visited the senate to speak about the free research movement. Academic journals are essential to the academic community, but they are very expensive. Often times government scientists publish in these journals without compensation. One of the goals of the free research movement is that these scientists publish their work in nonprofit journals. Baker is here to help students get involved. He encouraged them all to attend his meeting, which the CSA is cosponsoring, on Tuesday, April 15th.

Campus Climate Survey
Dean Baggot thanked the Carletonian for their recent article and announced that the participation rate for the campus climate survey was only 21%. All Students are encouraged to take part.

For problems with the minutes or questions, please contact CSA Secretary Robert Martin