May 19th, 2008
- Location: Sayles 251
- Present: President Caitlin Fleming, Vice President Pablo Kenney, Treasurer Sam Ritter, Senators Jinai Bharucha, Peter Antonov, Lindsey Shaughnessy, Charlotte Turovsky, Jack Boller, Nimo Ali, Liz Alspach, Brandon Walker, Eleni Schirmer, Tim Foran, Chase Kimball, Ben Barclay, Subinay Bedi, Jordan Epstein, and Will Cole
- Absent: Robert Stephens, Bessie Schwarz, Whittney Smith, Bret Adelmann
- Guests: Joe Baggot, Dominic Vendell, Colin Bottles, Wei Qi Tan, Emogene Schilling, Kelsey Sloan, McKay Duer, Erika Pearson, Paul Ellebrecht
- Secretary: Robert Martin
The meeting was called to order at 7:05.
All requests were under $1,000, and were approved unanimously as a block.
Curricular Review Survey
Secretary Martin presented to senate about the Curriculum Review survey which will be distributed this week. The purpose of the review is to inform students about the agenda of the Curriculum Review and also to gauge student sentiment about various topics.
The goal is to provide a document by the end of the term to the ECC. The document should include the full results of the survey and sentiments from students about the Curricular Review. For details, contact Robert Martin.
Newspapers on Campus
John Fiddler from the Collegiate Readership program came to answer questions from the senate. The Collegiate Readership Program provides newspapers for Carleton and is a significant part of the yearly budget.
A computer program calculates the ratio of papers which will be put on the racks. The program calculates the number of papers demanded by percentage and according to the budget allowed. The CSA is only charged for papers which are taken, but the program is so popular that the service uses up all the money allocated to it. Reuse bins would be available if the CSA wants them.
The program conducted surveys last year which overwhelmingly supported paying for newspapers.
Barclay felt that there should be an information campaign informing students that the CSA is only charged for newspapers which are taken.
Turovsky informed the senate that there was discussion of burying time capsules beneath the new dorms. There is some precedence for this tradition, with capsules beneath Gridley and Hulings halls. In theory, there could be two built. The CSA will follow up with the creation of these capsules.
White Privilege Training
President Fleming collected volunteers to design the White Privilege training that CSA resolved to take part in at the previous meeting. The training will focus on issues of diversity and the attitudes or standpoints of the Senate and Budget Committee members.
Barclay and Cole reported that they were well received in their proposal for an office which would subsidize unexpected costs on campus for low-income students. One example would be CUT dues, which are $2,000. They recommended $50,000 but they will probably receive a lesser amount.
Amanda Hess also presented to the trustees about the Sayles Renovation. The trustees are interested in the concept but would like some more inquiry about what would best serve Sayles.
The trustees were also open to the idea of a student representative on the board of trustees. For details on this proposal, see the minutes from last week. They will most likely consider this topic when they meet next fall.
Senate Led Surveys
The Wellness Center is going to have a preliminary survey around campus, which will inform a survey this fall. There will be an open meeting at 4:30 on Thursday. Contact senator Turovsky for more details.
The First Year Student Experience taskforce is also planning a survey.
Malkovich, St. Olaf Liaison, is also planning a survey about what kinds of activities students are interested in.
754 students voted in the elections. The constitution did not pass. It would have required one quarter of the student body to vote to affirm it, and there were only 367 votes in favor.
Barclay is interested in requesting that Oden visit senate to increase dialogue between him and the CSA.
The new logo was approved.
Appointments for college committees for fall term will begin this term. Those appointments which are for college committees will be dealt with before the end of this term.
For questions or corrections to the minutes, contact CSA secretary Robert Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org