Meeting Minutes

January 12th, 2009

  • Location: Sayles 251
  • Present: President Caitlin Fleming, Vice President Pablo Kenney, Senators Evan Rowe, Cat McMurtry, Lindsey Shaughnessy, McKay Duer, Brandon Walker, Jinai Bharucha, Charlotte Turovsky, Nimo Ali, Kelsey Sloan, Ben Barclay, Erika Pearson, Jack Boller, Colin Bottles, Emogene Schilling
  • Absent: Treasurer Sam Ritter, Wei Qi Tan, Chase Kimball, Dominic Vendell
  • Guests: Joe Baggot, Robert Stephens
  • Secretary: R. Orion Martin

Budget Committee Recommendations
Appointment Confirmations
Review of Vending Contract Proposals
Presentation of ECC Proposals
Address Question of Expanded Readership Program for Inauguration
Announcements and Comments

The minutes from last week were approved unanimously.

Budget Committee Recommendations

Japanese Circle’s request for $125 was approved unanimously. The Sexuality and Gender Activism event hosting Kai Wright SPELLCHECK was approved unanimously. The Mock Trial request for $3,954 request was also approved unanimously.

Appointment Confirmations

Nominations were made to the following CSA committees:

Copyright Committee:

Justin Jack

Campus Activities Director Search Committee:
Rose Schuchat
Emily Cogsdill

Committee on Student Life:
Rebeccsa Gourevich

Budget Committee:
Nimo Ali
Robert Stephens
James Kerson

Amy Sun

Safety Committee:
Anushka Patel

They were all approved unanimously.

Review of Vending Contract Proposals

New proposals have come in from Coke, Pepsi, and American. There are various combinations, some which would offer CSA $1,500 up front. All offer from 30 to 40% in revenue to the CSA. There could be OneCard readers or Vending Misers installed on the machines.

Currently there is no contract with Coke because of human rights concerns. Last year, students voted in the CSA elections to allow coke products on campus.

Rowe suggested using prior sales data to find out which contract would get the most money. He added that Vending Misers don’t profit the CSA. Kenney reported that it is likely that the Pepsi/Coke combination would be the most profitable.

Demand for the machines has been decreasing on campus, so both Coke and Pepsi were not as interested in being on campus. Kenney asked senators to ask the student body whether they would be opposed to American bottling being taken off campus.

Duer added that students will still be able to buy American bottling products at the book store.

Presentation of ECC Proposals

McMurtry and other Education and Curriculum Committee student representatives presented the new graduation requirements proposal as it stands now.

The first major difference is the pre-matriculation credits, which will be limited to 12 students. This is designed to keep students on campus for at least two terms of their senior year.

There will be a mandatory writing rich freshmen seminar. The writing portfolio will remain, but it may be modified. For example, the “exemplary” status might be removed from the assessment process.

Quantitative Reasoning is a new addition to the curriculum. The new curriculum will require three “encounters” with quantitative reasoning.

The language requirement remains essentially unchanged. Students will be encouraged to fill the last two terms off-campus.

The RAD requirement will be replaced with the Global Citizenship requirement. This will require one class in International Studies, one class in Intercultural Domestic Studies, and the new Inter-Group Relations Pilot. The IGR pilot will be implemented based on the University of Michigan.

The PE Requirement will be that students take one PE class every year. It will now be possible to fulfill all of the courses with Club Sports.

The new basic requirements will be:

  • One science class with a lab.
  • One class of Social Inquiry.
  • One class of Formal Reasoning
  • One class of Arts Practice
  • Two Humanities classes, which will somehow be differentiated.

This is a decrease in the total number of requirements, because for example, the Quantitative Reasoning classes are overlays.

The pre-matriculation credits were criticized for several reasons. First, students able to come in with 36 credits from AP tests are often higher income students, who are then privileged. Second, administrators don’t want students to graduate one or two terms early. Third, there is a nationwide trend to limit prematriculation credits. Students will still be able to place into higher-level classes.

There is not yet a definition for who will approve the Club Sports for credit.

Turovsky said she liked the greater flexibility in the new proposal, and the mandatory freshmen seminar.

There has been discussion among the student representatives to the ECC about both the Writing Portfolio and the pre-matriculation credits. Those issues are not addressed in this proposal.

Kenney said although he was happy with a lot of the requirements, he was concerned that the new requirements don’t push people into various departments. Also, having one PE class per year could be difficult for students who run into scheduling conflict. Perhaps it could be worded differently.

Senate thanked the ECC members for their presentation.

Address Question of Expanded Readership Program for Inauguration

The USA Today Collegiate Readership program offered the CSA the option of increasing the number of papers on campus for January 21st to mark the occasion of the inauguration. 

McMurtry said she felt there was no interest on campus for commemorative USA Today.

Senate decided not to buy those.

Kenney proposed the idea of buying a newspaper vending machine for $15,000. The machine would stay on campus, and CSA could lower its rates next year.

McMurtry said that newspapers are dying out anyway. Students are reading the news online.

Sloan responded she liked having a hardcopy of the paper.

Bharucha pointed out that Senate considered lowering the amount of papers anyways.

McMurtry said she was doubtful that staff and faculty are stealing the papers anyways.

Turovsky said she felt that efforts to encourage recycling were more productive than giant metal machines to protect newspapers. Students could fold up their newspapers and put them back on the stands for others to use.

Announcements and Comments

There is an Accreditation meeting Tuesday in Bolio 104

Rowe reported that the Budget was discussed at the most recent meeting of College Council. The endowment is down 25%, which could potentially cause a $10 million deficit. The college is searching for ways to cut discretionary spending.

Rowe reported that the Cave is interested in perhaps applying for a liquor license.

Office hours are starting next week.