November 7th, 2011
- Location: Weitz 236
- Time: 7:00 pm
- Present: President Isaac Hodes, Vice President Yasin Dara, Treasurer Andria Hall, Senators, Abel, Burke, Fitzgerald, Goldberg, Gourevitch, Han, Heavenrich, Heckman, Hillis, Jack, McClellan, Norgaard, Ogilby, Persen, Somogyi, Ulbricht, and Ulman
- Absent: Senator Levonian
- Guests: CSA Advisor Lee Clark and Intercampus Liaison Katherine Kihs
- Secretary: Edward Malnar
The Minutes were approved by unanimous consent.
The following Budget Committee recommendations were approved by the Senate.
Amount Requested: $70
Amount Recommended: $70
The motion for approval passed by unanimous vote.
The faculty voted to support the S/Cr/NC policy change despite Senate efforts to protest. Senators Burke and Gourevitch spoke on the last actions taken before the Faculty Meeting. The new policy will take effect next academic year with enacting the change to ending the S/Cr/NC period at the end of seventh week each term and the removal of ‘pre-scrunch.’
Senators Burke, Ogilby, and Gourevitch asserted that the Senate played an active role in expressing the student opinion and should continue in such a manner in the future when the CSA Senate needs to represent its constituents.
Senator McClellan reviews the proposed change to the composition of the Senate. In order to create a place for a Sports Liaison, the following changes were proposed. For spring term, substitute the Sports Liaison and one Senior Representative position for two freshman (rising sophomore) positions. In autumn, the Sports Liaison would retain the position while only one freshmen would be appointed. In order to allow this, Articles I and VI of the bylaws will need to be amended and approved to allow for the new position.
Senator Persen expressed doubt about having a graduating senior elected for one term and various others present assured her that this would not be a hindrance. The Senate expressed general approval of the proposed changes and will decide on implementing them after publicizing the adaptation of the Senate body.
To meet rising costs and tuition, the Senate considered raising the student activity fee. The proposed change will alter the cost from $84 to $87 per student per term. Senator Hillis confirmed that this is within the target range of increase of 2-4%. Senator Somogyi raised the question of a past discussion to decide on how assistance for these fees would be distributed; President Hodes answered that despite Senate’s recommendation, the final decision was to grant the students most in need full assistance.
Advisor Clark asked about the name, suggesting that since the money is managed by the Student Association and not the Student Activity Office, the Senate may wish to change the name. The Senate was split on whether to include “CSA” in the name of the fee, although it reached no conclusion. A clear majority voted to table the issue for next week.
The only change discussed in the vending machine contract is the inclusion of bottled water. Senator Goldberg asked to confirm that bottled water would be omitted from the contract, with affirmation towards its removal. A clear majority voted to maintain the contract with no other changes, allowing for slight adaptation of the cost of providing the vendible goods.
President Hodes again encouraged the senators to contribute a brief summary of their actions and involvement this term. Senator Heckman suggested that specialized work groups be organized for various projects on campus. Other senators corroborated, asking that only a small number be instated to focus on specific tasks. The groups may be arranged by next term.
Senator Norgaard asked to confirm the organizers of the upcoming Masquerade Ball. This event is planned by the Student Activities Office in response to complaints about the typical Sayles Dances as they explore alternatives to reduce the problems growing apparent with those events. Since the CSA’s Spring Allocation funding specific “two Sayles Dances,” Advisor Clark assured the Senate that SAO funds were supporting the event.
Senator Goldberg introduced the idea shared with Senator Ulbricht to establish a venue for local foods once a week in the vicinity of the library. The Senate discussed the challenge of feasibility within the Bon Appetit contract and Senator McClellan suggested an espresso machine.
Intercampus Liaison Kihs discussed the recent activity of St. Olaf’s Student Senate. She focused on the After Dark Committee and the prospect of providing a “DJ residency” program that Carleton students could share. She is trying to promote intercampus activity including lifting St. Olaf restrictions on attending Cave events at Carleton.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 PM.