SGA Meeting Minutes 9/17/17

SGA Meeting 9-17-17

Campus Center 7pm

 

Summary:

This SGA meeting was mostly spent discussing Plenary, which is next Sunday September 24th at 7pm in Goodhart. The elections heads announced that current nominations period for Elections is being extended until Wednesday at 7 to include the CPD representative. We are trying a new method of coting this year for Plenary. It is an app called Vox Vote and it is accessible from any device as long as it is connected to wifi. At the meeting we were able to test out the app and decided to proceed with using it for Plenary. The resolutions were all presented at this meeting, the full texts as well as summaries will be available online. Please look out for all emails pertaining to Plenary information in the upcoming week. 2018 won the trivia question so the dark blue and red teams are tied.

 

Roll call

 

General Announcements

 Milan Fredrick ’20: Hello I am Milan one of the Co-Heads of Elections, we are going to be extending elections until Wednesday at 7 because we are adding CPD representative.

 

Lets Revisit

Alisha Clark ‘18: we are moving right into plenary. Last plenary was a mess. It is really important for all of you to spread the word about SGA and make it a more inclusive transparent space. I’m leaning on you guys to spread the word and encourage you to go. So you know this plenary hopefully will be better, there is a new e-board, we are going to have gifts, performances. Hopefully people will want to join us on the stage to dance and sing and stuff. I have high hopes for this year’s plenary.

 

Plenary Discussion

Alisha Clark ‘18: I found this really cool app over the summer I did extensive research and they use this for even bigger events so it should work smoothly. Quorum is 446 and so once we reach that we can use the app to vote for everything. We will be sending out many emails that include all of the information leading up to plenary so everyone will have the information on what will happen. The app works on all devices as long as you are on wifi.

Ellen Wright ’19: Is there a radius for the app because we want people to still show up for plenary?

Alisha Clark ‘18: This will all be on the honor code. When you come to plenary we will give the information about how to log in including the access code. I will be able to see some of the information on voting and so I will be able to tell if it is working. I hope people will keep the honor code seriously. I did a test last night and I couldn’t tell if a radius applied. It is a great app it shows graphs of the information. Takes time of how long it takes to vote so we don’t have to do that. People are also able to send some comments about grammar and things like that through the app so that it will save a lot of time. Okay we are going to test the system.

*Test of the App, everyone was able to use it and vote. We were able to see how it shows up on the admin computer as well, showing the distribution of votes*

Alisha Clark ‘18: How do you feel about it?

Abby Brewster ’18: Will the student body be able to see this graph on the main screen?

Alisha Clark ‘18: No but after Plenary we will send out the physical charts to everyone so that they can have the results.

Abby Brewster ‘18: So will we not know at plenary how the votes have been decided.

Alisha Clark ‘18: No I will announce right away and be able to say the percentages that every vote got.

Stephanie Montalvan ‘18: I think Abby was suggesting that you do show this during plenary so that everyone is able to see the graphs live.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Does everyone want to see them live?

*Everyone raises hands in agreement*

Julie Gonzales ‘19: Do each of them need to be entered before what do we do if something gets tabled or if we need to make a change to the resolution

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: tabling would happen after and so we would just disregard the voting.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I think that abstain, as an option would be enough.

Julie Gonzales ‘19: Is it possible to put another entry for tabling the resolution?

Delia Landers ‘19: Tabling has to be called and so if that was an option on the screen people might vote for it without it being suggested.

Alisha Clark ‘18: you can make comments with your vote so you can vote yes but also make a comment about grammar. We are trying to cut down as much time as possible and really have pertinent discussions.

Sasha Rogelberg ‘19: What about if a resolution is amended. Would you be able to refresh the screen so that people would be able to vote again?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Yes there is a refresh button. I hope that people will read them before plenary and read them after plenary

Hannah ’20: I think it would be a lot more confusing to have the whole resolution

Alisha Clark ‘18: Okay perfect. So how does it look on everyone’s phones and on the laptops?

*People affirm that it works well on both platforms*

Carolyn Cannizzaro ‘19: is this how we are going to be keeping track of quorum?

Alisha Clark ‘18: yes because it gives us info on how many people are voting and so everyone has to vote so that we know how many people are there. We want it to be upbeat and to keep it so we want the voting to not be a stressor. We are going to be having people tabling and be giving out leis when people first come in.

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: if you know of any clubs or organizations who would want to table please have them reach out to us so that we are able to have them table. People usually sell things.

Alisha Clark ‘19: This is just a test and so we are going to do some more research, because we want to make sure that it works and there are no glitches. I am a little concerned about the accessibility, but people should be able to rent devices from the library if they don’t have a computer or phone that would support it.

Lourdes: Alvarez ’18: You can pick multiple answers, will that be available during Plenary?

Alisha Clark ‘18: That is because it is just the preview and so that is why it doesn’t have everything. When it goes on live everyone will only get an option to vote once. Do you all like the idea?

*people agree*

Olivia Porte ‘18: How much time do people get to vote?

Alisha Clark ‘18: The app gives us a lot of options and so we can figure that out together.

Here you can see all of the comments. That is the one thing I am nervous about showing to everyone. How much time do you think that people should have to vote?

*People yell out suggestions, most people agree minute. *

Alisha Clark ‘18: Hopefully plenary wont take that much time because we are doing this faster method of voting.

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: My resolution is that Reggie has a hypoallergenic dog who she was wanting to get to come to counseling sessions. My resolution is just to see if there is support from the student body. Any questions?

Mary Cooper ‘20: If there is a lot of support would there be options to expand it to more dogs in the counseling center?

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: I think that would be maybe another plenary resolution or seeming that Is up for discussion

Ellen Wright ‘18: my only question would be what would happen if someone was afraid of dogs?

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: So I think that is something that I would discuss. I think that they would discuss before hand if people want the dog to be in the session.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I will keep the same language for the packets but when people are presenting it is up to them whether or not they want to use that language. I have been reaching out to resolution writers to figure out how they want to present them.

Our current e board also had a lot of resolutions that were tabled:

The mission of SGA including the wording of serving marginalized communities. A lot of BMC today is a very diverse campus in every aspect and so including this part is very important.

Our second is changing Roberts Rules of Order. I brought up last meeting how I thought it was inaccessible. Changing it to make sure that everyone feels like they are able to talk and access what is going on.

We want to expand our e board to include a new position that is the chair of social justice and equity. We need to continue to support students and this role would make SGA more inclusive and supportive

Have all appointments committee heads as a part of repco. Helps to define the roles of the committees and make them accountable.

Paid SGA positions for students on work-study, we worked on this with Haverford’s SGA who passed this resolution last semester. The position is a burden for people who need to think about finances. This will open it up to people who would not be able to take the positions before

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: I am wondering where the money would come from?

Anna Huang ‘19: We are still talking to Haverford. And talking to financial aid and student activities and so it will be more possible to get money just from the school. Not from the budget and if this passes we will try as best we can to get all the money from the school

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: we previous had it

Rachel Bruce ‘18: would it be federal or community based work-study because I know that some international students do not qualify.

Alisha Clark ‘18: when we really talk to financial aid we will figure that out. I will talk to them and work to make it more inclusive.

Abby Brewster ‘18: could this resolution be framed as a work-study job that you can have on campus. Making a differentiation making it just another position on campus that is part of work-study.

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: I am thinking about this one question from last year. How would we make sure that this (being paid) would not make the people on the e-board responsible to the admin instead of the students? How would you answer that?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Well, you voted for us because you thought that we would do a good job, so if you don’t like something that SGA is doing you can impeach really it is up you to change it. Make sure to keep the people accountable. When I became president I did not just stay to these rules that were set out, I do more. And so vote for someone who you want who will go above and beyond. Y’all don’t have to settle for less.

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Also we need to show how plenary is not the only option for change on this campus, students voices should be heard regardless of a scheduled event.

Stephanie Montalvan ‘18: So the summary of the SAAC resolution is really to make it a co-held position.

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: Before I came to this meeting I was talking to a friend and we were wondering how we are going to get to plenary and keep plenary this semester?

Alisha Clark ‘18: We are doing online campaigns and we are putting up posters and starting tomorrow we will begin the online voting to make sure that people are voting on the resolutions that will be an official part of plenary.

Nanda Bhushan ’18: There will also be posters around campus with brief summaries of the resloutions.

Jada Caesar ‘20: In terms of co-held positions do both people have to come every week?

Delia Landers ’19: In terms of attendance policies no, there only needs to be one person there. However it is nice to see everyone here if they are able to come.

Alisha Clark ’18: the dining halls will close early and

Hannah Small ‘20: My resolution is that there are 6 single stall bathrooms in the dorms that have gendered signs and we can’t change the multi use bathrooms becaubut we can do it for the single use bathrooms. It is a way to make a comfortable space for gender-queer martyrs.

Sierra Bradshaw ‘20: I wonder in the past if there have been questions about customs people being paid

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: I think that this is less of an issue for SGA this would need to be presented as its own resolution and there would need to be outside research done.

 

Trivia Time

What is the oldest dorm on campus?

Merion

2018 won the trivia question!

SGA Meeting Minutes 9/10/17

SGA Meeting 9-10

Campus Center 7pm

 

Recap:

 This was a great first meeting back. Everyone was able to introduce themselves and talk about their hopes and expectations for the upcoming year. We went over how SGA is really structured. The First Appointments round is coming up and will begin September 26. The September Elections are beginning this week. The Student Finance Committee is currently finishing the budget for all SGA funded clubs. We talked about some of the changes coming to plenary. Plenary is September 24th at 7pm! We had a quick recap of Parade Night. We recapped some of the recent events including the renaming of College Hall and the Bringing it Home drive for student effected by floods. As well as beginning a conversation about action we can take for DACA.

 

Introductions:

Everyone went around and introduced themselves with their class year, pronouns, role in SGA, and what they are excited for in the upcoming year. (You can find info on all the Representative Council on the SGA website)

 

How SGA is structured:

Nanda Bhushan ‘19:

Just want to show the way its E-Board

Rep Co

Committees

Clubs

Affinity Groups

These are all different branches and no one has more authority than another

 

Expectations for SGA:

Alisha Clark ‘18: this is for people who would like to speak, not everyone has to. I want to affirm that everyone is a member of SGA and so encourages others to come to the meetings and to talk to me and the other members of the E-board because we are your peers. You can talk to us. My position doesn’t separate me from any of you. When I say expectations this is not just for the E-Board this is for all of us. Anyone?

Annika Cole ’18: Respect

Caitlin 2020: A space for conversations and we will all hold ourselves and each other accountable

Mary Cooper ‘19: open lines of conversation

2021: that what we do has an open impact on the community

Sierra 2020:difficault conversations

Una Girgua ’20: efficiency with effectiveness

Abby Brewster ‘18: Not attacking the person, attacking the idea. Not making it a space like SGA will make the other members feel that they are members

Alisha Clark ‘18: I expect all of us to encourage other members of the community to come to SGA events. Especially if you hear them saying that they don’t like SGA because of something that happened a few years ago that they should come back and give it a second chance.

 

General Announcements:

Alisha Clark ‘18: Time for Rep-co to announce anything important.

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: The appointments round will open up on September 26 and elected positions will be beginning to accept nominations this week.

Anna Huang ‘19: we are doing budget applications and the interviews will be next-next week and the budget will be released on Sept 25, because of plenary we can’t vote in person so we will do a vote via Google forms around the 23rd so look out for that and be sure to vote.

 

Plenary:

 Alisha Clark ‘18: Speaking of plenary I think that this year is going to be great. We are going to get rid of Roberts rules and we are going to not going to waste time on repeated questions or on grammar related issues, we can have people email about sentence structure if they have a way that they would like it changed. Hopefully this will save a lot of time during plenary.

Caitlin Haskett ‘20: I think getting rid of it (Roberts Rules) is a good idea, I’m just wondering if we are going to have a new structure for the ways that we are going to structure things during plenary.

Olivia Porte ‘18: What are Roberts rules of order?

Alisha Clark ‘19: Who is Robert? Who knows what it is? Many adults don’t even know. We are going to change especially the language used because so many people don’t know how to properly present it. And if people are just criticizing the way that we are talking instead of actually focusing on what they are saying. I made a slide show that talks about plenary, what we need, what we do, what you see. And so I’m going to attach this to the minutes and so the first years and upperclassmen can learn about or learn more about plenary

(see below)

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: It (Plenary) has been really inefficient and outdated. We are also trying to change the voting making it more streamlined. With follow through we will have someone who will check in and make sure that the resolutions that are passed are going to be actualized.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Also we are going to change the way that people lead up to plenary. Looking at the resolutions in a more productive way and have a way to vote that’s more efficient. I am looking into using an app to vote.

Hannah Symonds ‘19: what if we don’t have a phone that would support something like that?

Alisha Clark ‘18: I think that this reaches out to other devices

Dana Gold ‘18: Does it work on computers?

Lyncy Nyandoche ‘21: Can you email us the link or the name of the app?

Alisha Clark ‘18: We can do a trial of it next week. I think that it only works if everyone is in the same room. I want everyone to want to be there so we will be making it fun

We have plenary resolution writing workshops that you can come to this week.

 

Info on Plenary:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmdoye0xpghx45f/theamazingPLENARY.pdf?dl=0

 

Lets Revisit:

 Alisha Clark ‘18: There has been a lot of buzz surrounding college hall, formerly known as Thomas. And it was interesting to see the schools response right after Charlottesville and then after I started the petition online to change the name, which received a lot of support.

Una Girgua ‘20: I think it is very important for the school to acknowledge all of the students who did this, you (Alisha) and Maeve and Precious and their names are not known by most of the school and BMC is taking all of the credit for making the change.

Phoebe Dopulos ‘19: 2 years ago Yale decided to rename Calhoun college, He was the Vice President of the United States and a secessionist and it took until 2015 for them to do it and that was because of the students but Yale took the credit and Bryn Mawr doing the same thing. But there was a lot of resistance from alums and I think that is important for the current student body to show that it was us who was that voice who made the change and that we need to take responsibility in a good way.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I was furious when I read the first email it was such a generic Kcass email. Especially cause it was her first year when the confederate flag incident happened and this was her chance to make up for it. And then the email four days later was obviously not their words.

Media has been reaching out to me, and students from Yale and Brown did as well talking about the process in getting things changed and dealing with the admin.

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: I think that this can be a way to have future conversations about the ways that we can change Bryn Mawr from being the space made for white women to being a space for us now and so what student way

Alisha Clark ‘18: I put that all aside though because of all of the natural disasters. I created a drive called Bringing It Home. I decided to do it because I have so many friends here from Houston. I felt bad after that I only thought of it because of something that hit close to home. I think that we should always have drives like this so that we can be more preemptive. I thought it was effective and I want to keep it going. Is everyone okay with that?

*People respond in agreement*

 

Parade Night:

Alisha Clark ‘18: How was parade night? Traditions come from SGA

Leah Baker ‘19: So there was a false start at the very beginning we had the runners at the front joggers in the middle and walkers in the back and as soon as we said that the runners took off and we were concerned because of the road and everything. So we had to get them all back again.

Britt Van der Poel ‘19: Office hours for Traditions will be Tuesday9/19 7-9 pm Erdman

 

Community Forum:

Sierra Bradshaw-Kreimer ’20: We should talk about DACA.

Una Girgua ‘20: I want to ask if BMC or SGA has any plans to express complete support of all students who may be affected by DACA.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Yeah so like Donald trump… I just watched a video about this and I do know students who have DACA and I understand but it’s so complicated so we are trying to figure out what the best way is to handle it. Its hard because with something like the disasters there are concrete things to do but with this is it is hard to know what the best thing to do is.

Lydia Sanchez ‘18: I’m sure that since Philly is such a big city I’m sure that there are legal resources that we can find for students in need.

Alisha Clark ’18: I work for Philly VIP

Carolyn Cannizzaro ‘19: I know that the ACLU takes a lot of volunteers and so we can see if people need students to come and volunteer.

Calla Carter ‘18: What can people individually do: I found out about a service called resist spot that automatically faxes or mails what you text to your local congressperson whatever you text the number for free.

Manroocha Singh ‘18: This isn’t really about something we can do in the city. When we are advocating for DACA we should be cautious about the language we use. Not criminalizing the parents in the conversation.

Alisha Clark ‘18: It is much different that dealing with Houston

Sierra Bradshaw-Kreimer ’20: There is a migrant’s rights coalition and so we should collaborate.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I’ll send the text through email, I don’t want to be insensitive to these issues and they can’t be grouped together. I want to give everything my all. This is something that we need to do and it would call for help from admin, but we are going to think of what we can do as students.

 

Trivia:

 What does “Jawn” Mean?

 

Answer: Anything really. It’s a general noun used to describe things that you can’t find the word for at the moment.

 

Class of 2021 Red Team won the point!

SGA Meeting Minutes 4/9/2017

SGA Meeting 4/9

Campus Center 7pm

 

Summary

During this meeting there were a few special discussions as well as important announcements. I wanted to start off this summary by reminding people that there will not be an SGA meeting this upcoming Sunday! Remember to keep up to date with Room Draw events. There are two dance concerts this weekend, R&M on Friday at Swarthmore and the student dance concert on Saturday in Goodhart. There is going to be a 3 v 3 basketball tournament hosted by BMC Basketball. We will be having an SGA Rally in lieu of the last SGA meeting at which we will celebrate Bryn Mawr school spirit and highlight the efforts of the Representative Council. The E-Board will be holding forums for Seniors to discuss their feelings on SGA and what they would like to be changed, more details to come. We are still working on what updates we want from Admin in regards to virtual Big Cheese. There was a discussion on Athletics in the Community to close out Division III week, SAAC talked about new things they have been working on to make Athletics more active in the community. Please see the notes on the discussion to see the ideas proposed to work towards creating a better athletic department after the confederate flag incident. Finally the purple team won the trivia questions.

 

Roll Call

 

Rep-co announcement     

 

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Appointment election, nominations open on Monday, Sophie and Milan are running this round, props to them. Also  application for appointments which will be due by the 17th so please tell your friends to apply if you think they will be good for any of the committees.

 

General Announcement

 

Jessica Breet ‘18 :Dorm  draw is coming up. If you have any questions feel free to ask your dorm president or me.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Fun studd is coming up like the RNM showcase on the 14th

Jessica Breet ‘18: Spring dance concert on 21st & 22nd in Goodhart, and it is free for students.

Kyra Sygal ‘17: Just to reiterate RNM is a Tri-Co Dance Group that focuses on dances of the African diaspora, show 8pm LPAC, there is a shuttle that will  come around 6:20, info will be on the Facebook page

Sam Heyrich ‘17: SAC President, BMC Basketball Fundraiser, a 3 v 3 tournament Saturday april 22nd  from 1-4 and registration closes on 19th

Alisha Clark ‘18: Also Financial Aid is due soon, so make sure to do that so you can be here next year.

 

Pep Rally Proposal Discussion

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: I was going to rename this SGA rally but I think that pep rally works

Taylor: a pep rally is  to gather school spirit, good here at bryn mawr where school spirit not particularly abundant all year round. Shouting & being happy about sports teamns and other events that are happening around school. Do you guys think that is a good idea or a bad idea?

Eda Tse ‘19: Since it is normally a sports team thing would we be rallying around a specific team? ? What would we rally around?

Alisha Clark ‘18: I really want this to be a time to highlight rep-co, we would be held here, the last meeting of the year, so next meeting we will be having this as meeting instead, we will be having cupcakes. Having things decorated and fun. Discussing things that we want to do for next year too

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I know you want to do an SGA sponsered event but if you want to do any event related to athletics, feel free to send me an email.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Having the sports team would be great because we are having a conversation

Jessica Breet ‘18: What if we get pivotal clubs on campus to do some I love BMC propeganda? I love bryn mawr propaganda?  

Alisha Clark ‘18: Yeah that’s a great idea, I wanted to make sure that the rep-co is highlighted but I still want it open, like if people want to perform they can.

Cassidy Gruber ‘19: Just to clarify this is a party for everyone but we are highlighting repco?

Alisha Clark ‘18 : anybody is welcome to our meetings. If you see people around the campus having SGA related conversations, tell them to to come to our meetings, because Alisha is president so of course she’s gonna let u speak.

Will we have cupcakes for everyone? No, probably not. Don’t advertise food to your friends. People can probably get pizza though.

Taylor: There will be water!!

Claire Gaposchkin‘17: I am just wondering about the name because we’ve been switching back and forth between SGA Rally & Pep Rally.

Alisha Clark ‘18: We will be calling it a SGA Rally.

Kyra Sygal ‘17: Would this be a one time thing this year?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Like taylor was saying there a loss of school spirit, I want to work on getting everyone hyped up, having fun is my plan, plenary is going to be party itself. Making Plenary somewhere that people want to go. Do you guys want to do this?

People vote to have the SGA rally.

 

Let’s Revist

 

Nanda Bhushan ‘19:N An idea the E-Board has been having is to hold a senior SGA forum to ask what people want to see based on their four years, when do you think would be the best time to hold this?

Alisha Clark ‘18: This is going to be an honest time

Cassidey: Just as SGA archvists we have done interviews with past e-board members? Would be cool to put seniors in that archive to have their thoughts and feelings be heard.

Claire Gaposchkin‘17: In SGA meeting or something separate?

Alisha Clark ‘18: We would want this to be seperate

Sam: As a senior who is writing two theses, this time is really bad for seniors. We could do this through an online forum.

Alisha Clark ‘18:We were going to do both, people may have last minnute regrets while they were still here about things they could have changed. We are also going to reach out to old Alums We found old books that should probs be in the archives, and they have the same issues that we have now and its sad that things haven’t really changed.  

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: I am scared that with the forum people may not feel that they can fill it out.

Cassidy : I made a post on a facebook page and I got responses back from Alumns from ’75 got back to me with eboard memories. I would love to see those books

Kyra Sygal ‘17: Forum in person, the only time we would be able to would be after senior work is done, May 6th , then events start the next day for senior week.

 

Community Forum

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: Last week we decided as a group we didn’t wanna do big cheese forum, we told Emily that we wanted updates and she responded saying that there werent really any updates during that time, She wants to know what questions were talking about.

Lea Williams ‘20: who is Emily?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Emily is the assistant to KCass, we have to run everything through her.

Lillian Oyen-Usted ‘19: I have been a three semester note taker for cheese forum. We gather questions as a rep-co, we formulate questions that are going around campus. For admissions? Counseling center being more diverse, having more hours, being accessible? Brecon water foundation? Polema? Park and health center construction? Campaign?

Lydia Sanchez ‘18: Some of the next questions will be answered with upcoming board of trustees meeting. Things will be announced. Need blind. We will not be going at need blind. We cannot afford it.

Lillian Oyen-Usted ‘19: I was just talking about questions that have been asked in the past?

Alisha Clark ‘18: What exactly if anything can we ask them? Are there any updates?These questions can be answered at the Board Meeting, we need to be asking other questions that people can ask.

Lydia Sanchez ‘18: The health center they are working on it. $10 million Blueprints have been approved. Release final budget in a few weeks. Like how many people they will be hiring Park has been a discussion since Fall 2015. Planning and wanna be under budget. Park of this has to do with the Campaign. They will update us on things like new bathrooms in merion.

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: I am not sure what the medium would be for discussion with admin? So since we’re not on the same page with say general projects & what they are working on might be a good place to start with this kind of thing. They could introduce themselves and things they are aiding with. Some questions are  being addressed. Getting everyone on the same page.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I will tell you guys of any p=big updates coming from the Board of Trustees meeting.

Jessica Breet ‘18: Another idea would be to put out a survey? Maybe put in questions for admin because as a whole they seem pretty frightinging if you don’t know how it works. ?

Kyra Sygal ‘17: I agree with what everyone has been saying. But just to update on construction. Facilities meet with resco and dorm presidents. I will let you know somethings that will be updated. Construction in park will begin on june 2017 and end fall 2018. Nosiest park will be happening over the summer. Merion will be getting new carpets ,light, & bathrooms this summer. Then in batten Summer 2018 Batten will be renovated. Feel free to reach out to dorm presidents and res-co heads if you have questions or want something communicated.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Administrators wanna know things 3 weeks in advance. So right now we are on thin ice. They like to know what we are talking about. Alisha said that this is what the student body wants. I will pass it around on facebook please encourage people to put questions on the forum. In the meantime, I can email her and ask for a recap of projects that they have been working on.

Lydia Sanchez ‘18: I could recap

Alisha Clark ‘18: Is that all about Big Cheese, Sam want to take it away?

Sam Heyrich ‘17: President of SAAC, this past week was DIII week. One of the themes we decided to focus on student athlete & community relations.This was kind of sparked by Plenary and discussions around that and so we wanted to open a discussion here regarding student athlete relationships here at Bryn Mawr.  Earlier held open forum discussion here in the Campus Center trying to address underlying athletic department & how student athlete are linked to confederate flag issue and the way that plays out. The issue was not properly handled and there are a lot of underlying tensions, so we wanted to open a dialogue about this.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I remember when I was a first year, that happened within the first two weeks of being a student. I am a person who is not easily offended by things. At the same time, didn’t wanna shape me me as a student. But it was difficult to see how Bryn Mawr responded, when they did respond it was really empty, like they didn’t care and I felt betrayed and not welcomed. I was intrigued by the way the honor board played out for athletes. No how dept handled issues pertaining to it.

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I am not defending in any part but athletes do not receive any special treatment, especially in regards to the honor code. Athlete’s at Haverford in comparison to BMC is interesting. Stressing the fact that student athletes are not extended special rights.

Alisha Clark ‘18; was this before or after they received their awards?

Lillian Oyen-Usted ‘19: I am a student athlete and I was not here during the issue when I found out  I was horrified that it was student athlete. How it was never talked about? Didn’t find out about it until second semester? In regards to awards I brought that up to my coach personally. It turns out that award it isn’t awarded through athletic department, it’s a memorial award given to seniors on rowing team. Sam Heyrich ‘17: These two happened to be seniors on rowing team. Since then, head has been profusely apologetic, especially Kathy

Jessica Breet ‘18: Department of athletics to issue apology.

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I can advocate for this but Don’t think they will be open.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I think that would heal a lot of people. From my position I think that could provide closure. People are always talking about the way that they have never received an apology.  No matter what it is essential to treat people with kindness even if we don’t agree.

Jessica Breet ‘18: What if it came from SAAC, not the athletics department?

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I don’t think it’s SAAC’s responsibility/current students have nothing to do with the administrative handling. I feel horrible that current students have to bear the burden, it wouldn’t mean much for these students to apologize for something that the adults did.  

Jessica: If they are unwilling to apologize then maybe a public statement of support from SAAC?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Why won’t cathy propose an apology?

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I don’t want to speak on her behalf but I think that they see it as something that has passed, and that it is time to move forward. This year we have made strides in our attempts to fix things, we made a Diversity and inclusion statement that took two years to create and all athletes signed it. We just created a new position on the SAAC e-Board

Lillian Oyen-Usted ‘19: I want to make a point that the comment that was made at Plenary is not representative of majority of athletes, that is not how most athletes feel.We are creating a head of diversity position on our E-Board.. Currently we have a diversity and inclusion committee run by Anushka Robinson. Committee head position →  e-board position. Tasked with/focused on the daily tasks and large scale things as well to fix community relationships by working with pensby center the department & AMO groups. We want to hold events within athletics as well as respond to things like this. We don’t want all these responsibilities to fall on one person but we want to show that diversity is priority to all of us.

Claire Gaposchkin‘17: It is very nice that this forum exists. SGA should be an open forum of communication. Line of communication is nice. Being clear about saying this is what happened is helpful. Saying this is what the department did. It’s easy to be confused by all of the difficulties in discussions like this. It’s really helpful for people to understand each other.

Jessica Breet ‘18: Everything SAAC is moving to sounds good.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I agree too, but I am definitely hoping to see an apology. We want all the athletes to be there because we want to show us as a community. Do everyone some healing. Please partake in rally. I think this would help people too.

Sam Heyrich ‘17: If you would like to continue convo privately, please send me an email at any point.

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Trivia Time

Apparently there are actually 4 people buried in the Cloisters

Question: What was the original Gateway Building’s purpose?

Answer: Bookstore, point goes to Cassidy Gruber, Purple team.
Alisha Clark ‘18:  is everyone okay with missing next week for Easter Sunday, NO MEETING NEXT SUNDAY. Last meeting will be the following weekend, the SGA Rally.

SGA Meeting Minutes 4/2/2017

SGA MEETING  4/2

CAMPUS CENTER 7PM

 

Summary of the Meeting

During this meeting we continued using the new meeting structure and it still moved smoothly. There were many announcements and upcoming events shared.  RepCo made a request for volunteers for room draw as well as sharing information about the room draw events for Multiple Occupancy and Hall Group coming up this Wednesday. There is an event for admitted and prospective students this Thursday that is a great time to introduce them to Bryn Mawr and SGA. Be on a look out for all of the events created by SAAC happening around campus for Division III week this upcoming week. We also had a discussion about the Big Cheese Forum (an event where people from various parts of the administration come to a meeting and students are able to ask them questions and share ideas). We decided that it would not be beneficial to have it this late in the semester but we are going to ask the “Cheeses” from last semester’s forum to report back via videos and take the energy to better plan next Big Cheese. During the community forum there was a proposal to incorporate the structure of deliberative forums into SGA when we have discussions. The RepCo is excited to explore the ways that we can incorporate this. And finally the Red Team won the trivia question giving them two points total!

 

Announcements

Bridget Murray ‘17 and Kyra Sygal ‘17: We still need people to volunteer for room draw for the sophomore room draw! If you want to volunteer or if you have any questions you can email resco@brynmawr.edu

 

Events

Bridget Murray ‘17 and Kyra Sygal ‘17:  Room draw’s begin this week, Hall group on Wednesday at 7 and Multiple Occupancy on Wednesday at 8.

Emma Porter ‘17: There is a prospective and admitted students event on Thursday the 6th at 6:30pm in the campus center,  we want SGA people represented there. It will be a great time to mingle with admitted students and talk about your role in SGA. Email us if you have any questions

Samantha Hyrich ‘18: Tomorrow is the beginning of division three week,there are a number of events throughout the week. Monday: It’s on us during the day in the campus center. At night there will be a hot topic about student athletes in the community at 7:30pm in the Campus Center. Tuesday: Tennis match. Diversity and Inclusion statement will be revealed at 7:30 in the campus center. Wednesday: Body positive photos will be displayed in the campus center. At 8pm there will be a screening of female athletes on screen in the Campus Center. Friday: There will be a kickball tournament in the gym at noon. Sunday: Lacrosse v franklin and marshall at noon and then the sga meeting at night

 

Big Cheese Forum

Alisha Clark ‘18: Do you guys want to see another big cheese? Do you feel like it’s necessary?

We voted and only two people said that they wanted to have one this semester and so we decided to discuss why

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: What do we hope to achieve with this big cheese forum?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Can the people who want Big Cheese to happen tell us why they think it is important.

Cassidy Gruber Baruth ‘19: In general it’s a really useful event for people who do not generally come to SGA there is more of a turnout and anything that encourages student involvement especially now because we had problems with plenary so anything that involves students voices is important.

Lea Williams ‘20: More transparency between the administration and the student body has been a problem and so i think that would be helpful to increase this.

Kyra Sagal ‘17: I think if we were going to have one this late in the year we would need to have the goals for it very clearly stated, like is this going to be something that is going to happen next year, also i feel like we always have the same people and talk about the same things so would this be a continuation of that?

Alisha Clark ‘18: I agree I wish it wasn’t so late in the year but I have a lot of changes we would like to make if we did have it. I recently went to a conference and saw a panel type discussion led by Juniata College and it included getting to know the people at a more personal level before delving into questions to increase trust. I want to have a speed dating type thing with the cheeses so that you can have a more genuine conversation instead of a roast. Because they’re humans too and we have a lot to change but being harsh isn’t beneficial. That’s what I was going to talk about if you thought it was going to be a good idea.

Emma Porter ‘17: I was thinking that it would be really good to have some feedback from the cheeses from last semester to see if they have followed through on what they were saying that they were going to work on.  

Alisha Clark ‘18: So inviting the people from last semester to come back?

Claire Romaine ‘17: I feel it would be a better use of the effort on SGA’s part to put more energy into next semesters but maybe inviting back the people would be a good idea.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I like that idea I think it would be a good way to get experience while also planning for the next Big Cheese.

Juhi Aggarwal ‘18: I don’t think that if we do this kind we don’t need it to all be in one day, the people can come as they have time to SGA meetings to report back.

Emma Porter ‘17: I have a comment, my only concern is that we would have to designate a time for them to come and then go because having this be a student only space is important so having it all at once may be important

Emma Levin ‘17: I also agree with Emma but also if we aren’t able to get everyone at once I do like Juhi’s idea

Ananya Kumar ‘18: My only concern is that it would take more time on every SGA meeting and its April so its getting closer to finals and we all have a lot of work to get done.

Alisha Clark ‘18: It would be implemented in the normal time frame of meetings, it wouldn’t be in addition to it.

Ananya Kumar ‘18: I think that having it all at once would be better for people’s schedules.

Cassidy Gruber Baruth ‘19: I am not against the idea of having people come in every week but I think that having the space for this communication is important and if it was one person at a time it might feel more like grilling that person. We could format it so that they present and then there is space for a few questions.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Yeah i don’t want them to feel like were attacking them because that’s not helpful for things that we want to change but we definitely need something solid because I need to tell them soon.  

Swati Shastry ‘18: I feel like only RepCo shows up to the forum and that’s not super helpful because that’s not the idea of Big Cheese and so I don’t know how they are getting info if RepCo isn’t giving it to them.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I could reach out and maybe they could make fun little videos about what they presented and the things that they’ve done on that since then. I don’t want to invite administration into this space because this is our designated time, but maybe if we had a quick video like two minutes each week from someone that we can show and then if you have questions we can write them up and send them to the Cheeses. We will get the updates, do big cheese in a way, and still keep our space.

Kyra Sagal ‘17: I think that’s a good idea they can also just send emails, I think if you wanna get it to the rest of the community maybe not using the term “Big Cheese” because other people may not know what it is and ignore that email.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Thank you, so we’re not going to do the big cheese this semester, is that okay?

Everyone gave thumbs up

 

Let’s revisit!

The Erdman party didn’t happen because they didn’t end up getting enough bouncers.

 

Community forum

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I just wanted to talk about this thing that 20 students were involved in on Friday about deliberative forums as a part of someone’s thesis. So we had a deliberative forum that was structured and talking about the health center. I kinda wanted to talk to you all about it so that we can consider using it in the future as a way to structure forums at SGA meetings because there aren’t concrete structures for those discussions now. So beforehand small amounts of info are given by students anonymously. So instead of everyone sharing their feelings within that space you read the info and are in the same place about the issues.Then there is a panel of administration there so that you can talk to them about any questions you have. Then you talk in smaller groups with moderators and here you can share how you felt: What resonated? What you found surprising? In general getting footing on what the issues are. Then you get together as a whole group and decide on things. So that is the first part and then the second part is actually creating resolutions that you can present on how you want to see it changed.

Okay so do you find that technique valuable to what we do here at SGA and around the campus?
Claire Romaine ‘17 I think that is a really good idea to have a concrete goal that we are working to. I just wonder what kind of panels there would be?

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: There wasn’t much of a panel on friday but looking forward I think there would be people who would be able to answer the questions best and they wouldn’t be there for the whole time only that segment.

Emma Porter ‘17: How do you see this incorporated into SGA?

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: When we break into smaller groups and talk about issues. The panel could be administration or students so that things get resolved instead of just talking about feelings the whole time.

Alisha Clark ‘18: I love this and would love to see it implemented.

Priyanka Dutta ‘17: I was thinking that it would go really well with the Big Cheese Forum, especially having the anonymous comments ahead of time.

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I was also thinking about it for Big Cheese because it is only a small group talking to one person so if there is a panel lots of voices can be heard on both end.

Swati Shastry ‘18: Something the senior who was conducting this research mentioned was doing this for Plenary resolutions so that we don’t have the first discussion of the resolutions at plenary and people can actually think of ways to improve the resolutions based on feedback while they are being written and revised.

Aly Robins ‘17: So this would be before plenary? I think that sounds wonderful but people could have talked about it before at SGA meetings in the past and didn’t show up so would they now? But more of these discussions need to happen and would be great.

 

Trivia Time

Question: How many people are buried in the cloisters?

Answer: 3

Bridget Murray won the trivia question, point goes to red

SGA Meeting Minutes 3/26/2017

SGA MEETING 3/26

CAMPUS CENTER 7PM

Summary of the Meeting

During this meeting we tried out a slightly modified structure. The new E-Board introduced themselves and briefly talked about some goals for their term.The new names of the agenda points were discussed as well as the new aspects of the meeting such as separating out upcoming events from announcements and the new trivia section that involves a run competition among the Representative Council. Announcements and Upcoming Events were shared and can be accessed easily in the SGA newsletter also attached in this email. Following these announcements there was a discussion about the Spring Plenary. The meeting broke up into five smaller groups and discussed What they think went well/badly and what they think could be improved. There were many very exciting ideas that came out of these discussions that will hopefully be able to be utilized for the next Plenary. Finally there was the trivia question and the red team won the point!

 

Introductions

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: My name is Alisha for anyone who doesn’t know me. I am your new SGA president. And I am really excited to take on this position. I am really friendly after a cup of coffee so if you’re talking to me and I seem dead it’s cause I haven’t had my coffee.  She loves coffee and particularly Starbucks. The best way to contact her is through email or texting, she doesn’t want people to be to overly formal when reaching out She’s a cancer (a sensitive creature in her natural habitat) goes to sleep at 10:30 latest and likes to reflect at the end of the day

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Introducing herself as the new SGA Vice President. She wants to work on improving the accountability of the appointed committees and improving the appointments process in general.

Swati Shastry ‘18: Introducing herself as the Head of the Honor Board. She wants to work on making meetings better by incorporating everyone in some way.

Delia Landers ‘19: Introducing herself as the SGA Secretary. She wants to work on making meetings more productive and enjoyable

Anna Huang ‘19: Introducing herself as the SGA Treasurer. She wants to focus on making the bylaws about the budget better and improving the way that the SFC works to make it more effective.

Alisha Clark ‘18: What she wants to accomplish is the platform that we ran on. Making sure that incoming students know about plenary and SGA and know that they are an integral part of being a Bryn Mawr student. We want to make plenary as enjoyable as possible, to make it a party. We want to create a good healthy dialogue within the community.

 

Meeting structure discussion

 

Alisha Clark ’18: We want to discuss the ways that meetings will be run for the rest of this year and what should we do for the upcoming year.

Delia Landers ’19: I’m just going to give a brief description of each:

Roll Call

Checking in to see who in the Representative Council is present.

E-Board Introductions

The new 2017-2018 Executive Board will introduce themselves to the community again!

Meeting Structure Discussion

The new E-Board will be discussing the ways that the meetings will be run and other fun new aspects of the weekly meetings and seeing what the community would like to see.

Announcements:

RepCo Announcements

This was previously classified as New Business. During this time any member of the Representative council may feel free to make an announcement.

General Announcements

Announcements may be made during this time from any member of the Bryn Mawr community.

Upcoming events

This time will be used to discuss and publicize upcoming events.

Plenary Recap Discussion

We will be using this time to have reflections and discussions on the 2017 Spring Plenary and looking forward to future Plenaries.

Let’s Revisit!!

This was previously known as Old Business and is a time for folks to bring up a topic previously discussed at a weekly meeting.

Community Forum

This was previously know as Your Two Cents, this is a time when anyone in the Undergraduate community can come forward to create a discussion, ask for a straw poll or vote, and engage with SGA.

Trivia Time!!

This is a new edition to the weekly meetings that will be a fun way to have a little competition. Come to the discussion on meeting structure to find out how this will work!

So I’ll just explain the ways that the Trivia will work. So I have divided the Representative Council into five teams that are based on the 5 class colors. So I am going to email each of you and let you know what team you’re on! Every week we are going to have a different trivia question and who ever answers it first gains a point for their team. Whichever team has the most points at the end of the semester wins a prize!

Alisha Clark ‘18: The prize will be a Wawa gift card and don’t worry your SGA dues are not going to go

Jessica Breet ‘18: I am going to be honest I didn’t know what the old and new business meant before

Aly Robins ‘17: If I am not a member of repco may I still answer the trivia question?

Delia Landers ‘19: Yes but the point won’t go to any of the teams?

Aly Robins ‘17: So can I not win the prize? What if I answer the most amount of questions?

Delia Landers ‘19: If you answer more questions on your own that the teams do we will definitely get you Wawa.

Alisha Clark ‘18: We only have a few weeks left and so we are trying to have fun in these meetings and see how things work out and we can re-discuss the things we need to at the end

 

RepCo Announcements

 

Bridget Murray ‘17 and Kyra Sygal ‘17:  Hall Group & Multiple Occupancy forms should be submitted by Tuesday (3/28) at 5pm.

Room hunting: When you’re going around checking out dorms, rooms, and common spaces, remember that people live there! Always knock first, be polite, respect residents’ privacy & honor quiet hours and door signs.

We are in need of some volunteers for Room Draw! We need up to three more people for Sophomore draw on Thursday 4/13 from 8:45-10pm. Any current soph, junior, or senior can do it–we’ll tell you all you need to know, and you’ll get a free t-shirt!

Anna Huang ‘19:  Because the New York Times is raising it’s prices from $0.70 to $1.00 we are going to figure out how many copies we really need and start ordering less to be put in the dining halls. We might send around a survey to see who reads the paper everyday, and if they use the physical copy because we also subscribe to the online copy.

Aly Robins ‘17: When would this come into effect?

Anna Huang ‘19: Next semester.

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: May I make a suggestion, look and see how many are left over each day to see how many are used.

Anna Huang ‘19: I am actually already looking into the statistical data and I will use that to decide.

Emma Porter ‘17: Does the digital copy have the crossword?

Aly Robins ‘17: I don’t think so, I think that is a different subscription

Anna Huang ‘19: Yeah I’m not sure I don’t actually read it.

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: The elections round is opening up tomorrow for the emergency elections for Appointments Committee members. Send your nominations to the Elections heads.. The appointments round will take place in April after these positions have been filled.

Also just going over the 4 resolutions that we were not able to present at Plenary and reminding people that we will be bringing these up again.  

Jessica Breet ‘18:

This Saturday is Erdman’s first dorm party in many years and we still need bouncers for the event, please, please help me. The theme is dungeon party which you can interpret however you want. Please let me know if you want to be bouncers or servers by Tuesday!

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Is it a one floor or a two-floor party?

Jessica Breet ‘18: the idea is for it to be a two-floor party with two little parties happening on each floor.

Bridget Murray ‘17: This isn’t a question this is me volunteering to help.

Jessica Breet ’18: Awe thank you Bridget Murray class of 2017!!

 

Upcoming events

 

Hannah Henderson Charnow ‘17, Priyanka Dutta ‘17, and Connie Lam ‘18: The senior and junior class presidents are hosting  a pre-show to the battle of the bands this coming Friday. They brought a musical guest, Raina Sokotov-Gonzalez who is a singer songwriter from Brooklyn. This will be at 7pm in  the campus center on Friday. There will be snacks, please click going to the Facebook event. The event is open to everybody!

Jessica Breet ‘18: Where is this?

Hannah Henderson-Charnow ‘17: It is in the campus center

Jessica Breet ‘18: So what you’re saying is on Friday people can come and watch the band and then on Saturday they will come to the party in Erdman.

HHC: Yes everyone will support each other, you come to our event and we will come to yours!

Bridget Murray ‘17 and Kyra Sagal ‘17:  Mock Room Draw will be this Thursday (3/30) at 8:30 pm in Dalton 300. We’ll be going through the steps of multiple occupancy/hall group draws, dorm draw, and room selection, so if you’ve never been through Room Draw before (or have but still don’t understand it) this can answer your questions

Are you interested in being a DP next year? Curious about what the position entails? Next Sunday (4/2) before SGA, ResCo will be hosting a Dorm President Mixer from 6-7pm in the Campus Center main lounge. You can hear more about individual experiences from current DPs and the ResCo heads (both former DPs as well) and connect to other students interested in running. Plus, ResLife will be providing food from Campus Corner!

Lillian Oyen Usted: Saturday at 1 there is the lacrosse pink game and all proceeds go to benefit breast cancer research at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Hannah Rifkin: General announcement about Passover

So if you eat kosher or if you eat halal but would be open to eating kosher. There is food in the kosher kitchen for all of the 8 days of Passover as well as  a seder dinner. So if you are planning on coming to the kitchen please contact me if you would like to have something specific, dining services has been working with us. You can email me at hrifkin@brynmawr.edu.

 

Plenary Recap Discussion

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: I wanted to save a lot of time for this. I want to use this time for self reflection. This is one of my core values, I like to reflect on times and think how can I do better next time. Plenary is not just for the E Board it is for the entire community and so we should all self reflect on it.

Breaking up into small group discussions:

Alisha Clark ‘18: I hope that that was good for everyone! Does anyone want to share? Did anything tickle your fancy?

Gabrielle Smith ’17: Making plenary required because the honor code is required and no one questions that. Who benefits from Plenary? Like clubs. Maybe you should get club funding docked. A sheet that you sign when you’re taking self scheduled exams  saying this process has some to you through SGA, Plenary is on this date and you better attend.

Claire Romaine ‘18: We talked about counting and how electronic counting and how improvements are needed for that. There were lots of questions and comments on the mics that should have been brought up at SGA meetings previously and how there needs to be more of a knowledge that these are discussed at SGA meetings leading up.

Aly Robins ‘17: I want to second everything that they both said. Cause as a club leader I know that I wonder why people are not at Plenary, do they want to be part of it?? We talked about counting and we talked about a clicker system that Delia brought up and I brought up the idea of swiping in with our one cards the way that thrive does so we know what quorum is without counting.

Maybe having a way to discern whether a question was just asked or is in the resolution if there was a way to say let’s move on from this because it was previously answered or is in the resolution itself .

Emma Porter ‘17: Okay first, wow technology!! And Gabby you brought up the clubs. And we came up with a  similar idea. For sga meetings in general the bulk of repco is the dorm presidents and in order to increase the perspectives that are brought to SGA meetings and to increase the size of the council we were hoping to encourage club reps from every club to come out because it is where the budget is coming form and without these meetings you wouldn’t have that club and obviously you care about that group of people.

Lillian Oyen-Usted ‘19: Is there a way to do incentives with residential spaces to give increases for the dorms that get the most people at Plenary.

Alisha Clark ‘18: That is a great idea and when we have office hours in the upcoming weeks we will reach out to you and ask you to come visit to talk about this idea and we will have to  go through our Treasurer to work it out. It’s probably possible.

Claire Gopotchkin ‘17 : Something that came up a few times was having a very solid structure in place for the entirety of plenary. Which inlcudes counting and streamlining the volunteer process and the incretion of tabling and making Roberts’ rules more understood so that we do not waste time on unnecessary things. Making sure Plenary runs much more smoothly so we do not waste time on things.

Bridget Murray ‘17:Something that our group brought up was  making the languages not as bulky and the effect that Roberts rules would have on spending more time actually voting things rather than not understanding what we are voting on.

Alisha Clark ‘18: Does anyone know what Robert’s Rules of Order is?? Who’s Robert?? Yes there  is an actual reading and thing  but at the same time it silences a lot of voices because a lot of people do not understand what is happening and so what they say is not valid after that. Like at Plenary when someone immediately called the vote, I was saying to my group “well you’re silencing voices. Claire said “why don’t people just come to SGA meetings if they have all of those questions” And yes we are going to work on that  we want to make the meetings more inclusive so that people feel comfortable coming and this could come from us asking people to come to meetings. So next year if they want to know they can come to SGA meetings. Hopefully spreading more awareness of SGA would be helpful for me.

Aly Robins ‘17: This came up in our group, why 7 instead of 6 for the SGA meetings? Which I say because many people have film classes during this time?

Claire Romaine ‘17: I think part of the reason  is because yes dining hall workers can’t be there immediately but they are able to get there within an hour. Sometimes during daytime plenary you get practical closing of the dining halls.

Alisha Clark ‘18:What i am thinking about because we had so many resolutions tabled. I need to see which resolutions are being brought back for next semester and depending on how many we get we may end up pushing the Plenary back to the day time instead of night.Because yes  I was dying myself because I’m an early bird. But I will bring that up when we get closer and we can discuss it.

Gabrielle Smith ‘17: What if there was daytime and nighttime plenary and the resolutions will be split up people can just come for the resolutions that they care about?

Alisha Clark ‘18: I was thinking about having breaks scheduled into plenary if it is to long. So that people can get fresh air and get food and then people can come who were at work during these breaks, every couple of resolutions.

Annie Belgum ‘18: If we have ideas about plenary and how to improve it what would be the best way to improve it?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Me

Annie Belgam ‘18: Even if they are big things?

Alisha Clark ‘18: Yes.

Alisha Clark ‘18: You can talk to me every time you see me or email me whenever, you don’t have to be formal in your email to me. We can figure out a time or place to talk. You can also talk to anyone on the E-board and we have weekly meetings and a groupchat so talking to any of us is talking to all of us. I will email back and we can talk about this at a scheduled time and place.

Jessica Breet ‘18: So one of the things we talked about would be cutting back on resolutions especially ones that would be able to be decided in weekly SGA meetings. Operationally the repco may decide on some things within themselves instead of having to present changes to the constitution.

 

Trivia!

 

Question: What does SEPTA stand for?

Answer: South-Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Emma Porter ‘17 Wins the question, point to the red team.

Spring Plenary 2017 – Minutes

Spring Plenary 2017 – Minutes

Representative Council Members Present: Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Sophie Goldstein, Milan Fredrick, Priyanka Dutta, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Phoebe Dopulous, Nicky Westerduin, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma, Cassidy Gruber

 

Representative Council Members Absent: Katherine Nichols, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Manal Hussain, May Zhu, Evelyn Aviles

 

Summary:

  • Plenary began at 7:00 PM in McPherson auditorium. Quorum was reached at 8:13 PM.
  • The first resolution, “The Reaffirmation of the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association Constitution”, was presented by the 2017-18 SGA Executive Board and was passed by a visual ballot.
  • The second resolution, “The Reaffirmation of the Bryn Mawr College Honor Code”, was presented by Swati Shastry, Head of the Honor Board.
    • After one pro comment pointing out the importance of recognizing and confronting racism as part of the Social Honor Code and a question regarding how the spirit of “positive confrontation” is actively reaffirmed, this resolution was passed by a visual ballot.
  • The third resolution, “Changing the Maximum Wait-Time for Quorum”, was presented by the 2016-17 SGA Executive Board.
    • The original resolution proposed shortening the then three-hour maximum wait time to one hour and fifteen minutes.
    • After some discussion regarding the feasibility of this time frame, the resolution was amended to change the wait time from three to two hours.
    • This resolution was passed 184 to 144.
  • Quorum was lost but regained at 9:05 PM right before the vote to pass the third resolution.
  • The fourth resolution, “Regulating the Representative Council Attendance Policy to Five Unexcused Absences per Semester”, was presented by the 2016-17 SGA E-Board.
    • The final resolution was amended to state a maximum of four unexcused absences as opposed to the previous five following discussion.
    • The final resolution was passed by a visual ballot.
  • The fifth resolution, “Paying the SGA Executive Board”, was presented by both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 SGA Executive Boards.
    • An amendment to include the Traditions Mistresses/Masters/Mistexs in the proposed stipend did not pass.
    • After much discussion regarding the E-Board’s interaction with the College’s Administration, the source of the money from the SGA budget and the College, the E-Board’s SGA-related commitments compared to other organizations, etc., it was eventually proposed that the resolution should be tabled until the Fall. This measure passed.
    • Voting was to begin on the other proposed measures to extend time and call the question when the Assembly and SGA once again lost quorum by just over thirty people. As per the SGA Constitution, if quorum is lost a second time Plenary must end.
  • Plenary was adjourned at 10:18 PM due to the second loss of quorum. All other resolutions (six in total) were tabled until Fall Plenary.

 

—Transcript—

 

Quorum was gained at 8:13 PM.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Welcome to my retirement!

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi everyone! I am required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything said here tonight will be recorded for the minutes.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, so the History of Plenary:

In 1892, Bryn Mawr College became the first institution in the U.S. to give students the responsibility to decide on how they should govern themselves. While it was considered a radical experiment, it has become one of the most valued aspects of the Bryn Mawr education. The tradition of student autonomy and responsibility has created a unique campus where students participate in discussion and resolution of the most important issues facing the College.

Twice a year, students get the opportunity to present resolutions to the entire student body. The Spirit of Self Governance is a beautiful thing and should make all Mawrters proud.

ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER:

Plenary uses a form of communication based on Robert’s Rules of Order. This ensures that the will of the majority is done while protecting the voice of the minority. The rules of order may seem awkward and sometimes constraining, but they will limit chaos and personal attack. Please give your attention to the guidelines and follow them. In the long run, they will make Plenary run smoother and faster.

Quorum is essential and required. This means that everyone must enter and exit from the side door of Goodhart. Votes are only valid if there is quorum.

Order of Business: Each resolution will be presented as follows:

  • Reading of the resolution by the presenter(s)
  • Explanation of the resolution by the presenter(s) – 3 minutes
  • Floor open to questions and Pro/Con statements – 12 minutes
(questions are given priority during this time)
(If amendment is presented, it is given an additional 8 minutes)
  • Floor open to Pro/Con statements only – 7 minutes
  • Rebuttal period for presenter(s) of the resolution – 3 minutes
  • Voting on the resolution

If there is discussion occurring at the microphones, then discussion will occur for at least 12 minutes as outlined above, before the question may be called. This is to ensure that a minimum discussion is given to all resolutions, as the community has already warranted these resolutions worthy of discussion.

If there is no discussion at the microphone, the SGA Executive Board will give a 30 second time limit for those who wish to speak to identify themselves by either approaching the microphone or alerting their section counter. If after the 30 seconds no one has announced that they wish to speak, the amendment or resolution will be voted upon.

There will be a member of the SGA Executive Board moderating as well as another member keeping time for each resolution. One minute and 30 second warnings will be given for each timed period.

SPEAKING:

**If you wish to ask a question, please line up at the middle yellow QUESTION microphone. **If you wish to make a statement in favor of a proposal, please use the green PRO microphone.
**If you wish to make a statement in opposition to a proposal, please use the red CON microphone.

There will be a moderator at each microphone who will limit the number of people standing in line. Please keep your statements to one minute, so that everyone may have time to speak. Please listen carefully to the speakers to avoid asking the same question or making the same basic point. If you have already spoken on an issue, you will not be allowed to speak again until everyone else who desires to speak has done so. If you must talk while in your seat, please be considerate of those around you who may be trying to listen to the discussion. Most importantly, please be patient and respectful of all other members. Even though you might not agree with an idea, everyone has the right to speak and be heard.

The President will call on microphones alternating Pro/Con. Only the people at microphones who are recognized by the President will be permitted to speak, and again, no person at the microphone will be allotted more than one minute to comment on the resolution.

VOTING:

Voting is a right and privilege extended to all members of the Association. The options for exercising this right are pro, con, and abstain (no opinion, or you feel like you don’t have enough information to provide an informed vote). For a motion to pass a majority of members present must vote pro.

Please raise hands high, and know who your counter is for your section. The President will ask that everyone return to their proper seat during a vote, so as to make sure everyone is counted accurately.

All votes will be done visually unless there the majority of the vote is unclear. If you believe you are not being counted, please see a counter or come to the front of the stage.

DEFINITIONS:

AMENDMENT: An addition or change that is proposed to a resolution which is on the table for discussion. Please try to use language such as “strike,” “add,” and “replace with.” If the amendment strays too much from the original intent of the proposal, the President may declare the amendment to be out of SCOPE, or outside of the resolution’s jurisdiction or purpose. All amendments must be written down in advance of approaching the microphone and presented to the microphone moderator. All amendments must be presented and discussed as written.

After an amendment is presented, it must be seconded at a microphone by another member of the Association, and is then open for debate. At this time, all discussion regarding the original resolution ceases to allow adequate attention to be given to the amendment. If you are speaking to the main resolution during this time, the President may request you to come back to the microphone when debate on the main resolution resumes.

MOTION TO EXTEND TIME: This needs a simple majority for approval. When making the motion, please specify a length at which time shall be extended (4 more speakers/5 minutes, etc.). It must be made before time has expired, seconded, and then passed by a simple majority.

MOTION TO COMMIT/REFER: If you feel like more research needs to be done in order to support the motion you may move to refer to a committee (I move to refer to a committee/task force). Upon doing so please specify the size, responsibilities and composition of the committee.

POSTPONE INDEFINITELY: This may be done if you feel like there is inadequate information and you feel like the motion does not warrant discussion. The effect would be to postpone debate entirely and move on to the next order of business. If desired, it could then be brought up at Plenary the following year.

CALLING THE QUESTION: A request to stop all discussion IMMEDIATELY and put the resolution to a vote. This MUST be voted upon, and requires 2/3 support. It is basically a vote to vote. The first vote will be to close discussion and move to the final vote. If this fails discussion continues; if this passes then the presenter moves to the rebuttal period and then we vote on whatever debate is currently occurring—i.e. an amendment or the original resolution. If you CALL ALL PREVIOUS QUESTIONS, this would include the same premise as calling the question, only we would proceed to vote systematically on any amendment on the table and the original resolution. This motion may only be made after the original 10 minutes of discussion have elapsed, and must be recognized by the President.

POINT OF ORDER: A motion made after an infraction of Robert’s Rules of Order. May be made from any place in the room. The Parliamentarian will confer with the President regarding the error and then will present a method of recovery to regain order.

***IMPORTANT***

These motions as well as the amendment process are serious procedures; which can, if abused, hinder the process or render it unfair. Please use them with discretion and allow the existing process to work as efficiently as possible. All motions must be presented at the microphone.

FOOD

All food must be consumed in the atrium and the lobby. In the case that food is consumed in the Auditorium, SGA will not be allowed to use Goodhart in the future. Please abide by and uphold the Social Honor Code by respecting this rule.

PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF AND RECYCLE PLENARY PACKETS/BOOKLETS!

A special thank you to Bryn Mawr College for allowing us to use McPherson Auditorium and to our volunteers for your time and support! Really, thank you so much guys.

We will move onto the first constitution the reaffirmation of the SGA Constitution presented by the New E-Board.

 

Plenary Resolution #1: The Reaffirmation of the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association Constitution

 

Alisha Clark ’18: So happy we reached quorum so fast!

 

“Whereas, the Self-Government Association of the Undergraduate School of Bryn Mawr College is the first and oldest system of self-governance in the United States,

Whereas, the spirit of self-governance permeates almost every aspect of the Undergraduate Bryn Mawr College experience,

Whereas, the students of Bryn Mawr College have pledged to work together for the welfare, benefit, and preservation of the community as a whole,

Whereas, we recognize that to reach full potential of our community, we require a commitment on the part of each and every individual,

It is hereby resolved that we, the members of the Self-Government Association of the Undergraduate School of Bryn Mawr College present today [19th of March, 2017], on behalf of the entire Self Government Association, reaffirm our commitment to self-governance, the SGA Constitution, and the Honor Code.”

 

Alisha Clark ’18: In summary: “The Bryn Mawr College Self-Governance Association – the first collegiate student government in American history — was established in 1892 as a way for the students to govern themselves. SGA is having the voice and the power to create positive change in our community through confrontation, discussion, and action. SGA also empowers us to create a community of mutual respect for all Mawrters. This resolution is to reaffirm our commitment to the spirit of self-governance, the Honor Code, and the SGA Constitution.”

Rhea Manglani ‘18: You have 30 seconds to identify if you want to speak. I think we can move to a vote. So we’re going to vote on this. Your options are to vote yes, no, or abstain. Raise your packets for yes? Since it’s pretty obvious, you can put your packets down. No? Abstain? Resolution One passes!

 

Next we have resolution two presented by current Head of Honor Board.

 

Plenary Resolution #2 – The Reaffirmation of the Bryn Mawr College Honor Code

 

Swati Shastry ’18:

 

“Whereas, the life of the Honor Code relies on community investment and engagement,

Whereas, all members of the undergraduate community have a responsibility to abide by the Honor Code,

Whereas, confrontation is the necessary first step toward bringing an infraction to the attention of the Honor Board, and is a responsibility listed in the Code (Article II, Section A),

Whereas, our bi-co partner, Haverford, lists a similar responsibility for individuals to the community in its Honor Code (Article 2, Section 3.06),

Be it resolved that, we, the undergraduate students of Bryn Mawr College, reaffirm our commitment to positive confrontation.

So basically this is to reaffirm our commitment to the Honor Code and Spirit of Confrontation.

 

Gabrielle Smith ’17: I would just like to say is that a part of our Honor Code means mutual respect. Many times on this campus people don’t do that and instead do not combat racism when they see it. I hope that everyone who votes yes to this resolution is going to confront people who are racist and discriminate against marginalized groups.

 

Aleja Newman ’18: To piggyback off of what Gabby said, what happens when we don’t do that? Sometimes people don’t really allow you to have positive confrontation or public neutral space for that confrontation. What are we doing to uphold this?

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: Having a resolution each year forces us to have a discussion about this, but I feel like the biggest part is that there is a difference between the academic and the Social Honor Code. The social is a little bit more tricky in that it requires your own agency. Your peers will tell you things and there’s no way to reinforce that. It’s an ongoing conversation that we don’t have as much as we should. That’s important.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re going to move to a vote so vote yes if you are in favor of this resolution please raise your packets. No? Abstain? Think about what Gabby said, it’s a very important comment. Next resolution is by the old E-Board so Jocelyne and Shaina.

 

Plenary Resolution 3: Changing the Maximum Wait-Time for Quorum

 

Shaina Robinson ’17:

“Whereas, the current wait-time for Plenary is three hours,


Whereas, this is no longer necessary with the introduction of “Night Plenary”,

Be it resolved, the Plenary wait-time will now be one hour and fifteen minutes.”

To summarize this: “This Resolution serves to shorten the maximum wait- time to reach quorum from three hours to one hour and fifteen minutes. This change is being proposed with the introduction of “Night Plenary” to respect members of SGA (the students’) schedules, whereas Plenary had previously taken place during the afternoon when the three hour maximum was first proposed.”

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, Balcony.

Claire Romaine ’17: My question is when does this start because as I understand it is that we would have not gotten quorum tonight. We would we have dismissed.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We don’t start the count until the event time. We could open the doors at 5:00 PM but we still wouldn’t start the count until 7:00 PM. Con mic?

 

Sam Wall ’17: I am against this because, although I understand the importance of respecting students’ schedules, it will lead to more instances of not reaching quorum. As someone who has been though not reaching quorum, it sucks. I think it’s an issue that should be approached by getting people to come to Plenary, not changing how long we have to wait.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Question mic?

 

Delaney Williams ’17: What happens if we don’t reach quorum?

 

Shaina Robinson ’17: If we don’t reach quorum, then essentially Plenary would be over.

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: And it would it not be rescheduled?

 

Shaina Robinson ’17: The resolutions get tabled until the next Plenary next semester.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Balcony?

 

Aly Robins ’17: Is this formally instituting Night Plenary for the rest of Bryn Mawr’s existence? With off campus, McBrides, this could be difficult.

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Yes, this would.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I did a survey of Plenary last semester. About 98% of the student body that responded, which was 200 students, responded overwhelming in favor of keeping Plenary at this time.

 

Hannah Zamore ’19: You said that if we do not reach quorum we don’t have Plenary. If we don’t have Plenary what does that mean?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: If Plenary does not happen, it depends on the semester. In the Fall, if resolutions get tabled they have to be presented in the Spring. Things are a bit more dire if not reached in the Spring because the Constitution has to be ratified and the Honor Code does well. A lot of funding on campus will be lost and events would be in peril.

 

Leah Baker ’19: Leah Baker ’19.

 

Maggie Alvarez ’17: Maggie Alvarez ’19.

 

Leah Baker ‘19: Our question was about people who work in Dining Services. At Haffner, having Plenary at 7:00 does not give people opportunity to change and come. Maybe think about starting at eight to give people some time?

 

Catherine Cameron ’20: Is there any particular reason that rescheduling Plenary is not a thing that can be done or say the possibility of what may be done? Having one night where maybe not everyone comes and we lose funding for stuff does not seem smart. Is there a historic reason for this or is there a rule somewhere?

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: I guess the reason why we’re doing this is because of the three-hour wait time is that at five minutes to the three hour mark people would start coming. This would incentivize people come quicker.

 

Catherine Cameron ‘20: Can I rephrase? You did not answer. Why can’t we reschedule it?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Plenary is extremely hard to schedule. We have to coordinate our schedules with various departments on campus including Conferences and Events and Dining Services. We plan this months in advance. We try and pick date that will work best for the student body, send out surveys, get feedback; therefore it is really hard to plan another Plenary if the one does not work out. We do have precautions in place. There is digital reaffirmation process and a few other emergency procedures.

 

Caitlyn Haskett ’20: Earlier both in New Dorm Dining Hall and in Erdman workers could not leave until 7:30. There’s already a lot of pressure put on workers that feel they have to come to Plenary. Additionally the supervisors have a mandatory meeting every Sunday and cannot be here right now and cannot count for quorum right now. If in the future that were not to happen, that’s really unfair to those of us who work in Dining Services.

 

Sally Little ’19: I have a proposed amendment. Strike one hour and fifteen minutes and change it to two hours.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is a friendly amendment.

 

Aleja Newman ‘18: We don’t we also have to reach quorum to vote on every resolution? Can we not have a different wait time that works for just starting versus voting for resolutions? For example, having two hours to reach quorum as we’re staring instead of waiting to get quorum to begin in general.

 

Shaina Robinson ’17: I don’t think that’s possible, unfortunately.

 

Gabrielle Smith ’19: Point of Clarification, that’s already in the Constitution.

 

Jane Rossman ’17: If you’re a senior you might remember the eight-hour wait time for reaching quorum, and then that we never reached quorum in the Spring. While I do think that the two-hour wait time is a good idea, I do remember it took around 3 hours to get quorum last year. I don’t really find it realistic.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Con mic last one, we may have to recount for quorum.

 

Kat Phifer ‘19: While I understand that Plenary is difficult and long I agree with Jane in that shortening it from three hours to an hour and fifteen minutes is not realistic because people have full-length commitments. I don’t think it will make it faster.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re going to recount for quorum, everyone please take a seat. Section counters get ready. We have lost quorum. We have thirty minutes to regain quorum. If not, all resolutions will be tabled until the Fall.

 

Quorum is reached again at 9:05 PM.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We are on Resolution Three, which has been amended to two hours as opposed to one hour and fifteen minutes. We can immediately go to a vote unless we want to extend speaking time or table the resolution. Okay, we’re going to a vote.

 

Raise your packets if yes, you are in favor of this resolution. Counters please count. Remember to count your own selves.

Yes: 184

No: 144

Abstain: 10

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: We got 184 yes, 144 no so resolution passes. We are moving on to Resolution #4.

 

Plenary Resolution #4: Regulating the Representative Council Attendance Policy to Five Unexcused Absences per Semester

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18:

 

“Whereas there is no formal written limit of unexcused absences for missing SGA meetings as a representative council member,

Whereas, it is important to uphold accountability in these elected positions,


Be it resolved, in Article IV Section 3 Subsection B, will now read “Elected members of the Representative Council are allowed up to 5 unexcused absences from SGA meetings per semester; however, missing plenary counts as two (2) absences.”

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Thirty Seconds to comment.

 

Claire Gaposchkin ’17: So what I guess my question is, what is the penalty for missing more the five unexcused absences?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: If you go beyond, your position is in jeopardy. You have to consult with the E-Board and there are various procedures you might have to go through if unexcused absences remain unexcused.

 

Hannah Smallwood ’20: Is there something in place between excused and unexcused absences so that SGA can still be accessible?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: As far as I know, we’ve been relying on the Honor Code in terms of excused and unexcused absences. We’re taking their word for saying why they can’t make it to meetings.

 

Toby Makowski ‘18: How many SGA meetings are there per semester? During the Fall, especially with Fall Break, you only have twelve weeks. If you’re allowed to miss up to five, you could end up missing half of the meetings.

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: There are approximately ten SGA meetings in the Fall.

 

Toby Makowski ’18: If you’re allowed to miss up to five, you could end up missing half of the meetings.

 

Kat Phifer ‘19: I have a question about the type of absence. Is it ever specified excused versus unexcused? Also does it say anywhere else?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Yes, there is. It does not say anywhere in the Constitution.

 

Rachel Bruce ‘18: Excused typically counts for illness, family emergency, or religious commitments. Unexcused is more like, “I didn’t feel like coming”.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Or “I forgot”.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19: Having five unexcused absences, I am extremely in favor because it makes it more accessible.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: I have a question. In the time I’ve been on RepCo, is there any rationale why it is five?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: From what we had been told it was five. You can make an amendment to make it four.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Can I do that?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Someone is at the pro mic but sure.

 

Margaret Gorman ‘19: Having it in the constitution is helpful because it makes things easier. I was worried if I got more than five unexcused of what happens or who was keeping track of it. It makes it solid.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Can I propose an amendment to make it four unexcused absences instead of five?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay, this is a friendly amendment.

 

Kat Phifer ’19: In anywhere else does it say what happens if someone misses that? You mention meeting with the E-Board or having to step down.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: There’s nothing specifically.

 

Aleja Newman ’18: I think you should change it back to five. Knowing myself and other people and some of us, as much as we think or talk about it, Bryn Mawr can be a hard place to be in. Additionally, I guess I’m confused about whether a group project counts as an excused or unexcused absence.

 

X: Point of Order, all amendments have to be seconded.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Everyone sit down, we have to vote on four versus five. We’re going to vote on changing it to four unexcused absences. Raise packets for yes, no, or abstain.

 

Yes: 168

No: 68

Abstain: N/A

 

This amendment passes. The resolution now reads that Representatives may have up to four unexcused absences. Now back to discussion of resolution itself. People at mics may return.

 

Hannah Zamore ’19: Question/comment. It feels that even four feels like a lot of absences. It concerns me that even in addition to the four absences that, as an elected representative, they can miss the majority of SGA meetings. Is there anything in the constitution about this?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: There is a section in the Constitution that details impeaching someone if one of the criteria is not fulfilling duties, which could include not going to SGA meetings.

 

Hannah Zamore ‘19: Would that include unexcused versus excused?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Usually if there is an serious number of excused absences we will sit down with them and see what kind of circumstances are happening in someone’s life. If it begins to become too much for them, we may discuss the possibility of them resigning from their position.

 

Sophieanne Millis ’20: I think it would make more sense to make absences proportional to the number of meeting in semester. For whatever reason, we have a significantly less amount of meetings in the Fall. Why not say that you can miss a certain fraction of the meetings?

 

Rachel Bruce ‘18: That is a great idea but unfortunately that would become too complicated when tabulating the absences after a while. This is probably the best solution for the time being.

Delaney Williams ‘17: Motion to Call the Question!

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re going to vote on this. Raise your packets for yes to Call the Question. This is by visual ballot. You may put your packets down. Raise packets for no? Abstain. Yes, we’re going to vote. Raise your packets for yes? This is again by visual ballot. Raise your packets for no? Raise packets for abstain? This resolution passes. Now onto Resolution Number Five.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Next is pay the E-Board presented by the 2016-17 E-Board and the 2017-18 E-Board.

 

Plenary Resolution #5: Paying the SGA Executive Board

 

Anna Huang ’19:

 

“Whereas, the fulfillment of the duties outlined for the members of the Executive

Board in the Constitution is dependent upon the number of hours they can spend on SGA.

Whereas, each E-Board position spearheads a sub-committee, oversees its responsibilities, and trains its members, in addition to hosting individual office hours and attending various meetings.

Whereas, SGA positions require each Executive Board members to practice social and intellectual competency, requiring a certain level of leadership and transparency.

Whereas, in the past students have been unable to run for the Executive Board due to the number of hours the positions require from their position holders on a weekly basis.

Whereas, this has disproportionately affected students who depend on student employment, making the Executive Board only accessible to students who can afford to forgo pay.

Whereas, SGA is made inaccessible and not fully representative of the student body since only a subsection of the student body can afford to fully devote their time to an Executive Board position.

Whereas, for the following positions to be paid, the Executive Board is working with Marybeth Horvath and other members of staff and the administration, as deemed necessary, to ensure that correct steps are being taken to develop job descriptions and hourly rates for the Executive Board.

Whereas, if the College decides that SGA can use the SGA Budget to pay the

Executive Board members, SGA will use the accumulated emergency pool from the SGA Budget to fund stipends until active discussions regarding the administration’s potential contribution to the budget have ended.

Be it resolved, that if the five Executive Board positions (President, Vice-

President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Head of the Honor Board) are paid through a stipend, the stipend amount shall come out of the SGA budget for next term. As per current policy, the budget will be approved at a Representative Council meeting. However, the proposed stipend amount of the Executive Board will not be enacted until the student body votes on it at Fall Plenary.

Be it resolved, that these are academic year only positions and any summer work is done on a volunteer basis.

Be it resolved, that if the stipend amount is reduced or rejected by the student body at Plenary, residual funds will enter the emergency pool.

Be it resolved, that if the College and Human Resources determines that the

Executive Board members cannot be paid through a stipend and that they are employees of the College, the Executive Board positions will be paid through the Student Activities student employment line.

Be it resolved, that these will be considered Level IV positions under student-employment guidelines due to the expertise and highly technical tasks required for each position.”

Anna Huang ’19: In the appendix we have the job descriptions of the E-Board members. In summary: “Executive Board positions on SGA are not currently paid. Due to the intensive number of hours necessary to fulfill the duties of these positions, those who cannot afford to spend unpaid hours of time on these positions cannot run for them. This means that the Executive Board positions are not accessible to the entire undergraduate student body. In an effort to make SGA an inclusive space that is representative of the Bryn Mawr community, we want to make the positions paid either through an SGA approved stipend or employment through the College. “

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Since people are starting at the mics I’ll give time to speak. So Question, Pro, Con, then Balcony.

 

Charis Nandor ’19: if this is paid, are you then working for the Administration?

 

Swati Shastry ’18: All of us have some level of duty to to the Administration by nature of our position and representatives between the students and the College.

Delaney Williams ’17: I want to propose an amendment. Strike President and Vice President in “Be it resolved Be it resolved, that if the five Executive Board positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Head of the Honor Board) are paid through a stipend, the stipend amount shall come out of the SGA budget for next term…” …since we are adding a new E-Board position, it wouldn’t make sense.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Do it to show visually?

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: Is that friendly?

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Yes that is friendly.

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: So the reason why we didn’t add it is because what we’re doing now is putting it through the SGA budget. We’re trying to get it paid through Student Activities. Anyway, that it would be enacted next April and would not be included in this cycle.

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: So this is more of a proposal and not the Constitution?

 

Swati Shastry ’17: Yes.

 

Aleja Newman ‘18: I have a few points about con. E-Board positions are asserted leadership, voted on by the student body. This is tricky like the idea of Dorm Presidents being paid. If you’re being voted on should you get money. There is talk that running on campus is a popularity contest, which I agree with. If it is coming out of the budget it is taking away from clubs. Secondly you’re running to benefit the community. This should not come with monetary reward. Coming out of the SGA budget when we have all these SGA dues, it’s not fair.

 

Anna Huang ’19: It will only come from the SGA budget for one semester. The proposal for President [of Bryn Mawr College] will set it as a formal student budget item and the College will support all student payment afterwards. In terms o the popularity contest, this resolution serves to motivate people to campaign for these positions. Less and less people running because they think that there is no time commitment. When I went for Treasurer, people asked me if there were time commitments. It’s actually not that popular.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Real quick to clarify, there is no guarantee that Student Activities will pay for that.

 

Nora Broderick ‘18: My question is what is the Emergency Pool and what is it used for?

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: Typically what happens is that when the budget is structured, we usually have budget 20 to 25% in case of anything happening. That has been in place for a really long time. It’s usually not tapped into because it’s an emergency budget.

 

Mara Schlotterbeck ’20: I’m just confused. If you’re pulling this from SGA budget, where are the residual funds coming from? What is going to lose out to pay or this?

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: The emergency pool fund varies from semester to semester. That emergency fund fluctuates. If it came to a point that pool money would go from 25% to 30… if the school did not give money during Fall Plenary it would go to 25%.

 

Mara Schlotterbeck ‘20: So you’re saying you would pull this?

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: Yes.

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I want to propose amendment about Traditions.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: We need a second.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19: Seconded!

 

Swati Shastry ’18: Traditions has different line of responsibilities.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So Jasmine, would you want to vote on that or are you okay with the future doing that?

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Yes, I’d like to vote. Have people vote.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re going to put this to a vote. The vote is yes, to add Traditions People to the resolution. Options are yes to add, no to add, and abstain.

 

Anna Huang ‘19: So actually we asked the people from Student Activities and they said Traditions can reach out to ask for funding from them. They don’t have to use the SGA budget. For this resolution we’ve been meeting with people from Student Activities. As opposed to the Traditions Mistresses, we [the SGA E-Board] cannot do that.

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I guess how does that affect the replacement? Is it because you included it as an either or?

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: We’re going to move to a vote. Your options are yes, no, and abstain.

Yes 101

No 151

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This amendment does not pass. We will return to discussion. We have roughly three minutes left. I’m going to start over with question, pro, con, and then balcony.

 

Lisa Li ’20: You just mentioned that funding for payment is going to come through the SGA budget for one semester, but after that you’re going to make a proposal to the President to ask for separate funding for the payment. How is that separate budget going to affect the campus-wide hiring and budget? By that time will you guys write a new resolution?

 

Anna Huang ‘19: Well I guess we won’t write a new resolution for you to vote on. We also need to talk to Student Financial Aid. I don’t think it will affect the budget for the school because the school has a lot of money. It will only be $7000 set in other part to… so that money can grow. We will profit for every semester, it can be used to pay us. Finally, we don’t have to pay or cost any money from the SGA budget. But we need time to [perfect] this.

 

Hannah Smallwood ‘20: I think we all know as Bryn Mawr College that we have to make it harder for students who have to work to be part of student government and suppress those voices for everyone. It undermines the system for everyone.

 

Annie Belgam ’18: While I think the E-Board positions are really important, the problem I have is the fact that depending on the different where the different committees do decide the money to come from, possibility that the E-Board would have administrative boss or advisor which would undermine the idea of a student-run government. While I think there should be a future resolution, there is a way this isn’t the way to do it.

 

Mariam Haider ’18: Mariam Haider, Class of 2018.

 

Lizzie Siegle ’18: Lizzie Siegle, Class of 2018.

 

Mariam Haider ‘18: As a student athlete that works 12 hours a week, that’s just basing it off work hours and how much you have to work, plenty of sports and clubs for students who don’t expect to be paid for our hard work to serve committee.

Lizzie Siegle ‘18: We make the time for work study.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We have run out of time.

 

Aleja Newman ’18: Motion to extend by fifteen minutes.

 

Leah Baker ’19: Second!

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re going to vote to extend speaking time, everyone sit down.

 

Yes: 132

No: 200

 

Phoebe Dopulous ‘19: Motion to Table the resolution.

 

Molly Marion ’20: Seconded.

 

Tyler Manning ’20: Point of Order. We still have to vote on time frame less than fifteen minutes.

 

Daniela Lopez Lopez ’19: Question, can you make another motion to extend by another time the answer is yes?

 

Nora Dell ‘19: Point of Clarification, you can make as many as you want.

 

Kate Hawthorn ’19: Motion to extend by five minutes.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Please quiet down. there is a motion to extend by five minutes by Kate Hawthorn.

 

Hannah Zamore ’19: Second!

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Are there any other motions?

 

Aleja Newman ‘18: Motion to extend by seven minutes.

 

Leah Baker ’19: Seconded.

 

Lynn Wu ’19: Motion to extend by speaking order.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: [That was a] Motion to extend by speaking order

 

Rachel Ellerson ’20: Second.

 

Caitlin Haskett ’20: Point of Order, the motion to second that was never voted on.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re voting first on motion to table and then extend time.

 

Delaney Williams ’17: Motion to Call the Question.

 

Sarah Kraus ’17: Seconded

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay so the motions are motion to Table, motion to extend by fifteen minutes, motion to extend by five minutes, motion to extend by seven minutes, and motion to Call the Question. To vote to table until the Fall, raise your packets for yes, no, and abstain?

 

Yes: 184 to table

No: 101 to not table

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, we may have lost quorum. Everyone we are going to count to see if we still have quorum. Counters ready yourselves. It appears we have lost quorum, therefore according to the Constitution if we lose quorum a second time we have to end Plenary. All resolutions will be tabled in the Fall. I’m sorry, guys.

 

Quorum Lost at 10:14 PM

 

 

SGA Meeting Minutes – February 26, 2017

Summary :

  • The meeting began at 7:10 PM with Role Call.
    • Present: Katherine Nichols, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Sophie Goldstein, Milan Fredrick, Cassidy Gruber, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Priyanka Dutta, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Lea Williams, Leticia Robledo, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Evelyn Aviles, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma
    • Absent: Ananya Kumar, Elizabeth Hilton, Precious Robinson, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Adriana Gay, Phoebe Dopulos, Nicky Westerduin, Jasmine Rangel, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin
  • Announcements:
    • The room draw process begins this week, more details can be found below.
    • SAAC will be having a cookie hour on Wednesday, March 1 in the Campus Center. Come stop by!
    • Rock St. Patty’s is Friday, March 17 in Rock from 10:00 to 2:00. Servers and bouncers are still needed. Please email Celeste Ledesma at cledesma@brynmawr.edu if interested.
    • Volunteers for Plenary are still needed! Plenary is Sunday, March 19. If interested, please email Rachel Bruce at rbruce@brynmawr.edu. If you have a shirt, please consider volunteering again as several were taken and we are now running low on new ones.
  • Your Two Cents:
    • There were no Your Two Cents.
  • New E-Board Introductions:
    • The 2017-18 SGA E-Board introduced themselves. They are Alisha Clark ’18 (President), Nanda Bhushan ’19 (Vice President), Delia Landers ’19 (Secretary), Anna Huang ’19 (Treasurer), and Swati Shastry ’18 (Head of the Honor Board).
  • Old E-Board Reflections:
    • The 2016-17 SGA E-Board (Rhea Mangalni, Shaina Robinson, Rachel Bruce, Jocelyne Oliveros, and Swati Shastry) each reflected on their time on the E-Board this year, their accomplishments, and any words of advice that they had.
  • Plenary Resolution Presentations:
    • Proposed Plenary Resolutions were presented and discussed. The minutes can be found in the transcript below.
  • Old Business:
    • There was no Old Business.
  • New Business:
    • Abbie Sullivan ’17 talked about what happened at the February Faculty meeting. More can be found in the transcript below.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

 

— TRANSCRIPT—

 

Role Call:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: It’s 7:10, we’re going to start the meeting with Role Call.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi, everyone! I’m required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything said here tonight will be recorded for the minutes.

 

Present: Katherine Nichols, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Sophie Goldstein, Milan Fredrick, Cassidy Gruber, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Priyanka Dutta, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Lea Williams, Leticia Robledo, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Evelyn Aviles, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

 

Absent: Ananya Kumar, Elizabeth Hilton, Precious Robinson, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Adriana Gay, Phoebe Dopulos, Nicky Westerduin, Jasmine Rangel, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin

 

Announcements:

 

Rhea Manglani: All right, now it’s time for Announcements. Announcements are a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can make an announcement. We have allotted ten minutes for this agenda item. Are there any announcements?

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: So some announcements from ResLife. Applications for Off-Campus Housing are due tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. That was in an email and can be found on the ResLife website, as well as Room Draw stuff. Non seniors-check your emails— seniors an**** ****, we never have to do this again— the weekend after Spring Break is when housing forms are due. Everyone has to do that. Your account has to be cleared. Keep that in mind over Spring Break. Also during WTF Week, 45 of the 75 “Expect Bryn Mawr” flags were stolen. Please return them— to replace them is going to cost four to five thousand dollars. Property theft is still property theft. Please return them to Guild or Campus Safety, no questions asked.

 

Madison Brown 17: On the email you said March 27 for DP’s, which one is right?

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: This Monday.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: I just wanted to give a last minute reminder that if you want to apply to be a Tour Guide for the Admissions Office the deadline is tomorrow. A link to the application was sent out in emails, but if you want link email me at elporter@brynmawr.edu.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: SAAC President, I am excited to announce that this Wednesday, March 1 we will be having our monthly cookie hour open to everyone on campus, compliments of SAAC. This will be a celebration of the amazing efforts given by athletes. This also is a great opportunity to meet people you might not have classes with. It’s also a pre-Spring season kickoff. Good luck on midterms and hope to see you Wednesday!

 

Jessica Breet ‘17: Erdman is having its first dorm party on Saturday, April 1, but if you’re cool and want to organize and bounce please let me know.

 

Celeste Ledesma ‘17: Hi, just wanted to remind you guys that Rock St. Patty’s is Friday March 17, the first Friday after spring break. We’re still looking for bouncers and servers, let me know if you’re interested!

 

Rachel Bruce ‘18: Hi everyone, the sign-up sheet for Plenary Volunteers is being sent out this week so please be on the lookout for that. We’re asking that people who volunteered last semester consider coming back again, as a number of shirts mysteriously disappeared during Plenary so we are lower on shirts than we planned. If you do not want to volunteer but have a friend who is, please consider lending them your shirt for the evening. Thanks! If you have any questions please email me at rbruce@brynmawr.edu.

 

[Your Two Cents]

 

New E-Board Introduction:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Now it’s time to introduce the new Executive Board!

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: I’m SGA’s President. A little bit about myself aside, I’ve worked from the Pensby Center to Admissions, all ends of the campus. I’m a Sociology Major and aspiring pre-med with a Health Minor concentration. My sign is a Cancer (we’re doing fun facts).

 

Delia Landers ‘19: She/her pronouns, Capricorn, and a double major in Fine Arts and PoliSci. I’m the new Secretary!

 

Anna Huang ‘19: Chemistry and Math Double Major, SGA Treasurer, she/her pronouns. I’m the Treasurer because I like to deal with money and I am an Aquarius.

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: New head of the Honor Board and old. I am an Aries.

 

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: She/her pronouns. I’m the Vice President. I’m also a CompSci and International Studies Double Major and Taurus.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Thank you! So please come to Plenary so I can retire.

 

 

 

Old E-Board Reflections:

 

Rachel Bruce ‘18: Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Bruce, class of 2018 (she/her pronouns), and this year I had the honor of serving as your SGA Secretary. I have truly loved everyone moment of serving in this position. When I took on this position last year, my goals were overall to make SGA more transparent and accessible. I feel that I have accomplished many of these goals. I added summaries to the SGA minutes so that students did not have to read through 20 pages of verbatim dialogue to know what’s going on, though that’s always there if they wanted to. I also added agenda descriptions into the meeting emails so that students would know what each item was for and why we were talking about. One thing I really wanted to do was bring back Hot Topics, which we did as an E-Board, so that SGA would be come a place where we would have hard but important discussions about race, religion, and class. We did this with Hot Topics on the Swastikas at Swarthmore, the Swat article talking about socioeconomic class, and the Confederate Flag incident and looking back at the last three years to see what has changed and what has not in terms of racism on Bryn Mawr’s campus. I also created the SGA Snapchat (which you should all add, by the way, @bmc_sga) and better regulated the role of Member-at-Large. As an E-Board, we opened up the Plenary planning process to get student feedback on the themes, in addition to hosting a successful Fall Plenary where we reached quorum in under an hour with the introduction of Night Plenary. Overall, I am really proud of the work that we have done as an E-Board and it’s been a privilege to serve you all. Also, if I ever yelled at you to use your name and class year, I apologize! Thank you, everyone.

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: I’m the Head of the Honor Board, old and new. I did a lot of things I can’t really talk about, but I enjoyed it so much that I want to do it again.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I wrote something down because I get nervous around crowds. I honestly have let SGA impact my grades, social life, and mental health. My advice to all of you is that it’s definitely not worth it all the time to make crazy sacrifices. Teamwork is important, that was something Charlie warned me all about. To the rest of you, sorry if I ever disappointed you. There’s a learning curve for me and a lot of times there were times that I was limited because of things in my life. To be honest, I don’t have that many regrets. The five of us really put in our best. I didn’t really know Swati, Shaina, or Jocelyne. I am really happy that we got to spend so much time together, Shaina. You know, the reason I ran. And Alisha, I really do believe in you. I’ve seen you do different things on this campus. You can learn anything about SGA, it’s the hard stuff that how do I think on my feet. I’m very happy that you’re going to take this on. For the rest of you, especially those of you who came in the beginning, I was a mess in the first meeting. You have seen me freak out and trip up. I really like you guys and I’m sorry if I didn’t get to learn all of your names. SGA has been so difficult. I’ve seen a lot of you grow during this. Some of you didn’t talk during the meetings but now you do. I’m definitely not going to touch anything after March 19, but you’re all in good hands with the new E-Board.

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: First and foremost thank you, Rhea. One of my goals as SGA Vice President was to have an Appointments Committee that could shape the campus for the better. Overall, I feel pretty content with what I was able to accomplish. I continued the initiatives, work to establish heads for each committee, successfully fixed the bylaws in a long time, and made it hopefully more accessible. Appointments had successful rounds and I just want to thank the Appointments Committee (Nanda, Delia, Anushka, and Kamara). I know this committee can be a lot and as a member of this committee I value the time I’ve spent with all of you.

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ’18: So I actually think my greatest achievement was being called “Sugar Daddy”. Before I got this gig, I was treasurer of Mujeres. I was curious to understand why certain clubs got cut and others didn’t— where the money was going. What I intended to do and what I started doing this semester was to understand and use the money that wasn’t being used. Budget items like grievances for clubs that forwent funding. I tried to document a lot of what the role entails so that the transition process is more smoother. Overall, it has been a privilege. I’ve gotten to witness the enthusiasm of what Mawrters are known for and it’s been great knowing all of you guys.

 

Plenary Resolution Presentations:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: All right, enough touchy feely. The next agenda is Plenary Resolution Presentations.

 

The first three are by new the current E-Board. The first is to institute night plenary, to ensure people to come within an hour and fifteen minutes. Text friends or grab them there physically.

 

Next, basically this is kind of a flaw we’ve had. We keep telling people there’s a rule for five absences, unexcused. If you email and say I’m sick and do something ahead of time and let the Secretary know, that’s fine. If you didn’t feel like coming, that’s different.

 

Third one, something Charlie had talked to us about. We don’t pay our Executive Board and I will tell you this is a ridiculous amount of work. I spent all day on Christmas day because of the Trump girl incident. I’ve cut work hours but have sustained my self by working over summer and I know not everyone can do that. This is to give a stipend of $1000 for two Traditions people and the Executive Board. There will be a $500 travel stipend for the McBride Traditions Mistresses.

 

Sohini Maniar ’18: When would this be implemented?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Unfortunately not until next year. Also to explain, you can get up to $1000. If you think you don’t deserve that much, you can keep $200 and give the rest back.

 

Jessica Breet: It doesn’t indicate the amount of time.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: It’s for the entire year. It’s not the biggest stipend.

 

Izi Silverstein ‘18: I’m curious where it says the amount. It seems like it should be more. Would there be different breakdown for Secretary, President, etc.?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: To answer the first half, the money is coming from SGA funds. You can’t take that much because it’s club money. The administration can’t pay us. If you did that you can’t be elected because technically you’re an employee of the college then (legal stuff). So it says you can be paid up to a thousand. If someone says that they don’t feel comfortable taking the whole thing, they don’t have to. Each Exec Board position is in charge of a committee. Technically overseeing them is my committee. It’s not just this weekly meetings. Based on our conversations, we all put in an equal amount of work. President’s a little weird.

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: Is there any way we can increase the SGA budget?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We talked about it and it doesn’t seem possible as of yet. We want this in place as of now.

 

Makeda Warde ‘17: So where does the SGA budget come from?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: The SGA dues you pay with tuition.

 

Makeda Warde ‘17: So to increase the budget you have to increase the fine?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Yes, but this I staying in the confines.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Next resolution is the new E-Board.

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: So we’re going to make this short and sweet for you guys. As we change, the constitution will change as well. It serves needs of the BMC undergraduates and it represents the community and its entirety. We are now together hopefully next year as a transition this is going to be common. I want everyone in the E-Board to speak their mind. So we will now be presenting four new resolutions, first by me.

 

First resolution speaks about SGA’s mission.

 

Whereas Article I, Section I, Subsection A the mission of Bryn Mawr’s Self Government Association reads that “The purpose of SGA shall be the governance of the undergraduate student body.”

 

Whereas the student body is not being currently represented wholly by the constitution or the association as it is now written.

Whereas the previous mission statement only encapsulated the most basic of function and did not consider inclusivity and continuous change

 

Whereas the voices of marginalized communities on campus have been historically and are currently silenced.

 

Whereas SGA is not being properly used to address the concerns and demands of students

 

Whereas SGA has the potential to be a representative voice for all students on campus in every of aspect of college life and this platform needs to be utilized fully in order to enact the change that students deem necessary

 

Be it resolved that Article I, Section I, Subsection A read “The purpose of SGA is to center the needs of the students and to uplift the voices of marginalized communities.”

 

Any questions?

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: I’m reading the next one.

 

Whereas II, Section 2 reads “The Assembly may adopt as its parliamentary authority the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised”.

Whereas the rhetoric of Robert’s Rules of Order is inaccessible and does not allow for fluid discourse and productive decision making

 

Whereas the nature of Robert’s Rules of Order does not allow for the student body to fully understand the amendments being proposed or the issues being discussed

 

Whereas the terminology used during Plenary and other SGA meetings is antiquated

 

Whereas Section IV, Section 3 Subsection D states “at the beginning of each semester the rep-co shall vote on an established meeting procedure to be followed for the duration of the executive board” creates a precedent for the meeting structure to be reviewed alongside the structure of Plenary

 

Be it resolved that Article II, Section 2 now read “The Assembly may adopt as its parliamentary authority the Social Honor Code”.

 

So basically what we’re trying to do is rethink how we want to look at SGA meetings as we are now. A lot of people don’t understand the language of Roberts’ Rules of Order. We want to make it so anyone from the community can come [and know what’s going on]. So we’re thinking that we could find a new system. We’re totally open to suggestions. We’re thinking of modeling it along the lines of Social Honor Code with respect and positive confrontation. We need some kind of structure that’s healthy. People can use Roberts’ Rules as an option. People can use the Social Honor Code if they want to. We aren’t sure yet, let me know if you have any suggestions.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: So this is just the suggestion to change it?

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: We want to suggest it.

Sam Heyrich ‘18: Have you looked into what Haverford has for their version of SGA?

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: I can look into that, yes.

 

Delia Landers ‘18: Third resolution.

 

Whereas there are currently only five Executive Board positions, and there is no specific position for ensuring all students are being represented and all voices, specifically those of color, are being heard.

 

Whereas many communities have not been represented on this campus

 

Whereas the Alliance of Multicultural Organizations has not been incorporated into the governing operations

 

Whereas issues of equality and social justice have not been consistently considered in the SGA procedure

 

Whereas SGA as a historically white institution needs a fixed position that works with the rest of the E-Board to correct the inter-generational formation of ignorance

 

Be it resolved that Article IV, Section 3, Subsection 3, read

“F. Chair of the Social Justice and Equity.

  1. The Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee shall be held by only one person at any one time.
  2. The Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee should serve as a liaison between the Pensby Center and the Representative Council.
  3. One of the primary functions of the Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee is to vote in the Representative Council meetings and to participate in achieving Representative Council’s long and short-term goals.
  4. In order to accurately represent the Pensby Center, the representative must spend at least one hour every two weeks in conversation with the full time and/or student staff of the Pensby Center.
  5. In addition to this, the representative acts as a liaison between the Diversity and Leadership Group and the assembly
  6. The Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee is responsible for guiding the Executive Board and the Representative Council towards wider goals of diversity and inclusion.
  7. Every semester the Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee will briefly present on the various talks, panels, and discussion groups that they convened including topic, number of participants, and ideas on how to build on this work in the years to come.

 

And so we’re also going to add in a section about meeting with AMO groups.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I would consider making this co-held.

 

Rachel Bruce ‘18: Is this going to replace the Pensby Center Representative position?

 

Delia Landers ’19: Yes, it’s going to replace that.

 

Lea Williams ‘20: Is this an E-Board position?

 

Delia Landers ’19: Yes.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: It just says RepCo.

 

Delia Landers ’19: Okay, that should be more obvious then, thank you.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Two questions. When will this be voted on and will they be included in the payment?

 

Makeda Warde ’17: So the committee, is this a current committee or a new committee?

 

Delia Landers ‘19: It’s not a current committee. The Pensby Representative already exists but we will be re-forming it.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Going off that vain, I suggest putting that in there that it will E-Board formed and approximate number of students.

 

Gabriele Smith ‘17: I’m thinking of the committee. Instead of doing it through Appointments, it might not work out. Maybe putting it maybe in the Constitution of people who have positions who already do this like AMO Group representatives.

 

Izi Silverstein ‘18: Potentially, though maybe not, people don’t want people who are part of AMO to be part of …funding.

 

Delia Landers ’19: Thank you, guys.

 

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: I am presenting the fourth resolution to include co-head or heads of committees as part of the RepCo.

 

Whereas currently all representative council members are chosen by election.

 

Whereas each committee appointed by the Appointments Committee has a head that has not been held accountable for the role of their respective committee.

 

Whereas incorporating these heads into repco will allow for more dedication action of representing the multifaceted nature of the student body

Whereas there needs to be more transparency with the committees so that students can use them as resources and understand the purpose of each committee.

 

Whereas the involvement in SGA does not encompass a large number of standpoints that come from the many committees that facilitate student involvement

 

Whereas the Appointments Committee is comprised of elected members who are entrusted with appointing the most qualified candidates.

 

Be it resolved that Article II, Section 1, Subsections T-FF read

 

Subsection T: SGA Access Service Coordinator(s)

  • The position of SGA Access Service Coordinator(s) shall be an appointed position, held by one or two people.
  • The SGA Access Service Coordinator(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The SGA Access Service Coordinator(s) shall serve the interests of their respective committee.
  • The SGA Access Service Coordinator(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The SGA Access Service Coordinator(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

Subsection U: Bryn Mawr College Concert Series Co-Heads

  • The position of the Bryn Mawr College Concert Series Co- Heads shall be an appointed position.
  • The Bryn Mawr College Concert Series Co-Heads shall have one vote.
  • The Bryn Mawr College Concert Series Co-Heads shall serve the interests of their respective committee.
  • The Bryn Mawr College Concert Series Co-Heads shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Bryn Mawr College Concert Series Co-Heads  shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection V:  Board of Trustees Representative Head(s)

  • The position of  Board of Trustees Representative Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one of two people.
  • The Board of Trustees Representative Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Board of Trustee Representative Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and attend the meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  • The Board of Trustees Representative Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Board of Trustees Representative Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection W: Campus Greening Representative Head(s)

  • The Campus Greening Representative Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • The Campus Greening Representative Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Campus Greening Representative Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and meet regularly with the facilities head of grounds.
  • The Campus Greening Representative Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Campus Greening Representative Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection X: Green Ambassadors Head(s)

  • The Green Ambassadors Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • The Green Ambassadors Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Green Ambassadors Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and meet regularly with the dorm green ambassadors.
  • The Green Ambassadors Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Green Ambassadors Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

Subsection Y: Customs Committee Head(s)

  • The Customs Committee Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • The Customs Committee Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Customs Committee Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and be present for the customs committee and customs people during customs week and throughout the entire year.
  • The Customs Committee Head(s)  shall provide reports for the Appointments committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Customs Committee Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection Z: Financial Aid Advisory Head(s)

  • The Financial Aid Advisory Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • The Financial Aid Advisory Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Financial Aid Advisory Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and work with the office of financial aid.
  • The Financial Aid Advisory Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Financial Aid Advisory Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection AA: Health Center Advisory Board Head(s)

  • The Health Center Advisory Board Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • The Health Center Advisory Board Head(s)shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Health Center Advisory Board Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and work closely with the health center.
  • The Health Center Advisory Board Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Health Center Advisory Board Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection BB: Communications Committee Head(s)

  • The Communication Committee Head(s) shall be an appointed held by one or two people.
  • The Communication Committee Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Communication Committee Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee.
  • The Communication Committee Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Communication Committee Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection CC: Plenary Committee Head(s)

  • Plenary Committee Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • Plenary Committee Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • Plenary Committee Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and organize plenary.
  • Plenary Committee Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • Plenary Committee Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection DD: Seven Sisters Council Head(s)

  • The Seven Sisters Council Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • The Seven Sisters Council Head(s) shall have one vote if co-held.
  • The Seven Sisters Council Head(s)shall serve the interests of the committee and plan for the Seven Sisters Conference.
  • The Seven Sisters Council Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • The Seven Sisters Council Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection EE: S.TEAM Committee Head(s)  

  • TEAM Committee Head(s) shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • TEAM Committee Head(s)  shall have one vote if co-held.
  • TEAM Committee Head(s) shall serve the interests of the committee and students pursuing STEM field major or minors.
  • TEAM Committee Head(s) shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • TEAM Committee Head(s) shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

 

Subsection FF: SGA Webmistress/Webmaster/Webmistex(s)

  • SGA WebmX shall be an appointed position held by one or two people.
  • SGA WebmX shall have one vote if co-held.
  • SGA WebmX shall serve the interests of the committee and work with the Secretary on weekly updating SGA blogs.
  • SGA WebmX shall provide reports for the Appointments Committee regarding their progress every semester.
  • SGA WebmX shall attend meetings of the Representative Council.

Basically these bullet points are repeated for each head. I’ll give give one example—SGA Access Services Coordinator. It’s an appointed position held by one or two people. They would have one vote if co-held and they shall serves interest of their committee.

 

Rachel Bruce ‘18: So would these positions be elected or appointed?

 

Nanda Bhushan ’19: They would be appointed.

 

Alisha: For social justice and committee, do you want it to be set up so its more clear as to what we’re changing?

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: I suspect with there might be a problem with this, that the Appointments Committee might be able to hand pick bulk of RepCo. May I ask that the Appointments Committee not be involved in the electing of these officials?

 

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: We would make it so that the committee would select their own head.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Adding on that, since we oversee the bulk of Customs People, would CP’s be able to choose a representative?

 

Delia Landers ‘19: There are certain positions where people run as a head. They need to have some qualifications such has having been on the committee previously.

 

Gabrielle Smith ‘17: When I was on Appointments we decided that every committee needed a head. There’s not really any logic to the way that it is now if that helps you decide.

 

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Usually there isn’t a lot if interest in voting for the committee head, and those that are elected are already a part of RepCo.

 

Rhea: alright let’s move on; these are

 

Sam: I’m head of SAAC. I’m just going to read off resolution to make the SAAC Representative Position co-held.

 

Whereas, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (here in after referred to as SAAC) Representative serves as a member of the Representative Council.

 

Whereas, the SAAC Representative position currently may only be held by one individual.

 

Whereas conflicts with athletics, extracurricular activities and other obligations may prevent the SAAC Representative from attending SGA meetings.

 

Be it resolved, that the SAAC Representative position be co-held by two members of the SAAC Executive Board.

 

 

 

Emma Hoffman ’20: Can there be a way that there are two people from different teams just because with games one person might not be able to always make it.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: That’s the intention behind this, but that’s a good point, thank you! Any other questions? If there are any comments, concerns, etc. email me at sheyrich@brynmawr.edu.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is Sophia’s.

 

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: My resolution is about letting Counseling Center have dogs during therapy sessions. Should I read it?

Rhea: No, I think it kind of speaks for itself.

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: Would the Counseling Center be adopting dogs or taking care of them?

 

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: Reggie is working on it said I should write resolution to get support from the students.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Sophia is using this to show student support. I’m guessing they would use a service of some kind. You should contact Reggie to clarify that.

 

Jessica Breet: Other than the resolution, is there any other way to help to make this happen?

 

Sophia Bokhari: You could show support to faculty at the Counseling Center.

 

Izi Silvertein ‘18: I’m curious about the funding process for it because from my understanding, some of them stem from funding… Not that I don’t think dogs are great. I’m curious about what seems to be a pretty minimal concern.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: That’s another resolution.

 

Izi Silverstein ‘18: Never mind, I rescind my question!

 

Alisha Clark ‘18: What about people who are afraid of dogs and allergic?

 

Sophia Bokhari ’20: I’ll ask Reggie.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: There are hypo-allergenic dogs.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: The Health Center is getting renovated so hopefully vent will not trigger allergies. Next is Maura.

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: So I presented a couple weeks ago. The resolution said that a lot of students who do not receive mental healthcare until they are in crisis-mode. Typically, a lot of students can’t afford appropriate care. The resolution is asking that the college provide a stipend to the counseling center about preventative measures so that more students don’t have to worry about this being a last resort. Some of feedback was talking about quality of counselors. I went and talked to Reggie Jones. In terms of hiring more full time counselors, the Counseling Center simply doesn’t have the money for it. Having students come together and talk about it is important in talking how we can prioritize money in the Health Center. For example, if students would prefer to have more counselors than free STI testing that’s kind of the talk of what I hope to accomplish from the forum. After talking to Reggie, it seems kind of offensive that I would talk about or bring in more full-time counselors. It wouldn’t be a good step forward. That could be something that could be put back in, the diversity question that Reggie brought up to me. Students tend to project their views on diversity as a whole. The Health Center has 33% staff of color; therefore this is a greater issue rather than just directing the needs of the Health Center. I don’t really know how to work well with the Health Center.

 

Gabby Smith ‘17: Since this is a recommendation that’s supposed to reflect the views of the students, just stick with what students are taking because those white counselors are wild. I feel like this resolution should be about what the students want and not what the Health Center.

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: Okay. I don’t want to make it feel like we’re about the war with the Health Center but you’re right, this is about the students, it’s not about what I think, it’s about the forum.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Something I the last time where you presented is where the money coming from?

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: Dean Walters is working on an emergency fund. This is not only for emergency reasons but also if a student broke their tooth, the school could afford to help replace it. In terms of funding, Reggie and Dr. Kerr informed me that students who can’t afford types of services, if you passed your ten session free limit from talking to staff, they seem to be a little more flexible than what we thought.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: So the stipend would be for off campus?

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: The stipend would be required when you’re off campus.

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: So you mentioned a forum, is that open and is that for students to come?

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: It’s not open, it’s randomly selected. It’s for my thesis. I’m trying to measure the impact of forums on decision making. I’m also trying to have representative voice, which is why it’s a sample.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: I was wondering if you should include in your resolution and what the results of that forum would be. I’m concerned that when you present this at Plenary, people will ask why it’s so big. It’s going to be so the voices of the students.

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: The forum happens before Plenary. I’ve been working with Rhea about it. If anyone has any questions about my project, I know I’m being ambiguous, but email me at mefitzpatric@brynmawr.edu

 

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Just in reference to the ambiguity, you could reach out to the Health Center Advisory Board.

 

Maura Fitpatrick ’17: I’m actually curious. I looked online but couldn’t find who they are. Who are you? Okay, I’ll talk to you. Reggie and Dr. Kerr also talked about the strengthening of the role of the board. Anything else? Thank you for your time.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Bridget and Kyra.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Bridget Murray, class of 2017.

 

Kyra Sagal ’17: Kyra Sagal, class of 2017.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: We’re the ResCo Heads. This is a series of amendments to the section of Constitution outlining the Dorm Present. We’re updating some things and removing some of the bureaucracy of poeple who want to be on DLT and SGA. It’s big commitment, so the changes involve updating description to reflect the current actual duties as to what DP’s do and do not do, updating things that were made last year that were not made in the subsection, spltting up DP and SGA position. DLT will be able to be filled out by end of academic year. Also if a DP has to step down during the year, allowing them to keep their position. It would not be affiliated with the SGA position.

 

Madison Brown ’17: I know last time I asked if this would apply to co-held positions. I’m curious to why if students were running with someone else why this would apply to them. People who get to do this later don’t have to go to DLT training. You’re saying that after an elections cycle is run, basically my question is what we’re doing now, if you have people who are willing to do it initially, if you have two people but only one can go to ResCo and one can go to SGA, why not write that in right now because then they’re able to go to DLT training as opposed to all of this happening?

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: So we have one arrangement where one person goes to SGA and the other to ResCo. This would lead to a lot of lack of transparency. It seems like you’re not fulfilling the DLT position or SGA end of position, one kind of … does not feel necessary. We end up having to dip into other positions— Customs People. We try to not have DLT members also be DP.
Madison Brown ‘17: So I guess my question is if this is an emergency, why not make that happen earlier. If I understand, if person if someone has to step down that’s not an…

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: I don’t understand.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I think you guys should talk after.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: I think if that if there’s no DP that the dorm will have no DP by May even if there has to be separate SGA rep. An election of summer is not good idea.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: I have two questions, first why since you guys are writing this resolution, what is your thought on splitting SGA rep and DP, and also why do some DLT positions get paid and others don’t?

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: The second one can be answered by the first. The HA gets paid because they do more work. As former DP’s that’s something we’ve sulked about a lot. The reason we don’t split them up, and we’ve talked about is this, is because DP’s encompass a lot of the RepCo. They bring in a lot of voices and different people into SGA. You get a lot of different reasons, while it is a big commitment on behalf of the DP, brings a lot of SGA to students. It’s more than just self select, that would turn SGA into echo chamber. They are bringing in new faces and ideas.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Any other questions? So that’s plenary resolutions.

 

Old Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Now it’s time for Old Business. Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can revisit a topic related to their position. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Do we have any Old Business?

 

New Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: New Business. New Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can bring up a new topic for discussion related to their position. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Is there any New Business?

 

Abbie Sullivan ‘17: Hi everyone, I’m here to talk about the last February faculty meeting. Construction starts in June for Park. The College nominated was for a preservation award. There was a suggestion from professor to help pre tenure track for people to present with the travel ban. We want to get feedback from other students and staff. Communication from KCass with flat endowment job for…. The board has decided that they’re trying to decide how to spend that money so KCass has to cut down for fiscal year. We’re reducing budget. It’s going to have to be reduced costs amongst faculty with different salary raises. Things that happen with faculty and staff, not sure about effect on students. The Board wants to be conservative about the budget. We won’t be as much new money spent on budget. KCass also talked about meeting with the Bi-Co; wanted to talk about strength of communications with the Provost. During it security component there was an open question. Some of the members brought up the notion of a controversial guest speaker on campus. A lot of dissent tends to come not from student body but from outside community members. Then there were communications from the library collections what we might see is due to… they’ve switched to pay per view. The college pays for it. To subscribe to hourly is expensive. There was a discussion of the Honor Board, that we should have been some HB representatives there, the faculty’s perception of the Honor Code, problems with the Honor Code and Honor Board when students commit infractions, faculty are aware that violations come during times of stress like finals. Any questions? If you want me to bring anything up, let me know.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: When’s Plenary? March 19? Doors open at 6:30, try and come as soon as possible. Hopefully things will fly by. Motion to end the meeting?

 

Bridget Murray ’17 motioned to end the meeting.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

 

Evelyn Aviles ’17 seconded.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: You always compete! Okay, your options are yes, no, and abstain. Hands for yes? No? Abstain? Thank you!

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

 

Evelyn Aviles ’17 anassed the 2016-17 SGA E-Board.

 

 

SGA Meeting Minutes – February 12, 2017

Summary:

  • Role Call:
    • The meeting began at 7:10 with Role Call.
    • Present: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin
    • Absent: Abbie Sullivan, Elizabeth Hilton, Precious Robinson, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Nora Dell, Veda Nambi, Phoebe Dopulous, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma
  • Announcements:
    • Rhea Manglani ’17 (SGA President) made an announcement about the importance of maintaining decorum during meetings. This does not mean not calling out racism or hateful ideologies, but instead refraining from eye rolling and other rude activities during the questioning period.
    • SAAC is partnering with the Body Image Council to make valentines to a body part you love on Monday, February 13. SAAC will also be selling carnations for Valentine’s Day (three for $1.00). All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Center at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.
    • The Members-at-Large will be hosting a valentine-making event on Tuesday, February 14 from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Campus Center. Money for candy grams will go to a charity to be determined.
  • Plenary Resolution Updates:
    • Plenary Resolution presenters presented their ideas for students present at the SGA meeting. They include:
      • The SGA E-Board (Rhea Manglani ’17, Shaina Robinson ’17, Rachel Bruce ’18, Jocelyne Oliveros ’18, and Swati Shastry ’18) – Shortening the Plenary Wait Time to One Hour and Fifteen Minutes
      • The SGA E-Board – Solidifying the Five Absence Rule for Representative Council Members (barring religious and academic obligations and illness)
      • The SGA E-Board – Creating a Stipend for the SGA Executive Board
      • Sam Heyrich ’17 and Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19 – Preventing Events from Occurring during the 4:00 to 7:00 PM Timeslot to Accommodate Athletes
      • Emma Porter ’17 – Reducing 24 Hour Canaday
      • Claire Gaposchkin ’17 – Extending Carpenter Library’s Hours During Finals Week
      • Sophia Bokhari ’20 – Allowing for Dogs During Counseling Services Sessions
      • Maura Fitzpatrick – Improving Funding for Counseling Services
      • Bridget Murray ’17 and Kyra Sagal ’17 – Better Regulating the Position of Dorm President in the SGA Constitution
      • Sam Heyrich ’17 – Making the SAAC Representative Position a Co-Held Representative Council Position
      • Gabriele Smith ’17 and Hannah Henderson-Charnow ’17 –Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions Against Israel
    • Resolution Presenters must have a final draft of their resolution as well as a petition for its presentation (1/3 of quorum) by the next SGA meeting on Sunday, February 26.
    • An additional presentation to reaffirm the Honor Code and SGA Constitution will be presented by the incoming SGA Executive Board.
  • Elections Bylaws Updates:
    • Mariana Garcia ’19 (Co-Head of Elections) presented several changes to the Elections Bylaws regarding regulations on write-in candidates and campaigning methods to be implemented in the next elections cycle and going forward. After much discussion and a split vote on the bylaws, the document has been tabled for a future vote.
  • Board of Trustee Meeting:
    • There was a Board of Trustee Meeting on Saturday, February 11. Most of the discussion and debrief focused on changes to financial aid in terms of grants. There is also a new committee being created in response to last year’s Campus Climate Survey.
  • Old Business:
    • There was no Old Business.
  • New Business:
    • There was no New Business.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 PM.


–Transcript–

Role Call:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, it’s 7:10 we’re going to start the meeting with Role Call.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi everyone, I am required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything said here tonight will be recorded for the minutes.

 

Present: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin

 

Absent: Abbie Sullivan, Elizabeth Hilton, Precious Robinson, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Nora Dell, Veda Nambi, Phoebe Dopulous, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

 

Announcements:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just to start off with what I said last time, I have a quick thing about decorum. Decorum does not mean if someone says something offensive I don’t want you to keep quiet. We have been having an issue with people’s attitudes and being rude at meetings about questions. Maybe you’re mad someone spoke three times at a meeting. You could raise your hand and say, “I feel this discussion is becoming too one on one.” There are ways for you guys to express yourselves. This is just a reminder. So we’re going to start with Announcements. Announcements is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr Community can make an announcement.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Tomorrow, Monday the 13, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday SAAC is pairing with the Body Image Council and Body Image Project to table in the foyer of the Campus Center. You can make valentines to be written to a body part you love. These will be displayed. SAAC is also selling carnations in time for Valentine’s Day, three for $1.00. A link has been posted on Facebook Pages. All proceeds go to help research for breast cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

 

Lea Williams ‘20: So the Members-at-Large have been planning this Valentine’s Day thing and there will be crafts and candy and we’re selling on Tuesday from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Campus Center. The money going to a charity to be determined. Also here are some flyers that the Dorm Presidents can take.

 

 

 

Plenary Resolution Updates:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We kind of ordered them in the way they came in the email. I put them in the order I received them in. So it looks like there are a lot of resolutions. The first three are from the E-Board, so I’ll read them quickly.

 

First is the Plenary wait time. Since we changed to night plenary, the three hour time limit seems a little excessive. If we change to hour and fifteen minutes we’ll save a lot of time. We gave a fifteen minute buffer time.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: Is this assuming that we’re always going to Night Plenary?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I think it institutes it yeah, but even then it forces the student body to get there within an hour. Any other questions?

 

Next resolution is five absences for the Representative Council. It was always kind of a rule that we didn’t institute but we’re cracking down on it now if. Illness religious conflicts, academic commitments will be an excuse. But if you’re not feeling it, that’s not an excuse. It’s also for people for people who do SGA and are kind of confused about their role. We want to put it inside the Constitution. Are there any questions?

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Is that for both members of a co-held position?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Each of you have five, so yes.

 

This is the last one by the E-Board is basically to make E-Board positions paid. I’ll read this one out loud. Before anyone asks, this will not affect us; we did it for the good of the future.

 

“Be it resolved, the 5 Executive Board positions shall be paid through a stipend. The stipend amount will come out of the SGA budget. As per current policy, the budget will be approved at a representative council meeting. However, the stipend amount will not be enacted until the student body votes on it at Fall Plenary. If the stipend amount is reduced or rejected by the student body at plenary, funds will enter the emergency pool.  This stipend amount cannot exceed $5,000 (meaning $1,000 per person) total.”

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Have you ever considered adding the people who do Traditions as well considering the level of work someone has Traditions goes through?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Yeah, that’s always the tricky thing. Can you and I talk after? I’m not opposed to the idea. Anyone else? Can you put that as a note, Swati?

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19: Lillian Oyen-Ustad, class of 2019.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Sam Heyrich class of 2017.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Our Plenary Resolution addresses the 4:00 to 7:00 timeslot. As you know, colloquiums and major teas occur during the time slot. There are a lot conflicts with games during the time slot, as well as a majority of other things. Our goal for the resolution is that we gain support from the students in addition to student athletes to move to exclude this time block for future events.

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: What sort of timeslots are you recommending with this?

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I think that’s something we could talk about in the figure but what this resolution is looking towards is finding another timeslot that won’t be as conflicted for student athletes.

 

 

Emma Porter ‘17: I am wondering, have you spoke to any faculty and staff members about this? A lot of teas and colloquium happen then because faculty have families and other conflicts outside of work.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’17: SAAC sent out a letter to the faculty as a voice from the student athletes. We gained a very positive response from a majority of the staff. We’re going to move forward with this. It’s come to our attention that a lot of these events used to happen during the day. We want to go back to old method.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: This is also something that the Athletic Department has been pushing for. A Plenary Resolution will expand our support.

 

Makeda Warde ‘18: So you don’t know exactly what timeslot you are putting this on?

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: It would be after 7:00 most likely.

 

Aly Robins ’17: Has there been any straw polling or statistical analysis about this?

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad: We haven’t but this has been raised by a lot of different students. We have mentioned that the 4:00 to 7:00 timeslot is inaccessible. They can’t be in that attendance because they’re already committed to games.

 

Bridget: Murray ‘17 But also there’s always something coming. Why just the people who have that slot?

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: So the majority of clubs happen during the 4:00 to 7:00—

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Do you have a number?

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I don’t, but the whole point is to make this as accessible as possible considering that the majority of activities happen during this time.

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: I’d just like to see going forward getting some of those numbers and statistics. Also maybe some more straw polling, besides student athletes.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: That’s something we will work on.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: In addition, I would also suggest speaking to McBrides and students who don’t live on campus.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: If there are any other questions you can email me at sheyrich@brynmawr.edu.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is Emma.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: My resolution is to replace 24 Canaday with extended hours. So for example, it would be open from 6:00 to 3:00 the next day instead, and the logistics would actually work out pretty well. If there are books that need to be checked out you would be able to bring them back by 8:00 Am the next morning and also that there’s an arrangement with PSafe so that they would open a classroom in Taylor for more study spaces.

 

Makeda Warde ‘18: What is the purpose of doing that?

 

Emma Porter ‘17: So the idea behind this resolution is kind of keeping in mind that student workers are students and they’re taking the time to be open for those crazy early mornings. I can’t imagine. I’m not a Canaday worker but the person who is presenting this with me is. How do you get a goodnight’s sleep and work these shifts? I also think it promotes unhealthy habits as well. If 24 Canaday is there we’ll take advantage, if there isn’t then we’ll sleep.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: I don’t know if you worked at the original resolution that enacted this, but it was pretty disturbing that apparently Canaday Library and Canaday workers were consulted. They mentioned it to the staff so far as this in your budget, but it was pretty much done without the voice of students.

 

Emma Porter ’17: Thank you.

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: Have you talked to Public Safety?

 

Emma Porter ‘17: That’s the next step, but we have talked to Canaday to get headcounts. That information will be present. I can’t say right now, but the numbers from 4:00 to 6:00 are like three people and they’re all sleeping.

 

Meera Jayaraman: I just want to add thought that as Canaday workers, we actually do have a choice to sign up for those slots. A lot of times if we want to take those hours we can. Also it’s pretty nice to make extra money during finals.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: Like I said, I’m not a Canaday worker, but maybe people want to keep 24 Canaday this something I can talk about with them.

 

Meera Jayaraman ‘17: But if you want to.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: If you want to straw poll the rest of the Canaday workers you can.

 

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: So in a similar vain, my Plenary resolution revolves around extending Carpenter Library’s hours. So one week in the Fall, two weeks in the Spring. Not drastically, but from midnight to 2:00 AM during finals Sunday through Thursday so that students have extra time there while studying. For a number of us, there are a lot of resources people need that cannot be removed from the library and that can only be checked out to faculty, staff, and carrels.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: Would you mind adding when Carpenter opens on this?

 

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: Yes, I’ve been looking for the old resolutions of how to set that up.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: Okay yeah, I just didn’t have context

 

Claire Gaposchkin ’17: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM on Sunday.

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: Like Bridget said, Canaday Workers, maybe it would be good to take a straw poll of Carpenter workers.

 

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: That’s definitely something I would bring up. It’s not a drastic change. It’s something already in Canaday’s normal hours it isn’t that extreme to ask. Also a number of other shifts could be added.

 

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: My resolution is about getting dogs to come to Counseling Center sessions. Reggie from the Counseling Center has been working on getting dogs during Counseling Sessions. They have a suggestion box in the waiting room. After we get enough data and after that’s finished they’re going to present it to the Administration. This way we could expedite that process is by getting a Plenary resolution and that’s what I’m doing.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Any questions? Basically to get dogs.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: When you first brought this up at that one SGA meeting you also discussed having them in other buildings.

 

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: It’s not, but if anyone wants to make it I just wanted to focus on one.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: I’m just looking at the title for the next one too. Is this a suggestion for the expansion of the budget because they currently aren’t the same?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: They’re separate.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: Okay, maybe y’all should talk.

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ’17: So I just want to preference that this is part of my thesis research. In March I’d like to have a forum for students to come and discuss ways mental health resources can be improved. I hope to turn that into a project. For now I have this resolution based on things I’ve talked to with students on campus. This basically talks about students who have to take time off. It’s protocol that when students are hospitalized students go on medical leave. They have to see psychiatrist on weekly basis. If students can’t afford that and they can’t come back. My resolution says that we should have one or more counselor and more resources. Make sure students have more preventative care and access to care before they return. Any questions?

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: So whom exactly is this a recommendation for? Who is going to be approached with this resolution if this passes? Is it the administration or the Counseling Center itself and what is it going to do?

 

Maura Fitzpatrick: That’s a good question, thank you. I believe it would be an expansion of the budget. A part of the forum that I plan to have is that sometimes there are inherent tradeoffs. Is it so important that we have counselors that we take away money from something else? That’s a discussion that will happen. It will be presented to the administration as well. Does that make sense?

 

Creighton Ward ’19: Just a question I have in general, I don’t have a lot of experiences with the Counseling Center. My question is whether we need more counselors or if we need to train counselors to do different things, like a lot of the counselors are white. Like maybe some diversity training? Maybe more counselors or better counselors.

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: That’s a good point. I’m hoping to have a meeting with Counseling Services soon. That’s a good idea for expanding.

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: A little bit in response to that is that a lot of the problems with the Counseling Center Is that there are fewer and fewer open spots. Now there are 30 minute spots as opposed to an hour which is part of that there’s not enough counselors during the day

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: I believe there aren’t enough. I have a meeting with Reggie this week so I’m going tot talk to her. I’m also waiting for IRB approval so I can’t do too much yet.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: I’m not sure exactly what you mean by Financial Aid given by the college in what form. Maybe health insurance grants for international students. Even so with those grants, that it needs to expand because you’re only given ten free ones and after that you have to pay. I’m an international student so.

 

Maura Fitzpatrick: Yeah I probably could have used a better word than financial aid. Dean Walters is working on an emergency fund. If a student has an emergency like with mental health or a broken tooth the college will help them get that.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: I have a two pronged thing, have you reached out to Rachel Heiser?
Maura Fitzpatrick: Not yet.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: Okay. Something about the 4:00 to 7:00 block may be an expansion of the hours. Like someone comes in 9:00 to 5:00 or 8:00?

 

Maura Fitzpatrick ‘17: That’s a great idea.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Next is Bridget.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Bridget Murray, class of 2017.

 

Kyra Sagal ‘17: Kyra Sagal, class of 2017.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: We’re the ResCo Heads. This is an amendment to the Constitution. There are basically too many parts to it. We went through the minutes and found that it hasn’t been touched in a decade. We’re taking out the stuff no longer done by Dorm Presidents. We’re adding additional clauses more accessible and better for students’ schedules who take on both SGA and residence council and monthly DLT meetings and other stuff as needed. That’s a lot and it results in making weird arrangements. If students have to step down, a full election is held. You can have an SGA and a ResCo representative for the dorm. If there is a situation during the year where a student has to step down with work or film classes, we’re adding something there that if that’s the situation that they an keep their DP position and can make their other commitments. It’s disruptive to have to change the DLT position in the middle of the year. It’s an unnecessary amount of bureaucracy.

 

Madison Brown ‘17: How would that worked in terms of co-DP’s?

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Co-DP’s would stay the same.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: has there ever been a conversation about the DP undergoing the same process as other DLT positions? Just because the DP’s have a lot of the burden but not a lot of the benefit. The issue is just that because there is a representative council process.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: They were separate at one point, not sure when they were consolidated. Basically, I think that the ideas, at least from a RepCo standpoint, brings in a lot of diversity. People who like being on DLT may not like it shakes things up. There’s a lot of back and forth there. The negative of that is that because it’s an SGA Representative Position they can’t get paid. They are elected after room draw they don’t get any of the benefits of that.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Would this make it mandatory that one student would not be able to hold both?

 

Bridget: Default is that they’re the same but if it comes down to it you don’t have to drop out.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Is there a way to add a clause that members of the RepCo can be DP if they have an SGA RepCo Position? One concern Sam raised is that SAAC must be separate because she already has a position. Could there be a way to do both?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I lost Sam’s so she’s going to read it.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I’m not going through the formal version, so I’ll give you the anecdotal version. So basically what happened this year is that I’m the SAAC present and that committee had set aside for an automatic Representative Council position for student government. I can’t do the position because I was elected social committee head. One of the clauses for SGA does not allow one representative for SGA to hold two positions. I’ve been to to work through this all year. There are a lot of conflicts that come along with being a BMC student in general whether that be work, academic conflicts, etc. This resolution is making the SAAC Representative a co-held position between two students on the SAAC committee executive board if the president is not able to hold both positions. Any questions? It’s similar to Bridget’s. This makes it an option not mandatory.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Does that give rep two seats or one?

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Just one, but it provides the opportunity can be split if needed.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Just to add on, it adds on to be present on behalf of SAAC because of conflicts with games.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: There are a lot of conflicts with championship meets. This ensures that RepCo is always filled. If you have any questions you can email me at sheyrich@brynmawr.edu.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: So I’m just trying to understand. Basically you’re making it so that if they’re on or in this position they can also have another RepCo position?

 

Sam: No, SAAC has its own seat and it just happens that I’m the first person to hold two RepCo positions. What this does is that if the president already has a position it goes to another member fo the executive board. I have up my slot as SAAC rep to the VP of SAAC. The VP hasn’t been able to make every meeting. We were alternating but weren’t able to do that because it’s not a co-held position. If this happens again we can co-hold the position in case.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Last one.

 

Gabriele Smith ‘17: This is a resolution co-written by Hannah HC. This is something we’re trying to do is a boycott and divest Israel to put sanctions on them to stop human rights violations. We took the resolution from Vassar. Other Seven Sisters schools and Liberal Arts Colleges have had student resolutions in the same manner. We’re having students state their opinions on the same matter, to get a large group to show solidarity. It’s still pretty early on. I don’t know if we’ll present this this or next semester. It is important. It is 2017 and things are rough. If anyone wants to help or has any ideas we are looking for that input for the rest of the semester.

 

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: So can you just quickly say how this BDS is applied to BMC?

 

Gabriele Smith ’17: This is similar to divestments from South Africa to end apartheid. We’re asking board of trusties to divest BMC’s divestments. These are some companies that have invested in Israel and benefit from the occupation of Palestinians, such as Caterpillar (their machines tear down Palestinian houses). Also that SGA not use its money for any of these companies, like Hummus.

 

Makeda Warde ‘18: So do you know how many funds go into those companies?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I can help answer that. Almost all liberal arts colleges and schools in general, if you present a resolution like this Board of Trustees can bring this to portfolio. This is similar to the one to divest from fossil fuels. The Board took it and didn’t fully divest because portfolio firm did not have that portfolio, but they did cut down.

 

Gabrielle Smith ‘17: A big part is not only divestment but also education to tell people what is happening in Israel and Palestine.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Is this geared at the administration or also getting rid of Tribe and Ben and Jerry’s?

 

Gabrielle Smith ‘17: Yes, any other questions comments or concerns? Well Hannah’s giving the thumbs up. If anyone wants to help email me at gbsmith@brynmawr.edu. just come over after the SGA meeting.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just want to remind Plenary writers to come to the 2/26 meeting. We need final resolutions by March 5. From there we will submit them for Plenary packets which will be released to student body. You will need a third of quorum for petition. We’ll prepare the Google form so it’s easier. Keep in mind that for 2/26 you need your numbers.

 

Elections By-Laws Vote:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Gen can’t do it.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘17: Hey guys, one of the Heads of Elections. When Gen and I got elected we had some changes we wanted to implement. This is the final part of them.

 

“Article 1, Section 2, Subsection F: Nominations and candidacies can be rescinded at any time by emailing the Elections Head(s).

 

To now read:

 

Article 1, Section 2, Subsection F: Nominations and candidacies can be rescinded at any time by emailing the Elections Head(s). However, once it has been rescinded, the student may not qualify as a write in candidate.

 

The following sections must be added:

 

Article VI, Section 10- Community Campaigning

 

Candidates are responsible for the actions of their peers and supporters. Whenever one of their peers and/or supporters breaks the posting policy, online campaigning rules, or conducts negative campaigning, the candidate must bring the issue to their attention or contact the elections head(s) immediately. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

 

Article VI, Section 11: Write-ins

All write-in candidates must abide by campaigning by-laws.”

 

Any questions?

 

Gabriele Smith ‘17: Can you go up? I’m just confused as to why that is necessary because my thought is that people can write in candidates that they think would be good for the role so even if someone decides not to be a candidate. Being a candidate means that their name is on the ballot but it would still be useful if students were able to write in a candidate to express how they feel.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: We took that into consideration but there are reasons why I came up with this. The nature elections here at Bryn Mawr recently have been to handpick people. It makes whole elections process not democratic and not far. You can’t switch back and forth even though they don’t know what they’re going to do.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Also that’s why nominations period is present so that if someone wants to run for a position they can send an email.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: I guess I would disagree with what you were saying because it’s making it more bureaucratic. The opportunity for write-in candidates, bringing in more democratic processes, better reflects the student body.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘17: I guess I see you’re point, but because of the nature of things and how they’ve been happening it’s not with that intention.

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I have a couple of questions. One was how would this play out if a person was nominated for a co-held position and they were not nominated on their own because you have to be nominated together and decided they wanted to run with someone else?

 

Mariana Garcia ‘17: Yes, but that’s different. If you were running by yourself but that makes sense.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We can strike those out and leave the other two if that’s what, just seeing a pattern.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘17 I’m doing these changes because I’ve seen the pattern and nature of things working how they shouldn’t be.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: I’m assuming that this would be enacted next elections cycle?

 

Creighton Ward ‘19: I just want to ask what you mean by these patterns and nature of elections. I’ve only experienced a few rounds. I want to know exactly what negative campaigning is, I want a clear definition.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘17: Well, to my understanding, patterns I have seen— Gen and I have seen— basically what happens is there’s a nominations process that is a few days long. Sometimes people decline their nominations; people write in candidates because they want to see who’s running. It turns into a popularity context because they want to see who’s running. Also just not following the campaigning rules. People respond in ways they should not respond. We’re trying to be fair and trying to talk to people and be nice and avoid problems. It is very disrespectful and attacking.

 

Meera Jayaraman ‘17: I just want to say avoiding problems is coded language for saying what their platform is. I was wondering if you would respond to this and clarify what you mean about a “popularity contest”. I know the whole idea is for the candidate to give to SGA and have a real structure with how they approach elections. What do you mean?

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Can you explain the first thing?

 

Meera Jayaraman ‘17: You were talking about attacking, being disrespectful. It seems to me that’s coded language for asking the candidates what they might mean. The difference between what they mean and straight up attacking them, that’s very thin line. Who is it to judge what the line is?

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: I understand where you’re coming from. A lot of candidates have been attacked. They’ve been like “oh don’t run, want to change things around”. They have felt very uncomfortable. There are nominations, candidates’ forum, there’s time to do that and it’s just a way that people have been asking has been problematic.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just going to jump in. The time limit is going to go on way longer. We can go for speaking order. We have ten minutes and we started at 8:00. Would you guys prefer speaking order and just see if it keeps on?

 

Meera Jayaraman ‘18: Can we see if that goes on?

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: I worry that the culture about negative campaigning may seem like a subtle part of censorship, especially if candidates re responsible for the direct response. If someone makes a negative statement against another candidate that that can be used against a candidate that they will be disqualified, even if they had no knowledge of that.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: That’s an excellent point. It’s not that if a supporter says something. If someone says you can’t post in private groups and then the post if still there, if the elections; the candidate is not being responsive you will be disqualified.

 

Camila Duluc ‘17: The way I’m reading this, I don’t think this is ill natured at all. From my point of view, it’s trying to make the work for the co-heads an easier position because Candidates’ Forum not a lot of people went. With these elections, how they’re going, it would be good to have the people what want to be nominated and show community support. That way, like Mari said, you could have a way to talk to student to talk to the candidate you want. So they can ask questions, choose or not choose their candidate. It’s the most efficient way to be clear with the campus. We’re a really supportive community, as I’d like to believe. Elections should not be this hard, it should be easy for students so they can choose who they want to represent them.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re at ten minutes. Basically we have a choice of extending the time limit or speaking order.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19: Can we do that thing that we talked about?

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: The only thing is that this has to be pushed to a vote.

 

Meera Jayaraman ‘17: Can we have speaking order?

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Then we run another vote?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So basically we’re going to vote to push it to a vote, then speaking order.

 

Sam Heyrich: What is the limit?

 

Nikki Shakamuri ’19: I heard about a meeting about the election after this?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: it’s not a meeting about this, it’s a meeting about the election.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: It’s for candidates.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Vote as a room. If you want to push this to a vote and end discussion.

 

Evelyn Aviles ‘17: What’s the question?
Rhea Manglani ‘17: If you want to vote, we’re doing this for whole room. Raise your hands if you’d like to continue discussion. Given that we have a little less than ten minutes left, we want to extend more than ten minutes. Let’s just do it to ten minutes.

 

Gabriele Smith ’17: I have a lot of things to say. First Camila just spoke. I would disagree that we’re a supportive community. We’re actually racist. Critiques of people are or a person… [If we don’t critique] we are going to continue this oppression. It’s easy to do. Two of the elections bylaws, and I remember that the changes about Facebook I was a part of the Elections Committee that year. Because the technology is new, we’re editing off of what was before. Instead of saying yeah, a private Facebook post, something we need to do with all the bylaws is thing about our bylaws and what we want. How are we going to follow with how bylaws were written in much different time? Posting in Facebook groups is outdated.

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: I appreciate you feedback.

 

Jasmine Rangel ’17: Can you scroll down about write-ins? As someone who was part of a write-in campaign, the bylaws include having to go to candidates’ forum. How would that play out? For write-ins that are outwardly campaigning, do I now have to abide to those rules?

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Write-in campaigning means to be written in. As for first question, it’s hard to tell now things have been different. It’s the decision of the Elections Head. I know it’s a campus forum. Maybe Candidates’ Forum is not necessary. We’ve been posting all of the campus. If we’re dealing with more than six candidates we can explore that.

 

Meera Jayaraman ‘17: So it seems that we aren’t allowed to have a truly democratic process. This whole inner circle of SGA is inaccessible. Requiring students to go through this process is why students are going though SGA write-ins and what is wrong with this campaigning process.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: I guess if they’re choosing to go through write-in process, I’m a sophomore, you are upperclassmen so you know more about what has happened in the past then I do. It does not necessarily mean that the process is in accessible, they can see who’s running before they write-in.

 

Creighton Ward ‘19: Something that concerns me about this proposal is that I feel like it can be manipulated against students, particularly minority students. I worry about when dissent from students of color is happening it is regarded as attacking. Is this candidate is supposed to represent me? I feel like I have to ask them. Ask from students who have different interests. Not everyone in SGA looks like me or thinks like I do. I’m concerned about the ways that the way this is used to perpetuate racism.

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: I’m trying to understand why you think asking a student directly is not accessible. You can ask them. I’ve been someone to ask. I’m a minority student. I’m Hispanic, I’m from Puerto Rico, and I understand that. So I’m just trying to understand because it’s hard.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: So you mentioned earlier that these bylaws are in the spirit of trying to streamline. I was wondering if you’ve done research on how accessible they already are. Do students currently feel like Candidates’ Forum is well publicized? Can they get the information that they need? For Candidates’ Forum, that’s one opportunity. That does not seem more accessible to me. Have you looked into ways to make this more accessible?

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: I’ve heard neither. No one has come up. I’m hearing this now. I could look into this now. I would be willing to speak more about this, to have people’s feedback, straw poll, write in stuff. I’m working with new Heads of Elections, two new heads, and still dealing with process now because it got extended. I’m looking to work more to make sure this is more accessible and transparent.

 

Makeda Warde ‘18: So basically from what I’m hearing some people feel that SGA is being inaccessible as a whole and that they are suggesting we have a meeting about this. Is SGA being accessible as a whole. Just to make you answer these questions.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Since Gen and I have had this position, we have made a lot of changes to make sure we voice it out. We do a lot. I would say that we have made changes and have voiced people’s concerns. Of course, there is always more work to be done.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Ten minutes is up. Take this to a vote. Options are yes, no and abstain. Give minute to consult. Options are yes, no, and abstain. I’ll give you a minute.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Can I suggest voting for each separately?

 

Camila Duluc ‘19: What else needs to be discussed?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Board of Trustee meeting.

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: All right, we also have the Board of Trustee meeting. Are there any suggestions or do we want to go straight to the vote?

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Are we voting for bylaws as a whole?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: I think we’re going to vote as a whole.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: People have brought up issues with all.

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: I think it’s best to table this since it is a tie.

 

Board of Trustees:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Most of this is pretty useless but they made a recommendation to the financial aid policy. It hits grants first. The Board is suggesting this. I didn’t get a clear sense if it’s all … The Board said that school has outdated policy. Second thing is that the Climate Policy that they’ve created new committee for it for new projects and ideas… stop putting all the pressure on minority students carrying on the burden… we can go on to next thing.

 

Old Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can revisit a topic for discussion. Is there any Old Business?

 

 

 

New Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: New Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can propose a new topic for discussion. Is there any New Business?

 

Okay, is there a motion to end the meeting?

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad motioned to end the meeting.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

 

Bridget Murray seconded the motion.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Please raise hands for yes, no, and abstain?

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 PM.

 

SGA Meeting Minutes – February 5, 2017

SGA Meeting Minutes – February 5, 2017

Summary:

  • Role Call:
    • The meeting began at 2:10 PM.
    • Present: Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma
    • Absent: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Precious Robinson, Kyra Sagal, Sohini Maniar, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, May Zhu, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Phoebe Dopulous, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles
  • Announcements:
    • SAAC hosted a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 5 in the Campus Center. SAAC will also be selling carnations on Monday and Tuesday February 6 and 7 for a dollar. All proceeds go to the student initiative against breast cancer at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.
    • The application to become a Peer Mentor is live until Friday, February 10 at 5:00 PM.
    • Sophia Bokhari and Isobel Blanchart will be hosting office hours in Campus Center 200 as part of the Access Services Board.
    • The application to become a Tour Guide for the Admissions Office is now live. Everyone is encouraged to apply with the exception of seniors.
    • There will be a Customs information session on Monday, February 6 at 9:15 PM in Dalton for those interested in applying.
  • Updates on Meeting with the Administration:
    • Rhea Manglani ’17 met with members of the Administration, including President Cassidy, this past week following the College’s statement regarding the immigration ban. Bryn Mawr already does not release the immigration status of its students and provides financial aid for undocumented students. President Cassidy explained her reasons for avoiding the name Sanctuary Campus for fear that it would target Bryn Mawr first if legislation targeting sanctuary campuses were ever handed down. Students broke into groups to discuss their feelings and opinions on the subject as well as steps SGA should take as well. The details of the debrief can be found in the transcript below. Students voted to have President Cassidy have a town hall on the subject during the afternoon so faculty, staff, and students could attend (date to be determined).
  • SGA Budget Vote:
    • The Representative Council was unable to vote on the Spring Semester SGA Budget because there was a slight majority of RepCo Members Present at the meeting. In order to prevent having to wait until next week, the budget was emailed to the Representative Council for a vote and approved via Google Form.
  • Old Business:
    • February Elections will begin Monday, February 6 at 9:00 AM and run until Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM. Voting will take place via Google Form. Mariana Garcia ’19, Co-Head of Elections, took time for the candidates present to introduce themselves. They are, in speaking order:
      • Sophia Bokhari ’20, Candidate for Head of Elections
      • Milan Fredrick ’20 and Sophie Goldstein ’20 for Co-Heads of Elections.
      • Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19, Write-In Candidate for Secretary
      • Genesis Perez-Melara ’19, Candidate for President
      • Rachel Bruce ’18, Candidate for President

Other candidates not present include Nanda Bhushan ’19 and Delia Landers ’19 for Vice President, Megan Pemberton ’20 for Secretary, Anna (Anran) Huang ’19 for Treasurer, Ruby Zeng ’20 for Appointments Committee, and Cassidy Gruber Baruth for SGA Archivist. There were no candidates, as of Sunday, for Head of the Honor Board, Member-at-Large, and three of the positions for Member of the Appointments Committee. If you have any questions about the election, please email elections@brynmawr.edu.

  • New Business:
    • Rachel Bruce ’18 proposed the idea via straw poll of improving the SGA website by combining the various SGA websites for Elections, the SGA Archive, the Appointments Committee, as well as the main SGA website with the Constitution and Honor Code. As per the results of the straw poll, it was ruled something the community members present indicated this was an initiative worth pursuing.
    • Rhea Manglani ’17 announced the date of Plenary as March 19 at 7:00 PM in Goodhart.
    • Rhea Manglani ’17 also made a statement on the importance of keeping decorum in SGA meetings when discussions go on for a long time.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 PM.

–Transcript–

Role Call:

 Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, it’s 2:10. We’re going to start the meeting with Role Call.

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi everyone, I am required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything said here tonight will be recorded for the minutes.

Present: Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

Absent: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Precious Robinson, Kyra Sagal, Sohini Maniar, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, May Zhu, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Phoebe Dopulous, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Real quick, if you’re on RepCo can you raise your hand and count? If you have a co-held position only one person raise their hand. Go ahead and put your hands down

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Swati isn’t here because she signed up for something she couldn’t get out of. Does anyone have anything for Announcements?

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Hi, Sam Heyrich ’17. I’m the SAAC President and today at 6:30 in the Campus Center we’re hosting an open to everyone Super Bowl Party. Also related to SAAC, tomorrow from 10:00 to 1:00 as well as Tuesday and Wednesday we will be selling carnations, one for a dollar (tonight as well). All profits go to the Breast Cancer Student Initiative at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Aly Robins ‘17: I’m one of the co-heads for Peer Mentoring Services. Our application is out and is due Friday at 5:00. There’s a Wufoo form, go DLT.

Sophia Bokhari: I’m one of the Access Services Co-Heads. Isobel Blanchard and I will be hosting office hours in Campus Center 200 at a time to be determined.

Emma Porter ’17: I’m one of the Interns for the Admissions Office. The application to be a tour guide is live. We encourage all to apply, except for seniors.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: I’m a member of the Customs Committee. We’re hosting an information session Monday at 9:15 in Dalton 300.

Updates on Meeting with the Administration:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: The next item was going to be SGA item vote but I will go with updates on administration. I will update you all on what’s going on. First off, a lot of you are interested in the school declaring itself a sanctuary campus. The term sanctuary camps has no meaning because it doesn’t have a legal procedure. Bryn Mawr offers the same protections and ideologies as a sanctuary campus. KCass is opposed to the idea in case there is legislation that targets sanctuary campuses first. Again the school already already offers these services and would be willing to talk to the students if it means a lot. I wanted to open it all to you.

The next thing is a lot of things have been going around with the way the messages go out. If you have a criticism with the way messages are sent out please email them and let them know. UPenn has done a similar thing where the messages were weak and students said something.

KCass is doing this but there are several Pennsylvania schools who are sending a petition to Pat Toomey. They are going to deliver the petition to the office by hand to know it was taken. All college presidents saying that we don’t want you to do this or that. KCass is also working on building relationships with pro bono lawyers in case students need it because the school’s lawyer is for the school’s [legal issues].

Working on event planning. She is working with the Political Science Department on different talks. An immigration lawyer came a week ago, talking to admin to help advertise better. Before I break us up does anyone have any questions?

Claire Romaine ‘17: So you say there is no official policy but there are thing that sanctuary campuses do. What are those things?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: A lot of schools that don’t do this are offering financial aid to undocumented students. The person who is charge of international… because she knows that this is a dangerous time to have access to this information. The term is to build a wall, removed undocumented students from this process. There’s a process of knowing international students but saying that she can say she doesn’t know about undocumented; If there’s a cop that says where are your papers the school can say you can’t see them without an official order. [There’s] a breakdown of policies to sound the same. Anything else?

Okay, I know Hannah Rifkin is working on talking to admin about how to improve the way the school is doing it’s things. She’s a good person to talk to. If you have any questions about anything you can reach out to them or me and I will bring it up the next time I talk to them. I’m going to ask we break up and see if we want a sanctuary campus. I know these are a lot of terms. Anything you want during these times that you think admin is not doing well or well enough take this time to talk about it.

Students Present Count Off By Four

Ones’ in this corner, two’s in the middle-ish, three’s here and four’s here. Give everyone a chance to get there.

Students Present Break for Ten Minutes to Discuss

Rina Patel ’18: I just Googled what it means to make our campus a Sanctuary Campus. It says you can’t allow immigration on campus without warrant, can’t disclose immigration status, all things we do already. Like Rhea said this might make us more targeted. That might put more students in danger because it would call students a Sanctuary Campus. This might keep students a little more safe.

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: A lot of us were saying what that actually means when we define ourselves. We need to have this info passed on and student body needs to know what’s going on to have a say.

Emma Porter ‘19: We were talking about how we are concerned with protecting students who are already here. We’re okay with not labling ourselves a sanctuary campus. We had a small discussion about how are we going to publicize how to create a safe space n our campus. We couldn’t find a balance of both of those.

Veda Nambi ’18: Pretty much our group was just discussing sort of what a Sanctuary Campus is. What are the benefits of officially being a Sanctuary Campus.

Mariana Garcia ’19: You sort of said everything we said in our group, but we sort of said that since students put the energy into classes. Professors could implement what a sanctuary campus means into class readings and discussions and if there are any repercussions.

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: Something we also talked about there is ambiguity. Had someone from administration come in and address that directly, possibly through SGA and email or in a separate space. We are a college and busy and we need have information spread through more common means.

Claire Romaine ’17: We talked about how the other stuff how we’re not experts. We also discussed how the administration goes through email a lot and how people want to be involved they have to check their email. They’re explicit in how they communicate and they try.

Aly Robins ‘17: We also talked about how we’ve seen some alums reaching out to have students stay if they’re afraid to leave the country. We made this more well-known. That could be cool to know there is a community on campus and off campus.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just to address a few things I forgot. Instead of communicating to the whole campus, Dean Walters has been meeting with MSA. The woman who is in charge of ISO said she had open office hours the weekend of the ban. They are reaching out to specific students. It’s a little scary when the whole student body is fear mongering. Someone said that with the Penn email someone said don’t travel. We’re trying not to fear monger. President Cassidy offered to come to an SGA meeting. If that is of interest we can vote on this as a group of students to do a town hall. I guess let’s vote on it. Do you all know what the town halls are? It’s basically a giant meeting that will happen at 4:00 PM in TGH. A bunch of people come up— faculty, staff, and students— Stephanie Nixon facilitates the conversation. They usually do it in times of crisis on this campus. I’m just going to ask that enough students reach out vote yes for one not both. If she chooses not to have a town hall we can always have her come to an SGA meeting.

Sam Heyrich ‘17: This is a request, slash statement, slash point of interest. Town halls are typically scheduled during the activities part of the day which makes it inaccessible for people who do things. I’m proposing that if we do this that it is after 7:00 PM to respect students’ time between the 4:00 to 7:00 PM time slot.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I can request that she just do it earlier.

Aly Robins ‘17: If we want professors, we should have it earlier in the day it would make it more accessible.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So the way this will work is raise your hands for yes with town hall, raise for hands for no with town hall, and then abstain.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Is this a RepCo vote or everyone?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Everyone; we’re just going to vote as a group of people. Yes for town hall? Okay I don’t think we need to count, I will propose for a town hall and if she says this is too much I will say next week we will go back and ask about an SGA meeting.

SGA Budget Vote:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay so we were supposed to vote on the budget today we don’t have enough people here. I think we need 18 or 24 but we need people there. It’s by voting member. If you could spread the world that if someone needs to put something through it couldn’t get it that’s why.

Veda Nambi ‘18: If people came late, and they’re part of RepCo I guess maybe do a recount?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Raise your hands, just have one co-held person vote. We’re still under. Cautionary tale, you guys showing up means a lot. It’ll go through next week. 

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Old Business is a time when members of the Representative Council can revisit a topic for discussion. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Is there any Old Business?

Mariana Garcia ‘19: So elections are happening. Voting starts tomorrow at 9:00 AM. A Google form will be sent out. If candidates who are here, please come up and introduce yourselves for people who were unable to make it to the Candidates’ Forum because we want people to know who they are they voting for.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Does that include write-in’s?

Mariana Garcia ’19: Sure!

Sophia Bokhari ’20: Hi, name is Sophia Bokhari and I am running for the position of Head of Elections.

Milan Fredrick ’20: Hi, my name is Milan Fredrick ’20 and I’m running for Head of Elections with Sophie Goldstein.

Sophie Goldstein ’20: Hi, I’m Sophie Goldstein and I’m running for Head of Elections with Milan Fredrick.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19: Hi everyone, name is Lillian Oyen-Ustad and I am running for the position of Secretary.

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: Hi guys, my name is Genesis Perez-Melara and I am running for President.

Mariana Garcia ’19: Delia Landers and Nanda Bhushan are running for Vice President. There’s also Megan Pemberton for Secretary. Ruby Zeng is running for Member of the Appointments Committee (there are three additional slots); Cassidy Gruber Baruth for SGA Archivist. There are no Candidates for Head of the Honor Board and no one for Member at Large. There’s also one more candidate but she was taking the notes.

Rachel Bruce ‘18: Hi guys, my name is Rachel Bruce and I’m running for SGA President. I’m the person who sits behind the desk and takes the minutes, and occasionally I ask you to say your name and class year.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Also if you guys have questions please email elections@brynmawr.edu.

New Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: New Business is a time for members of the Representative Council to bring up a new topic for discussion related to their position. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Is there any New Business?

Rachel Bruce ‘18: This was more of a Your Two Cents item, but I was thinking that something the incoming Secretary, Webmistress/Master/Mistex, and members of the Representative Council could work on is combining the different SGA websites (Elections, Appointments, the main SGA website with the Constitution and honor Board, Archive, etc.) into one giant website—a larger center for information about SGA. I’m going to take a straw poll to see if you all think that would be something worth pursuing. Hands for yes? No? Abstain? Thanks!

Rhea Manglani ‘17: One thing for Head of the Honor Board is that they have to have served on the Honor Board. If you know someone on the Honor Board, write them in, talk to them too.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: A lot of people don’t know how many votes you need for a write-in and it’s nine.

Bridget Murray ‘17: With Plenary being moved, are all of these positions going to take place now or be delayed?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: The new E-Board gets delayed because the Constitution has to be reaffirmed. Please make sure people come to Plenary!

Aly Robins ‘17: So realistically what happens because you’re a senior?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Honestly I think if it goes digital it’ll be a long process. Make sure people show up. We’ll be giving around a lot of room draw numbers.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19: What is the date of Plenary?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: March 19th. One quick thing one thing on decorum. Decorum isn’t just not clasping, howling, showing favoritism, etc. I’m not saying that if someone says something racist you should not call them out. I’m saying if someone is talking a lot do your best not to be passive aggressive or rude. This isn’t towards anyone in particular. We’re all guilty of it. It’s hard to be nice when things we get stressful but please be respectful.

Okay, is there a motion to end the meeting?

Bridget Murray ’17 motioned to end the meeting.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19 seconded the motion.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, hands for yes, no, and abstain? Goodbye!

The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 PM.

 

SGA Meeting Minutes – January 29, 2017

SGA Meeting Minutes – January 29, 2017

Summary:
● Role Call:

  • Announcements:
  • Present: ​Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Emma Porter, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Gaposchkin, Celeste Ledesma

    Absent: ​Katherine Nichols, Precious Robinson, Mariana Garcia, Nikki Shakamuri, Manal Hussain, Jessica Breet, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos, Claire Romaine, Sarah Awad

  • The meeting began at 7:10 PM.
  • The Senior Gift Committee will be hosting a “Palentine’s Celebration” on Friday, February 23 in Thomas Great Hall. This event is open to seniors only and will celebrate the 100 days left until the the class of 2017’s commencement. Seniors can also make their gifts at the event via one card or check. For more information please email Sam Heyrich ‘17 at s​ heyrich@brynmawr.edu.​
  • Bridget Murray ‘17 and Kyra Sagal ‘17 announced The Montgomery County Victim Services Center will be visiting campus next week.​Victim Services Center (VSC) provides free and confidential comprehensive support services to crime victims, their families and significant others; prevention education and risk reduction programs, and training to the professionals who work with the victims of these crimes. ​ (​http://www.victimservicescenter.org/​). They will be tabling on Tuesday, February 7th in the Campus Center from 7-9pm to talk to students about theirservices and how they can serve as off-campus support.
  • Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19, Co-Head of Elections, announced that February Elections are fast-approaching. Candidates’ Forum will take place this Friday, February 3 at 6:30 in Dalton 300. For more information, please email the Elections Co-Heads at ​elections@brynmawr.edu​.
  • Your Two Cents:
  • Hannah Rifkin ‘17 presented the idea of Bryn Mawr following suit with the University of Michigan in explicitly stating that the College will not partner with any deportation force. Rhea Manglani ‘17 suggested that this idea be revisited during the Plenary Mixer later on in the meeting.
  • Updating the Appointments By-Laws:
  • Shaina Robinson ‘17, Head of the Appointments Committee, presented the updated Appointments Committee By-Laws for approval by the Representative Council. The vote passed by a clear majority. A copy of the updated bylaws can be found in the transcript below.

 

  • Plenary Mixer:
  • The Assembly and members of SGA present at the meeting split into three groups to discuss proposed some working ideas for Plenary Resolutions. Ideas included a College-wide stance against any deportation force by Hannah Rifkin ‘17, allowing animals in counseling services by Sophia Bokhari ‘20, and a boycott, divest, and sanctions (BDS) protest against the state of Israel by Hannah Henderson-Charnow ‘20.
  • Additional ideas were discussed during the debrief, including a ban on the 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM timeslot for major events and TA sessions to accommodate for student athletes’ games, making the Head of the Residence Council an appointed position instead of an elected one, bringing more Halal and Kosher food into the dining halls, getting rid of 24 Hour Canaday’s 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM time slot, and extending Carpenter’s hours during finals week beyond midnight.
  • Students also discussed ways to improve the accessibility of writing Plenary Resolutions and why students may choose not to write and present a resolution despite having good ideas.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.
  • Next week’s meeting will take place at 2:00 PM in the Campus Center Main Lounge in anticipation of the Super Bowl.

    –TRANSCRIPT–

Role Call:

Rhea Manglani ’17: It’s 7:10, we’re going to start the meeting with Role Call.

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi everyone, I am required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to say that everything said here tonight will be recorded for the minutes.

Present: ​Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Emma Porter, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Gaposchkin, Celeste Ledesma

Absent: ​Katherine Nichols, Precious Robinson, Mariana Garcia, Nikki Shakamuri, Manal Hussain, Jessica Breet, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos, Claire Romaine, Sarah Awad

Announcements​:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Announcements is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr Community can make an announcement. We have ten minutes for this agenda item, are there any announcements?

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I’m a member of the Senior Gifts Committee and I’m inviting seniors only to our “Palentine’s Day” event on Friday February 23 in Thomas Great Hall. It’s pretty casual, and it’s also our kickoff to fundraising to the Bryn Mawr Fund. You can make your gift via one card, check, etc. There will be delicious Leslie Knope-approved waffles. You don’t have to give your donation at the event. Again, this is a senior-only even. This is also our opportunity to our last 100 days before graduation, which is next Friday. Any questions? You can email me at sheyrich@brynmawr.edu.

Bridget Murray ‘17: Bridget Murray, Class of 2017. Kyra Sagal ‘17: Kyra Sagal, Class of 2017.

Bridget Murray ‘17: ​Campus Safety asked us to pass along that the Montgomery County Victim Services Center will be visiting campus next week. ​Victim Services Center (VSC) provides free and confidential comprehensive support services to crime victims, their families and significant others; prevention education and risk reduction programs, and training to the professionals who work with

the victims of these crimes. ​ (​http://www.victimservicescenter.org/​). They will be tabling on Tuesday, February 7th in the Campus Center from 7-9pm to talk to students about their services and how they can serve as off-campus support.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Just a reminder that February Elections are coming soon. Next Friday is Candidates’ Forum. Reminder: if you did get nominated please respond to the email whether you accept or decline your nomination. Tonight is one of the first info sessions in Taylor Hall E. If you have any questions, please email elections@brynmawr.edu.

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr Community can propose a topic for discussion or host a straw poll. We have ten minutes for this item. Are there any Your Two Cents?

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: Can we talk about how we can put pressure on Bryn Mawr to do what Michigan did?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Can you clarify what did the University of Michigan did?

X: President Cassidy sent out an email.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just so you all know, Kristal Sotomayor is really trying to raise awareness about administration doing something for undocumented students. This is the third time admin has reached out to me to send a message. We didn’t plan for this to be an agenda item this week, but we are figuring out better ways to speak with admin directly.

Nora Dell ’19: I have a thought. What if instead of us going to administration, they were transparent about what they were doing.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Moving on, does anyone have anything else?

Updating the Appointments Committees By-Laws:

Shaina Robinson ‘17: I’ll read it out loud in case people can’t see; so basically I took the opportunity to update the Appointments By-Laws because they haven’t been updated in a long time. I also took time to clarify the appointments process and ensure committees can be held accountable throughout the year.

“Updated Appointments Bylaws (1/29/17)

“Amendments:

“One may not hold the position of an Appointments committee member and a position in the SGA Representative Council (otherwise known as the SGA Assembly) at the same time.

Previously read: One may not hold the position of an Appointments committee member and a position in the SGA assembly at the same time.

“All applications and interview sign ups must be recorded on the Appointments Committees’ Google Drive and Doodle account. Email notifications or requests for interview slots will not be accepted unless there are as result of technical difficulties.

Previously read: All applications and interview sign ups must be recorded on the SGA Moodle Page. Email notifications or requests for interview slots will not be accepted unless there are as result of technical difficulties.

“New Proposals:

“An official emergency appointments round for multiple committees can be held in the spring semester before April at the discretion of the Vice-President. The Vice-President must give the other members of the Appointments Committee two weeks notice if they do this. All other appointments rounds that are not held in the designated months of September, November, and April must be for one committee only.

“All committees must assign at least one member, if not the head of the committee, the task of meeting with the Appointments Committee in person for a progress report check-in. These check-ins may be held during the fall semester for committees appointed in April and during the spring semester for committees appointed in September and November. Committees appointed during miscellaneous appointments rounds may be asked to check in with the Appointments Committee at the discretion of the Vice-President. If no one from a committee can meet with the Appointments Committee during the designated week of check-ins then a separate meeting must be scheduled in a timely manner.”

Does anyone have any questions? Alright, I believe we can put this through a vote. This is a Representative Council Vote only. Co-held positions, you can convene with yourselves for a couple of minutes.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So your options are yes, no, and abstain.

By Laws pass by clear majority of the votes (there was one abstain)

Plenary Mixer:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So how many of you are here because you have an idea for a Plenary Resolution? Can you raise your hands? Can the three of you and whoever is helping you (if you have no help that’s fine, you might potentially meet someone) come to the mic. We’re going to break into three groups, just count off by three. You’re going to break into three groups and workshop the idea. Can you each give a brief summary of your idea?

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: Can’t people pick?
Rhea Manglani ’17: If we let people pick, everyone will go to one and not the other.

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: Like I said in Your Two Cents, I think our voices are elevated if responded to on an administrative level that Bryn Mawr will not partner with any deportation force. I want that explicitly stated.

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: So the Counseling Center has been working to get a dog during sessions but right now they’re in the process of getting data. That process is very lengthy. What could expedite that process is that staff could bring in animals to non-residential buildings.

Hannah Henderson-Charnow ‘17: I’m not sure what will come of this but I am interested in having a conversation around having a BDS resolution against Israel (Boycott and Divest Sanctions).

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Please say your name and class year before you speak. Don’t get mad at Rachel, she’s just doing her job.

— Assembly Breaks for Five Minutes to Discuss Potential Plenary Resolutions—

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Alright, it’s been more than five minutes. I see group one is very intense. You guys good now? So before this breakdown, I have a quick question for all of you. Throughout the semester people have brought up plenary ideas– things like having the Honor Code apply to professors to raising the wage for Dining Services. Do you guys have an idea why some of those people might not have come tonight? Am I making the process sound too scar?

Veda Nambi ‘18: I think the reason is that it sounds difficult because the writing sounds difficult, and then the review process so people might be put off by that. But you also need that to write a good resolution, so.

Bridget Murray ‘17: In general, doing a Plenary Resolution is hard. It’s really hard to get up in front of a group. It’s completely different than if you’re saying, “I want to change wording in the

Constitution” versus, “I want to change something about how the Honor Code applies” and you have no idea how that would happen.

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I think the results of Plenary Resolutions have varied so seeing some things that work out and others that don’t. It can be discouraging for someone presenting.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: I also think that from all the Plenaries I’ve been to that they’re presenting something that no one has bothered to hear about. They’re picking them apart and questioning their validity and importance. That presents a hard burden to carry.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I will wrestle with those ideas.

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: Maybe you could have a “Resolution Adoption Fair”.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: That’s what this was. Is there anything else? Can the three resolution writers come up and represent your ideas, represent your feedback, and some of what happened in your discussion? If you feel discouraged and don’t want to that’s fine.

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: People suggested sitting down with people who might know more about this.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: There’s a college lawyer, have you talked to him?

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: No.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: His name is Sam something. His info is on the website.

Hannah Henderson-Charnow ‘17: We had a productive conversation.

Sophia Bokhari ‘20: So I think we decided to split into two resolutions from professors, one bringing in animals to class and another for the Counseling Center.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Does anyone have any general comments about any of this? Nicky Westerduin ‘18: Would the animal thing before staff or just professors?

Sophia Bokhari ’20: I don’t know, we were kind of just talking about professors but Counseling Center would be separately.

Genesis Perez-Melara: So the three students, are they writing the resolutions or are these just ideas?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I hope so. I offered this out to the entire student body as a way to get feedback before starting the process from the E-Board and everyone. This was to get the hype up.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: When is Plenary?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: March 19. The reason we’re starting early is because we lose two Sundays because of Spring Break.

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: In regard to professors being able to bring pets to work, is there anything that prevents this?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I’m just going to say what I think. I think it’s an allergy issue, which is hypocritical because we have flowers all over the place and plenty of people are allergic to pollen.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: So I’m a student athlete and one of the things that came up was classics and other colloquiums and that they’re not required but they are highly suggested because they allow you interact with people in your field or major. Most of those things happen between 4:00 to 6:00 when games happen. We were going to write a letter to the Provost that this should be changed. Is that a Plenary Resolution?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: You definitely could and show that it has more than just SAAC’s support.

Emma Porter ’17: We were talking about potentially finding a different solution to 24 Canaday because there are times when no one’s in the library.

Nora Dell ‘19: I also heard that, and that we should get rid of the 3:00 to 6:00 hours because no one is in the library and it’s unhealthy to do so.

Kyra: Kyra Sagal, class of 2017.

Bridget Murray ‘17: So we were throwing around the appointment of the ResCo Heads. We are elected but there are a lot of responsibilities and we feel it may be better as an appointed position.

Ananya Kumar ‘18: This is an idea for a plenary resolution that came to me last semester. We were kind of talking about having a space for Halal and Kosher food. If someone is interested hit me up.

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: I’ve been working with—potentially you’re asking why you don’t come up with this position—I’ve been working with David chase on Kosher food in the dining hall and Halal options but I honestly don’t know much about Halal but I don’t know the specifics. He came to Big Cheese and I’m meeting with him Thursday. I would recommend meeting with him. There was a resolution about Kosher and Halal options that was presented several years ago. The best way to go about this is to speak with him, as he’s already willing to work with us.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Does anyone else?

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: In regard to library situation, another thing I’d like to add (though I do support it) is that the hours in Carpenter could be looked at. All the resources I need at the end of the semester can’t be accessed after a certain time or brought outside the library. Something we talked about would be potentially lengthening Carpenter’s hours. Trying to finish a paper at the end of the semester and not access your materials is very frustrating.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: If you want to pursue that I would suggest not working together.

Bridget Murray: Point of Clarification– one issue I can immediately foresee is that the LITS workers are going to be a lot smaller. We have a larger group in Canaday and a larger pool to pull from the Help Desk, shelvers, and circulation to keep the library running. It still sucks but it sucks slightly less.

Nora Dell ‘19: What if we redistributed some workers temporarily to Carpenter during 24 Hour Canaday?

Bridget Murray ‘17: Do you really hate us that much?

Nora Dell ‘19: It would be same amount of shifts in the daytime. I don’t know a whole lot about this.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I would still encourage at least starting the process. Claire, you can still start. I would encourage emailing the E-Board. Would still help to advertise Plenary in the ways we have been? Any other comments? Okay, so just put the word out there. We still have time. Need an idea by Wednesday and draft by Saturday. Is there a motion to end the meeting?

Ananya Kumar ’18 motioned to end the meeting.

Bridget Murray ’17 seconded the motion.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Confer with your co-held position. Raise for yes, no, and abstain. I will see all of you in a week at a different time for the Super Bowl. We have this space at 2:00 PM.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.