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.

SGA Meeting Minutes – January 22, 2017

SGA Meeting Minutes – January 22, 2017

Summary:

  • Role Call:
  • The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM.
  • Present: Katherine Nicholas, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Lea Williams, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma
  • Absent: Ananya Kumar, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Margaret Gorman, Jessica Breet, Emma Porter, Phoebe Dopulos, Nichol Westerduin
  • Announcements:
  • Budgets for Spring 2017 are due January 26 on Moodle. Please email Jocelyne Oliveros at joliveros@brynmawr.edu if you have any questions. o The February 5 SGA meeting will take place at 2:00 PM instead of 7:00 PM for the Superbowl. Location is to be determined.
  • Your Two Cents:
  • There were no Your Two Cents.
  • Representative Council Updates:
  • Elected members of the Representative Council went around and stated what they have accomplished in their role thus far and what they hope to accomplish in the next semester. Many members of Representative Council discussed successful work dynamics and events that occurred last semester. Many also hoped to continue in community building for their respective constituencies. Details can be found in the transcript of the meeting minutes below.
  • Old Business:
  • There was no Old Business.
  • New Business:
  • Candidates’ Forum for February Elections will take place Friday, February 3 at 6:30 PM [please note update from minutes below]. Positions up for election include the E-Board, Head of Elections, Members of Appointments, emergency positions for COPS, LILAC CDP, Off-Campus, Representative, and one Member-at-Large. If you have any questions please email elections@brynmawr.edu.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 PM.
  • Next week’s meeting will be a Plenary Mixer where students can discuss their ideas for Plenary Resolutions. Have an idea for a Plenary Resolution? Come talk about it!

–TRANSCRIPT–

Role Call:

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

Rachel Bruce ’18: I am required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything will be recorded tonight.

Present: Katherine Nicholas, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Lea Williams, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

Absent: Ananya Kumar, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Margaret Gorman, Jessica Breet, Emma Porter, Phoebe Dopulos, Nichol Westerduin

Announcements:

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: Hi, so budgets started so just remember to hand that in by January 26.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Anyone else?

Sam Heyrich ‘17: February 5 is the Superbowl and every year SAAC has an open Superbowl party. The Superbowl starts at 6:30, which overlaps with SGA. We are proposing that SGA happens during the day, something we do during the Superbowl every year.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So for February 5, what is a proposed time? Lea Williams ‘20: 2:00 PM.
Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: 4:00 PM.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Anyone else? So your options are 2:00 and 4:00. Your options are yes, no, and abstain. Raise your hand for 2:00? 4:00? So February 5 the meeting will be at 2:00. We will update you on the location.

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can hold a straw poll or present a new item for discussion. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Are there any Your Two Cents?

Representative Council Updates:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This was in the email. It’s basically a time to give Representatives a way to update everyone on the work they’ve been doing. Let’s have two minutes to brainstorm. Things like what have you done— real quick, real brief— what have you accomplished, and what do you hope to accomplish?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This section.

Kyra Sagal ‘17: Hi I’m Kyra Sagal ‘17.

Bridget Murray ‘17: Hi I’m Bridget Murray ‘17.

Kyra Sagal ’17: We’re the ResCo heads. We successfully ran ResCo meetings. Something we hope to do this semester is run a successful room draw.

Nikki Shakamuri ‘19: Lillian and I are 2019 Co-Class Presidents. Last semester we threw an around the world food get together that was really successful; this semester hope to collaborate with other classes more.

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I’m the Social Committee Head. Last semester we had a really successful Halloween Party in Campus Center. This semester we hope to have a successful Spring Fling.

Katherine Nichols ‘17: SAAC Liaison. We’re well on our way to reaching our goal for charity.

Juhi Aggarwal ‘18: Denbigh Dorm President. There were no big problems in Denbigh last semester. This semester I hope to run successful room draw.

Tyler Brown-Cross: McBride Representative. I haven’t done anything really. I want to gain better awareness of school and make sure McBrides are more integrated.

Abby Chernila ‘20: Abby Chernila ’20, Co-Class President of 2020.

Dilesha Tanna ‘20: Dilesha Tanna ’20, Co-Class President of 2020. Last semester we planned sibling social events and a traditions mixer. This semester we hope to plan more events to get to know more freshmen, and help them know one another

Makeda Wade: Makeda Wade, ECC Co-President. One thing we did this semester was successfully have first years in the dorm for first time. This semester we hope to have better community.

Camila Duluc ‘19: Haverford Representative. Last semester I went to all the meetings. Next semester hope there’s something worthwhile to listen to at Haverford

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Co-President of East. Last semester we accomplished the east side of East v. West. Nothing broke. This semester we hope to build community in our dorm.

Abbie Sullivan ‘17: Faculty Rep. So far I’ve been trying to keep you guys updated. I hope to get more of your interests in this semester.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Alright, so this section.

Claire Romaine ‘17: Rhoads North Dorm President. Last semester we worked well with Roads South. This semester I’m hoping to do more stuff with the whole dorm and have events with them.

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: Rhoads South Dorm President. Things went pretty smoothly. We had our teas and the DLT and kept working well together. I hope to have more successful events this semester.

Lea Williams ‘20: I’m speaking for the Members-at-Large. We successfully did some social media advertising and helped plan for Big Cheese Forum. This semester we are hoping to plan more pop-ups, including one for Valentine’s Day that we’re planning right now.

Adriana Gay ‘19: Brecon Co-Dorm President. Everything went smoothly. I’m intent on making sure Brecon Prom happens. Hopefully there will be no more bats.

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Co-Head of Elections.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Co-Head of Elections. So last semester we passed a resolution at Plenary. We also ran a successful elections round. This semester we are running our last elections for February. We are doing it now just to make sure it doesn’t clash with WTF Week. Nominations begin tomorrow. Candidates’ Forum will be on February 2. We don’t have a time yet, but it will most likely be between 7:00 and 9:00 PM.

Mari Garcia ‘19: Positions up for election are the E-Board, Head of Elections, Members of Appointments, emergency positions for COPS, LILAC CDP, Off-Campus, Representative, one Member-at-Large, and a Dorm President for Batten.

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: Batten’s Dorm President is not included in the general election.

Emma Levin ‘17: Radnor Dorm President. We ran a pretty successful Radnor Halloween this semester. We hope to have a successful rest of the year.

Connie Lam ‘18: 2018 Class President. So last semester I hosted with 2020 a sibling class social; we wrote postcards to those studying abroad and had some sort of distress Insomnia Session—sorry, Insomnia Cookie Session. This semester I hope to have more sibling class socials and more socials with the senior class as well.

Celeste Ledesma ‘17: Co-Rock Dorm President. Last semester we got our vending machines moved so that’s cool. This semester is Rock St. Patty’s. Hopefully all goes well.

Elizabeth Hilton ‘19: Last semester I built relationships with the LILAC staff. I also helped facilitate the voting van for the election. This semester I hope to be more transparent.

Emily Drummond ’17: West Dorm President. Madison Brown ’17: West Dorm President.

Emily Drummond ’17: Last semester we successfully held the west portion of East v. West. We did break something but it’s fixed now. This semester we hope to have a successful WTF Week with traditions.

Precious Robinson ‘19: I’m the Pensby Representative. Last semester I worked closely with staff on what’s going on there. This semester I hope to help them plan a few more things and facilitate conversations with different affinity groups on campus.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Thank you, everyone!

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can revisit a topic previously discussed at an SGA meeting. The subject matter must relate to their position. We have ten minutes for this item. Any Old Business?

New Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: New Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can bring up a new topic for discussion. The subject matter must be related to their position. Is there any New Business?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just to reiterate, please nominate people. Please.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: You can self-nominate, don’t be shy. Just send an email to elections@brynmawr.edu.

Mariana Garcia ’19: If you nominate yourself we won’t tell anyone. Rhea Manglani ’17: Is there a motion to end the meeting—okay.

Bridget Murray ’17 motioned to end the meeting.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

Claire Romaine ‘17 seconded.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is a Representative Council vote only. Your options are yes, no, and abstain. Hands for yes, no, abstain.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 PM.

SGA Meeting Minutes – December 4, 2016

SGA Meeting Minutes – December 4, 2016

Summary:

  • Role Call:
    • The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM and adjourned at 7:33 PM.
    • Present: Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Genesis Perez-Melara, Mariana Garcia, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Manal Hussein, Leticia Robledo, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Madison Brown, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposhkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma
    • Absent: Elizabeth Hilton, Precious Robinson, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, May Zhu, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Phoebe Dopulos, Jasmine Rangel, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin,
  • Announcements:
    • 24 Hour Canaday begins Monday, December 5 at 8:00 AM. Honor Board Head Swati Shastry ’18 sent out an email on common Honor Code violations during 24 Hour Canaday. Please adhere to the Honor Code and respect your fellow student workers
  • Your Two Cents:
    • There were no Your Two Cents.
  • Bryn Mawr EMS:
    • Bryn Mawr EMS is a new student organization that will have already EMS-certified Bryn Mawr and Haverford students answer calls from Campus Safety to attend to students in medical emergencies. Any questions can be sent to bmcems@brynmawr.edu. More information can be found in the transcript below.
  • Old Business:
    • Nora Dell ‘19 raised the topic of accountability of student committees. Shaina Robinson ’17, Vice President and Head of the Appointments Committee, responded that more steps are being taken in the coming semester to make committees more accountable in terms of action and communication with the Committee.
  • New Business:
    • Nora Dell ’19 raised the concern of the lack of representation of International Students in SGA, specifically students from China. SGA is going to make this more of a priority in the upcoming semester.
  • Holiday Picture
    • SGA members present for the meeting took a Holiday Picture.

TRANSCRIPT

Roll Call:

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

Rachel Bruce ’18: I am required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that everything said here tonight will be recorded.

Present: Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Genesis Perez-Melara, Mariana Garcia, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Manal Hussein, Leticia Robledo, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Madison Brown, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposhkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

Absent: Elizabeth Hilton, Precious Robinson, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, May Zhu, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Phoebe Dopulos, Jasmine Rangel, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin,

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Announcements is 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?

Swati Shastry ‘18: 24 Canaday has begun or begins at 8:00 AM tomorrow. I sent out an email and there are some reminders with the honor code. Please keep them in mind.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Anything else? Be a good person at 24 Canaday.

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can host a straw poll or propose a topic for discussion. We have allotted ten minutes for this agenda item. Any Your Two Cents?

Bryn Mawr EMS:

Lauren Sauers ’17: Sarah can’t speak tonight because she lost her voice, but we wanted to introduce ourselves. Bryn Mawr EMS is a new organizations on campus, and we’re going live start of next semester. We are both EMT’s and we have eight others that are nationally certified, and are part of Bryn Mawr or Haverford. Bryn Mawr EMS is a 100% volunteer student led emergency service. It will be in service Friday and Saturday nights and dispatched by campus safety for all medical services.  Say if someone was ill, we would never respond to call without campus safety. No worries about invading privacy. We would always in presence of Campus Safety. Essentially what we’re going to be doing is stabilizing patience or helping them with assistance, such as with whether they need to go to the hospital. So our goal essentially is to reduce the number of unncessary ambulance transports from campus. We call an ambulance for transport when students don’t necessarily need to go. We have our own medical director… now being put on us. If a person is drunk but doesn’t need to go to the hospital, we’ll help them determine what steps they should take next. It’s also an unnecessary financial burden if you didn’t need an ambulance. So an example where it’s not always going to be intoxicated students. Say you pass out, break your ankle, etc., we have splits, airway management capability— lots of other uses besides intoxicated students. We’re all volunteers at Narberth Ambulance and all have experience with lots of other trauma and medical emergencies. Based on the Pennsylvania and national EMT protocol, you’re always able to refuse service so long as you’re conscience and alert. If you can’t refuse, we have to help you. It’s informed consent. If you are uncomfortable with students treating you, we’ll have you write a refusal form. We’re not going to be forcing our services on you. Privacy is our biggest priority. We are bound by the law, HIPPA, and if we violate it we can get fined, lose our licences, etc. All of our members cannot disclose any calls. If someone asks what they did they can say oh it was good but nothing else. We can’t say the nature, location, etc. of any calls, names of patients, etc. We want to reiterate that privacy is most important thing to us. Keeping trust with student is very important and we want you to know that we take their care very seriously. We will not disclose info to anyone else. Does anyone have any questions or want clarification? If you have any questions, please email us at bmcems@brynmawr.edu.

Nora Dell ’19: Why don’t you get paid? If the Health Center is not in service.

Lauren Sauers ‘17: EMS is always volunteer. We both always volunteered, I don’t know.

Sarah Awad ’17: We’re technically a club so we’re through SGA. But we work with administration more so than most clubs.

Lauren Sauers ‘17: Any other questions? Please email us. We are planning to start in January, or the beginning of next semester

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can make an announcement or revisit a topic. The subject must relate to the RepCo member’s position. Is there any Old Business?

Nora Dell ’19: Going back to Big Cheese, I was in the group with Reggie Jones and she brought up that there is a Health Center Advisory Board but we never heard from them. That made me think that there are so many committees that never report to SGA or have a lot of interaction with student body. Are we supposed to represent them but represent their own policies because they don’t interact? What are everyone’s feelings on that?

Shaina Robinson ’17: Some of the committees you are referring through go through the Appointments Committee. This is something that Appointments is talking about. It has not been as widely talked about, but we are also working on something for next semester so these committees make sure that they’re aware of their responsibilities.

Nora Dell ‘19: Do you have any concrete ways that you’re going to do that?

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Interviews, check-ins, and asking what are ways they are getting out the word about the student input and their own work. This is something we’re going to talk about, ways in which we can talk about committees can improve communication.

Nora Dell ‘19: What do you think about committees about faculty? For example, committee for new dean, etc.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: If you’re on a search committee for a new dean that’s not under SGA, we just appoint them. There’s going to be a search for Pelema’s old position. Usually a senior is interviewed. For the other committees Shaina’s going to come up with process for the Health Center because we’re close to finals.

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Just to quickly close, the Appointments Bylaws are coming up to a point when they can be revised which can help with accountability.

New Business:

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

Nora Dell ‘19: So in the vain of New Business and my committee (Institutional Archiving), I have reaching out and talking to a lot of people on campus this year and semester. This isn’t everything we’ve been doing but one thing I’ve defintiely found a lot of lack of representation for international Chinese students in SGA. Student government doesn’t serve them and that’s something we should think about doing going forward.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Are there any comments to add or any New Business?

Holiday Picture:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Are there any motions to end the meeting?

Ananya Kumar ’18 motioned.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

Bridget Murray ’17 seconded.

Rhea Manglani ’17: This is a Representative Council Vote only. Your options are yes, no, and abstain. Yes? No? Abstain?

The meeting was adjourned at 7:33 PM.

 

SGA Meeting Minutes – November 20, 2016

SGA Meeting Minutes – November 20, 2016

Summary:

  • Meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM and was adjourned at 7:50 PM.
  • Roll Call:
  • Present: Katherine Nichols, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Jessica Breet, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Emily Drummond, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Celeste Ledesma
  • Absent: Ananya Kumar, Elizabeth Hilton, Sohini Maniar, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Juhi Aggarwal, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos, Madison Brown, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Sarah Awad
  • Announcements:
    • A discussion on anti-Semitism and healing will be hosted by the Pensby Centerand Hillel on Friday, December 2 at 3:00 PM in Aelwyd. It will be followed by a healing session for students affected by anti-Semitism. All are welcome! This announcement was made by Hannah Rifkin ‘17.
    • November 20 is Trans Day of Remembrance. A moment of silence was held during the meeting to commemorate trans lives lost to violence. This announcement was made by Claire Romaine ‘17.
  • Your Two Cents:
  • A straw poll was held by Abbie Sullivan ‘17, Faculty Representative, as to changing the deadline for declaring Credit/No Credit to be brought up at the upcoming Faculty Meeting. Rhea Manglani ‘17 brought up the point that the deadline is set early so that students can tell graduate schools that they did not yet know their grade when they declared CR/NCR.

● Seven Sisters Recap:

  • SGA President Rhea Manglani ‘17 gave a brief-recap of the Seven Sisters Conference which occurred at Bryn Mawr on November 12 and 13. Some things that came out of it were that the E-Board decided against having a faculty advisor and that they are looking into paying E-Board positions because of the time that they involve. Both of these initiatives are pursued by the other Seven Sisters SGA’s. The E-Board was also given ideas about working with the Dean’s Office to create internship paid programs for international students that would allow them to work off-campus.

Plenary Recap:

  • Students broke up into small groups to discuss potential ideas for Plenary Resolutions. Some ideas involved initiatives to make campus more accessible, rework budgets from DIning Services to contribute to financial aid, and creating kosher/halal/gluten free dining space, or improved quality of meals.

● Old Business:

  • There was no Old Business.

New Business:

  • Abbie Sullivan ‘17, Faculty Representative, presented the summary of the November 16 Faculty Meeting. The faculty discussed writing a letter regarding comments made regarding the Seven Sisters by Steve Bannon. The meeting also discussed Tri-Co in the City, a new initiative allowing Tri-Co students to live and take classes in the city, as well as budgeting concerns for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • Spring Plenary will take place on March 19 at 7:00 PM rather than the end of Welcome the First Years Week because of the stress of students wanting to catch up on work and rest following the multi-day tradition. A letter will also be sent out by the E-Board talking about ways they are working to improve Plenary for the future based on survey answers about Fall Plenary. Additionally, if you volunteered for Plenary in the Fall please volunteer again in the Spring. A number of shirts were stolen and we need people who have shirts and would be willing to help out again. Additionally, if you stole a shirt please return it ASAP. Stealing, whether it is physical or academic property, is a violation of the Honor Code.

Transcript:

Roll Call:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: It’s 7:10 so we’re going to start the meeting with Roll 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, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Jessica Breet, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Emily Drummond, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Celeste Ledesma

Absent: Ananya Kumar, Elizabeth Hilton, Sohini Maniar, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Juhi Aggarwal, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos, Madison Brown, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Sarah Awad

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So first thing is Announcements. 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? Okay, I have an announcement! So I posted this on Facebook, but Dean Walters is hosting a talk tomorrow at guild at 7:00 PM. It’s basically like if you’re going home or sitting down with people on Thursday, talking about a bunch of topics like coming out, talking about the election, etc., how to mitigate the situation and talk about it.

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: Pensby, on December 2, is going to be co-hosting with me a special session on anti-Semitism and how we cam combat that, which is unfortunately relevant. Please advertise it. It’s going to be in Aelwyd at 4:30. Afterwards there’s going to be a healing session for students affected by anti-Semitism. So discussion, then healing.

Claire Romaine ‘17: Today is annually called Trans Day awareness when we remember people killed because of being who they are. Just keep those people in your thoughts, particularly in a place where trans people are welcomed and embraced.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Do you want to do a moment of reflection?

Claire Romaine ’17: Yes.

Assembly pauses for moment of reflection.

Claire Romaine ’17: Thank you.

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Now it’s time for Your Two Cents. Your Two Cents is a time when anyone can pose a topic for discussion or host a straw poll. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Are there any Your Two Cents?

Abbie Sullivan ‘17: Hey guys, I’m the Faculty Representative. Something I was thinking about bringing up at the next faculty meeting was the Credit/No Credit deadline. A lot of students have struggled with whether they should declare Credit/No Credit because they don’t really have any grades yet and can’t decide if that’s a good time for that or not. I want to get a straw poll. So the two options are wait until grade is in or keep it the way it is. In favor? Not in favor?

Rhea: Manglani ’17: I was on Curriculum Committee two years ago and Dean Balthazar said that it can change by course. They make it early so that when you apply to grad school so that you can say you didn’t know your grade was but that you had a feeling.

Abbie Sullivan ’17: Okay, thanks! Rhea Manglani ‘17: Anybody else? Seven Sisters Recap

Rhea Manglani ’17: Seven Sisters was last week which is why the E-Board was so tired, but it’s a time when different SGA’s within the remaining Seven Sisters gather together to talk about SGA and ways we can improve it. Emily Spiegel coordinated everything so if you see her thank her because she really did a lot. A couple of people here helped facilitate so thank you as well.

Basically what we learned is that all of our campuses are similar. We sat down and talked about how we’re alike and different. We, as an E-Board, decided that don’t want an administrative advisor, but want to work on making E-Board positions paid. It was started last year and didn’t go anywhere, but we’re in talks with Dean Walters now. This will probably have to go through Plenary. Admin expects a lot. You have to be very professional, and sometimes I’m floundering because I’m doing this by volunteer. We’re working on the details of that. Other than that we didn’t have anything all that great to talk about.

Plenary Recap:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We want to do a quick exercise. Thinking about what you guys talked about last weekend at Big Cheese Forum, let’s take some time to think about possible Plenary Resolutions, or even people you know, groups you know on campus who would want to write them if not you yourself. Last Plenary a big criticism was that there was only one resolution. That’s what we’re trying not to do. So let’s count off by four and we’ll reconvene in ten minutes.

Group 1:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I think the first thing was an update on the shuttle. It’s in the budgeting, Rachel’s on it. Another idea was the kosher and halal food Plenary Resolution, which was kind of a failure because the food wasn’t great. Dean Walters planted the idea of making a work-study position for making kosher and halal food in the dining hall and the halal kitchen. It will be more than one person.

Hannah Rifkin ‘17: I spoke with her and she seems excited. She was kind of throwing out ideas based on how Smith does it.

Rhea Manglani ’17: What was the other thing? International students, there’s a program for international students where Smith creates special program to create paid internship opportunities because they are not allowed to receive paid work outside of campus. It helps them move into the country once they graduate. This isn’t really a resolution. We also talked about sanctuary camps and how Bryn Mawr can make new policies to protect undocumented students in wake of President-Elect Donald Trump. There was also the Health Center and creating position in the advisory board to assist in the planning of the new Health Center. It could make it slower but should you feel very passionate about architecture and the health center you should consider writing a resolution about this.

Group 2:

Evelyn Aviles ’17: We talked a little at the beginning about the possibilities in creating a separate dining hall with gluten free, kosher, and halal food. I was with David Chase and he talked about how some things weren’t really a possibility. I think it could work because David Chase said that Dining Services wasn’t considering this at all. We also talked about potentially extended hours of library on Saturday or starting 24-Hour Canaday a week earlier. Also potentially extending dining hall hours for athletes on Friday because often times they don’t have enough time to eat or miss dinner altogether because of practice. Also, maybe a Brecon van or something. And I think that’s it.

Group 3:
Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: So we didn’t talk a lot about a lot of topics. There were two main

ones. One was about accessibility. I know there have been Plenary Resolutions in the past but we never really followed up on. Maybe there could another one made about accessibility. If there’s a committee made we could create could draw more attention to these issues. We find that resolutions are passed but the Bryn Mawr community is not informed. And we’re talking about non-constitutional resolutions. Also, another idea was having a place where we can buy coffee late at night.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I’ve actually talked to KCass about making a committee. I’ll sent an email making sure something happens.

Group 4:

Bridget Murray ‘17: One thing we talked about was trying to reallocate money (e.g. Dining Services) for financial aid because it’s better to have an improved quality of life and to come to college than to have specialty dinners. Figuring out how this could play out is super important. Also the lack of accessible gender neutral bathrooms. There are none in Taylor, one in Thomas, and none in Carp. Maybe we could make the men’s room gender neutral.

Nora Dell ‘19: Can I just ask where the extra money in Dining Services is? Bridget Murray ‘17: It’s in the big special meals and smaller events.
Nora Dell ‘19: How much?

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: I’m not an expert with the budgeting, but something that was brought up is that when there’s extra money it moves back into the overall fund. If Dining Services has extra money they don’t get to use it.

Bridget Murray ‘17: Where we can cut corners financially we can make emergency funds for students. There’s a lot of ambiguity and misinformation about this. No one knows quite what to do or how to fix it.

Evelyn Aviles ‘17: Point of Information I believe Dean’s Office provides the money.

Rhea: Quick shout-out to Genesis. Feel free to migrate back to your seats and we’ll wrap things up.

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Old Business is a time when members of the Representative Council can revisit a topic related to their position. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Is there any Old Business?

New Business:

Rhea: New Business is a time when members of the Representative Council can present a new topic for discussion related to their position. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Does anyone have anything?

Abbie Sullivan ‘17: Hey guys, there was a Faculty Meeting on November 16. The meeting started out kind of broad, with the entire faculty talking about what was happening in the last week with the election. A statement that went out for the English Department in support of their students. They have been working with Professor Hartford Vargas about sanctuary campuses. There’s a Google Doc in support of swat becoming a sanctuary campus you can sign and she explained to me what a Sanctuary Campus involves. If anyone has any questions she’s the one to contact. We recently received a $8,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for humanities for funding intensives, international internships, funding faculty research, helping faculty get their research, etc. This is not in the budget. We are not doing as well as we thought but it’s not a crisis. The fiscal year performed poorly however they stressed that this was not unique to Bryn Mawr. The investment portfolio is performing average. Basically with investment portfolio we talked about how to manage—not stop spending but spend differently. They’re going to look at all areas of the college and see what we’re spending. They wanted to stress that this is as transparent and inclusive as possible. Everything identified broadly and everything identified for the budget cuts does not mean that there will be budget cuts. From that there was a discussion with the Provost and then President Cassidy’s plan for the next few years. Next was the Tri-Co in the City initiative. That’s like creating an academic and residential Tri-Co in the city. There will likely be academic Tri-Co in the City in 2017-18 but it won’t be residential just yet. Provost Osirim is trying to organize ideas for mini-conference, so stay tuned. There was some communications about admissions so I got kicked out of the meeting because there was potentially sensitive about other students. I was then brought back in and we talked about election, Bannon’s comments about the Seven Sisters. The faculty all voted on writing a letter so that will probably be forthcoming and condemning certain things. LILAC has also communicated different ways for students to get involved with a Women in Politics Intensive. They’re also trying and help with bussing students to protests in DC in January. Any questions?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: One thing the E-Board did this week. We decided to change date of Plenary next semester, March 19. So basically it’s going to be the week after Spring Break, same time at 7:00 PM. People are tired during its original week during Hell Week. We are going to send out letter of ways we’re improving it, like opening the doors at 6:30 and maybe better training for volunteers. Because a number of the shirts were stolen, if you volunteered we’re asking that you come back to volunteer. There’s very few shirts left. If you stole one please return it. If you wore it a lot, don’t. That’s kind of gross. Live with that on your conscience.

Is there anything else for New Business?

Okay, is there a motion to end the meeting?

Claire Romaine ‘17 motioned to end the meeting.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

Bridget Murray ‘17 seconded the motion.

Rhea: Okay, your options are yes, no, and abstain. This is a Representative Council vote only. Co-held positions, blah blah, one of you can vote. Yes? No? Abstain? Have a good week.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.

SGA Meeting Minutes – November 13, 2016

SGA Meeting Minutes – November 13, 2016

  • Role Call:
    • The meeting began at 8:10 PM with Role Call.
    • Present: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Mariana Garcia, Nora Dell, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, 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, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad
    • Absent: Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Sohini Maniar, Genesis Perez-Melara, Priyanka Dutta, Manal Hussain, Jessica Breet, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos, Emily Drummond, Celeste Ledesma
  • Announcements:
    • Hillel is selling loaves of challah for their annual Challah for Hunger initiative. Loaves are $4.00 each, three for $10.00.
    • The November Appointments Round closes Monday, November 14 at 5:00 PM. Positions up for reappointment are Access Services Coordinator (1-2), Alcohol Concerns Review Board (1-2), Customs Committee Head(s) (1-2), Customs Committee (6), Dining Services Advisory Board (4), Elections Board (1), Financial Aid Advisory Board (2), Orientation Reorganization Committee (3), Social Committee (1-3), Sustainable Food Committee (1-3), Traditions Committee (1; Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 only). Applicants for the Customs Committee and Dining Services Advisory Board are especially needed. For more information, please visit the Appointments Blog at appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu or email Shaina Robinson at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

–TRANSCRIPT–

Role Call:  

Rhea Manglani ’17: We’re going to do Role Call quickly.

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

Present: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Mariana Garcia, Nora Dell, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, 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, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad

Absent: Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Sohini Maniar, Genesis Perez-Melara, Priyanka Dutta, Manal Hussain, Jessica Breet, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos, Emily Drummond, Celeste Ledesma

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? We’ll talk about Seven Sisters next week. Someone from Hillel has an announcement?

Hannah Rifkin ’17: We’re starting up again Challah for Hunger. We sell Challah and donate the money to a local food bank. One costs $4.00, 3 for $10.00. If you want fresh made bread, come get it.

Shaina Robinson ’17: November Appointments Round closes tomorrow at 5:00 PM. Positions up for appointment are Access Services Coordinator (1-2), Alcohol Concerns Review Board (1-2), Customs Committee Head(s) (1-2), Customs Committee (6), Dining Services Advisory Board (4), Elections Board (1), Financial Aid Advisory Board (2), Orientation Reorganization Committee (3), Social Committee (1-3), Sustainable Food Committee (1-3), Traditions Committee (1; Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 only). We especially need applications for Customs Committee and Dining Services Advisory Board. Please tell anyone you know who would be interested. More info is available on the Appointments Blog at appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Is there a motion to end the meeting?

Evelyn Aviles ’17 motioned to end the meeting.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Is there a second?

Nora Dell ’19 seconded the motion.

Rhea Manglani ’17: You guys are way too excited. This is a Representative Council vote only. Your options are yes, no, and abstain. Hands for yes? No? Abstain?

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

SGA Meeting Minutes – November 6, 2016

SGA Meeting Minutes – November 6, 2016

Summary:

  • Role Call:
    • The meeting began at 7:10 PM with Role Call.
    • Present: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Emma Porter, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad
    • Absent: May Zhu, Veda Nambi, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulous, Claire Romaine, Celeste Ledesma
  • Hot Topic – Confederate Flags and Institutional Memory:
    • Most of the meeting this week was focused on the week’s Hot Topic – Confederate Flags and Institutional Memory. This was to discuss the incident in which two Bryn Mawr seniors hung a Confederate Flag in the Fall of 2014, sparking a school-wide demonstration, the annual Community Day of Learning, and discussion on campus as to what racism looks like at Bryn Mawr and in the world today (how institutional racism manifests itself and how we can work to stop this).
    • Students who were present for the incident and students who had not yet come to Bryn Mawr came to the event.
    • Students split into groups to answer the following questions:
      • Where does community come into these acts of violence and intolerance on campus? How do build community when these acts are constant?
      • In understanding we all come from different backgrounds, how do we educate people on this campus as a community without burdening marginalized people? How do international students fit in this question as both a group who might not be versed in American history or need to remind people about their background?
      • How do we hold administration accountable? Students graduate in and out of Bryn Mawr, but administration stays. How do not let momentum die? How do we use institutional memory to preserve the memory of administrative failures and student action?
      • When these acts are committed how do we hold those who commit them responsible? Where is the accountability?
    • During the debrief students came together to discuss the findings of their conversations and ways SGA (the students) can hold not only the Bryn Mawr Administration accountable for racism and racist incidents but also one another as students.
  • Announcements:
    • There was an Interfaith Vigil on Sunday, November 6 (the night of the meeting) in Rhoads Dining Hall. The Fall Student Dance Councert will also occur on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 PM at Haverford.
    • East versus West will take place Saturday, November 12 in Pem East and Pem West. The theme is “space versus leather and lace”. If you are interested in bouncing (especially during the later shifts), please email any of the Pem East or West Dorm Presidents. You must be sober and party trained to bounce.
    • Civic Engagement will be running a shuttle to and from Pem Arch to the local Bryn Mawr polling place on Election Day Tuesday, November 8 until 8:00 PM. For more information, please email Elizabeth Hilton at ehilton@brynmawr.edu.
    • The November Appointments Round is now open. Positions up for Appointment include: Access Services Coordinator (1-2), Alcohol Concerns Review Board (1-2), Customs Committee Head(s) (1-2), Customs Committee (6), Dining Services Advisory Board (4), Elections Board (1), Financial Aid Advisory Board (2), Orientation Reorganization Committee (3), Social Committee (1-3), Sustainable Food Committee (1-3), Traditions Committee (1; Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 only). For more information please visit appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu. If you have any questions, please email Shaina Robinson at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 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 am required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything said here tonight will be recorded.

 

Present: Katherine Nichols, Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Emma Porter, Nicky Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad

 

Absent: May Zhu, Veda Nambi, Makeda Wade, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulous, Claire Romaine, Celeste Ledesma

 

Hot Topic – Confederate Flags and Institutional Memory:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: We changed the structure of this meeting a bit to make sure that we can devote most of our attention to the Hot Topic. If you’re a moderator, please stand up. This is like middle school graduation. Thank you for doing this. Usually hot topics are held further into the meeting. We want to thank Nkechi as well for her time in working with us to make this happen.

 

Rachel Bruce ‘18: Last week we presented a short history of the Confederate Flag incident. To give a quick review: In Fall 2014 two senior students hung up a Confederate flag in front of their dorm room in Radnor and then moved it inside their dorm room, but made it visible through the window for people outside. Administration took 2 weeks to act (have the health center and deans send out emails), and meanwhile the student body was forced to reconcile on its own. A demonstration was organized by students and held after a lack of response from the administration. When it came time to discuss the Confederate Flag Incident at SGA shortly after, the representative council voted on whether minutes should be taken or not and ultimately voted to not take minutes.

 

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: This moment illustrates a weakness of SGA. The argument to not take minutes was to create a “safe space” where people could talk freely and openly. Instead, this action took away a crucial point of history for students. The learning that came from this conversation is no longer available. The experience of students of color, particularly African American students, on this campus, the hurt felt both inside and outside of Radnor, and the beginnings of mobilization by students were all erased by this action. Moreover, instead of creating safe space, the meeting became an accountability-free space where the comfort of white students superseded the needs of the campus at large. Whatever ideas were exchanged, whatever debates occurred, and whatever moments of clarity were offered became lost by this action. Students who feigned ignorance over the hurt that this flag caused could continue to feign ignorance as the record for this discussion was gone.

 

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: So the premise of SGA is that we are all members of SGA and welcome this diversity of thought, ideas, and experiences within our campus. Often times, this idea has been translated as a means to take up positions of extreme neutrality in crisis situations. So in the wake of large movements, multiple executive boards and representative councils have chose to uphold oppressive structures under the guise of neutrality and comfort. Throughout SGA’s history, there undoubtedly many moments of SGA not taking stands on various controversies, or offering larger platforms to marginalized voices.

 

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: And as this student body continues to diversify and change, SGA must respond to those needs and grow out of its platitudes of white comfort and administrative convenience. SGA must uphold the honor code while simultaneously challenging the bounds of the honor code. This means upholding accountability for both students and administration while serving as a space for learning to happen. SGA must maintain its institutional memory so that future years can situate incidents in history and use it as a resource as well as a source of ideas for organizing.

 

 

Rhea: As an E-Board, we’ve talked about encouraging more people of color to join SGA and illustrate all the potential that SGA has. However, as a group of five students, who have our own identities outside of SGA, we’ve talked about building community. In recognizing this school’s population is both domestic and international, runs the gamut on gender identities and sexualities, and expresses diversity in a number of ways: racially, economically, and religiously, we know there are many perspectives at the table. It is our hope to build a community that is able to educate without burdening marginalized people, that is able to hold individuals and larger structures accountable, and always chooses to preserve its memory as a means of ensuring accountability and community history.

 

  1. Where does community come into these acts of violence and intolerance on campus? How do build community when these acts are constant?
  2. In understanding we all come from different backgrounds, how do we educate people on this campus as a community without burdening marginalized people? How do international students fit in this question as both a group who might not be versed in American history or need to remind people about their background?
  3. How do we hold administration accountable? Students graduate in and out of Bryn Mawr, but administration stays. How do not let momentum die? How do we use institutional memory to preserve the memory of administrative failures and student action?
  4. When these acts are committed how do we hold those who commit them responsible? Where is the accountability?

 

As I’ve seen organizing efforts in and outside, they’ve taken a lot from records from alumni and written records. I just want to thank you all for coming out tonight. So we’re going to split into small group discussions. If you are a facilitator stand over here and I’ll count you one through six.

 

I’ve assigned the small group as follows:

  1. Sedi
  2. Paola, Michelle
  3. Mercedes, Ananya
  4. Nkechi (and if you can join: Alexa)

 

The Assembly and students/members of SGA present broke for ten minutes to engage in the Hot Topic Discussion. Time was extended once by five minutes.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So group one answered, “Where does community come into these acts of violence and intolerance on campus? How do build community when these acts are constant?” Another group answered, “In understanding we all come from different backgrounds, how do we educate people on this campus as a community without burdening marginalized people? How do international students fit in this question as both a group who might not be versed in American history or need to remind people about their background?” Another answered “How do we hold administration accountable? Students graduate in and out of Bryn Mawr, but administration stays. How do not let momentum die? How do we use institutional memory to preserve the memory of administrative failures and student action?” And another, “When these acts are committed how do we hold those who commit them responsible? Where is the accountability?”

 

Since this is a really large group, I know this might be intimidating even though one person focused on this. What’s a good idea of community building? Where does community come from after acts like this happen? New plan, just to start I’ll point to one group.

 

Kyra Sagal ‘17: Our group focused on the community question. Some of the things we talked about were how professors could talk about these things in their classrooms. Some have, but maybe if it’s a matter of incorporating into syllabus or just having five minutes at the beginning of class could be helpful.

 

 

Joy Chan ‘17: So we talked about how we make international students understand things that go on campus and how to not place the burden on marginalized identities. One thing was the spaces that are already there and building off of those relationships (like work)— not allowing these things to be washed over.

 

Nkechi Ampah ‘17: I think it’s interesting that we talked about this idea of community building because yeah, international students, how are we going to get these students to understand as if we’re not all from different cultural contexts. Because we all come from different backgrounds, our community itself is already fractured. If we don’t bring our bodies and our races into the conversation all the time of course when something happens or is going to happen, that’s overwhelming.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Does anyone want to add anything?

 

Nkechi Ampah ‘17: Did the administration group come up with anything? I think it’s hard to come up with things.

 

Precious Robinson ‘19: An idea that came up was maybe having someone on the administration whose specific job description is making sure you can promote diversity within the admin’s thinking. Everything we’ve done at this college has been around student action. Students have had to fight within their own identities. It shouldn’t be another burden on my shoulders in fighting for my identity with the administration as well.

 

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: We also discussed that and it seemed that BMC pushes a lot and when it does happen everything seems to fall on admin’s shoulders. Pensby was created to help alleviate that. Well it has been around and they have three full time employees and they’re overworked. We should just hire someone. I know we’re small but I think it would be worth it.

 

 

Angela Motte ‘17: I think I’m a little more pessimistic in regards to this. I think it’s a problem that is institutionally based. This college was made for wealthy white women, and that traumatic history, that’s we’re incorporating now. We will always have that. As someone who is a history major and someone who focused on this, Bryn Mawr perpetuates trauma and violence. We need to re-work the system itself. I think it’s harder because we are only here for a set amount of time itself. Administration is looking out for themselves because they need jobs and I validated that because of today’s economy. Students speak for themselves. That’s something that worries me for the future.

 

 

Alexa Gjonca ‘17: Going off Angela’s point, as a group we thought a lot about ways o creating a community that’s constant as we leave. A lot of community is based on traditions because of community make us one. That’s destabilizing now because of what’s happening. We need to make sure that stays after we go, Angela brought up a really great point, Bryn Mawr has a calling out culture. Instead of having a safe space instead of sitting in their culture, we need to have a dialogue. A lot of how we think of ignorance is by calling people out. Maybe by calling people out is by changing the basis of that. People have different ideas going on, coming together, having a solid base that may stem from SGA, so administration knows they can’t ignore it.

 

 

Nkechi Ampah ‘17: I completely agree in terms of everything you just said. I think that it’s a thing that always happens or comes out is that are we calling people out are we speaking to them nicely so that they will understand. I worry that we silence voices of POC while trying to explain their hurt felt while trying to educate silence. Making it known that we need white allies. When white people say something about racism people listen more. POC have been doing it for a long time.

 

 

Evelyn Aviles ‘17: Talking about the Swastika and how to keep the momentum going. With the Community day of learning, it’s the same people who end up in workshops. We can’t mandate something that the administration does. Nothing they say is mandatory. We can’t get people to show up. Thrive is incorporating things there. Things like this, I don’t know I don’t have a solution.

 

Paola Bernal ‘17: I think it’s also that we keep bringing up this idea of community and safe space and as much as I want to keep going for that and keep this idea, I’m also recognizing that this itself is kind of hard because this space is temporary for a lot of us, not permanent. We come in and we come out. I think in focusing on institutional memory because we have people who were not here for it and how can they better. They should have to dig for hours for information. There should be people who have access to this in the administration. This information should be provided and it should be known. I personally believe that there is no one idea of community and though we have some ideas there is no one idea.

 

Evelyn Aviles ‘17: There was somone sitting here, Nora Dell, who started committee to archive. She said it’s really difficult and that the only way to sift through this is to have triple that.. to automatically record something. There’s no way to really log that once it happens. That’s a lot of work. If anyone has any ideas there.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I saw Angela first and then Ananya. I just want to say that I there was fifteen minutes for discussion and now only two minutes. If you want to extend time there’s something called until speaking order or we can do ten more minutes. So I’ll give you those two options: speaking order, or five, or ten minutes

 

 

Angela Motte ’17: Motion ten minutes.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I’ll assume that’s what everyone wants. If you’re in RepCo I’ll end meeting early because this is a lot of time. Sorry, we’re not going super official tonight.

 

Angela Motte ‘17: I was last year’s SGA secretary. That was a really good resource. Having faced a lot of backlash from admin, plus as students, I think it’s really great what people like Nora Dell have done. I think it’s something admin should do. The idea of institutional racism is rooted in racism because these structures are socialized and again because of these structures in place it’s hard to get the nature because of the structure itself. That’s hard, really hard. I was gonna say a bad word but I’m on the record. As institutional memory goes we will always have pushback from admin, that’s the nature of it.

 

Ananya Kumar ‘18: Creating communities that are also inclusive of academics. We go away and the student body changes. We need something in place.

 

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Anything else on community or institutional memory or even accountability? We touched on administration’s accountability but only a little with student with call out culture.

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: So our group was talking a lot about the Honor Code and how that fits into accountability with this. Did it go to the Honor Code? Is that it for accountability? Once they have the Honor Code hearing is that where the Honor Code ends. Also the values of the Honor Code say we have to respect someone so freedom of speech and I feel like we should not use the Honor Code in this way because Gabby said that like what happened on like the BMC Ride Share thing that happens someone quoted something from the Honor Code. We have an honor code so we have to watch our tone in the way that people are calling people out. That made me feel upset. White people will use it to police other students. Should you be nicer in these situations?

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: And the irony that we have this culture but it was all kept under wraps but I think that it should be exposed. Until the final exposed names, that’s how I found out and how other people found out. How something so terrible can be kept under wraps when they should have been called out on it. Really, it was to protect future careers of two people. Identities needed to be protected, so they were shipped off campus to live lives nicely in their opinion, filled with bigotry.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: One thing I thought about with accountability is learning. That’s a question I have with you all. Accountability. I think sometimes there is a weird voice not wanting to be the person who calls someone out on it.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: We talked a little about this. How to we cage what’s offence ad how we go about it. Restorative justice and continuative education as a form of punishment. We hesitated with punishment. I hesitate to use the word punishment because it’s not necessarily what the point is. It is to restore and I guess like, I lost my train of thought, but I wanted to bring that into the conversation.

 

Nkechi Ampah ‘17: In regard to restorative justice, Eli Claire, who wrote Isle in Pride, wrote novel about intersectionality. It related being marginalized in understanding perspectives of marginalized people. Being in itself a strange juxtaposition, what are we being restorative to? Two students who committed the act, they were able to do that every day if they lived in a community that did that. Were they living in a community that w want to be restored? Like students of color often feel their marginalized status by being at this place and when they were allowed to come here faced struggle on a daily basis. We are a community that has been put here together.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: All right, so we have about three minutes left. We’ll take final comments. Does anyone have anything to wrap up?

 

Alexa Gjonca ’17: Going forward, it’s important to not stop here. Conversations that happen because we want to be a community that wants to talk with each other. That takes calling in and calling out. Maybe there’s someone on your hall that’s really ignorant and says messed up stuff. Why we want to create a community? Community that comes together more than when there’s trauma. It would be really sad to leave this institution without figuring out a way to have a productive conversation that is not pivoted around white comfort.

 

Precious Robinson ’19: I think it’s really important to be accountable to hold things accountable but I think that as long as there’s an administration that can shield we are not protecting from physical harm but judgment. As long as we have an admin that refuses to hold students accountable we will never have a system. It’s not just making sure that KCass sends out here usual I love diversity emails. It’s actual actions that cater to diverse people.

 

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: One more thing we’re going to do is announcements. Announcements are a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can make an announcement. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. If you have an announcement, come up.

Joy Chan ‘17: Hi, Joy Chan, class of 2017. First one is that there is an Interfaith Vigil tonight in Rhoads Dining Hall. There’s a film that’s happening in Rhoads tonightas well. Another is that the Fall Student Dance Concert is in two weeks.

Evelyn Aviles ‘17: Evelyn Aviles, class of 2017. Dorm President of East.

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Jasmine Rangel, class of 17, Dorm President of East.

Madison Brown: Madison Brown, class of 2017, Dorm President of West.

Emily Drummond ‘17: Emily Drummond, class of 2017. Dorm President of West.

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: And as you can assume we are talking about East West. It’s this Saturday, Nov 12th. The theme is “space versus leather and lace”. We need people to bounce in both dorms. If you would like to bounce, tell us.

Emily Drummond ‘17: We need later positions.

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: You also have to be sober and party trained.

Elizabeth Hilton ‘19: I’m the Civic Engagement Representative. Tuesday is Election Day. Civic Engagement running a shuttle all day to voting location in Bryn Mawr. Civic Engagement members will be set up in Pem Arch to answer any questions.

Gabrielle Smith ‘17: How late will it run?

Elizabeth Hilton ‘19: It will run until 8:00 PM.

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Hi everyone, the November Appointments Round is officially open. Positions up for appointment are Access Services Coordinator (1-2), Alcohol Concerns Review Board (1-2), Customs Committee Head(s) (1-2), Customs Committee (6), Dining Services Advisory Board (4), Elections Board (1), Financial Aid Advisory Board (2), Orientation Reorganization Committee (3), Social Committee (1-3), Sustainable Food Committee (1-3), Traditions Committee (1; Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 only). The application will be open until November 14th and you can check appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu for any updates.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Quick apology to Precious— you had a great comment and I didn’t get to say that before. Take this out, spread it. Again, thank you for all being here and for taking your time be honest. We need a motion to end the meeting?

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19 motioned to end the meeting.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Is there a second?

Bridget Murray ’17 seconded the motion.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is a Representative Council vote only. Your options are yes, no, and abstain. Yes? No? Abstain?

The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 PM.