December 6, 2015 Minutes

Bryn Mawr College SGA Meeting – December 6, 2015

Roll Call

Announcements

Your Two Cents

Honor Board Hearing Reports

Old Business

New Business

 

 

 

Roll Call

Present: Emily Gifford-Smith, Mara Dominguez, Nolan Julien, Rhea Manglani, Melanie Bahti, Erin Saladin, Rina Patel, Maria Minaya, Natalie DiFrank, Miranda Smith, Tyler Brown-Cross, Sarah Andrew, Sneha Soni, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Diamond Rey, Olivia Hollinger, Elaine Holehan, Samantha Heyrich, Jasmine Rangel, Celeste Ledesma, Coco Wang, Chanel Williams, Alexis Wiltshire, Connie Lam, Ann Tran, Nikitha Shakamuri, Lilly King, Oona Ryle, Delia Landers, Hannah Chinn, Radhika Singh, Nora Dell, Shakari Badgett, Kyra Sagal, Khadijah Seay, Daniele Cadet, Lindsey Foster, Ana Llamas, Modupe Olufemi, Rachel Ofili, Charlette Williams, Casiana Omick, Stephanie Montalvan, Bridget Murray

 

Absent: Madison Wilson, Sedi Agawu, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Tosin Ajiboye, Veda Nambi, Dijia Chen, Eve Cantler, Emily Siegel, Genesis Perez-Melara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Bruce ‘16 called the meeting to order at 7:10pm

 

Charlie Bruce ’16: Hey everyone let’s begin with roll call!

 

 

Roll Call

Angela Motte ’17: Hello everyone! As a reminder, I record these meetings, so keep that in mind when you speak.

Present: Emily Gifford-Smith, Mara Dominguez, Nolan Julien, Rhea Manglani, Melanie Bahti, Erin Saladin, Rina Patel, Maria Minaya, Natalie DiFrank, Miranda Smith, Tyler Brown-Cross, Sarah Andrew, Sneha Soni, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Diamond Rey, Olivia Hollinger, Elaine Holehan, Samantha Heyrich, Jasmine Rangel, Celeste Ledesma, Coco Wang, Chanel Williams, Alexis Wiltshire, Connie Lam, Ann Tran, Nikitha Shakamuri, Lilly King, Oona Ryle, Delia Landers, Hannah Chinn, Radhika Singh, Nora Dell, Shakari Badgett, Kyra Sagal, Khadijah Seay, Daniele Cadet, Lindsey Foster, Ana Llamas, Modupe Olufemi, Rachel Ofili, Charlette Williams, Casiana Omick, Stephanie Montalvan, Bridget Murray

Absent: Madison Wilson, Sedi Agawu, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Tosin Ajiboye, Veda Nambi, Dijia Chen, Eve Cantler, Emily Siegel, Genesis Perez-Melara

 

Charlie Bruce ’16: Thanks! We’re going to move on to announcements. During this item, any new items for discussion, questions, or announcements can be made. We have allotted ten minutes for this agenda item.

 

 

Announcements

Erin Saladin ’16: As the SGA rep for the Information Stewardship Council, the LITS Communication office has asked me to make an announcement during the meeting tonight about the email and calendar transition to Microsoft Office 365. Last week, everyone should have received an email from Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Director of Libraries, about the choice to move our email and calendar system to Microsoft. A lot of work went into the decision. After extensive research and communication with the various constituencies across campus, the committee selected Microsoft as the system that would most smoothly carry out those functions. Some people have wondered why Microsoft is better than Google; there were many reasons for the committee’s decision, but one key factor is that Google is blocked in China. Any sovereign nation could block any site or domain at any time (even Zimbra could be affected), but the issue with Google in China is known and would cause inconvenience to a significant number of our community members. The change is due to go into effect shortly after Commencement in May, so look out for further communication about getting familiar with the new system and all of its perks – including free installation of Microsoft Office for current students. Alumni forwarding will work the same as ever, so there is no need for seniors to worry about that. There is information about that and a lot of other questions you may have on the FAQ page Gina linked in the email, so I would encourage everyone to take a look at that. Any further questions can be directed to the Help Desk at 610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu to put you in touch with someone who will know the answer. Thanks!

Nolan Julien ’18: Hey guys, I’m Nolan Julien, and I was elected to COPS head. I’m very excited to work with all of you guys, and see you at the events from Campus Safety. Thanks, and I hope you all have a great break!

Molly Mac Dougall ’16: The Honor Board, Self-Care at BMC, the Dean’s Office, Residential Life, and Student Life are hosting a Study Palooza! It will be on Friday December 11th at 5-7 pm in the Guild Lower Lounge. There will be snacks, games, stress-busters, and finals planning resources. Questions? Email mmacdougal@brynmawr.edu or honorboard@brynmawr.edu Also, the Honor Board sponsors an alternative study space in Rhoads Dining Hall during finals. This space will be open noon until midnight December 13th (Sunday) until December 18th (Friday). It is a quiet study space, but unlike the libraries, it is food friendly! Bring your friends, bring your snacks, and get ready to crush your finals! Questions, email honorboard@brynmawr.edu

Charlie Bruce ’16: I have something! We will have a holiday photo after our meeting. We are going to pile on the staircase, and Hannah Chinn has volunteered to take the photo. It’ll go on Facebook!

Angela Motte ’17: And our Instagram!

Charlie Bruce ’16: Any more announcements? Ok Next item! Your Two Cents! Anyone in the BMC undergrad community can host a straw poll or bring up a topic for discussion.

 

 

Your Two Cents

Nolan Julien ’18: Hey guys! I want to take a quick visual poll for three questions that I have. Options are yes, no, abstain. First question- do you feel comfortable with campus safety officers in party spaces? Yes, no, abstain. Thank you. Second question, would you want a question and answer with campus safety officers to increase transparency? Yes, no, abstain. Thank you. Finally, have you ever attendeds any past campus safety events, such as bicycle inspection with Mike Ramsey? Yes, no, abstain. Thank you.

Charlie Bruce ’16: Any cents? Ok, next topic!

 

 

Honor Board Hearing Reports

Molly Mac Dougall ’16: Fall 2015 Hearing Report. There were 5 academic cases during the Fall 2015 semester. Of these, four related to inappropriate behaviors during exams, including use of electronic devices, course materials, and failure to follow rules for self-scheduled exams. The remaining case related to inappropriate use of resources on a paper/assignment. Resolutions included, failure of exams/assignments, grade caps on exams/assignments, reflections, and plans to prepare for future courses. Abstracts of past cases (2-6 semesters previous) will be released to the community in the coming week. Additionally, an abstract from a Haverford case involving a Bryn Mawr student will be released to our community according to the resolutions from their Honor Counsel. Any questions? Thank you.

Charlie Bruce ’16: Let’s move to old business.

 

 

Old Business

Charlie Bruce ’16: Any old business?

Nora Dell ’19: I was wondering about voter turnout in past elections. Can we get that data anywhere?

Molly Mac Dougall ’16: We’ll find it for you. Email me.

Charlie Bruce ’16: Anything else? New Business!

 

 

New Business

Charlie Bruce ’16: Any new business? I have some! Well, two. Molly, I love your slides. They’re great. Linh, Gabby, and I will be attending the college budget committee meeting. It’s a meeting where offices on campus come together and talk about the budget. Next, meeting, we’re going to talk about things that will give us a bigger budget. Such as tuition, endowment projects, and stuff like that. If you want to hear more about the discussions from this meeting, which will be Thursday at 4pm, hit us up after. You can ask me, or Medoza Ameen ’16 or Lydia Sanchez ’18. The theme is ‘students as stake holders in their education.’ We thought that student activism was really big on campus this year, and we wanted to talk about this more, and generate conversation. I’m interested in gathering student experiences around these things. Contact any of us if you want to participate. Any questions? We’ve reached the end of our agenda item.

Ana Llamas ’18: I vote to adjourn the meeting.

Lilly King ’19: Second.

Charlie Bruce ’16: This is a Rep Council vote only. Yes, no, abstain. We have a photo after this meeting, meeting adjourned!

 

Meeting Adjourned at 7:26pm

 

 

 

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