SGA Meeting Minutes – Saturday, October 29, 2016

Meeting Minutes – October 29, 2016 Summary:

  • The meeting was heald Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 PM to accommodate for Lantern Night on Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 PM.
  • Announcements:

o Namrata Basu announced the Seven Sisters Conference which will

take place November 11 through 13 at Bryn Mawr. If you are interested in hosting one or several delegates, please sign up ASAP using the form found on Facebook and the community digest.

  • Your Two Cents:
    o TherewerenoYourTwoCents.
  • Big Cheese Discussion:

o There weren’t many updates as SGA President Rhea Manglani and

Emily Espenshade, Chief-of-Staff to President Cassidy have not yet been able to meet. Instead, students present were asked to break into small groups to discuss issues on campus they would like addressed at Big Cheese Forum. This included the large class size for 2020 and its implication for school resources, diversity at Bryn Mawr, better communication in the Health Center, and better conditions for Housekeepers in dorms.

  • Old Business:
    o There was no Old Business.
  • New Business:

o Rhea Manglani ’17 met with the Board of Trustees Saturday, October

29. Some things discussed were adjustments in Park Renovations (focusing more on funding for programs than just construction), new diversity outreach programs for Admissions, and Admissions research using high schools.

o Jasmine Rangel ’17, Pem East Dorm Presidnet, announced that East v. West will be taking place Saturday, November 12. The theme will be announced soon. If you are interested in bouncing, please email Jasmine at jrangel@brynmawr.edu.

o Farida Ilboudo ’18 announced the BACASO Culture Show on Friday, November 11 in Thomas Great Hall from 7:30 to 9:00. The theme is “Deconstructed”.

o Sohini Maniar announced that Lantern Night will be taking place Sunday, October 30 and that tickets can be picked up Sunday afternoon.

• Hot Topic Overview:
o President Rhea Manglani ’17 gave a brief overview of next meeting’s

Hot Topic on the Confederate Flag incident in Fall, 2014 and its remembered history. The Hot Topic will take place Sunday, November

6 at 7:10 PM in the Campus Center Main Lounge. It will be the second agenda item for the evening after Role Call.

——————————-Meeting Transcript ———————– Role Call:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay, it’s 2:10 so we’re going to start the meeting with Roll Call.

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

Present: Ananya Kumar, Camilla Duluc, Catherine Bunza, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Connie Lam, Abby Chernila, Dilesha Tanna, Lea Williams, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Claire Gaposchkin, Celeste Ledesma, Sohini Maniar

Absent: Katherine Nichols, Abbie Sullivan, Elizabeth Hilton, Tyler Brown- Cross, Precious Robinson, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Bridget Murray, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Margaret Gorman, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Phoebe Dopulos, Nichol Westerduin, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, 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 allowed ten minutes for this agenda item. Are there any announcements?

Namrata Basu ‘19: I’m a part of the seven sisters planning committee. The Seven Sisters Conference will be held Friday though Sunday, November 13 through 15. If you’re interested in meeting students from different Seven Sisters schools, please sign up to host delegates. The form can be found on Facebook and the digest. Your main job is to provide a place to sleep, however you will be invited to one social event. The deadline to sign up is November 3.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Are there any other announcements?

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can pose a topic for discussion or host a straw poll. We’ve allowed ten minutes for this agenda item. Is there any Your Two Cents?

Big Cheese Update:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This isn’t much of an update but the Board of Trustees met today. Emily Espenshade, who’s Chief-of-Staff to the President, and I haven’t had a chance to discuss who we are inviting yet. Want to break up into groups for ten minutes to talk about problems you see on campus, things you want to critique, or widespread things we see on campus. We’re going to break into groups of three since we’re a little bit smaller. Please designate someone to take notes, and that person please email your notes to the E-Boart at sga@brynmawr.edu.

————————Assembly Breaks for Ten Minutes for Discussion ———————

Emma Porter ‘17: We talked about representation for People of Color in the faculty, as well as the housekeeper issue and why they’re understaffed right now. We also talked about options for the dining hall to accommodate for the larger student body and dining restrictions, services for STEM people, and that we need to expand and better counseling and Health Center.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Some points we were making was confrontation on campus and how there’s kind of a fear about it. We also talked about the campaign and how it portrays a different picture than what it really is, such as how diversity is not making an impact. For instance, Thomas is named after M Carey Thomas who was a racist and a lot of people don’t know that and there’s been no effort to rename it. A solution could be that there’s a module in the beginning like the one like we did for drinking but instead one being the history of Bryn Mawr.

Leticia Robledo ‘20: Some of the things we talked about include the housekeeping issue with Denbigh, the Health Center and its lack of communication, larger class sizes and issue with triples becoming quads and doubles becoming triples, how that’s affecting Lantern Night, and how the person the person who’s making the lanterns is saying it’s too much.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: There’s an update with the Denbigh situation. There’s two hires out so they’re fixing it, so won’t come up in big cheese unless there’s a longer standing issue. Denise asked me to tell students to be more courteous. If there’s a mess, clean up. For the class size, the reason 2020 is so large is an accident. They under enrolled in 2018, so for 2019 they tried to fix that and 2020 was even bigger because more people accepted the position. They understand that we’re at capacity. The school’s not trying to expand, please be sure to tell people that.

Old Business:

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

New Business:

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

I do! This morning was the Board of Trustee Meeting. Modupe was there as well but had to work so she can’t make it. Everything is on schedule and on budget for renovations. Park renovations were changed to be a little more simplified. They want to focus less money on renovations and more on programming. The Board is also looking to add more diversity [to the Board], more women and POC, hopefully more women of color so that it will reflect America. The Defy Bryn Mawr Campaign is a several year thing. There are going to be launch parties all over the country and the world. While Pelema is gone, there is someone filling his role.There is a market research professor from Wharton and something else helping to diversify admissions and school in general. They’re also starting a study about why people choose Bryn Mawr. They’re going to follow twelve schools and their guidance counselors. Four of the schools send people every year (almost like feeder schools but not really), four sometimes, four sporadically. They want to focus on why students choose or do not choose Bryn Mawr. The school also has a couple of diversity outreach programs that they’re trying to do.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Anyone else?

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Hi, Jasmine Rangel ’17, Pem East Dorm President. This New Business announcement is about east v west being on Saturday, November 12. theme will be released soon, hopefully by the end of this week. Also, if anyone wants to bounce, please let me know at jrangel@brynmawr.edu

Emma Porter ‘17: this is a question for Jasmine, will bouncers be paid? Jasmine Rangel ‘17: No, we don’t have enough money for that.

Farida Ilboudo ‘18: Hi everyone, the BACASSO Culture Show is Friday, November 11 From 7:30 to 9:30 in Thomas Great Hall.

Sohini Maniar ‘18: This Sunday is Lantern Night and 2020 will get their lanterns. You can pick up your tickets Sunday. We’ll put it online.

Hot Topic Background:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re going to go back to another slide.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Next week we’re having a Hot Topic about the Confederate Flag incident. In Fall of 2014, two Radnor students placed a Confederate Flag and tape with “Mason-Dixon Line” written on it outside their rooms. They were asked to remove it and instead placed in their room. There were a lot of meetings and a lot of pressure fell on students because there was little Administration response. The original email was well known and made it seem the issue was taken care of. It’s also a larger apology about how it did take two weeks to get handled. It was a very difficult time for students. After the initial incident, this is by Black at Bryn Mawr, this is a larger article they wrote. Olivia in the back, Michelle Lee in middle, and Allegra’s in the front and helped plan large demonstration to protest the Administration’s silence. The Administration joined in the march and the Board of Trustees were there and saw it. Nora, who’s the SGA Archivist, has been doing similar work and you can see it on the archive. Nkechi will lead the Hot Topic. In the original discussion right after the incident, the Representative Council voted not to take minutes. It was cowardly, and I take responsibility because I was there, though I don’t remember how I voted but I can check in the archive. A professor actually took her free time to create this PowerPoint about why this was wrong. I’m not talking about international students, but people who grew up here who did not understand why this was wrong. This is not about the Confederate Flag, it’s about how the admin ignored it. Demonstrations led to the Community Day of Learning, which majority of students do not participate in. We want new students to learn about it so it doesn’t get cycled out and forgotten. Sharon Ulman made this. This is just a great point to end on. [Bryn Mawr] was founded on progressive movement but it discounted Jewish women, Women of Color, poor women, etc. I’ll stop here if anyone wants to add anything. Any questions?

Okay, we need a motion to end the meeting.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Motion to end meeting.

Nora Dell ‘19: Second.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Your options are yes, no, and abstain. Please consult with your co-held positions. Yes? No? Abstain?

Meeting adjourned at 2:50 PM.

SGA Meeting Minutes – October 23, 2016

SGA Meeting Minutes: October 23, 2016

 

Summary:

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM.
  • Present: Katherine Nichols, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, 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, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Wade, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Jasmine Rangel, Emma Lasky, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

Absent: Ananya Kumar, Tyler Brown-Cross, Margaret Gorman, Veda Nambi, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulous, Evelyn Aviles, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Levin

 

 

  • Announcements:

 

      • Dorm Trick-or-Treating is happening Monday, October 31 in every dorm except Brecon. Those interested in participating should email the Residence Council Heads at resco@brynmawr.edu.
      • Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19 presented the dates of several upcoming athletic games, including a soccer game on October 29 to benefit breast cancer research. More details can be found in the attached transcript.
      • Nora Dell ‘19, SGA Archivist, announced that the SGA Archive Committee has released their first project on the history of racial and religious minorities at Bryn Mawr. They hope to publish a new project each week going forward.

 

  • Your Two Cents:

 

      • There were no Your Two Cents.

 

  • Lantern Night Meeting Time Change:

 

      • Next week’s meeting will take place Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 PM in anticipation of Lantern Night. Location is to be determined.

 

  • Big Cheese Forum Discussion:

 

      • Members of the Assembly discussed potential members of the Bryn Mawr Administration they would like to invite to Big Cheese Forum on November 20. Potential guests included President Cassidy, Provost Osirim, Bernie Chung-Templeton, Stephanie Nixon, Vanessa Christman, Vippy Yee, and Ellie Esmond. Details can be found in the transcript.

 

  • Old Business:

 

      • There was no Old Business.

 

  • New Business:

 

    • Social Committee is looking for bouncers for the SoCo Halloween Party on October 28. If you are interested please contact Sam Heyrich at sheyrich@brynmawr.edu. Bouncers will be paid $10.00 per hour and must sign up for at least two hours.
    • Precious Robinson ‘19 brought up the issue of the extra work housekeepers have had to do to clean all dorms because of the lack of a designated Denbigh housekeeper. Members of the Assembly discussed possible solutions.
    • Abbie Sullivan ‘17 recounted the last faculty meeting she attended as Faculty Representative, which included talks about the Mellon Mays Scholarship, accessibility, and other initiatives.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 PM.

 

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 to tell you that everything said tonight will be recorded for the meeting minutes.

 

Present: Katherine Nichols, Abbie Sullivan, Camila Duluc, Elizabeth Hilton, 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, Lea Williams, Manal Hussain, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Wade, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Jasmine Rangel, Emma Lasky, Claire Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

 

Absent: Ananya Kumar, Tyler Brown-Cross, Margaret Gorman, Veda Nambi, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulous, Evelyn Aviles, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Levin

 

Announcements:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: First we have 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?

 

Kyra Sagal ‘17: Hi I’m Kyra.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: I’m Bridget. We’re the ResCo Heads. Okay, so the annual dorm trick or treating for faculty and staff’s children will be next Monday. There will be trick or treating in all the dorms except Brecon. If you want to hand out candies to really cute kids come see us after for a sign to put on your door.

 

Kyra Sagal ‘17: Thank you!

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Hi everyone, I’m not here in any official way but I’m working really closely with conferences and events. If you have not been caught in the loop we have been putting together a plea—we’re trying to get Michelle Obama to come speak at 2017’s commencement address. This is probably a long shot but we’re trying. Also afterwards, we have signs where you can say your name and take your pictures and put a collage together to show the First Lady. Please humor us.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad: Hi guys, I’m also on SAAC, that’s what my announcement is about. I’m the SAAC PR Representative for this year. In order to highlight the department and Bridget I’m going to start doing announcements about events. Upcoming events are volleyball plays Tuesday, field hockey plays Tuesday, swim is on Sunday, and rugby plays on Saturday.  Field hockey played Johns Hopkins. Everyone did really well. Senior Day for soccer is the 29, field hockey is the 30, and Saturday’s game is to benefit breast cancer research. We’re selling things people can come buy to benefit research. Thanks!

 

Nora Dell ‘19: I’m the SGA Archivist and I want to announce that our website is up and running with our first publication. It is a piece from the archives and it is on the history of race and minority groups at Bryn Mawr so that includes not only African Americans but also Latino, Asian, and Jewish Americans who came to Bryn Mawr. You can find that at archives.blogs.brynmawr.edu. I think we’ll be having a publication every week from here on out. Right now we’re working on adding everything from the diversity box online.

 

Abbie Sullivan ‘17: as the new Faculty Rep, should I give the recap of the faculty meeting now?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: It’s not during Announcements but later in the meeting.

 

Your Two Cents:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Announcements is a time when any Bryn Mawr student can host a straw poll or new topic for discussion.  We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Are there any Your Two Cents?

 

Lantern Night Change in Time:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Next Sunday is Lantern Night, which happens during SGA. When would you all like to meet?

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ’19: Can we please take into consideration that there are two games going on that day. Or maybe we can work something out? Field hockey at 1:00  PM swim at 4:00.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Point of information.

 

Sohini Maniar ‘18: The Traditions Mistresses will start doing stuff around 2:00 PM. We’re also having dress rehearsals.

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I would like to propose 10:00 AM.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: 11:00 AM.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: How many meetings can we miss?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Four.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: How long is the meeting agenda?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Probably as long as it usually is.

 

Juhi Aggarwal ‘18: What time does lantern night start?

 

Catherine Bunza ‘18: Lantern Night starts at 8:00 PM. Swingers come at 6:30 PM, freshmen come at 7:00 PM.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: Recommendation for a time, Saturday regular time.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Scrapping the meeting?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I don’t think we can do that, sorry.

 

Rhea: Manglani ’17: So your options are Sunday at 10:00, 11:00, and Saturday regular time.

 

Celeste Ledesma ‘17: Saturday at 2:00 PM.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So we’ll just call out all of them. This is a Representative Council Vote only, please consult with your co-held position. Hands for Saturday at 2:00 PM? Saturday normal time? Sunday at 10:00 AM? And Sunday at 11:00 AM? We have to vote between those again. Saturday at 2:00? 10:00?

 

Shaina Robinson ’17: Saturday at 2:00.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, we’ll try to book Dalton. See you all Saturday.

 

Big Cheese Forum Discussion:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I know this is way in advance, but big cheese will be the 20th.  President Cassidy wanted it to be, sorry. At Big Cheese Forum we invite administrators to come talk, so KCass, Provost Osirim—it’s also supposed to be senior staff but people have invited people from like Bernie Chung-Templeton. People sit in small groups, one person facilitates, one takes notes. Then we come together, talk about questions, misunderstandings, etc. It’s a really great event. Also tell all your best friends and friends who don’t go to SGA to tell their friends since people don’t know which admins do what. Kari Fazio has a huge roll that Pelema left. We’re going to break into small groups and talk about people to ask. Come up with a list. Be like hey we’re going to change this up or this should happen. As usual we’re going to have a count off. Count to four. So you’re just going to get into these groups and talk about people you’d like to invite.

 

The Assembly Broke for Ten Minutes to Discuss Potential Big Cheese Forum Guests–

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Can one person come up? So we’re going to just go in order.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: So a few of the people we thought about inviting Nina from facilities. We were concerned about that because Denbigh doesn’t have a housekeeper. We also thought about inviting Stephanie Nixon because of all that’s happened in the Tri-Co. Dean Walters because she’s new to the school. LILAC representatives like Vippy or Ellie to make it more accessible. I don’t know if there’s an EMT. Talk more about the group because it’s new on campus. Lastly, we thought about the Health Center. Come talk about the new changes they made.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: I’m with group two. We also talked about Pensby and Dean Walters, but we also want to add someone from the Financial Aid Office because of the turnover in the last year. We want someone from CFO to talk about wages. Park renovations and just different renovations. We wanted the Dean of Admissions, Peaches, to come. Lastly, we wanted someone from development to come to talk about the campaign (Expect Bryn Mawr).

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Speaking for group four. We wanted a representative from dining services, as well as a representative from Cartriff to expand on what’s going in there with relationship between dining services because sometimes dining services puts a request in but it doesn’t get a response or nothing happens. Also Campus Safety with Lil Boroughs to give updates. We also mentioned dean Walters. There’s also the potential of expanding upon Dining Services and food. A representative from Residential Life about pets in the dorms and what the policy is on that.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: I’m representing group three. We talked about inviting someone from Dining Services because Rhoads dining hall could be used. KCass because it’s a tradition. Angie because we don’t know where we’re going to put all the students. And Kathy Tierney with national anthem at games.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Some of these roles are interchangeable. Taken in what’s being recorded at the minutes, we’ll vote on that. Go ahead and save it, Swati.

 

Old Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can revisit a topic for discussion. The topic must relate to the representative’s position. We have ten minutes for this item. Is there any Old Business?

 

New Business:

 

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

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: SoCo is having the SGA SoCo Halloween Party and we need bouncers. We’re paying $10 per hour. If you’re interested in being a bouncer, email me at sheyrich@brynmawr.edu. If we don’t have bouncers, it will be me.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Are there shirts?

 

Sam Heyrich ’17: There are hats.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Arere there shifts or is it the full four hours?

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Usually we give preference to people who can work four hours but we can use two.

 

Emma Lasky ‘17: I don’t think we need bouncers anymore because we can’t afford them.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Can you clarify?

 

Emma Lasky ’17: It comes out of the dorm fund. This is only for Radnor.

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: We’re still looking for bouncers.

 

Precious Robinson ‘19: As we were going through people we wanted to invite it was mentioned that Denbigh doesn’t have housekeeper. That means the others have to fill in and are not getting extra money. I don’t know about any of you but Darlene has knee problems that she was gone for a long time. She has to do Denbigh in addition to Pem  West. I was planning on sending around petition.

 

Nora Dell ‘19: Do you know why they haven’t had a housekeeper?

 

Precious Robinson ‘19: The consensus is that they haven’t gotten around to it. If it’s a lack of budget, there shouldn’t be an excuse. Do dorm presidents have any suggestions?

 

Emma Porter ‘17: Have you started speaking to anyone in facilities or housekeeping? Like we could even bring this up at the ResCo meeting on Wednesday.

 

Precious Robinson ‘19: Yeah, I’m just bringing this onto the point to the floor.  I overheard two people talking  in the shower while they were cleaning the bathroom.

 

Claire Gaposchkin.: I was in Rhodes south talking to Filomena in North. She has to do extra work because there’s no one else to do … this is  something that’s not an isolated incident.

 

Precious Robinson ‘19: They said they’d bring in an outside source but there hasn’t been any extra.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I’ll talk to KCass about this at our next meeting.

 

Abbie Sullivan ‘17: There was a faculty meeting last Wednesday. I’ll give the updates. KCass said there’s a new four page version of … Provost Osirim  announced that they’re beginning the search for new Chief Enrollment Officer. A reminder about Mellon Mays fellowship, they are encouraging sophomores to apply. The period in which faculty raised questions about how students are conducting research for classes, referring to another event that I was not there for because I hadn’t been elected.  The committee on academic priority gave a talk. They did a survey of every building on campus. The committee is also trying to make sure that students can voice their concerns– trying to shift from reactive to proactive so that issues people are talking about come up in meetings. They also talked about implementing engineering into liberal arts.

 

Nora Dell ‘19: Can you elaborate on implementing engineering into liberal arts?

 

Abbie Sullivan ‘17: They didn’t say too much about Bryn Mawr but just talked about liberal arts in general. Something for the future.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Does anyone have anything else? Is there a motion to end the meeting?

 

Nora Dell ‘19 motioned to end the meeting.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Second?

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19 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 7:53 PM.

 

SGA Meeting Minutes – October 2, 2016

Summary:

  • Meeting called to order at 1:10 PM. The time was changed in order to accommodate students observing Rosh Hashanah during the usual meeting time.
  • This was the final meeting before October Break. The next meeting will be held Sunday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Campus Center.
  • Announcements:
    • The newly elected representatives introduced themselves to the Assembly. They are Abby Chernila and Dilesha Tanna (2020 Co-Presidents); Leticia Robledo, Lea Williams, Maragret Gorman, Manal Hussein, and May Zhu (Members-at-Large); Hayley Johnson (2018 Honor Board Representative); and Precious Robinson (Pensby Center Representative). Elizabeth Hilton (not present) will also serve as the Civic Engagement Representative for this year.
    • SGA President Rhea Manglani made an announcement on behalf of the E-Board about leaving SGA meetings early, particularly right after Hot Topics, which occurs in the middle of the meeting. These Hot Topics often involve a lot of planning on behalf of students, and if this continues to be an issue the E-Board will initiate having roll call at the conclusion of meetings as well to ensure members of the RepCo remain for the whole meeting, unless there is a pre-existing conflict the E-Board is told about beforehand.
  • Your Two Cents:
    • Claire Gaposchkin raised the question of whether or not prospective students are allowed to attend SGA meetings. Those present at the meeting majorly agreed that this was okay, and some even claimed that it has helped in students choosing to come to Bryn Mawr.
  • Plenary Recap:
    • Those present discussed the results of the Plenary Feedback Survey for this past Plenary first in small groups and then in larger groups. Comments, questions, and concerns raised can be found in the according section in the transcript.
  • New Business:
    • There was no New Business.
  • Old Business:
    • There was no Old Business.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 1:41 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

——–Transcript——-

Roll Call:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, it’s 1:00 so we’re going to start the meeting with Roll Call.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi everyone! By the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania I am required to tell you that everything here will be recorded today.

 

Present: Ananya Kumar, Abbie Sullivan, Camilla Duluc, Tyler Brown-Cross, Precious Robinson, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Nikki Shakamuri, Abby Chernilla, Dilesha Tanna, Margaret Gorman, Lea Williams, Manal Hussein, May Zhu, Leticia Robledo, Veda Nambi, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Emma Levin, Claire Gaposhkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

 

Absent: Elizabeth Hilton, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Makeda Warde, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Claire Romaine

 

Announcements:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Before we start can everyone who was recently elected please stand up? Let’s go around and you can all introduce yourselves.

 

Abby Chernilla ‘20: Hi, I’m Abby Chernilla (she/her) and I’m Class of 2020 Co-President.

Leticia Robledo ’20: Hi, I’m Leticia Robledo (she/her) and I’m a Member-at-Large.

Lea Williams ’20: Hi, I’m Lea Williams (she/her) and I’m a Member-at-Large.

Margaret Gorman ’19: Hi, I’m Margaret Gorman (she/her) and I’m a Member-at-Large.

Manal Hussein ’20: Hi, I’m Manal Hussein (she/her) and I’m a Member-at-Large.

May Zhu ’20: Hi, I’m May Zhu (she/her) and I’m a Member-at-Large.

Hayley Johnson ’18: Hi, I’m Hayley Johnson (she/her), 2018 Honor Board Rep.

Precious Robinson ’19: Hi, I’m Precious Robinson (she/her), Pensby Center Representative.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Alright so Announcements is a time when anyone in the Bryn Mawr community can make an announcement. We have allowed ten minutes for this agenda item.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Hi, I just wanted to let everyone know that we used Google Forms for this elections cycle and it worked very, very well, so we are going to move forward with that and change it in the by-laws.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is on behalf of the E-Board, but during meetings we noticed people have been leaving halfway though. The maximum we keep you is an hour and a half, so until 8:30, and we try very hard not to keep you that long, but when we try to talk about something important, we want everyone to stay for the entire time. We wanted to give a warning and see what happens. If this continues to be a problem, we’re going to do end roll call. When people present Hot Topics, there is a lot of work that goes into them and they deserve the respect of people remaining for the entire time.

 

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 pose a question for discussion. We have allowed ten minutes for this agenda item.

 

Claire Gaposhkin ’17: There’s been discussion about non-Bryn Mawr students attending SGA meetings and Plenary. When there are prospective students visiting campus, are they allowed to attend meetings?

 

Emma Porter ‘17: I work for the Admissions Office. We have often encouraged hosts to come to SGA meetings and we’ve had SGA meetings definitely contribute to students wanting to come here. I’m not speaking to the comfort of everyone, but that’s what’s happened in the past.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: In the past three years I’ve been involved in SGA prospective students have been able to attend SGA, but thank you for asking! Does anyone else have anything for Your Two Cents?

 

Plenary Recap:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So plenary was this weekend, we had one resolution, a fast quorum, and generally okay discussion. We did a survey about how people felt about Plenary and we have the results here. In total we had 219 responses.

The idea of having a point person was a split to kind of let people know what’s going on during Plenary. I can see how it would be messy. And I asked if people would want a two to three time period before we started questions. I listened and read this. So I just wanted to give us fifteen minutes to discuss this. We can discuss why people didn’t go to plenary and how they felt about plenary. We’ll make five groups actually do ten minutes of small group, then five minutes in the large group

 

Ten Minute Small Group Discussion

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Alright I’m just going to go group by group.

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: So we talked about first we went over the survey questions and we talked about how the three minutes was not necessary. People are sitting and we encourage them to read the resolution, gather some idea when you present. At Bryn Mawr, we have this lack of initiative because we only have one resolution. Usually have a lot more resolutions in the spring. Maybe get into the Customs Schedules or in the SGA meeting jot down ideas of things we want to change. Then find friends of the RepCo willing to write the resolutions.

 

Leticia Robledo ’20: We actually thought that this discussion that the three-minute pause was kind of helpful. It would be good to give people a minute to think instead of just saying just a random really weird question. We thought that was good.

 

Nikki Shakamuri ’19: We also like how Mari and Gen wrote a plenary resolution that was really easy to read. Something that we could grasp and that there wasn’t a lot left to question. They were like declarations, I could understand.

 

Celeste Ledesma ‘17: We talked about how we were put off by the crazy line. We were wondering where the disconnect kind of came from. Also some of us a lot of us didn’t get plenary packets, we understand that that was a budgeting issue, but in the future maybe we should try and budget for more plenary packets so those of us wanted to make amendments can. The three minutes also seemed helpful.

 

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: We talked about the issue of the line; one of the main issues that people were not able to get in was the tearing of the tickets and how that could be an easily fixed issue. We also discussed in that same vain the potential use of one cards to scan people in for raffle purposes. Additionally we talked about how there was at one point a not according to decorum amendment concerning one of the particular lines and how that became hard to follow. I think the way the amendments were presented why they came across that way. I don’t think they fully followed the amendment policy. It was a bit hard to talk accordingly was my I was thinking. Also, we discussed briefly having a point person at the mic that when people go to address the mics, if they have a question, that it’s addressed in an organized way.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay, I’m going to review all of this. As far as the door, we’ve taken that in and we’re going to have a better system next time. That was a written question (raffles) so we didn’t present it with the charts originally because it was hard to get all of the data in, but I really like the idea about one card swipes. Maybe they pledge to come and find out when they get there. With amendments everything was okay, they just had them categorized as friendly so there was no need to vote.

 

Nora Dell ‘19: I think it was confusing what a friendly amendment is and it wasn’t clear really that once it became a friendly amendment it just went away.
Rhea Manglani ‘17: So that was my fault, I didn’t have a text one, I had a PDF instead. I will do that next time. It’s also really scary to know. I don’t know if you heard Shaina and me in the livestream but had Shaina, but I was struggling. I think next time it won’t be on my laptop, since I’m supposed to be the person to moderate. Usually if there’s another person asking questions, they have to go back of the line, but since they were the only person at the mic, we couldn’t really do anything about it. This is sort of what happens when there’s only one resolution. They want to feel like there was a contribution. Had there been more resolutions, I would have probably done a harsher way of calling and moderating the mics. Again, thank you all for this feedback. We definitely took it all in. We’re going to try and make line and raffle smoother. As far as amendments, I can’t change the way people ask, but if people find a resolution and the want to keep talking about it I can’t be like “that’s a waste of time.”

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Also one of the things that might have come out as confusing was the fact that the people were not expressing themselves clearly and Gen and I could not understand what they wanted, which made it harder for other people to understand.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Probably maybe after the conversation, after tying to understand what they’re asking, the presenter can reiterate what that back to the group what just happened.

 

Nora Dell ‘19: What is there was a computer at one of the mics and the people could understand?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Oh yeah, some people also asked about that. One thing we forgot to do was to get a teleprompter. So you know how at more college events they’ve been talking about more people having a teleprompter? Type out everything we say so everyone can read it. I just wanted to check any final comments. So thank you we’re taking in all of the feedback.

 

Old Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, Old Business. Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can revisit a topic related to their position. Is there any Old Business?
New Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: New Business is a time when a member of the Representative Council can propose a new topic for discussion or initiative related to their position. Is there any New Business?

 

Okay, we need a motion to end the meeting.

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Motion!

 

Rhea Maglani ’17: Is there a second?

 

Evelyn Aviles ’17: Second!

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, this is a Representative Council vote only. Your choices are yes, no, and abstain. If you are in a co-held position, please consult your position co-holder. So yes? No? Abstain? Meeting’s over!

 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:41 PM.

Fall 2016 Plenary Minutes (September 25, 2016)

Fall Plenary 2016 – Minutes

Summary:

  • Quorum was reached at 7:59 PM.
  • There was one resolution entitled “Regulating Resignations” which was presented by Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19 and Mariana Garcia ‘19. After being edited to include three friendly amendments the resolution was passed by a visual majority.
  • Representative Council Members Present: Ananya Kumar, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Sam Heyrich, Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Connie Lam, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Makeda Warde, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Dummond, Emma Levin, Claire Romaine, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma, Claire Gaposchkin, Phoebe Dopulos, 
  • Representative Council Members Absent: Kyra Sagal, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Nikki Shakamuri, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Emma Lasky

 

–TRANSCRIPT–

Rhea Manglani ’17: *Starts Annass*  It is 7:59 PM and we have reached quorum.

Our agenda is as follows:

  1. Overview of Plenary (Welcome)
  2. Approval of the Rules of Order and Agenda
  3. Resolution 1: Effective Resignation Rules

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 yourselves and recycle all booklets!

Beautiful. Can the mics identify themselves? All good. If you wish to make a statement in opposition please line up behind the con-mic. If you wish to make a statement in favor please line up behind the pro-mic. If you have a question, please line up behind the question mic.

 

So is everyone sitting down? The volunteers are wearing red shirts.

 

I’m now going to call the resolution presenters to the stage.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Hi guys, my name is Genesis Perez.

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: Hi my name is Mariana (she/her).

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: She her as well.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: We’re going to begin by reading our resolution this has to do with regulating resignations in elections. “Summary: This plenary resolution is updating the elections process to hold elected members accountable for their resignations and create a process to regulate resignations.”

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Now the official resolution. “Whereas, Article VIII, Section I, Subsection E currently reads: ‘Any member desiring to resign from the SGA Assembly shall submit a written resignation no less than three weeks prior to official resignation to the Secretary of SGA who shall present it to the Assembly for action.’

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: “Resolved, that Article VIII, Section I, Subsection E now reads to:

 

“Any member of the assembly who needs to resign their position must send a resignation letter at least four weeks before their official resignation date. They must submit the resignation letter to the elections head. In the meantime, the member must retain their position until their official resignation date. If the member must resign immediately, then in their resignation letter they must specify who their temporary replacement is. This temporary replacement will retain the position until a new representative is voted upon.”

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: “Resolved, that a new subsection be added under Article VIII, Section I that now reads as: If a member of the assembly resigns too late in their term such that it would be impossible to hold a special election, the member must retain their position. If it is impossible for the member to retain their position, then they must appoint a replacement that will then be voted into office by the Representative Council (two-third votes) in the next SGA meeting.”

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: “Whereas, Article VIII, Section IV, Subsection C, currently reads: “With the exception of the Office of the President of SGA (see Article III, Section I, Subsection C), all vacancies shall be filled through the special election which shall take place no later than two weeks after the vacancies occurs, under the direction of the Elections Board.”

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: “Resolved that Article VIII, Section IV, Subsection C, now reads: With the exception of the office of President of SGA, (see Article III, Section I, Subsection C), all vacancies shall be filled through the special election which shall take place no later after the official resignation letter(s) have been presented to the Elections Heads.”

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Do you want to give just a quick summary?

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: So basically, we are the Elections Co-Heads, and as Elections Co-Heads we see all these problems with resigning year round, too late in the year too elected someone else or it’s just really hard to find a replacement. We understood it would be effective to amend the current resignation process so that instead of three weeks prior it’s four weeks because the whole process of doing the nominations, campaigning, Candidates’ Forum, etc., a four week period, and obviously if someone has to step down for a personal or another reason they can appoint someone to take their place for a temporary amount of time until the election (voted upon by the RepCo) would be more effective and much more of a democratic process.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: So people can now approach the mics. Questions Mic gets priority then Pro Mic and then Con Mic. First we’ll go floor and then balcony if there’s anyone up there. Remember to say your name and class year before you speak so that Rachel can take minutes.

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: I was wondering if you would consider adding language in the resolution to make it so you can control the timing of the election?

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: So you’re saying to switch Special Elections to a shorter time period?

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: Yes.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: That’s actually part of the By-Laws which would have to be amended by the Representative Council.

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: Oh, okay! So then through RepCo and not through this.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Yeah! We actually do have those things in mind but we wanted to pass this resolution first because it has to do with the constitution.

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: Okay, great, thank you.

 

Sam Wall ‘17: In the bottom paragraph at the very end it says, “all vacancies shall be filled through the special election which shall take place no later after the official resignation letter(s) have been presented to the Elections Heads.” That doesn’t seem to make sense and I’m wondering if that’s how you meant to write it or if that’s a typo somewhere because “shall take place no later after the official resignation”– no later than what?

 

Genesis Perez-Melara  ‘19: So after the resignation letter has been submitted to the Election’s Head, the Election’s Head should start with Special Elections to find a replacement for that vacancy.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Is that clear?

 

Sam Wall ‘17: Because the way it’s worded it sounds like the election will be held no later than week after they have submitted the letter– I don’t know, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Some of these positions are important — they have duties and and responsibilities that need to be taken care of– we feel that it’s more effective that as soon as we get the resignation letter we just start the process with the resignation period as the first step towards the Special Elections process. Does that make sense?

 

Sam Wall ‘17: No I’m not that it shouldn’t start as soon as possible I’m just arguing that the wording is poor.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Okay so do you suggest a different type of wording?

 

Sam Wall ‘17: When you say “no later” it’s usually followed by “than a period of time.”

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: So it says “no later than the resignation letters have been presented.”

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: So basically you want to add “than”.

 

Sam Wall ‘17: But after Special Elections should take place? So after Special Elections should take place? It just doesn’t make logical sense to me and I wanted to be transparent.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Okay so would you be okay with having “as soon as the resignation letters are submitted”?

 

Sam Wall ‘17: Maybe “as soon as possible” but yes, that does sound better.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: Okay, great!

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Please remember to maintain decorum, thank you.

 

Nora Dell ‘19: Point of order, don’t we need to propose an amendment?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Do you mind going and doing that then, Nora? Thank you! Just go ahead.

 

Nora Dell ‘19: Motion to add an amendment to the resolution with the wording that was just stated.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: That’s a friendly amendment. Alright, so there’s one more person for Question’s Mic?

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: I’d like to propose an amendment. The way the last proposed resolution reads is, “all vacancies shall be filled through a Special Election which shall take place as soon as the official resignation letter(s) have been presented to the Elections Heads.” Please note that in your first proposed resolution it introduces the concept the resignation letter and in the separate concept of the official resignation date. The way that it is worded makes it seem that there are two different resignations that are required. I would propose to strike the last line and replace it with “…all vacancies shall be filled through a Special Election which shall take place as soon as the official resignation letter(s) have been presented to the Elections Heads.no later than the official resigantion date OR that the resignation is ratified by the Elections Heads.”

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Right so then no later than the official resignation letter.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Right, so makes it seem as though you submit a resignation letter, decide an official resignation date, and then on that date submit an additional letter.

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: No, it’s like if multiple people resign at the same time that would be the issue so it would be more efficient to keep track of.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: We were just trying to account for if there were more than one resignation.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: No, it’s not the “letters” that’s the problem, it’s the “official”.  So are you saying that the resignation letter you submit four weeks before your resignation or that you have to submit a resignation letter on the time and date?

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Would it sound better if we said “which would take place no later than after the resignation letter is submitted to the Election’s Head”?

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: Right, and then in addition to that I propose that you make the previous sentence that you’re saying if the election has to take place you should start the process that you should say, “all vacancies shall be filled through special election, the process of which must be entered no later than the date in which the resignation letter is dated. So the way it reads now is that the actual Special Election has to take place as soon as the resignation letter is received by the Election’s Heads.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Yes.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: But you said earlier that you only want to introduce the process as soon as the resignation letter is recieved. The way it reads now is you have follow the … So you should say that the process should be entered in as soon as the resignation has been sent.

 

Geneiss: so filled as part of the special election

 

Jessica: Yes, as part of the special election.

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: Hi, so I just realized so if you are planning on the time it takes to have an election with the four week limit… would it be okay to have an amendment to have “at least four weeks” to having the person remain the position until someone else is elected?

 

Mariana Garcia ‘19: So if a person has to resign immediately because of personal reasons, I can’t force them to stay in their position.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: …  retain their position until the end of elections. We’ll change it.

 

Delaney :  Okay great, so strike “at least four weeks before their official resignation date” and add “and remain in their position until after the special election”  and reverse  Article VIII  subsection I, subsection E.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: So “must send a resignation letter at least four weeks before their official resignation date…”

 

Delaney Williams ‘19: And remain in their position until after the election.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Yeah… okay!

 

Delaney Williams ‘17: Thank you!

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So since these are friendly amendments you are not voting upon them. Is there anyone else at the mic? If not, we can go to a vote. Wait, is that– are you motioning to vote?

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Can we have the edited version of this up on the screen?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Yeah, we can put that up on the screen.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So we’ve now used the twelve minutes of discussion. This isn’t the official document, this is just for you all to look at. We have the changes written down. Is there a motion– you can just vote since it’s been twelve minutes.

 

Paola Bernal ‘17 motioned to vote on the Resolution.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Thank you, is there a second?

 

Nora Dell ‘19 seconded the motion to vote on the Resolution.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Alright so the way you’re going to vote is you have three options– yes to this resolution and the friendly amendments you have seen us write down, no to this resolution and the friendly amendments, or abstain to this resolution and the friendly amendments. When I say yes you will lift up your packets. We will do a quick count/visual count, no we’ll do a visual count, or abstain same thing. So if you don’t have a packet, raise your phone and make it pretty or split a packet with your friend to make this visual ballot as easy as possible. So to vote your options are yes (you can raise your packets)– section counters go ahead. Alright section counters, you can relax, we’re eyeballing this. Raise your hands if no, and then raise your hands for abstain. Resolution passes!

 

X ‘19 motioned to end Plenary.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Who wants to second?

 

Phoebe Dopulous ‘19 seconded.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay, please forgive me this is the first time I’m doing this. Raise your hands for yes to end Plenary, no, abstain– alright, party’s over!

 

Plenary was adjourned at 8:33 PM.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17 Annassed.

 

SGA Meeting Minutes – September 18, 2016

 

Summary:

  • Role Call:
    • Present: Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Levin, Clair Romaine, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma
  • Absent: Ananya Kumar, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Mariana Garcia, Connie Lam, Makeda Warde, Phoebe Dopulos, Emma Lasky, Claire Gaposhkin
  • Announcements:
    • Candidates’ Forum for Fall 2016 Elections will take place Monday, September 19 at 6:00 PM in the Campus Center. Come learn more about the candidate’s and ask questions. Please email any questions to elections@brynmawr.edu.
    • A discussion on the recent incident involving the graffiti of Swastikas at Swarthmore will be happening in the Pensby Center on Friday, September 23. All are welcome. Please email Hannah Rifkin at hrifkin@brynmawr.edu if you have any questions.
    • If your organization is interested in tabling at Fall Plenary, please email Swati Shastry at sshastry@brynmawr.edu.
    • This week there will be flash-learning events at LILAC including Mock Interviews and seminars. Spread the word!
    • September 18 is the last day to apply for an appointed position. Please see availbile positions in the transcript below. If you have any questions please email Shaina Robinson at srobinso09@brynmawr.edu.
    • Next week’s SGA meeting will take place at 2:00 PM to respect students observing the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. This meeting will take place in Dalton 300 instead of the Campus Center.
  • Your Two Cents:
    • Pem East (Jasmine Rangel and Evelyn Aviles) and Pem West Dorm Presidents (Emily Drummond and Emily Brown) took a poll of potential times to host East v. West. November 12 was not approved via straw poll because of the date’s coincidence with the Fall Student Dance Concert.
  • Plenary Resolution:
    • Genesis Perez-Melara presented a working resolution on behalf of herself and co-writer Mariana Garcia on changing the resignation process for Representatives and elected members of the Assembly.
  • Institutional Memory Vote:
    • Nora Dell, SGA Archivist, presented the by-laws for the newly-created Committee on Institutional Memory. The by-laws were approved by the Representative Council.
  • Master Budget Vote:
    • Jocelyne Oliveros, SGA Treasurer, presented the semester budget for Bryn Mawr clubs and activities. Oliveros also explained the distribution of funds and different variables that played into the distribution. The budget was passed by a Representative Council vote.
  • Hot Topic:
    • A Hot Topic was hosted by Emma Porter and Colleen Williamson, both of the First-Goers Club, to talk about the role of socioeconomic status on campus. The results of these conversations can be found in the transcript below.
  • Old Business:
    • There was no Old Business.
  • New Business:
    • There was no New Business.
  • The meeting was adorned at 8:21 PM.

 

TRANSCRIPT

Role Call:

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

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

Present: Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Jessica Breet, Farida Ilboudo, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Levin, Clair Romaine, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

Absent: Ananya Kumar, Catherine Bunza, Sohini Maniar, Mariana Garcia, Connie Lam, Makeda Warde, Phoebe Dopulos, Emma Lasky, Claire Gaposhkin

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Are you good? Sorry, I couldn’t hear. Announcements is a time when anyone from the Bryn Mawr community can make an announcement, so if you have an announcement please come up.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: I just wanted to notify everyone that tomorrow is Candidates forum which is a time for you to be presented with the candidates up for Fall Elections. Some of the big positions up are Member-at-Large, Freshman Class President, so if you’re interested in finding out more about your candidates, you can come tomorrow at 6:00 PM. Ask questions regarding what leadership positions they’ve held before, or like, why they want to run. So if you have any questions you can email at elections@brynmawr.edu. Thanks!

 

Hannah Rifkin ’17: Hey guys! My name is Hannah Rifkin, I use she/her pronouns and I’m class of 2017. On Friday from 12:30 to I think 1:30 or 2:00 or a little later, in Pensby they’re going to hold a discussion and various programming in response to the anti-Semitic act at Swat. It would mean a lot to the student body if people who are not just Jewish would come out. Thanks!

 

Sukhan Kumar ’19: Good evening everyone! I am Sukhan, class of 2019. I am a Career Peer and next week, that is September 19th through September 24th, is Career week, organized by LILAC and the Career and Professional Development Office. We would highly encourage you guys to participate in the events and also spread the word. There’s going to be resume reviews and cover letter reviews, mock interviews are going to be held and we would really appreciate your participation. Thank you!

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Today is the last day that you can submit an application for the September Appointments Round. The application closes at 11:59 PM tonight. Positions up for appointment are Bryn Mawr Concert Series Officers, Campus Greening Representative, Elections Board, Financial Aid Advisory Board, Independent Major Representative, Outreach and Communications Committee, Plenary Committee, SGA Institutional Memory Committee, SGA Webmistress/Master/Mistex, Social Committee, S.TEAM, Student Finance Committee, Sustainable Food Committee, and Traditions Committee. More information about these committees can be found on the Appointments Blog at appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu. You can also email me at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu. Thanks, guys!

 

Swati Shastry ‘18: Hi everyone, if you want to table at Plenary please email me at sshastry@brynmawr.edu. Thanks!
Rachel Bruce ‘18: Hi guys, I have two announcements. The first is that if you want to volunteer at Plenary the signup sheet is up now (I sent it out this past week with the weekly minutes/announcements email and I will be sending another out tonight and post it on the Facebook page). If you are on the Representative Council, it is highly encouraged that you participate. Additionally, if you are on the RepCo and you miss Plenary it counts as two unexcused absences (you’re only allowed four for the semester so just keep that in mind). If you have any questions, please email me at rbruce@brynmawr.edu. The second is that the Sunday after Plenary is Rosh Hashanah, which is a really important date in the Jewish calendar. It begins during the SGA meeting so, if possible, it would be really cool if we could make the time of the SGA meeting earlier that day. Maybe at some point earlier in the afternoon would be good so people observing the holiday can do so.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: I can take the time suggestions.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Okay, cool. Thanks!

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: It starts at sundown, so before sundown, when would be a good time to have the meeting?

 

Jasmine Rangel ’17: 1:00 PM

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: 11:00 AM

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: 2:00 PM

 

Emily Drummond ‘17: 4:00 PM

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Is that everyone? So we have 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 4:00. Sadly this is a Representative Council Vote only because they are required to go to these. So your options are—so we’ll just go 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 4:00, you can only vote once. If you’re in a co-held position, you must agree with your co-position holder. So raise your hand for 11:00; raise your hand for 1:00; raise your hand for 2:00; and then raise your hands for 4:00. Okay.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’ll do 1:00 and 2:00 again. Raise your hands for 1:00; raise your hands for 2:00. Okay so week after plenary we’ll do 1:00 PM. It probably won’t be in the Campus Center, it’ll probably be in Dalton. Y’all will get an email.

 

Your Two Cents:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: So next thing is Your Two Cents. Your Two Cents is a time when anyone from the Bryn Mawr community can take a straw poll or pose a question for discussion. Anyone with any Your Two Cents please up.

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: Hello, my name is Jasmine Rangel, class of 2017, Pem East Dorm President.

 

Evelyn Aviles ‘17: Evelyn Aviles, 2017, Pem East Dorm President.

 

Madison Brown ‘17: Madison Brown, woah that’s really loud, 2017, Pem West Dorm President.

 

Emily Drummond ‘17: Emily Drummond, 2017, other Pem West Dorm President.

 

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: So our straw poll we’re doing is about the date for East v. West. We haven’t sent out a poll for our dorm yet, but our initial date we were thinking of is November 19th, which is also the day of the Bi-Co Fall Student Dance Concert. We wanted to get a feel, at least from this room, how people were feeling about that. So yes, that’s a good idea even if the party starts at 10:00 and ends at 2:00, no that’s not a good idea, and abstain? Okay, thank you.

 

Rhea: Thanks, anyone else have Your Two Cents?

 

Plenary Presentations:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Onto Plenary Presentations, we have Genesis. Remember there is only one resolution. Please come and we’ll be done faster.

 

 

Genesis: Hi guys, my name is Genesis Perez-Melara ’17. Unfortunately my co-head couldn’t come today, so I’ll be giving a brief presentation of our Plenary Resolution. It’s sort of a revision of last week:

 

“Summary:
This plenary resolution is updating the elections process to hold elected members accountable for their resignations and create a process to regulate resignations.

Whereas, Article VIII, Section I, Subsection E currently reads: “Any member desiring to resign from the SGA Assembly shall submit a written resignation no less than three weeks prior to official resignation to the Secretary of SGA who shall present it to the Assembly for action.”

Resolved, that Article VIII, Section I, Subsection E now reads to:

Any member of the assembly who needs to resign their position must send a resignation letter at least four weeks before their official resignation date. They must submit the resignation letter to the elections head. In the meantime, the member must retain their position until their official resignation date. If the member must resign immediately, then in their resignation letter they must specify who their temporary replacement is. This temporary replacement will retain the position until a new representative is voted upon.

Resolved, that a new subsection be added under Article VIII, Section I that now reads as:

If a member of the assembly resigns too late in their term such that it would be impossible to hold a special election, the member must retain their position. If it is impossible for the member to retain their position, then they must appoint a replacement that will then be voted into office by the Representative Council (two-third votes) in the next SGA meeting.

Whereas, Article VIII, Section IV, Subsection C, currently reads: “With the exception of the Office of the President of SGA (see Article III, Section I, Subsection C), all vacancies shall be filled through the special election which shall take place no later than two weeks after the vacancies occurs, under the direction of the Elections Board.”

Resolved that Article VIII, Section IV, Subsection C, now reads: With the exception of the office of President of SGA, (see Article III, Section I, Subsection C), all vacancies shall be filled through the special election which shall take place no later after the official resignation letter(s) have been presented to the Elections Heads.”

 

So I’ll be taking questions or suggestions.

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Can you go back up? How will you analyze the need or the urgency of a position, like how are you going to go about what’s left to the elections head’ discretion?

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: The amount of time left?

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: The part about analyzing the importance of the position, how do you decide how important the position is?

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Let’s say the LILAC CPD Position. I know they have to meet once every two weeks with the LILAC Committee. Say there’s a break with their meetings or the year’s going to end and they don’t have to attend, then we wouldn’t worry about that position. We’ll just ask them to find a replacement or hold onto the position until it’s over. We’re just saying this because we’ve experienced these kinds of situations before. Any more questions?

 

Jessica Breet ’18: Can you go down? So you’re asking them to write an additional resignation letter in addition to the one four week’s prior?

 

Gen: No, it’s the same resignation letter, just one resignation letter.
Jessica: But you’re saying that the special election will take place before the resignation letter is written. So you want an election before they resign?

 

Gen: So once we get the official resignation letter, right after that the Special Election should take place. Anymore questions? You can email me at elections@brynmawr.edu. Thanks!

 

Institutional Memory:

 

Nora Dell: So you should have received an email with the By-Laws from the RepCo. I’ll be taking questions about it before. Are there any questions? Okay, no questions!

 

Rhea: Do you want us to recap the by-laws?

 

Nora: Okay!

 

“By-Laws of the Committee on Institutional Memory

 

These by-laws shall operate in accordance with the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association Constitution and other relevant by-laws subordinate to the Constitution.

 

Article I: Purpose

 

Section I: Mission Statement

 

The mission of the Committee on Institutional Memory is to collect, identify, preserve, and make useful to the Self-Government Association, records of enduring and evidential value; to instill trust in the Self-Government Association through transparency.

 

Section II: Long Term Goal of the Self-Government Association

 

“To improve the Self-Government Association’s ability to effectively and efficiently achieve objectives and confront issues through a commitment to the preservation and utilization of institutional memory.”

 

Article II: Meetings

 

Section I: The Committee shall meet weekly, and adopt Robert’s Rules of Order at the discretion of the SGA Archivist.

 

Section II: The Committee shall keep an internal record of meeting proceedings. Furthermore, the Committee shall maintain a general record of archival activities.

 

Article III: The SGA Archive

Section I: Definition

 

Subsection A: The SGA Archive shall include an external hard drive and a public, digital archive. All digital materials collected by The Committee shall be housed on the external hard drive. Sensitive materials collected by the Committee shall be exclusively housed on the external hard drive. Physical materials shall be housed with Special Collections.

 

Section II: Acquisition

 

Subsection A: The Committee shall acquire digital materials for the archive, which demonstrate enduring and/or evidential value.

 

Subsection B: Digital materials in their original format must be stored on an external hard drive. Modified digital materials may appear on the digital archive.

 

Subsection C: Materials will be catalogued numerically, according to date and category of material. “‘Category number’ yyyymmdd_###”

 

Section III: Preservation

 

Subsection A: In consultation with Special Collections, the committee shall take proper steps to preserve digital material in the SGA Archive.

 

Subsection B: Digital preservation is defined as “processes involved in the physical and intellectual protection and technical stabilization of digital resources through time in order to reproduce authentic copies of these resources”.

 

 

Section IV: Access

 

Subsection A: Any member of the Self-Government Association may access records contained within the online archive maintained by this committee. Access to physical records held by Special Collections shall follow policies in place with that department. Contact the College Archivist for more information.

 

Section V: Permissions

 

Subsection A: Archival materials are property of the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association.

 

Subsection B: The SGA Archivist may grant permission to publish and/or copy material from the SGA Archive. In accordance with copyright law, a photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. Scanned materials found in the digital archive are copies of materials found in Special Collections.

 

Section VI: Privacy

 

Subsection A: Information may be designated “sensitive information” by the source of the information, the SGA Archivist, and/or Special Collections.

 

Subsection B: Sensitive information will be periodically assessed in consultation with Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, and relevant parties.

 

Subsection C: Sensitive information will not be available on the digital archive. Sensitive information collected by the Committee will be stored with Special Collections and on an external hard drive.

 

Subsection D: Sensitive information collected by Special Collections will be restricted according to Special Collections’ policy.

 

Subsection E: Sensitive information about a person other than the source of the information shall not be disclosed their written consent.

 

Subsection F: A source of information has the option to stipulate the terms of the release of that information by forgoing any waiver form and by putting their stipulations in writing.”

 

And on that document there is a document has a typo, we’ll be voting on the version with the “without”.

 

So we have a waiver form that when people are using information. They can say yes, I want to disclose. They can say we’ll disclose it in five years.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: I think one of your major points you mentioned was transparency, to my knowledge that this committee is functioning under the auspices of SGA, is there a check for transparency?

 

Nora Dell ‘19: What do you mean?

 

Aly Robins ‘17: Who would be doing this?

 

Nora Dell ‘19: I would say that is under Special Collections.

 

Aly Robins ‘17: So not a student

 

Nora Dell ‘19: No.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Any other questions? Okay, we’re going to move to a vote. This is a Representative Council vote only. Raise for yes, no, abastain? Bylaws pass! Thanks, Nora!

 

Master Budget Vote:

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: Hey, Jocelyne Oliveros ’18. Here is the Master Budget. I’m going to start going over it. I’m the treasurer. Overthe past couple of weeks I’ve been working with clubs to govern over their budgets. The Representative Council got a copy in their emails. This semester what happened is at the beginning I went to the comptroller’s office and they gave me the number to work with. All that money comes out of SGA… significantly less was available (dues were lowered this semester so that’s why). I was working with a tighter budget. I spoke to different people on campus. How much the New York Times is, Film Series, etc. These are numbers the school is working with. Res Life has a budget… So the emergency is a little below 25% of the budget. I did go over when I was with Mary from the comptroller’s office. It doesn’t dip in too much to the overall fund. I allocated the money—things did get cut for a lot of people. That was based on things like interviews, things they indicated. Everyone did get cut off but I tried to be a little bit fair.

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: I was wondering if there’s a breakdown. On the budget, the amount asked versus the amount awarded, there is more information available?

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: All of that is available on the sheet.

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: I as a DP could not find that

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: All of that should be available on the SFC page, but I can make sure that it is distributed again.

 

Rhea: Are there any other questions?

 

Claire Romaine ‘17: I just like to say, I think this is a different budget than we were emailed today.

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: The budget you got emailed, the actual amount you got sent got sent to a different page so you have to scroll all the way over

 

Kyra Sagal ‘17: If it’s a Bi-Co club, should that also be here?

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: No, they’re still pending but that will be up next week. Any other questions?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Ready to move to a vote?

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: Your options are yes, no, and abastain. Hands for yes, no, abstain?

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is a RepCo vote so we might have to do this again. Only, yes, no, and abstain. The budget passes. Please email Jocelyne with questions.

 

Hot Topic:

Emma Porter ‘17: Hi, my name is Emma Porter and I a member of First-Goers, a club that advocates for first-generation college students at Bryn Mawr.

 

Colleen Williamson ‘19: My name is Colleen Williamson and I am a member of First-Goers.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Before we start, everyone put away laptops and cellphones, this is just my request for making sure that everyone is focused during the meeting and that this remains a space for people to listen and speak.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: So again my name is Emma, I am the president of First-Goers. Colleen is here with me today as a member of this club. We wanted to open a discussion about the Swat article. I found the article to be pretty provocative and misleading at times—just really harmful and damaging. I identify as a low income student. I found it really damaging because of its claims and tone. First I want to allow for there to be for some information. I am speaking to you as a member of the RepCo and an intern for the Admissions Office. We want to separate our feelings from Erin Jenson, the author of the article. We think that she is a caricature to say the least.

 

Colleen Williamson ‘17: One thing we want to say is that ignorance isn’t a problem; the problem is how you react to your ignorance. Keep in mind that we want to be able to learn from this experience and also be able to sort our own issues and differences at Bryn Mawr.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: So we will be breaking up into small groups. I went to speak to someone in Admissions and I was told to let anyone know that if they have any further questions to go to the admissions process to talk to them. What the differences are between our admissions process and Swat’s that first of all, our admissions office is different because we are need sensitive not need blind. That’s not to say that everyone is reading every application with a dollar sign next to it, but it is different from need blind. I also wanted to say that we have merit-based scholarships in addition to need based. The Financial Aid Office is separate from admissions. Financial information is handled by the Financial Aid Office. I also wanted to clarify, because of the difference between the two offices that I can’t speak to what happens in the Financial Aid office, but for tonight let’s think about the other pieces: the Admissions Office and class relations on campus. Okay? Lastly, we have what’s called holistic review. That means that there’s no piece of the application that weights more heavily than the other. If you submit standardized test scores, that’s looked at but not the most important part. Amanda Barwise wants to stress that you can always go and ask about this. Alright.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So we’re going to do a countdown like last time. We’ll go by five. One’s here, two’s here, three’s here, four’s here, five’s here. Everyone find your number.

 

–The Assembly broke for Ten Minutes to engage in the Hot Topic Discussion, this portion was not recorded as per the guidelines of a Hot Topic Discussion–

 

Emma Porter ‘17: Welcome back! I guess I want to hear about some of what happened.

 

Clair Romaine ’17: I feel really passionately about how we treat our workstudy students because if you’re a freshman student , first years in our dining halls make less than anyone on campus. We’re putting our most financially vulnerable students in the lowest paying jobs.

 

Jessica Breet ‘18: This is something that I didn’t bring up in the small group. With state funded financial aid, for international students it’s a set amount it cannot change. I know of people who have tried to have it change but could not. When I began here, my family now has to make double what was calculated two years ago. Bryn Mawr is making a huge stride to become need blind. I think we should take care of the people we already have here.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: I appreciate what you are saying, but we’re going to try and separate that because that is a whole is more of an issue that the Financial Aid Office can address.

 

Bridget Murray ’17: Something that came up with our group was the Community Day of Learning and how we kind of started this conversation with the Community Day of Learning but these conversations were/are like an echo chamber. It’s always the same people coming out. The people … are just blowing it off and taking a self-care days.

 

Emma Porter ‘17: What Bridget was saying—the larger question that comes up is how can we have these conversations if it is the same group of people? I guess the question I want to ask you guys is what spaces do we have on this campus to help this conversation stay alive and not just have an echo chamber. What role do we have moving forward?

 

Emily Drummond ‘17: I think this a conversation that needs to be had by DLT at hall hangouts because that’s a good way to get these questions out of SGA and into the dorms.

 

Kyra Sagal ‘17: I also think encouraging professors to have these conversations if it’s at all positive to have them in the classroom. We’re already going to have a diverse group of people I the room.

 

Emma Porter ’17: Any final thoughts or questions?

 

Christina Stella ’17: Right now, I am looking to produce a piece for Bi-Co Radio for low-income students. What it’s like to survive and share your story. If you have a story you’d like to share please email me at cstalla@brynmawr.edu.

 

Old Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Old Business is a time when members of the Representative Council can revisit a topic previously brought up at an SGA meeting. The topic must relate to their RepCo position. We have allowed ten minutes for this agenda item. Any Old Business?

 

New Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: New Business is a time when members of the Represenative Council can present a new topic for discussion so long as it is related to their position. Is there any New Business?

 

Okay, we need a motion to end the meeting.

 

Evelyn Aviles ’17 motioned to end the meeting.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

 

A member of the Representative Council seconded.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay this is a Representative Council vote only. Your options are yes, no, and abstain. Hands for yes? Hands for no? Hands for abstain? Goodnight, everyone!

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016 Budget (Approved by Representative Council on September 18, 2016)

The Fall 2016 Budget Budget Budget for SGA affiliated clubs was recently approved via Representative Council vote at the September 18th SGA meeting. If you have any questions, please email Jocelyne Oliveros ’18 (SGA Treasurer) at joliveros@brynmawr.edu.

September 11, 2016 Minutes

Summary:

  • Role Call:
    • The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM. It was later adjourned at 8:19 PM.
      • Present: Ananya Kumar, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, 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, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Makeda Wade, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emma Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Clair Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma
      • Absent: Kyra Sagal, Jessica Breet, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos
    • Announcements:
      • Nominations for the Fall Elections Cycle ended Sunday night at 9:00 PM. Info sessions will be occurring this week. The original time has been changed from 8:00 to 9:00 on Thursday evening to Friday afternoon at 3:15 PM in the Denbigh Common Room. Accepting your nomination is not binding. The information session should not take longer than a half hour and will give candidates information about campaigning.
      • This year Bryn Mawr is hosting the annual Seven Sisters Conference! The conference is scheduled for the weekend of November 11th. The conference will not only feature workshops on leadership, diversity, and other important issues to SGA, but also social functions to meet the other delegates from the different Seven Sisters schools. If you have any ideas or would be interesting in hosting one or more students for the weekend, please contact Emily Spiegel ’18 (Seven Sisters Representative and Head of the Seven Sisters Conference Planning Committee) at espiegel@brynmawr.edu.
      • The Traditions Lantern has been found! This was announced by Traditions Mistresses Catherine Bunza ’18 and Sohini Maniar ’18. The lantern disappeared after Parade Night the on Friday, September 2nd and was returned Sunday, September 11th Thank you everyone for your search in the days following Parade Night! #TheLanternisBACK
      • The Appointments application for the September Appointments Cycle is now open! The application will remain open until Sunday, September 18th at 11:59 PM (Application can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccegnBlc9Nrg-nYwYGKrL3kZf5m_rQbVAYHYYu_wZv-CtrPQ/viewform?c=0&w=1). Do not forget to sign up for an interview after completing your application! Positions up for reappointments are Bryn Mawr Concert Series Officers (1-2), Campus Greening Representative (1), Elections Board (2-4), Financial Services Advisory Board (2-5), Independent Major Representative (1; Class of 2018 only), Outreach and Communications Committee (3), Plenary Committee (1), SGA Institutional Memory Committee (1), SGA Webmistress/Master/Mistex (1-2), Social Committee (5-7), S.TEAM (1-5), Student Finance Committee (1), Sustainable Food Committee (5), and the Traditions Committee (6; Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 only). More information can be found on the Appointments Blog at (appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu). If you have any questions, please email Shaina Robinson at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu.
      • Budget interviews will take place this week. If you have not submitted your proposed budget, please contact Jocelyne Oliveros at joliveros@brynmawr.edu.
      • Kate Weiler ’20 was at the meeting Sunday to report on the Hot Topic: Swastikas at Swarthmore. She announced her presence to the room to those present, as well as described the work, asked if anyone had any potential connections to Swarthmore, as well as asked if anyone would be willing to be interviewed after the meeting regarding the Hot Topic.
    • Your Two Cents:
      • There were no Your Two Cents.
    • Old Business:
      • There was no Old Business.
    • New Business:
      • Mariana Garcia ’19 and Genesis Perez-Melara ’19, Co-Heads of Elections, are presenting a resolution at Fall Plenary on Sunday, September 25th at 7:00 PM. A copy of the resolution in progress can be found in the transcript below. Both Garcia and Perez-Melara welcomed feedback as well as answered some questions about their resolution. An updated version will be presented at the next meeting on Sunday, September 18th. This is the only Plenary Resolution being presented at Fall 2016 Plenary.
    • Hot Topic: Swastikas at Swarthmore:
      • The Hot Topic at a very good turnout and was overall a very fruitful discussion. Students who chose to participate discussed a variety of the implications of the swastika as used by the culprits who committed the recent hate crime at Swarthmore earlier this month, as well as anti-Semitism and the larger role of religion on Bryn Mawr’s campus. Small group discussions were not recorded as per agenda guidelines, however a transcript of the final regroup and debrief can be found in the last part of the transcript of the meeting.

 

——————————————————Transcript——————————————–

 

Role Call:

 

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

 

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

 

Present: Ananya Kumar, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, 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, Adriana Gay, Veda Nambi, Juhi Aggarwal, Makeda Wade, Emma Porter, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emma Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Clair Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

 

Absent: Kyra Sagal, Jessica Breet, Farida Ilboudo, Phoebe Dopulos

 

Announcements:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, now it’s time for announcements. Announcements are a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can make an announcement. We’ve allowed ten minutes for this agenda item. Does anyone have any announcements? If more people have announcements they can start lining up next to Shaina.

 

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: I just want to remind everyone that nominations end tonight at 9:00 PM. We will be having info sessions next week from I think it’s like 8:00 to 10:00, but it really takes like half an hour, and it’s not binding— that is if you accept your nomination it’s not binding. Just go to the info session and decide if you want to run for the position or not. So just wanted to remind you about that.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Any other announcements?

 

Emily Spiegel ‘18: Hi everyone, I’m Emily Spiegel ’18. If you don’t know, I’m the Seven Sisters Representative and the head of the Seven Sisters Committee Planning Committee because we are hosting the Seven Sisters Conference this fall, November 11th through the 13th (that’s a Friday to a Sunday) so I’ll be coming to the meetings regularly to give you updates on our planning process. Right now we’re kind of budgeting and planning workshops. The conference is centered around leadership and diversity so it’s going to be really exciting. One really new thing that we’re offering is social events with the delegates from the other Seven Sisters schools so you can host students and then come party with them later, so it’s a good way to meet people and learn about the SGA’s at all the other schools. So if you have any comments, questions, or contributions or you want to get involved with planning or hosting other students you can let me know.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Anyone else have announcements?

 

Catherine Bunza ’18: Catherine Bunza, 2018.

 

Sohini Maniar ’18: Sohini Maniar, 2018.

 

Catherine Bunza ‘18: And we would just like to announce that the Traditions Lantern has been found.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We have to use decorum, sorry! Anybody else have announcements?

 

Shaina Robinson ‘17: We are at the end of elections nominations; September appointments round, so if you are interested in getting involved with SGA through an Appointed Position it’s a great way to do it. Positions up for re-appointment are: Bryn Mawr Concert Series Officers, Campus Greening Representative, Elections Board, Financial Services Advisory Board, Independent Major Representative, Outreach and Communications Committee, Plenary Committee, SGA Institutional Memory Committee, SGA Webmistress/Master/Mistex, Social Committee, S. TEAM, Student Finance Committee, Sustainable Food Committee, and Traditions Committee. All the info about the various positions and committees can be found on the Appointments Blog and you can also email me at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu. The application is opening tonight and will be open until next Sunday, the 18th.

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: Hello, Jocelyne Oliveros ’18. So budgets were due this past Friday and interviews are coming up but if you have not submitted anything just come talk to me.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Anyone else? The person from the Bi-Co News?

 

Kate Weiler ‘20: Hi guys, I’m Kate Weiler ’20. I’m here and I’m taking notes for an article for the Bi-Co News on the Hot Topic so if anyone has connections at Swarthmore or here or anywhere or wants to talk to me about your thoughts just come find me, thanks!

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Leave your email.

 

Kate: Oh, so it’s kcweiler@brynmawr.edu.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: I’m going to assume that’s the end of Announcements so we’ll go onto Your Two Cents. 

 

Your Two Cents:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Your Two Cents is a time when anyone from the Bryn Mawr community can come up and take a straw poll or gage interest in something. Does anyone have any Your Two Cents? Moving on.

 

Old Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when anyone, or anyone from the Representative Council, can present an old item they were working on. All right.

 

New Business:

 

Rhea: New Business is a time when anyone from the Representative Council can present something new that they’re working on. Does anyone have any items for New Business? Okay, so before we start the Hot Topic, Plenary is coming up in two weeks. We have one resolution so we’re going to present that one resolution and then we’ll get started with the Hot Topic. Do you want to pull it up on the screen? Just go ahead and start and we’ll pull it up.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: Genesis Perez Melara, class of 2019.

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: Mariana Garcia, class of 2019. We’re the Elections Heads.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: So we’re writing a resolution to deal with resignation and the form of voting, specifically that, so, the formal vote on that will take place next week because we just need the RepCo vote but for resignation we actually have to change something in the Constitution so that will be our resolution for Plenary. So we’re just going to begin reading the resolution. So:

 

This plenary resolution is updating the elections process to hold elected members accountable for their resignations and create a process to regulate resignations.

 

Whereas, Article VIII, Section I, Subsection E currently reads: “Any member desiring to resign from the SGA Assembly shall submit a written resignation no less than three weeks prior to official resignation to the Secretary of SGA who shall present it to the Assembly for action.”

 

Resolved, that Article VIII, Section I, Subsection E now reads to: Any resignation will take place at least four weeks prior to official resignation date through a written resignation. In the meantime, the office holder will need to retain their position until a replacement has been voted on. If the office holder cannot retain the position until a replacement is voted upon, only then, they must specify in their resignation letter who their temporary replacement is.

 

Resolved, that a new subsection be added under Article VIII, Section I that now reads as:  If a member of the assembly resigns at the discretion of the Elections Heads too late in the term to elect a new candidate, the Elections Head will analyze the importance of the position and the time the resignation happened. Thus, if the Elections Heads decide that it is too late in the term, the office holder must retain their position or find an appointee. If an office holder cannot retain their position until the end of the term, they must appoint a replacement as soon as possible. This replacement/appointee will be voted upon by the Representative Council (two-third votes) in the next SGA meeting.

 

Whereas, Article VIII, Section IV, Subsection C, currently reads: “With the exception of the Office of the President of SGA (see Article III, Section I, Subsection C), all vacancies shall be filled through the special election which shall take place no later than two weeks after the vacancies occurs, under the direction of the Elections Board.”

 

Resolved that Article VIII, Section IV, Subsection C, now reads: With the exception of the office of President of SGA, (see Article III, Section I, Subsection C), all vacancies shall be filled through the special election which shall take place no later after the official resignation letter(s) have been presented to the Elections Heads.

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: So does anyone have any questions or suggestions?

 

Nora Dell ’19: Um, is the—

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Name and class year, please.

 

Nora Dell ’19: Nora Dell, 2019. Is the appointment in accordance with the Appointments section in the Constitution?

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: No, that’s two separate things because the only—obviously there are the appointments that are related to the Vice President of SGA but these are only appointments because a person can not retain their position because it is either too late in the term or the person has personal reasons not to retain their position, and because we understand that the person who best knows the job is the person who’s holding the office, that person may know, or may know people around campus, that can do the job well and effectively while we don’t have time or voting because it’s either too late in the term.

 

Nora Dell ’19: So is it in accordance with the rest of the Constitution, or like agrees?

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: Yeah, and obviously with the other things that are in the Elections By-Laws, that because for the By-Laws you can’t do a Plenary Resolution, that’s something that we’ll do at the next SGA meetings. Thank you.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: Any suggestions?

 

Clair Romaine ’17: Maybe just one of the things in the original is that they give it to the Secretary of SGA… maybe include that?

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: But like with the Secretary, do you mean the resignation laws?

 

Clair Romaine ’17: Yeah, the resignation law and how it goes together.

 

Mariana Garcia ’19: Right, we’re going to include to make it more comprehensive But after the letter is submitted to the—first it’s submitted to the Secretary then it’s sent to us so after it reaches us then we’ll take action. Thank you!

 

Hot Topic: Swastikas at Swarthmore

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Alright, so thank you! Will everyone hosting the Hot Topic please come up now, and Joy can you come up with me real quick? So before we start this, Joy and I just wanted to apologize for last week and our communication error. We realize that a lot of students were hurt and I just want to express again I am very, very sorry and I am definitely taking steps to prevent this from happening again. So again, I am really, really sorry.

 

Joy Chan ’17: So it was a quick turnover and we wanted to be sensitive— Joy Chan, 2017— and we wanted to be sensitive to the fact that it was time sensitive but make it respectful because the matter of the topic was really important so that’s why we apologize for anyone who felt that they were disrespected last week. And I work out of the Pensby Office as the Religious and Spiritual Life Coordinator, as well as Interfaith Council Student Leader, so that is also another reason why I’m involved in this planning and in securing this.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: With that we will hand it over.

 

Rachel Silverman ’19: Rachel Silverman, class of 2019.

 

Yael Zeldin ’19: Yael Zeldin, class of 2019.

 

Rebecca Kaplan ’19: Rebecca Kaplan, class of 2019.

 

Miriam Himelstein ’19: Miriam Himelstein, class of 2019.

 

Yael Zeldin ’19: Hello again. So something I want to start off with: this is not a comfortable conversation. We all recognize that, and I recognize that not all of you might be aware of that or what happened at Swarthmore, and we’ll go into that but I just want to ask that when you break into groups or in general, to lean into that discomfort. While this may be a difficult conversation to have, it’s important that we have it. Just try to throw yourself into and try to understand and discuss and bring in your own ideas. Thanks.

 

So first we just want to go over what happened for those of you are unaware—

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Name and class year, please? Sorry… When you say something in a presentation, just please say your name and class year so I can put it down in the minutes accordingly.

 

Yael Zeldin ’19: Yael Zeldin, 2019.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Thank you!

 

Yael Zeldin ’19: So, okay, so the week before last, someone at Swarthmore—it is unclear if it was a student or someone else—put a swastika in the bathroom of the library at Swarthmore. Now, for those of you who are also unaware, that symbol means a lot of things. In history, during WWII and the Holocaust, that symbol was written on a lot of buildings of Jewish people (so their homes, their businesses). Mostly to mean that you don’t belong here—your contributions are not valued… go. This sign is also not limited to Jews. It was also put on the homes of LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, many People of Color. In general—I can speak for myself, no one else— for me this symbol means everything that Bryn Mawr isn’t. It’s anti-everyone. And so, me personally, I do, at least for me, have more of an emotional response to it because I am Jewish (you can guess from “Yael”). But, at least, how I see it, this symbol is against everything I believe Bryn Mawr stands for. I don’t— everyone who doesn’t fit into the “Aryan Box”, so not just anti-Jewish. If you belong on this campus, this symbol is “anti-you” and I don’t think this is what we stand for, and I understand that because this happened on Swarthmore’s campus we may not feel as directly connected, but this is part of the Tri-Co—we are the same community.

 

Rachel Silverman ‘19: So the swastika was used by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, which—if you didn’t know— was used to kill millions of people. About six million Jews were killed, which was one third of the Jewish population at the time and five million people who were not Jewish, so this is a very big thing, a very sad thing—the genocide of millions of people. But a lot of people think that this is just something in our history books that this is something that happened a hundred years ago— that anti-Semitism doesn’t happen anymore. But the sad thing is that anti-Semitism doesn’t happen anymore. It is still prevalent, and getting increasingly prevalent, and more and more common, and this isn’t just one isolated incident that happened. Every year the FBI reports that the majority of religious hate crimes are against Jewish people, and in recent years the number of hate crimes on college campuses, especially liberal arts campuses has been increasing and increasing. There are swastikas on Hillel buildings, many things that—just because major news outlets aren’t reporting on it (I think they should be reporting on it), it’s been happening all the time everywhere. This isn’t just one thing that happened at Swarthmore, this is our reality and I think I can speak on behalf of a lot of other Jewish students when I say that a lot of us have experienced anti-Semitism too.

 

When my brother was in high school, people chucked pennies at his head and said “pick them up, little Jewish boy.” It’s things that are micro-aggressions to things that are bigger than that. Anti-Semitism is real and it still happens, and this symbol that was in Swarthmore got very real and very personal to a lot of us. When I see a Swastika, like, I can’t breathe, I start to panic, I get emotional and it’s something that is very, very personal for me. The Holocaust isn’t just something that’s in my history book, it’s why my family came to America, it’s the reason why I don’t have very many distant relatives because they fled Poland and Russia and the rest of their family were killed or they had to flee. It isn’t just something that would have happened to me if I was there, this is my family. So, I think maybe a lot of people may not have realized the impact that this symbol at Swarthmore had on a lot of students because it was a very scary thing. I felt unsafe, I felt scared, I felt upset when it happened.

 

Okay, so we want to go into how the Bryn Mawr community responded when we found out about this incident at Swarthmore because many of us in the Jewish community at Bryn Mawr were disappointed by Bryn Mawr’s response, both on an administrative level and student body level in general. I actually was the first one who notified Administration. I went to the Pensby Center and helped write the email that was sent out to everyone, like the whole Bryn Mawr Administration was notified. But after that it kind of felt like everything was put on the Jewish community’s shoulders, that we were responsible for writing the email and hosting events about it and telling people about it and we got the impression from the Administration that this was the problem of Jewish students, or like Hillel (our Jewish club on campus). It was something that was very uncomfortable for a lot of us, especially because we were also dealing with something very emotional at that time—to have to process what happened but also “the ball’s in your court” so if you want to have events about it it’s on you, and then I personally, and many other Jewish student that I had spoken to felt very alone with the Bryn Mawr community the way that students responded because one thing that I love Bryn Mawr and that I chose to come here is that because of how involved our students are in social justice issues and how passionate we are and how we speak up when something is wrong and condemn acts of hatred and when this happened—the swastika is an act of hatred— most of the community was silent and that was deafening to me. I felt alone, I felt like no one cared. And I don’t want to say that Facebook statuses—that you need to make a status to care about something, but when something else happens around the world every Bryn Mawr student I know is quick to go and condemn and talk about it and I think I counted less than five people that aren’t Jewish that made a status about it. People weren’t talking about it, I mean I know some people were, but in general there weren’t a lot of people participating in that discussion and it felt that we only had the Jewish community to talk to and that we were just alone and by ourselves and this should have been an event that brought solidarity to our community. Like Yael was saying, this isn’t just something that affects Jewish students it’s also People of Color, it’s used as a sign of white supremacy now, neo-Nazi groups use it. It affects the LGBTQ+ community. It affects all of these people and we wanted the community to come together and many of us feel that that did not happen and that there was a lot of apathy and also that some things that people said to me about how they felt made it seem like oh this isn’t really a Bryn Mawr problem, it happened on Swarthmore’s campus. Like Yael said, Swarthmore’s campus may be twenty minutes away but its part of our community. We take classes there, Swarthmore students take classes here. The Tri-Co might be closer on paper than it is in actuality, but we are part of the same community. Also, anti-Semitism isn’t something that only happens from far-right people. More of these acts are happening on very liberal campuses and micro-aggressions do exist on Bryn Mawr’s campus. I’ve experienced it, my friends have experienced it in the last couple of weeks, and as we stand to action when we, like as people who are committed to other groups when there’s micro-aggressions, it should be the same thing when they are anti-Semitic. We should notice them, we should recognize them, we should speak out, and we should try to put an end to them. This is something that is affecting our students and that should be recognized and we’ll talk about this more in the small groups. But it feels like this wasn’t really taken seriously because people may not have felt like this was a big deal or the big effect that it had on people but it had a big effect on a lot of us here.

 

So we are now going to break into small groups—we are going to do a count-off into five groups.

 

The members of the Assembly participating in the conversation counted off into groups by five and dispersed throughout the room.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: All right, so now that we’re getting into our groups I’m just going to remind everyone of a few things. When we are in small groups, we don’t take minutes because it’s physically impossible, so this is kind of your freer “say all you things in this moment” kind of deal. Take what you bring into the small group, what you really gain from it, into the large group. Right now we’re allowing fifteen minutes for small group. That time can be extended and we’ll tell you when time is cutting short and we’ll vote on extending time. Again, we’re not in this to stay in small groups, it’s to learn from each other in a small group and bring it into the larger group, and I will turn this mic back over.

 

Rachel Silverman ’19: So you guys can talk about whatever you want because I know that was a very loaded introduction (sorry about that). But four questions that we have that you can talk about, or talk about other things, are:

  1. Why do you think that the BMC community was apathetic about this act?
  2. How do you think the BMC community should respond now, or should have responded?
  3. What do you think about Bryn Mawr’s attitude towards religion on campus in general?
  4. How does the current perception and reality of American Jews as white and privileged enter into our discussion of anti-Semitism and contribute to the erasure of Jews of Color?

 

Sorry, that was a long question. Do you need me to repeat them all again?

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Real quick, Jocelyne can you raise your hand? I just need her to, oh, never mind. Proceed!

 

Notes were not taken for the duration of the small-group discussions. Time was extended once by five minutes by a majority of the Representative Council. The interest for this extension was gaged by a straw poll of all those who were present and participating in the Hot Topic.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, so just so you all know the Hot Topic isn’t over, this is the larger group discussion. So I want to ask the presenters to come back up and stand next to me, and I want to take a moment to recognize the vulnerability and honesty they’ve shown us and I ask that you respect that they’ve done this. I met with them literally just a few hours before this and they pulled it together very well so I really want this to be fruitful and thank you for the amount of vulnerability and thought you’ve put into this. I’m going to turn this back over.

 

Rachel Silverman: Also, before I forget the Pensby Center is going to be hosting a discussion about what happened at Swarthmore and anti-Semitism—oh wait, Rachel Silverman, 2019—on Friday, September 23rd from I believe 12:30 to 2:00, I forget where it is.

 

Joy Chan ’17: The conversation will be Aelwyd on Cambrian Row. There will be a van from Pem Arch at noon so this is accessible, and there is also a free lunch there so please come.

 

Rachel Silverman ’19: Also, we don’t have it planned yet, but Hillel will be having a speaker to talk about anti-Semitism and have a discussion so we’ll keep you posted. Does anyone want to say anything for the larger about the discussion?

 

Eliot Mutschlecner ‘19: The power of symbols and in both the swastika and also on our campus with the Confederate Flag how we need to be conscious about how symbols have power and mean things, even if we consider them in a historical context and how they’re still present and continue that power and hatred. So recognizing that and how the Administration needs to recognize the power of symbols as well.

 

Rachel Silverman ’19: Anyone else?

 

Claire Gaposchkin ‘17: I just wanted to say that I very much appreciate this conversation being had in this public forum because it’s definitely something that I might not necessarily have known how to have started before on my own, having such a conversation. But I appreciate this conversation because it’s a little bit of a nudge that can be very helpful for people to realize, that it’s easy to forget it’s happening with so much going on, that it’s an important conversation to have and to put out of your own head and into the world.

 

Rachel Silverman ‘19: My group talked a lot about the Administration’s response, and we discussed that there should be more of a plan in place in case something like this happens so it isn’t really a last-minute scramble of what to do. That a lot of people did not know bout the event and that there shouldn’t have been such a burden on the Jewish community to run all of these events, that the Administration should have had some kind of a discussion right after it happened so that people could have talked about it sooner.

 

Nora Dell ‘19: I’m not sure if the Pensby Center Representative has been elected yet, but once they are elected that might be something they can bring up with Pensby once they are elected, slash, in the future.

 

Alison Robins ’17: Going back to Rachel’s point, I found it interesting as well. I was actually surprised by their response on campus. One of the things we discussed in our group was the response to the Hate Crime Policy, partially because it didn’t happen on campus, and while we have this relationship with the Tri-Co there isn’t a formal policy, but I find it interesting that more happened about this happened than acts of anti-Semitism that have happened on campus during my time. So I’m also, I find it interesting that when talking about Bryn Mawr’s attitudes that we were quicker to respond to something that didn’t happen on our campus.

 

Kristian Sumner ’17: One thing that I brought up in my group was how I had no idea what Swat was doing about this graffiti that happened on their own campus and I think that their, I mean I don’t know what’s happening on their campus, does anyone know?

 

Rachel Silverman ’19: They had a talk the next day about it, that’s all I know.

 

Kristian Sumner ’17: That doesn’t seem like enough! That’s not enough. But there’s a question about the apathy on campus (I don’t know what it was) but I think that Swat’s inability to acknowledge how big of a deal the graffiti was affected how the other schools dealt with it because I feel that there are probably still a lot of people who probably don’t know what happened at Swat and having to help people acknowledge that it is a thing and that it is a big thing, not an isolated interested, and it should not fall on one person. And I think that it’s our job, Bryn Mawr specifically (because I go to Bryn Mawr and not any other school), to start shifting the discourse around anti-Semitism and other –isms because there should be no space for that to thrive, or even exist.

Sophia Brown ‘19: I think just on the subject of response that it’s worth noting that in the wake of what happened, that I’ve experienced some anti-Semitic comments in he last week that weren’t directly related to the incident, but what sort of unsettled me about it was whether we’re actually making effective change in anti-Semitism on our campus.

 

Rhea: I can use my voice. I guess one thing that I was interested nobody brought up was the legacy of M. Carey Thomas. There have been numerous people quoted anti-Semitic things. Like I’ve never personally looked into it but I’ve heard of it but I’m surprised a as room we didn’t address this. Personally, I feel pretty bad about dropping the ball last week and seeing the kind of pain people dealt with because of the feeling that this campus didn’t care. That was my piece. Sorry, I did not mean to get as emotional.

 

Rachel Silverman ‘19: Anyone else?
Yael Zeldin ’19: So at least in my group, something that Claire said that, at least for me and I feel like a lot of Jewish people on campus or people who felt affected by what happened at Swarthmore, that I personally would appreciate those that don’t feel like this pertains to then or not really sure how to talk about it to try to push through that discomfort because it’s really uncomfortable that’s not really a secret and I think that with regards to this issue along with others, as a community we need to get better with pushing through the discomfort and just talk about because if we’re a community if we’re a that prides itself on being a safe space, and people still feel uncomfortable, then it ain’t that safe now is it? So I just really request, for myself, please just push past it and talk about it. I would feel safer, I would feel more at home and I think that a lot of people campus would as well. So when these kinds of things happen, just ask if they’re okay, ask if they want to talk about it. I think it’s really important.

 

Rachel Silverman ‘19: I didn’t really bring this up before because it would open a can of worms, but I think it needs to be said, and for some groups it may have been the elephant in the room, that a lot of times on campus that anti-Zionism can blend into anti-Semitism and they are very different things. Just because a person is Jewish does not mean anything about their political views, and I would encourage you to please watch the wording that people use when they talk about politics and make sure that it doesn’t go into an anti-Semitic space because I’ve seen it go that far on this campus and it’s important.

 

Joy Chan ‘17: I think one thing that, so one thing that we discussed in our group is how a lot of people reflect on things differently and so, if someone doesn’t make a Facebook post or whatnot it doesn’t mean they don’t care; it might also not be the right—there’s just so many factors in how people respond. But also, if you don’t if you don’t fee comfortable personally voicing things out, also just being, I think, proactive by finding spaces where you can feel you can feel comfortable voicing your opinion, like going to an event that you can talk as part of the conversation that’s going to happen, and just being at this Hot Topic— I really commend us all for these efforts. I know that it’s definitely had to see how far we’ve come but I mean, I’ve been this job for like three years and having student leader ho are able to pull this together and everything, I want everyone to know that this is a space of progress here and not to forget that.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So we’re almost out of time, I just wanted to check if there’s any kind of final comments.

 

Maya Berrol-Young ‘17: Sorry, I think this has been brought up—

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Name and class year, please.

 

Maya Berrol-Young ‘17: Oh, great, Maya Beryl-Young ’17. I think that this has been brought up but we’re in a room full of student leaders here and you can all have these conversations if you choose to. You’re a group that ‘s very respected on this campus, and so if you want to have these conversations you have the power to have them. You’ve already done it, so you should at least feel a little more comfortable doing that in the future.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: All right, so I think our time is going to go off soon. Once again, I want to thank the four of you for coming together. I want to thank everyone for making this as productive a space as it was. Just a reminder that these conversations don’t end here. Beyond being a student leader, everyone’s a part of SGA, so carry these on with you. Just one quick announcement I forgot to make at the beginning (this has nothing to do with the Hot Topic, you can all sit down, sorry), Swati and I met with Dean Walters to have a 9/11 event only to decide it was inappropriate, and we’d rather focus on the legacy of that will be happening in the next few weeks. So that’s it. You can motion to—

 

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Motion to end the meeting!

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Name and class year?

 

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

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Thank you!

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Anyone want to second? Who wants to be the official second?

 

Clair Romaine ‘17: Second!

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is a Representative Council Vote only. Your options are yes to end the meeting, no to end the meeting, and abstain. Hands for yes? No? Abstain? Thank you all, the meeting is over!

Meeting adjourned at 8:19 PM.

September 4, 2016 Minutes

Summary:

  • Role Call:
    • The meeting began at 7:10. A list of those present and absent can be found below. The meeting lasted approximately 17 minutes and was adjourned at 7:27 PM.
  • Announcements:
    • Fall Elections have begun! Positions up for election are up to six Members-at-Large, Haverford Representative(s), Representative(s) to the Faculty, Head(s) of the Committee on Public Safety, and 2020 Class President. Other positions up for election that are being carried over from the Spring Election are LILAC: Civic Engagement Representative, LILAC: Career and Public Development Representative, Senior Honor Board Representative, and Junior Honor Board Representative. You can nominate yourself or someone else by emailing elections@brynmawr.edu. Any questions can be directed to the Co-Heads of Elections (Genesis Perez-Melara and Mariana Garcia) at elections@brynmawr.edu.
    • The Honor Code and SGA Constitution have been hyperlinked to make it easier for readers to access the section they need. You can look at the new feature on the SGA website at sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu. The Representative Council page is also being updated to include position descriptions and contact information for current position holders.
    • The SGA Bulletin Board is being updated! If you are a member of the SGA Representative Council and have not yet sent in your picture for the board, please email it to Rachel Bruce at rbruce@brynmawr.edu.
  • Your Two Cents:
    • There were no Your Two Cents.
  • Welcome to SGA:
    • SGA President Rhea Manglani gave a brief overview of SGA meetings, including basic motions and information about meeting times and agendas.
    • The E-Board introduced themselves to those present. They are: Rhea Manglani ’17 (President), Shaina Robinson ’17 (Vice President), Rachel Bruce ’18 (Secretary), Jocelyne Oliveros ’18 (Treasurer), and Swati Shastry ’18 (Head of the Honor Board).
  • Hot Topic – Swastikas at Swarthmore:
    • This Hot Topic has been postponed to next week. Rhea Manglani ’17 and Joy Chan ’17 apologize for this. There was a miscommunication regarding the date on which the discussion would take place. The discussion is a very important one to have and will definitely take place at the next SGA meeting on Sunday, September 11th at 7:00 PM in the Campus Center.
    • In lieu of the Hot Topic, several newer members of the SGA Representative Council briefly introduced themselves. To those present. They are: Clair Romain ’17 (Rhoads North Dorm President, he/she/they), Emma Lasky ’18 (Radnor Co-Dorm President, she/her), Emma Levin ’17 (Radnor Co-Dorm President, she/her), Adriana Gay ’19 (Brecon Co-Dorm President, she/her), Nikki Westerdein’17 (New Dorm Co-Dorm President, he/him), Juhi Aggarwal ’18 (Denbigh Dorm President, she/her), Emily Drummond ’17 (Pem West Co-Dorm President, she/her), Madison Brown ’17 (Pem West Co-Dorm President, she/her), Farida Ilboudo ’18 (ECC Co-Dorm President, she/her), Claire Gaposchkin ’17 (Rhoads South Dorm President, she/her), Evelyn Aviles ’17 (Pem East Co-Dorm President, she/her), Celeste Ledesma ’17 (Rock Co-Dorm President, she/her),Jasmine Rangel ’17 (Pem East Co-Dorm President, she/her), Emma Porter ’17 (Merion, she/her), Sarah Awad ’17 (Rock Co-Dorm President, she/her), Katherine Nichols ’17 (Athletics Association Representative, she/her), Hannah Henderson-Charnow ’17 (2017 Co-President, she/her), Priyanka Dutta ’17 (2017 Co-President, she/her), Ananya Kumar ’18 (Curriculum Committee Head, she/her), Catherine Bunza ’18 (Co-Traditions Mistress, she/her), and Tyler Brown-Cross ‘17 (McBride Representative, she/her).
  • Old Business:
    • There was no Old Business.
  • New Business:
    • An SGA online digital archive is currently being organized by the SGA Archivist (Nora Dell ’19) and the Committee on Institutional Memory. All Bryn Mawr students will be able to access. Additionally, in finding out more information about SGA positions, especially those up for election, can email the SGA Archivist (Nora Dell) at ndell@brynmawr.edu for more on the history of the position.

 

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Role Call:

 

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

 

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

 

Present: Ananya Kumar, Tyler Brown-Cross, Bridget Murray, Kyra Sagal, Sam Heyrich, Catherine Bunza, Genesis Perez-Melara, Nora Dell, Priyanka Dutta, Hannah Henderson-Charnow, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikki Shakamuri, Adriana Gay, Juhi Aggarwal, Emma Porter, Farida Ilboudo, Nichol Westerduin, Evelyn Aviles, Jasmine Rangel, Madison Brown, Emily Drummond, Emma Lasky, Emma Levin, Clair Romaine, Claire Gaposchkin, Sarah Awad, Celeste Ledesma

 

Absent: Sohini Maniar, Mariana Garcia, Connie Lam, Veda Nambi, Jessica Breet, Makeda Wade, Phoebe Dopulos  

 

Announcements:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Our first agenda item is Announcements. Announcements are a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr Community can make an announcement. We’ve allotted ten minutes for this agenda item. Are there any announcements?

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: As elections head I want to let you guys know that elections have begun for the Fall Election Cycle. There are several positions you can apply for. They are up to six Members-at-Large, Haverford Representative, Representative to the Faculty, Head of Committee on Public Safety, and Frosh Class President. There are also positions that haven’t been filled in the last elections cycle that you can nominate or nominate yourself for. They are SAAC Representative—

 

Sam Heyrich ‘17: That’s already been taken care of. I am SAAC Representative but I can’t have two Representative Positions, so the vice president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee is going to take care of and that is Katherine Nichols. We already spoke to Rhea about it last semester.

 

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘17: Okay when you see the posters, just ignore that. The other positions are LILAC: Civic Engagement Representative, LILAC: Career and Public Development Representative, Senior Honor Board Representative, and Junior Honor Board Representative. You can send nominations to elections@brynmawr.edu. If you have any questions about these positions, like what duties do they hold, these hold please email me. I’ll be more than happy to talk to you about it.

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Does anyone have any questions for Genesis? I’m going to be very transparent right now. The person who was supposed to host the Hot Topic forgot to CC on an email asking to move it to next week. So for those of you who are here for the Hot Topic specifically and would kind of rather leave because that’s what you came for, you can go ahead and leave if you want. It will definitely be next week. I apologize for the miscommunication and I hope to see you all next week. Are there any other announcements?

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: I have two announcements. The first is that over the summer the SGA Constitution and Honor Code were hyperlinked to make it easier for readers to navigate to the section that they need to find in both documents. Now you just click on the section and it’ll take you to wherever you need to go (so now there’s no excuse not to read the Honor Code or the Constitution). Additionally, the Representative Council Page is currently being updated to include links to position descriptions and other information. I also have one more thing. If you’re a member of the Representative Council and haven’t submitted a picture of yourself for the SGA Bulletin Board or the website, please do so when you get the chance. You can send it to me email at rbruce@brynmawr.edu, and thank you to everyone who has already.

Your Two Cents:

 

Rhea: Next we have Your Two Cents. Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr Community can host a straw poll, bring up an issue, or even an idea for a Plenary Resolution. We’ve allowed ten minutes for this agenda item. Any “Your Two Cents”?

 

Welcome to SGA:

 

Rhea: I’m going to apologize; this will be the most I will ever speak at a meeting. This is just a time to give you a very basic introduction to SGA and different talking points, just the way meetings are conducted in general. I want to introduce myself. My name is Rhea Manglani ’17 (she/her). This is all I have to say about myself. I am your SGA President, and all of the rest of the E-Board can introduce themselves.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi guys, my name is Rachel Bruce ’18 (she/her) and I am the Secretary of SGA.

 

Swati Shastry ’18: Hi, I’m Swati (she/her), Head of the Honor Board.

 

Shaina Robinson ’17: Hi, Shaina Robinson ’17 (she/her) and I am the Vice President.

 

Jocelyne Oliveros ’18: Hi, I’m Jocelyne Oliveros (she/her) and I am the Treasurer.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Great! So SGA meetings are conducted every Sunday at this time unless there is a holiday or voted otherwise. Usually when it’s a holiday, like Valentine’s Day, we will vote to change it. If it’s a major holiday, like if we had a break from school, you are not expected to be at SGA that week. They will always be in the campus center; it might change if we vote to change the time because we might not have the space if it is not available. To be considered part of the SGA meeting you have to be down here. Balcony seats don’t count, they’re generally doing homework or listening in if they want. So SGA meetings kind of go in the same kind of order unless things come up. Ordinarily a meeting is Role Call, Announcements, Your Two Cents, Old Business, New Business, etc. Today we interrupted the introduction to welcome you to SGA (I’m not reading this word for word so don’t worry). If you keep coming to meetings you’ll begin to see the structure more and more and it’ll make sense. We practice decorum, usually when something’s going on during a meeting we don’t want people like snapping, clapping so we can give people a space to say something. You can respond after the fact with a direct response to what people have to say, but not interrupt them in the moment only after they’ve spoken. There’s something called motions, there are several of them. There’s motion to extend time, so if there’s an agenda item—something like Hot Topic. Let’s say I set it to be 20 minutes, but people feel that’s not enough they can motion to extend time, second, and we can vote on it. There’s Motion to Call to Question, which isn’t used as much, you can just raise your hand. This is very rarely used. Motion to Extend Time is something we more regularly ask you to use. Motion to Table Discussion—yes, Nora?

 

Nora Dell ’19: Motion to Call to Question is—

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Name and class year?

 

Nora Dell ’19: Sorry, Nora Dell ’19. Motion to Call to Question is not calling to a vote.

 

Rhea Manglani ’19: Just kidding, you’re right! Motion to call to a question is to call to move it immediately to a vote. There’s also motion to Table a Discussion. We kind of have these phrases as a formality. It’s just to kind of keep the basics. There’s Point of Order, which is to protest a rule, I’ve never seen anyone use that in my time here. The other is to motion to adjourn, someone motions, seconds, we vote, and the meeting’s over. Point of information is like when someone says something incorrect you can say “Point of Information” or like, “yo, I worked on this and that doesn’t sound right.” Almost everyone who has to come on Sunday night is elected part of the Representative Council. Some are appointed. There’s appointed positions for those of you who want to be involved but don’t want to sacrifice your Sunday night. You can talk to Shaina more about that. If you aren’t part of Rep Council you can have power even if you don’t have voting power, you are free to say what you want; SGA is not meant to put a hierarchy, that’s not what we’re about. It’s meant to give responsibility to members of our community. Anyway, those are the main points.

 

Hot Topic – Swastikas at Swarthmore:

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: We’re going to change this to letting the DP’s introduce themselves instead since they’re newly elected. Stand up if you’re a Dorm President so we know. You’re also very visible to the dorm you live in. Just say your name, class year, and PGP’s. Let’s start this way and make our way down.

 

Clair Romain ’17: Rhoads North, he/she/they.

Emma Lasky ’18: Radnor, she/her.

Emma Levin ’17: Radnor, she/her.

Adriana Gay ’19: Brecon, she/her.

Nikki Westerdein’17: New Dorm, he/him.

Juhi Aggarwal ’18: Denbigh, she/her.

Emily Drummond ’17: Pem West, she/her.

Madison Brown ’17: Pem West, she/her.

Farida Ilboudo ’18: ECC, she/her.

Claire Gaposchkin ’17: Rhoads South, she/her.

Evelyn Aviles ’17: Pem East, she/her.

Celeste Ledesma ’17: Rock, she/her.

Jasmine Rangel ’17: Pem East, I prefer she/her pronouns.

Emma Porter ’17: Merion, I use she/her pronouns.

Sarah Awad ’17: Rock, she/her.

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay, thank you, is there anyone else who is new to RepCo that hasn’t had a chance to introduce themselves? Anyone else (looking at you)? Okay, just go around and do the same.

 

Katherine Nichols ’17: Katherine Nichols, she/her. I’m the SAAC Representative.

 

Hannah Henderson-Charnow ’17: Hi, I’m Hannah Henderson-Charnow and I am Senior Class President.

 

Priyanka Dutta ’17: Hi, I’m Priyanka Dutta, class of 2017, and I am also Class President.

 

Ananya Kumar: Ananya Kumar, class of 2018, she/her pronouns, and I am Curriculum Committee Head.

 

Catherine Bunza ’18: Hi, I’m Catherine Bunza, class of 2018, I prefer she/her pronouns, and I am one of the Traditions Mistresses. I also wanted to note at this time that my Traditions Lantern was stolen so if anyone sees it please let me know.

 

Tyler Brown-Cross ’17: I’m Tyler Brown-Cross and I am the McBride Representative.

 

Old Business:

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can bring up something from last semester about their position. Is there any Old Business?

 

New Business:

 

Rhea: New Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can bring up a new item related to their position that they wish to discuss. Is there any New Business?

 

Nora Dell ’19: Hi everyone, I’m the SGA Archivist.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Name and class year?

 

Nora Dell ’19: Nora Dell ‘19, sorry. For those of you who are in new positions, I am compiling an archive where you’ll be able to access information related to SGA. But in lieu of that, I want to offer myself as a resource to talk about the information that is available on the Internet about positions and SGA instead of having to go through and find it yourself (instead I can send it to you). Feel free to email me at ndell@brynmawr.edu. Thank you!

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Does anyone else have any New Business items? Sorry, before anyone wants to adjourn the meeting, I want to apologize. Usually I like to use SGA as a place to discuss more substantive discussions. What was originally planned was a discussion– before what happened, the hate crime, at Swat—to talk about ways to improve SGA, but again that wasn’t emailed to all of you and made at your disposal I didn’t want to use your time in that way. So again I just wanted to apologize. Next week there will be the Hot Topic that Joy promised. Once again, I apologize. Is there a motion to adjourn the meeting?

 

Bridget Murray ‘17: Motion.

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Name and class year?

 

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

 

Rachel Bruce ’18: Thank you!

 

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

 

Sam Heyrich ’17: Second!

 

Rhea Manglani ‘17: This is a Representative Vote only. Your options are yes, I want to adjourn the meeting; no, I don’t want to adjourn the meeting; and abstain. Raise your hands if yes (if you’re in a co-held position only one of you can vote at a time, just want to make sure you all know what you want), no, abstain? Okay, meeting’s over.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 PM.

April 3, 2016 Minutes

SGA Minutes – April 3, 2016

Summary:

    • Role Call:
      • Meeting commenced at 7:10 PM. List of those present and absent can be found below.
    • Announcements:
      • Applications for the April Appointments Round will be open from
      • Monday, April 4th at 9:00 AM to Monday, April 18th at 11:59 PM. Positions up for reappointment are: BMCS co-Heads, BMCS Officers, Board of Trustees Reps, Campus Greening Rep, Conflict Resolution Committee, Curriculum Committee, Film Series Committee, Film Series Heads, Green Ambassadors Head, Health Center Advisory Board, Independent Major Reps, SGA Institutional Memory Committee, Webmistress/Master/Mistex, Seven Sisters Representatives, S. TEAM, Student Finance Committee, and Sustainable Food Committee. If you have any questions, email Shaina [Robinson] at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu or at appointments@brynmawr.edu.
      • Nominations for April Elections are taking place this week! The nominations period will run from Sunday, April 3rd at 9:00 PM to Monday, April 11th at 9:00 AM. Positions up for election are: Residence Council Head(s) (May be co-held by two people), Social Committee Head, Curriculum Head, Traditions Mistress(es) (May be co-held by two people), 2017 Class President (May be co-held by two people), 2018 Class President (May be co-held by two people), 2019 Class President (May be co-held by two people), Civic Engagement Representative , 2017 Songsmistress, 2018 Songsmistress, 2019 Songsmistress, 2017 Honor Board Representative (3 positions available), 2018 Honor Board Representative (1 positions available), 2019 Honor Board Representative (2 positions available), and Career and Professional Development Representative. If you would like to nominate someone, please email your choice to elections@brynmawr.edu. If you know someone who you think would be good for a position, nominate them (you can also nominate yourself)! If you have any questions, please contact the Elections Heads at elections@brynmawr.edu.
      • This week (Monday, April 4th until Friday, April 8th is Division III Week! Come support your fellow Mawrters who are student athletes. There will be fun activities throughout the week, all centered around theme of what it means to be a student athlete at Bryn Mawr. If you have any questions please contact Emily Gifford-Smith at egifordsm@brynmawr.edu.
      • There were three new members of the Representative Council Elected in the last elections cycle. They are Nora Dell ’19 (SGA Archivist), Kat Phifer (Member-at-Large), and Shiwei Zhu (Member-at-Large). Dell and Phifer, who were present at the meeting, introduced themselves to the community.
    • Your Two Cents:
      • There was some confusion regarding the implementation of the “Thanks, SGA” campaign launched earlier this semester by the Members-at-Large. Some community members raised concerns of potentially taking pictures of students pretending to be asleep in Canaday to raise awareness of SGA’s involvement in student initiatives like 24-Hour Canaday. These points were duly noted and will be discussed more in depth in the future.
    • Big Cheese Forum Topic Discussion:
      • Students present at the meeting broke up into four groups to ask administrators. Each group was assigned to discuss two administrators with similar duties.
      • Questions included the new email system, Dean Balthazar’s reflection of her time as Interim Dean of the College, accommodations being made for Trans Women entering the College this Fall, diversity initiatives in admissions and throughout the College, facilities issues in dorms, and student wages.
      • Suggestions were made to create a question and answer section at the beginning of the Forum to streamline commonly asked questions and create more organic conversation in the small group sections. This initiative was approved during a Straw Poll administered by President Rhea Manglani ’17.
      • Group Facilitators and Note Taker sign ups took place. If you are also interested in participating in Big Cheese Forum in either of these roles, please contact the E-Board at sga@brynmawr.edu.
    • Old Business:
      • There was no Old Business.
    • New Business:
      • Nolan Julien ’18, COPS Head, is interested in hearing student reaction to this year’s East vs. West event. If you are interested in sharing your opinions and experiences, please contact Nolan at njulien@brynmawr.edu.

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Role Call:

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

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

  • Present: Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Alexis Wiltshire, Coco Wang, Chanel Williams, Emily Gifford-Smith, Nikitha Shankar-Shakamuri, Tyler Brown-Cross, Mara Dominguez, Maria Minaya, Miranda Smith, Eve Cantler, Melanie Bahti, Kyra Sagal, Jess Shill, Lindsey Foster, Alice Bell, Erin Saladin, Nora Dell, Khadijah Seay, Danielle Cadet, Dijia Chen, Ann Tran, Diamond Ray, Sam Heyrich, Sarah Andrew, Veda Nambi, Bridget Murray, Kat Phifer, Sneha Soni, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Celeste Ledesma, Jasmine Rangel, Nolan Julien, Rachel Ofili, Mariana Garcia
  • Absent: Olivia Hollinger, Connie Lam, Oona Ryle, Shiwei Zhu, Hannah Chinn, Radhika Singh, Tosin Ajiboye, Ana Llamas, Modupe Olufemi, Casiana Omick, Stephanie Montalvan, Emily Siegel, Genesis Perez-Melara

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?

Erin Saladin ‘16: I’m just speaking as the undergraduate representative to the information Stewardship Council. You all received an email earlier this week from Gina Siesing regarding the data handling policy. There’s going to be a second open forum this week for anyone who has questions about that this coming Tuesday, April 5th from 4:00 to 5:00 in Campus Center 200. That policy is about how we handle personal information with things like Social Security numbers or credit card number – anything that the administration could have relating to identity. There’s been a policy drafted on how to deal with all of this. So, if you have questions about that it’s a good meeting to attend.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Anyone else?

Nanda Bhushan ‘19: April Appointments will open tomorrow at 9:00 AM and close April 18th at 11:59 PM. Positions up for reappointment are BMCS co-Heads, BMCS Officers, Board of Trustees Reps, Campus Greening Rep, Conflict Resolution Committee, Curriculum Committee, Film Series Committee, Film Series Heads, Green Ambassadors Head, Health Center Advisory Board, Independent Major Reps, SGA Institutional Memory Committee, Webmistress/Master/Mistex, Seven Sisters Representatives, S. TEAM, Student Finance Committee, and Sustainable Food Committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shaina [Robinson] at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu or appointments@brynmawr.edu.

Mariana Garcia ‘19: April Elections are starting tonight— Nominations Period starts tonight. There are a lot of positions up, so be sure to tell your friends about positions if you think it would be good for them. Nominations start at 9:00 tonight so keep that in mind. Any nominations will be emailed to elections@brynmawr.edu. I’m going to read really quickly the positions that are up: ResCo Head, SoCo Head, Curriculum Head, Traditions Mistresses, 2019 Class Presidents, 2018 Class Presidents, 2017 Class Presidents, Civic Engagement Representative, 2019 Songsmistress, 2018 Songsmistress, 2017 Songsmistress, 2019 Honor Board Representatives, 2018 Honor Board Representatives, 2017 Honor Board Representatives (keep in mind 2017 has three positions available, 2018 has one available position, and 2019 has two available positions). We’re thinking of changing the way of how we vote using Doodle to make it more fun and easier to vote so you don’t have to go on Moodle. We’re having two rounds of Candidates Forums just because there are a lot of elections happening. Thank you!

Nora Dell ‘19: What is the date of the first Candidates Forum? Mariana Garcia ‘19: The first is April 20th, the second is April 22nd.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: When will the assignments for different candidates forums be released, like which people are going on which days?

Mariana Garcia ‘19: We will email you to see who is available which days. We’re going to send a Doodle to select which times or days are available for everyone. If you want to be a candidate, you have to go to Candidates Forum. You need to be there to answer the questions. After we figure out who is available when we will send the announcement [with the dates]. Are there any more questions? You can email elections@brynmawr.edu, me at mlgarcia@brynmawr.edu, or Gen at geperezmela@brynmawr.edu.

Emily Gifford-Smith ‘16: Hi everyone, Emily Gifford-Smith, Student Athletics Association Representative. I just wanted to let you guys know that this week is the start of Division Three week, which is a time when we celebrate and raise awareness about what it means to be a student athlete and why we chose to play at a Division Three school. This is a great week; we have a lot of fun events going on so look for us. There should be, in your dorm, a calendar of We are going to have a really fun thing on Friday, like a de-stresser on the green outside the Campus Center. We really want participation throughout the week from students and faculty, who aren’t here right now, so please come out.

Rhea Manglani: Any more questions? We want to invite anyone who got through this Elections Cycle to come up.

Nora Dell ‘19: Hello everybody, my name is Nora, as you probably know, Class of 2019, and I am the new SGA Archivist. I look forward to a great next year and I look forward to working…together.

Kat Phifer ‘19: Hi, I’m Kat Phifer, Class of 2019 (they/them or she/her pronouns) and I’m one of the new MAL’s for the rest of the semester.

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ’17: With that we’ll move on to Your Two Cents. Your Two Cents is a time when anyone from the Bryn Mawr Community can pose a new topic for discussion or host a Straw Poll. We have ten minutes for this agenda item.

Erin Saladin ‘16: This is actually related to the minutes from the March 20th meeting. I wasn’t at that particular meeting, but there was a point brought up about an initiative to make SGA more accessible. I think it was the “Thanks, SGA” campaign. There was an issue with taking pictures of sleeping students in Canaday. There was an issue in terms of safety and security because Canaday is a public space.

Nora Dell ‘19: I was supposed to be that someone would pretend to be asleep. The picture would be of one of us.

Erin Saladin’16: Okay, great. We were also worried about people displaying Canaday as a sleeping space.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: I have a thought as a Canaday student worker who works weird hours during 24-Hour Canaday. I think it can be really frustrating to have Canaday as another world where you can do weird things. That kind of worries us. Just think about what that means towards your peers and that we have to deal with that, like people sleeping. So I think that I would echo wanting to think about what kind of expectation we are setting by advertising that.

Erin Saladin ‘16: Who is in charge of the campaign?

Rachel: The roles are being redistributed right now [as per the recent election of two Members-at-Large], however I believe Hannah was in charge.

Erin Saladin ’16: Thank you!

Big Cheese Forum Topic Discussion:

Rhea Manglani ’17: I’m going to count off in groups of four and we’re each going to take two administrators. If you had an administrator in mind but you’re not in their group you can still add to that [questions]. Group one will be KCass and Kari, Group Two will be Dean Balthazar and Provost Osirim, Group Three will be Pelema and Stephanie Nixon, and Group Four will be Glenn Smith and Gina Siesing. Let’s count off by four… Group One can meet here, Group Two here, Group Three there, and Group Four there… Will talk for about ten minutes then pull into the larger group… You can choose if you want to sit with your group or not.

Rachel Bruce ‘18: Name and class year, please.

Chanel Williams ‘16: Sorry, Chanel Williams ’16. So one had the CFO of the college who is Kari Fazio and President Cassidy. So questions we had for Kari Fazio were like how is the campus shuttle going to be financed (there was a Plenary Resolution about it). Also, what happens to money saved through the employment of […]. There was a section where we talked about student workers in the dining hall and how much money they save the college. We were wondering what happened to that money. Questions about just financing the college in general and what happens to the excess funds that the college makes. And then questions for President Cassidy: questions about renovating Park and Rockefeller Dorm and what that’s going to look like, Health Center renovations, how is the Health Center adapting to an increase of the student body on campus, questions about the progress of President Cassidy’s Monthly Diversity Talks.

Nkechi Ampah ‘17: We talked at Dean Balthazar and Provost Osirim coming. There were a lot of questions about hiring faculty, obviously. Firstly about hiring processes, like does the person who is there to [interview them consider] how diverse is this candidate. Like how are they being trained is the first question. We also want to hear about organizing 360’s available or accessible to people who have different majors (they’re a very humanities-based program). Yeah, so we want to hear about the new dean, we want to hear a wrap-up reflection on Dean Balthazar’s time as Interim Dean of the College. We want to hear about students taking time off, like why and how many people are doing that. Is there an increase, decrease? Public safety, we wanted to have a conversation about that with Public Safety issues on campus and also about the Party Policy. We were having a conversation about Dean Balthazar and Provost Osirim coming to the academic freedom talk recently. I think we want to use that as a larger conversation about student protesting. Research– professors are expected to publish while they’re here. We are wondering how much of that are they required to do, is that putting a strain on them being able to do other things for the community. And also, we were thinking about a diversity and inclusion-related question on the review when you rate your professor.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: So my group was talking about Pelema and Stephanie Nixon’s appearance at Big Cheese Forum. One of the things we wanted to talk about was need-blind admission and why we’re not need-blind but need-conscious? Need sensitive sorry. We also want to talk about the McBride Program and why their enrollment has been decreasing, as well as how and why, or rather how and what accommodations are we making for the future incoming Bryn Mawr classes because we know that they’re getting bigger, which is great because there are more acceptances and we’re welcoming to more students but we want to know logistically how that’s going to work like with financial aid and also life on campus with dorms, dining halls, etc. We also want to find out what accommodations are being made with the new acceptance policy of accepting of trans women, as well as how that is going to play into roommate selection next year and in years to come. And finally with admissions we want to talk about the external athletics and how student athlete admissions are going to be changed in the future. And with Stephanie Nixon we want to talk about diversity in admissions and on campus in general, as well as the Title IX changes with the change in admissions policy, as well as Pensby Center accessibility and what Pensby wants to do in the future. We want to talk about whether students are using the Pensby Center and what we can do to increase and change those numbers.

Nolan Julien ‘18: I was in Group Four. One of the first people we talked about was Glenn Smith in asking questions about the long and short-term changes for renovations of the Health Center (in what ways will changing the building affect student experiences). What is happening with Park and Rock over the summer? Why didn’t Rock get a new water fountain when the other dorms did? The Post Office moving downstairs, is that happening, for space issues? The Writing Center is cold in the winter, people would like to have that fixed. When is the door coming back to Rhoads, why does the dumbwaiter not work after 2:00 PM in Denbigh, plans for the Campus Shuttle, Mount Bryn Mawr in front of TGH (that’s what I call it), stakes on top of Thomas. For Gina Siesing (want to pronounce that right), the logistics of switching emails, do students have to download anything, and; as a graduating student the impact of erasing emails after you graduate.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Do you have any comments?

Erin Saladin ‘16: I had a suggestion for something to as Gina. She’s been really advocating for student involvement in what libraries do. I think it would be great to have her speak as to what she’s doing to increase student input.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just a reminder to use name and class year, sorry for Rachel. Khadijah Seay ‘16: Can Stephanie be asked for figure on Bias Response Team. Rhea Manglani ‘17: Anybody else?
Nkechi Ampah ‘16: With Pelema can we talk about restricting of Financial Aid?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Pelema you can definitely ask all the Financial Aid questions because when Ethel emailed me basically was like he knows the Financial Aid process really well so you can ask him questions about that. I should have said that earlier, sorry.

Emily Gifford-Smith ‘16: I have a logistical question, when do we sign up for moderators?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re going to do that after this discussion. Anything else?

Miranda Smith ‘16: Is there a way we can leave this open so we can keep making suggestions?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So basically this is to give the Cheeses mind to what to talk about, like how to start the conversation. It’s going to be two fifteen-minute rounds. So maybe the first few minutes, if people are shy about starting it, it can start from what we can gather and go forth from there. If we don’t do anything about this then it’s fine. It’s not a warning, but kind of something for them to think about. Like Dean Balthazar’s questions are about her time here so she’ll have time to collect and think about how she might want to talk about. But if someone comes in and wants to talk about X and that’s what the group ends up talking about then that’s fine.

Miranda Smith ‘16: Quick follow up. I know that when we’ve done it this way in the past that people come in with talking points and the conversation have tended to stick pretty strictly to those talking points points. So I’m wondering if we can structure in any sort of time for any open more organic conversation so that when students do come that they feel more comfortable approaching issues that are part of those talking points.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Does anyone have any questions? Just to reiterate what Miranda said, there have been moments where we’ve done small groups. Sometimes students don’t speak up or the administrator is very keyed in on points they’ve been asked, so we’re trying to find a balance of that.

Erin Saladin ‘16: I know last Big Cheese Forum we started with groups I think and brought it back. I’m’ wondering if maybe we if we started with short large group and talked about those questions and then split up and went into the smaller groups and ask their own questions. I don’t know if that would help

Melanie Bahti ‘16: Just going off of that, I know that in the past lie my EBoard that there were short, fact-based, yes or no answers like for Park renovations, like will park be renovated not. Not necessarily that, but straight yes or no answers. We used to do it that we would have questions emailed to the E-Board so people could participate more.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: That helps because KCass said she did not like the large group structure. She told me she would not like those because sometimes people ask personal questions, which are not better for the entire group to learn. The suggestion is to use these questions as starters and then break into small groups. Straw poll, raise your hands if yes, no, abstain?

Straw poll passed.

Chanel Williams ‘16: In that format, would students be able to ask questions of the faculty and the administration or no?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I think that we would use those questions to start it. We would have to pick a very few, basic questions because we would have to go fast. The small group is what has been more effective in these meetings.

Erin Saladin ‘16: Maybe it could be just them presenting information [at the beginning] based on questions we gave them and then Q and A could happen in smaller groups and still have that background of information?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Thank you, that really helps! We’ll stick to that format. We will email them out this, come with quicker responses then we will dissipate into smaller groups. Okay, now let’s move on to Facilitators and Note Takers. So every group needs a Facilitator and every group needs a Note Taker. So basically a Note Taker is doing Rachel’s job, they’re taking minutes, and the Facilitator just kind of keeps the conversation steady and productive. So just going down the list who wants to be a facilitator for…

President Cassidy: Alexis Wiltshire (Facilitator), Nora Dell (Note Taker) Kari Fazio: Bridget Murray (Facilitator), Veda Nambi (Note Taker)
Provost Osirim: Nkechi Ampah (Facilitator), Melanie Bahti (Note Taker) Dean Balthazar: Khadijah Seay (Facilitator), Dani Cadet (Note Taker) Pelema Morrice: Diamond Ray (Facilitator), Lillian Oyen-Ustad (Note Taker) Stephanie Nixon: Coco Wang (Facilitator), Nanda Bhushan (Note Taker) Gina Siesing: Erin Saladin (Facilitator), Emily Gifford-Smith (Note Taker) Glenn Smith: Chanel Williams (Facilitator), Kat Phifer (Note Taker)

Nora Dell ‘19: Can you speak more on what kind of format you want the minutes to look like with the transcript and that’s kind of difficult if you do not type fast

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I was going to leave it up to the discretion– oh wait Melanie do you need something?

Melanie Bahti ‘16: I have taken notes for the last two Big Cheese Forums and I agree it’s really hard to have a word-for-word transcript if you’re not that fast. Do your best but make sure you’re getting the main point for content. If it’s not the same phrasing that the person would use it’s okay, so long as you get the content right.

Nora Dell ‘19: But keep it close to transcript.
Melanie Bahti ‘16: Yes, but keep it as close to who was speaking.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Just to reiterate for people taking notes, it’s best to keep word for word but get the main content. It can be a little intimidating, a little loud, a lot of people talking. Bring in a recording device, which we mentioned earlier. It doesn’t normally work but– did we do this last year?

Rachel Bruce ‘18: I use an app called Audacity, which you can download. You can also use the recording device on your phone if your phone has one.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We will hope for the best. Is there anything else before we move on?

Old Business:

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

New Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Moving onto New Business! New Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can make an announcement or pose a question for discussion. The discussion must pertain to the Representative Council Member’s position. We have ten minutes for this item.

Nolan Julien ‘18: As COPS Head Position, I would like to get a feel of how East [vs.] West went for people. I don’t want to be invasive, but if you had extremely positive, negative, anything experiences please email me at njulien@brynmawr.edu. I would really appreciate it so I can take that information and process and do things with it.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Is there any more New Business? Motion to end the meeting?

Emily Gifford-Smith ‘16: Motion.

Alexis Wiltshire ‘17: Second.

Rhea Manglani ’17: All in favor? Raise your hand if yes, raise your hand if no, raise your hand to abstain. Yes? No? Abstain?

Motion passed, meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

April 10, 2016 Minutes

SGA – April 10, 2016

Summary:

      • Role Call:
        • Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM.
        • Present: Maria Minaya, Chanel Williams, Sarah Andrew, Bridget Murray, Ana Llamas, Eve Cantler, Melanie Bahti, Olivia Hollinger, Jess Shill, Erin Saladin, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikitha S. Shakamuri, Charlette Williams, Emily Gifford-Smith, Sam Heyrich, Shiwei Zhu, Nora Dell, Veda Nambi, Oona Ryle, Genesis Perez-Melara, Dijia Chen, Hannah Chinn, Tyler Brown Cross, Modupe Olufemi, Celeste Ledesma, Alice Bell, Diamond Ray, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Khadijah Seay, Dani Cadet, Rina Patel, Coco Wang, Connie Lam, Ann Tran, Kat Phifer, Kyra Sagal, Lindsey Foster, Stephanie Montalvan, Alexis Wiltshire
        • Absent: Nolan Julien, Miranda Smith, Sneha Soni, Radhika Singh, Tosin Ajiboye, Rachel Ofili, Casi Omick, Emily Spiegel, Mariana Garcia
      • Announcements:
        • The Owl Investment group is looking to donate $300 to a club on campus. For more information please contact Linh Nyugen ’18.
        • Nominations end Monday, April 11th but may be extended if
          necessary. The two candidates forums will take place April 21st and April 22nd at 7:00 PM in Dalton 300. The official elections poster has the list of positions going at each time. Additionally, if you would like to take minutes for Elections at the forum please contact elections@brynmawr.edu.
        • April Appointments are going on now! The application is available at appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu. Positions up for reappointment are BMCS Co-Heads (1-2 spots), BMCS Officers (4 spots), Board of Trustees Reps (2 spots), Campus Greening Rep (1-2 spots), Conflict Resolution Committee (5 spots), Curriculum Committee (3 spots), Film Series Committee (4 spots), Film Series Heads (1-2 spots), Green Ambassadors Head (1-2 spots), Health Center Advisory Board (1-4 spots), Independent Major Representative (1 spot), Seven Sisters Representatives (2 one-year spots), SGA Institutional Memory Committee (6 spots), SGA Webmistress/Master/Mistex (1-2 spots), S.TEAM (11-22 spots), Student Finance Committee (6 spots), Sustainable Food Committee (1-5 spots). If you have any questions please contact Shaina Robison at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu.
      • Your Two Cents:
        • The Bryn Mawr United Nations Association is hosting a clothing andbedding drive for the recently resettled refugees in Philadelphia. If you are interested in donating please contact Rina Patel ’18 at rppatel@brynmawr.edu.
      • Plenary Resolution Updates:
        • Plenary Resolution Writers presented progress made on their resolutions since their passing at Spring Plenary in February.
        • Sam Heyrich presented on the resolution to restructure and rename the Alcohol Concerns Review Board to BSLOW. The board now consists of student representatives, the Interim Dean of the College, the head of Student Activities, and the head of the Counseling Center (the current holder, Reggie Jones, will only hold this position temporarily as they are currently hiring a new counselor).
        • Nora Dell presented on the resolution on institutional memory. The SGA Archivist has been elected and the committee is currently being appointed. Two positions in addition to the four student members needed are Affinity Group Coordinator and Web Coordinator. The SGA Archivist has also been working with Special Collections.
        • Rachel Bruce presented on the resolution to reinstate the campus shuttle. She met with Kari Fazio, Emily Espenshade, and Jerry Berenson to discuss its implementation at the beginning of the month. Because the budget had already passed by the time the resolution was presented, the shuttle will not be in effect for Fall 2016. However, conversations are going to continue to have the shuttle go into place in the Spring or Fall of 2017.
        • Swati Shastry presented on the Honor Board’s three resolutions: reaffirmation of the Honor Code, waiving of minutes taken at hearings, and degree reporting Honor Board infractions to other higher institutions of learning. The Head of the Honor Board has been in contact with Dean Balthazar in implementing these resolutions, however the reporting of infractions has been met with difficulty because of certain legal procedures the College must go through in reporting disciplinary infractions.
      • Big Cheese Forum:
        • President Rhea Manglani presented BCF questions drafted at least week’s meeting to Emily Espenshade, President Cassidy’s Chief of Staff, but was asked to rephrase and redistribute the question to other administrators who could speak better to them. The Assembly collaborated on rephrasing questions for President Cassidy, Pelema Morrice, and Stephanie Nixon, while questions regarding facilities originally directed towards President Cassidy were given to Glenn Smith.
        • Several students proposed questions about President Cassidy’s Monthly Diversity Talks, their progress, and how to better advertise them.
      • Old Business:
        • There was no Old Business.
      • New Business:
        • There was no New Business.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:41 PM

Role Call:

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

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

  • Present: Maria Minaya, Chanel Williams, Sarah Andrew, Bridget Murray, Ana Llamas, Eve Cantler, Melanie Bahti, Olivia Hollinger, Jess Shill, Erin Saladin, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Nikitha S. Shakamuri, Charlette Williams, Emily Gifford- Smith, Sam Heyrich, Shiwei Zhu, Nora Dell, Veda Nambi, Oona Ryle, Genesis Perez-Melara, Dijia Chen, Hannah Chinn, Tyler Brown Cross, Modupe Olufemi, Celeste Ledesma, Alice Bell, Diamond Ray, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Khadijah Seay, Dani Cadet, Rina Patel, Coco Wang, Connie Lam, Ann Tran, Kat Phifer, Kyra Sagal, Lindsey Foster, Stephanie Montalvan
  • Absent: Nolan Julien, Miranda Smith, Sneha Soni, Alexis Wiltshire, Radhika Singh, Tosin Ajiboye, Rachel Ofili, Casi Omick, Emily Spiegel, Mariana Garcia

Announcements:
Rhea Manglani ‘17: Announcements is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr can make an announcement. We have ten minutes for this agenda item.

Linh Nyugen ‘18: Hi everyone, my name is Lin and I am the treasurer of the Owl Investment Group. Every year the Owl Investment group gives out $300 dollars to a club on campus. We have sent out an email to the presidents about this to see if you want to fill out an application.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: I just wanted to let you guys know that nominations end tomorrow but if need be we will extend it. I have the outline for when everything is happening. The two candidates forums will happen April 19th and April 20th at 7:00 PM in Dalton 300. If you see the poster you can see which times positions are going. Thank you! Oh and also, if you guys want to volunteer to take minutes please let us know. I know that sucks, but if you’re good at typing and fast at typing please volunteer.

Shaina Robinson ‘17: April Appointments is officially open. Tf you’re interested make sure to apply for an appointed position. Positions available for appointment are Applications will be up tomorrow, April 4th, at 9:00 am and will close Monday, April 18th, at 11:59 pm. Make sure to sign up for an interview when you send your application! Positions up for reappointment are: BMCS Co-Heads (1-2 spots), BMCS Officers (4 spots), Board of Trustees Reps (2 spots), Campus Greening Rep (1-2 spots), Conflict Resolution Committee (5 spots), Curriculum Committee (3 spots),

Film Series Committee (4 spots), Film Series Heads (1-2 spots), Green Ambassadors Head (1-2 spots), Health Center Advisory Board (1-4 spots), Independent Major Representative (1 spot), Seven Sisters Representatives (2 one-year spots), SGA Institutional Memory Committee (6 spots), SGA Webmistress/Master/Mistex (1-2 spots), S.TEAM (11-22 spots), Student Finance Committee (6 spots), Sustainable Food Committee (1-5 spots). You can find Facebook events for April Appointments on Facebook starting tomorrow. Join and share with your friends! If you have any questions please email me at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu. Thanks!

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Any other announcements?

Your Two Cents:

Rhea: Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr Community can bring up a new item for discussion or hold a straw poll. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Any Your Two Cents?

Rina Patel ‘18: Hi everyone, just a quick announcement that the Bryn Mawr United Nations Association is hosting a clothing drive for refugees who are settling Philadelphia. So if you’re thinking of selling or throwing away, anything please hang onto it. Also seniors, if you’re thinking of getting rid of your bedding we will be doing another round in a few weeks if you want to donate.

Rhea: Any other Your Two Cents?

Plenary Resolution Updates:

Rhea Manglani ‘18: Now we have Plenary Resolution updates. This is a time when Plenary Resolution writers can update the community on what work they’ve done since their resolutions were passed at Plenary. Plenary Resolution writers, if you would please come up to the mic so you can talk about the progress you’ve made. We have ten minutes for this agenda item.

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Hi, I presented along with Bridget the resolution on the Alcohol Concerns Review Board, now known as BSLOW. So here’s my update. The ACRB was renamed to BSLOW and steps are being taken to make it more student influenced. I have established a working group. The working group is comprised of Judy Balthazar (Interim Dean of the College), Mary Beth Horvath (Student Activities), and Reggie Jones (Director of Counseling). The Counseling Center is currently in process of hiring new a new counselor, so Reggie will temporarily hold that position. We will regularly. If you would like to be involved please email me at sheyrich@brynmawr.edu. Thanks!

Nora Dell ‘19: So I wrote the Plenary Resolution on institutional memory. The elected position has been elected and the appointment of the Committee on Institutional Memory going on now. We need affinity group coordinator and web coordinator. Other than that I have been meeting with Special Collections. For the rest of the semester we will be focusing on policies like collections development policy, which will control how we collect, who sees materials, and how we use them. Additionally, for those of you who are outgoing members of the Representative Council, we are hoping to send an exit survey to give feedback to those who are taking on your position. That is it for now. Any questions? No? Thanks!

Rachel Bruce ’18: Hi everyone, I helped co-author the resolution on the reinstatement of the campus shuttle. Last week Niki and I met with Kari Fazio, Emily Espenshade, and Jerry Berenson. Because the resolution went through after the budget, the campus shuttle won’t be able to be instated after this Fall. However, I am meeting with people in the Fall to get it to be instated in the Spring or at least in the Fall of 2017. Because of the timing, it couldn’t be instated this year. Thank you for all your support at Plenary!

X: I remember shortly after the resolution had passed, Haverford had something about a new bus stop?

Rachel Bruce ’18: As far as I know, I haven’t heard anything. Rina, have you guys heard anything?

Rina Patel ’18: They haven’t gotten back to us about the survey they sent out. Rachel Bruce ’18: Yeah, we haven’t heard anything. Anything else? Thanks!

Swati Shastry ‘18: Honor Board passed three resolutions, the first reaffirming our commitment to the Honor Code, the second about minutes, and the third about not reporting certain infractions. We had pretty good discussion about second and third. I had a discussion with Judy B. about the second, and she says that she is currently talking to a lawyer. Apparently it’s a legal thing. I am currently talking to Judy B. about that. I’m trying to make it between Judy B and me because lawyers are not usually [when we have hearings].

Big Cheese Forum:

Rhea Manglani ’17: So I met with Emily Espenshade, President Cassidy’s Chief of Staff, and apparently the questions did not have much clarity. One of them was for Stephanie Nixon on student protest and we decided that provost Osirim would best for answering that. Is there a better phrasing for that?

Nkechi Ampah ‘16: In the group we were more discussing a recent event that happened where Stephanie Nixon were called because there might be a student protest. Not be because they might shut it down, but just because there might be a protest. I think it brought up a lot of discussion on student protest.I’m not sure.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: That helps me out, thank you ! The other was on admission for athletes. I’ll read exact quote: for Pelema and finally with admissions…

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: When the athletics department did an external review, one of the resolutions that the athletics department has is to start recruiting and asking more to come through admissions. How the Admissions Office interacts with student athletes and how they plan to move forward with that resolution.

Rhea Manglani ’17: That helps too. That might get moved to Osirim… Also, one last thing. Glenn Smith and President Cassidy got a lot of questions on renovations. Those all got moved to facilities. We have no questions for president Cassidy. Emily was basically all for college finance 101 for Kari. The term “excess money” did not make sense. Since we’re all focusing on the person, you can stay where you are. You can make a group; you make a group; and the rest merge. If you can’t think of anything, just talk about potential things you would like to ask President Cassidy. This forum is a chance to talk to senior administrative staff in a relaxed environment.

Nora Dell ‘19: Who is Emily?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: She is President Cassidy’s Chief of Staff. She normally does the meetings President Cassidy can’t go to. Group here, group there, group in back merge into one group. This will go on for five minutes

Nkechi Ampah ‘16: So we were talking about a couple of things. One of the things we were wondering is what kind of feedback we want to get back. That goes into finding out more about the messaging, like I’m from Bryn Mawr and this is the type of education we have at Bryn Mawr. Capital campaign, more about fundraising, raising money from big donors. What are the goals of that money, where do we stand, and that’s it

Chanel Williams ‘16: So our group had questions about CDL, what went well and what can be improved in the interest of next year’s topic. President Cassidy’s diversity talks and what is going well. The Health Center, a question for Provost Osirim is diversity amongst professors and what’s being done to improve that.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: About CDL Ruth Lindeborg puts out the survey and students answer it. That’s how it’s decided. Thank you, though!

Ana Llamas: In our group we discussed about diversity talks and especially about student participation and what we can do in the future to increase student participation. The messaging system to advertise the talks— how do people become aware that. How can we increase communication about these talks.

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can bring up an item for discussion previously talked about at an SGA meeting. The item must be related to the Representative Council member’s position. We have ten minutes for this item.

New Business:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can bring up a new for discussion. The item must be related to the Representative Council member’s position. We have ten minutes for this item.

Rhea: Do we want to end the meeting?

X: Motion.

X: Second.

Rhea: This is a Representative Council vote only, the options are yes, no, and abstain. Hands for yes, hands for no, hands for abstain? The meeting is adjourned.

Meeting adjourned at 7:41 PM.