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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Minutes

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.

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Minutes

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.

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Minutes

April 17, 2016 Minutes

April 17, 2016

Summary:

Big Cheese Forum:

  • This past week the Self-Government Association invited eight members of the Bryn Mawr College senior staff to have small group conversations with students about issues on campus. The cheeses invited were President Kimberly Cassidy, Provost Mary Osirim, Dean Judy Balthazar, Kari Fazio (Chief Financial Officer), Pelema Morrice (Chief Enrollment Officer), Stephanie Nixon (Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and College Title IX Coordinator), Glenn Smith (Head of Facilities), and Gina Siesing (Chief Information Officer).
  • The Forum was divided into two fifteen-minute small group discussions. A facilitator and note taker was assigned to each group. Group note takers reported back to the Assembly at the end of the Forum on points brought up during conversations.
      • President Cassidy’s groups talked about the progress of the President’s Monthly Diversity Talks and ways that communications could be included regarding them. President Cassidy’s group also discussed the Campus Climate survey and its importance of knowing how students feel about Bryn Mawr. The average student response as decreased in recent years and the President hopes to increase responses for the future.
      • Provost Osirim’s groups discussed the process of faculty hiring, their reappointment, as well as making sure that faculty are accepting of the students’ and College’s values.
      • Dean Balthazar’s groups talked about her time as Interim Dean, which ends this year. The groups also discussed gap years– why students take them, what goes into a gap year, and what students’ options are regarding gap years. The groups also discussed the possibilities of making certain spaces more accessible, especially with the rebuilding of the new Health Center.
      • Kari Fazio’s (Chief Financial Officer) groups discussed the breakdown of the College’s funds, including endowment, grants, tuition, etc.
      • Pelema Morrice’s (Chief Enrollment Officer) discussed the reasons behind the College’s need-sensitive policy as opposed to need-blind, saying that it is the next best thing given the resources that the College has to work with. Pelema’s groups also discussed Admissions’ relationship with athletics and steps being taken to ensure that student athletes are properly recruited in the future.
      • Stephanie Nixon’s (Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and College TitleIX Coordinator) discussed Title IX and sexual assault. The groups also discussed accessibility to Pensby and why many are unable to access its resources based on location. In the second group, students and Dean Nixon discussed the proper protocol for reporting cases of sexual assault, including the relationship between Customs People, Hall Advisors, and higher authorities.
      • Glenn Smith’s (Head of Facilities) groups discussed the renovations being made this summer to Rock and Denbigh, as well as concerns they may cause (e.g. scaffolding on Denbigh during finals week). The groups also discussed the function of the new Health Center as a Wellness Center to attract students to engage in healthy activities. The groups also discussed potential places for the new Health Center to be located, including combining the offices of the Health Center and the Pensby Center on main campus given similar purposes and the ease of accessibility.
      • Gina Siesing’s (Chief Information Officer) discussed the new move from Zimbra to Office 360, dates the services will go into effect, and steps that students (including graduating seniors) should take or keep in mind. No emails will be lost, although filters will be deleted. Seniors can still have their emails forwarded, thought they should wait until 360’s implementation because it will be easier than with Zimbra. 360 will also provide 50 GB of storage for students, decreasing the need for quota increases.

SGA Meeting:
Role Call:

The regular SGA meeting was expedited to respect students’ schedules after Big Cheese Forum. The meeting began at approximately 8:15.

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

Announcements:

  • The April Appointments Round will close April 18th at midnight. Please see the Appointments Blog at appointments.blogs.brynmawr.edu for a full list of available positions and their descriptions. If you have any questions, please contact Shaina Robinson at srobinso99@brynmawr.edu.

Your Two Cents:

  • There were no Your Two Cents.

Feedback Hotline Budget Vote:

  • The E-Board was approached by a Student Representative of HarvardUniversity regarding implementing a new, anonymous texting service for Bryn Mawr students to give feedback to the E-Board, as well as talk about instances of sexual assault, mental health etc.
  • The Self-Government Association would be able to vote on the four subjects or “pillars” that the students could provide feedback for. Every Bryn Mawr student would receive a phone number to text to, would receive confirmation of the message being sent, and the E- Board would respond (the E-Board would receive a code to access the anonymous messages).
  • The original price was $1000, however the E-Board bargained with the representative to bring the cost down to $700, between full and temporary use.
  • After several minutes of debate, the Representative Council ultimately voted no due to lack of information and interest in the project at this time. The Representative Council may revisit this proposal in a year.

Old Business:

  • There was no Old Business.

New Business:

  • There was no New Business.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 P.M.

Big Cheese Forum:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Welcome to Big Cheese Forum, the place where you get to ask all of your burning questions. Let me introduce everyone that’s here. We have President Cassidy, Provost Osirim, Dean Balthazar, Kari Fazio (Chief Financial Officer), Pelema Morrice (Chief Enrollment Officer), Stephanie Nixon (Title IX Coordinator and Dean of Diversity), Gina Siesing (Chief Information Officer), and Glenn Smith (Head of Facilities). Thank you for coming out. We are going to have two fifteen minute discussions. They’ll help make sure that the conversation runs smoothly. At the end of the conversation you’ll get a two-minute warning.

Two fifteen minutes took place, the second session had a motion to extend time by five minutes.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay, everyone; we’ve reached the end of the extended time. Facilitators and note takers please come up to the mic.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: I took notes for Pelema. We talked about being need-blind [financial aid]. While that is great, only 25% of colleges do that. We have the next best thing where we are able to meet 100% of the demonstrated need of the student. We also discussed the McBride Program’s growth and what we are going to be able to do to continue that growth. We also talked about continuing relationship between athletics and admissions to properly recruit student athletes. We also talked about international recruiting and recruiting in general of students around the world.

Veda Nambi ‘18: Hi everyone, my name is Veda Nambi and I use she/her pronouns. Our group was the group with Kari Fazio. First we talked about what students want and how that affects the budget. For instance, we liked how students had smaller classes. We discussed that because of that Bryn Mawr is relatively expensive. Around 60% of budget is used for faculty, 20% is for facilities, and the rest is left over for other uses or to save. The exact numbers will probably be in the email but it is around 30% in, the rest is grants. Then we discussed how much more expensive having old versus new buildings is. It is a little more expensive, but in the long run it is worth it because they are more durable. We also discussed what Kari Fazio’s role is and what your team does as well. Also, like you said, your role and your team’s role is going to expand because of people retiring. Because there are a lot of positions…because there are student faculty….. Study abroad tuition is done the way it is to prevent [any discrepancies].

Nora Dell ‘19: We started off with a conversation about the community diversity conversations, they were started to do three things: be more transparent about what the college is doing, share this information, and also to bring new and unrelated ideas into a forum for students to talk about. Diversity Talks on campus have achieved goals in that people have come and that they’ve learned and shared their ideas. We could be increasing attendance, only 40 people come right now. We went over some ideas to increase attendance including have meeting at dinner, have it be on Thursday or Friday afternoon, or publicize meetings through Facebook or SGA emails because we all get a thousand emails every day. The other thing we talked about was the climate survey. We only have 25% students and 50% of faculty, whereas 50% of students participated a few years ago. Your last chance to fill out survey is coming up. It is important because there is a question of whether you feel you belong here at Bryn Mawr, and that is something that KCass wants to know. There are office hours and she wants you to come, but the survey is another way that the administration wants to get to know about your feelings. Then we went off of pre- set questions; what we want to see done on campus done the fastest, transparency as initiative, especially in financial aid and why decisions are made so we can understand more where we are coming from.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: I was the note taker for Provost Osirim’s group. In the first session we got really into the nitty-gritty of faculty hiring so Daniela and I know a lot about faculty hiring, which will be in the minutes but you can also come talk to us about it. Who is on the community, who makes final decision. One thing that came out of that was an advocate for increasing diversity [among faculty]. Used to be one person but now that is combined with [faculty] committee on appointments. I asked provost Osirim about this and we talked about how this is combined with…what we need in the… because of that combined perspective (what people need versus what they want). We also talked about how important teaching is at Bryn Mawr. Research doesn’t take precedence over their teaching. It is definitely important to see how faculty works with students, which goes into their reappointment. In the second sessions we talked about protesting and how the college doesn’t have a set procedure in relation to student protest and how there is nothing preventing it. Plans were made to deal with if there were a protest. We also talked about how students feel they’re getting reaction or lack of reactions for faculty when protesting on campus. That has to do with time lag when protest happens and administrative response. People aren’t sure what plan is going to happen. They want to increase communication and make sure folks are all on the same page. The last thing was how student values and school values came up, and making sure people who are hired can get behind these values.

Chanel Williams ‘16: I was the note taker for Glenn Smith and we talked a lot about renovations happening on campus. We talked about the Health Center and what the new plan for that would look like and where it would be located (possible admissions or close to where it is now] and we talked about the goal of the new Health Center, which is to be more of a wellness center. We talked about how there are a lot of different departments such as the Pensby Center [where] students can use the space, have it be more of a place for wellness rather than a place you go when you’re sick. Talked about Rock and how the bathrooms and laundry rooms are going to be renovated. We also talked about what happens, if you drew into Rock, if your room will be safe from renovations (it will, any rooms being taken offline have been indicated on the floor plan). Denbigh renovations will be taking place over the summer to fix the windows. Scaffolding is going up over the summer. There are some concerns over that because the scaffolding is going up over the summer and how this could change the plan. We also talked about Park and how renovations will happen there, but that’s a bit more a ways a way so there weren’t as many questions about that

Palak Bhandari ‘16: I was the note taker for Dean Nixon. We talked about Title IX, sexual harm, and how this will be changing over the next year to take into account small and large groups. We also talked a bit about what Pensby looks like and really how the student body is using Pensby. One point about accessibility was brought up. While people get there it is often very difficult. Second session we talked more about protocol such as on the HA and Customs level— people who are responsible to report to Stephanie about Title IX incidents. We closed with talking about general reports that happened in the last few years and what schools are required to have for Title IX.

Erin Saladin ‘16: I was the facilitator for Gina’s group but I also had these prepared points about email from Melissa Cresswell which I will report back on. But first, Gina asked us about how aware students were of input program at library (they weren’t). Then we got into email. We will be transitioning from Zimbra to Office 365, which is between Graduation and Reunion. We won’t have any email for a day. Any email sent during that time will be received, all files except briefcase will be transferred, [however] signatures, filters, and other filters will need to be set up again, including mobile events. Students graduating will still have access to email for 90 days. You can export your files from Zimbra, but it will be an easier transition if you wait until Office 365 comes back into service. Keep an eye on Tech Blogs at Bryn Mawr. One exciting thing is that we won’t have so many needs for quota increases. We are going to have 50 GB of storage and one TB of backup. In June students can start downloading Office 2016 for free. For more information, please contact LITS. we will be tabling. There will be a demo in Thomas on May 4th. Resources available on tech dogs and more learning opportunities in the fall for the new system.

Dani Cadet ‘16:I was will Dean Balthazar. For one thing we talked about the Honor Board and the Social Honor Code and what that will be like. We cannot think of a way to improve Social Honor Code because it is among the students. We also talked about steps being taken to make sure it is a much simpler process such as by taking a gap year. More students are

coming back after leaving BMC which is a good thing. Speaking of gap years, we also talked about the way that gap years are chosen. Students are typically asked for a one year but they can ask to come back after a semester. There are about nine reasons (health, family, etc.) why students might decide to take time off— a myriad of reasons. There are reasons why faculty may ask students to take time off. In terms of her time as Interim Dean, she believes that she learned a lot. The Wellness Program will look different, including time where it will focus on confrontation. We also discussed the Pensby Center and whether the Pensby Center and Cambrian Row offices can be more central to campus. With there being a new Health Center, there is a better chance of accomplishing that. We also talked about the process of appointing the new Dean of the College, including the breakdown of the committee.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Once again, I want to thank everyone for coming. There will be a regular SGA meeting starting in five minutes.

Rachel Bruce ’18: Also, note takers could please email me your notes at rbruce@brynmawr.edu as soon as possible!

SGA Meeting:

Role Call:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay, it’s 8:15 we’re going to start the meeting with Role Call.

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

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

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Welcome admitted students! I’m sorry that this is the first SGA meeting you are coming to— this is expedited. This is the fastest meeting you are ever going to see, please come back next year. Any announcements? Oh my gosh, congratulations! I am so sorry. 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. Any announcements?

Shaina Robinson ‘17: Reminder that the April Appointments Round is open and is closing tomorrow, April 18th, at midnight. Positions are available online. Highly encourage people to apply, especially for Campus Greens, very interesting, go take a look at the description.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Any other announcements?

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can post a topic for discussion or host a straw poll. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Does anyone have any Your Two Cents? Oh, she changed it to Your Two Cheeses and she wants all of you to notice it.

Feedback Hotline Budget Vote:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We were approached by a student at Harvard about a new feedback hotline. Basically what happens is everyone gets a number to text to this hotline, and it’s all anonymous, and it will go to us on the E-Board. It’s $700 for one semester. We kind of don’t really know how much this will help, it’s basically just to encourage communication… She’s [Swati] trying to find the exact email. We were quickly hoping to get a vote on it. It’s again $700 for a semester and this was after we bargained with him.

Erin Saladin ‘16: Just a quick question. Can you just clarify feedback on what?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: He said we can decide what four pillars we can make it. Traditionally when he’s done it with other schools it’s been sexual assault, mental health, diversity, and social spaces, so we can decide the four.

Chanel Williams ‘16: Do you know which schools he’s done this with?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: He told us Colby College. I think he’s done it with a few other schools, because we were like we’re a small school do you think this is necessary and he said that Colby is the only school comparable to our size is Colby. Harvard is also using it for their Student Government Association.

Nora Dell ‘19: Did he said how effective it had been?

Rhea Manglani ’17: So most of the think pieces he sent us is how it’s effective for small business versus us. Oh wait, here is the breakdown. So everyone gets a phone number, code for the E-Board (that’s us), personalized reply for every piece of feedback. I think this was intended for small business that they expanded this to. So we bargained for something in between full service, which is $1000, and temporary service. Sorry, does that answer your question at all?

Melanie Bahti ‘16: So when I was looking at this is and I was thinking is this something that is this is something we want to try out for the rest of the semester or in the Fall. How do you know that this is something we want to keep for the future? How are you going to assess this? Like what are the goals for having this and what do you guys as the E-Board want it to do and how will you know if it’s working?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We were hoping that it would make people more wanting– we have the mailbox now and so when we talked on the phone we said that we had a few open spaces for people but for this specifically we were hoping it would increase response. We were hoping it would reduce apathy because it’s a text message– it’s fast and it’s on your phone. But also when we talked about this we weren’t sure how it was worth $700 that’s why we brought it out to you all. So even though it’s coming back to us, we very much want to know if you all think this is worthy of $700 of SGA money.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: If it’s an automatic text back, how does that feedback app work in regards to mental health and sexual assault?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I think the automatic response It would be just a notification that we received it. That will just tell them that that’s it’s been sent rather than them sending it out that and them being like oh did they get it or not, because it was sent and we respond to it in the end. It’s basically a notification saying that your text was received and this is what the content was.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: If we have any indication that this particular program have worked at our college? Has anyone reached out to say this has worked for them? I know that mental and sexual assault… specific problems we have on our campus.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Those are four example categories, we get to kind of choose our own too. this was originally used for small businesses and I think that he’s just starting to reach out to colleges so this is like a jump that we’re not willing to make I’ll just send him an email saying sorry, come back in a year.

Miranda Smith ‘16: Two questions, the first is can we use this for straw polls for students? And secondly, is this something the E-Board feels like it needs and wants?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: The first one I am not sure, but I can ask him. I feel like you could because it sounds fancy enough. The second is we all thought that this is interesting, but we wanted to see if other people caught onto this we thought maybe and that’s why we pulled it out to the rest of you.

Nora Dell ‘19: Why do you think he approached us?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We’re a school in the area. I think that’s basically it.

Nora Dell ‘19: Has he approached other schools?

Rhea Manglani ’19: It’s a startup. He’s contacting multiple schools in the area.

Erin Saladin ‘16: The thing I’m wondering about is What is this going to do in conjunction with the resolution we just passed to reaffirm our commitment to positive confrontation.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So it would go to us. It’s made to go to go to a certain group of people. Yes, there could be a problem for any E-Boards in the future. Those people could be targeted by this, but other than that that’s always a concern– what we’ve dealt with on Yik Yak– but I really am not sure. It only goes to such a small group of people.

Dani Cadet ‘16: I was just wondering about how this is different from free text message services?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: The main difference is that it’s anonymous and that it will get sent to the five of us who have the code, or the five people who have it in the future. It’s designated to five people right now, so the five people with this code.

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I was wondering how this is different from if we just opened a public survey that is also anonymous. What are the positives or negatives of that.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I’ve done several Google surveys that are topic-based. Are you suggesting that we just always have an open one?

Sam Heyrich ‘17: I feel this could be done by having a general form open. I think that what they’re proposing can be done for free.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I feel the same way, but I wanted to make sure we had this discussion. Nora Dell ‘19: I was wondering what happens if the text messages…

Rhea: I guess he is… I’m not really sure.I think we’re all at the point of this not being understand. So I think that we’ve gone on this for a few minutes and unless any questions are getting different. I think that we’re on the I don’t really get this. There are three options…

Chanel Williams ‘16: Can we vote?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Yes, I was going to propose that we vote on it. The options are yes, no, and abstain and based on that… Erin?

Erin Saladin ’16: Khadijah has a question.

Khadijah Seay ‘16: I think for me is that Part of the pushback is that students aren’t going to office hours, coming to meetings, or even talking to their friends. I think it’s more important to talk about why students aren’t using the resources we already have. I think that needs to happen before we talk about different services.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: Based on what I’m hearing, can we talk about reevaluate this in a year? We don’t have any evidence that this has worked or that this will work for our community.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay… so we’re going to move to a vote. Nora Dell ‘19: What are we voting on?

Rhea: Manglani ‘17: So the options are going to be yes, I want to pursue this; no; and the maybe. Were you going to say anything else?

Nora Dell ‘19: ….

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So I was just going to email him regardless. That’s the polite way of saying no. We can say we’ll reevaluate this in a year and maybe he’ll forget or we can pursue this on our own. This person emails a lot. So yes, no, and abstain? [This is a Representative Council vote only].

The Representative Council voted a unanimous no.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Alright I have an email to write tonight.

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can revisit an announcement or topic brought up at an SGA meeting. The announcement must pertain to the Representative Council member’s position. We have 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 make an announcement or bring up a new topic for discussion. The announcement must pertain to the Representative Council member’s position. We have ten minutes for this agenda item. Is there any New Business?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Do we want to motion to end the meeting?

Alexis Wiltshire ’17 motioned to end the meeting.

Sam Heyrich ’17 seconded.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:42 P.M.

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Minutes

March 27, 2016 Minutes

March 27, 2016 SGA Minutes

Summary:

Role Call:

    • Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM.
    • Present: Genesis Perez-Melara, Olivia Hollinger, Maria Minaya, NikithaShakamuri, Erin Saladin, Mariana Garcia, Stephanie Montalvan, Jasmine Rangel, Tyler Brown-Cross, Oona Ryle, Kyra Sagal, Nora Dell, Lillian Oyen- Ustad, Alice Bell, Charlette Williams, Hannah Chinn, Melanie Bahti, Sarah Andrew, Rachel Ofili, Dijia Chen, Modupe Olufemi, Yitan Wang, Chanel Williams, Veda Nambi, Connie Lam, Celeste Ledesma, Danielle Cadet, Mara Dominguez, Nolan Julien, Rina Patel
    • Absent: Jess Shill, Diamond Ray, Miranda Smith, Sneha Soni, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Samantha Heyrich, Alexis Wiltshire, Ann Tran, Radhika Singh, Tosin Ajiboye, Khadijah Seay, Lindsey Foster, Casiana Omick, Bridget Murri>

Announcements:

  • Spring Special Elections will take place Monday, March 28th at 9:00 AM to Tuesday, March 29th at 7:00 PM. Positions up for election are Member-at- Large (two available positions) and SGA Archivist. The new Members-at- Large will serve until the end of the semester, and the SGA Archivist will serve until February Elections 2017. Candidate statements are available on the Elections Blog at elections.blogs.brynmawr.edu. Regular April Nominations/Elections will begin next week (April 4th).

Your Two Cents:

  • No Your Two Cents.

 

Big Cheese Forum Topic Discussion and Updates:

  • This agenda item has been postponed until next week’s meeting (April 3rd)because of many Representatives being unable to attend the meeting due tothe Easter holiday.
  • Confirmed guests for Big Cheese Forum (April 17th) are President Cassidy,Provost Osirim, Dean Balthazar, Pelema Morrice (Chief Enrollment Officer), Kari Fazio (Chief Financial Officer), Glenn Smith (Head of Facilities), Stephanie Nixon (Assistant Dean of Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion, and Title IX Coordinator Assistant Dean of Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion, and Title IX Coordinator), and Gina Siesing (Chief Information Officer). Ethel Desmarais was unable to attend, therefore Gina Siesing was invited in her place to talk about new initiatives in Library and Information Technology Services (LITS), including the College’s new email system.

Old Business:

• There was no Old Business.

New Business:

  • East versus West is this coming weekend (April 2nd) from 10:30 PM to 1:00AM. The theme is East Coast versus West Coast. Bryn Mawr and Haverford students must bring their One Cards to gain entry to the party, and their State ID’s if they want to drink. Only students over the age of 21 will be able to drink. Students are allowed one Tri-Co Guest instead of the usual three.
  • The Pem East and West Dorm Presidents have had trouble securing bouncers for the event. There is an extra pressure to hire paid bouncers this year because Public Safety has decided to take a step back from interfering with Campus Parties, therefore putting more responsibility (including financially) on the dorms and students themselves. Paid Bouncers are hired through the Paid to Bounce program and provide more assurance that the bouncers will do their job if they are being compensated. Ideas for possible ways to create dialogue regarding the issue were asked of the students present. Sources of the budget for parties was briefly discussed, as well as potentially using money originally allocated to other dorms that planned to host parties but never did. Cuts to the number of Tri-Co guests allowed per student as well as the time frame of the party were therefore cut because of these developments.Meeting Adjourned at 7:28 PM

Minutes:

Role Call:

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

Rachel Bruce ’18: I am required by the State of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything said tonight will be recorded in the minutes and posted on the SGA website.

Present: Genesis Perez-Melara, Olivia Hollinger, Maria Minaya, Nikitha Shakamuri, Erin Saladin, Mariana Garcia, Stephanie Montalvan, Jasmine Rangel, Tyler Brown-Cross, Oona Ryle, Kyra Sagal, Nora Dell, Lillian Oyen- Ustad, Alice Bell, Charlette Williams, Hannah Chinn, Melanie Bahti, Sarah Andrew, Rachel Ofili, Dijia Chen, Modupe Olufemi, Yitan Wang, Chanel Williams, Veda Nambi, Connie Lam, Celeste Ledesma, Danielle Cadet, Mara Dominguez, Nolan Julien, Rina Patel

Absent: Jess Shill, Diamond Ray, Miranda Smith, Sneha Soni, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Samantha Heyrich, Alexis Wiltshire, Ann Tran, Radhika Singh, Tosin Ajiboye, Khadijah Seay, Lindsey Foster, Casiana Omick, Bridget Murray

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Announcements is a time when any member of the Bryn Mawr community can make an announcement. We’ve allowed ten minutes for this item. This week I intended to talk about the topics or questions and the people that are going to big cheese forum, what they are going to focus on, etc. Because it’s Easter Sunday and we’re missing a bunch of people we will move this to next week.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Genesis Perez-Melara, Co-Head of Elections. 2016 Spring Special Elections, the elections are going to start tomorrow at 9:00 AM at end at Tuesday at 7:00. Make sure to read candidates’ statements posted online.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: When do regular, non-special spring elections start?

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: Not this week but next week. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me or Mariana at elections@brynmawr.edu.

Rhea: Anyone else have announcements?

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Your Two Cents is a time when any member of the community can propose a new topic for discussion. We have ten minutes for this item. Any new items for discussion?

Big Cheese Forum Topic Discussion and Updates:

Rhea Manglani ’17: We pushed this discussion back a week, but I wanted to update everyone on who’s confirmed. Dean B. has not confirmed but it is on her calendar; Ethel from Student Financial Services cannot make it so instead we asked Gina from the library to come and talk about the new Email system and the library. Are there any questions?

Nora Dell ‘19: Is there anyone else coming?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: KCass, Glenn Smith from Facilities, Stephanie Nixon, Pelema, Kari Fazio, and Provost Osirim. KCass said that the Provost and Dean know about the event and [are] coming.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: What’s the date of Big Cheese forum?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: April 17th, is that a Sunday? Yes, April 17th. I always get confused about the 17th and the 18th. This is not a normal SGA meeting; a regular one follows. Encourage your friends to come because they can talk with senior staff about different issues on this campus.

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Old Business is a time when a member of the Representative Council can discuss an old topic previously brought up at an SGA meeting. This topic must be related to the Representative Council member’s position. We have ten minutes for this agenda item.

New Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: New Business is a time when any member of the Representative Council can bring up a new item or announcement for discussion. This item must be related to the Representative Council Member’s position. We have allowed ten minutes for this agenda item.

Modupe Olufemi ‘17: Modupe Olufemi, Pem East Dorm President. Dijia Chen ’16: Dijia Chen, West Dorm President.
Rachel Ofili ’16: Rachel Ofili, Pem West Dorm President.

Modupe Olufemi ‘17: Okay, so I don’t know if you guys know East v West is coming up this weekend and we’ve had trouble securing bouncers and money to pay bouncers. Campus Safety is not going to be as involved for the party, so dorms have to take double responsibility with money and responsibility for [people who attend]. Are there any ideas on potential dialogue? Parties are unofficial traditions.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: This is a conversation that has happened in some forms in previous years and I think that there was a Party Fund set up through ResCo to help fund events.

Modupe Olufemi ‘17: There is but because we are expected to pay bouncers that money has decreased.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: Is it possible for parties to obtain extra money? Rhea Manglani ‘17: Can you repeat that?

Melanie Bahti ‘16: There is some party money through ResCo? Like, is there something that allows SGA to give money? I don’t know if there’s something in the by-laws that allows for that.

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: I’ll look into that. I don’t think there is.
Melanie Bahti ‘16: Okay, I think that Dorm Presidents would ask for it.

Olivia Hollinger ‘16: Normally; because there’s an issue of profiling and being way too hostile they are trying to step back. That’s why they’re saying that paid bouncers would be better because it helps regulate them more than unpaid bouncers.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: To follow up, when the bouncer is paid what is the difference? Olivia: I don’t understand.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: What is the difference between a paid bouncer and a non-paid bouncer?

Olivia Hollinger: Paid bouncers means that you are paid to bounce and receive training. Volunteer bouncing is unpaid and not as accountable.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: I was wondering that when the program was originally set up that bouncers…

Olivia Hollinger ‘16: No because normally they…

Hannah Chinn ‘19: No the paid bouncer.

Olivia Hollinger ‘16: I don’t understand.

Rachel Bruce ’18: Please remember to use name and class year when speaking, thank you!

Erin Saladin ‘16: I don’t know if this is particularly feasible, but I don’t know what the other dorm’s party dorms look like and in the future if it is possible to transfer any of those funds into East’s or West’s?

Olivia Hollinger ‘16: We have a big party fund between all the dorms. At the beginning of the year, we go around and ask if they want to have a party? They say yes, and the money is divided. This year dorms received $146.00. That gets allocated to every dorm. That’s a good question. I don’t think Erdman used theirs, so maybe East and West could use that? ResCo has to vote on it.

Sarah Andrews ‘17: We hired bouncers for Rock, there was no difference for paid and nonpaid. I don’t understand because you’re basically using the same way.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: I think you’re right because the actual job they do…but if you’re paid your more likely to show up or more assurance that people will be there.

Modupe Olufemi ‘17: If anyone doesn’t have anything else then we are going to make cuts because we don’t have enough bouncers. It would be a hassle to get everyone to fill the shifts. Party is going to be one tri-co guest instead of three, parties will be carded, and you need state ID and to be of age to drink.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Any other New Business? Motion to end the meeting?

Erin Saladin ’16 motioned.

Melanie Bahti ‘16 seconded.

Stephanie Montalvan ’18: Motion to end the meeting.

X seconded.

Rhea Manglani ’17: This is a Representative Council vote only, please take a moment to consult with your co-held positions. Yes? No? Abstain?

Motion passed by visual ballot.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 PM.

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March 20, 2016 Minutes

March 20, 2016

Present: Nikki Shakamuri, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Sam Heyrich, Emily Gifford-Smith, Maria Minaya, Diamond Ray, Olivia Hollinger, Jasmine Rangel, Celeste Ledesma, Coco Wang, Chanel Williams, Alexis Wiltshire, Ann Tran, Hannah Chinn, Nora Dell, Jess Shill, Alice, Kyra Sagal, Danielle Cadet, Lindsey Foster, Ana Llamas, Modupe Olufemi, Dijia Chen, Eve Cantler, Charlette Williams, Casi Omick, Stephanie Montalvan, Bridget Murray, Sarah Andrew, Emily Siegel, Tyler Brown-Cross, Mari Garcia, Veda Nambi

Absent: Miranda Smith, Mara Dominguez, Oona Ryle, Nolan Julien, Melanie Bahti, Erin Saladin, Rina Patel, Sneha Soni, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Connie Lam, Radhika Singh, Tosin Ajiboye, Khadijah Seay, Rachel Ofili, Genesis Perez-Melara

Summary:

This week’s meeting began at 7:10 with Role Call and was followed by Announcements. There were two announcements. The first was made by Sam Heyrich ’17 (Head of Social Committee and BSLOW), saying that Spring Fling will take place next Saturday, March 26th from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM (this year’s is Masquerade). The second announcement was made by Elections Co-Head Mari Garcia ’19 regarding the upcoming elections round. This comes after a mis-election was called for the previous elections period. The positions up for election are Curriculum Head (can be co-held), Member-at-Large (up to two positions), and SGA Archivist. Curriculum Head and Member-at-Large will go until the end of this semester while SGA Archivist will be in office until next year’s February Elections. The nominations period ends Tuesday, March 22nd at noon (you can nominate yourself or someone else for a position by emailing elections@brynmawr.edu). Mandatory information sessions for candidates will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Taylor C at 8:00, 8:15, 8:30, and 8:45 (you only need to attend one, if you cannot make one please contact the Elections Heads at elections@brynmawr.edu as soon as possible). Candidates’ Forum will take place Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 PM in the Campus Center. A Facebook event for Candidates’ Forum will be created soon.

Members-at-Large Hannah Chinn and Nora Dell presented several topics during Your Two Cents to gage community interest in different publicity initiatives, including the new SGA Snapchat account. It was found that most people do not watch the weekly SGA YouTube updates created by the Members-at-Large, but many were in favor of live updates during SGA meetings through Twitter, Snapchat, or even a live-stream of meetings so that people who aren’t able to attend meetings can still be easily informed. Another idea of a “Thanks, SGA!” campaign was also well received. This would involve taking funny pictures of students using different resources made possible by SGA (e.g. 24-Hour Canaday), with the tagline “Thanks, SGA!” Secretary Rachel Bruce ’18 also gaged interest during Your Two Cents in the addition of summaries of SGA meetings to the weekly minutes sent out to the community. This initiative was also well received.

Next the Assembly discussed the Big Cheese Forum Invitation poll results. President Rhea Manglani gave an overview of the poll and who was officially invited to the event based on its results (both pre-selected and written-in). The guests include: Pelema Morrice (Chief Enrollment Officer), Stephanie Nixon (Assistant Dean of the College for Diversity/Social Justice/Title IX), Mary Osirim (Provost of the College), Kari Fazio (Chief Financial Officer), Ethel Desmarais (Director of Financial Aid), Glenn Smith (Director of Facilities), and Judy Balthazar (Associate Dean of the College). President Cassidy is automatically invited to the event. Signups for moderators and note-takers for Big Cheese Forum will be sent out once the attendance list for Cheeses is finalized. Big Cheese Forum will take place Sunday, April 17th at 7:00 PM in the Campus Center.

During Old Business, Nora Dell ’19 discussed recent findings from previous years on reaching quorum at Plenary, and how this might help SGA reach quorum more quickly in the future. There was no New Business and the meeting was adjourned at 7:26 PM.

Role Call:

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

Rachel Bruce ’18: I am required by the State of Pennsylvania to tell you that everything said tonight will be recorded.
Present: Nikki Shakamuri, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Sam Heyrich, Emily Gifford- Smith, Maria Minaya, Diamond Ray, Olivia Hollinger, Jasmine Rangel, Celeste Ledesma, Coco Wang, Chanel Williams, Alexis Wiltshire, Ann Tran, Hannah Chinn, Nora Dell, Jess Shill, Alice, Kyra Sagal, Danielle Cadet, Lindsey Foster, Ana Llamas, Modupe Olufemi, Dijia Chen, Eve Cantler, Charlette Williams, Casi Omick, Stephanie Montalvan, Bridget Murray, Sarah Andrew, Emily Siegel, Tyler Brown-Cross, Mari Garcia, Veda Nambi
Absent: Miranda Smith, Mara Dominguez, Oona Ryle, Nolan Julien, Melanie Bahti, Erin Saladin, Rina Patel, Sneha Soni, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Connie Lam, Radhika Singh, Tosin Ajiboye, Khadijah Seay, Rachel Ofili, Genesis Perez- Melara

Anouncements:

Rhea Manglani ’17:

Sam Heyrich ‘17: Hi, Sam Heyrich, Class of 2017, Head of Social Committee and BSLOW (that always gets a laugh). This Saturday, the 26th, from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM is Social Committee’s Spring Fling. It was formally Winter Formal but the season has now changed, so has the event. Our theme is Masquerade, so there are going to

be awesome snacks, good music, and maybe a photo booth. So bring are your friends and have some fun. See you there!

Mari Garcia ‘19: Hi, my name is Mariana, Co-Head of Elections, Class of 2019. So Genesis and I, Gen can’t be here today, but we called a mis-election at the past Emergency Election so we’re doing the whole process again. As you all know through Facebook, last week started the nominations period, it ends on Tuesday at 12:00 PM, so you’ll have time to nominate people for Curriculum Head (which is going to be until the end of the year/semester), Member-at-Large (which we have two or three spots available so if you want to nominate or get nominated that is for the rest of the semester as well), and SGA Archivist which will be until February Elections of next year. So the info sessions will be Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00, 8:15, 8:30, and 8:45 at Taylor C, so you don’t have to come to all of the times just the one that’s more available to you (it’s only fifteen minutes long). Candidates’ Forum is going to be right here at 7:00 PM on Thursday. There will be an event on Facebook that will go live tonight. And that’s it. Thank you!

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ’17: It’s time for Your Two Cents. This is a time for discussion, questions, or announcements. Today we have ten minutes for this item.

Hannah Chinn ’19: Hey guys, it’s us, your friendly neighborhood Members-at-Large. I’m Hannah Chinn, Class of 2019.
Nora Dell ’19: I’m Nora Dell, Class of 2019. We have a lot of things. The first is that we have been doing some video updates on YouTube that are basically summaries of meetings. We were wondering if you guys thought that was helpful, either to you or the greater community. Do you guys watch them?

Hannah Chinn ’19: Raise your hand if you knew about them.

Nora Dell ’19: Okay, great, well if you go to our YouTube for Bryn Mawr SGA they are there.

Hannah Chinn ’19: Okay, the second question is if you knew about them, are they helpful? They are a lot of work and we are not sure if we are going to be able to do this or not so if no one is watching them we probably are not going to continue doing them. So does anyone think that this is helpful or beneficial in any way?

Nora Dell ’19: Raise your hands for yes, raise your hands for no, raise your hands for abstain. Okay, there are several other ideas we wanted to run by you. So we started a Snapchat account (@bmc_sga), which you should all add and tell your friends about. But we were wondering if we should do more on social media. Like maybe we could make a Twitter and have live-updates of meetings so it would be a live version of the SGA minutes. What are your thoughts on that?

Mari Garcia ‘19: I think the Twitter idea is a good one because people could be scrolling through their phones during meetings and that it might make it easier to access than the minutes.

Nora Dell ‘19: Thank you so much!

Hannah Chinn ‘19: The other thing is that we were wondering, which a more open- ended question, is what do you think would make SGA more accessible, because clearly video updates are not the smartest thing for us to be spending our time on, but we would like to make SGA easier to get to and more welcoming to members of the greater campus community. So we’re just going to throw this out here. Yes –

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: I know that we’ve discussed the option of live-streaming Plenary, and I was wondering if that would be an option to start live-streaming SGA events? Because I know that some students—I know they want to be involved and they don’t feel comfortable coming and sitting with the Representative Council or on the meeting because we see each other every week. I also know that some students, for example athletes, would like to attend Sunday meetings but they are off-campus for a game or a meet or something might find that helpful to be actively participating even if their not in attendance but actively participating while not exactly on campus.

Nora Dell ‘19: That sounds really good, thank you.

Hannah Chinn ’19: Thanks! Anything else— comments or critiques? Do you guys have any opinions on SGA.

Nora: Alright, so we had another idea for publicizing things and it’s called “Thanks, SGA!” and basically we would go around and take pictures of people, like 24-Hour Canaday, and take pictures next to someone who was asleep and make the caption “Thanks, SGA!” to let people know about 24-Hour Canaday. Do you think that would be a funny thing that you would like to see around campus? Yes? Okay, we are going to go forward with the “Thanks, SGA!” campaign.

Hannah Chinn ’19: That’s really it. Thanks, friends!
Rhea Manglani ‘17: Do we have any more Your Two Cents?

Rachel Bruce ‘18: I have cents! Rachel Bruce, Class of 2018. I’m not sure if you all saw, but this past week when I sent out the minutes I included a brief but descriptive summary about what went down because I know that sometimes reading the minutes and the transcripts can be kind of intimidating. Did you guys find this helpful, or would you be more inclined to read the minutes because of that?

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Yes, it is very helpful. Please keep doing that.

Rachel Bruce ’18: Alright, thank you guys for your feedback!

Big Cheese:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So we put out a form on Big Cheese Forum, which again is on April 17th. KCass, as usual, is going to be invited. So a lot of you—we based it off the blanket survey results. There were a lot of ties but Pelema, by far, was one of the most popular choices. And so we mostly went by this, but when it came to some of the ties and finalizing the list, we looked at the topics suggestions. A lot of people talked about Financial Aid so Ethel is Director of Financial Aid. She isn’t senior staff but we are bringing her anyway because it’s a big topic. Stephanie Nixon, a lot of votes, is coming. Provost Osirim to talk about a whole multitude of things because a lot of people suggested the diversity requirement, curriculum, etc. and there is a lot she can talk about. Kari Fazio, she’s the CFO [Chief Financial Officer], so she works with finances so she’ll be coming, she’ll be invited. Glenn Smith, Director of Facilities— a number of you asked about renovations to the dorms. Both KCass and Glenn Smith can touch on that. And Dean Balthazar is also going to be invited. So we are going to send out the invitations and next week once we know who is coming we will get more into detail about topics we want to focus on or talk about so that when we’re in our small groups people will have an idea of where they want to go. Let’s say for Glenn Smith from Facilities, [someone] might say, “I want a water thing in Merion, how do I get that done?” so they can come talk to him about it and learn through this. Any questions?

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: I was wondering when are signups for note taking and moderating going out?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Once the list is finalized so that people who are interested know what they want to sit in on. Thank you! Any other questions?

Old Business:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: So Old Business. Old Business is a time where any discussion or item can be re-visited. We have ten minutes for this item. Does anyone have anything?

Nora Dell ‘19: I was going through the old plenary minutes from 2008 and I noticed that the issue of getting quorum is a problem, but back then they used to get quorum at 11:00 or 12:00 and I thought how is this possible. So what I noticed is that they ended up starting at like 10:30 so it still took a long time to get quorum but they got it earlier. I thought that might be an idea to change what is happening at Plenary.

New Business:

Rhea Manglani ’17: Okay so New Business. New Business is a time that any questions or items for discussion may be made that pertains to the Representative

Council member’s position. We have allowed ten minutes for this agenda item. Does anyone want to end the meeting?

X: Motion to end meeting.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Second?

X: Second.

Rhea Manglani ’17: The options are yes, no, and abstain. This is a Representative Council vote only. Yes? No? Abstain? See you all next week!

Meeting adjourned at 7:26 PM.

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February 28, 2016 Minutes

February 28, 2016

Agenda:

Agenda:
Roll Call
Announcements
Your Two Cents
Big Cheese Forum Discussion Spring 2016 Plenary Recap 2016-17 EBoard Introduction Old Business
New Business

Present: Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Maria Minaya, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Jess Shill, Erin Saladin, Melanie Bahti, Sam Heyrich, Bridget Murray, Alice Bell, Emily Gifford-Smith, Olivia Hollinger, Tyler Brown-Cross, Charlette Williams, Jasmine Rangel, Celeste Ledesma, Casiana Omick, Nora Dell, Sarah Andfrew, Kyra Sagal, Hannah Chinn, Modupe Olufemi, Connie Lam, Yitan Wang, Eve Cantler, Nolan Julien, Rachel Ofili, Mara Dominguez, Rina Patel, Miranda Smith, Stephanie Montalvan, Oona Ryle

Absent: Diamond Ray, Chanel Williams, Nikitha Shakamuri, Alexis Wiltshire, Dijia Chen, Radhika Singh, Daniele Cadet, Ana Llamas, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Sneha Soni, Tosin Ajiboye, Khadijah Seay

Summary: At this week’s meeting we began with role call followed by announcements. There was one announcement from Elections Co-Heads Genesis Perez-Melara and Mariana Garcia regarding the upcoming nominations period [this election was later ruled a mis election however a new round has been started, information available in the attached March 16th Agenda and Announcements email]. There were no Two Cents. Discussion regarding Big Cheese Forum moved the Representative Council and community members to discuss potential administrators to invite to the forum on April 17th. Several representatives proposed guests from Residential Life and Dayna Levy from CPD. A motion to extend time for this agenda item did not pass. It was decided that discussion would proceed at the next meeting so the community would have more time to consider the roles of administrators and issues to be discussed the forum. Discussion then began on Spring Plenary Recap. President Rhea Manglani ’17 gave a brief recap of the resolutions presented and passed at Plenary and then raised the issue of students not wanting to extend time and discussion at Plenary for resolutions. Several community members voiced their ideas regarding the issues from the previous Plenary, including the timing of Plenary, method, advertisement, and general apathy. Time was extended until the end of speaking order. The next agenda item was Executive Board Introductions from the 2016-17 SGA Executive Board: Rhea Manglani ’17 (President), Shaina Robinson ’17 (Vice President), Jocelyne Oliveros ’18 (Treasurer), Rachel Bruce ’18 (Secretary), and Swati Shastry ’18 (Head of the Honor Board). Haverford Representatives Rina Patel ’18 and Maria Minaya ’18 presented a recent initiative by Haverford College’s Students’ Council to add additional Blue Bus Stops at both Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Both Patel and Minaya were invited to join the committee at Haverford leading the initiative. Members of the Assembly discussed the idea, and some expressed a lack of interest given a recent Plenary Resolution to reinstate a Bryn Mawr Campus Shuttle. In New Business, Nora Dell ’19 (Member-at-Large) presented an update on her Plenary Resolution on Institutional Memory and Sarah Andrews ’17 (Rock Dorm President) announced the date for Rock St. Patty’s (March 19th at 9:00 PM in Rock Common Room). The meeting was officially adjourned at 8:02 PM.

Role Call:

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

Rachel Bruce ’18: By the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania I am required to tell you that everything tonight will be recorded and posted on the SGA website.

Present: Mariana Garcia, Genesis Perez-Melara, Maria Minaya, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Jess Shill, Erin Saladin, Melanie Bahti, Sam Heyrich, Bridget Murray, Alice Bell, Emily Gifford-Smith, Olivia Hollinger, Tyler Brown-Cross, Charlette Williams, Jasmine Rangel, Celeste Ledesma, Casiana Omick, Nora Dell, Sarah Andfrew, Kyra Sagal, Hannah Chinn, Modupe Olufemi, Connie Lam, Yitan Wang, Eve Cantler, Nolan Julien, Rachel Ofili, Mara Dominguez, Rina Patel, Miranda Smith, Stephanie Montalvan

Absent: Diamond Ray, Chanel Williams, Nikitha Shakamuri, Oona Ryle, Alexis Wiltshire, Dijia Chen, Radhika Singh, Daniele Cadet, Ana Llamas, Khadijah Seay, Elizabeth Lorenzana, Sneha Soni, Tosin Ajiboye

Announcements:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Announcements is a time when anyone in the Bryn Mawr community can make an announcement.

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: I just wanted to let everyone know, if you haven’t heard already, that there is an emergency election and the election is for Curriculum Committee Head, Member-at-Large (there are no candidates but you can do a write-in) and SGA Archivist. Candidate statements and minutes are posted on the Elections Blog.

Mari Garcia ’19: Also to keep in mind that April elections are just around the corner. Available positions are Dorm Presidents, Class Presidents, Songs Mistresses, Curriculum Heads, Traditions Mistresses, Social Committee Head, Residential Council Head, Civic Engagement Representative, CPD Representative, and Honor Board representatives.

Genesis Perez-Melara ’19: You can look at descriptions on the SGA Website. Member-at-Large and Curriculum Head are for the end of the semester, SGA Archivist will be for all next year. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Your Two Cents:

Rhea Manglani ’17: So now we’re moving onto Your Two Cents. Now during this time any items for discussion or questions may be asked of the Bryn Mawr community.

Big Cheese Forum Discussion:

Rhea Manglani ’17: So moving onto Big Cheese Forum. For those of you who don’t know, Big Cheese Forum is when we invite Big Cheeses on campus, usually senior staff members but we’ve been inviting mid-tier staff too. We’ll pull up a list of senior staff members you may not totally know about so you can keep them in mind too. Reggie from the Health Center has been invited a few times, and we invite them and we host Q and A sessions or have a group discussion. We just wanted to put out that in years previous… we want to ask everyone who is present to look at the senior staff and consider those who have not been invited recently, as well as to think of people you want to invite so we can see who is available, and start inviting them now so they can start putting it on their calendars. So these are the people that fall under senior staff. We always have KCass [President Cassidy], but there are also people like Pelema (he does a lot of our Admissions work), Bob Miller, Provost Osirim, I can’t remember if we invited Dean Balthazar but Stephanie Nixon is there. There probably aren’t a lot of people that you probably haven’t seen. Just take a minute an look through and see.

Casi Omick ‘18: I feel like I don’t know what these jobs are. Like, what is Chief Development Officer?

Rhea: He is responsible for a lot of different things we do at the College. He is mostly responsible for fundraising at the College so can talk about that, including working with the set budget. We’re actually really pushing for him because he would be a really great person to invite.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: I wanted to point out that Kari might be better because she works more with fundraising and would be able to give better information, though Bob Miller is great.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Actually Swati, can you pull up the Google Doc so we can take notes?

Swati Shastry ’18: Do you want me to do it now? Rhea Manglani ’17: Yeah, so they can see it.

Erin Saladin ‘16: I know that Gina would love to come She would be a good person to talk about the new email system going into place and I think that sometimes questions about the library would come up. She would be a good person to invite.

Rina Patel ‘18: I think it would be cool to invite Wendy from the Alumni Association based on the Duck Pond Tea because it would be interesting to see how the alums and the administration interact because I’ve heard different things.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: I know last time we made a list of things we wanted to ask, I’m not sure if it would be helpful to do that again.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: I just wanted to talk about whom we’re inviting for now. We want to have another section where we can talk and be more focused about things we want to ask them.

Eve Cantler ‘16: I am wondering whom we would invite to talk about house keeping and how much they get paid. I’m not sure who is in charge of that.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: I think…but I think if you wanted to talk about that. I can’t remember her name but she would be good.

Nkechi Ampah ‘16: I think Eve was just talking about pay rates in general, like support staff and some students.

Bridget Murray ‘17: I think for Housing Keeping you would want Denise Romano.

Rhea Manglani ’17: Is there any because I know people from last year wanted people from P-Safe. Do you guys want to break into groups—so you want PSAFE?

X: Yeah, that would be great.

Rhea Manglani ’17: There’s also the Health Center or any other departments you regularly interact with.

Nkechi Ampah ‘16: I think that it’s a little hard to come up with the people without thinking about the issues; I don’t necessarily know who is in charge or what the titles actually mean.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Does anyone want to recommend issues and then we can go back?

Nolan Julien ‘18: I recommend Dayna Levy to talk about the Not-for-Profit Career Fair and the issues surrounding that last Friday.

Rhea Manglani ’17: We’ve reached the time limit for this agenda item. Hannah Chinn ‘19: Motion to extend time by fifteen minutes.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Second? This is a Representative Council vote only. Raise your hand if you would like to extend time by fifteen minutes.

Nora Dell ‘19: Ten minutes.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Second? Options are yes to extend time by ten minutes, no, and abstain.

Nora Dell ‘19: We’re voting on both, right?

Hannah Chinn ‘19: I don’t really care, either is good.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Okay so ten. Take a moment to confer with your co-held position. Ten minutes? Yes: 7, No: 8, Abstain: 3 We are not going to extend time but if you have questions or suggestions please email us at the SGA EBoard email (sga@brynmawr.edu) and we will get back to you.

Plenary Recap:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Next is Plenary Recap. Plenary was last Sunday. We had seven resolutions and all seven passed. First was the Constitution, second was waiving minutes from Honor Board hearings, third was the recommitment to the values of the Honor Code, fourth the Honor Board has discretion to report [violations] of the Academic Honor Code to higher institutions, the fifth resolution was to establish an SGA Archivist and Committee on Institutional Memory, sixth renaming and updating the Alcohol Concerns Review Board to BSLOW, and seventh was the re-installment of the campus shuttle. Really quickly we wanted to break into large groups. So this plenary we noticed whenever there was a motion to extend time and have more discussion people voted no. We want to see how you felt about this. Many of us see plenary as a time to talk about issues and confront views we don’t usually talk about and make our voices heard and good time to exchange ideas. Amendments are very interesting. Like I know nothing about the Honor Board and that would have been a

good time to hear about how people interact with it. Now we want to take some time to open this up to all of you.

Nora Dell ‘19: What if we extended the time of the question period time by like five minutes to allow more discussion:

Rhea Manglani ’17: I was just asking as far as feelings but okay.

Casi Omick ’18: I feel the reason that happens is not because of discussion but because it takes us so long to reach quorum, not because people don’t want to talk about it.

Nkechi Ampah ’16: Yes.

Rhea: So basically getting quorum. Do you have any ideas on we can try and do this faster?

Melanie Bahti ‘16: So one thing is that we started plenary at 11:30 rather than noon. I don’t know why that decision was made, but I feel like starting that half hour earlier did not help us do anything more quickly we probably would have received quorum the same time. Starting at noon might help, but that’s just a thought. I think starting that much earlier is not productive.

Jasmine Rangel ‘17: I feel like when we start guilt tripping on the Traditions page, people start to notice. I also posted stuff on the Traditions page. SGA is really does a lot and I think people loose sight of that. Maybe we should start educating people on what SGA does on campus.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: I think that our failure to reach quorum is somewhat indicative that a lot of people feel Plenary is not super beneficial and do not see the need for it and therefore do not come. A lot of people left because of work and other conflicts.

Nora Dell ‘19: I have a question for Hannah, can you elaborate on some of these conversations?

Hannah Chinn ‘19: Yes, I said hey you should come to plenary but I have work at a certain time. At least for me I know that Haffner has to be staffed. I know for the fall, people come in really excited but because it takes so long they start to lose that. People believe that SGA is not effective enough, believe that things that aren’t talked about at Plenary should be talked about at Plenary.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Completely unrelated…but I don’t know who plans the date but I know that the swim team was off campus, which is like twenty people. As a member of the Rep Council I had two absences. Maybe we should be more cautious of midterms, sporting events, etc. when we plan Plenary.

X: Where are we in speaking order?

Erin Saladin ‘16: Back to Jasmine’s point, I think that while the posts were effective, I think there are a people who wait for those posts to show up instead of waiting. I think that is because we talk about Plenary as something we have to do instead of something that is exciting.

Nkechi Ampah ‘16: So I think that one of the things is that the way we are talking about this is that we have to change the way we get quorum because I don’t think people are saying I don’t care about what happens at Bryn Mawr. Also, because plenary is something we expect the whole community to come to. This is a small meeting that makes these decisions and many people feel that this is a hostile, small environment and are afraid to speak their minds…They’re afraid people will get mad if they ask questions or “I don’t really understand what is happening or what the resolutions are,” “The language is inaccessible”, and “I don’t want to sit there”. They aren’t saying that I don’t like Plenary and that I don’t like SGA but just that there are too intimidated.

Rhea Manglani ’17: We’ve reached the end of time for this agenda item. Lillian Oyen-Ustad: Motion to extend to end of speaking order.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: Can I make a suggestion that we see who is added to speaking order before we move forward?

Rhea Manglani ’17: It’s Ann, Sarah, Hannah, Bridget, Coco, Nora, Connie, Nkechi, and Rina.

Ann Tran ‘18: Can we get a motion to extend speaking time by five minutes?

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Did anyone want to second? Okay we will vote for speaking order and then for five minutes. Please take a moment to consult your co-held positions. For end of speaking order, please raise your hands. Yes: 14, No: 1, Abstain: 2. Okay, now for five minutes. Raise your hands if yes: 4, no: 1, and abstain: 9. Okay, we’re going until the end of speaking order. That means Ann is next followed by Emily.

Ann Tran ‘18: So I guess one idea is instead of inundating Facebook with posts the morning of or the instant it begins, maybe begin a hash tag the night before just to start having the Rep Council post things. Maybe something like #whypleanrymatters so we can start making sure people show up.

Emily Gifford-Smith: I’m the president of the SAAC, and to follow up on Lillian, in the future look we should look into athletic dates. Our positions are contingent on participating in various sports (I can’t hold my position without being in a sport). Maybe when we set quorum, we could take into account people who cannot get

there in time (i.e. the swim team). Take them out of quorum just like study abroad because they cannot be there.

Sarah Andrew ‘17: Something a lot of my friends said was that with the aftermath of WTF Week that no one wanted to spend their Sunday at Plenary.

Hannah Chinn ‘19: I wanted to clarify— it’s not that people don’t care, they do, but I think SGA and Plenary in specific is not only because we have a small group making decisions, but also because people do not want to spend that much time doing something that they think doesn’t matter. We should make sure they know how much it does.

Bridget Murray ‘17: If people see there’s seven resolutions they’re like “nah, I’m okay.” We know as members of the Rep Council that it isn’t that bad (there were three by the Honor Board and another was the reaffirmation of the Constitution).

Coco Wang ‘16: So I think what we have been talking about is how we can better accommodate but I want to rethink the structure Plenary whereas technology as developed because throughout the years. We got electronic signatures to present the resolutions, is there anyway we can do it electronically? We need a certain amount of signatures, does it seem redundant to do it again and may be can leave more space at plenary to talk about more relevant resolutions.

Nora Dell ‘19: If we had better publicity and talked more to the general public on what has happened. I think Coco’s point is really great but I do want to bounce off of that. Do you mean that we should do that once we get the number of signatures or that we should not wait for quorum?

Coco Wang ‘16: Can we pass around the mic?

Nora Dell ‘19: Once we get the number of signatures online it shows that we can proceed with the resolution?

Coco Wang ‘16: It depends but if we get enough signatures then yes. Nora Dell ’19: Okay.
Rhea Manglani ‘17: We are going to move onto Connie.

Connie Lam ‘18: So I know that for Community day of Learning that they closed down some of the libraries, at least Collier. Maybe we could try to do that during Plenary for certain amount of time.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: Rina is next.

Nkechi Ampah ‘16: I think that that is not a good idea because the spirit of Plenary is that we all care about Bryn Mawr and the issues and I don’t think we should be closing our dining halls and libraries. I don’t think that will make people happy or excited about going to Plenary.

Rina Patel ‘18: I just wanted to comment related to that point that Haverford’s plenary is done during the evening and they kind of shut down the campus. It is expected that they go. Customs Groups have Plenary recaps, someone is in charge of bringing the Customs Group to plenary. Part of that has to do with being in the evening because they are done with their day and their homework. Maybe that would work better for athletes. That worked really well for Haverford.

Rhea: Do you want to move on? We’ll move on.

EBoard Introductions:

Rhea Manglani ’17: So now EBoard Introductions! I’m Rhea Manglani, she/her pronouns, class of 2017.

Shaina Robinson ‘17: I’m Shaina Robinson, she/her pronouns, class of 2017.

Jocelyne Oliveros ‘18: I’m Jocelyne Oliveros, she/her pronouns, class of 2018.

Rachel Bruce ’18: Position?

Rhea Manglani ’17: President.

Shaina Robinson ’17: Vice President.

Jocelyne Oliveros ’18: Treasurer.

Swati Shastry ’18: I’m Swati Shastry, class of 2018, Head of the Honor Board.

Rachel Bruce ’18: I’m Rachel Bruce, class of 2018, Secretary.
Old Business:

Rhea: All right so New Business. No wait, Old Business is a time that any members of the Representative Council can revisit a previous announcement. This must have been previously presented and pertain to the Representative Council member’s position.

Rina Patel ’18: We [Rina Patel ’18 and Maria Minaya ‘18] are your Haverford Liaisons. We just wanted to bring up a recent development with the Blue Bus. Haverford has a Blue Bus Committee that reached out to us about increasing times. We expressed to them that we already tried this but they are insisting we send out a

survey in addition to the plenary resolution. We want see how you all are feeling about because we feel it would be redundant given the Plenary Resolution. Would you guys be interested around Brecon? Yes, no, abstain. Questions?

Genesis Perez-Melara ‘19: How did that work with the plenary resolution with the shuttle going to Brecon and the Pensby Center?

Rina Patel ’18: I believe what happened is that but the challenge is when a new stop is introduced that it would mess up the schedule because it’s already very tight. That’s why the campus shuttle might be more effective. Is that what happened, Rachel?

Rachel Bruce ’18: Yes, basically!

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Haverford’s transportation wanted to add a new Blue Bus stop wants to add a new stop to our campus or just change the schedule?

Rina Patel ‘18: Both— add a stop there, one here, and add times so it’s not according to lunch schedules but more class schedules.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: So this is a working group at Haverford and they’re working in conjunction with the transportation department at Bryn Mawr which is Bi-Co so this is a…

Maria Minaya ‘18: He said that they have a committee and they’re working with them.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: So this is not Haverford Students’ Council coming out of nowhere.

Erin Saladin ‘16: Something people asked about at plenary was whether there was was enough demand to have a large vehicle going around to theses stops. The Blue Bus is a very large vehicle. The substance of our resolution is that we would not be able to justify having such a large vehicle.

Nolan Julien ‘18: Would the new route also include the R100? Maria: No.

Emily Gifford-Smith ‘16: So would their working group replace our plenary resolutions or would it work in tandem?

Rhea Patel ‘18: Probably in tandem but I told them we already had a plenary resolution about this. I don’t see why it would conflict with tier shuttle but if they

Nora Dell ‘19: So… we could tell them that if we added a new Blue Bus stop it could be by Brecon because they could add more buses but if we tell them that now and it ends up not working?

Rina Patel ‘18: They added a Brecon stop on their timetable.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad ‘19: Have they made any assumptions about how this would affect the Swat Van? A lot of students take classes there.

Melanie Bahti ‘16: Just going back to Erin’s point, the question of demand— who would be taking this bus and how often? I don’t see the harm in sending out a survey because it would give more information so it makes sense, like a pro-survey and anti-survey.

Rina Patel ‘18: I guess to tell you guys what the survey looks like. They said like, survey copy and pasted blue bus times and asked which do you use the most and students choose and then answer at the bottom if they are convenient or not. Maybe we could send out a survey— give out blocks to work with.

Casi Omick ‘18: I just want to say that if we send out a survey that we say how it would work with the plenary resolution but people might get very confused, because that could easily happen.

Hannah Chinn: Just a logistics question, who is on the committee? Is there anyone from Bryn Mawr?

Rina Patel ‘18: We [Rina Patel ’18 and Maria Minaya ‘18] are.

Bridget Murray ‘17: With the survey in mind, I don’t think it would be a great idea because people would get confused and also because the survey would be very jarring and that this would

Rina Patel ‘18: Keeping in mind, Haverford’s survey was sent out to the student body. Are you guys in favor of this survey, do you want us to send out a survey? Would you guys want to see a survey sent out about new Blue Bus times? Raise your hands. This is a straw pole. Hands for yes, hands for no, abstain. Cool, and anyone would you want us to be on the committee hands for yes, no, any abstentions. Cool, I like you guys back. And would you be interested in seeing more Blue Bus times? Hands for yes, no, abstentions. Okay, and would you be interested in another Blue Bus stop? Hands for yes, no, and abstentions. Thank you, we will report back to Haverford and let you know what happens.

New Business:

Rhea Manglani ‘17: New Business is a time when any new items for discussion, question, or announcements can be made by a member of the Representative

Council. This announcement must pertain to the Representative Council member’s position.

Nora: This probably should have been done during Old Business, but I wanted to update you all on the status of the plenary resolution and I wanted to give you some of the timelines. So they told me that it would take one year to transcribe all of the relevant articles they have in their archives, so I think we are going to move ahead with that. We also talked about adapting WordPress so I’m meaning with … to do that so we should have a data archive but the end of the semester. Questions? Thank you!

Sarah Andrews ’17: We wanted to let you know that Rock St. Paddy’s is March 19th at 9:00 PM in Rock Common room.

Rhea Manglani ‘17: We need a motion to end the meeting. X: Motioned.
Rhea Manglani ‘17: We need a second.
X: Second.

Rhea Manglani ’17: This is a representative council vote only. Raise your hands. The options to end the meeting are yes, no, and abstain. Yes? No? Abstain?

Motion passed by visual ballot.

Meeting adjourned at 8:02 PM.

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