Senate Minutes 11.11.14

Senate Minutes 11.11.14

 

  1. Introductions of Senators (Old and New)
    1. Name – year – major – favorite ice cream flavor
    2. Amelia – freshman – architecture – breakfast cereal
    3. Jace – sophomore – english/poli-sci
    4. Bo – junior – chemical engineering/finance – pumpkin cake
    5. Tommy – junior – economics/finance – macadamia island
    6. Sih – sophomore – biology/anthropology – sherbet
    7. Mike – sophomore – poli-sci – mint chocolate chip
    8. Uma – sophomore – computational biology – honey
    9. Kabir – sophomore – engineering – grasshopper pie
    10. Ani – sophomore – biology/healthcare management
    11. Nicole – sophomore – business – cookie dough
    12. Caroline – freshman – compsci/mathematics
    13. Nik – junior – neuroscience/mathematics
    14. Rahool – sophomore – biology
    15. Scott – sophomore – finance/poli-sci – cookies and cream
    16. Kelly – junior – communication design/marketing – green tea
    17. Stella – freshman – physics – chocolate
    18. Gabby – freshman – systems engineering/finance – black cherry
    19. Toby – freshman – undecided – coffee cookies and cream
  2. Upcoming Events
    1. Tuition Forum
      1. Monday 7 pm
      2. Student Union event
        1. Provost, Chancellor, 2 Vice Chancellors have reserved attendance
          1. Very important to get people to come so that high-level administrators are willing to attend these events in the future
        2. Ask student groups to come
        3. Invite all your WashU friends to the Facebook event
    2. Mental Health Panel (coprogrammed with To Write Love on Her Arms)
      1. Thursday 6 pm
    3. Senate needs to do more PR for our events!!!
      1. Not letting Exec do it for us
      2. Painting the Underpass
      3. Facebook event
      4. Flyers handed out after this meeting
        1. Divvy up spaces
      5. Reach out to StudLife
      6. Class Groups
      7. Table tents
      8. All-school email
    4. Project Progress
      1. Kabir – met with Paul Schimmele from Dining about stirfry
      2. Sih – STAC committee – 2-3 pm Fridays
        1. Searching for all-school calendar programming position
        2. want to launch in spring semester
      3. Nik – dinner with Nadeem – talking about special dining nights
      4. Scott – Dean Carroll and Stratton – build upon rescollege spirit, in particular transition from freshman to sophomore dorms
      5. Mike – Dean Carroll, head of Board of Trustees selection committee, meeting next week
        1. Outreach – domain registered – will have design ready by end of winter break
        2. Senate Advocacy Week – beginning of next semester – tabling in the DUC, BD, and per school
      6. Amelia – Community Service Office – next year will replace Service First with smaller service trips (more intimate gathering)
        1. still looking for ideas, professors to take along
    5. What is Senate?
      1. Project
        1. things to change or improve about the school
        2. meet with teachers, administrators, staff to do research and network with people who have authority to make things happen
      2. Resolution
        1. Description
          1. formal recommendation voted and approved by Senate
          2. backed by full support of SU
          3. sent to all major university administrators
        2. Parts
          1. Whereas clause – relevant facts to administration
          2. Resolved clause – recommendations for policy changes
          3. Signatories – sponsor, speaker, president
        3. How to Pass
          1. Research before writing
          2. Meet with chair and speaker about how to write
          3. Submit to review before Constitutional Council
          4. Present before Committee, then Senate
    6. Internal Elections
      1. Speaker
        1. Nominees: Tommy
        2. Vote: yes
      2. Campus Services Committee Chair
        1. Nominees: Nik
        2. Vote: yes
      3. University Initiatives Committee Chair
        1. Nominees: Bo
        2. Vote: yes
      4. Academic Affairs Committee Chair
        1. Nominees: Mike, Caroline
        2. Vote: Mike
    7. Overview of Senate
      1. SU Slogan: Advocate, Allocate, Program
        1. We advocate for campus needs and student desires
      2. Past Project/Initiatives
        1. RARA, So40 Basketball Hoops, Plastic Bag Ban, Circulator Tracking App, WashU iTunes U page, etc
      3. See Section E for actions Senate takes
      4. Senate Structure
        1. 1 Speaker – oversees Senate meetings, administrator for Senate affairs
        2. 3 Committee Chairs – oversees committees; resource for Senators doing projects
        3. Academic Affairs (AcAff)
          1. academic topics at WashU
        4. Campus Services (C Serve)
          1. non-academic campus services and facilities (ie: dining, parking and transportation, etc)
        5. University Initiatives (UI)
          1. any aspect of university experience
            1. often small, quick projects or long term ones that do not fall into other two categories
        6. Other Positions:
          1. STAC Representative
          2. Dining Services Representative
          3. Parking & Transportation Rep
          4. Social Chair
          5. Outreach Chair
          6. Secretary
      5. Senate Meetings: Tuesday night at 9:30 pm
        1. may have administrator presentations
        2. Robert’s Rules of Order
        3. Speaker’s List
        4. Special Meeting
          1. State of the University
          2. Tuition Forum
          3. General Budget (joint meeting w/Treasury)
        5. Open forum/updates at end of each meeting
      6. Attendance Policy
        1. Max 2 unexcused absences per term before consequences
          1. Unacceptable for leadership to miss any meetings
        2. Excused absences include tests and presentations (email the Speaker beforehand!)
        3. Come to meetings to learn the good stuff early
    8. Exec Updates
      1. All new committee chairs need to schedule one-on-one meeting with Mike
      2. Jessica Rebbit, Dec 19, Graham Chapel, Diversity & Social Justice educator coming to speak
      3. Thanks for coming to inauguration and congrats to the newly elected!