Senate Minutes 10/20/2020

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS STUDENT UNION JOINT SESSION 

DATE CONVENED // October 20, 2020

LOCATION // Zoom

RECORDING SECRETARY // Kristina Lee

TIME CONVENED // 8 PM — Speaker Gaby Smith Calls to Order

Agenda:
Senate/Treasury Introductions
Class Council Appointments 
Election Commission Appointments
Statutory Change (see below) 
Election Rules 
General Budget Update 
Time permitting: Breakout Room Bonding
Project Updates/Open Forum/Student Body Pulse
Exec and Advisor Updates
Senate Snapz

Attendance

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Class Council Appointments

Senior Class Council Appointment

  • Keyon running for VP Finance
  • Adin Ehrlich for VP Programming
  • Senior class president Michelle Wang explains why the council and Beth Doores has brought Keyon and Adin to recommendation
    • Adin was president of SPB, very qualified to think of out-of-the-box programming
    • Keyon very qualified, understanding of various backgrounds
  • Q: What’s the biggest challenge facing this semester
    • The biggest challenge is finding a way to make all activities financially equitable
    • Planning out exactly on what to do for senior week, especially because Spring semester has such uncertainties, must come up with multiple plans 
  • Q: Was an application sent out?
    • 80% of class council already chosen, Adin and Keyon were brought up multiple times as a recommendation for this spot
  • Motion to move into a discussion
    • Both seem like very qualified, but some concerns on how they were selected rather than an application were given out
    • Junior class council applications were open for 2 weeks, no submissions
      • That’s when decided, all class council selections by personal outreach
      • Didn’t see interest in election/application, this was the optimal way to get those positions filled
  • Treasury Rep Zoe motions to confirm candidates
    • Senate: 12 votes in favor
    • Senate: 1 vote in abstention 

Junior Class Council Appointment

  • Jerome running for President
    • Been on the class council for the previous two years
  • Julian running for VP Programming
    • Has experience reaching out to different venues
    • Quality beneficial for programming
  • Lucas running for VP Finance
    • Very organized with money, ran a business in high school
  • Logan running for VP PR
    • Constantly productive, in Sam Fox, qualified for PR
  • Ben running for VP Administration
  • Motion to move into a discussion
    • Don’t feel comfortable knowing that candidates have been complacent in abolish greek life movement
    • The class council is not diverse in both gender and social group
    • Disappointed in their answering of Gaby’s question regarding representing identities that are not their own
    • Senate Jerome: Against 11, Abstentions 3
    • Senate Ben: Against 11, Abstentions 3
    • Senate Julian: Against 11, Abstentions 3
    • Senate Lucas: Against 11, Abstentions 4
    • Senate Logan: For 3, Against 9, Abstentions 2
    • None are confirmed

Sophomore Class Council

  • Ray Wang running for VP Admin
  • Daniel Cohen running for VP Finance
  • Liam Dai running for VP PR
  • Senate: For 14, Abstentions 1

Election Commission Appointments

  • 3 candidates
    • Bonnie Segel
    • Rene Brooks
    • Jeremy Stiava
      • Passionate about election culture, telling people to go out and vote
      • A framework to a good student union is a good, fair election
  • Senate: For 14

Statutory Changes

  • Senate: For 11, Abstentions 3
  • Passes in Senate

Election Rules

  • Change in election rules
    • For FYCC and SU for this semester
  • Vote to bar any physical campaigning
  • Senate: For: 14, Opposed: 1
  • Passes in Senate

General Budget Updates

Project Updates/Open Forum

Exec and Advisor Updates

Senate Snapz