Treasury Minutes 11/17/2020

Student Union Treasury

Meeting Minutes

Date: November 17, 2020

  1. Call to Order

Speaker of the Treasury called to order the Treasury session at 8:00PM today on Zoom.

  1.  Roll Call
1Fadel AlkilaniBC ChairFallP
2Stephanie SarkarBCSpringP
3Raghed Abdel-TawabBCFallP
4Justina GuoACP
5Hannah ShapiroACSpringP
6Zoë HancockAC ChairSpringP
7David WanACFallP
8Jon LiBCSpringP
9Alim MerchantBCSpringP
10Joel BrodyBCSpringP
11Mishka NarasimhanACT
12Malar MuthukumarBCSpringP
13Max RoitblatBCSpringP
14Bryan PeltierACFallP
15Jeremy KunenACFallT
16Jordan WagnerBCP
17Zachary SorensenSpeakerFallP
18Keith NelsonACFallA
19Faith NgundiACSpringT
20Melinda XuACE
21Otto BrownBCFallP

* P – Present     T – Tardy     A – Absent     E – Excused

  1. AC Presentation on New Group Recognition

Presented by AC Chair, Zoë Hancock

The AC Chair presented the new groups that the Activities Committee approved this semester. These groups are different from the “emergency” approvals made over the summer due to COVID.

  1. Q&A
Alim – how will pickleball operate next semester given pickleball is an in person group?AC voted to approve because the group wants to begin the process of category upgrades in the future & SU resources.
Max – Could you go through the subjective criteria that AC uses?Got rid of the point-based system that was used in the past. The committee discussed  accessibility, diversity/distinguishability from other student groups, net benefits to campus, among others.
Alim – Are there any other groups that will likely not function next semester? Will they offer remote options?All groups will have to follow CL regulations. Groups want to be active to develop exec boards and relationships/outreach.
Alim – Does pickleball have any plans that will be aided by being recognized right now? Activities Fair will be online again and they wanted to be present there. Applications will not be approved by the time the Activities Fair takes place.

    Motion to move to discussion & seconded.

  1. Discussion
Alim – Doesn’t see any harm in approving pickleball now, but doesn’t see any real benefit either.
Fadel – Since these groups will be Cat 5, Fadel is willing to trust AC’s decision.

    Motion to vote & seconded

  1. Vote
DecisionTreasury viewed the process as being sound and appreciated AC for their work in recognizing these groups.
  1. AC Presentation on Category Changes

Presented by AC Chair, Zoë Hancock

The AC Chair presented the category changes that the Activities Committee approved this semester.

  1. Q&A
Malar – What is ENT and why are they upgrading?ENT is an entrepreneurship fraternity (similar to business fraternities) and they have grown significantly in size this semester.
Alim – What is Bridge Club?They play bridge.

Motion to move to discussion & seconded.

  1. Discussion
Alim – All of these changes make sense.
Fadel – These groups have been really active on Instagram, more so than other groups. Fadel is partial to Bridge Club (one of their players placed 2nd in the College Bridge monthly competition).

    Motion to vote & seconded

  1. Vote
DecisionTreasury appreciated AC’s work on category changes and found the process to be sound.

  1. Constitutional Council Confirmations

Nominees: Elijah Wiesman, Maurice Wang, Julia Cleary, and McKenna Smith (joined at 8:56)

The nominees each gave a brief presentation on why they wanted to serve on the Constitutional Council.

  1. Q&A
Bryan – will we be voting on the nominee who isn’t here?It is up to the body and whether we are comfortable or not. Ranen said that McKenna was taking a mandatory chemistry exam and was unable to come tonight, but he felt she was very qualified.
Fadel – Question to Ethan: why is so much of the application not visible to Treasury?The Council created a 9 question application and shared a 54 page memorandum on the SU website about the nominees. Ranen Zoom chatted that the main question was about the Fall 2019 decision and Zach felt that it was not appropriate to use that 
Fadel – What do you mean when you said you hoped to be in the dissent?
Otto – Why did you choose to try and fix SU from Constitutional Council as opposed to a different part of SU?Wrote this a month ago, and doesn’t remember what he wrote. Is a student activist and wanted to reform from Con Council, not from Senate or Treasury. Doesn’t like the nomination process for Treasury or Senate but acknowledges that he is being appointed.
David – can you expand on the ethical experience you referenced in your application?Created a sexual assault prevention program in high school and that was provided some ethical insight which he hopes to bring that to Treasury.
Fadel – you talk about rehabilitation in your application but Con Council doesn’t deal with rehabilitation. Have you had the chance to read the SU Constitution? Rehabilitation came from a previous experience in high school and she recognizes that this doesn’t really fit within the scope of Con Council.
Zoë – what’s your position on the maintenance of a university policy that isn’t right?Have to go with what is written first, but if people feel that this is wrong, then they can reform afterwards.

Motion to move to discussion & seconded. Nominees left the Zoom.

  1. Discussion
Fadel – We should give them a shot. We should leave the process up to Con Council as we have in the past. Good to have some more “typical” nominees as well as some who are more critical of SU.
Zoë – Agrees with Fadel. Excited about the different perspectives that the nominees will bring. Process was concealed for a good reason.
Alim – Echo what Zoë & Fadel said.

    Motion to vote & seconded

  1. Vote
DecisionAfter hearing from all four nominees, Treasury felt that all candidates were qualified and voted to confirm all nominees.
  1. Open Forum
Zach gets sappy about the end of his “era” as Speaker. Tried to think of himself as Speaker Emeritus Agneesh Dasgupta.Zach
Reflected on Zach’s time as Speaker in an effort to wait for the cookies. Fadel
Stay civically engaged.Otto
  1. Updates
Speaker and Committee Chair:
No meeting next week unless there is an urgent appeal as it is SU election day. The following meeting will be internal elections, and this is Zach’s last meeting as Speaker.Zach (Speaker)
No update.Zoë (AC Chair)
No update.Fadel (BC Chair)
Tuition forum is December 16 from 6 to 7:30. The panelists include a whole host of university administrators. Alexa will reach out over Thanksgiving Break to seek input.More dedicated sessions in the coming weeks about the financial restructure. Ideally there will be a soft rollout of the new structure next semester. Business Coordinators + Janice will continue working on determining whether flat funding is feasible.Alexa (VPF)
No update.Janice
  1. Adjournment
Session Adjourned At:9:26
Minutes Submitted By:Otto Brown
Minutes Approved By:Zachary Sorensen