AAS Senate

Thursday, November 20 2003

 

I. Attendance

 

SENIOR SENATORS

17

Kay Bradley

X

Geoffrey Brounell

X

Mihailis Diamantis

X

A.J. Korytoski

X

Lincoln Mayer

X

Luke Swarthout

X

JUNIOR SENATORS

 

Ethan Davis

X

Rosalyn Foster

X

Jin-Young Kim

X

Gabriel Mattera

X

Daniel Reiss

X

Christian Sanchez

X

David Scherr

X

Justin Sharaf

X

SOPHOMORE SENATORS

 

Rania Arja

X

Taamiti Bankole

X

Caleb Deats

X

John Lian

X

Molibi Maphanyane

X

Mira Serrill-Robins

X

Ian Shin

X

Matt Vanneman

X

FRESHMEN SENATORS

 

Richa Bhala

/

Avi Das

U

Noah Isserman

U

Marco Locascio

U

Gloria Monfrini

X

Levan Moulton

X

Christina Ryu

X

Jacob Thomas

U

TOTAL SENATORS

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

 

Andre Deckrow

X

Elan Ghazal

X

Ryan Park

X

Paris Wallace

X

LEGEND:

 

 

 

 

 

x = Present

 

 

 

 

E = Excused Absence

 

 

U = Unexcused Absence

 

/ = Half an Absence

 

 

17 11/20/03

 

II. Call to Order (8:04)

 

III. Officer Reports

A. Vice-President

Elan: Rules for all non-senators: no motions or votes can be called. Points of information supercedes speaker list. No rhetorical questions. All questions need to be related to the issue on the floor or will be out of order. If club is being misrepresented, points of personal privilege will be entertained.

 

Molibi was absent after being excused due to an emergency. Alex is no longer a secretary. Other E-board members will take up the post of Secretary until new one is selected.

 

B. Treasurer

Paris: Potential error in budgeting process: club which has applied for funding has misrepresented itself. In multiple occasions, ski team stated that it was required to send 10 men and women to send to competitions. After consultations, it has been determined that no such requirement exists. This discovery undermines the budget process and undermines that club’s budget request.

 

IV. Announcements

A. Ski Club

A.J.: I said that we will be sending 10 men and women to the race. I may have used the word ‘require’ but if we have a full roster, we are expected to send 10 men and women. We may not send more than that. With full roster, in the league, the club is expected to send that number. The league member stated that it represented a “handicap” in the ski program if a lower number was sent. Due to the increased interest this year, we would like to keep the budget to compete.

 

Kelly: In addition, in order to be recognized, we were required to send a statement of non-discrimination which included a handicap clause. In the past, we were obligated to provide the best ski program as possible and we would have to be forced to make cuts based on ability. These cuts could be arbitrary but since it is a competitive ski team, these cuts would not be good.

 

B. Karate Club

Matt: This all being said, the BC met and recorded all the grievances with the budget process. Only one error was found. I yield to Ethan.

 

Ethan: I move to allocate $860 to the karate club taken from ASA. As the list of complaints regarding the budgets was examined, a factual error was discovered only a couple of days ago. We thought that Hampshire College offered karate but this is not the case. The entire BC was in agreement on this particular reallocation. The karate club will have enough money to fund their instructor.

 

Lincoln: What will be the effect of this change in funding for the ASA?

 

Ethan: $4000 were given for parties. This will not have a big effect on the parties.

 

Matt: The ASA party is a collection of rappers and other hip-hop artists. By removing this money, they will only lose one performer which is a minimal impact.

 

Sam: I thought that this was a concert and not a party. If this is such a trivial cut, why didn’t you make this on the first round?

 

Matt: They have a list of performers who they want to do. They must choose between the ones that they want to bring. If we were to lose a performer, this would be minimal. We did not think that the karate club needed to fund the instructor before but now we do.

 

Janice (ASA): It’s really not a party at all. $4000 for a party is a lot. It’s a concert for Asian-American artists. Not only does the campus get to see Asian-Americans but by cutting this money, it would be punishing the ASA. It’s not sending a good message to the school clubs.

 

Rania: We reallocated the money to several clubs not just to ASA. I believe that the ASA has done a good job – we wanted to reward clubs, like the ASA which will expose students to underground Asian artists. Since this club has worked hard, it does not deserve to be punished.

 

Lincoln: This strikes me as a moot point at the moment. There seems to be more debate than expected on the ski team. Before we decide on whether we go to the ASA, we should resolve the ski team question.

 

Ethan: I withdraw motion regarding karate.

 

V. Debate on Ski Club

Mihailis: I would like to make a motion to cut the ski team in half so that only 5 men and women are sent to competitions.

 

Motion to cut ski team’s tournament’s fees in half.

 

Mihailis: I was given the impression that 10 men and women had to be sent to the tournament, otherwise the ski team would be penalized. Given this new information, only 3 have to be sent to the tournament, we were being generous to the ski team.

 

Luke: Motion to end this discussion at 8:40 on Mihailis’ motion. Motion passes.

 

Dan: I don’t know how well it’s achieved by cutting the fees in half. How much would it cost to send 5 men and women to ski competitions? Then we can subtract it from what they have rather than cutting the budget recommendation in half.

 

Elan: We can only make cuts on the present recommendations. We can cut tournament fees on the budget that was recommended by the BC.

 

Dan: I don’t trust the line items off the bat.

 

A.J.: We had 17 racers in the team last year.

 

Rania: I felt that I was misled. I was required that they had to send 20 people, not that it was a maximum. This year they are requesting more than $20,000 which is far more than last year, which was at $9200.

 

Molibi: I would like to amend the amendment to completely defund ski team. As a senator, BC member, I am insulted and enraged that any club would have the audacity to mislead us. We can’t afford to have things like this going on. If anyone misleads us, we cannot give them any money. I feel like A.J. used the position on the Senate and now the whole student body is questioning us. I would like A.J. to step down or I will move to impeach you.

 

Kelly: I just wanted people to consider – when you’re cutting the budget, you’re saying – if you say that the soccer team is required to play with 6 people, you can play with 5 but you would be suffering from a serious handicap. In skis, people fall or get disqualified, etc. So if you cut the team by half, you are misconstruing the situation.

 

A.J.: My perception of league requirements was that if you could field 10 men and women, you had to do so. I do not feel that I was being dishonest. I required the league coordinator this morning: we can race with a handicap but my perception before this morning was that if we had a roster big enough, we were required to send 10 men and women to the competition. If you limit the member requirement for the ski team, you will have to do this for other teams as well.

 

Mira: I feel that the ski team was more forthcoming than other teams. I have gotten heated about this in the past. I don’t know how everyone else missed this but I knew that the ski team did not have 20 people in the past. I got from A.J. that if they could get 20 people they had to field 20 people. Furthermore, they are a competitive team, we should encourage them to do as well as possible and field as many as possible. We should support them competing. We should encourage that as much as possible.

 

Jin-Young: I do not want to speak in defense of the ski team but in defense of a particular Senate member. I do not think we can introduce language like “lying” because we are assuming many things. Perceptions are different from fact. Perhaps their perception was different from the Senate’s so please do not use that kind of language.

 

Sam: If I recall correctly, some of the things that were cited regarding the 3 groups that were defunded was that it was for financial mismanagement. The recommendation for these measures was a means of punishing them regardless of their intent. So regardless, I don’t see how the ski team can get off scot free if other teams are punished for the same punishment.

 

Ethan: I am disturbed by these revelations. This is bizarre outrage, however because it isn’t a big deal. Why would you arbitrarily limit the team?

 

Mihailis: The ski team is costing the Amherst student body $1200 for each team member. It seems the natural thing to do for the ski team given the misrepresentation, intentional or not. This would fund the minimal requirements of funding for the ski team. And also, as far as I understand, for the crew team and the rugby team, the costs are not on the individual basis but on the team basis which is not the case with the ski team.

 

Roz: While the ski team can operate with 5 members, it is not at their advantage to do so. Racers do not finish and so by limiting the ski team, you are limiting the number of people that can compete in Amherst’s name. They were a varsity team and they do deserve some respect. They cannot operate with only 5 members.

 

Luke: With all due respect to everybody, it feels like a rediscussion of what we had on Monday. I call the question.

 

Paris: I just think that basically, what does it mean to be a club? I think that most clubs got on average 33% of their requested budgets. When you cut La Causa by 66%, it’s going to be hard for them to operate. No, they don’t have fixed costs but a) I do not personally care if when I’m at home during interterm, I don’t have representation. I would rather have events. Why is it so important for 10 people representing Amherst in Vermont than 5?

 

Lincoln: It sounds to me that during the budgetary process, there may have been some deception, which may have not been willful. The question is: will we punish the ski team, which is different from whether or not they’re funded. Motion to extend time till 9:00.

 

MOTION PASSES.

 

Alex: Regardless of the issues of punishment, the reasons for the BC recommendations was to allow clubs to function. Now, if the ski team can function with a cut in the budget, they can function and their budget could be cut. So if we can take money from the ski team which can operate and give it to other clubs that can’t function right now, it would be fine.

 

Levan: The ski team does not mean much to the student body because of its costly dues for entrance. I think the ski team should be punished just like other clubs that were punished.

 

Rania: First, I want to remind people that we’re not completely defunding them. They did get $10,000 earlier. I don’t see the disadvantage in limiting the number of people for the ski team. There are other clubs that fight for the dollar, like La Causa while club sports that request money are given. It is not the AAS’s responsibility to fund club sports.

 

Dan: First, the BC made this recommendation under the impression of certain information. Of this information, words were used such as “barebones minimum” and “required”. If it was a mistake, fine, but it is unfortunately the responsibility of the club president to get the facts straight. The decisions made on Monday night were made on the language used by him. The issue is not whether the ski team can operate at a handicap – the ski team was misrepresented. They did not say, “Look, we can operate at a handicap but we don’t want to do that so please fund us to the maximum.” I think it would take another few weeks before the BC can come to an informed justification on how much money they want to give ski team. This is not our fault.

 

Justin: I am totally behind the ski team. I think A.J. is one of the most organized people with regards the budget of his club. I think that the senators who have spoken against the ski team need to be balanced with senators for the ski team. Mihailis is throwing numbers out, $1200 etc. I think they are misrepresenting the ski team. I would like to ask A.J. to tell us the numbers. The same people are speaking over and over again.

 

A.J.: I did not mean to misrepresent the ski team. I think other clubs misrepresented as well. I conveyed the information to the best of my ability. Last year, we got more than $9200 through discretionary spending and the fall budget. This year, the costs are higher: we have increased dues by $25. The financial burden faced by each member is higher now.

 

Matt: We want to defund ski team to 0. This would leave them to 10,000 which would make each member pay $700, which would destroy the team. There are 28 other members, why should they be punished for the mistakes of one person?

 

Gabriel: I move the question.

 

MOTION FAILS.

 

Russell: On what are you going to decide how do you decide on funding clubs? The response was, “We’re like Santa Claus, we know who’s been naughty and who’s not.” What we’re hearing now is that the ski team has been naughty. I think we ought to have appeals because we ought to determine the value of each club for the campus. I don’t see how a team that costs 20-odd thousand dollars will provide anything for this campus. It’s different from crew and rugby which does things on campus. I am not going to go to a ski race which takes place in January.

 

Gloria: First of all, I would like to respond to Matt. We can hold the team accountable for the actions of one person. For BSU, for example, the president did not submit his budget on time and this year, the BSU will not have a budget. Secondly, the statement that “most clubs misrepresent themselves” deeply offends me.

 

A.J.: Varsity clubs were varsity sports that were demoted due to Title 9 in the 90s. The only exception I know is crew, which gets coaching from the athletic department. Other clubs do not get any thing from the department.

 

Megan: I did value the ski team when I competed. It was a great opportunity and this is something that you can’t do other than in college. You’ll never have this other where or in other situations. For Russell’s point, there’s nothing we can do about the fact that we don’t have a mountain at Amherst. I don’t think we should be condemned for not having any home races. I think we provide as much value as any other club.

 

Molibi: I think club sports are great and we should keep them. The issue is this: we have to trust club sports for giving us correct information to make our job easier. We do feel they are important but if a club comes and gives untrue numbers to us, I don’t know how we are supposed to deal with us. We have talked about clubs that have been punished like BSU and Change for Change and we should apply that in this case. The opportunity was there for the president to give us information. The ski team said that they were required to send 10 men and women.

 

Motion on amendment on amendment regarding decreasing funding of ski team to 0. MOTION FAILS 12-14. See Vote 19 below.

 

Vote on cutting ski team funding to half of what was given. MOTION PASSES 16-10. See Vote 20 below.

 

Elan: $3,930 is now freed as a result.

 

VII. Amendments to Spring Budget

A. Hamster Club

Gabriel: I move to give the Hamster enough money for 2 black and white editions.

 

Ryan: I’ve been in contact with some of the editors of Hamster. I am not changing my stance that we should not fund them for this semester but they have agreed to operate under an official code of conduct that pretty much addresses the concerns I had earlier with the publication.

 

Aparna (Letter sent to AAS from Hamster): Dear Ryan, Paris, and Elan,

Hi, this is Aparna. I am writing to you as co-editor in chief of The
Hamster. I hope you are doing well.
I am just sending you this letter so you are informed of the issues I am
addressing with the rest of the senators. Here is what I have discussed (via
email) with the majority of them:

I am writing in regards to your obvious interest with the content of our
publication.  As you are the voice of the student body, we would be very
interested in creating a dialogue with you concerning our publication.
Perhaps reviewing possible guidelines for future censorship, and exploring
more options for improving our publication with you, are both roads we could
discuss taking. I also met with Dean Lieber today to discuss liability
issues, and we decided that in future issues, questionable material could be
run by the campus legal representation to ensure that inappropriate content
will not be included.

I appreciate your attention to the quality of the school's publications, and
hope you can support us in improving our existing magazine rather then
shutting it down.

I am asking for your support in giving the Hamster the minimum funding
necessary to operate as a publication next semester.  We are asking for 939
dollars for two black and white issues or 1269.50 for one color issue. All
other publications received funding except for the Hamster albeit some
received half of what they asked for while others were granted in full for
all their issues.  It should be considered that some of this "bare bones"
money should be allocated to another campus publication.

Here is a response to the recommendation that we be denied funding for the
spring semester.
The BC's complaints against us were roughly the following (though we
attempted to contact the BC and the never replied with exact reasons why we
would not be funded):
1. The Hamster is not funny/intellectual
2. Payment issues in the past
3. Potentially libelous statements published in the last issue
4. Changing to CopyCat printing
5. The option of printing online instead

We submit to you the clear reasons why the BC has no legitimate reason for
denying our funding, beyond merely "disliking us":
Satire is supposed to incite controversy and make people uncomfortable.  We,
by no means, claim to be a humor publication.
The Hamster has provided a creative outlet for 100+ members of its growing
and always open staff network.
Issues of the Hamster have recently been printed in reasonable amount that
have NEVER been left over in Valentine.

Secondly, the libelous statements published in the last issue were not
libelous in the least in that all the statements were true facts, and were
well protected to ensure that the student involved would not see the article
as a personal attack.
FACT: The Indicator makes citations in its This Week in Indicator History
parodying alumni of the school.  This section could also be considered
libelous.  However, we trust that they work in good faith as do we. We
ensure that this has been the case in past issues of the Hamster as well.

Since the beginning of this fall semester, the Hamster has been under new
leadership, and the payment issues of the past were under a different set of
club heads.
We have paid our bills in a timely and efficient manner this semester thus
far.

In regards to the Hamster printing at the Copy Cat for the last issue.  This
issue was printed at the Copy Cat due to logistical issues in making our
deadline.  All the layout programs were removed from Seeley Mudd without
prior notification over the summer, and thus, layout had to be completed off
campus (via Mt Holyoke) at the last minute.
We tried using the CAP Center but it would not support our large documents.
We have always searched for the cheapest printing place before we settled on
them.

Finally, in regards to publishing online.  We do not see why only in the
case of our publication is that option a valid one.
Publishing a publication involves writers and editors NOT JUST WEBMASTERS.
FACT: The Current AAS President stipulated that he would bring paper copies
of the New York Times to Amherst.  If bringing paper copies of a prominent
newspaper that can be accessed online constitutes a significant impact, we
would apply the same argument to ourselves.

If the Senate cuts off our funding now, we will not have the ability to
improve our quality in the least or address any of the issues from the
previous Hamster.

 

Aparna: We would like to make some amendments by proposing a Code of Conduct. Reads Code of Conduct. We would just like to encourage you to support our current spending request so that we can redeem ourselves. We thank the senators for their honesty and we hope we can address the concerns of the student body.

 

Roz: I thank the Hamster for coming up with the code of conduct but one of the decisions of the BC was that they had another means of production of the Hamster. I urge the senator to take that decision. The Hamster can still operate as a publication without printed materials.

 

Justin: We are ignoring the point that they put out an issue last month that openly made fun of a fellow student of ours and I was very offended. As Ryan said last week, it was a Valentine worker’s child that went up to him and said that he was offended by the material. They should go through the motions – they should design the issue and show us that they are worthy of printing. Right now, I don’t think they are. If we are going to decrease the ski team’s allocation for one mistake, we should not support the Hamster.

 

Lincoln: We have to discipline ourselves on how much discussion on how much each club should get. We should not give money freed from the decision regarding the ski team to other clubs right now. We should move to discuss individual clubs to 7 minutes only.

 

MOTION PASSES.

 

Mohilis: I would like to propose an amendment. I would like to fund half the original amount of Hamster so that it can get 1 issue out and then come back to us for the second on discretionary. We have a lot of clubs that have a lot of pressing concerns right now. The Hamster will be able to move on with their club but then will have to come back to us for the second.


Gabriel: I already downgraded what the Hamster wanted from a color issue which would have been more expensive to black and white. This amendment is hostile.

 

Lincoln: I would like to see the Hamster do an issue, perhaps electronic, before we can fund them just yet. Perhaps next semester we can do this.

 

Matt: I have talked to 25 people. Two people have said that they liked it but it was inconsistent in terms of humor. Many people thought that it was stupid.

 

Paris: Funding hard drive disk is possible as clubs can use AAS computers to publish their materials.

 

Ethan: I reject the alternate publication of the Hamster. I don’t accept the ‘funny’ argument either. Now that we have $3000 more, why would we spend it on a publication that has proven itself irresponsible? We should fund something else like the karate club.

 

Mira: Hamster is embarrassing. They do not put the time out on their issues. It is very poorly put together but they get more than $5000 dollars. I think we’re funding for copies to sent to other campuses. I don’t see why our student government has to fund it all since many of its writers are at Mt. Holyoke. I think that we should get more details – when are they publishing and what’s going to be in it. I also wrote a long email to the Hamster last night.

 

Ryan: I support the amendment.

 

Sam: I want to compliment those senators who worked with the Hamster regarding their reasons for decreasing funding for the Hamster. I think we should reject this amendment so that we can fund at least 2 issues. Why? I was responsible for the blowjob graphic and other people should not be punished.

 

Gabriel: They have obviously made the effort to work on their conduct. We should not support the amendment.

 

Aparna (Hamster): $939 is the cheapest deal we are getting.

 

Ted: I think it’s dangerous to look at what constituents like or dislike when it comes to clubs. It is dangerous to say, “people I represent don’t like what you do, therefore your club does not deserve funding.”

 

Voting on:

1. Amendment on Amendment to allow only 1 Hamster Issue and not two: MOTION PASSES 17-8. See Vote 21 below.

2. Amendment giving Hamster $457 for one issue of black and white Hamster. MOTION PASSES 14-12. See Vote 22 below.

 

Dan: I would like to ask AJ question. With half the team skiing, what are the total training costs incurred?

 

A.J.: The training costs do not change.

 

B. Karate club

Dan: Amendment: Isshinryu Karate should get $860 for their instructor. The club has value and before, we were not able to fund their instructor but now we do have money. I think it’s worth funding their instructor.

 

Paris: I don’t think it would be bad to fund it in full. There is $3460 left over.

 

Molibi: I motion to fund it in full as we value competitive clubs.

 

Luke: We should deal with this issue holistically rather than piecemeal. We should find out who needs funding at once rather than watch the money dwindle down.

 

Rachel: I represent karate. We can live without tournament fees but we need the instructor.

 

Mira: I call the question regarding amendment to the motion.

 

Voting on amendment to change amendment to $1260 from $860. Motion PASSES 19-8. See Vote 23 Below.

 

Voting on whether to provide $1260 to Karate Club: Motion PASSES 24-2. See Vote 24 Below.

 

C. Republican Club

Roz: I move to increase republicans’ funding for firearms safety from 0 to $300.

 

Ted: I was very surprised that the Republican Club received $35 this semester. We requested $700 which was quite small. We receive 5% of our request. This is the smallest percentage of any club’s request. I know that the Republican Club and the AAS have had their differences. I don’t really care if you all care the Republican Party or conservative ideals or firearms training as that’s not what your job is. What you do have to realize is that there are students at this campus who do care about this. The firearms safety trip has occurred for three years and the AAS has approved the budget in previous years. Moreover, the trip has encouraged debate regarding gun control. There are plenty of things that I don’t agree with like the $1000 for a trip to Washington D.C. to support abortion rights. But I recognize that my schoolmates do care about that issue. Since the Republicans have existed for more than a century, I think it’s ridiculous that we only received $35. Only $10 received for advertising while Dems received $35. We need $300 which is required to use the range and the facilities.

 

Rania: how does shooting targets encourage debate?

 

Ted: A lot of students are surprised that their fees go to students to use guns. And that itself opens up a dialogue about the issue.

 

Paris: This had nothing to do with the value of your club on campus. I just wanted to read an excerpt: “One of the main things of the Republican Party is the right to own a firearm. To this end, we wish to have a firearms training trip.” However, because you did not itemize the costs or knew where you were going or how many were going, we did not think that you knew what you were doing with the money.

 

Luke: We ought to consider whether there are other things to fund before we go for this. I support the current amendment but I think we should form a list first.

 

Lincoln: I call the question.

 

Dave: I do not think that this is a time-sensitive issue. I think that it can be given out in discretionary funding next semester.

 

Ted: I think we’re on the equal plane of the Hamster which was given money half hour ago.

 

Vote on giving Republicans money: Motion PASSES 19-2. See Vote 25 Below.

 

Luke: What other clubs want funding now?

 

Elan: This is the list from Monday’s meeting.

 

D. La Causa Party

Matt: Why is La Causa party time sensitive?

 

Christian: I was informed that it was to be held in the first week when we got back.

 

Matt: Every other matter in this list, all of these things have money allocated to them in their line-up. They are not time-sensitive. These measures are ideal for discretionary. Instead of having a hasty debate now, we should keep the money. We only have 11% left so we should be extremely careful.

 

Andre: I think that the BC is kind of saying that they are beyond reproach on the budgets that it recommended. The clubs came over here because they felt that their budgets were not proper. I think it’s wrong not to let the clubs discuss the matter here.

 

Ryan: While these may not be time-sensitive, we should discuss the matter with the clubs, like La Causa. We have to at least hear them out.

 

Molibi: The $300 party for La Causa was not funded because it had nothing to do with the mission statement of the club. The $300 party would just be a party with a DJ.

Christina: The party may not seem cultural but it is because the main element is music. This is the only event that focuses on Latino music as a part of our culture and if we don’t get this funding we will not be able to get this party. This has been a tradition every semester for as long as anybody knows. This is one of the few events that bring together Five College students.

 

Molibi: Since the legitimacy has been justified, I feel that it should be funded. Can you get La Casa to pay for half of it?

 

Christina: It’s not a La Casa event. We only hold it there because it’s big enough. It’s not organized by La Casa residents. The clean-up and set-up does not have La Casa members.

 

Mihailis: We need to know which clubs are time-sensitive and which are not.

 

Matt: Copoiera can pay for half of their meetings. It is not a time-sensitive issue.

 

Further Room: We want to get enough money so that we can get an issue out as soon as the second semester starts. We want to bring 2 out next semester.

 

Snowboarding: Time-sensitive because of Interterm.

 

Tae-Kwan Do: Not time-sensitive.

 

Ballroom: Time-sensitive because I would like to have a lesson a week to focus on Argentine Tango which would take up all of my lessons. The schedule of the lessons depends on what happens here.

 

Newman Club: Whether we return our books or not depends on what happens here today.

 

ISA: Not time-sensitive.

 

Paris: Let me justify why these clubs did not get their funding before.

Copoeria: It’s a five-college thing. Hamster plays $1260 to be apart of it. It is more expensive than any other martial-arts.

 

Further Room: They did not publish last semester or this semester. Most of their submissions came out of Creative Writing. We thought that we would only fund half to see what they put out.

 

La Causa: We are increasing the social council board money next semester so they will have enough money.

 

Tae-Kwan Do: There’s no idea what tournaments they specifically want to go to. They have not planned it out whatsoever so this cannot be time-sensitive.

 

Ballroom: We can all agree that the number of lessons is a bit excessive. We funded it so that a lesson could happen every other week. A lesson every week would not lead to increased participation.

 

Newman: I think that the Religion Center could deal with this issue. And the books have already been bought.

 

Christian: Make a motion to give la Causa the 300 dollars. There is a possibility that the Program Board will get money but the party is time-sensitive. This is the only parties that are open – it is one of the best attended events. It will be a very efficient expenditure.

 

Paris: They also charge five-college students for this event.

 

Molibi: Why should we pay for this in full? Why is it happening at the beginning of the semester?

 

La Causa: We were unaware that SoCo or Program board were able to give for parties. We had always depended on AAS. We like to do this at the beginning of the semester to bring attention to la Causa. Since we get money at the beginning of the semester, we can also use the money for other events through the rest of the year.

 

Lincoln: I’m going to introduce an amendment so that in addition to funding la Causa, we shall also fund Ballroom (400) Newman (250), Tae-Kwan Do (250.50), A Further Room (600). These are all worthwhile projects that should be funded.

 

Reicha: Where did you get the numbers?

 

Lincoln: We’re funding Ballroom, Newman, La Causa. The other ones we can do discretionary in the spring.

 

Tae-Kwan Do: We remove our request.

 

Matt: The Senate shouldn’t be dealing with the minutiae, that is the job of the BC. That being said, the only thing that is time-sensitive is the la causa event. So, let’s vote on that and the rest should get nothing.

 

Paris: I second Matt. It’s pretty ridiculous to make arbitrary decisions right now. We can put the money in discretionary and deal with this later.

 

Lincoln: I withdraw my motion. But I think that since La Causa is urgent, it should be funded. Ballroom should also receive their money for their Tango month.

 

Mihailis: I think that Further Room should get $800.

 

Roz: Is it possible to condense the issue so that 1200 dollars is a reasonable cost for the issue?

 

Further Room (Conor): It is already fairly short and we use high-quality paper. So, the absolute minimum to publish 600 copies is fewer than we have published in the past is 2000 dollars. I ask to fund it enough to publish our first issue so that we can come back for discretionary funding later.

 

Mira: I move the question.

 

Voting on $300 for La Causa and $800 to Further Room (amendment to amendment on La Causa): Motion fails 11-15. See Vote 26 Below.

 

Discussion of original amendment.

 

Molibi: I think we should take this away and vote on this on Monday. Right now I don’t think we are spending any attention.

 

Ethan: Call the question.

 

Motion on funding for La Causa: Motion passes 20-6. See Vote 27 Below.

 

Roz: Question has been called.

 

Gloria: Objection. I would like to allocate $250 to Newman club. I think they need to know so that they can return the books they bought in the fall in order to get new books.

 

Newman (Joe): Any amount would be good as the priest spent the money out of his own pocket.

 

Voting on Newman increase: Motion fails. See Vote 28 Below.

 

Luke: Motion to fund Ballroom for $200.

 

Marney (Ballroom): I will need $200 for lessons. We have new features this semester. I would like more lessons. Having 4 lessons means having one lesson a month. In this system, students would learn styles without ever going in-depth. Now, I’d like to focus on Argentine Tango with 1 a week. If I don’t get this money, I will not do February lessons. My schedule depends on what happens here which is why I can’t go through discretionary funding.

 

Voting on $200 for Ballroom: Motion passes. See Vote 29 Below.

 

Sam: I honestly think that the AAS has neglected the only time-sensitive issue on the list. Someone needs to fund snowboarding.

 

Paris: At this point, we just decided something without any discussion. We just made an arbitrary decision without any discussion. We went against the BC recommendation. If we’re too tired, we should do this on Monday.

 

Lincoln: I move the question.

 

Voting on whether to move the question: Motion passes.

 

Voting on the spring budget allocation: Passes. See Vote 30 Below.

 

Luke: I think that A.J. has impeccable character and I don’t want this Senate meeting to end without saying that A.J. is a great senator and I disagree all the accusations against him.

 

Lincoln: Motion to adjourn.

 

Passed. (11:13)

 

Voting Records

 

SENIOR SENATORS

19

20

21

22

23

24

 

Kay Bradley

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

 

Geoffrey Brounell

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Miahilis Diamantis

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

 

A.J. Korytoski

A

A

N

A

Y

Y

 

Lincoln Mayer

N

Y

A

N

Y

Y

 

Luke Swarthout

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Davis

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

 

Rosalyn Foster

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

 

Jin-Young Kim

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Gabriel Mattera

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

 

Daniel Reiss

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Christian Sanchez

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

David Scherr

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Justin Sharaf

N

N

N

N

N

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORE SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rania Arja

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Taamiti Bankole

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

 

Caleb Deats

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

 

John Lian

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

 

Molibi Maphanyane

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

 

Mira Serrill-Robins

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

 

Ian Shin

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Matt Vanneman

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESHMEN SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richa Bhala

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Avi Das

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Noah Isserman

/

/

/

/

/

/

 

Marco Locascio

/

/

/

/

/

/

 

Gloria Monfrini

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

 

Levan Moulton

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Christina Ryu

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

 

Jacob Thomas

/

/

/

/

/

/

 

Y = Yes

 

N = No

 

A = Abstention

 

/ = Not Present for Vote

 

19

$0 for Skiing Amend to Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Decrease Racing Entry Fee by 1/2 for Skiing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

1 B/W Issue for Hamster Amend to Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

$469.50 for 1 B/W Amend to Amendment Hamster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

$1260 for Ishinru Karate Amend to Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

$1260 for Ishinru Karate Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

$300 for Republican Club Gun Control Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

$300 for La Causa Party & $800 for A Further Room Amendment Amendment

27

$300 for La Causa Party Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

$250 for Newman Club Prayer Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

$200 for Ballroom Club Dance lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

2004 Spring Budget