AAS Meeting Minutes

2/28/2005

 

I. Attendance

 

AAS Senate Attendance '04-'05 - VP David Scherr '05 --Spring 2005

SENIOR SENATORS

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Graham Lake

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

Brian Lawrence

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

Gabriel Mattera

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Arpan Podduturi

E

/

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Daniel Reiss

x

x

x

U

x

U

 

 

 

Christian Sanchez

U

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Justin Sharaf

x

/

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rania Arja

x

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

Rob Cobbs

x

x

U

U

x

x

 

 

 

Viet Do

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Jon Godsall

 

 

 

 

x

E

 

 

 

Techo Kim

x

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

Emily Silberstein

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

Mike Simmons

x

x

x

x

x

U

 

 

 

Matt Vanneman

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORE SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richa Bhala

E

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

Boris Bulayev

x

x

U

x

x

x

 

 

 

Avi Das

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Will Havemann

E

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

Noah Isserman

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Marco LoCascio

x

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

Anoop Menon

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Jacob Thomas

E

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESHMEN SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avery Armour

x

U

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Ali Berman

x

x

x

x

x

U

 

 

 

Raj Borsellino

x

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

Daniel de Zeeuw

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Ali Khan

x

x

U

x

x

x

 

 

 

Spencer Robins

/

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Erika Sams

U

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Josh Stein

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

TOTAL SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Park

x

x

U

x

x

x

 

 

 

David Scherr

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Ian Shin

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Ryan Smith

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Roslynn Graves

E

x

x

U

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEETING DATES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGEND:

1 1/24/05

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x = Present

2 1/31/05

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E = Excused Absence

3 2/7/05

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U = Unexcused Absence

4 2/14/05

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ = Half an Absence

5 2/21/05

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 2/28/05

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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II. Call to Order at 9:07 pm

III. Approval of the minutes: Minutes approved.

IV. Officer Reports:

V. Announcements:

  Justin: Election tonight at midnight referendum on Spring Formal and Interest Survey

  Viet: Amherst Tsunami Relief is putting up a fashion show at Alumni Gym, 10 pm on Friday

  Anoop: Printing costs are to prevent students from printing out books

VI.  Special Orders:

  BC Recommendations $8286.92?

  Keepers of the Word $5000: honorarium for the story-tellers

  Rania motions to bring down Keepers of the Word to $0.

  Jake moves amend to fund from $0 to $2000.

  Pros

-  A lot of Amherst students don’t go

-  It is a faculty sponsored event, we shouldn’t pay for it with the Student Activities Fund

-  A big chunk of what’s left of the discretionary fund; money is disproportionate for the amount of students that do attend

-  Not affiliated with a student organization

-  Should not fund the program simply because other departments are funding the event too

-  Not a lot of people know about it

-  Only person who’s going to be upset is Dean Moss

  Cons

-  Amherst students do attend

-  Is put on by students, help set up, organize

-  Is traditionally funded by the master general fund

-  Comparable to Voices for the Voiceless

-  It is not faculty sponsored: Dean Moss is simply a facilitator

-  $5000 is already cutting their funding short: total is $19650

-  event will occur regardless of whether the AAS funds it

-  students who do go to the event will spread the message taken from the event

  Other Discussion

-  Administration consistently throws AAS the bill for events Senators don’t think the AAS should fund; not funding this event will set a precedent

-  Senate puts itself in a bad place to push back at the administration

-  Referring to the “administration” is incorrect, no one other than Dean Moss would care

  Motion to end debate passes.

  Motion to amend motion to amend $0 to $2000 fails.

  Motion to end debate fails.

  Debate:

-  one of the biggest events on campus and is a really valid event; just because of anger with the administration doesn’t mean that this event shouldn’t be funded

  Motion to end debate fails.

  Viet motions to amend the amount to fund $1000.

  Motion to amend to $1000 fails.

  Motion to defund the event passes.

  BC recommendations passes.

Committee Elections:

  College Council senior seat only. Discusses non-curriculum matters (e.g. theme housing, academic standards).

-  Nominations

o  Brian Lawrence (elected)

  Space Allocation Committee: goes through all on-campus spaces available to student groups, and then allocate them to new student groups

-  Nominations

o  Rania: Was on it freshman year, had a lot of fun doing it. Handled a lot of the paperwork. (elected)

o  Avi: Would have a lot of fun on the committee.

o  Rob: The clubs that do have space poorly use their space; will work to ensure that the right clubs get the right places.

  Trustee Advisory Committee Seniors only. Meet with trustees 4 times a year

-  Nominations

o  Gabe (elected)

VII.  New Business:

  Senator Committee Attendance bylaw: All Senators are expected to attend faculty, trustee and administrative committees with the same diligence as meetings of the full senate. Any Senator who fails to attend three meetings per semester shall forfeit his or her seat on the Senate.

-  Senators are always skipping committee members, when in the 60s students protested to be on these committees

  Motion to pass Ryan’s amendment.

  Motion to amend to read: All Senators are expected to attend faculty, trustee and administrative committees with the same diligence as meetings of the full senate. Any Senator who misses three meetings per semester of any particular committee, without acceptable reason as determined by the vice president, shall forfeit his or her seat on the Senate.

  Debate:

-  Creates incentive for Senators to not fill committees

-   

  Wording of “any particular committee” passes.

  Motion to amend to read: All Senators are expected to attend faculty, trustee and administrative committees with the same diligence as meetings of the full senate. Any Senator who misses 20% or more of meetings per semester of any particular committee, without acceptable reason as determined by the vice president, shall forfeit his or her seat on the Senate.

  Debate:

-  Some committees are more important than others; if someone misses a less important committee meeting, then they shouldn’t be kicked off the Senate

-  There are controls in place about more important committees

  Motion to read 20% fails.

  Bylaw amendment passes.

  Bylaw amendment to increase Student Activities Fee.

  Debate:

-  Makes Senators’ jobs easier: there will be more funds.

-  There will only be new programming, and they will be approved if there are more funds. The only reasonable argument that supports this amendment would be the implementation of the raise to counter inflation.

  Matt motions to charge the BC to examine AAS budgetary situation, specifically to look at clubs who couldn’t fund events because of cuts of money and report back in 1 week.

  Motion to end debate passes.

  Motion to commit to BC passes.

JC recommends the class council project amendment with changes.

  Justin motions to postpone debate on this recommendation.

  Motion to end debate passes.

  Motion to postpone passes.

VII.  Adjournment (10:55 pm)

 

AAS Senate Vote-Sheet '04-'05 - VP David Scherr '05

SENIOR SENATORS

1

2

3

4

Graham Lake

Y

Y

N

N

Brian Lawrence

Y

Y

N

A

Gabriel Mattera

N

N

Y

Y

Arpan Podduturi

Y

Y

N

N

Daniel Reiss

/

/

/

/

Christian Sanchez

A

A

A

N

Justin Sharaf

N

N

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR SENATORS

 

 

 

 

Rania Arja

N

N

Y

Y

Rob Cobbs

Y

Y

Y

Y

Viet Do

Y

Y

N

Y

Jon Godsall

/

/

/

/

Techo Kim

N

N

Y

Y

Emily Silberstein

N

N

Y

Y

Mike Simmons

/

/

/

/

Matt Vanneman

N

N

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORE SENATORS

 

 

 

 

Richa Bhala

N

N

Y

Y

Boris Bulayev

N

N

N

Y

Avi Das

Y

Y

Y

Y

Will Havemann

Y

Y

N

N

Noah Isserman

Y

Y

Y

Y

Marco LoCascio

Y

N

Y

Y

Anoop Menon

N

N

Y

Y

Jacob Thomas

Y

N

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

FRESHMEN SENATORS

 

 

 

 

Avery Armour

N

N

Y

Y

Ali Berman

/

/

/

/

Raj Borsellino

N

N

N

N

Daniel de Zeeuw

Y

Y

N

N

Ali Khan

N

N

Y

Y

Spencer Robins

N

N

Y

A

Erika Sams

N

N

Y

Y

Josh Stein

N

N

Y

Y

Vote totals: Y:

11

9

18

19

N:

15

17

8

6

 

 

 

 

 

Y = Yes

 

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N = No

 

 

 

 

A = Abstention

 

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21

/ = Not Present for Vote

 

 

 

 

VOTE DESCRIPTION:

 

 

 

 

1 Amend Keepers of the Word amendment to $2000-fails

2 Amend Keepers of the Word amendment to $1000-fails

3 Amend Keepers of the Word to 0$-passes

4 BC Recommendations-pass