AAS Senate Minutes

October 4th, 2004

 

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

Fall 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENIOR SENATORS

1

2

3

4

5

6

Elan Ghazal

x

x

x

x

U

 

Steve Hollister

x

/

x

x

U

 

Esther Lim

E

x

x

x

U

 

Gabriel Mattera

E

x

x

x

x

 

Arpan Podduturi

x

x

x

x

/

 

Daniel Reiss

x

x

/

x

x

 

Christian Sanchez

x

x

x

x

x

 

Justin Sharaf

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rania Arja

x

x

x

x

x

 

Rob Cobbs

x

x

x

x

x

 

Viet Do

x

x

x

x

x

 

Techo Kim

x

x

/

x

x

 

John Lian

x

x

/

x

U

 

Stephen Scriber

x

x

x

x

x

 

Mira Serril-Robins

x

x

x

x

x

 

Mike Simmons

x

x

x

x

U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORE SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richa Bhala

x

x

x

x

U

 

Boris Bulayev

x

x

x

x

x

 

Avi Das

x

x

x

x

x

 

Will Havemann

x

x

/

x

x

 

Noah Isserman

x

x

x

x

x

 

Marco LoCascio

U

x

x

x

x

 

Anoop Menon

x

x

x

x

x

 

Jacob Thomas

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESHMEN SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avery Armour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali Berman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raj Borsellino

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel de Zeeuw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali Khan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spencer Robins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erika Sams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Stein

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Park

x

x

x

x

x

 

David Scherr

x

x

x

x

x

 

Ian Shin

x

x

x

x

x

 

Ryan Smith

x

x

x

x

x

 

Roslynn Graves

x

x

x

x

U

 

 

MEETING DATES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGEND:

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUORUM = 2/3 = 22

1 5/3/04

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x = Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SENATORS = 32

2 9/13/04

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E = Excused Absence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 9/20/04

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U = Unexcused Absence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 9/27/04

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ = Half an Absence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 10/04/04

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5th meeting of the AAS Senate convened in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall at 9:30 pm on October 4th, 2004.

Following the taking of attendance, Vice President David Scherr (’05) began discussion by calling on the senator representatives of the various AAS-associated committees to report on the activities of their bodies. President Ryan Park (’05) was first to report, speaking about both the College Council and Interterm Committee. College Council is currently in its fledgling stages for the year, and plans to have an open meeting following the fall break recess to discuss the issue of student housing. All members of the student body can come to give their input on questions of room-draw, the quality of living space currently available on campus, etc. The Interterm committee is currently discussing ways to expand substantive programming for students during the post-holiday period in January. Committee members are trying to utilize Amherst’s alumni network to create future programs on the same lines as the pre-business seminar currently available to students.

Following these reports other senators gave news regarding the work of their committees. Many of these bodies have still not met, and so their representatives did not report. Fragments from select committees are given below.

The Committee on Priorities and Resources (CPR) is currently in the midst of reviewing the school budget for the 2004-2005 school year as it gears up to look at next year’s finances. In addition, the group has been working to reform the peer-group survey of faculty compensation it uses to judge the financial incentives Amherst gives to faculty in relation to those given by other institutions with similar profiles.

The Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) met with College President Anthony Marx on Wednesday, Sept. 29th to discuss the mandate of the new Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) and its relation to the work currently done by the CEP. Specifically, it seems the CAP is meant to have a more long-term focus, narrowing in on future academic trends and setting up a template for how future full-time faculty hiring decisions will be made.

The Committee on Physical Education and Athletics has discussed the possibility of a new turf field being built, though this is still a tentative idea. Additionally, the committee took up the issue of time conflicts between late classes and athletic practices, with the idea of creating a dialogue between coaches and professors to work out this dilemma.

The elections committee reported a successful freshmen election speech night.

After the discussion on current committee work the Senate took up the question of discretionary budget requests for the week. Treasurer Ian Shin (’06) brought forward the Budgetary Committee’s recommendations. The only major change initiated by the Senate was a motion to amend a request of the Juarez Victims Group to include $350 of food and Physical Plant expenses for a banquet which is to be part of the upcoming “caravan” event. The motion was passed and the recommendations changed to include this additional amount. After this discussion, the entire budgetary recommendations were approved.

Next, Ryan Park reported briefly on the status of his ongoing dialogue with President Marx about the student composition of the CAP. Though Marx has currently set the number of students allowed on the committee at two, the AAS is seeking to have a third member as well. According to Ryan the President has yet to respond to his request for this last additional student slot.

Following this announcement, the Senate moved into new business for the week. Ryan Park initiated a discussion on the future of the Dining Services Committee. Now a standing AAS committee, he believed the body would function much better as an ad-hoc body tackling dining-related issues as they came. Towards this point he cited the Committee’s seeming inactivity in this and last year, and lack of clear results. Several Committee members came forth to challenge this notion. Senators Avi Das (’07) and Noah Isserman (’07), for example, both argued in favor of maintaining the body’s standing committee status, maintaining that it indeed has a lot on its plate this year and that the lack of objective results in the past is due as much to a lack of control over the budget of dining services as much as to other factors. Ian Shin supported this idea, noting that past recommendations made by the Committee had failed to materialize precisely because of the lack of resources to implement them. After some additional discussion, the Senate rejected to consider a change in the Committee’s status in the Constitution, but did pass a symbolic motion charging it with acting with greater urgency to consider the questions currently on its table.

Next, Judiciary Council (JC) Chair Ryan Smith (’07) brought back the question of a change to the Constitution’s by-laws stipulating that senators must send all proposed new amendments through the JC before they are brought to the Senate. Last week’s meeting had seen much debate on this question and had ended in sending Ryan’s amendment back to the JC for additional review before further debate. This week, Ryan came back to report that as long as the members of the Senate pledged in good faith to consider sending an amendment to the JC for review in cases when problems arise, that he would withdraw his motion to formally amend the by-laws. The Senate seemed satisfied with this proposal.

Finally, Senator Boris Bulayev (’07) brought forward a motion to gain Senate support for his efforts to put a light at the bottom of the path on memorial hill, to help students find their way on it at night when visibility is weakened. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass this motion, charging Boris’s efforts with the support of the AAS.

The meeting was adjourned at app. 10:35pm.

Y = Yes

 

N = No

 

A = Abstention

 

/ = Not Present for Vote

 

VOTE DESCRIPTION:

 

1 Add $350 for Juarez

 

2 BC Recommendations

 

 

 

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

SENIOR SENATORS

1

2

3

4

5

6

Elan Ghazal

/

/

 

 

 

 

Steve Hollister

/

/

 

 

 

 

Esther Lim

/

/

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Mattera

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Arpan Podduturi

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Daniel Reiss

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Christian Sanchez

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Justin Sharaf

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rania Arja

Y

/

 

 

 

 

Rob Cobbs

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Viet Do

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Techo Kim

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

John Lian

/

/

 

 

 

 

Stephen Scriber

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Mira Serril-Robins

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Mike Simmons

/

/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORE SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richa Bhala

/

 /

 

 

 

 

Boris Bulayev

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Avi Das

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Will Havemann

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Noah Isserman

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Marco LoCascio

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Anoop Menon

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Jacob Thomas

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESHMEN SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avery Armour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali Berman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raj Borsellino

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel de Zeeuw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali Khan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spencer Robins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erika Sams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Stein

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote totals: Y:

18

17

 

 

 

 

N:

0

0