SENIOR SENATORS

Attendance

+$10 Pub.

BC

SP1 $160

HBC $10 Pub

Rania Arja

X

N

Y

Y

Y

Rob Cobbs

X

N

Y

Y

N

Andrew Gehring

X

N

N

Y

Y

David Gottlieb

X

A

Y

A

Y

Caitlyn Phan

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jessica Rothschild

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mira Serrill-Robins

X

Y

Y

A

Y

Emily Silberstein

X

Y

Y

A

Y

JUNIOR SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

Avi Das

N

N

A

A

Janice Djabatey

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Andrea Gyorody

X

N

N

Y

N

Charmel Maynard

X

N

Y

Y

Y

Jordan McKay

X

N

Y

Y

Y

Gloria Monfrini

X

Y

Y

Y

A

Ashley Rose

X

N

Y

Y

Y

Tim Zeiser

Y

Y

Y

Y

SOPHOMORE SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Benson

N

Y

Y

Y

Adam Bookman

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel De Zeeuw

X

Y

Y

A

Y

Julie Kim

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Siegal

X

Y

Y

A

Y

Josh Stein

X

N

Y

A

N

FRESHMEN SENATORS

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline De La Fuente

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Anneliese Koehler

X

N

Y

Y

Y

Paul Nielsen

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Nicholas Pastan

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jelani Lundy-Harris

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Michele Tran

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Ayyappan Venkatraman

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Shantel Watters

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

EXECUTIVE BOARD

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Simmons

X

 

 

 

 

Noah Isserman

X

 

 

 

 

Richa Bhala

X

 

 

 

 

Austin Yim

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.  Call to Order: 9:04 pm

II.  Attendance

III.  Approval of Minutes

IV.  Officer Reports

A.  Simmons

1.  update on Sudan divestment campaign: board of trustees has passed a resolution that Amherst has no investment in corporations that are tied to Sudanese regime and precluded any future investments. They will contact other colleges to be wary of investments. Fellowships available for students that want to get involved with Darfur issue.

2.  See The Student for more news of what the president is doing

B.  Isserman

1.  reminder to keep working on senate projects

C.  Bhala

1.  This Friday 3pm, mandatory meeting for all club heads/treasurers

D.  Yim

1.  gave class council chairs of 08 and 09 their new email accounts

V.  Committee Reports

A.  de Zeeuw – CPR

1.  finalizing a survey on child care benefits for entire staff

B.  McKay – MLK committee

1.  reminder of service and dinner, Feb. 10

C.  Serrill-robins – Library

1.  outlining plans for future of library

D.  Silberstein – ad-hoc group

1.  meeting tomorrow night. will discuss issues of civic engagement. encourages senators to come.

E.  Rothschild – ad-hoc committee

1.  met on Thursday. many changes. will post on blackboard

VI.  Announcements

A.  Benson: He and Stein have finalized letter to Raj

VII.  Special Orders

A.  open CAP meeting on Feb. 27 in Red Room. options: delay senate meeting or move to Porter Lounge

1.  Silberstein: is the meeting for students or faculty?

2.  Simmons: students

3.  hand vote on meeting time change to 9:30.

4.  Simmons: met with Marx and he encourages all senators to come to CAP meeting

B.  Selecting a new Athletic Director

Kate Roin: last spring the athletic director stepped down. I have been selected to assist external review committee to find new AD but senate must approve my placement on this committee.

Qualifications:

  a student athlete, but not on an Amherst team, member of the U.S. Karate team.

  since not directly connected to any coaches on compass, removes possibility of a bias

  completing a sociology thesis on female minority athletes and affirmative action.

The committee would also like a second student. A senator can join.

1.  Das: motion to approve Kate’s appointment to the committee

2.  Questions

a.  Monfrini: did you apply for this position?

[no, they contacted me]

b.  Cobb: can we be confident that you will find someone that is willing to find funding for club sports?

[I will bring all and any concerns to the table]

c.  Harris: Is Hickson (basketball coach) applying for the position?

[yes]

d.  Benson: can you tell us some things you’re looking for in the next athletic director?

  more communication between athletic dept. and faculty to alleviate the controversy surrounding athletes in the classroom

  to make changes in recruiting; to recruit from more than just New England and from a more diverse pool

  to make funding distribution more equitable

3.  Das calls for vote

4.  voice vote; motion passed; Rowland? is approved for committee

5.  Appointing Senate to same committee:

6.  Silberstein: position entails a fairly big commitment. will review applications, conduct interviews, lead a student forum, etc.

7.  Maynard, Stein, Benson, Bookman nominated

8.  (each given time to speak)

9.  Question for nominees: how will each work to achieve funding for club sports?

10.  hand vote; Benson elected to committee

C.  BC Recommendations

1.  Error on soccer recommendation

2.  Discretionary fund is $58,000 without rollover and FLICS. will go up around $15,000

3.  Questions of a general nature

4.  Serrill-Robins: motion to pass recommendations; seconded

a.  Gender Project rep.: did not think that requested funding for publicity after it was completed would be a problem

b.  vote to increase Gender Project’s allocations to $10; roll call vote; passed

c.  Benson: [in reference to the badminton team’s request for uniforms] we should give them more money so that they can get official uniforms instead of the T-shirts they plan non purchasing

d.  Serrill-Robins: would like more details on the badminton team if we’re going to give them more money

e.  Team rep.: gives short history of how the team began. the team plays mostly against other 5-college students.

f.  Maynard: would be a nice gesture to give them enough money for T-shirts now to start off and then later we can fund official uniforms

5.  Siegal: What is the cost of the T-shirts? motion to reduce allocation to $90 (for cheaper shirts)

a.  Arja: we should look at a clubs request as is and not make recommendations for cheaper T-shirt companies

b.  McKay: they are getting a pretty good deal already

c.  Siegal: retracts motion; seconded

d.  Das: calls for vote

6.  roll call vote to approve BC recommendations plus the $10 change; passed

VIII.  New Business:

A.  Error in senator appointment to committee for athletic director. Run-off among Maynard, Benson, and Bookman

1.  questions from senators

2.  secret hand vote; further run-off between Benson and Maynard

3.  secret hand vote; Benson elected to committee

B.  Gottlieb: proposal to fund college bowl’s trip to tournament at Yale for registration for 2 teams and “fuel”

1.  Stein: why was this not brought before the BC?

2.  Cobb: we don’t fund fuel or “fuel”

3.  Stein: motion to commit this to BC; seconded

a.  voice vote; passed

C.  de Zeeuw: motion to fund $160 for senate project: Career Center Focus Group Project that was funded needs money for two additional focus groups

1.  roll call vote; motion passes

D.  Monfrini: motion to allocate $10 for table tents for Harvard business conference

1.  Das: keep in mind that this conference is prohibitively expensive

2.  de Zeeuw: how long will the table tents be up? [all week]

3.  Silberstein: we did not fund Gottlieb’s requests so what makes this one different?

4.  Bhala: this is time-sensitive

5.  Stein: worries that allowing senators to bring requests last-minute and get approved might smell of senator favoritism

6.  Das calls for vote; objected

7.  Serrill-Robins: will these table tents be promising full funding for the conference? [no]

8.  Simmons: disagrees with Stein, not favoritism but supporting a senator that is actually doing something.

9.  roll call vote; passes

E.  Simmons: met with President Marx last Friday and talked about social life on campus. The college is looking to us to improve social life. Some of the faculty seems to be under the impression that it revolves around alcohol; that students do not “delve into one another” (Marx’s term). One way to do that is the retreats but that will take a year or 2 to materialize. Opens discussion for opinions.

1.  Djabatey: how will retreats work generally?

a.  Simmons: Juniors or seniors would be split into groups and go away for a weekend on a retreat led by an alum to talk about “terras irradiant” and have social activities among other things

2.  de Zeeuw: alternative games on weekends. the freshmen board games were one alternative

3.  Das: health and wellness used to throw a sort of ‘anti-party’ where it was basically a party without alcohol

4.  Cobb: there’s hardly a school whose social life that doesn’t, in a way, revolve around alcohol. and there is social life outside of that

5.  Gyorody: things like this have to be a little more organic than a senate initiative.

6.  Simmons: what do you mean by more organic?

7.  Gyorody: coming from the students. events that aren’t just about drinking have to be put on by clubs and organizations. ACPB is an example

8.  Simmons: the concern is that students are not genuinely interacting, not necessarily that there isn’t enough sub-free programming

9.  Bookman: idea: give health and wellness a bigger budget to put on more programming

10.  Das: the retreats idea has a potential to either take off or to crash and burn. maybe we can also look at why Williams and some other peer institutions give their students alcohol in a controlled setting and Amherst doesn’t

11.  Benson: the most visible social things you can do are big events that are noticeable to everyone. stuff like the Screwed TAP party are great. If we want more events like that we should be willing to subsidize these big events from our own pockets.

12.  Pastan: thinks the retreat idea is great in terms of creating deeper friendships

13.  Das: might be better to have the retreats for freshmen when people are more open to being friendly. Juniors and seniors are at a different place, might not go, might not work

14.  Zeiser: provide events/environments conducive to conversation.

15.  Zeiser: a lack of social intellectual discourse. suggests a focus group.

16.  de la Fuente: TAP events are the best because there are so many people there. Doesn’t agree that alcohol blocks interactions because people don’t make friendships on Saturday nights. As college students we meet new people and make friends all the time.

17.  Nielsen: Is this the best forum for this discussion about how much drinking people do? that is a personality issue.

18.  Emily: Motion to limit debate to two minutes. There are people already dealing with this issue.

a.  Rob: Keep in mind our job is to represent students not control them. Telling students how to have fun is doomed to failure. We have a social life on campus. This is not a problem.

b.  Andrea: Alcohol is a problem on campus. the drunk guys outside my room the other weekend joking about raping a girl is a problem. and we need to address it.

IX.  Adjournment:10:57 pm