GSC Meeting MINUTES
Wednesday October 5th, 2011, 6pm
Voting Members in Attendance:
Earth Sciences: Marine Denolle
Engineering: Anne-Laure Cuvilliez
Engineering: Adeel Arif
H&S Soc. Sci: Kamil Dada
At-Large: Sjoerd de Ridder
At-Large: Addy Satija
At-Large: Manish Choudhary
At-Large: Ateeq Suria (proxy Cathy Jan)
Also in Attendacne:
Justin Brown, George Karakanstantakis, Andy Hernandez, Prianna Pang, Andrew Aguiar, Neveen Mahmoud, Chris Wilson, Stewart MacGregor-Dennis, Chris Wilson,Weruo Zhang, Ying Jiang, Diana Neoescu, Scott Swensen, Firat Bozcali, Alex Kindel, Mrishi Goel, Amit Desai
Voting Members NOT in attendance:
Business: Jesse Lane
Law: Daniel Rojas
At-Large: Lida Teneva
5:45 Dinner (Thanks SLO!)
6:05 Introductions (Addy/Marine)
6:09 EV family events (Andrew Hernandez)
Andy: I represent grad student families at Stanford. We put together events for graduate students with children to families can get to know eachother. Monies come from GSC, GSPB, GLO, VPSA and VPGE.
Keeping track of the number of children on campus is difficult to do because it is not possible. But we know we have at least 260 families in EV.
We are asking for funds to do Magic Show and Pumpkin Patch event in October. Magic Show is Saturday Oct. 8, Pumpkin patch event is Saturday Oct. 22. For international students with families, this is their first or maybe second Halloween.
The request is for $2000 ($1000 for each event) to be held in EV. This is a line item. Funds are improved in full.
Andy: I encourage all students without kids to attend family events. You can test out the waters and decide if you do (or do not) want kids. I tell this to the GSC every year.
6:14 Division for Internal Review bills (Brianna/Neveen)
Stewart: Andrew has experience with outcome-based government.
Andrew: In the past summer Andrew interned in San Jose and was around during fiscal problems the state deals with. As a result, decisions for the future are worth making based on what does or does not work.
Andrew: The undergrads do not have an effective transition process unlike the grads. I want to make sure there is an information source of what has happened, what the outcomes were in the past, and hopefully this will help.
Brianna: This bill did not pass in the senate mostly because of a lack of previous notice.
Stewart: I suggest you not vote on this until next week like the senate Andrew: The undergrads want to do reviews over the last 2 years, and the GSC should do reviews over the last three.
Further discussion will be discussed offline. Bill is tabled to Next week.
6:30 Monthly report from SSE starting next month (Neveen)
Neveen: My role is to update the legislative bodies about their operational budgets unlike what has been done before. I’d like to come the first Wednesday of every month to do a check-in.
Justin: What about the legislation from last year where all expense reports were due on the first Friday of the month. Do we still have to do that?
Neveen: I’m unfamiliar with this.
Addy: Straw poll, should we repeal that bill?
Overall sense is that last year’s expense reports legislation and financial reform bills should be repealed/heavily amended.
6:30 Elections Commission Update
In dire need of a deputy commissioner, ideally from the the graduate population.
6:34 Resolution for Diversity Admissions Policies
Brianna: We want President Cruz to write a letter that highlights the success of Diversity Admissions policies at Stanford.
Justin: So there’s no confusion, no member of the ASSU can write a letter to politicians on behalf of the ASSU without consent from the legislative bodies. Every enrolled Stanford student is a member of the ASSU. Michael is asking to write a letter on behalf of everyone to Gov. Brown.
Rules of Order suspended so this can go to an immediate vote. And there’s an objection from 2 members.
Bill is up for discussion.
What this bill is about letting Michael Cruz write a letter to Sacramento.
Bill Passes 5-1-2.
6:42 Resolution of support for California DREAM Act.
Brianna: The California DREAM Act is a prelude to the federal DREAM act. Essentially, the grants are publicly funded through the state.
Rules of order are suspended to vote on this bill.
Sjoerd: The state of California is broke. Why is he writing this letter?
Addy: As an international student i don’t have access to anyone of these funds. Whether or not they grew up in America should not differentiate between who gets money.Their parents showed up illegally.
Justin: Again, this is another Bill to allow Cruz to write a letter to Sacramento.
Bill Fails 2-4-1.
6:40 Funding (Anne-Laure)
-Black Graduate Students Association
Event 1: Welcome Lunch. Largest event of the year. need $850 for grad, faculty in addition to equipment rental.
Event 2: Social hour on October 21. Just a social, no booze, just need food for $200.
Recommendation: Both applications pass by consensus. for a total of $1050
-Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Stanford Chapter
About: Earthquakes and their effects to people. This is a new group however they are department based and not incredibly interdisciplinary. This group is encouraged to seek funding elsewhere and the group.
Event: Welcome event.
Recommend: $400. Passes by consensus.
-Stanford India Association
Event: Fist year Welcome Event
Recommend $2125. Total approved by consensus.
-Stanford Biosciences Student Association
About: The group conbines all 13 bio programs.
Event: Regular Happy Hours. 150 students per happy hour.
Recommend: 4105. passes by consensus.
Event held in the LKSC Lawn or Fairchchild when whether is bad.
-Hellenic Association of Stanford
About Cultural Group for the Hellenic part of the world.
Event1: BBQ Oct 15
Event4: New years
Funds come only from the GSC.
Recommend: $2100. Passes by consensus.
-Turkish Student Association
About: Cultural Group for the Turkish students at Stanford.
Event: Turkish Breakfast
Recommend: $625. Passes by concensus.
-Romanian Student Association
About: Romanian culture group
Event: Welcome Dinner event. 30-40 people.
Reccomend: $320. Passes by concensus.
-Stanford Materials Research Society
About: This is an academic group that is incredibly interdisciplinary. They even know how to make batteries out of fruit. They seek funds from Materials Science for department specific events, the VSO is outreaching to other students and educational groups (ie SPLASH) to do materials Activities.
Recommend: $2750. Passes by concensus.
-Chinese Women Collective at Stanford
About: Cultural group for Chinese women.
Event: Welcome dinner
Recommend: $400. Passes by consensus.
7:12 GSC internal: (Marine/Addy)
- PhD comics Movie – funding from programming discretionary
Manish: They need $900 for cleaning ($300) tech( $300) screening ($300) Passes.
- GSPB and GSC need to sit down with GLO to hash out finances.
Cathy: This is even a problem for the CAs.
Addy: Is there a reason we have a $10,000 co-sponsorship line-item with GSPB? it makes no sense to me.
Justin: It has never made sense to me either. All it does is introduce an unnecessary middle-man and hinder smooth programming for grad students.
Cathy: CA programming goes through the same problem all of the time.
Justin: For those who do not know, the GLO is funded on soft money from the endowment payout and allocated by the provost when budgets are decided in the spring. This after the GSC allocates its new fiscal year budget, which includes $10k in co-sponsorship to the GSPB. The difference between the money from GSC money from the Provost is restrictions attached to Provost for money. For example, GSC money can be spent on alcohol, provost money cannot. Another is that Provost money requires the SUID of every participant, GSC money does not.
- Speed Dating Series Programming Discretionary funding request .
Justin: 3 events. One opposite sex. One GBT, another LBT. No more speed friending events, let’s just cut to the chase and be real- Stanford grad students want to date. The hetero structure of the events is an amended version of events created by Annemarie Baltay. The LGBT events occurred in the past as “speed friending” not to be confused as “speed tricking.” But the overall feedback was a desire to speed date.
Sjoerd: When Annemarie and Justin defend Stanford’s grad students will be screwed.
Justin: Not true. Marine is around.
Several: Doesn’t the GSPB do this event.
Justin: This is a perfect segue from the last discussion. GSPB money has crazy restrictions on it, it would be easier if the GSC just does it.
Cathy: How was the turnout for gay speed friending? When the CAs do it the turnout is 1 or 2 individuals.
Justin: I can’t speak to the CA events, but the 2 times I’ve done LgBT speed friending, the events last well into the middle of the night, cerca 1am with about 20 people at each.
Approved $500 for three events. For fall there is 3 events.
- GSPB “refund”: transfer from the reserve
From 2009-2010 there were some transfers that were owed to the GSPB that did not occur before the 09-10 so they rolled into the GSC reserve.
$9250 is owed. This requires a vote. Passes 7-0-0.
Marine and Addy are to discuss non-family co-sponsored monies with GLO, GSPB and CAs.
Anne-Laure: Issues in engineering. There is now a PhD liaison in computer science who sits in on faculty meetings. Students funds school wide for are still being discussed.