GSC Meeting MINUTES
6pm Wednesday November 30th, 2011, GCC Nairobi Room
Voting Members in Attendance
Law: Daniel Rojas
Humanities and Sciences: Social Sciences: Kamil Dada
Engineering: Adeel Arif
Engineering: Anne-Laure Cuvilliez proxy Hrishi Goel
At-Large: Addy Satija
At-Large: Manish Choudhary
At-Large: Sjoerd de Ridder proxy Justin Brown
At-Large: Ateeq Suria
Not in Attendance:
Earth Sciences: Marine Denolle
At-Large: Lida Teneva
Others in Attendance: Charles Mwalimu, Cathy Jan, Fanuel Muindi, Diana Negiescu, Michael Cruz, George Micheliogannikis
5:45 Dinner (Thanks Ray’s!)
6:00 Call to order (Addy)
Justin Brown for Sjoerd de Ridder
Hrishi Goel for Anne-Laure Cuvilliez
6:08 Approve minutes (Justin)
No changes to 11/16 meeting minutes. Minutes are Approved.
6:09 Funding (Adeel)
- Pakistanis at Stanford
group focused on learning about Pakistani culture and traditions.
Wants to do a career exploration talk. Request $60 for food and passes as recommended.
- French Stanford Student Association
This is a cultural group for France and its exposure to Stanford.
Wine and Cheese Dinner and the last event for the quarter. This a typical event every year. In mid-January there is the king’s cake celebration. This celebration is a dinner. In March the group is holding a crepe dinner and a good-bye dinner at the end of the year.
The recommended amount is $2040 and passes with consensus.
- Stanford Africa Business Forum
Group that holds a forum every year focused on Business in Africa. The group is holding 4 speakers/symposia for the Forum.
Need $1000 for Honoraria, $1300 for food. Both recommended by Funding committee. This passes with consensus.
- Romanian Student Association
Student organization about Romanian culture. Romania’s National Day Celebration is the event. 35 attendees. Request is 350 for food and 30 for programming. Passes as recommended.
6:13 Requested $400 for one of the last GSPB events of the quarter from their line item. Passes.
6:14 EV/Rains : Valentine’s day party, February 10th (Cathy)
Friday February 10 in Hacienda commons. Last year all 600 wristbands ran out so it’s fair to expect the same number of people. Request is $1900 from GSC to the EV CAs. This passes by consensus.
6:14 Nominations Bill (Daniel) tabled.
There is a bill to empower the Exec to Nominate Constitutional Council members. The bill passes.
6:18 Health Care Advocacy Committee : Meeting report with Ira (Sjoerd/Manish)
Why is insurance going up? According to Dr. Friedmann, the reason for the costs going up is so Stanford students on Cardinal Insurance have access to the best health insurance. Stanford medicine is also expensive, and it’s a cost that is more expensive than other universities. Comparing to other universities is difficult to do mostly due to the make-up of the student body at Stanford which is ~60% graduate.
They also talked about the possibility of eliminating the health care fee. Ira informed them that the Vaden Fee is not under his purview but will point them in the correct direction.
In addition, they discussed insurance waivers for students opting to waive. Last year, 85% of the applications were waived. There is a list of the companies where it is well known whether or not people can waive. This list is being acquired by Sjoerd and Manish. The list can go on the GSC website, but not the Vaden website, and possibly find ways to get the info to all graduate students before grad admissions ends.
Ateeq wants to note that a recent surgery of his which was very expensive was completely covered.
To influence the provider Stanford uses, it is worth talking to Vaden Health Insurance Committee. Daniel Fuentes is the NomCom chair who can inform the GSC of who is on that committee.
There was also discussion of doing skype referrals, discounted shots, and university sponsored insurance (which won’t happen because it is illegal in California).
It would also be nice to have town-halls to get the info out.
6:43 Appointment member to Constitutional Council (Michael/Stewart)
Janet Phil, senior and a psych major.
The constitutional council is the judicial branch of the ASSU. It is in charge of hearing cases of justice with respect to the ASSU By-Laws. It consists of 5 people- undergrad and grad. There’s about one case per year on average- and they last 1 week.
Janet is now interviewed.
Janet is involved in the Native American Community Association, the Students of Color Commission, Dance Marathon.
SOCC affiliation on the Constitutional is not a stranger.
7:05 Stipend Advocacy Committee: Meeting report financial aid office (Sjoerd)
Marine and Sjoerd went to the financial aid office to discuss finances. They wanted to know how the student budget was set. It is based on the following:
1. Health Care and the Vaden Fee.
2. Inflation Rates. Local vs California vs National?
3. Housing. The rate used is single occupancy students living on campus. Not students with families. They also point out that off-campus housing is on average 10% higher.
Addy wants to know how many people live off campus due to prices because it seems people mostly move off campus because it’s a trend.
Justin wants to know if a second budget for students with families- just to be realistic and helpful for families. Sjoerd will followup.
6:57 Open Letter Bill (Lida/Sjoerd/Dan)
Letter is Read aloud and was circulated on email server. This is in response to a solidarity bill.
The letter was circulated on the GSC members list.
The background of the letter is in response to a bill of solidarity to the President Hennessy about recent events at UC-Berkeley concerning violence on campus and how Stanford does not condone it.
There is a motion to suspend the rules of order to vote on the bill. Rules of order suspended, goes to a vote and passes 6-0-2.
7:07 Any Other Business (Addy)