GSC Meeting MINUTES
5pm Wednesday February 29th 2012, GCC Nairobi Room
5:00 Dinner (Thanks Ray’s!)
5:05 Get to know the GSC! (Nikhil Rajendra/ GSC et al.)
6:05 Welcome! (Addy/Marine)
- Proxies- none
– approve minutes (Justin)
one change to 2/22 minutes that the buffer fund has over $400,000. Approved by consensus as amended.
Minutes from 2/9 approved by consensus.
6:13 Funding (Anne-Laure)
Group for MS&E interest. This is for $400 for food for a mixer. They do a corporate, professional and social event. The event is for this week and is not on Grad Events. There is an objection to the request.
1-3-3. This fails.
- Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
- Stanford Brewing Club
This group fosters events related to learning about the art and science of brewing beer. Saturday, March 3 there is a Belgian brew competition. Requesting funds for EANABS, ice, programming expenses and styles of beer. Request is for a total of $70. Passes by consensus.
- Stanford Alpine Project
This group expands the knowledge of geology by taking anyone to geologically exciting places. Request is for a fundraising event called Pi Day (March 14). They make pie and charge people to eat it. Total is $400. Passes by consensus.
- Stanford India Association
Group representing the interests of Indian culture. The event is for a Bollywood Dance party. Recommended $1485. Passes by consensus.
- Asha for Education
This group works for raising funds for underprivileged children in Asia for books, teachers, fees, coordinator fees. The event is ticketed. The request is for Holi. Request is for technical request and equipment rental. Quotes have been represented. They are requesting $5500. 2000 students attend every year.
6:27 Bills on notice
1. Ratification of new ASSU constitution (Michael Cruz/Stewart McGregor)
The ratification of a new constitution (sent over email to the list) is on previous notice. The 2010-2011 ASSU (Exec, GSC and UGS) charged the 2011-2012 ASSU to update the constitution. Everyone needs to read the new constitution.
2. Special Fees Application for Charter Groups and Umbrella Groups (see UGS-W2012-8, sent to the email list) This is on previous notice.
Separate bill that was on Previous notice last week, and attached at the bottom of this email.
3. Special Fees Vote to have them placed on the Ballot. We are voting two times: Once to approve being on ballot.
-Club Sports: This is an umbrella group for non-varsity sports like cycling, rowing, Stanford Martial Arts, etc. There’s ~20 different groups. The only students uneligible to be on any f these teams are NCAA athletes of ANY sport. They need funds from the student body for equipment, travel, etc. Recommended budget to go on the ballot is $209,000.
Vote to put this group on the ballot passes by consensus.
-Legal Counseling: This group is to seek free legal counseling. Budget is $125,175 to go on ballot.
Vote to put this group on the ballot passes.
-Cardinal Free Clinics: Providing free medical care to people in the south bay. Budget is $31,200.
This group provides health care to non-Stanford students of need in the south bay. There are several concerns about putting this group on the ballot without seeking 15% of the combined student body signatures by petition. The three major concerns about putting this group on the ballot are as follows:
1. The group’s primary goal is a charity for non-Stanford students.
2. Unlike other groups seeking special fees, individuals part of this group have an interest in medicine and providing health care. Given the nature and scope of this group, it is not clear this group is of broad appeal to Stanford students.
3. Given the name of the student group, some voters could be misled to believe that this group provides free health services to the Stanford community.
The decision to put this group on the ballot goes to a vote. 3/5 needed to pass. The vote is 4-3-3. This fails.
This group can still get on the ballot by 15% of a petition of the student body, or seek being on the ballot by being an undergraduate special fee. Chances are this group will be upset and request to have the GSC take another vote next week.
-Stanford Outdoors: This is a group for rock climbing, kayak, outdoor education, outdoor outreach, Stanford Alpine Club (not to be confused with Stanford Alpine Project), etc.
$56386.50 is the budget.
Decision to put this group on the ballot goes to a vote. 3/5 needed.
5-2-3. This passes.
-ASSU Speakers Bureau: This group brings high profile speakers to campus. Budget is $200,262.
Decision to put this group on the ballot passes.
7:26 VPSA meeting: update (Addy/Marine)
Met with VPSA Boardmann. The Vaden Health fee is going up by 3%, and housing rates going up by 3.5%. The Judicial Affairs Review Process is almost done, SAL has been completed.
7:33 Stanford Alumni Mentoring through the CDC for Sociology, Electrical Engineering and Earth Sciences. They want to have a breakfast to get more people involved. Ateeq is going to liaison with CDC for SAM.
7:35 New Business: None. Adjourned .
Bill to Approve Special Fees Application for Charter Groups and Umbrella Groups
Author(s): Brianna Pang (Chair of Appropriations Committee), Alex Kindel (ASSU Parliamentarian)
Co-Sponsor(s): Anne-Laure Cuvilliez (Chair of GSC Funding Committee)
Date Submitted: 2/05/12
Action Requested:2/3 Approval by the Undergraduate Senate and ⅔ Approval by the Graduate Student Council
WHEREAS the ASSU Legal Counseling Office and Student Services Division needs to seek and receive approval from the Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council in order to be eligible to receive a Special Fee, and
WHEREAS the ASSU umbrella groups AASA, Cardinal Free Clinics, MEChA, SAIO, SMAP, Stanford Club Sports, Stanford Outdoors need to seek and receive approval from the Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council in order to be eligible to receive a Special Fee, and
WHEREAS Section 4.E.b.i of Appendix I of the ASSU Joint Bylaws state:
“This consent shall take the form of a resolution certifying that, in
the opinion of the relevant Association legislative bodies, the organization
and its finances are in fact essentially under the control of students, and
shall require for approval a 2/3 vote. At the time that this resolution is
approved, the relevant Association legislative bodies may specify
additional criteria under which the Special Fee request is placed on the
ballot, which shall be as binding on the organization as is its detailed
budget. Approval of this resolution shall only determine the organization’s
eligibility to receive a Special Fee, and shall be independent of, and in
addition to, any action by the relevant Association legislative bodies
actually placing the request on the ballot.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION:
THAT The ASSU Legal Counseling Office and ASSU Student Services Division be approved to seek Special Fees, and
THAT ASSU umbrella groups Asian American Students Association, Cardinal Free Clinics, Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicano Aztlan, Stanford American Indian Organization, Stanford Martial Arts Program, Stanford Club Sports, Stanford Outdoors be approved to seek Special