French Students Assoc:
Transfer, Wendy said that we decided that group doesn’t need to come to the GSC meeting if they prove it to the Funding Committee. $150 transfer from food to alcohol. Ashveer says that they followed up with Europe center so it’s great. Vote passes unanimously.
Stanford Concert Network
Have worked with them with Frost before. Expressed interest to engage more grad students in concerts. Throwing concert coming up either Feb. 28 or Mar.1, in Burnham Pavilion, only for students. Can set aside tickets for grad students only. Opener is Chance, up and coming rapper. Budget is close to $40k, they are covering about $25-30k, they are asking other places as well. Ateeq’s objections is that if the OAPE sponsors there will not be booze there. Ateeq says he wants alcohol to be there at that event. They are hoping that we can give them $5k. Ask about location for the concert, not sure if Burnham Pavilion is big enough. Various GSC members express opposition to there not be booze there. About pre-party, need to find out if we need to plan it or we can just pay for someone else to do it. Second proposal is made by an undergrad, would only be for grad students, have 3 international DJs come, proposal is not yet fleshed out, total budget is $10-12k, SCN would throw in 2-3k, remainder we might be able to figure it out. DJs would be dubstep. Wendy asks why it is so much cheaper to have 3 people than 1 rapper. Ateeq thinks we should only fund one concert. 3 years ago Marine threw an outdoor concert in Rains, that was the closest to a precedent. David thinks dubstep DJs might be more popular in international students than the rapper. Trevor says maybe $1500 toward the SCN Chance concert in order to get our logo on there. Paul says what if we pay per grad student?
Nomination Committee Appointees
Visited 2 weeks ago, Trevor asks if anyone has comments. Voting passes 10-0-1.
Next Sunday the 15th (or Sat. the 14th) we are going go-karting, around 2-3pm.
Paul: Coke and Pepsi inquiry. Why doesn’t Munger Cafe serve Coke products? Ateeq gives example about Saudi Araboa chicken farm that gets paid by Coke to have Coke products. Says it started from question from Honest Tea. Wendy says what about putting vending machines? Says at Berkeley a lot of student groups own their vending machines.
Ateeq: Meeting with John Pearson at Bechtel I-Center. He said that the H1B visas are having issues, so international students are having issues getting their visas approved. He is very concerned about the judicial review, would love to meet with Paul Harold about it. They had the largest reception for the international graduate student orientation ever. They were able to get more funds from the Provost office, but they are going to try to get more funds this year. Concerns involve getting different groups to coordinate on issues, how they deal with issues with putting events on calendars, said they don’t give groups the money for their events until the event is on the Facebook page, he is also concerned that the ASSU takes a long time to transfer money so there is always the problem of waiting too long for their money. Also they are thinking of adding pre-orientation on STARS on Axess, so people have to do the training on Axess before they can register. Training would involve getting to know offices, etc. Might also be able to incorporate videos on there. Wendy asks about Bechtel mailing lists to international students, since some people have been taken off the mailing lists.
Susie: Office of Sustainability wants help promoting Winter Closure, passes around flyers. Green Store, are likely going to be working just to serve registered VSOs for now, because there seems to be a lot of complications. Will be selling to student orgs. Ability to operate depends on whether they can become a service organization. Wendy asks if they can sell to CAs, Susie says no. Other viable option to work under the Student Store, but was too complicated. For now they want to make themselves available to student groups. Ateeq asks if Student Store can help them set up a separate front, Bryce says very complicated and would take an hour to explain. Susie says that would cause the GS further delays and they want to start selling products now. Susie says can sell to anyone who has account in SSE/ASSU, so all the money transfer would be within ASSU. Wendy asks if GSC can buy on behalf of other groups. Not sure. David says maybe if VSOs apply for programming funds from GSC, we can give free cups and plates instead of money. What if we put it as a recommendation for funding guideline.
David: Talked to Jamie Hogan at OCS about some issue. OCS is not going to tackle any specifics because they need to keep privay . Meetings are open by invite, you just have to email the chairs.
Paul: Joint Judicial Committee have met 3 times, had 2 BJA members present at the last meeting, had disussion about their perspectives on the bylaws. Appears that the committee would recommend that the appeals bylaws be overruled, which were made in October. We should have overall recommendations to reform bylaws.
Ateeq: at last GHAC meeting, issue with subletting is in control, will send email giving people amnesty period for now, will go through sting operations, still considering it. Housing project is going quicker than expected, all the pieces should have arrived by now, might be completed much earlier than they think. Discussiona bout how to allocate new places in there. Think they should give people disturbed by construction first priority, wondering about how to distribute spots between new / old students. About to reach a final decision about Lyman. Trevor says that they have been delayed so much that they are probably not going to move the grad students out of Lyman. So far past the deadline. At this point they can’t make the decision. They also said that housing is fairly tight, but managed to get all couples and families in, trying to do everything they can. Ateeq asks about why they cannot do safe rides (5-SURE) to apartments by secret Safeway.
Wendy: met with Vaden people this week, focusing on coming up with strategies to reduce stigma surrounding using CAPS for intl communities. Will run a pilot program with specific intl groups to better communicate what CAPS does. Regarding Bridge program, she will meet with CAPS person who interfaces with Bridge. In Jan will meet with health promotion/i-thrive group, seems like when it comes to stress management, there are lots of groups on campus that work on things on campus, but don’t talk to each other. Want to see how we can help promote services. Ateeq asks, in the past CAPs used to offer 10 free sessions, but now only have 6-7 sessions and the times per session are shorter. Rather than hiring more conselors, they are cutting off the sessions sooner. Wendy says that with session numbers, number she’s been given in the past year has been 6-8 per year.
Johnny: Thanksgiving dinner went really well, will write up a document of recommendations during winter break. Bryce had recommendation about how family room can be rearranged. Ateeq asks if anyone wore the Turkey suit? Asks about how to print out pictures and what to do with message book.