Kali for Rujia
Terence for Gabby
Sharon (Proxy for Ed)
Minutes from previous meeting, June 24, 2015 – Unanimously approved
Chair Announcements: Gabe found a law student that is interested in vacant Law School representative position; they are currently away for the summer but may join in autumn. A possible delegate to fill the School of Education’s vacancy was also found.
The Grad Announce for July 2015 is supposed to be sent out on Friday. Information that you will like included need to be received by Gabe before Thursday 7/9 at noon.
Grad Students of Applied Physics and Physics
Event: Summer BBQ – beach theme
Date: Saturday July 31st from 5 to 8pm
Location: Gibbons Grove (near the Terman Engineering Building)
Expected attendance: 75
Summary: Beach themed BBQ to celebrate summer; food, drinks, fun
Request: $350 for food, $200 for alcohol, $67.50 for event services
Recommendation: $350 for food, $200 for alcohol, $37.50 for event services
The GSAPP representatives requested additional moneys for event services to go towards decorations, specifically leis and drink umbrellas. Council member Isa asked if the Stanford Green Store had been considered for plates and paper supplies. Representatives said they would look into it. Council member Isa asked if the group had contacted Stanford trash services about having enough rubbage receptacles to accommodate the waste. Representatives mentioned that the event had been done last year and trash was not an issue but they would look into the suggestion.
Vote on recommendation of $587.50 ($350 food, $200 alcohol, $37.50 event services): 10 in favor, 0 against, 0 abstentions
Vote on request of $617.50 ($350 food, $200 alcohol, $67.50 event services): 8 in favor, 0 against, 2 abstentions
End VSO Requests
GSC Summer Social Event
Presenter: Social Co-Coordinator Terence
Event: Dog Days of Summer presented by the GSC
When: A Sunday in August, either the 9th or 16th in the afternoon
Where: Tentatively in the Rains Courtyard area
Expected attendance: 400 to 500 graduate students and their families
Summary: Have hot dog carts catering a carnival-like affair. Book carnival booths, both of the games and food variety. Contact local humane societies about the possibility of having therapy dogs for attendees to interact with. Target graduate students and families in particular.
Jieyang had some concerns about having dogs so close to the event – he pointed out that some people have allergies or fear of dogs. Terence said they would be placed far enough away from the event if we get them.
Alcohol: To make this a more family-friendly event, we perhaps should not have alcohol. Sam suggested that we might be able to advertise the event as BYOB so people can still have alcohol if they wish, but the GSC won’t have to pay for it.
End GSC Summer Social Event
Summer Movie Night
Presenter Council Member Isa
Event: Summer Movie Night – PhD Comics Film
When: Either July 23rd or August 6th at 7:00pm
Where: Havana Room in the GCC
Food: Pizza, Cup Ramen, Beer (provided through Ray’s)
Expected attendance: 120 (chairs available without additional setup, more than that would have to be requested)
Summary: In the fall, Isa and Wendy will be hosting a screening of the second PhD Comics film. This event will show the first film. It costs $250 to screen the film. An additional screening such as during NGSO would cost $100. Have cheap graduate student foods like pizza and Cup Ramen in addition to beer. Have to get approval from Ray’s to have food from outside distributed there. Domino’s pizza as the cheapest option. Provide a hot water heater for students to make Ramen with. Will likely have to do beer through Ray’s. Potentially offer vouchers to attendees for beer pitchers and see about getting a deal on pitchers like at Trivia nights. Movie will be shown using the projector in the room.
Isa wonders about date: if July 23rd would be too soon? General consensus is to have the event on Aug 6th to ensure enough time. Needs to be submitted as a bill and voted on.
Isa wonders about time: start event and food at 7:00pm and movie at 7:30pm (movie is only about an hour).
Isa wants to know about getting the event on Facebook. Trevor mentions that Eddy is in the process of setting up his account and will be the point person for such actions in the future, but for this event the details can be sent to him.
Gabe: Get the details to him for the next Grad Announce
End Summer Movie Night
General Discussion Topic: Forbes Café:
Gabe: Graduate Student contacted John-Lancaster about price increases at Forbes Café
The price of food has been increasing a lot lately with no input from Graduate Student body.
Isa: Talks about going to Forbes and the increase in price recently. Boycott Forbes Café
Op-ed in the Daily about the price increase; referenced another article that take about pricing; if you are on the graduate meal plan you get 25 meals at about $7.25 at the dining hall; all you can eat. Forbes and dining hall under the same management; why the argument that too much food waste is why prices went up at Forbes. Forbes had provided a good, healthy alternative for graduate students.
Gabe: biggest issue, Forbes didn’t consult another. The old set price was unsustainable. A stipulation for them staying open was the price change. Some
Trevor: People were destroying Forbes with the amount of the food they take.
Isa: Isn’t it the same food.
Trevor: The system was abused
Gabe: Support the idea that if this happens they should have prior notice and students should have been consulted.
Isa: Price change was advertised, but it a shock when paying for food
Isa: Prices are pretty high at other restaurants managed by RD&E (Residental Dining & Enterprises)
Jieyang: Can we directly make any change to the operations of businesses operating on campus? Is this worth the time and effort of the GSC?
Gabe: Urge them to reconsider and create an opportunity to talk about the price change.
Trevor: You can talk with RD&E and bring forth the issue and see if they are responsive. Maybe get a price decrease. Healthcare and housing we come to the table at least and the groups in charge are appreciative of our opinions.
Jieyang: But is this something we as GSC should be pushing back on?
Trevor: RD&E are usually receptive to meeting with graduate students. We will not be burning bridges by bringing forth our issue with pricing and the way the process went forward.
Isa: We can always boycott.
Trevor: We should try reaching out to them first
Gabe: Concurs with Trevor. I’ll contact John Lancaster again and see where he is with his letter and trying to arrange a meeting.
Meeting Adjourns. Next meeting in 2 week (July 22nd)