French Stanford Student Association:
King’s cake event, everyone gathers around the king cake and eats it. Bechtel at Thursday afternoon, 5-7. Applying for $700, which is $650 food and $50 event services. Recommendation is lower, $480 food and $50 event services. The cake ingredients are expensive, which is why they are asking for more than the recommendation. 12 cakes expected to be there. Usually there is alcohol served, but this year they are making it family friendly, which is why there’s no alcohol this year. They are not getting funding from Bechtel. The cakes are going to be 11 inches in diameter. We are voting in 2 parts. Voting on recommended amount of $530, voting passes unanimously. The point of the event is that everyone gets a piece of the cake, and you are trying to get a piece that is hidden in one of the pieces, and that person becomes the King and chooses a Queen. Voting on additional $170 food to group, passes unanimously.
Asian American Grad Student Assoc:
Partnering with Stanford Vietnamese student assoc. Cosponsoring a celebration for lunar new year, on Friday afternoon, performances/events. They are in charge of origami station, requesting $10 for the paper purchase. The event is Feb. 12. Recommendation is $10. Voting, passes unanimously.
Turkish Student Assoc:
A co-founder in Turkey is coming to teach a management seminar ME421. The application for the money is for the cocktail to meet this person. Recommendation is $300 food, $100 alcohol, $50 event services. It is going to be in the history corner. Voting with stipulation that they must have the event on the GSC calendar before tonight, voting on the recommended amount, passes unanimously with 2 abstentions.
Korean Student Association:
2 events: Welcome party event, and lunar new year event. Already had the welcome party last year, so they are having a NY event on Feb 7 Sunday. Asking for $750 for room/janitorial fee, and $1750 for food for expected around 200 people. Recommendation is $1750 food and $750 event services. Will be in the Oak Lounge. Voting on recommended amount, passes unanimously.
Pakistani Student Assoc:
Saturday event at Bechtel, Halwa Puri brunch, get a bunch of food and invite people from Stanford community to have lunch and socialize. Expecting 160 grad students. Recommendation is $1380 food, $80 event services. Voting, passes unanimously.
Bill to Appoint Assistant Financial Managers
Sean and Luka are here. They are looking to be AFMs. Sean has worked with SSE last year, working with Frederic and Olivia. Have also worked with the waiver process, sat in on UGS meetings. Luka has worked in the UGS as a senator, his main goal is be a resource for GSC for the finance portion. Sean attended UGS meetings, it’s helped him know about what happens in appropriations meetings, coordinate with groups about their accounts after waivers. Mary asks about what the most relevant issues they think are for the graduate students. They say that one of our primary roles is to provide students with funding; on the SSE side, once we approve funding for students, they make sure that the money gets to them as fast as efficiently as possible. Also, from time to time, there might be initiatives and service projects that we want to create, the AFMs can help bolster the finance parts of those things. For example, the Caltrain passes for the grad students. Voting on the bill, passes unanimously.
Bill on Previous Notice to fund Veterans Law Conference
Veteran’s law conference being organized for May at the law school. They have been working on this for almost a year now. Thinks it will benefit law school and veteran’s community, as well as folks who are interested in social justice issues outside the community. 2-day conference, bringing in a large keynote speaker, as well as presenting student research, and panels on the 2nd day with nationally renowned faculty who are working in this area. Food will also be covered. Anyone can attend, it’s not restricted. Veterans treatment courts is the focus of this conference, this system is for veterans who have committed crimes. There are more than 100 courts across the nation, they are kind of ad-hoc, this conference is to ask more questions, establish a research agenda and a longer term objective that comes out of the conference. Creates momentum behind creating a Veterans center at the law school. No admissions fee. They have received $20,000 from the Stanford Law SChool Policy Practicum, and $1000 from the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation. Isa wants the event on the calendar. A law school class last year jump-started discussion on this issue, found need to identify gaps in Veterans treatment courts that need more investigation. Sam wants GSC logo on their advertisement, they say yes. There’s a community of around 100 veterans grad students at the university, and also other interested parties at the university. Bill is on previous notice.
Rains Valentine’s Day Party Bill
Social CAs are planning the valentine’s day party. Historically attended by 500 grad students. Other sources of funding include Grad Life Office and GSPB. Requested amount is $2500, goes toward party supplies, music, DJ, lights, speakers, and beer. Party is on Sunday. Asking for $2500. Bill on previous notice.
Still trying to get approval for winter event. No dogs still, they are still sick. Hopefully will also get a meditation/yoga teacher. Grad formal is in bureaucratic mode right now. Maria suggests “Venetian Carnival” as the theme, there are “ooo” and “aah”s.
Open Section Updates
-Go-Pass: currently 43% of goal for grad student sales, total 1395 sold. Post-docs are at 64%, 950 sold. Gabe is going to talk to them to see if we can market it widely to the grad student population.
-Diversity advocacy committee: have a good group of 15 ppl, came up with great brainstorming ideas. This year they are going to do diversity month, which will probably be May. Between 5-10 events spread out throughout the month. They will have another meeting second week of Feb.
-Housing project: Gabby says that GLO office talks shows that a lot of people don’t know how to look for off-campus housing in the US. Don’t want people to fall for predatory practices. Thought about partnering off-campus CA’s to hold sessions to educate students about finding off-campus housing. Maybe they can even find roommates there as well.
-We need more bike lights.
Sexual Assault Discussion
In Exec Committee they have been talking about sexual assault, and about the issue of the university fudging the numbers on sexual assault from the survey back in October. John and Brandon wanted to delay the implementation of the Alternative Review Process, but ultimately it looks likes it is going into effect at the end of this month. Gabe and Sam have been looking at putting resources into a program that can actually change the campus climate on sexual assaults. The Undergrad Senate passed a resolution that is strongly against the campus climate survey that was done, and calling for a new survey to be conducted. Wanted a new survey to be based on real statistical models. Stanford definition of sexual assaults is supposedly different than Yale’s, but Sam cannot find details to support this claim from the citations that is in the resolution. Trevor also says that he doesn’t know where they are getting the statistics from, because the survey released summary statistics and not full statistics. Sam also says that the 1.9% number appearing doesn’t mean that the university is not serious about this issue, because in the initial email that was sent out about this issue the University seems to take this issue very seriously. It feels that the undergraduates have not done due diligence in passing this resolution, and they have broadsided the GSC on this issue. Sam says there does not seem like any nefarious things going on in this whole process. Sean says that the point of the resolution is to redefine the definition of sexual assault and misconduct.
Sam likes the house idea. Pau also says maybe Pampas + Patio could work too.