Minutes for SGA Meeting
November 24, 2014
President Slavens called the meeting to order at 4:02 pm.
Theresa took roll call. There are 39 voting members present at the start of the meeting.
The minutes from the previous meeting and agenda were approved with no objections.
We have a SASI presentation to the chairs tomorrow.
Crash Day Update: Last Friday, over 1000 students crashed our campus. It’s good seeing new students being excited about YSU. We were also bringing in people from far away.
On Wednesday & Thursday, Dec. 3 & 4 from 10:00am – 2:00pm there will be a fundraiser and clothing drive. President Tressel’s ties will be given at auction; each is signed on the back. Volunteers are needed for this event, if you can help a sign-up sheet is being sent around; we’re asking for at least 2 people to work per hour.
Executive Vice President’s Report
General Education Committee Meeting: Possible interdisciplinary courses into general education courses. It introduces sub categories into SPA so students can take courses for general education. We did not vote about this in committee.
Academic Standards Committee Meeting: Nothing was passed at the meeting; documents went around via email. Scheduling guidelines were voted on via email.
VP for Financial Affairs Report
With this bill we have appropriated money for 74 events and 54 organizations. We’ve used 57% from our general budget. We’ve also used 62% from Chartwell’s budget. Some event types we’ve funded are Social Events- 21, Conference Attendance- 20, Guest Speakers- 8, Sports Competition-11, Academic Competition- 6, and Philanthropy Service- 8.
Committee Chair Reports
Chair of Student Life
Confirmed One Warm Coat bins were delivered 11/17/2014, so bring your coats. They will be in Cushwa near the entrance from campus core; the one on second floor is not ours. There are also bins in DeBartolo, Bliss, Williamson, and Kilcawley (2 bins). The bins will be here until
12/12/2014; we may be adding more bins soon. Flyers and slideshows in colleges with TV’s (advertisement) we’re asking all SGA members to try to bring in 1 coat.
Library hours – 12/8, 12/9, 12/10 from 10:00pm-midnight, briefly spoke with Michael Lisi of library – knows to expect us, Sign-up sheets at body meeting
We have two guest speakers for Sexual Assault Week, Kevin Carmody and Christine Honkus from 7-9pm on 11/24/14 in the Presidential Suites, as well as other events planned. A table in the Room of Hope with on-site pledges, there will be giveaways.
Chair of Academic Affairs
Honors College Reform was held last week, think tank phase.
BCOE Committee Reform- theoretical. Students are allowed to sit on committee.
Gen-Ed Committee is advocating for a stem art course (arts and humanities). A new section of Spa to cross connect the college= pick up general education course. You won’t be able to transfer to different schools. OTM credits= 2 gen-ed. Models.
Chair of University Affairs
There is an upcoming meeting with John Hyden and Chief Beshara. There were some miscommunication issues. Sean had a meeting with John Hyden: there is not enough info to support new crosswalk. They’d be willing to take the light on Elm, replace it with a stop sign, and move the light down.
Salting and plowing routines – problem areas like the red bricks.
Food Focus Group – November 19th 11:30 AM -1 PM. We’re adding events to our website calendar.
We need volunteers for this week from 11 AM -1 PM, for the table in front of Com-Doc for Sexual Harassment Week. Monday, November 24th – Sexual Harassment talk/Tunnel of Oppression discussion from 7-9 PM in the Presidents Suite. Kevin Carmody will be speaking and another speaker from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).
Some recent internet problems: Slow or no continuous connection throughout the University. The internet is often down in housing. Other problem areas: Bliss Hall, Maag Library. Split between faculty/administration servers and student use. “Throttling” limits/slows bandwidth for certain devices. Any recommendations will go to Ken Schindler – Chief Technology Officer.
Chair of Financial Affairs
There are 6 organizations up for appropriations on today’s bill. Representatives are present from: Catholic Student Association, Delta Zeta, and Coalition for Christian Outreach, Phi Alpha Theta, and Student Nurses Association.
There is no unfinished business.
A Bill (SB F 2014-07)
Motion to open floor for discussion on new business: Philips first, Marinucci second.
Motion to divide the question: Gessler first, Andriko second.
Section 1: Catholic Student Association is appropriated the sum of $750.00 to defray the cost of the site fee for their Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge on March 9-15th 2015. This event will be held in Jacksonville, Florida. Fifteen (15) students are expected to attend.
YES: 39 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 0
Section 2: Delta Zeta is appropriated the sum of $200.00: $100 from the general budget for security and $100 from the Chartwell’s catering fund to defray the cost of beverages for their Delta Zeta Gentleman’s Auction: DZ 007 which will be held on December 5th 2014. This event will be held in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. One hundred and fifty (150) students are expected to attend.
YES: 39 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 0
Section 3: Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) is appropriated the sum of $200.00 from the Chartwell’s Catering Fund for pizza for their International Coffee Hour which was held November 21st 2014. This event was held at YWCA. One hundred (100) members and students were expected to attend.
YES: 39 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 0
Section 4: Phi Alpha Theta is appropriated the sum of $790.00: $200 from the Chartwell’s Catering Fund to defray catering costs and $590.00 from the general budget to defray the costs of security, their keynote speaker, and guest parking reservations for the History Across Humanities Conference which will be held February 12-13th 2015. This event will be held in both Kilcawley Center and the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor. One hundred (100) students are expected to attend.
YES: 38 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 1
Section 5: Student Nurses Association is appropriated the sum of $850.00 to defray the costs of registration for their Medical Mission which will be held April 14-19th 2015. This event will be held in San Quintin, Mexico. Six to eight (6-8) members are expected to attend.
YES: 37 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 2
Section 6: Alpha Epsilon Delta is appropriated $400.00: $200 from the general budget and $200 from the Chartwell’s catering fund to defray the cost of catering for their YSU Health Professionals Alumni Dinner which will be held February 18th 2015. This event will be held in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center. One hundred (100) students and alumni are expected to attend.
YES: 34 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 5
Motion to open floor on discussion on (SB F 2014-02): Leonard first, Tancabel second.
Gordon: typo correction, nature disaster to natural disaster.
DeFuria: What is it?
Slavens: We want students to have information about what to do in case there ever is an emergency. We want to get an app that allows you to contact the police, take pictures of suspicious activity, etc. without Wi-Fi. It shows you what to do and where to go.
Tancabel: Would this replace the current YSU alerts?
Slavens: This would supplement it.
Andriko close floor, second Philips.
Briggs: Gabi and I met with (some for International students), we think we could help the international students more. Someone who represents the international students to sit on this body and act a liaison; we thought this could be a good first step. It would require a constitutional amendment.
Edgell: How would the selection process happen to select someone who represents the international students as a whole?
Briggs: The international students would decide amongst themselves.
Wolfe: I think it’s a great idea.
Anderson: Is there something preventing them right now from being on the body?
Briggs: Not exactly. This would ensure a connection with the student body.
Anderson: My only concern is that sometime these students are only here for one semester.
Briggs: There is nothing set in stone on how we would go about doing this, there are some contingency plans.
Tamulonis: Is there a reason to not give them a vote on the body?
Briggs: It gets away from the idea of a democratic policy. We’d be appointing the people we want to have the power to vote.
Slavens: Right now representation is based on college, and they’re not tied to a college.
Catlos: Couldn’t you just establish a position for every under represented group?
Briggs: When it comes to international students this is a direct problem.
Anderson: Are the international students interested in being part of SGA?
Briggs: We understand this isn’t a cure, but this bridges a gap that exists. This is like a perception change to help them feel more comfortable.
Becker: A lot of time they don’t know they’re going to arrive, maybe they even come late. This is a nice way to help them and help keep our international numbers.
Wolfe: We aren’t the ones who are ultimately deciding.
Motion to close discussion: Edgell first, Greathouse second.
Maybe we could try some type of International Buddy System.
Driscoll: Thanks for everything you’ve done, especially volunteering. Friday December 5th, there will be a tree lighting downtown. Good luck with finals.
Becker: Great job on collaboration, I’m so happy with what we’ve done. Thanks to those who’ve been supportive of PAC. Buddy system for international students could be lots of fun. Do well on finals, enjoy the break.
Cooper: Study time is critical, finals are on the way. The body has done many good things, be proud. Take care of your academic self. Faculty votes are tonight, the outcome will affect you as students, make your voices heard.
Blood Drive tomorrow
Group for children-appropriated $200, gave us certificate.
Constituency Logs due December 5th
Motion to adjourn the meeting: Tancabel first, Briggs second.
Meeting adjourned at 4:55 pm.