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CUSC in Brief 2.7.19

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After waiving and approving the reading of last week’s minutes, Council jumped into approving the grants for the week. The first grant was requested by Arnab Banik, who requested $1000 to cover expenses incurred in attending QCon, a world-renowned software engineering conference. The grant was capped at $610 and passed with a majority vote. The second grant, also requested by Arnab Banik, requested $200 to cover costs of attending HackNYU, and passed with a majority vote.

The next grant awarded $105 to Julia Schroeder to cover lodging expenses incurred in attending the AWP conference, where Schroeder will be presenting her honors thesis.

The next five grants awarded $243 each to Evan Hoffman, Nicholas Mitchell, Akhmadjon Kurbanov, Daria Manea, and Molly Whitaker to help cover transportation and housing costs of attending HackNYU. Although each applicant requested $293, the grant was capped at $240. The last grant awarded $160 – amended from an initial request of $282 due to grant limits – to help Abdur Rahman Muhammad cover costs incurred in attending a Trustees Meeting in NY. The grant was approved on the condition that the money would only be awarded if the student is granted permission to attend.

Council then moved on to updates from standing committees. Finance Committee reported that they were officially done with mid-year budgets and discretionary allocations, and that they would be motifying clubs by the end of next week.

Elections Committee reported that they are currently in the process of interviewing for College Board and Judiciary members.

The Communications Committee reported that they had been tabling as well as working with the Student Life Committee to better publicize break schedules.

Judiciary Committee reported that they would soon be meeting to go over club charters.

Council then moved on the giving updates from individual representatives.

JSC representative Emma Dinnerstein reported that CUSC was officially permitted to table every Monday from 5-7 pm.

After representative updates, Council E-Board the gave their own updates.

President Eric Barrese introduced a resolution about the Sackler Sciences Building he and other Council members drafted. The Sackler family was found to have been pivotal in the opioid crisis, and for this reason, Barrese proposed a resolution that denounced the name of the building, with a possible vote next week.

Vice President Sameen Azad gave no updates.

Secretary Nicole Luka brought to discussion the topic of excessive unexcused absences among some Council members, which has led to issues of quorum and approval of grants. Under Bylaw 110, this brought up possible charges of impeachment against Geva Segal, Stephane Meunier, Darshan Mody, Owen Mortimer, and Emma Clark. These students have a week to make their case, in which they can request assistance from Judiciary, which ends in a vote on whether or not the student will be allowed to continue serving on Council. After a discussion, in which the aforementioned students cited issues of translation of Bylaw 110, Judiciary acknowledged they would discuss the matter further before giving their final decision. The matter was tabled in the interest of time.

Secretary David Reyes reported that the Student Accounts survey would be released around February 13.

The meeting adjourned around 7:30.

 

Grants:

Arnab Nanik was allocated $610 to attend QCon, a software engineering conference.

Arnab Banik was allocated $200 to cover costs incurred in attending Hack NYU.

$105 were allocated to Julia Schroeder to cover housing costs incurred in attending the AWP conference.

$243 were allocated to Evan Hoffman to help cover housing and transportation costs in attending Hack NYU.

$243 were allocated to Nicholas Mitchell to help cover housing and transportation costs in attending Hack NYU.

$243 were allocated to Akhmadjon Kurbanov to help cover housing and transportation costs in attending Hack NYU.

$243 were allocated to Daria Manea to help cover housing and transportation costs in attending Hack NYU.

$243 were allocated to Molly Whitaker to help cover housing and transportation costs in attending Hack NYU.

Abdur Rahman Muhammad was allocated $160 to help cover costs incurred if he attended the Trustees Meeting in NY.

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