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CUSC in Brief 2.14.19

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Quote of the Week: Go see the Vagina Monologues Friday and/or Saturday – E-Board

The February 14 meeting of the Clark Undergraduate Student Council began on time, with possibly the most Council members in attendance this semester. After role call and waiving the reading of last week’s minutes, Council began to discuss the grants for the week.

The first grant application was submitted by the CYES Cohort, who requested $1,152 to cover costs necessary in presenting at the Ethnography in Education Conference at UPenn. The students requesting the grant will be traveling with a few professors to discuss their individual projects. Clark’s Community, Youth, and Education Studies is the first major of its kind in the country and includes a unique 3 semester capstone. This year marks the first graduating class with students who have declared the CYES major. Grants Committee recommended that they be allocated $1092 and it passed with a majority vote.

The next two grants allocated Camille Bale and Megan McIntyre $160 each to attend the American Physical Society March Meeting, from March 4th to March 8th. While both requested $311.25, the grant was capped at $80 per day. Both grants passed with a majority vote.

The fourth and fifth grants were individually requested by Burhan Ahmed and Ram Sudhir Sharma to cover costs incurred in attending and presenting at the American Physical Society March Meeting. Both students will be presenting active research at the world’s largest physics gathering. Because both students will be presenting, the grant was classified as a tier 2 grant and allocated $279.25 to each student. Both passed with a majority vote.

The following grant application was from Ram Sudhir Sharma, who requested $81.50 to attend the Harvard India Conference on February 16 and 17. The grant passed with a majority vote.

The next two grants were also individual applications, though both students were applying for funds to attend the same event. Ibrahim Ozgenc and Abdur Rahman Muhammad both applied for a $781.69 grant to attend a conference in London.  Both students will be presenting the research articles they have been writing on their website “The Science Weekly.” Grants Committee classified the grant as a tier 2 grant (given the direct invitation to present), capping the grant at $120/day, for up to three days for a maximum of $360, with an additional $150 because it is an international conference. Both students also agreed to present at Spree Day, adding another $100 to the cap. Grants committee recommended an allocation of $450 each. Student Council amended the amount of allocation to $750 each, which passed with a majority vote.

The ninth grant of the night allocated $1000 to Wendy Martinez-Calixto to allow 8 student leaders to attend “Students Leading the Change for Racial and Gender Justice: Identity, Agency, Transformative Leadership” at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee from March 14th to March 19th. Among the 8 students requesting the grant are students who work with Floetic Fridays, MOSAIC, the South Asian Students Association, Divest Clark, the Office of Multicultural and First-Generation Student Support, and the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP). The overall estimated cost of the trip was $7,072, and the amount requested was $1500 to match the group grants cap of $1500. Grants Committee recommended $1000, and the grant passed with a majority vote.

The penultimate grant was requested by InterVarsity to cover costs incurred for its students to travel to Houston to help reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Students will be working with ServeUP, and the grant would assist 23 people in attending the trip. This is Clark’s only alternative Spring Break option. The grant was capped at $1000, which Council amended to $1500, and passed with a majority vote.

The last grant allocation was requested by Aryana Kubiak, to cover costs of registration, transport, and lodging incurred in attending the ACPA conference from March 3 to March 6th in Boston. This conference will help her develop skills needed to be an RA or club leader, as well as help other leaders at Clark learn these skills. Though she requested $350, grants classified her conference as a tier 3 grant, which is capped at $80 a day. They recommended $160, and the grant passed with a majority vote.

Grants Committee also introduced the grants feedback form, which is a place where students can document formally their spending receipts for any grants allocated, with the exception of grants under $50. They also reported that they have updated their internal procedures but are waiting for approval from Judiciary.

Council then moved onto standing committee updates.

Finance Committee reported that emails with Mid-Year decisions have been sent to clubs. They also reported that audit feedback emails will be completed soon, and that they are now working on facilitating an Annual Budget Application Information Session in the coming weeks.

Elections Committee nominated Caroline Change to the College Board Committee and reported that they are continuing with interviews for the Judiciary Committee.

The Student Life Committee reported that they are encountering difficulties in posting the bus schedule for spring break because the new website is not up but will post it as soon as they get it.

Communications reported that they currently had over 20 submissions and were working out how many pieces to accept per author.  

Lastly, Judiciary Committee reported that they had approved the charters for 2 clubs. They also reported that Council needed to appoint 2 new members in order to prevent suspension. To prevent suspension of Council, President Eric Barrese appointed two interim members to the Judiciary Committee.

Council representatives then gave their own updates.

The library representative invited all of Council to attend the library’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, as well as to the ‘Stop Asking Me Who I Want to Be’ event. She also encouraged the representatives to follow the library’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Minority representative Eunice Dollete updated Council on a Food Aid Fund Initiative she has been working on with student Monica Sager. She reported that the duo met with Student Accounts as well as Dining Services to brainstorm viable solutions to help food insecure students.

E-Board then gave their own updates.

President Eric Barrese reminded all members to fill out the online Council Member of the Month Doodle.

Vice President Sameen Azad informed Council about the Wounds of Wisdom trauma recovery group the CPG is forming.

Secretary Nicole Luka stressed the importance of attendance.

Advisor Tim St. John then gave his own updates.

First, he informed Council representatives about the undergraduate forum being held to help Clark decide its new Dean of the College, a possible candidate for whom is the English Department’s Betsy Huang. The forum will allow students a chance to ask questions to Prof. Huang.

St. John also reported that RLH hired a new Hall Director, Drew Melendez, who will oversee Maywood Hall and Blackstone.

Council then continued to discuss unfinished business from the last meeting. Student Council E-Board reported that the Judiciary Committee had come to a decision regarding timing cutoffs for impeachment proceedings. Those that did not meet the threshold will be moving towards impeachment proceedings in the coming weeks.

Student Council then moved onto new business.

Grants Committee brought to light the dwindling amount of funds in all three tiers of Grants funding for the period, which has two weeks left, and many more grants likely to come in. They do not believe Grants has enough to cover requests that will come in until the end of the period. Students will have to wait until the new period starts after Spring Break, or not receive funding for events they want to attend between funding running out and the new period starting.

The meeting adjourned around 7:30.

Grants:

The CYES Cohort was allocated $1092 to cover costs incurred in presenting at the Ethnography in Education Conference at UPenn.

Two individual grants allocated Camille Bale and Megan McIntyre $160 each to attend the American Physical Society March Meeting.

Burhan Ahmed and Ram Sudhir Sharma were individually allocated $279.25 each to cover costs incurred in attending and presenting at the American Physical Society March Meeting.

Ram Sudhir Sharma was allocated $81.50 to attend the Harvard India Conference.

Ibrahim Ozgenc and Abdur Rahman Muhammad were allocated $750 each to cover costs incurred in presenting their research articles as a conference in London.

$1000 were allocated to Wendy Martinez-Calixto to allow 8 student leaders to attend “Students Leading the Change for Racial and Gender Justice: Identity, Agency, Transformative Leadership” at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee.

InterVarsity was allocated $1500 to help cover some of the costs incurred for their alternative Spring Break trip.

Aryana Kubiak was allocated $160 to cover costs of registration, transport, and lodging incurred in attending the ACPA conference from March 3 to March 6th in Boston.

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