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CUSU in Brief 3.21.19

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After taking attendance and waiving the reading of last week’s minutes, Council asked the public if there were any general comments to be made. At this time, Jacob Hunnicutt brought to Council’s attention it’s lack of records within Goddard library’s archives. According to him, the Archives have not received any updated charters from Council since 2008, and that its Judiciary Committee had next to no recorded presence. Their only records of Council, Hunnicutt stated, were through The Scarlet. Though Council responded that everything will be submitted to the website eventually, Hunnicutt stressed the importance of the information being added to the archives for future generations, as well to make it easier to find (Council has attempted to launch multiple websites over the years) . After a lengthy discussion regarding the use of the archives, Council agreed to work with the Goddard library to allow them access to these records.

Council then moved on to allocating grants.

Gari De Ramos requested $124 to attend the UN’s High-level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All, held on March 28th and 29th in the UN Headquarters in New York City. At this event, she will participate as a member of YOUNGO, or the youth constituency of the UN Framework Convention on Climate change. She was one of 30 applicants chosen out of a pool of 210. Grants committee recommended an allocation of $97.50, and the grant passed with a majority vote.

The next grant was requested by David Israel Reyes Vindel, for $24.08 to cover costs incurred in attending The Venture Forum’s 5 Minute Pitch Contest. His grant will allow him to build skills needed in participating in Clark’s Eureka Conference. It passed with a majority vote.

The third grant of the night was from The Freudian Slip, who requested $150 to cover costs incurred in creating and distributing a satirical zine to increase visibility for the organization. The grant passed with a majority vote.

The penultimate three grants were requested by Nada Haddad, Sherry Assi Noor Almaslamani to cover costs incurred in attending the HAAA Arab Conference at Harvard. It passed with a majority vote.

The last grant was allocated to Jacky Wang, who requested $80 to cover some of the costs incurred in attending the Annual Investment Conference at HBS. Funds were allocated per the motion.

Instead of discussing committee updates, Council diverted into hearing a request for cumulative surplus funds from the Student Advisory Board at the CPG. This money, they stated, would be used to fund Protocall, a telephonic behavioural health service to be used by students during hours when the CPG is closed. Also in attendance were the Director of the CPG (Megan Kersting) and Dean of Students Francy Magee. The cost of this service would be $20,000 for the first year, and $18,000 for each consecutive year the service is used.

Council then launched into a long discussion, during which it was uncovered that Council might not be able to constitutionally fund more than one year of the project. Council decided that they would meet with their constituents before voting the following week (this meeting was cancelled due to GALA Hell Week, deferring the vote another week).

Council then discussed committee updates.

Finance Committee reported that they’ve received most club submissions for their spring audit, and will be using the weekend to begin deliberations. They hope to release decisions April 1st to allow time for club appeals. They also revealed that the committee has been discussing adopting electronic transactions (ie allowing Venmo payments) to create more of a paper trail.

Elections Committee reported that the search for new Council E-Board members had begun,

The Student Life Committee reported that they were looking into new office spaces and locations for clubs, along with looking into creating a PCF’s guide for MGMT 100 classes for more transparency.

Communications reported that they held office hours and have been collecting artwork for the Council at initiative.

After committee updates, Council then received updates from the E-Board.

President Eric Barrese reminded Council of two Grind events being held that week, DJ and Cultural night.

Vice President Sameen Azad reported that the Reunion Committee was looking into hosting dialogue about diversity and inclusion on Clark’s campus, and that SSF elections would be held soon.

Treasurer David Reyes reported that he’d received the Student Accounts survey, and would be working with ITS to convert it into Qualtrics survey format.

Council then moved to representative and advisor updates.

Minority representatives Eunice Dollete, Noor Almaslamani, and Domenica Cevallos plan on meeting with Tim St. John and Allie Shilling to discuss OPEN and Choice’s office space issues.

Advisor Tim St. John informed Council that the university was working with a national search firm to find a replacement for President David Angel. The search team, he said, would like to meet with students to learn about their experiences, and are currently inviting groups of student leaders (ie. Council representatives) to attend these sessions.

The meeting adjourned around 7:30 pm.

Grants:

Gari De Ramos was allocated $124 to cover costs incurred in attending the UN’s High-level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All.

David Israel Reyes Vindel was allocated $24.08 to cover costs incurred in attending The Venture Forum’s 5 Minute Pitch Contest.

The Freudian Slip was allocated $150 to cover costs incurred in creating and distributing a satirical zine.

The penultimate three grants were requested by Nada Haddad, Sherry Assi Noor Almaslamani to cover costs incurred in attending the HAAA Arab COnference at Harvard.

Jacky Wang was allocated $80 to cover some of the costs incurred in attending the Annual Investment Conference at HBS.

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