CUSC in Brief 11.14.19

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This week’s student council meeting began with a discussion between Student Council members, constituents, and Michael Newmark of Dining Services. Some items brought up for discussion included potential updates to the Grind, the representation of recipes through the lens of international students, and how to submit recipes to the Taste of Home station.

After this, Student Council turned to the Grants Committee to hear about the applications submitted for the week. The first two grants were awarded to Maha Akbar, to attend the Women in Investing Conference at the Harvard Business School and the Asia Society’s conference in New York. Both passed with a majority vote. The next grant was awarded to Sadie Murray to pay for transportation between Clark and the Cascades to gather samples for an event about plant pressing. The fourth grant of the night was awarded to the Squash Club to cover the cost of a first aid kit, food, transportation, and equipment for a match against Sienna College. The Grants Committee also reported that they are updating their internals and are no longer allowing one person to receive monies awarded for a group grant. Instead, the names of each group member are needed to receive a group grant. 

The Elections Committee gave representatives from the College Board and Undergraduate Academic Board a chance to tell Student Council about what the respective committees had been doing during the semester. The Elections Committee then voted on appointments to the Senior Week and Spree Day Committees. Among those appointed, Hannah Cooper and Jillian Skulsky were appointed as chairs for Spree Day. 

The Finance Committee reported that they were done with most of their mid-year reviews, with appeals scheduled for Wednesday, November 20.

The Student Life Committee reported that the schedule for the Thanksgiving buses were now online. 

The Communications Committee reported they created new posts to raise awareness for the Uber pilot program and the grants applications. 

The Judiciary Committee reported that the anonymous complaint form is live, and that they will be sending a template for charter updates to all clubs. 

The meeting then shifted towards unfinished business. A point secretary, Domenica Cevallos, brought up the importance of decorum at the meeting from the representatives and constituents, as well as when representatives should choose to vote or abstain. 

Members of the Student Council Executive Board then gave the rest of Council their own updates. President Emma Dinnerstein reported her posted office hours for all representatives. In addition, she reported that the open forum with President Angel would be held on Tuesday, November 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Vice President Eunice Dollete reported that the Financial Aid Forum would be held on November 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in ASEC. 

Secretary Domenica Cevallos reported that the meeting minutes from all meetings were not updated and uploaded to the Council Drive. 

Treasurer Ivette Mendoza reported that E-Board was going to have a joint meeting with Facilities Management and RLH regarding the installation of pad and tampon dispensers for the Menstrual Equity Initiative. She also reported they were hitting some snags in getting administration on board with the initiative, which then sparked a discussion about the importance of menstrual equity and how it compares to the condom dispensers Clark provides at no cost to students. 

The meeting adjourned around 8:30 p.m.