RA Meeting Minutes 11/9/14

Bates College Student Government

Representative Assembly


In accordance with the Bates College Student Government Bylaws

(Article I, Section 4)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014 4:00pm-5:30PM | Meeting Room: Commons 221

  1. Announcements
  2. Ratification of Minutes
    1. Vote. For: 26. Against: 0. Abstaining: 1. Ratified.
  3. Public Participation
  4. Officer Reports
    1. Chair (Tomás Jurgensen ‘17)
      1. Robert’s Rules of Order Summary
        1. Tomás summarized his experience at the workshop earlier, and spoke about the decision made to invite Professor Clough to the first RA meeting of the next semester. Professor Clough will more briefly review the guidelines for the entire RA membership then.
  5. Committee Reports
    1. Vice President of Student Committees (Tenzin Namdol ‘15)
      1. Campus Culture Working Group update
        1. Allen and Tenzin met with Dean MCintosh, and the change has been made from one elected member per class to two elected members of the committee per class, resulting in 8 elected members in the Campus Culture Working Group. The profiles of the candidates will hopefully be up by this Sunday night, and election polls will be opened this Tuesday. A link will be posted on Garnet Gateway leading to the profiles of the running students. The polls will close Friday.
    2. Treasurer (John Stansel ‘15)
      1. Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine
        1. The club has applied for a co-sponsorship allowing them to bring in a local group who will host an event about economic advocating with a poster exhibit. They have asked for $225. The Budget Committee has decided to provide them with $75, allowing the event to transpire. The club may choose to use the money in their fund to provide catering.
        2. Vote. For: 24. Against: 2. Abstaining: 1. Passes.
      2. John reviewed the cost for the Icona Pop concert that happened a couple weeks ago. Only 800 people bought tickets for the concert. Chase Hall Committee still owes around $1700, as ticket sales did not meet the expectation of perceived sales. The CHC had confidently predicted ticket sales around 1500.
      3. Max Alley, member of the RA as well as the CHC, spoke about previous processes regarding the concerts thrown at Bates by the CHC. He also spoke about future attempts to more efficiently throw a concert that is widely anticipated by the entire Bates student population. In the coming years the CHC will use polling to chose the artist, as well as work to obtain a pre existing budget for whatever concert is thrown, rather than the $0 budget that currently exists for concerts.
      4. It was also discussed to have a concert board, much like a programming board, which would have the exclusive goal of putting on a concert. Such a committee (The College Concert Committee) is actually written into our Bylaws. This board would be an extension of BCSG, comprised of club leaders, members of student government, and elected members. Many members of the RA voiced their agreements that the issue of concerts should not fall under the CHC domain, and that such a committee should exist and be utilized.
  6. President’s Report
    1. Pass/Fail Committee Report
      1. Met with the Education Policy Committee, and the committee has responded saying they will take the proposed change and present it to the faculty.
    2. It’s On Us Committee Update
      1. Last week there was a student leaders meeting with 27 participants, which produced an engaging and productive discussion. The committee met earlier today and brainstormed ideas about the coming National Awareness Week, as well as drafted a letter of awareness to the faculty. In the coming week the committee and members of the RA will be tabling to encourage students to sign the pledge.
    3. NESCAC Student Government Conference
      1. The executive council is working on arranging transportation to Hamilton, where the conference will be held the following weekend.
    4. Health Center Survey Team
      1. Alyssa asked the RA for help in generating positive change regarding the health center resources, including the transparency of our resources. An Ad-Hoc committee will be created to produce a survey regarding student feeling towards the existing health resources.
      2. Motion to form an Ad-Hoc committee. For: All. Against: 0. Abstaining: 0.
      3. Volunteer for members
        1. Tynan Daly
        2. Paul Jordan
        3. Hannah Goldberg
        4. Tayla Duarte
        5. Lisa Choi
  7. Adjournment
    1. Vote: For: All.


Respectfully submitted,

Katharina Harling   ’17