RA Meeting Minutes 1/18/15

Bates College Student Government

Representative Assembly


In accordance with the Bates College Student Government Bylaws

(Article I, Section 4)

Sunday, January 18th, 2014 6:00pm-7:30PM | Meeting Room: Pgill G65


  1. Announcements
    1. Alyssa reminded the RA about MLK day, and the responsibility of members, as representatives of the student body, to make an effort to immerse themselves in MLK day at Bates.
  2. Ratification of Minutes
    1. Vote; For: All. Against: 0. Abstaining: 0. Ratification passes.
  3. Officer Reports
    1. Parliamentarian Kiernan Majerus-Collins (‘18)
      1. Election Update – Kiernan provided an update on the upcoming elections, including the change in the way the elections will be held in accordance with new EJC guideline. The new process is called ranked-choice voting, with the hope that instant runoff voting will result in elections that most of the student body is in favor for. The physical nature of the election will change as well, switched to a paper ballot process, which will be held in Common on January 28th. Ballots will be freely distributed, and to vote students will be required to present student ID. This process will be implemented in hopes of encouraging a greater student voter turnout. The EJC will also be accepting absentee ballots from students who cannot make it, or who are abroad. The EJC will be monitoring the whole process, with at least two members overseeing the process.
        1. A debate will be held for the candidates running for President of Student Body, as well as minor ones being held for those running for Vice President positions.
  4. Committee Reports
    1. ORB (Vice President of Student Clubs Paul-Alexis Fourgous ‘15)
      1. Due to Paul’s absence, there was a motion to vote to rearrange the agenda. Vote; for: All. Passes.
    2. Budget Committee (Treasurer Connor Cahill ‘17)
      1. AASIA Conference – AASIA pans to send ten students to this conference at Harvard, which was attended by ten students last year and was a great success. In addition to the $359 in their budget, the club is asking for $700 fund, which was passed by the Budget Committee.
        1. Vote; For: All. Passes.
      2. Late-Night Breakfast – The CHC requested $5100 dollars for inflatables and dinner during Winter Carnival; the budget committee voted to grant the CHC $4500 for Late-Night Breakfast, cutting the funds for the inflatables.
        1. Vote; For: 19. Against: 0. Abstaining: 1. Passes.
  5. President’s Report
    1. It’s On Us – The committee will be having its first meeting of the semester the coming Sunday, and anyone is invited to come.
    2. Pass/Fail – Those on the pass/fail committee has a deadline to present a revised version of the proposal, which is the coming Thursday. The Educational Policy Committee will be reviewing the proposal on the 26th.
    3. Health Center Ad Hoc – Much work has been done to create the survey, and much help is requested from the RA to aid in the weeks coming in which the survey will be held.
  6. Member Reports
    1. Tomás and Lisa spoke about the push from some students to modify the S,L,Q requirements, and RA members were encouraged to approach the EC or Educational Policy Committee to join the conversation. The EJC has been brainstorming ways to get student engagement in the campus wide process of perfecting this system.
  7. Old Business
    1. Another Robert’s Rules of Order will be held after the coming round of elections.
  8. New Business
  9. Adjournment
    1. Vote; For: All. Adjournment.



Respectfully Submitted,


Katharina Harling ‘17