ASPC Senate Briefs: November 3

November 3, 2009Haste makes Waste, but not for Jed CullenAt 5:09 p.m., ASPC President Jed “Speed Racer” Cullen ’10 said, “Well, if we have everyone here, we might as well get started early,” and gaveled the meeting to order, a full 60 seconds ahead of schedule. While reviewing the minutes from last meeting, Cullen told Secretary Amy Li ‘13 that she did not have to report the changes she made to the minutes in the minutes. Associate Dean of Students Neil Gerard said that, actually, she did. At 5:11 p.m., the senate unanimously approved the minutes.No thumb drives means no lost and found thumb drivesCommissioner of Communications Than Volk ’10 and Cullen then addressed the new Sakai workplace that had been established for the senate. Cullen said he would like to see this become the “central platform” by which the senate passed on its knowledge to future members, “instead of those thumb drives we lose every year … and yeah.”ASPC spends moneyVice President for Campus Activities Kayleigh Kaneshiro ’10 then proposed that the senate approve her proposal that the CCLA fund the 5-C Music Festival—only 10 days after the event actually happened. She said the CCLA had an “Emergency Fund” consisting of the money it had not spent in previous years. By this year, the fund amounted to more than $20,000, and Kaneshiro said CCLA would like to decrease that amount. In their usual fashion, the senators unanimously approved the proposal.Jacinto to do stuffThe senate then unanimously approved four committee changes—two without any discussion. When it came to Vice President for Finance Kelly Schwartz’s ’10 proposal to place Freshman Class President Corey Jacinto on the Public Events Committee, the senate at first appeared to avoid discussion, but then Cullen said, “Really? You guys aren’t curious why it wasn’t any of you?” Someone then asked what the Public Events Committee did. Gerard explained that it was a faculty-based committee that planned public events. Obsequiously, Commissioner of Off-Campus Affairs Hsuanwei Fan ‘12 asked, “So, why Corey?” Schwartz responded that she thought he needed something to do. Fan then proposed a few members for his College Town Committee. Someone asked him what the committee did, and he explained that they looked for ways to strengthen relationships between Pomona and the surrounding community, in particular the cities of “Montclair, Claremont and Ontario—no, not Ontario—well, whatever … or Pomona, yeah, there you go.” Surprisingly, these words did not appear in his statement regarding why he would make a good Commissioner of Off-Campus Relations.The Great SAC debateNorth Campus Representative Stephanie Almeida ’11 then proposed her change to the bylaws. She suggested that the senators serving on the Student Affairs Committee be more clearly defined. As is, the bylaws assert that the president, vice president for finance, the commissioner of campus community relations, a student at large and either the north or south campus representative attend the committee’s meetings. The bylaws, however, do not set forth a means for determining which representative attends. Complicating matters, Commissioner of Campus Community Relations Kim Hartung ’10 is not on the group’s mailing list, so she often does not know when they are and, as a result, fails to attend. The confusion regarding whether Almeida or South Campus Representative Jeff Levere ‘12 should attend, however, has led both of them to attend meetings, thus balancing out Hartung’s absence.Do you feel lucky, well, do ya?To amend this confusion and ambiguity, Almeida proposed that the senators on the committee consist of the north and south campus representative, the president and vice president for finance, and one student-at-large. Hartung asked whether it was necessary to include anyone other than the north and south campus representatives, because that covers the entire campus. Apparently, she has no fear of incurring the wrath of the approximately three percent of the student body living off campus. In contrast, Commissioner of Academic Affairs Scott Levy ’10 pointed out that, since most senators are upperclassmen, the presence of the north campus representative may not provide any benefit to the committee. Almeida pointed out that this might not necessarily remain true. However, she added, “if you want to kick me off the committee, I’m cool with that.”Hurry, before they get the guillotine!Commissioner of Clubs and Sports Rylan Stewart ’10 pointed out that some candidates run for the position of north campus representative in part hoping to get on the SAC. Volk then said one of the problems with keeping the south campus representative on the committee would be that a freshman or sophomore may not have the experience needed to make such important decisions. Levy said it appeared Volk argued for virtual representation of the north campus and no representation of freshmen and sophomores—a swell system indeed. Almeida noted that the group needed to resolve this issue as soon as possible, because as is, certain segments of the population went underrepresented—and with the plebs’ irrationality, you never know when the smallest thing might just spark an uprising … and then everyone gets beheaded.Geography only matters for people without any friendsOn a related note, Fan asked whether geography remained a relevant focal point, since, if he were friends with the north campus representative, but lived on south campus, he would go to the north campus representative if he had a problem. Cullen responded that if he had no friends he would have to go to the south campus representative.WHAT!After a few more minutes of incredibly interesting, incredibly productive discussion, Cullen said it seemed they were not making much progress on the issue, and therefore suggested voting not to vote on the issue until later. Then, for perhaps the first time in the history of the ASPC, someone said that voting not to vote on something was silly. With brilliant insight, Almeida asked how delaying a vote would be productive. Commissioner of Environmental Affairs Joanna Ladd ’10 suggested a non-binding vote on the existing proposals. Gerard explained that the procedure with bylaw changes was that the amendment had to be voted on, then, if it was rejected it could be returned to the table soon thereafter. Cullen noted that it would actually have to be re-introduced because it contained a typo, and typos screw up the entire legislative process. Before the vote, Stewart said, “I’m nervous.”Gerard shuts down Cullen and amendmentThen they voted. It appeared close, so Cullen asked for a division of the house. In only the second non-unanimous vote of the year, the senate split with six voting to approve the amendment and five voting against the amendment. After taking this tally, Cullen said, “Well, looks like it passed.” Gerard said, “Actually, no,” and explained that bylaw changes require a three fourths majority.Now that we’ve voted, what was the issue all about?At this moment, Ladd asked someone to explain what exactly the vote had been about. Almeida explained the situation (see “The Great SAC Debate” above) and many of the senators made gestures that seemed to say, “Oh I see.” Cullen proposed forming a temporary committee while they waited to gain a consensus on the bylaw issue, but Stewart immediately pointed out how ludicrous that would be. Nonetheless, Volk, always one for shameless self-promotion, nominated himself to serve on the temporary SAC.ASPC talks about stuffAt 5:58 p.m., Cullen called the meeting to a close, but added that the senators would remain so they could talk about “stuff.”

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