ASPC Senate Briefs: December 1, 2009

December 1, 2009Someone has to remember Perkin WarbeckPotentially in order to make up for his absence at last week’s Senate meeting (which may have been the result of a desire to extend his Thanksgiving Break, but more likely was a celebration of the 510th anniversary of the hanging of Perkin Warbeck, who invaded England in 1497, pretending to be the lost son of Edward IV of England), ASPC President Jed Cullen ‘10 called the meeting to order at 5:08 p.m.—two minutes early.Cullen fears going the way of ZelayaTo accommodate the meeting’s many guests, Cullen asked Secretary Amy Li ’13 to move the minutes until later in the schedule. He also might have disliked approving the minutes, as it reminded everyone of his absenteeism—potential cause for one of Pomona’s typical military coups.Julie Journitz tells it how it isThe first guest, Julie Journitz, Director of Clientele Services for Information Technology Services (ITS) reviewed students’ remarks regarding problems with ITS. Based on the results of a campus-wide survey, Journitz said the majority of students considered ITS either “satisfactory” or “very satisfactory.” Regarding printing and issues with paper, Journitz said that she encountered an issue when the person who drove a cart around to provide paper retired; she also said that, “For a campus who wants to go green, y’all are doing a lot of printing.” Everyone looked down in shame.MyMail is wonderfulCullen asked Journitz if she had received any complaints regarding MyMail’s tendency to get a little zealous in categorizing e-mails as “spam.” Journitz said she saw a few complaints but not an overwhelming amount. However, she added that this has been a recurring complaint for a while, and ITS is considering reconsidering its use of MyMail.ITS is wonderfulCommissioner of Off-Campus Relations Hsuanwei Fan ’12 pointed out that, occasionally, the entire network would go down, so no one in certain areas of campus could get online, and then, once the network had been revived, the students in that area would find an e-mail notifying them that they could not access the internet. Journitz said it happens.The Claremont Colleges are SO dangerous!Vice President for Finance Kelly Schwartz ’10 then introduced Dean of Campus Life Ric Townes and Director of Campus Safety Paul Alexander. Alexander said that, in response to the increased bicycle theft in certain areas and the robbery behind Big Bridges, he had asked patrolmen to spend more time in those areas. He also clarified that Pomona has one patrol officer every Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. as well as one “dedicated person”—that is, a person (not necessarily the same person) who is always at Pomona. Townes added that he was considering having the trees and shrubs on the east side of Rains trimmed so they would not block lighting anymore and mentioned that it had been a while since the administration had carried out a “safety walk” to determine any potentially dangerous areas. Senior Class President Calvin Kagan pointed out that the walk from the science labs to North Campus seemed kind of spooky, and suggested the administrators put out a survey to see what areas in which the students felt unsafe.Wait a minute, “Bake-N-Take” rhymes with something…South Campus Representative Jeff Levere PO ’12 then began an update on the Food Committee’s most recent meeting. He said the committee decided that, over winter break, students would have the option of returning their take-out containers to the Office of Campus Life, which they could then pick up any time for free. He said attendance had decreased at Frary and increased at Frank, and then mentioned his proposal for what Townes called “Bake-N-Take Pizza”—an option that would allow three students to swipe into the dining hall and order a 16-inch pizza with any toppings. Potentially, Levere said, this could put too much of a burden on the dining hall workers, so the committee was considering requiring students to e-mail in advance to utilize this option.Choice is wonderfulNorth Campus Representative Stephanie Almeida ’11 said the committee was also planning future events with the dietician, since, she felt, many students do not seem to know he exists. She added that the committee was considering surveying students to see if the current soda and cereal options were satisfactory.Hsuanwei is watching youFan asked if there were any written policies requiring students to return their plates. He said he imagined that it was just assumed that they would return them anyway, because Pomona students “are not raised by dogs.” However, he said that some people, who “have no shame,” leave their dirty dishes on the tables. Fan said he looked at the names on a couple of the tickets on plates that had been left behind and he initially thought they were “CMC jerks,” but, when he looked them up on Facebook he realized they went to Pomona.Stealing=badAlmeida also said that the committee was trying to find ways to reduce the amount of stealing at the dining halls. Likewise, Levere later added that the committee was searching for ways to prevent students from both eating food and taking it out. Townes pointed out that the school was trying to get Sodexho to reduce its spending this year, and that when students take extra food out, or steal from the dining halls, it has a cost which could lead the company to reduce the options it offers in the future.Somebody call PETA!After a brief update from Schwartz on the Coop Committee, Fan and Stewart reviewed what the recently formed Coop Fountain committee had discussed at their last meeting. Namely, Fan said, they discussed the feasibility of having televisions and had tentatively decided that leather couches would be best because they are easy to clean and classy. Anyway, nothing says “Pomona” like dead cowhide.How about the minutes?At 5:51 p.m., the Senate began reviewing the minutes for last week’s meeting—which ended at 5:51 p.m. Inevitably, they unanimously approved them.ASPC talks moneyThe group then began discussing the possibility of putting an ad from Amazon.com on the ASPC website. According to Cullen, doing so would allow the group to participate in one of the corporation’s programs with non-profit organizations, in which, by putting an ad on their website, the non-profit can garner six to eight percent of the revenues generated from people who buy products on Amazon after clicking on the ad which directs them there. Stewart and Commissioner of Campus Community Relations Kim Hartung ’10 said Amazon appeared to have a few instances of potentially unethical practices, but for a corporation their size, they were not too bad. Almeida and Schwartz initially said they were outright opposed to the program because they worried about getting involved with corporations when they did not particularly need the money.ASPC talks more moneyCommissioner of Communications Than Volk ’10 pointed out that Schwartz had just sent out an e-mail that morning saying the alcohol fund had dried up. Schwartz explained that the alcohol fund had traditionally been $10,000, but they had decided to lower it to $6,000 for this semester, so the cause was not a lack of money, but rather a limit on how much could be spent. Cullen and Stewart pointed out that many students already used Amazon. Someone proposed the link be put on the Connection 47 page, and Almeida said she might be okay with that, because “there are levels” to issues of principle. Cullen pointed out that the Connection 47 page already has a half.com logo on it, from which ASPC generates no funds. Eventually, Levere “motion[ed] to do what we just said we should do” and the Senate voted unanimously to put the link on Connection 47 and send out a mass e-mail explaining how the program with Amazon works.The EndCullen adjourned the penultimate ASPC Senate meeting of 2009 at 6:13 p.m.

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