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October 13th, 2008

  • Location: Hicks Center Room 111
  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Present: Patrick Tanis, Alex Morgan, Derek Gianino, Joel Greenblatt, Hannah Kallewaard, Alyssa McNamara, Mark Korn, Kelly Lepper, Michelle Gigowski, Jessica Adams, Amber Lee, Andrea Bedway, Karl Wasmuth, Taylor Allard, Meredith Quinlan, Calder Burgam, Marissa Kilkka, Sarah Small, Leeor Schweitzer, Andrew Tyner, Rico Javier, Brad Bower, Owen Willis, Juli Scalf, Ted Sweetser, Sindhura Kompella
  • Absent: none
  • Guests: Brian Dietz
  • Secretary: Hannah Kallewaard

Student Commission Minutes
October 13, 2008
As taken by Hannah Kallewaard, Secretary

I.    Call to Order at 21:00
II.    Roll Call
a.    All present
III.    Approval of Minutes
a.    Motion: Approve the minutes of the October 6, 2008 meeting with 2 wording changes. First changing the wording from “a revision to retroact” to “a revision to retroactively amend the Bylaws to allow” and the second change from “Metty” to “Mette” on the spelling of the leader of HYPE. Motioned by Calder Burgam, seconded by Leeor Schweitzer, motion carried.
IV.    Officer Business
a.    President
i.    The Student Life Advice Committee (SLAC)
1.    The committee holds 4 positions, two of which are student commissioners and two from the whole campus. Patrick recommends the appointment of following people to the committee: Jessica Adams, Karl Wasmuth, and Crissy Gibson (K ’11) and Jacob Morden (K ’12)
2.    Motion: Accept the students to the Student Life Advice Committee as recommended by Patrick. Motioned by Leeor Schweitzer, seconded by Marc Korn, motion carried.
ii.    Community Council
1.    This council is for 4 campus members, and the recommendation from Patrick is to appoint the following students: Amber Cussen and Erin Arnowski who have served on the council before, and Elsa Musko, and Zach Mohen, who will be new members.
2.    Motion: Appoint the students as recommended by Patrick to the Community Council. Leeor motioned, Rico Javier seconded, and motion carried.
iii.    Outreach Committee
1.    Jessica Adams has been appointed to the chair of the Outreach Committee, and added to the Executive Committee.
a.    Exec. Committe consists of Patrick Tanis (President), Alex Morgan (Financial Director), Derek Gianino (Vice President), Joel Greenblatt (Public Relations Director), Hannah Kallewaard (Secretary), and Leeor Schweitzer (Chair of EPC), and now Jessica Adams (Chair of OC)
b.    Financial Director
i.    Thanks for last week! Organizations are starting to send in reacquisition forms.
c.    Vice President
i.    Student Trustee Link
1.    Unfortunately there will not be a dinner this quarter due to the schedule that has already been set. Next quarter (WI 09) will be a large meeting with the board, and there will be a dinner with all types of students, both on and off StuComm.
d.    Public Relations Director
i.    Currently the StuComm website is being updated, both Joel Greenblatt and Hannah Kallewaard are working on it. Joel has website training this week Wednesday with Carolyn Zinn. The new website is located at
e.    Secretary
i.    Same as above
V.    Committee Reports
a.    Athletic Committee (AC)
i.    The committee will meet this Thursday and report next week on the meeting.
b.    Constitutional Integrity Committee (CIC)
i.    After meeting with the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC), Sarah Lindley brought up the student vote on faculty committees. They deal with confidentiality, money, and individual students. The FEC will allow keep our vote equal with faculty members. With this, the Bylaws will be changed to work with the FEC. Appendix B, which currently has 8 amendments, will be adding a 9th, dealing with the confidentiality by adding serious repercussions if broken, such as infringement of the Honor Code. Several changes to the By-laws are coming such as merging section 4 with Appendix A, among other things. The presentation of all the changes will take place 10th week or earlier.
c.    Educational Policies Committee (EPC)
i.    New courses were approved today in the EPC meeting and will be up on the calendar for next quarter.
ii.    The EPC is working on a curricular overhaul by changing the general education requirements. There are currently two different scenarios, both including additional seminars and physical educational requirements.
1.    The seminars would be for first-years, sophomores, and seniors. The seminars may or may not be in your major, like the writing seminars held the fall quarter of the first year. It was decided that because a majority of the juniors study abroad, that a junior seminar would not be held.
iii.    The new models open up the curriculum to give the student more choice in what types of classes they want to take. Information from other Liberal Arts Institutions with more freedom in the general education courses, where they see their students taking classes from all departments with out the structure we have at Kalamazoo. The different models for the curriculum will be presented during 6th week to the faculty
d.    Financial Policies Committee (FPC)
i.    The FPC received 2 gift fund requests this week:
1.    Walk Safe: An escort service to and from campus for the enhancement of safety. All of their costs are one time; the FPC has recommended that they apply to become a student organization. The costs are $100 for a set of walkie talkies, $50 for pepper spray, $120 for luminous t-shirts for night walking to stay with the group, $20 for whistles, $40 for flashlights, $20 for reflector tape to be used on jackets in the winter time. Additionally $240 was asked for a phone for a whole year, which is unknown to be a hard line or cell phone. The Committee recommended that $400 be given to the group which would happen by slashing the $240 for the phone to $50.
a.    Motion: Fund all costs fully except for the phone, which would be cut to $50, bringing the total to $400. Marc Korn motioned, Marissa Kilkka seconded, and the motion carried.
2.    Environmental Organizations: The leaders of the campus environmental organizations were influenced to attend the Byaner’s conference. The conference will bring new knowledge and ideas with regards to the environmental movement. The conference happens this weekend, October 17-18. There are eight students that want to attend just Saturday the 18th, which is when most of the conferences are happening. The registration is $44 per student, which totals $352. The estimate for fuel was $108 based on $4/gallon and a round trip of 200 miles. The Committee recommends that StuComm fund the registration but not the fuel cost, which is consistent with funding other organizations.
a.    Motion: Fund the $352 of registration, and only fund ½ of the gas ($54) for a total of $406. Motioned by Andrew Tyner, seconded by Theodore Sweetser. Discussion was held including the fact that $778 would be left in the Gift fund after this, which is about half of what we had initially, and there are still 6 weeks left in the quarter.
i.    Amendment: Do not fund the gas at all, bringing the funds to $352 just for registration. Rico Javier motioned, Juli Scalf seconded, motion carried with one against.
b.    Motion carried for the registration of these 8 students, and $832.90 remains in the gift fund.
e.    International Policies/Experiential Education Committee (IPEEC)
i.    Looking at the study abroad programs to make sure they are still affordable to both the college and the students. As of now, only additions will be made to the programs until 2011/2012 year. In January, another look at the costs will happen, which will bring about changes like cutting transportation. An idea bought forth was the idea of having the students pay the tuition of the university that they attend abroad. The changes are taking place because the college is no longer making money sending students abroad.
f.    Informational Services (IS)
i.    The meeting that was held talked about the Internet being slow the last couple of days. The reason behind the slow down was someone hijacking the internet in Harmon and rerouting the internet. The IS is working on updating the RAM of computers in the classrooms because they are slow, and it is more expensive to replace them. Recently the college has switched from Gateway to Dell computers, and over time the computers will slowly be replaced.
ii.    Greg Diment wants to meet with some campus students so that he can just get some feedback about IS. If you want to appoint a student, e-mail Patrick Tanis (k05pt01) or Brad Bower (k05bb02).
iii.    There was some Graffiti-ing on the walls in the classrooms in the library. If this continues, then the classrooms will have to be shut down after 4 p.m. It’s sad to see such a new building be ‘destroyed’ so quickly.
iv.    The College Archives are now online, which is working on putting everyone’s SIP online. The student will be able to choose if the SIP is public or not. If not, then the title and a small abstract would be the only available information.
g.    Outreach Committee (OC)
i.    The purpose of OC is to get StuComm’s name out to the campus community. Hopefully two events will be held each quarter. Next week we will hold a Homecoming tailgate at the football game. Jessica Adams needs three more students to help her on the committee.
h.    Student Life Advisory Committee (SLAC)
i.    As of right now, the Dean has not sent any e-mails, so as soon as he does, then we’ll start meeting.
VI.    Old Business
a.    Electoral Reform
i.    As of now, there are no brilliant ideas from other institutions for voting.
VII.    New Business
a.    T-shirts
i.    Juli Scalf is in charge of making some t-shirts for StuComm, and we will take on the price individually, like we ask our organizations, so right now they will be in between $8-12.
b.    Budget issues from students
i.    Rico Javier brought froth the fact that the Index has a large budget, yet there are stacks of old issues sitting around campus. There are some ideas floating around about reducing the number of hard copies and moving to an online paper to reduce paper use and give money to other student organizations. This would also give access to the students abroad and alumni if it were online. Talk to Alex Morgan or Rico Javier about this issue.
c.    Campus Forum
i.    The Forum will be held on Thursday, November 6, at 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Olmstead Room, and pizza will be served before the forum starts. Please put this on your calendar, as all StuComm members are required to attend.
VIII.    Good of the Order
a.    Derek Gianino announced that Brad Bower is recently engaged, as of yesterday.
b.    Hannah Kallewaard announced that October is Brest Cancer awareness month, and currently Yoplait is holding a fundraiser for the Susan G. Gilman Foundation. If you collect the pink lids to the yogurts, we can send them in together from Kalamazoo College, or K College StuComm, depending on if we want to do that. Also the collection runs through December, so there is at least 2 months of collecting that can be done.
IX.    Adjournment at 21:47
a.    Motion: Adjourn from the meeting. Motioned by Marc Korn, and seconded by Karl Wasmuth, motion carried.