AGS COUNCIL MINUTES
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

 

AGS COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 

I.              Call to Order

Meeting called to order at 5:35 by AGS President Tim Ma

 

II.            Approve Agenda (1) 

Motion to approve the agenda by Becca

Seconded by Mikaela

Motion passes 26-0-0

 

III.           Approve minutes from previous meeting (1)

Motion to approve the minutes from previous meeting by Becca

Seconded by Will

Motion passes 26-0-0

 

    IV.      Executive Reports:

a.    President (5)

i. Correction of numbers reported last meeting, about 800-900 instate undergrads coming on campus by next year. Also enrolling 200 more PhDs, 200+ Masters, 100+ International. Admin pushing for responses to need, more details to come

ii. Two new referendums on table:

1) $50/qtr for students for creation of new Mental Health Center – pretty sure this is not going to pass in its current state, so Chancellor is looking for a donor to lessen the $ amount for students

2) $TBD/qtr for Student Center – to counter Student Center $2 million deficit for next few years.

iii. Campus has been trying to hire a new splashy faculty position, more soon

iv. E-Sports initiative: Scholarships for video gamers, possibly going to be a new thing at UCI

 

b.    VP Internal (3)

        i. Continued work on three areas: general and health insurance surveys, health insurance for new parents (right now new parents can lose their health insurance if they don’t return to work after 6 weeks)

 

c.    VP External (3)

        i. UCs state-wide are concerned about enrollment hikes, lots of specific issues to each campus

       

d.    VP Social (3)

        i. Two recent events both went well: PhD Movie 2 had 450 attend, and Winter Crafts & Party last weekend. Want to market events for graduate families better to get more kids at future events.

        ii. Winter Wonderland party: January 9th in Doheny Beach

       

e.    VP Finance (3)

        i. Travel Grants – opening up the funding to be divided by students within schools, and open to Masters & Professional students to apply for funds specific to their programs.

 

f.      VP Admin (3)

        i. Next meeting: January 12th and every other Tuesday. Meetings will be Week 2,4,6,8,10 of Winter and Fall Quarter on Tuesdays at 530pm

 

 

    V.       Staff Updates (5)

                Ellen – UC Pitch Competition

                John – International Thanksgiving was fun!

Michelle - Picking a committee to select insurance company soon

 

 

    VI.        Resolution 15-16 To Approve Student Advisor to the Regents Measure (10)

                a. Currently there are 2 Student Advisors to the Student Regents (1 with and 1 without voting power) that represent all students at UCOP Regents Meetings, visit campuses, etc.

                b. New position would not vote but could speak on the floor and sit in on committees at UCOP. Could also help with visiting its constituents (us!)

               

Nick: Add a clause to invoke some sort of student veto of UC Regents?

-       Might not do anything, needs to be an amendment to the CA Constitution

 

Evangeline: Add a Student Advisor meeting from each meeting?

                Moved to approve by Evangeline

                Seconded by noone

                Motion fails

 

Motion for 10 more minutes by Becca

Seconded by Becky

Motion approved 26-0-0

 

Motion to table by Evangeline

Seconded by Chance

Discussion

Motion fails 2-23-1

 

Motion for 5 more minutes by Nick

Seconded by noone

                Motion fails

 

 

Out of time, forced vote

Resolution passes 26.5-1-1

 

 

    VII.     Discussion about Chair Endowments in the Humanities Department (10)

                Olivia: There was an 8M endowment given to Humanities for new Chairs recently. But there are specific strings attached coming from the funder that are non-academic, religious agendas, and influencing who is being hired. Dean of Humanities not being transparent about hiring Chairs or specifics of funding. Right now we’re just trying to raise awareness about what’s going on to get more transparency. Petition is going around Humanities.

                Petition will be forwarded by the Council list serve via Becky. This is not an endorsement, it is purely for individual information. Tim will look into process of how AGS could decide if we want to endorse this.

           

    VIII.    New Business (5)

                none

               

     XI.     Zots!

            Ryan- Chance for room switch!

            Ye- Andrew for helping with Happy Grad

    

     IX. Adjourn

 

Move to adjourn the meeting by Will

Second by Becca

 

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 by AGS President Tim Ma