Tuesday, February 09, 2016


Tuesday, February 9, 2016


I.              Call to Order

Meeting called to order at 5:38 by AGS President Tim Ma


II.            Approve Agenda (1) 

Motion to approve the agenda by Becky

Seconded by Becca


III.           Approve minutes from previous meeting (1)

Motion to approve the minutes from previous meeting by Sifat

Seconded by Becca


    IV.      Executive Reports:

a.    President (5)

        i. Referendum language next meeting, hopefully

        ii. UCOP did housing visits, but AGS did not get to participate

        iii. Dharma Initiative chairs at UC Irvine have been gaining some attention, lots of opposition

        iv. Career Conference this Friday, please attend or volunteer


b.    VP Internal (3)

        i. Survey has gone out and received a lot of responses, but still need more. Please tell your friends to fill it out

        ii. Happy Grad will be coming up in Week 10, doing this every quarter from now on

        iii. Restructured AGS attendance at Grad Council, now up to 3 per meeting but not required at each meeting

        iv. Hopefully good news on housing discount from Irvine Company soon


c.    VP External (3)

        i. UCSA Board Meeting – grad students interested in bringing up cost of living stipend, joint lobbying for UCSA/UCOP… Enrollment increase is a worry on all UC campuses.

        ii. Student Lobby Conference coming up in Sacramento, if you’d like to attend

        iii. Any potential VP External candidates should come to UCLA Board Meeting with me, let me know if you’re interested


d.    VP Social (3)

        i. Halfway through winter events. Just had successful Disco Party and Incredible Farms volunteering events. Karaoke Night on the 6th was kinda empty, tell your friends!

        ii. Valentines Day event this Saturday – Explore Costa Mesa

        iii. Social Committee meeting on Thursday – come join or pass me ideas if you’d like to make suggestions

        iv. Continuing collaborations with school groups – hope to do an event with the Merage School of Business and Verano Place Housing Office in the Spring.


e.    VP Finance (3)

        i. Just finished giving out Travel Grant funds for this quarter, with additional consideration to Masters and Professional Schools. Gave out 20% of funding to newly considered applicants, and it was our most applications ever received

        ii. Still have a lot of project funds to give out before the end of the year, 4 days to the current deadline. Get your project apps in!


f.      VP Admin (3)

        i. Pub Advisory Board chair - Relationship with the Pub is in great shape, still host many events and provide us a large chunk of budget. If you ever have any suggestions for the Pub, let me know.


    V.       Staff Updates (10)

                Ye – Symposium applications are open and deadline might push back a week if we can get more applicants. Also working on more sustainable Happy Grad events.

Ellen – Career Conference is this Friday. Please pass out flyers and spread the word.

Michelle – Health Insurance survey going out in May. Important to always maintain representation to avoid large increases.

Mikaela – If you ever have events that can be posted on the website, please let me know. I also update social media. Also, please let me know if you see anything on website or Facebook page that can be fixed.


    VI.        Bill 16-05 To Appoint AGS International Committee Chair

                - Olivia Humphrey has been nominated for this role.

                Moved to approve by Ryan

                Seconded by Becca

                Resolution passes 30-0-0


    VII.       Resolution 16-06 To Appoint New Council Member (10)

                a. One new council member from Engineering

                Moved to approve by Becky

                Seconded by Becca

                Resolution passes 30-0-0


    VIII.      Introductions by New Council Members


IX. New Business (5)

                a. Ye – Verano is doing a termite treatment, a lot of people are against it. You have to move out all of your heat sensitive stuff and furniture into the middle of the room. Only 3 days to move out and 2 to move back in. Is Verano required to provide assistance?

b. Zots!

 - Olivia, Will, Becca, and Mikaela(x2) for awesome social committee participation

- Olivia, Will, Mikaela for mad Finance Committee participation!


     XI. Adjourn

Move to adjourn the meeting by Becca

Second by John


Meeting adjourned at 6:24 by AGS President Tim Ma