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Associated Students


A.S. Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University


Monday, March 16, 2015 – 4:00 PM

Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

I. CALL TO ORDER

A.S. President, J. Cole called the meeting to order at 4:06 PM at the Council Chambers at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

II. ROLL CALL

A. Voting Members Present: J. Cole, Kevin Hancock, Jacqueline Karczewski, Alex Padua, Corey Polant, Keagan Casey, Maneet Deol(late), Marc Hess, Marilyn Martinez, Alexandria Johnstone, Kyle Murphy(left early), Christy Samarkos (late), Jessica Rentto

B. Voting Members Absent: None.

C. Non-Voting Members Present: Christina Brown, Jennifer Esquivel-Parker.

D. Non-Voting Members Absent: None.

E. Visitors: None.

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda for today’s meeting.

HESS/JOHNSTONE CARRIED, (10-0-0)

IV. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 3/9, as attached.

HANCOCK/CASEY CARRIED, (10-0-0)

V. PUBLIC COMMENT:

Eric Palonsky, Jewish Student Union- spoke about the special referendum

Scott Semel, Alpha Epsilon Pi- spoke about the referendum

Michael Kagan, Students Supporting Israel and Chabad- spoke about Judicial Affairs Council’s ruling regarding the referendum at JAC’s March 13 meeting and about the referendum.

Kelilah Federman, Chabad of SDSU- spoke about the referendum on divestment.

Sarah Katularu, Students Supporting Israel- spoke about the referendum.

Anthony Berteaux, Students Supporting Israel- he spoke about the divestment referendum.

Jessica Valencia- spoke about educating SDSU students on the referendum and promoting and advertising the vote.

Osama Alkhawaja- spoke on divestment.

Hassan Abdinur- spoke on divestment and whether jet fuel can melt steel beams.

VI. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS:

A. Business and Financial Affairs Designee:

None.

B. University President’s Designee: Christy Samarkos gave an update on what the university is doing to address the needs and concerns of transgender students.

C. Ed SanFillippo Presentation: Ed, AS Council member from 2008, shared his experience of being a transgender student during his time at SDSU and took questions from the board.

VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:

A. General Consent Agenda (Action):

None.

B. General Consent Report (Information): The General Consent Report was reviewed via electronic copy. For further reference please request a full agenda copy from the Government Secretary.

It was moved and seconded to separate out Action Items A 2 and 3 from the March 13 Judicial Affair Council.

POLANT/HANCOCK CARRIED, (11-0-0)

It was moved and seconded to accept the Statement in Support of the referendum.

HANCOCK/POLANT CARRIED, (7-2-2)

It was moved and seconded to remove the reference numbers and references from the statement.

JOHNSTONE/PADUA FAILED, (0-11-0)

It was moved and seconded to count words and footnotes and stop at 750 word count.

HANCOCK/DEOL

It was moved as a friendly amendment to not include authors in the statement but there was an objection.

It was moved as a friendly amendment to count the authors first and then start counting from the beginning of the statement, stopping at 750 words but there was an objection.

It was moved and seconded to amend the motion to cut-off the Statement in Support at 750 words, starting reading at the beginning and including the corresponding references until 750 words are counted, not including the authors.

HANCOCK/POLANT CARRIED

The motion as amended to count words and footnotes and to cut-off the Statement in Support at 750 words, starting reading at the beginning and including the corresponding references until 750 words are counted, not including the authors, was approved as amended.

CARRIED, (8-1-0)

It was moved and seconded to give the authors of the Statement in Opposition ten hours, reflective of the additional time the authors of the Statement in Support had, to make changes to their Statement in Opposition.

CASEY/HESS CARRIED, (6-3-0)

It was moved and seconded to give the authors of the Statement in Opposition until 12pm tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 to turn in a revised Statement in Opposition.

KARCZEWSKI/HANCOCK CARRIED, (8-1-0)

Requests for rebuttals will be sent out to the authors of both the Statement in Support and the Statement in Opposition in the 12 o’clock hour on Tuesday, March 17. Authors will have 24 hours to complete the rebuttals and they will be due March 18 at 12 pm.

The Judicial Affairs Council will meet on March 18 to approve the Statements in Support and Opposition and rebuttals. The Board of Directors will meet on March 19 at 7 am to approve the Judicial Affairs Council’s recommendations.

C. Audit Firm Recommendation (Action):

It was moved and seconded to accept Grant Thornton LLP as Associated Students’ new auditor.

HANCOCK/JOHNSTONE CARRIED, (8-0-0)

D. Student Initiative Referendum Update (Information):

  1. J. Cole had a meeting both groups of students involved with the Student Initiative Referendum. The timeline and process was explained and he communicated what A.S. will do to ensure that SDSU students are well-educated about the referendum before voting. A.S. leaders are asked to remain neutral to the issue because A.S. is hosting the referendum. 
  2. Participation in the scheduled forums and flyering times is encouraged. Please have your RED ID to be admitted in to the forums. Forums will be held on Tuesday, 3/17 (4-6 PM in Park Blvd), Tuesday, 3/24 (4-6 PM in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre), and a third forum that is to be determined.

VIII. CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members):

Annual Evaluation of the Executive Director Process and 360 feedback survey postponed.

IX. EXECUTIVE REPORTS:

A. President: J. Cole reported on the following:

  1. Thank you everyone for your commitment.

B. Executive Vice President: No report.

C. Vice President of External Relations: No report.

D. Vice President of Financial Affairs: No report.

E. Vice President of University Affairs: No report.

F. Executive Director: No report.

X. REPORTS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

A. Alex Johnstone reported on the following: the AS Mentor Program on Friday was a success.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:01 PM.

KARCZEWSKI/CASEY CARRIED