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A.S. University Council

Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University


OCTOBER 8, 2014 – COUNCIL CHAMBERS
CONRAD PREBYS AZTEC STUDENT UNION – 3:30 PM
A.S. UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MINUTES

I. CALL TO ORDER:

Vice President of University Affairs Corey Polant called the meeting to order at 3:33 PM.

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL:

A. Voting Members Present: Corey Polant, Maxwell Louie, Jordan Mishlove, Dustin Pina, Dominic Bilotti, Austin Dean, Emmanuel Uwakwe, Nick Wright, Kristina Brown, Keeler Johnston, Jose Muguerza, Lance Brooks, Megan Sealy, Jason Taresh, Kelsey Moss, Kalani Perez, Osama Alkhawaja, Owen Burton, Josh Drayer, Jane Kwon, Jaynie Lee, Shawn Tenny, Maneet Deol, Alexandria Johnstone, Jonathan Cole, Kevin Hancock, Alex Padua.

B. Voting Members Absent: Ahmad Sanatyar.

C. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Christy Samarkos, Clarice Mendoza, Jennifer Esquivel-Parker (for Christina Brown).

D. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: Dr. Cezar Ornatowski.

E. Visitors Present: Sergio Cisneros, Thomas Negron Jr., Kevin Yabes, Hassan Abdinur, Sean Guardian, A. T. Furuya, Jon Davidi, Muriel Robotta, Vanessa Grard, David San Juan, Graciella Regua, Odat Yousif, Caroline Gillen, Marc Meyer, Randy Timm.

IV. MODIFICATIONS TO AGENDA:

It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda of October 8, 2014.

PADUA/DEOL

Kevin Hancock made a friendly amendment to add a Judicial Affairs Council report as Action Item D under University Reports and Presentations. Jacqueline Karczewski made a friendly amendment to add a time certain of 3:45 PM to Item C, a Diversity Training Presentation.

The agenda was approved as amended.

V. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES:

It was moved and seconded to approve the previous minutes of September 24, 2014.

MISHLOVE/HANCOCK CARRIED

V. PUBLIC COMMENT:

A. Jon Davidi, A.S. Chief of Staff, reported:

1. The 2014-15 Freshmen Leadership Experience (FLEX) team has been chosen. Each FLEX member introduced themselves to University Council.

2. The First-Year Leadership Initiative (FLI) has been created for freshmen or transfer students to get peer-to-peer leadership opportunities at SDSU. It will be designed as an 8-week program with 40 seats total. The first meeting was today and was very successful.

B. Hassan Abdinur, A. T. Furuya, and Kevin Yabes yielded their time to Thomas Negron Jr., Student, who reported:

1. The Resolution to Change the Mascot should be recommended to the Student Diversity Commission for further research. Thomas gave a presentation of illustrations that depict racist stereotypes and explained how these targeted groups may feel towards these offensive generalizations. In closing, the Queer People of Color Collective recommends that the Student Diversity Commission is be assigned the Resolution to Change the Mascot and its research.

VI. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

A. University Senate Designee, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski: No report.

B. University Vice President for Student Affairs Designee, Christy Samarkos: No report.

C. Diversity Training Presentation – Randy Timm, Director of Student Life & Leadership, and Marc Meyer, National Conflict Resolution Center Representative, reported:

1. The integration of mandatory diversity trainings for the top five leaders of each registered student organization is in accordance of the SDSU Strategic Plan and Student Life & Leadership’s own strategic plan.

2. Randy Timm and Marc Meyer presented a PowerPoint presentation that noted the positive impact the training is having.

3. The University Council members were invited to ask questions and provide feedback on the structure and content of the diversity trainings.

D. Judicial Affairs Council Update – Sergio Cisneros, Justice, reported:

1. Deadlines for attending a multi-cultural event, attending a non-council meeting, and reviewing study abroad scholarship applications were discussed.

2. The Judicial Affairs Council will be compiling a list of recommended events for the multi-cultural event requirement.

VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:

A. General Consent Agenda: (Action)

It was moved and seconded to approve the General Consent Agenda, as attached.

PEREZ/SEALY CARRIED

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.

VII. INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATIVE MATTERS:

A. #CB F14-01 Resolution to Change the Mascot, as attached. (1st Reading)

It was moved and seconded to open nominations for which A.S. Board, Commission, or Committee the University Council will recommend review and act upon Resolution to Change the Mascot to.

PEREZ/ALKHAWAJA CARRIED

A.S. Board/Committee Nominees:

Student Diversity Commission

Marketing and Communications Committee

University Affairs Board

Aztec Student Union Board

Campus Community Commission

External Relations Board

It was moved and seconded to close nominations for which A.S. board or committee the University Council will recommend the Resolution to Change the Mascot to.

TENNY/LEE CARRIED

The University Council discussed the nominated A.S. boards and committees and how each was qualified to be assigned the Resolution to Change the Mascot.

Maneet Deol called to question. It was moved and seconded to end discussion about the nominated A.S. boards and committees.

DEOL/TARESH FAILED

Jordan Mishlove rescinded his nomination of the Campus Community Commission. Josh Drayer rescinded his nomination of the Marketing and Communication Committee. Jose Muguerza rescinded his nomination of the Aztec Student Union Board. Emmanuel Uwakwe rescinded his nomination of the External Relations Board.

Jason Taresh called to question. It was moved and seconded to end discussion about the nominated A.S. boards and committees.

TARESH/JOHNSTONE CARRIED

A.S. Board/Committee Votes:

Student Diversity Commission - 6

University Affairs Board - 21

It was moved and seconded to approve the results of the vote for the assignment of the Resolution to Change the Mascot.

ALKHAWAJA/PEREZ CARRIED

IX. REPORTS OF CAMPUS LIFE COUNCIL MEMBERS:

A. Corey Polant, Vice President of University Affairs:

1. A working group to discuss college council forums will be meeting this Friday at 2 PM.

2. Please send out your BlackBoard e-mails for the month of October.

3. Remember to ask the students in your college for their opinions on the issues discussed at University Council.

4. A presentation on the cord point system used by the College of Health and Human Services will be given by their representatives at the next University Council meeting.

B. J. Cole, President:

1. After attending the most recent SDSU Los Angeles Regional Council event, J. Cole met many SDSU alumni who are interested in engaging in the mentorship of current Aztecs.

2. The First-Year Leadership Initiative program began this morning. Please let any freshmen or first-year transfer students know about this new program if they are looking for a chance to develop their leadership skills and gain knowledge on the leadership opportunities at SDSU.

C. Kevin Hancock, Executive Vice President:

1. Turn in Homecoming team applications to the A.S. Office by 4 PM on Monday, October 13. Applications can be found at http://homecoming.sdsu.edu/homecoming/compete.aspx.

2. We hope to see you all at the Homecoming 5K on the morning of the Homecoming game!

3. The next home football game is on October 18 against the University of Hawai’I at Manoa Rainbow Warriors. Get your tickets at the Viejas Arena ticket office!

D. Jacqueline Karczewski, Vice President of External Relations:

1. Encourage your peers to register to vote if they have no done so already. If you need more registration forms, visit Jacqueline’s office.

E. Alex Padua, Vice President of Financial Affairs:

1. There will be a professional development seminar entitled Credit 101, hosted by Cal Coast Credit Union on Tuesday, October 14 at 4 PM in Park Blvd. The seminar will answer questions students may have about establishing and improving credit.

2. 250,000 lbs of food is the goal for Aztecs Rock Hunger this year! Bins will be distributed next week in preparation for the collection period, which is from Oct. 17 to Nov. 9.

F. Nick Wright, College of Business Representative:

1. Associated Business Student Council just elected their new Vice President of Finance.

2. Meet Your ABSC Reps: Monday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 PM at the Common Area of the Granada.

G. Kristina Brown, College of Education Representative:

1. The College of Education Student Council is currently looking for someone to fill the officer position of Vice President of Public Relations.

H. Keeler Johnston, College of Engineering Representative:

1. A representative from Solid Works gave a presentation at the last AESC meeting.

2. Heather LaPerle from Career Services gave a presentation about Campus Conversations.

3. E-week events were discussed and a week will be determined soon.

4. AESC will prepare to discuss the views of divestment at SDSU.

5. The College of Engineering had the second most proposals for the Student Success Fee.

I. Jane Kwon, College of Sciences Representative:

1. Application for the CSSC Treasurer position is now live.

2. The Pre-Dental Club is having a clothes drive. Donations can be made to GMCS 323.

3. Making Strides – Breast Cancer Walk: Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 AM at Balboa Park.

4. Bowling Night with Dean Maloy: Monday, Nov. 10 from 4-5:30 PM at Aztec Lanes.

5. Science Fair: Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 AM – 5 PM at Porter Elementary.

J. Shawn Tenny, Graduate Student Association President:

1. An open call to graduate students will be drafted and sent to the entire graduate student body next week to help add members to the Graduate Student Association.

K. Jaynie Lee, Undeclared/Unclassified College Representative:

1. A tentative date of Wednesday, Nov. 19 has been set for an Undeclared College Council Mixer.

2. Carlos has been voted in as the Undeclared College Council Vice President.

3. Please feel free to send Jaynie your council meeting times so that information can be passed to other undeclared students.

M. Jennifer Esquivel-Parker, Executive Director Designee:

1. Applications for the open Campus Community Commission Representative and Elections Coordinator will be available next week.

2. Let the Aztec Student Union Board know if you have any feedback about the Union.

3. Representatives, please ask your college council secretaries to meet with Jennifer Esquivel-Parker to ensure they are aware of the expectations for the minutes.

4. Bylaw amendments are due on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Be sure to track your changes and e-mail them to Jennifer.

X. ADJOURNMENT

It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

KWON/DRAYER CARRIED

Vice President of University Affairs Corey Polant adjourned the meeting at 5:57 PM.