ASUCI Senate Minutes
Thursday, October 23, 2014

 1)      Bureaucratic Procedure

a.       Call to Order: 5:02pm

b.      Attendance

c.       Approval of Minutes: Phan

                                                              i.      Second: Edmunds

d.      Approval of Agenda: Phan

                                                              i.      Second: Hong

2)      Public Comment:

a.       New U: recording. I will be recording, if you don’t want anything on the newspaper, say off the record.

b.      The chair will entertain motion to reprove.

c.       Phan talked to Harris.

                                                              i.      Peer academic advisor event last week.

                                                            ii.      150 students showed up.

                                                          iii.      Concerns with finance committee how to allocate funds.

                                                          iv.      How to justify and allocate funds help

d.      Hong: finance committee doesn’t have anything in store yet.

                                                              i.      Have legislative council approval first.

3)      Old Business

a.       B50-01 Pizza with Peer Academic Advisors Even Night Funding

                                                              i.      Passes. 12-0-0

4)      New Business

a.       R50-11 Public Info Committee Appointments

                                                              i.      Edmunds motion to pull to the floor

                                                            ii.      Discussion:

1.      Edmunds motion to open to discussion

2.      Phan seconded the motion.

                                                          iii.      Kerner: I think it’s a good thing to pass. I love it.

                                                          iv.      Passes: 12-0-0

b.      R50-12 Gender Neutral Bathrooms

                                                              i.      Motion to pull to court: Phan

1.      Seconds: Edmunds/Louie

                                                            ii.      Motion to open discussion: Fatahi

                                                          iii.      There are 21 gender neutral bathrooms.

1.      Fatahi: There are not equal access. They should make sure. We have some but not all of them are gender neutral yet. Most buildings don’t have them.

2.      Tsai: Middle earth community has two inclusive restrooms near the study halls.

3.      Guevara: to urge the university, would it be to urge the individual schools.

a.       Ask what we all think.

b.      We could start off with student center and then move to buildings and schools.

c.       Would legislative council be a part of it?

                                                          iv.      Motion to close discussion: Phan.

1.      Seconds: Edmunds.

c.       R50-13 Fall 2014 Elections Date Change

                                                              i.      Motion to open discussion: Edmunds.

                                                            ii.      Edmunds:

1.      Doesn’t provide permanent legislation.

2.      Can we put something here such as a mechanism?

3.      If elections are here, can it be moved to another week if it falls on a holiday?

                                                          iii.      Delshadi: it would have to be a temperate resolution.

1.      Week 9. We changed elections based on EVP and elections commissioners.

2.      Some sort of election change should put into some consideration.

                                                          iv.      Hong: why week 9?

                                                            v.      Phan: because of practical. Candidates should have more time.

                                                          vi.      Tsai: if bi-law amendment, if it should fall on holiday, it should be through legislative.

                                                        vii.      Motion to close discussion: Phan

                                                      viii.      Passes

d.      R50-14:

                                                              i.      Motion: Hong.

                                                            ii.      Can only be a discussion: Edmunds

1.      ASUCI is responsible of each legislative council and should be discussed at the first meeting of every quarter.

2.      Need to elect something.

3.      I suggest Phan.

4.      Hong: is Phan okay with taking the position?

5.      Edmunds: email will be sent out regarding this issue.

a.       Since we have to elect liaison, I don’t believe it’s necessary we need an interview process.

6.      Aaron: elect someone to make sure that someone to immerse with me: emails, budget access, online stuff, I don’t know when new people come and go. Someone to work with to make sure we’re up to date.

7.      Motion on the floor to straw poll vote for Phan.

a.       Phan will be appointed at our next meeting when on the floor.

e.       Parshaan: Nine percent of undergrads and 30 percent are international students. International students are increasing every year. Intern students do not qualify for any financial aid and they all have to pay out of state tuition. There are many problems culturally and socially. Issues are getting voted down because we do not have specific means. As a representative of student body, I think it is very important to create a committee to address a notion for this problem and create a resolution. We have to work on this issue through our executive office. We have to make sure that we represent students in the right way. If we look at board of regents, there are 0 regarding this issue. There are a lot issues that could be worked on. We would be working with international individuals to work on the issue themselves.

                                                              i.      Reza: We are trying to arrange more events with the student body. It will be useful for the future too to increase the population. We are a diverse community so I feel like it is a very nice point.

                                                            ii.      Edmunds and Tin: thank you for bringing this issue to the council.

                                                          iii.      Tin: there needs to be specific problems faced to warn others. The reasons why you guys pay more money because the UC system was supposed to a school for California only. Californians are weary about this financial issue. I wish to know specific reasons to properly bring to my constituents. There needs to be a direct reason to tell native Californians.

                                                          iv.      Reza: UC system numbers of out of state numbers have increased. UC system stepped up and accept California students on a rolling cycle and we will outreach. We will expand our outreach. A common problem international students’ face is their visa. Can they live here? International students are well-off to study here. There is a huge cost of coming to the UC system. Expectations are higher for international students. It’s difficult to answer. Sean and others want to look for an output for consistent communication. It’s a good Segway to get involved. Big problem is their visa! We don’t have a visa counselor on campus.

                                                            v.      Fatahi: no one here is a native California. Don’t use the term “native Californian” The problem is that they need representation.

                                                          vi.      Parshaan: Thank you Reza. The question is a notion we see in our state, nation. Issues should be looked upon differently. International students are more deserving in this spot. We are paying little, a lot of financial aid. International students are looked upon differently. They are offered less opportunities. At some point, we have to channel discussion announcing “this is wrong.” We must address this today.

                                                        vii.      Phan: UC system subsidizes this cost. International students represent 10% of student body. We have neglected programs that have ignored international students. They deserve a right to partake in this student government.

                                                      viii.      Tin: As a representative of international engineers. For international students, the bar must be set higher for them to have higher problems.

                                                          ix.      Fatahi: We think the power is with us. There is a committee that specifically apply to this issue. It is just a committee to address our needs.

                                                            x.      Parshaan: if we see having a direct avenue. I don’t know how to respond to this anymore.

                                                          xi.      Guevara: most students with international students would fall on to advocacy committee.

                                                        xii.      Motion to end discussion: Guevara

1.      Second: Kerner and Fatahi

f.       R50-17:

                                                              i.      Delshadi: for next meeting, there should be a friendly vote.

                                                            ii.      Phan: advocacy committee should be in charge.

                                                          iii.      Hong: what problems do international students face toward the government?

5)      Executive Office Reports (10min)

a.       Parshaan: I just wanted to note that last week Thursday, there was a discussion of international committee. There will be a legislation submitted to the legislation. Misunderstanding: We have a legislation.

                                                              i.      It’s on word press.

b.      Delshadi: go forward as fast as possible but not a motion because this has not be submitted to the exec board. We would have to stop the committee in the midst of an assemble.

c.       We can have a straw poll vote.

d.      For judicial board, if we suspend bi-laws, it should be okay if there is an adequate number. That’s up to the council. I think a vote could sustain.

e.       Motion to open R50-17 Phan: suspend bi-laws and add open discussion to 10 minutes.  

                                                              i.      Second: Edmunds.

                                                            ii.      Have suspended and added discussion to new business.

                                                          iii.      Motion to refer to advocacy committee: Edmunds

1.      Second: Sanaa

f.       Reza: Budget 60 by 16. For office of the president, we released another video. Transparency in ASUCI which includes proposals and New U. we need the viewer to view the network to spread the word and video. Spread the video! For other office work, we are going to film another video starting on Friday about 60 by 16. Candidates by mayor and council is here. Video is being processed. Films team will assist. We are not doing any major events about 60 by 16 but we will do a series after the election ends. As well, I am continuing conversation with executive position. All information on human resources. We have election committee and hiring committee. We are engaged in the promo search committee. There is one student representative not in ASUCI. A lot of events on hold because of the search for chancellor.

g.      Reza: speaking for John

                                                              i.      Admin affairs is taking care of parking.

                                                            ii.      It is not published yet.

                                                          iii.      The letter will circulate to put signatures.

                                                          iv.      All ASUCI retreat. Nov. 1

                                                            v.      Anteaters in Action: 10/29

h.      Academic engagement had two major events:

                                                              i.      Film festival: screened red light. Had free popcorn. Night with the stars event at Aldrich Park. We are working with other offices for different events in the future.

                                                            ii.      AMP: successful. All mentees paired with their mentors. It was a lot of fun.

                                                          iii.      Sanaa: working on labor organization issues. They are changing all lights in the student center.

                                                          iv.      Student services:

1.      New screening: Dumb and Dumber 2 next week at Edwards cinema. The cost is free and tickets will be at the ASUCI office.

2.      Soulstice extended their talent applications to tomorrow 10/24.

                                                            v.      All executive

1.      Finished up all films.

2.      Done by Friday/Saturday.

6)      Committees (10mins): 6:21-6:31

a.       Rules