ASUCI Senate Minutes
Thursday, February 02, 2017

 ASUCI Senate Minutes

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017


  • Called to Order by Natoolo at 5:08
  • Attendance
    • Senator Baggia arrives late at 6:10.
  • Approval of Minutes
    • Motion: Jacoby /Second: Bender
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Mousa: Motion to move old business 5a into school breakouts/ Second: Hassane
    • Motion: Yakub / Second: Mousa
  • Public Comment
    •  Muslim Student Union Representative: We are having Islam awareness week next week. In light of the ban and some of the policies it would be great if you could come out. We will be having events each day. We will be out every day. Please come and tell your constituents. It is important to build those bridges and have folks come and learn. Also if you’re interested and you might forget you can type in ‘Islam in Perspective’ and find the event on Facebook. We also will have a text reminder.
  • Executive Officer Reports 6:07
    • President: Hi I am Tracy La and I am your ASUCI President. Couple of updates. Our UC Women’s Caucus is happening next Saturday and Sunday. Our registration has closed, but we still have room for volunteers and get compensated w shirt and lunch. We had a school wide email sent out today for the mental health conference. This is our third year. Let me know if you would like to get involved. My commission is puting boxes in the library if you want to put a nice note for a class mate for them to receive it. I currently sit on the National Council of Student Body Presidents. I serve as undergrad Vice Chair. We also released a letter condemning the recent executive orders. All on the website. Thank you.
    • External Vice President: I am your EVP. We have applications open for the Student National Power Summit on March 31st. The apps close Sunday. We will be accepting 27 students. We take students out to DC for 4 days. They get to learn about organizing movements and lobbying and we finish off by a direct action and lobbying. We will also have apps open for the Student Lobby Conference in Sacramento opening Monday and closing Febrary19th. We will be taking about 80 students up there. You get to lobby and learn about movements and become a part of the statewide student movement, all paid for through the EVP office.
    • Jackson: We have two major events, homecoming February 22nd -25th. Time for celebration for UCI spirit. We have weeklong events for alumni and students. We have selected 13 individuals for our homecoming court and their bios will be released on our Facebook page. People will get points that go toward winning. We also have 2 other major events that week. Volleyball rally against UCLA. Our team is ranked 6 nationally right now. Saturday we have one big event which is the homecoming festival in the park with a bunch of booths and music and performers and in the evening we have the homecoming game against CSUN. And the following week is Soulstice. Which is our UCI’s largest talent competition. ASUCI puts this on through the office of Student Services. We have 4 categories this year. Presale online right now. 10 dollars right now that can be paid until 13th. Goes up to 15 dollars after that. Last year we sold out, with 2,200 students in attendance. Hopefully we will sell out again.
  • Special Committee Reports
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • Swearing in Ceremony for new Senators by Judicial Board Member Lee 5:15
    • R52-40: No Ban No Wall Resolution

§  Orozco: Motion to bring R52-40 to the table/ Second: Jacoby.

§  R52-40 read by Mousa.

§  Orozco: Motion to call into discussion for 15 minutes/ Second: Bender.

§  Yakub: Can you bring up how Mexican and Latinas are affected earlier and not just in the end?

§  Orozco: I believe it is mentioned in both parts of the legislation.

§  Orozco: Can we have the sources for the numbers?

§  Mousa: Howard Gillman’s email is the source.

§  Mousa: Motion to amend to include the source of Howard Gillman’s email.

§  Natoolo: Be careful about the language. We would like to fix it here so that J-board does not have to strike it down.

§  Yakub: Can we define the project, so that it is more specific? To explicitly mention the wall?

§  Orozco: Would a footnote be okay?

§  Yakub: Just so it’s not so ambiguous?

§  Orozco: It needs to be changed to public information committee instead of public affairs.

§  Xiao: What action does standing in solidarity entail?

§  Orozco: Solidarity means to stand up in time of crisis with the people affected.

§  Safady: I feel like the part about immigrants not coming from Mexico is misleading. There is already a legal path. This is misleading saying that they will not be able to enter the US?

§  Orozco: The person who promoted this wall, throughout this entire campaign has expressly said he has wanted to bar Mexicans from entering the country.

§  Safady: Coming to America illegally is already a crime. I don’t see how this is different from what is already happening.

§  Safady: I’m not even sure if it is necessary. I feel like it is an addition to make it more emotional than it is to be informative. I just don’t see how this will solve the real problems because this is a huge complex issues and this seems to avoid that. I would just want it to be more specific and relevant.

§  Lim: How would you want to change it?

§  Noureldine: Maybe we can change from preventing to impede.

§  Chanes: Point of interest, can we yield our time to members in the audience?

§  Hassane: Can we add a resolution where we send an all ASUCI email that if we passed this legislation it will be sent out to all to inform them.

§  Lu: How are we going to financially assist the organizing communities on campus? Can you clarify the meaning?

§  Mousa: Do we have finances we can allocate to certain workshops on campus? I was thinking about having workshops on educating affected students on how they navigate this situation with assistance by legal networks.

§  Natoolo: We would need numbers.

§  Chanes: Historically my office has helped with this. So I do not think that you would have to remove this. We work with all of the different organizations and do education workshops and reach out and do this. I think it is okay that it stays as long it is the intention that we can financially help them out.

§  Orozco: Should we change the line to maybe EVP helps with this?

§  Chanes: Yes I think this is a good idea.

§  Yakub: Just to make sure that there already people to do these workshops?

§  Orozco: I move to recess for 5 min/ Second: Jacoby.

§  Bender: Motion to extend time by 2 minutes/ Sec: Orozco

§  Natoolo: Since we have so many changes and we want to affectively make this resolution. We will make changes there in the Rules Committee.

§  Mousa: Motion to change:Be it further resolved that ASUCI demands that the University of California, Irvine stand in solidarity with the Muslim, Mexican, Latinos, etc. immigrants being kept out by the US government.

§  Motion to add: Whereas 154 students and scholars are affected on the University of California, Irvine campus, as noted by Chancellor Howard Gillman on January 28, 2017.

§  Motion to strike: public affairs committee. Change to: Be it further resolved that ASUCI’s Executive Vice President Office assists In holding workshops educating students on the ramifications of such a ban

§  Motion to add: Be it further resolved that ASUCI’s Senate Public Information Committee assist in publicizing such workshops

§  Motion to scratch: Be it further resolved that ASUCI financially assist the organizing communities on campus

§   Second: Yakub

§  Mousa: Motion to send legislation to rules/ Second: Orozco

    • R52-41: Reaffirmation and Appointment of the Chief of Staff Position

§  Noureldine: Motion to bring R52-41 to the table/ Second: Orozco

§  Chirigotis: Congrats on the election. Nice to see you all be involved in student government. My name I Jackson I am the Student Services Vice President. We do the event planning of ASUCI. Like Soulstice Homecoming, Summerlands.  

§  R52-41 read by Chirigotis and discusses key changes made to his staff.

§  Bender: Point of order, we need to make this into a discussion before we talk about it.

§  Bender: Motion to go into discussion for 15 minutes/ Second: Orozco

§  Chirigotis reads letters read by those who have been appointed.

§  Chirigotis: Yielding his time to Sean so he can discuss why he is qualified for this position.

§  Sean Ong: I am a third yea bio major. I had a couple of ASUCI internships. I am currently an assistant chief of staff. I will expand on our roles. We were involved in planning logistics for welcome week and Shocktoberfest. Personally, as an intern I immersed myself in the different commissions in the Student Services Vice President office. I have attended several events for sports, screenings, soulstice, talent showcsse. We are currently working to make sure the sales are the best they can be. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.

§  Chanes: My name is Taylor Chanes, I am serving as External Vice President. I have been able to work with all of these appointees. The dynamic of this team works really well. So I don’t think moving these people up to co-chief of staff would be a problem at all. They work well with everyone in the office.

§  Xiao: My first comment is that you and Wang seem better qualified, if for some reason the motion does not pass who else would be qualified?

§  Chirigotis: It would continue a vacancy because I don’t believe anyone else is qualified.

§  Yakub: How did you come to the decision to share?

§  Chirigotis: I do believe  that to keep our dynamic and consistency will be good. And that Andrea should have the executive paid positon.

§  Orozco: Will they each have different tasks or will they be sharing everything?

§  Chrisitgotis: Mix of both. They will continue to both work with the homecoming team. But there will be other roles they take on that I have discussed with Sean and Wang will be taking on more roles.

§  Orozco: I move to call into question/ Second: Jacoby.

§  R52-41 passes 16-0-0, Yea: Lu, Mousa, Jacoby, Erikat, Noureldine,  Lim, Abuzeid, Xiao, Pourmand, Danesh, Bender, Safady, Hassane, Orozco, Yakub, Hernandez.

  • Senate Intern Program Report
    • Amir: Senate interns are ready to help, so if you are a senator that needs help with legislation, let me know.
  • Committees
  • Orozco: Motion to go into committee breakouts for 15 minutes/ Second: Jacoby.
  • Orozco:  Move to extend time by 5 minutes/ Second: Jacoby.
    • Rules
      • Orozco: We went over amendments with the author of R52-40 and we approved them. We will start doing by-laws by the end of next week.
    • Finance
      • Jacoby: We are trying to get ASUCI to report to the student body with maybe a website to see where there ASUCI fees are going to.
    • Public Information
      • Pourmand: We are working on apparel. We are also working on people introducing themselves to all of their constituents and a way to inform constituents of their position and how to contact them.
    • Advocacy
      • Noureldine: We are working the No Ban No Wall legislation. We will also clean up the Disability Services Center Committee legislation. We will keep you informed.
  • Immediate Business
  • School Breakouts
    • Jacoby: Motion to go into school breakouts for ten minutes/ Second: Jacoby.
  • Final Business
  • Announcements
  • Next Meeting: 2/7/2017
  • Orozco: Motion Adjourn the Meeting at 7:00pm
    • Second: Hernandez