ASUCI Senate Minutes
Thursday, February 22, 2018

 

ASUCI Senate Minutes

Date 02/22/18

  • Called to Order by Gurneel at 5:06pm

  • Attendance

    • Person came in late at

      • 5:18pm Erikat

    • Person left early at

      • 6:00 Noor

  • Approval of Minutes

    • Motion: Lim

    • Second: Wan

  • Approval of Agenda

    • Motion: Ton

    • Second: Lim

  • Public Comment

    • Kevin Brum

      • Thank you Senators, I am here to discuss the Code of Ethics amendment which I overheard has just been moved from today to Tuesday but nonetheless I believe this is good as it gives you more time to think about what I have to say and to the change the Code of Ethics. I shall make two arguments, one legal and one moral. On the legal side, the proposed bill, as it stands, is so vague that it cannot stand constitutional scrutiny under the US Constitution. This Senate must comply with the US Constitution as this student government is a state actor and thus held to the same standard of Constitutional scrutiny as the legislature of this state or of Congress. This was established by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in 1989 in Alabama Student Party v. Student Government Association of the University of Alabama.

      • The regulations proposed have been attempted by Congress in 1997 with the Communications Decency Act; that act was struck down by the US Supreme Court because it was too vague, overbroad, and didn’t consider less restrictive alternatives. The bill doesn’t clearly define what the terms it uses means, I believe it says that electronic harassment shall be defined as: and then gives a list of things but those things themselves are not defined and do not have any definition in law. Speaking of law, the libel and slander definitions comport with no legal definition. These terms are so vague that they’d have a chilling effect on speech.

      • On the moral level, you as ASUCI senators are already held to a higher standard, this law would make it impossible for someone to know what they are allowed to say or not say. I believe it is the definition of slander that uses the term “offense,” what may seem benign to one person may be offensive to another.

      • Overall, the current bill as it stands is too vague and overbroad. That means if a senator was removed for violation of these Code of Ethics, they could very well sue and they will win based on all available case law that I’ve studied and based on the class I’m currently taking on this very topic. I implore you to reconsider this bill. Thank you.

  • Executive Officer Reports

    • President Lydia:

      • NONE

    • EVP

      • updates on the student

      • working on legislation….

    • Internal Vice President

      • Planning on getting a section on the ASUCI website and will be giving more updates on the website next time.

  • Special Committee Reports

    • Basic Needs Security:

      • NONE

    • DREAMers:

      • NONE

    • Disability Services:

      • NONE

    • Labor:

      • NONE

  • Old Business

    • R53-74

      • Discussion

        • Motion to postpone R53-74: Tin

        • Second: Ton

  • New Business

    • Office of Internal Vice President Budget Reports

      • Sustainability in Action Commission

      • Student life and advocacy commission

        • $800 left

          • 4 events in the spring quarter

      • Recruitment and Retention Commission

        • about $6,000 left

        • Covering extra ASUCI windbreakers

        • ASUCI hangout bonfire--$500

      • Garden Commission

        • Event in spring quarter

        • $1,800 left

        • Bought succulents to put in garden

      • Food Security Commission

      • Transportation Commission

      • When is the food and sustainability?

        • It’s in the spring quarter

      • Usually they buy flyers and anything else they might need for a 5 days cost

    • Basic Needs Security Presentation

      • HUnger malnourishment homelessness

        • not everyone can have a full meal everyday

      • State of California

        • the state of CA 32 prisons they spent about 6 times more per prisoners than student

      • Basic needs refers to food housing and wellness security of our community

      • Food insecurity

        • economic and social condition of limited or uncertain availability/access/use to nutritional adequate and safe food

      • Housing insecurity

        • A person who lacks a fixed regular housing needs

      • Basic needs in UC

        • Food insecure - 45% undergraduate and 25% graduate

      • Majority of students reporting food insecurity in the last 12 months had not experiences food insecurity as a child

      • Disproportionate levels of risk

      • Destimatization

        • victims vs system blaming

        • learn how to get a job

      • System wide effort

        • Upside down triangle

          • top half is all students

          • bottom half is how to better address their needs

          • putting skills like getting jobs

          • calfresh

          • emergency relief

      • Fresh

        • uci food pantry

        • calfresh application assistance

        • emergency meal swipes/plans

      • cal fresh

        • work 20hrs a week you can get calfresh

        • full time student with child under 12

        • help students build applications

    • Office of External Vice President Budget Report: Broussard

      • Admin account

      • program costs

        • Mileage and snacks

        • community outreach snacks

      • USSA

        • Students of color conference

      • UCSA

        • advertising and production

        • UCSA member dues

      • $13,000 has been spent so far

    • Office of the President Budget Report

      • Campus Climate

        • 1,000 flyers

      • Housing Security

        • UROP Grant $1,500

      • Research mobilization

        • Online accounting needs to be updated

          • spent on shirts, flyers and banners

        • in need of $1,500 for 3 research seminars in the spring

      • Research seminar is that to host it?

        • Yes that is to host it

        • are you first time hosting them

      • Going to work medicine get researchers and bring them here.

        • then students will be able to talk and learn more from the researchers. opportunity for students to come and that's why most of last quarter and now is building the foundation for this. We have progression to it now and bringing the opportunities here.

        • For bio 199 websites because thats where a lot of students go for research opportunities

          • possibly we can figure out who runs the bio 199 website and have them maybe put a tab for that instead of just running it through emails

        • Tin: thank you and your office for all the work that you do

          • i’m just thinking that from the last budget reports not much has changed and ii and the senators to see more substantial events.

          • Increase authorization in office to spend money i believe then we should do that.

        • Julie: are you only for specific schools you are reaching out to or trying to get every school?

          • Lydia: we are reaching out to all schools.

    • Social Ecology Senator Appointee Interview (6:30 pm)

      • Introduction Speech

        • 4th PSB major--transfer student

        • Senate Secretary

        • Reasons for applying because cares for what the students want, wants to represent the students within that school

        • Student Class President in High School

      • Issues within the School to be Addressed

        • Mental Health Program--show great care in the mental health program

          • increase awareness and promote

        • Increase transparency between Admin and the student body--create a connection between them both

        • Increase programs to have students put their foot down so that students are prepared for the real world--such as workshops

      • Previous Experiences

        • ASB in High School--working with people’s opinion

          • work with a lot of people making sure everything is running smoothly for the students and organizations

          • Volunteering

      • Skill/Quality Apart

        • Senate Secretary

          • Network and Connections

            • knows the process of the Senate and how it runs

      • Zombie Question

        • gather up the friends and gather up resources to hopefully survive

      • Mascot Question

        • Dolphin

          • Homan: What would you call it though?

            • Dafany the Dolphin

          • Isaac: What do you look for in person for Secretary to replace?

            • Make a change

            • Help the students, work with the Senators to get the job done

          • Bryant: What the reason to apply

            • Learn more about ASUCI

            • Hoping see what changes can be done and what is being done right now

          • Rayan: How would you outreach with your school?

            • Talking to students in class to discuss what are some the issues and to further discuss with Admin to see what they can do.

    • Closed discussion for 10 minutes

  • Meeting lost quorum

  • Council Intern Program Report

    • NONE

  • Committees

    • Rules

      • NONE

    • Finance

      • NONE

    • Public Information

      • NONE

    • Advocacy

      • NONE

  • Immediate Business

  • School Breakouts

  • Final Business

  • Announcements

  • Next Meeting: <2/27/18>

  • Motion Adjourn Meeting at <6:56PM>