ASUCI Senate Minutes
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

 

ASUCI Senate Minutes

Date 03/13/18


  • Called to Order by Nasir at 5:08pm

  • Attendance

    • Person came in late at

      • Enriquez  5:15pm

    • Person left early at

      • Jiang 6:30pm

      • Kaur 6:40pm

  • Approval of Minutes

    • Motion: Hong

    • Second: Kaur

  • Approval of Agenda

    • Motion: Hong

    • Second: Jiang

  • Public Comment

    • Crystal

      • CALPIRG

        • Brought a lot of opportunities to many students; career opportunities

        • We are funded by students which allowed to hire professional staff and have contract with University

          • We have 10% of student body we fell a little short.

    • Krystal

      • My name is Khrystal, I am the chapter chair of CALPIRG students and coordinate the 100% renewable energy campaign. I would like to briefly state that CALPIRG has brought a lot of opportunities to many students through leadership development, internship opportunities, and career opportunities. CALPIRG has helped me develop leadership skills to be an effective advocate here on campus. The reason we are an effective student group is because we are funded by students through a pledge system, which allows us to hire professional staff like RORY who teaches us skills like how to lobby elected officials and organize a large event. We have a contract with the University that outlines the details of the pledge system. One of the details in our contract states we have to pledge 10% of the student body but we fell a little behind last year. But we are now we are on track to reach this goal by next year. But because we fell behind, we need to pass this resolution through ASUCI to reaffirm our program and continue the CALPIRG pledge system on campus. So please vote y6es to keep CALPIRG here at UCI.

      • Speaking on behalf of students

        • Tingyao

          • My name is Tingyao, I am a first-year student here at UCI studying environmental science. I first joined CALPIRG in the beginning of winter quarter and have been involved with the 100% Renewable Energy campaign as the coalition intern, reaching out to faculty members and demonstrating further support about our campaign goals. Through CALPIRG I have found my passion for student advocacy in environmental issues, developed skills in phone banking, and promoting these issues among the student body. Please vote yes on the ASUCI resolution.

        • Damien:

          • I am a first year applied physics major and have been apart of CALPIRG for two quarters. Having learned about CALPIRGs past achievements and current campaigns and having witness the honest motivation of the members of CALPIRG, I truly believe the organization is dedicated to the betterment of humanity.

        • Ricardo:

          • Hello, my name is Ricardo. I encourage you to vote in support of the CALPIRG resolution reaffirming our contract. As representatives of the student body, each of you would fully understand the importance of activism. From its inception, CALPIRG has advocated for common sense legislation in the interest of the public. And having worked with CALPIRG this entire year, I have experienced the overwhelming support for CALPIRG, its campaigns, and the core values upon which it is built. Thank you

      • Shawn

        • Hi my name is Shawn and I am an intern for the 100% renewable energy campaign for CALPIRG. I want to discuss the impact CALPIRG has made not only on UCi but on the country. In 1999, CALPIRG reports documented gross under enforcing of the California Clean Water Act. As a result, CALPIRG wrote and helped pass the Clean Water Enforcement Act, the country’s toughest clean water law. In 2006, UCi CALPIRG students aided ASUCI and other groups to make sure students voted in favor of a plan to upgrade the campus buses to biodiesel and added new routes on campus. In 2016, CALPIRG worked with the ASUC’s to help 10,000 students register to vote and out to the polls. We have done great work in the past and we will continue to do great work when you vote yes.

      • Fernando

        • A fourth year environmental science major. I commuted pretty far from campus for my first three years, and I was finally able to afford living close to campus last December. I found a home in CALPIRG and I'm really thankful for the friends I have made. I truly treasure my fellow group members and I really care for the issues we are tackling such as: 100% renewable campaign, college affordability, net neutrality, and save the bees campaigns.

      • Esmeralda Hic

        • Hello, my name is Esmeralda Hic, I am a second year Earth System Science major and I have been involved in various organizations here on campus, many of them centered around sustainability, including working at the Global Sustainability Resource Center, being involved with the Costa Rica Program, the EarthReps internship, Earth System Science Club, and of course, CALPIRG. CALPIRG is unlike any organization that I have worked with before, it is very unique in the way in which the students are invested in this organization. We dedicate countless hours for two weeks every quarter asking our peers to pledge CALPIRG and help them to put a face to the real change this organization is trying to spread. We spend countless hours each week petitioning on our various campaigns and trying to spread awareness on the environmental and social issues that our world is facing. Recently, CALPIRG took UCI students to lobby for our campaigns in Sacramento, the only other organization I have heard of doing something as important as that, getting students directly involved in the legislative process, is ASUCI itself. The pledges CALPIRG gets every quarter make these amazing opportunities possible and accessible to us. CALPIRG is not just another environmental organization, yes, a lot of the campaigns and work we do revolves around securing the protection of the environment through renewable energy, banning bags, saving bees, etc, however it is just as important to us to promote democracy and make college more affordable. In the past, CALPIRG has helped run huge voter registration campaigns, this kind of work is essential at this institution, especially given that we have all witnessed the consequences that come when not enough people get involved in the democratic process. Furthermore, college should not just be accessible to those who can afford $300 textbooks, CALPIRG’s affordable textbook campaign is working to change these elitist realities, and this change is already being done, just recently CALPIRG at UCSD has passed a resolution to make textbooks more affordable for students. The thing that really stood out to me about CALPIRG is that it really is FOR students BY students, we get to decide which campaigns we want to put our emotional, mental, and physical labor into, not many other organizations give that kind of power to the students themselves. The reality of the situation is that the work CALPIRG does is important and is needed, do not let an outdated contract stop us from doing the work that is necessary and that we believe in, the purpose of this vote is it serve as a proxy for our missing the 10% averaged student support last year. As my representatives, this is why I urge you to vote yes to our amendment and help us keep doing this work at our campus.

    • 2nd year

      • Being involved in

      • Unlike any other organization it is unique

      • Donate many hour

      • Countless hours on various campaigns

      • Getting students involved in student process is ASUCI senate

      • In the past has helped we have all witnessed the consequences that come when we aren't involved in the democratic process

    • Sonnayya

      • I have unfortunately gotten 0 emails about from senate and so I made a google doc for what insurance they would like and please share it with others.

  • Executive Officer Reports

    • President Lydia:

      • Lydia could not be at Senate Meeting because she attended UC Board of Regents Meeting at UCLA to have the tuition hike conversation with other UC Presidents and Chancellors.

      • Research Mobilization is organizing a couple seminars for next quarters. Some are for students interested in translational medicine. This same model they’re working on will also be applied to non-STEM majors seminars as well.

      • Mental Health Commission invites undergraduate UCI students to submit arts (illustration, poetry, creative writing, photography, design, sculpture, crafts, etc…) that take on a mental health topic. These submissions will be displayed during our Spring Quarter events, including Art With Impact, Art-Mind-and-Soul, Reclaim Mental Health Conference. Unfortunately, we cannot display pieces related to dance, theater, film or music.

    • EVP Broussard:

      • There is a meeting at UCLA will be attending with a small delegation a

    • IVP Rusteen:

      • there will be an event for de stressing on friday so look out for that

    • Academic Affairs Leila:

  • Special Committee Reports

    • Motion to strike out Special Committee

      • Motion: Lim

      • Second: Hong

    • Basic Needs Security:

    • DREAMers:

    • Disability Services:

  • Old Business

    • B53-09

      • Motion to call the questions by roll call

        • Motion: Hong

        • Second: Lim

  • New Business

    • Big Ideas Questions and Answers

      • Motion to table Item 6A until he comes

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong

      • The website lists some guidelines of what you should submit and what you shouldn’t submit.

      • I am happy to answer any questions and back today for concerns about winning big ideas. I want to reaffirm that there is no guarantee that money will be given but there is a campaign priority.

      • Lim: So person who submits idea they might not see the project manager or leader if idea gets picked up

        • If the idea gets picked up, university will there has to be a lot of fundraising involved. We are not the only university that has done this UC-Davis has done this. This stands for the university and helps improve UCI and separate it from other university

      • No compensation and we reaffirm and there is no compensation for this. this not for any gain or compensation it is about 2 pages or less. If you are a winner there are a lot of opportunities out there but there is no compensation.

      • Broussard: Why is there no compensation

        • Because it's optional and there is no real way to put a financial reward and there is no funding, and we have to go out and find the money it's a long process.

      • Broussard: I dont think its really right for the University to take someone's idea like that and when someone works to come up with this big idea.

      • Boparai: You are not on the committee you are coming as a representative of the committee.

        • No I am on the planning committee

        • This is not mandatory and we aren't trying to capitalize, for students who are looking for their voices heard in this way and this helps. There is no guarantee on funding if big idea is chosen, but there is a campaign priority.

      • Motion to extend time by 2 minutes

        • Motion: Boparai

        • Second: Hong

      • Jiang: Thank You for coming. If one of the proposed idea is selected and they are graduating how is it going forward?

        • What happens when big idea is selected, you will still be engaged in that discussion even if you graduated. But depending on how big it is will determine that but there is no guaranteed forever.

    • CALPIRG contract questions and answers

      • Hong: The UCI with calpirg was slightly different than other UCs but our contract was the only one that specifies that it is ok if it gets through student government why is that?

        • When i read contract but I can't speak about other contracts

        • Public comment: Every school has the only different is that some wording like for the averages are different but the contracts are the same

      • Lim: What happens if it doesn't pass?

        • If resolution University will no longer?

      • Contract is currently executed then that won't change until the contract ends

        • 10% is actually specified in the guidelines. It is the minimum amount required for the guidelines

      • Boparai: if other people in the future some of us are worried about the precedent about these two options and even if this is an option that we do for CALPIRG only.

        • Thats a good point and CALPIRG actually went through the referendum process. But I think your point, i think they do have the option of doing it but there is a different scenario.

      • Enriquez: I don’t think there are any other organizations that are willing to go through all this process and get the support that they want.

      • Public comment: We already have 3,000 students at uci that are in support of us.

        • Lim: I just want to know if it actually has to be 10% average

          • So they probably have more level of specificity in the contract

      • Motion to extend time by five minutes

        • Motion: Hong

        • Second: Lim

      • Boparai: Can you clarify your concern Tin

      • Hong: Want to change contract so they can hit 10% by spring quarter which is understandable but the contract cannot be changed until 2020 so i just want to make sure this isn't something we will have to be visiting another year

        • We will continue to work hard. There are many students who are not here who put their heart and soul in this.

      • Enriquez: I don't understand why there is a concern that we will have to come back to this

        • Hong: I don't want the student government to be in the middle of this.

    • R53-86

      • Discussion

        • Motion to change legislation “council” to “senate”

        • Motion to change “or the Student Registration Fee,” from the first scanza

          • Motion: Hong

          • Second: Lim

        • Public comment about UCI newspaper

            • Kaitlyn and Ashley: Personal programing supply equipment

            • 33% goes back to financial aid. In terms of out budget as I talked about ast time and we were only planning on staying for one more year

          • Boparai: It is a little bit concerning I haven't heard from your editor and I am a little concerned about what the internal looks like from you guys.

          • Ashley: We really want to save this paper and we want to give students opportunity to decide what goes on it.  

          • Kaitlyn; We all in agreement that this paper needs to continue and that it has nothing to to do with money

        • Rusteen: Current is 99 cents but I remember from last presentation you said it was $2 increase to make it $5 going from $3 to $5.

          • Kaitlyn: from 99 cents to $5 so $4 increase

        • Hong: Do you get any money from student registration fee?

          • Kaitlyn: Yes I do believe that we do yes

        • Lim: How much you get from student registration?

          • We don't know the percent we get?

        • Motion to change “Legislative Council” to “Senate council”

          • Motion: Hong

          • Second: Lim

        • Motion to change the weird symbol

        • Motion to extend time by 2 minutes

          • Motion: Boparai

          • Second: Hong

        • Motion to call the question by roll call

          • Motion: Hong

          • Second: Lim

        • Kaitlyn: We believe this is something that is very important and we believe that our campaign last year failed on many levels.

        • PASSES

    • Motion to bring R53-82 to the floor

      • Motion: Lim

      • Second: Boparai

    • R53-82

      • Discussion

        • Gabra: We should support this because so many of these constituents are here and this is a voluntary pledge program and ASUCI’s reputation shouldn't come before our constituents.

        • Gunaman: They would just have to just do a referendum?

          • Hong: Yeah

        • Boparai: This brought up earlier that some are saying we don't support CALPIRG. We respect all that you guys do and there is a lot of effort put into CALPIRG and because he said that there is a referendum instaded first so that helps solidify things. You have my support but I am very hesitant when I say that and it’s because what if senate has to do this for another person who comes in saying “look CALPIRG did it this way can we do it this way too?”

        • Hong: We should realize that UCI is one of the rarest university to have a very liberal student government and one of the most polarized campuses.

      • Motion to call the question by roll call

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong

    • R53-87

      • Discussion

        • Boparai: Have Tin withdraw both of his legislations and I made changes to Jude’s so if we can make a motion to amend that one.

        • Hong: I am a little bit confused

          • Hong: Once a legislation is posted on the website you cannot remove them.

          • Boparai: I know and I messed up and I apologize and I was dealing with a lot, so I take full responsibility for that.

        • Motion to withdraw R53-87

          • Motion: Hong

          • Second: Lim

    • R53-88

      • Motion to withdraw R53-88

        • Motion: Hong

        • Second: Lim

    • R53-43, R53-44, R53-45

      • Hong: We need to author and adopt them or withdraw them.

      • Motion to withdraw all 3 legislations

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong


    • Motion to go into discussion about R53-85

      • Motion: Hong

      • Second: Lim

        • Motion to add Liam, Bea and Jude to the seconds list of R53-85

          • Motion: Hong

          • Second: Lim

      • Motion to call the question by acclamation

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong

    • R53-89

      • Motion to call the question by roll call

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong

      • Motion to amend this legislation from “Feb 22” to  “Feb 22nd”

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Santiago

    • Motion to strike out the rest of the agenda

      • Motion: Hong

      • Second: Lim

  • Council Intern Program Report

  • Committee Breakouts

  • Committees

    • Rules

    • Finance

    • Public Information

    • Advocacy

  • Immediate Business

  • School Breakouts

  • Final Business

  • Announcements

  • Next Meeting: <3/15/18>

  • Motion Adjourn Meeting at <7:05pm>

    • Motion: Boparai

    • Second: Lim