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Bard Student Government

United by a common educational cause, with the goal of protecting our individual academic and social rights, Bard Student Government (BSG) seeks to promote transparency, participation, and greater engagement within Bard and the local communities. Each and every student belongs to BSG, but membership in committees is conducted through elections and/or application processes. Whether you want a say over what food is in Kline, push for lower laundry prices, advocate for academic requirement reform, impact the local community, further diversify the campus, or simply make a difference in the community, there is a place for you on BSG. BSG is government by the students, for the students.

There are 4 branches of government that compose BSG:  Fiscal, Student Life, Judicial, and Communications

Fiscal

Fiscal Committee (FiscComm): This committee has the important task of allocating money from the Convocation Fund to student organizations. Organizations present their requests for funding during the first 10 days of each semester. A proposed budget for all organizations is brought to a General Assembly, where it is ratified, amended, or rejected.

Student Life

Student Life Committee (SLC): Represents Bard’s student body in all areas concerning student life, and works with the school to improve student life. Student Life consists of any aspect of a student’s time at Bard that does not concern Academics, Judicial Processes, or the Convocation fund. The SLC also defers issues concerning diversity to the Multicultural and Diversity Committee. Any other issue concerning Student Life is represented by the SLC. The SLC takes on various projects and initiatives to improve student life at Bard based on the desires of the student body. The SLC regularly polls the student body to understand the desires of the student body. From these desires as well as the issues noticed by individual committee members, the SLC formulates policy recommendations for the student body and presents them to the General Assembly for a vote. The SLC is also one of the student body’s biggest advocates for student life, and can work with individual students on individual issues. The SLC members also undertake individual initiatives to improve student life. Each SLC member is expected to focus on one particular area of improvement, and steadily work on it through the year until it is completed. The committee can be contacted via slc@bard.edu

Educational Policies Committee (EPC): The main academic life forum for students at Bard College. It is composed of the Chair of the EPC, eight student members from the four academic divisions, and two unmoderated student members. The committee serves as the chief liaison between students and faculty on academic issues and curriculum changes, formalizes student opinion in the faculty evaluation process, corresponds with faculty search committees in order to ensure adequate student power in the hiring of new faculty members, and evaluates academic programs at the college based on the expressed concerns of students. The EPC regularly works with the Dean of the College and various faculty groups in order to initiate and facilitate conversations about academic life, resources, and curricular structure at the College. The committee can be contacted at epc@bard.edu.

Multicultural Diversity Committee (MDC): Assesses the diversity of events on campus and pursues proposals to broaden them. Just as well, MDC coordinates events and projects to bolster and facilitate on-campus dialogues about diversity.

Judiciary

Student Judiciary Board (SJB): This board hears more complex cases of reported campus policy violations. Cases may be referred to the SJB by the Dean of Student Affairs Office or initiated by a student complaint to the chair of the board. The SJB decides whether disciplinary action is appropriate and may impose sanctions, including disciplinary leaves, suspension or expulsion, which are implemented by the Dean of Students.

Peer Review Board (PRB): One of two conduct boards on campus that address smaller or first-time policy infractions. We operate through a restorative justice model, attempting to ameliorate any negative community impact through a variety of methods, including conversations with other community members and/or administrators, creative programming, and restitution hours.

Communications

Communications Committee (ComComm): The outreach and publicity body of the Communications Branch. This committee will inform the student body of the goings-on within the six central committees in Bard Student Government, Red Hook and Tivoli, in order to actualize a greater transparency and active membership within the surrounding community, vis-à-vis an online monthly newsletter and outreach events.

A Brief History of the Bard Student Government

As long as there has been a Bard, there has been a Student Government (probably). It has undergone many iterations and forms in this college’s history, but over the years it began to coalesce around a multi-committee, Soviet Republic model, with the final legislating power always resting with the general student body. In the 1970s, the Constitution of the Bard College Student Association was created, restructuring the government with the several committees that more or less remain in place to this day.

In 2013, a new Constitutional Committee was convened to rework the 60-page behemoth that had resulted from repeated amendment in the decades following. Thus was born the sleek, simple, new Bard Student Government: four branches, seven main committees, two assemblies. Plenty of ways to get involved.

Communications Branch

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Zev Fogelman

Speaker of the Student Body & Co-Chair of Communications Committee

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Hasani Gunn

Secretary of the Press & Co-Chair of Communications Committee

The Secretary of the Press (Secretary) serves as editor-in-chief of Annandale, and informs and updates students on the creation and progress of BSG projects, agenda items, and initiatives within the local community. Just as well, the Secretary publicizes and promotes student life through managing BSG’s online presence. Together with the Speaker, the Secretary co-chairs the Communications Committee (ComComm). The Co-Chair of ComComm works together with local officials to collaborate on projects that are mutually beneficial for the Villages and the College, and along with the Speaker, manages the direction of the committee’s objectives.

Hasani Gunn is a junior majoring in Political Studies and Economics. Before transferring to Bard his sophomore year, he worked extensively in community organizing. In addition to being a member of the Central Assembly, he is a member of the Bard Debate Union (BDU), and a Peer Counselor for Brown Hall. At Bard, Hasani has worked for the Office of Sustainability (BOS), the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), and the Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School.

Joe Fitzgerald

Communications Committee Member

Shan Tu

Communications Committee Member

Emma Radich

Communications Committee Member

Lindsay DiNozzi- Houser

Communications Committee Member

Madison Lauber

Communications Committee Member

Anirudh HunGund

Communications Committee Member

Fiscal Branch

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Eva-Marie Quinones

Chair of the Fiscal Committee & Socially Responsible Investment Committee

Eva-Marie Quiñones is a junior majoring in Economics and concentrating in Global and International Studies. In addition to being the Chair of the Fiscal Committee, she serves as the Chair of the Socially Responsible Investment Committee. Eva-Marie is a captain of the debate team, and head of the Model United Nations Initiative and Documentary Group. She currently interns with the Center for Civic Engagement, working on the Elections@Bard project and event planning. In the past, she has interned with the Department of Treasury and worked as a research fellow for the Bard Debate Prison Initiative. Her office hours for Student Government are 9AM-12PM Wednesday mornings.


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Carl Amritt

Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for accounting of all assets, debts, and expenditures of Bard Student Government (BSG). BSG is comprised of the 100+ clubs and organizations who are allocated a semesterly budget by the fiscal committee through the Convocation Fund. The Treasurer ensures that the funds allocated by the fiscal committee are spent accordingly to the requests of a student organization. In addition, the Treasurer is responsible for reporting fully and accurately the financial situation of the BSG at each General Assembly, if so requested. The Treasurer is also assisted by an Assistant Treasurer internally elected through the fiscal committee. You can contact the Treasurer at: bsgtreas@bard.edu

Carl Amritt is a junior double-majoring in Political Studies & Environmental and Urban Studies. Carl is a Peer Counselor for Cruger Hall, Ambassador to the Andrew Goodman Foundation and Director of the Election@Bard Initiative which facilitates on-campus voter registration and source for any information about upcoming elections and political issues affecting the Bard community.  More recently, Carl has been working with the Vice President for Administration’s Office on various projects including campus safety and crisis & emergency management. In his free time, you can find Carl running the trails of upstate New York or canoeing on the Hudson River.


Malvika Jain

Member of the Fiscal Committee, First-Year Representative

Gianna Fenaroli

Member of the Fiscal Committee, Assistant Treasurer (Interim Treasurer)

Annie Linden

Member of the Fiscal Committee, Club Archivist

Gianna Fenaroli

Member of the Socially Responsible Investment Committee

Sophie Logan

Member of the Socially Responsible Investment Committee

Simon Simoski

Member of the Socially Responsible Investment Committee

Quinn McInerey

Member of the Socially Responsible Investment Committee

Student Life Branch

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Alex Habiby

Chair of the Student Life Committee

The Chair of the Student Life committee acts as a point person for all Student Life concerns. Officially, the chair manages and leads the Student Life committee, sits as a voting member on Central Assembly, meets weekly with the Dean of Students and the Director of Student activities, attends Bard College Board of Trustees meetings as a student representative, and manages the Student Project fund. Unofficially, the Chair of the Student Life committee oversees and undertakes individual projects that enhance student life, as well as meets with administrators to address student life issues.

Alexander Habiby is a junior with a major in Computer Science. He transferred to Bard his sophomore year and quickly became involved with all facets involving Student Life. He is co-chair of the Spring Fling committee and active member in Bard’s Comedy Club. He works for Student Activities as a SPARC intern and IT as a student tech. He also likes to hike.


Mubasil Bokhari

Member of the SLC

Tiffany Leung

Member of the SLC

Quinn McInerey

Member of the SLC

Tom Moore

Member of the SLC

Grady Nixon

Member of the SLC

(Off-Campus Representative)

Gareth Valentin

Member of the SLC

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John Ohrenberger

Chair of the Educational Policies Committee

The Chair of the EPC (John Ohrenberger) is responsible for corresponding directly with the Dean of the College (Rebecca Thomas) and faculty leaders on proposed changes to academic policy, as well as the ongoing faculty evaluation process. In addition the Chair communicates pertinent, potential changes of academic policy to the student body and coordinates responses to student comments, suggestions, and concerns. The Chair attends meetings of the full faculty, as well as other faculty committee meetings of special interest generally closed to students. The Chair can be contacted at epcchair@bard.edu.

John Ohrenberger is a senior majoring in Art History with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies. His senior project analyzes the role of pre-Columbian and indigenous art in the rhetoric of early twentieth century modernism, particularly in New York City. He is a student assistant at the Bard College Archives and Special Collections, where he is preparing an exhibition on the artists Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo. Recently, he is the recipient of the Heinrich Bluecher Scholarship and the Jean French Art History Award. In his free time, he practices knitting, sustainable gardening, contact improvisation, and collecting rare books. You can contact him about nearly everything at epcchair@bard.edu.


John Chericello

EPC Member, Division of the Arts

Ayla Miller

EPC Member, Division of the Arts

Madi Garvin

EPC Member, Division of Social Studies

Ariella Kust

EPC Member, Division of Social Studies

Mikhaela Singh

EPC Member, Division of Languages and Literature

Ariella Kust

EPC Member, Division of Languages and Literature

Diana Ruggiero

EPC Member, Division of Science, Math, and Computing

Karuna Sangam

EPC Member, Division of Science, Math, and Computing

Bronte Baker-Logan

EPC Member, Un-Moderated Representative

Emily Fox

EPC Member, Un-Moderated Representative

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JaQuan Beachem

Chair of the Multicultural Diversity Committee

I am JaQuan Beachem, a junior studying Theater & Performance here at Bard. Over the course of my time here, I have served in the roles of Peer Counselor, Inclusive Excellence and Outreach Fellow, Club Head (The Bard Community Gospel Choir, Sports Boosters), SPARC Intern, Peer Review Board member as well as many others. Now, I will sit as the Chair of the Multicultural Diversity Committee of the Bard Student Government. The recently revived MDC strives to survey the campus climate and create events to spread awareness of difference and diversity. As Chair, I hope to lead and facilitate the presence of these crucial conversations through our social gatherings, panels, dinners, our MDC Mondays (which is a series of discussions led by faculty, staff and students throughout the year on topics around identity, race, class, gender, and more) and the opening of a Multicultural Lounge on campus! Also, as Chair I will hold office hours where students can come to voice any of their concerns. My goal is to make this campus as accessible to each student who is apart of it holistically as well as to meet everyone wherever they are at in their walk of life.


Jasper Katz

MDC Member

Eniyah Willingham

MDC Member

Karuna Sangam

MDC Member

Gareth Li

MDC Member

Judicial Branch

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Travis Brock Kennedy

Chair of the Student Judiciary Board & Co-Chair of Constitutional Court

Travis Brock Kennedy is a native of California, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the Central Coast. Before transferring to Bard in 2013 Travis completed the Grand Diplôme in classical French cuisine and pastry at Le Cordon Bleu and an associate of arts degree with honors at The Pennsylvania State University. At Bard, Travis is completing a joint major in philosophy and classical studies. After Bard, he plans to pursue graduate studies in philosophy and law.



Elliot Garcia

Member of the SJB (Vice Chair)

Madison Lauber

Member of the SJB

Siyuan Min

Member of the SJB

Ashley Shepherd-Quince

Member of the SJB

Shemar Taylor

Member of the SJB

Vik Ha Joshi

Member of the SJB

Anirudh Hungund

Member of the SJB (Student Advocate)

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Jasper Katz

Chair of the Peer Review Board & Co-Chair of Constitutional Court

The Chair of the Peer Review Board (PRB) meets weekly with the Director of Residence Life (Ashley Boltrushek), the Chair of the Student Judiciary Board (Travis Brock Kennedy), and the Student Advocate (to be determined) to decide which cases will go to which board. The Chair also makes sure that each board has the necessary number of student representatives and handles the majority of the communication with the students that are coming before the Board, including scheduling their hearing and making sure that they complete any sanctions. The Chair of the PRB and the Chair of the SJB also serve as co-chairs of the Constitutional Court, running Student Government elections and convening the Court in the case of violations to the student constitution.

Currently, Jasper Katz is a second-semester senior studying politics. At Bard, they have served as one of the co-chairs for the Queer Student Association, a member of the Multicultural Diversity Committee, a Peer Counselor, and a member and chair of the Peer Review Board. Outside of Bard, they have interned at Mainers United for Marriage, Progressive Majority Washington, YES Chattanooga, and in Congress through the Victory Institute Congressional Internship program. When they are not at Bard, they are at home in Massachusetts, not-so-patiently waiting for snow. Please feel free to reach out to them at prb@bard.edu with any questions, comments, concerns, or funny YouTube videos!


Anirudh Hungund

PRB Rep (Student Advocate)

May Grzybowski

PRB Rep

Eniyah Willingham

PRB Rep

Emily Fox

PRB Rep

Edward Hargrave

PRB Rep

Adelina Colada

PRB Rep (Vice Chair)

Ariella Kust

PRB Rep

Hannah Brown

PRB Rep

JaQuan Beachem

PRB Rep

Abiba Salahou

PRB Rep

Transparency is one of our chief objectives. We want students, faculty, staff, and administrators to know what’s going on and to join the conversation. Meeting Minutes are from the weekly Central Assembly meetings and will be added to this slideshow periodically.

Central Assembly Meeting Minutes

’August’

Bard Student Government   

Non nobis, sed omnibus

Not for one, but for all

College Room, Kline  

August 31st, 2015 student.bard.edu/bsg

  centass@bard.edu

Meeting Minutes

Central Assembly Members Present:

Zev Fogelman, Speaker

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

Alex Habiby, SLC Chair

John Ohrenberger, EPC Chair

JaQuan Beachem, MDC Chair

Eva-Marie Quiñones,Fiscal Chair

Carl Amritt, Treasurer

Jasper Katz, PRB Chair

Student Leaders Present:

N/A

1) Meeting Called to Order

4:54

2) Speaker of the Student Body

  1. Meetings with Julie Silverstein, BSG Advisor
  2. Meetings with Bethany Nohlgren, Dean of Students
  3. Semi-Annual Board of Trustees Meetings [should it occur]
  • Matt Fallon, SJB Chair stepped down. Speaker and PRB Chair emailed those who were constitutionally eligible to run for chair. Newly-elected Chair should begin attending CA Meetings by next week.
  • Student leaders representing Bard Eats will attend next week’s meeting
  • Communications Committee (ComComm): New committee spearheaded by Secretary, will be co-chaired by Speaker and Secretary. Needs to be distinction between the roles of ComComm and the SLC off-campus rep. Needs established contact from Bard Administration


5) Communications from the Central Assembly Members

  1. Secretary of the Press

New legislation and previous meetings with the mayors in the local community provided the idea for this committee. Logistics are still being worked out, but the prospects and potential longevity are promising.

Need photos of everyone for the bulletin board.

Website will be revamped this month.

  1. Chair of the SLC

No report.

  1. Chair of the EPC

Pre-tenure and senior faculty testimony letters are due September 16. These are very important and impactful. If you find the time, please send one or more in.

  1. Chair of the MDC

New first-year spot in committee.

Unanimous vote in favor

  1. Fiscal Chair
  2. Treasurer
  • Budget Forum Sept.16 at 7pm. Need to find ways to make the event more exciting.
  • Club Fair is the same day taking place at 5pm
  • Food in the back of the location? BSG Tabling during Club Fair. Name Tags for CA

– We have the funds to put on four Community Dinners this semester.

  1. Chair of the PRB

Emergency elections for 1 spot in FiscComm and SJB Chair

Informal Retreat

  1. Chair of the SJB

N/A

6) Communications from Auxiliary and Ad-Hoc Committees

N/A

Minutes Submitted:

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

’September’

Bard Student Government 

Non nobis, sed omnibus

Not for one, but for all

College Room, Kline  

September 7, 2015 

  centass@bard.edu

Meeting Minutes

Central Assembly Members Present:

Zev Fogelman, Speaker

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

Alex Habiby, SLC Chair

John Ohrenberger, EPC Chair

JaQuan Beachem, MDC Chair

Eva-Marie Quiñones,Fiscal Chair

Carl Amritt, Treasurer

Jasper Katz, PRB Chair

Travis Brock Kennedy, SJB Chair

Student Leaders Present:

Amelia Goldstein, Bard Eats (5:30)

 

  • Meeting Called to Order

4:48

 

  • Speaker of the Student Body

Congratulations to Travis Brock Kennedy, new SJB Chair!

    1. Updates from weekly meeting with Julie Duffstein and Bethany Nohlgren

Future Plans, Student Leadership Forum

Alex Habiby: DTR Renovation- ordering system, new equipment, maximize space

Printers in North Campus- last year’s Senior Council purchased a printer

Lowering the laundry prices

Zev: Try to keep students on campus for partying and such. Not to encourage illegal drinking, but if students discretely package alcohol it will have less of a chance of being checked. In which case it says that you’re being smart and are in control of your body. We have a preference to having students stay on campus, to make sure that they are behaving safely, and that Bard isn’t seen as a nuisance in the local community. However, Bard cannot legally provide drug kits. Using the unofficial drug booklet created by Jess Lambert recently will be helpful.

    1. Student Leadership Forum

Would like to have this happen toward the end of the month. Separate from the CA meetings- Bard Eats Forum.

Eva-Marie: each speaker should submit a proposal to be reviewed prior to assembly

Carl: Using specificity of General Assemblies to draw in larger crowds. Utilize themes along with General Assemblies.

-Having BSG connect with these different groups

EM: Ad Hoc Committees, have a CA meeting where they are invited to discuss with us once a month. John- We should compile a list of who to contact

1. Communications and Outreach information

7:00PM with Kai about revamping BSG website. BSG app?

2. Budget forum conversation continued

Past new ideas are infeasible

  • Communications from the Central Assembly Members
  • Secretary of the Press- update from friday meeting and Joy, SLD, and sanitation. Send email about bulletin board pictures.  

Zev- New brochures to come, Promo Video Script to be finalized by the end of the week.

  • Chair of the SLC

We’re under review for accreditation. As far as Central Assembly is concerned, the Chairs of SLC and EPC are the only students concerned.

  • Chair of the EPC

New members meeting tonight to evaluate pre-tenure evaluations.

  • Chair of the MDC – No Report.
  • Fiscal Chair

Business cards for Central Assembly members

  • Treasurer

Questions directed to Speak and Secretary

Open Voting Policy. Bills of Service proposed by Habiby- should be considered.

Habiby: Advocate issues effectively in order to gain support for issues. Provide awareness of issues of students and define to Bard students, the role of not only SLC, but all committees.

Amritt: Bill of Service per committee?

Habiby- each committee creates their own content

  • Chair of the PRB

Apps for PRB and SJB are closed. PRB Boards to begin this Friday. Conduct retreat on Sunday. Electing Student Advocate and Vice Chair.

  • Chair of the SJB

No report.

  • Bard EATS introduction
  • Amelia and Katrina join us at 5:30 PM

Bard Eats is a committee of students and faculty in order to fulfill the Real Food Challenge commitment Bard agreed to. We are responsible for voicing it, evolving it, and maintaining it. What food do we purchase? What goes on at Kline and/or DTR? As is, it i lamentably being used as a platform for Chartwells to claim that it is popular etc. There is an overwhelming need for participation in Bard Eats. An idea for this is to make this a branch of Student Government. Bard Food Initiative doesn’t exist anymore. In meetings, we have many, many staff members there, but that does not include students. Even affiliation with BSG would be great. Aiming to have an equal amount of students-staff at these meetings. So this is essentially a student, food council. An ideal committee would be fourteen students and would meet every other week. Katrina Light is the only full-time position that directly addresses these matters. Currently, there is a focus on product shifts.

Ohrenberger: There needs to be a chair elected before the rest of the committee members are elected.

Amritt: Sustainability Council.

Bard Eats and BOS are not by any means inextricable. Meetings are at 11-12pm starting September 21, 2015.

  • Adjournment

6:07

’September’

Bard Student Government 

Non nobis, sed omnibus

Not for one, but for all

College Room, Kline

September 14, 2015

  centass@bard.edu

Meeting Minutes

Central Assembly Members Present:

Zev Fogelman, Speaker

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

Alex Habiby, SLC Chair

John Ohrenberger, EPC Chair

JaQuan Beachem, MDC Chair

Eva-Marie Quiñones,Fiscal Chair

Carl Amritt, Treasurer

Jasper Katz, PRB Chair

  • Meeting Called to Order


4:55

 

  • Speaker of the Student Body
    1. Updates from weekly meeting with Julie Duffstein and Bethany Nohlgren
  • Talked about Smog. Last year, there were rumors Smog would be taken down, but that won’t happen. Bump and Music-affiliated clubs and Deans see the current location of Smog as a liability. Imperils condition of baseball field, not a good location for winter. We want to increase on-campus presence. There was a $50,000 grant.
  • Habiby: Before Smog was built, a Senior class raised about $75,000 and now there’s about $50,000 left for an event space.
  • Fogelman: Estimated cost of a new building is $250,000- projected date is summer 2017.
  • Quinones: Concern: Creating a new Smog an entertainment-based environment as opposed to less partying and more action toward longer library hours and more ways to cultivate a more academic learning environment.
  • Fogelman: One of these clubs could bring this up as an amendment. Another idea that came up was using the unused allotted money to eventually put towards the new Smog fund. We’ll discuss more of this later.
  • Amritt: We should have an exploratory committee to get an idea of the pulse of this on campus.

2. Budget forum! (woop woop)

–  Sending an email out this evening that will include the opening seats.

3. Open Committee Positions/our very own slideshow

  • (List of seats open in all the committees, Community Dinners, SRIC [4 seats], Bard Sustainability Council, EMS Council, Bard Eats [auxillary])
  • Introduction of committee chair, description of committee(s) and positions, amendments, elections [announcing candidacy], friendly amendments, hostile amendments, ratify budget. Hopefully done by 9pm

Quinones: Submitting an amendment regarding ad hoc & auxiliary committees.

4. Club Head Community Dinner things!

  • Meeting with Alan of Chartwells tomorrow about food, etc.
  • Quinones: Club heads to get together to network, co-sponsor, and collaborate. We have many clubs that are similar.
  • Fogelman: This will most likely happen September 22. Caleb Cumberland will remain Chair, and will be seeking a new Co-Chair
  • Communications from the Central Assembly Members
  • Secretary of the Press

– Speaking at Red Hook Board of Trustees meeting today to discuss my project with the the Village officials. In sum, the speech is going to explain the collaborative roles between BSG, more specifically, ComComm and the Mayor’s office. As well as the ways in which we can continue having these community conversations on what’s going well, what isn’t going well, things we want to do and more importantly, how we can reach these conclusions together. The current items we have been discussing and will continue discussing are student attendance to local events, other ways of encouraging students to feel more invested in the community, and mandating a forum for new off-campus students in the Spring semester.

-Created a quick and simple print-out for Budget Forum. Since there are already a few emails to undergrad about the event and Club Fair, I’m deliberately backing off so the publicity doesn’t become annoying.

-Been updating the Website and the FB Page, but it will take me longer than expected to have them at the level they should be at. So far, the content is looking good, but I still need more bios, photos, committee descriptions and office hours. I have submitted the meeting minutes of the meetings we’ve had so far.

-Bulletin Board: Since I don’t have all of this information, I’m hesitant to put up the bits and pieces I have on the bulletin board. But the board will have virtually the same content that is on the website and FB. I need plastic sheets for the content- first-years draw mustaches on everything.

  • Chair of the SLC

-Doing good. Still don’t have a committee yet. Working on Smog more. Rosa of Title IX wants to use $1,500 of the student PRoject Fund to use for another worker for bystander Intervention.

Amritt: Kolrick Greathouse is certified in this, but since the school didn’t receive the grant for this, it isn’t continuing.

Habiby: Working with Chaz on DTR, meeting B&G with lowering laundry price, hassling Student Activities and Senior Student Council about printer on north campus

  • Chair of the EPC

-Meeting with Susan Merriam. The dean of the College is collaborating on a speaker series on the Asymmetries of Power. The EPC will be reaching out to clubs about identity and academics to allocate funding for this speaking series. If all goes well, it will become an institutional tradition. An institutional framing question for the entire college for a year or two year stand to propose it to the faculty committees.

– Middle States Evaluations: Academics, Student Life (MEriam will ask me to nominate students).

  • Chair of the MDC

-Getting the Sawkill space painted. The problem, however trivial, is that we don’t have a vehicle to access the paint. Discussion over decorating the space further.

Amritt: Have art clubs decorate and they can put some of their funding towards Sawkill’s beautification.

Katz: Announce at Budget Forum

Beachem: Can we do advertising: Student is planning on emailing students survey for senior project and then doing a documentary, hopefully a screening. They reached out to me to ask if BSG can help.

TBK: Email Annie Seaton for Difference in MEdia PRoject Funding

  • Fiscal Chair

-This week we finished the budget faster than ever, 149 clubs, clubs are for the most part very happy with their funding, created the first budget, after ratification, we can monitor, handle emergency funds and transfers. $10,500

– In the future, a club sport cannot get money from the convocation fund because they receive funding from the athletics department

  • Treasurer

-Freedom Walls: SEAP will be taking over the Freedom Walls, moving HudCat’s Freedom Wall.

  • Chair of the PRB

-PRB is in full swing.

  • Chair of the SJB

-Extended a position to a student, so now I’m short one person. We have two cases to be completed on Friday.

  • Adjournment
  • 5:47

 

Minutes Submitted:

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

’September’

Bard Student Government 

Non nobis, sed omnibus

Not for one, but for all

College Room, Kline

September 21, 2015

  centass@bard.edu

Meeting Minutes

Central Assembly Members Present:

Zev Fogelman, Speaker

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

Alex Habiby, SLC Chair

John Ohrenberger, EPC Chair

JaQuan Beachem, MDC Chair

Eva-Marie Quiñones,Fiscal Chair

Jasper Katz, PRB Chair

  • Meeting Called to Order
    -4:50
  • Speaker of the Student Body
    1. Updates from weekly meeting with Julie Duffstein and Bethany Nohlgren

-Campus Safety Committee begins meeting November 12, March 10 (9:30-11) If anyone is interested in participating, contact me or Alex. Discuss security concerns, etc. with Ken Cooper.

2. Updates re: BRAVE related/student issues

-Friend on BRAVE mentioned that currently, if a student is sexually assaulted and wants a rape-kit, they must go to Vassar Brothers. Vassar Brothers lost their license which means that now students must travel over an hour to get a rape-kit done. I’m awaiting more details and I will bring this up once I have these details at our next meeting.

Katz: We cannot have sane or insane nurses hired through the college because it is a conflict of interest. We don’t have any say over what or what don’t Vassar Brothers engage in; we don’t have much power in this situation.

3. TBA

-Retreat should happen sometime  during this semester.

Beachem: We should start planning and pricing now so that we don’t fall behind.

Fogelman: It is mandated that we have a retreat, but we can determine what exactly happens during it.

TBK: After Oct.3, but before Dec.1, works best for me

  • Communications from the Central Assembly Members
  • Secretary of the Press

-Communication with RH Deputy Mayor.

I’m helping Brent Kovalchik secure volunteers for a fall tree-planting event in Red Hook. So far, I’ve reached out to Laurie Husted who runs the Office of Sustainability and Siira over at the CCE. If any of you know of some environmentally-minded students who have availability, I’d love to get pointed in their direction. The tree-planting will take place near the municipal lot on either the morning of Halloween or November 7th.

-ComComm Applications

Zev and I have received some applications for our committee. We will select members before our next Central Assembly meeting.

-Social Media

Website still isn’t precisely what I wanted, but with some work it’ll be better. The BSG FB page is shaping up quite nicely and has been pretty popular so far.

  • Chair of the SLC

-Not much of an update now, but my committee is a real thing now. Our first meeting with be Sunday at 1pm. We’re going to talk about sending out surveys and discussing prospects about the Student Project Fund. Personally, I want a sidewalk by Robbins.

Beachem: Lighting. There are spots of darkness all throughout the campus, especially around the Village.

Quinones: Should think about creating more durable, permanent versions of those stick-in-the-ground lights.

Habiby: Meeting with Chaz soon to talk about DTR.

  • Chair of the EPC

-Passing in the Pre-tenure reports, two new committee members, meeting next week to discuss policies.

  • Chair of the MDC

-Julie emailed me about a proposal for the Multicultural Lounge in Sawkill. The people that do do this will be compensated. MDC is having its first meeting tomorrow morning at 9am. One new committee member.

  • Fiscal Chair

-We’ve undergone some restructuring lately. The Assistant Treasurer will serve as the interim Treasurer for now. She’s retaining the title so we retain her voting power. We have a new member who will not receive voting power until the Spring semester. We have deliberated on e-fund requests etc.

  • Chair of the PRB

-We’re having boards. Very great response to the Bard EATS committee. And the elections were very close.

  • Chair of the SJB

-SJB has been going swimmingly- justice was served. Our boards were colourful, but, as you all know, I can’t say more. Still short a member, but after interfacing with the Director of Reslife, we have decided to hold off appointing until the end of the term.

  • General & New Business
  • Community Dinner Tomorrow for Club Heads

-Focused around leadership and collaboration.

Quinones: We should get nametags where students should include names and club represented.

Ohrenberger: There should be a conceptual question to stimulate an interesting, engaging conversation among the club heads tomorrow evening.

Beachem: Push for the goal of having at least one or two clubs that they can collaborate with.

Quinones: Club Heads should provide feedback for FiscComm, so that we can figure out a way in which we can serve them better. For instance, the online check-in on Club Head Day was extremely well-received and decreases time.

  • Adjournment

-5:30

Minutes Submitted:

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

’September’

Bard Student Government 

Non nobis, sed omnibus

Not for one, but for all

College Room, Kline

September 28, 2015

  centass@bard.edu

Meeting Minutes

Central Assembly Members Present:

Zev Fogelman, Speaker

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

Alex Habiby, SLC Chair

John Ohrenberger, EPC Chair

JaQuan Beachem, MDC Chair

Eva-Marie Quiñones, Fiscal Chair

Jasper Katz, PRB Chair

Travis Brock Kennedy, SJB Chair

 

  • Meeting Called to Order
    -4:51

 

  • Speaker of the Student Body
    1. Updates from weekly meeting with Julie Duffstein and Bethany Nohlgren

-Bethany wasn’t there, she had a prior obligation. We discussed the Title IX/BRAVE item we talked about at our CA meeting last week. Julie mentioned to me that there are nearby hospitals with the capability to conduct rape kits.. The problem with the Kingston Hospital, for instance, is that that this particular department of the hospital is not handicap-accessible.

2. Meeting with Jim

-Myself, Alex, EntComm, and Julie conversed about holding another place on campus where students can go express themselves in a more ideal location. Jim gave us his blessing, now we’re going to be meeting with the development department.

3. General Assembly

-Sending out a doodle poll with the upcoming dates.

  • Communications from the Central Assembly Members
  • Secretary of the Press

-Created agenda items for first ComComm meeting and figuring out how to operate on the twofold procedures. By twofold I’m referring to the constitutional obligations and the ad hoc responsibilities of the committee. The former is a focus on on-campus communications whereas the latter is a focus on off-campus communications. Also, we’ll discuss creating pamphlets, trying to beautify the website, how we can play a role in the Respectful Smoking Campaign, biweekly emails to student leaders (chairs of ad hoc/auxiliary committees), administrators to develop a particularly good relationship with, creating the mandatory forum for off-campus students, the monthly newsletter, Red Hook Together, the Red Hook Board of Trustees meetings, finding community projects, and what the obvious and more latent purposes of doing these things are. 

-Will be out of town through Friday for a debate tournament.

 

  • Chair of the SLC

-The entire committee met for the first time. Slowly building interest in staying on the committee. I want to get people excited for this committee. I have delegated independent projects: increase Wifi speed, rocky parking lots, getting better meal swaps, Registration Process (talk to John), more consistent shuttle times for Tivoli. We’re going to be working on the “What’s Your Beef?” survey. We’re going to be working on these slowly week-by-week.

Beachem: We should continue to work on more lighting projects

Quinones: One concern- a couple students mentioned that they want to be able to submit their own ideas for project proposals for the Student Project Fund.

 

  • Chair of the EPC

-We are hoping to meet later this week. We have talked a lot individually about ideas. I’m interested to hear what the SLC member has to say, what their idea. Hasani and I had worked on it together last year through Susan Merriam and they were not very amenable. Students have consistently brought up this problem before, essentially since computers have been created.

Quinones: In the vUNC system, classes are ranked by student preference

Ohrenberger: The status quo is normatively tailored. It doesn’t work well for many students. The reason why it isn’t done electronically, is because doing so would require completely new coding, the Registrar is opposed to going electronic.

Fogelman: If outside sources like PCs have to be involved with the process, that is indicative of the underlying issues of the process.

 

  • Chair of the MDC

-We’re good. We have a meeting tomorrow morning, wherein we will seelt our design proposal for the Sawkill space. Afterwards we’ll discuss with the artist. Working on an event centered around race, we’re trying to see how we can get greter involvement with the Race Monologues.

 

  • Fiscal Chair

-We keep deliberating on e-fund requests. We’ve gone through significant staff changes. Besides that, everything is going well- emergency funds are going out.

 

  • Chair of the PRB

-We’re having boards. I met with the Vice Chair before this meeting to discuss about the role of the Vice Chair. We are gauging as to whether or not folks want to form a subcommittee so that we can balance confidentiality and transparency. We want to make the PRB and SJB less mysterious. Thinking about ConCourt and Maxian items in the context of election dates. By November, I need to be able to train the succeeding Chair.

 

  • Chair of the SJB

-All is clear with SJB. I sent out the schedule recently. I’m very excited by Jasper’s idea and would like to get involved. The beginning of boards necessarily entails the board itself, in a sense, establishing a report.

  • General & New Business
  • New and up-and-coming things!

-Fogelman: Should we get rid of the couch outside of the office or get a white noise machine? For SJB and PRB, discussions held in the office are required to be confidential and as of now, we can’t be to sure if the conversations are private. The BSG office is not exactly soundproof, so I think getting something that may cancel or obscure the noise would be beneficial.

  • Adjournment

-5:32

’October’

Bard Student Government 

Non nobis, sed omnibus

Not for one, but for all

College Room, Kline

October 5, 2015

  centass@bard.edu

Meeting Minutes

Central Assembly Members Present:

Zev Fogelman, Speaker

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

Alex Habiby, SLC Chair

JaQuan Beachem, MDC Chair

Eva-Marie Quiñones,Fiscal Chair

Gianna Fenaroli, Treasurer

Jasper Katz, PRB Chair

 

  • Meeting Called to Order

– 5:01

  • Speaker of the Student Body
    1. Updates from weekly meeting with Julie Duffstein and Bethany Nohlgren
  • Montgomery Place: No classes will take place there, but some offices will be transferred to that new location. Currently, there is no transportation from the campus. They are considering creating a physical bridge connecting Bard and Montgomery Place. The Board of Trustees paid for the acquisition in full, which is to say that no budgets are being cut and tuition won’t raise as a consequence; no student money was used in the transaction.

2. Community Dinner (bystander intervention)

  • Oct. 14, 7PM in the FDR. Led by Rosa Schwartzberg and Bella Mazetti.

3. TBA

  • Katz: EPC Chair resigned. Ariella Kust is the only one constitutionally eligible and she is interested in the position. However, she’s not available for the meetings. Potentially, she could simply send a member to the weekly CA meetings. Or we can find a completely new meeting time. I’m going to send out an email to undergrad to keep them aware. I will also send out a Doodle Poll of new meeting times for our weekly meetings.
  • Communications from the Central Assembly Members
  • Secretary of the Press

Nothing substantive to report.

  • Chair of the SLC

Committee members will be working on independent projects.

  • Chair of the MDC

Moving steady. We chose an artist and a design for the Sawkill Coffeehouse space. We’re planning our retreat and our MDC Mondays.

  • Fiscal Chair

Met with Julie. We discussed Fall Fest. Essentially, it’s becoming another Spring Fling. They’re spending $15,000 on music. 9:30-11pm event, “Fall Back event.” On Halloween weekend. The students putting it on are opposed to allowing Springfling Committee to be a part of it. The fact that students don’t vote on it, and that it is allocating money from the convocation fund (which we all contribute to) is something we don’t support. If student money is being used, they should have a voice in the decision-making process. We will continue this conversation on the fiscal side. Committee members are very good, but struggling with the 72-hour response window. 

  • Treasurer

The same club-heads cannot do their check requests correctly. 

  • Chair of the PRB

No updates. Trying to create subcommittee (as I discussed earlier) for publicity still.

  • General & New Business

General Assembly will be on Tuesday, October 27. We need to discuss a theme at our next meeting.

  • Adjournment

5:38

’October’

Bard Student Government 

Non nobis, sed omnibus

Not for one, but for all

College Room, Kline

October 20, 2015

  centass@bard.edu

Meeting Minutes

Central Assembly Members Present:

Zev Fogelman, Speaker

Hasani Gunn, Secretary of Press

Alex Habiby, SLC Chair

JaQuan Beachem, MDC Chair

Ariella Kust, EPC Chair

Eva-Marie Quiñones,Fiscal Chair

Gianna Fenaroli, Treasurer

Jasper Katz, PRB Chair

Travis Brock Kennedy, SJB Chair

1. Meeting Called to Order

  • 6:34
  1. Speaker of the Student Body

 

General Assembly Agenda Discussion

Ideas

Gunn: Respectful Smoking Campaign, SLD Campaign, BardEATS highlight

Quinones: (1) Dialogue about suggested projects- SLC (2) FallFest Discussion (refer to prior minutes for context) — Support for Respectful Smoking Campaign

Kust: Green Dot?

Quinones: Amendment- Reproposing the mandatory monthly update for auxiliary/ ad hoc committee

Finalizing

  • Respectful Smoking Campaign or SLD Campaign & SLC Survey
  • Quinones: Attitudes towards smoking on campus, smoker and non-smokers’ rights

 

Updates re: SMOG discussion

  • Figuring out SMOG location. Good discussion with development. Projected date is Summer 2017. Can’t reach out to donors until the location is selected. Approaching ten year anniversary of SMOG. BardLaunch is coming up.

 

Quick note about this semester’s retreat!

  • Discussion about holding it mid-November

 

A possible plan for our next meeting.

  • Bethany suggested that we pair up and go around campus and introduce ourselves and titles. Next, we would reach out to ask about specific grievances to see what we can do to actually help.
  • Gunn: How does this differ from tabling?
  • Quinones: If we do this at eating areas, then we are excluding students who live off campus
  • Fenaroli: I don’t think that would be the best approach for Bard students.
  • Katz: How are we going to get anything different from this than the information we get from “What’s Your Beef?” survey
  • Quinones: Those who respond to the survey are the ones that are more active- there’s a clear response bias
  • Kust: There would need to be coordination, otherwise we could conceivably have all CA members at one table.
  • Fogelman: Compiling the questions and responses to reach out afterwards.
  • Katz: How are we recording it? Is there a system for this?
  • TBK: If the heart of this action is to be there with our fellow students, taking notes takes away from the activity.

Communications from the Central Assembly Members

Secretary of the Press

  • Sharing meeting minutes and redaction of confidential information discussion. If information provided in Meeting Minutes is confidential, explicitly say so, so it doesn’t go on record. Otherwise, I provide a five day window to remove what is confidential (at the time you may not realize it is) prior to  submitting the minutes. Besides that, I’m hoping to start projects in Communications Committee after midterms are over for everyone.

 

Chair of the SLC

  • Redacted.

 

Chair of the EPC

  • Tenure reports.

 

Chair of the MDC

  • Had the MDC Tuesday event and it went well.

 

Chair of the PRB

  • We are having boards.

Chair of the SJB

  • Redacted.

Adjournment

  • 7:27