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MINUTES INDIANA UNIVERSITY STUDENT ASSOCIATION STUDENT BODY CONGRESS Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:30 pm, Business School 100 I.

Call to Order II. Roll Call a. Present (37): Alexander Mieure, Alexander Simpson, Anuraag Tripathi, Ben Blair, Christian Hines, Christopher Lenz, Daniel Hinrichs, Darian Stahl, David Huber, Eric Weigel, Erik Kiser, Forrest Fowler, Hannah Bennett, Jack Diamond, Jordan Abrams, Joshua Davis, Julia Singer, Laura Wyman, Leonardo Martinez, Lynn Hughes, Megan Busam, Michael Albert, Mikaela Shaw, Mike Coleman, Mike Powell, Nicole Hakes, Omair Ali, Ryan Granholm, Sheila Ellis, Shelley Harriman, Skylar Edwards, Suzi Worsham, Valerie Vandenberg, Veral Patel, William Miller, William Yu, Allison Shearer b. Absent with Proxy (3): Allison Shearer, Ashley Reller, Olivia GiaQuinta c. Absent without Proxy (15): Andrew Conley, Andrew Johnsen, Caitlin Ursini, Chi Hoong Ng, Danielle Loewenthal, Evan Sweeney, Holly Clark, Jim Snaza, John O'Hara, Katie Lambert, Mark Shadiow, Neil Bansal, Shona Lee, Thomas Little, William French III. Approve Minutes IV. Executive Reports a. Luke Fields—IUSA President b. Dan Sloat—IUSA Vice President c. Andrew Hahn—IUSA Vice President for Congress i. Thanks for coming out today ii. Fall break iii. Overview of Procedures d. Robin Featherston—IUSA Treasurer i. William: What are the status of IUSA Elections issues regarding work with UITS and funding? ii. Robin: The funds are available in the IUSA budget V. Director Reports a. Abby Skinner—IUSA Department of Women’s Affairs b. RJ Campbell—Department of Diversity i. Diversity supports the proposed constitutional ammendment VI. Committee Reports a. Rules, Membership, Internal IUSA Affairs Committee i. We’ve met quorum at every meeting, thanks! b. Health and Safety Committee

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c. Student Rights and Concerns Committee d. Finance Committee e. Educational Affairs Committee i. Sitting on review of Dean of Education New Business a. Resolution 09-3-12—Remove Congress Members i. Ben Blair, Skylar Edwards sponsors ii. Passed Unanimously b. Resolution 09-3-13—Propose Constitutional Amendment for Minority Student Representation in the IUSA Congress i. Ben Blair 1. This is something that’s in the process since November. This bill seeks to make sure that underrepresented groups have a voice in the IUSA Congress. These student groups are a large proportion of the student body. 10% of students are registered as international. % Are listed as minority students. This bill adds 3 Congress seats that will be different. They will be selected, not elected. They will be called delegates. The Commission on Multicultural Understanding, made up of a variety of student groups and faculty, will be making the selections. At the beginning of the school year through October 1, any member of those groups may submit an application to COMU. They will be selected and sworn in as full congress seats. This makes sure that minority students have dedicated representation. I’m a member of Off-Campus constituency, so even though I’m a law student, my first responsibility is to off-campus students. There’s no dedicated representation for minority students. This requires the Speaker to appoint the 3 delegates to the Student Rights Committee in CONGRESS. 2. Mike Coleman: Ben hit the nail on the head. I had fraternity brothers [in Alpha Phi Alpha] who supported this resolution. This could be expanded. 3. William Yu: In my personal opinion, this is the worst resolution I’ve ever soon. Our legitimacy comes from the fact that we are elected. Since all of our legitimacy is derived from elections, I don’t feel comfortable with this. Also, I don’t feel comfortable with COMU selecting students because . I don’t believe this amendment is the proper means of addressing the issue of groups being represented in Congress. We also 4. Christian Hines: Are they going to be nonvoting members? 5. Ben: They will be full voting members.

6. Eric Weigel: Why are they called delegates? 7. Ben: Because we can’t call them Senators or Representatives 8. Nicole: Other organizations on campus have delegates that serve in this capacity. 9. Why can’t international students be voted on? 10. Ben: Because there is a classification in the system for international students? There’s 11. Julie Singer: In addition to the fact that they would be selected, something to consider when looking at student organizations is whether they are fulfilling a need, or whether a need exists. Based on very superficial assumptions, 12.9% of this body is a minority student. Who gets to count as a domestic minority? Is it feasible that one person can represent the entire group? A gay student in Kelley could have very different needs than a gay student in COAS. 12. Nicole Hakes: In regard to representation for a large group of students, we have that for students who represent dorms, etc. I represent Willkie, even though I’m just 1 person. The role of these delegates 13. William Yu: While it may seem a bit crass to talk about control over the student fee, students could have roughly twice the representation if they are gay, in COAS, and in Willkie, as opposed to students in COAS and Willkie, 14. How would COMU decide? They would have to be recognized by IU as being a domestic minority group. 15. Eric Weigel: Why can’t we create a Congress seat for students to be voted on by classification? 16. Teter: It would take more time to get on your billing information. Maybe that would be something we can improve upon in the future. But would students like to check a certain classification. 17. Jordan Abrams: International students and domestic students are “recognized by IU” what about GLBTQ. That isn’t “as recognized by IU.” 18. Proxy: There may be legality issues of securing privacy, as recognized by IU. 19. Julie Singer: I don’t think that IU tracked my religion. Are religious minorities being recognized? Is it largely racial minorities that IU recognizes? 20. Proxy: I know IUSA is here to represent a diverse student body. Currently, these diversity groups are completely underrepresented

here. It’s unfair to the system to minority students to not be represented. 21. Proxy: I think we need to have somebody specific on these boards to represent minority students. The fact that this is set up by 22. Robin: IUSA gets its legitimacy from being elected by popular vote. It’s the reason that the university accepts our resolutions. Congress is not the only avenue by which these groups are represented in IUSA. There are other opportunities for these groups to be involved in IUSA. You could amend for non-voting members so they can still 23. Jordan: If they have no voting power, is their opinion valued? 24. Robin: The Executives don’t have voting power, but we still speak on the issues. 25. Jacobs: How do you guys feel about that [to student leaders present from minority groups]? 26. Alexandra Chtedrina: If you don’t have minority groups represented in IUSA, that delegitimizes IUSA. 27. Julie Singer: Point of Order, you must be recognized by the Speaker to be recognized to speak. 28. Bryan Stuart: Are there differences in these proposed constituencies? 29. Jordan Jacobs: About your philosophy in IUSA in general? 30. Bryan: As far as the logistics are running in a normal election for why we are selecting these students? Time issue for international students, what about other groups? 31. Ben: The problem is the same for all 3 groups. All 3 are underrepresented in Congress. This system keeps consistency so there’s not 1 1 1, but a group. 32. Eric Weigel: I’m not a big US Congress, but areas like Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands have non-voting members. So you can have representation. If we’re just adding seats for groups, what about religious groups, Christian student housing, etc. How far do we need to go? There are minority students 33. Darian: I know that a lot of us weren’t elected either. Why can’t we have an internal selection process? 34. Eric Weigel: I think that’s good 35. Ryan: We already have a procedure for fulfilling vacant slots. Why can’t we just follow that procedure. I’m concerned that creating new seats. It’s very hard to pin down who constitutes a member of

these new seats. These groups are harder to define, whereas you know where you live and where you study. 36. Proxy: You can’t have a public election for GLBTQ groups. The only way for us to be represented in Congress is for us to be selected. You talk a lot about, if we do this, we have to have more and more seats, but some of these groups are especially underrepresented (like GLBTQ) 37. Proxy: The argument that this will reduce the legitimacy, but there are religious groups represented in COMU. 38. Alex: As a state university, we have a separation of Church and State. Groups are represented in COMU. This Congress might be diverse, but we want to make sure that all Congresses are diverse. Their voices have been drowned out for such a long time. We do this with affirmative action and the university structure. Persons of color have preferential treatment. 39. Mikaela: There were plenty of outside groups that were able to come and express. I don’t feel comfortable putting selection in the hands 40. Mike: Everything I voted on in this Congress has been based not on my status as a minority, but on what I think is best for students in Teter. Not based off of my race. There hasn’t been a wide background of students in the past. If you don’t like 41. Nicole: I would like to make a motion to amend resolution. We can’t have religious groups b/c a. Motion that these students will apply and be chosen by the IUSA Rules, Membership, and Internal Affairs Committee. 42. Erik Kiser: I think we don’t want COMU selecting students. How are you going to show that these students represent the community the entire community. They’re being elected to represent. 43. Motion to cut off debate and discuss motion to have applications considered by IUSA Rules, Membership, and Internal Affairs Committee. a. Skylar: We could do this in my Committee. b. Proxy: For us to be able to apply to submit a member could also be done through the student activities. 44. Lines 36-37: IUSA Rules Membership and Internal Affairs Committee will select applicants submitted by October 1: Passed with 1 objection 45. William: Is this still a need?

46. Skylar: We did have a resolution regarding gender neutral bathrooms and it would have been good to have someone representing GLBTQ here. 47. Alexander Simpson: I find a hard time believing that minorities are not represented in IUSA. As a Law School representative, I’m still accountable to minority students in the Law School. If we were to even pass this, I don’t see how this would be sufficient. The African American representative can hardly speak for other populations (low-income students, Indian students, etc) 48. Mike: I feel that this is a good statement for IUSA. Tomorrow is IU’s first Diversity Day. 49. Alexander Simpson: As a Congress, the statement we would be making is that we’re unable to make decisions for minority students on campus. 50. Proxy: Motion to close debate 51. Julie Singer: Speaking to people I know in COAS, many people didn’t support this, so I will not support it. 52. William: I would like to make a motion that we change these positions to non-voting delegates. a. Darian: I think the whole point of making them non-voting was because they were selected by the faculty. b. Proxy: This amendment is asking whether the student body wants to accept this. c. Ben: One of the key advantages is that voting members have power to represent in Committees of Congress. d. Skylar: Committees chosen by VPC and Speaker 53. Motion to amend a. Fails 54. Roll Call Vote on Resolution: Resolution Fails a. Aye (23): Alexander Mieure, Allison Shearer, Ben Blair, Christopher Lenz, Daniel Hinrichs, Darian Stahl, David Huber, Hannah Bennett, Katie Lambert, Laura Wyman, Leonardo Martinez, Lynn Hughes, Megan Busam, Michael Albert, Mike Coleman, Nicole Hakes, Olivia GiaQuinta, Shelley Harriman, Skylar Edwards, Suzi Worsham, Thomas Little, Veral Patel, William Miller b. No (13): Alexander Simpson, Christian Hines, Eric Weigel, Erik Kiser, Forrest Fowler, Jack Diamond, Jordan Abrams, Joshua Davis, Julie Singer, Mikaela Shaw, Ryan Granholm, Valerie Vandenberg, William Yu

c. Resolution 09-3-14—Allocation of IUSA Rape Crisis Fund i. William Yu and Julie Singer Sponsor ii. Passed Unanimously d. Resolution 09-3-15—Approve Operating Budget for FY 2009-2010 i. William Yu, Ben Blair ii. William: Why would the proposed changes by bus advertising for $5,000 more? iii. Robin: IUSA Aid will be absorbed by IUSA as far as their operating budget is concerned iv. Passed Unanimously VIII. Adjourn **Thanks for serving on Congress this year**