4/15/18 Minutes

Students’ Council Weekly Meeting

Sunday 15 April 2018



Meeting Minutes


Table of Contents

  1. Welcome
  2. Messages from Kim Benston
  3. Elections
  4. Posters



  • Welcome
  • Messages from Kim


      1. Julia: Kim feelse it is necessary to present the honor code at the faculty meeting this Thursday. The previous honor code ceases to exist on Wednesday. We won’t have an honor code following Wednesday through however long it takes deliberations to occur.
      2. Saif: The honor code says the honor code, even if it fails, will continue until the end of the current semester. Even if we didn’t have special plenary we would have honor code until May 20th.
      3. Julia: We believed we had to have special plenary within 6 weeks
      4. Jake: At some point in the past, someone discussed this interval but it has no actual grounding in the constitution. The reasoning behind this was to give current seniors a stake in voting. We are still pending Kim’s approval.
      5. Julia: the honor code comes into effect next semester. Many professors are concerned with the classroom resolution code, so he believes it is necessary to attend this faculty meeting and present. He has thirty days to deliberate on whether he wants to sign or not.
      6. Rachel: How do presidential powers come into play?
      7. Julia: Kim is saying that if we are implementing this into the classroom environment, the faculty will have to be a part of this.
      8. Rachel: But didn’t they already meet with them prior to Plenary?
      9. Julia: Yes, and not a lot of faculty go to faculty meetings in the first place.
      10. Jake: Though it is not in the Constitution, the 6 weeks thing was brought up to give seniors a stake in voting for the honor code.


  • Elections


    1. Julia: We would like to run them next week or the following. Mike Elias brought up the idea that we can include the grad assistant Sue, who wants to help make elections more engaging. Each person seek out people for their own position. I would love to have a discussion for ways to make next election process more engaging.
    2. Jake: Somebody I was talking to said it would be a neat idea to structure elections with many people running for them, in a sort of rank all of the candidates way–like rank them 1 to 5.
    3. Simon: Instead of having it so you need a plurality to win an election, you would rank candidates 1 through 3. So there is no wasted vote problem.
    4. Jake: Because we don’t get a lot of people running, this system may not be necessary.
    5. Saif: But honestly, this could discourage people from voting. It would make people think, which they rarely want to do.
    6. Noorie: We should definitely try to have an open forum or tabling in the DC so people can ask questions.
    7. Rachel: I think tabling in the DC is a good idea to show people what you do and get people engaged. It makes it more front facing, it is more engaging and it also would prompt people to have in person discussions that would get people thinking about taking on a position.
    8. Jake: It might encourage people who might not be jumping at the opportunity, or no it exists but could be really good at it
    9. Victoria: I think it would be good to do shifts because people get confused easily if there is a mix. Whoever chooses to run could do a speech
    10. Rachel: What about a thirty second clip about why we should vote for them?
    11. Julia: Couldn’t that be embedded in the actual voting form?
    12. Rachel: We could also send before hand
    13. Jake: It would also be publicity
    14. Julia: Why don’t people run?
    15. Saif: Some people think it’s too much work. I remember when the Clerk wrote an article at the beginning of the year around all the resignations people were talking about how much work it was.
    16. Julia: I think people don’t understand what they are getting themselves into. For Yan, we decided not to run another election for his partner because there were only a few appointments left.
    17. Victoria: Its a huge time commitment; you don’t understand that you can actually make a change. It may be good for us to do a promotional campaign to show the student body that change is possible. I don’t think that we have any proper training in our positions.
    18. Julia: By the end of April, we should aim to have elections running.
    19. Rachel: Well, why don’t we run them earlier so we can on board the process? Then they could join us and we sort of shadow.
    20. Saif: It seems like everyone else has a defined role but no structure behind it. The fact that there is no structure there makes it difficult for people to run, and hard to pass on institutional memory.
    21. Victoria: I am thinking about this in terms of HS student councils, and I think they were successful because of faculty administrators so you never had the option of not doing things. If you come in and have no idea what is expected of you, you don’t just want to float around in a council.
    22. Noorie: I think we could send out an hc-all email with short descriptions of the roles. At the start of the email we can tell them we will be tabling.
    23. Rachel: I also think a lot of students are of the mindset that Plenary doesn’t do anything. If that’s the sentiment, SC is the place you can make actual institutional change. I don’t wanna throw Plenary under the bus, but I think that’s something people don’t think about as a form of self-governance.
    24. Victoria: Well, what about a video where we tell the student body what we do?
    25. Julia: In terms of the Exec positions, do you think those positions should have more of an engagement event?
    26. Saif: I’m just wondering how many people would actually come?
    27. Saumya: I think the nature of elections at HC is that it is so lowkey.
    28. Joey: I think it would have consequences as to why people get elected? A video makes it more about connecting with the voter rather than merit.
    29. Victoria: I always consider whether I know what role they are voting themselves into.
    30. Jake: People will often say things in their statements that they actually aren’t even allowed to do. Having that coupled description, short bio and video, could allow the voters and person running to see the framework of what I can actually do.
    31. Sauma: We can also write-up a short paragraph directed to the student body for those interesting in running.
    32. Jake: If telling people the requirements deters people from running, then I think that is a good thing and means we should tell people.
    33. Noorie: It should be appealing to a candidate if they’re passionate.
    34. Saumya: It’s also in the Constitution.
    35. Victoria: Right now, we are adding more information which doesn’t make it any more appealing. As we get to the end of the year, people are overworked and don’t think about running. If we do a promotional thing, it has to be short and sweet.
    36. Julia: Do you think we should have a voting station in the DC? We could have four computers set up with a sign that says elections.
    37. Joey: It promotes more accountability.
  1. Poster Policy
    1. Saumya: According to a law, Haverford has to be neutral in terms of political ideology and endorsing candidates.
    2. Julia: Because it is a nonprofit
    3. Saumya: Recently there was a poster put up endorsing a Haverford alum. We have to amend the poster policy–a political poster has to have lines written on the posters making it clear that it was put up by students and not Haverford as an institution. Number 7 needs to be change and additional text needs to be added:

As a non-partisan, not-for-profit institution, Haverford must abide by the Johnson Amendment which necessitates additional limitations around political posters and other visual media that carry messages related to political parties or candidates for elected office. Any posters or other visual media must meet all other standards set by this policy, plus:

  • Be no larger than 8.5″ by 11″.
  • Originate from a current Haverford student or student(s), whose names and contact information must be clearly visible.
  • Make visible and legible the exact text “As a non-partisan, not-for-profit institution, Haverford College does not endorse any parties or candidates for elected office.”

The consideration of any cases not adequately addressed within this policy may require involvement of the President’s Office due to the legal requirements on the College.

    1. Cole: I would like to add language about people using other students to post posters on their behalf. The poster should originate from the Tri-Co.
    2. Jake: We as council members should take it upon ourselves to take the extra 5 seconds to pull down posters off of bulletin boards.
    3. Julia: Opens voting on new policy.
      1. Everyone consents.
    4. Saumya: Add the new policy in the WC.
    5. Julia: Does anyone know any student reps working on Molly campaign.
    6. Simon: Sam Epstein
    7. Jake: Ceci Silberstein
    8. Julia: The campaign said that a student representative reached out to them and gave out email information, so that is also a problem we need to address.
    9. Leslie: We are officially having a major declaration party on Friday at 6pm. If anyone is interested in helping let us know. Sophomores and faculty have priority on registration. Campus Center 313.
    10. Jake: As a side note, tomorrow is Kelly Clearey’s last day she is going to Penn. If anyone wants to stop by the CCPA and say goodbye. Also Joe Binotto’s last day is tomorrow.