Here are the minutes from SGA Senate’s meeting on Monday, November 2nd, 2015!
SGA Senate Agenda
Monday, November 2, 2015 11:32
Divestment Campaign- Jess Devereaux, Connor Hilbie
- Long term project
- Building student support and education
- Start with contact with SGA
- Process of divesting fossil fuels and move towards more sustainable energy.
- Has worked in the past.
Fossil Fuel Company’s
- Unsafe by almost the double amount of C02
- Morally wrong- destruction of our planet.
- Builds case for government action
- Brings up climate change discussion.
- Profitable and not lasting long. None renewable.
- Struggling economy
- Leads to violence and wars
- Reinvest in safer ideas for our planet and none violence.
- Stonehill cannot do this by themselves but takes a moral and strong statement for other colleges to make the government realize this is a serious issue.
- We have signed pledges committing to climate change and we need to follow through with this- St. Francis Pledge-
- Created an online petition
This is separate from Solor cap issue?
How do we sign up?
Finance – Jeanne Finlayson Jennifer Matthews
Has there been anything done?
- Have met several times- with new graduates, we start from scratch every few years.
- Still in educational phase. Spoke with investment advisor- Invest in “Funds of Funds’ or “Index Funds”
- Started a few years ago- Brought proposal to Board of Trustees who now oversee investments.
- As of June 30th- 189 million dollar endowment.
- 35 funds- 7 have 3.2 million in subinvestments
- Assuming small amount invested in fossil fuel.
- Not invested in the major fossil fuel companies, but a few gas companies. No direct investment in fossil fuel companies.
- 6 Million that are exposed to oil.
- Cannot just pull out because there needs to be research on where else the money goes.
- Stonehill will not end it as a social part, but mostly due to investment.
- Restart investment education with board in January?
Question- Is it renewable energy
- Investments in mostly solar energy
Question- Have we divested in companies in the past?
- We have in 1989 but no one on our board has done it before but it was an easier more specific divestment. No one has taken a definite yes or no on this topic. We have always taken a stance on no direct investments?
Where is the link?
- Kate will post it on the SGA facebook page.
Where do we go from here?
- Student body awareness
- Had tables around campus- Students did not know what divestment was before tables.
- Effectiveness of divestment. Not really economic effective but mostly social efforts
Are there plans to announce Stonehill supports this?
- We want other schools to see this. All about the social aspects. Controversial issues are not brought up if there is not a strong interest.
- Harvard working on it and Hampshire college completey divested. 100 schools either working on it or completely divested.
Finance- Any talks of switching this to green funds?
- Bringing this to the Board of Trustees
- Ten year commitment with the green fund and private equity. Have to maximize an alternative if we divest.
Anyway the Trustees can make an announcement for support?
- It is hard to say because not a lot of education- only 7 members on a subcommittee are involved in this with a new chair- he is interested in what the student body thinks. Too early to tell
- Some funds may not have oil now but may in the future- Companies that commit to never having it.
Has SEA had an event?
- Tuesday November 17th event @ 7 pm
- Professor against divestment speaking
- Debate on the issue
- All students welcome and questions
Do you think it is feasible to completely divest?
- Theoretically no. There will not be a economic issue so far- All social awareness
- 5 year plan or 10 year plan.
- Hard to picture a world where it is gone
- Sue Mooney is their advisor
How can SGA support?
- Not yet, but just focusing on education
- Even at sustainability fair, crowd is not aware of it.
Has Senate endorsed something like this?
- No but it would help show the board of trustees that students care?
- Help advertising?
How can you pass this on for next year?
- Co President a sophomore Tony Martucci to continue on for next year
- Everything is online on the SEA email
- Young underclassmen
- Former President and graduate still helping
Are there any efforts that the college is doing to support a clean environment?
- Almost finished with the bike fair.
- Promoting unneeded drives to close places- Spoco, lot 17 ect.
- Underclassmen use shuttle- Rent a car
- More electric car stations
- Solar Canobies on Parking Lot- Movement- Hold up by National Grid and not the College- Start the day after graduation
- Social movement and cost effective
- Not as much of a snow issue?
- Mike Middleton IT- First years need to update password soon. 6 months.
Issues with Hill Spot- Turn off wireless radios. Sends update week before, and 2-3 days before. Changepw.stonehill.edu Go change it online, type current username and password and then change
- 2018- Planning a clothes drive the week after Thanksgiving 11/30-12/4
- Diversity- 1 love training Tuesday at 7 pm.
- Approve minutes
- Need to be a weekly routine.
- Michael Middleton notion Anna seconds
- In favor- Everyone Opposed- No one Sustained- No one
- Minutes approved
- Follow up from last week- Actually following through with these
- Academics – concerns brought to Friday’s meeting
- Food – concerns passed to Kathleen Fitzgerald
- Speaking at Town Hall
- Events – ideas passed to Adrianna
- Campus Climate – divestment campaign
- Better awareness for climate campaign.
- Fits into larger goal at Stonehill
- Father John approves
- Fits with SGA- We helped with the to-go containers.
- Support from Senate would help- Active students support- Would need to talk with Jim
- All social movement
- Attach petition to Senate Highlights
- Academic meeting
- Submitting course evaluations
- Jamie, Kristen, Michael, Kate met with Dean Almeida, Maria Curtin, and Joe Favazza
- Course Evaluations- Making process longer, reward incentive. Last ten minutes of a class with laptop. Moved online last year.
- The course evaluations come at Thanksgiving
- Lack of middle opinion who found the class alright- Compared to strongly liking class or strongly disliking class.- Missing ideas from that area.
- Diversity training for faculty
- Current is only for academic development day- Nothing required-
- Diversity audit of curriculum
- They look over the courses every semester to see which ones are diversity related.
- Sending Kate that list soon.
- “Life After Stonehill”
- Technically a life skills class
- Taught by Andrew Leahy
- Dean Almeida sending syllabus to Kate soon.
- 40 graduate school affiliations
- Not well advertised.
- In process of typing up requirements and focus of each program
- Graduate school fair similar to the job expo.
- Next meeting – LC discussion
- More improvement
- Having past and current LC Advisor
- Keeping LC’s but looking at which ones to get rid of and which ones to add.
- May give responsibility to a senator for project.
- They will be speaking at Town Hall.
- It’s On us
- This Thursday
- Nametags given out on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Give pledges to Kate when you can.
- Pick them up on Wednesday or Thursday.
- Continue to promote the event.
- Chris and Anna promoted event at Guerilla Girls Event last Wednesday, WHEN and the Moore Center spoke about it as well.
- Town Hall
- Schedule for the evening
- 5:30 on Wednesday in Martin Auditorium.
- Start with brief SGA update.
- Kathleen Fitzgerald from Sodexo
- Detective from Campus Safety
- Kevin for policy changes
- Kristin Pierce for housing.
- Open Floor Discussion
- Father John brief closing remarks
- Everyone should be there and E-Board gives brief intro to speaker.
- SGA awareness party
- 11/20 Brother Mikes Friday.
- Plans for next semester
- By the Foot- Kid Snacks
- PR Committee Meets @ 6:30 on Sundays
- Questions, Comments, Ideas
- Pick up nametags
- Wifi questions?
Kate Morneault (Executive President):
- Career Services will be coming to Senate November 16th
Anna Craft (Executive Vice President):
- Working w/ IT to come up with a way to use an online calendar for club/organization
Matt Farrenkopf (Executive Secretary):
- Putting up Town Hall posters
- Brainstorming event for 11/20 to raise awareness for SGA
Chris McNamara (Executive Treasurer):
- Met with Rita Friday to finalize e-mail
Adrianna Rosadio (Executive Programming Chair): No Update
Nisha Khubchandani (Executive Diversity Chair):
- Planning a program for Native American Heritage Month to be held in November
Ryan McDonough (Executive Finance Chair):
Andrew Hunt (Commuter Senator):
- Food committee is working on hot breakfast at Sem
Michael Middleton (Commuter Senator): No update
Jamie McDermott (2016 Senator):
- Karaoke Night Friday, November 6th in the Hill
Jacqueline Durand (2016 Senator):
Molly Wolf (2017 Senator): No Update
Marisa Licata (2017 Senator): No update
Kristen Fontaine (2018 Senator):
Tim Cronin (2018 Senator):
Sebastian Patino (2019 Senator):
Chad L’Heureux (2019 Senator):
Lea Perugini (Heights Senator):
- Haunted Sem and fall fest successful
Laura Harvey (Corr/Villa Senator):
Rebecca Brackett (O’Hara Senator): No update
Emily Hunter (Boland Senator): No update
Travis Normandin (HCC Senator): Fundraiser soon