University of California, San Diego
Graduate Student Association
Council Meeting #10
Monday, March 11, 2013
6:00pm The Price Center Forum
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Agenda
Motion to add Item VII “Resolution to Censure the Vice President of Academic
Affairs” onto the agenda. Passed.
III. Public Comment and Announcement
- Cultural Coordinator: Assassin’s tickets are on sale.
- VP Campus: SKAGG’s luau will happen on April 4th at 6pm.
- UCEN Fee Referendum now includes language regarding the Craft Center. Today is
the last day for the language to be voted on to make it onto the spring ballot.
IV. Nominations for Executive Positions
- Ash Arianpour for VP External Affairs.
- Jordan Gosselin for VP Academic AFfairs.
- Jonathan Monk for VP Campus.
- Don Johnson for VP Diversity.
- Rahul Kapadia for President.
- Matthew Jarvis for President. (uncommitted)
- Lara Bullock for VP Diversity.
- Emily Goodman for President.
- Nomination process will stay open until April 8th. Any graduate student may run for any position.
V. Special Visit: Campus Police
- Invited to discuss measures to ensure students can peacefully protest.
- Civil disobedience vs. lawful protests
- The police work hard to ensure that protests are safe for participants and police. It has been 8-9 years since the last time someone was arrested during a protest.
- If you all hear about a potential protest, do you reach to engage student leadership or leave it to the administration?
- Yes, but sometimes the leadership is fragmented which can be dangerous. The police would like to communicate more with the graduate students. David Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 858-534-4360.
- What are things that are being done to rectify issues of profiling with the changing demographics?
- Police train. Sean Travers from the LGBT resource center will come in to talk about LGBT issues. Profiling is not condoned. Troops are sent to the Holocaust Museum to learn about tolerance. Impounded bikes are taken to the prison to be restored and given to kids in Southeast San Diego. Sometimes it’s a “perception difference.”
- Does UCPD train with local law enforcement?
- Yes, they train together in order to handle bigger situations as they arise.
- What interactions have you had concerning the new free speech policies?
- Police sit on free speech revision committee and like to be involved with those processes.
- What are the procedures for using plain clothes officers in events?
- Police don’t always want a high profile, they are there to collect information. There is a difference between being in plain clothes and being undercover. Police dress in plain clothes when asked by the administration.
- Police are often sent in uniform in pairs to observe what’s going on. Police in plain clothes are not obligated to tell you whether or not they are a police officer.
- What occurred to change the 3-drink limit at the GSA events and how was this procedure changed?
- The police take into consideration how much alcohol is available and the duration of the event to determine how much someone can drink and still be capable of driving. The 3 drink limit is based on the length of the event. Electronic versions of submitting alcohol permits are being looked into as a solution for miscommunication.
- What is the security of the graduate housing on east campus?
- Police are in the area. There are issues with the way dispatchers respond to calls sometimes.
VI. Finance Bills
- APRF 13: Motion to approve. Motion passed.
- APRF 15: Motion to approve. Motion passed.
- APRF 16: Motion to approve. Motion passed.
- DRF 06: Motion to approve. Motion passed.
- GRF 12: Requestors asked to reduce to $300. Motion to approve. Motion passed.
- GRF 13: Motion to approve. Motion passed
VII. Resolution to Censure the Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Council entered in a mandatory closed session.
- The resolution automatically failed as it was not seconded.
- Motion for a 2 minute recess. Approved.
VIII. Lounge Lottery Update
- If there’s an item that you’re interested in, send Rahul an email with your name, your department’s name and the item(s) that you’re interested in.
- The plan is to use Cafe Vita as a programming venue.
IX. UCEN Resolution
- The referendum passes to be on the spring 2013 ballot. Passes 36-0-1.
X. ARCHAC Presentation
- Update: The committee is hearing and voting on appeals. There is now an online appeal process that allows committee members to view appeals prior to meetings. The budget is currently being discussed, and the committee is working on writing by-laws for ARCHAC. Internet refunds have been applied to accounts.
XI. Presentation on GSHIP--Taylor Bright
- 2009-10: Established system-wide GSHIP
- 2010-11: Launched GSHIP; established UC SHIP
- 2011-12: Launched UC SHIP
- 2012-13: Current year, 2nd year of program
- UC San Diego is in a $15.9 million deficit out of the system wide $57.6 million.
- UCSD Medical Claims cost ~$20 million/year. We either need to increase premiums or decrease benefits to make our expenses match our income. These are the only two possibilities.
- Options: Remain in UC SHIP, withdraw from UC SHIP, utilize Affordable Care
- Remaining in UC SHIP: $2,379 (+37%) includes removal of lifetime and pharmacy maximums--this option is overwhelmingly supported by students and is ACA compliant. Estimated dependent coverage: spouse/DP $4,617, children $3,988.
- Issues: high quality plan for relatively cheap, major governance problems because it’s a systemwide program, lack of control on the campus level
- Withdrawing from UC SHIP: UCSD has sought bids from Reliant (old broker) and are waiting to hear back if even able to quote us. UCOP solicited bids for fully insured plan--grad increases ranged from 37% to 130%. It’s not legally possible to go back to our old plan due to ACA rules.
- Issues: We must collect $20 million per year or cut benefits. We will lose cost savings with regard to administrative costs. We may not have information before chancellors make a decision.
- Option Three: go to exchanges in January 2014. Put dependents and voluntary to exchanges. Get subsidies for UC SHIP since we fit within the income limits. But there is limited understanding about how ACA will work.
- ACA subsidies: subsidies begin at 138% of the FPL (~$16,000). Below 138% eligible for expanded Medicaid.
- Dependents will need to be negotiated with undergrads to spread the risk pool.
- Council of chancellors will ultimately make the decision in May.
XII. GSHIP Resolution
- No information has been given.
- UCSD was pressured into joining UC SHIP (not GSHIP).
- The system wide leadership needs a complete overhaul.
- Students want caps on benefits removed.
- Remove the caps.
- UCOP assumes the debt.
- Remove key individuals and revamp the system wide leadership to be student driven.
- Approved unanimously.
XIV. Call for Agenda Items
Council shall stand adjourned until April 8, 2013.
Members in attendance: Chris Ahn, Dan Jacobsen, Cory Stevenson, Marty Flores, Shigeki Miyake-Stoner, Fiona Nohilly, Chris Abdullah, Anna Wakeland, Jackie Ward, Nathanial Wood-Cohan, Carson Dance, Dan Frost, Brie Iatarola, Roshni Chandrashekar, Russell Reas, Rakesh Varna (proxy), Garo Bournoutian, Travis Brayak, Sayanan Sivaraman, America Martinez, David Idol, Jorge Leal, Yutaka Ishida, Alexandra Tracy, Ana Laura Martinez, Haydee Smith, Jeremy Semko, Robert Won, Rahul Kapadia, Shuxia Tang, Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Lindsay Freeman, Alex Mendez, Nicole Henniger, John Ballard, Kathryn Furby, Brandon Stephens, Lynn Waterhouse, Harrison Carter, Lara Bullock, Matthew Jarvis, Emily Elizabeth Goodman, Jordan Gosselin, Ash Arianpour, Jonathan Monk Don Johnson, Shannon Muir, Greg Wagner
Funds under Request
Funds remaining if requests approved
General Request Fund
Academic and Professional Request Fund
Diversity Request Fund
Appropriate $240 from Academic and Professional Request Fund to Andrew Gross for the UCSD Scientific Python User Group meetings. The request is for funding of 4 meetings with 20-30 Graduate students attending each of them.
Appropriate $400 from Academic and Professional Request Fund to Alina Mendez and Jorge Leal for The Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Scholar Graduate Workshop. Organizers expect around 80 Graduate students to take part in the event.
Appropriate $550 from Academic and Professional Request Fund to Harrison Carter for 2013 Graduate Student Conference in Sociology. Organizers expect 100 Graduate / Professional students to attend the event.
Appropriate $400 from Diversity Request Fund to Ana Martinez for Speaking Truth to power lecture and exhibition. Organizers expect at least 50 Graduate students to take part in the event.
Appropriate $450 from General Request Fund to Arman Chaghooshi for ISTA Nowruz. Organizers expect 100 Graduate / Professional students to attend the event.
Appropriate $350 from General Request Fund to Esteban Botero for The other face of development and safety in Colombia event. Organizers expect at least 70 Graduate / Professional students to attend the event.