University of California, San Diego
Graduate Student Association
Council Meeting #9
Monday, February 25, 2013
6:00pm The Price Center Forum
I. Call to Order [6:03pm]
II. Approval of Agenda [6:03pm]
III. Public Comment and Announcement
- VP Academic: Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal is happening. Interdisciplinary Research Awards is going to close on March 1st to win a $500 cash prize. Will be forming a committee to choose the research awards. Anyone interested should contact the VP Academic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- VP External: SB 259 GSR Unionization has been reintroduced into the state assembly.
- Social Coordinator: GSA Roaming Hour on Friday from Cognitive Science and Psychology departments in the Cog Sci Building’s courtyard. Email is forthcoming.
- UC Student Regent liasion, Summer Perez, introduced herself and is open to working with projects related to the student regent and graduate students.
- VP Diversity: Gospel According to Josh on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:00pm in the Price Center Theater.
IV. Finance Bills [6:09pm]
- APRF 12: $200 from Academic and Professional Request Fund. Approved.
- DRF 04: $519 from Diversity Request Fund. Although it is a fundraiser, they do not charge admission so donations are voluntary and GSA can fund it. Motion to strike fundraiser from the event’s title. Amendment passed. Approved.
- DRF 05: Approved.
- GRF 09: $900 from General Request Fund. Approved.
- GRF 10: $500 from General Request Fund. Approved.
- GRF 11: $600 from General Request Fund. Approved.
V. Presentation on GSHIP by the President [6:13pm]
- Systemwide GSHIP emerged as a proposition 5 years ago, UCSD was the last school to join the systemwide program. The program is $55 million dollars in debt because of deliberate misprojections of the UCOP advisory. UCOP is now suing because of the misprojections. There are currently 3 options for moving forward:
- Continue in the current GSHIP system at an elevated rate to make up for the deficit and to keep the program solvent.
- Create a new program with an indeterminate amount of money that would need to cover debt.
- Return to the program that was in place 5 years ago at UCSD, the debt would still need to be repaid.
- There is a UCSD sentiment that UCOP should take care of the debt, not the individual campuses. GSA will be working on this issue, and will be drafting a resolution to advocate on behalf of which option is the best for moving forward. While fees are expected to raise, the 7% tuition increase has been stalled. They are trying to spread out the amount of debt so that it could be repaid over a longer period of time, which could be detrimental to future students but would lessen the burden on current students who are not at fault. Contact the VP Internal or VP External to work on responding with a resolution.
- Policy around dependents may change, so it’s important to get that form of representation in policy changes.
- Figures have not been released in detail. There is a difference in debt owed by graduate and undergraduate programs.
- The goal of the lawsuit is to regain as much money to repay the debt.
- It is encouraged to get involved as professional schools are aiming to cost $60,000 by 2016, additional fees should not be welcomed.
- While there are not necessarily going to be less benefits offered, but it would most likely be covered by a higher fee.
- Information regarding this issue is coming out slowly and UCOP has been slow to respond, most likely because the current UC president has resigned. The chancellor has not been well informed, the presentation given to the chancellor was without numbers.
- Last year, the program claimed to be in a surplus.
- There is currently no deadline for this issue to be solved.
VI. UCEN Fee Referendum [6:23pm]
- UCOP has agreed to not insist on the inclusion of the UCOP tax in this referendum.
- UCOP has asked that in #14 that the word “increase” be included after “fee.”
- Motion to amend #15 to read “at least 5 days a week.” Is the current cost model able to absorb this change? The cost model does not include the 5th day, and the projections have a thin reserve and the number of students after 3pm tend to dip. Amendment did not pass.
- It is campus policy that a percentage of student fees return to financial aid and will be fairly distributed amongst departments.
- Motion to add “as per precedence” at the end of the second paragraph. After debate, the question was called. Motion failed.
- Motion to add “and professional students” to the sequence in the third paragraph. The question was called. The amendment passes 25-7.
- Motion to strike the clause “and is paid by undergraduate and graduate and professional students.” Motion to override the decision of the chair, passes 14-7. Motion passes without objection.
- Motion to add “and an annual CPI adjustment of up to 3% until 2025.” Motion failed.
- Motion to change “Woman’s Center” to “Women’s Center.” The change was not objected to.
- Motion to amend the third paragraph to include “Consumer Price Index” before CPI. Amendment passed without objection.
- Motion to add “In accordance with university policies,” to the beginning of the second paragraph. Passed without objection.
- Motion to amend #13 to read “23% of the programming budget each year” instead of “$20,000 a year.” Motion passed without objection.
- Motion to strike “Within one year after the” in clause #14 to read “Upon passage.” UCEN Director: The university has restrictions on fundraising, so the one year is a comfortable deadline. Motion failed.
- Motion to strike the clause after “applied” to read “to the reduction of this fee subject to approval by UCAB” in #11. It is unlikely to pass through UCOP as written. Amendment passed.
- Motion to amend #17 to read as amended in the minutes. Passed without objection.
VII. Finance Bylaw Amendment [6:55pm]
- Amendment to Article V, Section II to add “The total amount of compensation for Elected Officers and Appointed Officers shall not exceed 25% of the revenue generated by the graduate student activity fee.” in 2.a.
- Operating budget is higher than the GSA activity fees as it gets revenue from other departments and sources.
- Motion to amend the proposed amendment to add “coming from the graduate student activity fee” after “Appointed Officers.” The amendment reads “The total amount of compensation for Elected Officers and Appointed Officers coming from the graduate student activity fee shall not exceed 25% of the revenue generated by said fee.” This amendment fails.
- Motion to amend the amendment to read “20% of the revenue defined in the GSA budget” instead of “25%.” Amendment fails.
- The question was called to vote on the amendment as a whole. The amendment passes 21-7.
VIII. Appointments [7:22pm]
IX. Call for Agenda Items [7:23pm]
- Police Chief will be in the next GSA meeting.
- Elections will be the first meeting in the spring on April 8th. Nominations will start at the next meeting.
- Update on Cafe Vita.
X. Adjourn [7:25pm]
Members in attendance: Chris Ahn, Dan Jacobsen, Cory Stevenson, Jeremy Davis-Turak, Michael Yu, Shigeki Miyake-Stoner, Fiona Nohilly, Jackie Ward, Nathanial Wood-Cohan, Carson Dance, Dan Frost, Joaquin Contreras, Brie Iatarola, Roshni Chandrashekhar, Russell Reas, Rakesh Varna, Garo Bournoutian, Travis Brayak, Jennifer Mogannam, America Martinez, Yutaka Ishida, Ana Laura Martinez, Cynthia Vazquez, Haydee Smith, Daniel Hoff, Robert Won, Rahul Kapadia, Shuxia Tang, Jonathan Monk, Alex Mendez, Michael Rivera, Nicole Henniger, John Ballard, Kathryn Furby, Brandon Stephens, Danielle Ishihara, Harrison Carter, Amy Sutton, Mat Jarvis, Emily Elizabeth Goodman, Jordan Gosselin, Ash Arianpour, Jonathan Monk, Don Johnson, Scott Guenther, Lara Bullock, Greg Wagner
University Centers Fee & CPI Referendum
Do you approve an $11.00 increase of the University Centers fee, per student per quarter, to support the maintenance, repair, and operations of the University Centers facilities, including the Price Center, Student Center, Crafts Center, and Che Facility, effective fall quarter 2013?
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of this fee increase will be used to meet the financial aid needs of UCSD students.
The current University Centers fee is $76.50 per student per quarter and is paid by undergraduate and graduate students. If this fee referendum is approved and implemented, the University Centers fee would be $87.50 per student per quarter, excluding annual CPI adjustments. Fifty percent of the University Centers fee is assessed each summer session.
If this referendum is approved, the entire University Centers fee will be adjusted annually according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) beginning fall quarter 2014. CPI adjustments will end after spring quarter 2025. Annual adjustment may not exceed 3%.
If this referendum is approved, no referendum to increase the University Centers fee will be held until at least fall quarter 2018.
YES NO ABSTAIN
Statement of Conditions:
- This referendum shall go into effect fall quarter 2013.
- This fee will be included in the determination of financial aid.
- Modifications to this fee may not be made without a subsequent student referendum held in accordance with the appropriate student governmental and University policies, unless other means are explicitly provided in this ballot language.
- The debt-repayment for the Price Center West portion of this fee shall be $6.28 per student per quarter ($3.14 each summer session), the debt repayment for the Price Center East portion of this fee shall be $34.22 per student per quarter ($17.11 each summer session), and the maintenance and operation portion shall be the remaining revenue from the fee. Dollar amounts listed for debt are after return-to-aid.
- The debt-repayment plan shall continue as currently scheduled, with debt retirement for the Price Center West no later than 2024 and debt retirement for Price Center East no later than 2039.
- No additional debt may be levied against this fee, nor may an increase of the debt-retirement period be made, without a subsequent student referendum held in accordance with the appropriate student governmental and University policies.
- After the debt-retirement period specified herein, the debt-repayment portion of the fee, also specified herein, shall not be collected. The remaining fee will continue to be collected and will support University Centers’ facilities operations and maintenance.
- This fee shall be overseen by the University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB), composed of at least 80% student voting membership and chaired by a student. The Associated Students, Graduate Student Association, and Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs must approve any changes to the existing University Centers Advisory Board charter.
- Annual University Centers’ budget reports will be made public and provided to all UCSD student governments.
- This referendum is not intended to diminish or restrict other sources of University Centers’ income, including current campus Student Services Fee allocations.
- Other funds that become available after the referendum may be applied to reduce this fee with a student referendum held in accordance with the appropriate student governmental and University policies.
- The University Centers will not charge student organizations equipment set-up/usage fees for basic room set-ups in the Price Center or Student Center.
- Of the funds University Centers budgets for programming student events, at least $20,000 a year must be dedicated to providing events and activities geared towards graduate and professional students.
- Within one year after the passage of this fee, University Centers will open fundraising to support efforts to re-open the Craft Center. The University Centers will match fundraising dollars until the renovation and maintenance costs are met. The University Centers may decrease its match on the condition that fundraising exceeds these costs.
- Price Center East shall provide 24-hour access to lounges with computer labs, group-study rooms, and commuter student resources (including lockers and commuter kitchen) at least 4 days a week.
- No portion of the University Centers fee shall be used for the maintenance, repairs and renovations of the Bookstore, Cross-Cultural Center, Woman’s Center, LGBT Resource Center, and Alumni Affairs, all of which are supported via funds from the Chancellor and/or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
- No portion of the University Centers budget shall be used to pay system-wide administrative costs, including, but not limited to, the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) tax. No portion of the University Centers Fee shall be used to calculate and pay the campus-wide Auxiliary and Self-Supporting Activities (ASSA) tax.