Here is some important news about elections, new positions on Board of Trustees Committees, information sessions, and Board of Trustees actions.
Elections to be a 2012-2013 ASPC Senator are coming soon! Signups will run from March 21 to March 28th. Voting will take place on the ASPC website from 9pm on April 2 to 9pm on April 3. More information about signups and the open positions will be sent out soon.
As you saw from Dean Feldblum's email, there will be three new positions on the ballot this spring, and they will all be at-large student representatives on committees of the Board of the Trustees. You will have the opportunity to run for a position on the Academic Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, or the Student Affairs Committee (not the same as the SAC of the faculty). The students on the Academic Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee would also be expected to attend and participate in the Student Affairs Committee; therefore those positions will entail slightly more work. These three positions will NOT be ASPC Senators -- students interested in both being a Senator and serving on these committees should consider running for Vice President for Finance (also sits on the BoT Finance Committee and Student Affairs Committee), the Academic Affairs Commissioner (also sits on the BoT Academic Affairs Committee and Student Affairs Committee), or President or Commissioner of Environmental Affairs (both sit on the BoT Student Affairs Committee). Because these three positions are new, their responsibilities are not yet set in stone, but they will most likely include: attending Board of Trustees committee meetings and giving student perspectives, helping organize and decide on the topics for the fall student-trustee retreat, and helping organize dinners between students and trustees.
This Tuesday (tomorrow) at 7pm in SCC 208 I will be holding an open question and answer session about the new positions and the trustee-student task force on campus communication. I know a lot of the information in #2 is new and possibly confusing, so please come if you have any questions. The week after spring break, ASPC will be holding an information session about elections.
Later this week, a list of action items that the BoT took at last week's meeting will be put up on the Dean of Students Sakai site and at http://www.pomona.edu/about/leadership/board-of-trustees.aspx
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments!
All my best, Nate
Resolution of the Senate of the Associated Students of Pomona College
March 5, 2012
WHEREAS a complaint to the Chair of the Board of Trustees prompted an investigation into the work authorization papers of all college employees that led to the termination of seventeen employees; and
WHEREAS the process by which the Board of Trustees leadership dealt with the complaint and subsequent investigation is still unclear to students; and
WHEREAS the Board of Trustees is currently writing a report on the details of how the Board of Trustees leadership dealt with the complaint; and
WHEREAS students respect the need for whistleblower complaints to be kept anonymous;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of the Associated Students of Pomona College, on behalf of the student body, calls on the Board of Trustees to release to the college community the internal report on the events surrounding the worker terminations as soon as it is completed. We call on the Board of Trustees to release the report in full, with the exception of details that identify the person who made the complaint.
This year’s Annual Budget Hearings are almost here! Budget Hearings is a way for clubs and organizations to apply to the 5C student governments for funding for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. If you are involved in a club or organization, talk to your club president and treasurer about filling out the appropriate forms.
Budget Hearings for the 2012-2013 fiscal year will be April 13-15. The afternoon of Friday, April 13 will be for Pomona only clubs and all 5C clubs will take place during the days of April 14 and April 15.
To apply for funding you must do the following:
Be an approved and registered organization on CollegiateLink. (See instructions below on how to log into CollegiateLink)
Fill out the annual Budget Hearing form located on CollegiateLink by 11:59pm on Friday, April 6th. There will be a link on the main CollegiateLink home page.
Sign up for a time to present your request at Budget Hearing in the ASPC Office (SCC 244) between Monday, April 9 – Thursday, April 12. Presentations will consist of a 5 minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions.
If you have any questions in the coming weeks, please feel free to email me. I strongly encourage you to not leave these requests until the last moment. Requests cannot be submitted after 11:59pm on Friday, April 6th.
Between Monday (4/2) at 9pm and Tuesday (4/3) at 9pm, you can cast your ballot at the elections site. There will also be a candidates forum at Frank Dining Hall at 6pm on Monday and a Presidential Debate at 7:30pm in Rose Hills Theatre.
Please note that the ASPC elections use a preferential voting system. To vote, simply rank the candidates for each position according to your preferences (#1 for your first choice, #2 for your second choice, and so on). You are not required to rank all candidates.
If no candidate initially receives a majority of the vote, candidates will be eliminated based on the fewest number of first-preference votes, and their votes will be redistributed to the next highest preference listed on each ballot (i.e. #2 becomes #1, #3 becomes #2, etc.) until one candidate has received a majority of the vote.
Ranking candidates after your first-preference candidate does not hurt the chances of your first-preference candidate; it instead allows your second-preference candidate to receive your vote in the event your first-preference candidate is eliminated, and so on.
Candidate statements can be found here!
Candidates - Gaby Baum, Andrew Cha, and Faye Wang
Candidates - Courtney Hamilton and Emma Wolfarth
Candidates - Tommy Conkling
Candidates - Emi Young
Candidates - Diane Northern
Candidates - Ian Gallogly and Jerry Jiang