MUSC Student Government Association
Meeting Minutes April 4, 2012
Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Johnson: The Urban Farm; we made a YouTube video describing a project that will be spent out to you. There will most likely be a Catalyst article soon. The Urban Farm is behind the new Drug Discovery Building close to the dental building on Bee Street. We started planting two weeks ago and plan to have all planting for the spring done by the end of this month. This is our pilot season, and we really want to see people get involved. Once we harvest in the spring, we will finish the project during the summer. Our plan is to have landscaping complete by May/June with lots of greenery and benches. We are also building a pavilion where we can have cooking demonstrations. We have an artist who is making a nice iron gate. We plan to have a launch date in September where we will invite the community and have a reception. We want to have a lot of programs in the pavilion. We are currently having Work and Learns on Tuesday at noon and from 4:30-6 pm and on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. where the community can come and plant. We are also going to have a frequent farming card where you get a stamp each time you visit the garden. On your third visit, you can pick produce. We are thinking about partnering with an elementary school to donate food, or we may donate to food banks. We are currently developing committees and we need volunteers to help. The Farm Management Committee will select the crops and organize the gardens. This is lead by Robin Smith. The Produce Distribution will decide what is done with the food. Programming will help with education and events in the farm. PR and Marketing will be advertising. We just set up a Facebook group and will have a website soon. There were some pictures in the most recent Charleston magazine and the City Paper may be running an article, too. The Sustainability Committee will help with composting and rain barrels and there will be classes on how you can do this at home. There will also be a Special Events Committee. There may be a Healing Garden. In Mt. Pleasant there is going to be a rooftop garden where you can have events, and there will also be a vegetable garden. Black Bean Co. will run the food service at this location. There will be a lock on the garden for protection, but we do want it open during the day. There will be a manager on site.
President: Carol Brown
Reading of March 21st minutes: approved
SGA Election results: President- Brandon Hagan (CDM); Academic VP- Cason Hund (CDM); Programs VP- Danny Vo (CDM); Service VP- Caroline Hoover (COP); Communications VP- Kayla Hill (CGS)
Student Parking evaluations: there is a meeting scheduled for tomorrow to discuss parking registration. Please share your feedback. We are aware there was an issue with the link and that people were still able to register after their times. Spaces are still available on and off-campus; contact Parking Management if you’re interested or come see me after the meeting.
MUSC Safety Walk update: this was last week and was not too eventful, which is good. There were a couple of lights that were out. Comments/suggestions for campus safety?
- Katherine Shugart (COP Rep): Crosswalk in front of COP/Baruch.
- We have tried to work on this in the past with Parking Management and Public Safety, as well as the City of Charleston. Dr. Shaw and I drafted letters from MUSC administration and students, and the City added new signs. When the Department of Transportation became involved, they said a crosswalk cannot be within 50 feet of another crosswalk, so we cannot have another one due to the Jonathan-Lucas crosswalk.
- Issue with erosion in the BB lot, so please drive slower in this gravel! (Kathryn Holt: COP Rep; this is also due to flooding in the lot).
- Brian Harley (CON Rep): Public Safety encourages everyone to call Parking if there is a lamp out; there are numbers on each light. One of the bigger issues on-campus is people following students into the library and stealing laptops.
SGA Evaluations: these will be reviewed by the incoming executive officers and Student Programs this summer
SGA Final Meeting Dinner on Wednesday, April 18th: sign-ups! You have until next Friday, the 13th to RSVP to either Meg (email@example.com) or Nadia Mariutto (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Charleston Marriott on the water.
Flag bearer needed for commencement: CHP needs a flagbearer
Smoke-free Campus Legislation: this is currently under review. This has been approved by a subcommittee and then went through a first read. I emailed all of you about this last week. After this second read, it will move from the House to the Senate for further review. People are now smoking on the street close to the hospital, which is city property, but MUSC and Roper are working to declare a smoke-free hospital zone throughout the zone, which would include the sidewalks. This would become a ticketable offence to the city.
- Kate Scheele (CHP Rep): Things have gotten really bad closer to the CHP walkway and by Halo. Can we have a place for them to dispose their cigarettes in? Halo has also posted signs.
- Anna Lockamy (CHP Rep): Who can classmates contact if they have questions? (Carol or Brandon; Carol will talk to Susan to see who else). There have been a lot of questions in CHP.
Earth Day in the Horseshoe on Thursday, April 12th 11 am-2 pm with live music, food, door prizes (home composter) as well as experts on composting, collecting rain water, saving energy, and the Nissan Leaf, which is an electric vehicle, will be on display.
Commencement invitations: in the future there will be two invitations to choose from. One will be a standard, less-expensive invitation, and the other will be a little more expensive and you will pay for extra words/graphics. We will vote on your favorite for the nicer invitation.
Campus updates: Suggestion for a Red Box on campus, which Dr. Shaw is looking into. There is also a new bike rack up.
Reps (2) to clean up after meeting
Program Vice President: Erin Pardue
MUSC Student, Staff & Faculty Art/Photo Exhibit: April 2nd - 30th, Harper Student Wellness Center. Many of these are for sale!
Alhambra: “Pirates of the Carolinas”: Saturday, April 14, noon-5 pm at the Windjammer
Tickets $12 each, on sale now in Student Programs; 2 tickets per MUSC student ID. Tickets include a t-shirt for the 1st 400 people, food, and drinks.
Charleston Pro Musica - Music of the Renaissance: Monday, April 9th at 8:00pm at CofC Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall. FREE ADVANCED tickets available for MUSC students only in Student Programs (2 per student ID).
MUSC Eco Run: Sunday, April 22: tickets $5 each in Student Programs.
5K run on Capers Island on Earth Day. This island is only accessible by boat, so we will meet at IOP at 1:45 p.m. to go over. This is $25 through the city, but we are doing it for $5. There will be refreshments afterwards and there will be time to explore the island.
Humanitas Reception on Thursday, April 5, 2012 (2-5PM); this is a booklet with poetry and art done by students, faculty, and staff. The reception will have wine and poetry readings. Nancy had the winning piece of art!
Academic Vice President: Brandon Hagan
SGA Library/Learning Commons Update:
With the Oyster Roast, we raised $1474 for the Library, which has been donated and is being used to purchase a telescoping whiteboard for the third floor.
Water fountains are going to be installed in the near future on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors and will have filtered/chilled water.
The art project is in the production phase and should have installation in the next couple of months. This art was chosen by you all.
Legislation Review: University Honor Code: I am the chair of the Honor Code. The website looks bad because of typos, fonts, etc. So there were some revisions that were emailed to you this week. Main change: when one is accused for cheating, there is a preliminary hearing, at which point they assess if there is enough information to go forward. This is now going to be called a “notification conference” rather than preliminary hearing. The other major change is when someone wants to amend the Honor Code, a bill has to be presented to the Honor Council and the individual college votes on the bill. Now the bill will go straight to the University Honor Council, where there is equal representation from each college. After this, the college Honor Councils will vote, SGA will vote, and the college deans will vote. These revisions have been reviewed by the college Honor Council representatives and Dr. Shaw, and we need your approval as well. Next it will go to the deans. (Approved).
Academic Affairs Committee meeting with Bob Poyer in the SGA library tonight
Service Vice President: Kate Hicks
Habitat for Humanity: East Cooper H4H, 3/24 evaluation
Cooper River Bridge Run KIDS RUN, 3/30 evaluation
Relay For Life SGA Team: Citadel Field, 4/13. We have 19 people signed up; it’s not too late to sign up!
RFL Fundraiser at Blind Tiger, Monday 4/9 from 5pm-9pm: 10% of total sales will go to Relay. We will provide some food for the event as well.
- Austen Carter (COM Rep): Remember that Relay for Life doesn’t want alcohol to be mentioned, so use “food and drinks”
Service Committee meeting
Communications Vice President: Meg Croom
Website update on Monday! Let me know if there are any changes.
Intramurals: Kevin Smuniewski
College and Organizational Reports
MUSC Gives Back: Liz Sheridan
MUSC Student Leadership and Service Banquet: Wednesday, April 11th at 6:00pm, Courtyard Marriott on Lockwood Blvd. RSVP via email with your dinner choice. Business attire. There is plenty of parking!
Student Programs: Nadia Mariutto
$20 Spoleto Vouchers on sale April 23rd in Student Programs; tickets $5 each, 2 per MUSC student ID. These go fast, so be sure to let your classes know! You turn the vouchers in at the Spoleto ticket office.
University Wide Committees
Waring Library Lecture: "AIDS at 30: Responding to the Pandemic of Our Time” by Dr. Victoria A. Harden. Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 pm in BSB Auditorium. Reception at The Wickliffe House to follow.
12th Annual ALS Race Register June 4th at IOP
Charleston Bed Race: April 15th at Hampton Park; come to watch, even if you don’t have a team. All proceeds go to Camp Happy Days.
Camp Happy Days fundraiser tomorrow from 7-9 pm at the bowling alley in West Ashley
International Student Association: (Daniel Odongo): SAT prep workshop was this past weekend and it went really well. We may do this again in the fall if any of you are interested in helping!
Multicultural Student Advisory Board