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Meeting Minutes – October 24, 2012

Speaker:  Pamela Knox (Addiction Incorporated Film Screening Project):  The documentary called Addiction Incorporated will have a screening and Q and A panel at the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium 110 on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 5:30pm.  This film has not yet been released to the public yet.  Only special screenings have been shown at locations such as Universities across the nation.  The screening will also be shown at the College of Charleston on November 15th.  November 15th is the Great American Smokeout, encouraging smokers to stop smoking, at least for the day.  Addiction Incorporated consists of typical documentary interviews, and specifically focuses on Victor deNoble a scientist who discovered an addiction ingredient in tobacco.   In efforts to keep this information from the public, Victor’s lab was shut down and he was fired.  This fueled the litigation against the tobacco industry and achieved the first federal regulation of the tobacco companies as the companies finally came out and admitted that Victor was right.  The documentary also includes some animation to showcase Victor’s research using rats pressing buttons.  It is an hour and 20 min long.  The film’s producer and director will be in attendance for a Q and A session after the film screening.  Currently, we have some flyers around campus and student broadcast messages that have been released to advertise to MUSC and MUSC students.  I am asking your help to get this information out to the student body.  I am also asking for student volunteers to help out with the event.  There is a survey that the film company would like to have filled out about the film and we will also need help getting students into the auditorium and completing these surveys. Volunteers will receive a fabulous T-shirt from the film.  Do you have any ideas on how to get the word out to all of the colleges?

Comment from Liz Sheridan:  MUSC Gives Back displays volunteer opportunities on its website.  In addition to the student broadcast messages, it may be a good idea to post this as a volunteer opportunity on MUSC Gives Back.

Comment from Joey Powell:  In addition to the MUSC student broadcast messages, SGA reps disseminate information to their classmates and we can act as point of contact for you.

Comment from Pamela Knox:  Kevin and I also talked about this being a good activity for the new wellness program where you get points for participation in different activities.

Question from Cason Hund:  Is there an email where students can contact you if they are interested in volunteering?

Answer from Pamela Knox:

Question from Philip Sobolesky:  What time is the showing?

Answer from Pamela Knox:   5:30pm.  There is also a free reception from 5-5:30 in the Drug Discovery Building.

Question from Joey Powell:  Are you looking for a specific number of volunteers? 

Answer from Pamela Knox:  20 would be great, but the more the merrier.

Question fromKathryn Holt:  Could you send a PDF of the flier to us?

Answer from Pamela Knox:  Yes

Question from Andrea Vella-Camilleri:  Will the producer and director be there both nights? 

Answer from Pamela Knox:  They will both be present for MUSC’s screening.  The director will not be at College of Charleston’s screening.

Question Sara Garrett:  Are you also looking for volunteers for the College of Charleston screening? 

Answer from Pamela Knox:  No we have enough volunteers for the College of Charleston, but people are also welcome to go to attend as well.  I will send the information out about that one.

PRESIDENT:  Cason Hund will be speaking on behalf of Brandon Hagan

Old Business

Reading of the October 10th minutes:  Approved

New Business

Dinner at the Greenberg’s:  This is a mandatory event! The Greenberg’s have invited SGA out to their home for dinner on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30pm.  There are directions to the Greenberg’s house at your seat.  We will also send an email out the week of the dinner with directions.  We have an RSVP sign-up passing around.  If you have signed it, please check and make sure it is correct.  It is required unless you have a valid excuse.

Comment from Nadia Mariutto:  Please dress professionally.  If you change plans, please let me know ASAP so that we can remove your nametag.  You cannot bring guests or send anyone in your place.  Dinner begins promptly at 6.  Don’t be late and plan driving time.

Addiction Incorporated Screening Event Info:  November 14th, from 5pm – 5:30pm.  Please disseminate this information to your classmates.  Please send volunteer info to Pamela at

Reps (2) to clean up after meeting:   Kristen long and Ashekia Pinckney


Old Business

MUSC Night at the Charleston Stage “Nevermore” Expense Report and Evaluation:  We spent $2345 on this event.  We sold $640 worth of tickets.  Our net expenses were $1705 and we were under budget.  I have the report with details if you want to take a look at it after the meeting. 

New Business

MUSC SGA Winetasting at the SC Aquarium:  The Winetasting will be on November 2nd at the SC Aquarium from 7-10pm.  Tickets are sold out! Worker spots are still available.  Please let me know if you decide to remove yourself from a worker spot.  If you are going to cancel, try to at least do it no later than 2 days before the event so we can find a replacement and email me ahead of time that you are canceling.

Charleston Pro Musica – Music of the Renaissance:  Monday, November 12nd at 8pm at the College of Charleston Simons Center for the Arts Recital Hall.  There are FREE ADVANCED tickets limited tickets available for MUSC students only in the Student Programs Office (2 per student ID).


Old Business

Library update:  I have not received any complaints in the last 2 weeks.  The next 2 weeks will be a packed house in the library.  Let us know if you have any problems.

New Business

University Honor Council:  October 25th and December 5th at noon in EL103.  Pass this along to your organizational presidents if they are not already aware of it.


Old Business

Make a Difference Day Evaluation: Thank you to everyone who participated.  We were $400 under budget.  An evaluation sheet is being passed around.

Blood Drive Evaluation:  An evaluation sheet is being passed around.  Based on the percentage of student participation within the college, COM placed 1st, COP placed 2nd, and CON placed 3rd.

Blood Drive Drawing: 2 free Winetasting tickets were drawn from COM blood drive participants.   Layne Madden won the 2 free Winetasting tickets. 

New Business

Sugar Free Fall Festival:  October 25th from 6-8pm.  There is a sign-up sheet being passed around.  More people signed up for Sugar Free Fall Festival than needed.  If you have already received 3 service hours please remove yourself from the list.

Children’s Hospital holiday dinner:  November 27th, time TBD after 5pm.  This is a holiday dinner at the Children’s Hospital for its patients and their families.  It should last about 2 hours.  It is the last opportunity for the year.  Please make sure to get your 3 hours!


New Business

Website Update:  The website has been updated with all of your worker spots and service hours.  Please check the website to see how many hours you have left to make up and let me know if there are any errors.

SGA replacement pictures:  If you have not taken your individual pictures for the SGA website, please stay after the meeting very briefly to get your photo taken! 

Intramurals:  Kevin Smuniewski

Volleyball captains meeting was held yesterday.  If you still want to play but you didn’t get a chance to go to the meeting please turn in a roster by next Wednesday at 3pm. 

College and Organizational Reports

MUSC Gives Back – Liz Sheridan:  Ho Ho Ho contest to select Santa and the 4 elves to entertain the children at the Children’s Hospital is tonight.  This is in lieu of the holiday lighting event that we are not having this year.  Joey Powell and Jake Schubert were nominated.  Joey won the contest and will be our Santa!  Sarah Baxley, Jill Hubbuch, Sara Garrett, and Ashekia Pinckney were nominated to be the elves.  Please let me know ASAP if your schedule doesn’t work out to participate in this event.

Student Programs – Kevin Smuniewski:  there is a new initiative put on by the Student Health and Wellness Committee, called Wellness Works.  This is a website that is based on the idea that wellness is more than nutrition and physical fitness.  Wellness Works includes the Center of Academic Excellence, SGA activities, and student organization activities.  Participation will be tracked and there will be a challenge to see which college is the most fit.  There is a huge trophy in the wellness center that the colleges are competing for.  The website also has a resource page to have student submitted ideas and recipes.  Please share your ideas with other students.  We will have a student broadcast message sent out next week.  You can contact me at

University wide committees         


Graduate Studies

Health Professions

International Student Association


Multicultural Student Advisory Board – Omici Uwagbai Colquitt: MUSC 101 Health Initiative will hold its first session on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am-2pm in BSB.  This is a series of lectures for the general community.  We need people to volunteer for the day of the event.  More information can be found on the website where you will also be able to register:


Comment from Jake Schubert: Regarding the blood drive, most of the CON enrollment is online so the numbers for CON students at MUSC is skewed.  We could take this into consideration for calculating percentages in the future.

Joey Powell:  Come see me by Santa on November 27th!

Pharmacy – Kathryn Holt:  Phi Lambda Sigma is having an etiquette dinner on November 15th at Rue de Jean.  The cost is $35 for a multiple course meal and a lesson on etiquette.   Contact Kathryn Holt for more information.