Minutes 12-8

Present: Bradley Nelson, Daniel Hengel, Danny Dupont, Catherine Engh, Elissa Myers

Introductions and Committee Reports

-not many folks at this meeting and not much going on with committees late in the semester, so there were no reports.

We’re looking for more volunteers to a. Bring food (dessert, pita chips, soda) and b. help us set up/clean up during revels tomorrow afternoon.

Our plan to procure alcohol has failed. There will be some booze at revels. 3 leftover cases of beer from last year and 3 which we purchased ($115) before knowing we have no way of getting reimbursed. We will solicit money from people at the party with the hopes of being paid back, but are hesitant to spend any more money, not knowing how much we will make back.  So we encourage all to bring a bottle of wine and/or to donate some cash to Catherine and Elissa!


We will vote via a google form on how to spend the budget surplus that we will have because we cannot spend money ($500) on alcohol. There will be two options:

  1. We donate to a good cause in the wake of this election, dividing the surplus evenly between the three charities listed below, all which were approved or suggested in the Nov conversation about this. (Make the Road, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the ACLU)
  2. We spend the money on travel grants to be distributed to students on a first come first served basis. If we want to do this, do we give out 8 grants of $50 or 4 grants of $100, or some other amount?

Update: Google form was sent out, and travel grants won. There was a form sent out to apply, and they have now been awarded.

-One qualifies for grants by not being given money from CUNY for travel.

Discussion of our changing funding situation: Since we can’t spend money on booze anymore, we really have to change how we think about the money we get and what we do with it–not just this semester, but going forward as well.

Discussion of using money for social functions

Discussion of using money to fund speakers for talks

Discussion of having a social coordinator position on the ESA

So far, it seems like people are most in favor of using as much extra money as we have for travel grants, since that is the way the Google form vote ended up.


To do:

Decorate the lounge for the party! Put up lights!