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Student Government at The Evergreen State College

Start Now! Only 5 students spots for Committee on Future Alumni

Do you want to:

Ø Steer the work of Evergreen’s Alumni Programs as it pertains to engagement of future alumni?
Ø Define and develop opportunities for future alumni within the Associated Alumni and Friends of Evergreen
Ø Explore and scope opportunities for students to connect with alumni in meaningful ways through networking, mentoring and learning programs, including by enhancing existing programs and creating new programs


There’s a new student committee, and it’s accepting applications from students to lead this new effort. Don’t wait to graduate before starting your alumni experience. Start Now.

5 Students – Appointed by the GSU on April 8th and April 15th
Meet monthly, work collaboratively, steer the work of the administration to serve YOU, future alumni!

Pick up an application in the GSU office (Student Activities, CAB building) and the Office of College Advancement (3rd floor of the library).

Deadline: Monday, April 6th at 5:00pm

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2015 Winter Ballot Results

We would like to thank every single student who took the time to vote and contributed to this truly outstanding turnout. Let’s bring the same energy to the Spring ballot where we will have the opportunity to elect next year’s GSU representatives and Real Food Challenge officers!

2015 Winter Student Ballot Results


Olympia Campus

Total Participation: 1594 out of 3781 Eligible

CRC Fee Vote
No: 1086
Yes: 485
Abstention: 23

WashPIRG Fee Vote
No: 461
Yes: 1060
Abstention: 73

GSU Fee Advisory Vote
No: 428
Yes: 1038
Abstention: 128

GSU Constitutional Amendment Vote
No: 206
Yes: 1190
Abstention: 198


Non-Olympia Campus (Tacoma, Reservation Based, Gray’s Harbor)

Total Participation: 98 out of 315 Eligible

WashPIRG Fee Vote
No: 20
Yes: 78
Abstention: 0

GSU Fee Advisory Vote
No: 21
Yes: 76
Abstention: 1

GSU Constitutional Amendment Vote
No: 12
Yes: 83
Abstention: 3

Ballot Items for Reference:

WashPIRG Fee Vote:

“WashPIRG (Washington Student Public Interest Research Group) is a statewide, non-partisan non-profit organization, which does research, education, service, and action on environmental, consumer, higher education, and hunger relief issues. WashPIRG chapters across the state pool resources and hire a staff of professionals to work with students on issues that concern us as citizens. WashPIRG is overseen by a student Board of Directors.

Do you support the continuation of a WashPIRG chapter at The Evergreen State College through a $8 per student, per term waive-able fee? Any student choosing not to support WashPIRG may waive the fee.”

CRC Fee Vote:

“Evergreen’s recreation center is an aging and outdated facility that fails to meet current and prospective student needs and interests. The new Health, Wellness, and Recreation Center will include:

· Co-located health and counseling services with the recreation center.
· Expanded space for health and counseling services from 7000 square feet in Seminar I to 9000 square feet integrated with the renovated recreation center.
· Gender-inclusive locker rooms and restrooms.
· Energy-efficient infrastructure with natural ventilation, sustainable equipment and practices, and increased daylight
· Completely renovated structure between the gym and pool that provides spaces that are physically and emotionally safer and more affirming for all students.
· Flexible programming options, such as the covered recreation area next to the building (“play shed”) and the fully day-lighted workout terrace, climbing wall, and multipurpose rooms.
· Improved navigation of the facility inside and out – it will no longer be an obstacle to walk around, but will become a central connection with all of campus.
· Added access between Housing and the CAB – it will become a central connection between lower and upper parts of the campus.
· Informal and “hangout” spaces such as an updated game room.
· A wellness garden that connects the CAB to health and counseling.
· Significantly decreased maintenance costs.
· More information and images for the entire project are available atwww.gogeoducks.com/wellnessrecreation

The main structure is about 40 years old and has been slotted as a capital renovation project since at least 2001. However, the legislature has placed non-academic facility renovations as a very low priority and funding from the state is severely limited, thus the need for student participation in the project.

The CRC Modernization Steering Committee has been working with architects and consultants to determine student aspirations for improved programming and a renovated facility, with two surveys of the student body (Spring and Fall 2014) and multiple focus groups informing all aspects of the predesign. Student involvement and decision-making will continue to be a key feature of this project past this initial stage, as there will always be changes in the transition from predesign to design and build.
A Renovation Steering Committee will be established with more than half of the official positions designated for students. This Committee is charged with advising on the management of the project and ensuring that committees associated with the project have more than half of the official positions designated for students (e.g., for a 15-member committee, at least eight members will be students). The process for selecting students to serve on committees will follow the standard process of being appointed by GSU.

Student input will continue to drive decision-making throughout the design and construction stages over the next two to three years, and students’ voices have already played a deciding role with the various elements: For example, based on results from the Fall survey, students were clear that they did not want to fund a synthetic turf field or a saline pool with the fee increase, so those items were removed and will be considered outside of the scope of this project. Additionally, the decision to include the “play shed” and to collocate health and counseling with the new recreation facility was based on the Spring survey results and student focus groups.

The preliminary design concepts inform the proposal of a $10/credit hour fee for Olympia campus students, which for a typical 16-credit program would be $160 per quarter. The result will be an integrated facility combining health, counseling, and recreation services; programming, space, equipment, and infrastructure upgrades adaptable for future student needs; and attention to nearby outdoor spaces and building access. Fee collection will begin Fall 2015, with the planned funding model resulting in a 20-year-period of fee collection. And for those alumni who pay the student fee but do not have an opportunity to use the new facility, they will receive a transferable lifetime membership.

In addition, the College will seek state funding for further addressing upgrades to basic building systems and infrastructure, and private fundraising from donors and businesses will be pursued to support the sustainability of the new facility’s operations.

For your reference, the work informing the improvements, fee development, and preliminary design concepts may be found atwww.gogeoducks.com/wellnessrecreation.

Do you support the proposal of a $10 per credit hour student fee, which for a typical 16-credit program would be $160 per quarter, to fund the CRC renovation to create a modern Health, Wellness, and Recreation facility? _ Yes _ No”

GSU Fee ADVISORY Vote:

“The Gwideq Student Union (GSU), the student government of The Evergreen State College, currently operates on funding awarded by the S&A Board. The equivalent each student pays the GSU for its operation is (as of Winter Quarter 2015) approximately $2.90/quarter. Currently, the GSU is restricted by the S&A Board on what their current funding can be spent on.

Would you support the GSU establishing an independent, opt-out student fee for the GSU’s operations, managed by its Representatives? This vote is an advisory vote and no fees will be instituted as a result.”

GSU Constitutional Amendment Vote:

“Do you support the following amendment to the GSU Constitution on the number of Representatives in the Union?

Article V will be amended to read: 17 representative seats will be reserved for undergraduate students from the Olympia campus. Two representative seats are reserved for students from the Tacoma Program, one seat is reserved for students from the Grays Harbor program, and one seat is reserved for students from the Reservation-Based Campuses. The second seat of the Tacoma Program will be reserved for a Fall Election, modeled after the Fall Election held on the Olympia campus. All non-Olympia representatives, with the exception of Tacoma’s second representative, must be elected by Week Nine (9) of Spring Quarter. Two representative seats will be reserved for first year students, and two representative seats will be reserved for transfer students who wish to join in winter quarter. Elections for both will be held by referendum Week Eight (8) of Fall Quarter”.”

Bridges Selected as Evergreen’s New President

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Bridges Selected as Evergreen’s New President

“To Our Students, Faculty and Staff:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the board of trustees of The Evergreen State College voted today to name George Bridges, PhD, as the college’s next president.

Selected from a field of nearly 100 candidates, George has been president of Whitman College, a nationally recognized private liberal arts college in Walla Walla, for the past decade. He previously served as dean and vice provost of undergraduate education at the University of Washington. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, Sociology, and MA, Criminology) and from the University of Washington (BA, Sociology).

As we learned through the search process, George is an exceptional leader with deep experience at public and private institutions, large and small. It was clear from our interviews and campus forums, and from speaking with his professional colleagues, that George will be a strong and effective advocate for Evergreen and its bold approach to interdisciplinary teaching and learning. We’re extremely pleased to have him as our next president.

Evergreen’s presidential search process was informed by a search committee that included faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and representatives of the wider community. I would like to thank each and every person that served on this hard working committee, including: Sarah Pedersen (chair), Gerry Alexander, Kandi Bauman, Kelly Brown, Craig Chance, Kathleen Eamon, Fred Goldberg, Richard McGrue, Donald Morisato, David Nicandri, Susan Opprecht, Andrew Pawlicki-Sinclair, Gilda Sheppard, Lynda Weinman, James Wigfall, and John Carmichael (DTF liaison to the board).

I would also like to thank the students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public who attended the forums for each candidate and offered feedback to the trustees and committee members.

Our new president’s official start date is October 1, but he will be on campus for several events this summer and fall, including fall convocation.

I know I speak on behalf of the trustees, the search committee and the campus community when I say we are thrilled to welcome George Bridges to Evergreen.

Sincerely,
Keith Kessler
Chair
The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees”

Meeting Minutes 02.11.2015

Absent: Raven, Anne, Miriam, Linkon, Alex

02.11.2015

 

Chair: Mac

Public Comments:

Tom- The GSU is invited to a dinner with congressional members on February 23rd.

Tom would also like clarification on when the ballot is no longer touchable. He would like to give the election commissioners enough time to upload the ballot. The GSU will  discuss this matter when the ballot language will be finalized later in the meeting.

Approve Minutes: Approved

 

Approve Agenda/New Business

 

Check In’s

 

Nick: start initiative to amend the constitution where every motion or proposed vote would be decided by the whole student body.

 

Major changes of the GSU must go through the Attorney General.

Tom advised the GSU that this amendment would not have to go through the Attorney General.

 

Fliers, advertisements for civic engagement are ready to be posted

 

Nick will be filming the video at 3:30

 

Evelyn is working on inviting two state senators for week 8. This is in regard of a senate bill that will address SV on college campuses.

 

Approve Agenda: Approve

 

Tacoma Representative Bill

 

conversation from Tacoma meeting

 

The Tacoma program only consists of junior and senior students.

 

Some GSU members suggested in in saving one seat for the fall election, and allow a junior to come into office. Then, the other seat would be elected in the spring election.

 

Moved to amend the constitution amendment proposal to say to highly recommend  junior tacoma students to run in the fall election.

 

Tom mentioned that  three years ago, there were 4 Tacoma representatives on the GSU. There was only one Tacoma representative this year, because only one student ran.

 

The GSU observed that they need to advertise and do more outreach to the Tacoma/Reservation representative positions.

 

It there are two official seats in Tacoma and Reservation based programs, then students will have two votes in fall and spring elections.

 

All non-olympia students must be elected by week 9 of spring quarter.

The GSU can sky  with non-olympia representatives. However, past GSU has had a difficult time skyping with other members.

 

Amend Proposal Referendum Questions

All non-olympia representatives must be elected.

Proposed Change to the GSU Bylaws:

 

Section 1: A new article, Article 4: Amendments to the Constitution, be added to the New Election & Voting Policy.

 

Section 2: The aforementioned article shall read: All proposed Amendments to the Constitution must be approved for the Winter Ballot by Week Five (5) of Winter Quarter, and all language must be finalized by Week Six (6) of Winter Quarter.

 

Both sections have been motioned by the GSU.

 

The GSU moved to finalized the language of ballot by week 7 to turn into the election commissioner. It was motioned.

 

Move to amend our bylaws as written: motioned

 

Move to amend for the GSU to chose the order of initiatives of the ballot by week 7.

 

Move to amend the proposed constitution amendment, regarding the extra non-olympia representatives to say that the second Tacoma and Grayse Harbor seats will be saved for the fall elections, preferably to junior students (nominated)

 

Matt Newman: what is the practical implication of this motion?

This motion will offer clarity in fall election for future GSU groups and promote non-olympia GSU seats.

Future Project:  clarifying the New Elections and Policy (next week)

 

Finalized Ballot Language

 

Molly wrote the ballot language for the WashPIRG fee: approved

 

CRC Ballot LAnguage: approved

 

Tacoma Rep Language: approved

 

Advisory Question: moved to table until next week

 

Tyler moved to approve the advisory question as it stands.

 

Tom would like a clarification on why the GSU feels like they feel restricted by the budget of S&A.

 

motion to add “define what an advisory vote is.” (motioned)

 

Motion to move the question to the top of the page.

 

Proposed Referendum Questions, Winter 2015

  1. Do you support the following amendment to the GSU Constitution on the number of Representatives in the Union?

 

Article V willbe amended to read: 17 representative seats will be reserved for undergraduate students from the Olympia campus. Two representative seats are reserved for students from the Tacoma Program, one seat is reserved for students from the Grays Harbor program, and one seat is reserved for students from the Reservation-Based Campuses. The second seat of the Tacoma Program will be reserved for a Fall Election, modeled after the Fall Election held on the Olympia campus. All non-Olympia representatives must be elected by Week Nine (9) of Spring Quarter. . Two representative seats will be reserved for first year students, and two representative seats will be reserved for transfer students who wish to join in winter quarter. Elections for both will be held by referendum Week Eight (8) of Fall Quarter.

 

2.       The Gwideq Student Union (GSU), the student government of The Evergreen State College, currently operates on funding awarded by the S&A Board. The equivalent each student pays the GSU for its operation is (as of Winter Quarter 2015) approximately $2.90/quarter. Currently, the GSU is restricted by the S&A Board on what their current  funding can be spent on.

 

Would you support the GSU establishing an independent, opt-out student fee for the GSU’s operations, managed by its Representatives?

Matt Newman suggested to post the question and then the information following for each ballot initiative.

 

Motion to approve the CRC language as it is (approve)

 

Nick’s CPJ Article

 

The article can be viewed by the public on thursday.

 

Editorial by Nick

 

Talk to Nick if you have any opinions regarding this article.

 

At the meeting, a few GSU members expressed frustration on how the GSU was viewed in this article.

 

There was a debate on that fact that some GSU members work tirelessly and would like to have a stipend that would reflect hard-work.

Meeting Minutes 02.04.2015

Absent: Petal,Miriam,

2/04/2015

Chair: Anne Belson

  • Public Comments:

    Water Watch in Olympia Victoria Field

  • National Non-profit

  • She would like to get in touch in Sarah and GSU members regarding lobbying training next week

  • Water Watch is promoting the stop of over use of antibiotics in factory farms.

  • The 2013 Center for disease control reported that people were contracting anti-biotic resistant diseases.

  • Water watch is supporting city resolutions, federal legislation that support this issue.

  • There is a preservations and anti-biotic in medical treatment act that is being developed in the legislative.

  • Seattle has already passed the resolution

  • The GSU endorsed this matter.

     Concerns with WashPIRG-Branden Ebert

  • Renewal for the WashPRIG conflict

  • questioned why there is a WashPRIG member on the GSU

  • There was a concern of conflict of interest between WashPRIG and GSU.
  •  The GSU specified that any student can run for the GSU and that there is no rule against students who are apart of certain organizations.
  • Molly turned in 508 signatures to the GSU. WashPIRG will be placed on the winter ballot.

    Approve Minutes: Approved

    Approve Agenda: Approved

  • In the future, a section dedicated to listing student suggestion will be added to the agenda.

  • Student suggestions will be placed in the GSU office.

Tacoma Check-In-Tacoma

  • Tacoma S&A approved the funds

  • Create time to allow for public comments and speak to the Tacoma S&A board on Tuesday.

    Attitudes and Tensions within the GSU

  • GSU member expressed being uncomfortable on monday’s meeting and on face book

  • Some of the GSU acknowledge that the tension within the GSU has set a personal tole on GSU members.

  • GSU members will focus on using the face book group with a more professional tone.

    Discussion of Student Education Investment Initiative and Vote

  • Nick Wooten is willing to organize a petition for the Student Education Investment Initiative fee.

  • There will be 14 weeks to work with other collaborators to further develop the initiative.

  • Nick Wooten would still like to hear from the GSU in regards of the student vote conflict within the administration.

  • GSU members expressed if the CRC will be on ballot, then the initiative should also be listed.

  • Nick Wooten proposed to collect signatures until the spring and placed it on the ballot on next year.

  • The GSU motioned that if enough signatures were obtained by spring quarter, then the initiative will be placed on next year’s winter ballot.

    Tacoma/Gray’s Harbor/Reservation-Based Representation Amendment

  • Tyler wrote a draft that described the addition of GSU positions to Tacoma and Reservation positions.

  • It would cut down first-year students positions.

  • Some members mentioned the need advertise graduate student positions for the GSU.

  •  A member suggested to have elections ending at the end of week 9. Therefore, entire group could review votes.

  •  If specially reserved seats for non-olympia campus seats are unfilled, then one seat from each non-olympia campus can be filled by a olympia-campus student.

  •  Another member proposed to reserved the level of GSU members steady and add extra non-olympia positions.

  • A GSU member motioned to amend the bill that would add 1 reservation to Gray’s harbor programs, tacoma campus, and two reserve seats to be voted for in fall term for transfer students to the olympia campus. (nominated)

    CRC Renovation Initiative and Vote

  • A few GSU members spoke with students, and they seemed to be hesitant to vote for the renovation.

  •  Other members debated that it be up to the student body to decide.

  • There was motion to vote for the CRC Renovation Initiative to be placed onto 2015winter ballot (nominated)

  • Vote Breakdown

12 passed

3 no

1 abstained

Information in the proposal will be public to the student body.

GSU Finalization Fee-Tyler

  • The GSU is the student government and represents all students.

  • Many member expressed that there has not been enough student outreach.

  • Would you support?and hy?engage how students feel about this fee.

  • The fee would allow the GSU to be a financially independent governing body.

  • There are differencing opinions on opt-out fees

  • There was a discussion that if the fee was approved by the student body, then it would be a permanent fee without an opt-out option.

  • It is poor time as it might conflict with the other suggested fees (CRC, Student Education Investment Fee).

  • Motion to table the vote of the fee to the spring quarter vote (does not pass)

  • Move to vote to add the amended advisory vote to the winter ballot 2015 (pass)

 

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