Wednesday, Nov. 10: 6:10 p.m.
Student government officials from Whatcom Community College were in attendance and met with AS board members before the meeting was called to order.
The board approved the charge and charter for the Student Trustee Selection Committee. They also approved the 2010 AS Legislative Agenda, which included changes from an earlier draft, one of which stating that the AS should advocate for a level of state funding equivalent to the university’s maintenance operating level established for the 2009-2011 biennium, not for the 2007-2009 biennium as stated by previous drafts of the agenda.
The board then discussed information items on the AS Election Code Review Committee charge and charter and changes to the Tactical Assessment Program, which is designed to assess and evaluate AS programs. Major proposed changes to the TAP process include changing the TAP cycle so that every AS program is assessed every four years instead of every three and also have AS programs include with their TAP reports information on efforts they have made to be inclusive and serve a diverse audience.
Student Senate Chair Lucas Bourne reported that the senate is planning a panel discussion on Dec. 2 surrounding current issues and student concerns about public safety in Bellingham, as well as controversy over the Bellingham police’s mobile booking unit, known to many as the “party bus.” AS President Colin Watrin has agreed to be a panel member, and Bourne said the senate is hoping to have representatives from local police departments and Western President Bruce Shepard speak as well.
During board member reports, Watrin recognized AS Veterans Outreach Center Coordinator Quentin Irion for his excellent work organizing the Veterans Day Ceremony that was held earlier in the day. Vice President for Business and Operations Benjamin Brockman said that university and student officials are discussing options for a new vendor that would take the Vendors’ Row spot outside of the Viking Union recently vacated by El Capitan’s.
The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.