October 22 1996 General Council Minutes
Residence Hall Student Association
rhsaweb at u.washington.edu
Sat Feb 22 15:39:27 PST 1997
22 October 1996
RHSA General Council Meeting Minutes
Troy Hill, Dawn Mott, Matt Kaser, Vance Neill, Mike Davis, Beckett Senter,
Jon Sternoff, Trista Charlton, Ishan Khosla, Amy Miller, Michael
Gustafson, Brent Plump, Steve Kincade, Courtney Casio, Steve Racine, Matt
Winkelman, Duc Le, Holly Thiel, Deanna Halsrud, Dale Lee, Amy German,
The meeting was called to order by Matt Kaser, RHSA President, at 3:35 pm
A general welcome was made that invited all attendees to introduce
themselves, their involvement in RHSA, and their favorite type of cheese.
Guest Speaker Kelly Boyer attended the meeting, gave a brief introduction
into the function of Housing and Food Services and its relationship with
the Residence Hall Student Association. She then opened the floor to
entertain general questions that the attendees had about either her job or
Housing and Food Services in general.
The meeting proceeded with officer reports:
Matt Kaser announced:
The overall structure of the General Council meetings by briefly outlining
the agenda and the nature of each category.
Each of the individual Hall Councils should register with the Student
Activities Office as soon as possible. By registering with the SAO, the
organizations and groups are able to receive support from the ASUW,
whether it be financial or inquisitive in nature.
The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Awareness Program, a week of
education, prevention, and communication, will begin on Sunday, November
3, and last until Thursday, November 7. A detailed list of featured
events will be appended to these minutes.
Also encouraged anyone interested to check out the new RHSA website on the
World Wide Web listed under http://weber.u.washington.edu/~rhsaweb.
Troy Hill announced:
He was still looking for members to join the various committees mentioned
in the minutes from 10/15, (Constitution and Bylaws, Resident's Rights,
Community Development, Cuisine Action Committee,
This week is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, (10/20-26/96),
and CASA will have a display on the HUB lawn, (wrecked car), and in the
HUB Art Gallery. In the Art Gallery will be a display of last year's
winning entry in a graphic design competition sponsored by Budweiser
promoting the virtues of responsibility with alcohol. Applications for
competition in this contest for the upcoming year will be available at the
HUB near the display. The grand prize has traditionally been $10,000.
Dawn Mott had no announcements.
Deanna Halsrud had no announcements.
After taking an account of the attendees, Matt Kaser assessed that quorum
was reached. Duc then proceeded to review the pending proposals submitted
for review by the RHSA General Council.
Duc Le announced:
Proposal for $250 to subsidize the Hansee Hall Haunted House, to take
place on October 31. The project is geared towards providing a safe and
exciting Halloween experience for children in the area. The expected
attendance is projected at about 300. Hansee Hall Council passed $400 of
their own funds for the project. The contact person for the event is
Michael Davis, who encouraged any interested in volunteering to e-mailing
him at drmike at u.washington.edu or to stop by at McKee 325. Proposal was
passed: Yes 15, No 0, Abstaining 3.
Retroactive Proposal asking for $100 to subsidize the Homecoming
Advertisements. The overall cost for the publicity for Homecoming was
noted at being $731.50. Presented by Mike Gustafson. Proposal was
passed: Yes 13, No 0, Abstaining 2.
Retroactive Proposal from McMahon Hall asking to $250 to subsidize the
Women's Self Defense Workshop in currently in progress. Presented by
Sherry Steinway, she noted that in the past the workshop has always been
very successful and well attended. The program, geared exclusively
towards residence hall students, enhanced student awareness and safety by
encouraging prevention rather than aggression. Proposal was passed: Yes
11, No 0, Abstaining 7.
Proposal was submitted for $200 to fund Dawn Mott to attend the PACURH
conference. Dawn gave a brief overview of her position as the National
Communications Coordinator, entailing her responsibility to represent the
University of Washington at this regional conference. At PACURH, she
expects to discuss issues concerning the Residence Halls. It was also
noted that the money was not allocated by the RHSA Executive Board, (which
it has the ability to do), but was brought before the General Council
meeting for appraisal. In addition, Dawn mentioned that the reason
for the amount she was requesting was a full full subsidy so that funds
raised explicitly for conference subsidies would be preserved for
individuals selected to attend the conferences as delegates. Proposal
passed: Yes 14, No 0, Abstaining 4.
Six proposals at $50 each, brought to the table collectively. All are
from the selected PACURH delegates who are asking for a subsidy in the
costs to attend the conference. The cost breakdown is estimated at $50
from RHSA, $50 from the delegate's home Hall Council, and $100 from the
PACURH fund-raising monies. Delegates included: Dawn Mott, Suzanne Ives,
Kristen Harrell, J Brent Plump, Raam Rajagopal, and Matt Kaser. This
experience is expected to enhance programming and leadership development
within the residence halls. An amendment was made to the original
proposal stating that each delegate either present a program to their
floor, (as a resident advisor), or to the General Council about their
experiences at PACURH. Amendment passes: Yes 12, No 1, Abstaining 2.
With the amendment, the proposal passes: Yes 13, No 0, Abstaining 1.
Due to lack of quorum at this stage in the meeting, the remaining
proposals were tabled until the next General Council meeting.
Duc asked that each Hall Council take a vote of support for the $500.00
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness proposal, to take a hand
count in favor, opposing, and abstaining, and to report the results at the
October 29 General Council meeting.
Sherry Steinway announced:
Pack Forest is pretty much sold out, with the exception of two male
slots available. Anyone interested in attending should contact Sherry
Steinway at 616-1386.
ASUW Liaison Report:
Amy Miller and Michael Gustafson from the ASUW Board of Control announced
their eagerness to support RHSA and of her desire to attend the Hall
Mike Gustafson announced that the next ASUW board meeting will be on
October 31. The ASUW will dress up for the meeting, it being Halloween.
All are encouraged to attend this festive meeting.
Student HANDS, (Halls Addressing the Needs of a Deserving Society), is
seeking members to begin the academic year. Their first meeting is to be
on November 5 at 7:30 pm in Haggett Southeast Dining to make the cards for
the Giving Tree, approximately 1,250. The Giving Tree is an annual
project designed to provide Christmas enchantment for economically
disadvantaged individuals in the community. A card is made outlining the
"Christmas Wish" of the individual in need, and a resident takes the card,
purchases the gift, and the "wish" is realized. After the card-making
project is finished, a pizza feed will be provided for those in
attendance. Also, applications for officers in Student HANDS will be made
available at the November 5th meeting, to be due on Friday, November 8.
Hall Council representatives are needed to be a part of the selection
committee for these applicants in interview and review. If interested,
please call the RHSA office at 543-5271.
Meeting was adjourned at 5:04 pm.
* * *
Jeannie Natta offered a detailed description of the Sexual Assault and
Relationship Violence Awareness program coming in November at the RHSA
meeting on 10/15. A replication of that account has been appended here:
A proposal to help fund the program has been submitted to RHSA for $500.
Highlighted in the program is its guest speaker, Jean Kilbourne, an
international media critic who challenges popular conceptions of beauty
and the advertised images of women within society. Some of her most
widely recognized works are "Killing Us Softly" and "Still Killing Us
Softly", (on reserve in the Odegaard media center and in the basement of
Kane Hall). Extensive work has been done to bring this prominent speaker
here to the University of Washington campus and is expected to especially
benefit residence hall students, who are traditionally better able to
attend evening programs on campus. Jeannie also mentioned that other
organizations have provided support for the program, including the
Department of Housing and Food Services, the Panhellenic Council and ASUW.
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Awareness Week
Sunday, November 3
7:30 pm at the Ethnic Cultural Center
She Speaks: Women of Color Speak Out about Sexual Assault and Relationship
Violence: A dramatic presentation and discussion.
Monday, November 4
6:30 pm in Haggett Grey Lounge
Info Game Show: An informative Family Feud style game show hosted by the
Student Counseling Center, SARIS, and Haggett Hall, (refreshments will be
Tuesday, November 5
7:00 pm in the Stevens Court Community Center
"Love Shouldn't Hurt: How to recognize the signs of an abusive
Wednesday, November 6
8:00 pm at Kane Hall, room 130
Dr. Jean Kilbourne, International Media Critic presents "The Naked Truth:
Advertising's Image of Women"
Thursday, November 7
7:30 pm at the Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre
($5.00 per student; $8.00 general admission)
Chain: A play by Pearl Cleage addressing the issues of drug addiction and
abuse in relationships
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