MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING OF
THE YALE POLITICAL UNION
19th September 2010
The Executive Board meeting of the Yale Political Union held on Sunday 19th September 2010 was called to order at 3:33 pm in the YPU Office, with the President, Mr. Conor Crawford, presiding.
PRESENT (absences indicated in italics):
President, Mr. Conor Crawford (Pres)
Vice President, Mr. Logan Mohs (VP)
Speaker, Mr. Adam Stempel (Speaker)
Director of Campus Relations, Miss Sandy Zhu (DCR)
Director of Development, Mr. Joseph Charlet (DD)
Treasurer, Mr. Yang Li (Treas)
Director of Campus Relations, Miss Sandy Zhu (DCR)
Chair of the Liberal Party, Miss Stephanie Seller (CLP)
Chair of the Party of the Left, Mr. Dominick Lawton (CPL)
Chairman of the Progressive Party, Mr. Jordon Walker (CPP)
Chair of the Independent Party, Miss Shannon Connors (CIP)
Chairman of the Conservative Party, Mr. Kyle Rusciano(CCP)
Chairman of the Tory Party, Mr. Cyprien Sarteau (CTP)
Chairman of the Party of the Right, Miss Camila YaDeau (CPR)
Floorleader of the Left, Mr. Ryan Pollock(FLL)
Floorleader of the Right, Mr. Nick Geiser (FLR)
Secretary of the YPU, Mr. Cameron Rotblat
Mr. Jeremy Weltmer
Pres thanks those that went to the “ice cream BBQ” and he reports a good freshman turnout.
Speaker discusses the debate with Astrue. He says that the guest was more interesting at dinner than in his speech. He says Astrue’s speech was what he had expected. He says that because it was a Monday debate there was not enough time to get interested speakers. He notes that the debate was a little short on energy and prepared speeches. He says it should not happen again, but was not a huge disaster. Speaker says he saw “very very few freshmen in audience” and he “encourages chairs to encourage freshmen to come to Union.”
CPL says, “Not to suggest Social Security is not interesting, but I would not have come as a freshman.”
Pres feels that energy could have been better from guest, but that it was a quality debate. He says maybe it could have been longer
Speaker says “Freshman Prize, as of now 39 people signed up.”
VP says “40.”
Speaker says “Yes, 40.” He says that the number is lower than usual and he asks chairmen to “please encourage freshmen to speak, as they have nothing to lose.”
Pres discusses the time frame of the debate. He says he was expecting to start at 6:30 for 60 speeches. He says for 40 speeches, it would be possible to do 7 to 11. He notes that the Union has to be out of the room by midnight. He says start will be at 6:30 or 7:00. He asks for suggestion about start time.
CCP ask about start times in the past.
Speaker says “6:00 or 6:30.”
CCP say he would prefer to start earlier.
Speaker says that he will say 6:30 in the email.
CPR asks about the rubric used for judging.
Pres says that the remodeled rubric from last year’s Gardner White will be used.
VP discusses the guest opening on Sept 28th. He says he has sent out emails and made some calls. He has heard back from two people. He says he has not contacted any Yale professors other than big names, such as Zedillo. He says he will wait for Monday and on Monday evening he will start contacting other professors and think tanks.
Pres says Alvin Ellensburg who is teaching the Christopher Buckley class would be happy to speak. He says that “bring ROTC back to campus could be a topic.
Speaker says the most promising student debate would be “Wikileaks should not have published classified documents.” He notes that is a relevant issue that the Union does not often cover. He argues that the topic could maintain a student debate.
DD says he likes the topic. He says that Professor Zittrain from Harvard regularly talks on Internet issues.
CPP says the resolution be broader and not just on Wikileaks.
Speaker says a topic would not be moved this week. He says he likes having Wikileaks in the resolution as it has been in the news.
Pres says he is still having issues with Wolfson, who is insisting that “freedom to marry” be in the resolution. He says he likes the idea of putting both on a conference call to sort it out. Pres says that the phrase “Freedom to marry” is incendiary and unnecessary.
Speaker asks, “how opposed would you be to ‘same sex couples should have the freedom to marry?’ He asks that people raise their hand if they are okay with it.
No hands are raised.
Pres says that Maggie Gallagher “does not want to debate that either.”
Pres asks about the room for the Aaron Brown debate.
VP says there is not a room yet. He says he has a choice of two rooms for Gallagher-Wolfson, Sudler or Davies. He says he will cancel the Davies reservation. He asks if there is a strong desire for SSS over Sudler.
Pres says he likes Sudler.
VP says he will put in a reservation for Sudler.
Pres notes that Eboard and Mr. Brown agreed to “Resolved: cancel cable news.”
Pres says that he is now finalizing the HUS debate and the Senator Kerry debate. He says the HUS debate will be on Tuesday Oct 19th. He says Rescomm had list of five resolutions that were sent to Pasquale. He has Pasquale supports debating “This house believes the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ should not be built” in order to encourage turnout. Pres says that one group would be on the positive and one the on negative. He says there might be a problem if everyone is in favor of building.
CPR says it was very fun when her party debated “build the mosque.” She says “there a lot of ground there.”
VP says there was enough bad press from Mearsheimer and that the Union could brush it off.
Pres says he will press to be the affirmative, but says he thinks it should be okay for PR if on negative. He explains the format as four versus four with a “aff, neg, aff, neg,” flow. He says it is food to strengthen the relationship with HUS and says it could be a fun social trip.
Pres ask if there are any objections to a “Ground Zero Mosque” debate. He also asks party chairs to contact him with names of people who really want to speak.
Speaker says that last time the debate was shortly after the Gardner White debate and the Union took the top three. He suggests that Eboard confirm the resolution first and then nominate one from each party.
Pres says it seems that Eboard is in favor of “This house believes the ground zero mosque should not be built” with the YPU requesting the negative.
VP lists the other considered topics A) “Home school your children. B) Join the ICJ. C) Political leaders should be moral leaders. D) Establish a national language. E) Wiki leaks.
DD notes that last time there were friendly jabs between sides.
Speaker attempting a funny jab says “I will build your Ground Zero Mosque.”
Pres says there were issues at thee dinner. He says the price was around $35 per person, which he sees as being very trying on student budgets. He asks about the view on an acceptable price for dinner. He says he will march there to talk them down.
Treas says he prefers going to “$8 a head at Prime 16.” He asks about how amenable Mory’s would be to that price.
Pres asks for a split on favored dinner location
Prime 16- 9
Speaker says the atmosphere at Mory’s is much better for dinner with guest, as it is much quieter and has private rooms. He says that if price were not an issue he would prefer Mory’s. He notes that at Mory’s it is $25 for a dinner entrée , but their lunch prices are similar to Prime 16.
CTP asks about what type of food was ordered. He says that he is organizing a banquet there for $26 per person.
VP says the menu was steak, chicken, and fish. He says chicken was around $26.
Pres says “the service fee was the kicker.”
CLP says her party has a lot of vegetarians. She suggests experimenting with different locations. She says “Zoroka is good.”
Pres notes that currently Mory’s is having maintenance on Tuesdays. He says he can probably talk them down. He asks if everyone okay if he tries to get Mory’s to offer a lunch menu.
Treas says that he has budgeted to have John Kerry at Mory’s with subsidies slightly above $8 and subsidies of $8 for the rest of the guest.
Pres notes that the Union was planning to have coalition mixers this Friday, but several chairs are planning toasting sessions.
CIP questions the point of coalition mixers. She references the “awkward one at Bulldogs Days.”
Pres presents them as a kind off end to the freshmen events. He explains the mixers as “a general get to know the Union kind of deal.”
Split on having a mixer
CPR asks about the time of day.
Pres says “evening.”
CLP asks if there will be alcohol or pizza or both.
Pres says “likely alcohol,” but notes the Social Secretary is not here.
Treas notes a social budget of $150 and that $60 of that was spent on ice cream.
VP says “that is not enough.”
Pres says it will “just be pizza then.” He says he will get in touch the Social Secretary.
DD notes there are two options for the Mory’s alumni function. He says that every party could have a room with a toasting. He says the other possibility is a YPU wide event in bar downstairs.
CPR says if there is a cup in room there cannot be anyone under 21 in the room.
CIP, CCP, CLP all shake their heads in disagreement.
CTP says “that was not my experience.”
DD says that in regard to the externship, the alumni board has given him a couple names. He says he “hope to get this off the ground.”
Pres asks about the possibility date for the Mory’s event.
DD sasys “Oct 23rd.”
CIP says “that would be parents week.”
CPR says “our orgy is the weekend before that.”
CLP says “the Lib NYC trip is on Oct 29th.”
CTP says his party’s semesterly banquet is on Oct 9th.
Pres tells party chairs to email DD with “conflicts, alumni events, and such.”
Speaker says as a former DD he says it sound good if there were lots of advance notice. He asks about the expected attendance.
DD says that the alumni board said at least 30. He says he is thinking upwards of 60 or 70.
Speaker says that the idea could be successful, but the DD might need more time.
Pres says Eboard has been remarkably efficient. He notes that Rescomm has gotten to November debates. He says it is time to debate long-term issues. He says that given lots of cool debates, the issue is now how to get visibility on campus beyond the regular actions of DCR.
CPL asks about progress with WYBC.
DCR says she want to get freshmen to volunteer to be press secretary. She notes that the radio “just opened” and that the secretaries would need to be trained.
CPP says “Carl Chen is kind of busy with some women thing.”
DD says he thought the only training session already happened.
DCR says WYBC would offer a short special one for the secretaries.
Pres feels that quick training is “important because of the Kerry debate.”
CPP suggest setting up a table near commons during lunch. He says people would take notice, especially with handouts.
Pres discusses his idea for a long-term consistent room. He says he has emailed dean Gentry, but he has yet to get back to him. He asks about the best room for Union debates, and suggests as choices, SSS 114, LC 101, LC 102, and Sudler.
CPR ask if it is just to make the VP’s job easier.
Pres says it would make the VP’s job easier and would also allow people to know where the YPU is every week.
CIP say that if the room has to change it for big guest, it sort of defeats the purpose.
DCR says she likes the idea of having different rooms for different guest.
VP says while reserving rooms there is only a negligible different between LC 102 and Sudler Hall. He says the difference is 30 seats, 170 v. 205. He asks if there is a regular first choice.
Speaker says that LC is prettier, has more space, and has more standing room.
Pres says his final point to discuss is a summit of political groups. He says he told the College Democrats and YHHAP that they should contact individual parties about voter registration drives.
VP says that Rescom discussed Lawrry Lessig as a guest for the 28th. He says if Lessig can do it he’d like to have a resolution to propose. He welcomes feedback. He suggests “Let the internet regulate it self,” “Copyright laws are too strict,” “Intellectual property should not be used for profit,” and “Information should be free.”
CPL says he likes “intellectual property should not be used for profit.”
Speaker says he agrees that intellectual property is a hot topic. He asks for suggestions.
DCR asks if Yale Students for Free Culture would be involved.
VP says “I am in it.”
DCR asks about co-sponsorship.
Pres says the first priority is a guest and that the date is coming fast.
DD asks about subsidized tickets to NYC for HUS debate.
Treas say the money is not in the budget. He asks about past policy on the issue.
Speaker says it was not subsidized.
VP moves to adjourn.
Seconded, no objections, so ordered.
This meeting of the Executive Committee of the Yale Political Union was adjourned at 4:16 p.m.
Cameron Ellis Rotblat
Secretary of the Yale Political Union