12th September 2010

The Executive Board meeting of the Yale Political Union held on Sunday 12th September 2010 was called to order at 3:34 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)

Chairman of the Independent Party, Miss Shannon Connors (CIP)

Chairman of the Conservative Party, Mr. Kyle Rusciano(CCP)- Mini

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. Christopher Pagliarella

Miss Naomi Lisan

Miss Leah Libresco

Miss Tristyn Bloom

Mr. Gabriel Ellsworth

Miss Minhal Baig, proxy-CCP


Pres begins with a recap from last week’s student debate.


Speaker felt the debate was not a disaster but could have gone better, he says the speaker’s triangle will do more to get more participation. He encourages parties from the right to provide more names for the debate. He clarifies the issue of rebuttals: neither the YPU constitution nor Robert’s Rules mention them, YPU has practiced them for a very long time. He notes that there have been two policies, a short speech addressing a single point with no question, followed by a speech from the same side as the rebuttal. He says that other times it was treated as a normal speech. He thinks the second option makes for better flow. He says he wants feedback


CPR asks about timing of rebuttals.


Speaker says the constitution specifies 4 minutes for every speech unless specified.


CTP asks about the policy alternating sides


Speaker says that the opposite of the rebuttal would go next.


Pres thanks FL’s for a very decent debate on such short notice.


Miss Libresco says she representing from Adcomm, and usually the committee does not talk to people about their progress until the end of the semester. She says that in order to have constructive things from review, she invites people to share via email what they have been working on and that Adcomm can provide advice. She hopes this will make officers think beyond the week-to-week. She says she would like the emails by Wednesday.


Pres introduces a final discussion on the Gallagher and Wolfson debate.


Speaker says that Gallagher wants to give closing remarks before Wolfson and that other than that there are no changes to format previously discussed.


Miss Libresco says that Freedom to Marry supporters are being encouraged to attended.


CIP asks about ability to purchase membership prior to debate.


Pres says that people interested in attending should get there before the debate.


CLP says it would be great if the Teller gave little blue cards to Chief Whips.


Speaker says he will email Bree.


CPL asks to make 15 minutes “as much as 15 minutes as possible,” says going over might go ruin excitement


Pres says he contacted Mory’s and has yet to hear back. He says he will go there tonight to find out. He says the Heirloom at the study has been suggested as an alternative location, convenient to guests and might help relationship with the Study.


Miss Libresco asks how much it cost.


DD says somewhere between 10 and 15 dollars.


VP says he is not sure if we can get lunch fixed prix on such short notice.


Pres asks VP to email Heirloom, and if it does not work; he would like to go to Prime 16.


Pres says that dinner will be at 5:00.


CPL asks for a reminder of resolution.


Pres says, “Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.”


Pres instructs those interested in dinner to email by Monday night.


Speaker says Speaker’s Dinner is on Monday night.


Speaker says he has four resolutions from Rescomm for Jennifer Levi. “A: Yale should expand gender-neutral housing, B: Gender norms do more harm than good, C: Society/college admissions should be gender blind, D: Employment should be sex-blind.


Speaker says he has tried to get broad topics, and tried to stay away from policy debates.


Proxy-CCP says she finds “society should be gender blind” to be bizarre, she thinks gender norms do more harm than good sounds philosophical. She says she likes the first the best.


CLP says she finds the first one boring, and believes it may not have a strong split


Pres asks for a straw poll on gender-neutral housing.


There is an almost even split.


CLP says, “B could be good.”


Miss Lisan says she finds D incorrectly worded because “sex means biological organs.” She also says that a debate on gender-neutral housing would lose steam quickly. She adds that gender norms could be good, but might have an awful split. She wonders about the right’s view on speaking on B.


CTP says he emailed Adam about “gender is not a social construct” and argues it would be better if the debate were more philosophical.


CPR agrees CTP and says that people in her party “do like talking about gender.” She expresses concern that that people are going to be too hung up on the definition of gender norms.


CPP says that A and C might not be good for guest, because she is removed from college. He could see her talking on employment, and he views B as better overall.


CIP says she likes the topic of B, but is worried about the wording of “harm and good” as a way of avoid weighing aspect of the issue.


Miss Libresco says that we cannot be sure about speaker’s position on gender.


VP says he would be comfortable with B and is fine flipping wording if necessary


Pres wants to take a straw poll on the four resolutions.


There is unanimous support for B.


Pres says “great” and asks about wording.


CLP says he likes the “more harm than good” and that he might get some on left to speak in the negative. He also worries that most people will be not be willing to speak on either extreme.


CPR says that the resolution as is better than “is not a social construct”, which will have many boring biological determinism speeches.


Miss Libresco says she worries that the debate will not be responsive in that speakers can ignore other peoples’ speeches.


Speaker says that that is a concern, but he thinks that on a gender resolution “you might get people to say ridiculous things that people will feel a need to respond to.” He also feels that there maybe personal speeches that could be interesting.


Pres asks the VP to email the resolution to the speaker.


DD says he only has a few words because of difficulty contacting people. He says for Mory’s there are a number of possible debates and he will email to Party Chairs and Chairmen.


DCR says she got three applications for the press secretary position: Chase Ross, Elizabeth Henry, and Daniel Stein. She says that he wants to accept all three, with Dan Stein likely dropping out. She says that she wants to figure out which ones will work for radio, until then DDR will cover.


CLP notes that the radio listeners they miss his dulcet tones.


DCR says radio wants to cover gay marriage.


CIP tells the DCR to ask Catherine Osborn, who is really involved with WYBC.


DCR moves to confirm Chase Ross, Elizabeth Henry, and Daniel Stein as Press secretary

The motion is seconded and passes without objection, but with confusion over whether a motion is necessary.


Pres asks for a guest brainstorming session because of free time.


Speaker suggests Rosa DeLauroand Chris Dodd.


Miss Lisan suggests a guest from Focus on the Family or the Family Research Council


CPL suggests Joseph Stiglitz on free trade.


Laughing over CPL pronunciation of “ˈzɛd” while spelling Stiglitz.


Miss Libresco suggests a debate on admission policy, saying Yale has a preferential ratio toward men.


Speaker says that Yale denies such a policy.


Miss Libresco says it is “probably a lie” and thinks it could be an interesting debate.


CPP ask whether such a policy only occurs at a handful of schools.


Miss Libresco says, “no.”


Miss Bloom suggests Nick Gillespie, from reason.com, a radical libertarian blog.


Miss Libresco suggests Patrick Freidman, the grandson of Milton Freidman, noting that Freidman’s get crazier every generation.


CPP suggests Mike Pence.


Pres suggests Paul Ryan.


Miss Libresco suggests Glenn Beck.


Pres says he requires a big fee.


Miss Libresco says “to hell with him.”


CTP suggests Christine O’Donnell when she loses.


Pres suggests the Cheney’s.


Miss Libresco suggests Gail Collins, “a sassy lady”


Speaker suggests Ron Reagan Jr.


DD suggests Elizabeth Dole and adds that he knows her and she would talk about women and politics.


Miss Bloom suggests Bay Buchannan.


CLP suggests Jeffrey Toobin who writes about the Supreme Court.


Pres suggests Supreme Court Justices.


Miss Libresco says someone got Alito for Yale in Washington and that someone might have connections.


VP interjects that Yale has a grant for any organization bringing alumni to campus.




VP says he is putting a grant request in for Kerry, “no guarantees.” He adds that even he only gets a “100 bucks, it is a 100 bucks”


CPP ask if the grant is for the college or any school?


VP says any Yale University alumni.


Miss Libresco suggests, “pissing off Israel.”


CPL says the debate would be “Yishai v. the World”


CCP suggests Thomas Friedman.


CLP says he requires a large honorarium.


FLL suggests Camille Paglia and Andrew Bacevich.


Miss Libresco suggests trying to get someone who supports eco-terrorism.


CLP says, “Eitan Fisher might side with a pro-terrorist resolution, L-o-l.”


Pres congratulates everyone.


CLP moves to certify outstanding minutes as amended.

The motion is seconded and passes without objection.


VP moves to adjourn.

The motion is seconded and passes without objection.


This meeting of the Executive Committee of the Yale Political Union was adjourned at 4:14 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,

Cameron Ellis Rotblat

Secretary of the Yale Political Union