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Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/mssa/news/html/freelot_upgrades.html

Senate Briefed On Free Lot, NCC Viability

Senate Notes

by Emmeline Elliott

Issue date: 11/30/06 Section: Campus News

Minnesota State Student Association President Gabe Afolayan brought a lot of valuable information to the student senate meeting Wednesday. In his report, he talked about possible changes coming to the free lot and the North Central Conference.

Afolayan said that at a Monday parking advisory committee, a recommendation was made and passed to pave the free lot, also known as Lot 23.

Afolayan mentioned two possibilities of the kinds of permits needed to park in Lot 23 once it is paved. One permit would charge $40 and the other option would merge the lot with the orange lot and charge $70. Merging the 460-stall Lot 23 would reduce orange lot permits from $94 to $70, according to the Nov. 7 minutes of the parking advisory committee meeting, and paving the gravel lot would cost about $190,000.

Afolayan said this decision is not final and will come to a public hearing in February.

The president also said that at a student leadership development meeting it was discussed that belonging to the North Central Conference would no longer be viable. Afolayan said 2007-2008 would be the final year for Minnesota State to participate in the NCC.

He said several schools are looking to move to another conference or join Division I athletics, which would add up to an extra $2 million in operating costs for the university.

Arts and Humanities Senator Casey Carmody said he met with Dean Jane Earley and asked if the college could take in the interior design program. He said Earley explained that accepting the interior design program under the art department would be detrimental to students because the program lacked accreditation and would cause the department to lose its accreditation. Carmody said the art department's accreditation helps students seeking a master of fine arts degree.

"It would disadvantage our students trying to get into graduate schools," Carmody said.

Elections will be held at the MSSA meeting next Wednesday for two open senate seats, including social and behavioral sciences and undeclared.

Next Wednesday will also be the last senate meeting of the semester and will take place at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 284.

Emmeline Elliott is a Reporter staff writer