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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minutes

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1995-96 MSSA SENATE MEETING MINUTES

March 27, 1996

Called to order at 4:04

I. Roll Call:

Senators Present: Anderson, Jones, Klinkner, Yunginger, Hiller, Harmon, Hulstein, Vye, Janssen, Hunter, Hanson, Filkens, Ellingson, Blake, Mashlab, Helgeson, Crep/Lewis, Robertson, Hayden

Senators Absent: Halverson

Staff Present: President Wallace, Vice-President Chase, Coordinator Benson, Coordinator Abbas, Coordinator Drganc

II. Approval of the Minutes-stand approved.

III. Student Forum

Eddy Guzek-read letter of resignation for Chelcy Tullgren. Read statement on behalf of himself and resigned. Listed reasons for resignations. Discussed ideas of F.A.I.R - Functional, Accountable, Informed, Representative. Issues to work on: 1) Constitutional interpretation 2) Lying on Senate floor.

Heather Gerard-read statement of resignation and listed reasons for which she's resigning.

Ed McBride-Resign all positions on the Senate

Andy Henschel-Resigned on brief statement

Michelle Murzyn-Read statement and resigned from the Senate, holding only SAC Chair.

Jerry Flynn-Delivered statement on banking re: T.E.A.M.

IV. Appointments-President Wallace

Academic Affairs: Stephanie Halverson, Mike Mellen, Jeff Robertson

ECDC: Kristy Anderson, Rogelio Contreras, Magno Guillem, Kevin Reed

Student Affairs: Matt Harmon, Gabe Vye

Union Board: Aaron Jansen, Anthony Newman

V. Elections

The following seats were declared open: Social & Behavioral, Science Engineering & Technology, Crawford, McElroy, Education, Graduate Studies, Off-Campus.

Graduate Seat Election: Eric Bakke statement of intent.

Senator Yunginger: What have you done for Senate?

Bakke: Listed involvement and results.

Eric Bakke elected Graduate Senator.

VII. Officer Reports

President Mona Wallace-Thanked everyone for being here and for the feelings in the body. Made statement with regards to funds and resignation letters. Discussion of motions passed and

issued not done. Covered issues of the retreat. Discussed concerns regarding ARA's Service.

Question: Mike Mellen in regard to current issues.

Senator Hayden: Made statement with regard to the issue & motion on floor.

Speaker-Discussed vacancies. Discussed Senate issue with regard to Chelsey's seat . Ruled Doran Doran retains seat and fitness hearing next week. Apology to Chelsy Tullgren from Matt Chase on situation.

David Cowan: Discussed the meeting management protocol. Produced a proposal for the MSSA.

VII. Other Reports

Cultural Diversity Coordinator-see written report

Elections Committee-see written report

D.C. Delegation-see written report

Senator Bakke-Extend time 10 minutes.

Senator Filkins-2nd. Failed

Constitution Committee-Interpretation request, Murzyn and McBride. Can senator

bring an interpretation to the committee: Yes

Interpretation regarding elections & campaigning.

Senator Hayden: see written report

Senator Yunginger move from table. Bill 02-27-P2

2nd President Wallace. Passes

Bill for an Act of the

Mankato State Student Association

Committee Bill: 02-27-P2

Title: Election Rules

Date: 02 February 1996

Sponsor: Election Committee

Whereas: The MSSA/Senate is committed to fair elections; be it therefore

Enacted: That the MSSA/Senate shall adopt the following rules:

1. No "campaign" activity of any kind relating to the

elections may begin prior to the first day of the Election

Campaign Period.

2. "Campaigning' is defined as any or all attempts to promote

one's candidacy or party and shall include any attempts to

discredit an opponent.

3. Candidates may file for General or Special Elections beginning

January 1 and ending one week prior to Election Day.

4. Parties or groups supporting at least one candidate may not recruit

candidates or supporters unless candidates and the party have officially

filed with the Elections Committee.

5. Parties or groups supporting at least one candidate may not

solicit donations or funds of any kind unless candidates and the party

have officially filed with the Elections Committee.

6. Parties may change their party name at any time during the filing

period.

7. All candidates shall attend a mandatory meeting prior to the Campaign Period.

8. Absolutely NO campaign material shall be stored, nor resources used, recruitment, or work shall be done in the Senate office or the Coordinator's office. Any one violation of this rule will permanently disqualify that individual's candidacy for the current election. Any one violation of this rule will eliminate the respective party violation of this rule will eliminate the respective party from all campaign and recruitment activity rights. The members of that former party may organize a subsequent.

Senator Janssen: Call question, Senator Yunginger 2nd 12-7 Fails

Vice-President Chase speaks

Senator Hanson: Call question, Senator Janssen 2nd 18-1-2 Passes

Amendment vote: Passes

Senator Bakke voted no on #4 due to no amendment.

Senator Hulstein calls question on motion. 2nd Passes

Senator Hanson abstained

VIII. New Business

A. Bill #03-27-P1 Election Rules

Amendments

Vote on motion Passes

Bill for an Act of the

Mankato State Student Association

Committee Bill: 02-27-P2

Title: Election Rules

Date: 02 February 1996

Sponsor: Election Committee

Whereas: The MSSA/Senate is committed to fair elections; be it therefore

Enacted: That the MSSA/Senate shall adopt the following rules:

1. Absolutely NO campaign material shall be stored, nor resources used, recruitment, or work shall be done in the Senate office or the Coordinator's office. Any one violation of this rule will permanently disqualify that individual's candidacy for the current election. Any one violation of this rule will eliminate the respective party violation of this rule will eliminate the respective party from all campaign and recruitment activity rights. The members of that former party may organize a subsequent.

B. Status of 11/8 Election.

Senator Olson never was a student henceforth he never was a senator.

C.

Act of the

Mankato State Student Association

Bill Number 03-27-R2

Date: March 27, 1996

Sponsor: Matt Chase

Title: Formal Apology

Whereas: It is the Senate speaker's duty to verify association membership for

all Senators and,

Whereas: One of the candidates for the off-campus seat was an invalid candidate and,

Whereas: The Senate did not at any time check the Speaker, therefore be it,

Resolved: The Senate apologizes to all parties involved in the Off-Campus Senator

election of November 8, 1995. It is the Senate's duty to conduct checks on

all individuals involved in the Senate. We trusted that Speaker Guzek was performing his duties, which include checking Senator's registration status, and he

wasn't. We apologize for not checking the Speaker. As Mr. Guzek is no

longer with the Senate it is now impossible for us to sanction him for his

neglect. We assure all parties that we will do our best to resolve this matter

in the fairest way possible.

Senator Yunginger motion. 2nd Senator Hanson.

Motion to strike Guzek from motion Passes

Vote Passes

Act of the

Mankato State Student Association

Bill Number 03-27-R2

Date: March 27, 1996

Sponsor: Matt Chase

Title: Formal Apology

Whereas: It is the Senate speaker's duty to verify association membership for

all Senators and,

Whereas: One of the candidates for the off-campus seat was an invalid candidate and,

Whereas: The Senate did not at any time check the Speaker, therefore be it,

Resolved: The Senate apologizes to all parties involved in the Off-Campus Senator

election of November 8, 1995. It is the Senate's duty to conduct checks on

all individuals involved in the Senate. We trusted that the Speaker was performing his duties, which include checking Senator's registration status, and he

wasn't. We apologize for not checking the Speaker. As the Speaker is no

longer with the Senate it is now impossible for us to sanction him for his

neglect. We assure all parties that we will do our best to resolve this matter

in the fairest way possible.

Statement from Pete Waibel:

Lady's & Gentlemen:

I would like to thank you for your consideration. I do fully believe that an apology is at the least in order. But I feel you as the Senate are not the ones from whom the apology should come from. You as the Senate as sitting right now are NOT responsible for this error. I believe there was a blatant display of fraudulent intent by former Speaker Guzek and Doug Olson. So therefore that if there is an apology to be made to me, it should NOT come from you as a Senate but from Mr. Olson and Mr. Guzek. Enforceable or not that is who I feel it should come from.

So therefore, I can NOT except your apology. But thank you anyway

D. Bill #03-27-P3 MSSA Accountability

Act of the

Mankato State Student Association

Bill Number 03-27-P3

Date: March 27, 1996

Sponsor: Senator Robert A. Hayden, Senator Francis Klinkner

Title: MSSA Accountability

Whereas: It is the Mankato State Student Association's responsibility to govern itself; and

Whereas: Ideally, the Mankato State Student Association is accountable to the student body; and

Whereas: Article II Section 1 and 2 of the Bylaws clearly defines what unacceptable

attendance is, and the process which deals with unacceptable absence rates,

therefore be it

Resolved: The chairs of the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs committees will

report back to the next senate meeting those members not in attendance or otherwise represented in the previous committee meeting; and be it further

Resolved: That at the first meeting of each quarter, the chair of each committee will

summarize the absences of committee members for the previous quarters; and be

it further

Resolved: That both attendance reports shall be like wise submitted in writing to be

part of the official minutes, and be it further

Resolved: That appropriate action be pursued for senators that have shown unacceptable

attendance rates.

Move to amend, 2nd Yunginger. Pass

Hanson calls question. 2nd Hiller Passes

Motion #03-27-R4 Passes

E. Bill #03-27-R4 MSUSA Accountability

President Wallace amend. 2nd Hayden.

Called question Senator Hanson. 2nd Yunginger

Senator Bakke and President Wallace no to question

Main Motion Passes

F. Bill #03-27-F5 Stipend for Retreat

Act of the

Mankato State Student Association

Bill Number 03-27-F5

Date: March 27, 1996

Sponsor: Mona Wallace

Title: Stipend for Retreat

Whereas: The MSSA/Senate will hold a retreat on March 27, 1996 for the purpose of

focus and setting goals. Therefore be it.

Resolved: That the MSSA/Senate use $100.00 in order to hold the retreat in a Conference

suite at the Mankato Garden Inn

Senator Helgeson 2nd

Senator Helgeson call question. 2nd Wallace

Senator Yunginger vote no. Senator Robertson vote no

Passes

Vote on Motion Passes No nay votes

Open Forum

Senator Klinkner discussed Web Page. Dress up next Wednesday for photo's. Senator

Yunginger discussed information for WWW Page. Next Wednesday 4/3 would like information in WWW mailbox.

Bio's next week also.

President Wallace-Retreat discussion

Senator Bakke-Discussion, no vote for MSUSA motion

Hayden-Discussed retreat

Harmon-Discussed how Question is abused and use of Election Committee's Reports & Rules

Resolution

Coordinator Abbas-Art XI Sec 1&2 Get reports in

Senator Hunter-Discuss issues and ideas with Senate that were an introspective body.

Focus more on students

Vice-President Chase-Reports due by noon tomorrow. Election of Speaker next week.

Straw poll.

Senator Jones: Discussion on dress

Coordinator Benson: Pictures for Bulletin Board next week.

President Wallace-Re-adjourn in Garden Inn.

Adjournment

Motion to adjourn-Senator Yunginger 2nd President Wallace. Meeting adjourned

7:10 P.M.