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65th MSSA Senate

November 19, 1997 4:02 PM  

  • Roll Call Senators Present: Bob Pavlenko 5-0-0, Garth Benson 10-0-2, Jason Reinke 12-0-0, Jim Jacobson  10-0-2, Kate Jacobsen 12-0-0, Matt Anderson 12-0-0, Allison Plathe 9-2-1, Maruf Rafik-proxy Dustin Mayfield 1-1-10, Sylvia Oelberg 5-0-0, Dan Van Every 9-1-1, Cindy West 10-2-0, Vicki Edwards-Merton-proxy Matt Harmon 11-0-1, Michelle Selvidge 4-1-0, Michael Vawracz 5-6-1, Kyle Jarvis 5-0-0, Melissa Bergeron 11-1-0, Seth Swanson 11-1-0, Scott Silver 11-0-1, John O'Hara 10-1-1, Jesse Palmer-proxy Jen Hibbard 11-1-1, Melanie Wolters 8-1-3, Amy Enter 3-1-1, Senators Absent: Jason Dorn 8-4-0, Brent Larson 1-11-0, Jason Kanz 8-2-2, Deborah Uecker 0-4-8, Lucretia Burgess 4-1-0, Heather Dye 8-2-1, Emily Auseth 6-4-0 Executive Staff Present: President Brian Dietz 11-1-0, Vice President Jason Patten 12-0-0, Cultural Diversity Coordinator Allison McGee 6-4-0, Cultural Diversity Coordinator Jesse Gonzalez 8-2-0 Executive Staff Absent: Campus Coordinator Emily Auseth 6-4-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Peni Blakley 7-3-0   
  • Student Forum-Michelle Murzyn-pizza party at 5:45 p.m. 

III.         Presentations                  

a) Constitution Commission-Eric Bakke. They were unable to finalize the bylaws at the last meeting, but will be meeting on Friday in the hopes of accomplishing this.

Q: Senator Plathe-what were the changes to be made?                                             

b) Residence Hall Association- Michael Vawracz. The residents are concerned with icy sidewalks. RHA also has established a budget.                   

c) KRNR/Senate Liaison Bob Pavlenko-report in writing

Q: Senator Jacobson-Funding?  A: Management is no longer paid and have seriously minimized costs.

Q: Michelle Murzyn-Future managers  paid? A: They will find out soon. Follow up: Future budgeting?

Q: Senator Oelberg-Who's listening? A: This open house will answer it. Administrative Assistant-Thanks for a great quarter! Mini-Mavs is now licensed thanks to Michelle Murzyn's work! (AND our Administrative Assistant)   

IV.         Approval of Minutes - 11/12/97 Corrections-Senator Oelberg was unable to give a report. Senator Plathe's attendance is in question. 

V.         Committee Reports                  

a) Student Allocations Committee- Michelle Murzyn, report in writing.

Q: Senator Swanson-Why don't you go to four hours a week? A: Time doesn't allow.                   

b) World Wide Web Committee-Dustin Mayfield, Senate's web page has been moved, now:

Q: Senator Pavlenko-How many people are on the committee? A: 1

Q: Senator Bergeron-How much time does the chair put in for the committee? A: 6 hours a day.  

VI.         Officer Reports                  

a) President Brian Dietz- Wants addresses for over winter break. There is an Advising meeting on Friday. Today, went to a meeting for Cultural Diversity for Jesse Gonzalez. Passes-people have been trashing the MSSA office computer, having unauthorized usage for the office, thus Senator's will be given passes next quarter. ACC-there are problems and they will try to solve-printing, and a few others, but it's probably just a glitch in the system. He gave numbers concerning library usage. -Homecoming G.P.A. Questionnaire-Senator Edwards-Merton and Senator Pavlenko, Senator Oelberg, Senator Van Every, questioned their constituents. Re-mentioned the pizza party. Appointments: Adhoc Committee-Senator Oelberg and Speaker Jason Kocina, SAC-Miriam Gingras, Gary Prantner, and Senator Amy Enter

Q: Proxy Mayfield-Building passes? A; The passes would give you the opportunity to work on items necessary after hours.

Q: Senator Oelberg-Are they comparing library hours daily? A; No

Q: Senator Edwards-Merton-Does this extend hours later for those who are only here at night? A: Yes

Q: Senator Anderson-any more information on the Big Event? A: No

Q: Senator Plathe-what was just asked? A: Dinner, dance and speaker, some time spring quarter, proposal was denied.

Q: Senator Bergeron-does it need more support? A: The monetary amount is the main concern.

Q: Proxy Mayfield-Didn't President Rush mention this? A: Yes, he wants an annual event.                  

b) Vice President Jason Patten-Went to a First Year Experience class. The goals mentioned last week-nothing bad was said.  Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Dean Trauger-had a meeting concerning flat rate tuition.

Q: Proxy Mayfield-budget? A: No major expenses.  We are still looking for a treasurer, but we haven't spent a whole lot of money.                   

c) Speaker Jason Kocina-Recognizing Student Organizations... Questions concerning...Senate E-mail, Speaker ruling 15. Awards for perfect attendance. Those who were elected in October. Senators: Selvidge, Jarvis, Burgess, Oelberg, Pavlenko. Those elected last spring, Rienke, Jacobsen, Anderson, and Vice-President Patten. Random thoughts.... Speaker Ruling #15 "At the April 16th meeting of the 64th MSSA Senate; then Speaker Eric Bakke declared that the Senate E Mail account is a form of Senate correspondence and thus its regulation and oversight falls under the Office of Speaker. Speaker Bakke was correct in his assesment."  Student Organization Recognitions: Family Life/Child Development, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Student Association of India-Update                                   

d) Coordinator Jesse Gonzalaz-Today, at 1 p.m. there was a meeting concerning the Cultural Diversity Conference. The issue of funding, they will be asking MSU to fund about $4,000. The Conference will occur one year from today. Tim Price-didn't approve of the conference. He attended the Friendship Night, and this Friday, will attend the Latino dinner. (He is the host) Time 6 p.m. In the Ballroom. Cost $5.00. Everyone is invited. Speaker: Attorney Margarita Zalanea.


VII. Senator Reports-REPORTS WERE ORAL, unless otherwise mentioned.                   

a) Senator Oelberg Q: Coordinator McGee-Report in writing? A: No.                          

b) Senator Jacobson-Academic Affairs is going well. Legislation introduced concerning smoking.  Resolution: #B11.19.97A Tobacco Usage Elimination  Sponsor: Jim Jacobson/Co-Sponsor: Dan Van Every  Whereas: There are 430,000 tobacco related deaths each year in the United States and Whereas: The Mankato State University is committed to providing a healthy environment for all of its members Be it Resolved:         That Mankato State University prohibit the use of all forms of tobacco by students, faculty, staff, administraiton and all others that make up the University community, on campus grounds or at University related events. Maker of motion-It's a major health concern. Co-Sponsor-Senator Van Every followed up with more statistics and concerns to be health conscience. Senator Edwards-Merton-supports this legislation. Senator Bergeron, Senator Pavlenko, Senator Anderson-against legislation. It's their choice. Senator Plathe, Senator Jarvis-is a smoker and it's their choice, and there are many restrictions all ready. Proxy Mayfield-"It's our duty to protect the health of others." Coordinator McGee-fighting to get alchohol, why cut something? Senator Edwards-Merton-Move Previous questioned Senator Bergeron-second. Motion failed. Senator Jacobson-This legislation will prohibit EVERYONE- ON campus, cigarettes are VERY costly, save some money. Senator Plathe-Please Table! Senator Olberg-Move to Postpone until winter quarter Senator Plathe-Second. Motion carried.                   

c) Senator Selvidge              

d) Senator West              

e) Senator Van Every          

f) Senator Reinke          

g) Senator Vawcracz          

h) Senator O'hara            

i) Senator Jarvis            

j) Senator Jacobsen            

k) Senator Enter


  • Announcements Senator Oelberg-There's a benefit for Sickle Cell Disease. There will be two speakers on Saturday, February 14, 1998.

Q: Senator Bergeron-cost? A: $15, DJ, band, and dinner.   Coordinator McGee-Thanks to senators who are getting out for Hands around the Fountain by Social Injustices. Proxy Mayfield-Any questions to RHA, it's their job. Senator Pavlenko-wrote a review for KMFDN, wants to start an RSO concerning horror fiction. Senator Silver-Wants winter quarter schedules. Senator Van Every-Retirement of Geri Evers, December 15, 1997. 

XI. Adjournment Senator Jacobson-move to adjourn.  Senator Pavlenko-second Roll call vote Senators present voting yes: Bob Pavlenko, Garth Benson, Jason Reinke, Jim Jacobson, Kate Jacobsen, Matt Anderson, Allison Plathe, Sylvia Oelberg, Dan Van Eveery, Vicki Edwards-Merton, Cindy West, Michelle Selvidge, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Melissa Bergeron,Seth Swanson, Scott Silver, John O'Hara, Jesse Palmer, Amy Enter Senators present voting no: Maruf Rafik-proxy Dustin Mayfield Senators voting present: Melissa Bergeron Senators absent: Jason Dorn, Brent Larson, Jason Kanz, Deborah Uecker, Michael Vawracz, Heather Dye, Emily Auseth, Melanie Wolters Executive Staff present voting yes: President Brian Dietz Executive Staff absent: Vice President Jason Patten  Meeting adjourned 5:45 p.m Respectfully submitted, Recording Secretary, Kate Jacobsen.