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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minutes

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65th MSSA Senate

April 29, 1998

Meeting called to order at 4:04 by Senator Jen Drganc Elected Senator Dan Van Every as pro temp

  • Roll Call Senators Present: Senator Andrew Benzer 3-0-0, Senator Maya Beatty 9-1-0, Senator Bob Pavlenko 19-0-0, Senator, Senator Pete Schwane 10-0-0, Senator Eric Bakke 11-0-0, Senator Kate Jacobsen 26-0-0, Senator Matt Anderson 26-0-0, Senator Sylvia Oelberg-proxy Rachel Noah 13-0-6 Senator Dan Van Every 23-1-2, Senator Joost Dettmeijer 11-0-0, , Senator Amy Enter 6-2-1, Senator Kyle Jarvis 18-0-1, Senator Chris Elvebak 10-0-0, Senator Jen Drganc 8-0-0., Senator Lucretia Burgess 6-12-1, Senator Dustin Mayfield 4-0-0, Senator Shawn Bakke3-0-0, Senator Roger Baardson 2-1-0, Senator Jon Bauer 3-0-0, Senator Matt Harmon 3-0-0, Senator Kelsi Turner 3-0-0, Senator Dan Hesse 3-0-0 Senators Absent: Senator Cindy West 20-6-0, Senator Jim Jacobson 19-4-2, Senator Scott Silver 24-1-1 Executive Staff Present President Brian Dietz 24-2-0, Vice President Jason Patten 25-1-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Peni Blakley 18-6-0, Executive Staff Absent: Campus Coordinator Scott Silver 24-1-1, Treasurer Jen Hibbard 11-2-0, Cultural Diversity Coordinator Allison McGee 14-10-0 Cultural Diversity Coordinator Jesse Gonzalez
  • Student Forum Michelle Murzyn - See letter

III.         Presentations                  

a) MSUSA Campus Rep. - Kyle Jarvis Senator Jarvis - Reported on MSUSA meeting in Moorhead.                  

b)MSSA Constitution Commission Overrule previous ruling. Senator Drganc - Move to suspend the rules to make motion under presentation reports. Passed 14-2. R#04-29-98A Motion - Resolved that the MSSA Senate, in order to create services for itself, grant the Student Senate Speaker limited appointment powers, and be it futher Resolved, that any speaker appointments must have two (2) votes, one (1) create the position and one (1) to appoint a person to that position and be it further, Resolved, that no future senate is required to create or appoint any previously appointed senate staff position. Vote on Motion - Passed. Open hearing will be on Monday May 4, 1998 at 4pm 

IV.         Approval of Minutes Minutes of 4/22/98 approved                   a)SAC Reports Union Facility Fee and ACC Supplimental Fee. Prepare questions in advance for May 6th meeting. Budgets are located in Blue Book in office.                  

b)Student Affairs Report Motion  R#04-29-98B Be it resolved that the Mankato State Student Association strongly encourages the Chancellor's office and Minnesota State negotiators to make the necessary compromises equitable to the IFO contract negotiations to ensure that the Mankato State University faculty and administration can properly carry our their responsibilities of educating our student body without interruption. Senator Elvebak - Students should take a stance concerning IFO Senator Jarvis - Students should be behind IFO Senator Baardson - Should back faculty and administration Senator Jarvis - Would like to help if a letter needs to be created to send to the Chancellors office. Senator S Bakke - Should be behind the teachers but students don't want higher tuition's. Senator Harmon - Pointed out that maybe we should stay neutral, but on the other hand by taking a stance with IFO we might have to pay more but in the long run it might be worth it for our education. Senator Mayfield- What is the worst possible scenario if we support the IFO? Coordinator Blakley-  A few legislatures might get angry. Senator Mayfield- I don't see what waiting will gain us. We might look worse off, if we wait. Senator Baardson- We have to take a stand.  It lets Minnesota State know that we are interested, and concerned. We need to show support to our professors now, to get legitimate responses from the IFO later.  It is not an immediate concern, but we need to let everyone know that we care and are interested. We are not telling them how to function, or negotiate. Senator Anderson- This would let Minnesota State know where we stand.    Senator Drganc- Move the previous question. Vote - 19-3 question was called. Vote on main motion: R#04-29-98B Be it resolved that the Mankato State Student Association strongly encourages the Chancellor's office and Minnesota State negotiators to make the necessary compromises equitable to the IFO contract negotiations to ensure that the Mankato State University faculty and administration can properly carry our their responsibilities of educating our student body without interruption. Role Call Vote: Motion passes 20-2 Role Call Senators voting yes Andrew Benzer, Maya Beatty, Bob Pavlenko, Pete Schwane, Kate Jacobsen, Matt Anderson, Dustin Mayfield, Sylvia Oelber, Dan Van Every, Joost dettmeijer, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Roger Baardson, Jen Drganc, Chris Elvebak, Jon Bauer, Kelsi Turner, Dan Hesse Senators voting no Shawn Bakke, Matt Harmon Senators abstaining  Eric Bakke Executive Staff voting yes President Brian Dietz, Vice President Jason Patten Members present at the Student Affairs meeting: Jennifer Drganc Kyle Jarvis Chris Elvebak Kelsi Turner Lucretia Burgess Roger Baadrson Dan Van Every  Approval of Minutes: Senator Bakke- moves to postpone approval until next week. Second by Senator Harmon. Passes. 

  • President's Report - Brian Dietz - E-mails concerning the recent strike vote. - Intramural hours may be cut due to lack of funds. -  Thank you from Gael Mericle for help and support of IFO. -  Letter written to Vice President Trauger concerning banded tuition to be sent to the board of trustees. -  Open resolutions are being addressed. -  The possibility of up-grading our computers is coming up, please let me know if      you have any concerns. -  Jim Zwickey will have a role in Phase III. -  The Health Services Fee will end after Summer Session II. -  We need volunteers for a campus environment meeting coming up. Please let me know. -  I will take any questions in written form, you will get an answer from me as soon as possible.   

VI.         Staff Reports                  

a) Legislative Affairs Coordinator - Peni Blakley Has lots of E-Mail concerning IFO. If you would like to read them please contact Peni.           

b) Cultural Diversity - Allison McGee 

VII.         Senator Reports                  

a) Senator E. Bakke

b) Senator Jarvis Christopher Hiller was elected State Treasurer for MSUSA. Showed items from packet from Minnesota State Propose new Motion by Senator Jarvis. 2nd by Senator Elvebak. The MSSA will oppose a tuition increase above the rate of inflation for fiscal year 1999. Minnesota State would respect us as long as we speak out. Discussion concerning flat rate tuition increase.  R#04-29-98C  Sponsor Senator Kyle D. Jarvis, Co-sponsor Chris Elvebak The MSSA will oppose a tuition increase above the rate of inflation for fiscal year    1999. Motion carries  Received letter from Diane Solinger.  Motion for 15 minute recess by Senator Jarvis. Motion carried  Motion to recess for 5 min. for quorum. Motion carried.                  

c) Senator Beatty Setting up meeting with Bookstore.  Reason for coming late because of class until 4:20, A required class. Senator Jarvis noted that Senator Beatty is present for meeting.                  

d) Senator Elvebak 7 million dollars for work study. When money is sent back for work study. Goes back to the State.  Campus Crime Bill.  Able to look up records concerning crime when looking at attending the college.  Adhoc committee - Concerns with DC lobbing trips. See me if you want to look at motions. Senator Harmon - Missing out on funds because work study money is being sent back.                  

e) Senator Pavlenko Report from Moorehead Minnesota State stance on the IFO strike, remained impartial. Transfer curriculum. Bill to put together a book for transferr curriculum. Cultural Diversity goals were discussed How Senators conduct themselves.  Should go out and let constitues know                   

f) Senator Burgess Studied in Mexico last quarter and proxy didn't work out. Hope that this quarter I will do more. 

VIII. Speaker's Report - Student Friendly, Teacher of the Year, Senator & Staff of Year Reminder of Debate. Motion to amend and recind. Apologies to the Senate. Administration response. Resolution. Resolution resolves will be done tomorrow with O'Sullivan Term expires May 20 for Senators Last meeting May 20 Budget meeting on May 15, required. Important that you attend May 13th meeting. Voting for Senator & Staff of Year. Winners will be announced on May 20 Letters of nomination read for Student Friendly Award. Nominations - Gael Mercile Roger Piotter Senator Harmon moved for caucus for 5 min. 2nd by Senator Dettmeijer Teacher of the Year Award Nominations          Dr. Thomas Schmid - Sociality Dr. Joeseph Kunkel Dr. William Lass - History Dr. Edward Borchardt - Physics          Clark Johnson Senator Bakke motion to caucus for 5 min. 2nd by Senator Jarvis Motion passed 11-7  

IX.          Announcements Senator Harmon Constitution Commission - Tuesday at 4 pm not Monday New Presidents at Moorhead, Southwest and Bemidji were elected. Senator Jarvis - Will write letter to Chancellors office concerning IFO 

X.         Adjournment   Meeting adjourned 7:45 Senators Present Andrew Benzer, Maya Beatty, Bob Pavlenko, Eric Bakke, Matt Anderson, Dan Van Every, Shawn Bakke, Joost Dettmeijer, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Roger Baardson, Jen Drganc, Chris Elvebak, Jon Bauer, Matt Harmon, Kelsi Turner, Dan Hesse, Sylvia Oelberg-proxy Rachel Noah Senators Absent Pete Schwaane, Kate Jacobsen, Cindy West, Scott Silver, Amy Enter Executive Staff present Legislative Affairs Coordinator Peni Blakley Executive Staff absent President Brian Dietz, Vice President Jason Patten, Treasurer Jennifer Hibbard, Campus Coordinator Scott Silver, Cultural Diversity Allison McGee, Cultural Diversity Corrdinator Jesse Gonzalez