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66th MSSA Senate
January 20, 1999 Minutes
Meeting called to order at 4:00 PM by Speaker Dan Van Every
Chelsea Dullard 16-3-0, Marie Ntangsi 8-7-4, Mickey Cupkie 8-1-0, Bob Pavlenko 4-1-0, Adam Hutzenbuhler 9-0-0, Mohammed Rafizuzzaman 11-6-2, Kyle Jarvis 18-1-0, Lucretia Burgess 15-4-0, Laura Depuydt 19-0-0, Ken Feucht 10-0-0, Rachel D. Noah 16-1-2, Helen Mbuagbaw 6-0-0, Andy Welti 5-0-0, Vicki Edwards-Merton 14-2-3, Phil Rowan 17-1-0, Chris Boyce proxy Tina England 13-1-5, Arif Khan 5-1-3, Nate Prouty 14-1-3
Houa Vue 6-3-0, Rainey Briggs 2-14-3, Abdoul Aziz- 5-7-7
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 19-0-0, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 18-1-0,
Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 18-1-0, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 16-0-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 17-1-1, Macharia Githaiga 3-1-0
Presentations - George Cejka-Director Maverick Gameroom
Previously was at Florida State University for 16 years. Would like to see Student Senate patronizing the Gameroom. Trying to be more customer friendly. Gameroom now has new paint, new sound system-amps, CD players. He is in the business of making people happy. Invited Senate to spend an hour or two.
Senator Jarvis-heard rumor that Star Wars pin ball machine will be here
Mr. Cejka-yes that will be a reality.
Senator Boyce-proxy Tina England-thank you George, I have been down there
and I am really happy.
Mr. Cejka-if there is a game you like, I will do everything I can to get it for you.
David Cowan-Director Auxiliary Services - "HUB"
(see handouts) He is a volunteer in the role of the Campus Access Hub. The HUB has been created as a one stop shopping for students and staff. The HUB can not answer everything, but can assist students with complexities to the right individual. For the first time night students have a multi-purpose center where they can drop off tuition, check on classes, etc. HUB is dealing with approximately 2000 students on payroll. HUB helps with automatic deposit, can help with changing address, parking tickets, can sell and accept payments.
Senator Boyce-Proxy England-what is the deadline for the drawing?
Mr. Cowan-the Monday following the next Friday.
HUB is interviewing. Offices that have helped: Registrar, Parking, Financial Aid. This was an opportunity to move easy questions to the HUB so office staff can work with more complex issues.
Approval of Minutes January 13, 1999 Minutes approved with corrections.
a) SAC Chair Chris Boyce
Student Allocations Committee Recommendation #01.20.99-01
The Student Allocation Committee moves that the MSSA Senate be appropriated
a non-budgeted funds allocation of up to $624.00 for expenses related to the annual MSUSA Federal lobby trip.
President Kocina-background-every year the senate sends people on the Federal Lobby Trip. This cost changes dramatically from year to year. This year this
request covers airline tickets and metro passes. MSUSA covers the hotel expenses and $100.00 per each airline ticket.
b) Union Board - Abbas Gulamhussein, Chair
Dedicated space for International Student Center-International Students have worked throughout the years on many events, and have had no space of their own. After much discussion it has been decided to give them space in Phase III, this will be called the International Student Center. This will be a space where they can store things, a library, a social area. This will give them an opportunity to show off their country and assist people in learning more about other countries.
Senator Mbuagbaw- do you know the space they will occupy?
Abbas-it has been determined, but we do not know the size.
Senator Mbaugbaw-In the International Student Center- what is the library all about?
Abbas-This is more of a resource center where things can be showcased from other countries..
Senator Jarvis-what are Henry Morris's thoughts on this?
Abbas-He is in full favor of this.
Senator Noah-how is this different from the Intercultural Center?
Abbas-yield to Vice President Sylvia.
Vice President Oelberg-finding this space has been an on going process. This space can be used for all International students. All organizations that fall under International will have access to this. Intercultural Center is for American
students. A full collaboration of the student body has been involved with this
a) President - Jason Kocina
MSUSA-Regarding Federal Lobby trip. The trip is open to anyone that wants
to go. Applications are posted on board in office. Applications are due Friday, January 22. Please include all information requested on form. We will be looking for knowledge on issues, experience lobbying and if you are going to be at MSU next year. Meal expenses will need to come out of your own pocket. Also sign up for Delegate Assembly, sign up is posted on the board.
Statement of Student Responsibilities-review last part on exceptions, there are
some controversial issues, report back to President Kocina.
Last week Hockey was a sell-out, some student seats were sold. Met with AD
Don Amiot today on policy regarding sell-out games in future.
Tenant issues-received a copy of all licensed owners. If you are having problems check to see if your landlord is licensed. This should be the first step.
Appointments: Rachel Noah-Newspaper Committee, Ad Hoc Commencement-
Next week Elections committee will meet. Changes made to Election Rules will
be coming by the end of February.
Drawing for surprise Senator-Senator Phil Rowan. Winner is Leg Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak
b) Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg
Candy machine will be delivered this weekend. Get quarter from Cheri to purchase candy. Posters and table tents went up today. Tenant Forum-Thursday, January 28. CSU 253 2:00.
KMS Television-they are working on cable for Highland Hills. They have not
given an actual date on when that will be installed.
Reporter will be doing an article on the Tenant Forum. Thank them, hopefully this will help get the word out.
Listen closely to Union Board Chair-this is an important issue.
c) Speaker - Dan Van Every
Correspondence: From Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Malcolm OÕSullivan. R#01.13.99C recommends $1,415.21 be allocated to the University Repertory Dance Theatre for travel to the Great Lakes Regional 1999 American College Dance Festival. The President has no questions and approves this allocation. R#01.13.99D recommends that the Student Health Services be allowed to access up to $6,000 of Student Health Depreciation Funds for computer replacement. The President has no questions and approves this allocation.
Congratulate Senate on being ready for this meeting.
Received complete copy of RSO's from SDP&A.
a) Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak
Just to reinforce what you already know. A Bachelors degree can earn you
an extra $20,000 a year.
Questions on student fees-trial cases in WI, CA, U of M. CA policy
prohibits student governments from lobbying-this has been overturned.
U of M-did not want student fee money going to certain organizations.
Federal Lobbying-President Clinton has asked for large increase in
defense-money for education initiatives has been frozen unless we
look at policy initiatives such as DeCoupling.
In State government-surplus seems to be going back to tax payers,
again, our success will follow more in the line of policies.
MSUSA Platform- Last weeks conference passed the top priorities
For the MSUSA agenda (see Chris for details).
One major change is in Minnesota State budget-technology fees, Minnesota State is trying to get
technology money into base funding which would mean lower fees.
Campuses could possibly still have autonomy.
Lobby Days-February 10. MSUSA ranked as powerhouse in state
Federal Lobby Trip, March 5-10. Preference will be given to outstate.
Senator Mbaugbaw-can International students get involved?
Leg. Affairs Coordinator-this is not fair, however, Politics is not fair, we
need people that can talk to some one from their district.
Senator Mbuagbaw-so many International students here should not apply?
Legislative Affairs Coordinator-no, apply, this is only my opinion.
b) MSUSA Campus Rep- Kyle Jarvis
Minnesota State Board of Trustees policy-One problem dealt with Admissions, regarding
students that have been suspended. In Minnesota State policy they could be denied admission to any state school. Board felt this was very strong, there are many reasons why someone may have been suspended. Student Union Fees are collected in a pool; this is collected and dealt out by Minnesota State by your school size, your FYE equivalency. This model looks good for us. St. Cloud will be paying more. When Phase III comes in, we may be paying more also.
President Kocina won two shirts from Penny Fellowship at MSUSA.
Cultural Diversity update-Rachel D. Noah, Minnesota State is trying to put together a CD
plan. Minnesota State will provide MSUSA with a timeline so that students will have input. We are lucky at MSU, Mankato-we have many programs that other schools to not have.
See Campus Rep Jarvis for MSUSA proposal for Delegate Assembly.
Senator Noah-at Delegates Assembly the CD platform will be written. Would like
input on this for document.
Coordinator Elvebak-stay for Legislative Affairs meeting
President Kocina-as far as dedicated space for International Student Center- I have a memo from Director Clark on purpose, cost etc. for space.
Senator Edwards-Merton-currently doing an Internship at Blue Earth County, also hope many students will attend Tenant Forum next Thursday.
Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5: 24 PM
Chelsea Dullard, Marie Ntangst, Mickey Cupkie, Bob Pavlenko, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Mohammed Rafiquzzasman, Phil Rowan, Chris Boyce-proxy Tina England, Vicki Edwards-Merton, Andi Welti, Kyle Jarvis, Laura Depuydt, Rachel D. Noah, Helen Mbuagbaw, Nate Prouty, Ken Feucht
Rainey Briggs, Houa Vue, Abdoul Aziz, Lucretia Burgess, Arif Khan
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko, Legislative Affairs coordinator Chris Elvebak