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66th MSSA Senate
February 17, 1999 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:01 PM by Speaker Dan Van Every

Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue 10-3-0, Chelsea Dullard 19-4-0, Bob Pavlenko 7-2-0, Mohammed Rafizuzzaman-proxy Abu Bhuiyan 11-8-4, Adam Hutzenbuhler 13-0-0, S.R. Nithy 4-0-0, Andrew Marshall-proxy JJ Morgan 2-0-1, Lucretia Burgess 19-4-0, Kyle Jarvis 21-2-0, Chris Boyce-proxy Jami Drake 14-1-8, Vicki Edwards-Merton 16-4-3, Chris Hennek 3-1-0, Andy Welti 8-1-0, Arif Khan-proxy Tina England 6-2-5, David Paulzine 3-0-0, Rachel D. Noah 18-3-2, Muhammad Qamar 3-0-0, Laura Depuydt 22-1-0, Tim Huebsch 3-0-0, Helen Mbuagbaw 9-1-0, Nate Prouty 16-2-3, Phil Rowan 21-2-0, Ken Feucht 13-1-0
Senators Absent
Marie Ntangsi 9-10-4, Abdoul Aziz 5-9-9, Mickey Cupkie 8-5-0,
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 22-1-0, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 22-1-0, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 21-2-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 20-1-1, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 19-1-0, Macharia Githaiga 5-3-0
Quorum Present

Student Forum

Presentation ­ Lieutenant Colonel Tom Evelyn, Professor Military Science
Students of Military Science have a club coming before you today for approval. Military Science overview. On campus since 1971, located in Wiecking Hall. Funded through Federal dollars with exception of classified staff. Funding does not come from student fees. Goal is to train students to become 2nd Lieutenants in the US Army. Goals and Objectives-training of freshman and sophomores to build confidence, character and leadership. Junior year concentrates on military competencies and prepares for summer internship. Senior year - Counseling & Mentorship, Leadership, and Transition training. Enrollment is up 131%, 97 students in program today. Community involvement-will be working with AirShow-and will be sponsoring Military Army Knights. Students are in charge of the program, they create curriculum. Program
teaches military and leadership training, teach how to be a leader in a small group. They do small unit training, repelling, very little marksmanship. Myths regarding Military Science-not recruiters, but leaders that help
develop leadership during a 2-4 year program. A student can not be commissioned if leadership has not been passed. 60% of what Army does is in disaster aid.
Henry Morris-Union Phase III Furniture Update
Last year we assured everyone that we would have furniture but we did not have enough money in the budget to make the Union look like we thought it should. We have received an additional $200,000. We won't need any additional dollars to do what we have to do, even though we won't generate $200,000. Funds are tied to enrollment, probably about $10,000 short. New Space-Student Space-Staff Space. Grand total is $200,426.00 for New Space, 159,825.00 for Student Space. Staff Space 27,079.00, total $387,330.00. Contingency allowance $30,000. If something comes in more than anticipated, but it is a high priority, we will have to do a juggling act and prioritize.

Approval of Minutes ­February 10, 1999 (Approved)

Elections-Rules Committee
Senator Noah-nominate Chris Boyce, Senator Dullard nominate Chris Hennek
Senator Noah-nominate Helen Mbaugaw, Senator Rowan nominate Vicki
Edwards-Merton. Senator Hennek withdraws nomination.
Senator Noah-biggest concern is for people being able to attend meetings.
Senator Boyce elected Rules Committee.

Committee Reports
a) SAC Chris Boyce-Chair
Student Allocations Committee Recommendation #02.17.99-01

The Student Allocation Committee moves that the MSU Forensics Team be allocated a supplemental of up to $8,314.60 for travel of the team to American Forensics Association National Tournament.

Senator Edwards-Merton-how many students will this cover and where is this
Chair Boyce-Anticipate 12 students and 2 staff. They will be going to the University of Alabama.
Senator Edwards-Merton-are there any out of pocket expenses?
Chair Boyce-This falls under the classification as Athletics, they are not asked to pay out-of pocket expenses.
Senator Hutzenbuhler-why do 12 people need $8,314.60?
Chair Boyce-This covers airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals and entry fees. This is the cost of competition.
Senator Hennek-assuming that this is something that they do every year-what did it cost last year?
Chair Boyce-This appears to be $621.00 more than last year.
Senator Welti-could you please clarify how much they are given for meals, and how many meals?
Chair Boyce-They are requesting $12.00 a day for approximately 6 days.
President Kocina-this is pursuint to the Student Activity Fund Policy. They are
qualified to take up to $12.00 a day. This is standard. Other teams are funded
in the same way. This request is right on line in what they have always requested, they are different than a club sport, they have paid professional
coaches, only they do not have a Post Season Travel Account.
Chair Boyce-something will not come out of committee unless it is covered by
policy. This is in line. You would not ask the Hockey team to pay out of their
Senator Dullard-Was a member of the Forensics Team, I will be abstaining. The team does pay for one meal a day, because it is required to attend banquets. They pay for their own uniforms, unlike an athletic team.
Recommendations #02.17.99-01 passes. Senator Dullard abstains.

Student Allocations Committee Recommendation #02.17.99-02

The Student Allocation Committee moves that the MSU Co-Ed Cheer Team be allocated a supplemental of up to $1,850.00 for travel of the team to National Cheerleaders Association National Competition.

President Kocina-What is the total cost of the trip, and expand on the fund-raising efforts of the team.
Chair Boyce-Total expense-$7, They have done an excellent job in pursing
extra funds. They have a corportae sponsor, they worked consessions at the
Blues Travel Concert. They will pay $162.00 per person out of pocket expense. This is an extroadinary effort. In the past requests have been much larger.

Recommendation #02.17.99-02 passes. Senator Edwards-Merton abstains.
Senator Nithy would like a letter of accomendation sent to the team for their fundraising efforts.

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Appointments: Student Union Board-Lucretia Burgess, Jami Drake.
Delegate Assembly-sign up by Friday, if you are interested in going . Will be taking 8 delegates and 2 alternates. This will be a full weekend. Training sessions will be held each Wednesday after the regular senate meeting. Will be
discussing, platform, cultural diversity issues, you must be able to attend the
training sessions. Sessions will last approximately one hour.
House Higher Education Finance Committee will meet here Friday morning.
A Rochester branch of the U of MN is a current proposal. This could have a major impact on this institution and Winona State.
Kyle Jarvis-Minnesota State news release-Minnesota State approves expanding U of MN system.
Dr. Rush was only person that spoke in oppostion. Chancellor Anderson spoke
in favor of proposal.
Presidnet Kocina-this does have a few obstacles to go through, the legislature
does have to approve funding for a new campus. In todayÕs paper Senator Hottinger said, " Most of the debate of the Ô90Õs was that we donÕt need to spend so much money on so many campuses," "This proposal seems counter to that."
This will have a major impact on this institution.
Student Lobby Day-for the record, it was not our students fighting with the governor but rather the Minnesota State Community College system. Lobby Day was successful, we were well received by many legislators. Recognized Coordinator Elvebak, Senator Welti, Senator Rowan and Ken Feucht for going the night before and having early morning appointments.
Tonight we will be participating in the Black History Month Hollywood Squares.
Tomarrow in the Multi Cultural Center-Soul Food luncheon.
Will be meeting with Vice President Healy on friday regarding MSSA Meet & Confer agenda. Hopefully we will be discussing this Rochester issue a little more
b) Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg
Still working on Tenant Forum book. Highland Hills-all residents that signed up do have cable at this time. They are still doing a positive effort.
We still need students on committees. Sign-up will be on door. Take time in
your classroom to announce elections coming up. Black History Month,
next week is Pan African Conference. Next friday, we will have youth touring
our office.
Candy machine has been varnished, new assortment of candy. Drop lite has been added.
Can still order nametags. They are done on campus and are $5.00. Saturday is
the Vietnamese New Year-sign up if you wish to attend. Pleased with turn out
for Asian New Year. Volunteers needed for Read-In (see flyer) Reminder
regarding phone messages for Mini-Mavs.

c) Speaker - Dan Van Every
As of last record over 109 student organizations have been approved, all of our resolutions have been approved with the exception of one that is pending approval. Next Wed. meeting will be in room CSU101.
Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognition
Aikido Club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, MenÕs Lacrosse,
MSU College Democrats, MSU Military Science Club, MSU,M MenÕs Rugby

Staff Reports
a) Legislative Affairs-Coordinator Chris Elvebak
Lobby Day-we were able to effectively coordinate meetings, we met with
many freshman legislators. Pleased to report that our group was not
apart of the mob squad. This hit national news, but not in our favor.
Delegates Assembly-propose cutting back on rally and march on an annual basis, we are a dynamic group with strengths but also weaknesses,
great things have been forwarded but sometimes we lose experience.
Rochester campus-no one knows for sure what will happen with this.
We have a large ROTC organization on this campus. They have lost
the overall purchasing power of their benefits, we are looking at these concerns and there is a bill regarding this in the House-File 522 . Senate File 41 has a similar bill.
Senator Nithy-regarding the Rochester campus, what can we do as a group
to change this?
Coordinator Elvebak-they are part of the U of MN system, Minnesota State does not oversee this. We will wait and see what develops. We already have almost 40 campuses. We will have to have funding for this. More money for this will directly affect our campus, it will raise our tuition, if we lose students.
Senator Welti-Are we going to draft a letter to Governor Ventura thanking him
for money appropriated and that we were not part of the mobbing.
Senator Hennek-Was there any reason given why Minnesota State supported
Coordinator Elvebak-for a number of years Rochester has been pushing for a four year institution. Rochester prides themselves on being independent, because of Mayo Clinic, IBM, business is supporting this but they will not back it financially, it will come from tax dollars.

Senator Reports
a) Ken Feucht-Maverick Hall
On Lobby Day spoke with several legislators, they were receptive. Looking forward to going to Washington D.C. Felt this was an excellent experience. You learn alot.
b) Houa Vue-Allied Health & Nursing
Had a great learning experience this past weekend. Talked to Dean
Sammuels, and will be meeting with her soon. Went on tour of Stompers,
as a dietics major discussed food. Discussed pest control, ventalation and
closing down of Pizza Hut and Taco Johns in the summer.
Attended Asian New Year, encourage everyone to go to these things, experience it. The education you receive is immense. You will come out a better more aware person. Attended Womans Leadership Conference this past weekend.
Leadership Conference (see flyer) it is important to learn more about being a better leader. Take advantage of on-campus leadership conferences. "Life is not a balancing act it is the passing of a journey."
c) Vicki Edwards-Merton-Social & Behavioral Science
I am interning this semester at the Blue Earth County Sexual Violence Resource Center. I am working 33-35 hours a week there. If you need to contact me please leave me a message in my senate mailbox or call me at home. We are having a forty-hour training session beginning on February 27. If you are interested or know someone that would like to participate in this valuable volunteer experience, please let me know. Tomorrow at 4:00 PM I will be attending the Student Advisory Board meeting. The WomenÕs Studies program is conducting a book sale across from the StomperÕs. Tomorrow the table will be up from 10:00 am-3:00 PM. Please stop by and glance and see if there is anything that interests you. I spoke with Diane Kalis and inquired what the situation was concerning Spring commencement. Here is how it currently stands: Anyone who is scheduled to graduate Spring semester will be able to walk through commencement ceremonies. The graduate will also receive four tickets for their guests. As always they can request more tickets and that goes on a first come basis. The problem is for students scheduled to graduate this summer; they are on a petition basis to walk through Spring commencement. They will have the option of walking through Fall graduation. I think the important thing to note is, all students that are scheduled to graduate this Spring DO have a place to walk in the graduation ceremonies. I would like to wish happy belated birthdays to Chris Elvebak and Kyle Jarvis. I hope that your birthdayÕs were fun and not a complete haze. Ethics is in the process of having a meeting soon. Some of the referrals that I received on senators are not valid anymore because those senators are no longer with this organization. Hockey game this weekend, bring a bell or a loud voice.
Senator Noah-stay around and listen to all reports, not what you deem important.
Senator Edwards-Merton-tomorrow Sister Gin
Senator Feucht-Gage B Hall-coffee social, everyone welcome
Proxy England-thank you for funds given for add
Proxy Boyce-100% Residential Life free as of Monday
Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 6:14 PM
Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue, Adam Hutzenbuhler, S.R. Nithy, Mohammed Rafiquzzaman-proxy Abu Bhuiyan, Phil Rowan, Chris Boyc-proxy Jami Drake, Vicki Edwards-Merton, Chris Hennek, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Arif Khan-proxy Tina England, Tim Huebsch, Muhammad Qamar, Laura Depuydt, David Paulzine, Rachel D. Noah, Helen Mbuagbaw, Nate Prouty, Ken Feucht
Senators Absent
Chelsea Dullard, Marie Ntangsi, Mickey Cupkie, Bob Pavlenko, Andrew Marshall, Abdoul Aziz, Andy Welti
Executive Staff Present
Speaker Dan Van Every, President Jason Kocina, Vice-President Sylvia Oelberg, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis, Legislative Affairs Chris Elevebak
Executive Staff Absent
Asst. Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko, Cultural Diversity Macharia Githaiga, Treasurer