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66th MSSA Senate
March 3, 1999 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:01 PM by Speaker Dan Van Every
Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue 11-4-0, Chelsea Dullard 20-5-0, Bob Pavlenko 9-2-0, Adam Hutzenbuhler 15-0-0, S.R. Nithy 6-0-0, Andrew Marshall 4-0-1, Kyle Jarvis 23-2-0, Chris Boyce-15-1-9, Andy Welti 9-1-0, Arif Khan- -proxy Abu Bhuiyan 7-2-6, David Paulzine 5-0-0, Rachel D. Noah-proxy Tina England 19-3-3, Laura Depuydt 24-1-0, Helen Mbuagbaw 10-1-1, Phil Rowan 23-2-0, Ken Feucht 15-1-0, Muhammad Qamar 5-0-0, Vicki Edwards-Merton 17-5-3, Tim Huebsch 4-1-0, Nate Prouty 17-3-3
Senators Absent
Marie Ntangsi 9-12-4, Abdoul Aziz 5-10-9, Mickey Cupkie 8-7-0, Chris Hennek 4-2-0, Mohammed Rafiquzzaman- 11-10-4,
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 24-1-0, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 23-2-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 22-1-1, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 21-1-0,
Executive Staff Absent
Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 23-2-0, Macharia Githaiga 6-4-0
Quorum Present

Approval of Minutes ­ February 24, 1999 Minutes approved

Committee Reports
a) Elections Committee-Chair Jason Kocina
Candidacy applications are available. 60 applications have been handed out so
far. Committee will meet next week to discuss procedures for logging etc.
Publicity will be going out in the next week regarding Elections.
b) SAC-Chair Christopher Boyce
SAC has begun Budget hearings. All Budgets are available in the senate office in the blue binder on top of the mailboxes, if you have questions ask members of committee. Next meeting Wed., March 10, 11:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00. SAC will be discussing ACC Budget at 11:00 and SDP&A and CSU from 1:00-3:00.
Senator Jarvis-don't you thing apology should have come to body in Oct.
Chair Boyce-I have pictures.

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Food Service Contract-discussed time line with Vice President Healy. One of our
student representatives went to Arkansas this past weekend. They toured food
service areas and student union. They were impressed with the program they
saw. Next week they will be meeting with ARAMARK and Chartwell. After Spring
break we will know who receives the new contract and they will take over during the summer months.
Meet & Confer on Thursday-discussed North Central Accreditation Steering Committee, they will be visiting next Feb. to check how we are complying in areas we were to improve upon. A Steering Committee is being formed now to work on this project.
Appointment: North Central Accreditation Steering Committee-Phil Rowan
Facilities update-Discussed the progress of the various facilities project. Tentatively April 27 is set for ground breaking of Taylor Center.
Athletic facility-pending Board approval, Meyers fieldhouse may be demolished. Andreas Theater-ground breaking ceremony was held. Student Union is still moving on schedule with occupancy in August 1999.
Parking Public Hearing April 1. This is a time that individuals can testify regarding
changes to Parking policies. Next meeting we will be discussing destruction of Lot 9
and other policy changes. Arboretum Gold Lot will also be gone. Will discuss Lot 4A
as well. There is a proposed deadline to pay parking fines, change in nighttime Gold.
In review of rates for next year, there is a proposal to pay to park in lots 22 & 23. We will not have students charged to park in the mud lots, this will be another issue when
these are paved.
DC participants will leave tomorrow night. Representatives will be very effective
while they are out there.
Tuition-Budget Sub Meet & Confer-Proposed tuition rates, increasing from current
$95 credit hour from 1-11 credits to $104 credit hour from 1-11 credits; ban will stay the same. 9 1/2 % increase for low end of ban. Increase from $135-145 for high end of ban. Graduate students will have a 3% increase in credit hour tuition. There are some rumblings with the Governor's budget, etc. We are not sure how our 2% increase in enrollment will affect the budget.
Senator Jarvis-who holds the food service contract in Arkansas?
President Kocina-Chartwell
Senator Jarvis-Taylor Center ground breaking will be determined by Glen Taylor's
schedule etc. Is that not correct?
President Kocina-yes that is correct
Senator Jarvis-Can you tell us how effective the crushed asphalt has been to parking
Lots 23 and 24?
President Kocina-The lots are muddy, even Heartland Bus complains daily.
Coordinator Elvebak- wasnÕt it the plan to demolish Meyers Fieldhouse because the costs to renovate were almost as much as building new.
President Kocina-yes with the extensive changes necessary to bring the facilities up
to required NCAA specifications.
Malcolm O'Sullivan-the costs to renovate were approximately $5.5 million and to
demolish about $5.6 million, approximately $190,000 more to demolish and build to
NCAA code etc.
b) Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg (no report)
c) Speaker - Dan Van Every
Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognitions: Minnesota State University-Mankato Women's Rugby, National Residence Hall Honorary-Maverick Chapter, Mankato State University Biology Club
Senate Correspondence-Malcolm O'Sullivan. The President provides the following
responses. R#01.27.99 B. This resolution recommends that the MSU Aviation ClubÕs Flight Team receive $800 for "travel and competition" at the NIFA National Flight Meet. The President has no questions and approves this allocation.
R#01.27.99A. This resolution recommends that the MN River Review be relocated to the first floor of the Phase III addition and that the "International Student Center" be located on the second floor of the Phase III addition. The President has no questions about the assignment of space for international students and approves this resolution as it relates to that intent. However, the President requests that you discuss with Dr. Healy the name to be used for this space, as well as the intended uses of the space. These issues should be reviewed with the Vice President for Student Affairs.
President Kocina-talked to Vice President Healy about the International Student Center proposal, she is primarily concerned about the name, because of another
space that may be in the Union with the same name. The space designated will
remain the same.
Senator Jarvis-who is the advisor of the National Residence Hall Honorary?
Speaker Van Every-Julie Casey

Senator Reports
a) Lucretia Burgess, Crawford Senator
Things constituents have brought to my attention which I will be looking into:
$30 fee for late key return. $30 fee for improper checkout, breaking contract for internships.
Also the canned pop machines, I did find out that it is in the contract and soon there will be no canned pop machines on campus.
Senator Jarvis-if you are student teaching is there a late charge?
Senator Burgess-Not that I am aware of.
b) Andrew Marshall, Graduate Studies Senator
Graduate Studies Advisory meeting-issues discussed-it is hard to attract
quality GA's. Discussed a different pay scale for different jobs, and amount
of time and quality of work. Approximately 500 students in GA positions. Salary is $8.50 per hour with 1/2 of tuition credits paid . This is comparably less than other institutions. U of M pays $12.50 plus free tuition. The U of M has a range of pay depending on years of experience, quality of work. MSU,M is currently offering 71 programs, 2100 graduate students enrolled. 18% fewer students last Fall. One reason for this is economy, when jobs are good, grad school enrollment goes down. There are concerns with the proposed U of M Rochester-it would take away students from MSU, but instead of condemning we should see how we can make this work for us. We need to discuss this objectively. Rochester is now in Winona's domain. With the strength of our program this is in line with what employers are looking for. Our strengths could be taken to Rochester. If looked at from all sides, it could work to our advantage.
c) Helen Mbuagbaw, Off-Campus Senator-There were some issues regarding Pan African Conference. Many students worked very hard to put this conference together, Sylvia especially put in many hours, also Lucretia and Houa. The food was wonderful. As students we should be able to have an input as to who comes to our institution for a Conference. Some people do attend because they want to learn. We should have an input on the speakers and what they will be talking about.
Financial Aid Office-some students feel they have no customer service at all.
Will check into this to see how this can be improved.
8:00 classes too early for some students-some students also talked about
Parking-they can't find a place to park even with a parking pass. Some
students even thought we should have free parking. Received complaints about
Devonshire apartments-no one maintains parking lots or buildings.
Announcement: Became a member of Student Senate because she wanted a
place where she could have a bigger voice, also likes to have fun and meet new people. (I have watched how things are run, it is great but I was expecting more. I was told I could come to the Office and talk to people, I still don't know names, no one told me where the resources are. There is no orientation. Senators are not told information; this could be made easier for senators. Make people feel welcome, especially when someone runs for a seat and does not win. We need to drop people a note and thank them for running and encourage them to get
involved in committees. ) Announcement: Search Committee is in process of hiring a professor for the WomanÕs Studies Department. Student evaluations are needed. The first candidate will teach a class on March 5 in Armstrong 203 at 1:00 PM. The next candidate will teach the same class in Armstrong 203 at 2:00.
African Night-March 27. Senator Mbuagbaw will be writing, producing and directing a play and is looking for students to be in this play.
The VINE -to make your resume sparkle, they provide practical experience
in life circumstances. Leo Hoffman-will be hiring for part-time work or Interns.
Senator Vue-I also had the same experience when I became involved in Senate.
Student Events Team has an Amateur Film Festival coming up- You could submit your film,

Senator Vue-
Proxy England-International WomenÕs Day, March 8.
Coordinator Elvebak-Taylor Center bill did pass the House Higher Ed Finance Committee. It is now on to the House Capitol Investment Committee HF492. It is now just going through the formalities. When Chancellor Anderson presented his budget request he was drilled by prominent members on specific Minnesota State budget, because of 230 million dollar increase. Gov. Ventura's budget is about 1/2 of that.
Certain legislators feel Anderson did not give specific enough request. Minnesota State budget request is not looking good at this time. Rochester situation - see me after this meeting.
Senator Jarvis-due to the DC trip I will not be here for next weeks Student Affairs,
Laura Depuydt was elected chair during this absence.
Senator Edwards-Merton-next Thursday Ethics will be meeting. April 22-Take back the Night. Will graduate May 7. 4-7 party at Tav on the Avenue.
Senator Jarvis-Student Affairs had quorum. 8 members present, to the gentleman
with his head down, how many did you have?.
Senator Mbuagbaw-Monica Lewinsky tonight at 8:00. Graduation May 7, party at YWCA, also a small open house, you are welcome.
Senator Dullard-Academic Affairs may not have had quorum, but quite an intriguing discussion.

Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue, Chelsea Dullard, Bob Pavlenko, Andrew Marshall, Adam Hutzenbuhler, S.R. Nithy, Phil Rowan, Chris Boyce, Vicki Edwards-Merton, Andy Welti, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Tim Huebsch, Laura Depuydt, David Paulzine, Rachel D. Noah-proxy Tina England, Helen Mbuagbaw, Nate Prouty, Ken Feucht
Senators Absent
Marie Ntangsi, Mickey Cupkie, Mohammed Rafiquzzaman, Abdoul Aziz, Chris Hennek,
Arif Khan, Muhammad Qamar
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis, Asst. Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:07 PM