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66th MSSA Senate
April 21, 1999 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:02 P.M.
Roll Call Present-Absent-Proxy

Laila Pirani 1-0-0, Tracy Kump 0-1-0, Dahlia Mahmoud 0-1-0, Miriam Monomo 1-0-0, Mickey Cupkie 0-1-0, Chris Schmidt 0-1-0, Todd Simonson 1-0-0, Andrew Marshall 1-0-0, Adam Hutzenbuhler 1-0-0, Timothy Huebsch 1-0-0, Phil Rowan 1-0-0, Karma Lama 1-0-0, Chris Boyce 0-1-0, Laura Depuydt 1-0-0, Emilie Peterson 0-1-0, Kristen Blekum 1-0-0, Nequra Campbell-proxy Lucretia Burgess 0-0-1, T.J. Ryan 1-0-0, Ian Radtke 1-0-0, Cynthia Davis 1-0-0, Scott Taylor 1-0-0, Yingfah Thao 0-0-1, Vicky Meuangsaksith 1-0-0, Jesse Palmer 1-0-0, Tina England 1-0-0, David Paulzine proxy Chris Elvebak 0-0-1, Zahid Ahmed proxy Abu Bhuiyan 0-0-1, Ken Feucht 0-1-0
Chris Boyce -1-0

Executive Staff
President Sylvia Oelberg 1-0-0, Vice President Houa Vue 1-0-0

Quorum present

Student Forum

Presentation- Vice President for Finance & Administration Dean Trauger
Tuition Rates-FY2000 and FY2001 Proposed Tuition Rates. We said we would hold band rate for two years. 1999 & 2000 in the 12-18 band would be $1,250.00. In general tuition rates would go up 1.27%. There is not a gap between 11 & 12 credits.
For a student taking 20 credits it would cost $20 more per credit. Non resident
would have a $20 an hour increase. 1-11 credits $9.00 per credit hour. This is
the lowest in the Minnesota State institutions. 20001 tuition change would be 3%. This
would be $3.15 per credit in the 1-11 band.
Rachel D. Noah-what is the rational on the $5.00 on 19 + credits.
Vice President Trauger-MSU tuition rates will be the lowest of any other state school.
Intent is to have 3% increase across the board.
Senator Paulzine-Proxy Elvebak-comparing to other schools-is that the band?
Trauger-yes that is the band. Winona, Bemidji are higher. If you are taking
11 credits, we are higher. Bemidji and Winona have seen some problems with
people dropping lower and having problems with financial aid etc. Most students
are in the 12-18 credits. Tough one is the 1-11 credits this is about 9.50% increase this year. 1-11 has seen an increase to make the band work. 80% of students are in the 12-18 credits. Rate did not have a negative impact on 1-11 students. Total hours increased in 12 plus. 11% of students take less than 12 credits. We have more students taking 18 credits. Semester conversion caused more students to take higher course loads to accelerate graduation. Banding did help with course loads during semester conversion. St. Cloud had a significant drop in undergrad enrollment without banding. Semester Conversion caused change in classes from 4 credits to 3 credits. Students take same number of hours but credit load is less. Overall results
were what they were trying to achieve.
Tech Fee- MSU $37.32. Bemidji charges $75.00, Metro $21.00, St. Cloud $24,
SW $52.50, Winona $51, Moorhead $18. Last year we charged $18.00. Technology
is important, last biennium we received 1 million dollars, this was one time money. This year we are getting very little support for technology. Encourage you to try and do what you can in lobby process to get legislature to pay attention to technology.
Hope Life-Time Learning tax credit-David Cowan
The 2 new tax credits-Hope Scholarship-undergrad students eligible for up to $1500.
Older students in Lifetime Tax Credit did not get as much. These two tax credits will not go away. They have been successful. 1800 forms were provided in 6 weeks.
MAV Card- Promotions, one student won tuition prize. Play Station promotion
was a success. Many new vendors signed up for MAV card, not cash stripe.
We now have two banks, US Bank and Norwest, Affinity Plus Credit Union
will be third institution available for you. Narrow strip-hope you can use
this for washer and dryers as well as copy machines.
President Oelberg-you will need to get a new MAV card with both stripes.
David Cowan-we will make both stripes very attractive to you.
Replacement Fee for lost card is $10.00. Mav card will have new face.
President Oelberg-will you get a statement from the bank?
Mr. Cowan-you can activate strip free of charge.
HUB-in December Mr. Cowan was formally told that the President had approved the HUB. HUB opened in January, it is an attempt to provide and consolidate services. They can take care of less complex things at the HUB. Can purchase parking tickets, copies of registration, help with tax forms, notary public. They are receiving good reports, are there new things to make HUB better?
Vice President Trauger-Fall aid distribution-new registration and accounts receivable system, bringing those together they will be handled through the accounts receivable system. First day financial aid may have to be moved to the 5-8
day for this fall so that we do not have the nightmares many institutions have
had with this new system. Minnesota State is struggling and still trying to make
refunds from fall term. They have had to create new folders by hand for
the entire school year. We do not have expectations for financial aid on the first day.
New financial aid system-3 new systems figure in to ability to deliver. Stafford
loans must be distributed in 3 days. Encourage you to talk to students to
sign up for electronic distribution, then we can deal with 3 day turn around. Mailing can cause problems with addresses going across the country. Incentives
will be out there for students to use their MAV Card, they can guarantee if
charges are to MAV card. There will be potential discounts. More information
will be available this summer. Collection is moving to Minnesota State office. This is
in compliance with Y2K.
Outline of construction projects this summer. Many road and parking lots will be
closed. The HUB has a web site and will have one regarding construction sites.
Exciting things going in improving facilities.
Coordinator Elvebak-there is language in the Higher Ed bill where state can reduce
credit load of 15. Have you discussed repercussions if this were to occur?
Vice President Trauger-this is inconsistent to the message they gave us in wanting
more students to graduate in four years ( more timely graduations) If this
were to pass it would not affect the band only more calculations. Band
would remain the same. This state grant may provide more money at 12-credit load.
Approval of Minutes April 7, 1999, April 21, 1999

Committee Reports
a) SAC Chair Chris Boyce
(Chair Boyce explained SAC process to new members)
SAC Resolution #04.21.99
The Student Allocation Committee moves that the WomenÕs Studies Student Organization be appropriated a non-budgeted fund allocation of $600.00 for the 1999 National WomenÕs Studies Association National Conference.

SAC Resolution passes-Senator England abstained--final recommendation from committee for academic year.

Officer Reports
a) President ­Sylvia Oelberg
This is the last meeting; we will be busy all summer. Chartwell will use our coordinator office. Coordinator position descriptions are in the office. Applications are in the office. Deadline is May 7.
Some positions are paid, some are not paid. Committee applications are
now available.
Appointments: Steering Committee: Houa Vue, Dustin Mayfield, Chris Elvebak,
Andrew Marshall, Vicky Meuangsaksith. Union Board: Lucretia Burgess, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Vicy Meuangseksith, Cindy West. Constitution Committee: Laura Depuydt, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Emilie Peterson, Jon Bauer, Christopher Boyce, Michael Groenwold. Parking Advisory Committee: Jason Kocina. Search Committee for Intramural & Rec Sports: Christopher Boyce
Need representative for Transit Advisory.
b) Vice President ­ Houa Vue
Committee applications are on the mailboxes, including descriptions of
committees. MSUSA - CD Rep. Burning issues-religious burning of
candles, etc. We will be working with the Residence Hall's on this issue.
Do we want to add International Student tuition to the MSUSA platform?
Orientation needs to be done before the first day of school. Orientation
will be the Sunday before school starts. This is mandatory. Still need
summer information for mailings. Apply for your committees or look
at descriptions and apply in the fall. Yield to Jesse
MIS/MSSA picnic, Friday at Highland Park. $4.00
c) Speaker- Dustin Mayfield
Correspondence from Malcolm O'Sullivan, Asst. Director of Student Affairs.
The President has reviewed the resolution included in this memorandum and provides the following response.
R#03.31.99A This resolution recommends that the MSU United Nations Club be appropriated a non-budgeted fund allocation of $1,000 for travel and competition at the 23rd Annual Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference. The President has no questions and approves this allocation.
Recognized Student Organization Renewal-Kappa Sigma
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Staff Reports
a) Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak
MSUSA Conference this past weekend. This was the last conference
of the year, new people had exposure. Applications are available
for MSUSA Coordinators. Federal Leg Committee-Higher Ed Act Reform,
there is language going on which has questionable terms. It denies funding
to any one convicted of a drug or federal offense. Blanket provisions do
not allow judges to hear individual cases, many other issues involved.
Emails are very timely. At MSUSA proposed conferences, Mankato
will have the December conference in 1999. When you host, all senators
should attend as much as possible. If you are on Academic Affairs go to the
MSUSA academic affairs meetings, you will gain information, very
informative. Keep conferences in mind. Bill tracking-keep following the VETS
bill. This would give aid to MN vets for textbooks etc. It didnÕt make
it through this year, but we should keep heads up on this for next year.
Hazing policy-unless wrong, policy may or may not be in handbook.
We want to keep it in the handbook. Make sure this is in there.
Policies were set up for next year's lobby days. One is a rally; the second one is very formal. We meet with all our legislators. Earning threshold for grants-if you make $9,000 you will see a reduction, this earning threshold was raised this year. Rochester-house language includes Mankato and Winona to have a say in this. This language was not in Senate version. There is a $ 5 million
discrepancy in house and senate. We lost Pell Pass Through language.
Pell Pass Through-if the federal Government updates, Pell grant the state reduces your state grant an equal amount. This is a big issue, we came close
this year final vote was 30 to 35. It is getting closer and closer each year.
This would be a big student victory. Student share-is 47% we wanted
to reduce this to 45%. Financial aid is based on cost of attendance not
need so money funded goes into grant programs. Privates therefore
get more money in their grants. The further a student share gets
reduced the less we get in grants. We lost that battle. A compromise
was reached, an amendment got an additional 10 million for Minnesota State budget. Senate proposal has jumped from 87 to 97 million. We are working our way up there. Senator Moe proposed-if you want state to come in line with full time enrollment of 15 credits, we will knock it to 12 but we will then take it from base budget. Full time status will remain at 15 credit level.
Emails needed to go to House members. Our agenda may be able to go
through unless something changes in "two minute warning". It is
important we get out Emails. When we get list, send out Emails. This
really matters to all our students. There are only three main points.

New Business

Senator Reports
a) Senator Chris Boyce, Social & Behavioral Science
Attended memorial for officers killed on duty. Met with Dean
and advisory committee. Would like to host a town forum with
College to solicit ideas.
Also would like to work on tuition increases with Leg Affairs Coordinator.
We can only go to a point-and VP numbers were not correct.
Construction sites-Lot 8 as of Saturday is gone. Can park in Lots 20 & 21.
Working on Web site that tracks construction work www. /construction $50 million worth of construction going on in next two years.
Elections are over-lets get beyond that point. We have different people and a different time. The bottom line is the students, we want to serve the
students, we will have a great session if we keep that in mind.

Senator Rowan-we received a lot of information today. We need to look closely at that information. Ask questions. We need to form an opinion and get that
back to the administration. I hope the President will make such actions.
President Oelberg-I will be available to answer questions or direct you.
We did have success on Emails but we need more. If I can use Emails everyone should. Please check bulletins boards in office
Coordinator Pavlenko-over interim I will be open to giving instructions on Parli Pro
and other information.
Senator Boyce-regarding the President-I believe we have gotten the descriptions out faster than any other senate. SAC will be going to the movie tonight, everyone is welcome. If you haven't been in the office-there are changes, thank President.
Coordinators conference room we good-naturedly surrendered this to Chartwell. We will have office look nice for orientations.
Senator Taylor-the copies of the materials presented today, can we get those?
Senator Oelberg-they will be available in the office.
Coordinator Elvebak-Thank you for being receptive, get everyone you know
to send Emails.

Roll Call
Senators Present
Miriam Monomo, Todd Simonson, Andrew Marshall, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Timothy Huebsch, Phil Rowan, Chris Boyce, Laura Depuydt, Emilie Peterson, Kristen Blekum, Nequra Campbell, T.J. Ryan, Ian Radtke, Cynthia Davis, Scott Taylor, Yingfah Thao, Vicky Meuangsaksith, Jesse Palmer, Tina England, David Paulzine proxy Chris Elvebak, Zahid Ahmed proxy Abu Bhuiyan,
Senators Absent
Laila Pirani, Tracy Kump, Dahlia Mahmoud, Mickey Cupkie, Chris Schmidt, Karma Lama, Emilie Peterson, Yingfah Thao, Ken Feucht
Executive Staff present
President Sylvia Oelberg, Vice President Houa Vue

Adjournment 6:45 PM