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Minutes

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Minutes
66th MSSA Senate
September 16, 1998 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4: 06 by Speaker Dan Van Every
Roll Call
Senators Present
Rainey Briggs-proxy Noua Vue 1-4-1, Chelsea Dullard 5-1-0, Marie Ntangsi 5-1-0, Chris Elvebak 5-0-1, Abdoul Aziz-proxy Abu Bhuiyan 3-0-3, Mohammed Rafizuzzaman 5-0-1, Phil Rowan 6-0-0, Chris Boyce-proxy Ken Fuechs 4-0-2, Vicki Edwards-Merton 5-0-1, Cindy West 3-3-0, Lucretia Burgess 5-1-0, Kyle Jarvis 6-0-0, Cleo Miller 4-0-2, Francis Klinkner 5-0-1, Laura Depuydt 6-0-0, Tonya Knaak 6-0-0, Rachel D. Noah 5-1-0, Soni Penh Lo-proxy Tina England 2-2-2, Nate Prouty 6-0-0, Amy Enter 6-0-0
Senators Absent
Brian Opatz 0-6-0
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 6-0-0, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 6-0-0, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 6-0-0, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 3-0-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 5-0-1
Quorum Present

Student Forum
Sharon Van Natta-Social Work Club, October 1, Walk for Peace, promotion of domestic violence awareness, working with CADA and Women's Center, would appreciate man power or help with expenses of advertising.

Presentations - no presentation 9/16

Old Business- Election of Rules Committee
Senator Dullard-nominate Phil Rowan
Senator Jarvis-nominate Christopher Elvebak
Senator Edwards-Merton-nominate Rachel D. Noah

Senator Klinkner-move and accept without objection, approved

Approval of Minutes - Minutes of 9/9/98 accepted with clerical changes

Committee Reports
a) Elections Chair Kocina
Committee met Tuesday 9/15-office hours posted, questions can be directed to committee member on duty. Applications accepted through next Wed. 9/23. Election day Sept. 29. Gage A will be after election.
Senator Klinkner-future elections should have two polling places. Fall elections are
to try to involve new students, a polling place in Gage would facilitate that. There
will always be a Mav Hall seat open.
Chair Kocina-only consideration would be man power for staffing election booths.

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Fiscal Affairs- Sept. 29, Minnesota State will be having a meeting on the Allocation Model-this is a formula they use to decide how to fund each institution. The university will be having a university-wide hearing next Monday 9/21, this is an opportunity for MSU administrators to ask questions on basis of funding.
The cabinet has recommended their base supplemental funding of fourteen items. They are waiting from IFO etc.
Student Affairs Drop Add Fee-after consultation found out they were charging an
add fee, most students will not be impacted by that charge, no one was charged for
a drop or add fee after the third day of classes.
Currently a committee is developing a Policy on Policy Consultation and Approval-including academic warning, re-evaluation, admissions policies, statement of student responsibilities.
We need two student for Learning & Technology Roundtable, this meets 12-2 2nd & 4th Wed , also need two students for Planning Sub Meet & Confer, this meets Fridays. Five students are needed for Joint Task Forces-this will review student leadership stipends
Residential Life
Met with Diane Solinger regarding safety issues, a proposal will come before this
body next week.
Academic Affairs
Currently working on Academic Calendar and Academic Info Center-they are in the process of hiring students to work in the Center. Talk to Bob Pavlenko or Sylvia if you have any questions.
Operations
Vice President Metro is officially gone. (see copy of letter outlining things done
in the past 9 years-recommendations etc.)
Glen Taylor gave an additional 1.2 million yesterday for the Taylor Center, this will
help provide additional classroom space in an area that would have been unusable in original plan.
MSUSA Conference this weekend. Last weekend attended retreat with other association presidents, talk to President Kocina if you are interested in issues discussed at retreat.

Appointments
Rules Committee-Phil Rowan, Union Board-Tracey Stokes, Commission on Ethics and Standards-Karen Van Norman, Shawn Prescher, Communication Board-Leah Pederson, Budget Committee-Sonja Zoet, Ensuring Cultural Diversity Committee-
Lucretia Burgess, Victor Divine, Rainey Briggs, Tonya Knaak, Soni Phen Lo, Amy Kessler, Rachel D. Noah

Speaker Van Every-rules are suspended
Senator Rowan-will vacate elected seat on Rules Committee and keep appointed
Senator Elvebak-nominate Nate Prouty
Senator Noah-nominate Laura Depuydt
Senator Edwards-Merton-nominate Kyle Jarvis-declines
Senator Knaak-nominate Senator Edwards-Merton-declines
Senator Depuydt declines
Senator Prouty accepted to MSSA Rules Committee without objection.

b) Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg
Please remember that we all have our own ideas, we are not here because of
party we ran under. Please read page 4 on job descriptions, apologize to
Senator Dullard for confusion on job duties. We will be having an Intern this semester from Cultural Diversity-Chris Chopin. He will be working with Coordinator Jarvis on "How to MSU". Thanks to proxies that allow us to have quorum.

c) Speaker - Dan Van Every

Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognition: Japan Club (JC), Campus Crusade for Christ, MSU Men's Soccer Club, Alpha Phi Sigma-Alpha Delta
Registration Renewal: African Student Association, C.L.A.S.A, Delta Sigma Pi, R.U.M. Club, WELS Campus Ministry, College Republicans, Athletic Training Club, Recreation Club, Accounting Club, Hmong Student Association, Human Resource Management Club, Pakistan Student Organization, LAO Student Association, Mankato State University Law Enforcement Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF),
Social Work Club

Recognize vacancy in Gage A seat-election two weeks following Fall Elections.
RSO meeting Thursday Sept. 17, 6:00 PM CSU 201
MSUSA Conference-will meet with anyone at 5:00 Friday night to explain MSUSA
process and interact with MSUSA staff.
Informal senate mentoring programming-find someone to sit down with and explain proceedings. Explain Senate procedures to proxies.

Senator Dullard-RSO meeting is mandatory.
President Kocina-is this a written policy?
Speaker Van Every-this is not a written policy, but it does behoove officers to attend this meeting. Policies are outdated.

Staff Reports
a) Bob Pavlenko - Asst. Campus Coordinator
Met with Kris Pierre and Lynette DeBrito regarding Academic Information Center,
in comparing this to past proposals this is not in the perimeters we had developed.
Academic Affairs will be looking at this proposal, if this does not meet our needs
we will find this unacceptable. Currently this does not address problems with
advisors etc.
Will be attending MSUSA Academic Affairs meeting, if you have questions talk
to him

b) Kyle D. Jarvis - MSUSA Campus Rep
MSUSA-this weekend! Sign sheets on meetings you attend. Give suggestions.
Speakers-David Cowan, speaking on MSUSA History. Ed Twedt, speaking on
cooperative efforts on cities and universities and effect of students.
Met with Dr. Healy last week regarding Campus Coordinator goals.

Senator Reports
a) Marie Ntangsi
Working on increasing Morris Hall computer hours, currently open twenty-four hours per week, more hours are needed on weekends. Working on Web page for College of Business to provide information on conferences etc.. Met with Dean Solomon on technology issues.
Senator Enter-what is quality of computers in the Morris Hall lab?
Senator Ntangsi-quality is better, availability is better.
Senator Enter-last year there was a debate on funding on this lab, who funded this?
Senator Ntangsi-repairs are funded by College of Business, but don't know who
funded lab.
President Kocina-I don't know who paid for this, it was not paid for by the activity fee.
b) Francis Klinkner
This is my second report, so I have met my obligations. Reminder that you do need to give two reports. MSUSA-don't be afraid to participate, mention burning issues on our campus, they may be pertinent to other institutions as well and a resolution could be passed. Don't be intimidated by students from other campuses.

Motion Sponsor Senator Klinkner, Co Sponsor Senator Rowan
R#09.16.98A

Resolution of Commendation for Former Vice President Joseph P. Metro
Whereas: Joseph P. Metro has served the students of Mankato State University
in the capacity of Vice President for University Operations for nine
years, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro has always been willing to assist students
in any manner he can, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro was nominated for the Vice Swenson
Student Friendly Award in 1996, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro has been a leader for customer service
initiatives statewide, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro has set the standard for Total Quality Management in divisions on this campus, therefore be it

Resolved: That the Mankato State Student Association commend Former Vice
President Joseph P. Metro for his service to the students of Mankato State and thank him for all of his assistance, and be it further

Resolved: That the Mankato State Student Association wish Former Vice President Metro the best of luck in his new position, he will be missed. Thank You.

Motion speaks for itself. In my opinion Vice President Metro has been one of our best Vice Presidents. I hope this basically sums it up, however add anything. Not enough can be said for Mr. Metro, he will be missed especially with impending projects on this campus.

R#09.16.98A motion carries unanimously

Resolution of Commendation for Former Vice President Joseph P. Metro
Whereas: Joseph P. Metro has served the students of Mankato State University
in the capacity of Vice President for University Operations for nine
years, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro has always been willing to assist students
in any manner he can, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro was nominated for the Vice Swenson
Student Friendly Award in 1996, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro has been a leader for customer service
initiatives statewide, and

Whereas: Former Vice President Metro has set the standard for Total Quality Management in divisions on this campus, therefore be it

Resolved: That the Mankato State Student Association commend Former Vice
President Joseph P. Metro for his service to the students of Mankato State and thank him for all of his assistance, and be it further

Resolved: That the Mankato State Student Association wish Former Vice President Metro the best of luck in his new position, he will be missed. Thank You.

Move R#09.16.98B Sponsor Senator Klinkner Second Senator Depuydt
MSSA Investigation of Bresnan Communications
Whereas: Bresnan Communications charges a $2.00 fee for changing the name
on an account, and

Whereas: No other utility company serving Mankato State students has such
a fee, and

Whereas: This fee disproportionately disadvantages college students because
of their tendency to move frequently, and

Whereas: Bresnan Communications serves the Mankato Area courtesy of a government sanctioned monopoly, and therefore has an obligation to serve the community in a fair manner, therefore be it

Resolved: That the Mankato State Student Association consult with the
Student's Attorney, the City of Mankato and the Minnesota Attorney
General's office about the legalities surrounding this fee, and be it
further

Resolved: That an investigation be launched as to whether or not this type of
fee truly does target college students and therefore would be
discriminatory in nature, and be it further

Resolved: That should this fee be determined to be questionable, the MSSA
shall head a class-action law suite against Bresnan Communications
for retribution in it's alleged wrongdoing.

Senator Klinkner-feel this should be referred to committee. There are many
big and harsh words in this resolution. It is an important issue. This utility company serves the city yet targets a group of people because they tend to move
a lot, charging a $2.00 fee seems ridiculous. You also must go to their office, show ID and then they will change name on billing account. I am merely interested in fee
being dropped. They have helped this institution in the donation of a million dollars.
President Kocina-Move to refer to Student Affairs Committee
Senator Jarvis-second
President Kocina-resolution raises interesting points, they can probably be discussed in committee and negated eliminating need for resolution.
Motion to refer to committee passes unanimously

c) Cleo Miller
Brought to attention that their are females that live in Southridge that would like
bus time extended because of security concerns.

New Business - no new business

Announcements
Kyle Jarvis-Tony Rust is the MSUSA State Chair.
Open Forum has been added to the beginning of Student Affairs, come voice your
concerns.
President Kocina-name change will be coming to Minnesota State State Board Thursday, Monday we could have a name change-Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Senator Edwards-Merton-legislation brought forth today was well written legislation, this type of legislation could bring change to MSU. Francis should write for Hallmark.
Senator Noah-talked to Security-they will escort you to Highland Hills. If you live in
Southwood-and it is after hours they will give you a ride in a Security vehicle.
Senator Dullard-Most escort services are very liberal, encourage your constituents
to use this service.

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:35
Roll Call
Senators Present
Rainey Briggs-proxy Houa Vue, Chelsea Dullard, Marie Ntangsi, Chris Elvebak, Abdoul Aziz-proxy Abu Bhuiyan, Chris Boyce-proxy Ken Fuechs, Vicki Edwards-Merton, Cindy West, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Cleo Miller, Francis Klinkner, Laura Depuydt, Tonya Knaak, Rachel D. Noah, Soni Penh Lo-proxy Tina England, Nate Prouty
Senators Absent
Brian Opatz, Amy Enter
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina , Vice President Sylvia Oelberg