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66th MSSA Senate
September 30, 1998 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:04 PM by Speaker Dan Van Every

Roll Call
Senators Present
Rainey Briggs-proxy Houa Vue 1-4-3, Chelsea Dullard 7-1-0, Marie Ntangsi-proxy Ngoni Mareya 5-2-1, Chris Elvebak 7-0-1, Mohammed Rafizuzzaman 7-0-1, Abdoul Aziz 4-2-1,Phil Rowan 8-0-0, Chris Boyce 6-0-2, Kyle Jarvis 8-0-0, Francis Klinkner 7-0-1, Laura Depuydt 8-0-0, Tonya Knaak 7-0-1, Nate Prouty 8-0-0, Rachel D. Noah-proxy Tina England 6-1-1
Senators Absent
Vicki Edwards-Merton 6-1-1, Cindy West 4-4-0, Cleo Miller 5-1-2, Lucretia Burgess 6-2-0,
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 8-0-0, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 8-0-0, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 8-0-0, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 5-0-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 7-0-1
Quorum Present

Approval of Minutes - September 23, 1998

Committee Reports
a) SAC - Chair Chris Boyce
Student Allocation Recommendation 09.30.98-01
Move to recommend that the Mankato State Student Association/Senate receive a supplemental allocation of up to $3,774.00 for the purchase of two (2) PowerMac G3/266 MHz desktop computers and two (2) Apple Vision 720 17" Multi-Scan Monitors.
Motion passed unanimously.
President Kocina-This would allow us to replace the LCIIs, and put the Quadra in the Coordinators Office which could then also be used for Mini Mavs. We will also replace Secretary's computer. This was done in the Fall as to not inflate the Senate's budget.
Senator Klinkner-New senators what is happening with this recommendation is what will happen throughout the year, we will hear requests from SAC for funding for trips, etc. Money stuff is biggest thing we do, so please ask questions and be informed before you vote on the recommendation.

Student Allocation Recommendation 09.30.98-01
Move to recommend that the Mankato State Student Association/Senate receive a supplemental allocation of up to $3,774.00 for the purchase of two (2) PowerMac G3/266 MHz desktop computers and two (2) Apple Vision 720 17" Multi-Scan Monitors.

Motion passes unanimously

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Meet & Confer-Monday, Sept. 28. Discussed facility updates, Phase III is two and a half weeks behind. Meeting today with Union representatives to discuss timeline, how offices will be funded, choosing paint, carpet etc. A small group will be appointed in our office to discuss this. Andreas Theater hope to open yet this Fall. Bids were about a half million more because of tornadoes in St. Peter. Taylor Center ground breaking this Spring. Athletic facility updates-track, Otto Arena. President Rush met with the city manager and how Taylor Center changes will affect Stadium Road etc. President Rush plans to meet with State
Congressmen. Also discussed at Meet & Confer was Academic Calendar, Policy on Policies.
Student Affairs-Working on security issues. Meeting with Dr. Healy next week.
Academic Affairs-This morning Senator Rowan and Coordinator Jarvis attended a meeting to discuss the Academic Calendar.
We were one of the few groups that wanted to start immediately, the Bargaining Units preferred a week between sessions. We will be starting May 17. 1999.
Fiscal Affairs-Dean Trauger wants our input on how the Student Service Center should be run.
Worked on Pricing Protocol with Sheila Mason in the University Bookstore today. Looking for incentives to get students to use University Bookstore,
this helps us, it is in our best interests, because of scholarships and revenue
received by the University.
MSUSA-At last meeting St. Cloud said they are going to uphold their vote of no Confidence against MSUSA. They feel their 16,000 students are not fairly represented. A Press release was sent out last week stating a lack of trust or confidence in MSUSA. This was sent to all campus's . This week this was sent to the Chancellor, MSCSA, and Minnesota State administrations. Now they are going to make this issue much bigger then it is. Other student body president's were not happy with this direction St. Cloud is taking. Now why would they do this?
Senator Pavlenko-They could be trying to bully the other schools with this
Senator Klinkner-Are there laws dealing with internal issues publicly as a member of the Board of Directors of a Corporation? If so, we should pursue this.
Don't forget Homecoming this weekend, parade, Touchdown Tent, game.
b) Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg
Need help on committees-ask classmates. University committees are very important. We will be having a table to give out information starting next week. Committee list will be available Friday.
In regards to Financial Aid issue-six students would like to meet with
Dean Trauger and Financial Aid officers.
We will be having a Senate open house in the near future to try to get
students in our office.
Homecoming-it is good to get out and be seen.
Yield time to
Rashad Shabazz- Vice President Oelberg, thank you for yielding time and Senate for listening.
Discussed Reporter Article in Tuesday Sept. 29 issue. Personally being a student and as a human being this type of degradation should not be perpetuated. This rationalized theory is very generalized. As an African American I was pained,
for someone to use these words. Why would someone want to say that?
What could be gained by saying that to someone who looks like me. What disturbs me is that the MSU Reporter printed this outrage. This type of lingo or dialect causes pain. No one wants to see this, do we as students want the newspaper to print these types of behavior? The Peer Network will be
submitting a petition tomorrow to try to get a section devoted to cultural issues.
issues of diversity. There needs to be a recourse to this deed. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "if we do not live together as brothers we will parish as fools" Or Malcolm X-"before you can be my brother, you must treat me as your brother".

Vice President Oelberg-If you know of students that are doing petitions, try to get them in so we can get answers to questions before petitions become necessary. Many issues can be combated before going to a petition.
c) Speaker - Dan Van Every
Reminder that we do have access to University E Mail-read this, they are very enlightening.
Recognition of Student Organizations
Registration Renewal-Alpha Chi Omega, Golden Key National Honor Society, Mankato State University Linux User's Group, MSU Aviation Club
Correspondence-from Malcolm O'Sullivan regarding Senate Resolutions.
R#05.27.98B. President Rush acknowledges the Senate's "defeat" of this
resolution and that " and goodwill are restored".
R#09.09.98C. This resolution indicates the MSSA Senate's support for the President's proposal to change the name of Mankato State University to Minnesota State University-Mankato. The President does not believe this resolution needs Presidential approval. The President does acknowledge receipt of this resolution and appreciates, the support of the MSSA Senate on this initiative.
Resignation of Soni Pehn Lo
Vacant seats-College of Business and Off-Campus.
Senator Klinkner-With vacancy election now complete will you be meeting
with new Senators?
Speaker Van Every-invitation to meet with Speaker is always open.
Next election will be held October 14.

Staff Reports
a) Campus Coordinator - Kyle Jarvis
While working on the Safety and Security Task Force found a box of 157 survey's from Security Committee approximately three years ago. Spent five hours interpreting the results and will be giving these to Safety and Security Task Force. In regards to Academic Affairs Calendar-consensus seems to be that the University will probably be starting a week after the semester ends. Factors involved-instructors would like a little time, maintenance needs to do routine shutdown on heat, lights etc. Need to come up with right number of duty days, MN Vikings always do come up in discussion.
Met with Vice President Trauger last week-VP Trauger has deep concerns for students on focus group, need consistency for communication. Talked about Pepsi contract, parking lots, Mav card.
MSUSA-Media Conference- information available in the office.

Senator Reports
a) Phil Rowan (see written report)
Attended MSUSA Board of Directors, got involved and learned alot of things, very rewarding. Attended a meeting with Dr. Boubel-she is very interested in what students think. Met with Dean Frey- Science Engineering & Tech. Discussed a learning community-living together in Res Halls. He is also interested in what students have to say. Attended Gen Ed Requirement Sub Committee-discussing course outlines, and student input. Attended Hearing, met Chancellor Anderson. Attended Academic Calendar meeting-several times we were asked what students thought about this. In all my meetings I have found out that administrators want to know what students are thinking, urge you to attend meetings and give input.
Faculty and administration is very open to input from students. Let them
know how we feel. Meet with the Dean's from your College's. Get in touch
with your constituents.
b) Kyle Jarvis
Along the lines of Senator Rowan, he is 100% right, last year had we had someone on Dean Trauger's focus group we might not have had motions that we did. McElroy Activities Council-is going to be applying for recognition, they elected members last Tuesday. Parking Advisory-a proposal is out to expand Lot 13. They are getting opinions from students.
E-4 Gentleman's Club banner is the best out there. Open House next
Wed. Club represents McElroy E-4. Received National recognition last year.
Senator Boyce-is this only open to men?
Senator Jarvis-at this time and due to location there are only men.
Senator Boyce-Are you implying that this body made a wrong decision
in the Dean Trauger resolution?
Senator Jarvis-Not implying that.
c) Chris Boyce
Attended Astronomy Club at Andreas Center.
Minnesota State-allocation model, we do have projections, they are scary, we need to address these concerns and look at these numbers. It is amazing to see what they are doing to make system more equitable. Would like to see agenda
on committees earlier.
Met with Dean Susan Coutrap-McQuin-she will respond to us in regards
to concerns that were brought to her.
Challenge you to work on voter registration, get people out to vote.
Abe Lincoln's statue is behind the Pepsi machine-this should be moved to a more appropriate location-challenge you to get Union Board to move this.
Senator Klinkner-regarding committees getting out agenda in advance,
I agree, can we start with SAC?
Senator Jarvis (I personally like Clinton), but who should we challenge?
In regards to agendas, I would like to see SAC's also. Student Affairs is done
on Friday. It is in my office.
Senator Boyce-I would like to see agendas in office.
Vice President Oelberg-Would you like me to present Lincoln statue at
Union Board?
Senator Jarvis-if you would like to get a hold of Union Board, I have one of their student funded cards in my office.

President Kocina-follow up in regard to petitions-we can get more done if we talk to people in person or on the phone. It takes students, without students we wouldn't have student government, we wouldn't have as big a city as we do.
Senator Klinkner-if there weren't students there wouldn't be problems.
Coordinator Pavlenko-Amnesty International meeting tomorrow night in Indigo at 9:00 PM

Adjournment Meeting at adjourned at 5:38 PM
Roll Call
Students Present
Rainey Briggs-proxy Houa Vue, Chelsea Dullard, Chris Elvebak, Mohammed Rafiquzzaman, Phil Rowan, Chris Boyce, Kyle Jarvis, Francis Klinkner, Laura Depuydt, Tonya Knaak, Rachel D. Noah-proxy Tina England, Nate Prouty
Senators Absent
Vicki Edwards-Merton, Cindy West, Lucretia Burgess, Cleo Miller
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg, Treasurer Ngoni Mareya