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66th MSSA Senate
November 11, 1998 Minutes

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

Roll Call
Senators Present
Chelsea Dullard 12-2-0, Marie Ntangsi-proxy Ngoni Mareya 7-4-3, Mickey Cupkie 3-1-0, Patrick O'Shaughnessy 6-0-0, , Mohammed Rafizuzzaman 9-4-1, Adam Hutzenbuhler 6-0-0, Phil Rowan 14-0-0, Chris Boyce-proxy Amanda Kraus 10-0-4, Vicki Edwards-Merton 11-1-2, Kyle Jarvis 13-1-0, Shawn Bakke 6-0-0, Laura Depuydt 14-0-0, Nate Prouty-proxy Tina England 11-1-2, Ken Feucht 5-0-0, Rachel D. Noah 11-1-2, Lucretia Burgess 12-2-0, Arif Khan 3-0-1, Helen Ambagdaw 2-0-0
Senators Absent
Rainey Briggs 1-10-3, Houa Vue 4-2-0, Mitchell Berg 4-2-0, Cindy West 5-9-0, Abdoul Aziz 5-5-4, Francis Klinkner 12-1-1, Tonya Knaak­ 9-2-2,
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 14-0-0, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 13-1-0, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 11-0-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 12-1-1
Executive Staff Absent
Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 13-1-0,
Quorum Present

Presentation- Union Board Chair - Cleo Miller
Working on policy for Phase III regarding allocation of offices. Student Food service contract is up. Six companies are looking at process of bidding. They are in process of trying to separate Minnesota State from other Minnesota State schools. Also working on funding for furniture etc. in new Union facility. New game room manager, stop and say hi to George. ACUI Conference-disappointed in not being able to meet more student representatives. Did attend meetings on structure etc.
Senator Noah-have all six of these companies bid?
Chair Miller-process has not yet started.
Senator Dullard-explained food service bidding process, information was sent to approximately 30 different companies, they are looking at grouping schools vs. bidding as a whole.

Approval of the Minutes - Nov 4, 1998

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Yesterday Minnesota State biannual budget was discussed, due to inclement weather President Rush presented package. Highlights-$230.6 million increase over the next two years. The focus is on teaching, technology and tuition stability. Minnesota State is requesting money to cover the loss of tuition money due to the enrollment drop caused by the mandated change to semesters. Enrollment is expected to recover when students are used to the semester system.
President Rush has stayed behind his commitment of no tuition increase for this year and next.
Yesterday I attended meeting with Councilman Ed Twedt and Councilperson
Anne Ganey- tenant meeting will be held in January. Minimum
rental standards will be discussed, a representative from Heartland Express will be present. This meeting should be for all senators.
December-currently organizing a meeting with Off-Campus representatives working for cooperative efforts with landlords and students, such as loud noise, garbage etc.
MSUSA Conference-MSSA participants did an excellent job. Senator Boyce, Senator Depuydt, Senator Rowan, Senator Noah, Coordinator Elvebak, Coordinator Jarvis, Vice President Oelberg, Speaker Van Every, were well informed of issues and made an impact.
Hockey game-try to sit near section 109. MSSA is a Corporate sponsor on Saturday.
We do have two students on Food Service task force, Senator Boyce and Senator Dullard. If you have food service issues, contact them. They will be doing a lot of reading of contracts and attending meetings in January.

questions...Coordinator Elvebak-#5-Temporary Enrollment Relief-
will Minnesota State be able to pass this or will the legislature say no way?
President Kocina-it was mandated to switch to semesters so enrollment drop was expected. We are not sure what the legislature will do at this time.
b) Speaker - Dan Van Every
Student Organization Recognition
Initial Recognition
Human Performance Club
Recognition Renewal

Email correspondence-Mary Dowd- congratulations on dealing with tenant issues, regarding safety.
Multi Cultural Club-requested information on our policy for web site access for organizations.

MSUSA-attended conference and several committee meetings.
In Federal Leg meetings we discussed a meeting with Senator Wellstone in regard to revamping the Montgomery GI Bill. Hopefully we will have an official from MSUSA at our meeting in December that can speak on this.
In State Leg committee a similar resolution was brought forward similar to Ill Veterans Grant-if a vet attends a university within 6 mos of being discharged they can attend school free of tuition.

Staff Reports
a) Assistant Campus Coordinator - Bob Pavlenko
Attended Friendship Night, very good time, encourage you to attend Asian Night.
Continue to work on Grade Appeal process.
b) Legislative Affairs Coordinator - Chris Elvebak
Tomorrow HESC-Higher Ed Service Council, they deal with Financial aid and grants.
A Minnesota State University student received Penny Fellowship
Scholarship, Cathy Thielbar, a senior Social Work major. The Summer application deadline is May 1St.
Attended meeting yesterday with Walt Wolff, Admissions Director regarding Transfer Students and ways to attract and aid transfers.
MSUSA Conference- felt Mankato students were very pro-active in helping students.
MSUSA Panel discussions-Reauthorization of Higher Ed Act-Higher Ed
has passed the House and waiting to be signed by the President.
We were made aware that program has some performance based
goals attached to it. Federal Pell Grant Awards will be increasing until the year 2004. Federal programs are making plugs for teachers who want to go into teaching, programs will offer extra grants for continuing education. Welfare to Work program-the law does not include language that sought to count two years of college course work as eligible work activity, currently they only count one,
Senator Welstone was working on final bill. Federal Family Education Loan Program-Interest rates will be continued, tax credits will be offered for more than one generation in a family attending school.
State Student Incentive Grants-two years away from receiving electronic signatures for posting of Financial Aid etc over the Web.
The new Majority Leader in the House is Steve Swiggim.
Representative Peg Leppich will probably be Chair of Higher Ed Finance Division-she previously stated that before we look at increasing grants we should look at the closing of schools debate.
As of now inflation is 1.4% and will be readjusted in December, but will still stay under 2%. No increases in financial aid could be good if the money appropriated stays in our base. Debt service is getting bad. No other state institution pays interest payments. We pay 2% on bonding issues-why does education world have to pay interest?
Another issue is buying out student fee for technology, currently we all pay for this. Hopefully we could buy this out of our fees and have the state pick up 2/3 of the cost. Student Fees could come up in leg session because Republicans donÕt like MSUSA fee and campus activity fees. With a 2/3 Democratic Senate and the House a Republican majority a lot of new initiatives may not be passed. There is going to be much debate over student financial aid. Governor Elect Ventura is our best hope for killing the high tuition, high aid model, push.
Tuition Model-this is what the privates do now, they can give large amounts of financial aid. Governor Ventura will not support this model.
Minnesota Higher Ed legislation-Governor Ventura will be talking with Tim Penny-big backer of public college students. However, Ventura is hiring Steven Bosacher former President of University of MN Board of Regents.
Federal Lobby Trip-date has not yet been decided.
Letter from Mike Lopez-hope to push decoupling issue.
In Minnesota, fiscal year1995 awarded more state grants than the combined total of 23 states and the District of Columbia.
Don't jump to conclusions about Jesse Ventura.

c) MSUSA Campus Representative Kyle Jarvis
MSCSA was at MSUSA, was impressed with MSSA at MSUSA. MSCSA will be at SCTC, invited MSSA of MSUM to show up at MSCSA at SCTC. IÕll be there ASAP, if IÕm not FUBAR
HESC will be meeting tomorrow for public hearing for state grant proposal and Campus Representative will be testifying. If you can go along, please do so, student attendance shows support.
Consensus on Governor Ventura-no one knows what is going to happen.
Fall Conference-kicked off with Student Media Conference.
Penny Fellowship Dinner-Winona brought 20 students to conference and dinner.
Student Services-issue of Chancellor appointments of university and college presidents. Senator Rowan and Campus Rep Jarvis made six motions to change document. Adhoc committee appointed in July to make changes to Articles of Operation. Motion was made to use Robert's Rules, other schools, including St. Cloud, did not want to use Robert's Rules. Mankato State students ran conference, we got stuff done because we wanted to get things done. Campus Rep report and supplement were a hit.

Senator Reports
a) Science Engineering & Technology - Phil Rowan
Today is Veterans Day-reflect on what veterans have done for you. Think of the freedoms you have and appreciate them. There are veterans closer to you then you might think. I would like to recognize the following MSSA senators as veterans: Senator Cupkie, Speaker Van Every, Senator OÕShaughnessy, Senator West and Proxy England.
MSUSA Fall Conference-worked on a Minnesota Veterans Grant that would be similar to Illinois Veterans Grant. Qualified veterans will be exempt from tuiton and certain fees at public higher education institutions. For those of you who arenÕt vets, donÕt despair, there are ideas in the works for tuition relief for all of you. There are brochures for Winona and SWSU in the office. Look them over and see how they compare.
b) Off-Campus Senator Rachel D. Noah
MSUSA Conference-this was a training conference, we got to see what other schools are doing.
Regarding open senate seats-don't ask questions that you don't know the answers to. We want seats filled, we need to welcome students.
c) McElroy Senator Kyle Jarvis
Looked at Residential Life contract and there was a note sent around, it is legal.

Parliamentarian Mayfield-be it noted that this is the shortest report Senator Jarvis has ever given.

Roll Call
Senators Present
Chelsea Dullard, Mickey Cupkie, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Mohammed Rafiquzzaman, Phil Rowan, Chris Boyce, Vicki Edwards-Merton, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Arif Khan, Shawn Bakke, Laura Depuydt, Rachel D. Noah, Helen Ambagdaw, Nate Prouty-proxy Tina England, Ken Feucht
Senators Absent
Rainey Briggs, Houa Vue, Marie Ntangsi, Patrick OÕShaughnessy, Mitchell Berg, Abdoul Aziz, Francis Klinkner
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina, Treasurer Ngoni Mareya, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis, Asst. Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko, Legislative Affairs Chris Elvebak
Executive Staff Absent
Vice President Sylvia Oelberg

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:33 PM