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Minutes

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Minutes
66th MSSA Senate
November 18, 1998 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:00 PM by Speaker Dan Van Every
Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue 4-2-0, Chelsea Dullard 13-2-0, Mohammed Rafizuzzaman-proxy Abu Bhuiyan 9-4-2 b, Adam Hutzenbuhler 6-0-0, Phil Rowan 15-0-0, Chris Boyce- 11-0-4, Vicki Edwards-Merton 12-1-2, Kyle Jarvis 14-1-0, Shawn Bakke 7-0-0, Laura Depuydt 15-0-0, Nate Prouty 12-1-2, Ken Feucht 6-0-0, Francis Klinkner 13-1-1, Rachel D.Noah 12-1-2, Lucretia Burgess 13-2-0, Arif Khan-proxy Tina England 3-0-2, Helen Agbor Mbuagbaw 3-0-0, Abdoul Aziz-proxy Cory Howk 5-5-5, Andy Welti 1-0-0, Bob Pavlenko 1-0-0
Senators Absent
Rainey Briggs 1-11-3, Marie Ntangsi 7-5-3, Patrick O'Shaughnessy 6-1-0, Mitchell Berg 4-3-0, Cindy West 5-10-0, , Tonya Knaak­ 9-3-2, Mickey Cupkie 4-1-0
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 15-0-0, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 14-1-0,
Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 14-1-0, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 12-0-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 13-1-1
Quorum Present

Student Forum
Francis Klinkner-handed out survey regarding voting.

Presentations
a) Director of Student Involvement, Henry Morris
If everything goes as scheduled we should take occupancy of the building
by August, 1999. One thing that is real exciting, the Student Development,
has for the first time, space for RSO's, this will be on a reservation basis. Organizations that do not get space will be provided lockers to keep material from year to year, as well as desk space. The design of the logo will be in the floor on the first level.
Second level: Reporter, Intercultural Center, Student Senate, MN River Review.
There will be a conference room that can be reserved by people in that space receiving first priority.
question-Senator Dullard-explain space designated to KRNR
Mr. Morris-this was the architectÕs first draft, this is uncommitted space at this time.
We need to allocate money to supplement funding for furniture, furnishings, etc.
Goal is to have full occupancy by January 2000. We need time for delays in furniture etc. When requests are in we will prioritize space, student space and administrative space. New space means it is anything that we can't carry over. Student space is Reporter, Student Senate, anything that is primarily student run. Budget will breakdown for priority I, II, III. At that time we will have discussions on how we will move forward. Not part of building: carpet, fire alarm systems, cores in doors. Hope to have budget for senate in early January.
Highlights: We are still on schedule to take control of the space August 1999. New facility will increase space from 171,000 square feet to 201,000 square feet. This makes us the largest student union in Minnesota State by 35,000 square feet. Building has the ability of being open 24 hours a day. They will look at how they operationalize that for security. Another exciting thing is that the
Intercultural Center will be moving into Activity Center

Approval of the Minutes - November 11, 1998
Correction of Agenda

Mid-Year Vacancy Election
a) Education
Robert Pavlenko-had this position two years ago. We need this position filled. The only real remark is that there is work that is not being done, and feels he can do that along with his other responsibilities.
Elected - Bob Pavlenko
b) Social & Behavioral Science
c) Undeclared
Andy Welti ­ Is a Freshman that does not have a major. Heavily involved
in community organizations, FHA, FFA Board, currently holds position of
secretary on State-wide board. Would like to help Undeclared majors
question- Senator Dullard-Is there anything that you would like to be involved in or action you would like to take?
Andy Welti-would like to review Orientation, did not feel they received enough
material to register for classes.
Would be happy to serve on student senate and help Mankato State become better.
Elected - Andy Welti
d) Gage A

Committee Reports
a) MSSA Student Affairs Committee, Chair Kyle Jarvis
MSSA Student Affairs Committee Recommendation #SA11.18.98B
TITLE: THANKS TO THE UNITED WAY
Sponsor: Kyle Jarvis, Chair, MSSA Student Affairs Committee
Co-Sponsor: Senator Francis Klinkner, Off-Campus

Whereas: The Greater Mankato Area United Way is a foundation serving
Our community, and

Whereas: The Greater Mankato Area United Way is dedicated to helping people by assessing community needs, raising funds, allocating resources and encouraging collaborative efforts to build a stronger and healthier community and has awarded the Mini-Mavs Program with a grant of $600, therefore be it

Resolved: That the Mankato State Student Association Senate, on behalf of the student Association, thank the Greater Mankato Area United way for their commitment to Minnesota State University, MankatoÕs Mini-Mavs Evening Child Care Program. The secret to success of any society is in itÕs education. We hope that the students who are assisted by this grant can give back to the Mankato Area what it has given them: opportunity and growth.

Chair Jarvis-this is basically a way of saying thank you to them for
helping Mini-Mavs.
#SA11.18.98B Recommendation - Motion passes unanimously
R#11.18.98A UNITED WAY THANK YOU

Whereas: The Greater Mankato Area United Way is a foundation serving
Our community, and

Whereas: The Greater Mankato Area United Way is dedicated to helping
people by assessing community needs, raising funds, allocating
resources and encouraging collaborative efforts to build a stronger
and healthier community and has awarded the Mini-Mavs Program
with a grant of $600, therefore be it

Resolved: That the Mankato State Student Association Senate, on behalf of the
Student Association, thank the Greater Mankato Area United way for their commitment to Minnesota State University, MankatoÕs Mini-Mavs Evening Child Care Program. The secret to success of any society is in itÕ education. We hope that the students who are assisted by this grant can give back to the Mankato Area what it has given them: opportunity and growth.

Thank you to members of Student Affairs, you are putting in a lot of hours
outside of committee. Senate will soon see results.

b) Student Allocation Committee, SAC Member Francis Klinkner
Presentation from SDP&A presented by Kelly Meier, Asst. Director. Went
over all Divisions. Talked about what they have done so far and
what they will be doing next semester. Discussion on Blues Travelers,
when final costs are in they will get back to senate.

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Refer to drawings of Phase III. Southwest corner of building, reception
area, cubicles in inner office for four staff members. Office space, Speaker,
President, Vice President, Attorney. Offices will be furnished similiar.
Conference room will seat about 12-14 people. Work area, table, counter
top area and computer work space.
MSUSA-an EMail vote was conducted regarding Conference in Colorado.
Results were 5 for 0 against and 2 abstentions.
Meet and Confer, get agenda items in by friday. Will be meeting
Friday regarding Athletics Budget regarding uniforms, etc.
Food Service contract bids are due Dec. 16, 1998.
Monday Res life will be presenting next years room rates. Meeting in room 204 at 4:00 PM. Res Hall senators encouraged to attend.
Finance and Administration-Campus Access Hub-Vice President Trauger excited to have our support, will be asking for volunteers to assist in starting the Hub.

MSSA-Campus Express Bus will be running through lots 20-23. PAC made
a recommendation to have crushed asphalt in these lots.
General comment-commend everyone on acceptable level of conduct in office.
Appointments: Mini Mavs Grant Committee-Chris Boyce, Jason Kocina, Communications Board-Michelle Murzyn, Spirit Task Force-Chris Boyce, Jason Kocina
Spirit Task Force-objection Senator Klinkner, what is Spirit Task Force?
President Kocina-Task force to look at overall spirit at MSU, including Cheer team, pep band etc.
Fiscal Affairs Focus Group-Kyle Jarvis
MSUSA Cultural Diversity Representative-Rachel D. Noah
Record Keeping- try to keep records. When you do things it does not hurt to keep things, you never know what you will be doing. Use your binders, keep things that you are given, then you will have records.
SOAPBOX-Last time it was used was when Francis Klinkner used the box because
Chancellor Judith Eaton resigned. Podium is for business, SOAPBOX is to tell our stories, or to rant and rave on. You need to demonstrate absurditiy
by being absurd. Use the SOAPBOX when you want to spout off.
b) Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg
Was in Milwaukee last week, met James Cameron-last known man involved in a lynching. Met alumni working in community.
Fifteen people will be going to the Cultural Diversity dinner.
Union Board Conference-only attended Leadership meetings regarding Student Government and Union Board working together.
Congratulations to Rachel D. Noah on MSUSA Cultural Diversity position.
KMS is taking the steps they said they would, cards have been sent out to
residents.
Currently interviewing candidates for Cultural Diversity Coordinator
Working on getting more left-handed desks.
Senator Vue-Attended Mong Cultural Day, high school students were invited from the cities for a full day. The students participated in a talent show. There
was alot of great food cooked by students and a fashion show. LSA-Laotion
Student Association also had high school students on campus. Students stayed at Crossroads.
African American Students will be having a Newsletter- Black Eyed Peas and Okra. They will also have a Year Book called the Pod.
c) Speaker - Dan Van Every
No correspondence or RSO's. In regard to discussion last week
senators need to be present at 4:00 PM. All senators when gavel drops
not present will be counted absent. Excused absences are acceptable.
question-Senator Noah-what about the people who come for 5 minutes and leave?
Speaker Van Every-will ask rules committee to pass some guidelines to
bring before the senate.
Senator Dullard-if you are going to the Rules Committee regarding people
leaving don't you think you should go the committee regarding your rash
decision regarding people that come in late?

Senator Reports
a) Social & Behavioral Science, Senator Vicki Edwards-Merton
Will be meeting with the Dean of Social & Behavioral with Senator Boyce within the next two weeks. Ethics Commission has not met because they have not had any referrals. Which is good but yet almost disappointing because the commission is comprised of some great individuals. Myself included of course.
In Academic Affairs they are working on proposals that will be brought before this body soon.
Watched Jessie Ventura on Jay Leno-I like that he is outgoing and willing to laugh at himself. It should also be noted that he has chosen a wonderful transition team with individuals such as JoAnn Benson, Tim Penny, Charlie Weaver, Dean Barclay, Bell, Etc. A really good mixture of some great minds. I also like the fact that our governor can out wrestle any other governor in our nation. Makes me sleep better. I would like to welcome our two new senators Andy and Bob.
I had fun at the hockey game last Saturday night. It was great to see many of you there. Also, good job Rachel on singing the national anthem-truly amazing.
Just for a bit I would like to share with you some things that annoy me and maybe some of you will relate to these as well.
Things that annoy:
People that don't vote and then complain on results.
People that don't show up to meetingsÉ "just cause" . (thanks Francis)
People that spit their gum on the ground.
Professors that incorporate attendance as part of the grading process.
Brett Favre (self explanatory) and Greenbay Packers.
When I am dealt a 16 in Blackjack.
One person at check out counter down in Stompers, when there are 15-20 people wanting to check out.
Aramark sheet cake at the name change ceremony.
Nightclass on Wednesday night and finallyÉ
People that ramble on for no apparent reasonÉover and over saying the same thing or nothing at all.
Anyway I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones and/or families.
b) McElroy Center - Senator Kyle Jarvis
Residential Life-defining victory-which I promised I wouldn't do again.
However, the locks were secured. Room rates are going in front of RHA
Monday, suggest senators attend. Read Minnesota State package regarding Res Hall
room rates.
Congratulations to new senators. Mr. Welti-you did a great job.
Governor Ventura-folder on computer, if you are interested.
Have been thinking of creating a new RSO-if you enjoy tobacco, talk to me.
question-Senator Dullard-didn't President Kocina say the SOAPBOX was for non
Senate issues?

Announcements
Senator Dullard-encourage you to attend Cultural Diversity Dinner.
Senator Pavlenko-thank you to those interested in film.
Proxy England-reinvite everyone for Thanksgiving
Senator Jarvis-clarification for new senators-do they have to give two reports?
Speaker Van Every-interprets this as no at this time of the semester.

Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue, Chelsea Dullard, Marie Ntangsi, Mickey Cupkie, Bob Pavlenko, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Mohammed Rafiquzzaman, Phil Rowan, Chris Boyce, Vicki Edwards-Merton, Andy Welti, Lucretia Burgess, Kyle Jarvis, Arif Khan-proxy
Tina England, Francis Klinkner, Shawn Bakke, Laura Depuydt, Rachel D. Noah, Helen Agbor Mbuagbaw, Nate Prouty, Ken Feucht, Abdoul Aziz-proxy Cory Howk
Senators Absent
Rainey Briggs, Patrick OÕShaughnessy, Mitchell Berg, Cindy West, Tonya Knaak
Executive Staff Present
Presidnet Jason Kocina, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg, Campus Coordinator

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:33