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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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66th MSSA Senate
December 2, 1998 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:00 by Speaker Dan Van Every

Roll Call
Senators Present
Rainey Briggs 2-11-3, Houa Vue 5-2-0, Chelsea Dullard 14-2-0, Marie Ntangsi-proxy Ngoni Mareya 7-5-4, Mickey Cupkie 5-1-0, Patrick O'Shaughnessy 7-1-0, Mohammed Rafizuzzaman 10-4-2 , Adam Hutzenbuhler 7-0-0, Mitchell Berg 5-3-0, Phil Rowan 16-0-0, Chris Boyce 12-0-4, Kyle Jarvis 14-1-0, Laura Depuydt 16-0-0, Tonya Knaak 10-3-2, Nate Prouty-proxy Tina England 12-1-3, Ken Feucht 7-0-0, Francis Klinkner 14-1-1, Rachel D.Noah 13-1-2, Lucretia Burgess 14-2-0, Arif Khan 4-0-2, Helen Agbor Mbuagbaw 4-0-0, Abdoul Aziz-proxy Cory Howk 5-5-6, Andy Welti 2-0-0, Bob Pavlenko 2-0-0
Senators Absent
Shawn Bakke 7-1-0, Vicki Edwards-Merton 12-2-2, Cindy West 5-11-0
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 16-0-0, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 15-1-0,
Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 15-1-0, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 13-0-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 14-1-1, Macharia Githaiga 1-0-0
Quorum Present

Approval of Minutes November 18, 1998 approved

Committee Reports
a) SAC ­ Chair Chris Boyce
Presented overview of student allocation allotments and budgets. Showed accounts that currently have deficits. Presented projection of student fees.
One problem found was the projected summer session allocation, this is a
deficit of $102.000. Under SAF policy we must attain $200,000 in surplus. Currently we are ahead approximately $75,000. There are no major concerns at this time.

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Meet and Confer-Phase III still on schedule, occupancy August 1999. Taylor
Center ground breaking in Spring of 1999. Andreas Theater Center ground breaking currently on hold. Discussed legislative activities. Covered update on
Policy on Policies. Probation and Suspension is now asking for student input.
Last week we met with Athletic Director Don Amiot, discussed role of decision making in Athletics, funding responsibilities, gender equity, post season travel. Will have a draft of account for you next week.
Concern last week regarding how the Civic Center treated students in section 208
and 109. If you have issues please contact me.
MSUSA Conference this weekend. Attendees: President Kocina, Rachel D. Noah, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Elvebak, Phil Rowan. MSU CD Director Dr. Fagin will be in attendance.
Regarding letter to Editor-phoned Mr. Abel and explained funding for lobbying.
This was not about our legislative lobbying, but in regards to a conference in Colorado that MSSA Executive Director Frank Viggiano and State Chair Tony Rust attended.
Appointments: Andi Welti-Legislative Affairs, ECDC-Macharia Githaiga
Cultural Diversity Coordinator Macharia Githaiga.
Introduction of new Cultural Diversity Coordinator, Macharia Githaiga

Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg
KMS Issue-new notices will be sent out to residents. Highland Hills is working with the students, everything is positive. Received a thank you from the owner,
complimenting our association and the articles in the Reporter
Tenent Issue meeting will be the third week in January. This meeting will notify students of their rights, leases, renting, roommates. In attendance
will be members of the City Council, Fire Department etc. Banner space will notify students of this meeting.
Graduation Issues-Phil Rowan- Summer graduation ceremonies have been discontinued. When will these students go through graduation? There are space problems if these numbers are increased. Some Spring graduates felt
Summer graduates should not receive tickets as they are not technically graduating. Numbers and space problems are an issue. The official stance is that they are working on an appeals process where some summer graduates could walk through. The senate may want to undertake this project. This does need to be addressed. It is an issue that affects students.
The International Festival will be brought back to campus this Spring.
Dr. Fagin was very pleased that so many Student Senate members came to the Cultural Diversity Dinner.
c) Speaker - Dan Van Every
Bangladesh Student Association, the U.N. Club and the International Student Office will be hosting a reception on Wednesday Dec. 9. in the Ballroom, His Excellency K.M. Shehabuddin, Ambassador to the United States from the PeopleÕs Republic of Bangladesh, will be in attendance.
Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognition-Jewish StudentAssociation, Model United Nations Club, Council to Reform MSUSA
Recognized Student Organization Renewal-Phi Upsilon Omicron
Meet and Confer-addressed senate resolution chart, resolutions from August 21
through October 27. All resolutions were approved or acknowledged by the President. It was noted that we are putting in an incredible amount of research.
I would like to encourage committees to bring things before the senate. Formal
statements are necessary to follow through on informal processes.

Staff Reports
a) Campus Coordinator - Kyle Jarvis
The Department of Residential Life sent the packet to our office regarding next years room rates etc. This needs to go before the Board of Trustees before any policies can be made.
Bresnan Communication is going to wire each resident room and hall for Ethernet. They are also offering additional T1 for overload. There could be problems in the future with networking. They are also offering 8 new channels which the people in the city of Mankato do not have.
Notice new maps in your mailboxes. This has been updated with new Taylor Center etc.
Mass Transit and Parking Advisory meeting-presented pictures of new service road which has been laid with crushed asphalt. Busses can now run in these lots. The City is moving the Bus Shelter by Jakes, the shelter will be on the service road. The transit company is also looking at putting in a heated bus shelter. Also looking at running an evening bus. This would cover some of the safety concerns. Note changes to bus schedule for January.
MSUSA-this weekend is Board meeting. Dr. Fagin will be a guest.
Articles of Operation-this is what MSUSA operates on. This gets changed every Spring. The Articles of Operation are currently being reviewed by an Ad Hoc Committee. Requested a soft copy of this from MSUSA. Their web page has not
been updated, so had to cut and paste. Did then receive a copy of this in QuarkXpress which no one in the system has. They need to fix this system. They receive $120,000 from MSU, not to mention other schools. The students are not able to see what their statewide association is doing.
Senator Klinkner-could you get the information on what Federal agency the
bus shelter would be coming from? Assuming we get the grant whom would be
responsible for the maintenance, expense etc. of the bus shelter?
MSUSA does have ample funds for technology updates.
Senator Boyce-what is the status of our "How to MSU"? Are you aware that
QwarkXPress can be converted into MAC word?
Vice President Oelberg-do you have some positive things that you could report on regarding MSUSA?
Coordinator Jarvis-you are right, I will bring positive things from the Conference
this weekend. We are trying to help improve MSUSA so it can better assist the students.
Next Wednesday is Senator Klinkner's last meeting. He is graduating. Thank you Mr. Klinkner for your service to the students.

Senator Reports
a) Office Campus Senator Laura Depuydt
This is a public service announcement regarding phone calls called slamming,
you can request to get your names off these lists.
b) Graduate Studies Senator Adam Hutzenbuhler
It is an honor to be part of this body. Some senators have mentioned minor
conspiracy theories, there is no conspiracy, we are just getting involved.
As part of Academic Affairs and as a Graduate Assistantship everything is going very well. We currently have over 400 students in program. Encourage all of you to talk to your advisors. Will be meeting with Dean Tony Filipovitch, we will be discussing new marketing assessments. Dr. Kunkel needs a driver for a citizenship class. Next Tuesday, from 3-5 graduate seminar in Ostrander
concerning continuing conflict with Iraq. Would like to thank Parking for leaving a note regarding a low tire, it was nice to get something besides a clamp.
question-President Kocina-where is the front door to the Centennial Student Union?
Graduate Students are cohesive, good-natured people.
c) SET Senator Mohammed Rafiquzzaman
Registration problem-faced this since Freshmen year, when you are a Junior or Senior you do not have many options. This is frustrating, especially in your senior year when you can not register for a class such as in Computer Science. There are sequence classes; they do not offer enough classes for the students that need to get these classes. I will be talking to people in the department, and find out what steps they will be taking to correct this. If this does not work we will talk to the Dean.
d) Maverick Hall Senator Ken Feucht
There is also not a Freshman conspiracy. Attended the meeting of the voting for the RHA room rates, there was not much objection. RHA did pass the room rates.
Question-Senator Boyce-what impact do you think Comedy central had on the vote?
Senator Feucht-Comedy Central was not brought up.
e) Off Campus Senator Arif Khan
Delighted to announce that his Excellency K.M. Shehabuddin, Ambassador to the United States from the PeopleÕs Republic of Bangladesh, will be visiting Mankato on December 9 and 10. He will be accompanied by the Minister of Economics for the Embassy of Bangladesh, Dr. Quazi Mesbahuddin Ahmed. They will share their expertise in economic and political matters. This event is sponsored by
UN Club, Bangladesh Club and ISA.
f) Graduate Senator Patrick OÕShaughnessy
Writes for Women's Hockey games. Attended game this weekend, feel
Civic Center could be more respectful of students.
g) Allied Health and Nursing Senator Rainey Briggs
Glad to be back and representing his college.

IX. Announcements
President Kocina-watch passing of notes until after meeting. Enough of the
ridiculous questions.
Vice President Oelberg-Holiday Sharing Tree, we will collect money in office.
Proxy England-you missed a great meal
Senator Klinkner-will be giving final report next week.
Senator Boyce-would like to publicly acknowledge Senator Kahn on bringing the dignitaries to campus.
Senator Pavlenko-enjoyed Thanksgiving at Tina's.

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

X. Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:45 PM