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67th MSSA Senate
March 8, 2000 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:08 P.M.

Roll Call

Senators Present
Juliet Orbisi 11-4-0, Christina Ische 5-0-0, Dahlia Mahmoud 13-3-2-2, Miriam Monomo 16-4-0, Chris Schmidt 18-1-0-1, Emilie Peterson 16-1-2-1, Timothy Huebsch 19-1-0, Chris Boyce 20-0-0, Andrew Grundhoefer 1-0-0. Nequra Campbell 16-3-0-1, Ian Radtke 17-1-1-1, Jesse Palmer 16-2-2, Nick Morriston 9-4-1, Rachel D. Noah 4-1-0, Derek Short 5-0-0, Amy Bicek 5-0-0, Roger White Owl 2-0-0, Erinn Wilson 1-0-1, Zahid Ahmed 14-6-0, Ryan Austad 2-2-0
Senators Absent
Mickey Cupkie 0-17-3, Manu Morais 3-5-0
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg, Vice President Houa Vue

Student Forum

Chris Goettl, RHA Chair.
After Spring break RHA will be having elections. Re-writing Constitution with help of President Oelberg. Will also be working on bonding issue.

Approval of Minutes 3/1/00 Minutes approved

Elections: Education, Graduate Studies, Gage A College of Education Candidate Kelly Eittreim
Senator Schmidt-What is your major.
Ms Eittreim, Elementary Education, sign language.
Senator Schmidt-What type of fruit would you be and why?
Ms. Eittreim-A Blueberry
Coordinator Anderson-What type of diversity do you bring to the senate?
Ms. Eittreim-Mainly sign language.
Ms. Eittreim-I guess I'm cool, and I want to be a senator for the College of Education.
Kelly Eittreim-Elected senator, College of Education

Committee Reports

SAC, Christ Boyce
SAC Recommendation R#03.08.00A
SAC recommends a non-budgeted funds request of up to $1800.00 for transportation for the men's club volleyball team to their National Competition.
Senator Morriston-Is this an invitational or did they qualify?
Senator Wilson-Where are they going?
Chair Boyce-Reno, NV April 19.
SAC Recommendation 4#03.08.00A Passes, Oppose-Senator Noah

President Oelberg-When are your meetings and do you have information on this in the office?
Chair Boyce-There is a book in the office, they will meet Monday's at 2::30. Next Monday will be Rec. Sports.

Elections Committee, Houa Vue
Election Rules-Recommendation from committee

Senator Ische-Academic Affairs Committee
Academic Affairs Committee makes a recommendation for the motion pertaining to Article 3 Section 2 of General Election Rules, changing the date campaigning may begin from 4 weeks to 3 weeks.

Senator Noah-The way the rules are now, four weeks are important so that everyone will know about it. Four weeks is important to get all your ducks in a row. It is good as it is, people need to consider fund raising etc. I don't believe the good of the few out weigh the many. People who choose to run should have the opportunity to get involved after Spring break.
Senator Schmidt-The only people that are aware of when things are happening is us. This would put other people at an unfair advantage. This would give everyone a more even footing.
Senator Boyce-I agree, anyone interested knows when the date is. It is important that people do know the rules. It is time that we think about this.
President Oelberg-The intent was to allow you to pick up applications. To fairly represent students, we need to get the word out there. If you aren't going to do this, then you should support three weeks. A week does make a difference, Election committee needs to get information out there.
Senator Noah-Support amendment on the floor.
Senator Noah-For the purpose of discussion-three weeks previous is the Monday after Spring break.
Senator Boyce-Three weeks is necessary, by changing it, it does not keep people from running up until the week before Elections. This will include more people, giving more a chance to be involved.
Vice President Vue-It will have to be three weeks because of Spring Break.
Motion Passes-unanimous

President Oelberg-If we change this, do we need to change the date of poster hanging to one week?

Senator Ische-Academic Affairs Committee makes the following recommendation General Election rules should no longer be based on a campaign type model rather that individuals run their own campaign and can support a president/vice president. Both of which have the option of running together.

Senator Boyce-This would allow people to run their own campaigns. The idea is that people run individually, if they want to support a President/ Vice President they can. Be responsible to yourself and the people that you represent.
Senator Schmidt-This would give everyone a chance if they don't have party support. This would push that student, so everyone can be a part.
Senator Noah-I think this is an excellent idea.
Motion withdrawn
Senator Ische-Amendment to amend motion, 2nd Schmidt
I move that the General Election Rules be amended so that they are no longer based on a party style model and that, excluding a President/Vice President duo, all candidates will run their own campaigns without party affiliation.
Senator Schmidt-Reworded general format, is better for general purposes.
Senator Short-This is a good idea, we need to work together. But there are other issues, what kind of rules go along with this? What is the fine lines between party and support group? If we send this back to committee, we won't have rules until two weeks before elections.
Senator Monono-Do we have to put something on a poster showing that we support someone?
President Oelberg-You can fill out a support application, but not that you are running as a campaign or party.
Senator Monono-I think we should support this. This way whoever wins, there wouldn't be issues that make you feel you are betraying the people you ran with.
Senator Boyce-This is good, talk to the people that are voting.
Senator Morriston-You raised an issue of support groups, they can still support someone. Can we ban support groups so people can run their own campaign?
Senator Short-Is it ok to have other people's name on your posters? Does this create new rules?
Senator Austad-We are complicating something that is pretty simple. If I ran under the Ryan Austad name, I would still want someone to help out. We need to clarify this now.
Senator Noah-Support application has to be filled when you support a party, there would only be a duo of Pres/VP. That is different than campaigning. This body has been individual all year. A party and party machine is difficult, this is not about nit-picking. We don't have power if we don't have rules. You can support someone. But the rules are not clear. Let's let Election Committee make the rules.
Senator Palmer-We do need rules. Let the Election Committee make the rules. That gives the Election Committee a lot of power. I am against this. Parties draw people in. They are always looking for people. Some people that don't get elected will get on committees. Independents can run now. I think we need more time to think about this.
Senator Schmidt-In favor of this motion, clarity is what we have committees for.
Senator Morriston-If we pass this, can we not put anyone but the Pres/VP on our poster?
Senator Noah-That is not clear.
Senator Boyce-I think this is a great idea, but maybe we don't have time to implement this. People together can help defray the cost. The rules are complicated. You need to know how to hang posters etc. Awareness is important, I got involved through a party. Maybe we should make sure this happens in the future. Maybe this is not the best time.
Coordinator Anderson-If we are using this as an excuse, let's pound it out now, this is the best time.
Election Committee Member McGee-If you ran on a party, you didn't do as much individual work. If you run independently you have to do things yourself. Parties can do damage. Individuals can run by doing the work themselves. How did you get to where you are? Did someone else carry you. Can other people walk in here and run, anyone should be able to run.
Senator Short-If we pass this motion-does it go back to committee?
Speaker McBride-If we pass this it will become permanent.
Senator Short-If we make this motion, it changes many aspects. It needs to be re-evaluated. It would have to come back to this senate. Something tells me this is a week to late.
Caucus Senator Palmer, 2nd Senator Noah
Vote to amend motion
Roll call
Senators voting yes
Juliet Orbisi, Chris Schmidt, Kelly Eittreim, Tim Huebsch, Chris Boyce, Erinn Wilson, Andrew Grundhoefer, Ian Radtke, Amy Bicek, Rachel D. Noah, Derek Short, Ryan Austad, Zahid Ahmed, Roger White Owl, Nick Morriston
Senators voting no
Jesse Palmer - Rights
I believe that parties have caused conflicts in the past, but that is outweighed by their ability to draw students into the process. Parties gain power through numbers. Because of this students who normally would not run for a seat are encouraged and "pushed" into the election. This draws new people into senate and senate committees and at the very least gives the senate a brief yet substantial amount of publicity.
President Oelberg abstain Passes
Main Amendment-Senator Noah abstain Motion Passes

Officer Reports

President Sylvia Oelberg
Meet & Confer-Discussed Phase II of Taylor Center. We need to get word out there so that all students will know how it will benefit them. This will not only be for Athletes.
Senator Huebsch and Senator Boyce will be going on a tour of the Taylor Center.
Will also be working on revamping the RHA constitution.

Speaker Ed McBride
Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognition
Campus Crusade for Christ, The Literati, Blue Skunk Companion

Vice President Houa Vue - (see written report)

MSUSA-Delegates- Houa Vue, Chris Boyce, Christina Ische, Derek Short, Rachel D. Noah, Rhys Gaffer, Nequera Campbell, Emilie Peterson


Senator Huebsch, Summer schedules are out.
Senator Boyce-SAC Monday after Spring break-Rec. Sports, they want to increase their budget by $100,000
Senator Noah-When is the Budget Hearing (April 19). After Elections are over April 19 is still very important. Budget hearing is very important for all senators to attend.
Senator White Owl-American Indian Association will be having a First Nations with the Latino students. Many dancers performing. March 22 in the ballroom
Senator Schmidt-Aircraft being donated is still under deliberation. We look forward to utilizing this in our program.
Coordinator Anderson-Diversity Conference April 29
SAC Chair Boyce-Will be giving a presentation on the budget hearing.
Senator Morristown-"Voices of Africa"
Speaker McBride-Rugby won tournament.

Adjournment 5:40

Roll Call

Senators Present
Juliet Orbisi, Christina Ische, Chris Schmidt, Timothy Huebsch, Chris Boyce, Erinn Wilson, Andrew Grundhoefer, Ian Radtke, Amy Bicek, Derek Short, Rachel D. Noah, Jesse Palmer, Ryan Austad, Roger White Owl, Zahid Ahmed, Nick Morriston
Senators Absent
Dahlia Mahmoud, Miriam Monomo, Mickey Cupkie, Manu Morais
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg