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67th MSSA Senate
October 6, 1999 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:00 PM by Vice President Houa Vue

Roll Call

Senators Present
Dahlia Mahmoud 5-0-0, Miriam Monomo 5-0-0, Mickey Cupkie-proxy Chris Jenks 0-3-2, Todd P. Simonson 5-0-0, Timothy Huebsch 5-0-0, Phil Rowan 5-0-0, Chris Boyce 5-0-0, Cynthia Davis 3-2-0, Laura Depuydt 5-0-0, Emilie Peterson 4-0-1, Nequra Campbell 5-0-0, Vicky Meuangsaksith 5-0-0, Jesse Palmer-proxy Sonja Zoet 3-1-1, Tina England 4-0-1, Zahid Ahmed 3-2-0, Yingfah Thao -proxy Esther Hoffman/Allison McGee 1-2-2
Senators Absent
Tracy Kump 1-4-0, Scott Taylor 3-2-0, , David Paulzine 0-4-1, Chris Schmidt 4-1-0, Adam Hutzenbuhler 3-2-0, Karma Lama- 3-1-1, Ian Radtke 4-1-0, Kristen Blekum 3-2-0
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg, Vice President Houa Vue

Student Forum

Presentation-David Hendel, Director Career Development Center
Have had the occasion to address this organization in the past, try to present to you two or three times a year. October is a big month. Career month (note calendar). Would like to solicit help in talking to constituents regarding events being held. Calendar has changed, employers are out in the in Fall trying to find the best candidate. JR's. and SR's this is the best time for you to meet with employers regarding internships or full time jobs. . If you would like to see certain industries or employers coming to campus please notify them, and they will do their best to get them on campus. Have a great year.

Steve Behm-MSSA Attorney
Presenting update on 47 cases this fall. 31 of these cases concerned landlord-tenant issues, in almost every case security deposits were sacrificed. 5 of 27 students had to pay substantially more than their deposit. Cases concerned dust on blinds, paint, etc. All 27 cases dealt with Campusview (Sawdust Realty). In each case no one received any part of their deposit back. Intend to work with the Reporter and students on this issue, I need student participation such as check out sheets, video tapes, itemized cases. They deduct for the exact same thing and for the exact same amount. Same stark language in each case. Would like to be specific. Legal action would be very colorable in this case, but would like to resolve in an informal basis. Thanks to Senate for hiring of their firm.

MSSA-Phil Rowan & Group
Yesterday attended Gov. Ventura initiative, plans for state. Made a contact with the governor's office. Discussed internships and volunteer opportunities. Internships can be shorter than a semester. Reinvent government. Discussed K-12 education reform and standards. Agriculture. Governor is delegating authority, some felt it lacked in substance, others felt it good that he was allowing people to be involved in government. This is the first of a four part called Healthy Vital Community, Self sufficient People......Higher Ed is going to have a higher presence.

Approval of Minutes September 29,1999

Officer Reports

President ÐSylvia Oelberg
MSUSA, we need individuals to plan Dec. Conference. Will be taking names for Penny Fellowship Dinner. Monitors (see Monitor) It is not our responsibility to have a MSUSA Rep. We do need to distribute monitors. Please help out by distributing Monitors.
SAF Logo-it is important that we get this information out. We will have ribbons saying Ask Me About SAF funding. You need to know this information, you vote on these issues. Information and Materials Corner-please look for information.
Committee Appointment:
ECDC-Rachael Muchai, Sonja Zoet, Parking Advisory-Jesse Palmer, Grad Sub Meet & C142onfer-Sonja Zoet, Bookstore Advisory-Tina England, Student Allocation Committee-Zahid Ahmid, Public Affairs-Melanie Dettmer, Commission of the Status of Women-Yoshodha Amin Student Affairs-Amy Bicek. Assist. Coordinator of Student Affairs- Abu Bhuiyan
Senator responsibilities-refer to policies in Blue Book, Speaker can also assist you. Be available in the office and in your classes.
Population Awareness Week-next week. The governor's office did send the signed certificate back to us. Mankato Mayor is also making a declaration. Fact sheet and Web site information available.
Yield time to Technology Coordinator Tim Huebsch-
Last Friday a large donation was given to the Lap Top Proposal. Full implementation date has not yet been decided. Right now the main concern is for Jr. & Sr. year students, because of additional charge.
President Oelberg-Last week all SAC members were contacted. We can recommend a line item, but it is not our responsibility to make this happen. The organization needed to provide information. The Flight Team needed to address certain concerns. They needed a Supervisor of Record, and to meet with the Dean. Also the Flight Team received money from SOAFC, they were allocated money and made a profit. This money was not returned to SOAFC. This week we had the President's Initiative on Race-Kristy Anderson had many people here from the community and university. Dahlia Mahmoud commended for being Homecoming Queen. Acknowledge Tim Huebsch for helping with all of our technology. Acknowledge Dustin Mayfield for work on Elections and on doing a great job in the office. Open House tomarrow-11-2.

Vice President Ð Houa Vue

Today we had a presenter, Mr. Hendel, we need to go to Career Day and help out with this event. We need one volunteer to help out at the dinner. Thanks to people who helped out with the senate table and Elections. We did fill 3 seats. Open House tomorrow. Please wear your nametags, and help recruit for committees. Also attended Governor Ventura event yesterday. Race Relations dialogue yesterday (see agenda) note their was a student for every event, not only community members. This needs to be a year long event all the time. We will have a master copy of this. Corporate Sponsor event for Hockey, Friday October 15. Will be updating Committee descriptions. Ethnic students need assistance with committees. Speaker- Dustin Mayfield (Vice President Houa Vue) Elections were a disappointment with only a few votes. New senators will be seated next week.

Committee Reports

Constitution Commission-
is the highest entity of the Senate, it is the judicial body of the senate. Six commissioners are appointed. Regarding Fall vacancy elections without a standing
Election committee-
As the Chief Administrative Officer of the senate the Speaker runs elections in the absence an an Election Committee. Regarding name change as an association, the name should reflect the name of the institution. Based on the preamble the name changed when the institution changed. We are now the Minnesota State Student Association. There is a clear distinction between MSUSA and MSSA.
Senator Rowan-did the debate consider if other institutions changed their name., how this would impact us?
Proxy McGee-is the date of the name change also the date the school changed their name?
Senator Boyce-basically yes. Be made.
SAC met at 8:00 AM Monday morning regarding issue of Flight Team travel expenses to Regional Meet. At this time SAC recommends no funding, however, they can request money at a later date when position of fund is known. Letters will be sent to Flight Team informing them of this process.
Senator Rowan-was there discussion of electing a chair?
Senator Boyce- This was a preliminary meeting only.

Staff Reports

Kristy Anderson-Diversity Coordinator
South Asia night, please sign up. There will be dances, food, things regarding their culture. $6.00.
Student Race discussion-small but informative group. Race Initiative- facilitated higher ed issue. One thing talked about was building bonds between ethnic students, international students, everyone. Monday at 3:00-Diversity Meeting. Organization Fair was a great success. 10 groups involved, example of how we can work with different groups and make things happen. We need to start a Student Senate Club so we can participate in events.

Chris Boyce-Student Services Coordinator
Minnesota State task force met this week to crunch more numbers, it is interesting as to how our system does not work. Sitting on Sub Meet and Confer, talking about $25 dollar increase. Will be looking at 2 million dollar deficit. instead of cutting personnel, they will be cutting down surplus that university does have. Finance and Administration will be here to tell us more.

Senator Reports

Senator Boyce-Social & Behavioral Science
- working on concerns with students in Law Enforcement students. Sit on Dean's Council
Raised Lap Top issue with that college, but at this time no support for that.


The mascot situation- they will be on a farm with lots of friends. Senators please make sure you are here and stay, we need to have quorum.
Coordinator Peterson-general things-I am happy to announce that the Legislative Affairs committee will be meeting Tuesday night at 5:00
Senator Rowan-Academic Affairs and Student Affairs meeting 3:00 Wednesday, this is a duty as a senator. Hope we will have quorum next week.
Coordinator Anderson-fill out forms and put in Diversity box.
3:00 Monday ECDC
President Oelberg-If you know where my wallet is, I need it back.
Nudge people that you know that they need to be here.
Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:52 PM

Roll Call

Senators Present
Miriam Monomo, Todd Simonson, Phil Rowan , Chris Boyce, Laura Depuydt, Emilie Peterson, Nequra Campbell, Cynthia Davis, Vicky Meuangsaksith, Tina England, Yingfah Thao-proxy Allison McGee, Jesse Palmer-proxy Sonja Zoet, Zahid Ahmed
Senators Absent
Tracy Kump, Dahlia Mahmoud, Chris Schmidt, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Timothy Huebsch, Karma Lama, Kristen Blekum, Ian Radtke, Scott Taylor, David Paulzine
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg, Vice President Houa Vue