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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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68th MSSA Senate
February 28, 2001

Meeting called to order at 4:04 P.M. by Speaker Roger White Owl

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy)

Senators Present

Lori Fick 10-1-0, Byron Pike 7-0-0, Zach Biesanz 16-3-0, Jack Rector 19-0-0, Rachel D. Noah 9-1-0, Stacy Wiech 18-0-1, Mikel Akers 18-0-0, Amy Bicek 15-2-2, Joe Muggli 11-0-0, Rhys Gaffer 11-0-0, Ian Radtke 19-0-0, Pete Wonsmos 2-0-0, Karly Klein 17-1-0, John Helcl 1-0-0, Dan Peskorz 5-1-0,

Senators Absent

Courtney Powell 15-3-0, Christina Ische 14-5-0, Michael Groenewold 18-1-0, Nayoki Cormier 12-7-0, LaRonne Prtichett 6-4-0, Eric Loge 2-1-0

Officers Present

President Boyce

Approval of Minutes 2/21/01 Minutes approved

Vacancy Elections

College of Allied Health & Nursing (1)

College of Education (1)

Off-Campus (1)

Undeclared (2)

SET (3) Candidate Brian Mullin

President Boyce-If you were an operating system what would you be?

Mr. Mullin-Unix-because you have more control of it.

Senator Noah-Do you want to be a senator?

Mr. Mullin-I was planning on doing this next year. Will get involved this year. I am SAC chair, involved in SET College, undergrad advisor, several other committees. I am a very active student.

Science Engineering & Technology Senator elect-Brian Mullin

Officer Reports

President Chris Boyce

Searches-Library Dean Search-Friday. 1:00 CSU 256

Financial Aid, we still need a student on this search committee.

Lobby Days-we will bring Mankato to St. Paul, and St. Paul to Mankato through email and the phone.

Bussing-we are trying to get a grant that would give free service to students. Free service, commuter service and a worker shuttle that would run from Taylor Corp., shopping centers and other destinations.

Dr. Robert Poch from HESO will be here next week. His office controls all

financial aid, child care grants etc. He will answer all questions.

Student Allocations-read your student fee policy. The biggest thing we do is coming up in the next few months. This is our committee they recommend to us what we should be doing.

Moving forward on Big 10-working on Student Complaint Policy. This will assure to all students that if they have a problem with a faculty member they can help get it solved.

Basic Stuff Handbook-met with Jamie Sullivan and gave some ideas on improving this. If you have suggestions, let us know.

The Women's Center will be hosting Rebecca Walker-presentation -Black White & Jewish. March 19 8:00 PM. Students admitted free.

New mascot will be shown off this weekend at the Hockey Game, plus new merchandise.

Senator Bicek-How is your web page coming?

President Boyce-Dr. Healy and Dr. Boubel have given the green light on going ahead with the web page.

Senator Gaffer-When Dr. Poch is here do we have specific questions we should ask?

President Boyce-He will give you information on what we testified on and other information. Feel free to ask him any questions.

Turn in your last quarter GPA.

Speaker Roger White Owl

Social & Behavioral Science seat of Senator Powell is now open.

Attended Master Plan for the student union. A faculty lounge was requested in the Student Union. We need students to attend so we can remove this idea.

Attended Pan African Conference. Showed students around and was happy to learn three of the students will be attending MSU next year.

Committee Reports

SAC-Brian Mullin, Chair

SAC Recommendation #02.28.01A

SAC recommends an allocation of up to $450.00 to be used by the Circle K Club in their trip to the Circle K District Convention in Rapid City, SD.

Senator Rector -Recommends 10 minute time limit on debates.

Motion passes.

Senator Helcl-How many students will be attending this trip?

Chair Mullin-9 students.

Senator Biesanz-What is Circle K?

Chair Mullin-They are an organization of the Kiwanis Club. They are a service club.

Senator Wonsmos-I wish we could decide who gets the nod and who does not get the funding.

Recommendation passes

SAC Recommendation #02.28.01B

SAC recommends an allocation of $50.00 per student, up to $750.00,

to be used by the Social Work Club in their Service Learning trip to Chicago, IL.

Senator Noah-Why did you specify $50 per student?

Chair Mullin-They were unclear on the number of students attending.

Recommendation passes

SAC Recommendation #02.28.01C

SAC recommends an allocation of up to $200.00 to be used by the Finance Club in their trip to the National Student Investment Strategy Portfolio Conference in Dayton, OH.

Senator Rector-How many students will be attending?

Chair Mullin-They have listed 5-6 students.

Recommendation passes

Chair Mullin-Next week we will be hearing the Technology Fee recommendation.

Coordinator Reports

Legislative Affairs Coordinator-Stacy Wiech

Thank everyone that was involved in Lobby Day. Was amazed at how many people attended. Thanks for pushing this in classes, helping on Lobby Day.

Will be doing Email stations in the Student Union, Gage, Carkoski-we will have scripts to make it easy for students. Please sign up to staff these stations. If you have lobbying suggestions let the committee know.

Senator Noah-Did Chris Boyce pay for the bus?

Senator Pike-It would be a good idea to use the Lap tops for the email, they are not being used as much as they should be.

Senator Reports

Gage A Senator Karly Klein (see written report)

Student Athletic Advisory Committee- working with President Boyce on priority registration for athletes. Athletes volunteer in elementary schools to try to get more community involvement and interaction between the university and the community.

Spring project is Habitat for Humanity

Gage A-handed out legislative pamphlets and phone # to the Governor's office. Discussed with floor the importance of letting the Governor know how unhappy we are with his planned budget for higher education.

President Boyce-What did you do that was significant this past weekend.

I swam well in No. Dak. Qualified for the NCAA. I broke two school records.

Off-Campus Senator Joe Muggli

I can't top that. Attended Lobby Day, helped with food. I like being in the office. I attended the clock meeting.

President Boyce-Senator Muggli-what is your certain skill?

I don't have a natural ability, but I have tried to do-break dancing.

Graduate Senator Jack Rector

Performed student activism on my own part. Had a editorial letter published recently. Letters have been in the Free Press over and over again stating that students should not be voting. Having been here since 1992 I feel I have a strong ties to the university community and should be allowed to vote. I assisted in Lobby Day.

Graduate students-trying to get students involved, have placed an issue box in the graduate office. Have not gotten alot of response, but we are trying.

McElroy Senator Mikel Akers

Chair of Student Affairs committee-we went through the clock things. Working on night safety. Attended Lobby Day.


President Boyce-Will be meeting with Diane Solinger regarding Res. Life Master Plan on Friday.

Senator Gaffer-Last 2 Thursdays in March Union Board Master Plan meetings.

Senator Bicek-Still accepting applications for summer orientation pier advisors.

Adjournment 5:00 PM