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68th MSSA Senate
April 11, 2001 Minutes

Roll Call
Senators Present
Michael Groenewold 23-1-0, Zach Biesanz 21-3-0, Jack Rector 24-0-0, Brian Mullin 4-0-0, Mikel Akers 24-0-0, Amy Bicek 19-2-3, Joe Muggli 16-0-0, Rhys Gaffer 16-0-0, Ian Radtke 24-0-0, Christina Ische 18-6-0, Brian Mullin 3-0-0, Lori Fick 14-2-0, Eric Loge 7-2-0, Byron Pike 11-1-0, James Tung 3-0-0, Rahel D. Noah 12-3-0
Senators Absent
Stacy Wiech 22-1-1, Dan Peskorz 5-5-0, Nayoki Cormier 13-11-0, John Helcl 5-1-0, Pete Wonsmos 5-2-0, LaRonne Prtichett 8-7-0, Karly Klein 20-3-0
Officers Present
President Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch

Approval of Minutes 4/04/01

Officer Reports
President Chris Boyce
Thank you to everyone participating in running for offices and supporting candidates. This was one of the cleanest fastest elections. We appreciate you for doing what you did.
Next Wed. Budget talks. Talk with SAC members. We will approve line items for student life.
Tomorrow MSU Legislative Affairs Day-3:00. Room 284. We will have 3 legislators present, this is a good opportunity to talk to them and tell them our
April 21-22 MSUSA .
Nithy's presentation was awesome presentation.
To the administration and senate-keep student consultation going.

Vice President Tim Huebsch
Thank everyone for working very hard on Elections.
Student Friendly Award and Teacher of the Year Award nomination letters. (letters read)
Joe Muggli-Tom Hagen, English instructor.
Rob Lundquist-Gerald Alosio, Music instructor
Chris Boyce/Tim Huebsch-Dr. Rush
Amy Bicek-Lynette Dibrito
Angela White Owl-Mario Quintero
Awards will be presented April 25.

Speaker Roger White Owl
Recognized Student Organization-Blue Skunk Society

Committee Reports
A. SAC Brian Mullin, Chair
SAC Recommendation 4/11/01
SAC recommends allocating$800 for the Psychology Graduate School Association to send 17 graduate undergraduate students to the Society of Industrial/organizational Psychologists Professional Conference in San Diego, CA the week of April 25-30
Motion passes
Regarding next week's budget hearing. 4% increase of budgets, not funding any new positions. Overall request is over $600,000. SAC has kept recommendations as low as possible.

Senator Reports
Graduate Senator Jack Rector
Interesting year-not always fun but always interesting. Acting as co-chair of Cultural Diversity Committee. ECDC has been trying to set up a mission statement
for guidance in future committees. Also helping ISA with conflicts and preventing that from happening, working toward better communication.
I object to certain things that President Boyce has done this year. You remember my letter to the editor when I proposed using my name and title he objected and did not want to involve the association. Having him say this hurt, and I do not think he had that right. I also am very offended at him leaving early. He is elected by the majority of students, he should be here now. Other senators have also discussed another issue, it concerns the gorilla cartoon This implies that we are ignorant or stupid apes. Just because he disagrees, he does not have the right to insult the rest of us. I feel an apologize is necessary.
President Boyce-You can discuss this with the university and you do have my apologies.
Senator Rector-Thank you.

College of Education-Zach Biesanz-I have an issue with the election process, apparently you do not vote for where you will be next year, you vote where you are now. Example if you are now in Crawford you vote for Crawford not Off-Campus even if you are moving off campus next year.
Senator Groenewold-Would you recommend that the general election be moved to the Fall?
Senator Biesanz-I am not sure that is the answer, we just need to look closely
at this policy. There must be some things we can change.

Senator Gaffer-Master Planning Student Union will be meeting tomorrow.

Motion on floor
Move to consideration of Minnesota State University being a smoke free campus.
Senator Noah-This is great to vote at the last second. This is a huge thing to do,
when we have not had debate. It is un-American.
Senator Muggli-I do have issues with smoking, however my off-campus constituents do smoke. I guess they should have the right to smoke walking across campus, I wish they would not smoke by the doors.
Senator Akers-We can not legally do this.
Senator Wiech-Get rid of downstairs as well? This is properly ventilated. This would alienate many students that want to come to this university.
Senator Groenewold-If that is your take on it, I will withdraw it.
Senator Biesanz-I notice the content of this. It is more environmentally sound, it is progressive. I think the tobacco companies should not get any more money from college students. We have a huge hypocrisy, we do not allow alcohol.
Senator Rector-In a Democracy-we respect the rights of rights of the majority and the rights of minorities. They can smoke if they do not violate my air.
Senator Gaffer-Refer to move to committee.

Roll Call
Senators Present
Christina Ische, Michael Groenewold, Lori Fick, Byron Pike, Zach Biesanz, Jack Rector, Brian Mullin, Rachel D. Noah, Stacy Wiech, James Tung, Mikel Akers, Amy Bicek, Joe Muggli, Ian Radtke, Eric Loge, Rhys Gaffer
Senators Absent
Nayoki Cormier, LaRonne Pritchett, Karly Klein, John Helcl, Peter Wonsmos, Dan Peskorz
Executive Staff Present
President Chris Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch
Adjournment 4:55 P.M.