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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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68th MSSA Senate
September 27, 2000 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:03 P.M. by Speaker Andy Welti

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy)

Senators Present
Christina Ische 5-1-0,, Eric Kroiss 3-2-1 Jack Rector 6-0-0, Matt Lairmore 3-3-0, Michael Groenewold 6-0-0, Zach Biesanz 4-2-0, , Nayoki Cormier 5-1-0, Courtney Powell 6-0-0, Stacy Wiech 5-0-1, Karly Klein 6-0-0, Mikel Akers 6-0-0 Derek Short 4-2-0 Ian Radtke 6-0-0, Craig Shub 4-2-0, Amy Bicek 3-2-1
Senators Absent
Nick Morriston 3-3-0, Yolanda Buchanan 2-3-1 Chad Oates 2-1-1, Casey Argall 0-5-0 Roger White Owl 4-2-0, Officers Present
President Chris Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch

Student Forum

Approval of Minutes 9/20/00 Minutes approved

Officer Reports

President Chris Boyce
Coordinators-Appointments will be made today. Still seeking Diversity, Student Services Committees-keep recruiting for new senators.
HESO-Attended HESO and testified.
Governmental Relations-All bargaining units met in St. Cloud mainly to see how we can collectively ask for more money.
MSUSA-Twin Cities, Nov3-5. MSUSA Board-Watch board for new and old business, sign up and new information.
MSU Votes-We set standard for governor meetings.
Appointments: ECDC-Erin Wilson, Raque Railen, Partners for Affordable Housing-Sylvia Oelberg, Committee on the Status of Women-Nayoki Cormier, Academic Affairs-Sarah Gardner Student Affairs-Sarah Gardner, Raque Railen Graduate Advisory Bd-Sarah Gardner Legislative Affairs-Peter Wonsmos, Raque Railen, Student Technology Roundtable-Brian Mullen, Xai Xiong Health & Nursing Search-Christina Ische Communications Bd-Sylvia Oelberg
Objection-Senator Groenewold, why is she wanting to be involved?
Senator Ische-In support of Sylvia Oelberg being on this board, she was our past president, she knows the information.
Vote on appointment: Approved,
Learning Technology Roundtable-Xai Xiong Dean of Library Studies Search Committee-Johanna Horton

Vice President Tim Huebsch
Coordinator Appointments: Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator-Rhys Gaffer. Student Advocacy Coordinator-Nequra Campbell. Technology Coordinator-Xai Xiong. Legislative Affairs Coordinator-Stacy Wiech.
Coordinators approved.
Mr. Jim Zwickey was director of the Student Union from 1976 to his retirement in 1999. Join us tonight or tomorrow for his funeral. Jim was a long time friend of MSSA. He Received the MSSA Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award

Speaker Andy Welti
Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognitions
Isshini-Ryn Self Defense Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Minnesota State Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, Minnesota State University, Mankato Marketing Club, MSU Student Radio Club, Phi Delta Theta, Student Association of India (SAI), Tae kwon do, Vietnamese American Student Association

Business Seat of Chad Oates now open. Seats are open and posted. Elections October 11. Elections Committee: Katie Erickson, Sarah Craddock. Office decorating contest-decorate starting Monday.
Name tags-last call to order. Business Cards available from Cheri. Student Affairs meet after this meeting.

Senator Reports

Amy Bicek-Off-Campus Senator
(see written report)
Attended Federal Lobby trip in Washington, D.C. Met with Dave Minge's staff, Senator Wellstone and Grams staff. Issues discussed: Maintenance Effort, Increasing Pell award, Loan limit, educational IRA'S, House filing 1053, student involvement, independent status. Minnesota is only state that does a dollar for dollar amount taken from your Pell grant. Show up for committee meetings.
Senator Rector-Explain lottery based loans.
Senator Shub-Why is Minnesota the only state that has the dollar for dollar?
Seantor Krois-Explain grant and loan amount.
Senator Bicek-We would like to see more grants and less loans. There is a bill in appropriations that would increase Pell Grant. There is some money there, we would like to see this used for education purposes.
Rhys Gaffer-Is there any more information about the INS fee?
Senator Bicek-Most senators did not even know about this, it is not a high priority.

Senator Short
-Legislative Affairs has set main goal of Get out the Vote. Last year only 8 students voted, that is why politicians don't care about students. We need to assert our power and make something happen. We need to get out the vote, we need 70% of students voting, then they will listen to our vote. We need to get many groups on campus involved.

President Boyce-Thursday Oct. 12. Multi Cultural Dinner, 6:30.

Roll Call

Senators Present
Christina Ische, Michael Groenewold, Zach Biesanz, Eric Kroiss, Nayoki Cormier, Jack Rector, Craig Shub, Courtney Powell, Stacy Wiech, Karly Klein, Mikel Akers, Amy Bicek, Derek Short, Matt Lairmore, Ian Radtke, Roger White Owl
Senators Absent
Yolanda Buchanan, Casey Argall, Nick Morriston
Executive Staff Present
President Chris Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch

Adjournment 4:47 PM