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68th MSSA Senate
October 11, 2000 Minutes

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

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy)

Senators Present
Christina Ische 7-1-0, Eric Kroiss 5-2-1 Jack Rector 8-0-0, Michael Groenewold 8-0-0, Zach Biesanz 6-2-0, Stacy Wiech 7-0-1, Karly Klein 8-0-0, Mikel Akers 8-0-0, Ian Radtke 8-0-0, Craig Shub 6-2-0, Amy Bicek 5-2-1, Roger White Owl 6-2-0
Senators Absent
Nayoki Cormier 6-2-0, Yolanda Buchanan 2-5-1, Courtney Powell 7-1-0, Derek Short 5-3-0, Matt Lairmore 4-4-0
Officers Present
President Chris Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch

Student Forum

Rhys Gaffer
-Parking concerns, there is the possibility of charging for bike parking because of having to buy bike racks. MnDot may provide funding for some of this. However, because of bike traffic there is the possibility of revenue. There is also an issue of storage of abandoned bikes. Investigation needs to be done from Student Services so we know response to give if proposals come forward regarding charging of bikes. Security has enough to take care of now, without additional bike enforcement.
Senator Groenewold-Isn't it true that bikes are stored for 6 months and then sold?
Rhys Gaffer-yes, however many bikes do not have a value.
Senator Akers-Student Affairs is already discussing this issue.

Approval of Minutes 10/4/00 Minutes approved

Presentation-Tracy Harris, First Year Experience Office
(see handouts) Early Warning System, implemented a few years ago for students that may need a hold on classes. Students are contacted and informed of resources available on campus to assist them. Letters have gone out to faculty asking for their assistance with feed back on students. Copies of reports are also sent to advisors. Students classes are listed and which classes are flagged. Would like input from the Senate regarding the use of this form of reporting.

Officer Reports

President Chris Boyce
Committee appointments: Comm Board Chirsty Cornell, ECDC Angela White Owl, Carissa Blue, James Tung, SAC-Yer Vue, Students Affairs-Liz Reuter, Leg Affairs-Candace Chatleain

National Coming Out Day, Homecoming Week-still need three people to participate in Football Follies from MSSA. Win great prizes.
Tuesday Oct. 17 is the last date to register to vote.
Two debates: Wed Oct. 18, also live televised debates Sunday, Oct. 22. Election Day-wear I voted sticker to Boom Town and you receive special options at Boom Town. Win Viking tickets.
Next MSUSA Conference, Nov 3-5. Twin Cities.

Vice President Tim Huebsch
Need student to serve on Alcohol & Drug Search Committee.
Need student to serve on CSU Art selection committee.
Sat. Oct 14. Grand Opening of Chet's Place in Carkoski Commons.
Lap Tops are now available for check out. Free for first two hours. Can check out for weekend or over night. This is a three year phase in.
President Boyce-Isn't it true that the students are the first ones to have wireless on this campus?
Vice President Huebsch-Yes, that is true.
Appointment-Student/Academic Affairs Coordinator-Amy Bicek. Amy Bicek-I will be working with students and administration. Will be meeting with Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
Appointment approved

Speaker Andy Welti
Elections Committee Recommendation
Due to a tie of candidates for two seats in the Fall election;
October 19, 2000 a special election will be held for the purpose of determining the winners of one Crawford senate seat and one Social and Behavioral senate seat. The election will take place from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Only those candidates names who tied will be placed on the ballot.
Motion moved and seconded.
Senator Groenewold-have the candidates been contacted and informed of the commitments?
Motion Passes
Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognition-Minnesota State University, Mankato Competition Flight Team
Recognition Renewals
Circle K International, International Relations/United Nations Club, Math Club, Minnesota State University Women's Rugby Club, MSU Pagan Organization, Sigma Nu Fraternity Straight and Gays for Equality SAGE
Football follies, please sign up. MSSA won office decorating contest.

Committee Reports

Student Affairs-Chair Mikel Ackers
Resolution #10-11-00
Whereas: Students of Minnesota State University are required to report to classes at specific times
Whereas: Currently the clocks on campus have no consistent time setting
Whereas: Instructors rely on clocks in academic buildings to facilitate class starts and ending times
Whereas: The University has no central control mechanism to regulate clocks
Be it Resolved: The Office of Facilities and the Office of Building Services set the Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower to the accurate time as dictated by the USNO atomic time Master Clock at the U.S. Naval Observatory, if is not currently
Be it Resolved: The Office of Facilities and the Office of Building Services be directed to reset all clocks on campus to reflect the time indicated on the Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower
Be it further Resolved:The Office of Facilities and the Office of Building Services be directed to monitor and keep the time current on a monthly basis

Senator Radtke-Motion to approve, seconded
Motion passes

Legislative Affairs-Stacy Wiech
Cut off for registration is Oct. 17. Hand out registration forms in your classes. Bring back to senate office by 4:00 Tuesday. Precinct polls will be at tables also information on how to vote.

SAC-Amy Bicek
SAC Recommendation R#10-11-00.A Flight Team
Student Allocation Committee recommends funding the MSU Flight Team's request of up to $950.00 For the regional competition of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.
President Boyce-I heard you say up to $950.
Motion passes

Senator Reports

Roger White Owl, Off Campus Senator
(written report)
This report is on the organization of the cultural diversity committee in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of MSSA> The committee is yet to get the proper amount of student representation needed for the committee to be legitimate according to the by-laws. The committee must consist of three reps of Student Senate, three minority students, and three international students. The committee as the six of the nice appointments to full the requirements but has to have active participation by three international students to meet the by-law requirements of MSSA> I have contracted the International student Association, to pass on the need for the Cultural diversity committee to be full filled, but any Senator who may be interested in serving on this committee please have them contact the office for an application or contact me ASAP. The Ensuring Cultural Diversity on the campus is very important to enhance the learning environment of all people here at MSU, Mankato.

Amy Bicek, Off Campus Senator (see written report-Mass Transit Report)
Bus Transit Advisory Committee-has come to a critical.
Senator Biesanz-Why are they trying to discourage public transportation?
Senator Bicek-Not trying to discourage only that they are running in the red.
Senator Rector-When will that general meeting take place.
President Boyce-it would behoove the Senate to pass a recommendation that public transportation will remain on campus.
Senator Rector recommendation:
The senate moves to direct the MSSA President and Transit Representative to insure that a public discussion of the changes to the city transit activities take place on campus.
Second Senator Kroiss
Mr. Gaffer-would recommend that the hearing be on campus to generate more students.
Recommendation passes


Senator Rector-solo
President Boyce-campus charette is still going on regarding Master Plan. Push voter registration Alumni Advisory Board will be on campus Friday.
Will be in Arkansas next week to look at Union and Chartwells.
Senator Groenewold-Recommend that everyone try the new lap tops.
Senator Biesanz-Akita Club meets tonight and Radio Club meets tomorrow. Watch debates tonight and remember that Ralph Nader is running and is far superior.
Senator White Owl-Cultural Diversity Conference and Indian Awareness Week.
Vice President Huebsch-Taylor Center Grand Opening. Pancake Breakfast Saturday AM in Intercultural Center.
Senator Kroiss-Aviation will be landing a Cessna on campus.
Senator Bicek-Tenant Forum-Wed. 18th. Senators are excused from committee meetings.

Roll Call

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

Adjournment 5:03 PM