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68th MSSA Senate
December 6, 2000 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:01 P.M. by Speaker Andy Welti

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy)

Senators Present
Michael Groenewold 15-0-0, Lori Fick 6-1-0, Byron Pike 3-0-0, Zach Biesanz 12-3-0, Nayoki Cormier 11-4-0, Jack Rector 15-0-0, Courtney Powell 13-2-0, Rachel D. Noah 5-1-0, Stacy Wiech 14-0-1, LaRonne Prtichett 4-2-0, Karly Klein 15-0-0, Mikel Akers 15-0-0, Amy Bicek-proxy Brian Mullen 11-2-2, Samuel Eddy Ankrah 6-0-0, Joe Muggli 7-0-0, Rhys Gaffer 7-0-0, Ian Radtke 15-0-0, Roger White Owl 12-3-0, Dan Peskorz 2-0-0
Senators Absent
Christina Ische 11-4-0, Md Mosharof Hossain 1-56-0, Eric Kroiss 8-6-1, Matt Lairmore 9-7-0 Craig Shub 10-5-0,
Officers Present
President Chris Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch

Approval of Minutes 11/29/00 Minutes approved

Officer Reports

President Chris Boyce
Minnesota State Chancellor-James McCormick, was given three year contract.
Tenant Forum-Pat Hentges, Steve Behm. Mr. Hentges related some stories from his youth. Participants were able to ask questions. Next semester we will be looking at leases, how to prepare your apartment before you move out etc.
Friday, MSSA Night at the Hockey Game. Senators can attend the pre-game Blue Line Club.
MSUSA this past weekend. Mankato held its own. Sign up now for January Conference at Metro.
Good luck on finals. See you next semester.
On behalf of the student senate thank you for your service Speaker Andy Welti. (presented gavel)
Senator Rector-What is your opinion of the new Chancellor?
President Boyce-I have not personally met him. He brings a lot of systematic experience. We will have to start a lame duck session as he begins in July.

Vice President Tim Huebsch
The new cell phones are in. They will be distributed in January to six undergraduate colleges. They want the phones in a classroom environment. Phones also given to the Deans. A computer science course will be working on the web technology.
Senator Rector-Why will the College of Graduate Studies not be included in the pilot?
Vice President Huebsch-That was a decision made by the cabinet, I do not know why.

Speaker Andy Welti
Recognized Student Organizations
American Chemical Society Student Affiliate, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Movie Club
Dec 10-14 Study Station open 8:00 AM-3:00 A.M.
MSUSA -Had a tour of the new library at St. Cloud. Combined computers with library. State of the art, great lighting, study rooms, cushy chairs. Great library. Learned a lot at the committee meetings. Encourage you all to attend the next conference the 19-21 of January.
Thank you very much for the gavel. This has been a wonderful senate and glad to have served as your speaker. Final report of 68th Senate.

Committee Reports

Academic Affairs-Rhys Gaffer
Grade Appeal Process-Senator Jack Rector moves/Senator Mike Groenewold second.
Committee Recommendation (see enclosed "Grade Appeal Process". Motion passes unanimously.

Senator Reports

Roger White Owl, Off-Campus Senator
Have been attending Student Affairs meeting. Have not had a lot come forward other than the bike rack issue. A meeting of the clock synchronization will be Jan. 30 at 3:30
Cultural Diversity committee-have had a few meetings, nothing out of committee yet. Union Board budget has been passed. Also looking at swatches for the furniture downstairs. Positions now open on Union Board.
Attended MSUSA the last 2 out of 3 conferences. Out of CD Committee at MSUSA they discussed CD training for teachers and staff.
Have been taking part in CD events on our campus. Second Indian Indigenous Night went very well.
Attended Cultural Diversity Dinner-was able to welcome everyone and introduce Speaker. Have attended tenant forums.
Proxy Mullen-What is the meeting of the clock synchronization?
Senator Akers-All clocks have been asked to be set at the same time, this was sent to Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Malcolm O'Sullivan. Dr. Rush would like us to meet with Vice President Trauger in regards to this issue.

Election of Speaker
Candidates: Rachel D. Noah, Roger White Owl
Senator Noah-Currently an Off-Campus Senator. Third year as a Senator, chair of SOAFC, have served on Communications Board, Anthropology Club President, Sage. Have had experience of committees, and currently Chair of Judicial Board. It would not be a problem filling the vacancies I would create if elected.
Roger White Owl-Currently on Union Board, American Indian Association. Also member of FFA. Elected Vice President of Student Senate at tribal college. Have had the opportunity to intern in Washington DC. I feel I am a bridge between the old senate and the new. I have been able to work with both senates. If elected Speaker I feel I could be a very good bridge.
Senator Groenewold-Would you change current procedures as to the way MSSA is run?
Mr. White Owl-No I would not. I feel if we pressed rules too much we would turn off students.
Ms. Noah-No I would not change procedures, I have observed many Speakers and styles. I think this senate is effective and I like the way it is run. The interest is there. The people that are interested in Parly Pro can have that opportunity but it is fine the way it is.
Senator Gaffer-Will candidates be able to commit the time to serve as Speaker?
Ms. Noah-I am aware of the time commitment. As Speaker you have to free up other commitments. I would have office hours, meet with people individually, help with Robert's. Am excited about position.
Senator White Owl-More than willing, the office is an easy environment-being in the office is an education. Office hours will be accomplished.
Closing remarks:
Mr. White Owl-I do have experience in Robert's Rules of Order. Rachel is also a very good candidate.
Ms. Noah-I want to say openly and honestly that I really really want this. I am trying for the second time. I have spent a lot of time with senate, seen many changes. I know history of senate. I would do an excellent job. Thank you.
Elected Speaker-Roger White Owl
Roll Call

Senators Present
Michael Groenewold, Lori Fick, Byron Pike, Zach Biesanz, Nayoki Cormier, Jack Rector, Courtney Powell, Rachel D. Noah, Stacy Wiech, LaRonne Pritchett, Karly Klein, Mikel Akers, Amy Bicek-proxy Brian Mullin, Samuel Eddy Ankrah, Joe Muggli, Ian Radtke, Roger White Owl, Christopher Rhys Gaffer, Dan Peskorz
Senators Absent
Christina Ische, Eric Kroiss, Craig Shub, Matt Lairmore
Executive Staff Present
President Chris Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch

Adjournment 5:00 PM