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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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69th MSSA Senate
April 3, 2002

Meeting called to order at 4:02 by Speaker Rachel D. Noah

Roll Call (Present, Absent, Proxy-Excused)
Senators Present
Bethany Jackson 10-3-0, Samantha Gallion 11-2-0, Daniela Rumpf 25-0-0, Byron Pike 25-0-0, Ryan L. Haugen 6-0-0, Andrew Menden 25-0-0, Jessica Giordani 4-0-0, Richard Dueser 22-0-0, Brian Mullin 23-0-2, Jayson Read 25-0-0, Katie Garrity 25-0-0, Rhys Gaffer 4-0-0, Stephanie White 24-1-0, Ashley Guetter 21-0-0, Hailey Schmitz 3-0-0, Celeste Hollerud 6-0-0, Andy Nelson 5-0-0, Jessica Boyd 6-0-0, Joe Muggli 25-0-0, Stacy Wiech 18-0-3, Ian Radtke 23-0-1-1, Zach Biesanz 18-0-3, James Tung 24-1-0, Cassandra Linkenmeyer–proxy Elisabeth Smally 17-2-2,

Senators Absent

Monica Klein 18-3-4
Executive Staff Absent

Roger White Owl, Uzair Shaffi

Approval of Agenda

Officer Reports

Speaker Rachel D. Noah

Recognized Student Organizations Speech Communication Club, Students Promoting

Education about Animal Cruelty

Correspondence: Thank you letter-Alpha Phi Sigma -Michelle Scherb

Secretary of State Kittmeyer-April 10, 6:30, MSU Room 202

Elections next Tuesday. April 17, Budget Hearing, meeting starts at 3:00 P.M.

Coordinator Reports

Intergovernmental Coordinator C. Rhys Gaffer

Attended Meet & Confer yesterday. Basically agenda was same, discussed progress with

Athletic facility-Phase III.

President Boubel seemed pleased that we are active in lobbying for $8.4 million.

Met with Anthony Jose today regarding renaming of highway in honor of Dr. Martin Luther

King. A city ordinance will come out on Monday discussing renaming of part of Carver Rd.,

this is behind the Armory, Bassett to Madison. This would take effect in 30 days. President

White Owl, Nithy, Dr. Flipovitch, Dr. Fagin from MSU have written letters of support. This

has been proposed before, we would be the first in history to do this.

Committee Reports

Elections-Brian Mullin, Chair Vice Chair Stacy Wiech

Election judges needed on Tuesday, Debates went very well, have been stamping many posters.

Senator Read –Do we need to check with other buildings before hanging posters?

Vice Chair Wiech-The policy has been approved by the other buildings.

Senator Boyd-Can you post on brick walls?

Vice Chair Wiech-Follow the guidelines in your rules.

Chair Mullin-I had previous experience having things torn down, and thought it might be to your benefit, however, yes you can do it.

Senator Pike-Do all candidates have to appear at the debates?

Chair Mullin-We are officially in a unprecedented state, the opinion of the committee was that because of extenuating circumstances, no he did not need to be at the debate

Senator Gaffer-Regarding recent previous speaker question, if that surface is painted, you can not post, is that correct?

Chair Mullin-Yes

Senator Boyd-If a candidate has violated a rule should they be notified before tearing down the poster?

Senator Pike-Can someone sign a support document for someone else?

Vice Chair Wiech-We have allowed the candidate 24 hours to email us with written notification,

Under the circumstances I would say yes.

Senator Pike-Have you received the email?

Vice Chair Wiech-I am not sure about that.

Senator Gaffer-How do you verify an email is from a person?

Chair Mullin-It can be verified, it is technical.

Academic Affairs, Katie Garrity, Chair

Received documentation from Dr. Hersrud regarding Drop policy. Committee developed the following recommendation:

Administrative Drop

MSSA Academic Affairs recommends that language be added under “Policy Statement” to allow students who wish to enroll in the classes listed in this section, but are unable (to register because they (the classes) are full, be given priority to register for these classes as they open up.

Senator Read-Feel this motion is good because students often can’t get the classes they need.

Senator Biesanz-How will people be notified they are removed from the waiting list?

Chair Garrity-This is not in final policy, haven’t recommended how waiting list will work, only

that we feel there should be one.

R #04.03.02A Senator Gaffer/Senator Dueser

Move to approve the recommendation titled “Administrative Drop” and forward it to Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Motion passes

Recommendation out of Academic Affairs Committee

Math Placement

1. Recommend a review be done to determine if incoming freshmen can:

1. Learn they need to take the test

2. Take the test

3. Receive exemption for passing

4. Register for Math 112 for incoming fall semester

2. Recommend that prior notice of this policy be given to PSEO students and PSEO counselors

so that students may come to take the test prior to orientation and registration.

3. Recommend adding language to allow chair “or chair’s designee(s)” to respond to the requests

As stated in #3 ‘Request for Exception’.

4. Recommend to offer a comparable SAT score(s) and clarify the language “‘successful completion’ of 3 high school mathematics courses.”

R#04.03.02 B

Move to approve the recommendations titled ‘math placement’ and forward it to Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Motion passes

Chair Garrity-Very proud of committee, 100% attendance today and they did a good job.

SAC –Byron Pike, Chair

Have decided on complete budget, will have a packet next week for you to review. Review

Budget book.

SAC R #04.03.02 A

SAC recommends allocating up to $250.00 to the Student Anthropology Association for the University of Minnesota Anthropology Conference; student presenting

Motion passes

SAC R #04.03.02 B

SAC recommends allocating up to $250.00 for the Mass Communications Club to travel to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Chair Pike-They are actually going and making a file for all MSU students to access.

Senator Gaffer-As a member of the Mass Communications Club, I know how important this is, and I

rise in favor of this.

Motion Masses

Look over the student budget book-you can alter, amend, change recommendations at the hearing. Attended Presidential debates-if you have questions regarding numbers or validation, contact me.

Senator Dueser-Did you ever receive a thank you letter from the guys that got money to play Paint Ball?

Chair Pike-No, we actually don’t ever get thank yous.

Senator Haugen-Can you work with the Reporter to get numbers in the paper about our budget?

Chair Pike-Have made this offer to the Reporter and will give them numbers if they come to me.

Senator Gaffer-Would you give the break down in fees to the Reporter so they can publish it?

Chair Pike-Don’t have time to do that.

Senator Reports

Off-Campus, Stacy Wiech

Am graduating in a month and a half. Looking for a job, I hate the economy right now, this

is hard. Have submitted resumes to 7 national job sites, I have received 3 responses. Did have

an interview with the Gallup organization yesterday. Have been doing a lot of stamping of posters.

Senator Gaffer-Given all the stamping-do you feel like a true Stomper?

Senator Wiech-Sure

Off-Campus, Zach Biesanz

Proud of the biggest undertaking of my life. Have opened a venue downtown for all ages,

called Your Mom’s. Positive environment, no alcohol or drugs. Twin Cities band will be playing as well as Olsen twin suicide. Have been working very hard on this. SAGE is putting on a dance

April 27 at the Morson Ario.

Senator Wiech-Is is called Your Mom’s because it is across from the Law Enforcement Center?

Senator Biesanz-No, and we are looking at charging a reentry fee if people leave and want back in.

Senator Giordani-Did you know a poster of yours, did not have a date on it?

Senator Biesanz-Did know that.

Senator Dueser-When you play “Tony Hawk” do you dominate?

Senator Biesanz-Yes, I do, I can do Tony Hawk skateboarding?

Senator Garrity-What is Tony Hawk?

Senator Biesanz-Play station

Senator Guetter-What style of music is this?

Senator Biesanz-punk

College of Science Engineering & Technology, Katie Garrity

This summer will be staying in my house, will be working for the Moon Dogs, summer

league baseball, players are from all over the US-will be working as promotions coordinator. Have tried to get this as an internship or for credits.

Do not know what I am going to do after I graduate, will be taking more classes.

Last night attended Student Athletic Advisory Council-discussed Strength & Conditioning

Coach being funded only for four years, they felt this was a good time for them to establish

position. Committee responded positively, was great to have the athletic support. This

will be discussed with the Athletic Director.

Attended debates today-encourage people to go vote.

Senator Gaffer-In regards to receiving credit for your summer position, have you thought

of writing a proposal for credits?

Senator Gaffer-Did you write it up as an independent study?

Senator Garrity-I did not.

Senator Guetter-Where do the Moon Dogs play?

Senator Muggli-Do you know if there is a time where the things we talked about last night

could be discussed?

College of Social & Behavioral Science, Rhys Gaffer

Training sessions will be starting soon for Election judges.

Met with Dean of Social &Behavioral Science, there will be an advisory meeting this week. Will be presenting P.R. ideas for programmatic ideas done in Political Science. Enthused to see what Student Senate could do to engage students in projects and issues. This is an eternal way for Student

Senate to see ways things are done nationally, state level etc. Will attend Minnesota State meeting

next week on insurance policies for students. Minnesota State proposal wanted mandatory insurance for students. Feel this is not the best proposal because of our Health Services. St. Cloud

and Mankato are the only schools that have health services like we do. Am interested in this

because want to go into health care policy when I graduate. Met with John Dorn, regarding

$8.3 million dollars needed to finish our project. Some people say we should pay this out of

our student fees, we say no, because this is integrated into our university academics.

Motion-Senator Read/Senator Muggli

M #04.03.02 C

Recommend that Intergovernmental Coordinator C. Rhys Gaffer read the following statement at the Mankato City Council meeting on Monday April 8th. “We the Minnesota State University Student Association/Senate support renaming of Carver Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to commemorate civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Senator Read-This does show our support.

Senator Muggli-This does show that we do care about Cultural Diversity.

Motions passes unanimously

Speaker-Support naming of road. However, last week President White Owl sent a letter saying

the same thing. We don’t need to do this, it is repetitious, however, it affirms our position.

Mav Hall, Cassi Linkenmeyer

Programs in hall started a few years ago-Maverick Mentor Program. Mentors

do all academic things. Develop study groups. This is a tough program to get into. Mentors

have to go to training. Recently won an award from Minnesota State.

Senator Read-Is this a yearly program?

Senator Linkenmeyer- you can do this yearly, you have to be a sophomore to do this.

Allied Health & Nursing, Samantha Gallion

Went to Athletic Trainers and discussed Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Trainers now make up programs, this adds to their work load. Will be working as Orientation

Peer Advisor this summer.

Senator Gaffer-As you were looking over the facilities and contemplating Coach-do you see the

need to have a similar position in Campus Rec for the student body?

Senator Gallion-If we could financially support this, I would support it, it would be to the benefit of everyone.


Speaker-Last regular meeting next week. Senators needing reports: Jackson, Gallion, Rumpf, Pike, Menden, Haugen, Dueser, Mullin, Read, White, Guetter, Schmitz, Hollerud, Nelson, Boyd, Klein, Muggli, Radtke, Wiech, Biesanz, Linkenmeyer. Budget meeting on the 17th, 24th last meeting.

Senator Radtke-Ring around moon is called a circular hallow not a moon dog. Bright spots on hallow are moon dogs.

Speaker-The Budget book is not supposed to leave the office.

Senator Gaffer-I love Minnesota, I love snow.

Senator Dueser-I rise in opposition to snow. This has been a nice meeting and a fun meeting.

We perform a vital and serious duty here at the university. It is nice we can work in a team

effort atmosphere. Appreciate opportunities when we can do that. For people that have not

given a report-do one so you can look back and know what the experience is. I enjoy the

opportunity to be on senate and have a good time at the same time.

Speaker-We will be voting next week for staff and senator of the year. Teacher of the Year,

Student Friendly Award.

Senator Giordani-I will be Program Advisor in the GLBC office next year.. If you need to do service learning next year, come in.

Senator Rumpf-Tomorrow nite-a little play, songs in the Indigo, faculty and students.

Senator Wiech-Applications due for senators by noon tomorrow.

Coordinator Fortune-Monday night training sessions for Lobby Day.

Senator Read-Will be going on April 10th Lobby trip, it will be a fun trip.

Roll Call

Senators Present

Bethany Jackson, Samantha Gallion, Daniela Rumpf, Byron Pike, Ryan L. Haugen, Andrew Menden, Jessica Giordani, Richard Dueser, Brian Mullin, Jayson Read, Katie Garrity, Rh;ys Gaffer, Stephanie White, Ashley Guetter, Hailey Schmitz, Celeste Hollerud, Andy Nelson, Jessica Boyd, Joe Muggli, Stacy Wiech, Ian Radtke, Zach Biesanz, James Tung, Cassi Linkenmeyer

Adjournment 6:02 P.M.