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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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72nd Senate Meeting called to order by Speaker Kail Decker

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)

Senators Present

Derek Ritchison 9-0-0, Katie Kendhammer 5-0-0, Elizabeth Lange 6-2-0-1, Megan Brandt 7-0-0-2, Irfan Bangash 5-0-0 , Jennifer McGuffey 9-0-0, Melissa Bartley 4-1-0, Mohammed Omar 9-0-0, Adam Weigold 9-0-0, Shuaib Ibrahim 9-0-0, Trevor Fleck 6-3-0, Taku Kurashige 9-0-0, Thomas Bergstrom 9-0-0, Tim Ibisch 9-0-0, Megan Karsten 5-0-0, Emily Kofoed 8-1-0, Jessica Cichy 9-0-0, Kristopher Lee 5-0-0, Jacly Fishman 3-1-0, Jason Casey 3-1-0, Danielle Thomsen 9-0-0, Waqas Jamshed 4-5-0, Jesse Clift 9-0-0, Matthew Wangerin 9-0-0, Joe Mikolai 5-0-0

Senators Absent

Executive Staff Present

President Anwer, Vice President Copic

Presentation: Priority Registration-Vice President of Academic Affairs-Dr. Scott Olson, Athletic Director Kevin Buisman, Speech Communication Chairperson-Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills

Dr. Olson-Priority Registration has become an equity issue. Students are currently disadvantaged because of what they are doing for MSU in scheduling conflicts. In Hockey for example, there are only certain times a student can take classes, do they choose between playing hockey and taking classes? You had concerns last year with the proposal, we changed the policy. In the current policy we limit the ability to get priority registration to 65 credits-this is up to roughly the beginning of a Jr. year. Last year the Faculty Association and Academic Affairs was opposed to the policy. They are now overwhelmingly in favor and have gone on the record for this. We could argue this, but if we continue to do that, we will get no where. For me this is equity, it is not a perk, it is justice for those who put on the purple and gold literally or figuratively. They are benefiting us all. When we have a better image it increases our ability to do fundraising. It increases the dollar value of the degree.

Pride-this is a proud place this fall because of what students are doing. The students that are doing

this are being denied classes, lets give them some fairness. Many people have worked hard on

this new policy. The people that have worked on this expect to have this policy approved as you would if you worked on improving a paper.

Senator Brandt-How many people would be involved?

Dr. Buisman-This applies to a 64 credit limitation, after soph year, roughly half of athletes, 250.

Senator Weigold-If this body opposes this, what will the administration’s reaction be?

Vice President Olson-Dr. Davenport would have to make the decision, he is a very student friendly

President in student needs.

Director Buisman-Many populations that would be affected are students as well. He would like to see

this corrected. You can correct this.

Senator Clift-The policy talks about lower division courses, is there a way of making sure that is what

will happen?

Dr. Olson-It would be helpful if the Registrar was here, that is a very technical question. That could

go back to the Registrar. There might be a screen that could limit registration to certain classes.

Senator Bartley-My understanding is that this is for students that can’t register for a certain class, have they gone to their instructors?

Dr. Cronn-Mills-That is what is happening now and they are not getting the sections they need. If they have to be gone for a competition, they have to miss classes, if they had this policy they could register early and get in classes where they would not have to say meet on Friday afternoon and miss as many classes.

Vice President Olson-Many times manually registering is not possible. A professor can not always

let students in because of class size etc.

Director Buisman-We are talking about circumstances that are out of student’s control. We are backed into scheduling that is beyond our control. We had two student track athletes, by the time they

could register for a class, it was full. They had to register for classes on Friday, they were disadvantaged, they were set up to fail.

President Anwer-What are the specifics going to be? Would a freshman get priority over only

freshman or all students?

Director Buisman-That is a technical question that you could put into a modification. The easiest would be to have everyone register the day before but there would be a technical capacity that

would not be accepted by all.

Senator Cichy-Do you feel this should be for non-traditional students that may have a family and have to work?

Vice President Olson-That is an interesting idea, it could be developed, however, it is not in this

policy. This policy is for students engaged in MSU sponsored activities, MSU image related activities. That does not devalue the non-traditional student. It is not to disadvantage one over the other.

Senator Cichy-Couldn’t many other students qualify for this then such as Student Events Team?

Vice President Olson-Yes, many groups could come before and petition, but it is the extent of the activity they are in and if the requirements for that activity make it impossible for them to register. Being busy is not enough of a conflict.

Senator Fishman-How does this work for freshman that register during summer registration?

Director Buisman-This only applies after an initial term. This is from 12 credits to 64 credits.

Senator Casey-If a main goal is to graduate, why would priority registration off-set the necessity to graduate sooner?

Vice President Olson-With out saying they are choosing to be athletes, however, in many cases

registration is preventing them from getting classes or is forcing them to attend school longer, and not graduating sooner. We are asking that their desire to participate not cost impairment to their education. Non-trads have a disadvantage but this policy is about the desire to participate in university activities.

Director Buisman-There are circumstances out of our control. We can build our own hockey arena,

then we would not have time conflicts. This would be more cost effective.

Dr.Cronn-Mills-Speech is a co-curricular program, it counts for classes and also an extracurricular activity. But they can only participate if they do not miss classes.

Senator Kurashige-How do you respond to students that say this is a time management problem for these students?

Vice President Olson-This is not time management on the part of the student, they are

simply not able to get the courses.

Dr. Cronn-Mills-If this was put into effect then time management would come into place,

getting to classes, practice, competing. All the time management in the world does not

help if they have to be gone and miss classes.

Dr. Cronn-Mills-The prime benefit for this would be for the faculty that have to make special

accommodations for students that need to miss class. It does become annoying for faculty, they should not be penalized for having to be gone. Many faculty resent this and do take it out on students.

even though students need this class because it was the only time open when they registered.

Senator Kendhammer-If this went into effect how many of your students would it affect?

Dr. Cronn-Mills-About 10

Director Buisman-about 200

Dr. Cronn Mills-They will not fill all the classes, there will still be sections open.

Senator Ritchison-How has this worked in other schools you polled?

Director Buisman-I can’t count for all the schools polled. We polled our peers that we meet

regularly. Duluth and University of North Dakota-Duluth just passed their policy last

year, UND has had it for a while. Denver, MN, Ohio, Alaska, and WI all Division I have

this policy. St. Cloud has their own hockey arena. Having our own facility is not

a practical solution even thought we could then schedule practices when we wanted.

Vice President Copic-Define university sponsored event.

Vice President Olson-I hope you would do that, you have an example here, like speech and athletics. These are activities scheduled by the university.

Director Buisman-If that is the primary issue-we can clarify and work together and address issues that need tightening. We need to try to correct this inequity.

Senator Omar-I am concerned about the open ended ness of this.

Dr. Cronn-Mills-The primary innovation is for travel, practice that is set out of a student’s control. Forensics can not control when and where a tournament will be. Football athletes cannot control when their games will be scheduled. Theater does not want to be included because they can control when the play goes on and when they can practice.

Vice President Olson-But we welcome putting that in the policy.

Director Buisman-The policy clarifys what a university policy is-when class time needs to be missed. This is an open policy. You have to demonstrate to the committee what you perceive the policy.

Senator Omar-Are you concerned over long term goals?

Director Buisman-I can’t say this will resolve every issue, students could still miss a class, but it could relieve some of the burden on faculty. Faculty have to proctor tests and take time at general student’s expense. This is perception verses reality. We should come back to this policy in a few years and see if it is achieving what we hope it will. When I talk to campuses that have this policy, initially they all said there was opposition, now most students don’t know because it does not benefit or harm them.

Athletes are students, using this would say absolutely it helps me. You can correct this and

help students.

Dr. Cronn-Mills-If sections are offered on Tuesday and Thursday and students can take those, it will allow them to miss fewer classes.

Senator Brandt-How do departments determine times in scheduling classes?

Dr. Cronn-Mills-This is a difficult task. They have to have a rotation, nights, faculty say what they

want and prefer-they juggle until they get everything scheduled. This is left to the department level.

Vice President Olson-Classroom availability, not all classes can be on Tuesday and Thursday.

Dr. Cronn-Mills – In Speech we have 17 sections, we can only schedule 3 classrooms.

Senator Raza-What are the plans after the 64 credits?

Director Buisman-This is not a perfect solution, but problems are in the elective courses. If there is only one section offered, there is only one section and a student has to take that.

Senator Weigold-Since this policy would take away someone’s spot-what about volunteering?

Director Buisman-This is great dialogue-but the perception is that you will be harmed, lets come back and look at this and see if it addresses the problem or is a greater harm than what the initial policy

thought to correct. I don’t think anyone will say that priority registration hurt them.

Vice President Olson-The Faculty Association wanted in the policy a review more quickly-if you

implement this, how soon would you look at reviewing this is a great question to ask?

Senator Karsten-Considering the fact that most of these are elective courses-is this really an issue?

Vice President Olson-Yes

Muslim Student Association-Hamid Yunus, Durre Zafar

Mr. Yunus-Thank you for allowing us to be here. We are here to tell you who we are and to give you background information. Muslim Students Association represents Islamic faith and heritage, in coordination with many other organizations. MSU has a very diverse Muslim community comprising of more than 200 Muslims. It is one of the responsibilities of our organization to educate and share our faith and cultural values with both, the on-campus and off-campus, Mankato community. At this time we have many more numbers of students. When the Association was formed it was to serve the Muslim body and allow us to bond with each other. Today Muslim students have had many things added. Now we organize many community events and on-campus events. This gives people a chance

to come together, we can provide information and education to other students. Many of

you have attended our events. We have over 200 members. We provide information on

our backgrounds, we need to share but we need a venue. We need to have a place where

someone can go to get information, where students can bond together where there is

a permanent presence. We have been trying since 2001. We cannot provide the services

we would like to provide. There is not a central location where people can go to voice

opinions. We need some where we can have photos, information and show

diversity. We need a facility to organize our diversity. There has to be a united voice.

We have things we need to share. It is tough now, because we meet with organizations,

but we are increasing the gap because we have no way of communicating. The demand

for information has increased-it is a fact, people want to know more about us. We get calls

from churches, schools, they want to know about our background, how we live. More and

more people want to learn about us. We need to work harder, faster and better. We need

organization and communication. To achieve that we need to have a presence. We need a

conducive environment of purity. Many Muslims also have to pray five times a day, we

have a tough time doing this. This would also help us with other departments. Our hope

is that we can get a place where we can meet, communicate, pray.

Durre Zafar-There has been a lot of interest in our association, students work hard to get out information but there is no organization or communication. We need a central reference point so we can provide better service. This would be open to all students and show everyone that we are friendly We do pray five times a day and sometimes it is hard to do on campus. As women we feel we need a safe place to pray.

Hamid Yunus-Perception is a fact, anyone in the community could come to this and receive information. The Student Union has been working with us, it has been a good effort but we still need a permanent presence.

Senator Brandt-Is there a place on campus, is there space available?

Hamid-I met Iver and yes there are spaces but SLD&SL decides who gets these spaces.

Motion-Senator Omar/Lange


Whereas: The number of Muslim students at MSU continues to increase and whereas there is a great need on behalf of the Muslim Student Association to effectively reach and communicate with it’s members

Be it Resolved: The MSSA supports the idea of looking into the possibility of getting a room for the Muslim Student Association.

Senator Omar-This is very important, as the number of students increases it is hard when we

only have email. We need a place where Muslim students can come.

Senator Lange-The safety issue is an important one.

Senator Weigold-This is a very important issue and I move to table this for Union Board

to address.

Senator Omar-I don’t see that, this needs to be said definitively. There is no point there.

Senator Weigold-This is something Union Board is already considering.

Senator Thomsen-This motion is only saying that this is a general feeling for opportunity.

The internal committee could find the room. The passing would give the feeling of defense.

President Anwer-Union Board has never considered a room, only a bathroom change. The

motion is saying that we should look into doing this, direct the committee to look at this.

Senator Kurashige-They came to us and maybe we can say how important this issue is.

Senator Weigold-Referring to committee does show support and it is already on the Union Board agenda to look at space.

Vice President Copic-We could amend this to say we approve this and we want to refer

it to committee.

Motion to refer to committee passes

Approval of Agenda Agenda approved with additions of Presentation-Muslim Student Association, Academic Affairs Committee, and Senator Reports

Approval of Minutes 10-13-04 Minutes stand approved with corrections

Officer Reports

President Shahzad Anwer

Last Thursday many of us went to St. Paul regarding the tuition freeze. Minnesota State does not seem like they are in support of a tuition freeze. The Senate Higher Education committee met today. I spoke,

Senator Casey spoke. We talked about the impact of tuition and how students are forced to stay in school longer.

MSUSA Conference this weekend in St. Paul. The conference has become expensive, we want to give the people going $10.00.

We met with the Vice President of Student Affairs and we will be doing a student forum on tuition freeze, priority registration and free speech. This will be Nov 4 from 11:30-1:30.

Senator Weigold-If you have a request, why don’t you offer up a motion?

Vice President Goga Copic

Priority Registration-You all have the policy. As far as what we should do about this-we should do

some research, we need to see if this is a success or not. Talk to athletes. We are here to gather

information, and then discuss this.

Open Forum-this is a good opportunity for you to talk as a student not only a senator.


Recognized Student Organizations: MSU Chess Club, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary Society), Women’s Club Volleyball, Asian American Student Association, Student Nurse’s Association (SNA), Nepaliase Student Community (NeStCom), Mankato State Equestrian Club, MSU Cigar Club (MCC)

Coordinator Reports

Student Services-Trevor Fleck

Bookstore Advisory-Barnes and Noble contract is up at the end of the year, they will be sending out

requests for proposals. Barnes and Noble will match the prices that Maverick Bookstore offers.

Barnes and Noble also gives scholarship money to the university.

I will be heading up the Open Forum-three topics: Priority Registration, Free Speech, and Tuition Freeze. It is crucial that we have help from all senators on getting the word out.

Senator Ritchison-What was the date for the deadlines?

Senator Bartley-What are the criteria?

Coordinator Fleck-They put out bids stating how much they will pay, what they contribute back, different activates above and beyond, how fast they can get books, how they treat their employees. I will get you the information.

Senator Reports

Off-Campus-Jason Casey

I have made continued efforts on starting the Veterans Club. I will be tabling in the CSU Construction Café Oct 27. I solicited information from non traditional coffee group on priority registration-most said no, but the administration did work on this and improve the points.

Today I talked about the grants, tuition, etc. to the Senate Higher Education Committee. I told

the Senate hearing today our non-traditional student numbers went from 24% last year to 17% this year. Is it because of less money or higher tuition?

Science, Engineering & Technology-Adam Weigold

I have been talking to the officers and I would like feedback on a platform document. This

would show us the history and what our stances have been on issues.

MSUSA this weekend-this is a pivotal time. The structure of the organization is equal for all

the campuses, yet St. Cloud and MSU are the largest organization and we have the same amount

of representation as the small schools. We need to know as a senate what is going on. Otherwise

we will be sitting back and not representing our students.

Senator Mikolai-Other than priority registration do you have examples of issues that would be on

a platform?

Senator Weigold-Every issue would be on it. This is a way of reviewing what has passed previously.

Off-Campus-Jesse Clift

I was disappointed at senate last week because I felt discussions were personally motivated.

Motion Senator Bangash/Lange


Move to allocate money for a budget for two meals at the MSUSA Conferences.

Motion passes

Committee Reports

SAC-Megan Brandt

SAC M#10.13.04A

Student Allocations Committee recommends funding MSU Paintball Club $1700.00 to attend the World Cup Intercollegiate X-Ball Championship in Orlando, FL.

Megan-Did not pay for food and travel, SAC approved lodging and fees.

Senator Weigold-How many members are going?

Megan –Fifteen

Motion passes unanimously

SAC M#10.13.04B

Student Allocations Committee recommends funding the Society of Professional Journalists-MSU Student Chapter $150.00 to attend the National SPJ Convention in New York, N.Y.

Motion passes unanimously

SAC M#10.13.04C

Student Allocations Committee recommends funding the Mankato College Republicans $135.59 to attend leadership training in Brainerd, MN.

Senator Thomsen-What is the nature and did it coincide to college. What was the focus?

Co-Chair Brandt-Leaders received training.

Senator Thomsen-Who put the conference on?

Senator Kofoed-What was the specific amount?

Co-Chair Brandt-They drove their own car and this is for the fees.

Vice President Copic-If we support this it shows we support our students and they can bring something back to campus.

Senator Weigold-This was just a leadership conference within Minnesota State policy.

Senator Kurashige-We support other students, this makes sense.

Senator Mikolai-Did the others we supported benefit all the campus? It seems they benefit the

Individuals involved.

Motion passes 4 abstentions

Academic Affairs Committee-Chair Brandt

Academic Affairs Committee M#10.20.04A

The Academic Affairs Committee and MSSA oppose the priority registration proposal.

President Anwer-This is too soon.

Senator Weigold-This is not clear that it will benefit students. There are so many if ands and maybe.

it was clear to the committee it is not a good policy.

Senator Casey-Did we not table this? I changed my mind, we should look into this further.

Senator Kurashige-I agree the presentation was very informative, we do need more discussion.

Senator Lee-Yes maybe they do support our school but they choose to do that. If they want to graduate sooner or get the classes they want, that is their decision.

Senator Ritchison-Move to table for further discussion

Motion to table passes

Student Services –Chair Ibisch

Student Affairs Committee M#10.20.04A

Whereas: Research has shown that changing dynamics of student population have necessitated the change in our busing routes.

Whereas: Sufficient ridership has not been shown in the previous route

Be it Resolved: The Minnesota State Student Association supports the MSU route as it stands as approved by the MSU administration.

Senator Ibisch-The committee did look at all the research and felt the administration made the right decision.

Senator Weigold/Mikolai-Move to amend clerical change in language..

Motion to amend passes

Amended motion passes 3 abstentions

Student Affairs Committee M#10.20.04B

Whereas: There was limited student involvement in the development of the smoking policy

Whereas: The policy put forward by MSU does not fairly resolve the issue of on campus smoking.

Whereas: There is no clear cut enforcement policy.

Whereas: Whereas the current policy is not seen to have been enforced.

Be it Resolved: The Minnesota State Student Association does not support the MSU

smoking policy in it’s present form.

Motion passes


Kendhammer-Tour guides needed tomorrow and Friday.

Senator Lange-Tonight 253-255, I am SAM

Senator Casey-Golden Honor-rebuttal of Fahrenheit 911

Speaker Decker-I will be a tour guide tomorrow, I encourage you to do this.

Senator Kofoed-I am also a tour guide, it is practically a script.

Senator Weigold-I am also giving a tour a tour tomorrow.

Roll Call

Senators Present

Derek Ritchison, Katie Kendhammer, Elizabeth Lange, Irfan Bangash, Khumar Raza, Jennifer McGuffey, Melissa Barley, Adam Weigold, Taku Kurashige, Megan Karsten, Emily Kofoed, Kristopher Lee, Jacly Fishman, Jason Casey, Danielle Thomsen, Waqas Jamshed, Matthew Wangerin, Joe Mikolai

Senators Absent

Megan Brandt, Mohammed Omar, Shuaib Ibrahim, Trevor Fleck, Thomas Bergstrom, Tim Ibisch, Jessica Cichy, Jesse Clift

Executive Staff Present

President Anwer, Vice President Copic

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM