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73rd MSSA Senate
January 18, 2006

Meeting called to order by Vice President Bruner
Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)
Elizabeth Zika 15-0-0,  Haley Pederson 13-2-0, James Dye 14-0-0-1, Kevin Bender 14-1-0, Brandon Ross 14-0-1, Jenna Ault 15-0-0 Melissa Turner 15-0-0, Kristeen Giese 8-0-0, Gabe Afolayan 14-1-0, Ofunseye Ogunseye 12-3-0, Christopher Frederick 14-1-0, Lisa Darvell 14-1-0, Josh Peterson 13-2-0, Marianne Reilly 5-0-0,  Sarah McLaughlin 10-3-0-2, Maria Schweer 8-2-0, Omolayo Ogunnowo 9-1-0, Shannon Woods 13-0-0-2, Eric Christensen 8-0-0, Jessica Cichy 13-2-0, Matthew Ward 14-1-0, Jeff Brand 7-0-1,  Jared Jackson 15-0-0, Ian Boyd 10-0-0, Ryan Anderson 5-0-0,  President Rob Wills 13-1-0-1, Vice President Mike Bruner 9-0-0

Approval of Agenda  Addition of Academic Affairs Coordinator Report-Kevin Bender

Approval of Minutes   12-07-05 Minutes  Minutes stand approved

Presentation-Mike Hodapp, acting CSU Director  Fiscal 07 Student Union Budget
We are under a time line-this needs to be submitted to Minnesota State by February 1.  This budget was submitted
to Union Board this fall semester.  The green sheet is the format Minnesota State asks us to submit.  The pink sheet is
the Student Union Revenue.  This comes from offices and vendors that rent from us.  The yellow is a comparison of 06 and projected 07.  The goldenrod is dealing with deferred maintenance.  The blue sheet is the budget for current year and the projected budget for 07.  I understand where you are at with tuition going up and other things going up.  It is not intent to change or increase budget.  I cannot deal with the increase in energy costs, 06 budget will be up for energy.  We do not
know where this will end.  We cannot make up this budget.  The facility fee will go up approximately
.30 cents.  There are tweaks but main thing is energy.  Ask people on Union Board, SAC or come to the office
if you have questions.
Senator Bender-Have they made a decision on the smoking room?
Mr. Hodapp-Union Board voted to forward that to the administration.

Officer Reports
President Rob Wills
Appointments;  Constitution Commission-Jeff Brand, Haley Pederson, Textbook Price Containment Task Force-Casey Carmody.
The Presidents of Moorhead and St. Cloud student associations have resigned, for a total of three this year.  Thank you for your appreciation of this position and when we make decisions as we sit in this chair it is because it is our job.  Speaker elections will be next week as well as the vacant senate seats.  If you know of interested people please let them know.
Senator Ross-Do you know the reasons for the resignations?
President Wills-Vice President Bruner will address that.

Vice President Bruner
Announcement of vacancies-McElroy Hall-Barbara Johnson, Gage A-Andrew Pyzyk, Allied Health & Nursing-Cathy Cloran, Off-Campus-Andrew Isker
Initial Recognition:  Badminton Club, Lambda Pi Eta, MN State University, Mankato Men’s Football Rugby Club,  Maverick Water Polo

Our web site should be up in a few days, it is under construction and it looks great.  The Student Savings Club is now
going to one card-all businesses are listed on the web site.  You can use your Savings Card or Mav Card.
Senator Bender-Can we split up the contract so we can still get the card we want?
Vice President Bruner-We don’t really have a contract, I like the idea of everything listed on the card but this should be ok.
Senator Frederick-When will we get the Student Savings Card?
Vice President Bruner-We will have them this semester.  Hopefully by April.
Senator Brand-How do you enroll in the program?
Vice President Bruner-You are automatically enrolled.  You will go to the web site and check to see what businesses are listed.  It is up to us to distribute the cards.  I am talking to Res Life about that.
Senator Giese-When will the web site be on line? 
Vice President Bruner-By Friday, we will have facts and pictures.

 

 

Old Business
Motion 11.30.05A Senator Giese/Senator McLaughlin  Sexual Violence Education Coordinator


Whereas:                       The  MSU mission statement states MSU’s commitment to safety and education

Whereas:                       A Sexual Violence Education Coordinator would provide education, support, and
                                        prevention services.

Whereas:                       MSSA has a history of support for this position, dating back to April 2004.

Whereas:                       President Davenport currently has funded a fixed term half time position that will
                                        expire on June 2006.

Whereas:                       Where there has been a drastic increase to the number of students seeking sexual
                                        violence support services.

Whereas:                       Students deserve support of a full time permanent professional. 

Be it Resolved:             The MSSA re-asserts its original recommendation to the MSU Administration,
                                        that a full time permanent Sexual Violence Education Coordinator position be
                                        fully funded by M&E dollars.  MSSA will follow-up with Administration in
                                        March 2006 for their decision.

Senator Giese-After doing much research  of students, constituents, community members, I still strongly feel this would
be a good position for us to take.
President Wills-Move to table this motion for two weeks.  Second Senator Turner
Motion Fails
Senator Bender-Move to table this motion to a committee of three senators and one non-senator for four weeks.
I think we are procrastinating-if you are really passionate about this, take some time and let’s get the facts.  I think a committee would find the best resources and get the right facts.   
Second Senator Cichy-I agree, I would like to see an open minded committee.
President Wills-Move to amend to move this to Student Affairs instead of a committee of three senators.
Senator Bender-I don’t think we should amend this.  There might be people in Academic Affairs that are passionate about this.  We just want a temporary committee.
Senator Darvell-I don’t think it is fair to give it to Academic Affairs either, we already have enough on our plate.
Senator Cichy-As Coordinator, I would like to see some people from Academic Affairs as well as Student Affairs.
Senator Giese-I see a problem of moving this to Academic Affairs as well., I also question the length of time, I think
two weeks would be enough time.
Motion to send to Student Affairs instead of a three senator committee. 
Motion fails
Original motion 01-18-06A  Senator Bender/Senator Cichy
Move to refer this motion to a committee of 3 senators and 1 non-senator appointed by the President that can do
research and report back in four weeks.
Motion fails
Senator Christiansen-This is absolutely ridiculous that we wait any longer, we all agree it is important.
Senator Ross-I work in Security and I think we should listen to the directors that are here today.
Senator Brand-This is ridiculous that we are waiting this long.  Vote yes on this is what we should do today.
Senator Ward-I agree this is worth while, however,  there are people on senate that feel they need more information. 
We do have time.
Senator Giese-I did do more research and I talked to other providers in the counties.  This position is a worth while
position and it could work in collaboration with other services.  All the people I talked to felt that a similar position
could not come from Counseling.  The other issue of making a decision later-the hiring process is a lengthy process,
things need to be opened up, applications-it is huge and lengthy.
Senator Dye-We all agree it is worth while, but this is something we should consider at budget time when we have more
ability to look at the results and see if it fits into the budget.  We don’t have the whole outlook on the budget.  We also don’t have enough information after only eleven days.
Senator Bender-If you want to, vote yes, we deal with student dollars, not M&E.  The hiring process is a long process
but I think they have their person.  I don’t see information substantiating this.
Senator Reilly-We need to provide our students with a healthy environment-we need to decide what is more important.
Senator Giese-The previous speaker mentioned no data has been given, I disagree, they did give us lengthy information.
The job is not guaranteed to the person in the position now.
President Wills-I talked to Dr. Davenport and he said the things in his budget is what he approves.  If we approve this
it does not mean it will happen.  We are a consulting body.  We can say this is what students want, but that is where it
ends.  He told me twice that what is in is budget is what it will be.
Senator Ward-That is the point I was going to make.  The Administration will do what they want.  We made this
motion last semester, I like the idea of a committee.  Maybe we would have more say to the administration if we had
more students supporting this.  We need to do a little independent fact finding.  That is not a bad thing, it just gives
us more students in support, male and female.
Senator Ross-I think we should talk to the people sitting right there.  I yield time to Carol director of Security.
Ms. Jensen-A little history, I have been on campus 16 years.  The violence prevention center was voted on by senate
many years ago, it has had support.  When the Violence Prevention Center went away my duties focused on
general personal safety.  I do not do sexual assault prevention.  I do general education, I do not focus.  It is
true people have come to me before.  I don’t discourage people from coming but I am bound to send students to
someone mandated.  This part of my job is not even half time.  I just provide general information.
Deirdre Rosenfeld-Your investment in this is clear, I want to explain why this is important.  I have intentionally
not invited survivors to come in.  You must recognize the power of your voice.  This body has voiced almost
unanimous support for this motion twice in the past.  You have said you want this position, you deserve it.
Senator Ross-I think this is all the information we need. 
Senator Christensen-We now have had three speakers address this, we have had 7or 8 weeks.  Because of one call
to the president and one meeting we should not assume it will be denied. If the president is going to deny it, he will deny it anyway, forming a committee to gather information will not do any good.
Senator Bender-We are at the exact same spot we were in.  If we want to send this to the president we should but
we should go to committee and come back with goals and a policy.  We should put a hold on it now. 
President Wills-We have vacancies in the senate.
Senator Dye-I think what would be beneficial is that we have concrete numbers to show support for a full time
position.  Maybe a half time position should be funded.
Senator Afolayan-What speaks to me is hard data.  Once we study this we would have more concrete data.
One month of data is not enough information.  We need credibility, perhaps surveys.  Not to say information is
not out there but if we have other information and data it would be a lot harder for Dr. Davenport to deny this.
Senator Giese-From 2003-2005 the statistics rose from one student in crisis each week to about 2.5 students
in crisis, this is slightly less then 100%.  We have a responsibility to our constituents to support this motion.
Senator Cichy-I have been on senate three years.  We could set a precedence of people coming to us mid year and asking for things, knowing  full well the President is not supporting this.  I do not feel comfortable supporting this in mid year.
Senator Darvell-I move to amend this to a half time position in stead of a full time position.  This would be
middle ground, if we are able to get another year of data would should sufficient
Senator Christensen-Second-I see we are at an impasse this is a good compromise.
Senator Bender-We have been talking about it, a quick fix is not the answer, and it will come back year after year.
I don’t support. This.
Senator Afolayan-If we do need a full time position this will not help.  We need concrete data.  Amending it will not
Solve the problem.
Senator Dye-I believe this might not be the best way of going about this, we could end up with lack of staff.
Move to amend motion


Be it Resolved:             The MSSA re-asserts its original recommendation to the MSU Administration,
                                        that a half time Sexual Violence Education Coordinator position be
                                        fully funded by M&E dollars.  MSSA will follow-up with Administration in
                                        March 2006 for their decision.

Amendment fails.

 

Motion 11.30.05A Senator Giese/Senator McLaughlin  Sexual Violence Education Coordinator


Whereas:                       The  MSU mission statement states MSU’s commitment to safety and education

Whereas:                       A Sexual Violence Education Coordinator would provide education, support, and
                                        prevention services.

Whereas:                       MSSA has a history of support for this position, dating back to April 2004.

Whereas:                       President Davenport currently has funded a fixed term half time position that will
                                        expire on June 2006.

Whereas:                       Where there has been a drastic increase to the number of students seeking sexual
                                        violence support services.

Whereas:                       Student’s deserve support of a full time permanent professional. 

Be it Resolved:             The MSSA re-asserts its original recommendation to the MSU Administration,
                                        that a full time permanent Sexual Violence Education Coordinator position be
                                        fully funded by M&E dollars.  MSSA will follow-up with Administration in
                                        March 2006 for their decision.

Motion passes 11-9

Senator Reports
Off-Campus -Jeff Brand  (written report)
During the last few months of the fall semester I spent a majority of time out preparing for finals but rather to see the MSU Donations Drive to success.  With no goals other than to involve students, faculty and the greater Mankato area in the Anthropology Club efforts, we were able to fill 3 vehicles with toys, food, warm clothing and a check for $275.00.00 

Getting the community involved was the most daunting as I had to look to the local media outlets for aid in getting stories published and for a story to air on KEYC TV.  I also sought the assistance of the North Mankato Taylor Library, Blue Earth Co. Library and the HyVee Downtown to set up drop off boxes for the donations.  The Anthropology Club sent several businesses and churches a letter explaining our cause and that we were seeking a donation which was followed up by a phone call from the Anthropology Vice President and me in early December.

Also, an important task was to send out a letter to all faculty at MSU to disseminate to the student body about our cause.  The Reporter was a very helpful means to get the word out as well.  When all donations were collected, they were boxed up and loaded into a Dodge Ram, Chevy Suburban and a school van.  We drove the items to Eagle butte, South Dakota.
This was a 7 hour drive each way.

It was a long trip and it came to fruition from a lot spent time and energy  But to see the smiles, to hear the genuine gratitude and to share in an experience that was one of the most fulfilling in my lifetime, I can say that the Donations Drive was a success to the fullest measure.  I thank the Student Affairs committee and the Student Senate for working with us to tackle the problem of 400 people having nothing for Christmas and I hope we can work together in the future.  The Anthropology Department and Club is planning the Donations Drive to be an annual event for the campus and also for the community.

Committee Reports
Academic Affairs-Kevin Bender
We looked over some policies today but did not have quorum.  We will meet at 3:30 next week.  As far as
registration there are questions on the new grade change policy.

Announcements
President Wills-Next week we have elections and we will be having a presentation for the outdoor campus rec proposal. 
Senator Cichy-Interviews are being held for a new Dean in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.  If you are in this college try to attend these interviews.                                                                                                                                                             

Roll Call
Senators Present
Elizabeth Zika, James Dye, Kevin Bender,  Brandon Ross, Jenna Ault, Melissa Turner, Kristeen Giese, Gabe Afolayan,
Lisa Darvell, Josh Peterson, Marianne Reilly, Sarah McLaughlin, Omolayo Ogunnowo, Eric Christensen, Jessica Cichy, Matthew Ward, Jeff Brand, Jered Jackson, Ian Boyd, Ryan Anderson
Senators Absent
Haley Pederson, Seyi Ofunseye, Christopher Frederick, Maria Schweer
Executive Staff Present                                             
President Rob Wills, Vice President Mike Bruner

Adjournment  Meeting adjourned at 5:18 P.M.