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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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73rd MSSA Senate

February 8, 2006


Meeting called to order by Speaker Gabe Afolayan

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)

Elizabeth Zika 18-0-0,  James Dye 17-0-0-1, Kevin Bender 17-1-0, Brandon Ross 16-1-1, Jenna Ault 18-0-0 Melissa Turner 18-0-0, Kristeen Giese 11-0-0,  Ofunseye Ogunseye 14-3-0-1, Christopher Frederick 17-1-0, Lisa Darvell 17-1-0, Josh Peterson 15-2-0-1, Marianne Reilly 8-0-0,  Sarah McLaughlin 11-4-0-3, Omolayo Ogunnowo 11-2-0, Shannon Woods 16-0-0-2, Eric Christensen 10-0-0, Jessica Cichy 16-2-0, Matthew Ward 15-2-1, Jeff Brand 10-0-1,  Jared Jackson 18-0-0, Ian Boyd 13-0-0, Philip Wyngarden 2-0-0, Ryan Anderson 8-0-0

President Rob Wills 16-1-0-1, Vice President Mike Bruner 11-1-0

Approval of Agenda  Approved with addition of Committee Report B

Approval of Minutes   2-1-05 Minutes stand approved

Elections- Allied Health & Nursing,  Arts & Humanities, SET, Gage A

Allied Health & Nursing-Mercy Wariari

I am a Nursing student. I am from Kenya. I am a junior. I heard about this opening from a friend.  I want to work on getting more advisors in the Nursing program. I love being at MSU. 

Senator Cichy-Call the vote

Speaker-Out of Order

Senator Jackson-Move to suspend the rules for a call to vote.

Elected Allied Health & Nursing Senator-Mercy Wariari

College of Arts & Humanities-Karen Rubbert

I am a double major Communication/Political Science.  I am on the board of Student Events Team.  I just want to

get involved in senate. 

Senator Giese-What kind of experience will you bring?

Ms. Rubbert-I have worked with budgets and I would like experience working on budgeting of students fees.  I was on senate in high school.

Senator Zika-Do you have anything going on after 6:00?  Like do you have a night class?

Ms. Rubbert-No

Senator Wood-How well do you know your constituents?

Ms. Rubbert-I am very involved, I try to keep up by reading theReporter, talk to students in my classes.

Senator Bender-Do you see inadequacies in the budget and with the fees?

Ms. Rubbert-I am on Student Events Teambut I want to hear how different organizations work on these things.

Senator Bender-Do you think we should raise student fees?

Ms. Rubbert-I think there needs to be increases.

Senator Giese-Can you tell me what your strength is?

Ms. Rubbert-I am involved on campus a lot, I don't think many students know what is going on.

Senator Giese-What about your strongest skills?

Ms. Rubbert-Speaking in front of people, just being involved.  I hear a lot of students issues.

Elected Arts & Humanities Senator Karen Rubbert

Science, Engineering & Technology-Jessica Nelson

I am a Human biology major.  I am in my fourth year.  I want to be apart of making decisions.  I have many

experiences and involvements on campus.

Senator Woods- What experiences have you had?

Ms. Nelson-I have been a tutor, I work with Study Abroad, I am practically on campus all the time.

Senator Bender-What issues do you want to focus on?

Ms. Nelson-Tuition would be one. I think there should be more options open to night students and getting more information on studying abroad not just for business and marketing students.

Senator Giese-Sometimes our meetings go after 6:00 P.M.  Do you have prior responsibilities that you would have to leave earlier?

Ms. Nelson-No

Senator VanWyngarden-Can you tell us about your past leadership experience

Ms. Nelson-I received a leadership scholarship, I help at the elementary science fair.  I am active in volunteering-Relay for Life.  I am involved in the community.

Senator Frederick-What other RSO's are you involved in?

Ms. Nelson-PreMed Club.

Senator Woods-How long do you have left before you graduate?

Ms. Nelson-Spring of 2007.

Ms. Nelson-Thank you for letting me know this was open and hopefully I will be able to meet everyone


Elected Jessica Nelson Science, Engineering & Technology Senator

Officer Reports

President Rob Wills

Congratulations to all of you that came and spoke at the HLC meetings.  Thank you for attending.  I

appreciate you giving student voice and giving an over all interpretation of our university.  The

results will be published in about 8 weeks.  The major concern is that there is a disconnect regarding

Diversity, I heard the majority came from students.  That is why it is important to state your opinions so

that things can get solved.  Also, a discussion came up on the consultation process, from the beginning

and end results.  We brought up that concern as well as some faculty.

You all got the email on the Campus Rec proposal.  The ice is out of the proposal.  It will come back again

next year.  This happened because students voiced their opinion.  It is important for those that make decisions

to know this.

Thank you for everyone that came to the Hockey game.

We will be working out the details for the DC Summit.  I thank those of you that turned in your essays.

Appointments:  Constitution Commission-Christopher Frederick. Student Technology Roundtable-Philip VanWyngarden, Web Development-Philip VanWyngarden

Senator Dye-Did the HLC have comments on student government?

President Wills-They want students to be in the process.  It is hard to say what they felt until we receive the draft.  We will find out what we need to work on for our campus.

Joel Johnson-We discussed with yearly change over how we can help next year's administration, how can the administration assist with continuity.

Senator Bender-Do you have any of the positive comments?

President Wills-We did receive our accreditation.  We fixed our problems from the past, I think there were four things we worked on.  it was very positive.  We got it.

Senator Van Wyngarden-Do you know what those four things were?

President Wills-I will get back to you on that.

Senator Peterson-Is the student government web site up yet?


Initial Recognition:  Inspire Leadership Team

Proxy Memo-I have brushed up on this and I think this will make a quick impact.

Procedural motions are on the quick sheets in the back of your binders.  We have official copies of

Robert's Rules of Order.  Get your picture taken and fill out your profiles as soon as possible.

The web site is up, The template is set.

Committee Reports

SAC-Matt Ward-Co-Chair

            SAC M#01.30.06  Men's Lacrosse Club

            Student Allocations Committee recommends funding up to $2,500.00 to the Men's Lacrosse Club to                   travel to San Francisco, CA for out of conference games required to stay in UMLLA division and                   qualify for USLMDIA Nation Tournament

Co-Chair Ward-They need to play out of conference games to stay in the division.  This is not the

$50.00 per student.  This is a club sport that falls under Campus Rec.  They do not get tournament


Motion passes

SAC M#01.30.06 Maverick Dance Team

            Student Allocations Committee recommends funding up to $3500.00 to the Maverick Dance to travel

            to Daytona, Fl to participate in the NDA National Championship. 


Co-Chair Ward-They fall in the grey area.  We have funded them before.  They have always performed

very well.  They are an active group on campus. 

Motion passes

SAC  M#01.30.06 PHC/IFC (Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Council)

            Student Allocations Committee recommends funding up to $1700.00 to Interfraternity Council and                   Panhellenic Council to attend the M.G.C.A. Conference in Rosemont, IL. 

38 men and women will be attending, this is actually only $44.00 per student.

Chair Ward-There was some confusion on their proposal.  This added to what they agreed on. 

Motion passes     

Student Affairs-Jessica Cichy/Jered Jackson

This is in regard to the motion passed on January 25.  Student Affairs was to make a recommendation to

Senate.  We can not support or deny the proposal since the proposal changed.  We feel we should send a letter to Dr. Davenport stating we need students involved in the entire process of the proposal.

Senator Cichy-Consultation process letter-senators will vote to send that to Dr. Davenport.

This will be posted in the office so that suggestions can be made.

Senator Jackson-We are not writing to confront the President.  We just feel this is the right way to do this

before we take other action.

President Wills-Explain more on how you are going to do this?

Senator Cichy-We would like to be included in the development of the proposal.  That will impact students

and better the consultation process.


Senator Jackson-Leg Affairs Friday

Senator Ault-Next week is Frost Days, I encourage you to get involved.  I am involved in Battle of

the Bands.

President Wills-Vice President and I are going to DC tomorrow.

Senator Ross-Diversity Conference-

President Wills-Executive Cabinet will be meeting tonight. 

Senator Cichy-Summer job fair next Wed. 

Senator Bender-Minnesota State job fair, Convention center.  Over 130 employers will be there. 

Senator Giese-Non-Profit job fair Feb 17, University of MN.                                                            

Roll Call     

Senators Present

Elizabeth Zika, Mercy Wariari, Karen Rubbert, James Dye, Kevin Bender, Brandon Ross, Jenna Ault, Melissa Turner, Kristeen Giese, Jessica Nelson, Christopher Frederick, Lisa Darvell, Josh Peterson, Marianne Reilly, Sarah McLaughlin, Andrew Bittner, Shannon Woods, Eric Christensen, Jessica Cichy, Matthew Ward, Jeff Brand, Jered Jackson, Ian Boyd, Philip VanWyngarden, Ryan Anderson

Senators Absent

Omolayo Ogunnowo, Seyi Ogunseye,

Executive Staff Present

Adjournment  Meeting adjourned at 5:01 P.M.