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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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73rd MSSA Senate
April 5, 2006


Meeting called to order by Speaker Gabe Afolayan
Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)
Elizabeth Zika 25-0-0,  Mercy Wariari 4-2-0, Karen Rubbert 7-0-0, James Dye 24-0-0-1, Kevin Bender 24-1-0, Brandon Ross 23-1-1, Jenna Ault 24-1-0, Melissa Turner 25-0-0, Kristeen Giese 17-1-0,  Jessica Nelson 6-0-0, Oluwaseyi Ogunseye 19-4-0-2, Christopher Frederick 24-1-0, Lisa Darvell 23-2-0, Josh Peterson 22-2-0-1, Marianne Reilly 14-1-0,  Omolayo Ogunnowo 17-3-0, Ryan Flugaur 6-0-0, A.J. Bittner 8-1-0, Shannon Woods 23-0-0-2, Eric Christensen 16-1-0, Jessica Cichy 22-3-0, Matthew Ward 21-3-1, Jared Jackson 25-0-0, Ian Boyd 18-1-0, Philip VanWyngarden 9-0-0, Ryan Anderson 15-0-0, President Rob Wills 23-1-0-1, Vice President Mike Bruner 18-2-0

Open Forum
      Kyle Struck-MSUSA Campus Rep.  At the debates today the discussion on sustainability came up.  I thought you might be interested in knowing that we will be having a Conference for Sustainability on campus.  We have new buildings coming up.  We need to think about incorporating sustainability, energy is one of the higher costs in maintaining buildings.
      Delegates Assembly was a great success for our campus.  We discussed many issues.  The final conference is the last weekend in April.  It would be great if you could attend. 

      Cindy Janney-Director of Residential Life.  I am here today in the role of the chair of the CSU Director Search Committee.  We are advertising the position in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  It looks like we will be starting interviews about the first week in June.  We would like representation from this group, if you will
      be around this summer and are interested in being on this search committee, please let us know. 
      Vice President Bruner-How many of the original pool are still candidates? 
      Director Janney-I don't know yet, but we will send them a letter letting them know we are in the process again.

Approval of Agenda  Agenda approved with addition of Matt Ward, Off-Campus Senator, and Tech Fee
Advisory Committee-James Dye, Coordinator Jessica Cichy-Student Affairs, College of Business-Kevin Bender

Approval of Minutes   3-29-06 Minutes 

Old Business
Officer Reports
President Rob Wills
This was a slower week for us meeting wise.  The Diversity Forum was Monday, Tuesday and today. 
We had a good turn out. 
The Zoomerang survey results are coming in, you can see us after the meeting for that.

Vice President Mike Bruner
Student Savings Club-Sprint just contacted us to be a part of the card, they are offering a very good deal.  We have had a lot of student input, mostly favorable, we have checked into a few things students have told us about like some of the merchants not knowing they can just take the Mavcard.   
MSUSA was this past weekend, we had a full delegation.  One issue brought before us was an increase in fees for MSUSA.  We know pay $.39.  They were asking for a $.04 increase.  Our delegation voted for no increase.  St. Cloud wanted MSUSA to take a stance to oppose Gay Marriage.  We felt MSUSA should support purely student issues.  That motion failed.  We discussed the proportionality of seats.  There was a proposal to limit our delegation to nine.  We were able to keep our ten seats.
President Wills-Isn't it true they base proportionally on the students we have enrolled?
Vice President Bruner-Yes, this would have been based purely on enrolled students.
Kyle Struck-MSU and St. Cloud do have an extra delegate.  10 is for schools with students over 15,000.  The reason we have the extra is because they do realize we fund the majority of the organization. 
Senator Giese-What was the proposed gay marriage amendment?
Vice President Bruner-State Legislature is addressing that, MSUSA was asked to oppose it.  We felt this
is not an issue MSUSA should be focusing on.  It is really not pertinent to MSUSA.
Senator Boyd-Why is that not pertinent?
Vice President Bruner-It is pertinent for some students but if MSUSA took a stance on this  then they could take stances on the war, or any other issue.  I felt MSUSA should be focusing solely on student campus issues, such as tuition

Initial Recognition:  MSU Cricket Club

I was also at the MSUSA Conference.  Kyle Struck was elected to an at-large seat.  We sent a
strong message that we run things differently at MSU.

Ryan Flynn-Student Union Director Search .  The search has started again.  This is a nation wide search.
We hope to bring candidates to campus the end of May or early June.  We hope to have a new director soon.

Coordinator Reports
Student Affairs-Jessica Cichy-Next week Student Affairs will have about 20 landlords on campus.  You
should all be in attendance.  3:15 Wed.
Vice President Bruner-It is very impressive that you have so many landlords coming to a forum, how did you do that?
Coordinator Cichy-Lauren Long worked very hard and put in a lot of work to get the landlords to attend.
President Wills-How have the forums been going?
Coordinator Cichy-The forums' go ok, we are getting good ideas because many people are getting their heads together and coming up with good ideas.
It would be nice to have all of Student Affairs' there.

Committee Reports
      Student Technology Fee Advisory-James Dye
      We are at the end of our work.  Please voice your concerns and we will get them heard before
      we make the recommendation. There is a suggestion to put 300-500 more copies on Mav Disc, printing can           be increased, it is now 300.  Colors will be the same $.50.  Some improvements are going to be made in the          summer on MavMail, they are adding new calendar features and a new design, they are also looking at     other chat programs and some other things regarding bandwith.
      Senator Giese-Has there been discussion about making print optional or personalized?
      Senator Dye-No, not making it personalized, but you can add more printing pages.  Money will
      carry over.
      Senator Giese-If you don't use it up-what happens to that?
      Senator Dye-It disappears and is reset for the next year.
      Vice President Bruner-I have heard complaints about role over have they discussed that?
      Senator Dye-It is has not been discussed, but I will bring it up.
      Senator Flugaur-MavMail-many people want to use Outlook.  Is there any thing on the agenda to
      review that? 
      Senator Dye-I don't believe we have addressed that.  With the new MavMail there will be less
      Senator VanWyngarden-They recommend that people with difficulties contact the help desk.
      They can ask the Help desk to bring in professionals.  We can talk to them about the how to's.
      Senator Giese-Regarding Chat-can you tell me where I can send you feed back?
      Senator Dye-We will have a meeting next Tuesday and going over the fee and the adjustments.  I can also
      give you other addresses of people in charge.

      Constitution Commission-Senator Frederick
      There will be an Open Hearing in CSU 204 tomorrow.  We will be discussing the change of
      dates and semester change and  Student Union Board consultation guidelines.
      Senator Seyi-There is an Article in there regarding the role of the CSU Director, we
      will be changing that.
      President Wills-Bylaws and Constitution?
      Senator Frederick-Yes, there are also changes in that.
      President Wills-Definition of Special Election?
      Senator Frederick-I believe so.

      Student Allocation Committee-Matt Ward
      Remember the Budget Hearing is the 19th.  Get ahead of the game, look at what we are
      proposing.  The Blue book will be in the office. 
      Vice President Bruner-Is it not true SAC has put in a lot of work and we should
      seriously look at their recommendation.

Senator Reports
Off-Campus-Jered Jackson
I attended the MSUSA conference in St. Paul this past weekend.  We got a lot of good work done there including electing a new vice chair, treasurer, and at-large board members.  The next MSUSA conference will be held in Mankato on April 28-30.  I encourage all senators to go if possible.  I will be running in the upcoming MSSA election for an off-campus seat. I wish all senators and students running good luck in the upcoming election.  Please get your friends and constituents to vote because these are very important and require a lot of time and work.  I’ve also been busy with SAC and the ’07 budget.  I’m excited to learn more about the budget process and am anxious for the budget to come in front of the senate. Good luck to everyone running in the upcoming elections.
Vice President Bruner-We spent several hours choosing a Treasurer, we should congratulate Nida for her strong effort.
Graduate Studies-Melissa Turner
Last week we met with Chris Mickle in the Graduate Office.  Many people are taking considerable time to finish their thesis or graduate paper.  In the new proposal  people will have to register for one credit to do this as they are taking faculty time, library time.  We discussed New Drop Policy, it is telling us that if you are going to be here you should look up policy regarding payment.  There is also going to be a Grad. Student RSO. We discussed a orientation program for grad students, there is none currently.  We hope to have that in the future for grad students. Graduate Studies is also looking at linking the web page.  We talked about the doctorial programs proposed:  Nursing, Counseling & Student Personnel, Educational Leadership.  The time line is Nursing first possible as soon as 2007-8.  Hopefully we will have a grad student stipend increase next year.  This would be a $750.00 a year increase.
Students on campus are not happy with the Library hours on weekends.  We will be discussing this next week.
Senator Cichy-Have you heard anything about Social Work master program?
Senator Giese-That was not discussed but I have heard that it is a very positive program they are looking
Senator Giese-Right now there are no Orientation programs through the Graduate Office itself.
Senator Flugaur-Will there be open forums pertaining to Library hours?
Senator Turner-I will look into that.

Off-Campus-Matt Ward
MSUSA-I am echoing what everyone else has said.  I was really proud of our delegation and that we had a full
row and that St. Cloud looked like they wanted us to not be there.  It opened my eyes.  We need delegates at
these functions.  We put in a lot of work and our voice was heard.  It was an awesome experience.
Vice President Bruner-Would you elaborate on April conference?
Senator Ward-It is here so we have no excuse for not attending.
Kyle Struck-We will be going over next year's conference schedule.  We will be looking at hiring a new
Director at that conference at well.

College of Business-Kevin Bender
In the College of Business focus group we discussed upper level and lower level requirements.  We discussed the new College of Business building.  We are having a speaker come talk to us about the IRS>
Election Committee will meet at 7:30 tomorrow night if you have questions or concerns. 
Policies we work on in Academic Affairs being submitted now are new and will not be put thorough until next Fall.
Vice President Bruner-At the last meeting you talked about Segways-have you had more correspondence
on that?
Senator Bender-We brought it up and passed on the information.  Many other groups are doing that as well.

M#04.05.06A Condolences to family of Kevin S
Move to send condolences to family of Kevin Szarynsky on behalf of MSSA, by the end of this week.
Letter to be written by the Speaker on the behalf of the MSSA.
Motion Passed

Senator Woods-Surveys in the office for Psychology please fill them out.
Senator Ault-Don't forget Switchfoot Concert
Senator Rubbert-Singer/songwirter competition
Senator Dye -Get involved in student elections, get students in classes involved and do vote
Roll Call   
Senators Present
Elizabeth Zika, Mercy Wariari, Karen Rubbert, James Dye, Kevin Bender, Brandon Ross, Jenna Ault, Melissa Turner, Kristeen Giese, Seyi Ogunseye, Christopher Frederick, Lisa Darvell, Josh Peterson, Marianne Reilly,
Ryan Flugaur, Shannon Woods, Eric Christensen, Jessica Cichy, Matt Ward, Jered Jackson, Philip VanWyngarden, Ryan Anderson
Senators Absent
Jessica Nelson, Omolayo Ogunnowo, Andrew Bittner, Matt Ward, Ian Boyd
Executive Staff Present
President Rob Wills, Vice President Mike Bruner

 Adjournment    Meeting adjourned at 5:16 P.M.