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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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73rd MSSA Senate
April 12, 2006


Meeting called to order by Speaker Gabe Afolayan
Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)
Elizabeth Zika 26-0-0,  Mercy Wariari 5-2-0, Karen Rubbert 8-0-0, James Dye 25-0-0-1, Kevin Bender 25-1-0, Brandon Ross 23-2-1, Jenna Ault 25-1-0, Melissa Turner 26-0-0, Kristeen Giese 18-1-0,  Jessica Nelson 6-1-0, Oluwaseyi Ogunseye 20-4-0-2, Christopher Frederick 25-1-0, Lisa Darvell 24-2-0, Josh Peterson 23-2-1, Marianne Reilly 14-1-0,  Omolayo Ogunnowo 18-3-0, Ryan Flugaur 6-1-0, A.J. Bittner 9-1-0, Shannon Woods 24-0-0-2, Eric Christensen 16-2-0, Jessica Cichy 23-3-0, Matthew Ward 22-3-1, Jared Jackson 26-0-0, Ian Boyd 18-2-0, Philip VanWyngarden 10-0-0, Ryan Anderson 16-0-0, President Rob Wills 24-1-0-1, Vice President Mike Bruner 19-2-0

Open Forum
Nida Sumar-I am here to speak in regard to the SAC recommendation regarding the RSO staff position and advisor position.  We would like senate to pass 1/2 of this position.  I have only been involved for one semester but I feel this position is very helpful in getting students involved and that is the main reason for this position.  We have had 201 RSO's recognized this year with hundreds of students involved.  I can say this from personal experience.  Everyone needs leadership training, communicating,  and networking, and RSO's can get that and more with the help of this position..  I would not be standing here if I did not think this was important.  We should be looking at this if we are trying to promote student involvement from RSO's to nontrads, this position will help everyone.  I encourage you all to look at your RSO's and then make a decision.
            Senator Giese-Can you tell us that your experience will prepare you more for the work force?
            Nida-Yes, I am amazed at myself, and how I have grown by being a leader.  I have more confidence.
            Senator Zika-I am assuming that the money for this would be from student fees, how much would
            fees go up?
            Nida Sumar-I don't know. 
            Senator Cichy-What is more important the RSO position or the person in the position?
            Nida-I would say both.  We have had more  workshops.  RSO's can go to workshops and they receive      valuable leadership training.  Is that not one of our aims?  Having those leadership skills is very solid.
            Senator Cichy-Does your RSO have an advisor?
            Nida-I think so.
            Senator Cichy-What is your advisor's role in your RSO?
            Nida-Our advisor does not play as big a part as the RSO staff does. 
            Senator Ward-Is the RSO staff person more useful than your RSO Advisor?
            Nida-Very much so at getting us information, resources and training.
            Senator Cichy-Do you know how much money we would be approving if we approved every
            position asked for?
            Nida-I don't know, I am just trying to help people that will gain from having this RSO staff.
            Senator Giese-Is your advisor role more to advise you and the RSO leadership to provide training?
            Senator Bender-Is there a job description?  Are you here on your own will?
            Nida-I am here because I am more informed now that I have been working with this RSO staff person. I am         a more informed confident leader.
            Senator Bender-You have had no encouragement from the RSO leadership?
            Nida-It was totally my decision to come speak to you.
            Senator Cichy-Is there a graduate student that deals with RSO's?
            Nida-I am not informed of that.  I think previously they had some one in that position.  A
            grad student would leave and they would not have as much experience and knowledge. 

Approval of Agenda Add Yellow Ribbon to Recognized Student Organizations, also add Elections for run off in the Off-Campus position.  (Article 6)

Approval of Minutes   4-5-06 Minutes   Minutes stand approved 

Off-Campus Senator spring election run-off:  Jon Hurm, John Punderson
Elected Jon Hurm

Ratification of Election results passed

Old Business
Officer Reports
President Rob Wills
I need to give you a little explanation of why I am in this wheelchair-I am participating in an activity on disabilities awareness and what it is like to be in a wheel chair daily.
I would like to tell you what the results of the survey have told us.  The number one comment was that tuition and fees need to be kept low.
SAC has worked hard on their recommendation.  We can't let emotions run our job.  You need to
vote according to your constituents.  Everyone will come and tell their story, but you need to
be honest and informed.  You can ask directors, me, Mike.  Be informed when you make your decision.
At the Open Forum today we received good participation from the audience. 
I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone that won in the election.
Gabe Afolayan and Mike Bruner will be on the Campus Recreation Master Planning Committee.
The location of the Sexual Assault Coordinator could be in the Women's Center with a wall, it could be across from the Counseling Center, it has not been decided yet.
April 26 will be inauguration and awards, followed by our final senate meeting of the year.
Senator Boyd-What can we do regarding difficulties of persons with disabilities?
President Wills-We can provide information and we can take a stance on disability concerns.
Senator Seyi-From your experience today do you think things on campus are adequate?
President Wills-From my experience there are some issues that need to be worked on but it is not completely
Senator Dye-What issues are people having problems with concerning the policy?
Vice President Bruner-Persons of disability would have to get a sticker to have their wheelchair or segway authorized to be on campus. This is an undue burden with no reason behind it.
President Wills-Is that appropriate or not?
Senator Giese-Can we talk to other bodies
President Wills-Yes, we need to research this and not play by emotions.  We need concrete information.
Senator Zika-What are the consequences of not having a sticker?
Vice President Bruner-I don't have the policy in front of me but it is encompassing of any vehicle with
wheels, it is an undue burden.  Visitors that come to our campus would not have this, what is the point
of a policy if it is not enforced. 
Senator VanWyngarden-Will the administration be reviewing the location of the Sexual Assault
Coordinator position?
President Wills-As of right this minute it was to build a wall but it has not been decided on.
Senator Bender-What have you done to pass along that concern of stickers in the policy?
President Wills-I passed it on at Meet & Confer.  The labor unions are looking at it.  Everyone gets
an opinion.
Senator Bender-Why are we addressing this if it has already been addressed?
President Wills-It is on there because it is part of the process; they need the student perspective side.
Vice President Bruner-Rob's wheel chair experience does bring this up again, so it is pertinent to
discuss and the impact for persons with disabilities.

Vice President Mike Bruner
Sprint has joined the Student Savings Club and 5 Pizza places now want to join the card.

Initial Recognition:  Phi Upsilon Omicron, Art History Round Table, Kappa Delta Pi-Lambda Lambda, Minnesota State Mankato Student Branch of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Graduate Student Association, , Maverick
Running Club, Yellow Ribbon
Budget Hearing is at 3:00 PM next week.  You need to be here the whole time to represent your
constituents.  Determining student fees is a very important role of the senate.
Teacher of the Year Award-Student Friendly Award, letters due Friday.
The Administration has challenged us to a Softball game May 3 after our meeting. 
Senator Peterson-Proxies can not vote?
Speaker-That is right, they do not have voting rights.
President Wills-How much money is in the SAF budget?
Speaker-Over 4 million dollars.

Coordinator Report
MSUSA Campus Coordinator-Kyle Struck
Current issues facing organizations:  (see handout)
Executive Director Search will be done at Mankato conference. At Delegates Assembly a motion was brought forward to do away with the At-Large Director positions.  There was little discussion to the motion and it failed.  Continuing on with the agenda we held the At-Large Director elections.  All four positions were filled, one by an incumbent.  Since Delegates Assembly, two of the universities have voted to remove said Director by votes of no confidence.  There have been a series of email exchanges between the MSUSA office, said Director, and the schools that have taken action.  There is a back story to this, and I can elaborate on it during questioning. We have had dissolution of our relationship with the Nellie Stone Johnson organization; most decisions made were personnel, exhausting our staff and resources, current Board members and their relationship to the MSUSA organization.  A proposal was brought forth by SCSU and At-Large Director Warns to implement our own scholarship program, while also working to better diversity awareness and education throughout our system.  Mankato's Director asked to table a vote on this issue until it could be discussed with the universities to get a sense of where the students stood.  Mankato & Southwest voted no on the motion, stating there was not enough time to communicate with their respective campuses.   Everyone is welcome to stop by, but we will only have 12 participants on the list.  I encourage everyone to check it out, although Delegates is over there is still plenty of things to discuss. You must talk to me personally if you are interested.   Lobby Day attendees:  Ryan Anderson, Ryan Flugaur, Evan Trosvik, Ashley Riviere & Kyle Struck.
I encourage you to look at the 33/67% funding formula.  The state now carries less than 50% of the
funding.  John Dorn stated that if students are not coming forward, it is not an issue.
Look over the new tuition policy.  Tuition is due August 11 if you register before August 7. 
President Wills-How many people have signed up for the upcoming Conference?

Committee Reports
Student Allocation Committee-James Dye
SAC M#04.10.06A MSU Marketing Club

                  SAC recommends allocating up to $1,000.00 to MSU Marketing Club to visit marketing
                  businesses in Chicago, IL. 

                  SAC M#04.10.06B Minnesota State Club Baseball

                  SAC recommends allocating up to $800.00 to Minnesota State Club Baseball
                  to travel to Columbia, MO to play tournament games.

                  SAC M#04.10.06C  United Nations-International Relations Club

                  SAC recommends allocating up to $550.00 to United Nations-International Relations Club
                  to travel to South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD to attend the annual Arrowhead
                  model United Nations Conference.

Motions pass
Senator Lay-Explain the SAC recommendation on the ISO position.
Senator Dye-We felt that this position requires governmental Sevis work and should not be paid for by student dollars.  The university should fund this out of M&E.       

Senator Reports
Off-Campus-Philip VanWyngarden
I have been working on the Technology Fee with Mark Johnson that will go to President Davenport.
We are supporting the current technology fee of $7.00.  They have done amazing things with this budget.
We have phenomenal technology on campus.  Technology is changing at an amazing rate.  We recommend
that ITS inform students as they happen.  With the 7.00 you can more effectively use technology.
I have been working with Brian Scheineder on developing awareness on campus of what they do
with the technology fee.  They are looking at doing web forums blogs, so you can have more voice.

Crawford-Omolayo Ogunnowo
I have been working on diversity.  I have also been working with the Crawford Hall complex director on
many things including the school cafeteria.  She told me she has heard reports and asked for suggestions.
They were told they should talk to the school nutritionist.  I have gotten reports from Michael Cooper
that students feel it is not diversified, and that this is a main goal that will come up more in the future.
            I am working on the upcoming International Festival.  Please come you will find out about different cultures, eat great international food and enjoy many talents.  The Mankato community will also be participating in this.  African Night was a huge success.  It was sold out.  I am working more with ISA on diversity and hopefully I will be working more next semester. 
Senator Dye-April 17th  8:30 PM Ostrander, Invisible Children
Senator Layo-International Festival, East HS.  4 hours of non stop entertainment.
President Wills-Have a good holiday weekend.
Senator Cichy-April 20-I will be sleeping outside in a box.
Senator Dye-April 29 we will be sleeping downtown as the Invisible Children do.                                                                                     
Roll Call   
Students Present
Elizabeth Zika, Karen Rubbert, James Dye, Kevin Bender, Melissa Turner, Seyi Ogunseye, Christopher Frederick, Layo Ogunnowo, Andrew Bittner, Shannon Woods, Eric Christensen, Jessica Cichy, Jered Jackson, Philip VanWyngarden, Ryan Anderson
Senators Absent
Mercy Wariari, Brandon Ross, Jenna Ault, Kristeen Giese, Jessica Nelson, Lisa Darvell, Josh Peterson, Marianne Reilly, Ryan Flugaur, Matt Ward, Ian Boyd
Executive Staff Present
Vice President Mike Bruner

 Adjournment    Meeting adjourned at 5:45 PM