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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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73rd MSSA Senate
September 21, 2005


Meeting called to order by Speaker Megan Brandt
Roll Call  (present-absent-proxy-excused)
Elizabeth Zika 5-0-0, Katie Kendhammer 5-0-0, Haley Pederson 5-0-0, James Dye 3-2-0, Kevin Bender 5-0-0, Brandon Ross 3-1-0-1, Jenna Ault 5-0-0, Melissa Turner 5-0-0, Gabe Afolayan 5-0-0, Seyi Ofunseye 5-0-0, Christopher Frederick 5-0-0, Lisa Darvell 5-0-0, Josh Peterson 5-0-0, Sandy Vue 3-2-0, Sarah McLaughlin 3-1-0-1, Ryan Boone 2-3-0, Shannon Woods 5-0-0, Michael Bruner 5-0-0, Jessica Cichy 4-1-0, Matthew Ward 5-0-0, Jacly Fishman 1-3-0-1, Jared Jackson 5-0-0, Sharmarke Issa 1-4-0, Andrew Isker 3-2-0
President Rob Wills 5-0-0

Open Forum
Dave Engen, Community Based Learning-Campus Camp Wellstone, Oct 7 & 8.This is a non-partisan organization; they do not talk about politics or candidates.  This is great for students to get involved in civic issues.  Students will be involved in a case study.
Senator Bruner-What if you can not attend the entire time?
Mr. Engen-The Wellstone organization is serious about this, they do want students to attend for the entire time.
Senator Isker-What will they be studying?
Mr. Engen-The case study we picked is tuition. 
Senator Bender-What other schools are doing this?
Mr. Engen-Carlton, U of WI.  Many other schools, Camp Wellstone has been operating for a while.

Approval of Agenda   Agenda approved after addition of Coordinator Report-Kevin Bender

Presentation-Mary Dowd, Director Student Rights & Responsibilities
      I am the Chief Hearing Officer on campus.  We mostly deal with rules on campus.  This policy is reviewed every five yearsThis policy was reviewed last year.  See Statement of Student Responsibilities-Student Conduct Policy
      These are the nine responsibilities in the policy.  We get reports from Security, sometimes we hear from a community member. We bring students in and explain rights; we try to figure out what did or did not happen.  Most students feel they may have made a mistake and we try to get them back on track.  If it is very serious, maybe suspension or expulsion we bring it to the Judicial Board.  The Judicial Board makes a decision and decides if the allegations are credible.  The student has the right to be heard and appeal.  Dr. Davenport has the final decision on the members chosen to serve on the Judicial Board. 
      Senator Cichy-How much of a time commitment is Judicial Board.
      Ms. Dowd-It is fairly minimal.  We have several people that serve; we send out emails and see who can
      serve at a particular time.  You might get called two or three times a semester.  The time may not be a factor,
      but you need to be fair; you need to base a decision on evidence.  You have to be comfortable dealing
with difficult situations.
      Senator Bruner-As far as punishment goes-is it based on situation the situation or are there guidelines?
      Ms. Dowd-We have guidelines for things we see the most, such as alcohol violations. 
      Senator Bruner- Can we see the guidelines?
      Senator Ogunseye-How many serve on board?
      Ms. Dowd-About 33 people are chosen for the board, about 13-15 students.  We always make sure we have at least one student on the panel.

       Approval of Minutes   9-14-05 Minutes  Minutes stand approved

President Wills
Thank you to those who attended MSUSA.
Landlord Tenant Issues-We will be hearing more about that next week.  We need to appoint
people to the Bookstore Advisory.  We need four students to serve on the Presidents Commission on the
Status of Women.  We had an executive board meeting this week.  We are working on a PR
campaign.  Our new slogan will be “a step in the right direction”.  We will be working on our
web site which is now not up to date. 
Vice President election will be held next week.  We need to get this done.  Candidates
talk to the senators.  We need a Vice President to help with the day to day operation.
Appointments: Bookstore Advisory-Josh Peterson, Newspaper Committee-Haley Pederson,
Constitution Commission-Seyi Ogunseye, Legislative Affairs-Jared Jackson, Matt Ward
Student Union Board-Michael Ramstad, Shannon Woods, Student Technology Roundtable-Seyi Ogunseye, , Financial Aid Focus Group-Jenna Ault, Jacly Fishman, Senate Massage Therapist-Mel Turner
Senator Bender-Objection to Massage Therapist.
Objection passes-three abstentions
Senator Kendhammer-When will the SOAFC seat be filled? 
Senator Bruner-What are the committees you need people for?
President Wills-Bookstore and Commission on the Status of Women plus others.

Speaker Brandt
Meeting next week will be a Special meeting for the purpose of electing a Vice President.
Talk to the candidates ahead of time.  You can still ask questions in the meeting.

Recognized Student Organizations
Initial Recognition:
MECHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Japan Intercultural Associations, Biology Club, International Student Association, American Institute of Graphic Design, MSU Shotokan Karate Club, Hmong Student Association, LCM Crossroads, Beacon Lutheran Student Center (WELS), "SAAC" Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Anime Fan Club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Recreation Club, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority-Gamma Pi Chapter, United Nations-Internationals Relations Club, Minnesota State Mankato Club Basketball, German Club, Somli Student Association, Accounting Club, Alpha Eta Rho, Pre-Law Society

Correspondence from Dr. Davenport:  Motion 09.14.05A  Course Equivalency Proposal and Procedure.   The President provides the following response:
University policies require consultation and review by appropriate constituencies; however, procedures do not.  This procedure which provides for faculty review of certain course equivalencies is mandated by some accrediting organizations.  The procedure will be implemented on September 19, 2005, but the President will direct that administrators respond to questions that the Student Senate may have and directs that appropriate administrators offer the Student Senate the opportunity to be engaged in an evaluation of the procedures effectiveness at appropriate intervals.
Senator Kendhammer-Can you explain what will happen if we choose to not elect a Vice President next week?
Speaker-We need to appreciate the need of the President and try to elect a Vice President next
Senator Kendhammer-What will happen if we do not elect a Vice President?
Speaker-President Wills could appoint a Vice President and it would be then be approved by the Senate.

MSUSA Spokesperson-Tim Ibisch
      We had a good meeting in Morehead last week.  This organization represents the state system schools.  A portion of your fees pays for staffing, lobbying, conferences, etc.  The organization at the last meeting accepted the resignation of the Executive Director.  A Managing Director will be hired until a search can be done for an Executive Director.  The next meeting is Oct. 28.  We have 10 delegates that can come from MSU.  We need to have our school represented.  We are the second largest school in the system. 
      Senator Kendhammer-Why is delegates important?  What is done at it?
      Tim-The budget is approved.  Procedural things in the bylaws, bookstore campaign, staffing. 
      Senator Kendhammer-Can you explain the at-large position.
      Tim-We  will be voting to fill four at large positions.  The board ….
      President Wills-Who is the candidate for the At large position?
      Tim-Kristopher Lee, he is from MSU, Mankato.
      Senator Bender-Can you repeat to the senate how much we pay to MSUSA?
      Tim-Overall from the 7 schools about $700,000.  Approximately $5.95 a semester for all students, depending on how many credits you take. 
      Senator Bender-What % does Mankato pay?
      Tim-I am not exactly sure, I will figure that out for y ou
      Senator Isker-Can a  school have more than one person run for the at large positions?
      Tim- There are four positions, I believe a school can hold two positions.
      Senator Ward-what schools are in MSUSA?
      Tim-All the schools in the Minnesota State system:  St. Cloud, Winona, Bemidji, Morehead, Metro and MSU.
            Motion #09.21.05A     Senator Bruner/Senator Ward    Student Savings Club Card

      Whereas:                The Student Savings Club Card is a worth while deal for students, we move that
                                    the MSSA Senate contacts the Better Business Bureau as well as any campuses
                                    that are already members of the program.

      Whereas:                If the information provided is positive

      Be it Resolved:        The MSSA Senate shall vote approval at the next senate meeting.

       Senator Bruner-I think this is good and I don’t want to see it die.  It is only positive.
      Senator Ward-Students are always trying to save a buck.  I think we should do it.
      Senator Bender-The motion says it is to have it reviewed-we need to remember it may not always be positive results.
      Motion passes

      Coordinator Reports
      Academic Affairs-Kevin Bender
      Chair-   All academic senators are required to be there if you do not have a class.  This allows us to discuss
      issues on an informal level before it gets to the senate.
      Regarding our Equivalency Motion, it was a positive that president said we will be able to give feedback on the procedure.  I will ask the Policy Committee if this is a procedure or policy.
      Today in Academic Affairs we talked about PSEO policy changes and the Interior Design Program. 
      Talk to your friends and get them involved in Committees.
Speaker Brandt-We will have Special meeting next week to elect a Vice President.  If you are not here get a proxy.  We do need a 60% vote.
Senator Ward-I am running for Homecoming King.  Let’s get this VP thing done, Rob does have his plate full.
President Wills-Get involved in Homecoming.  There is Football and Volleyball this Friday.

Roll Call
Senators Present
Elizabeth Zika, Katie Kendhammer, Haley Pederson, Director Buisman Bender, Brandon Ross, Jenna Ault, Melissa Turner, Gabe Afolayan, Seyi Ofunseye, Christopher Frederick, Lisa Darvell, Josh Peterson, Sandy Vue, Sarah McLaughlin, Shannon Woods, Michael Bruner, Jessica Cichy, Matthew Ward, Jered Jackson, Andrew Isker
Senators Absent
James Dye, Ryan Boone, Jacly Fishman, Sharmarke Issa
Executive Staff Present
President Wills

Adjournment  Meeting adjourned at 4:58