BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
STUDENT SENATE MINUTES
August 30, 1999
President Scott Sirek (29)(1-0-0)
Vice Pres. Kristie Anderson (77)(1-0-0)
Treasurer Erica Jonckowski (24)(1-0-0)
Speaker Jamie Barthel (18)(1-0-0)
Leg. Affairs Heather Wuollet (14)(1-0-0)
Acad. Affairs Kameron Schorn (49)(1-0-0)
Student Services Nathan Voss (20)(1-0-0)
Public Relations Curt Albertson (5) (1-0-0)
Cultural Awareness Jesse Grandbois (12)(0-0-1)
MSUSA CD Rep. Gregory Kelly (17)(1-0-0)
MSUSA Campus Rep. TJ Melcher (25)(0-0-1)
Sergeant at Arms Andrew Hayden (15)(1-0-0)
Kim Dennig (14)(1-0-0)
David Hanson (21)(1-0-0)
Aneesh Goyal (12) (1-0-0)
Greg Ueland (4)(0-0-1)
Jason Schaumburg (1)(1-0-0)
Nicholas Varien (4)(1-0-0)
Angie Nelson (7)(0-0-1)
Advisor: Ken Brandt
Attendance is as follows: (# of Senate meetings attended)-(Term attendance-unexcused-excused).
The Meeting was called to order at 3:30 PM in the Ozawindib Room
Agenda - With no objection moved to approve.
Minutes - With no objection move to approve the minutes of May 4, 1999 minutes.
Speaker Barthel - Explained the speaker list and how you get on the list by raising your hand. If anyone needs help understanding Parli-Pro please go to him.
President Sirek – yield to the summer President Jason Schaumburg.
Summer President Schaumburg – I was told the summer president job would be easy. The first thing was the 12% increase in tuition. I attended the Summer Conference and got the Monitors out. Explained the 12% increase and how BSU had a 1.4 million dollar loss last year. The students had approved a 3-5% increase but not a 12%. There could be another 7% increase next year depending on enrollment and what the state will give. There will be no more program cuts with this increase.
President Sirek – The 7% increase is not set yet. If we have a 10% increase in enrollment, it would make a difference. We wrote letters, attended committee meetings and board meetings to change it but couldn’t. Next year President Bensen will have to go through us before he can do an increase. We are going to do Cabinet meetings this year. I attended the Summer Conference with TJ and Jason. It was at Rochester Center, Rochester, MN and we met Friday through Sunday. I am excited that it should be a great year. Security Report of Rape and Stalkers are not being reported by Security. Paul Bunyan Net fiber optic cable is in Bemidji and this will open technology to the community. The alleged embezzlement of Stinson at the Rec. Center. Reports from other state university campus: Mankato Union upgrade and Barnes and Noble is replacing Wallace Bookstore; Metro’s elections; Moorhead has a new advisor and office renovation; St. Cloud’s library renovation and their wages went up; Southwest had a bomb threat and a 6% increase in tuition; Winona had 5% increase in tuition and a new library. Tuition increase for up to 12 credits is 20% for non-banded credits/ 12% increase for banded credits (over 12). There is a new residence status for the residence halls where any student who lives in the dorms gets residence status. This is a 4-year pilot program to increase dorm numbers. Dorm costs went up 8% but all returning students are locked in at the rate they started here. Committee Openings are being advertised in the NS, Radio and bulletin boards. Southwest State University Board Meeting is Sept. 17-19, please sign up. As you all know we have two bookstores now. Wallace Bookstore is higher when you buy, but buys back the used books for more. I will be checking to see why Beaver Bookstore is lower this year. Cabinet meetings are at 6PM on Thursdays. The White House Initiatives on Diversity, I will turn over to Jessie Grandbois, who I plan to appoint tonight. We are having a Cabinet meeting with President Bensen and the three VP’s today at 5 PM about the summer issues. The Federal Lobby Trip is November 10-14 and I believe TJ and myself are the only ones eligible to go.
Vice President Anderson – Please sign up for office hours. All senators must have one office hour per week, not considered the committee meeting. All chairs require 2 office hours outside of committee meetings. You must be on one committee. Chairs of committees, I have most schedules in the top basket on my desk. Everyone has a mailbox and large storage box. Your box is the one below your name not above it. I need schedules for Nick, Angie, Scott, and Aneesh.
Treasurer Jonckowski – Hope you all had a good summer. We have $9,644.49 in the budget with one bill pending of $9.80.
Legislative Affairs – Please sign up for my committee.
Academic Affairs–no report
Student Services – sign up for my committee. We will be cutting locks and cleaning lockers soon. I will contact Beth Bender for more information on the student services position.
Public Relations – I am talking to the KBSU manager to do a prime time Senate debate at Elections. I want to do a PSA on FM90 and an article in the Northern Student.
Cultural Awareness – no report
MSUSA Rep. Melcher – no report
MSUSA Cultural Diversity Rep Kelly – I have the first installation of $125.00 for the project to do the religious burning video. We need help getting this off the ground.
OLD BUSINESS - none
Appointments – Jesse Grandbois as Cultural Awareness Chair. Vote 9-0 passes.
Brandt – Discussed the 1989 bonding to improve the unions on all the state universities. The new restructuring in progress. Laura King takes the proposal to the Board. No student input so the Board through it out. New Task Force had a meeting at St. Cloud last week. 80% of the funding went to: 5.6 million to St. Cloud, 4.5 million to Mankato, 1.7 million to Moorhead, and 1.3 million to Southwest State. BSU has been paying on this bond since 1.89 and has paid 1.8 million, but didn’t get anything out of it. The next meeting is at Southwest state. Laura King will evaluate the findings and take it to the Board. July 1 it will go into effect. The Board will go before the Legislature for 50-60 million in bonding for the unions and Residence Halls.
Sirek – I talked to Frank at MSUSA on the concern about reliving the Chancellor of the Board. We need to talk to President Bensen to support the Chancellor.
moved to adjourn at 4:20 p.m.