BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
STUDENT SENATE MINUTES
September 27, 1999
President Scott Sirek (32)(4-0-0)
Vice Pres. Kristie Anderson (80)(4-0-0)
Treasurer Erica Jonckowski (27)(4-0-0)
Speaker Jamie Barthel (21)(4-0-0)
Leg. Affairs Heather Wuollet (17)(4-0-0)
Acad. Affairs Kameron Schorn (52)(4-0-0)
Student Services Nathan Voss (22)(3-0-1)
Public Relations Curt Albertson (6) (2-1-1)
Cultural Awareness Jesse Grandbois (15)(3-0-1)
MSUSA CD Rep. Gregory Kelly (19)(3-0-1)
MSUSA Campus Rep. TJ Melcher (28)(3-0-1)
Sergeant at Arms Andrew Hayden (16)(2-0-2)
Kim Dennig (17)(4-0-0)
David Hanson (24)(3-1-0)
Aneesh Goyal (13) (2-0-2)
Greg Ueland (7)(3-0-1)
Jason Schaumburg (3)(3-0-1)
Nicholas Varien (7)(4-0-0)
Angie Nelson (7)(0-0-4)
Advisor: Ken Brandt
Guests: Sean McDermott, Steve Leen and Shane Wahl, Northern Student
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 September 20, 1999 minutes.
President Sirek – I went to the PBOD retreat at Metro State. We discussed many issues. We went to Frank’s house and out on the boat on White Bear Lake. My meeting with President Bensen we discussed the audit problems. The name change he is leaving open for now, MnSCU has limits on what we can use. University of Northern Minnesota is Bensen’s choice. I got an update on the Accreditation Committee. Friday is the re-dedication of the Library. They would like students involved in the book pass. The board will be changing in MnSCU. The auditors were not happy that BSU didn’t restrict active use of the Internet to students that have left. In cabinet we discussed that the banner needs to be done by tomorrow. Some of the university committees have not met for a long time. Talk of adding blue lights in the parking lots. We need to review Residential Life policies. Heather Wuollet is advertising to inform students where to vote. Cultural Diversity was discussed at the MSUSA conference. We need to set up more Open Forums on SAC. We have sparked a student interest in SAC. The SAC meeting is tonight at 9 PM. Morey Anderson’s contract with MnSCU has been extended for 6 months. They are starting a search for a new chancellor. Morey’s wages as an advisor is $185,000.00. The Library re-dedication will be Friday. Art Lee, Linda Baer, President Bensen and I will give talks and cut ribbons at each door.
Vice President Anderson – Three committees are meeting, those that aren’t need to start this week, just put the reports on my desk. If you’re changing your time let me know. Office hour sign in is good, keep it up. Friday is the library dedication. All who can should attend. The procession of books will line up at memorial hall at 3:30 and the ceremony will start at 4 PM. Anyone interested in attending the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, Thursday in St. Paul on Feb. 24,2000. I have the information and you can take a look and let them know.
Treasurer Jonckowski – no report as the computer is down.
Academic Affairs Schorn – no report
Legislative Affairs Chair Wuollet – by Nick Varien – We discussed plans for this semester and we looked over four organization’s constitutions. We sent three back for revision, and we approved Theta Tau Epsilon’s constitution.
Student Services Voss – no report
Public Relations – no report
Cultural Awareness Grandbois – During the meeting we discussed the video. I have since contacted someone who has people who can do video work. We also made a preliminary list of people to talk to about a culture meeting.
MSUSA Cultural Diversity Rep Kelly – Andrea Rusk said the money for the video has no time limit. They just want us to complete the project.
MSUSA Campus Report – The Fall Conference is November 5-7 and I need a list of people that are going. The Penny Fellowship is the same weekend, on Friday. President Bensen may pay for one table.
OLD BUSINESS - none
First reading of the Theta Tau Epsilon Constitution.
Elections Chair Schaumburg – Elections dates are October 5, 6, 7 in the Student Union and Walnut Dining Hall. The times are from 11:00 – 1:00 in the union all three days and 4:30 - 6:00 PM at Walnut Dining Hall. Vote on election dates passed.
Special Permissions and Admissions Committee – Greg Ueland. Vote 8-0 passed.
Melcher – who had office hour before 2 PM today? I cleaned the office today and everyone cleans up after themselves.
Sirek – the banner, who can stay after the meeting today to do the banner. People get frustrated with what I do or don’t do. Please come and talk to me about it if you have a concern. I’m hear to serve the students. I want to work issues out for everyone.
Melcher – It’s cool you want to please everyone but you can’t. I think our President is doing a great job.
Sirek – A commuter student that goes to school part time and has to pay full student fees come to see me today. She doesn’t feel she should have to pay full fees. It is a legal issue at other universities now also. Erica and Jesse there is no cabinet this week. Committee Chairs if you can’t fulfill your obligations please resign so we can find someone who can.
Moved to adjourn at 4:20 p.m.