BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
STUDENT SENATE MINUTES
November 8, 1999
President Scott Sirek (37)(9-0-0)
Vice Pres. Kristie Anderson (85)(9-0-0)
Treasurer Erica Jonckowski (31)(8-0-1)
Speaker Jamie Barthel (26)(9-0-0)
Leg. Affairs Heather Wuollet (22)(9-0-0)
Acad. Affairs Kameron Schorn (57)(9-0-0)
Student Services Nathan Voss (26)(7-0-2)
Public Relations Justin Klander (5)(5-0-0)
Cultural Awareness Jesse Grandbois (20)(8-0-1)
MSUSA CD Rep.
MSUSA Campus Rep. TJ Melcher (32)(7-0-2)
Sergeant at Arms Andrew Hayden (21)(7-0-2)
Kim Dennig (22)(9-0-0)
Greg Ueland (12)(8-0-1)
Jason Schaumburg (6)(6-0-3)
Nicholas Varien (12)(9-0-0)
Angie Nelson (7)(loa)
Shannon Anderson (4)(4-0-1)
Jodi Baumgard (4)(4-0-1)
Trevor Carstens (5)(5-0-0)
Tanya Cox (4)(4-1-0)
Greig Dahlke (4)(4-0-1)
Nils Hoyum (4)(4-0-0)
Ryan Johnson (3)(3-0-1)
Sean McDermott (4)(4-0-1)
Casey Pearson (3)(3-1-0)
Karl Runningen (2)(2-2-0)
Jill M Thompson (4)(4-0-1)
Brent Waale (5)(5-0-0)
Advisor: Ken Brandt
Guests: Tom Faecke, Jim Bensen, Shane Wahl with Northern Student, Frank Moe, Angela Haider and Kevin Morrisey from OPC
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
Agenda - With no objection moved to approve.
Minutes - With no objection move to approve the minutes of November 1, 1999 minutes.
Guest Speaker – Frank Moe - Due to the relocation of the BSU Bookstore to the Lower Hobson Union. The Outdoor Program Center is moving from its current location to the Rendevous Room in the Lower Union. The benefits of moving to the Rendevous Room would be: Organization and management would be the same with increased visibility and easy access for all of the facility users. The OPC needs a guarantee that the OPC wood storefront and gates will be installed. Also a commitment to build an appropriate climbing wall at the SW corner of the Recreation Center. Remove the 24 hour parking designation for the lot in front of the Gillette Recreation-Fitness center. OPC salaries are funded through SAFAC money. The renovation is being done from the Hobson Union Budget. The climbing wall will be bigger at the Rec. Center similar to the REI Climbing wall in Bloomington. We are using legislature money for repair and renovation to build the climbing wall.
Faecke – There should be no problem with a wood front and a gate but not at the same time. We are short staffed so the gate will be later.
Moe – If Administration will look at the gate and climbing wall at the end of this spring and make a commitment to build over the summer.
Faecke – shouldn’t be a problem.
Guest Speaker – President Jim Bensen – handed out copies of the BSU budget for the last 4 years. Discussed how the budget was spent and how much of the reserve has been used to keep BSU going during the last four years. The sister Universities are proposing: Mankato 8%, St. Cloud 7 ˝%, Winona 5-10% (probably 7), Moorhead 5-6%, and I couldn’t get a hold of Southwest. We are here to get input from you the students on a tuition increase. We are required to keep a 1.6 million dollar reserve. We are $500,00.00 into our reserve now. If we come in less this year, we would have to look at cuts in programs. We would like you to look at the Athletic Fee again. Tuition could be backed off if you would look at the Athletic Fee. We have to have equal funds for gender purposes. If we back off tuition a % or 2 and then you look over an Athletic Fee. The Athletic Fee increase money would go for scholarships. We would like to do a package deal with the tuition and Athletic Fee. The budget sheets are the October budget so we know the exact numbers. We have 1.1 million in our reserve. We are required to have 1.6 million in our reserve.
Guest Speaker – Tom Faecke –If we get a 7 ˝% increase we would break even. We need an increase for the gender equity problem for athletics. If you would re-open discussions on the Athletic Fee. Athletic Fee money would go for scholarships. We could then address the problem in Athletics. It would be a win win situation. We need to make a decision in the next month on both issues. If we don’t raise tuition we will have to cut programs.
DISCUSSION ON TUITION INCREASE
Anderson - We told the Athletics that we would review the Athletic Fee next year, which would be next fall. I have talked to a lot of students and they would like to know why we spend so much of the budget on technology.
Benson – that is money is from the system that has to be spent for technology as they designate. The CRI is funded from the Legislature.
Sirek – the proposal of how we bill the students from a tuition form to a fee form doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t think it sits right with any of the students either. Students can’t afford the Athletic Fee and if the budget doesn’t have it, then the you don’t allow the spending. It is frustrating because every student here is working so they can go to school. What we feel with the Administration is if the Legislature doesn’t give us enough money we will spend the reserve. We talked with a lot of the MnSCU staff and Chancellor Anderson at the MSUSA Conference this weekend and they said that is what a reserve is for. If we have tuff times. If we need to, we can put pressure on MnSCU and the Legislature to give us more money. But the problem is we don’t have administrators that come to us and tell us this. They send us an email, to our secretary after the fact I have to be honest with you Tom, this summer I thought it was a tuff situation we were in. Now I have lost that trust for the Administration. The tuition is a key thing and we need to discuss it but it needs to be in next week. We don't have time to take a stance now. We have to propose and take a vote today. We know the other universities have been discussing this issue for 2 months. If you go to the students ahead of time so they have time to hold forums and discussions and have time to make decisions, they would work with you. The students have so much to offer, but the feel at Bemidji State is the Administration doesn’t care. So the students feel why should we care. So they don’t even get involved and that hurts our enrollment. It’s very frustrating. There is a lot of angry students. There needs to be communication between the students and administration.
President Bensen – I would like to be at the same rate as other universities and that is being fair to our students. How can we run a University for any less then our sister institutions. If we don’t raise tuition we will have to cut programs and lower our quality. We can’t spend into our reserve much more then we have already.
Sirek – Can you come next week to continue addressing this issue.
Melcher - Thank you President Bensen for paying for a table at Penny Fellowship.
Dennig/Thompson moved to adjourn at 5:30 p.m.