March 27, 2000

Resignation Letter of Scott Sirek, read by Jamie Barthel - I am writing you this letter to inform you of a difficult decision I have had to make this past week. A few days ago I went before the Bemidji State Student Senate and offered up my resignation. This is something that brings me no pleasure. Over the past few weeks I have done some serious evaluation of my life and had to make some tough decisions. This is one of them. I want to let you know that I will miss the insights on life that all of you had to offer. It has been a distinct pleasure working with all of you and I hope to see you at a later point in time. The bottom line for me is that you have given me a lot and I thank you for the good times. Scott Sirek.

Barthel - Vice President Kristie Anderson will you take over the position of President of the Student Senate.

Anderson - Yes, I will.

President Kristie Anderson - to fill the Vice President we have to ask each of the chairs in order if they would like to be the VP. Legislative Affairs Chair Voss would you like to be the VP.

Voss - yes, I would.


President Kristie Anderson (96)(20-0-1)

Vice Pres/MSUSA CD Rep. Nathan Voss (36)(17-0-4)

Treasurer -

Speaker/Acad. Affairs Jamie Barthel (37)(20-0-1)

Leg. Affairs

Student Services Jason Schaumburg (16)(16-1-3)

Public Relations Justin Klander (15)(15-0-2)

Cultural Awareness Aneesh Goyal (5)(5-0-2)

MSUSA Campus Rep. TJ Melcher (39)(14-1-6)

Sergeant at Arms Andrew Hayden (32)(18-0-3)

Kameron Schorn (67)(19-0-2)

Kim Dennig (26)(13-0-8)

Greg Ueland (23)(19-0-2)

Nicholas Varien (17)(14-1-6)

Shannon Anderson (15)(15-0-2)

Jodi Baumgard (15)(15-0-2)

Trevor Carstens (9)(loa)

Tanya Cox (9)(9-0-8)

Nils Hoyum (11)(11-2-3)

Sean McDermott (11)(11-1-5)

Casey Pearson (12)(12-2-2)

Karl Runningen (9)(9-5-2)

Jill M Thompson (12)(12-0-5)

Brent Waale (14)(14-0-3)

Jim Miller (7)(7-0-1)

Kathy Simenson (7)(7-0-0)

Advisor: Ken Brandt

Guests: and Shane Wahl with the Northern Student.

Attendance is as follows: (# of Senate meetings attended)-(Term attendance-unexcused-excused).

The Meeting was called to order at 3:00 PM in the Ozawindib

Agenda - With no objection moved to approve.

Minutes - With no objection move to approve the minutes of March 20, 2000 minutes.

President Anderson - The conference went good and thank you everyone. The new State Chair is Mike Redlinger from Moorhead. The Vice-Chair is Ryan Dunn from St. Cloud. Delegates was long but informative. We need suggestions for activities for our conference in April. Write them down and leave for Nate and I. We are looking at a Hawaiian theme day for Friday. It was suggested this week at Delegates. We need a new Legislative Affairs Chair. We have an appointment today.

Vice-President Voss - Think about elections. We have to approve the election dates today. Elections for the Exec Board. Spring Conference is coming up and our MSUSA Rep is not doing his job. We need help with the conference. We need someone at the refreshments table and to run errands. We need a cake for a birthday that weekend. Kathy Simenson and Shannon Anderson volunteered to help.

Simenson - I will help but I won't dance or dress Hawaiian.

Voss - it will be a fun weekend. Committee Chairs Cabinet is at 3 PM tomorrow. Go through our constitution for any changes needed.

Treasurer report by Barthel - Treasurer Greg Kelly resigned. Our budget has $3,858.79.

Legislative Affairs - We need to vote on the Inter-Greek Council Constitution. The Articles of Operation have no changes. Our meetings are Tuesday at 9 AM.

Academic Affairs Chair Barthel - We discussed Delegates weekend. We have a lot of ideas from Delegates that we will be working on.

Student Services Chair Schaumburg- We are working on an email for student comments and advice. I didn't get to all of the Student Services at Delegates as I was doing TJ's job. We are still waiting on Hall Council on the Birch Hall issue.

Public Relations Chair Klander -. We passed a new mission statement at State wide level. Honor roll for Teachers started at Southwest State campus. I like the Hawaiian theme of a pig on a spit and pineapple drinks. My meetings are 1 PM on Wednesdays, try to make the meetings. Do a clean up of the bulletin boards, etc. before conference.

Simenson - be sure to put the conference on the BSU flashing board to advertise the conference.

Klander - yes, great idea.

K. Anderson - We need to do campus tours on Friday of the Conference.

Voss - Do a Northern Student articles.

Klander - yes.

Cultural Diversity Chair Goyal- I ordered "Shadow of Hate" and "Not in Our Town" Part II to show to the Senate. The Feast of Nations dinner is April 8th 5-10 PM.

Election Chair Baumgard - The deadline for Applications are April 3rd by noon. Elections are April 12 &13 in the Lower Union 11-1:30 PM and Wallies 4:30-6:00 PM. Please sign-up to help. I put an ad in the NS and I will make signs.

Voss - who are the people not running.

Baumgard - list of names of people running. People running can't work the elections. So if you're not running sign up to work the elections.

MSUSA Campus Rep. Report - by J. Schaumburg - We have a new State Chair and Vice-Chair. It was a lot of fun at Delegates.

Klander - Thank you to Jason and Kristie for staying until 11 PM on Sunday at Delegates.

MSUSA Cultural Diversity Rep. Voss - We will have a 20 minute movie presentation next weeks meeting. MSUSA approved another $200.00 for the Cultural Diversity committee, so MSUSA can put on a Cultural Awareness event or send more people to a conference.


Inter Greek Council Constitution. Vote. 8-3-1 passed.


Appointments - Jamie Barthel to University Academic Affairs Committee - Vote. 13-0-0 passed.

Jamie Barthel to University Academic Integrity Policy Committee Vote. 13-0-0 passed.

Election Dates approval of April 12 & 13 Vote. Passed.

Election Application Deadline date April 3 at noon. Vote. Passed.

Rules for the TV in the Senate Office - read by Andy Hayden, Voss/Simenson moved to approve the TV rules. Discussion. Schaumburg/Thompson move to amend if a person chooses to abstain, it will be a vote to the majority and to remove unanimous. Vote 10-0-2.

Brandt - We are working on getting a direct line to the capitol and we have a number of tapes and demo on leadership and Parli Pro. The TV was purchased out of the equipment fund from the Board Office for $369.00.

Vote on Television rules with amendment. 8-4-0 passes.

Voss/Schaumburg move to amend our Agenda to have a section for a weekly joke. Discussion. Vote. Passed. Barthel - write a joke and put in my box and I'll select one for each week.

Thompson/Voss move to remove TJ Melcher from MSUSA Rep position.

Thompson - It's not personal. He didn't deliver the Monitors and the conference planning is being done by others as TJ is not doing his job.

Voss - MSUSA pays TJ $200.00 to do this job but he is not here to defend himself. I seconded the motion so we could discuss this issue.

Miller/Schaumburg move to postpone this motion until next week. Vote. 9-0-3.

Open Forum

Schaumburg - Thank you everyone for this weekend it was a great time. I had fun.

S. Anderson - Follow up on Lobby Day went really well but only 3 people went. We ran around all day and met Chair and Vice-Chair of Higher Finance and Tony Kinkel.

Voss - I was appointed as Leg Affairs and not elected. If anyone has a problem with this, speak up.

Schaumburg - We elected him to Leg Affairs on a vote.

Pres. Anderson - Committee Chairs don't have to be a voting Senator. You'll do fine Nate. Everyone was laughing at you guys at Delegates. You four were really entertaining.

Barthel - the joke of the day came from Delegates when we made that one of the questions.

Hayden - I had a blast this weekend. Kristie handled the situation very well, as President this weekend. We get $5 1/2 million dollars for Bridgeman Hall.

Barthel - Kristie did really well. She had to go through a lot as our President.

Schaumburg/Voss moved to adjourn at 4:15 PM.