BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
STUDENT SENATE MINUTES
April 3, 2000
President Kristie Anderson (97)(21-0-1)
Vice Pres/MSUSA CD Rep. Nathan Voss (37)(18-0-4)
Speaker/Acad. Affairs Jamie Barthel (38)(21-0-1)
Student Services Jason Schaumburg (17)(17-1-3)
Public Relations Justin Klander (16)(16-0-2)
Cultural Awareness Aneesh Goyal (6)(6-0-2)
MSUSA Campus Rep.
Sergeant at Arms Andrew Hayden (33)(19-0-3)
Kameron Schorn (68)(20-0-2)
Kim Dennig (26)(13-0-9)
Greg Ueland (24)(20-0-2)
Nicholas Varien (17)(14-1-7)
Shannon Anderson (15)(15-0-3)
Jodi Baumgard (16)(16-0-2)
Trevor Carstens (9)(loa)
Tanya Cox (9)(9-1-8)
Nils Hoyum (11)(11-3-3)
Sean McDermott (11)(11-2-5)
Casey Pearson (13)(13-2-2)
Karl Runningen (10)(10-5-2)
Jill M Thompson (13)(13-0-5)
Brent Waale (15)(15-0-3)
Jim Miller (8)(8-0-1)
Kathy Simenson (8)(8-0-0)
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 - Move to have old business after new business today. With no objection moved to approve.
Minutes - With no objection move to approve the minutes of March 27, 2000 minutes.
Joke of the Week - A man walked into a Minnesota bar with a dachshund under his arm. The dog was wearing a Minnesota Vikings jersey and helmet, and was festooned with Vikings pom-poms. The bartender said, "Hey, No pets are allowed in here! You'll have to leave!" The guy begged him: "Look, I'm desperate. We're both big fans, the TV is broken, and this is the only place around where we can see the game!" After securing a promise that the dog will behave, and warning him that he and the dog will be thrown out if there's any trouble, the bartender relented and allowed them to stay in the bar and watch the game. The big game began with the Vikings receiving the kickoff. They marched down the field, got stopped at about the 30, and kicked a field goal. With that the dog jumped up on the bar, and began walking up and down the bar giving high-fives to everyone. The bartender said, "Wow, that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! What does the dog do when the Vikings score a touchdown?" The owner replied, "I don't know, I've only had him for 4 years."
President Anderson - I have one appointment today of Mike Winkler to the University Outreach & Partnerships Committee. We have two senate positions open, Leg. Affairs and the Treasurer. We need two people to go to the Chancellor Meet & Discuss on April 17, Monday, from 2 - 3:30 PM. You would have to leave around 10 and would be back around 8 PM. Those of you running for President might want to think about it. Volunteers are needed for the Janezich for Senate and Conference in Detroit Lakes for Saturday, April 15. I would like to thank everyone who is pitching in and helping with our Conference here. MSUSA staff and officers are excited to see what ends up being pulled off but concerned about our budget. We should look over the proposal and suggestions about the Federal Lobby trip before conference, either in Leg or in another committee wishing to tackle the issue, I have all the stuff from Mike Redlinger (MSUSA Fed. Leg. Coordinator). The Virtual Job Fair should be looked at. Karl, Nils, Sean, TJ and Scott each of you owes $100 for missing Delegate's to the Senate.
Vice-President Voss - I have been talking to ARAMARK about the conference meals. I need your committee reports. We have the lower union for Conference. Saturday we will do the Hawaii lunch and Ken Brandt will roast the pig for us. The Cultural Diversity dinner is on Saturday night.
Treasurer report - none
Legislative Affairs - none
Academic Affairs Chair Barthel - We are working on the Spring Conference. I have a meeting Wednesday with Dr. Quistgaard and we will be going over Academic Programming. If you have anything let me know.
Student Services Chair Schaumburg- We have a student email set up for opinions and suggestions. The email firstname.lastname@example.org . My meetings are Mondays at 4:30 pm. Still waiting on Birch Hall and we can help with the conference also.
Public Relations Chair Klander -. I posted the opening for Leg Affairs and Treasurer. The soap dispensers are up and we should have soap in them in 2 years. We are helping with the Conference.
Cultural Diversity Chair Goyal- I spoke with the International Students to do the conference, but they will let us know after this weekend. They are not sure they want to do it. The two video tapes I want to order are $30.00 and $99.00, do you want me to order them.
Voss - wait until New Business.
Election Chair Baumgard - passed around a sign up sheet to help with elections. We have nine people running for senators and two running for President and Vice-President.
MSUSA Campus Rep. Report - none.
MSUSA Cultural Diversity Rep. Voss - We have $600.00 of state money to do a cultural diversity event for our conference. I've been working on that.
Appointments - Mike Winkler for University Outreach & Partnership Committee. Vote 11-3-0. Passed.
Amendments to the Constitution: read by Nate Voss:
Art IV, Sec. 3 - Change subsection 2 to read "Maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.25".
Art IV, Sec. 4, Paragraph 1 - "The Student Senate shall be ultimately responsible for all student fee increases and changes." To be added as a concluding sentence.
Art V, Sec 2, Paragraph 1 - "The BSUSA Student Senate, upon the initial recommendation by the Senate President, shall also appoint eight members…
Thompson/Ueland moved to suspend the rules and vote today on these changes. Vote passed.
Baumgard/Miller moved to divide the question and go line by line, vote passed.
Art. IV Sec. 3 Schaumburg/Miller move to remove the first amendment. Voss/Schaumburg called the question. Vote. 14-1-0 passed. Vote to strike Art. IV Sec 3. 5-7-2. Failed. Discussion. Schaumburg/Voss move to amend to If GPA falls below 2.25, senator must receive a unanimous vote to remain in office. Discussion. Vote on amendment 6-5-2. Passed. Vote on Art. IV Sec 3 with amendment. 4-8-1 failed. Discussion. Klander/Schaumburg moved to amend by substitution "with the exception of a one semester probationary period if the students GPA falls below 2.25, but no lower than 2.0. Probation period. GPA's will be checked at the end of each semester. Discussion. Vote 12-1-0 passed. Vote on main motion with amendment by substitution. 11-2-0. Passed.
Art. IV Sec. 4 Par. 1 "The Student Senate shall be ultimately responsible for all student fee increases and changes." To be added as a concluding sentence. Schaumburg/Voss called the question. Vote. 13-0-0 passed.
Art. V, Sec. 2, Par. 1 "The BSUSA Student Senate, upon the initial recommendation by the Senate President, shall also appoint eight members…Miller/Schaumburg called the question. 11-2-0. Passed. Vote on motion 13-0-0. Passed.
Thompson/Schaumburg moved to amend Art. V Sec 2 …by secret ballot: four members to serve one academic year positions, and four members to serve two academic year positions on the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC). Vote 13-0-0. Passed.
Roll call vote on all amendments to the Constitution. 9-4-0 passed.
OLD BUSINESS -
Removal of the MSUSA Rep that was tabled last week. Schaumburg moved to yield to TJ Melcher.
TJ Melcher - I talked to Schaumburg and I put in my resignation today.
K. Anderson - If you can give me your report I'll send it in so you can get paid for what you did.
Klander - Your ad for Leg Affairs and Treasurer is in.
Ueland - BSU does not have a good policy for students that have to pay their own bills
Waale - I agree with Greg. They expect you to pay right away.
Schaumburg - is it because of registration or money.
Ueland - they need to set up a certain payment plan. . We can't pay for the whole semester at once.
Miller - years ago Senators got free parking. We should talk to them about free parking.
Schorn - There shouldn't be an incentive to be involved in Senate. You should volunteer your time.
Miller - The President, VP and Chairs shouldn't get anything either then.
Schorn - We addressed this issue last year. Those positions are more demanding.
Klander - There is no work study during the summer. Student Services should look into this as it could be used in the program where if you work at a Business of your major BSU pays 2/3 of your wage.
Baumgard - In Hibbing we gave stipends to outstanding Senators.
Schaumburg - work study outside of the university do we have a need to look into this?
Klander - I'm not sure but believe only Criminal Justice uses it now.
Melcher - You need to look at GPA issue more. The people below 2.0 GPA need to be represented also.
Ueland - Having the GPA at 2.0 is not elitist. It shows work ethics.
Simenson - there has always been a GPA requirement.
Schaumburg - I don't think it should be 2.25 GPA.
Barthel - Roteract Club Golf Scramble is on April 29 at Castle Highlands, and a dinner after.
Baumgard/Thompson moved to adjourn at 4:45 PM.