Bemidji State University

Student Senate

Proposed Minutes of 10 April 2002

 

I. Call to order: 3:12 pm (VP Waletzko acting as Speaker)

II. Roll Call:

 

Guests: Nathan Voth (Northern Student), Caleb Werth (SAFAC) & Cheryl Yee (Senate Candidate)

III. Approval of Agenda:

A. Add Club Constitutions for New Business D.

B. Agenda approved, 1 abstention

IV. Approval of Minutes: Minutes approved from the last meeting

V. Guest Speakers:

††††††††††††††† A. Carl Baer and Gerald Amble

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 1. Budget 2003 (see handout)

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 2. Proposing a 10% tuition increase

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 3. Each percent in income in tuition is $120,000 increase/decrease.

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 4. Vast majority of budget is for fringe benefits-decreased from last year.

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 5. Fringe benefits are also contracts settlements

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 6. There are only seven items we have total control over.

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 7. Increased student help by 5%

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 8. Increased supplies and expenses.

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 9. Increase in library by 4%

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 10. Add to student teaching contracts.

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 11. American Indian Resource Center

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 12. Renovation for Bridgman Hall in 2004.

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 13. Reduced equipment replacement reserve and deferred maintenance reserve.

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 14. MNSCU reserve

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 15. 10% = $174 increases per semester when you are in the band.

16. Reserve is $550,000 this is because $300,000 is in from 2002, and wants to put in another $250,000 for fiscal year 2003.

17. Reserves exist for a reason.

a. Need a balance of flexibility

b. Not getting the money we need from legislature.

c. Undesignated reserve used to handle for example, substitute teachers, if gas prices go up, heater goes out.

d. We will always keep the BSU reserve when we get all the MNSCU reserve.

18. Shifting from generation to generation happens, people now pay for past debts, and will pay for the future also.

19. Electronic Academy was reduced to $0 to save the money

20. Tech Fee reserve has nothing to do with the tech fee.

21. Trying to amortize some of the costs for future years.

22. Do not know how rumor got started from last year numbers not getting disclosed.

23. Arrowhead University Center is operating under a $250,000 budget.

24. We only carry 1.5% in our reserve.

25. President Anderson: Can we get something that shows if we cut some library expenses for example?

26. Most money we donít control and some expenses for example the library wonít give enough money.

27. Very high number of senior professors.

28. Need to submit a document to the system offices.

*Senator Bellefy: Point of Personal Privilege (Left for another meeting)

*Two-minute recess moved by Chair Gassert, seconded by Chair Albertson*

VI. Presidentís Report

A. Comparison of our fees to other MNSCU schools.

B. We pay $29.90 per credit.

C. Met with President Quistgaard

D. Talks about tuition.

*Moved by Chair Gassert and Seconded by Senator Matson to suspend the rules so that we can discuss the tuition proposal.

*Open Discussion*

A. MSUSA Rowlette: Donít they need the numbers by tomorrow?

B. President Anderson: This is a proposal

C. Chair Albertson: Where can you cut from?I think this is good.

D. Senator Anderson: There isnít much that can be given up.

E. Senator Cloutman: There should have been better planning in good times.

F. President Anderson: Like to look at reserves.

G. Chair Gassert: What are they going to do once they have the amount of money they need?

H. President Anderson: Tuition will stay the same when the reserve is paid.

I. Chair Gassert: If we donít pay more now they might have to pay more later.

J. President Anderson: Maybe we could spend it over three years instead of two.

K. Chair Gassert: Leaving it at 10% now may save for big increase in later years.

L. Chair Albertson: We need to save for later years.

M. Senator Cloutman: Could have 7% then 3% surcharge later.

Senator Weber: Southwest is getting a chunk of the money from the legislature.

N. Chair Albertson: Itís better to be self-reliant.

O. President Anderson: BSU isnít required to put money into the reserve next year.

Moorhead doesnít have any money in reserve, why canít we be like that.

P. Senator Gronquist: Who can take money out of the reserve?

Q. President Anderson- The president.

VI. (Cont.) Presidentís Report Continued:

E. We need to be consistent on things.

F. I feel they have only given us one decision to be made.

G. Look into reducing sending to the MNSCU reserve.

*Gavel passed to President Anderson*

VII. Vice-Presidentís Report

A. Set dates for VP search committee candidates to come to campus

1. April 22 & 23, April 24 & 25, April 29 & 30, May 1 & 2

2. Students will meet with candidates from 1:45 to 2:45

B. Union Advisory

1. Gendron Johnson lithograph

C. Student Achievement Day

††††††††††††††† 1. Thank you to all who attended any presentation.

*Passing of gavel back to Vice President Waletzko*

VIII. Standing Committee reports

A. Legislative Affairs:

1. Constitution

2. Club constitutions

*30 seconded recess moved and seconded*

*Motion to suspend the rules to move to old business*

XII. Old Business

A. Approval of Constitution

1. Moved by Chair Gassert seconded by Senator Weber to approve the constitution, with possible clerical.

2. Passed Unanimously.

B. Smoking Policy

1. Reading of Bill

2. Moved by Senator Gronquist, seconded by Chair Gassert.

3. Chair DíSouza: How far is 15 feet? (Examples given)

4. Motion passes: 11-3

XIII. New Business

*Gavel passed to President Anderson*

A. Tuition Proposal

1. Vice-President Waletzko-Reading of bill

2. Chair Gassert seconds with clerical

3. Vice-President Waletzko: We have asked for the 8 and 9%, to see what would be cut. This hasnít been done.

4. Senator Weber: What is the intent?

*Passing of gavel to Vice-President Waletzko*

5. President Anderson: Itís not saying that we donít get a voice or that they havenít consulted with us.

6. President Anderson: We should put in writing that we asked for the information and didnít receive it.

7. Senator Weber: They havenít met our expectations, is what I see the bill as saying.

8. President Anderson: If you ask for something important we should get it.We need to do something about it.

9. Senator Weber: We should pass a letter and not this bill.

*Passing of gavel to President Anderson*

10. Call to question-passed

11. President Anderson-rereading of the bill.

12. Motion does not pass.

*Pass of the gavel to Vice President Waletzko*

B. Security Training Resolution

1. Senator Cloutman-Reading of bill

*Chair Gassert left*

*Senator Ruge left*

2. Senator Weber-Leave out the at least three times per year.

3. Vice-President Waletzko-Those are out of order, this is the first reading (clerical only)

C. Club Constitutions

1. Balderdash-first reading.

2. Swing Club-passes

*Move to suspend the rules to go back to old business, Motion passed*

XII. Old Business

Senator Weber-move to open discussion.

VIII. (Cont.) Standing Committee Reports:

B. Academic Affairs

1. Friday April 12th at 2:15, meeting with Dr Larkin

2. Pass around sheet new buddy system for packets.

3. Retention, Recruitment, and Fun committee meeting 6:00pm at Stats.

C. Student Services

1. Senator Matson working with Northern Student Complaints

2. Smoking bill

3. In New Business please offer suggestions for security resolution.

D. Public Relations

††††††††††††††† 1. No Report

E. Cultural Diversity

2. No Report

XIV. Open Forum

A. Chair Albertson: Make a motion to send bill to the Administration stating that we canít make a decision without figures of 9% and 8% also, and that we have requested these figures and we havenít received them.

1. Chair Albertson moves and senator Matson seconds, motion passes.

B. Senator Weber: Everyone come to the debate.

C. MNSCU Rep Rowlette: Can we get the bills in our mailboxes before the meeting? (VP Waletzko: sometimes bills are only created 15 minutes beforehand; it all depends on the author and timing.)

D. Senator Anderson: Do we give our reports to Senator Matson? (Senator Matson: Yes)

E. Senator Anderson: Come to the meeting with Dave Larkin.

F. Senator Frink: Can we move back into New Business to approve the elections ballot and election dates?

XIII. (Cont.) New Business

D. Ballots for Elections

1. Moved and seconded to pass with clericals

E. Election Date Approval

††††††††††††††† 1. April 17 & 18

2. Motion passes unanimously.

XIV. Adjournment

A. Senator Anderson, seconded by Senator Gronquist.