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Senate Meeting Minutes

 


Senate Meeting Agenda
February 20, 2008

I. Call to order @ 8:32
II. Opening ceremonies
III. Roll call
Taylor excused

IV. Approval of Agenda for February 20, 2008

A. Motioned by Edwards, seconded by Scott
B. Motion passes 12-0-0
V. Approval of Minutes for February 6, 2008
A. Motioned by Molano, seconded by Scott
B. Motion passes 11-0-1
VI. ASWNMU Executive Council Reports
A. President Abraham Martinez
a. Attended cabinet meeting and policy meeting. Went to Santa Fe and attended New Mexico higher education meeting, working on Great Race plans, helped with business plan for the Mecha Building, there will be a meeting in cafeteria at 2:00 on Friday discussing different vendor.
B. Vice President Louis Ortega
a. There will be an activities meeting next Wednesday after the caucus. Corre Caminos has decided on $2.50 fee to include ten rides.
C. Secretary Patricia Helgert
a. Typed business plan for Mecha Building. Has been meeting with Maria for Great Race. Has been in contact with Silver City Bowling Alley and still waiting on estimate. Found inflatable equipment for Great Race. Talked to maintenance about putting up boards. Made flyers for senator position.
D. Treasurer Ben Domke
a. Was asked by senator to go more slowly on budget report. Points out that ASWNMU has $15,629.00 in reserve account. Club funding looks good. Printed out pie chart to show amount spent and ASWNMU’ s expenditures and amount allocated to student events. As of February 20, 2008 96% is part of ASWNMU’ s expenditures and 4% on student events.
E. Attorney General Arturo Monje
a. Has been working with Constitution and Bylaws Committee as well as Fees Committee. Institutional Advancement would like a student to sit on the board. Great Race theme has been decided. If anyone needs copies of days and events they are available. Maria is sick so Great Race meeting might be cancelled. Discipline Committee has decided to deny Captain Fred Reynolds appeal from being banned from the university campus.
F. Governmental Affairs Director Chris Schofield
a. Nothing to report. Next meeting will report on lobbying and grants committee.
G. Committee Reports
a. Fees committee- An update on proposed fees in bill packet.

VII. Old Business

VIII. New Business

A. Senate Bill for recognition of the Kinesiology Club. Appropriation of $150.00 of start up money. (Bass &Scott)
a. Motioned by Bass, seconded by Scott
b. Discussion- Planned to be involved in Great Race, Tour of the Gila and promote wellness.
c. Motion passes 12-0-0
B. Senate Bill for recognition of WNMU Art Club. Appropriation of $150.00 of start up money. (Bass & Scott)
a. Stevenson motions to table bill, seconded by Molina
b. Motion passes 12-0-0
C. Senate Bill for matching funds for Criminal Justice Club. Appropriation of $477.66. (Molano & Pool)
a. Stevenson motions to table bill, seconded by Molina
b. Motion passes 12-0-0
D. Senate Bill for matching funds for Alpha Pi Sigma. Appropriation of $444.33. (Molano & Pool)
a. Stevenson motions to table bill, seconded by Spradlin
b. Motion passes 12-0-0
E. Senate Bill for matching funds for Psychology Club. Appropriation of $472.00. (Spradlin & Cordova)
a. Motioned by Spradlin, seconded by Cordova
b. Discussion- did 50/50 raffle tickets and quilt raffle tickets
c. Motion passes 12-0-0
F. Senate Bill for matching funds for Social Work Club. Appropriation of $360.83. (Spradlin & Cordova)
a. Motioned by Cordova, seconded by Spradlin
b. Discussion- Did an ongoing 50/50 raffle and has an enchilada dinner.
c. Motion passes 12-0-0
G. Senate Bill for approval of proposed changes of student fees for 2008-2009 school year. (Molano & Spradlin)
a. Motioned by Molano, seconded by Spradlin
b. Discussion- Total increase $20.00
c. Motion passes 12-0-0
H. Senate Bill for approval to amend Article III Section I & II of the ASWNMU Bylaws regarding Senate Scholarships. (Molina & Molano)
a. Motioned by Molina, seconded by Molano
b. Discussion- Molina- Senators need to take monetary value of their position. Senators should benefit the student body in what they do. They should put more care in position rather than the money. Feels there is a sense of abuse with amount of work put in by senators. $10.00 per hour is a good wage and is taken advantage of.
Stevenson- Would like to see better and not so simple plan that will work better in the future. In the future the wages will not be competitive because of inflation and will make future senators look greedy if they increase scholarship.
Arturo Monje- Feels Stevenson’s argument is somewhat valid but in the future it can be amended.
Ben Domke- Comments that senators will not look greedy it is the same as student fees.
Pool- Asks if future senators do increase scholarship will it be frowned on?
Molina- Recaps why he sponsored the bill. Wants senators to ask themselves why they are really in their position, for the money or the experience?
Monje- Answers Pool’s question, he does not think that future senators will be frowned upon.
Molano- Agrees with Arturo, it will be necessary in the future
Albert Sandoval- Comments on Stevenson’s comment on inflation. Inflation is really complicated and hard to adjust to.
Spradlin- Does agree that senators need to do more.
c. Bass motions to move to previous question, seconded by Bystry
d. Motion to move to previous question passes 12-0-0
e. Motion for Senate Bill fails 3-5-4
I. Senate Bill for approval to amend Article IV Section IV of the ASWNMU Bylaws regarding matching funds for clubs. (Stevenson & Estrada)
a. Motioned by Stevenson, seconded by Estrada
b. Discussion- Stevenson supports bill and reasoning
Molano- Thinks it is ironic that senators are willing to support bill on regulating clubs funds but not senators pay.
c. Motion passes 6-0-6
J. Senate Bill for approval to amend Article V Section IV of the ASWNMU Constitution regarding G.P.A of ASWNMU officers. (Molina & Molano)
a. Motioned by Molina, seconded by Molano
b. Discussion- Molina- Firmly believes that ASWNMU senators are elected to be leaders and G.P.A. should be important. Some people might be threatened by bill but feels G.P.A is prime evidence of motivation.
Stevenson-Senators are not leaders they are representatives. Some people are not book smart but that does not mean they can not represent students.
Abraham Martinez- Bill is going to hurt a lot of ASWNMU senators. Staff commented that if you dont have a 2.25 then you should be more dedicated to school.
Stevenson- Would like to see more research. How many times have minutes been messed up or minutes have been passed with mistakes. Nothing that the so called smart people have showed me how they have improved ASWNMU.
c. Motion fails 4-7-1

K. Senate Bill for approval to amend Article V Section V.A of the ASWNMU Constitution regarding Executive scholarships. (Molina & Molano)
a. Motioned by Molina, seconded by Molano
b. Discussion- Ben Domke- encourages senate to approve bill. Believes that being a part of Executive Council builds your resume.
Stevenson- comments on how it is the same problem with the last bill. It is too simple and needs more research.
Chris Schofield- agrees with Ben Domke.
Stevenson- comments on Executive Council being over paid for amount of time put in position.
Ben Domke- Comments on how Executive Council does most of the traveling which has a great benefit.
Abraham- Disagrees with Ben because traveling has so much wear on personal vehicle. $30.00 a day for food is not enough in Santa Fe. They have also brought over $1 million to WNMU in the recent years.
Edwards- No one is forcing Senators to take the money.
Abraham-Both parties have good arguments so he urges senators to think the decision through.
c. Bysrty motions to move to previous question, seconded by
Stevenson
d. Motion to move to previous question passes 12-0-0
e. Motion for bill fails 3-4-5
L. Senate Bill for approval to amend Article V. Section V. F. of the ASWNMU Constitution regarding President’s salary. (Molina & Molano)
a. Motioned by Molina, seconded by Molano
b. Discussion-Ben Domke- Abraham has done a great job not increasing his salary but unfortunately the previous president did not do the same.
Stevenson- Asks if there is another section about hours
Abraham- Yes they must work a total of 20 hours ten which have to be office hours.
Stevenson- Feels good about passing this bill for time period but concerned about the future.
Arturo- President gets scholarship on top of his salary
Ben- Work studies are getting minimum wage with 15 hour a week.
c. Stevenson motions to move to previous question,
Seconded by Bystry
d. Motion to move to previous question passes 12-0-0
e. Motion for bill fails 4-6-2

IX. Announcements

A. Albert Sandoval- Respects president’s decision in appointing students to senator position. He feels that he was a great candidate his experience and dedication to ASWNMU. As a senator he would represent the non traditional student
B. Arturo Monje- Comments on how Stevenson is on constitution and bylaws committee but has not shown up to one meeting. He asks for removal of Stevenson from the committee.
Stevenson- Explains he is on many other committees and states “Call me a dumb ass again.”
Meeting called to order by Vice President Ortega
X. Adjournment
A. Motioned by Stevenson, seconded by Scott
B. Motion passes 12-0-0
C. Adjournment @ 9:50

 


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