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Senate Meeting Minutes

Associated Students of Western New Mexico University

Student Senate Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2005

I. Call to Order

Meeting was called to order at 4:03 P.M. by V.P. Rutherford

II. Opening Ceremonies

Pro Tempore Frost led the Pledge of Allegiance

III. Roll Call

A. Senate Present: Pro Tempore Frost, Floor Leader Burdette, Senate

Secretary Wilson, Senator Martinez, Senator Murillo, Senator

Rachal, Senator Rodriguez, Senator Wilson

IV. Sergeant at Arms Appointment

V.P. Rutherford appointed Senator Rachal as Sergeant at Arms

V. Approval of Agenda

V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the agenda for April 8, 2005. Senator Rachal moved to approve the agenda, Senator Rodriguez seconded. V.P. Rutherford asked if there was any debate on the issue. Senate Secretary Wilson moved to amend the agenda to read line item IX j as SIFE matching funds. V.P. Rutherford made a motion to remove the previous motion for agenda approval from the floor. The motion was removed and then V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the agenda as amended. Senator Rodriguez so moved, seconded by Senator Martinez. Motion passed unanimously.

VI. Approval of Minutes

V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the minutes of March 16, 2005. Pro Tempore Frost made a motion to table the minutes of March 16, 2005. Senator Martinez seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

VII. Reports

A. Committee Reports

i. Floor Leader Burdette gave a report on S.P.O.T. Floor Leader Burdette and Senator Rachal met with Dr. Farren to discuss S.P.O.T. He said that other campuses did it and he had good ideas. DWI taskforce is also behind S.P.O.T. and they are drafting a proposal as of now.

ii. Senate Secretary Wilson gave a committee report on behalf of Secretary Medeguari. The letter read as follows:

“Dear Senators, I apologize for not being here in person to update you on everything, but after Wednesday’s meeting I think you all know where we stand with Great Race. As of today, not much has changed other than the fact that we are getting closer!! We have also received a few more items in the office such as decorations and final arrangements for the mechanical bull are taking place. The Great Race committee will meet this Sunday to prepare for Monday’s dance and tie a few loose ends together. I would like to thank those senators who have committed themselves to help out at ASWNMU events…I really appreciate it. I think that together more can be accomplished and Great Race will be a success. Please make sure to check your emails this week for any updates and in case any senator needs more weekly hours fell free to stop by--- there is lots to be done!!”

iii. Senator Martinez reported that Lobbying & Grants committee got $341,000 for the science department, art department, and the MECHA building. He thanked the fellow committee members for there work.

VIII. Old Business

A. Approval of Minutes March 04, 2005

V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion for approval of old business of the minutes of March 04, 2005. Senator Rodriguez so moved. Senate Secretary Wilson seconded. Motion passed 7-0-1.

IX. New Business

A. Appointment of Scott Eckstein as Senator

V.P. Rutherford asked if Mr. Eckstein was present. He was. V.P. Rutherford opened the floor to questions. Senator Martinez asked, “What would you bring to the table if you were a senator?” Mr. Eckstein replied that he would bring his experience in politics. Provide students with appropriate things. V.P. Rutherford then asked if there were more question from the Senate. There were none. Then V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve Scott Eckstein as Senator. Floor Leader Burdette so moved. Pro Tempore Frost seconded. Motion passed unanimously. V.P. Rutherford congratulated Mr. Eckstein on his appointment.

B. Appointment of Chris Saucedo as Senator

V.P. Rutherford asked if Mr. Saucedo was present. He was and then V.P. Rutherford opened the floor to questions. Floor Leader Burdette asked, “What are you involved with around campus?” Mr. Saucedo replied that he was President of the Math and Computer Science Club, President of Upsilon Pi Epsilon which is the Computer Science honors society, and that he was working on getting Mathematics honor society. Pro Tempore Frost asked, “Do you have any experience with Student Government?” Mr. Saucedo replied that he served 3 years in the military. V.P. Rutherford then asked the Senate if they had more questions. They did not. V.P. Rutherford then entertained a motion to approve Chris Saucedo as Senator. Floor Leader Burdette so moved. Senator Rodriguez seconded. Motion passed unanimously. V.P. Rutherford congratulated Mr. Saucedo on his appointment.

C. Fee Increase for the Mustang from $6.00 to $8.00

Senator Rodriguez moved to approve the fee increase. Floor Leader Burdette seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

D. Fee Increase for the Athletic Activity from $26.50 to $27.50

Senator Rodriguez moved to approve the fee increase. Senator Rachal seconded. Motion passed 5-1-2.

E. Fee Increase for the Art Activity from $0.50 to $1.00

Senator Wilson moved to approve the fee increase. Senator Rodriguez seconded. Motion passed 6-1-1.

F. Fee Increase for the Library Activity from $12.00 to $15.00

Pro Tempore Frost moved to approve the fee increase. Floor Leader Burdette seconded. Motion passed 7-0-1.

G. Approve the new Race Cat Fund fee of $2.50

Senator Rodriguez moved to approve the new fee. Senator Rachal seconded. Motion passed 7-0-1.

H. Approve the new Fitness Center Maintenance fee of $5.00

Floor Leader Burdette moved to approve the new fee. Pro Tempore Frost seconded. Motion passed 4-3-1.

I. Student Activity Fee

V.P. Rutherford asked if Treasurer Stillman was present. He was not. Maria Rolfe then explained that she had the papers that the fees committee requested. V.P. Rutherford then said that he would speak on behalf on the fees committee. Maria then stated that she also submitted that previous years budgets. V.P. Rutherford then stated that the reason discussion is because it was proposed that the money for the Student Activity fee be reallocated to another entity due to fiscal responsibility. V.P. Rutherford then said that it was up to the Senate to decide the fate of the Student activity fee. Senator Rodriguez moved for a 5 minute recess to discuss the issue. Senator Martinez seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Senate Recessed at 4:18 P.M. Senate reconvened at 4:24 P.M. V.P. Rutherford opened up the floor for motions on the Student Activity Fee. Pro Tempore Frost Moved to leave the Student Activity fee just the way it is. Senator Rachal seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

J. SIFE Matching Funds ($275.00).

V.P. Rutherford read the bill. V.P. Rutherford then asked if there was a representative from SIFE. There was none. V.P. Rutherford then entertained a motion to match the funds. Senate Secretary Wilson so moved. Senator Martinez seconded. Motion passed 6-0-2.

X Announcements.

A. Senator Martinez stated that ASWNMU was not trying to shut down student activities, and was saying that these were lies.

B. Senator Rachal reassured students that the Great Race would be a good one this year.

C. Senator Rachal announced that S.P.O.T. was a service that would be available to offer intoxicated students a ride home. He also asked for student input on the service. Any student who wanted to put input about the service should talk to Senator Rachal or Floor Leader Burdette.

D. V.P. Rutherford discussed the lies circulated about him, and stated that they were not true.

E. Gail Sarah announced the petition that she had for the impeachment of President Fallstitch and V.P. Rutherford. She showed V.P. Rutherford the petition and asked him to sign it to verify that he saw it.

F. Maria Dominguez announced that she would like to thank all people for support that she has received. She reassured the students that she is and will always be fiscally responsible. She also stated that she has work studies that help her and that she is trying to improve the MASA office. She stated that she runs a one person office and would like an assistant. She also announced that she does not have people to help her get paperwork together and that she would always uphold the integrity of her office. She stated that she submits her budget to Dr. Farren for audit. She reassured the students that great race would be successful.

G. Gail Sarah requested that she would like a copy of Student Governments budget.

H. Senate Secretary Wilson announced that for those who were not at the fees committee. That the whole argument started when V.P. Rutherford and President Fallstitch asked the MASA office director to submit a budget and she stated that she received no such request. He announced that the Senate is working on some legislation to have a sheet that is signed by the department heads to avoid any “he said, she said” arguments.

I. Maria Dominguez thanked the Senate, because that was a recommendation she made to prevent this from happening again. She stated that V.P. Rutherford apologized to Maria after the Fees Committee meeting because the argument got a little heated. V.P. Rutherford then stated that the previous announcement was the decision of the Senate and not himself or the Executive offices.

J. Senator Rodriguez asked on what grounds the impeachment was being brought up. Gail Sarah stated that she did not like the way that they ran the office, and then stated that under Article VII Section II she had the right to do so.

K. Jennie Montoya announced that she met with the Board of Regents. They discussed contracts, tuition policy, funding, and tuition increase. She said that they approved the tuition increase. She stated that if anyone would like to see the official report to come and talk to her.

L. The new appointees were sworn in by Chief Justice Doolittle.

XI. Adjournment

V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Senator Rachal so moved. Pro Tempore Frost seconded Motion passed unanimously. Meeting was adjourned at 4:45 P.M.