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Senate Meeting Minutes

Associated Students of Western New Mexico University

Student Senate Meeting Minutes

February 16, 2005

I.          Call to order

            Meeting was called to order at 8:33 p.m. by Vice President 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 Medeguari, Senator Bass, Senator Martinez,  Senator Maloney, Senator Murillo, Senator Rachal, Senator Rodriguez, Senator Vargas, Senator K. Wilson and Senator Z. Wilson.

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

V.        Senator Bass moved to amend the agenda by adding line item IX. e. Paintball Club Matching funds. 

            VP Rutherford entertained any more amendments.

            Senator Z. Wilson moved to amend the agenda by adding line item IX. f. for club recognition of Christian Martial Arts Assault Club.

            Senator Rodriguez moved to amend the agenda by adding line item IX. g. The appointment of Treasurer, Chief Justice, and two Senator positions.

Pro Tempore Frost expressed that she did not feel that line items IX f-g should be on the agenda because they were not discussed at the last caucus.

Senator Zach Wilson added that Attorney General Stiver approved the paintball club’s constitution and application.

Pro Tempore Frost added that they still were not discussed at the caucus.

VP Rutherford asked Senator Z. Wilson if he would like to keep line item IX. f. on the agenda and Senator Rodriguez if he would like to keep line item IX. g. as well.

VP Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the agenda.

Senator Rodriguez moved to approve the agenda as amended.  Senator Maloney seconded.  Motion passed 6 to 6, with VP Rutherford’s vote as the tie breaker.

VI.       VP Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the minutes for February 2, 2005.

            Senate Secretary moved to amend the minutes, line item X to line item IX. and line item XI. to line item X.

            VP Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the amended minutes.  Senator Vargas moved to approve the minutes as amended.  Senator Murillo seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

VII.      Senator Martinez, who sits on the foods committee, met with the manager from Sodexo at their first meeting.  He mentioned that the manager would like student input and ideas concerning campus food services.  Senator Martinez added that Senator Maloney was appointed a co-chair on that committee.

            Senator Maloney added that if any student has any concerns, to feel free and approach the senators on this committee.

            VP Rutherford reported on the Student Lobbying committee.  He, along with President Fallstich, PID Wog, Senator Vargas, and Regent Montoya, met with the governor.  As a result, he will be giving WNMU $104,000 for the Fine Arts Program.  He also added that Representative Herrera $90,000 for the Science Lab.  He congratulated the committee for a job well done.

            Senator Maloney gave a report on the Honors committee.  The main goal is to increase enrollment for next semester.  He stated that Fall 2005 will see the most Honors programs ever offered. They are trying to recruit students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher to join the program.

VIII.     Old Business          

                        There was no old business discussed.

IX.       New Business

            Senator Rodriguez asked how many line items fell under New Business.

            VP Rutherford answered by saying there were line items a-g.

Senator Rodriguez asked to add the appointment of Treasurer, appointment of Chief Justice, appointment of Senator, and appointment of Senator.

VP Rutherford stated that ten items now fall under line item IX New Business.

Pro Tempore Frost asked what was stated before…

VP Rutherford called decorum for too much talking.  He stated that if anything needed to be said then to please step outside.

a. S.O.T.A. Club matching funds.

VP Rutherford asked if these bills would be recognized as together or separate.  He entertained for a motion to amend the agenda since each bill needed to be presented as a separate line item.  

Senator K. Wilson moved to amend the agenda.  Senator Martinez seconded.  Motion passed 11 to 1.

VP read the first S.O.T.A. club bill for matching funds of $216.76.  He then entertained a motion to approve this bill.

Senator K. Wilson moved to approve S.O.T.A. matching funds.  Senator Rodriguez seconded.  Motion passed 11 to 1.

            b.            VP Rutherford read the second S.O.T.A. matching funds for $350.00. 

                        Senator Bass asked if there was a representative of the S.O.T.A. club present.

                        A representative of the S.O.T.A. club was present.

VP Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the second S.O.T.A. club bill.  A motion was made by Senator K. Wilson.  The motion was seconded by Senator Vargas.  Motion passed 11 to 1.

c.         VP Rutherford read the Criminal Justice Club bill for matching funds of $446.00.  He then entertained a motion.

            Senate Secretary Medeguari moved to approve the senate matching funds bill for the Criminal Justice Club.  Senator Vargas seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

d.         VP Rutherford asked for the Math and Science Club bill. 

            Senator Z. Wilson moved to amend the agenda to remove line item IX d. 

            VP Rutherford said that he could lay it on the table instead.

            Senator Z. Wilson moved to lay this bill on the table.  Senator Rodriguez seconded.  Motion passed 10 to 0 to 2.

e.         VP asked for the representative of the Nursing Club.  None was present.

Senator Maloney moved to table the nursing club bill.  Senator Bass seconded.  Motion passed 10 to 1 to 1. 

f.          VP asked for a representative of the Paintball club.  A member was present. VP Rutherford continued by reading the Paintball club matching funds bill for $450.00.

            VP Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the Paintball club bill with an amendment from $450.00 to $441.67.

            Senator Maloney moved to approve the Paintball club matching funds as amended.  Senator Vargas seconded.  Motion passed 11 to 1.

g.         VP Rutherford announced the bill for recognition of the Christian Martial Arts club.  He invited the representative of the club to say a few words. 

            The representative explained that his club would promote the self defense for women.  They plan to have two classed a week to obtain this goal. 

            Senate Secretary moved to approve the Christian Martial Arts club.  Senator Z. Wilson seconded.  Motion passed 10 to 0 to 2.

h.         Floor Leader Burdette moved to table the appointment of Kyle Hayes as ASWNMU treasurer.  The motion was seconded by Senator Bass.  Motion passed 7 to 4 to 1.

i.          Floor Leader Burdette moved to table the appointment of Keri Weisenburg as senator.   The motion was seconded by Pro Tempore Frost.  Motion passed 7 to 3 to 2.

j.          Floor Leader Burdette moved to table the appointment of Holley Renner as Senator.  Senator Vargas seconded. 

Senator Rodriguez asked why this line item was being tabled. 

Floor Leader Burdette stated that the Senate had not had time to discuss this appointee in a caucus.  She also stated that the forum was last minute.

Senator Rodriguez mentioned that the open forum took place because you can’t make a decision in a close meeting.

Senator Bass said that all appointees have gone through this process in the past.

Floor Leader Burdette announced that the university was not informed about the open forum, only Senators were.  She also stated that ample time needed to be given to announce the forum.

Senator Rodriguez stated it was illegal to do so.

Floor Leader Burdette wanted to know where that was stated because for the past four years as a member of the WNMU Senate, she recalls appointees were always presented in a caucus. 

Senate Secretary Medeguari asked why it is required to have appointees interviewed publicly if the senate had been doing it privately. 

VP Rutherford stated that just because it had been done in the past, it didn’t make it right.

Floor Leader Burdette asked AG Stiver if he was aware of the reason why the Senate had been holding interviews in student senate caucuses.

AG Stiver responded that according the New Mexico meetings act he would consider it illegal.  He mentioned that he was given an interview in private.  That would be something he would look into.

Floor Leader Burdette informed him that everyone at the student senate table was interviewed in private.

AG Stiver added that if it is illegal it should definitely be considered for change.

VP Rutherford announced there was a motion on the table.

Floor Leader Burdette stated that there was still discussion.

VP Rutherford announced that discussion by the audience can happen under announcements.

A member of the audience stated that according to the law…

VP Rutherford warned the man in the audience that if he continued to talk he would have to ask the sergeant at arms to remove him from the meeting.

The member in the audience stated that he thought that VP Rutherford had recognized him to speak.

VP Rutherford replied that he had actually not recognized him.

Motion passed 6 to 3 to 3 to table the appointment of Holley Renner as Senator.

k.         Floor Leader Burdette moved to table the appointment of Travis Holt as ASWNMU Secretary.  Senator Vargas seconded.  Motion passed 6 to 4 to 2.

l.          Floor Leader Burdette moved to table the appointment for Supreme Court Justice.  Pro Tempore Frost seconded.  Motion passed 6 to 3 to 3.

X.        Senator Rodriguez called a point of information concerning the failure to appoint a treasurer and clubs not receiving matching funds. 

            Floor Leader Burdette mentioned that she had been informed by President Fallstich that she was learning banner and could match funds.  She thought it would not put things on hold.

            VP Rutherford stated that it is putting it on hold.

            Floor Leader Burdette again stated that she was personally told by President Fallstich.

            VP Rutherford announced that President Fallstich could speak if she wanted.

            President Fallstich she would like to meet with the senators after the meeting.

            Floor Leader Burdette apologized to the appointees for the tabling of appointments.  As stated before, there was not ample time for all senators to attend the open meeting and the senate will discuss the appointees next Wednesday at the caucus. 

            Senator Bass thanked all the senators who helped out at the basketball game in support of the Nick Arnold and his family.

            Dr. Farren announced that he received a request to have the US flag at half mass on the day of Nick Arnold’s funeral.  However, it would be against the law to do so because only the President of the United States can request to do so.  He added that the crisis center will have a representative on campus to aid any student in need as well as the counselors in the student support services.  He said that campus would see major campus.  One will include financial aid and registrar as they will now have document imaging.  In addition, current student ID numbers will be changed from social security numbers to a computer generated ID.  Certain governmental concerns, such as financial aid, will continue to use current ID numbers.  To conclude, Dr. Farren that on Friday new web designs to improve web services.

            Regent Montoya announced her appointment as the new student regent.  She encouraged students to approach her with any concerns since she will be working closely with the Board of Regents.

XI. Adjournment

Senator Vargas moved to adjourn at 9:03 pm.  Senator Rodriguez seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.