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Senate Meeting Minutes

Associated Students of Western New Mexico University

Student Senate Meeting Minutes

March 16, 2005

I. Call to order

Meeting was called to order at 8:40 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, Senate Secretary Medeguari, Senator

Maloney, Senator Martinez, , Senator Rachal, Senator

Rodriguez, Senator Vargas, Senator K. Wilson, Senator Z.

Wilson

IV. Sergeant at Arms Appointment

V. P. Rutherford appointed Senator K. Wilson as Sergeant at Arms

V. Approval of Agenda

VP Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the agenda for March 16, 2005.

Floor Leader Burdette moved to amend line item VI. a. to read “March 04, 2005” instead of “March 02, 2005” Senator Maloney seconded. V.P. Rutherford stated that he did not believe a vote needed to be taken on the motion. VP Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the amended agenda for March 16, 2005. Senator Maloney Moved. Senator Martinez seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

VI. Approval on Minutes

A. V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the minutes for March 02, 2005. Senator Vargas moved to table the minutes. The approval of the March 04, 2005 minutes was discussed and Senator Vargas stated that she did not have enough time to read the minutes. She made a motion to table the March 02, 2005 minutes, Pro Tempore Frost seconded. Motion passed 7-0-2.

B V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the minutes for March 09, 2005 (Open Forum) meeting. Senator Rachal moved have AG Stiver continue his investigation on line items I – IV of the March 09, 2005 (Open Forum) meeting agenda without recall or impeachment processes. V.P. Rutherford asked if Senator Rachal could repeat the motion. Senator Rachal so did. V.P. Rutherford told Senator Rachal that the Senate was just discussing the minutes at this time. Senator Rachal withdrew his motion. V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to table the minutes for March 09, 2005 (Open Forum) meeting, on the grounds that the minutes did not exist. Senator Rodriguez moved. Senator Maloney seconded. Motion passed 8-0-1

VII. Reports

A. Committee Reports

i. Senator Maloney gave a report on the Honors Committee

Discussed enrollment and how to begin the year. Student

outreach by e-mail.

ii. Senator Maloney gave a report on the Food Committee

stated few members present. Discussed improvements.

Discussed physical layout of cafeteria after spring break renovation.

iii. Senate Secretary Medeguari gave a report on the Great Race

Committee.

Established procedures and rules for the race. Student at large Susie was thanked for her help in writing the correct format. Met with the entire great race committee board, noted there would be no softball game this year, and currently trying to find an alternative such as mud volleyball, soccer, or even dodge ball. Committee would appreciate student input. Will allow 40 people per team, with a max of 7 teams. Talent show will possibly be held at Light Hall Auditorium. Ordering decorations, and will submit budget to senate. Please feel free to contact the committee members; Secretary Medeguari, V.P. Rutherford, President Fallstich, and Senator Rachal.

iv. Senator K. Wilson gave a report on the Lobbying and Grants

Committee.

Will be traveling to Santa Fe on Friday and Saturday

v. Senate Secretary Medeguari gave a report on SPOT

attended a meeting on DWI and tried to get their support

and were more than willing to help.

VIII. Old Business

There was no old business.

IX. New Business

A. Appointment of Antonio Maxwell as Senator

Senator asked if Antonio Maxwell was present. He was and V.P. Rutherford then opened the floor to questions. Senator Rachal asked, “Mr. Maxwell what do you feel is your best quality to bring to the senate?” Mr. Maxwell replied that his best quality would be to help bring the Senate closer together and brainstorming. Mr. Maxwell then asked if the Senate would like to see his resume so he passed them out. Senator Maloney asked, “What kind of government have you been in before, maybe student government?” Mr. Maxwell replied that he had participated in high school and that he was V.P. of his Spanish club. He also said that he wanted to be on committees and stated that he was in the martial arts club and was learning how Student Government worked. Senator Maloney then asked, “What do you think the ASWNMU stands for and what do you think were here for?” Mr. Maxwell then replied that he knows that student government writes bills and passes law. He also knew about committees, and stated that he would like learn more about committees. Mr. Maxwell said that he would like to work for Senate and raise awareness about Student Government and what it does. Senator K. Wilson then asked, “On your cover letter it says you’re from Silver City, but on your resume it says you’re from Lordsburg, I was just wondering where you live?” Mr. Maxwell replied that he lives in the dorms in Silver City, and he apologized for the error on the resume. Senator Rachal asked, “What would you specifically do for the student body?” Mr. Maxwell replied that the student body is who the Senate works for so he would help to get legislation passed, and would want to help with clubs. He would like to see the Campus Ministry building be made larger, or see good land used for something instead of a parking lot. Senate Secretary Medeguari asked, “What previous SG/Senate functions have you attended in the past?” Mr. Maxwell said that he has attended and participated in Student Government, but has never actually been a member. Senator Maloney asked, “Do you think that you will be able to push aside your personal matters?” Mr. Maxwell replied that he could. Senator K. Wilson asked Mr. Maxwell what committees he would like to be on if elected. Mr. Maxwell replied that he would like to be on the by-laws committee and academic affairs. Senator Martinez asked, “Are you familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order?” Mr. Maxwell replied that he was learning them. Senate Secretary Medeguari stated that Mr. Maxwell has attended a Great Race committee meeting already and has shown that he can be flexible and available to all students. Senator Rodriguez moved to appoint Antonio Maxwell as Senator. Senator Maloney seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

B. Appointment of Jesse Stillman as Treasurer

V. P Rutherford asked if Jesse Stillman would like to present anything to the senate and he said that he had a resume. V.P. Rutherford opened the floor to questions. Senate Secretary Medeguari asked, “Mr. Stillman how did you hear about this position?” Mr. Stillman replied that he decided to attend student council meetings. and saw the need for a treasurer. He thought that due to his experience he would be a good candidate. Senator Maloney moved to appoint Jesse Stillman as Treasurer. Pro Tempore Frost seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Appointment of Lilia Medeguari as Secretary

V.P. Rutherford opened the floor to questions. Senator Rachal asked, “How would serve us best as being secretary?” Mrs. Medeguari replied that currently she is Senate Secretary, and that she has experience in taking minutes at the university level. She also said that she was secretary for student government for Cochise College in 2003, and that she was recording secretary in high school. Pro Tempore Frost asked, “The executive council doesn’t normally put out minutes, so what would you do?” Mrs. Medeguari replied that the Secretary is the head of the activities committee and she would dedicate her time to that position. She stated that she would take minutes of executive meetings, but that those minutes do not need to be posted. Senator Z. Wilson moved to appoint Lila Medeguari as Secretary by acclamation. Senator Rachal seconded.

X. Announcements

Senate Secretary Medeguari apologized for the minutes being late, stating that she had misplaced the audio cassette.

Senator Rachal moved have AG Stiver continue his investigation on line items I – IV of the March 09, 2005 (Open Forum) meeting agenda without recall or impeachment processes. V.P. had a point of order saying that they can’t vote on the issue at this time. V.P. Rutherford stated that if a letter were written to A.G. Stiver then he might be willing to look into it. A.G. Stiver said that he would.

Senator Z. Wilson said that he would like to welcome the appointees to student government, and that Senate Secretary Medeguari would be missed. Senate Secretary Medeguari said that she would still be around.

Senator K. Wilson asked Treasurer Stillman to get together with her concerning the fees committee.

Senator Rachal announced that the president and vice president of gamma alpha/gamma psi should like to inform the students that there would be a dance at the MECHA building on Friday.

Secretary Medeguari said that MECHA is having a carne asada dinner tomorrow and to be there or be square.

Dr. Farrin announced that there would be a Great Race meeting tomorrow at 10:00 AM

Senator K. Wilson announced that applications ASWNMU are due April 6 th and that you could submit a biography to the paper by April 4 th.

Abe Villarreal announced that the Republican club was holding a movie on Sunday night at 7:00 in the GRC Auditorium

There was a ruckus in the meeting and Sergeant at Arms Senator K. Wilson called decorum.

Dr. Farrin said that some potential projects for the student technology fee were available and he handed out these papers to the Senate. He stated that the Senate must review and decide the matter.

There was another ruckus in the meeting and Sergeant at Arms called decorum again.

V.P. Rutherford asked A.G. Stiver to swear in the new appointees. A.G. Stiver swore in the new appointees.

XI. Adjournment

Pro Tempore Frost moved to adjourn the meeting, Senator Rachal seconded, motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:13 P.M.