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Senate Meeting Minutes

Associated Students of Western New Mexico University

Student Senate Meeting Minutes

May 04, 2005

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 8:36 P.M. by V.P. Rutherford.

II. Opening Ceremonies

Floor Leader Burdette led the pledge of allegiance.

III. Roll Call

A. Senate Present: Pro Tempore Frost, Floor Leader Burdette, Senate Secretary Z. Wilson, Senator Bass, Senator Eckstein, Senator Maloney, Senator Martinez, Senator Maxwell, Senator Murillo, Senator Rodriguez, Senator Saucedo, Senator Vargas, Senator K. Wilson.

IV. Sergeant at Arms Appointment

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

V. Approval of Agenda

A. May 04, 2005

V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the agenda for May 04, 2005. Pro Tempore Frost so moved, Senator Saucedo seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

VI. Approval of Minutes

A. April 20, 2005

V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the minutes of April 20, 2005. Pro Tempore Frost so moved, Senator Martinez seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

VII. Reports

A. Senator Martinez gave a report on the Lobbying and Grants committee, but he yielded the floor to GAD Schjetnan. GAD Schjetnan thanked all the Senators and especially thanked the members of the committee. He challenged the new Senate and committee to get more money than was gotten this year. He also added that he would be more than willing to help the new committee if they needed it.

B. Floor Leader Burdette gave a report on SPOT. Senator Murillo and Floor Leader Burdette met to draw up the proposal for SPOT, and announced that Senator Bass would be taking over SPOT for Floor Leader Burdette

C. Senator Martinez gave a report from the Foods committee. He said that meetings were cancelled because no faculty members were present. He urged that faculty to attend the committee meetings.

D. Senator Maloney gave a report on the Honors committee. Enrollment will hopefully be higher next year than this year. He invited students to join.

E. Treasurer Stillman gave a report about the yearly budget. Treasurer Stillman handed out a written budget. He announced the yearly starting capital and stated the expenditures and then the new balance. He announced that the Senate scholarships have gone through and that the Executive scholarships are still pending.

VIII. Old Business

A. Executive Scholarships

V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the executive scholarships. There was discussion about the bill. Pro Tempore Frost asked President Fallstitch if the bill had been amended. President Fallstitch stated that it had not been changed. Treasurer Stillman added that Secretary Medeguari was pro-rated for her executive scholarship, but was not paid for her time spent as a Senator. Pro Tempore Frost made a motion to approve the bill, Senator Saucedo seconded. Motion Passed 9-0-4

IX. New Business

A. Appointment of Associate Justice Tony Sanchez.

V.P. Rutherford asked if Tony Sanchez was present. He was. V.P. Rutherford then opened the floor to questions. Mr. Sanchez handed out a resume to the Senate. Senate Secretary Z. Wilson asked why he wanted to be a justice. Mr. Sanchez replied that he wanted to be a part of student government. He stated that he wanted to be a teacher and that he would like to teach government and he felt that being in student government would help him do that. Senator Maxwell asked him what best qualifies Mr. Sanchez for the position. Mr. Sanchez replied that he worked with young kids, and he said that he had to be in charge of a lot of people. Senator Maloney asked that if he wouldn’t mind waiting for the new Senate to vote on him. He replied that he believed that this was the last meeting of the semester, and he said that he had already been talking to other justices and that they planned to work over the summer. V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve Tony Sanchez as Associate Justice. Senator Rodriguez so moved, Senator Maloney seconded. Motion passed 10-2-1.

B. Matching funds for Math and Computer Science Club $50.00

V.P. Rutherford asked if a representative was present. There was one. Senator Saucedo stated the matching funds were for thumb drive sales and a barbecue. V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the funds. Senate Secretary Z. Wilson so moved, Senator Maloney seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Matching funds for the Math and Computer Science Club $52.00

V.P. Rutherford asked if there were any more questions of the representative. There were no more questions. V.P. Rutherford then entertained a motion to approve the funds. Senator Rodriguez so moved, Senator Maloney seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

D. Matching funds for CMA Club $40.75

V.P. Rutherford asked if there was a representative. There was one. Senator Maxwell stated that the funds were raised by selling food items at Great Race. V.P. Rutherford then entertained a motion to approve the funds. Senator Saucedo so moved, Senator Martinez seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

E. Matching funds for MEChA $284.60.

V.P. Rutherford asked if a representative was present. There was one. Secretary Medeguari stated that money was raised with a carne aside sale. V.P. Rutherford entertained a motion to approve the funds. Senator K. Wilson so moved, Pro Tempore Frost seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

F. Matching funds for Volleyball Club $383.33

V.P. Rutherford asked if a representative was present. There was one. Suzie Bruchhauser said that the money was raised from a concession stand at a volleyball tournament. V.P. Rutherford then entertained a motion to approve the funds. Senator K. Wilson so moved, Senator Bass seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

G. Advertising for SPOT $200 for 4 Months

V.P. Rutherford asked if the bills sponsor was present. He was. Senator Bass then stated that the money did not need to come from student government because the starting funds for the program would cover the advertising cost. Senator Martinez moved to approve the funds, Senator Rodriguez seconded. Motion failed 0-13-0.

H. Appointment of Associate Justice Tony Sanchez.

Line item H was removed from the agenda, as it was a duplicate of line item A.

I. Resolution in support of WNMU employees.

Senator Murillo announced that she has had many staff employees of the school asking where the students stood on the issue. Senator Martinez asked if any staff members were present. JoAnn Fischer was present. She stated that the Staff Senate has not yet made an official decision on unionizing. Senator Rodriguez moved to table until the Staff Senate made an official decision. Senator Martinez seconded. Motion failed 4-7-2. Senator Murillo said that this statement is in support if whatever decision the Staff Senate decides. Senator Maxwell then moved to approve the statement, Senator Saucedo seconded. Motion passed 6-4-3.

J. Swearing in of new officers.

Chief Justice Doolittle swore in all the new officers.

X. Announcement

A. Chief Justice Doolittle announced that new policies needed to be written to remove campaign signs after elections were over. He said that some sort of penalties should be written down for future elections, if candidates failed to remove there signs after the elections were over.

B. President Carbajal announced a special meeting on Monday at 8:30 P.M.

C. Lilia Medeguari congratulated all the new officers and invited all students to participate in Las Vegas Night on Saturday.

D. Chris Schjetnan thanked Jasmine Fallstitch and Jeremy Rutherford for all the work that they did.

E. Duane Ellis passed out the Student Technology Fee Survey to the Senate so they could decide how the money would best be spent.

F. Senator Rodriguez announced that there would be a meeting for the Senators after the adjournment of this meeting.

G. Senator K. Wilson thanked Senate Secretary Z. Wilson for the work he had done in writing the minutes..

XI. Adjournment

V.P. Bruchhauser entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Senator Rodriguez so moved, Senator Saucedo seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.