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Senate Meeting Minutes

Associated Students of Western New Mexico University

September 15, 2004

Minutes – Senate Meeting

I.          Call to order

            Meeting was called to order at 8:30 p.m. by Vice President Boyles.

II.         Opening ceremonies

            Pledge of Allegiance was led by Floor Leader Ainsworth.

III.       Roll call

A.                 Executive Council Present:  President Fallstich, Vice President Boyles,

Secretary Doll, Treasurer Carbajal, Public Information Director Wog.

Governmental Affairs Director was tardy.

B.                 Senator Vargas, Senator Murillo, Senator Rojas, Senator Rutherford,

Senator Frost, Senator Bass, Senator Burdette, Senator Murray, Senator Kaaiakamanu, Senator Wog, Senator Wilson, Senator Ainsworth

IV.       Sergeant of Arms appointment

            V.P. Boyles appointed Senator Bass as Sergeant of Arms.

V.        Approval of Agenda September 15, 2004

            Pro Tempore Rutherford made a motion to approve the Agenda as amended in

line item 9Fiii as Lilia not Lilla.  Senator Rojas seconded.  The floor was opened for debate.  Motion passed unanimously.

VI.       Approval of Minutes August 30, 2004

            Senator Rojas made a motion to approve the minutes. Senator Vargas seconded.

The floor was opened for debate. Motion passed unanimously.

VII.      Executive Council Reports

A.                 President Fallstich

President Fallstich passed around a budget request for supplies such as business cards, telephones, etc. 

Moving on, she will be calling four Ad-Hop committees.  WHAT IS THIS THAT IS HEADED BY GAD Schetjnan, Public Service Committee headed by Pro Tempore Rutherford, Laptop Lending Committee headed by President Fallstich, herself, and the Elections Oversight Committee headed by Vice President Boyles.

She currently sits on the Aquip Communications Committee.  They are working on a calendar online that will have information on all of the events that are happening on campus.  Once its up and working, the Student Government will be using it as well as others.  April Hansen and Steve Liebhart created this idea.

Pro Tempore Rutherford and President Fallstich have been working on the Student Fees letter.  This letter has already been approved and those who wanted a letter will be receiving them at the end of the week.  

Meet the Athlete has been planned since the beginning of the summer and is still coming together.  All of the food has already been purchased except for the donated food, which will be there a day before the event.  There was a letter that was sent to everyone asking if anyone has any games that they could share for the event, games that are not sports related.

Student Employment Services – Pro Tempore Rutherford and President Fallstich have been to the Sirolli Institute and met this gentleman named David Gershwin who has been involved in our community and involved here with the university.  Mr. Gershwin approached her and Pro Tempore Rutherford about Student Employment Services here on campus. They would have to find an office and staff the office.  We would be responsible for finding employees and work around their schedules part time or full time.  She spoke with Marie Laskey, the Director of Career Services, and offered a space in her office to use.  This will not begin for another couple of weeks because they need to publicize this and David Gershwin will be responsible for this.  She may need people doing office hours to switch places to get the program on its feet.

“Grease” posters – If you’re interested in participating, they will be practicing every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium.  This will be apart of the talent show for Homecoming. 

The Regents meeting was last Friday. Meeting went really well.  Everyone had gotten an in depth perception of what was happening and going to happen.  Nothing important was on the list with the exception of approving a couple of Information Technology projects.  They also approved a G.O. Bond Proclamation.  For now she doesn’t think that there will be any administration changes around here.

The Governor came last week and we had a great turnout.  Thanks to Senator Murillo, Senator Wilson, Senator Rojas, and the editor of the Mustang, Avelino Maestas.  A couple of people went to a breakfast with the Governor, along with Manny Herrera and Tony Martinez .

B.                 Vice-President Boyles

He would like the Senators know about the mock meeting on Friday at 6:00 p.m. for the standing rule #12.  He would also like any volunteers for his committee, Elections Committee.  He still needs one more Senator for his committee.  He has one student at large and Treasurer Carbajal on his committee.

He has been in touch with Chris Casey about the liability on the tables, which our President wants us to put together and what’s the best way to do that.

Pro Tempore Rutherford asked a question about the student at large and the liabilities on the tables.  V.P. Boyles said that Sergio Campos said he might want to sit on that.  He also said that Chris Casey will have to get back with him on that.

A comment was made by Pro Tempore Rutherford stating that it seemed as if Vice President Boyles has not been putting forth as much effort as other executive council members.

C.                 Secretary Doll

She would like to thank Senator Wog and Vice President Boyles for the quick response for the games/ideas for the Meet the Athlete.  There is also an activities meeting on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.  This is mandatory.  She had a pouring of students at large who wanted to join.

She has been working the New Voters project and teaming up with some peer leaders She has the finalized business cards that she will be ordering.  She has been working on getting Graham Gym for Homecoming.  She had to revamp the Homecoming Parade route and the Homecoming entry form.

D.                 Treasurer Carbajal

He has a receipt from a past purchase.  He purchased a calculator.  He fixed the budget.  He should have put 39.50.  He put in on the wrong sheet and it should have been charged to GAD Schetjnan account but it wasn’t.

He has been working with President Fallstich on getting the baggage for the Meet the Athlete day.  They will be stuffing them next week.  He also made a budget report for the GAD so that he knows how much money is in his account.  He talked to Sanchez about the tables and says he’ll help us on a weekend.  We are to do everything such as put together tables/chairs for a classroom and set it up in a weekend.  There is no liability as far as he is concerned but they will check it out once the project is done.

E.                  Governmental Affairs Director Schetjnan

He apologizes for his tardiness.  His appointment of his job started off on a somber note.  Senator Ben Altamirano had a heart attack during his first week in office.  He has sent him some flowers and cards.  He is doing much better as of today.

During the Governors visit, he introduced his ideas in the open forum.  He addressed them in the first two minutes and opened the floor for questions.  The Governor was proud of the students questions.  He wants to expand scholarship to a need-based.  He wants to change the requirements for these scholarships.  He also attended the Board of Regents meeting. 

He has written introductory letters to State representatives, Senators, Congressman, etc.

He’s been working with the New Voter’s Project.  He is going to be on the third floor on the 22nd of September.  He urges everyone to come. 

He has planned a Lobbying and Grants committee meeting September 23, 2004, in his office.  There is an open political debate tomorrow at 7-9 p.m. in the GRC.  The goal is to have 500 students.  Oct. 2 is the weekend of the ASNM Conference.

F.                  Public Information Director Wog

She has been working with Commissioner Arellano on the Boys and Girls Club.  They aren’t sure with the naming of it because it comes with a huge financial burden.  They want this club here but they are still debating on this because of the financial woes.  If anyone wants to attend the meeting for this it is on September 29, 2004 in the administration building.

For the past two weeks she has been publicizing the Meet the Athlete day.  She has gone around the community passing out flyers, putting posters up, going to high schools.  She made three different flyers for the university.   She also went to a meeting for Pop Warners with the coaches and was sent to hand out flyers.  She handed out about 200 flyers.  She contacted radio stations and did a radio spot on KSCQ.

She had a meeting with Pat Leonard who is the faculty Advisor.  She talked to April Hansen about a Student Government account.

Pro Tempore Rutherford asked about the daily dues on the Boys and Girls Club.  She said that it’s 10%.  He also asked about the alternate names and she responded with they have not discussed that but they will in the upcoming meetings.

G.                 Committee Reports

Secretary Doll wanted to let those know who is on the Activities committee, that there is a meeting Friday at 10:00 a.m. and Saturday 3:00 p.m. and that one is mandatory.

Senator Vargas attended the Admissions/Academics meeting yesterday Sept. 14, 2004.  They are just getting started so next time she will have more information.

Treasurer Carbajal would like to let everyone know about his committee the Workstudy of the Month committee.  He would like people to sit on his committee.

Senator Murray attended the ECP meeting yesterday Sept. 14, 2004 with Senator Frost.  They are trying to expand there facilities to make more room available to the students with children.  They are working out all of the kinks. Secretary Doll asked about the scandals last year and how were they going to prevent that from happening this year.  Susan from the EDC was trying to figure out ways to do background checks and making new applications for the people that they hire in the future so that there wouldn’t be any mishaps anymore.

Point of Inquiry: Vice President Boyles needs to clarify about voting. 

Pro Tempore Rutherford made a motion to recess for five minutes.  Senator Bass seconded.  Floor was opened for debate.  Motion passes unanimously.

VIII.     Old Business

A.                 Appointments

i.                     Steve Maloney as Associate Justice

Pro Tempore Rutherford made a motion to appoint Steve Maloney as Associate Justice.  Senator Rojas seconded.  Floor was opened for debate.  Senator Bass made a motion to do a secret ballot.  Senator Rojas seconded.  Motion failed to do a secret ballot 6-6.  Senator Wog made a motion to do voting by roll call.  Floor Leader Ainsworth seconded.  Motion passed to do voting by roll call 9-3.  Motion passed to appoint Steve Maloney as Associate Justice unanimously.

IX.       New Business

A.                 Senate Bill 7 – Recognition of Society for Education in Politics (S.E.P)

Public Information Director Wog, also the president of S.E.P, made a couple of statements regarding what their club did last year.  They participated in many events and hopes to do the same this year.

Point of order:  Pro Tempore Rutherford asked Secretary Doll to bring out the Senate Bills to the chair so the chair could read them. 

Floor Leader Ainsworth made a motion to approve Senate Bill 7 – Recognition of Society for Education in Politics.  Vargas seconded.  Floor was opened for debate.  Motion passed unanimously.

B.                 Senate Bill 8 – Recognition of Newman Club

No representative was there for the Newman Club. 

Pro Tempore Rutherford made a motion to approve Senate Bill 8 – Recognition Newman Club.  Senator Vargas seconded.  Floor was opened for debate.  Motion passed unanimously.

C.                 Senate Bill 9 – Recognition of Native American Club

The president of the club made some statements.  He had ideas of going out there and getting more students involved and had many fundraising ideas. 

Senator Rojas made a motion to approve Senate Bill 9 – Recognition of Native American Club.  Senator Wilson seconded.  Floor was opened for debate.  Motion passed unanimously.

D.                 Senate Bill 10 – Student Athletic Advisory Council (S.A.A.C.)

A representative, Susie, said that the club is involved in the spring and winter Paralympics.  They just ordered Thunder sticks for the games.  They had many goals for this year.

Senator Vargas made a motion to approve Senate Bill 10 – Student Athletic Advisory Council (S.A.A.C.).  Senator Bass seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

E.                  ASWNMU support of G.O. Bond – President Fallstich

This bond affects our university, as President Fallstich told us, in many ways.  If you read the document on the G.O. Bond, it would give 96 million dollars to education in New Mexico.  More importantly, it would give our university 1.7 million.

Pro Tempore Rutherford made a motion to approve ASWNMU support of G.O. Bond – President Fallstich.  Senator Wog seconded.  Motion passed unanimously

            F.         Appointments

i.                     Jenni Montoya as Attorney General

Senator Bass made a motion to appoint Jenni Montoya as Attorney General.  Senator Vargas seconded.  Floor Leader Ainsworth made a motion to have roll call vote to appoint Jenni Montoya as Attorney General.  Senator Murillo seconded.  Roll call vote was started.  In the middle of voting a point of order was called by Pro Tempore Rutherford about Senator Frost voting because of Roberts rules of orders.  These rules state that she cannot vote on anything that affects herself.  Vice President stated that it had no validity because she is a voting member of the Senate.  Pro Tempore Rutherford called an appeal.  Floor Leader Ainsworth seconded.  Like Vice President Boyles stated before, the rules should not apply to Senator Frost because she is a member of the voting Senate and she should be allowed to vote.  Floor was opened to debate.  Senator Burdette made a comment saying how in the last meeting Kerri Wog was to vote for herself for the appointment of Public Information Director, and that directly affected her but she still was able to vote if she felt strongly about something.  In our caucus, we were told that that if we felt strongly about something, we should open our mouths and say what we feel.  Pro Tempore Rutherford commented.  He said that being elected as a Senator, we should put all personal feelings aside and act on behalf of the students.  He said that Senator Frost argued if her husband was not given an interview, given a chance, then she would not vote in the appointed person.

We then had to vote on Vice Presidents decision in the appeal.  The decision was for Senator Frost to allow Senator Frost to vote.  The decision passed for Senator Frost to vote. The roll call voting continued.  Motion passed to appoint Jenni Montoya as Attorney General 9-3.

ii.                   Richard “Mikey” Rodriguez as Senator

Pro Tempore Rutherford made a motion to appoint Richard “Mikey” Rodriguez as Senator. Senator Vargas seconded.  Floor Leader Ainsworth made a motion to vote by roll call.  Senator Vargas seconded.  Motion passed to vote by roll call.  Motion passed 9-3.  Senator Murray made a motion to reconsider the vote to appoint Richard “Mikey” Rodriguez as Senator.  Point of order was called.  A reconsider to vote is only considered if the person was on the prevailing side.  Motion carries. 

iii.                  Lilia Medeguari as Senator

Pro Tempore Rutherford made a motion to appoint Lilia Medeguari as Senator.  Senator Vargas seconded.  Floor Leader Ainsworth made a motion to vote by roll call.  Senator Wog seconded.  Motion passed to vote by roll call.  Motion passed to appoint Lilia Medeguari as Senator unanimously.

iv.                 Yadira Rivera as Associate Justice

Senator Vargas made a motion to appoint Yadira Rivera as Associate Justice.  Senator Bass seconded.  Floor Leader Ainsworth made a motion to vote by roll call.  Senator Rojas seconded.  Motion passed to vote by roll call by majority.  Motion passed to appoint Yadira Rivera as Associate Justice.

X.        Announcements

            President Fallstich introduced Ms. Edgar from Albuquerque with the New Voter’s

Project where she let her have the floor.  Ms. Edgar spoke to us about people being on campus going out and getting people to vote.  The New Voter’s Project was a non-profit organization that is committed to registering 18-24 year old people to vote.  They are going to do a big “get out to vote” campaign around the states.  Their goal here on campus here is to get about 500 people to vote.  They are to be back here next week to get more people to vote.  She is going to give out t-shirts and wristbands to whoever wants to go out there and help out.  She is asking because she knows we see more people than they do.  She complimented us on our campus, on how we are very organized.  To those who have questions, please speak with her after the meeting is adjourned.

Pro Tempore Rutherford would like to apologize to the audience.  We are learning to get things the way they are and he would like to apologize once again.

Avelino Maestas let all of the Executive Council and Senate that pictures will be taken after the meeting is through. 

Treasurer Carbajal needs some people for his workstudy committee.

President Fallstich swore in the appointed persons into the ASWNMU. 

XI.       Adjournment

            Senator Rojas made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Senator Bass seconded. 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:08 p.m.


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