ASWNMU SENATE MEETING
(Recording of Meeting Tape I OA- I OB)
April 3, 2001
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Vice President Denton at 7:05 a.m.
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Roll Call
Senator Amavizca, Castillo, Crosley, Gomez, Guevara, Kenny, Klell, Magnusson,
Scott, Preston, Talimatasi, Urquijo were present for the Senate. Senator
Rutherford and Romano were absent.
IV. Approval of Agenda
Senator Gomez moved to approve the agenda. Senator Urquijo seconded.
Motion carried 12-0.
V. Approval of the Minutes
Senator Preston moved to approve the minutes of March 20, 2001. Senator
Gomez seconded. Motion carried 12-0.
VI. Executive Council Reports
A. President Murguia. informed the Senate that the Election Committee
has set up a date for the 2001 Elections. They will be held Monday February
16th and 17th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the first floor of the Student
Memorial Building. He also informed the Senate on the events that took
place during the summer scheduling protest. He stated that the problem
he saw was not with the actual schedule but with the lack of communication
between the administration and the students. He felt the protest was
an opportunity for the students to be enlightened on the events on campus.
He mentioned that he received positive feedback. Many were proud that
the student spoke up about their concerns. President Murguia expressed
that he will fight for the student body but he needs input on the situation
in order to address the issue to administrators in a report. Those with
ideas, concerns or suggestions are encouraged to see him. This concluded
B. Vice President Denton
Vice President Denton thanked the senators for their good work this
semester and informed the new senators that notebooks were available
for them. This concluded her report.
C. Secretary Zuniga
Secretary Zuniga informed everyone that the Student Health Fair would
be held Thursday April 5th. She passed out promotion pins to the Senators
to distribute to the student body. She also informed the senate that
the CDC is holding a week of the young child. Activities will be held
for the children. Anyone is welcome. The Advising Committee met to discuss
details on the faculty and how many are in central advising. A central
advising location is also being planned. Anyone with suggestions is
encouraged to speak with her. She informed everyone that 61.99% of student
did not return to WNMU and so the Retention Committee is trying to attack
all areas of retention in order to retain more students. Anyone with
ideas is encouraged to see her. She explained that this is a way to
communicate between the administration and students. This concluded
D. Treasurer Bocanegra
Treasurer Bocanegra informed the Senate that the current budget is $5,563.00.
Senator Urquijo asked if the clubs had received their money. Treasurer
Bocanegra replied that they
had. Senator Urquijo asked if senate scholarships would be received
May 1st. Treasurer Bocanegra informed the senators that they would be
receiving their scholarships on this date. This concluded his report
E. Attorney General Hazlett
President Murguia informed the Senate that Attorney General Hazlett's
report had not been previously approved by him. Attorney General Hazlett
responded that he wasn't' aware that he needed approval. He informed
the Senate that the Student Handbook needed to be approved by the Senators.
He expressed his concern over the election rules. He felt there was
a problem with the censoring of election material used by the candidates.
He felt that the censorship was a violation of free speech. This concluded
F. Governmental Affairs Director Luna
Nothing to report. Senator Urquijo inquired on the student surveys taken
last semester. Governmental Affairs Director Luna replied that they
were still being worked on because of the large amount of information
that needs to be processed. This concluded his report.
G. Senate Reports
Senator Guevara informed on the Great Race. She stated that people were
needed to help out during the Great Race. Sharon Zuniga informed the
Senate that the CDC was remodeling and a place was needed to house the
children next semester. Those with ideas should contact Chris Casey.
VII. Old Business
ASWNMU Web Page
Zane Howard was present to inform the Senate that the ASWNMU web page
is close to being complete. He said that he needed to work on the format.
There is a link for the Student Handbook available as well as for the
minutes. Senator Urquijo thanked him for his work.
VIII. New Business
A. Club Recognition
SIFE - Senator Castillo moved
to table recognition of the SIFE Club due to revisions to their Constitution.
Senator Magnusson seconded. Motion carried 12-0.
B. Election Committee Funds - President Murguia
President Muguia asked for an allocation of $25 for the Election Committee
to pay for advertising expenses. Senator Urquijo moved to allocate $25
to the Election Committee. Senator Guevara seconded. Motion carried 12-0.
C. Election Rules - Attorney General Hazlett urged the senators to take
a close look at the election rules. He feels that they are flawed. President
Murguia invited those with any questions, concerns or suggestions to speak
to any of the members of the Election Committee. Senator Scott asked if
there were any other rules that Attorney General Hazlett found problematic
beside the censorship rule. Attorney General Hazlett replied that he felt
that students did not have to have a good standing verification. He stated
that there is no need to know whether a student is on probation or suspension
to run for office. John Stanton mentioned that it was impossible to hold
court if someone wanted to appeal the results since there is only one
Supreme Court Member. Senator Urquijo inquired on how a student with D's
and F's could still be in good standing. Dr. Farren explained that freshmen
are treated with more lenience because of the change in environment. Therefore,
a GPA of 1.7 classifies them in good standing. Second year student are
in good standing with a GPA of 1. 85. Juniors need a cumulative GPA of
2. 0 to be in good standing. Attorney General Hazlett also felt that 12
hours to appeal official results was not enough time. Senator Scott asked
what was the difference between official results and unofficial results.
President Murguia explained that unofficial results was the winner with
the most votes at the election. Official results are those given after
any appeals. If there are no appeals after 24 hours the unofficial results
will become official. Again, he urged those with questions or concerns
to speak to him or any member of the Election Committee. Senator Scott
asked what the intent was on censoring election material used by the candidates.
President Murguia replied that it was to protect all the candidates running
from indecent material. He explained that in past year's election have
gotten ugly. This semester they hope to keep things under integrity. Attorney
General Hazlett commented that he felt all the candidates were responsible
adults. Senator Dave stated that he felt the students still had their
freedom of speech and if something was inappropriate then it should be
Secretary Zuniga informed the Senate that vending machine proposals
have been sent out to the different clubs. The members will vote on the
proposals and scores will be taken to reflect the majority opinion. th
The Health Fair will be Thursday April 5th. There will be a senate caucus
Tuesday April 17th at 8:30. Senator Dave invited everyone to ride with
the Cycling Club Saturday April 7th at Arenas Valley. President Murguia
reminded the clubs that they had to participate in school activities to
receive their allocations. Senator Magnusson announced a WNMU Golf tournament
April 16th and 17th. Vice President Denton announced the next Senate Meeting
for Tuesday April 17th at 7:00 a.m.
Senator Talimatasi moved to adjourn at 4:50 a.m. Senator Guevara seconded.
Motion carried 12-0.
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