Senate Meeting Minutes


(Recording of Meeting Tape I I A)
April 17, 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, Magnusson, Scott, Preston, Talimatasi, Urquijo were present for the Senate. Senator Rutherford and Romano were absent with a proxy.

IV. Approval of Agenda
President Murguia asked that Student Hall of Fame be added as B. under New Business. Senator Preston moved to approve the agenda with the addition of B. Student Hall of Fame. Senator Castillo seconded. Motion carried 11-0.

V. Approval of the Minutes
Senator Gomez moved to approve the minutes of April 3, 2001. Senator Talimatasi seconded. Motion carried 10-1-1.

VI. Executive Council Reports

A. President Murguia recommended the approval of the SAC proposal. He also informed the Senate that elections are going well. So far there have been 200 voters. The election results will be available right away. Official results would be known the next day and after any appeals. Complaints have been heard over negative campaigning around campus. The election committee will stay neutral until appeals are heard. He plans to have a smooth election this year. President Murguia explained that although he does not like to have to censor material, it is something that must be done in order to maintain the integrity of both the election and the candidates. It is also necessary to solidify how Student Government will receive and distribute the vending machine money. This concluded his report.

B. Vice President Denton
Vice President Denton informed everyone that activities for the great race are up and running. Those who are interested in being in a team need to contact a team in order to participate. This concluded her report.

C. Secretary Zuniga
Secretary Zuniga informed the Senate that the committees in which she in involved with are still meeting and are still active in the goals stated at the last meeting. Those with questions are encouraged to see her. This concluded her report.

D. Treasurer Bocanegra
Treasurer Bocanegra informed the Senators that they would be receiving their award letters and scholarships on May 1st. This concluded his report

E. Attorney General Hazlett
Attorney General Hazlett informed the Senate that they are in the process of structuring Supreme Court Justice's scholarships. He encouraged everyone to look at them and compare them to already established scholarships. He also asked that everyone be aware of littering problems around the community and urged them not to contribute to this problem. This concluded his report.

F. Governmental Affairs Director Luna
Nothing to report.

G. Senate Reports

VII. Old Business
President Murguia introduced the proposal that will presented to Administration. The proposal outlines some suggestions that will address student needs caused by the unexpected change of summer schedules. He stated that the proposal would benefit both the administration and the student body in that now both groups would be working from the same page. Senator Scott recommended that there be representation from the Senate. President Murguia informed the Senate of one change in the proposal. In section III number 3, it is stated in our Constitution that it is not possible to require a student regent to meet with Student Government. It can only be suggested. Dr. Farren was present and informed the Senate that he was willing to speak to Administration about the proposal and that most of the demands were reasonable. However, he informed the Senate that Section III number 7, housing rebates were not possible since housing worked under contracts that could not be changed. Senator Urquijo inquired whether housing paid for their repairs. Dr. Farren responded that they were self-supporting. Senator Urquijo asked why students pay $45 in student fees to housing. Attorney General Hazlett responded that the money was used for renovations. Dr. Farren announced that Financial Aid assistance posters were posted around campus and that those who have seen Mr. Kelly have been able to resolve their issues. Attorney General inquired whether the information could be posted on the Internet. Dr. Farren responded that it would be. Attorney General Hazlett reminded the Senate that the resolutions proposed were non-blinding. Floor Leader Gomez recommended that the Pro-Tempore should be included to represent the Senate. Senator Urquijo moved to table the acceptance of the proposal until the Senate caucus. Floor Leader Gomez seconded. Motion carried 9-2.

VIII. New Business
A. Club Allocations

  1. SAM Club - A representative from SAM Club was present to ask for the corrected amount of $400 raised in a Valentine's Day rose sale. Pro-Tempore Preston asked what the money being asked for would be used towards. The representative responded that the money they had was used to pay for a trip to Ensenada, where members visited wineries and explored the tourist sites. The money being asked for would help pay for a dinner in which officers would be recognized and at the same time advertise SAM club. Floor Leader Gomez asked Treasurer Bocanegra how much money was left in the account excluding Senate scholarships. Treasurer Bocanegra estimated $2,000. Floor Leader Gomez suggested the club ask for this allocation next semester when the new budget is in place. The SAM club representative replied that she was willing to do this but the money was need for freshmen orientation and previous allocations still had not been received. Senator Urquijo asked the representative how much money the club needed at the moment. She replied that $250 would be enough. Treasurer Bocanegra suggested that $300 could be allocated to the club. Floor Leader Preston suggested discussing the matter further at the Senate caucus. Senator Urquijo moved to table the allocation to SAM club until the Senate meeting and asked for a full report of the budget from Treasurer Bocanegra. Floor Leader Preston seconded. Motion carried 11-0.
  2. Music Educators National Conference - Senator Preston moved to table this allocation since no representative was present. Senator Guevara seconded. Motion carried 11-0.
  3. Criminal Justice Club - The representative from the Criminal Justice club told the Senate that he understood the budget crunch since it was so close to the end of the year. Floor Leader Gomez asked why the total amount raised is set at $476 but totals on the record of receipt total $209. The representative replied that the rest of the money had been donated. Attorney General Hazlett reminded the Senate that allocations could be matched up to 100% but not necessarily. He also stated that donations do count as fundraising. Pro-Tempore Preston moved to table this allocation until next meeting. Senator Guevara seconded. Motion 11-0.

B. Student Hall of Fame
President Murguia informed the Senate that students pay $.75 in student fees for the WNMU Student Hall of Fame. He feels that the idea behind the Student Hall of Fame needs to be revised. Currently many of those who were chosen to be inducted have not been available. Since current student are paying these fees then he feels that inductions should be updated to include current alumni. He asked that one senator work with him to further research this idea. Anyone interested should see him.

IX. Announcements
Vice President Denton announced that discounted medicine is available at the Student Health Center. She also reminded everyone that this month was Native American Month. Activity handouts are available. Pro-Tempore Preston asked the Senators to stay after the meeting to set a time for the Senate caucus. Vice President Denton announced the next Senate meeting for May 1, 2001 at 7:00 a.m.

X. Adjournment
Senator Talimatasi moved to adjourn at 4:50 a.m. Senator Kenny seconded. Motion carried 11-0.

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