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Senate Meeting Minutes

 

ASWNMU SENATE MEETING
(Recording of Meeting Tape 8A-B)
February 6, 2001

I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Vice President Denton at 7:10 a.m.

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Roll Call
Senator Amavizca, Castillo, Gomez, Guevara, Kenny, Preston, Romano, Rutherford, Talimatasi, and Urquijo were present for the Senate.

IV. Approval of Agenda
Senator Urquijo moved to accept the agenda. Senator Preston seconded. Motion carried 10-0.

V. Approval of the Minutes
Senator Gomez moved to accept the minutes of January 23, 2000. Senator Romano seconded. Motion carried 10-0.

VI. Executive Council Reports
A. President Murguia
President Murguia expressed his excitement over the upcoming Student Government web link. He also informed the Senate that at the next Senate meeting, he will be presenting a Budget Report for the upcoming semester. President Murguia explained that this was a recommendation from the Executive Council on how to spend funds allocated to Student Government. He expressed that he would like to speak to two senators to discuss the Budget Report. Those interested should see him or Treasurer Bocanegra. This concluded his report.

B. Vice President Denton
Nothing to report.

C. Secretary Zuniga
Secretary Zuniga handed out a Committee Information sheet to the senators and asked them to write down the times at which their committees meet. Also, she handed out a senators information sheet and asked all the senators to make sure that their information was correct. Finally, Secretary Zuniga informed the Senate that two senators were needed to cover a committee which meets February 22 from 3:30-4:30. Those who can cover this meeting should let her know. This concluded here report.

D. Treasurer Bocanegra
Treasurer Bocanegra informed the Senate that the current budget is $13,074. $2,800 dollars were used to pay for President Murguia's scholarship. Other expenses were due to encumbrances. He also informed the Senate that he had spoken with the chef from Marriott to set up a time to review the food and service in the cafeteria. He asked Secretary Zuniga, Senator Gomez, and Senator Urquijo to be in this committee and to inform him of the best times to meet. This concluded his report

D. Attorney General Hazlett
Attorney General Hazlett informed the Senate that an ASWNMU link was being added to the WNMU web site. Some of the information that will be on the web site include the ASWNMU Constitution, Student Handbook, and club contacts. A picture of the members from ASWNMU will also be included. Attorney General Hazlett asked each member of the Senate to prepare a personal bio no longer than 100 words for the web page ASAP. This concluded his report.

E. Governmental Affairs Director Luna
Governmental Affairs Director Luna apologized for not having the survey results ready. He informed the Survey Committee that they will be meeting tomorrow February 7th at 8:30 a.m. This concluded his report.

VII. Old Business
A. Attorney General Hazlett - Senate Stipends Attorney General Hazlett informed the Senate that Senator Preston, Gomez and Castillo has met on Monday to discuss the Senate scholarships and will inform the Senate of their progress. Finally, Attorney General Hazlett asked that the swearing in of new senators be added under New Business. This concluded his report.

VIII. New Business
A. Club Recognition
1. Sociology - Senator Kenny moved to recognize the Sociology Club. Senator Guevara seconded. Motion carried 10-0.
2. Pi Gamma Mu - Senator Urquijo moved to recognize Pi Gamma Mu. Senator seconded. Motion carried 10-0.
B. Zeke Hazlett - Swearing in of 4 Senate candidates At this point, Attorney General Hazlett asked the Senate to approve of 4 new senate candidates. Senator Talimatasi moved to accept Anders Magnusson, Melissa Scott, Mark Klell and Dave Crosley as members of the ASWNMU Senate. Senator Urquijo seconded. Motion carried 10-0. Attorney General Hazlett swore in and congratulated the candidates.
C. President Murguia - Committees
1. President Murguia informed the Senate that he wanted to establish an Adhoc committee consisting of both Executive Council members and Senators to discuss the changes that will be done to the Student Handbook. He expressed that he wanted all of ASWNMU represented and feels it is important that student input be acknowledged.
2. President Murguia also informed the Senate that he also wanted to establish a Student Fees Adhoc committee. This committee would be responsible for regulating student fees. This includes determining where these fees will be allocated and what purpose they will serve.
3. President Murguia expressed his interest in establishing a committee to discuss the process in which the vending machine funds will be distributed to the clubs. Those interested should contact him.
4. Finally, President Murguia wants an Activities committee formed to plan and carry out various events around campus (including The Great race and dances) He recommended that these committees be co-chair committees. Senator Preston moved to make all committees joint committees. Senator Castillo seconded. Motion carried 14-0.

A representative from the Biology club was present to express his concern over the new vending machine contract. He felt that the clubs were being deprived of money that belonged to them. He was also concerned that the change was made without consulting any of the clubs. He felt that the money did not belong to ASWNMU to distribute. President Murguia assured him that the money would be returned to the clubs. He informed the Senate that although some clubs may receive less money than usual, overall, all clubs would gain from the change. He assured that the money was not being taken away, only redistributed.

D. Standing Rules Senator Preston moved to accept Standing Rule #1, which establishes standing rules. Senator Urquijo seconded. Motion carried 14-0.

IX. Announcements
President Murguia asked the Senators to check their e-mails and the message board for meetings and dates. Secretary Zuniga reminded the Senators to let her know if anyone is interested in any of the committees. Senator Urquijo asked that the absentee form be revised. Vice President Denton assured that she would revise the form Vice President Denton informed the Senate that the next meeting will be held February 20, 2001 at 7:00 a.m.

X. Adjournment
Senator Talimatasi moved to adjourn at 7:45 a.m. Seconded by Senator Romano. Motion carried 14-0.


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