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Senate Meeting Minutes

 

ASWNMU SENATE MEETING
(Recording of Meeting Tape 7A)
January 23, 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, Kenny, Preston, Romano, Rutherford, Talimatasi, and Urquijo were present for the Senate. Senator Guevara was absent.

IV. Approval of Agenda
Senator Kenny moved to accept the agenda. Senator Urquijo seconded. Motion carried 9-0.

V. Approval of the Minutes
Senator Kenny moved to accept the minutes of December 7, 2000. Senator Urquijo seconded. Motion carried 9-0.

VI. Executive Council Reports
A. President Murguia
President Murguia welcomed everyone back. He informed the Senate that one of this semester's goals was to negotiate the vending machine contracts. He assured the Senate that Student Government would receive at least the same amount as last year for the various clubs. President Murguia informed the Senate that requirements for club allocations also had to be negotiated. Finally, President Murguia asked the Senate that if they knew of any student who had any questions to ask them to go and see him. President Murguia informed the Senate that this semester we have no Student Activities Director and therefore it was up to Student Government to plan and set up this year's Spring Fest. Possibly in next meeting the Senators will be asked to join a committee to overlook the process of the Great Race. President Murguia also informed the Senate that the Executive Council was working with CATS to set up a link for Student Government in the WNMU web site. President Murguia informed the Senate that the Student Handbook is being updated. He asked that a joint committee be formed in order to revise the Constitution and update policies. Finally, President Murguia informed the Senate that the Student Health Center was available for all students and encouraged everyone to go use their services. A list of hours is available. This concluded his report. Senator Urquijo expressed that many students have shown concern over the vending machine contracts. President Murguia replied that Student Government and Administration were working on this issue but assured Senator Urquijo that the clubs would have at least the same amount of money available as last year. A representative from the Coke-Cola Company was present to speak about the new contract and to answer any questions.
B. Vice President Denton
Vice President Denton handed out a master schedule of all the Senators classes and a Senate contact list to the Senators. This concluded her report.
C. Secretary Zuniga
Secretary Zuniga reminded the Senators to turn in a schedule of their committee meetings to her within 7 days. This is necessary in case a Senator can not make it to a committee meeting, then they can get covered. This concluded here report.
D. Treasurer Bocanegra
Treasurer Bocanegra informed the Senate that the budget for this semester is $16,600. From this, Treasurer Bocanegra hopes to spend no more than $350-$400 on supplies, $300 for bookstore expenses, and $2,500 for Senate stipends. This, plus the scholarships rewarded to the Executive Council, the total amount of expenses comes to about $9,100. This leaves $7,433 left for allocations, Spring Fest. etc…Treasurer Bocanegra also informed the Senate that he was interested in forming a Food Committee to rate the food and service in the school cafeteria. Also, Treasurer Bocanegra expressed his interest in forming an Energy Conservation Committee. He asked that if anyone had suggestion for either of these committees to please contact him. This concluded his report.
E. Attorney General Hazlett
Attorney General Hazlett reminded everyone that this semester the Student Handbook was being updated. He expressed the importance of having student input and informed the Senate that two seats were available in this committee. He encouraged the Senators to be part of this process. This concluded his report.
F. Governmental Affairs Director Luna
Governmental Affairs Director Luna informed the Senate that the data from last semester's survey was still being loaded into the computer. The results may be ready by the next Senate meeting. Governmental Affairs Director Luna also informed the Senate that soon members of the Executive Council will be going to Santa Fe to attend the Legislative Session. He expressed that he would like to have a few Senators participate in the session. Those Senators showing interest should contact him or President Murguia. This concluded his report.

VII. Old Business
A. Senator Urquijo - Senate Stipends Senator Urquijo inquired about setting up a committee to discuss details concerning Senator Stipends. President Murguia expressed the importance of establishing both goals and ground rules for the Senate. Attorney General Hazlett advised the Senate to set up a meeting as soon as possible. He reminded the Senate that this legislation would be passed on to ASWNMU in the upcoming years. A meeting time will be negotiated and Vice President Denton will inform the Senators of the time and date.

VIII. New Business
A. Club Recognition
1. Cycling Club Senator Urquijo moved to recognize the Cycling Club. Senator Castillo seconded. Motion passed 9-0.

IX. Announcements
Vice President Denton informed the Senate that the next meeting will be held February 6, 2001 at 7:00 a.m. President Murguia advised the Senate to make a schedule of all Student Council Meetings in order to have the Conference Room reserved.

X. Adjournment
Senator Urquijo moved to adjourn at 7:40 a.m. Seconded by Senator Talimatasi. Motion carried 9-0.


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