ASWNMU SENATE MEETING
(Recording of Meeting Tape 2A)
October 3, 2000
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Vice President
Cano at 7:20 a.m.
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Roll Call
President Murguia, Vice President Cano, Secretary
Loving, Treasurer Bocanegra, Attorney General Hazlett,
Governmental Affairs Director Luna were present
for the Executive Council. Senators Denton, Gomez,
Kenny, Perez, Preston, Romano, Talimatasi, Urquijo,
Zuniga were present for the Senate. Senator Levitt
was late. Senator Rutherford was tardy.
IV. Approval of Agenda
Senator Pro-Tempore Urquijo moved to accept the
agenda with the addition of The Mustang under New
Business AA. Senator Secretary Zuniga seconded the
motion. Motion carried 10-0. V. Approval of the
Minutes Senator Romano's name needed correcting.
Vote totals needed to be changed from 10-0 to 9-0
under section IV and V. Senator Preston moved to
accept the minutes of September 19, 2000 as changed.
Seconded by Senator Secretary Zuniga. Motion carried
VI. Executive Council Reports
A. President Murguia In accordance with Senator
Pro-Tempore Urquijo, Vice President Cano and Senator
Floor Leader Denton President Murguia interviewed
two new candidates for the senate: Gabby Amavizca
and Raquel Guevara. Attorney General Hazlett requested
a recess at 7:28. Called back to order at7:30 President
Murguia asked to place the appointments under New
Business letter E. ASNM Finances: No set total yet
due to late invoices. Rough estimate $1,800.00.
Office Supplies: Fax machine has been filled. Business
cards will be made for Pro-Tempore, Secretary and
Floor Leader. This concluded his report.
B. Vice President Cano Vice President Cano asked
all the senators to write down their name address,
phone numbers, e-mail address and any committees
in which they are involved to update records. Athletic
committee will meet to discuss Title 9 compliance.
One male member is still needed for committee. Anyone
interested should contact Vice President Cano. This
concluded her report.
C. Secretary Loving Club representatives must give
notification of activities before October 21st.
Must participate in homecoming for allocation. Fund
raising during homecoming does not count as participation.
However, floats, window painting, or monitoring
events that go on that week will count as participation.
Entry forms were due by Friday October 6th. Alumni
will be meeting in Hunter Hall Wednesday to help
any students with homecoming necessities: floats,
money, man power etc…This concluded her report.
D. Treasurer Bocanegra The ASWNMU account balance
is $17,513.56. Wal-Mart POs still pending. For next
meeting, Treasurer Bocanegra will have financial
balance report that will include details about what
has and will be spent. Marriott still pending waiting
for Jessica to give figures at next meeting. This
concluded his report.
E. Attorney General Hazlett Attorney General Hazlett
pointed out that this year's committee is conducting
an in depth review of club constitutions. In their
review they have found that some constitutions contain
serious flaws concerning issues on voting and office
appointments. Attorney General Hazlett asked senators
to meet with Floor Leader Denton, Vice President
Cano or Pro Tempore Urquijo to straighten this out.
He then reminded everyone that the final draft of
the student surveys were done and asked everyone
to comment on them. He suggested that the club with
the most surveys win an award as an incentive. This
concluded his report.
F. Governmental Affairs Director Luna Governmental
Affairs Director Luna presented the 2001 ASWMNU
Lobbying agenda. Members pushed to change the agenda
to reflect the needs of WNMU. The new Agenda is
now: 1) Lottery, 2) Faculty and Staff wages and
3) Special Needs. Gov. Affairs Director Luna then
handed out a chart containing the 2000-2001 PUBLIC
SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY COUNCIL AWARDS and pointed
out that Silver City was not even listed. He also
handed out a chart containing the LOTTERY SUCCESS
SCHOLARSHIP DRAWS. WNMU is one of the lowest in
student recipients. He suggested that a committee
be formed as soon as possible to investigate these
issues. Director Luna also wanted everyone to be
aware that at the last ad-hoc meeting, raising student
fees by $.50 was requested for a proposal on hiring
a ASNM Executive Director. At the time this motion
was not accepted by ASNM because of lack of information.
However, there is a possibility that at the next
Oct 14th meeting, this issue may be approved. Senator
Urquijo motioned for a committee to be formed to
help Governmental Affairs to investigate issues
concerning the New Mexico Lottery. Senator Levitt
seconded the motion. Motion carried 10-0. Adhoc
committee: Chair, Senator Pro-Tempore Urquijo, Senator
Romano, Senator Preston and Senator Levitt. This
concluded his report.
VII. New Business
At this point the following clubs were recognized:
1. Psi Chi
2. Cardinal Key
3. Non Traditional Student Focus Group
4. Social Science Club
5. Delta Mu Delta
6. Psychology Club
7. SAM Club
8. Sport Medicine Club
9. National Student Nurses - Tabled until represented
- not recognized Senator Levitt moved to accept
all the clubs, Senator Denton seconded. Motion carried
VII. Old Business President Murguia spoke on his
decision to veto on ASWNMU stipends, which had been
accepted in the September 19 meeting. His reason
was that the stipends had no set perimeters for
payment. The stipends will be re-evaluated. He also
requested that each senator be responsible for at
least 10 surveys. Vice-President Cano also asked
that each senator be in at least one committee.
VIII. New Business
A. Student Dance
Vice President Cano suggested that there be a dance
held on November 4th for the students. The dance
would run from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Senator Levitt
informed us that the cost for music would be $250.00.
Senator Denton motioned to accept this proposal.
Senate Secretary Zuniga seconded. Motion carried
Senator Pro-Tempore Urquijo introduced Mike Martinez
who works in maintenance. Urquijo informed everyone
that Marriott was taking over WNMU maintenance.
Mr. Martinez introduced himself. He then some informed
us of his departments' latest projects. A work-order
is being processed to give students on-line access
to Marriott so that they may voice any concerns.
He also informed everyone that this year's homecoming
bomb fire would be held at the old tennis courts.
Mr. Martinez also wanted the students to be aware
that during homecoming there will be a large number
of crewmembers around campus. As a precaution they
will be wearing identification tags. He then distributed
ADA's most recent survey to Orpha Gonzales from
the Special Needs Program and one for ASWNMU. He
stated that there was a total of $24,644.00 from
a rollover account from last year and that there
has been no new money allocated by the state. He
then asked everyone to please contact him if there
were any problems around campus. His phone number
is 538-5535 and his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Martinez also informed everyone that he had
a 16ft trailer for anyone that may need it for their
homecoming float. He also requested to see the surveys
so that he can have an idea of student needs.
C. Orpha Gonzales Special Needs Coordinator,
Orpha Gonzales was present to talk about WNMU Special
Needs Program. She started out by giving the Senate
an estimate of $10,000.00, which she felt the program
needs to begin bringing it to higher standards.
She informed the senate that the reason for this
amount was because of all the special equipment
that was needed for the program. Among these items
were tape recorders, voice activated computers,
ramps, computers and televisions. She informed everyone
that the program also lost all of its funding for
the early alert program.
Attorney General Hazlett suggested that the Yearbook
Club recognition be recinded until their constitution
is in order. Senator Levitt made this motion. Senator
Rutherford seconded. Motion carried 10-1.
E. Executive and Senate Appointments
1. Senate Appointments - At this point President
Murguia entertained a motion from the senate to
accept Gabby Amavizca and Raquel Guevara as Senators.
Senator Denton motioned to accept Gabby Amavizca
and Raquel Guevara as Senators. Seconded by Senator
Preston. Motion carried 10-0. Gabby Amavizca and
Raquel Guevara were sworn in by Attorney General
2. He then informed the Senate that it is stated
in the constitution that he has the power to establish
new positions. This new position is that of Executive
Assistant Chief of Staff. He explained that this
position would allow Sarah Loving more time to focus
on specific issues. President Murguia appointed
this position to Sarah Loving. He also recommended
that Senate Secretary Zuniga be moved to the position
of ASWMNU secretary. Vice President Cano then read
two letters of resignation from Secretary Loving
and Senate Secretary Zuniga. Senator Denton motioned
to accept Secretary Loving as Executive Assistant
Chief of Staff. Seconded by Senator Talimatasi.
Motion carried 12-0. Senator Romano motioned to
accept Sharon Zuniga as ASWNMU Executive Secretary.
Seconded by Senator Preston. Motion carried 12-0.
Senator Talimatasi motioned to accept Gabby Amavizca
as Senate Secretary. Seconded by Senator Preston.
Motion carried 12-0. Executive Assistant Chief of
Staff Loving and ASWNMU Executive Secretary Zuniga
were sworn in by Attorney General Zeke Hazlett.
President Murguia then informed the Senate that
Executive Secretary Zuniga's scholarship would be
pro-rated as of October 3rd.
Executive Assistant Chief of Staff Sara Loving presented
a working budget for homecoming. She explained that
funds are split in two categories: food and non-food.
Non-Food items totaled an amount of $1,000.00. At
the moment, there is no specific amount set on the
food items. Chief of Staff Loving then informed
the Senate that the cost for the tailgate party
would be $500.00. It was suggested that there be
a $2.00 fee for those students not a meal plan.
Senator Denton moved to allocate not to exceed the
amount of $1,800.00 for homecoming. Seconded by
Senator Talimatasi. Motion carried 12-0.
Senator Pro-Tempore Urquijo informed the senate
that there has been conflict about why Vice President
Cano is also the Mustang editor. It was also inquired
why there has been no Mustang issue distributed.
Senator Floor Leader Denton then read a letter from
Vice President Cano in her defense. The letter stated
that the reason there has been no Mustang paper
is due to delays caused by the changing of Vice
Presidents of student affairs at WNMU. More time
was also spent looking for an editor and a publisher
for the newspaper. Editor Cano stated that she hopes
to have a Mustang issue out by October 11th. Senator
Urquijo moved for a committee to investigate the
issue of why Vice President Cano is also the Mustang
editor. Seconded by Senator Preston. Motion carried
7-1. A meeting will be set to vote on this issue.
Everyone will attend.
The next meeting is on October 17th at 7:15 a.m.
Senator Denton moved to adjourn at 8:25 a.m. Seconded
by Senator Romano. Motion carried 12-0.