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Brighton Campus Student Senate Minutes


MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT ASSOCIATION SENATE MEETING

MINUTES FOR Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Present:

Senators: Senator Affinito, Senator Bickel, Senator Dentico, Senator Dudley, Senator Lawson, Senator Maravilla,

Senator Pannoni, Senator Stevenson, Senator van der Horst, Senator Wagoner, Senator Yockel; President Kyle W. Madden; Vice President Brian Pruden; Speaker/At-Large Senator Joe Marini; Deputy Speaker/At-Large Senator Dan Elliott; Campus Center Advisor Elizabeth Stewart; Faculty Advisor Joseph McCauley

Visitors:  Dick Ryther, Student Services; Lee Struble, Public Safety; Craig Proctor, Tom Priester, Campus Center;
Tiffany Walker, Lori Patric, Travel & Tourism; M. Ruth Raskind, Presidential Cabinet; Remy Haefner, Student; Carl
Ross, CAB; David Trottier, OAU; Helen Leach, Alumnus; Donna Brennan, Secretary Campus Center.

I.      CALL TO ORDER (2:17 p.m.)

A.    Roll Call (See attendance above)

B.     Approval of December 5, 2006 minutes

Speaker Marini called for a motion to approve the minutes for December 5, 2006.

Senator Maravilla so motioned, seconded by Senator Lawson.

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association unanimously approves the December 5, 2006 minutes as written.

II.    SPEAK TO THE SENATE

Helen Leach, alumnus, informed the Senate that she spoke with Dianne McConkey about the Rochester’s Healthiest Loser program.  She asked if the Senate was definitely interested in participating and if they would be putting together a committee.  President Madden and some of the Senators expressed a definite interest and stated that they would be willing to meet with Robert Bovee of PHA to look into forming a committee and deciding what the next step would be.  President Madden and the Senators will be meeting with Robert Bovee at PHA on Tuesday, December 19 at 2:15 p.m.

III.  REPORTS

President’s Report

President Madden…

CAB Coordinator Crystal Jones has resigned; a search for a new Coordinator will begin.

Roundtable – Friday, December 8, he will be running the meeting in Coordinator Kennedy’s absence.  They met with Shirley Batistta-Provost to discuss how to run the meeting and what works.

SEGA  - President Marsay Houston has stepped down; VP of Governance, Trelawney McKnight, will take over as President; Ambika Howell will take over as VP of Governance.  He and Trelawney will be meeting during intersession to work on improving relations between the campuses.

Senator Reports

Senator Dudley…

He attended the food service committee meeting and spent some time at CAB’s Holiday Bash.

“My time here, although it has been short, has been amazing.  I will miss you all very much.  The inspiration that I can feel emanating off this group makes me want to make more of myself.  I know that all of you will go far in life.  Thank you all, I wish you all the best of luck in all your endeavors”. 

Senator Lawson…

Club constitutions are being reviewed

Meeting on improving Roundtable:  discussed the importance of Roundtable and how to make Roundtable more effective.  Recommendation:  each club have a set Roundtable representative.  The Club Senators met with some of the clubs to discuss concerns and ideas regarding Roundtable; good feedback was received and they hope to continue the discussions on a weekly basis.

Spaghetti with Santa – he will be playing Santa for the dinner.

Faculty Advisor

Faculty Advisor McCauley…advised the students to take a look at where they are and where they want to be; that should help with what they want to happen next semester.  He suggested that all of the background work for events and projects get done during intersession.

Committee Reports

Student Affairs Committee…Senator Lawson reported:

Goal:  to build a foundation of forms and meeting minutes so that the next chair of the Student Affairs Committee has information to start with.

Current Projects:  Student Government’s relationship with the student body.  The committee has concluded that the Student Government does not reach out enough to the student body. Several good ideas have been presented to the committee.  They are trying to combat this problem with constant dialog with the students.  The committee is currently in the process of receiving feedback from the students by going around, in two week intervals, and asking twenty random students simple questions.  Each committee member has been instructed to attend at least two new student orientations during break to get information about the Student Government out to the new incoming students.

Speaker Marini has asked the committee to work on fundraising for the Student Government. All members of the committee have been asked to brainstorm ideas on how to accomplish that request.

MCC Idols Competition – dates have been set.  This will be a fun event that will allow the relationship with Damon City Campus Brighton Campus to improve.

Community Service Committee…Senator Yockel reported:

Giving tree is going well; members outside the committee helped in the actual set up of the tree, the Campus Center has been, as always, helpful in various ways.

Jar Wars has been postponed.  

Next Semester – productivity should double on everyone’s part and expectations met.  The committee will be meeting with the hopes of having tasks done over break.

IV.  OLD BUSINESS

ACTION ITEMS (Items requiring a Senate vote)

Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-laws

Resolved, that the Brighton Campus Student Government Association approve the addition of  12.1 Sexual Harassment and 12.2 Hazing to the Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-laws.

Speaker Marini called for a motion to remove from the table the approval of the addition of 12.1 Sexual Harassment and 12.2 Hazing to the Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-laws.

Senator Stevenson so motioned, seconded by Senator Elliott.

Discussion:

President Madden expressed concern regarding the enforcement of 12.2; the wording of the Hazing clause implies that the Student Government Association would lose the right to operate on campus if any member of the SGA violated the Hazing clause.

Advisor McCauley suggested that 12.2.2 read:  “Violation of the above regulation by any individual member could result in the individual losing his/her right to participate in SGA and Campus Center activities.

Mr. Ryther recommended giving flexibility to the statement so that each violation could be handled on an individual basis.

Senator Maravilla made a motion to table the approval for further discussion; seconded by Senator Dudley.

Senator Stevenson read the resolution (see attached)

Discussion:

Senator Stevenson declared that he was against tabling the approval because the Sexual Harassment clause is ok, the change is just with 12.2.2 Hazing.

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association approves the motion to table the addition of 12.1 Sexual Harassment and 12.2 Hazing to the Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-laws.

  

V.    NEW BUSINESS

ACTION ITEMS (Items requiring a Senate vote)

Travel & Tourism request for funds

Resolved, that the Brighton Campus Student Government Association approve the Travel & Tourism Club request for funds in the amount of $500 from the Senate Contingency.

Speaker Marini called for a motion to approve the Travel & Tourism request for funds.

Senator Wagoner so motioned, seconded by Senator Maravilla.

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association approves the Travel & Tourism request for funds in the amount of $500.

Finance Coordinator

Resolved, that the Brighton Campus Student Government Association approve the appointment of Aldon Froelick as the Finance Coordinator to the Presidential Cabinet for the remainder of the 2006-2007 Academic Year.

Speaker Marini called for a motion to approve the appointment of Aldon Froelick as Finance Coordinator.

Senator Maravilla so motioned, seconded by Senator Lawson

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association approves the appointment of Aldon Froelick as the Finance Coordinator to the Presidential Cabinet for the remainder of the 2006-2007 Academic Year.

Adult Evening Student Coordinator

Resolved, that the Brighton Campus Student Government Association approve the appointment of Lyndsey Steffen as the Adult Evening Student Coordinator to the Presidential Cabinet for the remainder of the 2006-2007 Academic Year.

Speaker Marini called for a motion to approve the appointment of Lyndsey Steffen as the Adult Evening Student Coordinator.

Senator Yockel so motioned, seconded by Senator Lawson.

Discussion:

President Madden, as per the By-Laws, the title should be Adult/Evening Coordinator.

Vice President Pruden informed the Senate that Lyndsey has a great deal of dedication and will bring much to the position.

Senator Lawson informed the Senate that previous to being appointed to the Presidential Cabinet, Lyndsey helped with the Rock the Vote program.

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association approves the appointment of Lyndsey Steffen as the Adult/Evening Coordinator to the Presidential Cabinet for the remainder of the 2006-2007 Academic Year.

Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-Laws

Resolved, that the Brighton Campus Student Government Association approve the recommended changes to Item 2, Chartering, in the Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-Laws.

Speaker Marini called for a motion to approve the recommended changes to Item 2, Chartering, in the Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-Laws.

Senator Stevenson so motioned, seconded by Senator Wagoner.

Speaker Marini read the resolution (see attached).

Discussion:

Senator Wagoner expressed that the changes to Item 2, Chartering are good because it will help the SGA help the clubs with their goals throughout the year.

President Madden questioned the meaning of some of the sections and also pointed out some grammatical errors.

Advisor McCauley recommended tabling the resolution so the Senators can sit down and discuss the changes.

Speaker Marini feels these changes should be made before the end of the semester so they can be implemented in the spring semester.

Senator Wagoner made a motion to table the approval of the resolution, Senator Yockel seconded the motion.

Discussion:

Senator Stevenson feels the two to three concerns expressed by President Madden are minute and the resolution can be approved with minor changes.

A vote was taken.

The motion to table was defeated.

Senator Stevenson made a motion to amend the resolution by adding an apostrophe to Clubs in 2.3.2.  Senator Maravilla seconded the motion.

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association approves the amendment to the resolution.

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association approves the recommended changes to Item 2, Chartering in the Brighton Campus Student Government Association By-Laws as amended.

Senator Maravilla made a motion to amend the agenda to add the approval of a resolution to add a formal Roundtable Representative to all clubs and organizations.  Senator Affinito seconded the motion.

Senator Maravilla read the resolution and an email message from Roundtable Coordinator Carrie Kennedy agreeing with the resolution.

Senator Maravilla stated that the duties of the Roundtable Representative could either be added to an existing position or as a new position in the club/organization.

Senator Stevenson stated that he is against the resolution until it can be discussed at a Roundtable meeting.  In his meetings with small groups of club officers, they have indicated they are against this resolution.

Senator Lawson and Senator Maravilla stated that they have talked to club officers who support the resolution.

Deputy Speaker Elliott made a motion to call the question; seconded by Senator Dentico.

A vote was taken.

The motion to call the question passes.

A vote was taken.

Be it resolved, the Monroe Community College Brighton Campus Student Government Association votes down the resolution to add a formal Roundtable Representative to all clubs and organizations.

VI.  QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Senator Dentico suggested that anyone bringing a resolution to the senate for approval meet with President Madden and Speaker Marini before presenting it to the senate.

Senator Wagoner said goodbye to Senator Dudley and thanked him for helping him grow.

Senator Stevenson wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

VII.          ADJOURNMENT

Speaker Marini called for a motion to adjourn.

At 3:30 p.m. Senator Elliott made a motion to adjourn; Senator Wagoner seconded the motion.  The Senate meeting was adjourned.

VIII.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

Respectfully submitted, Donna Brennan, Student Association Secretary

 

Donna Brennan
Campus Center
01/25/2007