Xavier University Student Government Association
Student Senate Meeting Minutes
February 27, 2012
I. Call to Order: Legislative Vice President, Brock McMorran () p.m.
II. Roll Call: Senator Greene not present (excused)
III. Prayer: Given by Senator Aliberti, Senator Savercool to give prayer at next meeting.
IV. Approval of minutes: February 20, 2012 minutes were approved without change.
V. Public Forum
Luke Bieschel reported on his work on the LGBTQ Training and Support Intern (LTSI) position.
Two Safezone (SZ1 & SZ2) Trainings for faculty and staff (and potentially RA's) will be required by some
offices: SZ1 = providing information; SZ2 = preparation for student support. Gender and Diversity
Committee requested pilot by April 13th
Senator Sanfilippo: All depts. and offices require SZ Trainings? We hope. OSI is already making it
Senator Aliberti: Good job to both you and AVP Gerlach. Your work is headed in a very sustainable
VI. Report of the Administration
Sean Rhiney from the Eigel Center
Senator Aliberti: How would community engagement help SGA within for instance with in Community
Affairs Council? It depends. Your reach is definitely there, and when you become involved in the
community, there are so many student benefits. There is a need for community engagement in your
courses which then facilitates better relationships with Xavier and the surrounding community. Perhaps
Senator White: Works with the three neighboring communities? Yes, and we are looking at other
neighborhoods and communities. We have even fostered some relationships with NK.
Senator Roveda: Why are you making the Service fellow program smaller? The goal is to make it a
competitive program, and then the scholarships are more generous. Fellowships were not cut because of
financial reasons, but to make it more competitive instead.
VII. Opinion Entry
Kevin and I just wanted to remind you all to pay the $6.00 for the U4U sponsorship.
Unfortunately, I am unable to attend today’s meeting because I am in Chicago for a job interview.
Senator Savercool will be delivering the report for Club Relations today. If I don’t see you all before, have
a happy and safe spring break.
VIII. Scheduled Business
Sponsor: Greg Rose
Move to accept the resolution supporting Campus Solutions as a viable summer storage option.
Senator Roveda: Why do you think Senate should use a resolution to support a student-business?
Because it helps WCB and ResLife (as a service for students who live on campus).
Senator McLaughlin: Will this actually help? Yes
Senator Aliberti: What’s the difference between written and verbal support? Resolution will be online and
can be seen by parents. So does the recognition of a business not give enough support? That only allows
for digital signage/ paint/ etc. Not written support.
Senator Dziedzic: What will you use this for? Maybe the portal.
Senator Walsh: It’s recognized in writing in the minutes.
(Debate and Discussion)
Senator Rose: Gives students great option to store their belongings. Saves hassle. Ultimately, no harm in
Senator Walsh: Passing this motion will set a precedent of having a resolution.
Senator Martin: Idk if this is SGA's place-- Sounds like an advertisement.
Senator Roveda: I support this business but not this resolution. Think about Flix, what if this business
fails? Can Campus Solutions use the resolution as leverage?
Senator Rose: We're going to sign a contract with the University.
Senator Sanfilippo: Why don't you get a senator to give a quotation instead as marketing.
Senator Aliberti: Reductio ad absurdum. Even though I support this business. Maybe amend the
resolution for a specific senator support, not all of SGA.
Senator Krzeski: Does this open SGA to greater reputation risk?
Senator Rose: We had a 9.2/10 customer service rating and we have replaced anything that was lost or
broken. Summer storage is an issue on campus and Campus Solutions addresses that issue. This is the
only requirement for a resolution.
Motion Failed by a Voice Vote
Sponsor: Needom Mitchell
Move to accept the Student Life Committee Accessibility Resolution
(Debate and Discussion)
Senator Roveda: This is a good resolution. Like to make a friendly amendment. Accepted by Senator
Senator Dzidzic: Propose a friendly amendment for people first language. Accepted by Senator Mitchell.
Senator Meiners: Propose a friendly amendment to correct a typo. Accepted by Senator Mitchell.
Senator Aliberti: This resolution is something we should stand behind on behalf of the student body.
Motion Passed by a Voice Vote
IX. New Business
Sponsor: Ryan Martin
Move to accept the Sexual Assault Resolution
Senator Martin moved to strike the resolution in order to revise.
Motion to Strike Passed by a Voice Vote
X. Standing Committee Reports
Association Affairs, Kristen Sanfilippo
SAC passed the FAC allocation of money for the African Student Association Gala after a very long
discussion about it - my count was it passed around 20-7 in favor
Passed $980 for Late Night Movie - they either want Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or Hugo
Passed $3900 for March's MAD which will be a Casino night theme
A night for love had 70 people show up, Xavier Showcase had 180 people should up and they
recommended that they make it a Xavier tradition
Arvin Mitchell (comedian) is tomorrow at 9 pm in the theater
This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
With rollover money allocated towards Hunger Games tickets, SAC will be offering free tickets to the
Campus traditions is still in the process of looking for a lecture
Switching to the AA Report, we have a request to make of Senate. I realize the main critique is that we
need to focus on what we need to do for the students, and going off of that concept, we do not believe
our current committee structure allows us an efficient way to represent students’ needs.
However, we do not have enough time to make a huge transition. Therefore, AA is hoping to gather
different opinions and proceed from there. We have people willing to devote time to it, so now we need
your help. We need to know your thoughts about the committees based on your experience from this
year. We have worked in our committees all year and recognize what went well/what did not.
We have typed up some questions that hopefully will allow for a good reflection opportunity. Therefore, I
ask all of you to take seriously my request. I am going to send the questions to the committee chairs,
and I am hoping you will take the time to fill them out in your committee meetings this week. We have
the opportunity to make Senate function in a way that is easier for us to address students’ needs, and
maybe this upcoming year, students can actually understand more clearly all the efforts that are being
made through Senate for them.
Senator Roveda: How many tickets did SAC buy for the Hunger Games?
Senator Sanfilippo: 190
Community Affairs, Senator Aliberti
Club Relations, Senator Greene
Our main topic was club re-activation for the upcoming semester. The process this year will be similar to
last year. Clubs will log-on to OrgSync to complete the activation form and will be expected to update
their officers and advisors on their OrgSync page. Additionally, clubs will be required to get a hard copy
of the advisor form signed and submit that to Dustin by April 13th.
In terms of projects within CR, Senator Roveda has finally received to go-ahead to post rules for the club
workspace. Additionally, Senator Savercool is beginning to contact clubs and collect data in order to learn
club’s opinions of the club points program. If you have any additional questions, my lovely committee
should be able to field them or email me.
Senator Mitchell: Is there a reward for the club with the most club points?
Senator Savercool: Yes, $1000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place.
Financial Affairs Committee, Senator Bousson
FAC had two Special Requests today, Innovation Society for $4000.00, and Children’s Charity Club for
$1500.00. Innovation Society came to us for the Tedx Xavier event, and they gave a great presentation
to us. It passed 6-0 (two members at NACA) to go to SAC Wednesday. It is a brand new event, and fit all
of the rest of our criteria. Children’s Charity Club was not passed by FAC because it is on their initial
budget, and they have done it for the past 2 years -- also, there were no unforeseen costs or substantial
Senator Sanfilippo: Was Innovation Society passed this year?
Senator Bousson: Yes. The receive only a $350 budget allocation.
Student Life, Needom Mitchell
Senator Martin: Can Student Life try to bring back pig roast?
Senator Dziedzic: Will students have to swipe in to the dining forum?
Senator White: No.
Senator Sanfilippo: What promotions have gone out regarding the dining forum?
Senator Aliberti: NANA and Norwood City Council would like to have conversations about pig roast.
Senator White: For clarity, what is pig roast?
XI. Project Reports
Senator Roveda: You should do a portal announcement and contact the Newswire regarding the Student
I received 63 responses for my survey out of the 150 emails I sent out for responses. I received positive
results, but wanted some input from you all as to next steps. I can attend the SAC meeting and ask for
their input, as well as speak further with Dustin about my next step.
Just to give you an update on the Buenger Music Room. First, I want to thank Physical Plant, specifically
Larry Prues and Mike Millennor, for anchoring the piano to the floor. Second, I also want to thank ResLife
for providing me with the necessary funds to buy the rest of the items for the room. Third, thank you to
RA Jackie O’Driscoll for putting on a program to help spread the news about the updated room. Finally,
just to give you all an interesting fact: between Oct 31 to Feb 8 (about 95 days excluding breaks) the
room had been used for a total of 55 hours. Between Feb 9 (or when the new piano arrived) to Feb 18 (9
days) the room has been used for a total of 34 hours. (that’s .58 hours/day versus 3.78 hours/day).
Senator Roveda: Are you checking to see if other students can get access to the Buenger music room?
Senator Dziedzic: Yes. Meeting with Lori Lambert this week.
President Alleman: How are we tracking the usage of the room?
Senator Dziedzic: Sign-in sheet.
I met with Dustin about ways to go with the basketball ticketing survey Senator Colak and I are working
on. Dustin gave me the name of Tammy Kahrig in Strategic Information Resources and suggested Colak
and I make some questions to send to her. We have formed some question and I plan to e-mail her with
a couple ideas in hopes that she can help us or refer us to someone else in the department. Our goal is
for Strategic Information Resources to ultimately form the questions and send them to the students.
Senator Aliberti: has the University expressed any interest in a Sexual Assault resolution? Would Xavier
want to weigh in on this resolution
Senator Martin: We are striking this resolution in order to work with the administration to address this
Senator Rose: Did you know, I think Senate is the voice of the students to the administration, and on this
issue I don't think we need the input of the administration?
So, I survived my week on food stamps. The event was quite successful. It is very likely that it will be
happening in future years and hopefully it will be open to a wider range of participants.
We have our official flyers for Embrace Your Neighbors from Ian. You’ll be seeing those around the office
and whatnot. Remember, the event is the Thursday we come back from Spring Break (3-15)! I’ll be
passing around a sign-up sheet as well as a little plan for the night, so please sign up if you’re at all
interested in attending so we’ll have a guesstimation of guests for transportation, dinner, etc. Thanks!
Cupcakes with SGA is happening in the Commuter Lounge this Wednesday, February 28, 2012 at 12:00
noon. I know many SGA members were hoping to gain some insight on how to better engage with
commuter students. This would be that chance... so if you all don't have class, please come check it out.
Senator Mitchell: The University is working to address this?
Senator Rose: The University is monitoring the problem and will re-assess.
XII. Project Reports Open Inquiry
Senator Martin: Senator Mitchell, I was asked to see if SGA could have the clocktower turned blue for
Senator Mitchell: The clocktower will be blue for Autism awareness day.
XIII. Report of the President, Ryan Alleman
Senator Rose: Point of Order, your report went 3 minutes over your allotted time.
Senator Roveda: Do you know if the basketball team will be involved>
President Alleman: Not yet..
Senator Martin: Why would the additional $11,000 go into rollover?
President Alleman: We felt that the additional money from the Student Activity Fee should be treated
similarly to rollover. If Senate has strong concerns with that, we can look into incorporating it into the
XIV. Report of the Administrative Vice President, Lydia Gerlach
Zach, thanks for the local snack. Next meeting, Drew and Jared are bringing the snack.
Does anyone have any other questions regarding Luke’s update?
The only other thing I have to report on is Information Resources. I have been in contact with the IR
division about updating their website. They would like 6-10 volunteers to give feedback in an hour long
focus group during the week after spring break. They will be providing coffee emporium gift cards to all
SGA volunteers! So exciting! Please let me know if you’re interested.
Senator Narsinghani: What are the responsibilities of information resources?
President Alleman: They handle most everything having to do with technology at Xavier as well as library
and library resources.
XV. Report of the Legislative Vice President, Brock McMorran
A few updates for you all today:
1.) Lydia and I have been working on planning the end-year banquet. Per your request, the banquet
will be held on Sunday, April 1 at 5:00pm in the Conaton Board Room.
2.) At the next Senate meeting, we will nominating for awards, so please be prepared with your
3.) This morning I met with Kristin to begin the transition process.
4.) I also had a chance to meet with the SDoD and Seth to review the position and its standing for
next year. More to come on this in the coming days.
5.) MOSAIC is meeting this Thursday at 6:30pm.
6.) If you are planning on running for Senate, please be sure to attend an informational session with
the Board of Elections
7.) Keep in mind that nominations for the Muskies are due on Friday; be sure to submit your
That’s it for me!
Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Otherwise, have a great week!
Senator Aliberti: Are the execs currently still looking into software discounts?
LVP McMorran: I'll defer to Ryan.
President Alleman: I'll defer to Greg.
Senator Rose: The University Technology Committee is looking into it.
President Alleman: In the interim, the budget will have a proposal for reimbursements for students who
purchase Microsoft Office.
XVI. Report of the Senate Coordinator, Seth Walsh
Evaluations were due on Friday at 5 PM. I have 16 of the 20 of your evals, so if you are Senate Aliberti,
Rose, Savercool, or White you need to turn your evaluation into me today. No excuses permitted.
Last week, I emailed 130 perspective candidates about running for Senate. I’ve heard a lot of positive
feedback, so I look forward to the informational meetings that start this week. Good luck everyone
running for re-election.
On a final note, if you are considering applying to be a committee chair or running for Senate Coordinator
next year, please don’t hesitate to contact me to learn more about the position.
XVII. Report of the Senate Advisor, Dustin Lewis
XVIII. Report of the SGA Resource Assistant, Crystal Guffey
XIX. Adjournment: (5:56) p.m.