Fall 2009 Regular Session
26 August 2009
1st Legislative Week
I. Call to Order
a. The meeting was called to order by Speaker Martin at 6:37 pm
II. Moment of Silence
III. Pledge of Allegiance
a. Led by Senator Lockwood
IV. Induction of New Senators
V. Roll Call
Present Absent Half
Adams, Alexander Badeaux, L. Bordelon, K. Bordelon, Bourgeois, C.
Anderson, Bautista, Gautreaux, Hagan, Chetta, J. Chetta, Doughty,
Caffarel, Chance, Johnson, Patel, Verma Sabolyk
Cortez, Elmore, Ferrer,
Fine, Fontenot, Foster,
Harris, B. Jones, D. Jones,
Kumar, Laborde, E.
Landry, J. Landry,
Sharma, Spell, Story,
Strong, Tusa, Verma,
Vice, Wells, West,
Widenski, Speaker Pro-
Tem Bonvillain, Speaker
VI. Public Input
a. Amanda Gammon- Courtney Pritchard is here and if you have student aid or
chancellor’s aid you can be transferred to work in the Senate office and if you did it
last year you need to give her your information.
VII. New Business
a. SGB No 1 referred to Rules-moved into Unfinished business
b. SGB No 2 referred to Rules
a. Summer Planning Committee-Prestridge-Summer planning went very well. If you
were around this time last year we did an overhaul of the governing documents.
There wasn’t a lot of hands on stuff to do but there was a lot of discussion and
planning to do. There is a copy of the minutes if anyone would like to look for them.
The committee met with the executive branch and there was a lot of discussion
about how to keep visible and transparent to the student. We also discussed that
senators need to stay more in tune with what is going on with their colleges and
constituents. They would like a greater connection between branches of
government. There is a student retreat on Saturday. They would just like to get
more input from the student body. They tossed around the idea of chats in the
quad where all of the branches can be and talk to students. We want people to
come see the new offices so they can see how we have progressed. Also looking
into more of what students need. Everyone needs to be knowledgeable about what
is going on and transferring this knowledge to their constituents and the student
body. This includes being respectful to peers as well as administrators. We need to
listen more. Administrators need to be more involved in what is going on in Student
Government. Also that it is not the Student Body versus student government. Let’s
show the students that we care. Don’t be afraid. Let’s do good things.
b. Gov Rel- Gammon-While the committee did not meet we did monitor how bills went
through the state senate from Student Government. Looking to change the red light
at Lee and Burbank so there will be less red lights. It needs to change.
c. HIT-Palermo-The committee did not meet but there were some meetings about tech
things. Trying to tackle some parking issues and tech issues. He will be looking at
the bus contract. For parking, they want to make sure students know if parking lots
will be blocked off before school starts. Senator Prestridge talked about that people
want to know where their tech fees are going. We’re looking at the computer labs
and we asked ITS if there was one innovative thing to do.
d. Rules-Rules did not officially meet but the chairs did get together and there was a
discussion about Senate will be working this year.
e. SRW waves
f. Finance waves
g. AAA waves
IX. Judicial Officer Reports
X. Executive Officer Reports
a. President Watkins- It’s great to see everyone back. He wants to thank Martina for
everything she has done and being there every step of the way. He is pleased to see
everyone working hard for the initiatives that they worked on and working on new
initiatives. Everyone will be able to spend lots of time together at the retreat this
weekend. What he is most proud of is the night route that is making sure that
people will not get in their car and drive drunk. He has been working very hard for
Athletics and going to see Joe Alleva weekly and working hard to be visible to all of
the administrators. Looks forward to working with everyone this semester. He
comes to work knowing that he will be working and looking through the eyes of a
student because he is a student
i. Prestridge-Does the night bus route go by the dorms or does it go to ECA and
WCA or what? It goes from west campus to the Rec. Prestridge-Have you
had an opportunity to do a survey yet? No last night was the last night and
it will only run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. Prestridge-It also
says that Student Government spent 5000 dollars for recycling bins is that
plus the five thousand last year? No it was the 5000 dollars from the bill last
ii. C. Chetta- How are the bus routes different? Noah will tell more in his
b. Vice-President Scheuermann - There have been a ton of things going on in the exec
staff. Other than that the exec staff has not stopped working this summer. Does
not want the separation of offices to separate the branches. Send her an email if
you have any questions.
c. Krista Allen-Academics department-Will be giving all reports on Academics. There
are student friendly programs that they are working on to get things like getting blue
books and scantrons into vending machines. They also met with Eric Norman about
getting sick notes from the health center. Working very hard on the book rental
program and they are really looking to see if there will be a trial program. A big
initiative is service learning so there is going to a big push to get more service
learning classes. Met with students on academic appeals. Met with Buddy Eldridge
about things like Mobile Moodle and a more interactive grade book and pictures of
professors on Moodle. Also, they are looking into the re-alignment of colleges.
i. Caffarel-Can you explain what is involved in a service learning course? It is a
community intensive program to help the community in some sort of way.
A person could help places get grants, being a reading buddy or build play
grounds or different things.
d. Melissa Hart-Director of Athletics-They have been very busy. Congrats to baseball
team on the national championship. A group seating option worked very well for
baseball regionals and super regionals. Brian Broussard for ticketing has worked
very well with us. They have dealt with over 100 ticket appeals and she approved
about 40. Dealt with the new priority points system. They’ll be working on the bus
trip getting tickets which sold out in 3 days. They have streamlined the ticket source
so people will be able to find tickets easier. www.lsusports.net/studenttickets She
has been working hard with Dr. Linda Moorehouse to work with the Tiger Band to
get some new stuff going on. Mardi Gras Mambo Court is January 28th. They have
developed cheaper concessions in tiger stadium for students. The bus trip is going
to be great. We don’t know when we will depart because the game time is not set.
Magnolia Bowl is still in the works. It’s November 21st. Priority Point games-Friday
soccer game, Friday Sept 11 soccer, Volleyball Sept 18 and Oct 9. Freshman tickets
are going out.
i. Caffarel-How are the packages working since there are 7 games instead of 8?
There are packages of 3 games. 3 games in one and 3 in another and an
option to go in Arkansas.
ii. K. Bordelon-Would you have had to already reserved a ticket to be a bus
iii. Prestridge-Do you guys have any ideas to republisize the the Oh-Wee-Oh so
the cheer isn’t taken away? Yes I think stickers
iv. Compagno-Email? Mhart3@lsu.edu
e. Director of First Year Experience LeMay-Talking about FLC. FLC has been working on
a lot of things. The website is updated. There are quotes from last year. There are
some bylaws in the work so that it is a more structured program. There were info
sessions at Stripes and Orientations. We now have an advisor for FLC. There will be
a program to shadow so FLC members can see what senators do and different
f. Director of Student Involvement Melissa Guidry- Org fair is next week. They will be
pushing for FLC. Will be looking for Senators to sign up. Chat with the chancellor
will happen at the same time. Wants everyone to take part in Straight Talk. Battle
of the Bands is underway.
i. Prestridge-What will the table include at the Org Fair? Our board, apps for
FLC and information for the entire branch. Have you asked other branches
for help planning? We can
ii. Sellers-If I gave you some apps for PSIF would you put those out there? Yes
iii. Fontenot-Will you be telling people about vacancies in the Student
Government? Watkins-We’re working to send out a broadcast email out.
We can look into that.
g. Director of Transportation Noah Miller-It’s good to be back. They’ve been working
on Tiger Trails and different things. All of the buses on campus right now are
temporary right now. The new buses will be custom wrapped for Tiger Trails. The
routes start at 7am and end at 5:30. The night routes go from 6pm to midnight or
3am depending on the routes. They have gotten some complaints but there have
been some complements. There is some terrible traffic right now which is holding
up the buses and keeping them from running in a timely fashion.
The websites are the holy grail for information on Tiger trails. The website is
http://tigertrails.lsu.edu There is a Google street app so you can look at where the
bus stops are. The bus stops have changed. There will be posters out. There will be
a guerilla campaign to get the word out. There is so much more with bicycles and
different things. They are working on Holiday Shuttles. Bicycles pumps have been
installed on campus. People have complemented those.
i. Fine-Are the bus stops signs outdated? No all of the signs out are designated
stops. They have gotten some complaints about buses not stopping at
previous stops but if there is a sign and it says bus stop then they do stop
XI. Unfinished Business
a. SGB No 1-Martin-The chairs looked at how the committees are structured and they
believe there is a better way that the committees can be structured. There will be
one committee added and some will be broken up into different committees. The
committees would be Academics, Athletics and Transportation, Campus Services and
Development, External Affairs, Finance, Rules, and Student Outreach. They want
this to be done for the retreat on Saturday so the committees can meet.
Bonvillain-Things to be looked at in Academics are things like text books and
anything else academic wise
Parker-Athletics will be more a student based committee to do a lot of
Palermo-Campus Services and Development and HIT will be basically the same
committee with a different name.
Palermo-Gov Rel is basically being changed to external affairs and they will go out to
city, state and maybe even the national government if it comes up.
Gammon-Sellers will be the head but not here so it’ll be about the same to give
reports about what is happening with the money. Student Outreach is an extension
of Gov-Rel but with an emphasis on students.
Bonvillain-Rules will be appointing a vice-chair from the floor.
Closing Comments-Gammon-This will make sure that the committees will be more
productive so the senate can work harder for the students. Palermo-This is a really
good step for Senate. Prestridge-this is just to streamline stuff. Bonvillain-If it
passes we will be taking the top 3 choices for committees.
b. LO No 1. By Martin- While it is up to the speaker to appoint committees but this was
talked about by all of the chairs to make sure that people were in the correct spots.
This looks different that a normal LO No 1 because your names are not on it.
XII. Legislative Officer Reports
a. Speaker Pro-Tem elections
i. Gammon nominates Bonvillain-accepts Senator Bonvillain by acclimation.
b. PSIF elections-Phoebe Hawthorne-this is a committee that meets with organizations
that are in need for funds for their events. The meetings are tentively set at
Wednesdays at 2pm.
i. Nominations are open. Palermo nominates Fontenot. Sellers nominates
Compagno. Gammon nominates Sellers but Sellers declines. Elmore moves
to close nominations. A motion to move to accept by acclimation.
c. Contracted Auxiliary Committee-This committee will work with different places to
come to campus like McDonald’s and Einstein Bagels and stuff.
i. Nominations are open. Story nominates Alexander. Sellers nominates
Gammon. Mullen is nominated by Cortez.
1. Alexander-Wants to be this committee so they will meet and bring
other services to campus because there should be more vending
machines and any other organizations to campus. Please elect him.
2. Gammon- wants to be on this so they can listen to students to figure
out what they want. Worked a lot with Former President Robertson
so she knows a little bit about what is going on in the past and will
happen in the future.
4. Gammon and Alexander accepted by acclimation.
d. Huey P. Long Restoration Committee-Free nominates Compagno. Compagno
nominates Free. Landry nominates Cortez. Gammon nominates Speaker Martin.
Caffarel nominates Parker. Accepted by Acclimation
e. Speaker Pro-Tem Bonvillain-Would like to do a lot of things as Pro-Tem.
f. Speaker Martin-This was a very relaxed meeting but things will be more rigid from
now on. Working out software kinks so that the TVs will be up hopefully next week.
Need to appoint two senators for the SEC exchange so let him know if they would
like to be on it. SG retreat -10am to 4pm Lunch is 11:30am to 1pm. Where? The
final agenda will be settled tomorrow and you will get this through email. Reads
Brett Jackson’s resignation letter. Make sure to clean up the chamber.
i. Prestridge-How’d you manage for lunch to be free? It is free for senators.
ii. Elmore-Is the retreat formal attire? No
XIII. Advisor Reports
a. Michelle Eldridge-She has a new graduate assistant Kimberly. Office is 358g. There
is a new tenant handbook which will be around the secretary’s desk. It has contacts
in it in case you need anything. DO NOT HANG ANYTHING ON THE WALLS. Not
everyone has keys to the offices. Please be flexible. Do have access to two new
bathrooms once they are open. The food policy of the union is that you can only
bring food in for yourself. There is a small storage space in the office but we don’t
have keys yet. About the retreat we will have the senate have a presentation with
Tim Elmore from 2-5. Meet and greet at 5:30 on Friday. The conference room is not
Senate’s exclusively but if you want to use it you have to reserve it. You have to
reserve it at even management.
XIV. Petitions, Memorials, and other Communications
a. Gammon-Would like to echo the letter from Jackson and be a sponge and absorb
everything. Orgs 2 Geaux is an organization where senators go to organizations and
talk to find out how to better serve the students
b. Mullen-Echo Secretary Cali. Please keep it clean. We don’t want it to look like crap.
c. Prestridge-Talking about SEC exchange and it was great last year and we brought so
much back from last year that was learned from other schools. Hopefully get
everything off the ground running.
d. Palermo-Shout out to Speaker Martin and his fiancée Ashley Free.
a. The meeting adjourned by Speaker Martin at 8:51pm