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1 STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION MINUTES February 16, 2010 I. ROLL CALL: Hugh Mailly, James Walsh, Samantha Hopkins, Chris Lewis, Dylan Zukowski, Allie McLaughlin, and Veronica Tumavicus were absent. Andy Golas, Gina DeSantis, John Pommenville, Mike Brill, and Jen Petrucci were excused. Courtney Sarantos was excused. II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 9, 2010: The minutes were accepted. III. PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Colleen Murphy A. Good evening and welcome. I’d like to welcome our first speaker up Jon Conlogue, Director of Res Life. 1. JON CONLOGUE: Hello everyone, I am here to give you information on two things. The first is one the Scanlon Hall project. You have probably picked up on renovations; the new entrance in the elevator area was one phase, the new sprinkler system and fire alarm system, re-doing the lobby, the new bathrooms. This is the next phase of Scanlon renovations. The first thing we will be ding is finishing the renovation of the Scanlon bathrooms and they will look like the new bathrooms now. We will also be re-doing the built-ins in student bedrooms that piece budge permitted. That includes taking the doors off of the closets that still have doors and putting curtains on them that should be nicer. We are going to be making some moves of some things that currently exist in Scanlon, specifically Health Services, which will be moved to the space currently occupied by ResLife. Where Health Services is now will be occupied by 5 new triple rooms for students. And ResLife offices are moving to what we are calling it the Morgue or the Basement. All this stuff is great but one thing we are going to have to do is start working on this before the spring semester. There’s no way we can get this down for a Mid-August date if we don’t start now. Prep work will be done during this semester and this will no way impact the students living in Scanlon. I just learned Friday that we will start doing some demolition work during Spring Break. This means that some of the basement area will not be accessible to students. The laundry room, bike rack and elevator will all be 2 accessible. I am unsure what will happen with the game room. The game room will be completely redone in the summer as well. A kitchen, a pool table, a carpet and a bathroom will all be installed down there. That should make the game room a much nicer space. Let me stop there and see if there are any question about Scanlon? 2. KAYLA SMITH: I was wondering if you would be open to suggestions, specifically the girl’s bathroom shower curtains do not cover the whole stall and a lot of girls are uncomfortable with this. Maybe we could put doors on like in Dickinson and Davis 3. JON CONLOGUE: I don’t know if we will be able to add doors but certainly we will get curtains that cover the entire space. Honestly, I think that everyone thought someone else was going to order the curtains we will change that in the upcoming year. 4. NICOLE NALEPA: How many additional rooms will Scanlon gain? 5. JON CONLOGUE: We will gain 19 student spaces, so 19 student beds. 6. ALLY BURNS: I was wondering if you were going to be adding closets to some of the triples in Scanlon that do not have three closets. 7. JON CONLOGUE: We are not going to be adding any closets in those rooms. If we started tearing out those built-ins and adding more with everything else that has been happening we don’t have the time or money to do that project. 8. COLLEEN MURPHY: (POI) Jon brought down these boards with all the new finishing and colors so these will be at the back of SGA for about a week so if you want to look at those they will be down here. 9. JON CONLOGUE: OK, housing sign-ups. First thing I am going to say is if you are planning on living on campus make sure you pay your housing sign-up. The deadline is March 1st; there are a few changes in the housing sign-ups. A few of the big ones are: number one, we don’t have any limitation on the amount of apartments that are co-ed. The only restrictions with that is that the individual bedrooms have to be single gender. Number two, we will have scheduled sign-up times for students who are signing up in normal double bedrooms. When students are given their appointment time with their lottery number. Dickinson Hall will be an all freshmen dorm. So, there will be more space for returning students favoring Dickinson being all freshmen. 3 Courtney will not have any first year students. The Honors special living unit will be moved to Lamer Hall from Courtney. An important change for apartment signups is that we are now staggering the four and six person apartments so that if you don’t get a 4 person apartment you can have time to create a 6-person roster. Are there any questions? 10. KRISTIN MAZEIKA: Is there any way next year you could not give seniors the housing bulletin? It’s heartbreaking and a waste of paper. 11. JON CONLOGUE: We don’t know who will be 5th year seniors. If we knew who would be returning we would be glad to save some trees but we just do not know. 12. CAITLIN BARRY: With Davis Hall’s new 24 hour quiet hours has this made you think at all that there will be two dorms like this on campus? 13. JON CONLOGUE: It has awakened me a few times in the past weeks. We do have to keep in perspective. Twenty-four hour quiet hours have happened in first year dorms, and in mixed dorms. So, I don’t’ think we should draw too many conclusions in three weeks. I could tell you stories about halls that would make your hair stand on end, and that have made my hair fall out. If you look at things campus-wide, overall campus damages are down so are there issues. Sure. But we are working with students to help level that out. B. Thank you Jon. Thank you to everyone that attended our pizza meetings. We got a lot of good feedback and it was nice to formally meet some of our senators! C. I move to accept Stephanie Close as an All college Representative for the remainder of the 2009/2010 academic year. The motion was seconded and passed. D. There is a Helping Hands for Haiti Music Benefit Show tonight in the Ely Main Lounge at 7:00pm sponsored by WSKB. Tomorrow from 1-2 there will be an educational presentation by Professor Ruth Ohayon and Professor Keith Hollingsworth about Haitian Culture through Literature and Art. On Monday the 22cnd from 10-11:30 there will be another educational session held by Professor Tarin Weiss and Professor Brian Conz about the Geology and Geography of Haiti and the Response and Rebuilding of Haiti. Both of those will be held in the Scanlon Living Room. All are free to students so check those out. E. Persona is hosting a Haiti inspired poetry contest. Poems should be received by the 28th and sent to email@example.com and will be featured in this springs edition of Persona. F. The next Speaker Series is coming up on the 24th at 7:00pm. The Onion, a satirical new organization will be coming and it will be held at Woodward. 4 G. I am passing around a contact list. Please write what committee will be counted for your attendance requirement. If you do not have a committee or do not know if you are on a committee, please see me after the meeting. H. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 5:30pm. IV. BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ REPORT: RYAN MEERSMAN The Board of Trustees met last Thursday, February 11, 2010 to discuss a number of action items. The first set of action items under the Academic and Student Affairs were to permanently appoint Doctor Marsha Marotta as Dean of undergraduate Studies, Doctor Elizabeth Preston as dean of Faculty, and Doctor Kimberly Tobin as Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education. All were approved by the full board. Then, Mr. Robert A. Johnson, a graduate of Westfield State College and the CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts, was approved by the full board to be eligible for an honorary degree. Also, two items to bring the cost of DGCE credits and tuition closer in line with the costs of what day students pay were approved. The last motion was to approve a $50.00 technology fee that would coincide with each online course taken. I had a lot questions about this motion and the issue was tabled until the March 25th meeting. The new charge would be applied to ALL online courses because they will all be listed under DGCE from now on. It is more expensive to run an online course than an in class course, but I felt even a proposed waiver system would cause problems among student who find themselves having to take an online course, and would like to find out more information about it. 1. ALYSSA ZABRIEK: My roommate is in three online classes right now because her major prevents her from overloading into any of those classes so she is forced to take online classes. 2. RYAN MEERSMAN: So this is not a scheduling issue? 3. ALYSSA ZABRIEK: No, it’s that it is the classes she can take for her major are already filled and she HAS to take them online. 4. RYAN MEERSMAN: I think what we covered in the board meeting was that the waiver system would cover students if they had no choice but to take an online course. I would like to see a clear guideline of how they would be exempt from that. 5. SAM STONE: I am a biology major so my labs are held at specific times once a week which make it hard to take core classes. Online classes are how I take my core classes. 6. STEPHANIE CLOSE: I think most people, myself included, have jobs off campus so to be able to fit in classes they have to take online classes. 7. KATE BADJO: I think that online classes are popular among athletes so that students can participate with the sport and school work. 8. RYAN MEERSMAN: So how do you feel, would paying $50.00 for an online course be 5 reasonable. Other schools charge $150.00 for an online course. Some community colleges pay $25.00. I do recognize the difference between the $800.00 technology fees so that comparison isn’t really the same thing. 9. AMY WING: I think it is unfair to compare other colleges to paying $100.00 because we do pay an $800.00 technology fee. We don’t know what other colleges pay in fees so that comparison isn’t really the same thing. 10. KRISTIN MAZEIKA: I think it is really going to discourage students from taking online courses. You will have to pay so much. You can’t even get around not buying the book. It would really hurt those people who are forced to take an online class. 11. CAITLIN BARRY: It sound like the people here would have rather have taken a class in a classroom. Students who take online classes seem forced to do it through time constraints or scheduling issues. 12. MEAGHAN MACDONALD: I think a lot of students would try to find a way around the waiver. 13. DOMINIQUE PRICE: Students pay their bills before hand and then they sign-up for classes so this may cause an issue with the billing system. A. ALL COLLEGE COMMITTEE: NO REPORT B. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: NO REPORT C. LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE: NO REPORT D. STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE: NO REPORT C. NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE: NO REPORT C. NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY BOARD: NO REPORT D. ALUMNI REPORT: NO REPORT E. FOUNDATION REPORT: NO REPORT F. LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE: NO REPORT A. VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT STUDENT LIFE: AUSTIN SAHAGIAN A. STUDENT LIFE REPORT: NO REPORT B. MULTICULTURAL REPORT: DOMINIQUE PRICE 1. Monday February 22cnd is “Who am I” in the Scanlon Living room from 7:00-9:00pm sponsored by TWO. 2. Tuesday February 23rd there will be a Poetry Reading in the Scanlon Living Room from 7:00- 9:00pm sponsored by the Poetry Club for Black History Month. 3. Thank you for supporting the Haiti events. Happy Mardi Gras-Fat Tuesday. C. FOOD SERVICE COMMITTEE: NO REPORT D. HEALTH COMMITTEE: MEGAN DONOVAN 1. Reminder that the blood drive is tomorrow in Parenzo Gym from 1:00-7:00pm. All donors will receive a Bruins long sleeve black tee- shirt courtesy of the Red Cross. 6 2. Also, I will pass along a sign-up sheet for people if you are able to help that will be great. You will receive units if you are able to volunteer. 3. The next meeting is March 3rd at 4:00pm in the Counseling Center. E. PARKING CONTROL BOARD: NO REPORT F. SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE: NO REPORT G. CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE: NO REPORT H. STUDENT ATHLETIC ADVISORY BOARD: NO REPORT I. SUBSTANCE ADVISORY BOARD: NO REPORT B. VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT-ACADEMIC LIFE: ELIZABETH STACK A. ACADEMIC POLICIES COMMITTEE: NO REPORT B. CURRICULUM COMMITTEE: NO REPORT C. ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: NO REPORT D. REVIEW OF THE COMMON CORE COMMITTEE: NO REPORT E. INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS COMMITTEE: NO REPORT F. WRITING LIAISONS COMMITTEE: NO REPORT VII. VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT-PROGRAMMING: AMANDA KING A. Last week the Campus Center put on a game show called “Think Fast: which went over really well, as well as, the free Build a Bear event in the DC, which had 1-2 hour waits. Gotta love last minute Valentine’s Day Gifts. B. This Saturday, February 20th, the Campus Center will be putting on a Madden 09 Xbox Tourney in the Campus Center from 4:00-7:00pm- Please sign up with Erin Kearney by 5:00pm Friday night if you are interested. C. Next Friday, CAB is having its monthly Brown Bag Bingo at 11:00pm in the Campus center- if you plan on attending please bring a few dollars to donate to the Haiti Relief Efforts on campus. CAB will be helping out with that next Friday night. D. Spring Weekend is in full swing- I know who our performer will be but I haven’t even shared with CAB yet because it was cancelled thanks to that snow day last week. So, you guys will have to wait some more. Our theme, however, will be based on everyone’s favorite website “Texts from Last Night” with some great ideas for t-shirts and slogans already planned out. E. The next meeting is February 17, 2010 at 5:00pm on the couches. VIII. FINANCE REPORT: MEAGHAN MACDONALD A. FUNDRAISING REQUEST REPORT: NO REPORT B. FINANCE COMMITTEE: MEAGHAN MACDONALD 1. Hello Everyone. I hope your weekend went well. The first proposal is for Women Empowering Other Women for refreshments for a Poetry Jam they are having. I move to allocate $134.50 to the WEOW Club. The motion was seconded and was approved. 2. The second proposal is for the Third World Organization for a choreographer to come to help with set design and other aspects for the fashion show coming up. She will be coming three times a week till the show occurs. I move to allocate $900.00 to the third World Organization. The motion was seconded and passed. 7 3. The last proposal is for the Psychology club. They will be attending a psychology conference in New York City. I move to allocate $2,134.00 to the Psychology Club. The motion was seconded and passed. 4. Thank you. Our next Finance Committee meeting will be determined so look out for an email. IX. SECRETARY’S REPORT: AMY WING/LINDSEY HOWE A. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: AMY WING B. LEGISLATIVE SECRETARY: LINDSEY HOWE 1. Reminder that 4 units are due by Monday, March 1st at 4:00pm. I will send a reminder email out soon. Also, I put out Blue Key nomination forms today and they will be emailed to all students, faculty, and staff later this week. Forms are also available in all residence halls after tonight. I need all Hall Presidents to come see me quickly after the meeting. For those of you who don’t know what Blue Key is, it’s the most prestigious award given to students by Student Government, you simply fill out the form and turn it in down here and if you are nominated you are notified and asked to fill out another form. The forms are due by March The committee is in charge of choosing who receives the award. I am taking nominations for two people from each class to serve on the committee. The committee consists of: Amanda King, Kristin Mazeika, Alyssa Zabierek, Kate Badjo, Meaghan MacDonald, Danielle Moran, Dave Getchell, and Brandon Burr. X. COMMITTEE REPORTS: A. RULES & REGULATIONS COMMITTEE: ROSS BECK 1. Because that I made last week was an amendment to the SGA constitution we need to vote it twice. I move to approve the addition of Section 3 to Article XI of the SGA constitution. The motion was seconded and approved. 2. The next meeting is February 17, 2010 at 2:30pm in Colleens Office. B. ALCOHOL REVIEW BOARD: NO REPORT XI. COMMUTER COUNCIL, CLASS AND HALL REPORTS: A. COMMUTER COUNCIL: NO REPORT B. SENIOR CLASS: KRISTIN MAZEIKA 1. We have sold over 100 Senior Fest packets. Get yours ASAP if you plan on going! 2. This Friday will be a Senior Night at The Perch from 9:00pm-1:00am. All food is 50% off and there will be a DJ. Come have fun if you are over 21. 3. Next Thursday is the Helping Hands for Haiti Benefit Show at 7:30pm at Ever Hall and stage. This is $5.00 with an ID and $10.00 without. Tickets are on sale now at the Campus Center window. Acts for the night 8 include Dance Club, Dance Team, Step Team, Pep Band, MTG and the Night Owls. Come out and support this wonderful cause. 4. The next meeting is February 22, 2010 at 6:15pm in the SGA conference room. C. JUNIOR CLASS: NO REPORT D. SOPHOMORE CLASS: MEAGHAN MACDONALD 1. Hello Everyone. Our Condom Gram sales went very well. We delivered them on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Thank you tour council and it will be an even bigger hit next year. 2. Right now we are just working with 2010 and 2013 for the Haiti benefit on February 25th in Dever. 3. The next meeting is February 17th at 4:45pm in the Ely 1st floor conference room. E. FRESHMEN CLASS: DAVE GETCHELL 1. We recently appointed 2 new members to our council as publicist and secretary. We will also be selling Class of 2013 shirts, which are being ordered now. 2. The next meeting is February 17th at 4:00pm in the SGA conference room. F. APARTMENT COMPLEX: JOHN PAPPAS 1. There is an event February 17th at 8:00pm. There will be baked potato bowls and nachos. 2. A bulletin board in Welch was destroyed over the weekend so we will be getting that fixed quickly. 3. The next meeting is February 22 at 5:30pm in Chaitalli’s office. G. COURTNEY HALL: NO REPORT H. DAVIS HALL: JIM ROBERTSON 1. I accept the resignation of Christopher Lewis from Davis Hall Council as a Representative to Senate. 2. The next meeting is February 17th at 8:30pm in the Davis Hall Common Room. I. DICKINSON: NO REPORT J. LAMMERS: NO REPORT K. NEW HALL: ALYSSA ZABIEREK 1. New hall will be having a Westfield/Career Services Trivia event on March 3rd at 8:00pm. There will be prizes awarded and you will compete as individuals not as teams. 2. We will be purchasing 3 vacuums. 3. Our next meeting is next Wednesday February 17th at 5:45pm in New Hall. K. SCANLON HALL: NO REPORT XII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: NONE XIII. NEW BUSINESS: NONE XIV. ANNOUNCEMENTS: AUSITN SAHAGIAN: There is a student life meeting after this. NICOLE NALEPA: This is your last chance to get your WSC wristbands. LINDSEY HOWE: Hall Presidents, don’t forget to get your Blue Key Packets. 9 DANIELLE SERVIDEO: Anyone who went to the date auction dinner with Dr. Dobelle there is a thank you card on Barb’s desk for you to sign. KRISTEN MAZEIKA: Please join the Relay For Life fan page. There are 102 days until commencement. XV. ROLL CALL: Hugh Mailly, James Walsh, Samantha Hopkins, Chris Lewis, Dylan Zukowski, Allie McLaughlin, and Veronica Tumavicus were absent. Andy Golas was excused, and Courtney Sarantos sent an alternate. XVI. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 6:29pm. To ensure the courtesy of others, please turn off your cell phone before the meeting
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