Student Government Association
February 7, 2006
1. Call to order
Meeting called to order at 8:11
|Sen. Will||Tardy, excused|
|Sen. Williams||Tardy, excused|
|President Lavan||Tardy, excused|
TOTALS Present 25 Absent 0 Excused 0
Approval of the Minutes:
Minutes from Jan. 31, 2006 approved
II Officer Reports
a. Secretary Lang- Please send me excuses for the things you know you are going to miss if you already know you are going to miss them.
b. Treasurer Ehricht- $8, 227.81 left for the semester.
c. V.P. EA Cole- Homecoming went well, thank you all for coming to the events. I will email you something for media report from film society later.
d. V.P. IA Hills- We will have revisions next week.
e. President Lavan- Iím sorry I was late. I had four meetings before this one. There are a couple of things we need to talk about before we get into meeting. What was said last week was not meant for everyone, but some of you needed to hear it, some of you do your job and do it well. Something else has been brought to my attention, some other senators feel that if we run out of money we will stop having meetings, we will meet until the end of the semester. Make sure you are communicating with your class, use your power to cut/add/vote. Do your homework. Make sure you know what you are passing.
III Old Business
Senator Boudreaux moves to take off the table Resolution 0506_18 Resolution to allocate $446.50 to Juggling Club to fund new equipment seconded by Senator Monette
Senator Kohrs moves to amend line 3 to read $302, line 27 to say five sets of three and then for line 42 to read Therefore Let it be resolved that the SGA allocate $302 to the Juggling Club to fund new equipment (the amendment also implying that the equipment be stored in the SUB) Seconded by Senator Rougely
Senator Kohrs-This would give everyone something to have at meeting and enough with which to get started.
Senator Boudreaux-Nicole said that she is very open to housing the equipment in the SUB.
Senator Monette-Itís a good idea to keep it in the SUB. Considering the size of the club, I think the cut is good.
Senator Russell- I feel like we should give them what they are asking for so they can get what they need so they donít have to come back and ask for more.
Senator Williams- I think itís a good amendment. They need this stuff so they can start fundraising.
Senator Lusted-I think if we cut it, they wonít have enough to get started and do demonstrations, so they wonít be able to do their own fundraising.
Senator Russell calls to question seconded by Senator Ward
|President Lavan||Passes Y 15 N 9 A 0|
The amendment passes and we will keep the equipment in info center
Senator Ward- They need this money and they will fundraise to get the rest that they need.
Senator Cook calls to question seconded by Senator Monette
||Sen. Cook|| Y
||Sen. Will|| Y
||Sen. King|| y
||Sen. Lusted|| y
||Sen. McDonald|| y
||Sen. Russell|| y
||Sen. Williams|| Y
||Sen. Boudreaux|| y
||Sen. Burnom|| y
||Sen. Kohrs|| y
||Sen. Rougely|| y
||Sen. Scanlan|| y
||Sen. Argue|| y
||Sen. Harrell|| y
||Sen. Monette|| y
||Sen. Nguyen|| y
||Sen. Stuart|| y
||Secretary Lang|| y
||Treasurer Ehricht|| y
||VPEA Cole|| y
||VPIA Hills|| y
Passes Y 24 N 0 A 0
Senator Stuart moves to take Resolution 0506_19 Resolution to allocate $ 2,250 to FCA to attend the Annual Louisiana College Athlete Retreat at Camp Bethany February 10-12 off the table, seconded by treasurer Ehricht
Senator King- I move to amend lines 3 and 27 to read $750, seconded by Senator Cook
Senator King- The rest of our budget needs to be taken into account. They wonít bring back anything to run their organization. If we do cut it down, we are still paying $25 a person. We only gave Outreach $500 for their whole year. The fundraising issue is that they havenít done any yet. This was their first stop.
Senator Harrell- First of all I know that they have known about this since last year, and they have chosen to come to us only now, they should have come sooner. I think we need to be consistent with the money we give out. Most of the time students pay things out of their pocket.
Senator Kohrs-I think they should pay something out of their pocket, but I think the benefit of this retreat is being overlooked. For those who do go they benefit tremendously.
At this point Chris Lavan recognizes how cool JT Kohrs is and Shannon Yells Zach Braff is hot.
Secretary Lang- I think the cut is good, because this organization seems to have more available fundraising resources from which to pull than do our other organizations.
Senator Hafer- I think that they will bring something back. Donít forget that we paid $1000 for 10 people, too
Senator Monette- This is a lot of money to pay for a trip to camp Bethany. Students should have to pay some. I have had to pay in the past, that made me appreciate it more.
Senator Scanlan- I do think the number is somewhat high. They are taught about how to bring things back to their organization. Andy didnít say that they students werenít willing to fundraise. He just doesnít want them to pay out of their pocket.
Senator Argue- We are coming up with this number 30 for people to go. If more people donít sign up, the $25 a person goes up.
Senator Rougely- We have given more money than that to go to weekend trips. I can see us going half. I think that $750 is too low.
Senator King- It has nothing to do with which organization it is. I didnít cut it b/c itís FCA. From the movie and what they said is that the trip is just for fun.
Senator Ward- I feel that this is low. If we give them $25 the whole cost is $115 we would be giving them one fourth.
Senator Argue- They pointed out that of the $115 was still an estimate, and that the fundraising money hasnít come yet, and that it was his opinion for them not to be paying out of pocket.
Waterhouse-The registration fee is $75. The fundraising is done by Andy Stroope. We have nothing to do with the fundraising.
Treasurer Ehricht- Just to reiterate, FCA has a person who has a job description to fundraise for our FCA group. None of our other groups has this.
Senator Lusted-I just wanted to counteract that this retreat is just for fun, itís a retreat for personal growth. I just donít think that this is all in vain.
Senator Nguyen calls to question, Seconded by VPEA Cole
|President Lavan||Motion passes Y 13 N 9 A 2|
Senator Cook calls the main motion to question, Senator Williams objects
Senator Williams moves to amend lines 3& 27 to read $1200, Seconded by Senator Lusted
Senator Williams-Us paying forty dollars a person is reasonable, they are paying $35 out of pocket, last year we gave $1800.
Senator Cook-If they are putting up $40 we can put up $40. $1200 is more than half of their entire cost. We shouldnít have to pay that much for their weekend. I donít think that itís right that we expect these groups to get by on this little bit of money.
Senator Liddell- This retreat is about meetings and they get leadership skills, they learn how to spread the word about what they are about.
Senator Russell- A lot of people have brought up the Frisbee Club, its further away and itís over a longer amount of time. By these people going to this tournament uped their competitiveness. Yes FCA going to this retreat is different.
Senator Nguyen- This is a reasonable amount b/c itís less than what we gave them last year%, I think people would be willing to go and pay $35. Maybe some of us donít understand but this is about spirituality and this retreat could potentially change someoneís life.
Senator Monette- I donít think we are putting a cost on the experience. We are trying to be responsible with our money.
Senator Nguyen- I donít think we should consider saving money now as opposed to earlier, because itís not fair to these organizations that come later in the semester. We have $8000 left but we only have two months left, and $1200 out of $8000 isnít too much.
Senator King- Let me clarify about the ďfunĒ factor. I understood from what we heard last week that it had nothing to do about informational sessions.
VPEA Cole calls to question, Senator Monette seconds
|President Lavan||Motion Fails Y 10 N 11 A 3|
Treasurer Ehricth calls, Senator Williams objects
Senator Williams-I move to amend lines three and 27 to read $1125, seconded by Senator Lusted
Senator Williams-This is exactly half of what they are asking for.
Senator Boudreaux calls to question objected by Senator Liddell
Senator Liddell- This addition is a good amount. We should pass this one.
Senator King- I donít think this amendment was necessary. Itís only $75 less.
Senator Williams- Earlier we were complaining about paying more than half.
Senator Monette- I donít think we are responsible for more students than is in the resolution.
Senator Boudreaux- I move to limit debate, seconded Harrell to one pro and one con for this amendment
Senator Boudreaux- Nevermind, I withdraw my motion
Senator Russell calls to question, Senator Ward seconds
|President Lavan||Passes Y 12 N 11 A 1|
Senator Williams calls to question Senator Cook seconds
|President Lavan||Motion passes.|
VPEA Cole moves to pull Resolution 0506_20 Resolution to charter the Polski Klub (Polish Club) at Centenary College of Louisiana off the table, seconded by Senator Monette
VPEA Cole- This is a great club to be chartered, they have a constitution, it is based entirely education values, fun and educational what more can you want.
Senator Liddell calls to question, Senator Ward seconds
|President Lavan||Motion passes Y 24 N 0 A 0|
Senator Stuart moves to pull Resolution 0506_21 Resolution to allocate $190 to Diya Surie to attend the Southeastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University off the table, seconded by Senator Ward
-Before we move into debate we need to make a change, as per the academic conference part of our bylaws says that we will pay up to the amount of registration and half of travel, that comes to $170 (it should have always read $170)
The Resolution should read:
- Resolution 0506_21 Resolution to allocate $170 to Diya Surie to attend the Southeastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University
Senator Harrell-Can we suspend the rules to amend it back to $190?
Darrius Hills- Technically yes, but we should have never seen the figure $190
Senator Argue- As we heard, she has applied to grad schools and will further her education, this would be very beneficial to her and to the name of Centenary.
Senator Stuart calls to question, Senator Harrell seconds
||Sen. Cook|| Y
||Sen. Will|| Y
||Sen. King|| Y
||Sen. Lusted|| Y
||Sen. McDonald|| Y
||Sen. Russell|| Y
||Sen. Williams|| Y
||Sen. Boudreaux|| Y
||Sen. Burnom|| Y
||Sen. Kohrs|| Y
||Sen. Rougely|| Y
||Sen. Scanlan|| Y
||Sen. Argue|| Y
||Sen. Harrell|| Y
||Sen. Monette|| Y
||Sen. Nguyen|| Y
||Sen. Stuart|| Y
||Secretary Lang|| Y
||Treasurer Ehricht|| Y
||VPEA Cole|| Y
||VPIA Hills|| Y
Motion Passes Y 24 N 0 A 0
IV New Business
Senator Monette moves to adopt Resolution 0506_22 Resolution to allocate to allocate $1550 for willing students, alumni, faculty, and staff to do hurricane relief work in southern Louisiana, Seconded by Secretary Lang
*Harrell reads the resolution
Yields time to Ashley Junot and Jennifer Bouso%3
Bouso- We are trying to arrange a mission trip to southern Louisiana. Please make sure you have the proposal, and the letter a Centenary alum wrote a letter about the trip. We have prepared a brief DVD presentation for you.
Senator Cook- How did you pay for the trip previously?
Junot- That was from the chaplainís funds and those funds do not exist anymore.
VPIA Hills- Have you thought about partnering with any other organizations on campus?
Bouso- They cost is for food and transportation the cost wouldnít be reduced by partnering with other organizations.
Advisor Chirhart- Have you gone to Loweís or Home Depot to see if they would donate anything?
Bouso- Thatís a good idea, we could try that and remember any cost we donít use will be returned to the SGA.
Senator King- Have you spoken with the public relations office, b/c this could really help the school.
Bouso- We could look into that.
Senator Williams- Is this limited to the people you have written down?
Junot- If we get more feedback, it would increase travel cost.
Bouso- It would increase the travel amount by 35 to take another van
Senator Ward- There were 17 spots available, have yaíll filled those?
Junot- We havenít filled them all, we are sending out a global tomorrow.
Senator Harrell- Have the houses been chosen?
Bouso- We are staying at a church in Madisonville and we have a house to work on and if we finish early there are other houses to work on.
Junot- Itís going to be an 8-5 job and itís extremely structured.
Senator Boudreaux- What if someone gets hurt?
Bouso- People have to take shots and there is a waiver form
Senator Williams- People who donít live in Shreveport will drive back up here?
Bouso- There will be people who live in Slidell who will probably meet us there.
Senator Monette- Can you clarify the grocery costs?
Junot- We asked people to bring stuff for breakfasts. Some families make us dinner. The grocery money is for drinks and stuff to add to the food people bring.
Junot- We are taking two vans, one is free, we are getting one from enterprise and we are paying for that one and gas for both, $300 for the grocery bill, and one group mean and supplies.
Senator Ward- I wonder if you could check with Lowes or Home Depot this week.
Advisor Chirhart- I would talk to enterprise about that too.
Junot- We are getting the centenary rate, which is a reduced price than usual.
V. Extra Business
I need to see the alcohol committee after meeting.
They are about to start doing renovations in this room. Where do we want to meet%3?
We will meet in the Centenary Room.
We have done a lot so far.
Things have always slacked second semester in the past, we will be different.
We still need to work on video games.
We will be working on parts. It is your responsibility to work on your part.
Caf renovations presentation
RSVP to Board of Trustees luncheon
Wear your name tags meet at 11:45 in the SUB on Thursday
VI. Open Forum
Senator Stuart- I went to a bad ass party on Friday night.
Senator Harrell- I had a really fun weekend!!! We finally got recycling bin. We have 130 bins. Greyís Anatomy was amazing. My electricity bill is due tomorrow.
Senator Monette- Just so you know I didnít write that resolution that you read. The other thing is that if we are going to debate and amend something. If you donít like it vote NO. thatís why we have the other option.
Senator Argue- I second the bad ass party. I get to see jeff this weekend.
Senator Nguyen- I was working on Saturday, but my boss let me leave like fours hours early so I got to go to Homecoming stuff.
Senator Williams- I was a lot of fun at the parties this weekend. Iím working with the mascot people. I need your help after meeting tonight to clean off the windows tonight.
Senator McDonald- Grunes test.
Senator Lusted- I went to brookshires and Sandra bullock was there.
Senator King- Iím sorry about getting upset and I didnít want you to think I just said that all about FCA. I wouldíve voted the same way about a hippie communist.
Senator Russell- None.
Liz Delcamp- Iím sorry about that other article. Homecoming was great.
Senator Will- So I work at starbucks and Jimmy Fallen came in and I talked to him.
Senator Hafer- Steelers won the Superbowl.
Senator Ward- I got to go home for weekend.
Senator Liddell- Iím getting marriedÖ.at some point in time!!!
Senator Cook- I emailed Futreal and he hasnít emailed me back yet. Iím glad everyone had a great weekend, mine was from hell. I turned in my paper after not sleeping all Sunday night.
Senator Scanlan- I turn 21 on Thursday! Iím really excited.
Senator Kohrs- nothing
Senator Boudreaux- Last year around this time, I got a hold of this really thick acting makeup. I was going to paint myself black for the black and white party. Iím glad I didnít.
Senator Rougely- I donít know why there are still page long letters about my articles.
Advisor Delaney- not here
Secretary Lang- Good job on meeting tonight, my p-chem test today was really hard.
Advisor Chirhart- steelers won and I hate your shirt Senator Hafer
Treasurer Ehricht- great job on debate, meeting was fun tonight. Great job on homecoming Patrick!!!
V.P. EA Cole- Please go to the caf and help clean the windows. Alcohol committee stick around after meeting. We will get your name tags soon. It was brought up tonight that if we didnít give a group what they asked for, they will come back. That is what we are here for. Awesome party Chris.
VPIA Hills- Revisions will be ready next week, committee we wonít meet b/c I have chor tour this weekend
President Lavan- alcohol committee meet after meeting. Punt Pass Kick on Monday! I was extremely impressed with your debate tonight. I need to see media committee and hafer and ward after meeting.
Treasurer Ehricht moves to adjourn and itís seconded by Senator Monette