MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 19, 2003
1. Opening Ceremony
2. Roll Call
Members Present: Koji Sado, Jermaine Thomas, Beth Nichols, Jennifer Prevost, Misty Fernandez, Alphonza Thomas, Andrea Miyagi, Senel Vurgun, Tommy Crane, Jennifer Langley, Chris Adams, Dominique Cooper, Siporia Wrighten, Marko Gospojevic, Adam Grossman, Lenora Bowler, Shannon Gentry, Jeremy Johnson, Ryan Jewell, Tanya Agina
Excused Absences – Paul Parker, Rachel Harbert, Theresa Vitek, Brian Corn, Brad Trogdon
Unexcused Absences – Selena Craig
3. Reading of Minutes:
The minutes were read and were unanimously approved by the senate.
4. Guest Speaker:
A. Mary Locklear from Palmer Prevention came and thanked the senate for the volunteering of the underage drinking dance and teen court. There were about twenty volunteers. She wants to find out more information about the program Y.E.L.L. seminar. There is another event coming up called “Done in a Day.” Volunteers are needed to pick up, paint, and any other jobs necessary at the center, especially at the amphitheater. From 10-3 and then from 3-7. There will also be other organizations to help out such as S.A.D.D. and N.A.S.A. It will be April 5th and it is mandatory for senators to be there.
B. This was not on the agenda. The ropes course from last year was helped sponsored by the senate. In return, the senate wanted some type of recognition with a plaque. However, the senate needs to supply the sign. The money the senate donated will be going towards the logo. The set up will be March 12th and SGA is welcome to come and give a few words about how this will benefit the school. In addition, the senate should come out on the ropes course as a group for team building activities.
5. Committee Reports
Student Issues: Dr. Jones and Dean Swiney are looking into the matter concerning Belk Hall’s showers to see if the roof above them is collapsing. The concern about the need for diet drinks in West and Belk Hall is also being looked into at this time, and I will ask at the next meeting with Dr. Jones about the progress of these issues.
The classroom trailers will be located behind the Dial building (which will probably take up some parking spaces), during the time the construction is being done on the science building. They will not interfere with the physical plant or the science building in any way! If lack of parking spaces becomes a problem they have talked with Greg Bryant who owns the property behind Burger King, and they will rent or lease that area as a place for students to park. This project will last approximately 15 months (starting after homecoming). The trailers will be on the side of the ditch closest to Dial, and the construction of the apartments will be on the other (if the apartments are passed by the GA). Concerning the prices for the on-campus apartments next year, nothing is officially set in stone yet. Since this is the first time the school has had anything like this they have nothing to compare it with but they have said it will be higher than the cost of living in Pine Hall, but lower than the cost of the University Courtyard Apartments. I did receive more specifics on the apartments. The University sets the requirements as to how the apartments will be run. As far as pre-construction, the University does have input as to how they would like the apartments to be built in some areas. They will have beds closets, desks and dressers furnished in the bedrooms, but the rest of the apartment will be open for students to add their own personal touch to the place (ex. Kitchen will not have pots and pans, etc.) The rooms will come with internet hookups as well to connect to the school network. There will be community laundromats (not sure if in each building but maybe in every other one, they are still working on specifics), and they will be the same type as in the dorms. Computer labs may or may not be in each building (again they are still working on specifics). There will be mailboxes over in that area, and they are looking to have 325 parking spaces built in that area (depending on the contractor that is chosen- this is one proposed plan).
Dr. Jones said it was not definite, but these apartments would be based on seniority based on the first-come, first-serve principle. There will not be CA’s, but will be run like the rest of the dorms with RA’s and RD’s. They are planning to not have a visitation policy (although quiet hours will be maintained), since it will be an upperclassmen dorm (but this is not official yet).
If this project comes online, Jacobs hall will be closed as far as housing goes, and the new dorm that was planned to be built for the fall will no longer be built. Also, they will hire an additional member to the campus police to patrol the area. If these on-campus apartments are built, then it may open up opportunities for students to have private rooms in other dorms on campus (and maybe in the apartments as well). With the money saved by going through a private contractor, Dr. Jones is hoping to use the money for more classroom spaces to house the liberal arts (there will be a need for more classrooms due to the increase of class sizes). The project should begin around March 7 if it passes in the General Administration (GA). If this is not successful, other housing developers may come into the area as Dr. Jones mentioned a developer was interested in building apartments behind the Food Lion area. When it is know about whether or not the apartments will be built, Dr. Jones and/or Dean Swiney would like to come and discuss more of the details with SGA. On Feb. 26-27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as many senators that can sign up to help work tables for the housing lottery are needed. The only requirement is that senators do not sign up for the lottery they are participating in (ex. Sophomores do not sign up for Junior positions, and returning seniors may not work the senior table). There will be 3 tables and 2 senators are needed to work each table. Each member of student issues should sign up to work at least one hour. This is mandatory and will be counted as our meeting for that week.
Food Committee: Due to the absence of the chair, there was no report
Entertainment: CAB showed "Coming To America" on Sunday, February 16. Two people were in attendance. Weekend Excursion was here on Monday (17th). It was a great turnout. There were over 200 students that came out to see the band. CAB will also be setting up for the semi-formal after Wednesdays meeting and during our Thursdays CAB meeting. Please come out and help if you are not busy!!!
Constitution: We currently have 4,432 students. If we divide the student body by 150 it means we need a total of 6 more senators than we currently have. Assuming the senate is currently full with 23 members. The future plans will be the growth of the student body to 6,000 students. We then would place 17 additional senators (not including the 6 senators added already). The senate approved for one representative for every 150 students in the senate.
Interclub: No report
Community Service: Teen court is on February 27 in Pembroke.
Spirit: The parade will be tomorrow at 3:45 and the skydiving at 4:45. Power 107 will be in the parade. The dorm competition was yesterday and the results will be given at the pep rally. There were a total of 8 banners.
Public Relations: Flyers for SGA Candidates meeting needs to be distributed. Also, working on the draft for SGA Times.
Critical Mass: No report due to the absence of committee chair
President’s Report: Koji Sado added to Dominique Cooper’s report by stating that there will be signs to be worked on after the meeting. Homecoming is going great. There were 150 people who had attended the Faculty/Staff basketball game and 200 to Weekend Excursion.
6. Old Business
A. Y.E.L.L. – Calvin Webster stated that it strengthens leadership, especially in SGA. It will be a great project for SGA to take part of. Potential speakers are Miss Fayetteville and Chief Ironbear. There will be workshops, roundtable discussions, and it will be among the high school students.
B. Senior Gift – There will be a meeting next week.
7. New Business
A. Flyers need to be given out for the Candidates meeting next week and it needs to be word of mouth as well
A. Book Rental meeting on March 17th at 10 am
B. Movie Library is in process of previewing movies
C. Wrestling match tomorrow
D. Saturday will be the step show and Pan Dance from 10-1:30 at Porter Plaza.
9. Roll Call
Members Present: Koji Sado, Jermaine Thomas, Beth Nichols, Jennifer Prevost, Misty Fernandez, Alphonza Thomas, Andrea Miyagi, Senel Vurgun, Tommy Crane, Jennifer Langley, Chris Adams, Dominique Cooper, Siporia Wrighten, Marko Gospojevic, Adam Grossman, Lenora Bowler, Shannon Gentry, Jeremy Johnson, Ryan Jewell, Tanya Agina, Theresa Vitek, Brian Corn
Excused Absences – Paul Parker, Rachel Harbert, Brad Trogdon
Unexcused Absences – Selena Craig
Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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