Senate still debating ethics of receiving incentives
Senate President Katrina Hurley brought up the idea of scholarships or incentives for senators again Monday. Coy Clark, student trustee, originally brought up the idea at a bonding event, Sept. 24. He suggested scholarships would make more people apply for senator positions and help with competition for positions.
Monday, Hurley said that no students showed up at the last forum to discuss scholarships and incentives.
“The last open forum absolutely no one showed up,” Hurley said. “And I sat there for 20 minutes, so obviously the student body is not as outraged as we thought they were going to be about this.”
Sen. Jessica Hartman said that her constituents were more accepting of the jackets than the scholarship. Sen. Josh Mayer said his constituents do not like the scholarship coming from student fees. Clark also suggested making scholarships or incentives as a constitutional amendment that students would then have to vote to on to pass.
Clark originally suggested senators earn about $200 per senator.
This idea was proposed for the second time at the Oct. 11 meeting. Hurley suggested at that meeting that another incentive would be having jackets funded through Senate.
“I think that it’s definitely good to have some sort of ‘Hey, you did a good job,’ because sometimes we are not appreciated on campus at all,” Hurley said.
On Oct. 11, Mayer said he sees an ethical issue with using student fee money to buy jackets. Hurley responded saying other clubs have sweatshirts, sweatpants, or T-shirts paid through student fees when they ask the Activity Fee Board to approve budgets for their clubs. Clark affirmed his position saying students should trust their senators.
“My thing on the scholarships is essentially the students investing in their government,” Clark said. “If we can’t trust our senators not to be blowing out these huge paychecks they shouldn’t be senators in the first place.”
Clark also suggested looking at getting tuition waivers from the administration.
Senators agreed that there would need to be an outside source to look at the decision to make sure Senate was checked.
Hurley said Monday there will be no forum today because she and a few senators are on a trip to Peru State College, but there will be a forum Thursday, Nov. 3 to discuss scholarships. Hurley said that will be the last forum to discuss scholarships.
Senate Adviser Mathew Brust said he had concerns with some of the issues brought up at the Saturday Senate bonding from Sept. 24.
“We had that open meeting and lots of important things were brought up,” Brust said. “Two of them were in the paper and I discussed with my fellow faculty because there was some concern that this has been discussed with the paper but hasn’t been discussed with the faculty. The two were animosity between the students and the biology faculty. And the second was students not knowing who their advisers are.”
The Eagle had reported in the Sept. 29 edition, “B.E.A.M.S.S. senators spoke about animosity between students and professors in the science department.
“There has also been issues because sometimes freshmen and sophomores in the science department have advisers who they won’t see until they are juniors or seniors in the department, which makes it hard for the students to go talk with their advisers.”
Brust said that he is wondering how wide-spread these issues are. Brust said he wonders if students who claim to have animosity with professors have talked with the professors and if they have talked with the department chair. He said he wants to know if the advisers issue is a common problem among all programs or who it affects exactly.
Hartman said she has a draft for a petition to get signatures to get the library open on Saturdays. Hartman said she will edit the draft and send it to all the senators. Clark suggested each senator try to get 25 different signatures.
The Parking Committee reported they have been dealing with a lot of tickets given during sporting events. The committee was told to bring the issue to Senate.
Senators voted to give support behind allowing residents to park in commuter parking during sporting events without getting ticketed. Senate will take the issue to administration.
Clark suggested a new committee to Senate called the Dorms and Ground Committee. The reason for the committee is because the Campus Improvement Committee only has five members taking on almost all of Student Senate’s issues. The committee would take on the tasks that deal with the dorm issues on campus. The Campus Improvement Committee would fix other issues on campus.
Clark also presented a scavenger hunt to get students to find different services on campus. The scavenger hunt was just a rough draft and Clark presented it just for feedback at this point in time.
Hartman mentioned that her constituents do not know where the recycling bins are in the buildings on campus. Hurley said Senate is waiting on approval from all the building managers before they put any of the bins out.
The Campus Improvement Committee is working on gathering information about the cost of putting feminine-product vending machines in all the bathrooms on campus.
The Bylaw Revision Committee is looking at the wording of the bylaws and checking on the checks and balances to make them line up with what it says in the constitution and what Senate actually does.
Pat Beu, senior director of student affairs, reminded senators that it is important to attend the events that Senate puts its money behind.
“It’s not enough for us to get together on a Monday evening at 5 o’clock and say, ‘Hey something important and that we should support something’ and then not support it,” Beu said.
Deena Kennell, director of internship and career services, said if you don’t support it then don’t pay for it.
Student Senate Vice President Curtis Stevens said Senate has $89,818.10 in projected funds.
Chief Justice Sam Merrill said that she if someone has the Campus Improvement Committee or the Activity Fee Board’s bylaws, send them to Merrill. She said she is also working on the impeachment petition for Sen. Clayton Hinman and senators can expect to vote on that next week.
Alyssa Bauer, student activities and leadership graduate student, said she is no longer taking orders from random websites. If clubs want to order supplies online, Bauer said she will only be ordering from Amazon or Wal-Mart. She said taking orders from other websites takes longer and there are more people who have to approve the charge before it can be ordered.