Session of February 4, 2016

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February 4, 2016

Minutes Recorded by: Alisa Wilson, Senate Secretary

Guests: Student Body Treasurer - Matt Staley, YAC President - Danielle Lamphear, YAC Representative - Jake Hall, LSM Treasurer - Alisa Wilson, Student Body President - Morgan Weaver, Marcus Smith, Joshua Imken, Jonathan Foust


Call to Order at 11:04 am

Opening Prayer by Senator Hartsfield

Roll Called

Approval of Minutes

Minutes approved.

Officer Reports

Sen. Meadows: It looks like most people are in dress code. One senator is not. I would highly encourage you to come in dress code next time.

Committee Reports

Sen. Whipple: The Election Committee has been extremely busy. Interviews are this Friday. We have all our candidates. It's all going well.

Sen. Largent: The Public Records Committee took pictures last semester. We're going to take pictures again here on a white background for the wiki page. If you have your shirt on, stay and we can start getting the pictures.

Old Business

New Business

Sen. Meadows: Bill brought to the floor: "Club and Organization Recognition Act of Spring 2016 Part 2," formally recognizing Lambda Omega Chi.

V.P. Hollis: It is the girls society. We formally recognize them because they are not residential.

The bill passes.

Sen. Bergman: Bill brought to the floor: "Student Government Elections Fund Act of Spring 2016," for the allocation of funds for the purchase of decorations and refreshments for the election debate event.

Sen. Davis: Is this a new idea?

V.P. Hollis: We've had this every year. It encourages students to attend.

P.P.T. Goode: Can we friendly amend bill to be sponsored only by Senator Whipple for formality and redundancy?

The bill is friendly amended.

The bill passes.

Special Business

Resignation from Tom Davenport read.

Sen. Iverson: Letter from V.P. Hollis read about running for re-election, asking for exemption from obtaining 200 signatures.

Sen. Davis: If we didn't approve this, would that prevent students from having a choice in whether they want her for V.P. or not?

Sen. Whipple: That will be determined by the voting. If students didn't want her, they would have that choice in the actual voting process.

Pres. Weaver: You still have to get 50% of the votes.

P.P.T. Goode: The signatures are required more for candidate to start dialoguing with the voters. It enforces the campaign process.

Exemption is approved.

Open Forum

Student Body Treasurer Matthew Staley gives Senate Budget Presentation for Spring 2016.

LSM Treasurer Alisa Wilson gives LSM Budget Presentation for Spring 2016.

YAC Representative Jake Hall gives YAC Budget Presentation for Spring 2016.

Pres. Weaver: The school was contacted by an organization called Share the Bus. They provide bus rides from college campuses to major cities. I want some feedback from you guys about if you think students would be interested. It takes at least 35 students going to one specific place to verify a bus. A bus from here to Dallas would only be around $27 per person. The pros are they pick you up straight from campus and it will only be LeTourneau students. But you would have to plan and make sure you can leave when the bus was leaving. The biggest times would be Christmas break, spring break, maybe fall break.

Sen. Butler: Could these buses be contracted out if large groups like a club wanted to go somewhere for a weekend or event?

Pres. Weaver: LeTourneau has a bus system already in place for that kind of thing.

Sen. Iverson: Could it stop at multiple places within the city or would it go just to one?

Pres. Weaver: I think it could drop off along the way.

Sen. Iverson: Is $27 for a round trip or one way?

Pres. Weaver: I think one way.

P.P.T. Goode: This is an open question for everyone: in your interactions with people on your floor, do you know of people who have specifically had to make special plans?

Sen. Iverson: I've had to. I don't have a car, so I had to make a post on the Buzz app asking for a ride. Someone contacted me and offered a ride. If you don't have a car, it would be a lot easier to have a bus.

P.P.T Goode: Are there other feasible destinations other than Dallas and Houston?

Pres. Weaver: Maybe Shreveport. I also asked her about places further away like California. It would be more expensive than a flight. We need a way to poll students to figure out what cities we could get enough students for.

Sen. Reddy: We could ask each of our floors.

Sen. Iverson: Are we putting this into action this spring break or waiting until next year?

Pres. Weaver: We'll see. The lady is very eager so I think it would be possible to get it for spring break. It depends on student response and the school's liability.

P.P.T. Goode: If our schedule allows next week, can you come back so we can give you feedback?

Pres. Weaver: Yes, I'll be here. We need find out who would take a bus to what city.

V.P. Hollis: Next week we have a speaker, Deena Shelton, to talk about Vine Up. Go to letu.vineup.com and sign up for an account and look around. Vine Up is a LeTourneau version of Linked In. It is only LETU alumni and current students. It is a way to communicate with our alumni. There are lots of pros and cons. Even if you don't like it, look around and come next week with questions. Career Services is using us as a focus group.

P.P.T. Goode: I was skeptical at first and then I signed up and was pretty impressed. I was able to find people who were seniors when I was a freshman and see what they did within a couple years. It was easy to sign up. It does not have an app, so you have to do it through a web browser.

Sen. Hartsfield: Two weeks ago, I asked for people to check their floors for vacuums and get back to me. If you haven't responded, please respond. I've only had four people get back to me.

J. Swehla: Does anybody know why MSC-3 is locked during the day?

Sen. Whipple: You'd have to talk with Security.

Sen. Iverson: Could you please inform Admissions that it's locked? So we can tell previewers who are wanting to look at the museum?

Meeting adjourned at 11:36 am