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SPRING 2021 SGA MEETING SCHEDULE

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SPRING 2021 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

January 25, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

A moment of silence was observed for the passing of two Nicholls students, Etic Thibodaux and Carolyn Johnson, over the semester break.

The prayer was led by Senator Madison Liner and the pledge was given by Senator Cooper Moore.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux and Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse (appointed) and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board member was absent: President Ethan Naquin.

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Gavin Wisdom, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave and Tyler Legnon.

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce, Ana Garcia and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Tabitha Tabb.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Benton Blanchard, Nicholls Worth staff and Josinique Reed.

Minutes of October 12 were approved as printed.

 

Justice Remy Lodrigues swears in Brady Levron as Student Body Vice President.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

I wanted to report on a few things:

              1 – We ordered 21,000 test kits.  That’s why you see so much testing on campus.  That was a recommendation of Higher Ed and CDC.  There will be some opportunities to open up some activities like Basketball with masks and rapid test required first.  Other activities can open up if we do a rapid test when a student is entering the venue.  Those results are available within 15 minutes.

              2 – We vaccinated 267 primarily Nicholls Nursing students, Allied Health Students, as well as faculty and staff, and then another 40 or so from Fletcher.  We also have the ability to vaccinate another 250 this week.  We’re reaching out to Nursing and Allied Health students.  We’re also reaching out to our employees, as well as our retirees that are 70 or over, and their spouses.  At the end of the day if you have extra doses in a vile, not to waste the vaccine, that vaccine can be given to someone out of the tier that we’re currently vaccinating which is 70 and over and Nursing and Allied Health faculty and staff.  We can give that to another faculty member who may not be able to return to campus because they are at risk.  We’re able to administer that final dose to them rather than waste it so we’re hoping that more individuals could get vaccinated and get back to campus.

              3 – The Bayou Side Development is going to have the ribbon cutting on Wednesday.  That’s going to be a small parking lot and kayak boat launch.  SGA is going to be represented there at the ribbon cutting.

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              4 – We had a flood study about Leighton Drive.  The fix is not easy.  It’s $2 or $3 million dollars of drainage pipes underground.  What we’re trying to work on having less pavement where possible and a little more green space.  You’ll see a lot of work behind Talbot Hall.  It was somewhat uninviting with the yellow and peach paint.  That wall will be repainted by a donor, Ms. Renee Danos, who has endowed the Danos Theater for $1 million gave an extra $80,000 to repaint that building and to fix the back.  We have a shed and some fencing back there.  We hope to put more greenery back there.  We can take away concrete, like cutting out areas to plant so we don’t have all that runoff when it rains.  We’re going to start moving on Free Speech Alley to make that a nicer cut through campus, more of a destination spot rather than just a road between two roads. 

              5 – The Wood was repaired by our own Maintenance over the break.  We’ll be looking for volunteer organizations to stain that wood.  Once it completely dries, it will be a dark brown stain that has to be applied to that wood.

              6 – The Parish will help us with lighting improvements on Bowie Road around the apartments and the Recreation Center. 

              7 – You might have noticed we’ve paused on the street names.  We did not get approval from the 911 Commission to move forward so we’re reevaluating how to move forward with that.  It might be a slower process.  We may have to put some signs back up for first responders around campus.

              8 – Basketball is playing again this Wednesday.  If you’re a student, I encourage you to get there early.  We had to turn away about 50 or 75 fans for the UNO game on Saturday.  We’re on a 7-game winning streak, right outside first place in the Conference.  Try to go to the games, both the men’s and women’s.  I encourage you to go. 

              9 – We’ve been talking about ways to get more students in the Union. We’re open to your ideas, particularly at night.  It kind of dies out.  We’re thinking of keeping the Food Court open a little longer, certainly keeping the Wild Blue place longer.  We’re also Esporting with Northwestern State.  They put a gaming lounge with high-end, high-tech games into their Student Union.  We’re exploring the possibility of an Esports/gaming lounge in the Union that would stay open late to keep people coming to the Union and make it a lively place.

These are the updates I have.  I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. what is your message to student leaders particularly about wearing masks and following university procedures regarding COVID prevention.  President Clune said we’re probably a few months away, probably April/May and even after that, we’ll be expected to wear masks.  Masks are still the most effective way of keeping the virus at bay.  We’ve done a very good job on this campus.  When we have visitors from other institutions and they see the students who wear masks, they’re very impressed and complimentary.  When it comes to student leaders like yourself and athletes, we need to be physical individuals out there, putting masks on.  You don’t have to be the mask police but setting an example by keeping the mask on.  Studies have shown that it protects you and the other person.  You get less virus exposed and less sick.  Then social distance of 6 feet is important and practicing good hygiene.  As soon as we can get the vaccines in your arms, we’ll get them.  We were the first school in the system to get the vaccines on our campus that were administered on Saturday and Sunday.  We were the first non-hospital Nursing & Allied Health School to get vaccines and we expect to be the first vaccines for all students.  There’s a lot of vaccine reluctance out there. Terrebonne Parish for example has one of the highest reluctance rates in the country with only 48% of residents that trust the vaccine.  There are counties in Virginia where 87% trust the vaccine.  Those places will open up before us if we don’t get people to trust the vaccine.  That’s why so many people on social media this weekend are posting pictures being vaccinated.  There are a lot of myths.  When you get vaccinated, I encourage you to get that photograph and get that story.  We have to break that stigma about getting the vaccine or we’re going to be opening later than other states. 

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      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. asked what can we do to get venues like Bayou Pizza to open later.  President Clune said there are two schools of thought.  Someone in food services will tell you that you have to get the right food venues in there to get the crowd.  I believe you have to get the activities in there to get the crowd.  That means this gaming lounge concept is where any student can use gaming computers and high-resolution screens.  It will also be a practice place for our Esports team that participate in gaming leagues that play against other schools in the state.  That combination with keeping that gate up for food services in the Union would create a lively venue.  If you have other ideas of how to make the Union livelier, let us know.  We’ll start keeping venues open until 9:00 p.m.  That will be the first step. 

There will also be a coffee shop going into the Library when you walk in to the left and turn into the Ellender Computer Lab.  That poorly designed space will become a beautiful coffee shop whereby you can watch people in the Makerspace Lab next door.  I believe it will be a great venue for students.

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said he knows the furniture in the Union is a little dated.  Have there been any donors that have stepped up to replace the furniture.  President Clune said the donor family, the Bollingers, we had them over for Christmas and we’re going to start talking about what’s next. This furniture is very expensive, much more expensive than it looks.  We want to get newer furniture, more appropriate furniture in that space.  I think the early estimates on cost to refurbish that space is $250,000 with extremely expensive furniture.  We’re looking at an opportunity to do that.  We’re also looking at the Student Leadership Suite where SGA has its offices and Student Affairs has some offices.  That really needs to be opened up and brought back into feeling that it’s part of the Union.  It feels separate and apart over there and near that scary hallway between the SGA offices and the Ballroom.  My top three priorities are something in that space to bring students in, the new furniture and getting that student leadership suite back to being part of the main Student Union.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said I know the gaming computers might take a while to get set up but something as simple as a trivia night would bring students in. You could have it once or twice a month.  You can even do it based on subjects that are taught. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. suggested that we could perhaps get some watch parties together for events like the Superbowl, NBA Basketball season and things like that.

President Clune said these are great ideas.

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. asked about the status of the Makerspace.  President Clune said if you walk by, you’ll see everything has been gutted and they’re putting up walls for offices and reconfiguring the windows.  They only have a 60-day window to complete that so it’s going to be a fast turnaround.  All the equipment that goes in there has already been ordered.  The furniture that’s going to hold all the equipment is going to be ordered.  When that ends, we’ll quickly jump into that coffee space.  In order to get people into that Makerspace, you have to get people outside of it, looking in so that’s why we’re putting that coffee shop in that location. 

Elsewhere in the Library, you’ll see the Tutoring Center will move on the first floor out of Peltier Hall.  Eventually we hope all the Advisors will be in the Library.  We’d like to see the Writing Center in the Library.  The first floor will be all student activities, all tutoring and all mentoring.  The Archives will eventually get up to the third floor so that will open all that up for students.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Thank you for your commitment, for all you do on this campus and for being good role models.  I need your help with masks, with testing and with vaccinations which is so important.  I don’t know if you realize the influence it has on others when you post a picture of yourself wearing your mask and getting vaccinated. 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

As Dr. Clune said, obviously wearing your mask is the singularly most important thing we can do on campus to reduce the spread of COVID.  In addition to that, the testing that he mentioned is another very important program on campus.  As you might have noticed on the email that went out, we have satellite testing going on with rapid testing for people who don’t have symptoms or have not been exposed, to their knowledge.  They’re set up in all of the classroom buildings.  They’ll follow a weekly schedule to make it really easy so we’re asking students as they go to class, either before or after, when they’re entering that building on that day.  It takes 15 minutes to get the results and it gives you that peace of mind.  It helps us to get a little more control of COVID on this campus.  As you probably noticed, since the new year, we’re starting to see a little bit of leveling off on that but there are some new strains that are coming out.  Our team has been working 24/7 to keep up with the reports coming in and helping everybody deal with that. 

As Dr. Clune said, it’s really important as leaders to show people they have to wear masks.  President Ethan Naquin and Director Symphony Brown agreed to have their picture taken at the test site.  If anybody else is willing to do that, go on your own and snap a shot and post it or I can come take it with the PR people from Jerad David’s office.  We’d appreciate that.  It would be really helpful to us. 

As you know, we have several vacant positions in Student Affairs, one being the Dean of Students.  We’re really excited about it.  It’s the first time we’ll have a standalone Dean of Students which will make a huge difference in how we’re able to do things on campus.  A committee is in place that is meeting for the first time this week.  Your SGA representative will be Director Symphony B. as well as two representatives from the SGA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and several others representing areas across campus.  The Greek Life position closes next week so we’ll be looking into hiring someone to pick up where David Ford left off.  The last vacant position will be Student Activities Coordinator/SPA Advisor.  I’ll keep you up to date on those. 

Have a great Fall.  We’re looking forward to another very productive semester.  I’ve seen some of the things President Naquin has lined up for the semester and looking forward to that.  If you need anything, you know where to find me.

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Welcome back.
  • My office hours are posted on my door or you can text or call me.
  • I’ve put the “What I’ve Done”/”What I’ve Heard.” on the Google Drive. They’re due on February 19, March 26 and April 16.
  • Sidewalk is completed – WHOOP WHOOP go walk it!!
  • I’m on the Search Committee for the Dean of Students.
  • I received the COVID vaccine – feel fine – cool to be a part of history.
  • If you have any ideas, come see me and good luck semester.

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • My office hours will be posted on my door shortly.
  • Financial Statement is on its way.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

TREASURER’S REPORT CONTINUED:

  • I created a Google Sheet because of the very productive semester we had. The only way you were able to find out which line item to take the funds from when you had a motion was to come see me or call Ms. Dolly.  This semester we’ll try to put all our motion ideas on a Google Doc.  At a glance it will give you the motion idea, where you’ll take the funds from and things like that.  You’ll have all the information there and then we can discuss it.  Once we make the decision, you’ll know which line item to take it from.  It’ll be organized.  I can look at it and let you know which line item to take it from on the same day.  That way, things will move a lot faster and I’ll be more accessible to you. 

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • I hope you had a great break.
  • We have the Dri-Fit T-Shirt Giveaway next Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Talked about things from last semester to get more students involved in social media this semester.
  • My office hours are posted on my door or you can give me a call.
  • Keep thinking about ideas for pictures.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Welcome back. I hope everyone had a good break and a healthy break.
  • We want to make sure we’re wearing our masks while we’re on campus or in this room. I know it’s easy for it to slip down under your nose.  Make sure you’re wearing it properly while you’re here and maintaining 6-foot social distancing as much as possible.  If you’re feeling ill by any means, do not come to the meeting or report to campus.  Call University Health Services or your Healthcare Provider and get checked out.  You will not be counted absent.
  • Attire for the meeting is still business casual.
  • Towards the end of the meeting, we’ll transition to a goal setting period. I think it’s very productive to write down your goals for the semester.  That way you’ll have something to look forward to and something you’re working on.  I created a form that I’ll talk about later.
  • Applications are open for Chair positions for Public Relations and Judiciary Committees. You can pick one up from the SGA office and they’re due on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2021-052

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the front of Talbot.  The cost will be $1,499.00 to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

F2021-053

I move that Senate allocate $2,000 for overall student awards and $500 for refreshments from Sodexo to assist the co-sponsorship Expeaux 21, the student research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University.  Passed and signed.

F2021-054

I move that SGA fund up to $1,500 for Alumni Affairs to purchase personalized yard signs for the upcoming Fall 2020 graduates.  Funding for this would come out of the Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

F2021-055

I move that Senate allocate up to $400 to purchase Boots Clune Koozies for an S.G.A. giveaway.  Funds will be taken from the S.G.A. Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

F2021-056

I move that Senate allocate up to $4,000 to purchase equipment and software for the University Counseling Center.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

F2021-057

I move that the Senate purchase for $220 Push/Pull Decals to be taken out of Nicholls Community Awareness line item of the budget to hang on doors for Houma local businesses.  Passed and signed.

F2021-058

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a vacuum oven for laboratory and research use.  Passed and signed.

F2021-059

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,500 to purchase a Turbidimeter and electronic pipettors.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

F2021-060

I move that the Senate approve that SGA sponsor an Election Date Bus to bring students registered to vote to the polls.  (No Cost).  Passed and signed.

F2021-061

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a hospital bed for the Nursing Department.  Passed and signed.

F2021-062

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,500 to purchase chemicals and supplies for live demonstrations in Chemistry courses.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Remy Lodrigues

 

There are a number of positions open on the Supreme Court and possibly for the Election Commission.  If you are friends of student leaders that want to get involved, have them reach out to me.  A number of officers graduated last semester and a number will be graduating so positions are available.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Tabitha Tabb

 

Daedra Howard is not on campus this semester so she’ll no longer be Election Commissioner. 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Black History Month Tour which passed.
  • The new Google Sheet for contacting Treasurer Ethan H. about motions and the line items to be used.
  • Funding for the upcoming semester.  If organizations ask for funding, we should ask about their fundraising efforts. 

 

Judiciary Committee – Zackary Pitre, Co-Chair

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

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Judiciary Committee Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to Amend the 2021 Election Code which passed.
  • Motion to appoint Director of Public Relations which passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Meagan Rousse, Chair

Present:    Senators Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre and Victoria Rideau.

We discussed the following:

  • PR Committee Chair position is open.  Interested officers should submit applications by January 27 to the SGA office.
  • Dri-Fit t-shirt giveaway is on Tuesday, February 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Union.
  • Possible Giveaway ideas: Confused Colonels t-shirts to give away at football game.
  • Red-Out Friday photos.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • Trying to become more comfortable in finding Academic Problems on campus.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-063a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation the Rules of Procedures.  (The amendment was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

If we want these Rules to be on the books for this election cycle, we have to pass it today. 

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-063

I move that Senate accept the Amended Election Code.

Article V

Section I

Candidate Expenditures and Ethics

  1. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions shall not spend in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions must submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions in the form of a receipt to the Election Commission on a weekly basis.
  3. Article V Section I is subject to oversight by the Election Commission

 

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Article IX

Election Code Infractions

Section I

Infractions

  1. Spending in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. Failing to submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions to the Election Commission on a weekly basis as ethics reports in an accurate and timely manner.

Section II

Imposable Sanctions

  1. The following sanctions will be imposed against a student who has been found guilty of violating the Election Code.
  2. A student that spends in excess of $750 on campaigning will be disqualified.
  3. A student that fails to submit campaign related expenditures in an accurate and timely manner will be fined $50. A student found guilty of a second offense of this kind will be disqualified and fined $50. 
  1. Jason Spell
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. said the previous Article V, Section 1 was struck completely because it was about unlimited spending.  The new Article V, Section 1, Letter A. states that candidates cannot spend in excess of $750, Letter B states all candidates must submit receipts on a weekly basis to the Election Commission and Letter C states it’s subject to oversight by the Election Commission.

Then Article IV, Section 1 states the Infractions for violating Article V and Section II is the Sanctions imposed for the Infractions.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For – 18   Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-064

I move that Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History line item of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said this is something we sponsor every year to commemorate Black History Month.

     COMMENT:     Senator Lance J. asked where the Tour is being held.  Senator Brandon K. said in Donaldsonville.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-065

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Meagan Rousse for the position of Director of Public Relations.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. said we interviewed Meagan today in the Judiciary Committee.  We thought she would be a great fit and have her on board of the Executive Board.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said in Judiciary, I adamantly opposed the appointment because I asked Senator Meagan R. in Judiciary several questions regarding whether she understood that the things she posted on social media were not in accordance with university directives.  We have a huge influence when we post on social media. Over the break and throughout last semester, Senator Meagan R. posted several photos of herself at Super-Spreader events without wearing her mask.  I feel that for us to promote someone to the Executive Board when this is the biggest push right

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now, is like a slap in the face to what the administration is expecting from us.  I like Senator Meagan R.  I think she is a good person.  I think she is very positive but I think that would be counterproductive. I don’t think that she should be appointed to the Executive Board. I feel it takes away integrity of our organization for us to promote people to our Executive Board who don’t set an example. I know I always have to wear a mask and very, very careful not to post anything on social media that is questionable because I’m a reflection of SGA, because I’m a Senator on SGA.  Senator Meagan R. was our PR Chair in the Fall.  She wasn’t just a regular Senator.  I feel that as PR Chair, she should have known better and I feel it’s not something small.  It’s something that was very, very big. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Hunter L. said it came to a point where you had to see who was best suited for the job and Senator Meagan R. was the best fit.  I feel that perhaps she broke the rules but we adopted a system where Senator Jason S. said you get one warning.  Senator Meagan R. has one warning so it comes down to do you take that away from her because she messed up one time.  Now she knows and if she continues, then we’ll have a meeting but messing up one time doesn’t mean she shouldn’t get the position.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said in reference to what Senator Jason S. put in place about the warning, I think that was an Election Code thing before.  Anyway, I think it also depends on severity. I think it was what Senator Jason S. explained that if you go over that, you’re automatically disqualified because then that would pertain to fairness.  I think it’s depending on severity and I think that’s pretty severe, especially when that person is a Senator and was already in a higher position as a Chair person.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said we had a big discussion about this in Judiciary but it’s addressed the problem.  You just addressed it about wearing the mask and you talked about Dr. Clune.  Yes, it is an issue but at the same time I’m going to vote yes for Senator Meagan R. because I think she can fill the position the best for SGA. Everything she could bring to the table as a Director is what we’re going to need.  So yes, I do understand she did break protocol and it happens because nobody is perfect.  I’m sure I’ve done the same thing.  I just haven’t posted anything and I got caught.  I just want to say it’s been addressed.  We know what can happen if we don’t follow the rules.  I just want you to take that into consideration.  We’re taking a chance because it’s based on who she is and what she can provide, not what she’s done in the past.

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said I wasn’t in the Judiciary Committee meeting so I obviously didn’t hear all of the discussion but I do know that in this case, the good outweighs the bad.  Senator Meagan R. has done more than enough.  She and I are the same age and I know she has gone above and beyond as far as the school, the university and the senate. I think we’ve gotten it out of the way and addressed the problem at hand. I think we should not have any more animosity toward each other and the Senate.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I also feel that in Judiciary, the acting Chairman expressed his opinion which is not allowed so I feel he may have swayed the vote.  I think we should revote.

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said the Chairman of the committee should still be able to voice an opinion.  Because what if it comes down to a tie-breaker.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said what I did say in the meeting is the same thing that I said here.  The motion was about the appointment.  If we believe she is a person that can fill the position.  I said that it should address the problem.  I did say that but I was strictly looking at the motion

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                  based on whether she is qualified for the position, not what she has done in the past but what she’s done recently.  If we believe that she is fit or not.

      COMMENT:    Senator Brandon K. said what Senator Zackary P. said is just trying to get the conversation back on track.  That is basically where that came from.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said his opinion was that she was the best fit for the position and that she should be appointed.  He expressed his support for the motion.

      COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. suggests that the Chair refer back to the actual topic at hand.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-1   Abstained–0

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • University Standing Committee Roster was updated with new officers.
  • Student Affairs Advisory Council Roster was updated with new officers.

 

DISCUSSION:

Vice President Pro-Tempore

Vice President Brady L. opened the floor for nominations for Vice President Pro-Tempore for Spring semester:

Senator Brandon Katz nominated Senator Jason Spell.

Senator Hunter Legnon nominated Senator Tyler Legnon.

Senator Heather LeBouef nominated Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux.

Discussion was held on the qualifications of the nominees.  Nominees left the room for Senators to vote and Senator Tyler Legnon was selected as Vice President Pro-Tempore.

 

Goal Setting Section (Senator Success Sheet):

Vice President Brady L. distributed the Senator Success Sheet to Senators and explained that it’s to write down goals.  Starting this semester, we want to make it a priority so you can outline what you want to do.  Sometimes, we lose sight of what we really want to do to be more productive.  This way it will be in writing.  You’ll notice that the first one is your personal goal.  This is one for yourself for the semester.  It can be something outside of SGA like academics and the second two are SGA related goals.  The biggest thing about this is that I’ll ask each of you to meet with me sometime in the next two weeks to start a dialogue about your projects.  That way you’ll know exactly what’s expected of you to achieve these goals.  Even further, some of the Senators may be working on the same thing but might not know it.  This way I can look at what everyone is working on and pair you up with someone who is doing the same thing. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M.          ID Cards will be placed in your SGA mailbox for editing.  Please indicate any changes and return it to the SGA office.

                  Graduation Stole Program was explained:  Stoles will be awarded to officers graduating in May 2021 and December 2021 at the SGA Banquet.  They are free to charge to officers.  The list of eligible graduates was confirmed.

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Remy Lodrigues:

Meagan Rousse – Director of Public Relations

Tyler Legnon – Vice President Pro-Tempore

Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler L. congratulated Dr. Caruso on her appointment as Vice President of Student Affairs.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:03 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 1, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Zackary Pitre and the pledge was given by Senator Douglas Gilchrist.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Mar’Yeala Jones and Senator Gavin Wisdom read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Gavin Wisdom, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars (appointed) and Anjeinay Johnson (appointed).

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux.

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Tabitha Tabb.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth Editor.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

We had a rough week.  The quarantined space is filling on campus and that’s 22 spaces more or less in that area.  Vaccines are rolling out, slowly. We’re probably just about 300, still vaccinating 70 and over, Allied Health, Nursing faculty, staff and students.  Then those faculty with the last extra vaccines of the day that we didn’t want to dispose of. 

I just got some word on Football.  Three thousand fans in Guidry Stadium.  500 student tickets.  No beer and no tailgating on campus because of the infection increase in numbers.  No one is allowed on the field with the players.  There won’t be people on the sidelines except for key people from the media.  I think the band will be playing after the game.  They’re still working on that. The cheerleaders will be in the end zone along with some people from the press box that we’ve had to move down to the field.  The first game will be February 19th.  They added a game ahead of the schedule.  That day will also be baseball and softball double headers, soccer and there’s a lot going on with volleyball. 

It’s Black History Month.  Make sure you attend and be a part of that as leaders on campus.  That is so important.  There may be another article coming out for the local newspaper about diversity and inclusion efforts on campus.  Where are we?   What are we doing?  Mr. Steven Kenney who is the Chief Diversity Officer did that article.  It went over everything that we’ve accomplished on this campus, including where we are on renaming the buildings and renaming the streets.  I know those things tend to take a life of their own on social media.  As student leaders, I want you to be in the know that we’re still having meetings to come up with names for the buildings to acknowledge those that contributed to Nicholls State University.  Those are two buildings, Beauregard and Polk.  For renaming the streets, we were not approved by the 911 Commission.  That’s an ongoing process and we’re working with the community to come up with a solution that we can move forward with.  If you’re asked about any of these things, you’re our voice.  You can say the university is moving forward with it, understanding that we need to cooperate

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

with the community around us to get this done in a timely fashion.  As leaders, I want you to be in the know. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked how many spaces do we have left in quarantine?  Dr. Clune said I think I remember the number 10 but we have a lot more in quarantine than those that are infections.  Senator Jason S. said I’m concerned with March and April in this new pandemic that is going around like crazy.  It’s inevitable that the strain is going to get here.  Have you had discussions about that yet?  Dr. Clune said yes.  That’s why we stress the social distancing, the masking and also the regular testing which we’ll continue to do. Also, the vaccines as soon as possible.  The goal is to do that before you leave for summer vacation.  That indeed is the long-term solution to this.  We operate as though it’s already here with the idea that if we over run quarantine as we almost did this week, we’ll have to face some other measures to adjust.  But I am encouraged and I’ll let Dr. Caruso tell you later where we are with quarantine this week.

Testing has been low.  There’s been about 25 a week.  We’re trying to work on that for the asymptomatic spread.  It’ll be treated as though it is already here.  That’s the best way to go about it.  You did a great job in the Fall.  We’re one of the few universities that had little to none transmission on campus. 

      COMMENT:    Treasurer Ethan H. said I noticed the number of students limited at the football game.  I’m wondering if there’s any way that it would be more accessible to everyone.  Dr. Clune said every university in the Southland Conference is working on streaming and more exciting events. Football is going to be one of them.  We’re exploring a number of ways to stream events so students can partake in them in a safe manner. 

You’ll probably hear that the Conference is undergoing some changes.  Central Arkansas is going to Atlantic Suns?  Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian and Lamar are going to the Western Athletic Conference starting next year.  So we’re going to be inviting other schools to join us in this Conference and I’ll give you more information about that.  A lot of that had to do with having to get up to streaming our games like the other schools are doing in other states.  We’re getting there.  We’ve been working on videography and I think you’ll see a lot more of streaming games that you would at another university.       

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. said there will be only 500 tickets for students for the game.  Is it possible to raise that number or is it the maximum?  Dr. Clune said we’re limited to 25% capacity which is about 3,000 people overall in the stands and serving the teams on the sidelines and everyone else associated with it and the press box.  It’s 25% capacity based on the Phase we’re in.  The only increase we could have would be in the next Phase which would be up to 50% of the stadium.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said so it’s 25% for the 500 students, does that count on all of our students or does it count on the visitor’s side and home.  Dr. Clune said there’s a lot of tickets that will be given to the visiting team.  That number sounds a little low but that does not include students from other teams.

      COMMENT:    Senator Mar’Yeala J. asked if it would be first-come, first-served.  Dr. Clune said we’re going to have to figure out a method of having a system for students to purchase.  Just this week, they fell on a number they can get into different areas of the stadium and how they could stage those individuals.  By next week, I hope to be able to tell you how we’ll go about doing that for the different games.  I know that we can pick certain games in the season where you’re sure to get a ticket and if there’s any extra, you can go to other games as well.  We’re going to have to do something like that.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

      COMMENT:    Treasurer Ethan H. asked if students are going to be required to buy them this year.  Dr. Clune said he’s not sure how that lottery will work in order to be fair to all the students.

      COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. said regarding the street names, is it a hard no that it’s not going to be changed or is it something we can jump through other obstacles to see if we can get them changed.  Dr. Clune said we’re exploring with our legal counsel whether the 911 Commission has the legal authority to say no or is the 911 System simply a notifying agency where we have to notify that agency when we change the street names.  The next time to notify a change will be in April.  The next time to request a name change will be April as well.  We’re working through a hard no or whether that Commission has the ability to give a hard no. 

I’ll just tell you some of the suggestions that came back from Parish and City leaders.  If we name some of the streets after individuals, they thought people would rally around those individuals and we may have a better chance of getting those through.  I think you’ll remember the argument. They took all the streets named after plantations and the city and parish said that if we start this process, this is how many we have to rename and here’s the expense of it all.  Can they say yes or no?  Can you pay for it if there’s a cost associated with it?  Then we go back to the committee and say some of the recommendations are coming back that people will rally around individuals if we begin to choose individual names for some of these streets.  What we asked Mr. Kenney to do is to take the Naming Task Force and have a Steering Committee that would work with the Vice Presidents on a regular basis.  That means they choose one individual from each section of students, faculty, staff, alumni and those individuals that work with us and work for the parish and work with the city and try to move forward.  We are committed to do this.  We’re trying to be smart about it.  We have a new Legislative Session coming up and we’re counting on the Legislature to fund this institution.  When we do a call, we want to make sure the people are apprised.  We want to get them on board with us so we don’t have any opposition when it comes to our funding or anything else.  I think we did the right thing when we did it.  When LSU took the Middleton name off the Library, it had a lot of attention and it brought the attention back to our efforts.  It began to be more scrutinized more heavily.  I do think there’s a lot more people in this community that want to help us find a way to move forward and I totally believe we will.  You may see some of the signs go back up for now for safety reasons so first responders can find those buildings.  The thing we want to stress is that they were no longer on the corner they were on.  The signs that say “We are all members of our community.” will stay up and the effort will continue.  I don’t think that will change.  We’ll just have to work through another step and we’re exploring whether that is a hard no. 

Thank you for all you do.  I speak to President Ethan Naquin on a regular basis and Vice President Brady Levron now.  If you have any questions, email me.  If you hear anything in the community that’s alarming, make sure you reach out to me or Dr. Caruso.  If you see anything we should be aware of that you hear or see on social media or anywhere else, be sure to let us know so we can be on the front end of that and help you answer that question.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

 

Dr. Caruso said we had 31 reported last week.  It all happened on campus.  Some people tested positive and haven’t left campus for a while so it might be someone sitting next to you in class.  Like Dr. Clune talked about, we just about reached our limit last weekend for quarantined space and now that some are being released, we’ll have more room now.  But that is also indicative of all the hard work and our quarantined students are doing to contact us for testing.  Most of the people that were in the quarantined space were actually people who had been exposed or presumed positive and had not tested positive. So that’s an important last step of what we’re doing on campus with contact tracing.  We’re asking people who have been exposed to make sure they’re not going around other people and isolate themselves so that we’re not spreading it further. 

As student leaders, this is for your health as well.  If you hear of people talking about the whole contact tracing process and understanding why you have to be isolated for a certain number of days, even from their friends.  They may be quarantined for 10 days but their friend for 7 days, etc.  The

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

CDC Guidelines have a lot of moving parts to it.  There are a lot of variables.  An if/then type of situation that now goes into the whole isolation decision. If people don’t understand it or are frustrated, please encourage them to call us directly.  We’ll walk them through the steps and help them understand.  It is an important part of our effort in reducing the spread on campus. 

Another place we could use your help is we’re getting a lot of telephone calls about the Snack Bar area.  There might be one person eating at the table with five others that aren’t eating.  They don’t have their mask on and putting chairs together.  If you see that going on, you can help us as student leaders by reminding your friends and peers how important it is to put their mask on. It’s especially important when they’re not eating and socializing.  In the cafeteria as well, we could really use the reminder.  We had our first winner last week.  The parking pass was in the drawing being offered for being tested for COVID.  We’ll be raffling off another one next month and some other things.  We’ve been averaging between 20 and 25 a day.  We really want students to get tested because people may be carrying it and not realize it. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Gabrielle A. mentioned that some professors are not wearing masks when teaching and asked how to report it. Dr. Caruso said you can report it to the Department Head so they can address it directly with that faculty member.  Then if you feel you don’t have a resolution, report it to the Academic Dean for that college. Of course, you’re always welcome to call us, the Vice Presidents or any other individual that is working on COVID like our Environmental and Safety Director, etc.

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

Last weekend I attended the Council of Student Body Presidents.  At our Student Advisory Council Meeting we discussed the UL System Service Project as well as COVID-19 cases.  We were joined by Senator Bill Cassidy to discuss higher education.  We’ll be seeing a COVID Relief Package coming from Congress soon. He expressed optimism with a quicker roll out that was done originally.  He said that ideally we have 8% vaccination/immunity for things to return to normal.  They swore in a new Board Chairman and also some experts to assist in staff development.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH due Feb 12th. If you’re a new Senator, come to see me.
  • For the T-shirt Giveaway – concerns and suggestion box that will help you find motions.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • The Financial Statement that ended on January 18th is being finalized and will be sent out to each of you next week.
  • The new Financial Statement is in the process of being put together.
  • We did get the enrollment numbers in from last semester and the CD Interest amount, so those were also inputted into the Financial Statement.
  • The budget has not really changed at all.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Congratulations to the new Committee Chairs and those being appointed!
  • Don’t forget, tomorrow is our first giveaway! It’s 10:30-12:30 in the union, the sign-up sheet is on google drive and I’ll send a link to it after the meeting. We can only have 1-2 people there working.
  • We will be ordering polos soon so start messaging me with sizes!
  • The committee and I have a bunch of fun ideas this semester so look forward to more giveaways and other fun items.
  • Any giveaway ideas send to me! (Face Masks, stickers, etc.)

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT CONTINUED:

  • Any Red Out Friday pictures or any other social media things can be sent to me.
  • If you didn’t pick up your shirts from your boxes. Make sure to grab them!!

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Congratulations to Trent Ledet as chairman of the Public Relations Committee.
  • Congratulations to Heather LeBouef Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee.
  • Thank you to everyone who reached out and scheduled your meeting with me to discuss your goals for this semester. I will be having a majority of those meetings this week. If you have not met with me, please email your availability to me today or tomorrow.
  • With the help of Senator Liner who worked closely with Sydney to build the Senator Mentor Program, we will continue that this semester for our new senators. If you would like to help, please speak with me or Senator Madison L.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-063

I move that Senate accept the Amended Election Code.

Article V

Section I

Candidate Expenditures and Ethics

  1. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions shall not spend in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions must submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions in the form of a receipt to the Election Commission on a weekly basis.
  3. Article V Section I is subject to oversight by the Election Commission

Article IX

Election Code Infractions

Section I

Infractions

  1. Spending in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. Failing to submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions to the Election Commission on a weekly basis as ethics reports in an accurate and timely manner.

Section II

Imposable Sanctions

  1. The following sanctions will be imposed against a student who has been found guilty of violating the Election Code.
  2. A student that spends in excess of $750 on campaigning will be disqualified.
  3. A student that fails to submit campaign related expenditures in an accurate and timely manner will be fined $50. A student found guilty of a second offense of this kind will be disqualified and fined $50.

Passed and signed.

S2021-064

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History line item of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-065

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Meagan Rousse for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Matthew Badeaux

 

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Tabitha Tabb

 

SPRING ONLINE ELECTIONS = March 23 to March 25, 2021 TO ELECT:

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls

SGA President, Vice President & Senators

SPA President & Vice President

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls – Nominations

Student Organizations can pick up nomination packets from the SGA office. Please make your selection early due to completed co-curricular form requirements.

Deadline is MARCH 5TH

SGA & SPA Officer Petitions

Student Government President, Vice President & Senator Petitions

Student Programming President & Vice President Petitions

Petitions can be picked up in the SGA office.

Deadline is MARCH 11TH

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon and Tyler Legnon.

Absent:     Senator Jason Spell (class).

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to co-sponsor Financial Literacy Program.  Senator Lance J. shared his motion of funding the Financial Literacy Program with the NAACP at Nicholls which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Jason Spell and Ana Garcia.

We discussed the following:

  • Motion on Amended Spring 21 Corollary which passed.
  • Appointment of Anjeinay Johnson for Senator-at-Large which passed.
  • Appointment of Corey Hebert, Connor Hebert, Sharmila Hamal and Gavin Wisdom for Supreme Court Justices which passed.
  • Appointment of Logan Byars for Sciences & Technology Senator which passed.
  • Appointment of Miranda Danos for Education Senator which passed.
  • Appointment of Kayla Freemon for Director of Social Media Engagement which failed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Public Relations Committee Report Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • Tomorrow is our first giveaway from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Union.
  • We may be ordering polos soon so send sizes to me in Group Meet.
  • Senator Cooper M. had an idea for St. Patrick’s Day giveaway,
  • Working on prices for Umbrellas.
  • Make sure to get your shirts from the Senate Room.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau and Ana Garcia.

Absent:     Senator Brandon Katz.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • Went into detail a little more about what each individual is working on.
  • Perhaps pairing up this semester with another person to work on motions.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-066

I move that Senate approve the amended Spring 2021 Naquin Corollary.

  1.   Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Brandon Katz

Discussion: Senator Gabrielle A. defers to President Ethan N. who said for the new officers, every semester the Corollary is approved.  We want to amend it to include an Ad Hoc position for Social Media Engagement Director.  We’ve done this in the past but for some reason, it didn’t transfer into the Corollary this semester.  Basically it’s a position that can help with public relations.  The last person who held this position assisted the PR Director with Social Media.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-067

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Logan Byars for the position of Sciences & Technology Senator

.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-068

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Angeinay Johnson for the position of Senator-at-Large.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-1   Abstained–1

S2021-069

I move that Senate co-sponsor a Financial Literacy Program with NAACP student organization at a cost of $150.  Funds to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.

  1.   Lance Jones
  2. Hunter Legnon

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. said since this is Black History Month, we’re putting on an activity to Dine and Learn about Financial Literacy.  The funds will go towards food.  Family Literacy will be discussed such as credit scores, how to improve it, how it goes down and how you are personally responsible to manage your money as a college student.  You don’t make a lot of money but it encourages you to start a savings account that will help stretch your money as well as how to do the little things that make a difference.

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said he thinks it’s a really good idea and fully support it.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

Senator Heather L. said you should have received an email regarding the university requirements.  Please fill out the survey.

Senator Jason S. said the Student Union has been a problem in the past.  Students are not wearing masks or using social distancing.  We need to reach out to everyone on campus and let them know we’re all in this together. The only way to do this is to stick together and help each other stay safe.

Senator Zackary P. said I think it’s the responsibility of the past Senators and E-Board members to help new Senators realize what roles you have to fill.  If you have any question of what you’re supposed to do or what the process is to learn your responsibility, let us know.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M.          It’s time to nominate for Hall of Fame which goes to those graduating in May.  We’re nominating Logan Collins, Brady Levron, Morgan Levron and Julia Pierce.  Our graduates from this past Fall are eligible so we’ve nominated Sydney Matherne, Jennifer Duthu, Emily Bergeron, Cole LeGrange, Saidy Hebert, Daedra Howard and Ethan Adams.  The deadline to submit your co-curricular forms to the Office of Student Affairs is February 18th.

                  It came to our attention that one of our students on campus had a disastrous family house fire and lost everything they own. The E-Board agreed to sponsor a supply drive and we already have people donating furniture for the place they’ll eventually live.  We’re going to have a table set up in the Union for collecting.  Please spread the word because the family is a mother with two daughters. One is the Nicholls student.  I’ll send you more information through emails on that.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

                  To explain a little about the election, even if you don’t want to run for office, as a Senator, if you want to serve again next Fall, you have to complete a Petition and submit it to the SGA office by March 11th.  A petition will be placed in everyone’s mailbox.  If you don’t submit this form by the deadline and want to remain on the Senate, you’ll have to reapply and interview with Judiciary again in the Fall.  Those of you who are Freshmen, this is your opportunity to apply as Senator for your respective college or you can serve as Senator-at-Large.  You will still represent Freshman students until the end of the Freshman Election in the Fall.  

Heather L.        Congratulated President Ethan Naquin for being nominated as a Semi-Finalist for the Fulbright Scholar Program.  He’s the first person from Nicholls to accomplish this so it’s awesome. 

The following officers were sworn in by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

Logan Byars – Sciences & Technology Senator

Anjeinay Johnson – Senator-at-Large

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:42 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 8, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Jax Badeaux and the pledge was given by Senator Jason Spell.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Lance Jones and Senator Heather LeBouef read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Gavin Wisdom, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux, Connor Hebert (appointed), Icy Abraham (appointed), Gavin Wisdom (appointed), Corey Hebert (appointed) and Sharmila Jones (appointed).

Election Commission was represented by Interim Commissioner Tabitha Tabb (appointed), Commission Member Carson Duet (appointed).

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

Dr. Clune sends his regrets.  He’s out of town today and asked me to cover a few things.  First, the vaccine.  It’s open for 65 and older up to 70 so we’re working to get a count of our faculty, staff and others who would qualify for that not only for our campus but for Fletcher as well.  Higher Education faculty and staff have been added to the Tier so all of your employees here at Nicholls should have the opportunity to receive the vaccine.  We anticipate higher education students being added which we totally anticipate will be prior to the summer.  We’ll keep you up-to-date as we get more details and what that timeline looks like.

Enrollment is up overall which is good news but we have noted that we have some areas of retention that are down.  We’ll be digging deep into that to see what specific areas of groups of students and what we might do about that.  We’ll keep you updated as we get that data. 

The Fall schedule of classes as of now is going to be considered face-to-face.  It will be posted as such and if we have to make adjustments based on COVID as we approach the Fall, we’ll keep you updated on what that’s going to look like for faculty, Hyflex and things like that. 

Ticket distribution for football. We’re having sessions on how to efficiently distribute the tickets.  We have 500 tickets per football game.  Football will be the only sport where we’ll have to deal with tickets in advance.  The other sports such as basketball and baseball, it will be a little different.  We’re in discussions as to what it will look like and whether perhaps SGA will be taking the lead on the distribution.  I’ll get you an update later in the week of exactly what that might look like.  The three home games we still anticipate and will be televised.  We’re still working on getting the February 19th game live streamed for you. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Last week, COVID numbers for the campus.  We had 20 new student COVID cases and 4 employee COVID cases.  We’re keeping the Residence Halls open next week.  Typically, they’re closed for Mardi Gras because the university shuts down.  We’re going to leave them open because of COVID because Mardi Gras is pretty much cancelled everywhere.  We want to make sure you have the opportunity to stay on campus.  Some people feel safer there than going home since there were no parades.  The Rec Center, which is typically closed when the university closes, will open for some windows of time so that people have something to do as well as maintaining your health and wellness.

As a reminder, there are satellite test sites around campus that are open every day.  If you or any of your peers are exposed to COVID and test positive, please fill out the form to make sure we’re doing all the contact tracing we need to do to stay safe.

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. said today one of my friends went to get tested at 3:25 and he missed it because they closed early.  Dr. Caruso said what they should do is cut the testing fifteen minutes or stop doing new testing around 3:15 or 3:20 p.m. Health Services closes at 4:00 p.m. so there won’t be an opportunity to go there for his test.  The Intramural people.  We ask that they go to the site.  If necessary you can make an appointment at Health Services.  We’re training staff to do this as well. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said for students for Intramural Sports, if they’ve been vaccinated, do they show their vaccination card.  Dr. Caruso said we’ll talk to Dr. Falconer to see if there’s a wait for full immunity. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said with Intramural Sports, I’m seeing how we can do it efficiently.  If we have two different teams, fraternities and sororities, which have to play so you should try to get the Rapid test.  Is there a way that we can make a schedule so we don’t have so many people at one time to get the Rapid Test?  What if they test positive and someone else tests negative?  Dr. Caruso said that’s a good idea.

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Reminded everyone about the ongoing Emergency Supply Drive.  We have a table set up in the Union for students and faculty to drop off donations to the family who lost their home.
  • If anyone is looking for motions to write this week, I’ve received a few emails from various Department Heads requesting items.  Stop by my office or email me.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH due February 26th.
  • Working on a way to electronically ask about concerns because of COVID. I’m thinking about a Google form but if you have any ideas, please send them to me.
  • Donate to Emergency Supply.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • Budget: One of the motion’s coming through today is going to be the approval of the 2021 Spring Budget.  Let me know if you have any questions.
  • Financial Statement:
  • Once we have the budget approved, then we will be able to put together the financial statement for the semester and start inputting data into it.
  • Great job on all if the motions!

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • We finalized the St. Patrick’s Day shirts and it reads “Lucky to be a Colonel”.
  • Finalized the Koozie order also.
  • Talked about SPA’s Colonel Gras today and some ideas for what we can do for a float. I’ll let you know what it is so you can start working on it.
  • Senator Trent L. and I will be creating a Google form to fill out with birthdays and have other guidelines to social media pages on what SGA does. Some people don’t know what we do.   

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Thanks for meeting with me as scheduled. It’s been really productive.  You all have great ideas and high goals and I look forward to working with you throughout the semester.  I’ll probably just reach out to you every so often at different times throughout the semester to ensure you’re being productive with these ideas.  Some of you wanted to schedule a meeting with your Department Head which is a good idea.  I have a list of all the Department Head contact information so I’ll send it to the Senate and post it in the Group Me so you can have access to it all the time.
  • We’ll be starting the Mentor Program again this week. Senator Madison L. and I will meet on Friday to set up the pairings.  It’s for the new Senators and Senators from last semester who didn’t have a mentor.  If you want to be a mentor, reach out to us before the end of the week.
  • I’m bringing back the Senate Leadership Committee. It’s the committee heads and two Senators that don’t hold a position.  If you’re interested in that, it’s just to give you an opportunity to have a little more leadership in the Senate.  I’ll be picking two of you who are not a committee head.  If you’re interested, send me an email and let me know why you want to do this.  We’ll meet once every week and talk about things we can do to be more productive in the Senate.
  • We’re heading to Mardi Gras Break. Please keep in mind that COVID doesn’t take vacations or breaks.  We’re going back to our respective houses and then returning to campus.  The biggest thing is just to be vigilant and cautious about the things you’re doing and your friends so we can stay safe.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-066

I move that Senate approve the amended Spring 2021 Naquin Corollary.  Passed and signed.

S2021-067

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Logan Byars for the position of Sciences & Technology Senator.  Passed and signed.

S2021-068

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Angeinay Johnson for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

S2021-069

I move that Senate co-sponsor a Financial Literacy Program with NAACP student organization at a cost of $150.  Funds to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Interim Commissioner Tabitha Tabb

 

If you’re in another organization on campus, please spread the word about the positions for SGA and SPA officers, SGA Senators and Mr. & Ms. Nicholls.  The deadline is March 5th for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls and the deadline for SGA & SPA is March 11th.  Remember that the Election is going to be March 23rd, 24th and 25th.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Gamma Phi Beta BEDI Virtual Summit which passed.
  • 2021 Spring Budget which passed.
  • Motion for refrigerator and freezer for Gouaux Hall for $1,000 was tabled.
  • Motion for Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance Team which passed. 

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Ana Garcia, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre and Jason Spell.

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for 2020-21 Bylaws Amendment which passed.
  • Appointment of Kayla Freemon as Director of Social Media Engagement was tabled.
  • Appointment of Carson Duet for Election Commission Member which passed.
  • Appointment of Icy Abraham for Supreme Court Justice which passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Ana Garcia, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

Absent:     Senator Lance Jones and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

We discussed the following:

  • St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt giveaway tentative date of March 15th.
  • Voted on color of the Koozies.
  • Posting Emergency Supply Drive so look out for that.
  • If you want to do a Red Out Friday, send that to me or Director Meagan.
  • Collecting polo sizes in the Group Meet reminded everyone that women’s sizes run small and men’s run big.
  • Working on a Spring Break tank tops.
  • Colonel Gras which is March 4th.  We’ll be making a float.

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Ana Garcia, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • Progress on motions and new ideas.
  • Assisting anyone who is working on motions who doesn’t know who to speak to.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-070

I move that the Senate approve the Spring Budget 2021 Budget.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Lance Jones

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. said this is a motion we have to do every semester authorizing us to spend the money correctly on projects we support.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-071

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of

Election Commission Member.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. who spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-072

I move that the Senate allocate $320 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to help the executive board members of Gamma Phi Beta Eta Upsilon chapter attend a virtual summit to help promote diversity and inclusion amongst the chapter.

  1. Miranda Danos
  2. Heather LeBouef

Discussion:  Senator Miranda S. said this conference is going to be for eight members of our Executive Board to attend a Virtual Summit Conference talking about diversity and inclusion among other sorority chapters.  We are not allowed to do fundraising events. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-073

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-074

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Icy Abraham for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-075

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Victoria Rideau

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300 for the Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance team.  These items are to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Brandon Katz

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this is the start-up funds of $300 that goes to new organizations.  The money will be for the outfits they’ll need.  Whatever we don’t fund, will come out of their pockets. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-077

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Corey Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Lance Jones

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-078

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Education Senator.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-079

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Sharmila Hamal for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Victoria Rideau

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-080

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of

Election Commissioner.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Victoria Rideau

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said there is an Immunology Lab in Gouaux Hall.  We use it every single time for Biology.  We use it for Micro-Lab.  We use it for any class.  The freezer that we have is too small.  It’s completely full of our samples and anything we will need to freeze so we need a new freezer and we need a new refrigerator.  The one we have is about fifteen years old.  The repairs would cost more than the refrigerator.  We don’t have that time to wait so we’re asking for a refrigerator which is $1,500 and we’re also asking for a new, bigger freezer.  It’s a very small price to pay.

Vice President Brady L. said the motion is over $1,000 and will be tabled for further discussion.

S2021-082

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendment to Article 3 Section C of the 2020-21 SGA Bylaws regarding the duties of a Committee Chairperson.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said in the committee, we discussed that the chairperson should remain objective and impartial.  It wasn’t actually in the Bylaws so this is to add it to the Bylaws, that the Chairman should remain impartial when discussing legislation.  Basically, the Chair will not vote unless there is a tie.  It says the Chair should guide the discussion that is not misleading.  They should not be taking sides.  They should not say they support things or that something isn’t right. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

Vetoed by President Ethan Naquin

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Miranda D.        Last semester, I helped pass a motion to help fund some items for the Counseling Center.  It was a printer, an iPad and other items that would help over the years.  I contacted Ms. Adrienne Bolton who is the Director of Student Services to ask her how things were going.  She said they have been a tremendous help in setting up videos for outreach and Zoom.  They’re also in the process of working to create a podcast for mental health.  The T.V. is being used regularly for professional development by interns and the printer is serving its purpose.  They would like to thank us again for assisting them.

Madison L.        I have a Google Form to get your opinion on the Mentor Program used previously to learn what you like or what you don’t like.  I’d like to also know what you enjoyed. Please complete it by the end of the week.

Heather L.        If you miss a meeting, the Bylaws state that you have five school days to turn in an excuse.  If you miss a committee meeting, it’s half an absence and if can’t have more than 3 unexcused absences.

Dolly M.          We’ve started receiving Petitions for the Senate but some of you are inquiring about E-Board positions.  Those applications will be available after the new President is elected.  You should be trying to secure a place on the Senate first.

                  All of you who were appointed, I’ll send you my contact information to schedule your Orientation.  You have mailboxes and other resources available to you. 

The following officers were sworn in by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

Tabitha Tabb – Election Commissioner

Carson Duet – Election Commission Member

Connor Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

Corey Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

Gavin Wisdom – Supreme Court Justice

Sharmila Hamal – Supreme Court Justice

Icy Abraham – Supreme Court Justice

Miranda Danos – Education Senator

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:47 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 22, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Lance Jones and the pledge was given by Senator Madison Liner.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon and Senator Hunter Legnon read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present: Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

The following Senators were absent:   Ana Garcia and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux (appointed) and Justice Connor Hebert.

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Aimee Hollander, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

Minutes of January 25, 2021 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

Just a few quick things I want to go over.  For vaccines, today we probably vaccinated close to 700 so we’ve vaccinated all Allied Health, faculty, students and staff for the first round and gave them subsequent chances to get that vaccine.  We have vaccinated all 65 and older faculty and their spouses as well as retirees and their spouses.  We have a lot of vaccines and not enough customers.  The System office telling the university to vaccinate 65 and over is like telling the Nursing Homes to vaccinate 22 and under.  Our population will not fit the demographics.  This week we’re going to 55 and over, pregnant women who are students, faculty or staff.  Anyone with Down Syndrome, any student teachers in the College of Education that are going out to the high schools, middle schools or elementary schools, we can vaccinate now.  You should be getting the information soon through an email from Mr. Brian Clausen. 

Testing. We continue to rely on testing, masking and distancing.  Students do a better job of masking than the general population that comes to our campus.  We’re going to try to approach it with education rather than policing.  If you police the public, the minute they walk away, they pull the mask down.  We’re going to try education and perhaps you can help us with that.

The ticket distribution has gone well. I hope we can continue to increase those numbers.  Remember if the visiting team does not use their full allotment, it allows us to distribute more tickets to students.  All of the games are going to be on ESPN+.  We’ll try to do some end zone suites for this game.  We have a lot of people who buy very expensive tickets in the press box suites and that number has been cut about half.  We’re trying to find another place in the stadium so you might see some seats going up in the end zone. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Couple of projects.  We’re renovating the restrooms in the next six months or so in the Student Union.  Talbot Hall.  We’re going to ask you for some help.  I spoke to President Ethan Naquin and Vice President Brady Levron about the back of Talbot Hall.  We’ll get rid of that eye sore.  On Free Speech Alley, we’re going to make that a pedestrian way and make it a really student friendly area.  You might also hear some rumors that we continue to try to promote Greek housing on campus.  When I came here, that was one of the first questions we received.  We’ve been meeting on it for about a year.  We’ve met with the sororities and we’ll be meeting with the architectural group to get a rendering.  We’ll bring that to the public as soon as we do our background work with some of the Advisors involved.  I continue to work on that with the idea that Greek housing for fraternities will follow.  In the end, it may or may not become a reality but we want to give the Greeks every opportunity since they asked us for it.  We’ll give them the rendering, we’ll give them the land and see if we can continue to do this.  Since 1982 we’ve been talking about Greek housing. It can be 2052 and we’ll still be talking about Greek housing if we don’t do something about it so we’re going to take a chance.  That’s all Greeks both the Panhellenic and the NPHC’s. 

This last round of going remote wasn’t what we wanted to do but we have students coming from almost every parish in the state.  We have some coming from out of state, including Texas, Mississippi and elsewhere.  As of this date, they still have ice in North Louisiana so it was too great a road hazard for our students.  That’s why we had to stay remote and I want to thank you for your patience with that.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Aimee Hollander

I am a professor in the College of Education and also the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.  The Center was started because faculty noted that they really wanted to improve their ability to teach so that you all can learn.  It’s part of our economic plan.  We provide Webinars for faculty members and a faculty book club.  What we do want to understand is what we can do to improve our teaching so you can get a better learning experience here at Nicholls.  What we’d like to know is what we do well and what you want us to never, ever do again.  I tried to do focus groups in the Fall with first year students and everyone under the sun.  Unfortunately, I found that a lot of people don’t know who I am so when they receive my email, they don’t really want to talk to me and I think students are more comfortable talking to their peers in general.  So I wanted to see if you’re interested in partnering with me to get a focus group or perhaps you can get a group of students together and have a forum.  We’d like to know how to improve courses for the next Fall and Spring.  If we can do this by the end of the semester, that would be really helpful.  For faculty, what we do is go over things in the summer.  I know it’s tough with graduation and finals but we’d like to a collective group of students with different majors, Freshmen, Juniors, everyone under the sun to talk about this.  I can be the logistic person but I need you to provide the students and get the word out. 

Second thing is how are you doing?  Are you doing o.k.?  We’d like students to let faculty know that you appreciate them.  Faculty have been running non-stop since COVID hit. This university provided training for faculty and they have been running non-stop.  What I’d like to do is have SGA partner with me to provide some sort of Google form for students to let faculty know how much they are appreciated.  We’d like to have this done right at the finish line in May.

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. asked how would we partner with her.  Dr. Hollander said for the student Focus Group, I’ll let you guys lead us in what is the best way to recruit students.  Do we have a Zoom meeting or do we have an open forum with faculty.  As a faculty member, I would ask you to fill out a Google form or hand a form out to volunteers and copy and paste those responses. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I think both ideas are great.  I was going to be meeting with faculty next week to discuss some things students would like to see like more Moodle or better Moodle.  Another thing students would like to see is have their grades posted in a timely manner.  Dr. Hollander said we should definitely talk.  If you’re having a very specific issue with faculty, that’s why I’m here.  I can send out a reminder email that mid-term grades are due.  I’ve seen some faculty Moodle pages that are wonderful and

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

                  some that are awful.  Some faculty may not be using Moodle correctly. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. asked if it is for incoming students.  Dr. Hollander said she would really like to do this before classes head out for summer.  Senator Zackary P. said since SGA represents the student body, perhaps we can do a survey between us.  I know that I don’t personally have a lot of concerns about teachers but perhaps if it’s just us, it may be more efficient.  Dr. Hollander said the thing about SGA is that each of you represent a group.  Eventually, I would like to have a monthly focus group and have students come in.  I’d like athletes to come in and tell faculty what to improve.  Right now, I think faculty would really like to interact with students.  We’re getting a lot of information from other schools on what we should be doing.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • According to the Constitution, the President is required to inform the Senate whenever he does a Presidential veto.  So last week I vetoed the motion to Amend Article 3, Section C of the SGA Bylaws.  Whenever it’s in conflict or redundant with Roberts Rules of Order, they’re already pre-existing Bylaws.  The minutes state that for the Committee Chairs to remain ineffective when sharing objective facts resulting in the inability for the Chair to steer discussion as appropriate. 
  • Also, impartiality doesn’t always fit in that context.  With Roberts Rules of Order and in the cases of secret ballot voting or breaking tie votes.  The redundancy in the legislation is that the Chair can already vote in the case of a tie but Roberts Rules of Order also outline that the Chair can vote to create a tie to prevent any piece of legislation from passing.  In the end, as a Senator very capable of forming your opinion and expressing yourself, while it’s not permitted in any way or shape to actually force things to go a certain way, they’re not always bound in partiality in every scenario.  Then partiality under this standard doesn’t really exist in Roberts Rules. 
  • Last year Jade Williams had done Colonels With Heart which is an organ donation association.  It’s a lot of outreaching events for students for organ donation as well as for people who can become donors.  [I’m looking for someone who would be interested in taking this organization since Jade will be graduating.  If anyone is interested in helping, let me know.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH-due by the end of day!! Will be individually meeting with you.
  • Finalized the Google Form for suggestions and concerns (need to figure out how to get it out there)
  • Dean of Student Search Committee Meeting today. Interviews start on Wednesday.
  • Maxient training release next Monday!!

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • The Financial Statement is up-to-date and will be coming to you soon.
  • You are doing an amazing job. Keep up the good work.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with the Football Ticket Giveaway. We have another ticket giveaway this Thursday and Friday. Please sign up.
  • Patrick’s Day shirts have shipped so we’ll be receiving that soon.
  • For Colonel Gras, the theme is “The Princess and the Frog”. We’ll be picking up items to decorate.  If any of you would like to join, that would be great.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • In the Group Me, I’ve posted the list of all the Department Heads and Deans. I encourage you to schedule a meeting with your Department Head or Dean.  We’re almost at the mid-point of the semester and I know there are a lot of needs of departments.  This is a great opportunity to develop motions that fit the needs of the department you represent.
  • We’re going to start the Mentorship Program next Monday after the General Meeting. We’ll have the Mentors and Mentees remain and have a short Orientation.  Your Mentor should have reached out to you over the past week.
  • One of Sydney’s big initiatives she took care of as Senator and even through her Vice Presidency was the Finals Preparation Period. I’ll be meeting with Dr. Sue Westbrook sometime this week to ensure it’s still going smoothly, to see if there are any kinks in it and if we need to address anything.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-070

I move that the Senate approve the Spring Budget 2021 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-071

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-072

I move that the Senate allocate $320 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to help the executive board members of Gamma Phi Beta Eta Upsilon chapter attend a virtual summit to help promote diversity and inclusion amongst the chapter.  Passed and signed.

S2021-073

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-074

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Icy Abraham for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-075

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300 for the Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance team.  These items are to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-077

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Corey Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-078

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

S2021-079

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Sharmila Hamal for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-080

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Tabled.

 

S2021-082

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendment to Article 3 Section C of the 2020-21 SGA Bylaws regarding the duties of a Committee Chairperson.  Passed but Vetoed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux

 

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

  • Encouraged officers to remind their other student organizations to nominate for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor.
  • Reminded officers to complete a Petition to serve in SGA next Fall prior to the March 11 deadline.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Guest:      President Ethan Naquin and Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to fund the Wood for BCM was tabled, over $1,000.
  • Motion to purchase freezer/refrigerator.
  • President Ethan N. presented requests from Department Heads.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to appoint Matthew Badeaux as Chief Justice which passed.
  • Motion for Neal Swanner Proclamation which passed.
  • Motion to appoint Director Social Media Engagement Director Kayla Freemon which failed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre and Victoria Rideau.

Absent:     Senator Ana Garcia (unexcused).

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Public Relations Committee Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • St. Patrick Day’s shirts have shipped.
  • Football Ticket Giveaway is Thursday and Friday.
  • Please send in polo sizes to Group Me.
  • Working on finalizing design for Spring Break t-shirt.
  • Colonel Gras is next Thursday.  Our theme is “Princess and the Frog”.
  • Please complete the form sent to you in Group Me.
  • Requested SGA photos be sent to Director Meagan R. or myself if anyone has any available.
  • Encouraged anyone with ideas to reach out.

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • Partnering up with someone new to work on motions and report on a fun fact about that person.
  • Program for some departments taking trips pertaining to their major.
  • Discussed with President Ethan Naquin regarding recycling bins around campus.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-081

I move to take the motion to purchase the refrigerator/freezer for the Immunology Lab from the table.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is for a refrigerator because the one we have is broken and it’s too expensive to repair it.  The freezer that we have is too small.  Both of them have lasted about fifteen years so far.  They’re used by core courses, used by Biology and Chemistry classes and also for the undergraduate curricular.  This would impact the course of about fifteen years so this is not something that is short term but tangible.  It’ll cost about $2,500.  Students will benefit from this.  We’ll be able to do more research.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-083

I move that the Senate accept the Neal Swanner Proclamation.

  1. Douglas Gilchrist
  2. Jax Badeaux

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Mr. Neal Swanner Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a great and gracious supporter of Nicholls State University, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a native of Waggaman, Louisiana and resident of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a role model and great friend of the Nicholls family for all students to follow, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was part of the Nicholls community and a great contributor to Nicholls State University.

Whereas, Mr. Swanner unfortunately passed away on January 28, 2021 at the age of 69 due to complications from Covid-19, and

Whereas, that on the 28th day of January in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret to announce the death of a dear friend, colleague, and member of the Nicholls Family, and

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students of Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Mr. Neal Swanner, owner of Bubba’s II Restaurant.

    ______________________________       ___­_­­­__________________________             

       Ethan Naquin, President              Brady Levron, Vice President

    Student Government Association         Student Government Association

     Nicholls State University              Nicholls State University

_______________________________

             Senator Douglas Gilchrist                        

Student Government Association         

  Nicholls State University

Discussion:  Senator Douglas G. said this Proclamation is for somebody who is very important to the Nicholls Community, Mr. Neal Swanner.  He owned Bubba’s II Restaurant and was involved with the women’s softball field, the Swanner Field.  I hope this passes because he’s been a big influence at Nicholls.  He was a super nice man.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-084

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Student Supreme Court Chief Justice.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Senator Heather L. said you should have received an email from Dr. Caruso, please complete the survey on courses and spread the word.  We can also make a post about it because the more students that respond, the better.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Selection:

Senators Madison L. and Julia P. distributed ballots of eligible SGA officers for selecting SGA’s nominees for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor.  Secretary Dolly M. explained that the criteria are that a student must have earned 85 credit hours and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Madison L.        We had an influx of Mentors and a handful of Mentees so whoever applied first was assigned someone.  The next thing we have is the workshop on March 1st.  

The following officers were sworn in by Vice President Brady Levron and Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

Matthew Badeaux – Supreme Court Chief Justice

Connor Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

Corey Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 1, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Trent Ledet and the pledge was given by Senator Reona Octave.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Douglas Gilchrist and Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present: Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce, Ethan Vickrey and Brandon Katz.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, John Schwarz, Veterans Navigator and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

Minutes of February 1, 8 and 22, 2021 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

Our next home game is not until March 27th.  We have several away games in the interim.  We’ve decided it’s hard to police the masks because once you walk away its easy for them to slip off their mask.  We don’t think that works. Perhaps you can help us with education and talk to different organizations to encourage them to talk to their members.  We have only two more home games.  We’re doing a lot better at our university and a lot better in our region with transmission so we still have to keep our guard up.  I think we’ve managed to live with the virus.  We’ve had a very vibrant semester in terms of being on campus and participating in intramural events as well as sustaining extracurricular activities.  So let’s figure out ways to stay on campus and keep everything open. 

We had 250 fans at that football game and a lot more want to come in.  It’s a very popular venue.  We have to split the audience, 1,500 and 1,500.  There are student tickets on the home side so that is pretty full and there’s a lot of excitement.  We’re ranked first in the Conference in football and first in the Conference in Basketball.  All sports are playing right now.  If you can, get out there and show your face.  I know you have a lot of studying to do.  It might not be a whole game, but just attend for a few minutes. 

We will continue to work on all the facilities on campus, trying to get all those completed.  The Makerspace is now being painted.  We hope that will be online very quickly.  All of the equipment is purchased and I think you will see it come together very quickly and up and running asap.  Also, the coffee shop right outside the Makerspace as well.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Other projects I’ve asked help with is the back of Talbot.  I know at one point we were talking about putting some benches around the green space by the Library.  That would be very nice if we could work on that.  The gaming lounge here is planned so ten people can be there at once with a lobby area.  I know Dr. Caruso is also working on more programming to get more students back into the Union. 

Again, I want to thank you for being leaders.  I think this has been a stellar semester given everything we faced.  This campus feels very different than other campuses I’ve visited.  It feels very vibrant.  I think there’s a lot of envy from others in our System. We have such a vibrant student life through all this and I want to thank you for that.  Don’t hesitate to email me or call me if you have any questions.  President Ethan Naquin and Vice President Brady Levron have my cell phone number.

GUEST SPEAKER:  John Schwarz, Veteran Navigator Program

Hello, my name is John Schwarz.  I’m the Nicholls State Veterans Navigator.  I work for an organization called LaVetCorps which is a sub-organization for the bigger organization that you know as Americorps.  I’m here to help Veteran students with benefits, any issues they have with classes, scheduling or anything that I can help them with.  I’m also here to help other students so if any student needs help, if I can help them, I’m always here to help.  I’ve had students who need help with printing issues, some of them needing help with classes, etc.  I can help with anything they need, anything at all.  I’m located in Shaver Gym.

I provide referrals for Veterans Affairs.  I can help them with any claims, if they need scholarships or tuition help.  I’m a dependent of my Dad.  He served 20 years in the Air Force and I plan to go there after I graduate.  If students are dependents and have questions, I can’t help them or my boss, Gilberto Burbante, can help them.

LaVetCorps is the first organization run through Louisiana.  There are others.  We’re at Tulane, LSU and all the other schools.  Our Mission Statement is to help our Veteran Families and to help Veterans leaving active duty to become more acclimated to school and civilian life.  Some of them have trouble studying.  Some of them don’t have a place to go.  We’re always here to help with anything like that.  We have the Veterans Lounge in Shaver Gym with offices where Veterans can come in and relax.

To contact me, use my school email address or my cell phone number.  If you text me, I’ll ask you who you are and how I met you. My office hours reflect around my school schedule.  If you have any questions you can come to Shaver Gym to meet with me or if you don’t like being around people and prefer meeting in a small office, I’m o.k. with that or an online meeting.  Whatever makes you comfortable. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked what is a way to get the word out? Mr. Schwarz said we have Instagram and I think we have Facebook.  It’s perfect talking to you about this because you have the most influence in marketing.  I can bring some of the LaVetCorps cards to the SGA office so you can have some available in case someone is interested.

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said one of my classes has a Veteran attending and I think this is a great idea.  Having these services available is incredible.  I know some Veterans want to come back to school and get their education so I’m glad you’re here.  Mr. Schwarz said it’s a program that helps Veterans graduate because a lot of them drop out. 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

I wanted to answer a question you asked a few weeks ago about Intramurals if you’ve already been vaccinated.  We spoke to Dr. Falcon, our physician on campus who has been leading the COVID charge.  She said you would still have to be tested because once you’re immunized or have the vaccine, you can still carry the virus. The Governor is going to speak this week.  Once we get that announcement, if that statement has changed and they go back to the committee that interprets the guidelines, that will tell us what we then can start allowing.  We’ll keep you up to date on how that’s going to work.  Remind your friends that we still need to mask up. 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • I want to remind you that we’re not having a meeting next week due to midterms.  Take that time to study to keep your grades up.
  • The UL System Day at the Capitol is set for April 14th.  Usually the UL System has representatives from all nine institutions in the System. They have the opportunity to talk to the State Representatives, to be our voice in higher education at the State level.  This year, it’s going to be virtual and no information has been released yet so I’ll keep you updated.  As that continues, I’d like to see a few people from SGA attend.  It’s virtual so it should be easy.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • WID/WIH – keep up the good work on all those motions. If you need anything come see me.
  • I’m still doing Dean of Student interviews and its going pretty well.
  • Give-N-Day is tomorrow so please donate to your student organizations.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • The Budget hasn’t changed yet but we’re thinking about moving funds around from line items that we aren’t going to be able to use in order to free up more funds for activities we can do. If this happens, then someone will have to write a motion for this because the budget has already been approved.  We will let you know if this occurs.
  • The Financial Statement was emailed to each of you and it’s also on the Google Drive. Basically, we’ll have almost $300,000.  That’s the money we have to work with.  If you look at tailgating, we probably won’t use that line item so we can perhaps move those funds elsewhere.  In unallocated funds, we have about $30,000 so it’s good to know we have that as well.  In the budget versus expenses section at the bottom, that balance is if we spend every single line item which almost never happens. Right now we have spent about $5,000 out of $200,000.  This statement gives you an opportunity to see what we’re doing all the time. 

      COMMENT:     Senator Heather L. asked about the motions that were passed, are they included in this statement.  Treasurer Ethan H. said those figures comes to us in Purchase Orders and we can’t put it in the Financial Statement until we confirm they’ve been ordered.

      COMMENT:     Senator Heather L. suggested putting the motion information in a Google Doc.  Treasurer Ethan H. said we’ll get together and try that.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thank you to everyone who helped with the ticket giveaway! We had an awesome turn out. Our next ticket give away will be the last week in March for the game on the 27th.
  • Patrick’s shirts are in. The giveaway date is Monday, March 15th from 10:40-12:50. I will be posting a sign-up sheet to work the table.
  • This Thursday is SPA’s Colonel Gras. As of now we only have one person signed up. I cannot make it due to a previous engagement so please consider signing up to work that as well.
  • I emailed all the coaches to see what we can do for the remainder of games other than football this semester. Still waiting to hear back from them but I have some ideas on how. Any other ideas please send my way.
  • As always, please send Red Out Friday pictures, and hope you all have a great week!

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Today I sat in on a Student Organizations Committee meeting which was very productive. The eSports Club and Future Farmers of America Alumni and Supporters both received their probationary status and the Turning Point GSA organization was tabled for further discussion.  We also discussed a lot of organizations who are on their probationary period regarding where they are as an organization, making sure they’re following all the rules.  We’ll have another meeting within the next two weeks to continue that discussion. 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-083

I move that the Senate accept the Neal Swanner Proclamation.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-084

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Student Supreme Court Chief Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justices Remy Lodrigues & Morgan Levron

 

SPA info:

March 3 – next SPA meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom.

March 4 – Colonel Gras is will 6:00 p.m. in the Tailgating parking lot.

SGA Info:

The Senate was reapportioned.  One Senate Seat represents 300 students.

Liberal Arts:  4

Sciences & Technology:  5

Business Administration:  5 (Plus 1)

Education:  3

Nursing:  4 (Plus 1)

Culinary:  1

Veterans Affairs:  1

Graduate Studies:  3 (Plus 1)

Senate seats were added in Business Administration, Nursing and Graduate Students which indicates an increase in enrollment.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

None.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Absent:     Senator Brandon Katz.

Guest:      President Ethan Naquin and Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • In Unfinished Business – BCM Wood funding of over $1,000 passed.
  • In New Business – Benches by the gym and tennis courts were tabled due to dollar amount of $1,000.
  • Available financial resources.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Ana Garcia, Miranda Danos, Anjeinay Johnson and Julia Pierce.

We discussed the following:

  • Ana Garcia had two excuses which passed.
  • Julia Pierce had three excuses which failed.
  • Victoria Rideau has one excuse that passed.
  • Officers have five full days to turn in excuses ending Monday at the end of the day. 

Vice President Brady L. reminded everyone that the excuse forms can be found on the Moodle Page.  Once COVID started, we moved it virtual so it’s available in a Google form that you can fill out.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

Absent:     Senator Brandon Katz.

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

We discussed the following:

  • For Colonel Gras, make sure you go to the SGA website and select your time slot.  We plan to have a really cool table. 
  • We’re also working on a Spring Break t-shirt.  I’ll show you the design next Monday.

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

Absent:     Senator Ana Garcia.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • We did some brainstorming from last week’s meeting. 
  • Pairing up and trying to write motions.
  • As a group, we kind of brought back the idea of the middle of Peltier Hall area.  If you have any ideas, please let us know.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-085

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,700.00 from the Campus Safety Line Item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Anjeinay Johnson

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said in the back of the BCM building, the wood on the deck needs to be repaired in some places.  It’s also old and dingy, almost rotten basically.  They’ve tried some fundraising and reaching out to other organizations for help.  This is their last resort to help them.

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

COMMENT:   Senator Lance J. asked if this is to replace only the wood being walked on or sitting.  Senator Gabrielle A. said it is to replace the entire wood.  The best thing is it saves us money because Mr. Conan Shirlin will repair it so we don’t have to pay for labor. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

General Education & Assessment Committee – Madison Liner

They basically approved different courses to be added to the General Education courses like your Histories, Sciences and things like that.  They added two new ones which are Physics 161 and 171.  Those are going to be Physics of the Universe which is really cool.  It’s going to add more classes that will be available to anybody in General Education now.

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

Had our first meeting.  That’s the survey we really need to fill out.

Student Affairs Advisory Board – Miranda Danos

We’re going to have our first meeting on March 24th.  I know some of you have signed up for that committee, so please attend.  It’s going to be on Google Meets. 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Vice President Brady L. mentioned that midterms are coming up and that’s a good time for self-evaluation, especially in the goals that you wrote down at the beginning of the semester.  I know that for a lot of you, your personal goal was academic based.  This is really a good time to crack down and make sure that you’re fulfilling the objectives that you set for yourself as well as both your SGA goals.  You’re half way through the semester so where are you on your projects?  These are all internal questions that you probably should be asking yourself.  Am I going to achieve this goal or what do I need to change and ensure I get where I want to be.  I know all of you, in the meetings we had, you had great ideas and you’re all capable of achieving them.  I think this is a time for self-evaluation and figure out where we are.  As always, my door is always open if you want to come in and talk about that.  Towards the end of this semester or in the next couple of weeks, we’ll have our second round of our meetings.  We’re going to discuss your “What I’ve done.” “What I’ve heard.” information and how that incorporates into the goals you had for your position.

Senator Miranda D. said she wants to report on a motion she authored previously, the Gamma Phi Beta Diversity Conference that we funded. For that meeting we had a keynote speaker talking about what’s going on in Greek Life.  We had a great discussion about that and learned a lot from it.  So on behalf of the Executive Board, I want to say thank you for considering funding this Conference. 

Senator Heather L. said we had a talk about this in Judiciary.  As student leaders, we have to hold ourselves accountable.  I want to remind everyone that we’re not only holding ourselves accountable here but also hold ourselves accountable to students and committees for SGA and really support the students.  It’s really kind of difficult sometimes to tell your friend that you really don’t think they’re doing their best but that’s what makes a great friend.  Not just for SGA but for anything.  Especially when we have to uphold the Mission of SGA.  Sometimes we have to make tough decisions but that’s part of being a leader.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M.          Next week we don’t meet for our regular meeting but it’s a day that we reserve to have your photos taken for the SGA composite. We had a composite taken in the Fall and lot of you were added at the end of the semester and also at the beginning of this semester.  I’m making arrangements to try to have our photos taken next Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Leaders Suite when we’d normally meet.  I’ll send an email to everybody in the event you want to have your photo retaken because our website has to be updated with those photos also.  We’ll also be taking photos of those running for office also to use on the ballot. 

                  Notices of the Apple Awards have gone out.  We ask that you really participate in this. A lot of our faculty have worked really hard and would appreciate a nomination.  Please review that information.  The deadline is March 26th.

Meagan R.         Tomorrow, Phi Mu is having a Give-Back-Night at Big Mike’s from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.  We also have a cookie campaign going on.

Madison L.        Reminder to meet with your mentor.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

SPRING 2021 ACTIONS TAKEN

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

January 25, 2021

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

S2021-063

I move that Senate accept the Amended Election Code. 

Article V

Section I

Candidate Expenditures and Ethics

 

  1. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions shall not spend in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions must submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions in the form of a receipt to the Election Commission on a weekly basis.
  3. Article V Section I is subject to oversight by the Election Commission

 

Article IX

Election Code Infractions

 

Section I

Infractions

 

  1. Spending in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. Failing to submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions to the Election Commission on a weekly basis as ethics reports in an accurate and timely manner.

 

Section II

Imposable Sanctions

 

  1. The following sanctions will be imposed against a student who has been found guilty of violating the Election Code.
  2. A student that spends in excess of $750 on campaigning will be disqualified.
  3. A student that fails to submit campaign related expenditures in an accurate and timely manner will be fined $50. A student found guilty of a second offense of this kind will be disqualified and fined $50. 

Passed and signed.


S2021-064

I move that Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History line item of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-065 

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Meagan Rousse for the position of Director of Public Relations. Passed and signed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 1, 2021

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

S2021-066

I move that the Senate approve the amended Spring 2021 Naquin Corollary.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-067

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Logan Byars for the position of Sciences & Technology Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-068

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Angeinay Johnson for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-069

I move that Senate co-sponsor a Financial Literacy Program with NAACP student organization at a cost of $150.  Funds to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

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SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 8, 2021

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

S2021-070

I move that the Senate approve the Spring Budget 2021 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-071

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-072

I move that the Senate allocate $320 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to help the executive board members of Gamma Phi Beta Eta Upsilon chapter attend a virtual summit to help promote diversity and inclusion amongst the chapter.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-073

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-074

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Icy Abraham for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-075

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300 for the Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance team.  These items are to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-077

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Corey Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-078

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-079

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Sharmila Hamal for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-080

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Tabled.

 

S2021-082

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendment to Article 3 Section C of the 2020-21 SGA Bylaws regarding the duties of a Committee Chairperson.  Passed but Vetoed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 22, 2021

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-083

I move that the Senate accept the Neal Swanner Proclamation. 

 

Mr. Neal Swanner Memorial Proclamation

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a great and gracious supporter of Nicholls State University, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a native of Waggaman, Louisiana and resident of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a role model and great friend of the Nicholls family for all students to follow, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was part of the Nicholls community and a great contributor to Nicholls State University.

Whereas, Mr. Swanner unfortunately passed away on January 28, 2021 at the age of 69 due to complications from Covid-19, and

Whereas, that on the 28th day of January in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret to announce the death of a dear friend, colleague, and member of the Nicholls Family, and

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students of Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Mr. Neal Swanner, owner of Bubba’s II Restaurant. 

     _________________________         ___­_­­­____________________             

       Ethan Naquin, President             Brady Levron, Vice President

   Student Government Association       Student Government Association

     Nicholls State University                Nicholls State University

_________________________

           Senator Douglas Gilchrist                        

Student Government Association         

Nicholls State University     

Passed and signed.

 

S2021-084

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin, and Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Student Supreme Court Chief Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 1, 2021

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

S2021-085

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,700.00 from the Campus Safety Line Item of the budgetPassed and signed.

 

(Note that although this motion was approved by the Senate and signed into law by the Student Body President, the University will be unable to procure these materials as the land is leased for the Baptist Student Union and the building is not a University building.  It is private property constructed by the Lessee and therefore public funds cannot be provided for private property.  Even though these SGA funds are student funds collected from student fees, they are still considered public funds as they are on deposit with the University.)

 

FALL 2020 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

June 8, 2020 

“Special Meeting”

“Amending Corollary”

The meeting was called to order via Google Meets Teleconferencing at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron and the pledge was given by Senator Emily Bergeron.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Meagan Rousse and Senator Zackary Pitre read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre and Jennifer Duthu.

The following Senator was absent:  Senator Cooper Moore.

Student Supreme Court was not represented.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. John Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Student Government Association Advisor and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth Staff.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

No report.

OFFICER REPORTS:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

No report.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

No report.

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

No report.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

No report.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

No report.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.  Died on the Table.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

S1920-072

I move that the SGA put up half the money to help Alumni Affairs purchase personalized yard signs for each of Spring 2020 graduating Senior.  SGA would fund up to $1,750 and would come out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

S1920-073

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 to purchase new 2020 Software for Nicholls State University to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

S1920-074

I move that the Senate approve the 2020 Summer Budget.  Passed and signed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT 

No report.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Committee:  

No report.

Judiciary Committee: – Brady Levron, Chair

No report.

Community Outreach Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet: – Meagan Rousse, Chair

No meeting.

Campus Affairs Committee: – Gabrielle Arceneaux Chair

No report.

Academic Affairs Committee:

No report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

None.

NEW BUSINESS: 

U2021-001a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article IV, Letter D and Article VIII, Section A. Number 1 of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously copied and distributed to the Senators).

  1. Brady Levron
  2. Zackary Pitre

Move into vote:

Passed For–7 Against-0 Abstained-0

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED: 

U2021-001

I move that the Senate approve Article 9 Section 1 of the Naquin Corollary.

“The Naquin Corollary”

Article 9 Section 1

As set forth by President Ethan Naquin

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The Naquin Corollary to the SGA Rules of Procedures

Effective Date:  Immediately

Article Nine

Special Councils

Section 1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

  1. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council shall be comprised of the presidents of the following Nicholls State University organizations:
      1. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
      2. Colonels Retention of Winners Network (CROWN)
      3. Black Women’s Leadership Association (BWLA)
      4. Black Student Union (BSU)
      5. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
      6. Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
      7. Nicholls International Community
  1. The council shall also be comprised of these additional members:
  1. Student Government Association President
  2. Student Programming Association President
  3. Student Government Association Director of Student Rights and Grievances 
  4. 5 At-Large student members
  5. Nicholls State University Diversity and Inclusion Officer
  1. The council will consist of the following positions: Chair and Vice-Chair to be voted on at the first meeting.
  2. The SGA Director of Student Rights and Grievances will act as Secretary
  3. The SGA President will act as University Administrative Advisor
  4. The purpose of this council shall be to serve as a united body of student leaders and organizations to improve equality, cultural awareness, respect and inclusion on campus for students, as well as serve as space of discussion amongst student leaders to identify areas of improvement on campus in this aspect.  The council will form concrete goals and suggestions that will be recommended to the University President and the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Task force. 
  5. The members of the council shall maintain equal representation; however, the SGA President will have the responsibility of calling all meetings of the Council in addition to preparing and presenting the agenda. 
  6. It will be the responsibility of all those on the Council to bring forth items to be placed on the agenda and to express their own opinions and concerns as to when they feel a meeting is needed.
  7. The Council shall meet at least twice (2) a semester and/or express through email to the Council important matters regarding the University.
  8. The SGA President can add and remove seats from the Council as necessary.
  9. The SGA President can independently appoint members for the At-Large student member.
  1. Brady Levron
  2. Zackary Pitre

Discussion:  Senator Brady L. defers to President Ethan N. who said the reason why I called a special meeting of the SGA today is to approve this section of the Corollary.  This is something that has been in the works for a while but in light of all the racial injustice happening in the country right now, I felt it would be more appropriate to pass this just because of better times.  If you will, I’ll direct your attention to the actual section of the Corollary that was emailed to you.  (Vice President Sydney M. prepares a screen shot of the document for everyone’s view.)  

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED: 

If you’re following along individually or if you’re looking at Vice President Sydney M.’s screen, I’m going down to letter A. of Section 1.  Article 9 Section 1 of my Corollary is where it creates the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.  It says the council will be comprised of the presidents of the following Nicholls organization:  NAACP, CROWN, BWLA, BSU, NPHC, GSA and the Nicholls International Community.  It’s also going to be comprised of the SGA President, SPA President and the Student Director of Rights & Grievances as well as 5 At-Large student members and the Nicholls State University and Inclusion Officer who is Mr. Steven Kenney, Jr.  The 5 At-Large student members are going to be independently appointed.  Not all student minorities have organizations on campus so these extra seats are for a mon-traditional student, for someone representing the Hispanic/Latino community here on campus and things like that.  They’ll be appointed through an application process for the council.  

At part C, the council will consist of a chair and vice-chair that will be voted on at the first meeting of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. The SGA Director of Student Rights and Grievances, which is Director Symphony B., will act as secretary of the council and I’ll act at the University Administrative Advisor.  Basically, any comments from the committee or whatever notes or minutes that Director Symphony B. would keep, I’d forward that straight to Dr. Clune and Mr. Kenney as well.  It goes on to say that the purpose of the council shall be to serve as a unified body of student leaders and organizations to improve the quality and cultural awareness, respect and inclusion on campus for students as well as serve as a space for discussion for student leaders to identify areas of improvement on campus.  So the council will form concrete goals and objectives that will be recommended to the University President and the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Letter G just states that I’ll have the responsibility of calling all meetings of the council as well as preparing the agenda. Other members of the council will be responsible for bringing forth items to be placed on the agenda and to express their own opinions and concerns as to when they feel a meeting is needed.  The minimum number of meetings we have per semester will be two but this can be expanded upon.  We can have as many meetings as we feel is necessary.

Letter J just says I can add or remove seats from the council when necessary.  For example, we’ll have a female version of CROWN coming on campus soon so this is an example of a seat that will eventually be added to the council.  

The last statement is that I can independently appoint members for the At-Large student member seats instead of flooding Judiciary with a lot of interviews.  

This is not my whole Corollary, this is just specifically Article 9, Section 1 that outlines the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.  Any questions?

COMMENT: Senator Brady L. asked if all the groups were contacted about this council and what they thought about it.  President Ethan N. said he’s been in contact with Kayla who is the President of BSU and NPHC.  She’s very much on board with this.  GSA is not a developed organization on campus but there is someone who is pursuing reforming that group.  I reached out to him and he’s on board with it.  I just have to reach out to the President of the Nicholls International Community and CROWN.  Those are the last two people.  If they’re completely not interested on being on this council, they’re not required to be on it.  This is just the base line information for that.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–7 Against-0 Abstained-0

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS 

None.

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

QUESTION: Senator Emily B. asked why we’re changing the name of Beauregard and Polk.  I’ve seen a post that said “Oh we’ve heard your voice.” And about making a change but what happened and why is this happening?

President Clune said if you remember, the issue came up about a year ago about buildings and streets.  At the time we had done quite a bit of research on Beauregard and Polk as well as Nicholls and E.D. White.  Beauregard and Polk had nothing to do with the area actually.  They were chosen by a higher education official in Baton Rouge who was a history war buff and sent the names down to Dr. Elkins.  It was also a part of this period that we call “The lost cause of the Confederacy.” A kind of the last attempt to reinforce white culture right before the integration of the universities.  Universities were already integrating in 1961 when these halls were named.  By 1963, Nicholls was integrated.  The timing seemed to be a bit conspicuous but given the benefit of the doubt, they were named without real rationale.  They’ve always been a bone of contention.  Beauregard statues are being taken down across the country.  Confederate monuments are being defaced around the country.  We knew the movement was coming.  We had discussed it last year and were going through discussions with black organizations on campus, with SGA and others until COVID-19 hit.  When this happened with the George Floyd incident and the protests around the country, the timing seemed right.  There seemed to be a grounds for support to fix things that had not been done, to take action that had not been taken.  At that point, I decided to remove those names off the buildings to avoid inviting protestors with ill intent on our campus, primarily those who wanted to retain those names on our buildings and those who wanted to retain the street names on our campus.  

I can’t imagine being a black student and walking around campus and every street is named after a plantation.  I told someone it’s like a university of Jewish students where every street is named after a concentration camp.  So that was easy, Beauregard and Polk was an easy decision.  They had nothing to do with this place.  Their names should never have gone on those buildings.  E.D. White and Nicholls are different.  They are the names of the University and the building because they were individuals of remarkable accomplishments, locals that rose to the highest rank in State and Federal Government.  There is no higher ranking official for Louisiana than E.D. White.  Nicholls was a two-time Governor of the State.  He was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  He was a confederate soldier and spent very little time on the battlefield and was a slave owner.  From the record, we think he owned five slaves.  So that is why I made the decision on Beauregard and Polk and not on E.D. White and Nicholls.  We have been discussing it a long time and the timing was right. I preferred to make the decision and have the target be on my back rather than to point to any student organization influencing that decision and subject those individuals to what they were subjected to last year.  That’s my best answer to that.

QUESTION: Senator Brady L. asked what is the process of redefining the names.     

President Clune said I see this as a six-month process.  In order to have a civil deliberative discussion, I had to get them down.  If the discussion was while they were up, it would continue to lead back to the question of should they come down.  I believe the answer to that is absolutely they should come down.  The only way to have that discussion is to have everybody back in the fall.  Have an inclusive committee of students, alum, people from different walks of life and our students of color represented on that committee and have a process. Most universities that deal with this, Yale is probably the best example that developed principles for renaming buildings, go through these principles that determine what those names should be based on. I’d like to do something similar on our values.  I do not want to rename buildings. That’s for a committee to determine.  My decision was simply to get those names down so we can have the discussion.  

DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

COMMENT: Senator Brady L. said so the names aren’t determined by the State.  Aren’t the buildings themselves owned by the State?  President Clune said now we determine the names of buildings and actually determine the names of the streets which are owned by the State and not owned by the City.  As we speak, they have been officially renamed to the Colleges. I can rename a building to its functional use.  We thought it best to rename them to their functional use so we didn’t get into the business of dictating what they might be long term.  For our streets, they will be renamed for our values.  We have seven values and eight streets so the eighth street will be renamed University Drive that will probably replace Ordoyne Drive.  That is a shared road with the City so we have the City’s support in order to change that name.  We’re going to suggest it become University Drive because the University is on one end and probably University Baptist Church is going to build so it would make sense that it should be University Drive.  The Coastal Center and the Incubator will be there.  We have the authority to rename our streets and our buildings.

QUESTION: Senator Brady L. said President Ethan N. just created this diversity committee, does the university have a committee itself or is this the only group of its kind?  What is the university doing to create the conversation?  

President Clune said our concern right now is that too many small groups of students might arise and try to determine this and we do appreciate the SGA trying to bring everybody under one umbrella.  That was our biggest concern that the movement would splinter among several student groups.  We do not have one.  The Vice Presidents and Steven Kenney, Jr. meet once a week to talk about what we need to do as far as diversity and inclusion. Dr. Caruso may be able to comment more on this.  

Dr. Caruso said about two years ago, we did initiate a task force on diversity and inclusion and the purpose of that group was to assess the campus climate, to have focus groups, to get feedback from all constituents which included faculty, staff, students, community and alum to define our problem areas and to find solutions. The task force and the sub-committees pulled together a document as well as a list of action items which still exist.  Part of that, one of the action items, was to identify, name and give responsibility to a diversity inclusion officer. Dr. Clune already accomplished that when he named Mr. Kenney to that position which is fabulous and will help advance the rest of the action items in that document.  So as Dr. Clune just referenced, your tactic to allow discussion to concern about it start splintering off and everybody trying to do the same thing, but separately.  Things aren’t going to happen, people are going to be stepping on each other’s groups and get frustrated.  So I think that this council that you’ve developed will be the ideal speaker of student constituent groups to Mr. Kenney or whatever form that task force takes now.  It served a purpose for the past two years and now the purpose might shift a little bit as Mr. Kenney sees fit.  But your council will be perfect to bring all this community of these student groups together, focusing on sort of a collaborative consensus of where the problem areas are ongoing or a non-going nature.  What you’re seeing will kind of indicate what solutions there might be. Dr. Clune will be relying on that council to identify actions that need to be taken.  He’ll be asking that group to develop some plan that he can take and work through for the campus so we’re not always starting from scratch or have things all over the place, stepping on each other.

QUESTION: Senator Brady L. asked Dr. Clune if he outlined how the process about coming back to campus will be and what it will look like, more in the perspective of when we actually come back on campus.

President Clune said we meet three times a week.  We know we need less density, more space.  As we speak, we’re renovating North Babington, second and third floor.  South Babington will start any day now, second and third floor.  First floor will probably become a quarantined ward for those students who have come in contact with someone who is sick.  We are renovating Shaver Gymnasium and we’re air conditioning that space.  We need to create space for student organizations that want to come back to campus and meet as an organization at a safe distance. So we envision student organizations meeting in an air conditioned, cleaned and painted Shaver Gymnasium.  We also have a list of guidelines as far as how students stay 

DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

safe on campus and that includes wearing masks in hallways.  Once you’re seated at your desk, which you can be six foot distance with the spacing, you can take off your mask and participate in the course.  There’ll be check-ins.  You’ll probably get some type of sticker that says you’ve been tested, that you’re not running a fever.  We’ll have testing for students who think they may be sick.  In fact the WHO just today came out with a notice that asymptomatic people transmitting the disease seems fairly rare so they’re back to symptomatic people transmitting the disease which would help us a great deal.  I believe we’re ahead of any institution in the State.  I believe we are probably up with a lot on the national basis.  Remember we are having a spring commencement, a summer commencement and a fall commencement, all on schedule through spacing in Stopher Gymnasium.  Then we have the semester planned out.  You’ll see fewer desks in class, you’ll use the Cotillion Ballroom, you’ll use Shaver Gymnasium and you’ll see probably a lot of “Grab and Go” in the cafeteria for a while.  Remember, we’re trying to get to the vaccine.  Once we get the vaccine, we’ll feel a lot better.  You’ll see us trying to have a sports season.  Football will kick off as planned.  There may be some spacing in the stadium.  That might not be a problem based on turnout on the student side but I believe we’re doing more than anyone else in the State to get our campus ready to come back.  I’ll defer to Dr. Caruso who has been at every meeting.

Dr. Caruso said Dr. Clune is right, we meet very frequently with all the key people including Dr. Falcon, our Medical Advisor, who has been very helpful.  So we’re quite on target.  She keeps up on all the most current, day-to-day basis research.  As Dr. Clune said today, the World Health Organization came out with new data.  Based on our conversations with our colleagues across the State, we’re ahead of the game and are in place to start the fall with a lot of excitement for you. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

None.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:24 p.m.

THIS WAS A “SPECIAL MEETING” CALLED BY PRESIDENT ETHAN NAQUIN AND THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR.

FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL 2020-21 TERM WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 10, 2020 AT 4:00 P.M.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

August 10, 2020 

 

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Meagan Rousse and the pledge was given by Senator Zackary Pitre.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux and Senator Jennifer Duthu read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry (appointed), Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown (appointed), Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta (appointed) and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Meagan Rousse, Jennifer Duthu, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist (appointed), Heather LeBouef (appointed), Jason Spell (appointed), Madison Liner (appointed) and Tyler Legnon (appointed).

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Cooper Moore, Emily Bergeron and Julia Pierce.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth Staff, Jax Badeaux and Nicholas Parham.

 

Minutes of June 8, 2020 were approved as printed.



GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Michele Caruso

 

I just wanted to say welcome on your first day. We’re so glad to see you back in person.  Thank you for being so patient with this and flexible.  In support of SGA over the summer, we’ve been doing a lot of the planning and preparing.  Your feedback has been vital.  We’ve incorporated so many of your ideas and such.  Now we’re kind of shifting so a lot of your support we need now is being a role model.  We need you help us pass on to other students the understanding of how these preparations came into being.  They need to understand why it’s important to wear your mask and distancing.  So that’s what we really, really, really need to shift support now.  We would appreciate that.  We’ve been having an ongoing conversation.  President Ethan N. represents you well in meetings and such so anything you want to get passed, you can send it directly to President Ethan N.  He’ll bring back to you the things that are going on so you’re in the loop all the time.  If you have thoughts on how we can do something better or if you’re hearing from students things we can do better, communicate better and such, please let us know because it’s vital.  So I just wanted to say thank you and welcome.



OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  1. Welcome Back!
  • Busy summer! Lots of new changes this semester.
  • Electronic materials – shared google drive (organized by meeting date and then old/new business. Agenda will also be attached there.)
  • Committee meetings—Leaders Suite. General in LeBijou.
  1. Governing Documents:
  • Changes to Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code coming next week.
  • I will upload the copy of the changes today to begin reviewing.
  • Bolded = added, strike = removed.



OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

  1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council:
  • We held our first meeting last week and elected Raynell Hernandez is the Chair and Shepard Theriot is the Vice-Chair.
  1. COSBP and ULS update
  • Orientation meetings this summer
  • Special attention to developing situation with COVID-19 as well as recent racial injustice in our country
  • We recorded a special panel that played at the UL System Higher Ed conference that talked about returning to campus in this new COVID world we find ourselves in. 
  • Director Caroline M. will talk more about this in her report, but we were able to get 250 cloth face masks for us to give away to students that were gifted to us for free from the Commissioner of Higher Education’s office. Those will be distributed tomorrow. We’ll be getting 250 more by the end of next week. 
  • All of the E-Board’s office hours are up on our doors, so please come see us if you need anything! 

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Diversity and Inclusion Council Meeting Last Thursday.
  • Academic Integrity Committee Meeting today @ 4PM via Zoom
  • Contact with Ms. Marilyn Gonzales tomorrow regarding the Display of International Flags.
  • “What I’ve Done/Heard.” Forms will be placed on Google Docs.
  • Office Hours are posted on the door.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  1. Financial Statement-records all expenses for a certain period of time. 
  1. Salaries.
  2. Operating Expenses (Office Equipment (laptop $1,317.81), Office Supplies (door signs $55, toner $790.56, minutes and motions binding $175).
  3. Other Expenditures (T-shirts, $2,709.10).
  4. Overall: Rolled over $18,490.58 more than we thought. 
  1. Proposed Budget
  1. Funds we rolled over.
  2. Changed Executive Travel due to COVID-19.
  3. Expeaux ’20 has a remaining Scholarship to award.
  4. Gouaux Hall has not been used and Peltier Hall Initiatives was partly used for projectors so the motion for remaining funds will have to be renewed.
  5. Remaining funds available for projects.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

 

  • Welcome back day giveaway t-shirt 
  • Confused Colonel idea
  • Dates for Giveaway so far August 26 at 10:00 a.m. Water Bottle Giveaway
  • Mask Give away August 11th @10:00 a.m.
  • Please fill out google form I will post in the group me for times you can work
  • Welcome back day August 19th 
  • Water bottle and Tillou Give away August 26th @ 10:00
  • New Red out Friday idea
  • Senate to help look for red out Friday people around campus 
  • Starting up Why SGA Wednesdays again so if I ask for a video please do it to show everyone why we joined and what it means to be in SGA
  • Anytime SGA post a graphic about something just remember to share or post on your story to get as many people as possible to see it
  • Office is always open if anyone needs to talk
  • If anyone has any ideas for giveaway’s they would like to talk about just let me know



OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

  • Welcome Back to campus! The E-Board and I, along with the University, have been anxiously working and prepping to make sure that we could safely come and hopefully stay on campus. 
  • Throughout the summer, I’ve been working on detailing and enhancing the Mentor-to-Mentor Program in order to implement it in the fall. This program is built and designed to help immerse new senators into our organization so that they not only stay, but thrive.
  • I also attended various university committees throughout the summer in order to detail steps taken to get us back to a safe and efficient campus atmosphere. 
  • Mrs. Dolly and I have been working on and are continuing to work on our bi-annual senator workshop.
  • Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for assistance on motions as we have money to use and ideas to be put into action. This semester is all about accountability so make sure you know your responsibilities as a senator. Some of these responsibilities include confidentiality of certain and sensitive material. We want a productive and efficient semester!
  • We went through a lot of challenges this summer but we are stronger than ever and are ready to take on the semester with full steam ahead.  

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

U2021-001

I move that the Senate approve Article 9 Section 1 of the Naquin Corollary.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT 

 

No report.



SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Ethan Henry, Treasurer

 

Present: Senators Brady Levron and Meagan Rousse.

 

Guest: Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • The 2020-21 Proposed Budget which passed in committee.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present: Senators Brady Levron, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Jennifer Duthu and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Jason Spell spoke to the committee about why he wanted to rejoin the Senate and what he could provide for the Senate.  His appointment was approved.
  • Tyler Legnon spoke on why he wanted to rejoin the Senate and in addition, what he could provide.  His appointment was approved.
  • Madison Liner came before the Committee and was asked various questions.  Her appointment passed.
  • The new “Amending Corollary” passed. 
  • Symphony Brown’s appointment for Director of Student Rights and Grievances passed.
  • Caroline Mistretta’s appointment for Director of Public Relations passed.
  • Heather LeBouef came before the Committee and was asked various questions.  Her appointment passed.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present: Senators Meagan Rousse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre and Jennifer Duthu.

 

Guest: Caroline Mistretta, Director of Public Relations.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Committee responsibilities. 

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair

 

Present: Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux and Meagan Rousse.

 

Guest: Symphony Brown, Director of Student Rights & Grievances

 

We discussed the following:

  • Things we’re trying to check on this semester. 



UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.



NEW BUSINESS: 

 

F2021-002

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Douglas Gilchrist for the position of Education Senator.

  

  1. Cooper Moore
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

F2021-003

I move that the Senate accept President, Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Caroline Mistretta for the position of Director of Public Relations.

  

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

F2021-004

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Heather LeBouef for the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Cooper Moore
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED: 

 

F2021-005

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Symphony Brown for the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Brady Levron

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

F2021-006

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Jason Spell for the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

F2021-007

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Madison Liner for the position of Senator of Sciences and Technology.

 

  1. Cooper Moore
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

F2021-008

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ethan Henry for the position of Treasurer.

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

F2021-009

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Tyler Legnon for the position of Graduate Senator.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-5 Against-0 Abstained–0

 

F2021-010

I move that the Senate approve the Naquin Corollary, as set forth by SGA President Ethan Naquin.

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Cooper Moore

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED: 

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. defers to President Ethan N. who said the main additions to the Corollary are in Article XI, Special Provisions, which is to have all materials distributed electronically as much as possible and also reinstating that documents will be uploaded on the Google Drive.  This motion has to be tabled until next week so please let me know if you have any questions or discussion.

 

Vice President Sydney M. said the Motion will be Tabled.

 

F2021-011

I move that the Senate approve the 2020-21 Budget.

 

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Meagan Rousse 

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. defers to Treasurer Ethan H. who said we reduced some expenses for travel due to COVID-19 so we have more money available.  

 

Vice President Sydney M. said the Motion will be Tabled.



UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

 

Student Organization Committee – Brady Levron

I’m the Chair on this committee.  We promote student organizations.  If someone wants to create a student organization on campus, they meet with Ms. Carly Clark, Student Organization Coordinator, which in turn is presented to the committee.  We approve committees for a Charter period.  To approve a student organization, they go through a period to access certain rules before they receive their actual Charter.  We approved two student organizations two weeks ago for their Charter period.  I believe Ms. Clark removed one student organization from their active status.



DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Senator Meeting Involvement:

Brady Levron said when we’re in meetings, it’s important to be attentive to what is being said.  There’s a lull in waiting to approve a motion and second it. Now that the other Senators have left, it’s time for the younger Senators to step up.  I believe you’re all fit to step up into those roles and to show these new Senators how we move motions through the process.  Whenever you’re referring to someone else to speak on a motion, the proper way to say it is “I defer to President Ethan N. or Director, etc.” 

 

Amendments to Governing Documents:

 

Constitution:

President Ethan N. talked about amendments to the governing documents we worked on last summer. I put a new folder in the meeting folder called a Shared Meeting for Discussion.  It’s an edited form of governing documents with changes that the E-Board felt needed to speak about and make.  There’s no motion about this today.  It’s just letting you know that we’ll be amending the governing documents.  The discussion will be held next week.  The first document is the Constitution.  We talked about adding two seats to the Election Commission and the Supreme Court.  We checked with the Election Commission and they approved.  The other is the Supreme Court meeting is pending to discuss it with them as well.  Additions were suggested, especially with the Election Commission, when during an election, members of the Election Commission are nominated for Honors positions.  They normally have to recuse themselves from the Election Commission during the election.  So this is to make it more efficient for them.  There are a number of infractions so it’s important to have a lot of people on the Commission to monitor this.  Presently appointments for Supreme Court, are appointed jointly by SGA & SPA.  For the Election Commission, members are appointed separately by SGA and SPA.  So we’re suggesting the verbiage and process be the same as Supreme Court where they appoint jointly.  This is to make sure they’re not just one-sided appointments.  If the motion passes, it goes to the student body as an amendment on the ballot at the Freshman Senator Election in September.  So if it’s approved at the August 24 meeting, we’ll have two weeks to advertise it before the students vote.  

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

 

Bylaws:

President Ethan N. said we clarified our Bylaws such as meetings for Public Relations and meetings for Community Outreach.  A lot of people call it Public Relations Committee already so we’ll change that name.  We’ll potentially look into combining Campus Affairs and Academic Affairs.  We’ll look at changing the verbiage that read “posting the printed copies of the minutes on the college bulletin boards” because we don’t have bulletin boards anymore.  We’ll look at the section about all SGA Senators being required to serve on at least one University Sanctioned committees.  We don’t have enough University committees for all Senators to serve, so we just added “with the exception if committees are already filled” to be more concise on the verbiage.  There were changes on the Senator’s responsibilities such as shifts for events. It was changed from “required to complete one shift” to “required to complete at least three or more hours at events per semester”.  Those are the big changes needed.  Just read through everything this next week.  If you have any comments or questions, we’ll talk about it in the next week.

 

Election Code:

President Ethan N. said we clarified that the Election Commission will handle all complaints with Homecoming or Mr.  & Ms. Nicholls Elections.  Last year we had an issue with the Homecoming Committee wanting to handle the elections.  We had a discussion with that committee so the Election Commission is going to deal with that.  Additionally, the committee will have to seek approval from the Election Commission for any election type events.  They’ll have to submit their selection plan for their Court to the Election Commission within thirty days prior to their publishing it.  

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M. Clarified Welcome Back Day is 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and those new to the Senate will be contacted for Orientation.

 

The following officers were sworn in by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert:

 

Ethan Henry – Treasurer

Symphony Brown – Director of Student Rights & Grievances

Caroline Mistretta – Director of Public Relations

Douglas Gilchrist – Education Senator

Heather LeBouef – Senator-at-Large

Jason Spell – Senator-at-Large

Allison Liner – Sciences & Technology Senator

Tyler Legnon – Graduate Senator



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:42 p.m.

 

THIS WAS THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR.



S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

August 17, 2020

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Emily Bergeron and the pledge was given by Senator Douglas Gilchrist.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron and Senator Jason Spell read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Jason Spell, Madison Liner and Tyler Legnon.

The following Senators were absent:  Julia Pierce and Heather LeBouef.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert, Remy Lodrigues (appointed) and Morgan Levron (appointed).

Election Commission was represented by Tabitha Tabb (appointed) and Keilan Kiger (appointed).

Guests present were Dr. Alex Arceneaux, Executive Vice President for Nicholls, Mr. Terry Braud, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Benton Blanchard, The Nicholls Worth staff, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Miranda Danos, Trent Ledet and Mar’Yeala Jones.

Minutes of August 10, 2020 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  

 

Dr. Alex Arceneaux, Executive Vice President of Nicholls State University

I’m Dr. Alex Arceneaux, the Executive Vice President for Nicholls.  Dr. Clune sends his regrets that he cannot be here today so Mr. Braud and I are here to give you updates on various things.  I’m going to report on testing, something we’ve been working on.  We partnered, on the second class day, August 11th, with Ochsner Health Systems that provided community testing.  They’re working with the State to provide COVID testing all over Louisiana.  They reached out to us and provided 150 tests that day.  It went really well and had faculty, staff and students as well as community members tested.  They used all of the 150 testing kits that day.  They’ve contacted me again and will be back on August 26th with 300 test kits so students, faculty, staff and the community can go to the Rec Center and get tested.  If you have an insurance card you can use it but they’re not turning anyone away based on whether they have insurance or not. They’ll test anyone. After talking to them, we’ll probably do this on a regular basis.  Going forward, they’re actually very interested in using Nicholls as a host site for community testing because in this region there really isn’t much community testing going on.  It’s been reserved for New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles where those areas have really high surge with COVID so we’ll be working with them.  A testing system with test kits have been purchased so we expect that to be here in mid-September.  If you’re feeling sick, you can test, if you’re asymptomatic or you end up being in close contact with someone that may have COVID, you’ll be able to go to our University Health Services.  Those tests will be provided there.  So we’ll have that capability to do that here on campus and a turnaround time may be in several hours or the very next day.  In the meantime, we still have the ability to refer patients at University Health Services where they can see one of our physicians or one of our nurse practitioners. There are mechanisms in place where testing is available but we’re definitely trying to bring more of that available to our students, faculty and staff.  For the campus, anytime there’s a partner or an

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:

opportunity to use new technology or anything related to testing, we’re definitely going to take advantage of it.  If you have any questions, you can send me an email or Dr. Clune.

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked how many people have been diagnosed with it so far.  Dr. Arceneaux said he doesn’t have that number and asked Dr. Caruso if we had a number of how many tested positive on campus.  She said she doesn’t have an exact number but that day nine people tested positive but were all commuter students.

Dr. Arceneaux said there is a reporting form that will be placed on the Return to Campus or COVID website.  We’re doing self-reporting and have had really good response on that as of Friday.  People are reporting if they’ve had close contact with someone and are staying home and things of that sort.   The statistics is basically on how many we know and if there would be a surge and an outbreak.  The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals have divided the State into regions.  They have a medical directory and they watch the statistics where they capable of knowing if you have a community such as a nursing home, a school or something like that, where they saw a recent surge of COVID and where it’s occurring.  They have data and we have been nationally recognized as one of the few states in the nation that have fairly decent transparency data on the State level.  There is a survey with some very specific questions related to that so make sure that at that point you let us know.  It talks about surges and outbreaks and those cases that could be linked to Nicholls.  If everyone keeps their mask on and keeps their distance, it works out well.  I appreciate the time you’ve given me.  Again, if you think of something later, we’ll be around and so will Dr. Clune. 

Mr. Terry Braud, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Good afternoon and thank you to the E-Board as well as the Senators for giving us a few minutes this afternoon.  The topic I want to bring to your attention and discuss with you today deals more with checkpoints and basic health.  I’m Terry Braud, the Vice President of Finance and Administration here at Nicholls and I get the pleasure of working with some of our facilities and health groups.  Not Health Services but our Safety Officer as well as other students.  Because I work with those, the Return to Campus Plan along with other administrators sort of fell on my desk so I have helped to coordinate a number of those efforts.  In so doing our daily checkpoints and health screenings are a key element to the Return to Campus Plan and I’d like to thank everyone here as well as other students across campus and faculty and staff.  We’re going through our checkpoints on a daily basis and want to thank Dr. Arceneaux and his team for making the survey available online.  It’s stated very simple.  It’s just four or five questions for the day.  If you don’t have the link, there are notices around campus as well as signs being posted on doors.  Across campus, we currently have fourteen checkpoints that are staffed.  We try to staff them from around 7:50 a.m. until about 6:30 p.m.  We are highly reliant upon student workers as well as graduate assistants and other university employees who have been deployed to those spots and also volunteers.  So, for example, if you’re looking for service hours because of fraternity or sorority organizations or others, we can offer you an opportunity to fulfill your service hour’s obligation by working one of these checkpoints.  If you get past that and you have time and want to keep doing it, then we’re certainly willing to pay you that $7.25 an hour as a student worker to staff one of those checkpoints.  The process in addition to the health questions, are thermometers available at those spots.  Last week, we went through the sticker process.  Because of resources available we had to sort of migrate into a process but this week, if you noticed, everyone is wearing a bracelet.  I’ve been told that Dr. Arceneaux’s team in Marketing has developed a specialized bracelet that we’ll start using.  More than likely, we’ll go through this week with the generic version and on Monday, we’ll have the branded Nicholls State University one.  The reason we originally went with the sticker was because of the cost.  In the early days, the bracelets were really expensive.  They were anywhere from $.51 and sometimes more per bracelet.  Considering we’re going to go through probably three to four thousand bracelets a day so that everyone who comes through a checkpoint can have that identified marker, it started to add up.  Four thousand a day, five days a week, etc. we started doing the math.  What we discovered last week or actually the week before was that the prices have come down considerably.  Now we were able to get the unbranded version for about $.02 each.  The branded version is going to be $.07 each so the price came way down when you started matching stickers.  I’m happy to tell you that these are much easier to wear than the stickers that fall off when you’re walking across the Quad and you have to go through another checkpoint.

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:

The other thing I wanted to mention to you is that if you know of someone, a fellow student that is looking for student employment this semester, we’re still accepting applications.  As I mentioned before it’s 7:50 a.m. for morning classes all the way through until about 6:30 p.m. when most of the night classes get in.  We’re using one hour slots throughout the day so it sort of matches your schedule. Please encourage your friends or anyone you might know and refer them to my office so we can put them on a schedule.  Again, as I mentioned, if you’re only say 10 or 12 hours a week, that’s an extra $100 you’ll pocket on a weekly basis.  Those resources are available. 

In terms of safety, we’re continually trying to keep you, our students, in our thought processes and our cleaning processes.  We’ll continue to, as Dr. Arceneaux talked about, work with partners in terms of testing but we’ll also continue the cleaning processes.  We’ll continue the various other health related issues we have, the air filtration systems are on order and they’ll start putting those in shortly.  The university is putting forward significant resources to do things that make you feel safe and that you are safe in the buildings around campus.  Thank you for your time this afternoon.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

Thank you to Dr. Arceneaux, Mr. Braud and Dr. Clune for giving us an update on everything that’s happening behind the scenes.

  1. Students
    1. Caruso and I have been working together to help address student concerns and bring those concerns to the appropriate administrator.
    2. One big one that I’ve received was about housing scholarships, so basically students won’t have that scholarship revoked because they don’t feel safe living on campus this semester or next semester. They won’t be able to add on semesters, but they just won’t lose the scholarship.
  2. COSBP
    1. I met yesterday evening for a special session of the Council of Student Body Presidents to discuss the latest Board of Regents meeting and the actions taken.
    2. We also discussed three bills that passed the Louisiana legislature that had gone into effect for education, as well as discussed the approval of authorizing existing degree programs to be offered 100% online.
    3. In our discussion period, we talked about COVID testing on and off-campus, per the request of Dr. Kim Hunter-Reed, the Commissioner of Higher Ed., as well as the limitations to our testing capabilities as an institution.
  3. Meetings
    1. Last week, I attended the weekly Return to Campus Task Force meeting.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Meeting with Ms. Marilyn Gonzales about flags in the Union to bring them back for the International students – start a task force.  If you’re interested and know an international student, please let me know.
  • Prepared meeting minutes on the Academic Integrity Committee.
  • Receiving a lot of book loan requests on where to get book loans and how to apply for them – refer them to me, Ms. Dolly M. or Financial Aid Office.
  • Campus Affairs update from Senator Gabrielle A. – I’ve received complaints on Wi-Fi issues in Stopher and Ellender Halls during Zoom meetings and checking on police call boxes.
  • Complaint box at Welcome Back Day table.
  • “What I’ve Done/Heard.” is due August 28th by 4:00 p.m.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  1. Budget
  1. The fall budget has been completed and will be voted on today in New Business.
  1. Financial Statement
  1. Regarding the Financial Statement, we just had to purchase some office supplies and the motion to buy poster tubes for the library was also paid. This motion was paid for through the campus improvements line item. As always, if any of you have any questions or have any ideas about motions but wonder if we can afford them, I’m always here to help and my door is always open. 

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

  • Welcome Back Day on Wednesday the 19th at 10:30 and a google form will be given to you tonight to sign up.
  • 2 people allowed at the table at one time.
  • Everyone can get their t-shirt from me after the meeting if you haven’t been given one yet.
  • I have SGA Polo shirts for any new senators or members who would like one from last year.
  • Please take pictures of people in Red shirts around campus for social media I really need your help with this one.
  • Remember I’m always here to talk.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

  • Ethan and I met with the president for our monthly check in.
  • Just a reminder to continue being the leaders on campus by wearing your mask and following all protocols and mandates.
  • Keep looking and reaching out to people and professors for potential motions.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2021-002

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Douglas Gilchrist for the position of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

F2021-003

I move that the Senate accept President, Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Caroline Mistretta for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

F2021-004

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Heather LeBouef for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-005

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Symphony Brown for the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances.  Passed and signed.

F2021-006

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Jason Spell for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

F2021-007

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Madison Liner for the position of Senator of Sciences and Technology.  Passed and signed.

F2021-008

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ethan Henry for the position of Treasurer.  Passed and signed.

F2021-009

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Tyler Legnon for the position of Graduate Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

F2021-010

I move that the Senate approve the Naquin Corollary, as set forth by SGA President Ethan Naquin.  Tabled.

 

F2021-011

I move that the Senate approve the 2020-21 Budget.  Tabled.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Ethan Henry, Treasurer

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell, Douglas Gilchrist and Madison Liner.

Absent:     Senator Meagan Rousse.

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

We discussed the following:

  • The Motion to approve the Fall 2020 Budget which passed in committee.
  • Motion to Renew Funding for Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan which passed.
  • Motion to Amend Article III, V and VI of the Constitution which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Jennifer Duthu, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jason Spell, Tyler Legnon, Douglas Gilchrist and Emily Bergeron.

We discussed the following:

  • Interviewed Daedra Howard for Election Commissioner which passed.
  • Interviewed Tabitha Tabb for Election Commission Member which passed.
  • Interviewed Morgan Levron for Supreme Court Justice which passed.
  • Interviewed Remy Lodrigues for Supreme Court Justice which passed.
  • Interviewed Keilan Kiger for Election Commission Member which passed.
  • Motion to Amend Governing Documents which passed.
  • Motion to Amend the Constitution.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

Present:    Senators Meagan Rousse, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Tyler Legnon.

Absent:     Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux.

Guest:      Caroline Mistretta, Director of Public Relations.

We discussed the following:

  • Welcome Back Day and our Water Bottle/Tillou Giveaway next week.
  • Designs for Colonel Shirts.
  • Including International students on Social Media.
  • Making Stickers and something for frontline workers.
  • Graduate signs.
  • Updating pictures in the meeting space.

 

 

 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Cooper Moore, Madison Liner and Tyler Legnon.

Guest:      Symphony Brown, Director of Student Rights & Grievances

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed our Committee responsibilities.
  • What we’ve heard from students so far.
  • Try to fix Police boxes.
  • International flags.
  • If you have any ideas to share, please let me know.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2021-010a

I move to take the motion to approve the Naquin Corollary from the table.

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Cooper Moore

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

F2021-010

I move that the Senate approve the Naquin Corollary, as set forth by SGA President Ethan Naquin.

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Cooper Moore

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. defers to President Ethan N. who asked if anyone after reviewing the Corollary have any questions.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-011a

I move to take the motion to approve 2020-21 Budget from the table.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Meagan Rousse

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-011

I move that the Senate approve the 2020-21 Budget.

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Meagan Rousse

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. refers to Treasurer Ethan H. who said we reduced two or three line items due to the situation we’re in right now. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2021-012

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $500 for the Summer Session to be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the Budget.

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Tyler Legnon

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. defers to Treasurer Ethan H. who said the Tillou’s Table is something that is really advantageous for our food insecurity students on campus.  We paid hundreds of dollars to paying thousands of dollars to pay for students so it’s really being utilized as people start to learn about it.  It’s not a program where people can abuse is because they have to interview for it.  There’s a process so it’s not something that will not be abused.  It will help our students perform in a better way because it’s one less thing that students have to worry about.  It won’t have to be taken from anywhere on the budget because it has its own line item.

Vice President Sydney M. said the Motion will be Tabled.

F2021-013

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code and Supreme Court Rules of Procedures for clarification and updating purposes.

  1. Meagan Rouge
  2. Jason Spell

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. defers to President Ethan N. who said like we spoke about last week, there are just a lot of things that Secretary Dolly M. and I identified during the summer and this semester about updating the Bylaws.  Most of it was taking out things we don’t do any more like copy machines and elections are now online.  So it was things like that which needed updating.  For the Constitution, it will be a separate motion, but I can explain it right now.  We have four Constitutional Amendments to be placed on the ballot for the Fall election if you approve it.  The first one was to increase the number of Supreme Court and Election Commission by two members each.  Like I spoke last week, this is in the event that they are part of the election, we need extra people to fill their spots.  The other one was to change the appointing authority of the Election Commission to be appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents jointly instead of appointing half of them.  Again, this is just to get a more collaborative way of doing it.  The last one is to increase the amount of a motion to $1,000 to table.  We had a lot of motions that didn’t receive a lot of discussion so if motions are over $1,000, it warrants a little more scrutiny.  Like I said previously, this is more word clarification in the documents. 

Vice President Sydney M. said the Motion will be Tabled.

F2021-014

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Remy Lodrigues for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Meagan Rousse

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. defers to Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady L. who spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

F2021-015

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Morgan Levron for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. defers to Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady L. who spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

F2021-016

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of Election Commission Member.

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Meagan Rousse

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

F2021-017

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Daedra Howard for the position of Election Commissioner.

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Meagan Rousse

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

F2021-018

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Keilan Kiger for the position of Election Commission Member.

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

F2021-019

I move that the Senate approve the Fall 2020 Budget.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Meagan Rousse

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. defers to Treasurer Ethan H. who said this is the same information in the Fall section of the 2020-21 Budget.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

F2021-020

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on funding, Article V on the Election Commission composition and Article VI on the Judicial Branch composition of the Constitution and calling an election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting during the Fall 2020 election.

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Tyler Legnon

Article III

The Legislative Branch

 

Section 3

Powers and Duties

 

  1. The senate shall have the following powers in the performance of the following duties:
  2. Shall pass legislation, which is necessary and proper, implementing the powers and duties, vested in it by this constitution.
  3. May, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, approve and/or modify the proposed budgets presented by the President without table.
  4. May, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, make appropriations, which have not been previously allocated.
  5. Act in accordance with its fiduciary responsibility to students as follows:

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

1)    Table automatically until the following regular meeting fiscal legislation exceeding $500 $1,000, with the exception of the budget as dictated by item B of this section.  This rule may be waived by 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting.

Article V

The Election Commission

 

  1. Composition
  2. The Election Commission shall consist of the following five (5) seven (7) appointed student members and one (1) ex-officio member:

1)   Election Commissioner – jointly appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents.  In the event of a deadlock, names of two (2) candidates shall be submitted to the Student Supreme Court, and they shall break the tie.

2)   SGA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SGA President.

3)   SPA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SPA President.

2)   The remaining six (6) members shall be appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

3)   SGA Secretary – serves as an ex-officio member of the Election Commission.

Article VI

The Judicial Branch

 

Section 2

Composition

 

The Student Supreme Court shall be composed of seven (7) nine (9) students, each appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. defers to President Ethan N. who said like I mentioned earlier, there are four Constitutional Amendments.  If approved, all these will be voted on in the Fall Election with the Freshman Senator Election. 

Vice President Sydney M. said the Motion will be Tabled.

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

None.

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

SGA Nominees for Homecoming Court:

Qualifications for Homecoming Court to select a King and Queen:

2.7 GPA

Full Time Enrolled Student

Having Earned 60 + Hours

Junior or Senior

Rosters for SGA officers eligible for Homecoming Court were distributed for a vote.  All eligible male SGA officers have already been nominated.  Vote was taken on female nominee for Homecoming Court.

Congratulations to Sydney Matherne, SGA’s nominee for Homecoming!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M.          Newly appointed officers will be contacted for Orientation of the SGA office.

The following officers were sworn in by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert:

Remy Lodrigues – Supreme Court Justice

Morgan Levron – Supreme Court Justice

Tabitha Tabb – Election Commission Member

Keilan Kiger – Election Commission Member

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:28 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

                                 

August 24, 2020

 

 

 

BECAUSE OF THE CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY DUE TO HURRICANES MARCO AND LAURA, THERE WAS NO MEETING OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION ON THIS DATE.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

 August 31, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Jason Spell and the pledge was given by Senator Jennifer Duthu.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Tyler Legnon and Senator Meagan Rousse read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Jason Spell, Madison Liner and Tyler Legnon.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Julia Pierce and Heather LeBouef.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Benton Blanchard, The Nicholls Worth staff, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Piper Smith and Jax Badeaux.

 

Minutes of August 17, 2020 were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune

 

First, I want to thank all of you for your help in getting us through this crisis.  It’s certainly been a long one and it’s so good to see everyone back on campus.  We really had three simple goals in getting everyone back.  We wanted: 1) to keep everybody healthy, 2) make sure that we retained all of our students and 3) that we were able to provide job security for our employees.  The only way to do this was to get the campus back up and running.  So we have about over 90% of our classes on either: 1) face to face, 2) on HyFlex which you have become familiar with where you keep the density down in the classrooms, 3) Hybrid and then about 17% of our classes are completely online.  That is a great testament to the faculty of this university that are coming to campus where a lot of campuses have been opposite.  Perhaps 17% of their classes are on campus and the other 83% or more are online.  We believe that this is the best place for students.  They need instructors, mentors and services the university provides in order to be retained.  They need counseling, health care and support networks.  So far, this has worked really well. 

 

Since last March, we’ve had 60 cases.  We had 10 cases this last week, 9 students and 1 employee.  We tried not to police too closely but we have had 9 punitive conversations with groups who have met off campus in large numbers without masks.  That is to ensure that we’re safe here.  You just have to look around the country and see all the universities that have shut down and gone to completely online courses and cleared all of the students out of their dormitories because of an uptick, because of a surge in cases.  As it stands right now, we have about 1,250 living in our residence halls.  We have a single occupancy high-risk dorm in North Babington where all students have their own rooms.  We have two floors of quarantine and isolation in South Babington and we expect to use at least one floor of that.  We have made an offer to McNeese to house and provide their students all access to Wi-Fi, Library and everything they may need to do their courses at McNeese.  We could have very easily been McNeese.  We’re closer to the coast than they are.  McNeese is devastated.  It is not a livable campus.  Lake Charles is not a livable town right now so we have made that offer to bring McNeese into housing and give them Wi-Fi and things of that sort. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

In terms of enrollment, we’re up by 2% to 3%. We’re well over 6,700 students, around 6,749 today.  We were just over 6,500 last year so we’ve seen significant uptick in enrollment.  Athletics will be played in the Spring.  We sat in the Conference meetings and were basically told by attorneys that for one reason, the liability, do not play this Fall.  You still don’t know all the complications of COVID-19 so most schools in our Conference went to Spring only.  You probably saw the other night, Central Arkansas decided to play in the Fall.  It’s unlikely, they’ll play in Spring.  Also Stephen F. Austin, Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian.  All of Louisiana schools went to Spring only where the health and safety issues were foremost, the liability issues, the issue of just having student athletes play money games in the Fall and then the regular season in the Spring. Then the cost issue to test all the student athletes in the season would have cost us probably $250,000 to $300,000.  This Fall after we lost our only money game against LSU, as you know schools go to these games and get a lot of money off the concessions and T.V. sales, that’s a $575,000 game at LSU that we lost.  So all of those reasons together, the health, the safety, the liability and the cost have made it a no-brainer to play sports in the Spring.  So we’ll play all sports in the Spring as well as the Spring sports. 

 

Overall, things are going very well.  Students have been very cooperative wearing masks.  They’ve gathered at times but have been very cooperative once we’ve called them in.  The last thing I’ll stress is if you live in an apartment complex and students are gathered in areas in excess of 25 or 50 students, for your safety and the safety of your loved ones and the safety of your classmates who want to keep this campus open, just avoid those situations because those are the situations that get campuses shut down.  I’ll open the floor to any questions.

 

   COMMENT: Senator Jason S. asked about the possible shutdown of campus.  What would it take for Nicholls to shut down and move online.  Dr. Clune said to this point, we’ve been using the K-12 10% rule.  So 10% of a school, that would be about 600 students for us, would be infected or isolated.  At that point, we would shut down.  That has since been revisited by the Louisiana Department of Health.  They’re talking about a lower number like 5% so we are re-evaluating what would happen at 5%.  We don’t have everything in place yet but the first thing we always do is call our Regional Medical Director, Dr. Chip Riggins.  He makes all the decisions on whether a university will shut down.  So he looks for clusters, he looks for infections, he looks at how many people might be sick in a dormitory and how many people may be sick in class.  We started talking about 5% perhaps and this is an ongoing discussion.  We would go remote and would leave all the dormitories open at that period.  If we went to 10%, which we don’t think we’ll get there, that might be the time to say O.K. for two weeks or whatever it is, we need to shut down the dormitories.  Everybody needs to go home, quarantine and come back.  So far, we’ve seen very low numbers in terms of that.  We tested 423 athletes and we’ve had 7 infections among the athletes.  We’ve tested a number of other students through Ochsner being on campus and sending them to Thibodaux Regional.  Since March, we’ve only had 60 so we’re moving toward a 5% to go remote but we’ll come out with that in the next few days because the Louisiana Department of Health is changing as we speak.

 

   COMMENT: Senator Jason S. asked if it would be 300 tested positive.  Dr. Clune said he guarantees as President, if I saw that we had 300 students long before we had any thresholds set by the Louisiana Department of Health, I would require everyone to flex out of their classes, go remote for two weeks, keep the dormitories open and keep the services open but that would be a pretty significant number. 

 

   COMMENT: Senator Jason S. asked if the Athletic Fees would be refunded.  Dr. Clune said first, the Athletic Fees fund scholarships, infrastructure, trainers, healthcare and coaches.  Someone says well we don’t have games this semester, I’m not going to be able to get in with my card, why don’t I get my student fees back.  SGA voted these a long time ago for a very good reason.  They sustain a program.  You can’t pull students out of scholarships and let your staff go and your facilities fall apart every time they’re not receiving fees.  Secondly, we think there’s a much better chance based on conversations with our Regional Medical

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

            Director, Dr. Riggins, that there would be fans in the stands in the Spring in more significant numbers than you’re seeing today.  So we think that’s a big positive.  The third about security, we recognize we need a larger facility staff to run.  We see a great opportunity to have a morning softball game, an afternoon baseball game and then football at night, getting people out to our campus to stay the whole day and participate.  With volleyball, softball, soccer, we see some excellent sports weekends being able to take place in the Spring.

 

We hope for a vaccine.  We expect to know a lot more about COVID.  We expect therapeutics to help people get over COVID.  Most of all, we expect very low transmission rate, more of what we saw in June of this year where we could come together and play and have less restrictive guidelines as we go into an athletic season. 

 

Dr. Clune said the goal of coming together and finishing everything before Thanksgiving is so that we can have a Fall graduation as well as a Spring and Summer graduation which we missed.  The faculty and the Office of the Provost have been in discussions.  As I understand it right now, they’re looking at Fall breaks.  They’re looking at Saturday courses but they do not want to extend beyond Thanksgiving.  They do not want to come back and have online exams or get students in any way back engaged after Thanksgiving.  Remember by State Requirement we cannot meet in person after Thanksgiving.  I know they don’t have a plan yet but I understood in conversations with faculty and the Office of the Provost, they’re leaning in that direction.

 

Again, I want to thank you all.  You’re Ambassadors to this university.  I want to thank you for being good role models in staying safe.  I want to encourage you to encourage your friends that it’s bigger than them. In order for us to stay safe and stay on this campus, we absolutely need to mask.  There are ways to gather outside. We prefer that you gather outside off campus which allows you to be at a distance.  Everyone is safer outside than you are in a cramped apartment.  If I can answer any questions anytime, don’t hesitate to drop me an email.  If we ever have a cluster of any sort, you will hear about it.  We have several students in quarantine right now based on a gathering but that is based on a single infection.  You want to have an abundance of caution.  It is not based on a surge.

 

   COMMENT: Senator Jason S. asked how many students were at the gathering.  President Clune said typical gatherings have 30 students or so.  We’ve heard varying numbers.  We’ve had the advantage, this last gathering was on the weekend before we let out for the hurricane so students were already quarantined in a sense for the majority of the time so that limits the amount of quarantine they have to do when they come back to campus.  We have to hold people out for a period of time this week but it’s much shorter than it would have been if we hadn’t had that hurricane break.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

Welcome back everyone, and I hope everyone and their families stayed safe. I want to extend our condolences as an SGA to families who endured either the loss of life or property due to the hurricanes last week. This has impacted our Colonel family personally as some of our students are from the Lake Charles area, including one of our Senators. As leaders, I encourage you all to keep an appropriate dialogue over the next few weeks. Keep in mind that although we will need to make up all five days that we missed, this sacrifice is so, so small compared to what many families, especially members of our Colonel family, have had to endure over the last few days. So, again, please be student leaders and help change that narrative to one of support and solidarity.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

That being said, Dr. Westbrook will be meeting with the E-Board this week to get input on the make-up plan for the five days missed. She is getting input from both Faculty Senate and SGA before coming to a final plan. I will keep everyone posted as things progress.

 

We as an E-Board discussed and decided that SGA will be putting together a supply drive for the victims of Hurricane Laura over the next two weeks, prioritizing students and faculty directly impacted and then having the rest go to the Southwest Louisiana region. I will be reaching out to student organizations to partner with us on the initiative. As of now, I have SAE, TKE, Circle K, and the Honors Council on board from E-Board members reaching out thus far. For collection sites, I was able to get some large containers on loan from Sodexo to put inside the union when you walk in, and those will be for students and student organization reps to drop off their items. We will check those periodically and store the supplies in the large storage room adjacent to the Leader’s Suite. I had talked to Mr. Terry Braud about the possibility of using the Nicholls buses to transport the supplies to Lake Charles whenever the drive ends. I need to speak with Mr. Terry Dupre about scheduling that, so I will get back with you guys on a definite answer next week. Other than that, I talked about the idea to the other eight student body presidents in our system that sit on the UL Student Advisory Council, and our UL system advisor wants to adopt the supply drive as a system-wide initiative with the other SGAs. So, I applaud our E-Board in helping to plant that seed to be a change for good. So, the UL Student Advisory Council will be meeting tomorrow to work out logistics and how we will coordinate meeting up and driving the supplies to Lake Charles together. Depending on the amount of supplies, we may need help transporting/dropping off, so I will check and see if there would be any issue with people driving personal vehicles to help out. We would just not be able to use the Nicholls busses for people because of the low capacity with COVID guidelines, so that is why we are utilizing that for supplies instead. Senator Madison Liner will be presenting the motion in new business today for the supply drive.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Going to check the free printers and educate the Senate on how to work them.
  • Tyler presented an idea of seeing what we can do about the student who is from the Lake Charles area and what we can do for them.
  • Gabrielle to give Campus Affairs report.
  • Call the police department about call boxes.
  • WID/WIH will be reviewed at the discussion period of the meeting.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • Budget-Nothing has changed with the budget and it was just approved at the last meeting.
  • Financial Statement-Due to the hurricanes we experienced last week, we did not have any actions take place concerning the Financial Statement.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

 

  • Give-Away moved to this Wednesday at 10 o’clock. Google form to sign up has been posted already.
  • I will be posting the Graphic about the constitutional changes as well as the supply drive so repost please.
  • Please look for anyone wearing red around campus and ask to take a picture for Red Out Friday.
  • If you have any giveaway ideas don’t be afraid to text or call me and remember my door is always open.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

  • I hope everyone had a restful and safe week last week. My heart goes out to those who were personally affected by the hurricane and to all those who are now aiding in the cleanup and restoration.
  • Keep working on motions and use the WID/WIH to spark conversation and know you can come to anyone on the E-Board or Mrs. Dolly for assistance with those ideas.
  • Have a safe and productive week and good luck to everyone in the next two weeks!

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

F2021-010

I move that the Senate approve the Naquin Corollary, as set forth by SGA President Ethan Naquin.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-011

I move that the Senate approve the 2020-21 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-012

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $500 for the Summer Session to be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the Budget.  Tabled.

 

F2021-013

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code and Supreme Court Rules of Procedures for clarification and updating purposes.  Tabled.

 

F2021-014

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Remy Lodrigues for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-015

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Morgan Levron for the position of Supreme Court Justice. Passed and signed.

 

F2021-016

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-017

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Daedra Howard for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-018

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Keilan Kiger for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-019

I move that the Senate approve the Fall 2020 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-020

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on funding, Article V on the Election Commission composition and Article VI on the Judicial Branch composition of the Constitution and calling an election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting during the Fall 2020 election.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

Article III

The Legislative Branch

 

Section 3

Powers and Duties

 

  1. The senate shall have the following powers in the performance of the following duties:
  2. Shall pass legislation, which is necessary and proper, implementing the powers and duties, vested in it by this constitution.
  3. May, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, approve and/or modify the proposed budgets presented by the President without table.
  4. May, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, make appropriations, which have not been previously allocated.
  5. Act in accordance with its fiduciary responsibility to students as follows:

 

1) Table automatically until the following regular meeting fiscal legislation exceeding $500 $1,000, with the exception of the budget as dictated by item B of this section.  This rule may be waived by 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting.

 

Article V

The Election Commission

 

  1. Composition
  2. The Election Commission shall consist of the following five (5) seven (7) appointed student members and one (1) ex-officio member:

1)   Election Commissioner – jointly appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents.  In the event of a deadlock, names of two (2) candidates shall be submitted to the Student Supreme Court, and they shall break the tie.

2)   SGA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SGA President.

3)   SPA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SPA President.

2)   The remaining six (6) members shall be appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

3)   SGA Secretary – serves as an ex-officio member of the Election Commission.

 

Article VI

The Judicial Branch

 

Section 2

Composition

 

The Student Supreme Court shall be composed of seven (7) nine (9) students, each appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

 

Tabled.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert

 

SPA is hosting an African Mask event.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

  • The online election has been extended to September 22nd, 23rd and 24th
  • We presently have ten students who have submitted Petitions for Freshman Senator. 
  • A Virtual Election Code meeting will be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. If you’re a Freshman here, thank you for attending as our guest but you’ll get an email with further instructions on that.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Ethan Henry, Treasurer

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell, Douglas Gilchrist and Madison Liner.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry and Ms. Brandy Burbante,

 

We discussed the following:

  • Poster Printing Supplies Funding proposal which passed.
  • Motion to Renew funding for Tillou Emergency Meal Plan which passed.
  • Motion to purchase Voter Registration T-Shirts.
  • Motion to Amend Article III, V and VI of the Constitution which Passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Jennifer Duthu, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jason Spell, Tyler Legnon, Douglas Gilchrist and Emily Bergeron.

 

We discussed the following:

  • President Naquin’s Resolution was brought up which passed.
  • The SGA Mentorship Program which passed.
  • Motion to create Emergency Supply Drive which passed.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Meagan Rousse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Tyler Legnon.

 

Guest:      Caroline Mistretta, Director of Public Relations

 

We discussed the following:

  • Finalized design for Confused Colonel shirts and talked about the order. 
  • Making stickers and dry fit shirts.
  • Getting phone wallets, bags, lanyards and other giveaway ideas.
  • Getting International Students on social media.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Cooper Moore, Madison Liner and Tyler Legnon.

 

Guest:      Symphony Brown, Director of Student Rights & Grievances

 

We discussed the following:

  • Contacting University Police this week to discuss the police call boxes.
  • “What I’ve Done, Heard.” Topics.
  • Supplies for the Lake Charles area that we can help with and what we can do.  Also, what we can do to help the Nicholls students and their families that were impacted in Lake Charles.
  • At Wednesday’s Water Bottle Giveaway, we’ll have a concerned comments box at the end of the table.
  • Advise everyone of the link to go to for students who are having trouble with Wifi.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2021-012a

I move to take the motion to renew Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan from the table.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-012

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $500 for the Summer Session to be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the Budget.

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

 

 

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. said this motion is to renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan each Fall and Spring.  This is to help students with food insecurities.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-013a

I move to take the motion to amend the governing documents from the table.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Jason Spell

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-013

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code and Supreme Court Rules of Procedures for clarification and updating purposes.

  1. Meagan Rouge
  2. Jason Spell

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. said this was discussed before in Judiciary and is to update the governing documents.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-020a

I move to take the motion to amend Article III, V and VI of the Constitution from the table.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-020

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on funding, Article V on the Election Commission composition and Article VI on the Judicial Branch composition of the Constitution and calling an election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting during the Fall 2020 election.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Tyler Legnon

Article III

The Legislative Branch

 

Section 3

Powers and Duties

 

  1. The senate shall have the following powers in the performance of the following duties:
  2. Shall pass legislation, which is necessary and proper, implementing the powers and duties, vested in it by this constitution.
  3. May, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, approve and/or modify the proposed budgets presented by the President without table.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

  1. May, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, make appropriations, which have not been previously allocated.
  2. Act in accordance with its fiduciary responsibility to students as follows:

 

1)    Table automatically until the following regular meeting fiscal legislation exceeding $500 $1,000, with the exception of the budget as dictated by item B of this section.  This rule may be waived by 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting.

 

Article V

The Election Commission

 

  1. Composition
  2. The Election Commission shall consist of the following five (5) seven (7) appointed student members and one (1) ex-officio member:

1)   Election Commissioner – jointly appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents.  In the event of a deadlock, names of two (2) candidates shall be submitted to the Student Supreme Court, and they shall break the tie.

2)   SGA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SGA President.

3)   SPA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SPA President.

2)   The remaining six (6) members shall be appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

3)   SGA Secretary – serves as an ex-officio member of the Election Commission.

 

Article VI

The Judicial Branch

 

Section 2

Composition

 

The Student Supreme Court shall be composed of seven (7) nine (9) students, each appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. said we talked about this in Judiciary and approved the motion.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2021-021

I move that the Senate approve President Ethan Naquin’s Resolution, “Commendation for University Administration, Faculty and staff on the Return to Campus Plan.”

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion: Senator Tyler L. defers to President Ethan N. this is basically a Commendation to the Administration, Faculty and staff for the work they did over the summer.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-022

I move to establish a program within the SGA that aids incoming Senators with their transition into the Senate.

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Madison Liner

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion: Senator Jennifer D. said I mentioned this last semester that there was no program for new Senators.  This has more structure and actually a plan to help incoming Freshmen.  During the Senator workshop we’ll learn more about how it works.  We’ll get the older Senators to work as Mentors to help the new officers write motions, meet with their Deans, have a checklist of things they need to do and how to do things.  Thank you to Vice President Sydney M. who worked on this.  I think it’s a great way that new Senators can transition in and be more productive and more involved in the Senate.

 

   COMMENT: Senator Tyler L. said I think this is a great thing we’ll put forth just because those coming in as Freshman Senators will know how to go about the correct process.  We want to make sure the SGA officers coming in are operating as efficiently as possible.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-023a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is that it’s in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting).

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Jason Spell

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-023

I move to begin a supply drive initiative in cooperation with other on campus organizations to help McNeese State University and the Lake Charles area.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Jason Spell

 

Discussion: Senator Madison L. said as President Ethan N. spoke about earlier, we’re going to sponsor a supply drive with other student organizations on campus.  As you know a lot of families suffered a loss during Hurricane Laura and need supplies in that area. 

 

   COMMENT: Senator Cooper M. said my home town was destroyed.  We would really appreciate help.  If you have any questions, get in touch with me.

 

   COMMENT: Senator Emily B. asked what supplies are needed the most.  Senator Cooper M. said food and water are needed the most but clothes, cleaning supplies and school supplies for other students like high school students will be good.

 

   COMMENT: Director Caroline M. said there’s a list on Social Media that she’ll post on SGA’s Social Media Pages.  Vice President Sydney M. suggested to think about the things you use on a daily basis and send that.  Anything would be of great help.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $730 for poster printer and maintenance cartridges.  This will be taken out of Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Discussion: Senator Gabrielle A. said this is for the Library.  They’re asking for mainly three Maintenance Cartridges, two poster papers of 24” x 150’ size and six poster papers of 42” x 100’ size for students to do their research projects. 

 

Vice President Sydney M. said the Motion will be Tabled.

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-025a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is that it’s in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6 of the Rules of Procedures (The motion is over $500.00).

 

 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Madison Liner

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-025

I move that the Senate purchase 250 t-shirts to promote voter registration.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget and will not exceed $2,000.  Senators will be required to work voter registration tables.

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion: Senator Tyler L. said the reason why we’re purchasing these shirts is to promote voting and to also promote that students register to vote.  The Counseling Center has stickers and we have shirts to promote registering. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstain

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Colonel Leaders and Scholars Honor:

 

Secretary Dolly M. announced the SGA nominees for Colonel Leaders and Scholars Honor.  Congratulations to the following officers.  Your nomination has been submitted and the deadline to provide your executed co-curricular forms to the Office of Student Affairs is the end of the day on September 2nd.  Nominees are:  Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Jennifer Duthu, Daedra, Howard, Heather LeBouef, Morgan Levron, Madison Liner, Sydney Matherne, Caroline Mistretta, Aarati Pant, Julia Pierce, Tabitha Tabb, Logan Collins, Ethan Henry, Cole LeGrange, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues, Ethan Naquin and Jason Spell.

 

These officers have met the following qualifications:  GPA must be 2.5; Must be Full Time Enrolled Student; Must have Earned 60 + Credit Hours and have Junior or Senior Status.

 

“What I’ve Done/Heard.” Forms

Director Symphony Brown called on individual Senators to discuss their submissions.

Madison Liner – Contacted her Dean and left her contact information and worked on motion for Supply Drive.

Gabrielle Arceneaux – Working on Motion for new Women’s Basketball Jerseys.  A lot of students are complaining about Wi-Fi issues.  Director Symphony Brown said that on the IT Dept. website, there’s a Google form for students who are having Wi-Fi issues.  IT will have to go in and see exactly what the issue is at that location. 

Cooper Moore – Meeting to discuss future of Flags for International Students and Supply drive.

Meagan Rousse – Meeting to discuss giveaway ideas and recruiting officers.

Emily Bergeron – Recruiting officers; Problem w/handicap door in Powell Hall.

Zackary Pitre – Meeting with instructor to improve classroom and recommended doing giveaways on multiple days so more students can benefit.

Jennifer Duthu – Meeting w/Alumni to perhaps purchase grad signs, worked on the Colonel to Colonel Program and Meeting planned with Dean.  Director Symphony Brown congratulated her on coming up with the Colonel to Colonel Program.  She said it’s a good idea if several officers have the same Dean, they can get on Zoom and collaborate together.

Douglas Gilchrist – Meeting planned with Dean and reported that Students are not wearing mask.

Jason Spell – Discussions on Gouaux Hall Initiative to improve facilities.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

Tyler Legnon – Working on motion to repair Memorial Bench in the Quad.  No complaints on parking this semester!  Jason Spell thanked Vice President Sydney Matherne for the motion to purchase Parking Signs last year.  They are helping. 

Vice President said it took a long time.  She told the Senate they’re doing a great job this semester.  We’ve had a lot going on but you’re doing a great job.  Those were a lot of great remarks in the “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms so thank you.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Sydney M.         Reminded everyone that each Senator are required to serve on two SGA Committees. 

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

September 14, 2020

The meeting was called to order via Google Meets Teleconference at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by President Ethan Naquin and the pledge was given by Senator Madison Liner.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux and Senator Douglas Gilchrist read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

                             

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent: Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron.

 

The following Senators were present:  Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Madison Liner, Tyler Legnon, Gavin Wisdom (appointed), Hunter Legnon (appointed), Jax Badeaux (appointed), Mar’Yeala Jones (appointed), Miranda Danos (appointed), Brandon Katz (appointed), Trent Ledet (appointed), Victoria Rideau (appointed), Reona Octave (appointed) and Piper Smith (appointed).

 

The following Senators were absent:  Brady Levron and Emily Bergeron.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues and Matthew Badeaux (appointed).

 

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Keilan Kiger.

 

Guests present were Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor and Benton Blanchard, The Nicholls Worth staff writer.

 

Minutes were not presented.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso

 

I just wanted to touch on a couple of things.  My husband had college football on this weekend when I was watching some of the things going on around the country at other schools and then reading some follow-up articles this morning. I know we’ve had little challenges here and there but I just want to say how proud I am of our student body in the way that you’ve been handling this whole situation with COVID.  Compared to a lot of other schools and what we’re seeing, you’ve showed a great deal of maturity, integrity and leadership.  I just want to say how proud I am of the student body as a whole.  We have a whole half of a semester to go and I encourage you to continue on this track and help each other on this second half of the semester until November 20th.  Rely on each other and relate to that too.  If any of you saw the email I sent out last night, every semester brings its own challenges and we’ve had a lot of various dynamics and variables that were thrown at you in the last few months, especially in the last couple of weeks.  It’s a blessing that the storms haven’t directly impacted us but what you’re hearing every day and anything that throws us off a little bit can add to the vulnerability that we’re already on so we want to make sure that we’re helping each other out and keeping each other emotionally safe as well as  dealing with all these things. 

 

I’m asking all of you as the leaders on campus to please have a presence in the areas that you represent.  So for college Senators and such, have a presence in those departments and those colleges.  Check in with your Department Heads and Deans about what needs there might be.  Check in with the students as much as possible.  Please monitor and observe what’s going on and look for signs of anxiety for someone who might be struggling emotionally and might not be able to cope with the COVID changes on top of all of those things like not being in school for a couple of weeks, storms and everything

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

else that’s going on in the world.  I just wanted to encourage you to work with us on that.  Be on the lookout for students that might be struggling a little bit more than typical so we can make sure that we’re getting everybody the help they need.  Overall, I just wanted to say thank you.  I do appreciate you as a student body and you in your student leadership and where we are in everything today. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Since our last meeting, I met with Dr. Westbrook and couple of other Administrators to discuss the approval of makeup dates for the classes missed due to Hurricane Laura. 
  • The Friday before last, Director Symphony B. and I attended a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council meeting. 
  • This Friday and Saturday, I’ll be Alexandria at LSU for our first session of Council of Student Body Presidents (COSBP).
  • Next Monday, I’ll be meeting with Dr. Jim Henderson, President and CEO of the University of Louisiana System on administrative business on campus.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • President Ethan N. and I will meet with the Chief of Police to talk about campus safety and the call boxes. 
  • This Wednesday, I have a Parking Appeals Committee meeting hoping it’s on Zoom so I can attend.
  • I start working on the September “What I’ve done.” “What I’ve heard.” Which will be due Friday, September 25th.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The budget stays the same.
  • Financial Statement – usually they are thirty days but ours will run a little longer because we really haven’t done much. Since there’s not much to record, we’ll wait until we record a little more then I’ll be sending that out to you as soon as I have it.  It’s up-to-date as far as it can be but we’ve only spent about $6,000.  I know it’s the beginning of the semester and we’ve had an unforeseen event but hopefully we’ll get some things done so we’ll be able to put a few more numbers on there. 

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

 

  • Thanks to all of you who submitted Red Out Friday posts. It really helped me out.  I love looking at all the pictures.  The only comment I have is please get their name and major so I’m not trying to search and find people.
  • Continue to share your graphics anytime it’s posted on the SGA social media pages so we can reach as many students as possible.
  • My office is always open. If you have any giveaway ideas or motion ideas, you can always come talk to me.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

  • Ethan and I had a meeting with the President today for our monthly check in.
  • Reminder that the Fall Senator Workshop will be held this Friday at 4:00 in the ballroom. Attendance is mandatory and excuses will be vetted through the judiciary committee next week.
  • Don’t forget to answer the Google Form sent in the email about workshop Friday.
  • I hope everyone stays safe and has a productive week!

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

F2021-012

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $500 for the Summer Session to be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-013

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code and Supreme Court Rules of Procedures for clarification and updating purposes.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-020

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on funding, Article V on the Election Commission composition and Article VI on the Judicial Branch composition of the Constitution and calling an election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting during the Fall 2020 election.

 

Article III

The Legislative Branch

 

Section 3

Powers and Duties

 

  1. The senate shall have the following powers in the performance of the following duties:
  2. Shall pass legislation, which is necessary and proper, implementing the powers and duties, vested in it by this constitution.
  3. May, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, approve and/or modify the proposed budgets presented by the President without table.
  4. May, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, make appropriations, which have not been previously allocated.
  5. Act in accordance with its fiduciary responsibility to students as follows:

 

1) Table automatically until the following regular meeting fiscal legislation exceeding $500 $1,000, with the exception of the budget as dictated by item B of this section.  This rule may be waived by 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting.

 

Article V

The Election Commission

 

  1. Composition
  2. The Election Commission shall consist of the following five (5) seven (7) appointed student members and one (1) ex-officio member:

1)   Election Commissioner – jointly appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents.  In the event of a deadlock, names of two (2) candidates shall be submitted to the Student Supreme Court, and they shall break the tie.

2)   SGA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SGA President.

3)   SPA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SPA President.

2)   The remaining six (6) members shall be appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

3)   SGA Secretary – serves as an ex-officio member of the Election Commission.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

Article VI

The Judicial Branch

 

Section 2

Composition

 

The Student Supreme Court shall be composed of seven (7) nine (9) students, each appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

 

Passed and signed.

 

F2021-021

I move that the Senate approve President Ethan Naquin’s Resolution, “Commendation for University Administration, Faculty and staff on the Return to Campus Plan.”  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-022

I move to establish a program within the SGA that aids incoming Senators with their transition into the Senate.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-023a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is that it’s in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting).  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-023

I move to begin a supply drive initiative in cooperation with other on campus organizations to help McNeese State University and the Lake Charles area.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $730 for poster printer and maintenance cartridges.  This will be taken out of Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2021-025

I move that the Senate purchase 250 t-shirts to promote voter registration.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget and will not exceed $2,000.  Senators will be required to work voter registration tables. Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Remy Lodrigues

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Commission Member Keilan Kiger

 

SGA received ten applications to the Senate for Freshman Senator Positions.  SGA would like to welcome the following Freshmen who will serve as Freshman Senators for the 2020-21 term:

 

Brandon Katz from Gonzales, Louisiana

Majoring in Political Science – Social Sciences

 

Trent Ledet from Gray, Louisiana

Majoring in English – Creative Writing

 

Victoria Rideau from Pierre Part, Louisiana

Majoring in Psychology – Counseling

 

Piper Smith from Raceland, Louisiana

Majoring in Biology – Pre-Med/Pre-Dentistry

 

Reona Octave from Belle Rose, Louisiana

Majoring in Elementary Education – 1 to 5 Cert.

 

 

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT CONTINUED:­­

 

The remaining Freshmen elected to serve in their particular college or in Senator-at-Large positions.  You’ll learn of them when their appointments will be submitted in New Business.

 

Homecoming Court interviews are being conducted this week.  The Court will be announced Friday evening on the University’s social media page.  Good luck to everyone who has been called for an interview.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Ethan Henry, Treasurer

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell, Douglas Gilchrist and Madison Liner.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry  

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion about the Poster Printing supplies that was tabled which passed.
  • Addressed the new t-shirt motion for Confused Colonel for $450 which passed. Because it passed and is under $500, we can pass it in the General Meeting.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Jennifer Duthu, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jason Spell, Tyler Legnon, Douglas Gilchrist and Emily Bergeron.

 

Absent:     Senator Brady Levron.

 

We discussed the following:

  • We conducted 6 interviews and after various discussions, we concluded that all 6 motions passed.

 

   COMMENT:      Senator Jason S. said the Judiciary Meeting today was a little short on time and was expedited because of the amount of time we had for the amount of interviews that were conducted.  Can we possibly look into giving Judiciary more time in the future in case these scenarios arise?  I want to possibly look into adjusting the committee schedule.  President Ethan N. said we can look into that.  Usually when we have that many interviews at the beginning of the semester, that’s why we adjusted the schedule but we didn’t foresee that many interviews being conducted.  We can look into the situation if it happens again.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Meagan Rousse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Tyler Legnon.

 

We didn’t have a meeting today.  If you think of giveaways, please let us know.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Cooper Moore, Madison Liner and Tyler Legnon.

 

We discussed the following over text messages:

 

Last week I gave everyone a task to talk to people or look for things that need fixing around school.  They all got back to me about it so we’ll start on it.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2021-024a

I move to take the poster printing supplies motion from the table.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Meagan Rousse

Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $730 for poster printer and maintenance cartridges.  This will be taken out of Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said the Library is asking us for the $725.12 for the six poster paper 42” x 100’, 2 poster paper 25” x 150’ and for 3 cartridges.  If you have any questions, I’ll answer them to the best of my ability.

 

   COMMENT:       Senator Heather L. said she knows that this was a motion last Fall as well.  This is used for students to print posters for their research and things like that.  That’s why this is really important to pass.  They do rely on our funding a good bit for this sort of thing that allows students to print their things together when they go to conferences.  Even though I’m not sure how much of that will happen this semester, this is something discussed last year in the Fall.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2021-026

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Senator of Nursing.

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion: Senator Jennifer D. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-027

I move that the Senate allocate up to $450 to purchase shirts for Confused Colonel to be taken from the t-shirt line item of the budget.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Jennifer Duthu

 

Discussion: Senator Jennifer D. said we spoke about this last week.  It’s a little boost of morale for the students.  Students like different shirts.  It’s not going to be $450 but $423.86.

 

Question:   Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstain

 

F2021-028

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Hunter Legnon to the position of Senator-at-Large.

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion: Senator Jennifer D. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-029

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Jax Badeaux to the position of Liberal Arts Senator.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Jennifer Duthu

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-030

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Mar’Yeala Jones for the position of Nursing Senator.

 

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-031

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Jennifer Duthu

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-032

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-11     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Tech Fee Committee:  Heather LeBouef

 

We met last week and discussed moving surplus money into this year’s budget.  Proposals must be in by October 2nd

 

Courses & Curricula Committee:  Heather LeBouef

 

  • Discussed changing some of the verbage for one of the courses.
  • Deleting one course completely because no one ever takes it.
  • We were supposed to meet to discuss Physical Science courses but had to reschedule.  We’re supposed to meet every week so I can report on this later.

 

University Renaming Task Force:  Tyler Legnon

 

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday to hear from Dr. Clune and Steven Kenney with regards to how we’ll proceed about this process.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Senator Jason S. said around the Union area and especially the dining hall, I haven’t seen a lot of people wearing their masks or practicing social distancing. This is particular to the Union.  Everywhere else on campus is fine.  I’m concerned, especially in the Union, where a lot of students congregate.  No one is wearing their mask and sitting close to each other and not practicing social distancing. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on it.

 

Senator Tyler L. said he can respond on behalf of University Marketing.  We’re constantly thinking of ways to try to market the #Mask Campaign to our students and try to make sure that everybody is not only masking up on campus but also off campus on their own time.  I know the university is going to monitor the situations which is how they’ve been able to identify certain clusters that are forming due to outside get togethers.  So while we can’t control what anybody does, I think the university is doing a very good job on monitoring.  They’re as pro-active on this as possible.

 

Senator Heather L. said I’m pretty active in the Nicholls Facebook group and I see a lot of people still wondering if they can wear face shields or mask with vents which obviously the answer is “absolutely not”.  It doesn’t seem that how much I tell anyone, I still see it happening.  I don’t know what the final say is on us having flyers but I’m the Community Outreach Chair for the PMA and I put up flyers that promote social distancing, etc.  I’m wondering if we could make a revised flyer as a reminder of face shields.  That mass events are not allowed.  Those students genuinely don’t know.  When I put something that is not allowed on the Facebook page, some will question me.  I think that perhaps if the information were more readily available for them to see on campus that those things aren’t allowed, maybe they would listen a little more. 

 

Dr. Caruso said to make sure that the people in the Union are not eating and that’s why they pulled their mask down.  I know social distancing will be a challenge and they can move some chairs but if you think it’s perfectly acceptable for you as a peer and especially as a leader, just mention that when you pass by students that are not eating and not wearing masks.  Also, Mr. Andre of the Union monitors it really closely.  If you’re not comfortable approaching your peers, you can mention it to him.  I know he makes a number of passes during the day so he can help with that.  Regarding the face shield and face mask, I appreciate the idea that we put it out there again every so often reminding people of the basics.  Sometimes we move along and we forget about some of the basics.  Keep in mind that there might be a handful of people on campus who have medical accommodations that allow them to wear the shield as well. In general face shields are not allowed and I appreciate that.  I’ll try to get that out and mention it to Jerad for our messaging and such.

 

Senator Tyler L. said some students are starting to wear them because they see their professors wearing face shields.  They’re not taking into consideration that the professor might have some health concerns that allows them to wear that.  I think it’s just one of those things where not every rule applies to everybody.  I think people are starting to assume what they can and can’t do.

 

Dr. Caruso said we did make special arrangements in classrooms with large plastic glass and extra distance so professors didn’t have to wear masks while they were lecturing.  They’re behind big Plexiglas and a big face shield and some other protection.  That’s why you might see professors not wearing a mask in front of the room talking.  According to the State guidelines, someone giving a speech is not required to wear the mask while they’re giving that speech. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          A meal will be provided for you at the Workshop so please let me know of any food allergies you may have.

 

Sydney M.         We worked very hard in collaboration to make this workshop great.  It’s going to be at 4:00 p.m. on Friday in the Ballroom. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Symphony B.       Please make every effort to attend.  Sydney has definitely put her heart and soul into this.  I can say that a few years ago when I attended my first workshop, it helped me so much to be a Senator and on the E-Board where I am now.  You learn a lot.  You meet everyone in the Senate and you just learn how to be a good Senator and a good student in college in general.  So please come out.

 

Cooper M.         I understand the supply drive ends Friday but I want to say thank you to all of you for organizing this.  It means a lot to my friends and family back home so I just want to say thank you to those who have donated and for organizing this.  It means a whole lot to know that you guys are here.  Jason S. asked about the conditions there.  Cooper M. said some of the power won’t be back in some areas until after Thanksgiving but it is a lot better than it was a week ago.

 

Tyler L.          Homecoming Court interviews are happening this week.  The court will be announced on Friday.  While that’s very exciting, I just want to let everybody know that Homecoming this year will look very different than it has in the past.  There will be a lot less interaction.  There won’t be the big events that we used to have for Homecoming week.  However, the university, as well as student organizations, are working very hard and being very creative on what we can offer to you to ensure we’re going to have a great Homecoming experience.  But while we do that, we ask that you take part.  If nobody comes to these events and have no shows, just how innovative we’re being and appreciate that, it’s kind of hurts the morale of it all.  It goes without saying that we know it’s not what you’re used to but we are genuinely trying to give you the best experience possible.  With all the changes coming, I know it might automatically seem that this is not what we’re used to.  This is not the same, we know this but please give it a chance and try to make this the best possible experience.  Not only will the university be thankful but I think you’ll also be thankful for the memories you’ll form because we’re only going to have this type one time, hopefully, then things will be back to what we’re used to. 

 

Sydney M.         Said not only for Homecoming but like you said, for all events.  Organizations do try to work really hard to get those events to where they are because there are so many restrictions on them.  If there’s a watch party or if SPA is doing a lot, it’s going to mean a lot to them just to see people going to them.  If we don’t go, then how can we expect everybody else to go?  On Thursday, we’re really excited that they have the movie “Grease” at the stadium.  Please come to that.  Senator Tyler L. said the Cheer Team is skipping practice that night to let all the cheerleaders go to the movie. 

 

Ethan N.          I want to thank all the student organizations that helped participate in the supply drive.  I went by the office and the bins are overflowing.  So I’m very excited to have all of that brought to the Lake Charles area.  Remind your friends that they can still donate to the supply drive until Friday.

 

                  Also, we have an election next week, Homecoming election and SGA Special Election, that’s our constitutional amendments that are on the ballot.  We added two seats to the Election Commission and Supreme Court so it creates more leadership opportunities in the organization and also the amendment that raises the $500 limit to $1,000 on motions to be tabled.  So make sure students are voting and are up-to-date of what’s on the ballot besides voting for their friends or peers. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Tyler L.          For those of you who don’t know, I do Snapchat on Tuesdays where I try to promote things that are happening throughout the week.  Not everything is posted to Nicholls Inside which is where I get the majority of my information.  So if you’re involved in a student organization and want meeting times posted or an event coming up, anything that you think would be good to get on the Nicholls Social Media, send that to me Tuesday morning throughout the day or before and I’ll try my best to make sure it’s posted.  Also, University Marketing is looking into getting students to do a “Day in the Life” type of deal like “Day in the Life of a Senator” or “Day in the Life of an E-Board Member”, etc.  Don’t be afraid to reach out.

 

Sydney M.         Asked Dr. Caruso about the Colonel Countdown events.  Are they preplanned so that we can get a calendar so we could know about it in advance?  Dr. Caruso said it is semi-finalized but two hurricane breaks interfered with Carly’s and Zack’s progress with it.  They had a meeting this afternoon and I believe there’s another one Thursday.  There are some things on the calendar.  I’ll have Carly send it directly to the E-Board and I’ll help her with advertising as well as jump in on any open dates that you see can help sponsor some things. 

 

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Remy Lodrigues:

 

Matthew Badeaux – Supreme Court Justice

Gavin Wisdom – Senator of Nursing

Hunter Legnon – Senator-at-Large

Jax Badeaux – Senator of Liberal Arts

Mar’Yeala Jones – Senator of Nursing

Miranda Danos – Senator-at-Large

Brandon Katz – Freshman Senator

Trent Ledet – Freshman Senator

Victoria Rideau – Freshman Senator

Piper Smith – Freshman Senator

Reona Octave – Freshman Senator

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:54 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING                       

September 21, 2020

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Brandon Katz and the pledge was given by Senator Trent Ledet.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Miranda Danos and Senator Gavin Wisdom read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Madison Liner, Tyler Legnon, Gavin Wisdom, Hunter Legnon, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave and Piper Smith.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Julia Pierce and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

 

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Tabitha Tabb.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Mitzi Jackson, Development Faculty Fellow, Mr. Jeremiah Johnson, Makerspace Director and Benton Blanchard, The Nicholls Worth staff writer.

 

Minutes were not presented.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:   Dr. Jay Clune

 

It is always good to be with you.  I am always grateful for what you’re doing because I know that times are difficult.  Not everyone is happy out there.  I hear it on a daily basis, but I have a new hope that we are turning the corner.  Last week we only had six students infected on this campus.  The week before that we had ten, so we have learned to live with COVID.  That’s what we’re going to do on this campus.  You hear about a lot of campuses that had to shut down and go remote or brought students back to campus but had all their courses online.  We’ve found that medium where we can have our classes on campus, we can wear a mask, we can social distance and be smart and beat this.  So I have great hope in the future.

 

There are a lot of things to be hopeful about.  Remember we have a full sports seasons in Spring semester meaning we may have missed a few games but every championship is in place.  We can win our Conference Championship.  We can win a National Championship in any sport so I’m very excited about the Spring semester when all of that will become possible.  If you walk around campus, if you walk into Shaver Gymnasium, if you get a chance to visit Babingtons, although you only get to visit one because it’s in quarantine, we now have as many as 72 more beds on campus.  That’s 72 more students who can make us a more vibrant campus this Spring semester.  We’re well on our way with the End Zone Complex in Guidry Stadium which will close off the South end zone which will make it an even louder stadium than it is now.  We’re working on Stopher Gymnasium.  It will become a much more intimate basketball setting.  The bathrooms that are now in the lobby will go on the other side of the wall and take out that dead space behind the goals and do the same thing at the other end.  It will feel like a very vibrant basketball atmosphere.  The Greenhouse is well under way.  By May that will be completed with a glassed greenhouse and everything in its place.  Dr. Mitzi Jackson has been part of that.  If you’re in Communication and Arts, you have a brand new Conversion and Media Center that is absolutely beautiful in Talbot Hall.  We plan on moving on to the next phase of renovating the Student Union.  I hope

 

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:

this is one of the spaces that we can renovate so there is so much to look forward to.  I just want to encourage you as leaders that a lot of people are angry right now.  It’s a difficult time and you are bearing a lot of the brunt of the frustration people have.  With the wild fires, the hurricanes, the Presidential Election, the death of a Supreme Court Justice, with COVID-19, with everything going on, people are frustrated and they often don’t know why. 

 

Today is really exciting because we have Jeramiah Johnson and Dr. Mitzi Jackson who have been working to create another innovative collaborative space on campus.  That’s the Makerspace in the Library where those two old computer classrooms are.  They will no longer be computer classrooms but a Makerspace where students can hang out and innovate and collaborate and invent.  There is no cost to you, no supplies, because we had a donor step up, fund the majority of remodeling, fund all the supplies so we did the space for you.  What you will hear today is we’re asking the SGA to join us in a proposal.  That proposal is that there is extra money in the Student Technology Fee account that is not going to be spent on any of the projects that come forward this year over and above what’s needed to fund the typical year’s projects.  Every one of you can go in there at any time and make whatever you want on whatever machines that Mr. Johnson will describe to you.  We’re asking that you come in with us on this.  We put forward a proposal and we’ve created a space for all 6,500 students on campus.  With that, I’ll turn it over to the two experts here.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Mr. Jeremiah Johnson

 

Hello, my name is Jeremiah Johnson.  I was hired this semester to set up a Makerspace.  I come from a background of Central Pennsylvania.  I managed the Makerspace of Pennsylvania College & Technology.  It’s a very technical school, so they had a lot of very technical equipment.  I’ve also taught free design, sculpture, printing, drawing and painting and a few other types of classes at various places around the area.  I’m here to tell you about the Makerspace as the Makerspace Director.  The idea of Makerspace is what they call the HUB.  It’s the Makerspace for Nicholls State University.  If you’ve ever heard of the Fab Lab or Technology Space, sometimes they also revert to them. It’s basically a large open studio with lots of technological equipment.  It’s where people can play, explore and create.  It’s also a safe and appealing place, promotes creativity, encourages people to want to reduce the frustration and exploring new ideas.  It can be done on your own or in groups. From the Department of Education and Technology plan, Makerspaces leverage with power technology to provide personalized learning instead of a one size fits all curriculum.  When you come into the space, you come as an individual and you learn directly what you’re interested in.  It connects how students learn in a sense. 

 

The ingredients of a successful Makerspace are four parts.  It’s having access, having capabilities, having training and community.  Most importantly, it diverts Makerspace tools and technology that normally you don’t have access to.  A Maker is in all of us.  If you can think or imagine it, you can make it.  That’s the idea what a Maker is.  Makers are also productive and creative.  We learn new things.  We rely on hands on DIY opportunities.  We come up with an idea of something really unique.  Perhaps you can’t afford it or it doesn’t exist in the world.  You can set out and make it.  We provide the tools and the knowledge to be able to do that.  It’s creative and technological people help one another.  In that community, usually Makers help other Makers with projects.  It’s very open and inclusive. 

 

One of the benefits is self-empowerment.  People that come to this space may actually work with the equipment and tools that we have, we have the knowledge.  These are documented tools beyond what we do in the classrooms.  We use it to add knowledge to your resume.  A lot of businesses look for Makers these days.  People who go above and beyond what they’re doing in their classrooms to learn things.  All the things you’ll work on in the space that comes from the Space will be documented.  For example if you have skills in printing and understanding different printers, that will be documented for you to include on your resume.  That’s a big benefit.

 

What type of equipment will we have there?  There are 3-D printers and dual printers which build up in an upward direction and also laser engravers.  It cuts from different materials.  It can engrave photographic images directly from the materials.  It can also cut incredibly good shapes up to a quarter inch.  Then we have a C and C Router that can carve into wood primarily but can also carve into soft metal and hard plastics.  It starts by carving down

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:

with 2.5 output.  This is the one we plan to get with the automatic tank system on it.  The tool that it picks up, it places back and when it uses a different tool for a different kind of card, it goes over and picks it up and starts carving.

 

The laser, or it’s actually known as the proto-max water jet cutter actually cuts through metal up to an inch thick solid steel.  What it does is cutting into, not necessarily water but with materials that comes through the water itself to be able to cut out and carve anything. 

 

We have a full sewing department including sewing machines, sergers, overlapping machines as well as a visual embroider for logos.  We actually designed a mask on the computer and simply embroidered on it.  Also beneficial for people that need uniforms labeled.

 

We have a cutter for vinyl for whatever length you use.  T-shirt designs can be carved out and transferred onto t-shirts and various other materials as well.  It’s very quick and easy to use to make your own designs and make them in vinyl. 

 

We’ll have a full wood working shop with all the tools and equipment needed to do woodwork and be able to finish these projects as well as work on projects on cold metal.  As far as hand-held tools, both power and traditional hand-held tools, to work with. Soldering equipment like electronics to be able to connect with boards and solder everything together.

 

The space will also have a room for conference and have a 65 1/2” flat screen monitor in addition to room for expansion for the tools and technology of the students.

 

The actual space itself will be in the Ellender Library on the first floor left corner of the building in the back.  It’s going to have two entrances into the space.  One entrance to the left side of the corridor that has a loading dock which is convenient because students working with wood can bring materials with easy access.  Also, an entrance on the right side of the corridor that goes into the Library area.  As you walk into the entrance there will be printing and sewing layout and an area with safety glasses which is for metal and water jets.  The second room will have the wood shop. 

 

Most importantly, this is not going to be a space managed by me but by the students for the students.  We’re looking into hiring students as technical assistants and also a manager.  They will not only be in charge of doing things like instructions and equipment but will provide suggestions and feedback on individual group projects, create and update the website, new equipment tutorial, promotions and records, small group workshops and education and personal knowledge of all equipment.  Some students even consider that Makerspace is their major which is very interesting. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said obviously a lot of materials are used for all of this and there may be a lot of waste.  Mr. Johnson said the materials are from the donor so as of now there is no material cost.  If it gets out of hand, what I’ve done at another college is get our materials at cost.  There was still a lot of loss depending on particular things such as if a student printed something and they messed it up, we had to charge them to reprint it.  But if a donor comes forward, then we won’t have to worry about that.  There are certain things like the vinyl cuttings that have the potential to take up a lot of material but the cost will be minimal.  The good thing about the machines that we’re using and the computer technology is they control how much material we actually use for these projects, including these waterjets.  We try to figure out ways to utilize scraps and things like that. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jennifer D. asked if there would be workshops or classes advertised?  Mr. Johnson said first, we’ll hire students and they’re going to be technicians.  They’ll start out at the beginning learning about the equipment and tutorials online.  Their knowledge will help students.  When students come to the Makerspace, they’ll fill out a liability form which may also be online as well.  Then you’re set up in the system as a Maker.  You tell the technician what you’ll like to make today.  If you want to print something, they can pull up images that are free on

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:

                  file and things like that.  It’s an introduction to print being taught by a student.  With more dangerous equipment, we have an online tutorial on it that tests you afterwards.  Once you take the test, then you must show them that you know how to use the particular table saw.  Then you can use it any time on your own afterwards.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. asked if the embroidering is for a team or only for students.  Mr. Johnson said students can come in and work on team logos and embroider them or individually.  I thought this would be especially useful for culinary students.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Meagan R. asked when do you anticipate its start.  Mr. Johnson said we’re hoping to open in Spring. 

 

Dr. Clune thanked Mr. Johnson.  Can you imagine in the Library where you need to provide sound insulation or the exhaust to get sawdust and everything out of that space to keep it clean?  We must have gone through the architectural rendition now a dozen times.  We’re very close to breaking ground on it.  That’s really been the hold up.  We want it in the Library where everyone can see what’s going on there.  We’re going to fix that part outside of that area where students can hang out and want to be in that space.  The Director at Tulane said it’s a community they have rather than just a warehouse of machinery for students to use. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Brady L. asked if the computer labs will still be there.  Dr. Clune said the front computer labs where the student publications were, will all return to an Ellender computer lab classroom.  In the lounge area, you’ll still have computers, you just won’t line them up on ugly tables with ugly walls and ceiling tiles.  We’ll make it a very inviting space. 

 

Mr. Johnson said his office is in the computer lab in the back corner if anyone is interested in speaking to him about Makerspace. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • This past weekend, I attended a meeting of the Council of Student Body Presidents at LSU-A in Alexandria. Huge thank you goes out to LSU-A Student Body President Monica Aguleira for being a great host to the council.
  • We heard reports from the different student system board members, including the UL System. The UL System Board had voted in favor of approving Dr. Ronald Berry as the new President of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, established a mentoring partnership at Grambling licensed by the Clemson University Research Foundation, and approved ULM’s request to enter into a MOU with Louisiana Delta Community College to establish a Bridge Program. At the meeting, we were also addressed by state epidemiologists at the forefront of the decision making for the ongoing pandemic, as well as addressing questions from the council. Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Louisiana’s Commissioner for Higher Education also gave a report. She gave a big shout-out to Nicholls SGA and said she received our resolution and is so proud of our SGA’s backing of the Return to Campus Plan. She asked me to pass on her best regards and thanks to the Senate for passing it. I know I say her name a lot because of her connection to COSBP, but she served in Former President Barack Obama’s administration as deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education and led the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, so it’s a really great compliment for all of you.
  • Today, I met with Dr. Jim Henderson, President and CEO of the University of Louisiana System on administrative business as well as discussing campus updates. I also met with Dr. Clune today, along with Vice President Matherne, to address campus-wide concerns and developments. We discussed beginning a capital outlay process on Gouaux Hall to attempt to give higher priority to the state for remodeling or future demolition and reconstruction. We also discussed student mental health during the pandemic as well as the current course load with online classes.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Updated the WID/WIH – due on Friday in SGA Google Drive.
  • Parking Appeals Committee Meeting last Wednesday was cancelled.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • Budget: Nothing has really changed with the budget.
  • Financial Statement: We usually send them out in month periods to all of you. The reason I haven’t done that is because we haven’t spent very much. So, I’m just going to tell you all what we bought. (I will tell them this information from the financial statement.)
  • I have also chosen a Finance Committee Chairperson. I will be notifying the applicants of the results of this later this week, and I’ll get with them to explain more so how this will happen. (I will explain how Sydney delegated this job to me.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

 

  • Getting a proof and quote for a new t-shirt give away idea.
  • Went to Donaldsonville this weekend with treasure Henry and got a donation from a company for the Lake Charles relief donations.
  • Working on a giveaway idea for pocket wallets as well as looking into getting Tillou stickers
  • Once again, my office is always open is anyone has any give away ideas or if they would like to talk about any PR motion ideas.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

  • Ethan and I had a meeting with the President today for our monthly check in.
  • Big thank you to everyone who came to the workshop last Friday! I know I had fun and I hope you learned some things about SGA and are excited to get to work!
  • If you did not attend, please know that you are required to submit an excuse form, which can be found in the office.
  • Have a great and safe week!

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

F2021-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $730 for poster printer and maintenance cartridges.  This will be taken out of Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-026

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Senator of Nursing.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-027

I move that the Senate allocate up to $450 to purchase shirts for Confused Colonel to be taken from the t-shirt line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-028

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Hunter Legnon to the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-029

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Jax Badeaux to the position of Liberal Arts Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-030

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Mar’Yeala Jones for the position of Nursing Senator. Passed and signed.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

F2021-031

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-032

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Remy Lodrigues

 

  • Tonight SPA is hosting Salsa event in Union from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Tomorrow, there will be virtual bingo.
  • SPA meeting is tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM.
  • All info and sign up links are on the SPA Instagram.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Commission Member Tabitha Tabb

 

Congratulations to the following homecoming court king and queen finalists:

 

FINALISTS FOR KING:                 FINALISTS FOR QUEEN:

Tyler Allbritton                    Kirsten Angelette

Scotty Bouzigard                    Gracie Bellanger

Lars Curry                          Allie Dominique

Ethan Henry                         Jade Hawkins

Remy Lodrigues                      Katelyn Hebert

Ethan Naquin                        Sydney Matherne

James Parrott                       N’Dia Ramsey

     

Online Election to elect the 2020 Homecoming King & Queen and Amendments to the SGA & SPA Constitution begins tomorrow, September 22 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Thursday, September 24 at 12:00 p.m.

 

Results of the Amendments will be announced in the Student Union on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. and on the SGA & SPA websites.

 

Please remember to vote and encourage your friends to vote so we can have a great voter turnout.

 

This year SGA is replacing its traditional Homecoming Display Contest with a Graphic Design Contest.  Contest is open to student organizations to compete for cash prizes.  This year’s theme is “Red & Ready”.

  • The deadline to enter is Wednesday, September 30 with the SGA office.
  • Graphics must be submitted to sga.pubrelations@nicholls.edu by Wednesday, October 7 at 12:0 p.m. and judging will begin at 1:00 p.m.
  • Judging will end on Thursday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m. on the SGA Instagram page.

 

I’m also the Homecoming Student Chair and have been working very hard to try to create events to follow all the guidelines to keep all students safe.  We’re trying to come up with a way to bring back the Court on the date the Homecoming football game was scheduled.  We’ve submitted a proposal to Dr. Alex Arceneaux in administration and are waiting to hear back from them on doing a Pep Rally and have students participate virtually and have the Court actually walk across the field with the King and Queen there.  Hopefully, in the Spring, if we do have football, we’ll have the Court and a normal presentation with Alumni, students, faculty and staff.  That’s the goal.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Ethan Henry, Treasurer

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Brady Levron, Madison Liner and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry  

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Finance Committee Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • No motions to discuss.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Jason Spell and Gavin Wisdom.

 

Absent:     Senator Piper Smith.

 

We discussed the following:

  • We received an excuse from Senator Gavin W. which passed.
  • Next week’s discussion will be on Senator Julia P. absences.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Meagan Rouse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre and Victoria Rideau.

 

Absent:     Senators Jennifer Duthu and Piper Smith.

 

Guest:      Director Caroline Mistretta.

 

We discussed the following:

  • We moved the Hurricane Relief Drive supplies to the Leaders Suite. 
  • Next week we’ll discuss shirt designs and items for our next giveaway.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau and Meagan Rouse.

 

Absent:     Senators Mar’Yeala Jones and Madison Liner.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Gave out tasks for each week:  Freshmen – should follow up with one of their professors for any student needs.
  • Responsibilities of being in this committee.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Renaming Streets & Buildings Task Force Committee – Tyler Legnon

 

We have four weeks to select the names to turn them into 911 for the named streets and two buildings with recommendations been put forth by the committee.

 

Vice President of Student Affairs Search Committee – Tyler Legnon

 

I’ve been named to the committee that will meet on Wednesday.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Brady L.          Outside of campus, Justice Remy L. and I are representatives for the Nicholls Ski Trip.  Each winter, students from campus take a trip to Colorado for five days.  The pricing is really cheap if you want to go skiing or experience that, you can talk to us for more information.

 

Miranda D.        If ladies are interested in joining Gamma Phi Beta, they’re looking for new members. 

 

Tyler L.          Friday will be the last day the National Guard will be on campus to perform free COVID testing. 

 

Brady L.          Please encourage your friends to get tested.  It’s great that we have this on campus.  If we don’t use it, they’ll leave so encourage the groups you’re in to get free COVID testing.  They just need your name and email address to send you the results.  If we get a lot of tests done, they’ll remain on campus.

 

I move that the Senate moves into Executive Session.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Jason Spell

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:56 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING
October 5, 2020

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m. Presiding
officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly
McGeever.
The prayer was led by Senator Victoria Rideau and the pledge was given by
Senator Jason Spell.
The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by
Senator Reona Octave and Senator Hunter Legnon read the first value of the
Nicholls Creed.
The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin,
Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron,
Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony
Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly
McGeever.
The following Senators were present: Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle
Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre,
Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Jason Spell, Madison Liner, Tyler Legnon,
Gavin Wisdom, Hunter Legnon, Jax Badeaux, Mar’Yeala Jones, Miranda Danos,
Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave and Piper Smith.
The following Senator was absent: Heather LeBouef.
Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.
Election Commission was represented by Amanda Hankenhof (appointed).
Guests present were Dr. Alex Arceneaux, Executive Vice President, Dr. Michele
Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and
Student Government Association Advisor and Benton Blanchard, The Nicholls
Worth staff writer.
Minutes of August 31 and September 14 were approved as printed.
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Alex Arceneaux
I’m here on behalf of Dr. Clune. There are a couple of things he’d like to
pass along for us to get feedback to him. One of them is the storms in the
Gulf that are projected to be heading our way. We want you to know that
we’re monitoring the storms. It’s hard as it is every week that we’re
dealing with testing for COVID much less that it seems every week there’s a
storm of some sort threatening our coast. Remember that we’ll be looking at
it, specifically around this week with all the Homecoming events, how they’ll
look on the weekend. We’ve been getting information on community members
that use some of our facilities. We’re making sure they comply with face
masks and facial coverings. We just want to get your feedback. If you hear
anything about this from other students, that third party people outside of
the university are using our space but not complying with the requirements to
be on campus. Are you hearing things? As leadership, are students
concerned?
Ethan H. said the athletes said people coming on campus are not using masks.
Athletes have to wear face masks. Dr. Arceneaux said we need a lot more
signage.
Trent L. said I don’t want to go up to someone and tell them they should have
a mask. Dr. Arceneaux said he understands because he’s not exactly
comfortable with it either. As an administrator, he needs to regulate but it
is somewhat uncomfortable for you to call out someone. You don’t want to
embarrass someone and you never know what’s going to happen when you do that.
There are instances when people are on campus, and I know that you shouldn’t
have to be the one having to police what’s going on campus. From a
university standpoint we need to do more with signage. You are doing a
fantastic job considering what other universities are going through and
seeing what we’ve done is amazing. I want us to remain here on campus the
next few days and I think you as Student Government, the student body looks
to you. It’s important to the administration because we’re here for you.
There’s no other reason for us to be here other than for the students.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:
Tyler L. said he heard a few complaints from students because they were
walking in the Quad and there was a professor having a class outside. The
students had their masks on but were shoulder to shoulder.
Jennifer D. said I think there needs to be more clarification on what is safe
covering.
Mar’Yeala J. said you could have a poster of what is acceptable and what is
not. Dr. Arceneaux said we could make it with a couple of different masks
and how they’re worn.
Thank you and reach out to us for anything.
OFFICER REPORTS:
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN
 Yesterday, the rest of the E-Board and Senator Brandon K. delivered all
the supplies to McNeese State University in Lake Charles. We met with
Darren LeBijou who is the Vice President there and his staff. They
were extremely thankful so we want to thank all of the student
organizations who partnered with us on this.
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN
 WID/WIH in the discussion period of the meeting.
 Sidewalk needed next to the Cafeteria – I spoke to Danielle Breaux in
the Physical Plant Dept. about a student who contacted me about it.
She’ll get with her boss for more information.
 We went to Lake Charles to deliver the supplies.
 Wi-Fi is our new parking problem this year!!!! I’ll put the Google
Form in the Group so you can give it to your friends that have Wi-Fi
issues.
 Discipline committee was charged on Tuesday.
TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY
Budget:
 The budget has not changed for the Fall Semester.
 The Spring Budget will be put together in the coming weeks. What I ask
is that if any of you are thinking about doing motions that would need
funds in the spring semester, please get those numbers to me so I can
account for that when putting the budget together.
Financial Statement
 I sent you the Financial Statement from August 10th-September 30th. I
hope you all took a look at it and if you have any question please let
me know.
 One thing about this, there is still $19,142.17 in the Campus
Improvements line item and $18,227.94 in the Senator Projects line
item. These are our two biggest line items, so we have a lot of money
left to do a bunch of awesome things with! These are not the only ones
we can pull from, so please get with me and we can see exactly what
line item we can pull from for a motion. I just wanted to illustrate
that we do have a lot of funds to make some great impacts.
 The Financial Statement for October is ready to go.
 Senator Madison Liner will be the new Chair for the Finance Committee.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA
 The T-shirt we’re planning to order for a giveaway was sent in the
group meet.
 Two important dates I need you to remember and attend is October 29 for
a pumpkin carving event for the students and November 9 for our SGA
Holiday Social.
 I will give you more details at a later date for the holiday social.
If you have any give away ideas please feel free to come to either me
or Senator Meagan R.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT CONTINUED:
 Don’t be afraid to go out and find Red Out Friday posts. If you take
their picture please get their name, major and any organizations they
are involved in.
 My office is always open if you have any giveaway ideas.
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE
 E-Board and I, with Senator K., traveled to Lake Charles and dropped
off the supplies for the students at McNeese. They were so very
appreciative for everyone who donated so thank you to everyone who did!
We completely restocked their room. It was truly amazing to see.
 Absence forms are now on Moodle! Please make sure if you miss anything
to submit an excuse, you are allowed two unexcused absences but you
don’t want to leave anything to chance.
 Doctor’s appointments are automatically excused ONLY with
documentation.
 Mentor Program is going well with “Dean Meetings” being due by October
16.
 Remember that every meeting is business attire and you will not be
allowed to remain without.
 If you ever have any questions at all, please let me know!
 Please, please, please stay safe throughout the weekend. We are all
praying, but for now, don’t forget to enjoy all of the homecoming
events! A lot of people have been working very hard in order to make
this week possible so let’s show them our support!
ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

No motions were presented.
STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.
 No report.
ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.
Online Elections were held in late September.
We had 6,646 Eligible Voters.
We had 1,834 Actual Voters.
All SGA and SPA Amendments passed.
Homecoming Court Announcement Pep Rally and Crowning of Homecoming King and
Queen will be on Saturday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m. The announcement will be
streamed live on the Nicholls Facebook Account.
HOMECOMING GRAPHIC DESIGN CONTEST:
It starts Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 p.m. and ends on Thursday, October 8
at 12:00 p.m. Results will be announced at Alive at 5.
Groups entered are:
Greek Organizations – Phi Mu, Delta Zeta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Student Organizations – SPA, Allied Health, NEAT, SALUTE
East category, the prizes are:
1 st Place – $100; 2 nd Place – $75 and 3 rd Place – $50
Please remember to vote and encourage your friends to vote.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair
Present: Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon
Katz, Julia Pierce, Jason Spell, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon
and Tyler Legnon.

Absent: Senator Brady Levron (excused).
Guests: Treasurer Ethan Henry and Elnora Vicks, Counselor & Outreach

Coordinator of Guidance Services.

We discussed the following:
 Funding for Honors Program National Conference which passed.
 Funding for Counseling Center LGBTQ event which passed.
 Reviewed Financial Statement.
Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair
Present: Senators Brady Levron, Meagan Rousse, Gavin Wisdom, Tyler Legnon,
Brandon Katz, Jennifer Duthu, Hunter Legnon, Jason Spell,
Gabrielle Arceneaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Emily Bergeron, Jax
Badeaux, Mar’Yeala Jones and Trent Ledet.

We discussed the following:
 Interviewed Amanda Hankenhof for appointment to Election Commission
which passed.
 Heard excuses from two Senators which passed. Reminded that excuses
that are medically related, they’re excused automatically but you need
to submit documentation from your physician.
Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady L. said Vice President Sydney M. has made
our attendance form virtual so she and I have access to it. Whenever Ms.
Dolly M. calls roll, we put everything in. It’s a lot easier for us to keep
track of who’s here and who’s not. This is a reminder that you need to be in
attendance in good standing to be eligible to schedule early and you have
that ability as a Senator. If you have any questions about how many meetings
you’ve missed, you can send me an email or talk to me and I can let you know.
Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms
Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair
Present: Senators Meagan Rouse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos,
Jennifer Duthu, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona
Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Gavin Wisdom, Trent Ledet
and Mar’Yeala Jones.
Absent: Senator and Piper Smith.
Guest: Director Caroline Mistretta.
We discussed the following:
 New t-shirts and the designs.
 Giveaway items and ideas such as phone wallets, polls for student
interactions with giveaway ideas and possibly a beanie giveaway.
 The Holiday Party and ideas.
 The Pumpkin Carving event we have planned.
 Our Halloween meeting.
Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux,
Chair
Present: Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Trent Ledet, Hunter
Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave,
Victoria Rideau, Brandon Katz and Meagan Rouse.
Absent: Senators Mar’Yeala Jones and Heather LeBouef.
Guest: Director Symphony Brown.
We discussed the following:
 The Chair will follow up with everyone for the status of tasks.
 We walked around campus and have three motion ideas.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
None.
NEW BUSINESS:
F2021-033
I move that the Senate accept Amanda Hankenhof for the position of Election
Commission Member. Amanda is the appointment of SGA President Ethan Naquin
and SPA President Kirsten Angelette.

1. Madison Liner
2. Jennifer Duthu

Discussion: Senator Madison L. defers to Senator Zackary P. who spoke of
qualifications and recommended approval.
Question: Move into vote:
Passed For-22 Against-0 Abstained–0
F2021-034
I move that the Senate allocate $102.50 from Senator Projects for the
Counseling Center’s LGBTQ event on October 14, 2020 to pay for drinks and
cookies.

1. Miranda Danos
2. Victoria Rideau

Discussion: Senator Miranda D. said this event is going to be hosted by the
Counseling Center and it will be held in front of the Student Union on
October 14 th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be guest speakers and students
will have a chance to talk as well. This is the second time they’re doing
this. They’re hoping to have a good turnout. I feel that our support helps
them and it would help the student body to know that we truly respect them.
Question: Move into vote:
Passed For-22 Against-0 Abstained–0
F2021-035
I move that the Senate allocate $300.50 to assist in funding students to
attend the National Honor Council Conference. Funding will be taken from the
“Senator Projects” line item of the budget.

1. Madison Liner
2. Jennifer Duthu

Discussion: Senator Madison L. said the Honors Program was looking for funds
to pay for registration of students to attend their virtual conference. We
were unable to host our annual fundraiser. The cost of the registration is a
lot less than what it usually is. It’s close to $800. This year for six
students to attend, it’s around $300 so I think it’s more affordable for
students to attend.
Question: Move into vote:
Passed For-22 Against-0 Abstained–0
UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Student Organizations: Meagan Rousse
The meeting was charged and appointed Carly Clark as Committee Chair.
Semester countdown Committee: Ethan Naquin
The last time we talked, SGA will be sponsoring pumpkin carving
Social and Community Concerns Committee- Jennifer Duthu
We received our charges and nominated Sydney Richardelle to be the new Chair.
General Education Assessment Committee – Madison Liner
Approved 4 General Education courses to be added this year: 1 in Biology and
3 in Speech.

DISCUSSION PERIOD:
“What I’ve done.” “What I’ve heard.” Review:
Director Symphony B. said she’s going to call on a few Senators to present
what they’re working on.
Madison Liner – I did the motion for the Honors Program today that you
approved. She heard from Band members that they’re looking for funds for a
new tower. I know that’s a very big expense so I recommended that they look
into some type of fundraiser and perhaps we can help with smaller funds for
that.
Jax Badeaux – Met with his Mentor and Dean. Went on a campus walk with
Senators Cooper M. and Brandon K. for problem areas. I’m looking into
possible clocks in Peltier Hall. I heard there’s a broken door handle in
Room 233 in Peltier Hall. A student told me there aren’t enough one-way
signs on campus. There’s a broken sound system in Room 102 of the Sciences
and Technology building.
Hunter Legnon – Met with Mentor and contacted professors. They’ll contact me
about lab equipment they’ll need when we return to having labs. Looking into
preparing a motion to replace the Banners in the Quad that are getting worn
out. I spoke with Marketing Dept. who will get that information to me.
Hearing about Wi-Fi issues and that we should do something about the mud path
on the side of the cafeteria.
Douglas Gilchrist – I spoke to someone about getting bikes at the Rec Center
for students. I heard students that people are not following the masks
policies.
Victoria Rideau – Met with her mentor about different motion ideas and
reached out to professors. Attended several campus events and reached out to
an organization for anything they might need. I’m hearing that Wi-Fi is not
working at times. Students are complaining about not having lights by the
sidewalk at the Rec Center. Students use it to run at night or early in the
morning and they don’t feel safe.
Director Symphony B. said we won’t have another WID/WIH review until probably
our last meeting in November but I’ll be getting with all of you,
individually to direct you to who to talk to about the things you’ve
reported. So if you need anything, please let me know.
Peltier Hall Initiative Review
Senator Jason S. said there’s a special line item called Peltier Hall
Initiative. I passed the Bill a couple of years ago to create a $15,000 line
item. This past week I met with Dr. Rob Alexander of the Dept. of English.
We’re going to be working to get another classroom done at Peltier 230. He
told me that they need a new projector and a couple of computers in those
classes. I’ll have another meeting with him, Dr. Scott Banville and Mr.
Glenn Verdun in IT Dept. If you have any questions about the line item
please send me an email.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Sydney M. Committee Chairs, please send me your attendance from
today’s meeting. I know we don’t have a lot of empty
chairs, but at the next meeting, please move down to fill
the bottom seats so whoever comes in as a guest will sit
further back and not sitting in the middle of us.

Gabrielle A. When we had our campus walk through, we stopped by the
Tutoring Center. They asked us to pass on to you and our
peers that the Tutoring and Writing Centers are available
to help them if they need it.

Cooper M. I want to thank everybody who donated the supply items to
McNeese. I’m friends with a McNeese student who reached
out to me and said that Nicholls was one of their larger
donators, aside from the Lake Charles area. So we thank
you.

The following officer was sworn in by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert:
Amanda Hankenhof – Election Commission Member
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:47 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

October 12, 2020

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Victoria Rideau and the pledge was given by Senator Emily Bergeron.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Piper Smith and Senator Jennifer Duthu read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Madison Liner, Tyler Legnon, Gavin Wisdom, Hunter Legnon, Jax Badeaux, Mar’Yeala Jones, Miranda Danos, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave and Piper Smith.

 

The following Senator was absent:  Julia Pierce.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Morgan Levron.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor and Mr. Francis Plaisance, Jr., The Blood Center Administrator.

 

Minutes of September 21 and October 5 were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

Just a few quick updates.  President Naquin asked me about Commencement.  For the Spring Grads, those who had it cancelled because of COVID, will be November 7th and 8th in Guidry Stadium.  COVID has forced us to go back to the Stadium.  We’ll be announcing the times for colleges in the coming week.  For Summer and Fall, it will be November 21st and 22nd in Guidry Stadium.  The times again will be announced in the coming weeks.  Every graduate will be allowed four guest tickets.  Major Renee Brinkley with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will be the Commencement Speaker at all ceremonies. 

 

Another question that came up was about the Academic Calendar.  We took a look at the University System’s Academic Calendar.  The University of New Orleans was the only school that cancelled Spring Break.  We’re trying to keep things as normal as possible.  As of right now, the Faculty Senate has not made any indication that they’ll change the Academic Calendar.  The Academic Calendar is as it was planned.

 

In terms of courses for the Spring semester, you’ll register for courses like you would any semester and they’ll look a lot like they did every other semester.  Most of the courses are in person.  We’ll shift to a Hy-Flex if we’re in a phase that does not allow for more than 50% of the students to be in class.  That would be determined by the Governor but the Academic Calendar and the Course Schedule should look pretty normal for the Spring semester.  I want to thank all of you who’ve done such a wonderful job in getting us this far.  I think last week we probably had five infections.  It’s very low and you’ve done a wonderful job. 

 

We’re thinking about a new campaign and going to reach out to the Executive Leadership here.  I believe that signs in the yard are starting to look like they blend in.  I think we’ve moved beyond the point of policing masking and distancing.  We need to educate people on why they mask and why they need to distance.  You know that when we leave this campus and walk out into the community for any gathering of college age students or older adults, no one is masked but us.  So we’re going to start an educational program.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

On the naming and renaming of streets, you’ll notice a message coming out tomorrow with an update on what the campus community has suggested in terms of names and they will be divided into themes so you can comment on them.  Remember that when you invite people to give their opinion, you don’t censor those opinions.  A number of them are a little out there but we’re just bringing in data at this point.  So don’t get nervous when you see silly names.  It doesn’t mean they’re going on the streets.

 

Halloween is a very big deal because Ms. Jean Donegan wants it to be a very big deal.  We need something to look forward to on this campus so make sure you’re following all the news that’s coming out on Halloween.  We’d like to make that a big deal.

 

Next comes the election.  We’re already having discussions on what will happen in this election.  Will it be an election day?  Will it be an election week?  Will it restabilize the country, the State, the campus in any way?  What we’re trying to do is get educators to come in like Dr. David Whitney of the Government Department to talk about what happens when a presidential election is disputed.  There are a number of steps that they go through.  So you’ll be hearing a lot more about that.  We do not expect any problems on this campus.  What we’re concerned about is when any of the Nicholls family gets on social media, begins reading and exchanging information.  You need to know right now that a lot of people are off the rails in terms of commenting on the election.  It causes anxious students, faculty and a lot of it is typically not true.  So we’ll have an education program for that as well.

 

Next comes Winterfest.  We’ve already had people invest about $15,000 in lighting our campus for the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas so families can drive through campus.  It’ll be like a mini City Park.  Trees will be lighted.  I think there’s going to be nutcrackers and other things painted and lighted throughout the campus. If you’re around after Thanksgiving and you want to get involved, I know they’ll need volunteers.  I know it’s going to be a very festive atmosphere.  We’re trying to come up with a better name than Winterfest but we’re keeping it non-denominational for the purpose of the campus.

 

Other things.  I talked about the Makerspace which starts any day now in the Library.  I talked about the Callais Convergence Media Lab in Talbot that opens any day so that’s very exciting.  Some of you may have been involved on working on the Sorority Row Concept.  We’ve hired architects who took all the materials that the women had developed in terms of what they wanted to see and where they wanted it to be.  They handed it all to the architects and met with them.  They had a lot of questions based on the input of the sorority women.  So the idea is there will be five houses to start with.  There’s going to be one house devoted to NPHC, Tri-Sigma, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu and Gamma Phi Beta.  The property selected is that area on Bowie Road that is across the apartments between the Rec Center and the blue house on Bowie Road.  So the architects are drawing up a rendering of that space.  Then we’ll call the sorority women back together and get their opinion on that. 

 

   COMMENT: Senator Jason S. said the sidewalk ends there and asked if there was a plan to fix that and if so, what it would cost. Dr. Clune said what we’re trying to do is get it all on one site.  What would the site planning do?  What would it cost?  As well as preparing the site and building the homes, that will be a separate capital inlay.  We can’t spend State money on that.  I would like, with the support of Mr. Giardina who is our neighbor here, have that sidewalk extend all the way to Culinary, which makes a lot more sense, and go all the way to the Rec Center and make it wider.  What we’ve learned is that students don’t want to walk on narrow sidewalks.  The sidewalks throughout the Brady Complex and across the street are narrow.  People don’t walk on them.  My goal would be to extend that sidewalk all the way to Culinary and with our neighbor, he’d like to fill in all those ditches and not have ditches on that route.  It’s not particularly attractive and saves a lot of time on our grounds maintenance crew cleaning those ditches.

 

 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT: Senator Jason S. asked if there is any specific timeline of this project.  Dr. Clune said if we do a State project, it’s a seven-year project.  This is a five-year project.  My goal would be to cut that down to more than half and then some.  It’s going to be the down side of when we take these conceptual renderings and approach it to donors.  If they buy in then we move a lot faster.  This rendering process will bring back what they’ll look like, where they’ll be and what they’ll cost.  They’ll probably be what they call a pre-fabricated home.  They’re all going to look the same.  They are going to design them the same.  The structures may be very similar but all the walls will be brick.  The idea is to design them alike so everybody is on a level playing field and design them so they’re all built at once to save money.  My goal would be that by 2022, I’d like to start those things.  That’s when the Coastal Center will begin.  The Business Region Incubator will begin 2021 and those will be on the football practice field.  The football practice field will then be on the other side of Barker.  The indoor facility will start in 2021.

 

      COMMENT: Senator Jason S. asked how long will it be before the extension of the Football Stadium is completed.  Dr. Clune said it’s supposed to be ready for the football season of 2021.  The great thing we have in playing in the Spring is that we’re up to the point now that anybody who comes here, being recruited, sees it’s going to be built.  Some schools will say that Nicholls will never build that.  They have only twelve months from the day they started.

 

      COMMENT: Senator Jennifer D. asked which colleges will be on the first commencement day of November 21st or the 22nd because a lot of students are asking about it.  Dr. Clune said Dr. Todd Keller is our Vice Provost and it’s going to come out with college specifics this week.  If not, email me directly and I’ll find out. 

 

If it’s outside and we fit everyone, it would be ideal to graduate everyone.  The challenge is if you have bad weather, then all of a sudden you’re over two days. From my understanding the stadium can hold 2,500 people for the football games and that’s in the stands.  Initially Dr. Keller told me four tickets per family.  That can certainly change based on the weather.

 

      COMMENT: Senator Terry L. said with the COVID restrictions of 25% at events, how do you plan to educate everyone for the upcoming Spring events?  Dr. Clune said we need to start it as soon as possible.  We have a lot of groups come on this campus for weekend football games on Friday nights and on Saturdays for flag football.  We’ve had a hard time getting them to wear masks.  I don’t know if any of you saw 60 Minutes but an expert in health commented that in the next two years, masks will be more effective than vaccine when it comes to preventing the way a virus is spread because of the time it will take to vaccinate the population.  So masks are so important and we need to start educating people.  For the next semester, when you start walking outside on campus, we don’t require you to put a mask on until you approach someone within 6 feet.

 

      COMMENT: Senator Jason S. asked if Dr. Clune spoke to the Athletic Director about student tickets for the football games.  Dr. Clune said they’re in conference talks right now about how to manage that.  We’re certainly not going to fit everyone in the Stadium but we’ll know a lot more by then.  I don’t know if any of you saw the Mississippi State game.  They did it really well.  People were spread out and seated in a situation where everybody was happy and felt the energy in the stadium.  We’re looking at the best ways to do that.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

I want to thank you again.  There are a lot of Presidents who are in very difficult positions because they came to campus, they had COVID clusters and sent all the students home.  One President had everyone come to campus and move in.  They had several clusters so he moved everyone back home and two weeks later, he invited them all to move back in.  You have Presidents who have pleaded with their faculty to come back to campus and teach because of the budgetary crisis.  They’ve had to lay off people or furlough people and lose their enrollment.  We’re up in enrollment, we’re up in our U. S. News World Report ratings.  We’re up in retention rates.  We’re up in everything that’s good on this campus.  The first few weeks were tough.  We had some outbreaks on campus.  If we hadn’t corrected that, we wouldn’t be here right now.  If I can answer any questions, let me know.  I’ll see you in a week. 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Mr. Francis Plaisance, Jr.

 

I’d like you to know that we’re going to have a blood drive.  We’ve put posters and flyers out advertising the date is October 27th and 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in front of the Student Union.  We have a scanning code that you can use to make an appointment.  We went down from 980 pints of blood on Friday.  By Wednesday of the following week, The American Red Cross opened it back up.  We’re down to 150 pints.  One pint of blood saves three lives.  The following week, we were up 600 or 700.  It was a roller coaster for a while.  When they stopped doing elective surgery, it went up to 700 or 1,000.  We opened up our Center so people could come in and donate.  We’re now down to 290 units and struggling.  That’s a little bit of history on what is going on.  We’ve come to Nicholls and encourage you to donate.  We’ll also be doing COVID-19 screening – you can give blood after 48 hours.  When you donate, you get a t-shirt or you can have 3 dependents covered anywhere in the United State.  Also, we send kids with cancer and leukemia to a camp for about 10-12 kids. 

 

      COMMENT: Vice President Sydney M. asked if there are height and weight restrictions to donate blood.  Mr. Plaisance said you must weigh at least 110 pounds.  If you’re under 110 pounds, you may not have the volume in your body.  Be sure to eat first when you donate.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

Next Saturday I’ll be attending the COSBP meeting in Lafayette.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns from our students, let me know.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

I’m excited that we’re having a sidewalk motion that will be placed from Scholars Hall to the Cafeteria.  Senator Mar’Yeala J. will be presenting it next week.  It’s under $5,000.  I thanked Ms. Danielle Breaux for that who will present it next week. 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • For the Financial Statement, there’s only one thing that was applied so it’s up to date.
  • Please continue to check with me on funds for motions.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

 

  • Last week I combined all homecoming graphic designs onto one post. We received 177 votes.  The results will be announced at Alive at 5.
  • I am working on the holiday party that will be held on November 9th.
  • The Confused Colonel t-shirts have been shipped so we’ll start the Confused Colonel Campaign soon.
  • If anyone has give-away ideas or any Public relations motions please don’t hesitate to talk to me.
  • The Pumpkin Carving in the Quad is on October 28th starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

OFFICER REPORT CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

  • Mentor Program updates: Dean’s Meeting is due by Friday! Please make sure either mentor or mentee is emailing me with the date of the meeting. If you have the meeting scheduled to be held after Friday, just send me a confirmation of the date of your eventual meeting. If your person has not contacted gotten back to you by that date, also send confirmation that this was done. If you fall into this category, come to me and we will try to get you set up with someone else so you can still have the meeting.
  • If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.
  • Also, please note that we only have THREE more meetings this semester, which means only two more to present legislation that must be tabled.
  • Although I might not be in my office 24/7, I am still available to meet with if you ever need to discuss motion ideas or anything at all. I want to help!

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

F2021-033

I move that the Senate accept Amanda Hankenhof for the position of Election Commission Member.  Amanda is the appointment of SGA President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-034

I move that the Senate allocate $102.50 from Senator Projects for the Counseling Center’s LGBTQ event on October 14, 2020 to pay for drinks and cookies.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-035

I move that the Senate allocate $300.50 to assist in funding students to attend the National Honor council Conference.  Funding will be taken from the “Senator Projects” line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Morgan Levron

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Brady Levron, Jason Spell and Heather LeBouef.

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones and Julia Pierce.

 

We discussed the following:

  • No motions presented.
  • Senator Brandon K. spoke about motions for picnic tables and benches in the Green Space near the Library.
  • Senator Jax B. spoke about getting seating for the second floor of Peltier Hall. He’s also working on updating the charging stations in the Union.
  • Senator Tyler L. is working on pricing for updating Peltier Garden.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Piper Smith, Jason Spell, Gavin Wisdom and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Absent:     Senator Trent Ledet.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Judiciary Committee Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • We heard two excuses. 
  • Just a reminder, submit your excuses online on Moodle.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Meagan Rouse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Jennifer Duthu, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Piper Smith, Gavin Wisdom, Trent Ledet and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Absent:     Senators Jennifer Duthu and Piper Smith.

 

Guest:      Director Caroline Mistretta.

 

We discussed the following:

  • The Pumpkin Carving event, stickers for a giveaway and the Confused Colonel Program.
  • Ideas for the Holiday Party.
  • Possible beanies.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Meagan Rouse and Brandon Katz.

 

Absent:     Senators Miranda Danos, Mar’Yeala Jones and Victoria Rideau.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • What everyone is working on and making sure everyone has the writing process down for motions.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Social and Community Concerns Committee – Jason Spell

 

Some suggestions were discussed and others tabled.

 

Courses and Curriculum Committee  – Heather LeBouef

 

We changed the wording on a couple of courses, one in Marketing and Management and one in Communications Systems.  Some formality type things to be more consistent with what students are actually doing.

 

Tech Fee Committee – Heather LeBouef

 

The Student Sub-Committee will meet next week to review all proposals.  Once that happens, I’ll report back to you.

 

Renaming Buildings and Streets Task Force – Tyler Legnon

 

We are due to submit the street renaming suggestions to Dr. Clune.

 

Vice President of Student Affairs Search Committee – Tyler Legnon

 

We’re two weeks into the application process and will probably have another number of applicants come in.

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Grading System:  Senator Heather L. said she spoke to Dr. Stewart regarding talking to the Faculty Senate about the whole grade situation.  He said he isn’t meeting with them until the 1st of November so it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get back to us in time for next semester.  However, he definitely wants me to draft something on doing that.  We’re trying to get them to give us a definite timeline to have the grades posted because a lot of students don’t have their grades posted at all and don’t know where they stand in their classes.  Even if I would tell them let’s get all of them posted by a timeline, there’s a lot of students that are dropping the class because they’re struggling or they feel like they could shift that energy somewhere else.  We don’t want the students to get lost.  Some departments don’t post any at all.  There are a couple of departments where that happens more than others.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Provided information on a remaining scholarship available to non-traditional Freshmen for $200.  We’re going to advertise that it’s going to be available for non-traditional and/or Freshman students.  Please spread the word.  The deadline is this Friday.  You must submit a co-curricular form on the Student Employment website.

 

                  Also, two scholarships will be awarded to two Senators, one chosen by the Senate members and the other by the E-Board valued at $500.

 

Madison L.        Reported on the Honors conference SGA provided funding.  We had two Freshmen and three Juniors attend. 

 

Miranda D.        The LGBTQ Rally will be held on Wednesday in the front of the Union from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  SGA funded refreshments for this event so please attend.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:58 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

October 19, 2020

 

 

The meeting was called to order in Shaver Gymnasium at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Mar’Yeala Jones and the pledge was given by Senator Madison Liner.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux and Senator Cooper Moore read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Madison Liner, Tyler Legnon, Hunter Legnon, Jax Badeaux, Mar’Yeala Jones, Miranda Danos, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave and Piper Smith.

 

The following Senator was absent:  Gavin Wisdom.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert, Justices Remy Lodrigues, Morgan Levron and Matthew Badeaux.

 

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Tabitha Tabb.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Mrs. Allison Clune, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Alex Arceneaux, Executive Vice President, Dr. Sue Westbrook, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Todd Keller, Associate Provost, Mr. Terry Braud, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Mr. Steven Kenney, Assistant vice President for Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Mr. Jonathan Terrell, Athletic Director, Mr. Jerad David, Director of Communications, Ms. Sabrina Laurent, Director of Student Engagement, Ms. Carly Clark, Student Activities Coordinator, Mr. Jerad David, Director of Communications,  Ms. Karla Harrison, Instructional Tech Specialist, Ms. Reagan Daigle, IT Identity Management Systems Administrator and Benton Blanchard, The Nicholls Worth staff writer.

 

Students:  Ethan Vickrey, Ana Garcia, Dominic Mesa, Claire Berthelot, Jenna Beber, Madison Blanchard, Madeline Savoy, Ivy Terrell, Joel Weaver, Wade Granger, John Triche, Hayley Lewis, TreVon Williams, Bryanah Turner, Quana Bourgeois, Emma Dold, Sam Schemmel, Vincent Graziano. Kaylee Adams, Rachel Thibodaux, Angela Yanez, Jose Torres, Iriel Nunnery and Tierra Walker.

 

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

 

President’s Report – Ethan Naquin:

 

Good afternoon Senators, Administration and fellow students.

 

Over the last 24 hours, the Student Government Association received numerous complaints regarding chalk prints around campus, namely the Quad and the outside of the Student Union, relating to pro-Trump political slogans, among other slogans and symbols in violation of university reservation policy.

 

While we support student rights, we must be mindful of the guidelines and policies set henceforth by the university. This extends to SGA as an organization of diversified students. As an organization, we do not support or condone the actions taken by the College Republicans at Nicholls State University in their violation of university policy.

 

 

President’s Report Continued:

 

We as an Executive Board want to make it clear that nobody in the Student Government Association in any of our branches partook in this unauthorized event yesterday. The process for applying for a reservation request includes filling out a Gold Form in the Reservations Office and having the appropriate signatures before turning it directly into the Reservations Office. At no point does this process cross SGA in any way, shape or form.

 

Through looking into it preliminarily, we uncovered these key facts:

 

  1. The group responsible is identified as the College Republicans at Nicholls State University.
  2. They took full responsibility for the event through their documented social media post.
  3. They did not fill out the required forms with the Reservations Office to be permitted to chalk campus sidewalks.
  4. We also verified that they are not a registered student organization. Their first charter was in 1986, with last official active status being about 2006.
  5. The participants of this event also broke campus COVID-19 guidelines. Presently, masks are to be work on our campus premises at all times, no exceptions, ever.

 

As an organization representing the Student Body, we have your back, and this is why we want you here today. We want to hear how you feel—and what you want to see going forward. We can ensure that your voices are represented to the highest extent to administration. We may be limited, but that is why we requested administration at this meeting. I encourage everyone to understand that the open forum period today will be a discussion of the events that happened and how you feel as students. We know the responsible party, and this organization will ensure that this situation is resolved with due justice and accountability through administration. I ask that everyone please keep the conversation constructive and not destructive.

 

Thank you to all of the students here today exercising their right to have their voice heard. We appreciate your time being here today, and please ask any questions you may have.

 

I will now hand the floor to Vice-President Sydney Matherne.

 

Vice President Sydney Matherne:  Now, we will have a statement from Dr. Jay Clune, President of Nicholls State University.

 

 

University President:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

Thank you.  What I want everyone to recognize is that when these things happen on campus, we often link it to a student organization.  In reality, it’s often a few members of that organization and I know there are several here in attendance today who are regretful that it happened and have come to apologize.  It’s easy to label large groups as responsible when in reality there may be several within that group who do not agree and descend from what was done. 

 

I want to explain my role.  When I get a student complaint about an incident that happened on campus, I always ask one thing.  Is there a policy governing that incident because as a State University we are bound by precedence to protect the First Amendment rights of students?  We can regulate certain speech that is harmful or hateful or creates an educational environment that is intimidating or threatening but we’re somewhat limited in regulating other forms of speech.  For instance, chalking.  When I got word through social media that we had some members of an organization who were chalking up our sidewalks messages like “Make American Great Again” and “Get on the Trump Train”, I had students asking what are you going to do.  That’s a good question.  Let me tell you what we can do.  We do have a policy on chalking on our campus.  We can regulate when someone chalks on our campus, sticks a sign in the ground on our campus or post anything on a bulletin board on our campus.  What we can’t do is regulate that same message if it’s handed out in a brochure or if it’s communicated verbally on a street corner.  We can regulate the time and place in which that message can be disseminated.  For example, a member of the College Republicans can verbalize “Make American Great Again”, can verbalize “Vote for Trump” just like a College Democrat can promote the Bidon-Harris Ticket.  They can hand out brochures that are pro-Trump or pro-Bidon or Pro-Choice or Pro-Life.  As a university President I

 

University President Continued:

 

don’t get to make the decision on what is good political content but as I said, we can regulate when something is put on university property.  We can regulate the chalking on our sidewalks.  We can regulate the sign that is stuck into the ground.  We can regulate the brochure that is put on the bulletin board.  A public institution cannot be seen as endorsing any candidate or cause.  That is the reason for these laws. 

As a public university, we protect free speech in accordance with our policy.  We only regulate that speech when it’s harassing or creates a hostile working or educational environment.  For example, for many of you in the audience, you may find what was chalked on the sidewalk offensive.  Many of you may be hurt by that.  I can regulate hateful speech that creates a learning environment that is hostile.  I cannot regulate someone being offended or being hurt.  That is much more complicated.  What I would ask you to do today is recognize that when you come forward, I’m going to protect your rights as much as I’m going to protect any right of a College Republican here to say how they feel, to express themselves but when it comes to putting that on university property on a sidewalk, on a bulletin board or in the ground, that’s where we step in.  We did not condone those messages going on our sidewalk.  There was no permission given for those signs going on our sidewalk.  I had several students writing “Can we take them off?”  I said I cannot give you permission to take them off.  They did disappear and the university did not condone the placement there or the removal.  The university is here to listen to you, to see how we can help.  We have our entire executive team here, including Mr. Kenney, our Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and we want to be part of the solution.  So we’re here to listen.  I’m excited that so many of you turned out for this and that you care so much.  I have great hope that today we’ll be very productive.

 

Vice President Sydney Matherne:  We will now move into Guest and Open Forum.  The Open Forum will coincide with our Constitutional and Bylaws under House Rules of the Senate.  Time allotted per person will be ten minutes.  In the interest of time, please keep statements as brief as possible as we only have this space until 6:00 p.m. as a night class is scheduled here.  We’d like to hear from as many students as possible.  Open forum will begin with in-person guests and guests on Zoom will have an opportunity to speak afterwards if time permits.  Those on Zoom, when we get to you, please submit a chat to be recognized.  Everyone please be aware that our meeting is governed by Roberts Rules of Order.  Are there any students or guests that would like to address the Senate?

 

Open Forum:

 

Student:  (Question unclear)

 

Dr. Clune said you can imagine that many organizations, many individuals have done things over the years that are regretful, that are in conflict with university policy.  However, since education is about the whole person and to prioritize the whole person, it is not always necessary to be punitive in taking action.  I, myself, think it is much more fruitful if it was to be an educational process and require that group to come in and have a conversation and understand why their actions are out of line with policy and why the actions of a few can be seen as something that is unproductive for the larger campus community.  I always find that more useful than punitive damages when in reality chalking on the sidewalk for what would probably be considered a political campaign sign wouldn’t carry very heavy consequences.  I think it would be much more productive to have those students in, have a conversation and come to an understanding on why it might have been hurtful, why it might have been distracting and why it cannot be done without going through the proper procedures.

 

Student:  (Question unclear)  

 

Dr. Clune says I have not, in my three years here, seen another chalking incident by a political group on this campus unless I missed something.  So you’re talking about one of them in three years.  Explain all the other events.  Explain one other event.

 

Student: Last semester they put Pro-Life flags on an event.  Was it authorized? 

 

Dr. Clune said I’m going to look at that.  I do not believe that was authorized.  I believe we had a conversation about how they were placed in the Quad, the Pro-Life flags. 

 

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Dr. Caruso said I remember the incident and have to go back and check our records on what was reserved and not reserved, what was approved and not approved for that particular event.  Then we’d be happy to go over the whole scenario with you on how that was addressed, etc. but we would be interested in the referenced events or times or situations.  We’d be very interested in sitting down and hearing about things that we might not know are happening if you feel fearful in any way to express yourself.  I wanted to reiterate what Dr. Clune was saying as well that accountability is not always the equivalent of punishment.  People can still be held accountable without specific types of consequences. Please understand that we are always interested in accountability but as Dr. Clune said, being an educational institution, develop mental accountability, it’s very helpful for us in helping you as you grow while you’re here with us.  So if you can help us, look at it in that context as well.

 

Student Ben Blanchard: I’m a Freshman.  I just want to say that I do understand that to the average student it might just be o.k. to have a sit down and talk with them about their actions but one of the young women that participated in this chalking is on Homecoming Court.  This puts her in the public eye and I think someone in the public eye should be held accountable for their actions. I do believe there should be punishment for said actions.

 

Student:  As we all know, 2020 has already been a terrible year.  Why make it worse.  This isn’t spreading awareness. This is forcing your own political beliefs down others’ throats.  If this is what being a Colonel is all about, I want no part in it.  Another thing, about the Facebook post, that was very embarrassing for other universities to see.  This is the first university that ever did that.  It’s embarrassing, so will the Facebook post be taken down or not because now they already have over a hundred shares.  So it’s not looking too good being a Colonel.

 

Student:  All my fellow student leaders, you are the future.  It is very hard to be at this university sometimes, to try to defend it.  We want to do what’s best for the university, especially as students.  We want to see everybody succeed.  We want to see everybody thrive.  It’s so one-sided.  It’s so disheartening to see all this is going on.  It’s not about what they said.  The university and the campus itself are supposed to be neutral ground.  It’s supposed to be some place for students to come and not think about this.  It’s supposed to be getting our education and seeing our friends.  We’re in classes with so many different people, from different cities that come from different backgrounds.  We don’t see that because they’re our friends but it’s so hard to see all this hate and struggle at a university that’s going to be so diverse and so progressive but we’re still stuck here in one place.  I don’t know what you’re planning to do about this but it needs to happen fast and it needs to happen now because people are rejecting our university.  People will not want to come here.  People want to leave.  People want to go to other places.  They don’t want to come here because of what they see.  It’s a misperception and that’s not O.K.  I know people in this administration and I know they’re good people.  I know they’re fine people but the people who want to come to this university will never know that because of what they see, especially on social media.  Social media plays such a big role in what everybody does.  From what they see, they’re not going to want to come here.  I don’t know how to end this but I just hope and pray that this gets better because we can’t stay here and preach on one thing and stay in one same place.  I don’t feel that we’re moving or that we’re traveling anywhere.  With this forum, I encourage each and every one of you who came here because this is an important matter to you, to come up and say how you feel because they’ll never know.  They (the administration) are not usually at the SGA meetings.  They came here specifically for you.  I have one more thing to say.  Where were their masks?  I don’t see one person with a mask on.  I thought that whenever we post something on the social media site, we had to have a mask on.  Where was their social distancing?

 

Senator Lance Jones.  I’m a Freshman here.  Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs but when you take it out of context and apply it to something that doesn’t belong to you, it’s not cool.  It’s cool if you put it on your car because that belongs to you, but it’s not cool if you put it on campus because you don’t own the campus.  Using someone else’s property to display your beliefs just doesn’t sit right with anybody.  Just using your beliefs and forcing them down someone’s throats or someone’s eyes, just doesn’t sit right as well as using social media to leave a bad taste in everybody’s mouth about our campus.  When I decided to come to Nicholls, I was very excited and enjoying myself, just being on campus and enjoying everything.  Then I get phone calls from Seniors from the class of 2021 that are considering coming

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to Nicholls and they’re seeing that our campus is betrayed.  I’m more than sure that this is not what the campus stands for and the SGA will do something about this as it is a matter that needs to be solved in a quick manner to continue the culture of the campus and leave a good reputation of the campus.  It’s a good school.  Some people just take the school’s property to display their own beliefs.

 

Student:  To piggyback on what some of my fellow peers said, I’m a strong believer that you have your own opinion.  You have a right to your own political beliefs.  You can say and do whatever you please in the midst of your own home and around your own family but to come and write things on a sidewalk and to express where you stand politically on a school ground that is a ground of a very diverse group of students and people, I think it’s very disrespectful.  You should save that for your own sidewalks in front of your own house.  I just think that if the roles were reversed and I saw this on Twitter and Facebook a few times, there were different groups of people writing different things on the sidewalk, maybe their other party or Black Lives Matter or things like that, it would be a whole different type of uproar.  So I believe that people really need to work on stepping into other people’s shoes before they go write on a sidewalk and post about it, trying to get attention.  You can stand where you want to stand but you need to think about how you’re making other people feel with your actions.

 

Student:  They did this on a bright day.  It was bright and clear and no one said anything to them.  I don’t understand why that is.  Why did you give them the chance to write it on the concrete and not say anything?  It doesn’t sit right with me.  If you’re saying that you’re so diverse, then this is not what you stand for.  Why was it allowed during bright daylight?  If you have something to say, please speak up.  Don’t speak under your breath.  Don’t tell your friends.  Say it out loud, speak it.  Say how you feel.

 

Student:    Jose’ Torres – I came here knowing that at the end of this they’re most likely going to get a little smack on the hand or whatever and nothing was really going to happen but I really hope there’s going to be a solution at the end of this, some type of punishment or whatever.  Everybody has equal rights here but it doesn’t really feel that way.  Every time I walk around, I see stuff on the ground.  I know my black brothers, my black sisters would be scared to do that because of all the reactions they would give us.  Like the folks in the back that are always grumbling about something.  Nobody is going to complain about them.  Nobody is going to tell them anything.  They’re going to keep getting away with whatever they want.  I’m really not happy with that.  Things are getting shaky with this election coming up and I know it’s going to get worse.  I hope there’s a solution at the end of all of this. 

 

Student TreVon Williams: I’ve been here for three years.  I look at everybody as my family, even the ones I barely know so the fact that everything that’s happening in this world, especially with George Floyd, Breana Taylor, the deaths during the protests, you understand why we’re so tolerant, why we’re so angry and why we’re so outraged at seeing the chalk.  We understand that you support the same dude that condones police brutality.  I’m not trying to knock anybody on the police but like they said earlier, take that to your own home. My friends and I are the ones who erased it last night because we were tired and angry.  You should understand that if we’re the ones that chalked Black Lives Matter or chalked others.  My name is TreVon.  I’m still made fun of because of that name.  I don’t take that lightly.  When I hear that, I think are they going to punish us for talking back?  I just want them to think about it for a second.  Instead of just giving them a slap on the wrist for letting them say “Vote for Trump” or “Make America Great Again”, it’s not going to slide that way.  If you saw my story on Twitter or follow up on Snapchat, you know how angry I was.  I took off running toward it and gladly washed that off.  I’ve honestly had enough.

 

Student:  I want to apologize if I breakdown.  I stutter a lot whenever I get nervous.  There’s an election coming up.  We’re going to expect more and more talking for either side.  I just want to say that we are Colonels.  We are a family.  We may be different but we are also the same.  Like every family, they always have their own differences, their own problems but however, they are still a family.  Nicholls has so many amazing people from all walks of life.  You have so many different types of culture, ethnicities and people from different countries and places. It makes me so happy.  It’s great seeing everybody together like one family, a Colonel family.

 

 

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Student:  I think it’s important to say that I’m a Sophomore so it’s only my second year but when I toured this campus, I was told that it was a community, a family, somewhere that you could prosper and grow.  However, in the two years I’ve been here, it’s really been a lot of taking ten steps backward and ten steps forward.  You can’t compare the lives of people and say that I know what other people are feeling.  I want you to come up and speak because I know you want to say that it’s not o.k.  One thing on campus that brings us all back again is the fact that you cannot compare what our stories are. People are talking those things every day.  That’s not something you can change.  It’s not something you can learn about.  You just have to deal with it.  After how many things have happened on campus, we’re still not heard.  What are you not hearing because I want to know why?  That’s all I ask.

 

Student:  Obviously, I’m white and I could never say that I understand what a person of color goes through, ever but I also understand that if this college is going to be a neutral ground, you have to consider every minority, every person on campus to know what is offensive and what is not offensive.  To me, I’m not going to bash.  This is not political for me.  This is just taking into consideration what everybody has to say on this.  For me, I can see that what they did was offensive because of every issue that has been brought upon the black community or any community that is not white.  I think there needs to be better standards and regulations on things like this to happen because my anger can come from being a woman and then having the Pro-Life.  We’re a college campus.  We shouldn’t have to be worrying about what is taking away from us and what is given to us.  It’s all true no matter what.  So for that to be even allowed on campus is a problem to begin with.  What we need to be worrying about is our college.  We don’t need to make this a political issue.  We deal with this every single day outside.  As a white person, I can’t say what is offensive to someone who is black but have to take that into consideration with anything on campus.  We can safely agree that any group of people who are not white, whether they love Trump, hate Trump, whatever it is, you have to consider the entire student body, not just one.  If it’s just one group of people that’s o.k. with this and the rest isn’t, then that’s a huge issue that needs to be dealt with. I’m seeing a huge double standard here that needs to be considered and talked about by the Senate or whatever it may be.  It’s not o.k. to blow it off.  It’s a lot more than that.

 

Student:  Question was presented on why parties who did the chalking were not present.

 

President Ethan Naquin said there weren’t specifically Senate invites.  All students are welcome so I guess if they didn’t show up, that’s your answer.  It’s also an issue to talk about it and to resolve it with administration and Student Government.  I think it’s important to be very constructive in the conversation as well.  If they aren’t here, then we’ll move on without them.

 

Student:  One thing that everyone should be thinking of, whenever it came to the stuff that happened yesterday, is that the disabled community.  You don’t only have autism, Down syndrome or whatever. I’m in the Bridge to Independence Program and I was very angry about what happened yesterday. One thing that Trump did in the past was talk bad about people with autism. It just made me so mad but what if other people are angry about that too that are in the disabled community?  That’s why I came to speak here and I normally don’t speak about things like this.  Just be considerate to people in that community when it comes to things like this.  What if they don’t understand what Trump has done in the past because they might not know?  No one is telling them why you should or shouldn’t be voting for Trump.  Some are saying I don’t think you should be worrying about this, just go vote.  That’s not right.  So just be considerate in that community and don’t say anything at all.  What if one group does not understand.

 

Student:  One thing people have brought up is how do you start the conversation.  What if I’m a Trump supporter and I’m trying to talk to the Bidon person or vice versa. So start a conversation when you want to convince people to your side, don’t get ugly with your words.

 

Student:  I want to start off by saying that this is not the Nicholls I was accustomed to when I was a Freshman.  During my orientation, one of the people who’s actually on the Board was my orientation leader.  We were told that Nicholls appreciates diversity and everyone is accepted for who they are.  For the past two years I have not felt that at all.  I’d just like to say that I’ve experienced racism since I’ve been here.  I’ve had white people, when they see me coming, walk in the opposite direction.  I just feel

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that nobody should have to feel a certain way because of other people.  Neither is used as a derogatory term used to belittle the Black Lives Matter movement and other organizations.  That should not be accepted to be writing on campus.  This should be a neutral place for everyone to come together. These people should be held accountable for their actions and they should be here to say they’re sorry. 

 

Student Jenna Beaver:  I’m the President of TRIBE which is the Gay-Straight Alliance here and we had our Ally Rally last week. Nicholls was very supportive of that.  We’re very grateful but the next morning I spent pretty much all day contacting people and taking down pictures that were not necessarily following COVID guidelines, even though we’re supposed to have masks on.  I understand that because that is our rule.  However, 6:00 o’clock makes 24 hours since the pictures of what happened yesterday are still up.  I’m not sure that any action is being taken to take them down but it’s been almost a full 24 hours.  That’s pretty much all I have to say.  Please get them to take the pictures down.

 

Student Neida Lawfton: I’m a Freshman here.  During the summer, because my brother is a Senior, he mentioned how some of the street names are going to be changed to be more diverse because of the past.  Actually in a press release, President Clune did say that diversity and inclusion are key components to our university’s mission.  So if that’s being said what happened yesterday and the fact that the pictures are still up doesn’t exactly feel like diversity and inclusion.  So as a student and black woman in Louisiana, I feel that’s something that shouldn’t be representing our university.  We’re Colonels.  We’re supposed to be a family.  How can we be a family when there’s something showing the outside world that there’s a rift.  So I think the pictures should be taken down and they should apologize.

 

Student:  Can I have every BSU, NAACP, anybody that represents any black organization to stand please, including black athletes as well.  I want to speak with love right quick.  I want to encourage you that you are somebody.  You are beautiful.  You are Kings and Queens.  Don’t you ever let anyone take away your power.  You are great and you are awesome.  I saw what was going on on Twitter and I didn’t respond because I felt that it was a conversation that needs to be held in person.  As I was sitting down in my seat, the spirit convicted me of saying you know what Ty, you need to say something.  This is not right.  This is not o.k.  They could have gone anywhere but they paid their money to go here and they should be treated like anyone else.  I look to my right and I look to my left.  I don’t see anyone of color sitting in these desks with names.  This is a problem.  This is not o.k.  This needs to change.  Instead of sitting in the back, we should be in the front.  I’m not trying to make it a black and white thing but we’ going to speak the truth and we’ll be real, period.  This is a black and white thing and we’re going to fix it today.  I see my administration board.  I’ll speak with you in love.  When you know better, you do better.  When someone tells you how they’re feeling, how they’re feelings are hurt, they are hurt.  Do better.  We’re expecting you to change.  We’re not going to sugar coat it. We’re going to say how we feel.  I’m speaking out of love and experience.  I am black and I love every tone of my blackness.  So that being said, we have to make a change.  I don’t want to talk about it anymore, let’s do something about it.  Back it up.  This doesn’t need to happen again.  The next meeting needs to be about what we implemented, about the changes we’re making.  This is how it’s not going to happen again.  There’s too much talking about it.  I’m not going to talk about politics because I don’t know much about it but I am going to say this.  We want America great again.  When it was slavery or when they take guns and shoot us in the head and they take our black men away and they take our black women away from us.  When was American great again?  It was never great again but we’re going to make it better at Nicholls State University.  I know that because my money is green like Jennifer, Gabrielle, Douglas and Ana and everybody else and we will be comfortable walking these streets from the Quad to the football stadium to the dorms.  Like I said, I’m speaking out of love.  I love the Lord so I’m not going to speak negative about you, not on anyone.  This is about what can make us better and what we can do.  I can speak with you and have confidence because we’re coming here to this podium and sugar coating.  I couldn’t sit myself there and be content.  The spirit wouldn’t let me so I’m encouraging you and everyone around here – let’s do better.  Let’s not talk about it, let’s be about it.

 

 

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Student:  I am the NAACP Community Service Leader.  My name is Cydnee and I’m the NAACP President.  What I just want to say is it’s totally fine what you support and support your business if that’s what you believe in and nobody can tell you any different.  But it’s a fact that this is on Nicholls’ campus and it was for the public eye to see so I would think it reflects the university.  If they allow it to happen, then they’ll think that this is what the university stands for.  The university is supporting this when I know it’s not true and that they did go against certain policies they have in place.  I just want to make the point that I think it’s on campus and on social media for everyone to see in multiple locations, it reflects the university in a negative light.  It will deter a lot of people from coming here if they see it plastered all over social media. 

 

Student Tiffany: I’m not a dispirited speaker.  When I read that everybody was getting upset by this, I just first of all, calm down.  I know that’s not something you want to hear but if you think about it, God blessed you with two things, your mind and Him.  If he wants you to stand up, he’ll get you to stand up.  You just can’t sit down, you’ve got to use your voice.  If you want something handled, handle it.  You need to do something about it.  I feel for everybody on this campus.  I don’t care who did me wrong.  I speak with love and I speak of diversity.  You need to do something about it.

 

Student:  I’ll try not to make this too long but as I was sitting in the crowd listening to all the points that were brought up and all the hurt that I heard tonight, I just want to say that when you think about it, when you strip away the politics and the personal pain and everything, what they did was not allowed.  It was against the rules.  They didn’t have permission to do it.  Does that make it o.k.?  Absolutely not but when you actually think about it, they broke the rules.  Just like when you break a professor’s rules, you get reprimanded for it.  You get some type of punishment for it.  I don’t want to see this swept under the rug or ignored.  I see people affected by this.  You just saw the hurt that this brought on.  I just want to say that something needs to be done about it.  Some type of reprimand.  Some type of punishment because if you don’t, then it sends a message that its o.k. to spread that hurt.  When in reality, it’s not.  It’s not o.k. to hurt people like that.

 

Student:  I just want to say from an organizational standpoint, first most of them were not wearing their masks.  Only one person in the picture was wearing their mask.  We wear wristbands every day.  In the dorms, we even have to keep our masks on in common areas but they were not wearing their masks.  They brought a guest who also didn’t wear their mask.  They did not have permission to use chalk.  You have to request permission, whether you’re an individual or an organization.  That is the rule.  They had the arrogance to spread this message while not going through the protocols or rules regularly set.  These have been set for a long time and we all know it.  For this to happen and the posts to still be up, I’m ashamed to see the arrogance.  Whenever we have Nicholls on our shirts, on this jacket, they don’t see the white side of Nicholls or the black side, the Republican or the Democrat.  They see Nicholls so what I see is a problem that’s being allowed that they knew they were going to get away with.  So are we going to let them get away with this message?

 

Student:  I just want to say I’ve been angry since I saw this about 12 hours ago posted on Facebook and Twitter.  At the beginning, nobody knew whether or not this was allowed.  Some people still don’t know so I hope that there’s an official statement to be posted to let everybody know the exact details of what happened and that this organization isn’t affiliated with the university.  I hope they also apologize for what they did.  I need things to be cleared up for everybody from the university.  Also, on the other hand, from what I’ve heard last night and even this morning, so many people are fed up.  For some, this was not a surprise to people.  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t.  People think that this school is racist and bigots.  I go to this school and that’s how I see it.  Alumni who are minorities were not surprised.  That says a lot to say how we’re represented as minorities through the university years ago and today.  I appreciate SGA for coming up with the Multicultural group but we have to let people know how we’re being represented properly as a multicultural diverse and inclusive university.  Once again, people think, inside and outside, that we’re not welcome here or that we don’t belong here.  I’ve been here for three years and for somebody who is a person of color and Asian, I should not feel that I don’t belong here.  I’m not represented enough.  I really hope at the end, that things do get better and that we are represented properly.  I’m friends with so many people on this campus.  I’ve made so many friends on this campus.  People from great universities that

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fight for diverse representation, don’t get the same amount of representation.  They work harder to have their name put out there, to have things done for them and for our community, to have some type of bare minimum.  For example, the street signs and building names, there is so much back lash in doing that for the bare minimum but here we are with the chalk and they’re being paid for it.  This was complacent.  This organization wasn’t even allowed.  People are still praising them.  This was against school policy and that really says a lot about what we represent.  I think we need to do better.

 

LaShawn Lewis:  I am a strong believer that everybody has their own view but you shouldn’t force those views on other people.  I know Dr. Clune said they had an incident like this a few years ago.  That’s not true.  I’ve been here for three years and in two of those three years, there has been an incident like this that happened.  Like I mentioned earlier, the incident last year with the abortion flags posted outside of the Student Union.  I’m not a woman and I can’t imagine what type of weight that choice holds to a woman but I’ve seen it firsthand.  It’s a very difficult choice.  I love Nicholls and she loved Nicholls.  That was very difficult for her to make that choice.  I know someone who had to make that choice.  Can you imagine how she felt when she had to make that choice and then on her way to school, I had to warn her that it was out there because I know she had to go through that.  I didn’t want her to see that firsthand.  Imagine her walking to her class in the morning and seeing that after the tough decision she had to make.  We don’t know if that was authorized, that Nicholls approved it.  I hope it wasn’t something that Nicholls approved.  Everyone is entitled to their own decision but for you to force that decision onto somebody and then publicize it in the middle of the Union, that’s not o.k.

 

Student:  To some we see the chalked slogan over the past few years, Make American Great Again.  It invokes patriotism in some but to others it doesn’t.  To some it invokes people of uncertainty, fear or to some of our fellow immigrants, it invokes the feeling of whether I’ll be sent back to my country when I know it’s not good for me there.  I want to be here and make a living in America.  To some of us African-American people, it invokes a feeling of racism to see that slogan in chalk written on concrete sidewalks on campus.  My question to us today is not only do we want consequences to occur but at the same time we also want the reassurance that this will never happen again five or ten years down the line when another shooting comes back and there’s another candidate for Presidency.  Will there be a policy in place where we’ll never have this happen again for the next set of students that come in.

 

Cameron Powell:  I’m a Freshman.  I just want to ask the administration why you feel it’s not o.k. to punish the students here who participated.  Are you just afraid from the backlash from the white community and you don’t simply care about how we personally feel as a black student?  I could have spent my money and gone to another school but I felt comfortable here.  I went out of state and visited colleges but I felt more comfortable here.  To come here and experience this in my first semester puts me in a very uncomfortable situation because there are students who are doing such vile things knowing how it could affect the whole black community here.  If I was to come here and try to spread awareness about the black social problems that are going on, I would have to watch what I say.  That’s not o.k.   

 

Student:  I had to write down my thoughts to stay on track.  We’ve been told since we were kids that it’s always adult problems and something for adults to deal with.  Now we’re adults and it’s not being dealt with so what do we do?  We’ve grown up hearing the names and now we see the names as it happens on the news.  Now you have to put a face to the name because it goes from someone being on social media to the neighbor or the boy you went to high school with.  It becomes more than a story of what happened to them but you remember the memory of the person that the face is to everyone else.  I know what it’s like to come from a high school that had a bad reputation when it’s searched online and it’s not something that you want to put in your bio that you graduated from blah, blah, blah.  So how am I supposed to go around wearing Nicholls gear when it’s searched online that this is the source of the stories that you’re hearing.  I get it that you say no punishment can occur but how can we change it happening when they’re not going to be reprimanded for it, when they’re not showing up to hear what we’re saying and why we have a problem with it.  It’s more than a political problem.  It’s more than them writing Trump or Make America Great Again.  It’s pronouncing people’s names wrong even when they told you how to correctly pronounce it because it’s easier that way.  It’s giving them nick names because oh, your

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name is too ethnic for me to pronounce.  It’s not reprimanding for issues on campus saying it’s technically not against the rules.  As an Asian woman, when COVID first hit, my family was scared to leave the house and that’s because it was being said on the TV that it was a Chinese virus.  I’m not even Chinese.  My dad was scared to go outside because he has an accent.  If we go out and we speak, we’re hated and there’s nothing we can do to change that.  At Southeastern last year when all that happened on Twitter, I think it was really the only time that I saw true school pride but it wasn’t from administration.  It was from my group of friends that when there were racist comments being spewed at us from Southeastern students, we stood together and protected each other.  All I can ask is that you stop being a silent ally towards people of color and start fighting with us for us.

 

Student:  I just wanted to inform you that I’m so proud that you came out here and took the time to talk.  That is all a leader, anybody on this campus, has asked from you.   We want to be allies for you so bad.  We want to advocate for you.  We want to help you but we cannot help you if we don’t know what the problem is.  We cannot sit here and talk to you when we don’t know what you’re talking about.  Let us know these issues.  Let us know these problems.  We want to help you.  We want to make sure your college experience is the best experience.  There is a Diversity and Equity Council through SGA.  We really don’t talk about it.  We’re kind of in the dark but I am part of the Council.  SGA President Ethan Naquin is on that Council.  They have students on that council.  Mr. Steven Kenney is on that council.  We have students and administration.  The only thing we need to know is what your problems are.  Talk to us.  Tell us what the problem is so we can help you.  I am so proud for each and every one of you for standing up today, for talking and sharing your opinions.  Reach out to the Council as well.

 

President Ethan Naquin asked if anyone else would like to come to the microphone. 

 

Senator Heather LeBouef.  I’m a Senator-at-Large on SGA.  Like someone else mentioned earlier regarding the pro-life thing, I was not a lot in opposition for last year so I felt that it should not have been a political thing.  It’s my understanding that it wasn’t authorized and I did share my thoughts vocally to the group that it was being taken down.  So I can definitely empathize to a certain degree with you guys that feel alienated with some of the stuff that is done.  Some of the Senators that are on the Senate this year actually remember that situation.  I was really on the ball behind it.  I consulted administration about it so I put my opinion on that then.  Everyone here who is willing to speak out, say your opinion the issues are important and if we don’t know what issues you’re facing, we can’t really fix them.  I do a lot to try to infiltrate and rewind and make sure everyone’s voices are heard.  I know that specifically our President Ethan Naquin does a lot to promote inclusivity on campus and that’s one of the biggest things that I like as a Senator.  It is a privilege to serve you and I can say that wholeheartedly.  I’m always looking for ways to try to make the campus more inclusive.  Some of the responsibilities for us is writing motions and spending your fees the way you want to spend them but a part of this is to make the changes that last on campus and we promote the things that need to be promoted like inclusivity and diversity and to make everyone feel welcomed here.  Like some of you said, you came to Nicholls because it seemed like a community and it definitely is.  Unfortunately sometimes things like this happen and they just have to be dealt with.  I’m so glad that a lot of you recognize now that this wasn’t an SGA situation.  There was some criticism on whether or not it was an SGA situation.  I’m really happy that a lot of you came out and spoke today.  We’re definitely not just sitting here.  A couple of comments were made earlier from people mumbling under their breath, I just want to let everyone know who has confirmed that they’re going to be handled.  We’re going to use your comments to make the university better for you as much as we can.  If anyone has any other suggestions or any specific suggestions, please bring it to us.  Bring it to me if you don’t feel comfortable going anywhere else.  It doesn’t matter who you bring it to.  If someone says they have an idea, I’ll be the first one to help.  The floor is always open.  You can always come to the office and give those suggestions.  I would really love to hear them.  That’s always at the forefront to me.  I really like that you’re vocal now and so open to talk.  I’m so happy that so many of you are here to express opposition in a very civil way and am actually really surprised and happy at how this happened.  I think everyone is doing a great job of expressing what they have to say. 

 

 

Open Forum Continued:

 

Student:  There’s a lot being said tonight that I believe most people agree but those of you on Zoom, please show up next time and actually show your face if you want to be heard.  You’re very comfortable behind the screen.  I’m not talking about the people who really couldn’t be here but I’m talking about most of the people who are supposed to be apologizing, show up next time.  For the people who did show up, thanks for coming and speaking and also make sure you make your voice heard on November 3rd at the polls so we can actually get this to a whole nationwide scale.

 

Senator Miranda Danos:  Since I found out about this statement last night, I’ve been having a statement that I wanted to say.  I want to use my freedom of speech in a legal manner.  Words cannot begin to describe my disgust and my sheer disappointment about the actions of some of the College Republicans of Nicholls State University for what they’ve done to our beautiful grounds.  However, I will attempt to form my words the best I can in order to protect my message.  Seeing this campus desecrated with white mean political propaganda that has no true reflection of our values makes me deeply disturbed.  Nicholls State University is supposed to be a place of love and respect for all students of all genders, races, sexualities, ethnicity and everything in between.  This whole Trump advocacy is extremely hypocritical to our values.  I’m not trying to say anything political but regardless of your political beliefs, Donald Trump has said very, very negative statements about racism.  He’s a homophobic.  He has been sexist.  If you do not believe me, I strongly urge you to do some research.  Imagine someone, especially a woman, or a member of the LGBTQ community or the black community, or any minority for that matter who does not know about these people’s motives to do this.  I woke up Monday morning to walk on campus to find hateful speech on our walkways.  How would they feel, or even yet, how would you feel seeing all this hateful propaganda around our campus that you supported.  You would obviously feel terrified.  A lot of people saw what happened last night and have been terrified.  They are scared.  While we also have freedom of speech, we must also know how to use these freedoms accordingly and in justification of the law.  You can try all your Trump lies all you want but you cannot vandalize public property to say your political message.  To the student that participated in this action, you have crossed the line.  As a Senator of the Nicholls State Student Government Association, I know the difference between right and wrong and every single one of you that have actively participated or even openly supported the fact, even though you’re not here, you have committed wrong.  You have supported an act of criminality.  I know you’re not here but I hope you learn from this terrible mistake and I hope that you can showcase freedom of speech in less harmful ways.  To my fellow student body, I will fight for you.  I will fight to ensure you are safe and happy and healthy on this campus because that is my dream job as a Senator, to fight for you.  I will not stop until I leave this campus.

 

Senator Mar’Yeala Jones:  I’m a Senator of Nursing.  Last night when I saw it, I got teary eyed.  I feel for everyone here.  It’s not right.  It’s just not right.  The students who participated, even on Twitter, they showed that they were not sorry for how they made us feel.  That is not O.K.  They have people right now telling their kids not to come here.  I have friends who go to school all over Louisiana telling them to transfer because it is not right.  Something needs to be done.

 

Senator Trent Ledet:  I decided in the middle of this to check the College Republicans’ Nicholls State University Facebook.  I know Dr. Clune said that they’re going to have a conversation with them and they’re going to formally apologize but I’m not going to give my opinion.  I’m just going to state some facts that I’m looking at here.  From yesterday, there are 115 shares.  There are 146 Likes and 144 Comments and they’re all on Twitter.  I think it goes to show that whether we think it’s one little chalk or whether we think it’s a really big deal, this caused something that is a lot of hate that no one really wanted.  Also with this group they posted five hours ago, they posted two hours ago, they posted ten minutes ago and they commented five minutes ago.  I just want to say that they’re out there posting on their Facebook but they can’t be here to at least apologize for their actions.  I think that really goes to show what kind of people they are.

 

Senator Julia Pierce:  I’m a Business Senator and also the fundraising Co-Chair of BSU so I’ve heard what everyone has to say.  One thing I haven’t heard that I really feel needs to be said is if this was a black organization or any minority on campus, this would definitely be a different conversation.  In all honesty, it would.

 

 

Open Forum Continued:

 

President Ethan Naquin said it’s close to 6:00 p.m., people on Zoom, we’ll have special sessions to make sure you guys have your voice heard with the Administration.  Since its a few minutes before we have to conclude safely for safety of COVID, I just want to give the Administration the floor for final remarks.

 

University President Dr. Jay Clune:

I just want to say that it was insightful to hear this.  I want to apologize.  The College Republicans will not apologize.  I will apologize for them.  I do want to point out something.  When someone asks why the university let them do this, I wasn’t in the Quad at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  No one saw them doing it until it appeared on social media.  That was the first that any of us saw anything to do with that.  I want to say I hope this is the beginning of a dialog.  We’re willing to come and talk more.  Anything I can do and I know President Ethan Naquin is the same way.  I know there are a lot of people here that feel the same way so there should be the beginning of a dialog.  Is there anyone else that would like to say anything to the Administration? 

 

Student asked about permission to put things on campus.

 

Dr. Clune said if they would have submitted an application to put political signage down, no. 

 

Student asked if anyone monitors that area.

 

Dr. Clune said we typically have one patrol on.  They are typically in their vehicles patrolling where students are around the cafeteria and dorms during the weekend hours.  As I said, the Quad when I ride it or walk with my dog, it’s typically empty. I did not see it.  I don’t know that anyone did or I would have been alerted a lot sooner and not learned about it on Facebook. 

 

Student asked why they didn’t clean it up.  It was left there.

 

Dr. Clune said we’ll get it cleaned up.  I’m sorry.

 

Student said it was rule breaking. 

 

Dr. Clune said we’re not saying there shouldn’t be any way of addressing this.  We can address the chalking.  We cannot address the message.  You do understand that it’s First Amendment Rights.  We cannot punish the message.  We can punish the chalking.

 

Dr. Clune said we can call them in.  I know Dr. Caruso’s group will call them in to start the process.  I’m President.  I can’t make people come to events.  I can’t make them speak.  I wish they would have.  I’m disappointed in them but that’s the way speech works.  You can’t make them speak.  You can call them in and we’ll begin the process which is a disciplinary process.  It’s not a public process.

 

Dr. Clune said we are still reaching out to those students.  Any student who is pictured without a mask, Dr. Tommy Ponson does reach out, calls them into the office and goes through the same process he has with every other student who has been pictured without a mask.

 

Student mentions one of the participants is a member of the Homecoming Court.  Are they possibly considering removing her from that?

 

Dr. Clune said in his years of Administration which is about ten now, we’ve had people on Homecoming Courts do a lot of stuff and they have yet to be removed but we will explore everything.

 

Dr. Clune said explore all those and certainly ask them to take that post down.  Mr. Jerad David doesn’t have the authority to take that post down.  I will say that a lot of us have taken that snapshot, put it on Twitter and then sent it out to the world.  It didn’t start on Twitter, it started on Facebook.  So we need a lot of people to reel that back in if we want to take that off of Facebook and Twitter.  We need a lot of people to help us in that effort.

 

Student:  The College Republicans took down the post and put up an apology post. 

 

 

Open Forum Continued:

 

Senator Cooper Moore said I wanted to wait until all of this died down.  I am the Vice President of the College Republicans.  I’d like to start off saying that I was not made aware of this action taking place on campus.  No one notified me, no one notified other members of the College Republicans.  The actions that our members took was not endorsed by me.  I’m up here saying that I’m truly embarrassed and ashamed of what happened.  I understand the critical climate we’re in that we face and it’s challenging, rough and ugly.  Personally, I was not a part of that.  I did not take part in that action.  However, as Vice President, I am responsible for these other members of the organization and they will be dealt with.  We’ll definitely look into this. The post was deleted.  I am not in charge of deleting posts, that’s our Social Chair but I will bring all this back with us.  I hear you and want to be here for you.  What happened was wrong in spite of what some of us believe.  Not only did we break rules, I learned this morning that we’re not even registered.  How are we not registered?  I’m embarrassed.  I want all of you to reach out to me.  I want to do better, not just for people who share my views but people who don’t.  I’m a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and I’m sorry.

 

Student:  If you’re Vice President, how did you know this was not happening?

 

Senator Cooper Moore said I’m from Lake Charles and was there this weekend assisting in the hurricane clean up and hadn’t checked Facebook.  I saw that and was confused.  I did not see that coming.  I wasn’t the only one that wasn’t notified.  Several other members of our organization were not notified.  How do you not tell the Vice President that you’re going to have an event, let alone an insatiable event where you break university policy?

 

Student said you had member of the National Republican Party from the State of Louisiana.  They came down here and chalked the campus, not wearing mask.

 

Senator Moore said the questions you’re asking are the same ones I had this morning.  I was totally in the dark and why I’m very upset with what happened and what transpired.  Had I known previously, before they were going to do this, I would have stopped it or at least tried my hardest to stop this because what happened was wrong.  I was not made aware of any of this and I know it sounds like an excuse but the actions of a few have unfortunately tarnished our reputation and I apologize for that.

 

Student thanks Senator Moore for apologizing for people who are not here. 

 

Student said whatever you’re saying, there is no excuse.  Don’t try to minimize this like a small issue.

 

Senator Moore said I’m not trying to minimize it.  It’s a major issue that the university should address as a whole.  I’m telling you that I’ll be a part of that solution, whatever that may be.  I accept any punishment that the university deems necessary for us because we deserve it.  Not only did we break university policy but we’re not registered as an official organization here at Nicholls.  That’s two punishments and we should not get a slap on the wrist.  We should get the full extent of what we deserve.  The punishment should match the crime. I know what was written was wrong.  No one should have to look at that and feel unsafe at this university.  Especially when I’m a Senator and actively working for the betterment of the students.

 

Senator Brandon Katz said I am actually a member of this group and like Senator Moore said, we had no idea this was happening.  It was a group of our members and the only reason I was shared was because the person that shared it had access to the Facebook as our PR Chairwoman.  As Senators, we’re always here for you and we’re sorry.

 

Student said last night me and my friends washed all the chalk off.  This was honestly just to make sure students are safe, make sure they don’t feel uneasy walking on this campus.  Like everyone said, this is supposed to be a neutral ground, somewhere where they feel like education is the key and not really worried about their color, race, ethnicity, etc.  I’m only telling you that whoever feels offensive about us cleaning the Quad, this is unacceptable.

 

Student on Zoom asked why the members act like they didn’t know.  She said you were aware of it. 

 

 

Open Forum Continued:

 

Senator Katz said we were not trying to brush off anyone.  We found out about it on social media just like everyone else at 8:00 p.m.  After the event already happened.  Once again it was other members that did this on their own and one of them was the PR Chairwoman so she has full authority over social media who shared this on her own.  It was not endorsed by us.  We had no idea it was happening.  We’ve been working all day to try to get the post taken down.  She finally took it down.  We’re embarrassed this happened and if anyone ever wants to talk about it, please come talk to us.

 

Student on Zoom asked Senator Moore if their Facebook page had any responses to the post.

 

Senator Moore said yes.  They received some unsavory comments, including a very serious threat of violence towards us.  We don’t know yet whether this person was affiliated with Nicholls State University.  We’ve had talks with campus police about it.  They’re going to be investigating that.  I am sorry for what happened.  A call for violence should never be accepted anywhere no matter where you stand politically. 

 

Student said I don’t accept your apology.  You are the Vice President.  My fraternity’s Vice President checks on me very day.  Every single morning, we talk to each other.  Whatever you’re doing, your members should know.  Where is your President?

 

Senator Moore said we requested he be here.  Unfortunately, he did not show up. 

 

Student asked who is your President.

 

Senator Moore said Markaylen Wiltz.

 

Student Tabitha Tabb said I just want to say as a campus leader involved on campus and in other organizations, the people who did wrong are not here right now.  Senator Moore is standing here apologizing for people who don’t even deserve it.  I don’t think he would be here if he were not telling the truth.  I appreciate you saying what you did up there.  I know it’s a lot to say.  I believe you even if other people don’t. 

 

Senator Moore said we most likely don’t deserve forgiveness.  I know people were looking at this all day.  It was unacceptable and accept full responsibility.

 

Student asked about the organization being inactive.

 

Senator Moore said as VP, if we are to move forward as an organization, we’ll have all the proper documentation and will follow all the university’s guidelines.

 

Student said I understand that there are organizations that operate differently but this was an event for the organization so I don’t know how you didn’t know about it. 

 

Senator Moore said the President and our Social Chair decided to organize this event.  No texts were sent.  No messages were circulated throughout our membership.  It was all independently done.  So one person would text another and another person would text another.  We do have a Group Chat but it has been very dormant.  This is why I was so surprised.  We have not been updated.  It’s been about a month and a half since we’ve had a discussion in the Group Chat.  That’s why we’re so surprised and shocked to see all this.  We have to look inwards and identify the problems and that’s communication.  Deciding to take things upon yourself without the consent of the entire group, that’s something that has to be addressed going forward. 

 

Student said we were told you weren’t active. 

 

Senator Cooper Moore said that’s why this is so frustrating.  I was told we were and then I’m told we’re not and then I’m told wait we are and then I’m told we’re not again.  So we’re going to clear this once and for all.  As of right now we’re not registered.  If we’re going to continue moving forward as an organization, we’re going to register.

 

Dr. Caruso said I’d like to answer for Carly Clark.  As of today, all the official paperwork and approvals have not been submitted to the Student Activities Office.

Open Forum Continued:

 

Senator Cooper Moore said this is why it’s so frustrating.  I’m President of another club at Nicholls and I do have to go through all the paperwork and we are registered on campus.  So for him to not to do it, that’s very frustrating.

 

Vice President Sydney Matherne said if there are not further questions, we’ll ask for motion to adjourn.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

Previously presented.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

No report.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

 

No report.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

No report.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

None.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Morgan Levron

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

No meeting.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Piper Smith, Jason Spell, Julia Pierce and Trent Ledet.

 

Absent:     Senators Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Gavin Wisdom and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Guests:     President Ethan Naquin and Vice President Sydney Matherne.

 

We discussed the following:

  • The first bill we had was to appoint Business Senator Ana Garcia which passed. 
  • The second was an appointment for Senator-at-Large for Ethan Vickrey which passed.
  • The third was a motion to accept Gouaux Hall Rebuilding Resolution which passed after discussion. 
  • The last motion was to accept Election Day Holiday Resolution which passed.

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Meagan Rouse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Jennifer Duthu, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Piper Smith, Trent Ledet and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Absent:     Senators Victoria Rideau and Gavin Wisdom (excused).

 

Guest:      Director Caroline Mistretta.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Pushed back the stickers, beanies and pull overs until next semester.
  • Games for the Holiday Party.
  • Confused Colonel Campaign shirts are in and we’ll begin giving them out on Friday
  • Costume contest and our next giveaway.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Heather LeBouef, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Meagan Rouse and Brandon Katz.

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

We discussed the following:

  • What everyone is working on and making sure everyone has the writing process down for motions.
  • Everyone who hasn’t written a motion have to submit a half page explanation on why a motion or other action hasn’t been taken. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.            

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:24 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

October 22, 2020

“Special Meeting”

 

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Hunter Legnon and the pledge was given by Senator Victoria Rideaux.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux and Senator Cooper Moore read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent: Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron,

 

The following Senators were present: Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Tyler Legnon, Hunter Legnon, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Brandon Katz, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Brady Levron, Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Madison Liner, Gavin Wisdom, Mar’Yeala Jones and Trent Ledet.

 

Student Supreme Court was not represented.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor.

 

Minutes were not presented.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER: 

 

None.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

No report.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

No report.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

No report.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

None.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Committee did not meet.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Piper Smith and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senator Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Gavin Wisdom, Mar’Yeala Jones and Trent Ledet.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation.
  • Motion to amend Constitution for Honorary Positions and Senate composition.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Committee did not meet.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Committee did not meet.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2021-036

I move that the Senate accept Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation.

  1.   Tyler Legnon
  2. Madison Liner

                             

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said this is a Resolution brought forward by the SGA for the students to recognize that there are rules of this university which have to be followed.  Whenever they are not followed there are repercussions to be expected. We encourage all students to continue to follow these rules and for the university as well as the U. L. System to recognize that these rules are for a reason.  I defer to President Ethan N. for further discussion. 

 

President Ethan N. said the Resolution is to remind everyone that there are Codes and new rules that we, as SGA officers, hold ourselves to. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I support the Resolution and as officers, we need to be holding ourselves as role models at all times.     

 

Motion was tabled.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-037

I move that the Senate Amend Article IV, The Legislative Branch on Composition and Articles VII and VIII regarding Honorary Positions of the Constitution and Calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.                                                                                     1.  Tyler Legnon

  1. Heather LeBouef

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #1

WILL STATE THE DEFINITION OF A STUDENT IN AN HONORARY POSITION AS MEMBERS OF HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS.

 

The Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions”.  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 1 will be titled “Definition,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  • “The definition of Honorary Position is as follows:
  1. All honorary positions granted to students are Homecoming Court, Homecoming King and Queen, Mr. and Ms. Nicholls Finalists, and Mr. and Ms. Nicholls.
  2. Honorary positions, by nature of their student representative position, are subject to oversight by the Student Government Association.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #2

WILL LIST THAT THE STUDENTS ON HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS WILL BE UPHELD TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION CODE OF ETHICS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 2 will be titled “Code of Conduct,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “All members selected to Honorary Positions by either committee or student body election will be required to abide by the Student Government Association Code of Ethics and the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct.”

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #3

WILL GIVE THE AUTHORITY TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS DUE TO DISCIPLINARY MISCONDUCT.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 3 will be titled “Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed according to the following procedure: Impeachment by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the senate members present and voting at a duly constituted meeting and trial by the Student Supreme Court, with two-thirds (2/3) vote of all members present being the number of votes necessary for conviction, only according to the reasons listed in Article VII, Section 3.”

                 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #4

WILL LIST REASONS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 4 will be titled “Reasons for Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed for the

      following reasons:

  1. Violation of state of federal law
  2. Violation of the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct
  3. Violation of University mandated policies
  4. Malfeasance or nonfeasance in office”

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #5

FIVE SENATOR POSITIONS WILL BE APPORTIONED AND GRARANTEED FOR AT-LARGE MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SENATORS NOMINATED VIA ORGANIZATION.

 

Article IV, The Legislative Branch, Section 2, titled “Composition,” Subsection 2.7, of the Student Government Association Constitution will be created and it will read:

2.7 “Five (5) positions will be apportioned as At-Large Multicultural Student Senators.  One (1) seat will represent Black Students and Women of Color, one (1) seat will represent LGBTQ+ and Non-Binary Students, one (1) seat will represent International Students, one (1) seat will represent Native American and Indigenous Students, and one (1) seat will represent Latinx, Asian, and Middle Eastern Students.  These seats will be nominated via a letter submitted by the President or Chair of a multicultural organization nominating a student representative.  If no nomination is made, then a student can apply for appointment through the Student Body President.  Additional seats may be apportioned through amendments to this Constitution.”

 

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said this is calling the student body to vote on amendments to the Bylaws and the Constitution.  We sent copies of all the different amendments specifying that Honorary positions are included as an SGA held position and are to be held to the same standard as everybody else.  Then we go on to what would be the 5th Amendment that would be to create positions on SGA.  It would be very similar to the At-Large positions but they will be appointed to different minority groups on campus to ensure we’re giving representation to all of our students.  I defer to President Ethan N. for further discussion.

 

President Ethan N. said these are pretty much to establish officially in the constitution that Honorary positions are going to be monitored by the Student Government Association in the future.  This process of transferring all Honorary positions has been standard over the years but there’s no way for the Student Government Association to impose sanctions on students that are to serve in these positions.  It’s to create accountability for anyone in those positions who abuse it.  Then Amendment No. 5 will create new positions for support and to allow minority students to have some representation. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said the students won’t have to worry about whether or not they’re supported on the actual Senate.  They’ll have someone who is fully supportive of specific communities.  We’ll have someone who specifically represents the black community, specifically represents the LGBTQ community, etc.  I think that’s so important when it comes to people wondering if they’re represented well.    

Motion was tabled.

 

Vice President Sydney M. opened the floor for additional New Business.

 

F2021-038

I move that the Senate allocate $7,434.00 to the Department of English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies from the Peltier Hall Initiative line item of the budget for much needed technology upgrades to Peltier 230.

 

  1. Jason Spell
  2.                                       Madison Liner

 

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. said this bill is for projectors in this room that has no projector system or technology which prevents the Department of English to teach the course effectively.  This Bill will allocate the remainder of the Peltier Hall Initiative line item for the Department of English.  If you look at the quote, it says $12,000.  We’re only giving them $7,400 of the bill, the remainder of the balance will come from funding from the CARES Act that was passed earlier this year. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said not every classroom in Peltier has projectors so it’s not as though they’re replacing projectors.  Putting these projectors in the room will allow more sections of different courses to be developed in these rooms.  Like the Department of English has so many sections in 101 and 102 and are limited.  Upper level English courses and other departments that have classes in Peltier Hall will also have access to this room.  It’s benefiting many classes. 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion continued with Senator Jason S. who said I will say again that there is no reason to oppose this bill.  The upgrade is desperately needed for this room.  

 

Vice President Sydney M. said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2021-039

I move that the Senate purchase 50 pumpkins and 50 carving kits at a price of $3.98 and $.98 respectively.  Funds will not exceed $500 and will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.

 

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. said we wanted to purchase these pumpkins and carving kits for the student body.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-14     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-040

I move that the Senate accept the Gouaux Hall Rebuilding Resolutions.

 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2.   Madison Liner

 

Discussion: Senator Tyler L. said the Resolution is declaring that Gouaux Hall is in desperate need of renovation and rebuilding so the first step is to let the university and the State know that we are in need of funds and that the building needs to be renovated.  It was the same thing with Peltier Hall before.  I defer to President Ethan N. for further discussion.

 

President Ethan N. said Gouaux Hall is the only building on campus that has not seen renovations.  This Resolution will go to the administration just to encourage them to start the process.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said just for clarification, this is basically saying that we recognize this as something other people could help us with.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-14     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-041

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 towards the construction of the sidewalk at the Student Union.  Funds for this project will come from the Infrastructure/Campus Safety line item of the budget.

 

  1.   Mar’Yeala Jones
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said basically that area needs a new sidewalk.  I defer to Director Symphony B. for further discussion who said a lot of students have said we need a sidewalk there.  I know there’s a lot of activity there.  I’m excited about it and I know a lot of you are too. 

 

Vice President said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2021-042

I move that SGA allocate $1,400 to purchase 1 bench for the upstairs outdoor corridor in Peltier.  This will be taken out of the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said there are two wooden benches in the outdoor corridor so this motion would replace those.  It would modernize Peltier Hall and people use mostly one bench instead of two. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said this would make that area look much better.

 

Vice President Sydney M. said the motion will be tabled.

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-043

I move that the SGA purchase 4 benches and 2 picnic tables for the green space outside of the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said this Green Space is used daily by students.  This way they have an area to sit or eat.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. said I approve of this motion.  This is a beautiful space.  Students will not sit on the ground.  There are no tables.  There are a number of birds in the area so this would also draw interest to that area.

 

Vice President Sydney M. said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2021-044

I move that the Senate accept the Election Day Holiday Resolution.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said the Resolution says that most places are closed for an election.  Any time there’s an election date, people are given a day off so they don’t have to travel distances to make sure their votes are cast. Since the Academic Calendar has already been adjusted and there’s nothing we can do this year, this Resolution is going to help in future years to come.  It won’t take another four years in November for students to take off.  I defer to President Ethan N. for further discussion.

 

President Ethan N. said this is to advocate for Election Day Off.  Of course, this year we can’t afford another class day off so it won’t be in effect this year but this is hoping we’ll see that matriculate in 2024.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-14     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-045

I move that the Senate provide two entry fees for role play competitor’s registrations at $175 and registration for one case competitor team for $350 for a total of $700 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Emily Bergeron
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said these are registration fees for our students who do well at this conference.  I defer to Senator Tyler L. for further discussion.

 

Senator Tyler L. said this is something we normally do every year.  Our sales team does well in it.  It’s an international competition and something that Nicholls is always well thought of.  Ms. Laura Valenti is over the group and is always telling us how well they do each year, normally scoring higher than a lot of other universities from around the world. It helps us to showcase their talents and helps put Nicholls on the map.

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Sydney M. said they are also required to come back to the Senate to let us know how they performed.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-14     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-046

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working an additional two hours on November 26, 17, 18 and 19, 2020.

 

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion: Senator Brandon K. said we do this every year to allow students more time in the Library.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said this is for Finals week.  Some students need the Library until 2:00 a.m.  It’s important to those students to have that extra time and a quiet space.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-14     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-047

I move that the Senate reallocate $10,000 from the Unallocated funds portion of the budget to fund the “Leaders Suite Renovations” line item of the budget. 

  1.   Tyler Legnon
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is to move some money to help fund a new spruced up Leaders Suite.  It’s my understanding that they’re asking the SPA President to help fund this.  I defer to Senator Tyler L. for further discussion.

 

Senator Tyler L. said the reason we’ll be allocating $10,000 is to prove SGA is setting aside $10,000 in funds that will be matched by SPA.  In turn, we ask that the university match the other $20,000.  Combined with the two organizations would equal $40,000 for Phase I.  Then going forward, this is where donations would come into play.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked what would be done in Phase I.  Senator Tyler L. defers to President Ethan N. for further discussion.

 

President Ethan N. said we’re trying to get the racquetball court taken out to use that space.

 

Vice President Sydney M. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Sydney M.         Reminder that Early Registration starts on Monday so make sure you use it correctly.  Registering can start as early as midnight on Sunday.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:38 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

October 26, 2020

 

 

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux and the pledge was given by Senator Reona Octave.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Julia Pierce read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Caroline Mistretta and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

          

The following Senators were present: Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Madison Liner, Tyler Legnon, Gavin Wisdom, Hunter Legnon, Jax Badeaux, Mar’Yeala Jones, Miranda Danos, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Ana Garcia (appointed), Lance Jones (appointed) and Ethan Vickrey (appointed).

 

The following Senator was absent:   Emily Bergeron.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Morgan Levron.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Mr. Steven Kenney, Jr., Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Benton Blanchard, Nicholls Worth staff, Dominic Mesa and Addie Nichols.

Minutes were not presented.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

A couple of things to report…we are watching the hurricane.  We do know that there’s a very real possibility that we may have to go remote on Wednesday and possibly Thursday based on what the storm does.  We are holding out as long as we can recognizing that we missed a lot of days this semester so we want to make sure it’s absolutely necessary when we go remote and that they’ll not be cancelling classes.  If you remember, there’s no flexibility left in Academics.  So now when we go remote, the learning will continue.  On that note, it’s very exciting that on the weekend of November 7th we have the Spring commencement.  On the weekend of November 21st and 22nd, we’re having the Fall commencement.  What we’re doing in those cases is allowing for a lot of flexibility so that if one of them have to be cancelled because of the weather, we’ll try to do it on the next day.  The last thing we want to do to students is to cancel another commencement.  That is a very sensitive issue as it should be.

 

Looking ahead to the Fall semester, we’re trying to have as much normalcy as we can possibly have.  We have listed courses that we always do in the course registration.  We are not going to cancel Spring Break as of now.  There’s just too many unknowns.  There are some schools that are doing away with Spring Break.  Some schools are putting wellness days.  Some schools are going to a relatively remote semester with most classes online again.  Anything is subject to change but we won’t change it until we have to.  Just like the storm, we’re going to wait it out to see what we absolutely have to do.  If you’ve been following the statistics, you know that last week we had only one infection which was wonderful.  We expect to have a lot more testing done on this campus.  Starting next semester, we’re going to have the saliva test.  President Naquin assured me, it’s not that students don’t want to take the test, it’s that they don’t want that swab going up their nose so we’re going to try the saliva test starting next semester.  I think we’ll have much better success with that. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

Policies – We’re going to roll out the policies that provide more student responsibility for masking.  To explain, as you go home for the Thanksgiving Holidays, we’ll expect students to be more responsible, to be educated on why you wear masks and when you wear masks.  You’ll begin to see signage in the coming weeks about masking congested zone.  So if you’re in front of the Student Union, if you’re back there where the Band practices, if you’re in some areas of the Quad within 25 feet of a building, you need to put that mask on.  But if you’re walking down the sidewalk by yourself from Chick-fil-A to Ellender Dorm, we’re not going to require you to mask up.  We’re going to ask you that when someone approaches you, to lift that mask.  That creates a smarter, more sophisticated mask wear then just saying you have to wear it all the time and the moment you get off campus, everyone takes it off so we’re trying to move a little beyond that.

 

We also have recognized that students want to take pictures together.  As long as they’re masked, they can take pictures together.  We’ve been working on the language.  The bottom line is if you’re masked and you decide to take a picture in close proximity of someone that may take 20 seconds to take, that is your personal choice recognizing there’s a heightened risk.  If you take a picture standing next to someone and you’re not wearing a mask, that’s when Dr. Tommy Ponson calls you in for a conversation.  I just want to be clear with that.  We recognize it’s hard to distance in group pictures.  Just be smart about it and wear your mask and when you’re done with that picture, go back to your 6 foot distance.

 

The other thing I want to talk about is the events of last week.  I’m here to answer any lingering questions about them.  We’ve tried to be as clear as we could in a couple of statements we issued this past week.  The second is the opinion of the Attorney General which did not disagree with our attorney so we corrected a few things.  We’re going to need your help on a few things.  We now call it the Chalking Policy that is basically dictating what suitable locations are for chalking.  Is there going to be chalking all over campus?  Are there recommended locations?  We don’t have the ability to regulate political speech.  We can regulate commercial speech such as if the Saints wanted to come on campus and put a big sign, we can regulate that.  We found out last week that we do not have the ability to regulate political signs on our campus so with that, we’ll have to sit down and decide if chalking is something we want on our campus, are there certain zones we want based on the settings or is it all over campus.  We’ll need students’ help in deciding that. 

 

I don’t know if that Resolution was finalized that was presented by the Supreme Court.  President Ethan N. said the Supreme Court never got involved.  So the Resolution was just a restatement that the university will enforce its’ policies.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Brady L. said you brought up the fact that anybody taking photos without masks will be sent to Dr. Ponson.  Have we sent students without masks to Dr. Ponson?  President Clune said I assure you every student that comes to our attention that is not wearing a mask gets a visit with Dr. Ponson.  I can’t talk about any individual disciplinary action but we’re very specific about it.  Athletes as well as fraternities and sororities, everyone thinks they’re the ones being singled out but when you’re not wearing a mask and you’re taking a picture, Dr. Tommy Ponson absolutely will have that conversation.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I don’t have a question but want to say that we have the Free Speech Alley space so SGA can spruce up that space for free speech or talk.  I think that would be a good place for discussion.  Dr. Clune said some legal arguments say you cannot restrict chalking on any site.  Sidewalks are not buildings, they’re not bricks, they’re not glass and they’re not anything to do with campus.  They’re functional sidewalks to get from one building to another.  There’s been a lot of push back.  One of the recommendations from one of our attorneys is to designate a space like Free Speech Alley and say that students are encouraged to talk here.  Whether it’s chalk or political signs, it’s a very gray area of whether we can remove that sign or not.  I think the Attorney General says you do not, even if they might ask for permission and you might the university doesn’t have the ability to remove it. 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said you say you can have a policy that chalking is not allowed other than Free Speech Alley and someone breaks that policy.  Dr. Clune said this is the second private attorney we’ve consulted who said the most protected speech in the country is political speech.  If someone drew a whale in the Quad, it would be easier to hose down and go to the Free Speech Alley and put any sign with political content.  We could do it and I imagine the Attorney General would call me with his opinion on that but I think in the current situation where we have a Free Speech Alley, some people hand out Bibles and things.  You don’t have to stay in that Free Speech Alley, recent changes in State law suggests that they can venture from that Free Speech Alley and you know they do.  I would imagine that chalking would be similar.  Ideally, we want it there.  Students even vote that they want it there but if they stray from that area and it’s a political statement, before we do anything, it’s been recommended that we call our attorney.  The only chalking policy we found in the State of all nine schools is that UNO is thinking of taking theirs out because it’s so hard to regulate.  Our first reaction was that this is against our policy but no sooner had we released our statement that two attorneys, including the Attorney General, reached out to us to say our policy was unconstitutional.  It’s not that we didn’t want to enforce our policy, we had no constitutional grounds to do so. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said if you encourage more than saying don’t do it, people will be more inclined to follow the rules.  Dr. Clune said we pulled a 40-page policy on how you reserve our facilities, including how to stage events.  We’re looking at that.

 

I want to thank all of you.  We had some difficult days and there were a lot of opinions expressed but at the end of it what I saw was a wonderful Homecoming ceremony where we had our differences.  We know there’s a lot of things we still have to work on but we really joined together and agreed to work on it.  I want to compliment you.  Several of you are on the Homecoming Court. I want to compliment you as well.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • First of all congratulations to Ethan Henry for being awarded Homecoming King this past weekend.
  • This past weekend I attended our regularly scheduled meeting of the Council of Student Body Presidents in Lafayette.  On the agenda for this meeting was our ongoing campaign for COVID testing statewide as well as the rise in numbers nationally.  We also discussed our University of Louisiana System service project at McNeese University.  Try to leave your calendar free for November 21st to assist in efforts.  The E-Board and I will take a trip there for the supply drive. 

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Sidewalk Motion in Old Business.
  • Black Alumni Chapter Signing on – SO COOL!!
  • Academic Integrity Committee Met this morning (I had a test) calling Jean to get minutes.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Meeting last Friday – healthy discussion about events that took place last week.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • I’m working on the Financial Statement to keep it updated.
  • Thank you for all the work you’re doing on motions.  I’ve had more people come into my office this week than I’ve had the entire semester so keep up the good work and continue asking questions.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – CAROLINE MISTRETTA

 

  • The Dri-Fit t-shirts came in and look awesome so if we are operating remotely on Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll have to postpone the giveaway set for Thursday and the Pumpkin Carving.
  • Don’t forget about the Holiday Party. I’ve prepared a Google form so please fill it out.  It will help us to plan for the event. I want to thank Senators Brandon K. and Reona O. for helping me tie all 300 shirts last week.  It was a big help. Also, 49 out of the 50 pumpkins have already been reserved.
  • If you see any graphic that SGA posts, please share them with as many people as you can.
  • If you have any giveaway ideas, you’re welcome to come by my office.
  • The results of the Homecoming Graphic Design Contest are as follows:

Greek organizations = 1st place is Delta Zeta and 2nd place is Phi Mu;

Student Organizations = 1st place is SPA; 2nd place is Allied Health; 3rd place = SALUTE; and 4th place = NEAT.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

  • Chairmen: I need updated rosters and attendance from last week and this week.
  • If you have not done so already, please email the date of your dean meeting or the proof of intent to me. Due by tonight.
  • Mentor Meeting #2 is due Friday. Mentees this means the half page report is due on Friday. This report should include an overview of the program, what you liked/didn’t like, and your plans going into the next semester.
  • If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.
  • Also, please note that we only have ONE more meeting this semester!
  • Have a great rest of the week, stay safe, and stay INFORMED!

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

F2021-036

I move that the Senate accept Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation.  Tabled.

 

F2021-037

I move that the Senate Amend Article IV, The Legislative Branch on Composition and Articles VII and VIII regarding Honorary Positions of the Constitution and Calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.  Tabled.

 

F2021-038

I move that the Senate allocate $7,434.00 to the Department of English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies from the Peltier Hall Initiative line item of the budget for much needed technology upgrades to Peltier 230.  Tabled.

 

F2021-039

I move that the Senate purchase 50 pumpkins and 50 carving kits at a price of $3.98 and $.98 respectively.  Funds will not exceed $500 and will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-040

I move that the Senate accept the Gouaux Hall Rebuilding Resolutions.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-041

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 towards the construction of the sidewalk at the Student Union.  Funds for this project will come from the Infrastructure/Campus Safety line item of the budget.  Tabled.

     

 

OFFICER REPORT CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

F2021-042

I move that SGA allocate $1,400 to purchase 1 bench for the upstairs outdoor corridor in Peltier.  This will be taken out of the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

                             

F2021-043

I move that the SGA purchase 4 benches and 2 picnic tables for the green space outside of the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.   

 

F2021-044

I move that the Senate accept the Election Day Holiday Resolution.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-045

I move that the Senate provide two entry fees for role play competitor’s registrations at $175 and registration for one case competitor team for $350 for a total of $700 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

                       

F2021-046

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working an additional two hours on November 26, 17, 18 and 19, 2020.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-047

I move that the Senate reallocate $10,000 from the Unallocated Funds portion of the budget to fund the “Leaders Suite Renovations” line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Morgan Levron

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Brady Levron, Jason Spell, Julia Pierce and Heather LeBouef.

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Guests:     Debbie Benoit, Director of Research, Dr. Scott Banville and Senator Jennifer Duthu.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motions to be tabled as Unfinished Business: Peltier 230 upgrades, Sidewalk & Student Union which passed, Funding for bench which passed, Ellender Library Green Space which passed and the Leaders Suite line item which passed.
  • Motions to be heard in New Business: Tools for Media Center which passed, Bike Rack purchases which was tabled, Co-Sponsor Exposition which was tabled and Yard signs for Graduates which was tabled.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jennifer Duthu, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Gavin Wisdom, Mar’Yeala Jones, Julia Pierce, Victoria Rideau and Trent Ledet.

 

Absent:     Senator Jax Badeaux, Emily Bergeron, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Piper Smith and Jason Spell.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Judiciary Committee Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Heard three excuses, one for the Finance Committee, one for the Public Relations Committee and the other for Senator Miranda Danos which all passed.
  • Interviewed Lance Jones for Senator-at-Large which passed.
  • Reviewed President Ethan N.’s Resolution and motion which passed.
  • Reviewed the motion for Option 2.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Meagan Rouse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Jennifer Duthu, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Gavin Wisdom, Trent Ledet and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Absent:     Senator Piper Smith (unexcused).

 

Guests:     Directors Caroline Mistretta and Symphony Brown, Senators Julia Pierce and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Giveaway on Thursday, Holiday Party and Pumpkin Carving Event.
  • Senator Hunter L. spoke about some ideas.
  • Director Caroline M. spoke about her ideas for the Holiday Party as well as preparing for the Voter Registration t-shirt giveaway.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Meagan Rouse, Ana Garcia and Brandon Katz.

 

Absent:     Senators Trent Ledet and Tyler Legnon.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • What everyone is working on.
  • Started thinking about some things to start doing next semester.
  • Good luck on finals!

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2021-037

I move to take the motion to Amend Articles IV, VII & VIII from the table.

 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Heather LeBouef

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-037

I move that the Senate Amend Article IV, The Legislative Branch on Composition and Articles VII and VIII regarding Honorary Positions of the Constitution and Calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.                                                                                     1.  Tyler Legnon

  1. Heather LeBouef

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #1

WILL STATE THE DEFINITION OF A STUDENT IN AN HONORARY POSITION AS MEMBERS OF HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

The Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions”.  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 1 will be titled “Definition,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  • “The definition of Honorary Position is as follows:
  1. All honorary positions granted to students are Homecoming Court, Homecoming King and Queen, Mr. and Ms. Nicholls Finalists, and Mr. and Ms. Nicholls.
  2. Honorary positions, by nature of their student representative position, are subject to oversight by the Student Government Association.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #2

WILL LIST THAT THE STUDENTS ON HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS WILL BE UPHELD TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION CODE OF ETHICS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 2 will be titled “Code of Conduct,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “All members selected to Honorary Positions by either committee or student body election will be required to abide by the Student Government Association Code of Ethics and the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct.”

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #3

WILL GIVE THE AUTHORITY TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS DUE TO DISCIPLINARY MISCONDUCT.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 3 will be titled “Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed according to the following procedure: Impeachment by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the senate members present and voting at a duly constituted meeting and trial by the Student Supreme Court, with two-thirds (2/3) vote of all members present being the number of votes necessary for conviction, only according to the reasons listed in Article VII, Section 3.”

                 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #4

WILL LIST REASONS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 4 will be titled “Reasons for Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed for the

      following reasons:

  1. Violation of state of federal law
  2. Violation of the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct
  3. Violation of University mandated policies
  4. Malfeasance or nonfeasance in office”

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #5

FIVE SENATOR POSITIONS WILL BE APPORTIONED AND GUARANTEED FOR AT-LARGE MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SENATORS NOMINATED VIA ORGANIZATION.

 

Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2, titled “Composition,” of the Student Government Association Constitution will be restructured to add the a Student Life and Unity Division that will read:

 

Student Life and Unity Division – representing all aspects of student life and engagement.

 

      “At-Large Multicultural Senator”:

  1. Five (5) seats will be allocated to serve underrepresented and underserved student constituencies, nominated via multicultural organizations.
  2. One (1) seat will represent Bridge to Independence.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      “At-Large Student Life Senator”:

  1. One (1) seat will represent Greek Life.
  2. One (1) seat will represent Student Organizations.
  3. One (1) seat will represent Athletics.
  4. One (1) seat will represent Veterans Affairs.

     

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said this is for the student body to vote on the Amendments which are saying that Honorary Positions are equivalent to other divisions and are to be held at the same standards.  It’s also creating some Senate positions to promote diversity. I defer to President Ethan N. for further discussion.

 

President Ethan N. said Amendments 1 through 4 pretty much outlines in the Constitution what the definition of Honorary Positions are as well as upholding the Code of Ethics for Impeachment of those decisions should that process occur.  Amendment 5 seeks to extend the Senate with other positions for groups on campus.  I think it’s time to really diversify areas we see on campus.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-036

I move to take the motion on the Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation from the table.

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Madison Liner

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-036

I move that the Senate accept Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation.

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said this Resolution is saying that SGA stands behind the university policies and procedures moving forward.  Any student that breaks that procedure will be held accountable. 

 

Question:   Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-043

I move to take the motion for Ellender Green Space from the table.

 

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Tyler Legnon

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-043

I move that the SGA purchase 4 benches and 2 picnic tables for the green space outside of the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said this is a high traffic area that would benefit from these purchases.

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady L. said I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you build it, in time it will come.  It’s a large open space and a great place for students to hang out. 

 

Question:   Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-041

I move to take the motion titled Sidewalk at the Student Union from the table.

  1. Mar’Yeala Jones
  2. Brandon Katz

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-041

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 towards the construction of the sidewalk at the Student Union.  Funds for this project will come from the Infrastructure/Campus Safety line item of the budget.

 

  1. Mar’Yeala Jones
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Mar’Yeala J. said students have been complaining about not having a sidewalk when it rains.  The sidewalk will be constructed for all students to travel.

 

Question:   Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-038

I move to take the motion titled Peltier 230 Upgrades from the table.

 

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Madison Liner

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-038

I move that the Senate allocate $7,434.00 to the Department of English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies from the Peltier Hall Initiative line item of the budget for much needed technology upgrades to Peltier 230.

 

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. said this bill will be helping the Departments of English for upgrades to Peltier 230 with technology.  This technology would allow classes to be held in the classroom.  I asked Dr. Banville to come to the meeting to answer any questions. 

 

Question:   Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-042

I move the bill titled Funding for Bench in Peltier Hall Outdoor Corridor from the table.

 

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-042

I move that SGA allocate $1,400 to purchase 1 bench for the upstairs outdoor corridor in Peltier.  This will be taken out of the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said there are two wooden benches in that area.  What we’ll do is take those two benches out and replace them with this one.  It would look better.

 

Question:   Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-047

I move the Leader’s Suite Line Item Allocation from the table.

 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-047

I move that the Senate reallocate $10,000 from the Unallocated Funds portion of the budget to fund the “Leader’s Suite Renovations” line item of the budget. 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said this is SGA putting forth a certain amount of money towards the renovation of the Suite.  The SGA will provide $10,000, the SPA will put forward $20,000 and the University will provide $20,000 for a $40,000 upgrade.  There are other things to come but we hope to get donors to help us pay for that.  This would be for Phase 1.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked what would be Phase 1.  Senator Tyler L. said from what I understand, it would be to remove the flooring.  I defer to President Ethan N. for further discussion. 

 

President Ethan N. said Phase 1 is basically the idea to remove the racquet ball court and put new flooring and lighting. 

 

Question:   Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2021-048

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ana Garcia to the position of Business Senator.

 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Meagan Rousse

 

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-049

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ethan Vickrey to the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Meagan Rousse
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Meagan R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-050

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Lance Jones to the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Reona Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2021-051

I move that SGA allocate up to $1,000 to purchase tools needed to upkeep the equipment in the new Convergence Media Center in Talbot Hall.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Hunter Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said Talbot Hall now has a lot of equipment but not a lot of tools for the upkeep.  Dr. Stewart said the department funds can only be used for equipment.  In the past they’ve had to postpone productions or tried to work with old tools that faculty and students brought in.  They’re just asking for tools that will do the job of fixing equipment if something were to happen.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-052

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the front of Talbot.  The cost will be $1,499.00 to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Trent Ledet

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this is for the front of Talbot.  There is only one bike rack on the side and in the front of Talbot bikes are left on the ground.

 

      COMMENT:    Treasurer Ethan H. said this motion is going to be tabled because it’s over $1,000 but I think it’s awesome.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Madison L. said perhaps we could move another bike rack that isn’t being used to that area in order to save funds.  That might be an option instead of buying a whole new bike rack. Senator Gabrielle A. said we don’t want to take bike racks from other areas because students will use them.  Eventually, we’ll be buying another bike rack so we should buy it now instead of waiting down the line because eventually, we may have to replace one in the area we took it from. 

 

Vice President Sydney M. said this motion will be tabled.

 

F2021-053

I move that Senate allocate $2,000 for overall student awards and $500 for refreshments from Sodexo to assist the co-sponsorship Expeaux 21, the student research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University.

 

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Jason Spell

 

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. said we do this every year.  Ms. Debi Benoit puts it on.  We allocate $2,000 for scholarships and other departments pay the other half in first, second and third places.  If the scholarship is awarded for $500, we might pay $100 and another person will pay $100 so scholarships are where the $2,000 come from.  The $500 is for refreshments for the awards ceremony. I think this is great because it encourages students to do more research. 

 

Vice President Sydney M. said this motion will be tabled.

 

F2021-054

I move that SGA fund up to $1,500 for Alumni Affairs to purchase personalized yard signs for the upcoming Fall 2020 graduates.  Funding for this would come out of the Senator Projects line item.

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Miranda Danos

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. said this is exactly the same thing we did last Spring.  It was really great and well received.  It was also placed on social media.  This is also to recognize our graduates.

 

Vice President Sydney M. said this motion will be tabled.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Tech Fee Committee:  Heather LeBouef

 

For Tech Fee we had to approve Student Sub Committee recommendations to allocate the Tech Fee Department. 

 

Courses & Curricula Committee – Heather LeBouef

 

We made some changes to the Art Curriculum.  They had the required course that they felt should need changes as well as some other courses.

 

Vice President of Student Affairs Search Committee – Tyler Legnon

 

The last day for applications for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs closed yesterday. 

 

Task force for Renaming the Streets and Buildings – Tyler Legnon

 

I think we’ll have the recommendations for the streets this week.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Vice President Sydney M. asked if everyone has a red polo shirt.  If everyone wants to wear a red polo or red shirt, we’ll take a Senate group photo.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Hunter L.         For the next few weeks SAE is hosting a raffle.  All proceeds go to Upside Downs.

 

Cooper M.         Kappa Sigma is hosting a Give Back Night on Wednesday.  Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Veterans.

 

Miranda D.        There is a meeting for all Education Majors at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Dolly M.          Reminded everyone to promote The Blood Center Blood Drive tomorrow and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Also, please spread the word on Early Voting.  We didn’t have anyone in attendance today for the bus.  The bus is available again tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The Blood Drive is taking donations for a Nicholls Student, Landon Clou. 

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Morgan Levron:

 

Ana Garcia – Business Administration Senator

Lance Jones – Senator-at-Large

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

                                

November 2, 2020

 

 

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Sydney Matherne. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Trent Ledet and the pledge was given by Senator Jason Spell.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Hunter Legnon and Senator Miranda Danos read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Sydney Matherne, Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present: Brady Levron, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Madison Liner, Tyler Legnon, Gavin Wisdom, Hunter Legnon, Jax Badeaux, Mar’Yeala Jones, Miranda Danos, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Ana Garcia, Lance Jones and Ethan Vickrey.

 

The following Senators were absent:   Emily Bergeron and Brandon Katz.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Ms. Christina Coulon, Benton Blanchard, Nicholls Worth staff and Gweneth Engeron.

 

Minutes were not presented.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

I wanted to come see all of you on the eve of the election and let you know that we’re here for you, to let you know this is not unprecedented in our history.  If you know our history and I studied history for a lot of years, there were many other contested elections.  There’s one election that took three months to decide.  There have been some awful, terrible things said in campaigning going back to Thomas Jefferson’s campaign.  Nothing is unprecedented.  What I’d like to understand is what can we do the day after the election.  What can we do to prepare us?  We’re having a workshop.  I think that’s a good thing to have the day after.  Is there anything you hear or any thoughts you have about what we could do to be very prepared for the day after the election?  Does anyone have any concerns about the day after the election?  We’re going to have our workshop the day after and I encourage all of you to come and I encourage all of you to have a response at least in your head.  You may be disappointed or you may be excited.  How are you going to respond?  How we respond to something that really sets the tone for everybody else’s response to this.  What can we do to temper our response either by not gloating or by not lashing out and at least taking a little time to take it in and see what it means for us?  I’ll tell you despite what you might do watching on the news network, despite what you might be reading on social media, who is President of this country has very little impact on your day-to-day life.  You wouldn’t think that if you watch social media but in reality, there’s frustrations, there’s anger on one side or the other and in reality, the President has very little influence on your day-to-day life as a student.  No programs will end, no scholarship programs will end or your exams won’t be cancelled.  Everything will go on as scheduled. 

 

What I’m more worried about over the next few weeks is actually the COVID situation.  Remember that we’re trying to get to Thanksgiving.  We’re trying to get people to do the right thing like wearing a mask and go through what we’re going to call “Know before you Go Testing” to quarantine before you go home to your grandparents house or whatever that might be. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Commencement this weekend is for Spring.  Two weeks from then is Commencement for the Fall and Summer so it’s an exciting time.  So when we get back to school, remember every sport is playing every weekend so there’ll be a lot to do. We’re very excited about the Spring.  Any questions or comments before I go?  You’ve got a lot of money to spend.  I might wait around and see if I can get some of that money (laughter). Other than that, any questions, concerns or thoughts?

 

        COMMENT:   Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady L. asked if the university revisited the Spring calendar schedule for the Academic year or is it still being planned.  Dr. Clune said we did and some universities have cancelled Spring Break but we’re of the opinion that mental health is a factor as well as physical health of a student.  I’m not saying that as we get through the Spring semester with some outbreaks to happen that we’ll have to rethink how Spring Break is configured but sitting here in November, I don’t think now is the time to cancel or reschedule anything.  Everyone needs something to look forward to and I think that’s been a challenge with COVID.  We need something to look forward to so we want to give students something to look forward to and not change anything unless it’s absolutely necessary. Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady L. said thank you for having that position. 

 

   COMMENT:   Senator Brady L. said I’ve always felt that having all sports in the Spring and have you started to figure out how that’s going to work as far as staffing those games.  Dr. Clune said absolutely who said a lot of volunteers will be needed.  On any given Saturday, you could have Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball and Football playing all in one day.  It’s going to be very exciting for all the Championships as well. 

 

I heard from a lot of students.  We visited with the KROWN brothers the other night who said there’s just not enough to do.  There’s not enough activity.  I don’t think that’s going to be a problem in the Spring.  What I need you to do is stay healthy for the next two weeks.  Come back to school and have a wonderful Spring semester.

 

       COMMENT:   Senator Jason S. asked have you started thinking about the logistics on security at all of the events.  There’s going to be a lot going on.  Dr. Clune said that’s one of the things that’s hard to define.  Our law enforcement officials are at all the sporting events.  They tend to come out from the Parish and the City.  They often provide extra security for these events.  They love to do it. They do it without extra compensation from us so I don’t think there will be any shortage of security.  Volunteers, we may need a few more but these things run like clockwork now.  They have it down.  A lot of parents volunteer so I’m excited.  Parking might be an issue (laughter).

 

Dr. Clune said we’ll get through this together.  I feel really positive about the next two weeks, about Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and all things scheduled for next semester.  Thank you for doing your part.

 

   COMMENT:   Senator Cooper M. said I just want to thank you for doing the best you possibly can.  This has been a trying semester but we appreciate it.  Dr. Clune said thank you. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • It’s the last meeting of the semester.  I just want to say how proud I am of all the hard work you guys put in this semester.  I know it’s really, really been a tough one and for sticking through it.  Just to kind of walk down memory lane, the Senate this semester started out with 8 Senators that grew to 26 so we’ve really done a lot this semester.  We were able to pass 53 motions if all of them pass today.  I just want to say that your presence here has served the students well. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

  • Today I uploaded a spreadsheet on the Google Drive for you to log in the hours you did work this semester.  Just kind of list the events that you attended, how many hours, separate them with a total column.  This is to ensure we’re all passing the requirements.
  • Tomorrow we plan to have the free t-shirt giveaway for Election Day from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Student Union. 
  • Applications are now open for SGA Director of Public Relations which can be found at www.nicholls.edu/sga/applications. That deadline closes Monday, November 16th.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

The Campus Walk Through is being scheduled.  The two dates are Wednesday, November 11th or Thursday, November 12th.  It’ll probably be the 12th at 5:15 p.m.  Let me know if you can make it.  Good luck on finals.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The Financial Statement is up-to-date and the budget for the Spring is coming together.  If you have any ideas for next semester, let me know so we can include it in the budget.
  • As far as next semester goes, I think there’s something that I’d like to commend you for next semester.  We’ve a lot of opportunities with a lot of motions that have come in.  The difficult thing is that I’m having a hard time with people coming in my office at different times or I had somebody say one thing and someone else say another thing.  So what we’re doing to do next semester is I’m going to make a Google Doc with your name and the name of the motion, the cost and the line item.  What you’ll do is text me to say that I just filled out the Google Doc for this amount of money for the particular line item.  Then I’ll let you know if we have enough funds.  That way, you’ll have a better idea of a running list of funds available and you’ll be able to get more done.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT

 

No report.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYDNEY MATHERNE

 

  • The final meeting of the mentor program is due this Friday. Please inform me of the date of your meetings and mentees your half page reports covering the meeting and your feelings and opinions on the program as a whole.
  • Please stay after the meeting to take a group picture!
  • Don’t forget about the Finals Preparation Period! It’s for the last two days, the Thursday and Friday of next week, you shouldn’t have any major projects or assignments that are worth more than 10% of our grade. If you do, tell your Professor.  If they say something about it, you have the authority to go above and meet with the Department Head or the Dean.  It’s your right as a student.  Make good use out of it.  The whole point of it is to go into finals without having to worry about last minute grades that will affect your classes in a major way.  You have a really good opportunity this semester with the change in times so you have the whole weekend before your finals.  Make sure to take advantage of this little break to study and clear your mind before finals.  Use your brain and fill your head with knowledge.
  • This is the last meeting of the semester and my last meeting. I want to thank you all for an amazing semester.  I know it’s not what anyone could have ever predicted.  When I was a Freshman Senator, I was scared and put it in my head that I would never be on the Executive Board because I was not ambitious.  Being in this position and working my way up, it really is a testament of how much SGA can move you and make you grow and allow you to grow if you let it.  I encourage all of you to have this ambition.  Work hard for it because nothing comes without hard work.  You have made this semester and this summer more than anything I could have wished it could be.  I was able to grow and you

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

have made it easier than I thought.  I love coming to my Monday meetings, when I use to feel aggravated and say “Oh, another Monday meeting!” but I actually thoroughly enjoy doing this.  I enjoyed spending time with you and enjoyed having you in the Senate, seeing you and having some type of normalcy.  You’ll all do amazing things because you’re all so great and dedicated. I can’t imagine a better way to go out.  Keep pushing and going forward and keep doing everything for the students because that’s why we’re here.  I’ll keep tabs on you (laughter).  I love you all. 

 

COMMENT:   Senator Jason S. said some of you don’t know that Sydney did the Finals Prep Period last year and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a harder working person in SGA.  Sydney, you should be proud of what you’ve done for the students.  We really appreciate all the hard work you’ve put in.  We’re grateful for all you’ve done for us.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

F2021-036

I move that the Senate accept Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-037

I move that the Senate Amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on Composition and Articles VII and VIII regarding Honorary Positions of the Constitution and Calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-038

I move that the Senate allocate $7,434.00 to the Department of English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies from the Peltier Hall Initiative line item of the budget for much needed technology upgrades to Peltier 230.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-041

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 towards the construction of the sidewalk at the Student Union.  Funds for this project will come from the Infrastructure/Campus Safety line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

     

F2021-042

I move that SGA allocate $1,400 to purchase 1 bench for the upstairs outdoor corridor in Peltier.  This will be taken out of the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

                             

F2021-043

I move that the SGA purchase 4 benches and 2 picnic tables for the green space outside of the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.    

 

F2021-047

I move that the Senate reallocate $10,000 from the Unallocated Funds portion of the budget to fund the “Leaders Suite Renovations” line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-048

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ana Garcia to the position of Business Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-049

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ethan Vickrey to the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-050

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Lance Jones to the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

F2021-051

I move that SGA allocate up to $1,000 to purchase tools needed to upkeep the equipment in the new Convergence Media Center in Talbot Hall.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-052

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the front of Talbot.  The cost will be $1,499.00 to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2021-053

I move that Senate allocate $2,000 for overall student awards and $500 for refreshments from Sodexo to assist the co-sponsorship Expeaux 21, the student research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University.  Tabled.

 

F2021-054

I move that SGA fund up to $1,500 for Alumni Affairs to purchase personalized yard signs for the upcoming Fall 2020 graduates.  Funding for this would come out of the Senator Projects line item.  Tabled.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Remy Lodrigues

 

For SPA, on Thursday, they’re having their “Stick with SPA” event in the Student Union Lobby from 12:00 p.m. noon to 12:50 p.m.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Brady Levron, Jason Spell, Julia Pierce and Heather LeBouef.

 

Absent:     Senator Brandon Katz.

 

We discussed the following:

 

A lot of motions were discussed and most of them passed.  Two of them were pulled to hold off until next semester when the Senators can get more information and speak to their professors. 

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse, Piper Smith, Jason Spell, Gavin Wisdom and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Absent:     Senator Trent Ledet.

 

We discussed the following:

  • We heard one appointment for Supreme Court Justice which the Committee did not pass. 
  • We voted on the Election Day Voting Bus which was found favorable.

 

Community Concerns Committee: Homecoming/Holiday Social – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Meagan Rousse, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Meagan Rouse, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Jennifer Duthu, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Gavin Wisdom, Trent Ledet, Mar’Yeala Jones, Julia Pierce and Ana Garcia.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Community Concerns Committee Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • We finalized things for our Holiday Party Next Monday, the 9th.  We’ll do a potluck of some sort, Karaoke, corn hole toss and some other fund things. 
  • Decided to push back the Dri-Fit t-shirt giveaway to next semester.
  • Ideas for Spring.
  • Voter Registration t-shirt Giveaway starts at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Meagan Rouse and Lance Jones.

 

Absent:     Senators Brandon Katz (unexcused) and Hunter Legnon (unexcused).

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Campus Walk Through and who will be able to attend.
  • WID/WIH. There are some good and interesting motions that are being discussed later today.  In my opinion, I would really advise that we discuss the motion.  We had really good discussions today.  It’s not us arguing with anyone.  It’s just hearing what others have to say or where they’re coming from.  So let’s have a good discussion about the motions today.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2021-054

I move to take the motion to purchase Grad Yard signs from the table.

 

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Miranda Danos

Move into vote:

Passed For- Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-054

I move that SGA fund up to $1,500 for Alumni Affairs to purchase personalized yard signs for the upcoming Fall 2020 graduates.  Funding for this would come out of the Senator Projects line item.

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Miranda Danos

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. said these signs were the ones that were placed in front of the Alumni House.  They really enjoyed it last semester.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-052

I move to take the motion to purchase Bike Rack from the table.

                                                     

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2.   Trent Ledet

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-052

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the front of Talbot.  The cost will be $1,499.00 to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Trent Ledet

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said the bike rack they have now is always overcrowded.  Someone suggested we could take a bike rack from the other side but sooner or later we’ll have to purchase one for that side.  It would be good to have another bike rack there. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-053

I move to take the motion to co-sponsor Exposition from the table.

     

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Jason Spell

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-053

I move that Senate allocate $2,000 for overall student awards and $500 for refreshments from Sodexo to assist the co-sponsorship Expeaux 21, the student research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University.

 

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Jason Spell

 

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. said this is something we sponsor every year.  It’s $2,000 going towards scholarships for people who win the contest.  SGA splits the prize of each one with someone else.  The $500 is to pay for refreshments at the awards ceremony.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2021-055

I move that Senate allocate up to $400 to purchase Boots Clune Koozies for an S.G.A. giveaway.  Funds will be taken from the S.G.A. Promotions line item of the budget.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. said this is a giveaway that I plan on doing next Spring because we’ll have a lot of sports events going on.  I thought it would be a great idea instead of doing a t-shirt giveaway. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-056a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6 of the Rules of Procedures (The motion is over $1,000.00).

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Hunter Legnon

Move into vote:

Passed For-22           Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-056

I move that Senate allocate up to $4,000 to purchase equipment and software for the University Counseling Center.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Miranda Danos
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Miranda D. said it was suggested we go to Tech Fee with this but Tech Fee is already over budget this semester.  This is something that I think cannot wait until next semester.  The University Counseling Center came to me to request a color printer and toner because their printer broke.  They need a printer to print out contracts and things for the students.  They also need an iPad Pro for the UCC Staff which are made up of interns who are graduate students that would help them.  They’re also requesting a TV for their discussions.  This would make everything more convenient and accessible.  I would like to defer further discussion to Ms. Christine Coulon with the University Counseling Center.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Ms. Coulon said we at the Counseling Center are not very high on the priority list for funding.  We’ve had almost no budget for any additions.  Everything is outdated.  The main thing the color printer is used for is for the Outreach Coordinator to advertise our events with assorted groups.  We run these events through the semester to put out information about counseling services that are available and those types of things.  All of our files are electronic so none of that is being printed on the printer.  At least 80% is outreach material.  As far as software is concerned, we use doxy.me and we have to pay by the counselor by the month.  We took on four additional interns for this semester and for next semester to try to help.  As you know, the whole world is experiencing a major mental health crisis.  We’re seeing unprecedented numbers of students coming into our office.  Nobody expected this and we don’t have the budget to provide it.  Without it, over the semester break, students who live in Louisiana but are not able to come here, some of them in crisis, will not be able to receive services.  So we’re asking for your help if at all possible.

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Jennifer D. asked specifically what is the TV and the iPad Pro for.  Ms. Coulon said the iPad Pro is for the Outreach Coordinator to preview videos and to interview the things that we’re putting on social media.  It’s to make sure students are aware of the fact that we’re here and what we’re able to do.  The Smart TV is wanted for several things.  They want to use it for training and workshops and there may also be times that we’ll use the T.V. to give additional information to students.

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Hunter L. said that Tech Fee was over budget, so you went to Tech Fee for this?  Ms. Coulon said no, we’re in discussions right now to try to find a way to do some fundraising.  Unfortunately, in the past we’ve done other things but weren’t able to raise very much.

 

               Senator Hunter L. asked if the printer will only be used for workers for the Counseling Center or will other students use it.  Ms. Coulon said our office does not offer printing to students across the University because we can’t afford the paper to donate those prints to them. 

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. asked who will purchase the toner when it needs to be replaced.  Ms. Coulon said we should be able to absorb that in our regular budget. 

 

               Senator Tyler L. said for the software that we’re purchasing, is that normally also covered by you and how are you funding that.  Ms. Coulon said that has been funded from help with University Health Services because we just didn’t have the funds.

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said this is not a question but just to add.  For the students that really need it, it really helps students.  That software is something you should definitely consider.

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said I think we should help with this.  They’ve come to us for help and I know how hard that is.  Whatever you pass will be helpful. 

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Hunter L. said I agree with Senator Trent L. on board with the responsibility of directly impacting students who need therapy.  The only concern I have is paying for the printer, toner and paper.  Ms. Coulon said we have the money to buy the toner and paper but didn’t have the money to buy the printer itself. 

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said it looks like something they need for a health concern.  I believe this is something we need to support as SGA. 

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. said the problem I see is not with the Software or the printer.  I’m still on the fence about the whole iPad and TV thing.  Where is the Smart TV coming into play?  Ms. Coulon said the Smart TV they want to use for presentations, workshops and during Suicide Awareness Month.  They want to be able to run information on places where

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

               students can get help.  If they didn’t want to use our services, they’d get just general information, but that’s not anywhere near the priority of the software.

 

               Senator Tyler L. said with the iPad, how are we going to make sure students know how to use an iPad Pro along with other software you have to download to create a video that is of high quality.  You can record on a phone but you have to know how to use the software to create something of high quality.  Ms. Coulon said I believe some people would be willing to help with this. 

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Gabrielle A. said I know there’s a lot of free software to create videos.  Ms. Coulon said there have always been people to help with this and I don’t think this will be any different. 

 

               Senator Gabrielle A. asked if they went to any other organizations for this.  Ms. Coulon said I’m not the Director so she could have possibly approached others but I really don’t know.

 

   COMMENT:    Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady L. said I support this motion.  I think this is the type of motion that SGA should be supporting at this time.  Myself, I personally don’t necessarily struggle with mental health but I do see it a lot in my peers and I don’t think they necessarily know of the resources they have available to them.  So I think funding this bill could do a lot of good.  Of all the motions we’ve heard before us today, I think this could be the most useful.  I thank you for sponsoring this motion and firmly support it.

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Jennifer D. said I think we need to advertise the services more on campus.  I totally support it as well.

 

   COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I have one last comment because this is important to me.  As a lot of you know, I’m running an organization that is about mental health.  Everyone in the Counseling Center is very dedicated.  I know that this is not something that SGA would normally be funding.  However, I personally don’t want to see anyone’s mental health overlooked.  Mental Health should come first.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-057

I move that the Senate purchase for $220 Push/Pull Decals to be taken out of Nicholls Community Awareness line item of the budget to hang on doors for Houma local businesses.

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Hunter Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said these decals are being purchased to put on business doors in Houma.  It’s to let them know that Nicholls is here and thank them for supporting us through a lot of students in the community.

 

     COMMENT:   Senator Jennifer D. asked what type of stores would be using them.  Senator Reona O. said local businesses like convenience stores.  Restaurants and other stores operating nationwide will not participate.

 

   COMMENT:   Senator Hunter L. said we can’t use it on corporate places because it’s against their rules.

 

   COMMENT:   Senator Zackary P. asked how many signs are we getting.  Senator Reona O. said 200. 

 

              Senator Zackary P. asked if we could put some on businesses in Thibodaux where the decals aren’t there yet.  I know we have some that have them already.

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

   COMMENT:   Vice President Sydney M. said I’m not sure what your intent was but whenever this motion first came out a year ago when Director Emily L. was here, she made it a point in her PR Committee that each member had to give out at least 3 of them.  The main point is that we can’t just go put it on doors wherever you want.  You have to ask if they mind putting it on their doors.  A lot of businesses downtown did it so I think it would be a good idea for whoever is the Chair in the PR Committee to make that an event to have everyone go out to distribute.  We have 200 of them so it would be the Senators’ responsibility to go out and hand them out.

 

   COMMENT:   Senator Gabrielle A. asked about the New Orleans area because she knows of a lot of businesses there.  Vice President Sydney M. said we can look at how far we can go.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-058a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures. (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting.)

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Miranda Danos

Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-058

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a vacuum oven for laboratory and research use.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Miranda Danos

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. defers to Guest Gweneth Engeron for further discussion. 

 

Hello everyone, my name is Gweneth Engeron.  I am a student leader.  The reason I’ve come to you to ask for funding for a vacuum oven is for our middle to upper level Chemistry classes as well as our Research laboratories.  In these classes, there are compounds that often involve using water.  Water is one of our biggest nemesis.  In order for the items to be dry to use correctly, we need to remove water off the compound.  In order to do so quickly or in a timely manner, we need a vacuum oven.  We currently do not have a vacuum oven and so we’re coming to you to ask for funding to purchase one. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-059

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,500 to purchase a Turbidimeter and electronic pipettors.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Trent Ledet

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said the electronic pipettors are used to sterilize the pipettors that are used in the Micro Biology classes and some of the upper level Biology courses and for research.  This is something that was presented to Tech Fee Committee and we didn’t have enough funding. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-060

I move that the Senate approve that SGA sponsor an Election Date Bus to bring students registered to vote to the polls.  (No Cost).

 

  1. Trent Ledet
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion: Senator Trent L. said we had one a few weeks ago that really wasn’t that successful but it’s our responsibility to provide this.

 

     COMMENT:   Senator Gabrielle A. said I think this is a great idea because I know a lot of people personally don’t have a way to go vote.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-061

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a hospital bed for the Nursing Department.

 

  1. Gavin Wisdom
  2. Hunter Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Gavin W. said we’ve had an increase in enrollment of nursing students.  Right now, some students can’t access these items. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

F2021-062

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,500 to purchase chemicals and supplies for live demonstrations in Chemistry courses.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Miranda Danos   

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this motion is for chemicals and other supplies to be used in lecture classes instead of labs.  It will be the professor doing a demonstration.  For the students to be able to see that, it will stick in their minds when they’re trying to grasp the ideas.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-22     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Streets Renaming Task Force – Tyler Legnon

The Committee released their recommendations for renaming the seven street names.  It has to be approved by the University as well as the City of Thibodaux. 

 

Courses and Curricula Committee – Heather LeBouef

Everything discussed was passed.

 

Search Committee for Vice President of Student Affairs – Hunter Legnon

This morning we reviewed the recommendations.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Senator Scholarship Selections:

Vice President Sydney M. said two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two Senators individually for their service in the Fall Semester.  (The Senator roster was distributed to the Senate to select their preference. The other scholarship was selected by the SGA Executive Board.) 

 

Congratulations to Senators Tyler Legnon and Madison Liner, recipients of the $500 scholarship which will be applied to their school accounts for Spring.

 

Holiday Social:

Senator Meagan R. said the gift exchange will be in the form of getting a basket or bag and filling it with some fun $1 things.  There are other things beside the games planned, please text me.

 

For food, look at the Google Doc to see what to bring.  We don’t need 20 different desserts so see what’s actually needed to balance out the menu.

 

DISCUSSION CONTINUED:

 

Vice President Send Off & Senate Thanks:

Senator Tyler L. said I want to echo Senator Jason S. comments from earlier.  I was Vice President and can tell you there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes.  You’re requested to go to many meetings.  I can tell you that Ms. Sydney Matherne a great job representing us all.  It takes a lot to help run this organization and not only just being Vice President but I’ve known her for many years and can tell you that she has done some of the best motions to come through the SGA.  It’s taken a lot of dedication on her behalf to make a change for the betterment of our students.  Once again, thank you for your services to the SGA since you’ve been here and Great Job!

 

President Ethan N. said I want to add to what Senator Tyler L. said.  This semester has been tough and Sydney has really stood by me through everything.  Literally, all the weekends and every hour of the day.  Like Senator Tyler L. said, you’ve done such a great job.  We had our last meeting with Dr. Clune today, right before this.  She comes to work every single day in her office. Every time she’s here she’s always thinking about SGA and all of you and what she can do for the students.  So we thank you.

 

Vice President Sydney M. thanked everyone and said she won’t be far.  She’s just going to New Orleans. 

 

Senator Cooper M. said he wants to thank everyone for standing beside me and supporting me for the Hurricane Relief effort and the whole Chalking situation.  You didn’t give up on me.  I know I made it hard for you.  I thank you.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Miranda D.        Kappa Sigma is having a Give Back night at the Smoothie King.

 

Meagan R.         Our concert will be live streamed.  We’ve been working really hard on it so please tune in and watch it.

 

Trent L.          The musical Hairspray is being put on and Senator Meagan R. is in it. 

 

Ethan N.          I want to mention that not only is Sydney graduating but also Jennifer Duthu, Emily Bergeron, Saidy Hebert, Cole LeGrange and Daedra Howard.

 

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Remy Lodrigues:

 

Ethan Vickrey – Senator-at-Large

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

 

FALL 2020 actions taken

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

June 8, 2020

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U2021-001

I move that the Senate approve Article 9 Section 1 of the Naquin Corollary.  

“The Naquin Corollary”

Article 9 Section 1

As set forth by President Ethan Naquin

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The Naquin Corollary to the SGA Rules of Procedures

Effective Date:  Immediately

 

Article Nine

Special Councils

 

Section 1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

 

  1. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council shall be comprised of the presidents of the following Nicholls State University organizations:
      1. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
      2. Colonels Retention of Winners Network (CROWN)
      3. Black Women’s Leadership Association (BWLA)
      4. Black Student Union (BSU)
      5. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
      6. Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
      7. Nicholls International Community
  1. The council shall also be comprised of these additional members:
  1. Student Government Association President
  2. Student Programming Association President
  3. Student Government Association Director of Student Rights and Grievances 
  4. 5 At-Large student members
  5. Nicholls State University Diversity and Inclusion Officer
  1. The council will consist of the following positions: Chair and Vice-Chair to be voted on at the first meeting.
  2. The SGA Director of Student Rights and Grievances will act as Secretary
  3. The SGA President will act as University Administrative Advisor
  4. The purpose of this council shall be to serve as a united body of student leaders and organizations to improve equality, cultural awareness, respect and inclusion on campus for students, as well as serve as space of discussion amongst student leaders to identify areas of improvement on campus in this aspect.  The council will form concrete goals and suggestions that will be recommended to the University President and the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Task force. 
  5. The members of the council shall maintain equal representation; however, the SGA President will have the responsibility of calling all meetings of the Council in addition to preparing and presenting the agenda. 
  6. It will be the responsibility of all those on the Council to bring forth items to be placed on the agenda and to express their own opinions and concerns as to when they feel a meeting is needed.
  7. The Council shall meet at least twice (2) a semester and/or express through email to the Council important matters regarding the University.
  8. The SGA President can add and remove seats from the Council as necessary.
  9. The SGA President can independently appoint members for the At-Large student member.

 

Passed and signed.



SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

August 10, 2020

 

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F2021-002 I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Douglas Gilchrist for the position of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

  

F2021-003

I move that the Senate accept President, Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Caroline Mistretta for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

  

F2021-004

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Heather LeBouef for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-005

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Symphony Brown for the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-006

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Jason Spell for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-007

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Madison Liner for the position of Senator of Sciences and Technology.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-008

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ethan Henry for the position of Treasurer.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-009

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Tyler Legnon for the position of Graduate Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-010

I move that the Senate approve the Naquin Corollary, as set forth by SGA President Ethan Naquin.  Tabled.

 

F2021-011

I move that the Senate approve the 2020-21 Budget.  Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN
August 17, 2020

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F2021-010

I move that the Senate approve the Naquin Corollary, as set forth by SGA President Ethan Naquin.  Passed and signed.

 F2021-011

I move that the Senate approve the 2020-21 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 
F2021-012

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $500 for the Summer Session to be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the Budget. Tabled.

 

F2021-013

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code and Supreme Court Rules of Procedures for clarification and updating purposes.  Tabled.

 

F2021-014

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Remy Lodrigues for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-015

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Morgan Levron for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-016

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-017

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Daedra Howard for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-018

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Keilan Kiger for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-019

I move that the Senate approve the Fall 2020 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

F2021-020

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on funding, Article V on the Election Commission composition and Article VI on the Judicial Branch composition of the Constitution and calling an election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting during the Fall 2020 election. 

 

Article III

The Legislative Branch

 

Section 3

Powers and Duties

 

  1. The senate shall have the following powers in the performance of the following duties:
  2. Shall pass legislation, which is necessary and proper, implementing the powers and duties, vested in it by this constitution.
  3. May, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, approve and/or modify the proposed budgets presented by the President without table.
  4. May, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, make appropriations, which have not been previously allocated.
  5. Act in accordance with its fiduciary responsibility to students as follows:

1)    Table automatically until the following regular meeting fiscal legislation exceeding $500 $1,000, with the exception of the budget as dictated by item B of this section.  This rule may be waived by 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting.

 

Article V

The Election Commission

 

  1. Composition
  2. The Election Commission shall consist of the following five (5) seven (7) appointed student members and one (1) ex-officio member:

1)   Election Commissioner – jointly appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents.  In the event of a deadlock, names of two (2) candidates shall be submitted to the Student Supreme Court, and they shall break the tie.

2)   SGA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SGA President.

3)   SPA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SPA President.

2)   The remaining six (6) members shall be appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

3)   SGA Secretary – serves as an ex-officio member of the Election Commission.

 

Article VI

The Judicial Branch

 

Section 2

Composition

 

The Student Supreme Court shall be composed of seven (7) nine (9) students, each appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

 

Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 August 24, 2020

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

BECAUSE OF THE CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY DUE TO HURRICANES MARCO AND LAURA, THERE WAS NO MEETING OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION ON THIS DATE.

 

F2021-012

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $500 for the Summer Session to be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the Budget. Remained Tabled.

 

F2021-013

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code and Supreme Court Rules of Procedures for clarification and updating purposes.  Remained Tabled.

 

F2021-020

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on funding, Article V on the Election Commission composition and Article VI on the Judicial Branch composition of the Constitution and calling an election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting during the Fall 2020 election. 

 

Article III

The Legislative Branch

 

Section 3

Powers and Duties

 

  1. The senate shall have the following powers in the performance of the following duties:
  2. Shall pass legislation, which is necessary and proper, implementing the powers and duties, vested in it by this constitution.
  3. May, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, approve and/or modify the proposed budgets presented by the President without table.
  4. May, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, make appropriations, which have not been previously allocated.
  5. Act in accordance with its fiduciary responsibility to students as follows:

1)    Table automatically until the following regular meeting fiscal legislation exceeding $500 $1,000, with the exception of the budget as dictated by item B of this section.  This rule may be waived by 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting.

 

Article V

The Election Commission

 

  1. Composition
  2. The Election Commission shall consist of the following five (5) seven (7) appointed student members and one (1) ex-officio member:

1)   Election Commissioner – jointly appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents.  In the event of a deadlock, names of two (2) candidates shall be submitted to the Student Supreme Court, and they shall break the tie.

2)   SGA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SGA President.

3)   SPA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SPA President.

2)   The remaining six (6) members shall be appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

3)   SGA Secretary – serves as an ex-officio member of the Election Commission.

 

Article VI

The Judicial Branch

 

Section 2

Composition

 

The Student Supreme Court shall be composed of seven (7) nine (9) students, each appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

 

Remained Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 August 31, 2020

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

F2021-012

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Table Emergency Meal Plan whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $500 for the Summer Session to be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the Budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2021-013

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Election Code and Supreme Court Rules of Procedures for clarification and updating purposes.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-020

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch on funding, Article V on the Election Commission composition and Article VI on the Judicial Branch composition of the Constitution and calling an election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting during the Fall 2020 election. 

 

Article III

The Legislative Branch

 

Section 3

Powers and Duties

 

  1. The senate shall have the following powers in the performance of the following duties:
  2. Shall pass legislation, which is necessary and proper, implementing the powers and duties, vested in it by this constitution.
  3. May, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, approve and/or modify the proposed budgets presented by the President without table.
  4. May, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting, make appropriations, which have not been previously allocated.
  5. Act in accordance with its fiduciary responsibility to students as follows:

1)    Table automatically until the following regular meeting fiscal legislation exceeding $500 $1,000, with the exception of the budget as dictated by item B of this section.  This rule may be waived by 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting.

 

Article V

The Election Commission

 

  1. Composition
  2. The Election Commission shall consist of the following five (5) seven (7) appointed student members and one (1) ex-officio member:

1)   Election Commissioner – jointly appointed by the SGA and SPA Presidents.  In the event of a deadlock, names of two (2) candidates shall be submitted to the Student Supreme Court, and they shall break the tie.

2)   SGA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SGA President.

3)   SPA Appointments – two (2) appointments shall be made by the SPA President.

2)   The remaining six (6) members shall be appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

3)   SGA Secretary – serves as an ex-officio member of the Election Commission.

 

Article VI

The Judicial Branch

 

Section 2

Composition

 

The Student Supreme Court shall be composed of seven (7) nine (9) students, each appointed jointly by the SGA and SPA Presidents with a 2/3rds approval of those present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

 

Passed and signed.

 

F2021-021

I move that the Senate approve President Ethan Naquin’s Resolution, “Commendation for University Administration, Faculty and staff on the Return to Campus Plan.”  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-022

I move to establish a program within the SGA that aids incoming Senators with their transition into the Senate.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-023

I move to begin a supply drive initiative in cooperation with other on campus organizations to help McNeese State University and the Lake Charles area.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $730 for poster printer and maintenance cartridges.  This will be taken out of Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2021-025

I move that the Senate purchase 250 t-shirts to promote voter registration.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget and will not exceed $2,000.  Senators will be required to work voter registration tables.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 September 14, 2020

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 F2021-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $730 for poster printer and maintenance cartridges.  This will be taken out of Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-026

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Senator of Nursing.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-027

I move that the Senate allocate up to $450 to purchase shirts for Confused Colonel to be taken from the t-shirt line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2021-028

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Hunter Legnon to the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-029

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Jax Badeaux to the position of Liberal Arts Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-030

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Mar’Yeala Jones for the position of Nursing Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-031

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-032

I move that the Senate accept President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Supreme Court Justice. Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 September 21, 2020

 

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

 

No motions were presented at this meeting.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 October 5, 2020

 

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

F2021-033

I move that the Senate accept Amanda Hankenhof for the position of Election Commission Member.  Amanda is the appointment of SGA President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-034

I move that the Senate allocate $102.50 from Senator Projects for the Counseling Center’s LGBTQ event on October 14, 2020 to pay for drinks and cookies.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-035

I move that the Senate allocate $300.50 to assist in funding students to attend the National Honor council Conference.  Funding will be taken from the “Senator Projects” line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 October 12, 2020

 

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

No motions were presented at this meeting.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 October 19, 2020

 

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

No motions were presented at this meeting.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 October 22, 2020

 

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

F2021-036

I move that the Senate accept Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation.  Tabled.

 

F2021-037

I move that the Senate Amend Article IV, The Legislative Branch on Composition and Articles VII and VIII regarding Honorary Positions of the Constitution and Calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election. 

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #1

WILL STATE THE DEFINITION OF A STUDENT IN AN HONORARY POSITION AS MEMBERS OF HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS.

 

The Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions”.  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 1 will be titled “Definition,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  • “The definition of Honorary Position is as follows:
  1. All honorary positions granted to students are Homecoming Court, Homecoming King and Queen, Mr. and Ms. Nicholls Finalists, and Mr. and Ms. Nicholls.
  2. Honorary positions, by nature of their student representative position, are subject to oversight by the Student Government Association.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #2

WILL LIST THAT THE STUDENTS ON HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS WILL BE UPHELD TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION CODE OF ETHICS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 2 will be titled “Code of Conduct,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “All members selected to Honorary Positions by either committee or student body election will be required to abide by the Student Government Association Code of Ethics and the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct.”

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #3

WILL GIVE THE AUTHORITY TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS DUE TO DISCIPLINARY MISCONDUCT.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 3 will be titled “Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed according to the following procedure: Impeachment by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the senate members present and voting at a duly constituted meeting and trial by the Student Supreme Court, with two-thirds (2/3) vote of all members present being the number of votes necessary for conviction, only according to the reasons listed in Article VII, Section 3.”

              

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #4

WILL LIST REASONS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 4 will be titled “Reasons for Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed for the

     following reasons:

  1. Violation of state of federal law
  2. Violation of the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct
  3. Violation of University mandated policies
  4. Malfeasance or nonfeasance in office”

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #5

FIVE SENATOR POSITIONS WILL BE APPORTIONED AND GRARANTEED FOR AT-LARGE MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SENATORS NOMINATED VIA ORGANIZATION.

 

Article IV, The Legislative Branch, Section 2, titled “Composition,” Subsection 2.7, of the Student Government Association Constitution will be created and it will read:

2.7 “Five (5) positions will be apportioned as At-Large Multicultural Student Senators.  One (1) seat will represent Black Students and Women of Color, one (1) seat will represent LGBTQ+ and Non-Binary Students, one (1) seat will represent International Students, one (1) seat will represent Native American and Indigenous Students, and one (1) seat will represent Latinx, Asian, and Middle Eastern Students.  These seats will be nominated via a letter submitted by the President or Chair of a multicultural organization nominating a student representative.  If no nomination is made, then a student can apply for appointment through the Student Body President.  Additional seats may be apportioned through amendments to this Constitution.”

 

Tabled.

 

F2021-038

I move that the Senate allocate $7,434.00 to the Department of English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies from the Peltier Hall Initiative line item of the budget for much needed technology upgrades to Peltier 230.  Tabled.

 

F2021-039

I move that the Senate purchase 50 pumpkins and 50 carving kits at a price of $3.98 and $.98 respectively.  Funds will not exceed $500 and will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-040

I move that the Senate accept the Gouaux Hall Rebuilding Resolutions.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-041

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 towards the construction of the sidewalk at the Student Union.  Funds for this project will come from the Infrastructure/Campus Safety line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

 

F2021-042

I move that SGA allocate $1,400 to purchase 1 bench for the upstairs outdoor corridor in Peltier.  This will be taken out of the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2021-043

I move that the SGA purchase 4 benches and 2 picnic tables for the green space outside of the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2021-044

I move that the Senate accept the Election Day Holiday Resolution.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-045

I move that the Senate provide two entry fees for role play competitor’s registrations at $175 and registration for one case competitor team for $350 for a total of $700 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-046

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working an additional wo hours on November 26, 17, 18 and 19, 2020.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-047

I move that the Senate reallocate $10,000 from the Unallocated funds portion of the budget to fund the “Leaders Suite Renovations” line item of the budget. Tabled.

                    

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 October 26, 2020

 

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

F2021-036

I move that the Senate accept Resolution on University Policy and Student Representation.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-037

I move that the Senate Amend Article IV, The Legislative Branch on Composition and Articles VII and VIII regarding Honorary Positions of the Constitution and Calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendments which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election. 

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #1

WILL STATE THE DEFINITION OF A STUDENT IN AN HONORARY POSITION AS MEMBERS OF HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS.

 

The Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions”.  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 1 will be titled “Definition,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  • “The definition of Honorary Position is as follows:
  1. All honorary positions granted to students are Homecoming Court, Homecoming King and Queen, Mr. and Ms. Nicholls Finalists, and Mr. and Ms. Nicholls.
  2. Honorary positions, by nature of their student representative position, are subject to oversight by the Student Government Association.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #2

WILL LIST THAT THE STUDENTS ON HOMECOMING COURT, HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN, MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS FINALISTS, AND MR. AND MS. NICHOLLS WILL BE UPHELD TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION CODE OF ETHICS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 2 will be titled “Code of Conduct,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “All members selected to Honorary Positions by either committee or student body election will be required to abide by the Student Government Association Code of Ethics and the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct.”

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #3

WILL GIVE THE AUTHORITY TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS DUE TO DISCIPLINARY MISCONDUCT.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 3 will be titled “Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed according to the following procedure: Impeachment by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the senate members present and voting at a duly constituted meeting and trial by the Student Supreme Court, with two-thirds (2/3) vote of all members present being the number of votes necessary for conviction, only according to the reasons listed in Article VII, Section 3.”

              

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #4

WILL LIST REASONS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF STUDENTS IN HONORARY POSITIONS.

 

This Amendment will rename Article VII and title it “Honorary Positions.”  The old Article VII will become Article VIII.  The new Article VII Section 4 will be titled “Reasons for Removal,” in the Student Government Association Constitution, and it will read:

  1. “Any student in an honorary position may be removed for the

     following reasons:

  1. Violation of state of federal law
  2. Violation of the Nicholls State University Student Code of Conduct
  3. Violation of University mandated policies
  4. Malfeasance or nonfeasance in office”

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT #5

FIVE SENATOR POSITIONS WILL BE APPORTIONED AND GUARANTEED FOR AT-LARGE MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SENATORS NOMINATED VIA ORGANIZATION.

 

Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2, titled “Composition,” of the Student Government Association Constitution will be restructured to add the a Student Life and Unity Division that will read:

 

Student Life and Unity Division – representing all aspects of student life and engagement.

 

     “At-Large Multicultural Senator”:

  1. Five (5) seats will be allocated to serve underrepresented and underserved student constituencies, nominated via multicultural organizations.

 

  1. One (1) seat will represent Bridge to Independence.

 

     “At-Large Student Life Senator”:

  1. One (1) seat will represent Greek Life.
  2. One (1) seat will represent Student Organizations.
  3. One (1) seat will represent Athletics.
  4. One (1) seat will represent Veterans Affairs.

 

Passed and signed.

 

F2021-038

I move that the Senate allocate $7,434.00 to the Department of English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies from the Peltier Hall Initiative line item of the budget for much needed technology upgrades to Peltier 230.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-041

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 towards the construction of the sidewalk at the Student Union.  Funds for this project will come from the Infrastructure/Campus Safety line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-042

I move that SGA allocate $1,400 to purchase 1 bench for the upstairs outdoor corridor in Peltier.  This will be taken out of the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

F2021-043

I move that the SGA purchase 4 benches and 2 picnic tables for the green space outside of the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-047

I move that the Senate reallocate $10,000 from the Unallocated funds portion of the budget to fund the “Leaders Suite Renovations” line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2021-048

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ana Garcia to the position of Business Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-049

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Ethan Vickrey to the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-050

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Lance Jones to the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-051

I move that SGA allocate up to $1,000 to purchase tools needed to upkeep the equipment in the new Convergence Media Center in Talbot Hall.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-052

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the front of Talbot.  The cost will be $1,499.00 to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2021-053

I move that Senate allocate $2,000 for overall student awards and $500 for refreshments from Sodexo to assist the co-sponsorship Expeaux 21, the student research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University.  Tabled.

 

F2021-054

I move that SGA fund up to $1,500 for Alumni Affairs to purchase personalized yard signs for the upcoming Fall 2020 graduates.  Funding for this would come out of the Senator Projects line item.  Tabled.

                         

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

November 2, 2020

 

FOR COMPLETE MINUTES LOG ONTO WWW.NICHOLLS.EDU/SGA

 

 

F2021-052

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the front of Talbot.  The cost will be $1,499.00 to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-053

I move that Senate allocate $2,000 for overall student awards and $500 for refreshments from Sodexo to assist the co-sponsorship Expeaux 21, the student research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-054

I move that SGA fund up to $1,500 for Alumni Affairs to purchase personalized yard signs for the upcoming Fall 2020 graduates.  Funding for this would come out of the Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-055

I move that Senate allocate up to $400 to purchase Boots Clune Koozies for an S.G.A. giveaway.  Funds will be taken from the S.G.A. Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

              

F2021-056

I move that Senate allocate up to $4,000 to purchase equipment and software for the University Counseling Center.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-057

I move that the Senate purchase for $220 Push/Pull Decals to be taken out of Nicholls Community Awareness line item of the budget to hang on doors for Houma local businesses.  Passed and signed.

         

F2021-058

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a vacuum oven for laboratory and research use.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-059

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,500 to purchase a Turbidimeter and electronic pipettors.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-060

I move that Senate approve that SGA sponsor an Election Date Bus to bring students registered to vote to the polls.  (No Cost).  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-061

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a hospital bed for the Nursing Department.  Passed and signed.

 

F2021-062

I move that Senate allocate up to $1,500 to purchase chemicals and supplies for live demonstrations in Chemistry courses.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

SPRING 2020 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

January 27, 2020

The meeting was called to order in the Leaders Suite of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Markaylen Wiltz. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator ­Jason Spell and the pledge was given by Senator Alyssa Romero.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Emily Bergeron and Senator Caroline Mistretta read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Markaylen Wiltz, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board member was absent:  Treasurer Carley Morvant.

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Juan Ponce, Crissie Belanger, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Samantha Bach, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Tyler Legnon, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Jonathan Gros, Aarati Pant and Hali Westerman.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Student Government Association Advisor, The Nicholls Worth Staff Member and Heather LeBouef.

Minutes of October 28, November 4, 11 and 18, 2019 were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Heather LeBouef – Human Rights Campaign

I learned about the Human Rights Campaign two weeks ago and no one is working on events for it.  Basically, I’m trying to expand the Human Rights Campaign not only for Nicholls but for the entire nation.  I’m addressing you to request that you get a little more involved with that.  The Human Rights Campaign can partner with other student organizations to attract anyone who is interested in getting involved.  If anyone is interested in helping run committees involved with the Human Rights Campaign, please contact me through email.  Thank you.

 

OFFICER REPORTS

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • The legislation to purchase basketball uniforms for Women’s Basketball was vetoed. I contacted the Athletic Director and one of the equipment managers and neither of them were aware of this situation. Neither of them knew that SGA was planning to do this. I found it best to veto it because if we were to pay $3,200 for something that was already budgeted for in Athletics, why are we spending the students’ money on it when we could be spending it on something else.  My vetoing is nothing against the person who wrote it.  It’s just that I want to make sure anytime we’re writing a motion for anything in Athletics, just make sure the Athletic Director knows about it.  If it’s a certain sport, contact that particular coach.  If it’s a particular subject, make sure you contact the head of that department.  If you want to override my veto, you can because it’s in the Bylaws, you can do that.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

  • I’m sure Vice President Markaylen W. will go over highlighted portions of the Constitution and Bylaws that the E-Board reviewed. There were a handful of things that we realized no longer apply like coin machines for printing that we no longer have.  We also realized that some of the wording doesn’t necessarily fit our Senate as much as it did in the past.  If Vice President Markaylen W. doesn’t review it, then we’ll review it at the next meeting.
  • Congratulations to the following 4.0 students from last semester: Senators Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Samantha Back, Aarati Pant, Election Commission Member Daedra Howard and Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

I met with Dr. Caruso and a few others on how overall student complaints are handled across the university.  We did receive high marks for that from our accrediting agency.  It will be more streamlined so we can address your concerns on campus to improve the student experience.

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

No report.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

Upcoming Dates:

  • January
    • January 29th (THIS WEDNESDAY) – Welcome Back Winter Fest (10:00am – 1:00pm in Quad)
  • February
    • February 19th – Scantrons and King Cake (9:00am – 1:00pm in Union)
  • March
    • March 3rd – *MANDATORY* Town Hall (refreshments at 5:30pm with Town Hall at 6:00pm)
    • March 10th – Stress Tillou Giveaway (11:00am) (Tillou Attending)
    • March 24th – Orientation
    • March 26th – Orientation
    • March 28th – Orientation
  • April
    • April 1st – Orientation
    • April 3rd – Orientation
    • April 8th – Tank Top Giveaway (11:00am) 
  • May
    • May 4th – Banquet (5:00pm)
  • June
    • June 10th – Orientation
    • June 15th – Orientation
  • July
    • July 15th – Orientation
  • August
    • August 12th – Orientation

 

Other:

  • Nicholls Day at Rouses
    • Should we still do this? Do students shop there? – Someone to head?
  • Nicholls Day at Target
    • Should we still do this? Do students shop there? – Someone to head? 

Senator Caroline M. agreed to head these projects.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – MARKAYLEN WILTZ

 

I met with some Leadership Council members earlier and went over the dates we’ll meet, what we’ll do with legislation, emails and conference calls.  Today we’ll be going over the House Rules and Senate Participation as well as some things I spoke to the Finance Committee Chair about.  She met with the Treasurer on some things that we’ll also clear up today during the Workshop.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F1920-045

I move that the SGA purchase 5 picnic tables and 1 bench for the Quad.  Funds will be taken from Campus Improvements.  Passed and signed.

F1920-046

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour and boxed lunch for Black History Month for up to $650 to be taken from the African American History/Black History line item of the Spring budget.  Passed and signed.

F1920-047

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to assist in funding travel for students to attend the March for Life/Cardinal O’Connor Conference.  Funding will be taken from “Senator Projects” line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F1920-048

I move that the SGA fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees working additional two hours on November 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10.  Passed and signed.

 

F1920-049

I move that the Senate allocate $7,566 to the Department of Languages and Literature.  Funds are to be used to purchase two projectors in Peltier 131 and 200.  Funds are to be taken from the Peltier Hall Initiative line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F1920-050

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,300 to fund a charter bus for 54 students and tickets at $18 each.  The Nicholls Southeastern football game.  Funds will be taken from the unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

F1920-051

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,250 to purchase 250 student tickets from unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

F1920-052

I move that the Senate approve the Spring 2020 budget. Passed and signed.

   

F1920-053

I move that the Senate allocate $3,200 for the women’s basketball team jerseys and shorts.  Funds shall be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed but vetoed.

 

F1920-054

I move that the Senate approve the amendments to Article XII of the Bylaws – Allocation Policy.  Passed and signed.

 

F1920-055

I move that the Senate fund $482.31 to help the Ellender Library purchase supplies for the poster printer.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F1920-056

I move that the Senate fund up to $500 to sponsor a Story Teller for Black History Month.  Funds will be taken from the African American History Month Spring budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert

 

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair

Committee did not meet.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

Committee did not meet

Community Outreach: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

Committee did not meet.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

Committee did not meet.

 

Academic Affairs Report: – Ethan Naquin, Chair 

Committee did not meet.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

Spring University Committee List was updated.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Spring Senator Workshop on House Rules, Participation & Finance Committee:

 

Powerpoint presentation on the following:

 

House Rules:

  • Dress Code is business casual.
  • All legislation must be considered by Vice President 48 hours prior to meeting.
  • Leadership Council to meet to review upcoming motions and how the Senate will proceed.

General Rules and Procedures:

  • The Chair will recognize speakers when their name card is recognized.
  • Whenever a member raises a Point of Order, the Chair will make the ruling.
  • Voting process was discussed.
  • Rules Suspension was discussed. 
  • Motions should be turned in by Thursday so the E-Board can review them prior to Monday’s meeting.

Finance Committee:

  • Motions should be fully debated.
  • Lack of participation between Senate in spending the students’ money.
  • Ask questions or you may not know exactly what we’re purchasing.
  • For controversial motions, speak your mind.

Bylaws, Constitution and Corollary:

  • E-Board and Constitution were edited in the E-Board Workshop to remove items that are no longer applicable.  The changes will be emailed to you for review.
  • “What I’ve Done/Heard.” Forms were discussed.  Officers should be meeting with their Department Heads throughout the semester.
  • Communication with administration on projects should also be reported to the SGA President or Vice President.
  • To build transparency, SGA officers should be attending campus events, especially those we sponsor.
  • Officers were encouraged to produce legislation.

DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

     COMMENT:     Dr. Caruso said I wanted to remind you that when you’re working on committees, make sure you’re following procedure.  It’s important to make sure you’re in contact with your constituents and make sure they know they’re represented.  Keeping that in mind, we come to meetings to make decisions.  Those decisions aren’t about you, they’re about the constituents you’re representing.  The students need to be confident that it’s their voice as a whole.  Sometimes we get lost when we’re all together in the meeting on Mondays and talk to each other about what we think about something but it’s much bigger than that.  People put their trust in you to be here on their behalf. Everything you do is much bigger than any one person.  Keep that in mind.  Don’t be afraid to use your voice to work together.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Markaylen W.      Last semester I attended the Government Public Affairs Committee meetings for the Chamber of Commerce.  They meet from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  If anyone is interested, you can attend.

Emma B.           Reminded everyone to complete their certification requirements that were emailed to everyone. 

                  Reminded everyone that she will not accept gossip in the Senate Room or SGA Office.  We’re a team. 

Dolly M.          Reviewed and confirmed list of officers eligible for Hall of Fame Honor so nominations can be submitted to Office of Student Affairs.

                  Confirmed the officers graduating in May and December of 2020 to order graduation stoles to be awarded during for the SGA Banquet.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:56 p.m.

THIS WAS THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE SPRING 2020 SEMESTER.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 3, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order in the Leaders Suite of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Markaylen Wiltz. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator ­Crissie Bellanger and the pledge was given by Senator Alyssa Romero.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Emily Bergeron and Senator Ethan Henry read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Markaylen Wiltz, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Carley Morvant, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Crissie Belanger, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Tyler Legnon, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Caroline Mistretta, Juan Ponce, Meagan Rousse, Jonathan Gros, Lizzie Bychurch, Aarati Pant, Hali Westerman and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Cole LeGrange.

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Daedra Howard.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Student Government Association Advisor, The Nicholls Worth Staff Member and guest Myrline Chiasson, N’Dia Ramsey, Hunter Moore and Nicholas Parham.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:   None.

OFFICER REPORTS

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

·       The revisions of the Bylaws were emailed to you earlier. The highlighted portions are items that are outdated. Review them and advise if you have any questions.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

I attended an Academic Integrity Committee Meeting.
If any of you are working on projects and would like my assistance or have any ideas on ways to improve the university, feel free to contact me.
 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

The Spring budget will be finalized and I’ll have it for you next Monday.  Today in the Judiciary meeting, we reviewed changes to the Bylaws that were made last semester.
One important thing is to let either Senator Julia P. or myself know about a motion requiring funding.  President Emma B. will veto it if it’s not discussed with us prior to the committee meeting.  You can send us a text, phone call, email or office mail to let us know what’s going on.
 


OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

Upcoming Dates

February
February 19th – Scantrons and King Cake (9:00am – 1:00pm in Union)
March
March 3rd – *MANDATORY* Town Hall (refreshments at 5:30pm with Town Hall at 6:00pm)
Other 

Polos – white
Women – size up
Men – true to size
Section A. Bylaws
Article IV – Duties of a Legislative Official
F – Attend all mandated activities of the Senate, including meetings in which they have a vote, such as Senate and Committee meetings.  Each Senator will be allowed 3 unexcused absences per semester, as per the constitution (see Article II, Section 5, Number 1, Letter D).
1.  Failure to attend a Senate meeting or one (1) hour at an SGA sponsored function will result in one (1) unexcused absence. 

o   E-Board proposed 3 hours per semester

o   30 minutes = 6 events

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – MARKAYLEN WILTZ

 

·       By Wednesday, please submit the goals, projects or motions you plan on doing this semester.

·       Senator Jason S. and I will meet with the Athletic Dept. this week to discuss the motion for the fencing that has been requested.

·       Leadership Council will meet after this meeting.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

None.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Cole LeGrange

 

SPA matters:

Looking for a Publicity Director.
Finalizing details for Crawfish Day and will decide on the performer.
 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Daedra Howard

 

SPRING ONLINE ELECTIONS – MARCH 24 to 26, 2020

 

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS:  Tuesday, March 3 by 4:30 p.m. to the SGA office:

Nominations for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor Co-Curricular forms are required for this election!  Qualifications for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honors:  Nominee must be carrying at least 7 hours or more, have completed 85 semester hours at the end of the Fall semester, and have a 2.5 overall average.  Graduate students meeting qualifications are eligible.

 

DEADLINE FOR PETITIONS:  Friday, March 6, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. Noon to the SGA office:  Petitions to run for STUDENT GOVERNMENT President, Vice President & Senators and STUDENT PROGRAMMING President & Vice President. 

 

Candidate’s meeting to follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Leaders Suite of the Student Union.

 

Nomination packets and Election Petitions are available in the SGA & SPA offices!

 

 

 


SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Julia Pierce, Crissie Bellanger, Emily Bergeron, Ethan Henry, Tyler Legnon, Brady Levron, Jason Spell and Natalee Leblanc.

 

Absent:     Senators Lizzie Bychurch, Jonathan Gros, Remy Lodrigues, Sydney Matherne, Aarati Pant and Meagan Rousse.

 

We discussed the following:

·       Reviewed Bylaws.

·       Reviewed House Rules for the committee.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Crissie Bellanger, Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart, Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc, Tyler Legnon, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jonathan Gros, Remy Lodrigues, Sydney Matherne, Caroline Mistretta, Aarati Pant and Meagan Rouse.

 

We discussed the following:

One excuse from Carley Morvant, Treasurer, which was passed.
Judiciary will now be a closed meeting so if you’re not on the committee, we ask that you wait in the lobby area while the committee is in session.
We’re holding Senators more accountable for events that we sign up for.  Officers may be required to appear in front of the committee to discuss their projects and things they’re working on.
 

Community Outreach: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

No meeting was held.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jason Spell, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Alyssa Romero.

 

Absent:     Juan Ponce (unexcused).

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

Concerns regarding progress of renovations to softball fence.  Learned they’re not done yet but in the works.
Concern regarding poor or no lighting on Madewood Drive near the football stadium across from Ayo Hall.
Concern about crosswalks that are not painted well enough to be as visible as they should be.
 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

Present:    Senators Ethan Naquin, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart, Sydney Matherne.

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

Unfinished business from last semester, including the bill on proposed changes to the Attendance Section of the Academic Procedures Policy which will be taken up by the Dean’s Council again this semester. 
Trying to reach out to professors for feedback on implementation of the Finals Preparation Period that passed last semester.
 


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Emma B.           I’ll be at a COSBP meeting this weekend with SGA Presidents attending from throughout the State.  I’ll report on it when I return.

 

                  Reminded everyone that since we didn’t have any motions either at our last meeting or this meeting, that this is a good time to contact your Dean or Department Head. I’ve already received requests from two professors. 

 

Markaylen W.      There is an election coming up this April.  We’d like to discuss whether we want to have another “Get Out and Vote” Rally at perhaps another location on campus.

                 

Dolly M.          SGA is nominating the following officers for Hall of Fame:

                  Emma Bourgeois, Emily Ledet, Natalee Leblanc, Tyler Legnon, Beau Bourgeois, Jasmine Sampson, Christopher Oubre, Bryant DeHart and Keilan Kiger who graduated Fall 2019.  Deadline for co-curricular forms due to Office of Student Affairs is February 18.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 10, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order in the Leaders Suite of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Markaylen Wiltz. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator ­Alyssa Romero and the pledge was given by Senator Bryant DeHart.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Carolina Mistretta and Senator Jason Spell read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Markaylen Wiltz, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent:  Treasurer Carley Morvant.

 

The following Senators were present:  Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Henry, Juan Ponce, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Tyler Legnon, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Sydney Matherne, Ethan Naquin, Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Lizzie Bychurch, Aarati Pant and Hali Westerman.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Christopher Oubre.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Student Government Association Advisor, Lindsey McKaskle, Interim Athletic Director, The Nicholls Worth Staff Brandon Thomas and Nicholas Parham.

 

Minutes of January 27, 2020 were approved.

 

Vice President Markaylen Wiltz advised that during the Finance Committee meeting, discussion was held on a motion regarding rebuilding the outside portion of the softball fence.  Director Lindsey McKaskle is here to speak on the motion and to answer any questions.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Lindsey McKaskle, Interim Athletic Director

 

Director McKaskle thanked SGA for allowing her to speak today.  Last Spring, there were storms that caused damage to the softball fence.  The fence is being propped up in the middle section.  Typically our athletic budgets don’t usually have a lot of money to restore structures.  So whenever these situations come up, they present an issue for us.  We have reached out and tried to do fundraising.  To be perfectly honest with you, it’s been difficult to find the support for extra funding that we need.  So I’m coming to you today to request $7,000 which is an assessment.  The number one thing we want to provide for our student athletes is a safe place.  So we’re trying to collect money that would help us provide that.  Right now, $7,000 is approximately half of the cost for what we need.  The additional funding for that we have secured with a corporate sponsorship.  They are providing $3,000 to $4,000 and we talked to Dr. Clune about securing the remainder of the cost. 

 

COMMENT:    Senator Emily B. asked about insurance.  Director McKaskle said from the broken damage we had, we’re getting $3,300 from the insurance.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Caroline M. said if we would pay for half, would students know.  SGA is trying to improve every student athletic experience so I approve the motion. Director Lindsey M. said there’s signage we can put up thanking you for that.  We’ll ensure that happens.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:     Senator Brady L. asked about how much their fundraising efforts raised.  Director McKaskle said they have not raised much, perhaps a couple of thousand dollars but they struck out pretty hard.

 

      COMMENT:     Senator Ethan H. said $3,000 from the insurance, $2,000 from fundraising and another $3,000 or $4,000 from a sponsorship is good amount to put together.  I would love to see this happen but I’m wondering if your request is necessary if you have all these funds coming in.  I’m just curious because that’s almost $7,000.  Director McKaskle said they received two quotes.  One was around $15,000 and one was around $14,000.  The higher quote would be for a higher fence all the way around.  The lower quote was for 6’ fencing for about 210’ and then it would drop down to 4’ fencing.  While we’re still trying to go with the lower quote, you don’t have a windscreen with that.  The windscreen is included in the higher quote that’s why we’re going to have to stick with the 6’ quote all the way around.  So the funds we’re getting will cover about half the cost.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Brady L. said you mentioned that you met with Dr. Clune.  Does it seem optimistic that you could get the additional funding?  Director McKaskle said anytime a request like this comes up, they try to help us out. I mentioned to him that if SGA approved the funding, we’d still be short a little bit.  Would this be something he could help us out with?  He emailed me that he thinks they can make it happen.

 

      COMMENT:     Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler L. said when Cheerleaders needed money, they went to Dr. Clune.  He said they’d try to get the money secured to help buy uniforms, he went out and managed to get that money.  So I don’t think you need to worry about Dr. Clune being unable to secure the funds.

 

Vice President Markaylen W. thanked Director McKaskle for coming and said the motion will be voted on next week.  He suggested inviting the softball team to the meeting.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I attended a COSBP meeting in Baton Rouge this weekend. A motivational speaker attended and he was really awesome.  In our general meeting, we talked about a school supply drive for students throughout the State.  It’s a program to prevent children from ending up in prison who are not receiving what they need at a young age.  It’s a school supply drive for children from Kindergarten to Third Grade.  We’re going to do a supply drive for pencils, pens, colors, notebooks, folders, etc.  We’d like to do it as a University so please get with our Public Relations Committee and discuss a possible competition like Can Wars.  We can reach out to other student organizations for that. 
  • ULS Day at the Capitol is coming up on March 31st. Please try to attend.  ULS is the University of Louisiana System.  Nicholls is in this large group of other universities like ULL, Grambling, Southeastern and LaTech.  All of us go to the Capitol to represent all the other students who can’t make it.  It’s to show them that our education is important and that we need them to fight for us.
  • We learned about a Governor’s Fellowship – We’d like anyone who is interested in SGA to reach out to me about doing a Governor’s Fellowship. It’s an opportunity for college and university students to experience public policy in action, learn the rich history and current affairs of Louisiana Government and the Government and earn three hours of academic credit. Each Fellow will be assigned to a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge.  Fellows will gain valuable experience by collaborating with agency leaders on existing projects, observing firsthand the Governor’s leadership and strategies in learning how State policies are developed.  Fellows will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance their overall

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

experience and understanding of Louisiana government and current affairs.  I know someone who did this last year and he said it was an absolutely amazing experience.  He got to know the Governor, the Cabinet Member that he worked with and said he would love to do it again.  This is an awesome opportunity no matter what your major is.  Reach out to me and I’ll get you more information.

  • There is a NASA Internship for any major who wants to do that. There’s a Webinar about it on Thursday, February 13 so if you’re interested in that again, let me know.
  • There’s a Tulane Women’s Leadership Program from June 1st through 6th. It’s a free 6-day residential program to educate undergraduates about the important role that politics plays in their life.  You can meet successful women leaders, learn public speaker debate, research and networking skills and connect with peers across universities.  It’s open for both men and women.  If you’re interested, let me know and I can give you more information on that.
  • I’ll meet with Dr. Caruso on Wednesday about the Academic Master Plan for the University. I’ll report more on this next Monday. 
  • Today and tomorrow, guests are here from the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business and the Lafourche Commission on Women. We’ll have former Congressman David Miller from Florida and another former Congressman from Pennsylvania.  If you see them walking around, reach out to them and introduce yourselves.  Ask them questions if you like.  They’re super kind.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • I’ve been working with Dr. Caruso to research a better way to funnel all student complaints into one system.  As of right now, I receive a complaint from a student, Dr. Caruso’s office receives an issue, Dr. Ponson’s office receives them and some on Facebook.  Each department tries to resolve the issue independently.  So they’re all funneled to one person or one system, a cataloged place where all complaints are filed.  There’s a software that does this.  Many other universities, Texas Tech, North Georgia and Georgia State all use this one program.  If you check out their website, it looks good.  It’s a very efficient form system.  This software is inexpensive.  It also comes with a $6,000 price tag.  Considering technology, this is small.  Dr. Caruso and I are trying to find a way to bring it to Nicholls and have student complaints in the center. 
  • Let me know if you need help with anything.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

Senator Julia P. reported on the Fall 2019 Financial Statement figures.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

Upcoming Dates

  • February
    • February 19th (next week) – Scantrons and King Cake (9:00am – 1:00pm in Union)
  • March
    • March 3rd – *MANDATORY* Town Hall (refreshments at 5:30pm with Town Hall at 6:00pm

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – MARKAYLEN WILTZ

 

  • Last week I met with Senator Jason S. and the Interim Athletic Director to see if we can get rolling on this controversial fence. Hopefully, we’ll come to something on that.
  • This week I’ll attend the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee. If you’re interested, see me after the meeting.
  • Leadership Council meeting will be held today after this meeting.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

None.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Christopher Oubre

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

  • Encourage your other student organizations to select their nominee for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls early.  The deadline is March 3rd.
  • For Spring Elections, applications are available for SGA President or Vice President.  The Senators who want to serve next year will have to complete a Petition by March 6th.  Those of you who are Freshmen, you’ll represent them until the Fall but currently you can apply to serve your particular college major.  If you don’t, then you’ll have to reapply in the Fall and interview with Judiciary Committee. 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Ethan Henry, Tyler Legnon, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues, Jason Spell, Natalee Leblanc and Bryant DeHart.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Bychurch, Lizzie Bychurch, Jonathan Gros, Sydney Matherne, Aarati Pant and Meagan Rousse.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to purchase tickets for Women’s History Month luncheon which passed.
  • Motion to fund Sigma Gamma Rho 79th Southwestern Regional Conference which was tabled.
  • Funding for a new outfield Softball fence which was tabled.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart, Natalee Leblanc, Tyler Legnon, Remy Lodrigues, Caroline Mistretta, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senators Jennifer Duthu, Jonathan Gros, Sydney Matherne, Cooper Moore, Ethan Naquin and Aarati Pant.

 

We discussed the following:

  • A few excuses were passed.
  • Motion from Senator Symphony Brown about mandatory Senator attendance at SGA events which passed.

 

Community Outreach: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

Present:    Senators Caroline Mistretta, Alyssa Romero, Meagan Rousse Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle, Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Symphony Brown and Juan Ponce.

 

Absent:     Senators Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc and Tyler Legnon,

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

  • T-shirts for Spring break.
  • Speaking to sports teams about giveaways.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

No meeting was held.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

Present:    Senators Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart, Sydney Matherne.

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Academic Affairs Committee Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Unfinished business from last semester when he created a bill for changes to the Academic Procedure Policy.
  • Also reached out to professors for feedback on implementing the Finals Preparation Period that was passed last semester.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S1920-057

I move that each Senator complete three or more hours of SGA events per semester.

  1. Symphony Brown
  2. Ethan Henry

 

Discussion: Senator Symphony B. said we had really good discussion about this and received good feedback.  It starts from the PR leaders.  We’re required to give three hours as the standard that is set for us.  I think the standard needs to be set for the Senate as well.  However you wish to complete the three or more hours is up to you, such as one event for thirty minutes or perhaps knock it out at once, it’s up to you but we need to let students know who we are and what’s we’re about.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Caroline M. said no one knew this but in the Bylaws last year, it said it was mandatory that we go to everything.  So we thought 30 minutes of your day is better than going to an event and no one turning in excuses like we’re supposed to.  It’s not fair to enforce that you go every single time but everyone has a part in SGA.  We want students to know who we are.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Ethan H. asked how would we keep track of this.  Senator Symphony B. deferred to Director Emily L. who said whenever you sign in, put the time you’re in and leave and we’ll keep track of it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. said although this says three or more hours, don’t limit yourself to three hours.  Just because you worked at Orientation, don’t think that you don’t have to do anything for the rest of the semester.  You’re here to work.  This is trying to get some of you to work a little but we need you to work more than three hours.

 

      COMMENT:    Secretary Dolly L. said we’re talking about work, work, work but this is really an opportunity to promote SGA.  It’s an opportunity for you to meet the students and get a good look of who might be someone that can serve on the Senate.  It should be a lot of fun too.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained-1

 

S1920-057a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article VIII, Section A. Number 1 of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously copied and distributed to the Senators).

  1. Taylen Daigle
  2. Bryant DeHart

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained-1

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S1920-058

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month luncheon on March 5, 2020.  The tickets are $20 and the cost would not exceed $200.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Taylen Daigle
  2. Bryant DeHart

 

Discussion: Senator Taylen D. said this is something we’ve done before and the cost is $200 that would be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  They actually have a faculty member, student and a member from the community that will receive an award at this event.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Caroline M. said we’ve done this before and I don’t recall that last year students wanted to attend. We had an opportunity for people to sign up but people didn’t want to attend.  It’s a great motion but if you have a shortage two years in a row, that wouldn’t be good in my opinion.  Senator Taylen D. said first of all, it’s a really nice meal and the event is March 5th which is a month away so we’re giving ourselves more time to advertise it.  It’s important that women’s efforts are recognized. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-2

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Cooper M.         We’re restarting the French Program and I’m also the President of that club.  This Wednesday we’re having a meeting at 4:15 p.m. in Peltier Hall.  We’re trying to bring back French culture which plays a huge part in Louisiana’s culture.

 

Caroline M.       DZ is having a Give Back Night at Off the Hook tonight. 

 

Dolly M.          Ambassadors are needed for ULS Day at the Capitol. Five or six of you have already volunteered. Let me know if you’re interested.

 

                  There’s a presentation on February 18th from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. by Jay Dardenne.  I sent all of you an email with the information.  Please try to attend.

 

                  Computers in the Senate Room will need your specific log in information (your Moodle info) to use them.  IT Dept. is changing these for security reasons. Let me know if you want to use them and I’ll have IT Dept. set you up.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 17, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order in the Leaders Suite of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Remy Lodrigues and the pledge was given by Senator Brady Levron.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Symphony Brown and Senator Ethan Henry read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Carley Morvant, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Tyler Legnon, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Juan Ponce, Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Jennifer Duthu, Aarati Pant and Hali Westerman.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert and Justice Christopher Oubre.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Student Government Association Advisor, Members of the Nicholls Softball Team, KNSU Staff and Nicholas Parham with Bridge Program Staff.

 

Minutes of February 3, 2020 were approved.



GUEST SPEAKERS: Members of Nicholls Softball Team

 

We appreciate the opportunity to speak to you about the Softball fence which is no longer standing up.  The wind has pushed it back to where it’s not standing up so balls roll over the top of it. We’d appreciate it if you could help us out.  Technically, it’s a violation of our Conference rules because this situation could cause injury.  



OFFICER REPORTS

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I have a few applications on my desk regarding Supreme Court and Election Commission.  
  • I have Tech Fee Committee meeting tomorrow that Treasurer Carley M. will attend for me.  I’ll let you know the results of that.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • I’ve been in contact with Dr. Alexander who is the new Department Head of English, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.  He and I are in conversations about something that’s been occurring over the past two or three years since I’ve been doing this job.  There’s somewhat of an issue with plagiarism. Students are being charged with accusations of plagiarism which students feel is because they have not learned the proper citation techniques. So from my perspective, looking at the best interest of the students, it seems that it’s more of a systemic issue of the department and not necessarily the student’s.  Obviously, I’m not talking about blatant accusations of plagiarism. I’m talking about the ones that are kind of on the border line that you really don’t know. They didn’t really mean to plagiarize but due to citation error, they’re being hit with a charge of plagiarism. Again, Dr. Alexander

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT CONTINUED:

 

just moved into this position so it’s all very new but we’ve entered into talks of ways we might be able to teach students better or maybe reinforce some of those lessons learned in English 102, 105 or whatever the beginning courses are all the way through, so students don’t have to deal with this in later years.

  • Additionally, I don’t know if we were expecting the student body to know about this but we do receive and charge students a student legal service fee that really hasn’t been able to be used in the past few years. There’s another university I’m reaching out to on contractual issues.  I’m planning to see how they have navigated this issue that we’re facing. I’ll be speaking to you about it after that’s been sorted out. 
  • I’m attending a Tech Fee Committee meeting tomorrow.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

  • I’m working on our first Spring Financial Statement and will present it to you after our Mardi Gras break. 
  • I’m attending Tech Fee Committee meeting tomorrow on behalf of President Emma B.
  • Keep up with letting me and Senator Julia P. know about motions.  If you need any ideas for anything, feel free to contact me or Senator Julia P. or the rest of the E-Board.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

Upcoming Dates

  • February 
    • (WEDNESDAY) February 19th – Scantrons and King Cake (9:00am – 1:00pm in Union)
    • (WEDNESDAY) February 19th – LSU vs Nicholls Baseball Game (4:00pm) – nacho bar and water
  • March 
    • March 3rd – *MANDATORY* Town Hall (refreshments at 5:30pm with Town Hall at 6:00pm)

 

Other

  • ULS Service Project for the 2020 Academic Summit: Cradle to Prison Pipeline 
    • The Children’s Defense Fund’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign is asking for donations geared toward children from 3 years old to 3rd grade. Donations should be related to education, such as school supplies and reading materials. Some examples include: 
      • Pencils 
      • Washable Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils 
      • Pencil Pouches/Crayon Boxes 
      • Pencil/Crayon Sharpeners 
      • Erasers (Pencil Caps or Bar) 
      • Round-tip Scissors 
      • Glue/Glue Sticks 
      • Plastic Folders 
      • Construction Paper/Drawing Paper 
      • Notebooks/Bound Composition Books/Wide-lined Loose-leaf Paper 
      • Backpacks 
      • Books 
    • How do you want to go about this? 
      • Like Can Wars?
      • Have a table in the union for a week for several hours and keep tally of the organization that bring the post (1 tally per item)
        • If so, what week?
          • Sign up by Feb 21 or 28?
          • Table March 3-7?

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATINS’ REPORT CONTINUED:

 

  • Remind Text – We have a Senate account where we post the Legislative Bills passed every Monday and the Pro-Tempore operates it.  I’ve been thinking of a better way for the student body to know what motions or bills are being passed every week. I thought about a “Remind Text” so that every Monday, if a student wants to know what we’re passing, they’d get a remind text.  I know there’s a certain amount of characters allowed so we could perhaps send out several remind texts. If you’re in the Remind Text link, you can stop the conversation going at any time. The reason I bring this up is because someone at SGA Day said they don’t know what’s going on.  I know a lot of students don’t even have Twitter. (Senate approved the idea.)

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON, PRO-TEMPORE

 

No report. 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S1920-057

I move that each Senator complete three or more hours of SGA events per semester.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-058

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month luncheon on March 5, 2020.  The tickets are $20 and the cost would not exceed $200. Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.



STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Christopher Oubre

 

SPA will be hosting a Baseball Tailgate against LSU on February 19th. 

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT

 

No report.



SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present: Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Ethan Henry, Tyler Legnon, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues, Jason Spell, Natalee Leblanc and Bryant DeHart.

 

Absent: Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Sydney Matherne, Aarati Pant and Meagan Rousse.

 

Guests: Interim Athletic Director Lindsey McKaskle and President of Sigma Gamma Rho Kayla Jackson 

 

We discussed the following:

  • Sigma Gamma Rho 79th Southwestern Regional Conference motion.  Ms. Kayla Freeman attended to answer questions.  Motion was amended to fund up to $620 which the committee passed.
  • Ms. Lindsey McKaskle attached the meeting to discuss the motion to for funding the new softball fence.  The motion was amended and the committee approved it.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present: Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart, Natalee Leblanc, Tyler Legnon, Remy Lodrigues, Caroline Mistretta, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse and Jason Spell.

 

Absent: Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jennifer Duthu, Jonathan Gros, Sydney Matherne, Cooper Moore, Ethan Naquin and Aarati Pant.



SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Judiciary Committee Report Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reminder that if you’re missing your committee meetings or university committee or the general meetings, you need to submit an excuse and come before the committee to be heard.  There are a couple of Senators who’ve missed all meetings this semester so we’ll be calling them before the Judiciary Committee when we meet again to get an idea of whether they want to stay in the organization or what the problem is.

  

Community Outreach: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

Present: Senators Caroline Mistretta, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Symphony Brown, Taylen Daigle, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Alyssa Romero and Meagan Rousse.

 

Absent: Senators Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc, Tyler Legnon, Juan Ponce and Cooper Moore.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Spring Break T-shirts and two tables in the Union.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present: Senators Jason Spell, Taylen Daigle, Cooper Moore and Alyssa Romero.

 

Absent: Senators Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Tyler Legnon and Juan Ponce.

 

We discussed the following:

  • WiFi in Millet, Zeringue and the Union have all found to be spotty in terms of connection speed.
  • Parking Lots by Ellender Hall, Millet and Zeringue have been reported to have shown fading in the painted lines of the parking spots.
  • Crosswalks by the tennis courts connecting the parking lot to Stopher Gym has shown to have fading paint.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair

 

Present: Senators Ethan Naquin, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart and Sydney Matherne.

 

Guest: Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Progress on the attendance policy.  Dr. Caruso approved the Amendments as written so it will now go to the Dean’s Council for approval.  Hopefully, the bill will be discussed in committee soon.



UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS: 

 

S1920-059

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to fund hotel costs and registration costs for 2 students to attend the 79th Southwest Regional Conference.

 

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Bryant DeHart

S1920-059a

I move to strike and amend the motion as currently written and amend it to be written as follows:

 

S1920-059

I move that the Senate allocate up to $620 to fund registration costs for 2 students to attend the 79th Southwest Regional Conference.

 

  1. Bryant DeHart
  2. Sydney Matherne

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED: 

 

Discussion:  Senator Bryant D. said only two students are attending.

 

Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler L. called for a vote on amending the motion.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20 Against-0 Abstained-0

 

Discussion on the amendment to the motion:  Senator Brady L. said at first they asked for registration and lodging for a few nights.  The committee decided that because of the Bylaws restricting the funds, it would be best just to fund the registration costs.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20 Against-0 Abstained-0

 

S1920-060

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,200 to fund renovations for the outfield softball fence.  Funds are to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. said Markaylen W. came to me with this idea he was working on.  I got in contact with Interim Athletic Director McKaskle. We’ve been in talks for the past couple of weeks and I invited the softball team to be here today.  This bill would allow SGA to fund up to $7,200, not the whole thing. The Director came in and spoke to the committee today.

 

COMMENT: Senator Caroline M. asked what do we do if the other donations for the fence don’t come in.  Senator Jason S. said the Athletic Department will help with the funding and other donors, that’s why we’ve made it for up to a certain amount.  I think the university can also help with it. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20 Against-0 Abstained-0



UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS 

 

None.



DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Motion to move into executive Session.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Sydney Matherne

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.



S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 2, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order in the Leaders Suite of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Zackary Pitre.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Emily Bergeron and Senator Jason Spell read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Pro-Tempore Sydney Matherne, Treasurer Carley Morvant, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Tyler Legnon, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Juan Ponce, Crissie Bellanger, Julia Pierce, Jonathan Gros, Aarati Pant, Hali Westerman, Remy Lodrigues and Bryant DeHart.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Cole LeGrange.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Mr. Steven Kenney, Jr., Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Chief  Diversity and Inclusion Officer, KNSU Staff, Nicholas Parham with Bridge Program Staff, Adella Guidroz, Andrew Liang, Chakyra Butler, Loryn Monceaux, Brandon Perrin, Brennan Arcement and Hillary Fisher.

 

Minutes of February 10, 2020 were approved.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Mr. Steven Kenney, Jr., Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the Assistant Vice President of Huma Resources and the newly appointed Chief University and Inclusion Officer.  The First thing I’d like to speak to you about is that we do not have a Non-Fraternization policy on campus.  As we go through the President’s Council we thought this would be something SGA and SPA would have interest in.  It could have a direct impact on you so we’ll be asking for your feedback.

 

The second thing is in April of 2019 discussions were held to rename the streets on campus.  We’re creating a task force to come together to discuss this. We’d like SGA, SPA, and others like IFC and other diversity groups to move forward to rename the streets. When streets were named many years ago, it was based on a recommendation from SGA.  So we’d like SGA to take an active role in this.

 

OFFICER REPORTS

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I interviewed two people, one for the Supreme Court and one for Election Commission. Judiciary will interview these people.  I’m still waiting on the availability of the next person to be interviewed and will let you know.
  • Don’t forget about the supply drive going on for all the University of Louisiana System universities. I’d really like it if you could bring one item from SGA to donate.
  • Town Hall meeting is tomorrow which is mandatory for all Senators.
  • The resignation of Markaylen Wiltz as Vice President stands so we’ll be moving on with Tyler Legnon as the Vice President who will be sworn in.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • I’ll be working with Dr. Alexander on Plagiarism.  We’re going through faculty evaluations and were able to find a meeting day next week.
  • For Tech Fee, one thing that’s come up a few times is redoing the Wood in front of the Union.  Apparently, there are some spots that are rotten and is not necessarily safe.  I really think we should be looking for ways to replace that or upgrade it in some way.
  • It was brought to my attention last week that the flags in the Student Union are gone and students want us to bring those back.  There have been different ways the university suggested we bring back the monument to our international students.  I’ll try to bring back some type of system of recognition for our international student body.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

  • I’m working on the Financial Statement for the first two months of the semester and will have it ready for you next week.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

Upcoming Dates

  • March
    • March 3rd (TOMORROW) – *MANDATORY* Town Hall (refreshments at 5:30pm with Town Hall at 6:00pm)
      • Please wear something you would wear to SGA meeting
    • This Week – Supply Drive in Union 11-1
      • NSSLHA, SHRM, Circle K, Tri Sigma, Delta Zeta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, or Phi Mu, push donations
    • March 10th (Next Tuesday) – Stress Colonel Tillou
    • March 16th – Pictures
    • Orientations – March 24th, 26th, and 28th

 

***Will post dates in GroupMe***

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I sat in on a conference call on behalf of President Emma B. with other Presidents of other universities in the UL System. We discussed ULS Day coming up.  It won’t be as formal because the budget has already passed to fully fund higher education and there’s been a slight increase also.  So we’re not attending for a particular cause but they want you to attend and inform all the newly elected officials about why you love Nicholls and why you come here to this institution and basically to show your school pride.  There are 64 new Legislators that will be joining this post-election season so they want you to inform them of our university. 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

S1920-059

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to fund hotel costs and registration costs for 2 students to attend the 79th Southwest Regional Conference.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-060

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,200 to fund renovations for the outfield softball fence.  Funds are to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Cole LeGrange

 

SPA discussed the following:

  • Passed a motion to purchase wrist bands for $1,300 from the Crawfish Day budget and other items from the budget.
  • Passed a motion to fund “Twitter Giveaway” for $152 from Publicity Budget.
  • Passed a motion to fund travel to NASPA Conference for Advisors for $3,200 from Equipment Budget.

 

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Ethan Henry, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell and Natalee Leblanc

 

Absent:     Senators Julia Pierce, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues and Bryant DeHart.

     

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to fund travel for ULS Day at the Capitol which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc, Caroline Mistretta, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Ballanger, Bryant DeHart, Jonathan Gros, Tyler Legnon, Remy Lodrigues, Sydney Matherne, Julia Pierce and Aarati Pant.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Emily Bergeron to move from Nursing Senator to Business Senator which passed.
  • Motion for Aarati Pant to be appointed to Election Commission which passed.
  • Motion for Jonathan Gros to be appointed to Supreme Court with failed.

 

Community Outreach: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

Present:    Senators Caroline Mistretta, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Symphony Brown, Taylen Daigle, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Alyssa Romero, and Cooper Moore.

 

Absent:     Senators Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc, Tyler Legnon, Juan Ponce, Meagan Rousse and Lizzie Bychurch.

 

We discussed the following:

  • T-shirts design.
  • Giveaways at Sports games on March 13 or 14 for Softball.
  • Getting more people to music events.
  • Attendance at SGA events.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jason Spell, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Alyssa Romero.

 

Absent:     Senators Tyler Legnon and Juan Ponce.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reports on washers and dryers in Gouaux Hall not work.
  • Wood area in front of the Union needs to be replaced.
  • Updates on Free Speech Alley.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

Present:    Senators Ethan Naquin, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart and Sydney Matherne.

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Progress on the student attendance changes.
  • Dr. Caruso approved them.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

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I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000 to fund two charter buses for those traveling to the Capitol for ULS Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects Line Item of the budget.

  1. Alyssa Romero
  2. Lizzie Bychurch

 

Discussion:  Senator Alyssa R. said March 31st is the ULS Day and Nicholls is asking about 100 students and faculty members to attend.  There will be events and activities to meet the Legislators and promote Nicholls.  They are 56 passenger buses.  We do have a 32 passenger bus we’re not sure if it will be available so we’re asking for $2,000 for two buses.  We may only need one but we’ll try to fill two buses.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Pro-Tempore Selection:

Vice President Tyler L. open the floor for nominations for Vice President Pro-Tempore. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Emma B.           We’ve been approached to create a dodgeball team.  We did it last year and it’s a lot of fun.  If you want to do one, let me know. 

 

 

Dolly M.          Reminded Freshmen and Seniors to take the National Survey of Student Engagement.

 

                  Reminded everyone of Mr. & Ms. Nicholls and Officer Election deadlines.

 

 

The following officers were sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Cole LeGrange:

 

Tyler Legnon – Vice President

Sydney Matherne – Vice President Pro-Tempore

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:24 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 9, 2020

The meeting was called to order in the Leaders Suite of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator ­Lizzie Bychurch and the pledge was given by Senator Brady Levron.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jennifer Duthu and Senator Natalee Leblanc read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Pro-Tempore Sydney Matherne, Treasurer Carley Morvant, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Tyler Legnon, Alyssa Romero, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Crissie Bellanger, Julia Pierce, Jonathan Gros, Hali Westerman, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart and Cooper Moore.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Christopher Oubre.

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Jasmine Sampson.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Student Government Association Advisor, KNSU Staff and Nicholas Parham with Bridge Program Staff.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. John Clune, University President

I wanted to come speak to you about the Coronavirus to make sure you’re updated.  The first case of presumptive Coronavirus has been identified in the Jefferson or Orleans Parish.  Presumptive means they’ve taken a test and sent it off for further testing.  Campus safety is our top priority for the students, faculty and staff.  We are closely monitoring all the news.  We are seeing advisories from the Center for Disease Control.  We’re looking at all foreign travel by the students, faculty and staff.  We have not cancelled the summer Honors trip or other trips to any Level 1 or Level 2 areas.  We have cancelled one trip that was going to a Level 3 or 4.  LSU is cancelling all foreign trips.  We are not going that far.  If you are traveling for Spring Break, be careful where you go and what you do.  We’re going to be posting information on social distancing.  Some of the things you can do to help.  That includes safe distances from someone who is coughing and make sure you’re maintaining a distance.  We have prepared for any contingency.  Right now we have our Emergency Preparedness needs.  We prepare for everything.  Wipe down everything and sanitize everything.  Every faculty member is ready to go online so we do not lose any time.  What you do is critical but we’re preparing if we have to go into some type of quarantine.  We’re preparing to send emails for the entire campus and to go out on social media.  We’ll have our own link to our own page.  Please squash any rumors that might be out there.  Some young man took it upon himself to state that we have a Coronavirus case on this campus.  That’s not true so if you see something on social media, we encourage you to let us know.  In Level 1 there are no reported cases in that area and will let you know if there is one.  We’ll continue to update the site with information. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said when you say Level 1 and 4, is that travel advisories.  President Clune said Level 1 is good but we’re discouraging travel to Level 3 and 4 areas.

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Tyler L. asked how are we handling International students going back home or remaining on campus.  President Clune said all the university Presidents in the UL System met this morning and that was one of the things discussed.  What can we do with the international students?  Will they be coming back to campus after they’ve gone home?  That was a big part of our discussion.

 

Someone like yourself, you might think you have a cold and have a little fever that might get better.  The problem is your 80 year old grandmother may die from it.  The death rate is higher for those over 70 who have a compromised immune system.  It’s trouble when it turns into pneumonia.  Young people may get better and then pass on the virus.  That’s why it’s important to go to the Health Center and get checked.  If you’re running a fever, have a cough, runny nose, we encourage you to get checked.  You can start now to wipe down keyboards, door handles, etc.  We’ll keep you informed as things happen.  You can always email me.  If you see something that doesn’t look right, please let us know.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked what IS the worst case scenario.  President Clune said we’re not sure.  We’re assessing that right now.  We have a lot of students who can’t leave the university.  Some universities on the Quarter System have closed.  Their end of the quarter is coming soon for the end of the semester.  They closed for an entire week to wipe down everything and get the word out to get tested.  We’d just close the university and transition to online courses.  We’re consulting our health experts and our Board of Regents.

 

You can email me any time.  Look for the notices that will be coming out shortly.  Most importantly as student leaders, if you can just calm people and let them know that we’re going to be completely transparent.  Thank you for all you do as student leaders.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I have the Academic Master Plan Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • I plan to interview Keilan Kiger this week for either Election Commission or Supreme Court.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • I’ve been working with Saurav Shrestha to draft a letter about the flags that were in the Union for the International Students.  If they can’t be in the Union, perhaps they can go somewhere else on campus. 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

  • I’ve given all of you a copy of the Financial Statement.  The $95,000 is what rolled over from last semester and the $90,000 is the total from student fees for this semester.
  • All of our salaries are up to date and the scholarships are up to date.
  • The two line items that are probably the most important to you are the Campus Improvements and Senator Projects.  We spent $7,200 in Campus Improvements so far and $1,700 in Senator Projects. 
  • On the back, the only budgeted line item that significantly changed from last semester is the Tillou Emergency Meal Plan from $5,000 to $9,000 because that’s the amount that rolled over from last semester.  Last semester they only spent around $900 but now that it’s been advertised more and people realize they qualify, the initial $5,000 was reached at the beginning of the semester.
  • Keep in mind that we’re already through half the semester and we still have a good amount of money left. So we’re not as strapped as we were last semester.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

 

Upcoming Dates

  • March
    • Thanks for all of the help with the Supply Drive
      • Total of 556 supplies collected
        • First Place ($100): NSSLHA – 284 items
        • Second Place ($75): Phi Mu – 123 items
        • Third Place ($50) – Circle K – 60 items
      • Log your hours
    • March 10th (Tomorrow at 11:00am) – Stress Colonel Tillou
      • Please make sure we are handing them out to STUDENTS tomorrow. These are a hot item and since the students paid for them, they must go to STUDENTS first
      • Colonel Tillou will be there from 11:00am-12:00pm
    • March 16th (Next Monday) – Pictures at 4:00pm in the Leaders Suite
      • Wear something that you wear to an SGA meeting or even something nicer
    • Orientations – March 24th, 26th, and 28th

 

Other

  • Remind Texts Poll
    • Instagram (36 votes)
      • 23 Yes
      • 13 No
    • Twitter (8 votes)
      • Poll expired but majority vote was no
    • Trial and error for the remainder of semester
  • Stop the spread of germs:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Cover your mouth or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
    • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • President Emma B. and I have been in talks with Mr. Steven Kenney, Jr. on a Non-Fraternization Policy.
  • The Senate Leadership Council meets at the end of this meeting.
  • My office hours are posted on the door. If you have any ideas, questions or concerns, come by. 
  • I’ll hold you all accountable to make sure you’re working for the students. To do that, please email your department heads and copy me that you are making an effort to contact them.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

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I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000 to fund two charter buses for those traveling to the Capitol for ULS Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects Line Item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Christopher Oubre

 

No report.

 

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Jasmine Sampson

 

SPRING ONLINE ELECTIONS – MARCH 24 to 26, 2020

RESULTS ANNOUNCED AT 1:00 P.M. IN STUDENT UNION

 

ON THE BALLOT:

 

Student Programming Association:

PRESIDENT:

Kirsten Angelette

Amari Williams

 

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor Finalists (Alphabetical Order)

Male:                                     Female:

Beau Bourgeois                Emma Bourgeois

Tyler Legnon                  Amelia Cummings

Brady Levron                  Sydney Matherne

Christopher Oubre             Mallory Robichaux

Saurav Shrestha               Tabitha Tabb

 

Results announced at Crawfish Day on April 23, 2020

 

Congratulations to the following 2020-21 SGA & SPA Officers who were unopposed:

SGA President-Elect = Ethan Naquin       

SGA Vice President-Elect = Sydney Matherne     

SPA Vice President-Elect = Adella Guidroz

 

Candidate’s Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Snack Bar area of the Union to introduce the Mr.  & Ms. Nicholls Finalists and for the candidates running for SPA President.  We’ll also be introducing the SGA President and Vice President-Elects for next year as well as the SPA Vice President-Elect.  Please try to attend and ask your friends to attend also.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Ethan Henry, Brady Levron, Jason Spell and Natalee Leblanc.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie, Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Remy Lodrigues and Bryant DeHart.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Carley Morvant

 

We discussed the following:

  • The motion titled TV for Peltier 208 and it passed.
  • Treasurer Carley M. discussed the budget.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc, Caroline Mistretta, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Bellanger, Bryant DeHart, Jonathan Gros, Remy Lodrigues, Sydney Matherne and Julia Pierce.

 

We discussed the following:

  • An excuse for Senator Symphony Brown on March 3rd was approved.
  • Excuses for Senator Remy Lodrigues on March 2nd and 3rd were approved.
  • Senator Brady L. proposed an idea for Senators to start recruiting new potential Senators for the future.

 

Community Outreach Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

Present:    Senators Caroline Mistretta, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Symphony Brown, Taylen Daigle, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Alyssa Romero, Meagan Rousse and Lizzie Bychurch.

 

Absent:     Senators Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc and Cooper Moore.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Community Outreach Committee Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Softball 20th, Baseball April 3rd, Music March 27th
  • Changes were made to the T-Shirt design.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jason Spell, Lizzie Bychurch, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu and Alyssa Romero.

 

Absent:     Senator Cooper Moore (excused).

 

We discussed the following:

  • Handicap button on doors in several buildings don’t work in Gouaux Hall, Polk Hall and near Powell Hall.
  • WiFi was also discussed concerning the corner rooms in Millet and Zeringue Halls.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

Present:    Senators Ethan Naquin, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart and Sydney Matherne.

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

  • A motion to amend the University Attendance Policy with Judiciary at the meeting.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

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I move to move Emily Bergeron from Nursing Senator to Business Senator. 

 

  1. Emily Bergeron
  2. Symphony Brown

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

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I move that the Senate accept Aarati Pant for the position of Election Commission Member.  Aarati is the appointment of SGA President Emma Bourgeois and SPA President Amari Williams.

  1. Alyssa Romero
  2. Lizzie Bychurch

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

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I move that the Senate purchase a new TV for Peltier 208 for the History & Geography Department.  The cost is $1,208.45 and will be taken from Campus Improvements line item.

  1. Lizzie Bychurch
  2. Emily Bergeron

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizzie B. said I was approached by Professor Paul Wilson for this.  In that classroom, it’s very hard to see everything being presented.  This room would also be used for meetings. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said students have been complaining about that classroom.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

Technology Fee Committee – Emma Bourgeois

 

We passed to pay for Portfolium.  We probably won’t meet again this semester.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Sydney M.         Give Back Night.

 

Brady L.          Dash event – profits go to the Lions Club.

 

Emma B.           Phi Mu having a Dodgeball Tournament.

                  Nicholls having Expeaux on Wednesday.  Several of us are presenting posters for that.

 

Dolly M.          Inclusive Republic Summit – Program focuses on leadership.  It’s a half day event with 20 spots reserved for students and will be excused from class. Contact Dr. Caruso to register.

 

Tyler L.          Women’s softball team has clinched their spot at the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas.  Follow them on social media.

 

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Christopher Oubre:

 

Emily Bergeron – Business Senator

Aarati Pant – Election Commission Member

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:37 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 23, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order via Zoom Teleconferencing at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Brady Levron and the pledge was given by Senator Julia Pierce.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Taylen Daigle and Senator Alyssa Romero read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Pro-Tempore Sydney Matherne, Treasurer Carley Morvant, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Alyssa Romero, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Cooper Moore and Hali Westerman.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.

Election Commission was represented by Interim Election Commissioner Daedre Howard.

Guests present were Dr. John Clune, University President and Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Student Government Association Advisor.

Minutes of March 2, 2020 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Dr. John Clune, University President:

Typically an online course would take weeks if not months to put together.  Sometimes a single lesson could takes weeks.  Getting online in a matter of days, faculty and students have been very understanding. We try to deal with as many concerns and complaints and react to those as we could.  Some of the additional ones and the ongoing ones are ProctorU.  We realize that’s a challenge and we are looking at every possibility, including other software like Respondus which does not do the same thing as ProctorU does.  There’s a difference in terms of having a live proctor for an exams and faculty are getting comfortable with the online environment at different rates.  So some are very concerned about having a live proctor watching students take exams.  If we were several more weeks into the semester, I think faculty would be more comfortable with other means of proctoring and other means of assessment.  But they’re going into an online environment at a rapid pace.  So we’re working through that.  We’d like to consult with the SGA today to see if there’s anything that could be done to help students with additional cost.  I’ll refer to Dr. Caruso to handle some of that. 

 

What we’ve heard a lot about are the dormitories, residence halls and dining.  What kind of refund students can get should they move out.  The UL System had a response of 25% of the semester and that matches what LSU did.  Some students are asking why not 50%.  There are certain fees built into the residence life and dining that are up front and we can’t recoup those and we can’t refund those.  As many of you know, we still owe money on the residences.  We do have for a considerable amount of money but it won’t allow us to refund exorbitant amounts and keep our bond rate so we’re somehow hampered by that but we were consistent with the rest of the System and LSU.  We’d like SGA leaders to help us spread the word that we did what others did.

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:    

Another concern was student jobs.  We’re committed to keep every student employee just like every employee on campus employed through this process by finding places for them to work in on online environment.  So I am open to any questions or ideas or discussions.  Some ideas that would be fantastic to try to move forward as quickly as we can.  I just want you to know that I have an open mind and open ear to any suggestions you bring.  We’ll try to work with them.  We do not have all the solutions.  With that, I’ll open the floor for any questions.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked how exactly would Respondus work because you said it’s different for ProctorU.  In what capacity is it different? President Clune said what I will do is get with Dr. Simoncelli to describe the difference for faculty as to what each does in terms of proctoring.  What I’ll do is send that to President Emma B. to distribute to SGA.  Senator Jason S. asked if it would become mandatory.  Are all professors working to transition to Respondus as we speak or is it just at a professor’s discretion.  President Clune said anything that happens inside the classroom is to the professor’s discretion.  What we try to do is give them all the tools they need to be successful.  A professor learns the course, implements the syllabus and assigns the grade.   I know one thing, I just got on the phone with faculty and they’re committed to keeping the cost down for students.  They’re in this online environment, getting comfortable with it as fast as they can.  I do think you’ll see changes in the assessment measures.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Natalee L. said about the refund for housing, I received an email from Chef Kozar from Culinary saying that we would get zero credit hours but for the students who are graduating, some of them were wondering if we could get some of our lab fees back since we can’t use them.  That was pay for the ingredients we would use for class.  Since everything is online now and we won’t be there next semester to take the zero credit hours.  They were wondering if they could get some compensation for that.  President Clune said every lab is different.  You have Biology with certain consumables, Chemistry with consumables and it’s the same with Culinary.  Those are all consumables.  Typically, that’s all the ingredients you use throughout the semester.  Often, those are bought ahead of time.  We’re halfway through the semester now.  I can’t speak to the specifics of it but our vendors are not taking their products back at this point.  We have no way to get them back so we’ve not really delved into refunds for labs.  Just explain to the group, we’ve come up with a zero credit hour course during the summer where students could recapture that lab experience that they lost by having to go online so quickly.  I will say in the Culinary Institute as in most online courses, we’re investing more money in the software to go online with the products to do things remotely as quickly as we can. We had to move away from a demonstration model for students to an observation model in the process to make sure our two goals were to keep students safe and get students educated and graduated.  We’re trying to do that as quickly as we can.  So we’ve not explored any program where consumable refunds at this point.

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Tyler L. said now that we’ve just announced that graduation is going to be postponed, for our international students who’ve already moved back home before completing graduation.  Is there any way we’ll be able to put their picture up and still announce their name for commencement so we can still at least still recognize they’re with their graduating class.  President Clune said we’ll do the best we can for commencement to recognize everyone.  We’re also going to do a Conferral Ceremony meaning if you’re graduating on May 16th, you get your degree so you can move on to your job.  We’re working on having some type of electronic referral ceremony at that point to recognize students some way. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:

 

Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of

Students and Student Government Association Advisor

I just want to reiterate first what Dr. Clune said in appreciation for all the patience from all of our students.  We certainly appreciate what kind of challenge this is for you as well as for our faculty and staff.  You have been leaders throughout this and is very much appreciated.  We’re all in it to work together of course to get through the remainder of whatever this is going to look like which changes by the minute as you all well know.  I know that in a little while you’re going to talk about some support for students in need and I can answer more specific questions at that time if need be about what we’re hearing.  I know you’re all hearing things too from students about what their needs are financially related to equipment to do online learning and some other things that are popping up in their lives as a result of this.  A couple of things to let you know that are going on that you can help us with.  One is Colonel Connect.  Some of our Student Affairs staff is every day at 1:00 p.m. doing a Colonel Connect where we’re having students supporting other students so we’re looking for students who are feeling like they’re in an O.K. enough place right now, that they could get on with some staff members.  The staff members aren’t going to talk.  They’ll be there for support.  It’s open forum a Google Hangout Meet where students can join in and ask questions or just hear tips from students who are leaving about things that have worked for them in dealing with online classes and other things going on in the world as such.  So if any of you are comfortable with this and helping us out with that, we’re going to do it every day.  We’re going to rotate students as much as possible.  You can contact Kristie Tauzin-Goulas or Tommy Ponson.  If you don’t remember who it is, you can just email me and I’ll get you in touch with them.  We would very much appreciate that.  We want you have very much of a presence with the students virtually as possible.

Another thing we’re doing, and Dr. Clune was thinking about, are all of the emails that we’re getting across the board.  We’re getting some from faculty.  You’re getting emails with concerns with stress, with maybe even some dissatisfaction and those sorts of things.  So we’re open to create new programs.  We should have one up and running in the next couple of days and the other by the end of the week or early next week.  The first is going to be a case worker type of model that we’re going to call Colonel Care Coaches.  So we’re developing that right now where students create self-refer if they feel like they’re in distress or they have particular needs or they’re just not sure what to do about something, they can self-refer or faculty/staff and other students can refer someone that they’re concerned about who is not dealing with this transition very well with the changes, with worry about what’s going on in the world, where we might be, you can refer them to us and the Colonel Care Coaches can reach out to the student and check in on him or her.  The ultimate goal is to connect them with the resources that will calm them down.  It’s not going to be counseling, triage, assessment or anything like that.  It’s truly going to be a very brief “How you’re doing?”  “Let’s see what we can do to calm you down.”  “Here’s some tips to take care of yourself.” “Here are the resources to connect with on or off campus to help you with this particular issue.”  Then they’ll follow up with them a few days to make sure they’re o.k.  We’re getting that out soon and then I’ll ask for your help in spreading the word.  I know of students who are struggling and it will only to help me to get that out on social media and such.  

The other is going to be a person that can help with a little more of the dissatisfaction, complaints or those sorts of things with more business type issues.  I’ll tell you more about that next Monday when we have that one together a little bit more.  That also speaks with some of the things Dr. Clune talked about.  We’re trying to respond as much as possible to the feedback we’re getting and help people understand better what’s going on and make sure they’re feeling o.k.

If you need me to, we can discuss more about the Emergency Funding for students which we very much appreciate you even considering.  Thank you.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I have been on several calls with the University of Louisiana System, SGA Presidents, with Louisiana Board of Regents, along with the Presidents and then with Dr. Clune and Administration. I just want you to know that all of your concerns are definitely being heard and that SGA needs to continue listening to what people want to say.  We need to make sure that we’re representing the students and we’re bringing those students forth. 
  • I want to thank Senator Ethan Naquin for everything he’s done so far on Respondus. Also, encourage people when they have questions to ask on Nicholls web page.  There’s a section for questions.  Director Emily L. posted it on the SGA page. 
  • Also, remember that we have a spot on Moodle for your committee reports so all of you can fill one out and any motions or legislation that you think we should pass. So right now if you envision a necessary resolution or referendum that we need to pass, if there’s something we can do for students, just let me know.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • Any of the activities I was working on before this happened, such as the flags that used to hang in the Union for International students, will be postponed because they’ve had a larger issue to worry about as well as all of us. 
  • I’m still getting the same general student concerns.  I’m sure that all of you are dealing with your classes and having instructors transition to a completely online environment.  There was one question that Dr. Caruso may be able to answer.  In Campus Affairs today, we talked about the Post Office.  Will that remain open?  Dr. Caruso said yes it will remain open as long as the U. S. Post Office is open.  If they do a federal closure of any kind, then we will follow that.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

I posted everything from my office that needed to be updated and I have the Financial Statement on my laptop now.  If anyone wants a copy of that, since many of you may not have your binders, just let me know and I’ll email a copy of the budget to you.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

 

  • No more giveaways or orientations for the semester
    • All of the orientations will be over the summer. I posted list of dates in group me and it will fall under the next Dir. PR.
  • Over the weekend I made three videos for the election tomorrow: SGA, SPA and Mr. and Ms. Nicholls which will be released on Nicholls and SGA social media tonight
    • Please do not share the Mr. and Ms. Nicholls video
  • SGA Banquet
    • Not canceled as of now
    • Reservations still has us booked for May 4th, but we will figure out more details as we get closer

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Emily B. asked about how Senators are going to get their required hours now that Orientations have been cancelled.  Will we waive that for this semester?  Director Emily L. said she thinks we probably have to. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Sydney M. said we were supposed to announce Mr. & Ms. Nicholls at Crawfish Day but now that it’s cancelled, will it be announced later?  Director Emily L. said Interim Commissioner Daedra H. will advise about this in her report.

 

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • Like President Emma B., I have been on conference calls and having meetings regarding many of the things that she just discussed. I’ve been working with university marketing to create videos for our students to watch regarding our current situation. As we continue through this situation, answer any question to the best of your ability, or you can send them to President Emma B. and I, but be sure to send them to her and I no matter what so that we can pass them on to administration. If one student has these questions, odds are that another student has the same question. We want to make sure all of our students are remaining happy and healthy.
  • Moving forward I want to make sure that you all realize that just because the Senate is out of school and working from home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to work from home. Continue to think of motions, things that we can pass that would help the students. 
  • I’ll be working with President Emma B. to put an excuse form on Moodle with the Committee Reports and Motion Forms because we’re still requiring you to be a part of the Senate. We’re still working for the students.  So if you can’t attend the meetings, you have to turn in an excuse.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

S1920-062

I move to move Emily Bergeron from Nursing Senator to Business Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-063

I move that the Senate accept Aarati Pant for the position of Election Commission Member.  Aarati is the appointment of SGA President Emma Bourgeois and SPA President Amari Williams.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-064

I move that the Senate purchase a new TV for Peltier 208 for the History & Geography Department.  The cost is $1,208.45 and will be taken from Campus Improvements line item.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Interim Election Commissioner Daedra Howard

 

  • The videos of Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Finalists are finished and will be uploaded soon by Director Emily L.  Friends and family of the Finalists are not allowed to share the videos because it could be considered campaigning and we just want to keep things fair with everybody.
  • Everything with the election is ready to go.  Commission Member Jasmine S. will receive the results from IT Dept. and notify the winner.
  • For Mr. & Ms. Nicholls announcement, the Commission came up with two ideas.  We could ask the previous winners to announce this year’s winners through video or we could do a Facebook Live.  We’d like your feedback on that or what you think would be a good idea.

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Tyler L. suggested last year’s winners announcing.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked if students will be notified of the results of the election for SPA President or will it just go to the winner.  Commissioner Daedra H. said the students will be notified after the winner.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Sydney M. asked where are the videos going to be sent, on videos or posted somewhere.  Commissioner Daedra H. said they will be on Facebook and the SGA Instagram.  Director Emily L. said they’ll also be posted on the SGA website.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Ethan Henry, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues, Sidney Matherne, Meagan Rousse, Jason Spell, Natalee Leblanc and Bryant DeHart.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Bellanger and Jonathan Gros.

 

We discussed the following:

  • No motions to discuss but let me know if you have any before the next meeting.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Brady Levron, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart, Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc, Remy Lodrigues, Sydney Matherne, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Naquin, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Meagan Rousse and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros and Cooper Moore

 

We discussed the following:

  • Going forward I don’t imagine we’ll have many appointments by President Emma B. so we won’t have that to deal with.  However, once we get the online excuse form submitted, whenever we have Judiciary, we’ll be going through those.  If you have any ideas of what the committee could do, let me know.

 

Community Outreach: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

Present:    Senators Caroline Mistretta, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Symphony Brown, Taylen Daigle, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Alyssa Romero and Meagan Rousse.

 

Absent:     Senators Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc and Cooper Moore.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Talked about summer orientation giveaways, fall semester t-shirt design ideas, and about getting started with next semester giveaways.
  • Talked about the Tillou stress items being a great item for new students coming in because many people don’t know how to cope with the stress involved with coming to college their first semester.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Emily B. said remember how we had the t-shirt design for Spring Break.  Did we order them or are we just going to put those on hold for next year.  Senator Caroline M. defers to Director Emily L.  She said we decided not to purchase them since students won’t be on campus for Spring Break but it can also be a design used for next year.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jason Spell, Lizzie Bychurch, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu and Alyssa Romero.

 

Absent:     Senators Cooper Moore (unexcused).

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams

 

We discussed the following:

  • The handicap buttons around campus. Some of them have been malfunctioning.
  • How our committee would operate in the coming weeks.
  • Status of the Post Office operations in the future.
  • Status of student employees on campus.

 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Campus Affairs Committee Continued:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Caroline M. asked about student employees.  Dr. Caruso said we are going to do everything we can to keep the student workers employed and paid through the rest of the semester.  If necessary, we’re just reassigning the departments that have student workers but not enough work to continue to do remotely from home.  We’re going to reassign them to other departments on campus where they do have loads of work or the type of work that can be done remotely.  So any student worker who wants to work for the remainder of the semester will be able to do so.  Senator Caroline M. asked who she should speak to about it.  Dr. Caruso advised that she should speak to her direct Supervisor for her student worker position and let them know your intentions if you want to continue to work.  They should have work for you to do and if they don’t then we’ll need to work with their Vice President to find another place on campus to continue to work for this semester.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Ethan H. asked Dr. Caruso about how student workers get paid, is it either going to be an average between the last paycheck and the one before that or is it going to be based upon the last paycheck, if you worked more hours than on the last timesheet.  Dr. Caruso said it’s going to be your week average.  I’m not sure about specifics. Work with your direct supervisor to do whatever paperwork that needs to be done.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jennifer D. asked if she should submit the revised timesheet or another one.  Dr. Caruso suggested she talk to her direct supervisor.  They should have received some guidelines from the Student Employment Office on specifically how to handle those last few days.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

Present:    Senators Ethan Naquin, Symphony Brown, Bryant DeHart and Sydney Matherne.

 

Guest:      Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

 

I’ve been emailing Dr. Clune and meeting with him about concerns that students are having academically with the change. 

  • First, Respondus is fully up and online so the university was able to reach an agreement with a contract to have a free trial.  Eventually there was discussion with SGA possibly helping fund some of the remaining cost of the program so students don’t have to pay.
  • Second we were able to move the drop date from March 23rd to April 20th.  Students would have had to drop by today but that deadline was extended.
  • Senator Sydney M. and I are working on trying to purchase some Webcams for students that may not have access to Webcam through their computers.  Originally we were going to try to rent them to have some sort of location on campus so students can check them out and return them but now with campus mostly shutting down, we’re trying to work around that.  They’re out of school right now so if anyone has any idea, it would be very much appreciated.

 

      COMMENT:    Dr. Caruso said we have set up an Emergency Fund through the Foundation and we’re taking donations.  We’ll be screening requests for those types of things that come in whether it be the Webcams or for special assistance.  It’s easier and able to do if SGA would like to make a donation into that.  It would be all encompassing and wouldn’t have to worry about it but if you’re not comfortable with that or we can’t do that, we understand.  If you want to give to students, it might be a voucher or receipt but with campus closed right now, we can’t have people coming on campus to really do that. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

President Emma B. encouraged everyone, if comfortable enough, to post on their own social media page, to reach out to friends on other Facebook groups they’re on, to offer support for students.  It would be good to get information from other students on what they need.  You can email her or Dr. Caruso with anything personal or other concerns.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Reminded officers that we have 4 meetings left and the cut off date for purchases is April 17th. This means we have two meetings to submit requests for funding.

 

Emma B.           Reminded everyone to remain at the end of the meeting to take a photo.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:54 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 30, 2020 

The meeting was called to order via Google Hangouts Teleconferencing at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Natalee Leblanc.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Emily Bergeron and Senator Jason Spell read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Pro-Tempore Sydney Matherne, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent: Treasurer Carley Morvant,

 

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros and Hali Westerman.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.

 

Election Commission was represented by Interim Election Commissioner Daedre Howard.

 

Guests present were Dr. John Clune, University President and Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Student Government Association Advisor.

 

Minutes of March 9 and 23, 2020 were approved as printed.



GUEST SPEAKER:

 

Dr. John Clune, University President

 

I want to update you on some things.  If you haven’t been watching KNSU, they’re doing a wonderful job of hosting civic leaders, city leaders and parish leaders.  Today they had Congressman Garrett Graves on KNSU in the studio that has gotten a lot of use. All of those shows and I expect this to be perhaps the biggest show yet.  

 

There’s a Webinar on Wednesday if you have the opportunity, you should have gotten an invite.  He’s a colleague and a friend of mine from my Florida days. He’s sort of a State Economist for Florida and talks about what COVID-19 will do to the economy, to university budgets and things of that sort.  

 

We have our second confirmed case of a student contracting COVID-19.  If you hear other rumors, please reach out to me or to Dr. Caruso who can confirm or deny that it is indeed the case.  No other cases have been reported to us or to authorities so whatever you’re hearing, please come to us and we’ll let you know what the true story is.

 

Today, after this meeting, we’ll be discussing summer courses. The majority of summer courses are online.  Some are still face to face. The possibility that we’ll be able to gather in significant groups like in a classroom of 30 or 40 students June 1st is still up in the air.  We need to decide early what we’re going to do with that because registration is already upon us, but we fully expect to be back in August. We will keep you posted on that progress but we’re very excited to get back to our campus.



GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

We continue to discuss ways to offset the cost of assessment.  Respondus works well for low state testing but for high state testing, faculty still prefer ProctorU.  If students pay, the cost starts at $7 a test. If the university pays, it starts at $6. The challenge is if we were to sign an agreement with ProctorU, which we do not have nor do we get any money for ProctorU on any tests that is proctored by that company, the cost could be astronomical to a budget that is already working on refunds and lower state revenues and the thought of an unlimited budget for testing is daunting at best.  The faculty have not adopted a pass/fail grading option that is being discussed in the UL System. I do not think this is the end of those discussions. The faculty is supporting something innovative about not reporting suspensions this year and TOPS has also sent out some guidelines for students who do not have access to technology to succeed as far as finding the solutions so they do not lose their TOPS scholarships. There’ll be more information on that.  

 

What I need your help in explaining to students, and there have been petitions and other mechanisms about grading is that a President doesn’t issue universal pass grades.  The only ones that can issue grades are the faculty, instructor of record for the course you’re in. So that instructor of record implements the syllabus, chooses all the testing tools and assigns the grade.  To do otherwise would be to risk our federal funding which are our Pell Grants, our federal student financial aid and our all our federal grants. So the only one that can assign a grade is the faculty member who is teaching that course. We did move the drop date back to April 20th and we’re working on the suspensions trying to give students a break and I believe Tops will come out with additional guidelines on those to try to give students a break.  I believe TOPS will come out with additional guidelines on those students who may be at risk for losing their TOPS scholarships because they do not have access to technology.  

 

You’ll be hearing a lot about a virtual campus initiative.  We moved our courses online quickly. We moved all of our academic and student services online quickly.  Now we have to build a virtual campus so that if we go into the summer, we’ll be better equipped to serve students.  When we come back to campus in the fall, parts will be digitized and workloads will be smoother. We’re using students to secret shop meaning they’re going to go and try to navigate certain parts on our website and where there are obstacles, we’ll try to knock down those obstacles.  Our goal is to have a big summer and a big fall that will shelter us for many budget cuts that might be coming down through the State. So help us get the word out. We’re going to have a big summer, primarily online. In fall, we plan to be back on campus. So we need your help as student leaders to recruit for us but we can do all we can.  You’ll be seeing a lot more ads coming out.  



OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I’ll upload the excuse form on Moodle this week.
  • I ask you to keep your eyes on Social Media for what students are asking for.  
  • We can still plan for future semesters.  Even though this semester we don’t have students on campus, remember things on campus that we want to improve.  Campus is not closed forever so keep moving forward with things you want to do as much as you can. We still have the means to make a difference on campus even though we may not see it until the fall.  
  • I’ve been participating in conference calls discussing pretty much what Dr. Clune has told us.  Again, if you need anything for SGA or for school, let me know and I’ll try to get those for you.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • Nothing new but if you’re struggling with anything or know of students who are struggling, please don’t hesitate to send them my way or to any of us.  We’ll try to help everyone we can through this difficult time. 
  • If there are any new projects you’re working on that you’d like my opinion or help with, don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

 

  • For the remainder of the semester, I’m going to start doing “Why SGA” on Wednesdays.  Basically, the point of this is to try to get more people to join the Senate for next semester.  I’m going to talk to one person from each College to get them to do a video horizontal just introducing themselves, what they do in that particular position and why they like being in the Senate.
  • The other thing that I wanted to say is I know the President-Elect reached out to all of you if you were interested in an E-Board position.  I know I can say this on behalf of the entire E-Board that if anyone has a question about a position, please feel free to reach out to us or ask us any questions you may have.  I know you’ll have a great E-Board next year so good luck to all of you.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • Judiciary Committee did not meet today but I’ll be emailing all of you that are on the committee to discuss a few things.  I want to thank all of you for the great discussion you had in the Group Meet regarding the Petition that went around. It showed that you were staying updated with what was happening on campus and how our students felt.  The great discussion we had on that. Continue to keep up the good work on that and being good leaders on campus.
  • Keep thinking of ideas on things you want to see changed on campus.  Remember that we can still write motions and pass things. You are still required to attend meetings because we do want to continue to work for our students.  
  • University Marketing reached out to me and asked that I tell student leaders and people on campus to send me any pictures of you wearing Nicholls gear while in quarantine.  They want to start posting our students as well as people in our community supporting our Colonels while we’re going through this difficult time. So if you find yourself wearing a Nicholls shirt, take a picture and send it to me and I’ll get it to them.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

None.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert

 

SPA reported that this week is their Virtual Spirit Week and they’d like for us to help promote it to get some more engagement on campus.  People are bored at home so it’s something to get some Nicholls spirit and stuff. I’ll send Tyler the graphic from SPA.  

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT – Interim Election Commissioner Daedra Howard

 

Results of the 2020 Spring Election:

 

1,305 Actual Voters

5,957 Eligible Voters  

 

SPA President

Kirsten Angelette = 768

Amari Williams = 537

 

2020 Mr. & Ms. Nicholls will be announced at a later date.  I did reach out to SPA about a virtual concert idea and as of right now, there is nothing in the works.  Dr. Caruso mentioned that KNSU would be interested in helping us out with that. I emailed Secretary Dolly M. but not sure if it went through.



ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT CONTINUED:

 

COMMENT: Secretary Dolly M. said she spoke to Dr. Stewart who got the media group on it.  They said Facebook Live would be good as you previously mentioned with live streaming in their studio on Mondays or Wednesdays around 11:30 a.m. We can speak about it later.



SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present: Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Ethan Henry, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues, Sidney Matherne, Meagan Rousse, Jason Spell, Natalee Leblanc and Bryant DeHart.

 

Absent: Senators Crissie Bellanger and Jonathan Gros.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion titled Funding for Emergency Relief Fund due to COVID-19 which passed. 
  • Small discussion on anyone working on any projects.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

No meeting held today.

 

Community Outreach Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

Present: Senators Caroline Mistretta, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Symphony Brown, Taylen Daigle, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Alyssa Romero and Meagan Rousse.

 

Absent: Senators Jennifer Duthu, Natalee Leblanc and Cooper Moore.

 

We discussed the following:

  • T-shirts for next semester to get a head start on that.
  • Bringing back the gavel stress items for Constitution Day as something different because a lot of the older members loved the gavels.  
  • Director Emily L.’s “Why SGA?” Wednesdays and their opinions on that.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present: Senators Jason Spell, Lizzie Bychurch, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Alyssa Romero.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Ongoing Petition that’s been gaining some steam online.  There are some favorable and unfavorable opinions on it.
  • How a pass and fail system might affect those who want to go further with their studies.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair

 

We didn’t have an actual concrete meeting with the committee.  

  • To update you, today, I was on a conference call with Dr. Clune and talked a little bit more about Respondus and ProctorU.  We talked about something maybe we could do as an SGA is look into purchasing some electronic vouchers for students that can be distributed first come, first served like we’ve done in the past with football tickets for certain games.  It’s an idea we discussed to look into.  
  • We have a motion today on funding for the Emergency Relief Fund for the COVID-19.  That’s for the Foundation’s efforts to get testing materials for students like webcams, microphones, or anything like that.



UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS: 

 

S1920-065

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000 to assist the Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund to help students during COVID-19.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Sydney Matherne

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said this is funding to put forth with the Foundation’s efforts to get funding for students who don’t have access to Webcams or other technology for testing.  This is all going to those students. There’s been some discussion on how these funds would go to them. There is a stipulation on it that funding will only go to students who need the materials for testing.  Also, with the wording, the Senate will also allocate up to that amount to “assist the funding” so the funding itself isn’t being donated to the Foundation but it’s going to assist in funding for the students who are in need of the materials.

 

COMMENT: Senator Brady L. asked if we know how many students have reached out to the Foundation for assistance.  Dr. Caruso said through the actual forms, we have about 15. We think a great deal of those are for food so we’ve moved them to the Colonel Care coaches who are connecting them with the food pantry and other things.  The ones for technology thus far, we’ve been able to find some cameras that were donated to give to them. A lot of these are going to be, as we move forward, for additional Webcams. We’re also getting a lot of requests for students who are financially challenged for their fees for ProctorU.  That’s the next step. We have about $1,100 donated thus far to the Foundation that will actually be transferred to the Alumni Federation because they are actually going to cut the checks to the students. We weren’t able to quite work out between the University and the Foundation exactly how to distribute it, with the logistics of it, so it’ll be the Alumni Federation that will be doing that.  So right now, what we’re dealing with mostly is the request to help with ProcturU fees. It changes every couple of days with the type of requests that we’re getting. Of course, we do get a lot of students asking for help with bills, laptops and such but we just can’t right now. We’re trying to help them connect with other resources for those sorts of things.  

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20 Against-0 Abstained – 0



UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS 

 

None.



DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Senator Sydney M. said I know you all received the email about the E-Board applications that are due at the end of this week.  You’ll be receiving applications for Chair positions next week so in case you applied for an E-Board position, you still have a chance to get a Chair position, so be on the lookout for those.  We’re encouraging you to apply. It’s really a great way to get out there and continue to help students.



ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:42 p.m.



S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 6, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order via Zoom Teleconferencing at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Zackary Pitre and the pledge was given by Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Brady Levron and Senator Taylen Daigle read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Pro-Tempore Sydney Matherne, Treasurer Carley Morvant, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Ethan Naquin, Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros and Hali Westerman.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Christopher Oubre.

 

Election Commission was represented by Interim Election Commissioner Daedra Howard and Ex-Officio, Secretary Dolly M.

 

Guests present were Dr. John Clune, University President and Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Student Government Association Advisor.

 

Minutes of February 17 and March 30, 2020 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  

 

Dr. John Clune, University President

 

I want to give everybody a quick update on some things. We talked a lot about the grading system this semester and about whether or not we give a pass/fail option.  I just wanted to reiterate that it was carefully considered by the faculty.  Based on our current grading system, our rather liberal incomplete system as well as pushing our drop date back to April 20th and not knowing the ramifications that it would have on TOPS or other accredited programs on campus, the faculty I believe wisely denied the pass/fail option.  Another reason is we are waiving the suspension processes this semester so there will be no academic suspensions.  I think that combination is a much more effective way of dealing with this than a pass/fail option.  If you read any of the other universities pass/fail options, almost in every case, a P was synonymous with a C which made it seem to have little meaning.  So our belief was if you’re going to give everyone who makes a C and above a P, and everyone will assume that is indeed a C when they’re looking at the transcripts, then its wiser to just give the C.  No D’s or F’s were being used for P grade. So we believe it was the best solution that could be worked out by the faculty and I support that.

 

The Second thing I’d like to talk about is what’s going on around campus this summer.  Our goal is that this campus be more beautiful than ever for the Fall semester.  We have a number of projects that are on hold for this week and perhaps next week due to the criticality at this time in fighting the COVID-19 virus.  I’m just going to go over a few of those with you.  Some of you might remember the Women in Government Hall that used to occupy the lobby of the Library.  We took that down when we refurbished the Library.  I alerted your President, Ms. Emma Bourgeois, that we will put the Women in Government Hall of Fame Plaques next to the entrance of the SGA-SPA Suite.  That’s on the outside of the suite on the left, there’s a big stucco wall there.  They’re outdoor plaques to begin with.  It seemed like a very appropriate place to put the Hall of Fame since you’re entering the Leadership Suite, just to the left of that.

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:    

 

The other thing that’s going up in the Bollinger Student Union is what we’re calling the “Bollinger History Wall” where it will honor the Bollinger Family before we officially cut the ribbon on the Bollinger renovation of that space.  That will include a number of photographs of the family and the ships they build in glass frames with lighting overhead.  It’ll be a really nice display so everybody will understand why the Union is indeed named after Donald Bollinger. 

 

Other things that are going on are we’re going to work on cleaning out all of the student space in the back of campus so that area can be used for practice sessions for band members.  We’re also painting classrooms in Peltier and that is going on throughout this crisis.  We’re painting the inside of classrooms and will begin to replace ceiling tiles and light fixtures.  We get a lot of questions of why we don’t use donor money to fix up classrooms.  The challenge is that it’s hard to get.  Our donors are benefactors that give to classroom renovations so we’re doing some of that with our budget.  Then we’ll try to jump start a sort of “Name the Classroom” campaign going forward.  We’re also going to be moving the Student Access Center.  It’s presently in a very poor location outside Shaver Gym where students get their testing done.  It’s deplorable in that it was added on to Shaver Gym without the proper insulation and construction.  A lot of moisture gets into that space.  So we’re moving them into Peltier where the old computer lab was down at the end of the hall.  The Administration for the Testing Center of the Student Access Center will go where the Graduate School Offices once were, right on the corner.  So we’ll put them all together in that space.  That will be going on this summer.

 

We’re also going to deep clean all the residence halls during the summer.  We’ll do a quick cleaning for the Manning Passing Academy, which they still plan to come to campus, and then do a deep cleaning after that to make sure our dormitories and residence halls are cleaner than any of our competition.  We’re going to repair and paint every trash bin enclosure on campus. You’ve all seen those eye sores that are bent or broken and were painted a long time ago.  We’re going to standardize the color of all those as well as fix all those broken boards so when you come back, you won’t have any eye sores in the way of enclosures for trash bins.  We’re also going to replace every faded sign on campus.  We’ve done some of them with some street signs that were hard to read.  Now you can read them.  We’re going to replace all those faded signs about a no smoking campus, the buckle up signs when you enter campus and speed limit signs.  We’re going to have clean, nice, bright signs when you enter campus.  We’re also going to paint those two utility sheds in the green space behind Brady Apartments.  They were part of the old Millet and Zeringue Halls and Dormitories infrastructure.  We’re going to paint those to blend in with the landscape.  Right now they’re sort of a whitish green.  We’ll take care of those so they’re no longer an eye sore. 

 

We’re also going to start planting bushes around campus to hide the back of Talbot Hall without taking up too many parking spaces.  We’re very aware that we’re limited in parking spaces.  Talbot Hall was considered the back of campus.  You can tell because they built an aluminum addition onto the back for the pottery kilns.  Then the Library was built.  If you look closely at Talbot, there’s sort of a pale yellow color on it.  In order to blend the Library with the rest of campus they were transitioning to, the entire Library was painted yellow.  We’ll eventually paint all that white but for now we want to hide the back of Talbot with plants.  We’ll also try to work on the front and back of what we call the warehouse district on Ordoyne Drive, with planting in front of those old warehouses.  They were painted and look better but they’ll look even better if we add some landscaping there.  We’re also going to plant the backside of those warehouses so when you go to the football games, you’re not looking at the back of Little Colonels Academy or the Band Building but looking at nice shrubs and plants that hide that eye sore.

 

We continue to work on cleaning the campus.  If you get a chance to come out here.  I’ve seen several alums as well as some students walk to the campus.  I don’t think it’s ever been more beautiful.  Unfortunately, our students aren’t here but we want it to be even nicer when school starts in the Fall.  You’ll see a lot of projects in late summer.  I stress to you and I’ve stressed to the employees here, let’s get through the next two weeks with social distancing and limiting our trips to the stores.   Let’s get this over with so we can all be back in Fall and have a great Fall and exciting football season with all the activities we’ve become accustomed to.  With that I’ll stop and answer any questions you might have.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:    

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Caroline M. said since you’re still planning to do the Manning Passing Academy, are you still planning to do the Summer Camps.  Manning Passing Academy starts at the end of June and Summer Camp usually starts Mid-May.  President Clune said if you look at all the models, I’d be happy to share with you, the University of Washington tracks a model of when the virus will die down and we’ll be able to get down to more regular activities or perhaps not regular activities like we’re used to.  May is supposed to get better, June is supposed to be significantly better.  The one thing we talked about the most is Summer Camps for Kids.  Right now we’re scheduling a lot of online options, a lot of coding camps and things of that sort where families can keep their kids busy should we be unable to return to our campus.  Naturally, the first thing we want to do is get our camps back open, get Little Colonel’s Academy open, get the Mannings here for their traditional week on campus, get the O-Line Camp that comes here as well as all the Band Camps.  That’s a great transition to a very exciting Fall.  We’re just planning a wait and see attitude.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Natalee L. said a couple of students on Twitter were wondering when they would receive their refund checks.  President Clune said we’ve been working on those refunds as we speak and I think Mr. Braud said they would work on them this week and try to start getting them out next week.  If not, then the week after Easter but we work all week next week.  I hope you’re off.  We’re discouraging giving assignments due in the Spring semester.  However, we’re working and will continue to work on refunds. I think the earliest date was to start issuing those next week. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Emily B. said it seems that on Facebook, they’re advertising the $200 Scholarship for the summer courses.  President Clune said that is an automatic scholarship to all who come to summer school.  It was an idea brought by Dr. David Whitney in the Political Science Department.  It’s proved to be just a wonderful way to come to our campus during the summertime.  So get the word out.  All you need to do is take summer courses to get the scholarship.  That does not apply to Nicholls Online.  That’s a completely different funding structure and different cost structure.  But for all students who go through Banner to register, it will be automatically applied.  We also started the “Stay Home” campaign for those who may be reconsidering going off to college.  You may decide I like it here.  My family’s been through a lot.  I want to go to Nicholls.  We’ve seen an unprecedented amount of applications come through for the Fall semester.  Those are pre-applications that we’ve worked on.  I believe Ms. Courtney Cassard talked about 300 applications coming through and they’ve never seen anything like it.  So we’re confident that more students will want to stay close to home and our enrollment will be very healthy in the Fall. 

 

I want to thank all of you for your leadership.  You can always reach out to me and email me.  If I don’t respond, President Emma Bourgeois has my contact information and we’ll get right on it.  There are rumors going out on the web.  I’d love an opportunity to dispel any of those.  We try to stay one step ahead of any of those rumors right now.  There is no plan to house COVID-19 patients on our campus.  The National Guard, along with some State officials did come out and look at our buildings.  One of our shelters is Ayo Hall.  It was built as a shelter with that generator in the back but that is an academic hall.  They quickly decided it would not be used for a step down site for COVID-19 patients.  They also looked at Ellender Hall and Calecas.  I think at the time if we needed one, we had decided Calecas being one story, remote and far from the other dorms.  In the end, there was the conclusion they would not house any COVID-19 step down patients on our campus.   Thank you for your leadership, as always.  You’re some of our greatest ambassadors.  You can spread the word that summer scholarship is automatic and a lot of our best students are staying here for our Fall semester.  I’d appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS CONTINUED:    

 

Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor

 

Addressing Tillou’s Table, it’s still active and there are still students using it but next week for Spring Break.  We usually do breakhousing and most students go home but in this situation, the students that are here are staying.  So we’re not doing breakhousing, we’re just leaving it open for the students to stay next week.  We’re having a meeting tomorrow with Food Services.  For the amount of students so small and the ones that responded to our survey about their needs for next week, we’re not sure the dining hall is going to be able to stay open.  This leaves us with Chick-fil-A as our only on-campus option with Sodexo that we can use.  So we’re going to probably identify the students with most needs to get groceries and cook for themselves or if they don’t have the ability financially to get out for take- out food and such can use Tillou’s Table to help out.  It wouldn’t be through the cafeteria if we can’t keep the cafeteria open, it would be through Chick-fil-A.  I just wanted to make sure everybody understood where we were on that in case you heard students saying that they were getting free Chick-fil-A.  We’re going to those students with the most need with that being our only option for that.  We’ll also work with Mom’s Pantry to see if we can do some pre-package meals for students as well to supplement that.  We certainly won’t be able to feed them three times a day on Chick-fil-A by any means, even a small amount of students.  It would be really good if Mom’s Pantry students, who have contacted us who either can’t get to the pantry or their need is greater than what the pantry can provide, and can’t get to campus for the cafeteria.  Mom’s Pantry is actually packaging stuff and dropping it off at their house if they live in the region here so they’ve been very generous with that.  I wanted to give you an update on that to see if you had any questions or concerns. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Brady L. asked how many students are currently being housed on campus.  Dr. Caruso said we have about 70 that are still here.  Most of them are in Brady so they do have the kitchens.  Of course, some of them can’t afford the ingredients.  We did post a survey Friday evening and received 30 responses asking what was going to happen for Spring Break and how they were going to eat and such.  Most students are actually staying.  Only 5 said they were leaving for Spring Break to go back to family.  The rest were planning to stay.  Then it was kind of mixed with the food.  Most of them said if the cafeteria was open, they would use it.  If not, we’re looking at what their actual needs are.  We do have the least amount on campus of any in our system.  ULL still has 800 on their campus.  We’re taking care of the ones that we do have. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

Encouraged everyone to continue submitting motions.  Only two more meetings so make sure to get all motions in and have a great Spring Break.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • I was speaking with Dr. Alexander earlier about Plagiarism in the English Department and maybe reviewing some of their policies on how they teach that, just upgrading the way they teach the students’ citations and what not.  Discussing that with him and think how we can in the role for Modern Languages or which department, how he’s going to go about doing that. 
  • Also, for whoever takes my position next year, I’m making a small document of projects that I’ve been working on and basically tips on how to navigate this position. 

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

  • Today, I have the Financial Statement for March.  I’ll draw your attention on a couple of points.  Not much has been done because we’ve been out but if you look at Senator Projects and Campus Improvements, we have a little over $11,000 and $17,000 in those so we definitely have money to do things for the rest of the semester.  If you look at the line item for Tillou’s Emergency Plan, that $7,000 is an estimated number from Dr. Caruso.  I just wanted to show you that those meals are being used so if you want to encourage someone you know who may be having problems getting resources, that is available. 
  • I’m working with President Emma B. for the summer budget and for later so you can vote on that at the last meeting.  If there’s anything you plan on working on during that time, please let me know some time this week or next week since its Spring Break. 

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

 

  • I’ll continue with the “Why SGA” website and the Red Out Fridays.
  • Based on who President-Elect Ethan N. chooses to have in Public Relations next year, I plan to work with them to get them used to working with Canva along with other things. I’ll make a check list for them also.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I sat in on a meeting for President Emma B. for the Campus Master Plan. Nothing was really decided, they just worked on some things.
  • I’ve been attending some Marketing meetings to ensure they’re reaching out to our students.
  • A positive note is that our students are more active on our Social Media pages as well as the university’s. So continue to participate in any activities that SPA is putting on and encourage others to do the same.  We want to ensure that we’re continuing our campus community involvement, showing Colonel Pride and love for one another.
  • Thank all of you for brainstorming and creating different motions. We definitely appreciate your hard work.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

S1920-065

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000 to assist the Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund to help students during COVID-19.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Christopher Oubre

 

SPA reported the following:

  • Holding a Watch Party tonight at 6:00 p.m.  They’re watching a Murder Mystery.
  • They’re going to be posting details about how to join on Facebook tonight.
  • Currently doing a Graduation Cap Contest.  They’re encouraging all graduating Seniors to send a decorated Graduation Cap.  They’ll be posting a link to that.
  • Committee Head applications are open for SPA if anyone is interested and have also posted a link for that.
  • Finally, make sure you repost all of their events on Social Media because that would be a great help.

 

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Ex-Officio Secretary Dolly M.

 

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls winners will be announced on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.  Notices will go out throughout the week and earlier that day to remind students to view.

 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Ethan Henry, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues, Jason Spell, Natalee Leblanc and Bryant DeHart.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Sydney Matherne and Meagan Rousse.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Carley Morvant, Senators Jennifer Duthu and Cooper Moore.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motions for Beauregard benches, Sigma Gamma Rho’s 58th Biennial Conference, Baseball/Softball Scholarship and Circle K Conference and they all passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

No meeting held but Senator Brady L. advised reported:

 

Confirmed with President Emma B. that the Excuse Form will be posted on Moodle. 

 

At the beginning of the semester, President Emma B. talked about a couple Bylaw Revisions.  Vice President Tyler L. directed us to do some of them so Senator Emily B. volunteered to work on that.

 

Community Outreach Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

Present:    Senators Caroline Mistretta, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Symphony Brown, Taylen Daigle, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Alyssa Romero and Meagan Rousse and Jennifer Duthu.

 

Absent:     Senators Natalee Leblanc and Cooper Moore.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Some ideas on the Motion for the Colonel to Colonel Program and what we thought about it.  We all agreed on it technically.
  • Things we can do next semester to help get new officers in the Senate.
  • New ideas for giveaways and the t-shirt again.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jason Spell, Lizzie Bychurch, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Alyssa Romero.

 

Guests:     Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Petition for the implementation of a pass-fail system. 
  • A question raised about the status of the summer semester which is going to be online.
  • The parameters of the $200 scholarship that is being announced for the summer semester.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

Senator Sydney M. reported that no meeting was held today but they’re still looking into vouchers for ProctorU.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S1920-066

I move that the Senate purchase two benches for the lobby area of Beauregard Hall for $2,470.16 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Brady Levron
  2. Remy Lodrigues

 

Discussion:  Senator Brady L. said Dr. Young came to me with a proposal to purchase some benches for the lobby of Beauregard Hall.  The lobby is kind of a larger area. There are two larger classrooms and an area where students congregate to wait for their classes.  There are no chairs or benches so they all sit on the floor.  This motion would purchase benches to put in the lobby area.  The price of the benches is $2,470.16 and includes shipping, handling and all that’s needed to purchase the benches.

 

     COMMENT:     Senator Sydney M. asked if they’re the same benches that are outside of Beauregard Hall.  Senator Brady L. said the benches outside are bigger.  If you’ve been in the upstairs lobby of Beauregard, there are two benches there.  It’s the same type, not the bulky ones.  I contacted Purchasing Director Terry Dupre to request the same make and model of the ones in Beauregard now. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained – 0

 

S1920-067

I move that the Senate allocate $1,000 to renew the Athletic Billboard Scholarship.  The funds will be taken from the Billboard Scholarship line item of the Fall 2020 budget.

  1. Cooper Moore
  2. Jason Spell

 

Discussion:  Senator Cooper M. said this motion is for something SGA has done in the past, every year.  It’s a $1,000 scholarship that will go to four student athletes, two baseball players and two softball players at $250 for each student athlete.  With this, SGA gets signage around the baseball complex and softball complex and PA announcements during the game that SGA is a proud supporter of Athletics.  It’s a good way to bring inspiring student athletes from high school to play at the next level at Nicholls.  It’s also a way to get SGA’s name out there as a supporter of athletes and for students to know that SGA is a proud supporter of them.

 

     COMMENT:     Senator Brady L. said he thinks it’s a great motion. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained – 0

 

S1920-068

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to fund registration fees for two members of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority to attend the 58th Biennial Boule Conference.

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Bryant DeHart

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. said we previously funded two members to attend a conference in March but because of COVID-19, the conference was cancelled.  They’ve refunded the funds to SGA.  So this new Boule Conference is being combined with the Regional Conference that was going to be held in March.  The members have asked that we fund the registration for them to be able to attend the conference.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained – 0

 

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.

 

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Bryant DeHart

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Jennifer D. said basically it’s like what sororities or fraternities have, kind of like an SGA big-little if you want to think of it that way.  Some of us probably had no idea what being a Senator was going to be like and as a result, some people decided they didn’t want to be in it anymore.  That’s O.K. but this is a way to strengthen the retention rate as well as motivate more people to join the Senate.  Through the application process, they’d get to see and experience what SGA does and then from there they would go through the application process to find a mentor.  Essentially the mentor would teach them how to right motions, help them learn to do other things and go over the Bylaws and Constitution.  It’s the person you can go to if you have any questions or need help with anything within SGA.  It also helps them know someone on the Senate and make them feel more comfortable being in the Senate. 

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Tyler L. asked whose duty would it fall under to set up the pairs and things like that.  Senator Jennifer D. we’d go to Ms. Dolly if you wanted to be a mentor.  She’d have the information and Ms. Dolly would be able to assign whoever is looking into joining the Senate. Ms. Dolly would give the names to the mentors.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Brady L. asked if this would be a requirement to do before you apply to be in the Senate or after, once you’ve passed Judiciary and been sworn in.  Senator Jennifer D. said you can mentor afterwards if you’re already in the Senate but once you start the application process, before you interview, you’d attend a meeting to see if you’d want to go forward with the process or not.  Senator Brady L. said so this would push everything back a week.  So you’d reach out to Ms. Dolly, then come to a meeting, then you’d have President Emma B. appoint them, then come to Judiciary.  Senator Jennifer D. said yes.

 

      COMMENT;    Senator Sydney M. asked if this would replace or go with the Orientation Programs that we do in the Senate.  Senator Jennifer D. said it would go with it because you can still have the Orientation.  It would just provide them with someone else to be there for them for the first semester, someone who can help them for the workshop.  We usually elaborate on how to write motions in SGA but having a mentor they’d have someone constantly to advise them.  Senator Sydney M. asked how long would the mentorship last?  Senator Jennifer D. said just for the first semester. Senator Sydney M. asked if there would be any type of check point.  Such by a certain date they’re supposed to have a meeting with each other and other things that they’d do.  I get the idea of helping someone with what you’ve gone through.  I honestly would have loved to have that when I got in at the very beginning.  I think I need more structure to it of what you want them to do.  Senator Jennifer D. asked what she suggests.  Senator Sydney M. said she really likes the idea.  She said basically you’d have certain days you’d have to have something to accomplish.  We’d have to have a meeting outside of tutoring to check on them and talk to them about things.  Every couple of weeks we’d have to have certain things to check off.  It’s kind of like Tutoring Center, you have to have certain things checked off.  Senator Jennifer D. said she’s open to discussion.  In the Public Relations Committee meeting, I had great feedback as well.  If I need to redo it and add things, I can definitely do that too.  I’m definitely taking everyone’s suggestions.  I just thought this would be a good starting point.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Brady L. said he thinks it’s a good start.  People do come into the Senate but just don’t know exactly where they’re going so a lot of those Freshman Senators don’t necessarily commit to motions or work on too many things.  They don’t know how to go about it.  Since Senator Sydney M. will be taking over as Vice President next semester, maybe you should get together to figure out the details of how you want this to work because next semester, you’ll be the ones running the program.  Senators Sydney M. and Jennifer D. said they are agreeable to that.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Tyler L. said he agrees.  He loves the idea and thinks it’s a great starting point.  I just don’t want us to pass a motion and then have it stay there because there’s not a plan written to make sure it goes forward.  I want to make sure that when we submit a motion and make decisions here that it automatically goes into the works.  I want it to flourish and be something great for the Senate and its members.  I just don’t know if it’s there yet.  I suggest that you work more with Senator Sydney M. to see where you want this to go and who is actually going to manage the mentorship program. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Sydney M. said we have the next two weeks to get something for the next meeting if we want to pass it this semester to have in place for next semester.

 

S1920-069a

I move to table the motion.

  1. Brady Levron
  2. Cooper Moore

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained – 0

 

S1920-070

I move that the Senate fund the registration fee for three students in the Circle K International Organization to attend their international convention in Nevada at a cost of $750.

  1. Brady Levron
  2. Remy Lodrigues

 

Discussion:  Senator Brady L. said Circle K. International is another student organization we have on campus.  What they do is basically serve at different events around the Thibodaux area.  I think the biggest event they take part in or plan with the university is the Nicholls Day of Service every year.  We have a Nicholls organization of Circle K and above that is our Region.  Madison Liner is the Lieutenant Governor or that Region so she’ll be representing our university as well as the Region at this National Conference.  There will be three other students.  She originally asked for $1,118 on the funding form that would cover the registration and hotel room but I thought it would be more fitting for SGA to just cover the registration fee like we did with the Sigma Gamma Rho conference.  What this will do is fund the registration fee for three of the Circle K members at $250.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained – 0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Sydney M.         Chair applications went out this morning.  Make sure you apply.  Like we said last week with the E-Board applications, it’s a great way to move on in helping students.  It’s also good for your co-curricular.

 

Dolly M.          This announcement is from President-Elect Ethan N. who can’t be here today.  He said he’s had quite a few great applications, great ideas, resumes and interviews so his decision was really difficult. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

                  Congratulations to those who will serve on the 2020-21 Student Government Association Executive Board: 

                 

                  Director of Student Rights & Grievances is Symphony Brown

                  Treasurer is Ethan Henry

                  Director of public Relations is Caroline Mistretta

 

                  Those who were not appointed are encouraged to apply for Chairmen positions because those positions are very important also.

 

Tyler L.          Reminder that we will not meet next Monday so enjoy your Spring Break and get some much needed rest from your school work.  Do what you have to do to rejuvenate for this last part of the semester. 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 20, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order via Google Meets Teleconferencing at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Remy Lodrigues and the pledge was given by Senator Ethan Henry.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Taylin Daigle and Senator Natalee Leblanc read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Pro-Tempore Sydney Matherne, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent: Treasurer Carley Morvant.

 

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Jennifer Duthu, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Alyssa Romero, Cooper Moore, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Crissie Bellanger, Julia Pierce, Jonathan Gros, Hali Westerman and Bryant DeHart.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Cole LeGrange.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. John Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Student Government Association Advisor and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth Staff.

 

Minutes of April 6, 2020 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  

 

Dr. John Clune, University President

 

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your leadership through this crisis.  I know it’s been a very different format, a very strange situation and you’re very young to go through this but I think you’ve done a remarkable job.  

 

Things are improving.  I want to encourage that we’re starting to see change.  The Governor recently announced that sensitive elective procedures can begin April 27th.  He also announced that State construction projects on our campus can begin May 4th so that means that the Barker End Zone Complex beginning May 4th will launch with the purchasing of the materials and the site prep.  So things are changing and moving forward.  Even before that happened, the Friends of Bayou Lafourche have been surveying the bayou side, identifying the prominent trees they want to keep and those that can be cut down to make room for the parking lot to go with the boat launch and the pavilion that will be there in front of the Culinary Institute.

 

Also, when we begin the Barker End Zone Complex Phase I on May 4th, we’ll begin designing Phase II which is the Indoor Practice Facility to be used by all sports, not simply football.  If you remember both these projects go back to the Senator Norby Chabert days when he secured this money and then a donor stepped forward with $2.52 million, an anonymous donor, to finish off that project and that money was dedicated for that. 

 

Other exciting news is that in Talbot Hall, the Convergence Media Center is moving along very quickly and has been throughout this entire break.  I expect that to be done on or ahead of schedule.  It was scheduled to be done in June which will allow us to move the Student Hub out of Ellender Library, convert that room back to a Library classroom with computers.  Then to convert the two computer labs to the MACCO space which was fully funded by a donor.  Then we’ll seek a grant to bring all of the equipment over.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:     

 

Some other things happening on campus, the Coastal Center being planned.  We’re looking at the area around the intersection of Bowie and Ordoyne Drive.  If you notice the football practice facility on one side.  The other side of Bowie Road is a driving range.  We’re looking at locations with the idea that perhaps the football facility can be moved to the other side of Barker Hall which would put it in proximity to its locker room, weight room and also the new indoor facility so if it begins to rain, the athletes wouldn’t have to run across the parking lot behind Barker Hall but simply run behind into the covered practice facility. 

 

If you get the chance to come on campus, the Greenhouse Phase I is well underway.  It’s framed up and you can see how significant and how big it’s going to be and we have State approval for $550,000 for Phase II which will be the glass Greenhouse.  There’s a lot of exciting things taking place on campus.  Remember May 4th, we have the ability to start State funding contracts on our campus.

 

Also on May 4th, the Return to Campus Steering Committee will meet for the first time.  We’re planning to come back to campus in the Fall.  I’ve shared with you some of the ideas that have been brought forward such as spreading out the desks in classrooms, perhaps using the Bollinger Suites, the Cotillion Ballroom and other venues for classes to keep students spread out and we’re thinking of a number of ways to keep students safe such as all single rooms in dorms but would maintain the prices low for Ellender and if we can bring back Babington Hall, particularly South Babington, we’re going to do that as quickly as possible to make sure every student can have a single room and stay healthy. 

 

Some of you, right now President Emma B., it’s you but you can certainly appoint someone else, we’re going to have a Return to Campus Task Force which will be working on a return to campus with all the things that go into that.  I’m also thinking that as we return before the Fall, I’d also like to have a Service Day for sprucing up that we could use your help with.  I think that might be a good time for Colonel Service Day.  We’re having a virtual Conferral Ceremony that we’re working on for May 16th.  Again, President Emma B., you’ll probably be asked to say a few words.  We have two three-minute short videos by government leaders, myself and a very brief conferral speech that would tide us over until we can have a commencement ceremony later this summer or in the Fall.  There was a survey that went out. 

 

We still have on-campus course for June 1st.  We’re haven’t cancelled the on campus courses yet.  We’re holding out hope that those can take place but we’re fully engaged to come back in the Fall semester.  With the sensitive elective procedures that doctors are able to do and State construction projects starting again, I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I want you to stay engaged and stay hopeful. 

 

I do want to mention that you might be talking later about the softball fencing that Senator Jason S. had worked on.  It’s so important that we have some insurance, we’ll put in a bit from the university’s perspective.  The university has a number of expenses associated with this crisis and also with some Title IX issues for softball.  We have to work on a locker room, coaches’ offices and covered batting cages in the vicinity of the softball field.  Right now, we’re looking at a site on Ordoyne Drive right across the street where these can be placed until perhaps the steel building that would provide all of the facilities that the male baseball athletes have and for the softball female athletes.  We have a lot of expenses coming up associated with softball so any help, I know you approved $7,000 or so for the softball fencing.  We’re very grateful that will allow us to begin planning the other stages of what is needed for softball.

 

We continue to hold sacred all the scholarships, both academic and athletic, and all the salaries both faculty and staff as well as coaches so we’re committed to people.  We’re cutting in other areas such as we’re looking now at some athletic travel, some athletic supplies and supplies and travel on the academic side as well.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. suggested a meeting with President Clune Interim Athletic Director Lindsey McKaskle and perhaps Mr. Terry Braud to discuss the status.  President Clune said Dr. Caruso is on this call and is also getting involved so she can set that up with us.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:     

 

I want to thank you for having me and I’m proud to be associated with you.  I hope you have a wonderful meeting.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I’ve worked with Dr. Caruso to send out a questionnaire about graduation to see if students would rather walk at the end of summer or with December graduates.  Then if we’d want to participate in a virtual ceremony that Dr. Clune just talked about.  That closes tomorrow so we’ll have those results then. 
  • I’m getting things together for President-elect Ethan N. for next year.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

  • I’m building a document to hand over to Senator Symphony B. for next year.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

 

  • The application to become a member of the Senate, Supreme Court, or Election commission is available on our website. Between this semester and next, we will have a total of 14 members graduating, so please encourage your friends to join SGA in the fall!

 

  • We are voting for Outstanding Senator and our Senator Scholarship recipients next Monday. I already made the google voting form and will share it with you all in GroupMe.

 

  • Our banquet will be held virtually on Monday, May 4th at 4:00 p.m.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I was contacted by Katherine Mabile from Alumni Federation who inquired if there’s a possibility of working with SGA to purchase personalized signs for each of the graduating Seniors to place in front of the Alumni House. They’ll give the signs to people who graduated at the actual graduation ceremony.  I’ll contact a few of the Senators to work on pricing and to see if we’re on board to contribute with Alumni.  They’re trying to partner up with somebody to split the cost to do something special for the Seniors in this current predicament.
  • I’ll contact those of you who are working on the Bylaws to see where we are with that.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

                       

S1920-066

I move that the Senate purchase two benches for the lobby area of Beauregard Hall for $2,470.16 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-067

I move that the Senate allocate $1,000 to renew the Athletic Billboard Scholarship.  The funds will be taken from the Billboard Scholarship line item of the Fall 2020 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-068

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to fund registration fees for two members of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority to attend the 58th Biennial Boule Conference.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.  Tabled.

 

S1920-070

I move that the Senate fund the registration fee for three students in the Circle K International Organization to attend their international convention in Nevada at a cost of $750.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Cole LeGrange

 

SPA reported the following:

  • They’re going to be conducting interviews for new officer positions next week.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Remy Lodrigues, Jason Spell and Natalee Leblanc.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Ethan Henry, Brady Levron, Sydney Matherne, Meagan Rousse and Bryant DeHart.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Carley Morvant and Senator Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for poster tubes that passed.
  • Director Carley M. said she is working on the budget for next semester.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

No report.

 

Community Outreach Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

No meeting.

Senator Meagan R. reported discussion on much we miss being on campus.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jason Spell, Lizzie Bychurch, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Alyssa Romero.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Status of summer session, whether it will be online or not. 
  • A going to be online.
  • Question about refunds that’s slated to be issued by housing.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

No meeting.

Ethan Naquin, Chair, reminded everyone that today is new drop date so if you know students that have additional questions about that, be sure to remind them.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S1920-069a

I move to take the Colonel to Colonel motion off the table.

 

  1. Symphony Brown
  2. Sydney Matherne

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained – 0

 

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.

 

  1. Jennifer Duthu
  2. Bryant DeHart

 

Discussion:  Senator Sydney M. said we collaborated on what we were going to do and thought it best to wait.  Because it’s such a big project, we want to make sure that it works exactly how we want to.  It’s a very good program and project that we believe will help in so many more ways that we originally thought.  We’ll work on it over the summer and probably create a committee.  We decided to leave it on the table for this meeting.  That way if anyone has anyone, especially the Seniors graduating, want to comment on it, they can do so.  We’re taking any type of suggestions that you think of.  We’ve already thought of some ideas but want to get as much feedback as we can before the summer.   

 

Senator Jennifer D. said if any of you have suggestions, we’re one hundred percent open to anything you have to say.  I want this to be successful before it passes next semester so if you have any ideas, feel free to reach out to me, message me or Senator Sydney M.

 

Vice President Tyler L. said the motion will remain on the table.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S1920-071

I move that the Senate purchase 10 poster tubes for Ellender Library in the amount of $200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget. 

  1. Symphony Brown
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Symphony B. said Ms. Elizabeth Batte is the new Director of the Library who approached me with this motion.  She sent me two files to review.  The Library is denying students posters to check out because so many students were printing them for Expeaux. Adding ten more tubes would hopefully help to fulfill the students’ requests to check out posters.  You never know when it’s going to rain and if you have to go around campus with your poster and things like that.  She’s getting a really good deal, 10 tubes at $20 each for $200.  Also, it’s a check-out system so the tubes go back to the Library once the student is finished.  They’re completely reusable. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained – 0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Sydney M.         We had the Committee Chair Applications and extended everyone more time to apply. 

                  Congratulations to next year’s Committee Chairs:

                  Judiciary – Brady Levron

                  Campus Affairs – Gabrielle Arceneaux

                  Community Outreach – Meagan Rousse

                  Chairs for Finance and Academic Affairs will be decided at a later date. 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 27, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order via Google Meets Teleconferencing at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Alyssa Romero.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Sydney Matherne and Senator Ethan Naquin read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Pro-Tempore Sydney Matherne, Treasurer Carley Morvant, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams, Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Ethan Naquin, Ethan Henry, Meagan Rousse, Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart, Alyssa Romero, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Taylen Daigle and Zackary Pitre.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Senators Caroline Mistretta, Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Jennifer Duthu, Hali Westerman and Cooper Moore.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. John Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Student Government Association Advisor and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth Staff.

 

Minutes of April 20, 2020 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  

 

Dr. John Clune, University President

 

The Governor is speaking today with an update which we will follow closely.  We’re anticipating a May 4th return of a lot of our tradespeople, a lot of our housekeeping.  That’s in keeping with the Governor’s first order to sort of stand down until May 1st so we would come back on May 4th with a lot of precautions.  Taking temperatures before entering any buildings, requiring everyone to wear masks when they’re inside buildings or in the presence of other people.  That would be simply the first step.  The much more complicated step is getting everyone back, including our students for the Fall.

 

We have a Task Force set up.  As some of you know, some of you are on it.  That Task Force will focus on bringing students back for the Fall semester in any scenario possible.  I’ve gone over a few of them but in recent days, the literature is focused on being able to test, being able to trace who that infected person came into contact with and being able to quarantine those students who did come in contact with the infected individual.  It also requires that we allow that student to continue to participate in classes so we’re looking at things such as a webcam in every class should someone have to sit out for a few days of quarantine.  We’re looking at sites on or off campus if we’d have to quarantine students.  Where do we put them that is not in the same room as someone else?  Single occupancy in all dorms across campus.  Right now we have about 80 students who live in double or quadruple occupancy at times so there are some issues we’re trying to work through.  We’ve been off campus, looking for areas as hotels.  We’ve been on campus, looking at buildings such as Babington Hall. We’ve run into a few challenges such as Babington Hall.  It would take about $3 million to renovate South Babington which is the present building with the interior hallway.  That $3 million to renovate that hall would have only given us about 30 additional rooms that could be used on the second and third floors and would require an elevator to go in.  The truth is that after it was surveyed, it was determined that it’s prone to flooding and the elevation is too low to justify renovating that hall. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

So again, we were back on campus looking at other sights but that seems to be the sticking point.  Do we waive the requirement for certain populations living on campus?  Do we look at off- campus locations for housing students?  Do we look at off-campus locations for quarantined students?  There are all these things to consider with the major things being testing, tracing and then being able to quarantine students.  So we will see changes.  We will see smaller group meetings but that Task Force will begin its work on Wednesday with the sole goal to get people back on campus in the Fall semester safely and be prepared for any contingency.  The goal would be to not only come back to campus but to keep everyone on campus and not have to go remote or go online for any period of time during the Fall semester. 

 

      COMMENT:    President Emma B. said she just learned the Governor has pushed the date back to May 15th

 

So May 4th is billed as the date we’re going to have all the safety precautions in place so when that date comes, perhaps on May 15th perhaps we’ll be ready to go.  We’re starting to rub up against dates to get the dorms and the other places deep cleaned for the Summer semester for camps should they come to pass.  Then we’ll start meeting deadlines for the Fall semester so you’ll probably see more people trickling in, working in isolation with masks and with PPE gear trying to make sure we keep up the infrastructure and get the campus ready for the Summer and Fall semesters.

 

      COMMENT:    Chief Justice Saidy H. asked if employees will have to provide their own masks or will the university be providing masks.  President Clune said we have masks for everyone.  In fact, I just got a collection we’re giving to the International students, some of whom are going home, but we’re going to provide masks. 

 

We’re also working with the Parish to have fabric, washable masks available for the Fall students so there will not be a shortage of masks by the time our employees and students come back to campus.  We just have to set all the guidelines for when they have to be at work and guidelines about sanitation or sanitary wipe downs, be it your hands or services.  Using fog machines in certain high occupancy areas to kill virus overnight while students are not in the space.  We have all these things to consider but there will be enough masks to go around so no one will have to buy a mask.

 

Thank you for your leadership always.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – EMMA BOURGEOIS

 

  • I’m finalizing getting things together for President-Elect Ethan Naquin.
  • We received the results from the graduation survey.  The plan is that on May 16th we’ll have an Awarding of Degrees Ceremony and each college will be at a different time so they’ll be split up hourly or so.   On that day, we’ll have an address from Dr. Clune, an address from a few others and an address from some other people that will be a nice surprise.  Then they’ll announce the graduates.  The results came back that students would rather walk before the Fall semester if possible so we’re going to pursue that.  We don’t have a date as of now because things keep getting pushed back but we’re hoping that by the beginning of the Fall semester, we’ll be able to have a commencement where people can walk.  Students will receive their degrees on May 16th.  They’ll be sent to them and stamped on May 16th and then they’ll be given out to the students.  So students will still have been awarded their degrees on the 16th

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – ETHAN ADAMS

 

I’m putting the finishing touches on the document for my role to hand over to Senator Symphony B.

 

I can’t thank you enough for all the years in SGA.  It’s been a wonderful time and wonderful to meet all of you.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – CARLEY MORVANT

 

I have the proposed Summer Budget and an outline for the Fall and Spring budgets for next year. If you have any questions, let me know.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – EMILY LEDET

 

  • Our banquet will be held virtually on Monday, May 4th at 4:00pm. I will send you all a link prior to the banquet. I am leaning more towards using zoom, so I will make it to where you have to sign in with a password.

 

  • I shared the link to vote for the 2019-2020 Outstanding Senator and Senator Scholarship in GroupMe. If you have not voted already, please go ahead and do that now. I am closing the link after the meeting.

 

Thank you all for entrusting me to serve as your Director of Public Relations for the past two years. It has been a very enjoyable and humbling experience getting to represent SGA as a whole. I also enjoyed getting to know everyone on the Executive Board, Senate, Supreme Court, and Election Commission. I loved watching each of you excel and grow as a leader on campus. If anyone ever needs anything in the future, I won’t be too far away! Best of luck to everyone on their exams and Go Colonels!

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

If anyone asks, they’re still going to have their degree awarded on May 16th.  It’s the date that you’ll officially have your degree.  You can still apply to Grad Schools.  Answer students’ questions to the best of your ability but if you don’t have the answer, direct them to one of us or Dr. Caruso.

 

It has been a privilege and honor to work alongside you and to lead this organization.  I want to thank you for your hard work.  You have truly showed the student body what it means to be a Colonel and what it means to work for your fellow peers.  So thank you all for doing that, not just for this past semester but for the year.  I’ll be available to anybody to help.  Geaux Colonels and keep up the good work.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.  Remained Tabled.

 

S1920-071

I move that the Senate purchase 10 poster tubes for Ellender Library in the amount of $200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Saidy Hebert

 

SPA doesn’t have a report.

 

Just keep doing what you’re doing and stay safe.  Go Colonels!

 

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Julia Pierce, Chair; Emily Bergeron, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Julia Pierce, Emily Bergeron, Lizzie Bychurch, Ethan Henry, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell and Bryant DeHart.

 

Absent:     Senators Crissie Bellanger, Jonathan Gros, Brady Levron, Remy Lodrigues, Sydney Matherne and Meagan Rousse.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Carley Morvant and Director Ethan Adams.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motions for Graduate Signs, Summer Budget and Software which all passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Brady Levron, Chair

 

No meeting.

 

Community Outreach Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Christmas – Caroline Mistretta – Chair

 

No meeting.

 

Campus Affairs Committee – Jason Spell, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jason Spell, Lizzie Bychurch, Taylen Daigle, Jennifer Duthu, Cooper Moore and Alyssa Romero.

 

No meeting but discussed how transition has been tough on people.

 

I won’t be on the Senate next year so I’d like you to know it’s really been an honor to serve.

 

Academic Affairs Committee: – Ethan Naquin, Chair    

 

No meeting.

 

Good luck on finals and closing out this very hectic semester.  I hope everyone gets a much needed rest after all of this. 

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S1920-072

I move that the SGA put up half the money to help Alumni Affairs purchase personalized yard signs for each of Spring 2020 graduating Seniors.  SGA would fund up to $1,750 and would come out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Natalee Leblanc
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Natalee L. said this is so that Seniors this year can have a yard sign to show they’re graduating.  It’s something they can have because they can’t walk across the stage on May 16th.  The cost is being split with Alumni Affairs.  There are about 325 signs at $5.25 each so they’re asking the Senate to provide up to $1,750 which adds a little bit of wiggle room.  It’s coming out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Symphony B. said I think it’s a great motion.  Is this something we’ll keep doing for all graduates in the future because I think it’s really cool to have a yard sign up for everyone who graduates in the Fall or Spring.  I know a lot of places around here have some and the cost is triple what the cost of these are.  Vice President Tyler L. said Ms. Mabile of Alumni said this is something that just popped up because of the special circumstances that we’re in now.  However, if you, as a Senate, decide in the coming years that you want to continue it, you can reach out to her to find out who’s graduating.  If you want to continue the project, the opportunity is definitely there.

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S1920-073

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 to purchase new 2020 Software for Nicholls State University to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. said the motion was brought to me by Director Ethan A.  It’s the motion for the software which will provide a better way to receive grievances from students.  This would create a section on the website. It’s a one-time fee.  There is also a $6,000 fee that the university would pay after this year.  After the initial $7,000, they’ll cover the rest.  It organizes the students’ complaints in one category for others to see.  So it won’t go to just one person which will make it more efficient and faster in handling problems more directly.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Symphony B. asked if the people who have a grievance know how it’s set up.  Senator Zackary P. said the way I understand it is it’s a new website that students can get onto.  With this, it will allow a more efficient way of handling problems instead of sending it to only one person.  Emails get lost and this way everybody will see it.

 

Director Ethan A. said I don’t have access to the document that was distributed earlier but this is basically a streamlined tool.  As of right now, I can receive a complaint, Dr. Caruso can receive a complaint and Department Heads can also.  With this software, it would all be sent to one place and that would ensure that no student complaints goes unnoticed.  That’s why I think it’s so important to the university.  Senator Symphony B. said I think it’s really awesome.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S1920-074

I move that the Senate approve the 2020 Summer Budget.

 

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan H. said this is pretty self-explanatory.  We just wanted to get the Summer Budget approved

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Softball Fence Funding:

Senator Jason S. said I had a meeting with the Interim Athletic Director and Dr. Clune for the Softball Funding that I wrote back in February.  We have a bid for $11,000 with insurance already paying for part of it.  I was going to ask you because I know one of the conditions of my getting the motion through is that I would try hard to not make us the major funder of events so I’m asking you if it’s o.k. to give the full $7,200.  Vice President Tyler L. said for clarification, do they want us to spend more than $7,200?  Senator Jason S. said no.  The Bill said up to $7,200.  All I’m saying is do you want to go up to $7,200 on this fence because it was “up to” $7,200.  Vice President Tyler L. said actually since we already passed the motion, being it’s up to $7,200, it’s up to them now.  It’s really not up to the Senate anymore.  Senator Jason S. said I thought it was but it’s alright.  I just thought I’d ask your opinion on it.  If it’s already taken care of, then there’s no need. 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

 

Vice President Pro-Tempore:

Senator Sydney M. nominated Senator Brady Levron who accepted the nomination.  No other nominations were submitted. 

 

I move to elect Senator Brady Levron as Vice President Pro-Tempore through acclamation.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Symphony Brown

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

Senator Scholarships & Outstanding Senator:

Vice President Tyler L. said the list of officers went out to everyone earlier for a vote.  Be sure you vote by the end of the meeting because the link will be closed directly after the meeting.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

 

The following officer was sworn in by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert:

 

Brady Levron – Vice President Pro-Tempore

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

 

 

THIS WAS THE LAST SENATE MEETING OF THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR.

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL 2020-21 TERM WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 17, 2020 AT 4:00 P.M.

 

 

SPRING 2020 ACTIONS TAKEN

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 January 27, 2020

No motions were presented at this meeting.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 January 27, 2020

No motions were presented at this meeting.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 February 10, 2020

S1920-057

I move that each Senator complete three or more hours of SGA events per semester.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-058

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 5, 2020.  The tickets are $20 and the cost would not exceed $200.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 17, 2020

S1920-059

I move that the Senate allocate up to $620 to fund registration costs for 2 students to attend the 79th Southwestern Regional Conference. Passed and signed.

 

S1920-060

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,200 to fund renovations for the outfield softball fence. Funds are to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 2, 2020

 S1920-061

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000 to fund two charter buses for those traveling to the Capitol for ULS Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects Line Item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 9, 2020

 S1920-062

I move to move Emily Bergeron from Nursing Senator to Business Senator. Passed and signed.

 

S1920-063

I move that the Senate accept Aarati Pant for the position of Election Commission Member.  Aarati is the appointment of SGA President Emma Bourgeois and SPA President Amari Williams.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-064

I move that the Senate purchase a new TV for Peltier 208 for the History & Geography Department.  The cost is $1,208.45 and will be taken from Campus Improvements line item.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 23, 2020

 

No motions were presented at this meeting.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN 

March 30, 2020

 

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S1920-065

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000 to assist the Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund to help students during COVID-19.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 



SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 April 6, 2020

  

S1920-066

I move that the Senate purchase two benches for the lobby area of Beauregard Hall for $2,470.16 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-067

I move that the Senate allocate $1,000 to renew the Athletic Billboard Scholarship.  The funds will be taken from the Billboard Scholarship line item of the Fall 2020 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-068

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to fund registration fees for two members of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority to attend the 58th Biennial Boule Conference.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.  Tabled.

 

S1920-070

I move that the Senate fund the registration fee for three students in the Circle K International Organization to attend their international convention in Nevada at a cost of $750.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 April 20, 2020

 

 

 

 

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.  Remained tabled.

 

S1920-071

I move that the Senate purchase 10 poster tubes for Ellender Library in the amount of $200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

 April 27, 2020

  

S1920-069

I move to establish a program where students can pair up with a current SGA Senator and gain insight into the practices of SGA before sending in an application to join the Senate or any other position.  Remained tabled.

 

S1920-072

I move that the SGA put up half the money to help Alumni Affairs purchase personalized yard signs for each of Spring 2020 graduating Seniors.  SGA would fund up to $1,750 and would come out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

                                                   

S1920-073

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 to purchase new 2020 Software for Nicholls State University to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S1920-074

I move that the Senate approve the 2020 Summer Budget.  Passed and signed.

Fall 2019 Minutes

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

                                 

August 19, 2019

 

The meeting was called to order in the Leaders Suite of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Markaylen Wiltz. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Julia Pierce and the pledge was given by Senator Lizzie Bychurch.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Ethan Naquin and Senator Natalee Leblanc read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Emma Bourgeois, Vice President Markaylen Wiltz, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Carley Morvant (appointed), Director of Student Rights & Grievances Ethan Adams (appointed), Director of Public Relations Emily Ledet (appointed) and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Sydney Matherne, Brady Levron, Caroline Mistretta, Keilan Kiger, Ethan Naquin, Jasmine Sampson, Julia Pierce, Jonathan Gros, Lizzie Bychurch, Emily Bergeron, Symphony Brown, Natalee Leblanc, Jason Spell, Aarati pant, Remy Lodrigues, Bryant DeHart and Tyler Legnon.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Tamera Castle and Hali Westerman.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Saidy Hebert.

 

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Beau Bourgeois.

 

Guests present were Mr. John Braud, Jr., Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Michele Caruso, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Mr. Francis Plaisance, Jr., The Blood Center Representative, Chloe McDaniel, Andrew Liang, Tabatha Tabb, Amari Williams, Trevor Tabor, Brooke Bergeron and Brynne Mayet.

 

No minutes were presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Mr. Terry Braud, Jr., Vice President of Finance and Administration

 

Good afternoon everyone.  I’m here today on behalf of Dr. Clune who unfortunately was called to another meeting and felt pretty strong that he wanted to give you an update on projects we have ongoing on campus and certainly to answer any questions you might have.  Just a quick rundown of a couple of projects we have ongoing at present is the Student Union Project.  That began at the end of July and will wrap up some time at the end of October.  We started a little later than expected primarily because we were going over conceptual drawings, detailed drawings and going into the bid process.  The bid process was undertaken when it started a 30-day timeline to award the contract.  So we’re running probably about 30 to 45 days later on the calendar than we anticipated and would like to have done but we hope that the end product is going to be worth the slight inconvenience at the start of the Fall.  We do have access in the Student Union for students.  You might have noticed if you walked through the space today, we recreated a walking path that extends from the back entrance of the Student Union to the front entrance.  We’re serving from the Grid.  We’re serving regular convenience store products as well as salads and pizza on a cash basis.  The food court area was moved into the Grid area.  The Colonel’s Retreat will also continue to serve its regular menu along with the burgers and subway sandwiches.  So it’s full service through our Sodexho partnership as well as the auxiliary services folks.  Again, we apologize for the inconvenience but we really think that at the end we’ll have a product that you’ll be pleased with.  Generally speaking, the floor plan on that project, if you’re familiar with the Student Union and saw what some people refer to as pyramids or the pagodas with the half walls and the raised sections, all of that is gone.  If you happen to walk through there, you’ll notice a flat surface.  We’ll be looking at fresh paint on the walls, new lighting and new flooring.  Eventually, we’ll get into increasing the budget on that project by adding furniture but in the initial stages, we’ll be sort of repurposing many of the pieces of furniture that we already have around. 

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GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

In addition to the Student Union Project, we have a project going on in Talbot Hall.  We’ve got the Media Convergence Center in a space on the first floor.  There we’ll actually be doing Phase I and II so at the end, and we expect it sometime early Spring of 2020, Phases I and II will be wrapped up on that project.  What we’ll have then is the full media program in terms of Student Publication and Student Television operation.  Those are the two that are primarily moving into that space.  The Radio station will stay where it is and the TV station will stay as well but they will have some video opportunities from the Convergence Center.  That space is funded by not only the university but also by a donor as well.  In total, that will probably run about $450,000 to $500,000 total.  The majority of that is funded by the donors.  Additionally in that same space, we’ll have an Art Gallery.  The Art Gallery in Talbot is currently located on the second floor.  We’re taking a portion of the first floor space and finishing out an Art Gallery there.  Phase I is only work that we anticipate at the present time in that space.  That will be about a $40,000 undertaking.  That should be wrapped up probably in early October.  It’s then going to be the Art Department that will take over that project and decide whether they’d like to open the Gallery and discontinue the second floor use or they can continue the second floor use and move into their Phase II as fundraising allows.  We’ll start to take direction from the Art Department at that point. 

 

Barker Hall Expansion:

During the summer, you might have heard announced that we had a donor step forward who made a significant donation to the university.  It’s the largest single capital contribution that’s been made by way of a donor.  It’s approximately $2.5 million that has been committed to that project.  We will be taking that $2.5 million, adding an additional approximately $8.5 million that was awarded to us by the Legislature and we’ll undertake an expansion of Barker Hall in two phases.  The first phase will expand, or if you will, create an annex attached to the original Barker Hall building.  It will mark the new expanded facility that will largely house football operations.  What they will do, however, is create space inside of the existing Barker Hall facility so we can begin to consolidate those sports.  For example, softball, track, tennis, basketball and volleyball will remain in Stopher but some of the outliners will be able to relocate in the Barker Complex, making that complex a complete athletic facility.  The first phase of Barker Hall is considered to cost about $6.5 million so it’s really almost a 50/50 split with $2.5 coming from a donor and $4 million coming from the State.  Phase II of the Barker Expansion is going to include an indoor facility that can be used by all sports.  Generally speaking, it will be about the size of half of a football field.  It will have artificial turf and high heights so that volleyball, soccer, baseball, football and most of the outdoor sports will be able to use that facility as well as track and so forth when inclement weather occurs and you can’t go outside.  So Phase I should kick off, we’re hoping around the next 45 to 60 days construction, and it’s about up to 13 months on building out.  So we’re thinking that’s about Fall 2020 completion and moving into Phase I building.  It will be located in the South end zone of the stadium.  Phase II will be behind Barker Hall.  At this point, we have to go to a process with our facility planning construction group in Baton Rouge.  That process is beginning now where we have to choose an Architect to begin working with and so forth so we’re a little further down the road.  The money is available to do the project but that