Meeting Information

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FALL 2021 SGA MEETING SCHEDULE

ALL MEETINGS BEGIN AT 4:00PM

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FALL 2021 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

September 13, 2021

NO MEETING HELD DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

August 30, 2021

NO MEETING HELD DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

August 23, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Lance Jones.

 

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

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent: Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef.

 

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

The following Senators were absent: Ethan Naquin, Meagan Rousse and Trent Ledet.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

 

Election Commission was represented Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Jason Spell and Reanna Plaisance.

 

Minutes of August 16, 2021 Meeting were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Jason Spell, Student

 

I’m not a Senator anymore but I’m still a student.  I have some questions about the motion for $15,000 that you voted on last week.  For the jerseys you bought, is it a special one.  President Tyler L. said it’s a special one. 

 

One more question is how much of the jerseys is being funded by SGA.  President Tyler L. said we’re funding right under half the amount of jerseys.

 

That’s all I have.  I just had a couple of questions.  Thanks everybody.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

 

Good afternoon everybody.  The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine officially and it’s now added to our immunization requirements.  If you’re hearing anything that students are concerned about, I can help you answer that.

 

Senator Lance Jones:  I’m all for the vaccine but what do you do if students have an objection.  Can complete a form requesting an exemption?  Dr. Caruso said yes.  It can be based on a medical condition, philosophy and religion.  The form is on the Health Services site and is submitted to Health Services. 

 

Senator Zackary Pitre:  How would it affect students that do have the vaccine but those who don’t have the vaccine that may bring COVID in?  Do they test regularly?  Dr. Caruso said we’ll do regular testing with various groups. 

 


OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

Three Updates from COSBP: The September COSBP meeting that was scheduled to be held at Southern University in Shreveport will now be a virtual meeting on Friday, September 24th from 2-4 p.m.  We were asked to invite SGA officers to log on and join with COSBP for brief presentations on such things as “Modern Hazing Practices” and tips for how to handle “Bystander Intervention.”
As you all know, the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine this morning, so continue to inform your peers on the truth about vaccination guidelines, and consider getting the vaccine if you haven’t gotten it yet. Changes are coming in regards to large events being put on by organizations on campus. Greek organizations are being asked to aim for an 85% vaccination status of their chapter’s active membership to hold events like socials and formals.
For anybody asking you about the next phase of the “CARES Act”, the funds are actually from the American Rescue Plan, and those funds are due to be dispersed sometime after the 14th day of class. The money WILL NOT be applied to your balance with the University unless you give permission for it to be used to pay that debt.
I hope you all had a great first week, and as always, please let me know if you need anything.
 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

 

·       First, I want to commend everyone on their work so far & congratulate the new committee chairs!  I’m sure you will all do great work!

·       No one submitted “What I’ve Done/What I’ve Heard.” Report this summer, but that’s okay because it was optional. You’ll have three MANDATORY reports due this semester. They’ll be due in September, October and November. September and October will be due on the very last day of the month, and November will be due on the Friday before the last meeting of the semester. Don’t worry! I’ll remind you often!

·       The reports will be completed through Google Forms that will be shared with you. I’ll make the September form available to you in the coming weeks, but you should be completing this form toward the middle to the end of the month so that you can have the most substantial report from your work all month.

·       We have money set aside for food literacy and food insecurity efforts if anyone has any ideas for using that budget.  It’s something I’ll talk more about with our committee members in our Campus & Academic Affairs meeting next week.

·       Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need my help! I love helping you — it is always my pleasure! 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

 

For All expenses for the summer budget have been accounted for and the financial statement has landed in the green.
With regards to the 2021-22 proposed budget, the current amounts from the summer budget have been incorporated into the proposed budget. This gave an estimated beginning balance for both the fall and spring semester. Given so, both of the semester proposed budgets have landed in the green based on the estimated beginning amounts.
 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

·       Hope you all had a great first week back! Thank you for sharing our graphics lately.

·       Welcome Back Day table and cool pop and scantron giveaway went really well- many students did not know that SGA gave out scantrons.

·       There are many time slots available for the Blood Drive.  Please sign up if you are free!

·       Reminder that all senators are required to complete at least 3 or more hours throughout the semester, in any fashion, at designated SGA sponsored events.

·       First Walmart run is on 09/01- graphic is coming soon. The bus seats 28 passengers and there will be two runs to Walmart and back.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

·       Senator Workshop is September 10th at 5:00 p.m. in the Century Room – Mandatory (Guests: Dr. Lyn, Dr. Caruso and Mr. Steven Kenney)

·       New Rules on Motions: Motions will be presented in the General Meeting First then tabled, and sent to Committees the following week and then returned to the General Meeting after those committee meetings.

·       Working with Dr. Caruso on Vaccine Q and A.  Any ideas, let me know.

·       Congratulations to Chair Positions!!

·       Senate Leadership Council – 2 more senators needed – email me!!!

·       Chairs, please meet with me after meeting if you can.

 

Housekeeping Rules:

·       Google Form for Excuses is in the Google Drive.

·       Have a good week and let me know if you need anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

U2122-006

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Angela Yanez for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall Budget.  Tabled.

 

F2122-008

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Denise Rivera-Alcantar for the position of Treasurer.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,00 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”.  Tabled.

 

F2122-011

I move that the Senate allocate $15,000 for the purchase of personalized 50th Anniversary football jerseys from Adidas for the 50th Anniversary football game.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Remy Lodrigues, Justice

 

SGA Report:

 

The Justices are required to serve on University Committees as follows:

Academic Policies – Corey Hebert and Sharmila Hamal.
Parking Appeals – Connor Hebert, Icy Abraham and Matthew Badeaux.
Academic Appeals – Matthew Badeaux and Remy Lodrigues.
 

Please support the Blood Drive we’re sponsoring and tell your friends because the hospitals are pretty dry right now.  There are still a number of spots available to donate on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

SPA Report:

Tailgating events are still planning to go on during the football season.
The Southeastern game is always big for us so there will be giveaways. 
On September 8th, they’ll do an Italian Ice Giveaway.
Film on the field on September 15th.
Family Day will be outside on September 25th.
 


ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Freshman Senator Election – Received five Petitions to date.

Deadline for Freshman Petitions is Thursday, August 26.

 

Deadline to nominate for Homecoming Court is September 3rd.

Deadline to turn in applications for Homecoming Court is September 9th.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Victoria Rideau, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Victoria Rideau, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist and Zackary Pitre.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar

 

We discussed the following:

Motion to renew Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan line item which passed.
 

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux and Ethan Henry.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown

 

We discussed the following:

Heard 9 excuses:  6 passed, 1 was dismissed and 2 were tabled for next week.
The Legnon Corollary will be discussed at the next meeting.
 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

Guest:      Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Laurie Melancon.

 

We discussed the following:

Notebooks designs.
Graphics – 3.
Walmart Run Signup Form and Walmart Bus Graphic.
Homecoming Applications are Open.
Homecoming Business Display.
Pep Rally that SPA is putting on.  SGA is sponsoring food.
Family Day T-Shirt design.
Reviewed a motion to purchase scantrons.
 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

Guest:      Director of Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef (virtual), Ethan Henry and Zackary Pitre.

 

We discussed the following:

One-Way Road. 
Parking Stalls to be repainted. 
Dorm Room Carpets – getting old.  Co-Sponsoring.
Desks are back to back and trying to space out due to COVID. 
A link will be sent with the faculty and Dean’s list that way SGA Senators can get familiar with the faculty especially when working on motions.  It will help if they know who to talk to.
Reached out to Uber, Lyft, etc. To try and team up with our students who use these services to try to get a discount.
I’ll be sending out a link to everyone with the faculty member so they can get more familiar with who they’re working with around campus. 
 


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2122-009a

I move to take the emergency meal plan motion from the table

 

1.  Zackary Pitre

2.  Ethan Naquin

Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.

 

1.  Ethan Henry

2.  Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. said this is Senator Ethan H.’s motion that we do every year.  The difference this year is that we’re adding $500 to the summer budget.  It’s a great motion because it’s providing funds to students who need food.  Especially now due to COVID, it’s difficult to get jobs.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-007a

I move to take the Scantrons motion from the table

 

1.  Reona Octave

2.  Ethan Henry

Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall 2021 Budget.

 

1.  Reona Octave

2.  Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said these scantrons are different than the ones we normally give out. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-012

I move that the Senate accept the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget.

 

1.  Victoria Rideau

2.  Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said this motion is to approve the 2021-22 Proposed Budget. 

 

Motion was tabled for future consideration.

 

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NIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

University Standing Committee List was updated with new officers.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Requested volunteers to judge Family Day Booths.  Senators Reona O., Victoria R. and Lance J. volunteered.

 

 

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

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING         

August 16, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Cooper Moore and the pledge was given by Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Lance Ledet read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board member was absent: Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef.

The following Senators were present:  Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

The following Senators were absent: Logan Byars, Meagan Rousse and Trent Ledet.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux.

Election Commission was represented Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Jonathan Terrell, Athletic Director, Al Wilson, Athletics Operations/Facilities Coordinator, Kamryn Casso, Cheer Captain, Francis Plaisance, Jr., The Blood Center Representative, KNSU staff, Brogan Burns and Demontre Parker.

Minutes of June 24, 2021 Special Meeting were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

We have a 43% vaccination rate.  We had 18 students go through the clinic today.  We’ll need to double that to be safe and to stay on campus in a normal capacity.  In our service region, we are 16% and 24% positivity rate.  To put that into perspective, we use to close bars when we had 2 consecutive weeks of 5%.  Thibodaux Regional and Terrebonne General are at COVID capacity.  As of right now we have a total of 88 students in quarantine and 45 of those are infected with COVID-19.  That was last week and we weren’t on campus yet except for a few organizations. We have to get students vaccinated.  When you get screened and you test negative but your friend tests positive and you were in close contact, you’ll be quarantined for 10 days regardless of the test. 

If you have been vaccinated and were in close contact with someone, you do not have to quarantine.  We will start testing on campus.  We’ll test the Band, we’ll test the choir, all our athletic teams and our residential population.  If you don’t want to be tested, get vaccinated.

On a brighter note, I want to talk about a few facilities on campus:

  • The coffee shop is scheduled to open in the next two weeks. The Board of Health has to go in and approve everything in the kitchen.  It will open with coffee and pastries.
  • The Makerspace and the egaming lounge will be finished in the next two weeks and we’ll be bringing classes and teams. They’re working on getting Student Workers hired to open up the Makerspace.  We’d like to be open 30 to 40 hours a week.
  • Some of our other projects are the area next to the Library and Murals in Speech Alley.

Anything we can help with, let me know.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

Some of the incentive programs for vaccinations are:

The State is giving $100 to the first 75,000 students to get vaccinated.

We’re also giving incentives to those who have already been vaccinated. 

Some of the things donated or things the Foundation has purchased that we think students will enjoy are a Sodexo commuter plan in the Cafeteria, an iPad Pro, Saints tickets and esports dropped off a fancy headset that will work with some multiple gaming devices. 

Every Friday we’ll do an internal drawing for students.  We’ll have a separate one for faculty and staff. 

You are a leader on campus helping people to understand the importance of being vaccinated.  You play a role in having healthy conversations with people who might be misinformed. 

Introduced Dr. Janice Lyn as the new Dean of Students.  She is perfect for our university with what she’s bringing to our university.  If you have a chance, stop by to see her.  You will officially meet her at the workshop on September 10th.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Mr. Jonathan Terrell, Athletic Director

A Powerpoint presentation will be presented by Al Wilson with Athletics of the importance of what you all mean to us in Athletics and how important it is for us to be one team, one goal.  I said this all year last year.  This year the motto is “We’re all in this together.”  Whether it’s COVID, how you’re attending classes, masks, etc.  We want to make sure we do our part.  We are nothing without student involvement. It’s important that you understand what we mean when we say “We’re in this together.” We’re talking about us being here for you as well as you being here for us. 

Al Wilson is in charge of Marketing and Fan Engagement to make sure that all your experiences at our events are good.  We spent time yesterday talking to our teams about supporting each other.  You can’t understand Soccer but if you support it, you get to learn something new.  It’s the same with other sports.  If we can do this with students and student athletes, then the community will follow.

  • Our success is your success. We won the Conference Championship last year in Basketball.  Our success is your success.  We’re very appreciative of Student Government and everything you do because success doesn’t happen without you. 
  • Professional Development Opportunities – we have some things that are possible next semester. We’ll have ten spots for students to participate in an apprenticeship in some part of our department.
  • Appreciation night for students coming to games. We want you to know how important you are to us.
  • The Fight Song can be painted on the steps of the stadium for everyone to know where the student section is. It looks really good.  We have new seats in the stadium. 

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to meet with you.

Senator Cooper M. suggested placing flag poles with flags at the stadium of the different sports that won championships.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Mr. Francis Plaisance, Jr., The Blood Center Representative

As you know we’re getting ready to do the blood drive next week.  We want to do a better job.  We hope to obtain around 50 to 60 pints of blood which would be a big improvement from what we’ve done in the past.  We want to exclude the last drive because of bad weather.  If you believe in yourself, a positive attitude can get you anything.  We’ll be here and want you to come in and help save lives together.  If you donate a pint of blood, you save three lives.  You have plasma platelets and blood cells.  Each one goes to a different place. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

When you come in and donate, you can get a t-shirt or be in the blood assurance program where you can get credit wherever you are in the United States.  There is also a Chick-fil-A Card.  We have a new program where you can make an appointment with your phone.  We have posters around campus where you can scan the QR Code to make an appointment.  We also have questions for you to answer before you come in.  Please get the word out to your friends.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Kamryn Casso, Cheer Captain

Hello everyone.  I’m Kamryn Casso, a Senior, and currently serve as the Nicholls Cheer Captain.  I’m here to talk about our experience at the NCA Cheer Camp Competition in Dallas, Texas this summer.  SGA provided funding for us to go and we wanted you to know that we represented Nicholls very well.  This camp is probably the largest cheer camp in the country, with large universities participating. 

We were awarded the following:

Coed placed 2nd in their division in Rally Routine.

All-Girl placed 3rd in their division for Rally Routine.

Both teams received superior blue ribbons for our Game Day performances.

Both received a spirit stick.

Both teams also received bids (invitations) to NCA nationals in Daytona, FL.

Four members from the All girl team were chosen for the All American Cheerleader award.

Colonel Tillou was also chosen for the All American Mascot award.

 

We would love for you to come to our practice to see what we do. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

  • Three appointments were made for e-board positions. Denise Rivera-Alcantar for Treasurer, Angela Yanez, for Director of Public Relations, and Heather LeBouef, for Director of Student Rights and Grievances.
  • Each year, the Council of Student Body Presidents’ e-board member positions alternate amongst the different college systems (LSU, UL, SU, and LCC). This year the UL System holds the parliamentarian e-board position, and I was elected to serve as our system’s representative on the e-board.
  • Over the summer, I have spent a lot of time working with SPA’s e-board to partner on projects so that we can provide our students with a better experience. For example, the SGA and SPA split the cost of a welcome back t-shirt that was created in a joint-effort between the organizations. Because we split the costs, we were able to purchase more shirts so that more of our students could receive one.
  • Vice President Brown, Angela Yanez, and I have had multiple visits in the athletic department to show our support for Colonel Athletics and to begin to create a more positive and open relationship between our departments so that we can feel more comfortable going to one another with ideas and requests for help.
  • Covid is still a very real threat to our campus and community, so we have to remain vigilant in our fight to end the pandemic. This means that we need to advocate for smart choices both on and off of campus, and we need to educate our peers on what the future could hold for those who are not vaccinated. Our duty isn’t to persuade anybody who doesn’t want to be persuaded, but to protect our students and the college experience that they are paying for.
  • The dress code for this semester is quite different from what it was in the past. Business casual is definitely the preference, but no dress code will be enforced. If you do not have business casual clothing but have a Nicholls SGA polo, we ask that you wear that to the meeting, but once again, this will only be a recommendation.
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns, my door and email inbox will always be open.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

No report.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

  • For the 21’ spring financial report, after all expenses were conducted the financial statement retained in the green.
  • Essentially the same continues to happen with the 21’ summer financial report.  Although it has not been finalized, the summer financial statement is well off and should continue to remain in the green.
  • The proposed budget for the 21-22’year summer, fall, and springs semesters have been created, and after adding the new expenditure lines both the fall and spring semesters land in the red. This however could change and will change after the beginning balances are added to the budget.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

  • Thank you all for your help in making Colonel Experience a success! I cannot wait to see all of the freshmen at our meetings!
  • Please be on the lookout for any new graphics of any announcements or events coming up and please share them on social media. Also, we will have many events coming up that will require officers to work our tables, remember it is a duty for officers to work these events!
  • We have Welcome Back Day this Wednesday and we need many to sign up- I know we all have classes in the morning but if you are free please sign up for a shift.
  • Sign up forms will be going out soon for the Meet SGA event next week and for the blood drive! Be on the lookout.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • Committee Chair Applications are open – Due this FRIDAY at NOON.
  • Senator Workshop Sept 10th at 4 PM – Century ROOM – MANDATORY (Guest: Dr. Lyn, Dr. Caruso and Mr. Steven Kenney).
  • New Rules on Motions: Motions will be presented in the General Meeting first then tabled. They will then be sent to Committees the following week and returned to the General Meeting after the committee meetings.
  • SGA is what you make it so what you put in is what you get out. So if you put in a lot, you will learn/receive a lot.

 

Housekeeping Rules:

  • Read up on Bylaws, Constitution, Code of Ethics, and Parliamentary Procedures – for meeting purposes and to be educated in General in case any questions/situations arise.
  • Recommended attire: SGA polos and bottoms.
  • GOOGLE FORM FOR EXCUSES – in the Google Drive.
  • Have a good semester and let me know if you need anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

U2122-001

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,398.63 to fund the back-to-school Bracelets for the back-to-school event that is being held on campus when students return.  The funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

U2122-002

I move that the Senate send 3 Nicholls State University Cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for NCA Cheer Camp.  The 1,000 cost is not exceeded and will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-003

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 2021 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

U2122-004

I move that the Senate allocate up to $430 to purchase sandwiches for the attendees of the current and incoming Greeks on July 9th for Greek Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-005

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000.00 to sponsor the Saul Flores speaker to bring to campus.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTMatthew Badeaux, Chief Justice

 

  • We have one position open on the Supreme Court.  If you know of anyone interested, please have them apply on the website.
  • The Justices will meet in the next couple of weeks.
  • I’m preparing the schedule

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

FRESHMAN SENATOR ONLINE ELECTIONS – SEPTEMBER 7, 8 & 9

Deadline for Freshman Petitions is Thursday, August 26.

(Received four Petitions to date.)

 

HOMECOMING KING & QUEEN ONLINE ELECTIONS – SEPTEMBER 28, 29 & 30

Deadline to nominate is September 3rd.

 

HOMECOMING DISPLAY CONTEST – OCTOBER 27

Student Organizations, Residence Halls & Nicholls Community

DISPLAY ONLINE CONTEST – OCTOBER 27-28

Deadline to enter is Friday, October 22.

 

Downtown Business Community – OCTOBER 26

(Received three business entries to date.)

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Denise Rivera-Alcantar

 

We discussed the following:

  • Duties of the committee.
  • Motion to purchase jerseys.

 

Judiciary Committee:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Duties and responsibilities.
  • Two appointments of Denise and Angela for Treasurer and Director of Public Relations and found them fit for E-Board and to serve on Senate.

 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Duties and responsibilities.
  • Ideas for come COVID safe activities for the Fall.

 

Campus Affairs Committee:

 

No meeting.

 

Academic Affairs Committee:  

 

No meeting.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-006

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Angela Yanez for the position of Director of Public Relations.

 

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall 2021 Budget.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is for the students in Allied Health.  They’re different than the ones we hand out to the general student population.  We’ve purchased these before.

 

The motion was tabled for further consideration. 

 

F2122-008

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Denise Rivera-Alcantar for the position of Treasurer.

 

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.

 

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said we sponsor this motion every year.  Students in need are able to apply for it through Dr. Caruso’s office.  It helps them with food insecurity.

 

The motion was tabled for further consideration.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”

 

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. refers to President Tyler L. to answer specific questions about the Corollary but the Corollary is an outline for the upcoming year establishing different policies.  President Tyler L. said the only major change is there won’t be SGA mailboxes in the Senate room because we’re going virtual on most things.  It addresses the dress code and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council information is now in the Bylaws.

 

The motion was tabled for further consideration.

 

I move to go into Executive Session.

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Lance Jones

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2122-011a

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 A., Number 3, Sub-Section i of the Rules of Procedures (The motion is over $1,000.00).

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-011

I move that the Senate allocate $15,000 for the purchase of personalized 50th Anniversary football jerseys from Adidas for the 50th Anniversary football game.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item of the budget.

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

 

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

 

Angela Yanez – Director of Public Relations

Denise Rivera-Alcantar – Treasurer

 

 

THIS WAS THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE FALL SEMESTER OF THE 2021-22 TERM.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

June 24, 2021

“Special Meeting”

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

The prayer was led by Senator Victoria Rideau and the pledge was given by Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux.

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

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board member was absent: Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Jax Badeaux, Meagan Rousse, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

The following Senators were absent:  Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Ethan Henry, Lance 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 and Student Government Association Advisor.

Minutes of March 22, 29, April 12, 19 and 26, 2021 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKERS:  

 

No report.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

 

No report.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

No report.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

No report.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K interactive touch monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.  Passed and signed.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”. Funds will be taken from the Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-103

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 to the purchase of an Eppendorf 5418-R refrigerated centrifuge to be used in the Biology Labs.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-104

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working two additional hours on May 6, 7, 10, 11, 2021.  Up to $500 will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-105

I move that the Senate amend Article XIII, Rule II of the SGA Bylaws to repeal the Code of Dress. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-106

I move that the Senate allocate $300 in start-up funds to be given to the Alpha Psi Lambda Affiliate Chapter at Nicholls. Funds will be taken from the Student Organizations line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-107

I move that the Senate purchase (5) access tools one hand jack set, (5) RCBM Remote controls, (5) 14” universal lug wrenches, (5) 3-ton jack with quick lift and (5) jump starters.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Project line item of the budget for up to $2,065.35.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-108

I move that the Senate allocate $35,000 from the rollover funds of the 2020-2021 budget for a Pathway for the Library Green Space.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-109

I move that the Senate allocate up to $6,500 to purchase a Jasco V-730 (ST) UV-visible Spectrophotometer for the Chemistry Department.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-110

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,318.95 from the Senator Projects line item to purchase a bench for Ayo Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-111

I move that the Senate purchase four (4) 4ft. Round Tables, 4 Seats, Expanded Metal, Free Standing, all black tables to replace the picnic tables on the bayou-side of LA.  Costs will not exceed $5,500 and funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-112

I move that the Senate accept the Resolution regarding the creation of the “Healthy Colonel Program”.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-113

I move that the Senate allocate up to $550 to purchase 50 Chick-fil-A Sandwich Combos for Stress-Less Fest.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-114

I move that the Senate amend the Bylaws:  Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 3.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-115

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 each semester going forward, starting with the Fall 2021 semester, to support a line item dedicated to food insecurity and food literacy efforts.  Passed and signed.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-116

I move that the Senate approve the proposed Summer 2021 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-117

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to help cover costs of students attending the American Chemical Society Conference in Atlanta, GA, from August 22-26, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-118

I move that the Senate allocate up to $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.  Passed and signed.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-119

I move that the Senate allocate up to $360 to purchase lunch combos for the University Counseling Center’s event, “Eat, Paint and Love:  A Sexual Assault Awareness Event”. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-120

I move that the Senate ratify the Student Bill of Rights.  Upon ratification, the Student Bill of Rights will become an official SGA Governing Document.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-121

I move that the Senate remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz in accordance with Article II, Section 5, Number 2, Letter A of the SGA Constitution and Article IV, Letter G of the SGA Bylaws for violation of Article IV, Letter F of the SGA Bylaws.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee: 

 

No report.

 

Judiciary Committee:

 

No report.

 

Community Outreach Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

 

No meeting.

 

Campus Affairs Committee:

 

No report.

 

Academic Affairs Committee:  

 

No report.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

U2122-001

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,398.63 to fund the back-to-school Bracelets for the back-to-school event that is being held on campus when students return.  The funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this is for students when they return to campus.  There’s an event going on where students are allowed to meet and know that Dr. Lyn is the new Dean of Students and she’s here for them.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-002

I move that the Senate send 3 Nicholls State University Cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for NCA Cheer Camp.  The 1,000 cost is not exceeded and will be taken from Senator Projects.

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is to assist in sending our cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for a cheerleading competition.  It’s not just for the students but also for our university due to the fact that we’re losing cheerleaders on the team and also to other universities.  Assisting these three cheerleaders will help us receive a bid for Nationals and be on the top level of cheering. It would help the university gain more students involved in cheerleading and other sports.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Meagan R. said she cheered at her school and a lot of things they learned was by going to camps.  It not only benefited the student but also the school.  They learn how to practice and boost the school morale. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-003

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 2021 budget.

  1. Douglas Gilchrist
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Douglas G. said this is a motion we pass every year.  Its two scholarships that go to one baseball and one softball player.  It’s important we pass this because these scholarships provide important assistance to our athletes. It’s important that we partner with Athletics and work alongside them to provide these scholarships.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-004

I move that the Senate allocate up to $430 to purchase sandwiches for the attendees of the current and incoming Greeks on July 9th for Greek Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said it’s for Greek Day on July 9th to provide sandwiches for incoming Greeks.  They can enjoy lunch while enjoying Greek Day. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-005

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000.00 to sponsor the Saul Flores speaker to bring to campus.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Zackary Pitre

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said the entire cost is $4,000 but we’re splitting it with SPA so we’re spending up to $2,000.  This will allow the Nicholls community as well as others in the community to enjoy this presentation on campus.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Victoria R. said this is a great speaker and he has a great presentation. I think this will provide an opportunity for more students to learn about his representation.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:12 p.m.

 

 

THIS WAS A “SPECIAL MEETING” CALLED BY PRESIDENT TYLER LEGNON AND THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR.

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL 2021-22 TERM WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 16, 2021 AT 4:00 P.M.

FALL 2021 ACTIONS TAKEN

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

September 13, 2021

NO ACTIONS TAKEN DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

August 30, 2021

NO ACTIONS TAKEN DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

August 16, 2021

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,00 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”.  Remained Tabled.

 

F2122-012

I move that the Senate approve the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget.  Tabled.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

August 16, 2021

F2122-006

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Angela Yanez for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall Budget.  Tabled.

 

F2122-008

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Denise Rivera-Alcantar for the position of Treasurer.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,00 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”.  Tabled.

 

F2122-011

I move that the Senate allocate $15,000 for the purchase of personalized 50th Anniversary football jerseys from Adidas for the 50th Anniversary football game.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

June 24, 2021

U2122-001

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,398.63 to fund the back-to-school Bracelets for the back-to-school event that is being held on campus when students return.  The funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

U2122-002

I move that the Senate send 3 Nicholls State University Cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for NCA Cheer Camp.  The 1,000 cost is not exceeded and will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-003

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 2021 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-004

I move that the Senate allocate up to $430 to purchase sandwiches for the attendees of the current and incoming Greeks on July 9th for Greek Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-005

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000.00 to sponsor the Saul Flores speaker to bring to campus.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

SPRING 2021 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 26, 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 Logan Byars and the pledge was given by Senator Lance Jones.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Trent Ledet and Senator Madison Liner 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, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, 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 Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Icy Abraham.

 

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, Marilyn Gonzales, Director of International Student Services, Chief Alex Barnes of University Police, Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff and Loryn Manceaux.

 

The Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

We have 43 people signed up to take the vaccine this week.  Only 10% to 20% of the student body is vaccinated.  We have a long way to go.  Everybody wants normalcy in the Fall.  We want normal meetings, normal football games and events.  We need the Student Government Association, the Student Programming Association, Greek Life and other student organizations on campus to step up and get vaccinated so we can have a normal Fall.  I encourage you to get vaccinated Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Stopher Gym.  Do what you can as leaders to get people signed up.  It’s a situation where even students that will not be here for the second dose will be able to get their vaccine wherever they are.  They’ve changed the rules now.  If you’re not here for both doses, you can get your secondary at your home location.  If you have any ideas on how to help us get that done, we’re all in this together and need everybody to get vaccinated.

 

The Maker Space is wrapping up.  If any of you as SGA leaders would like to see Mr. Jeremiah Johnson over there, he’ll give you a tour.  It’s coming together very nicely.  The coffee shop will start right after the Maker Space.  Both will be fully up and running for the Fall semester.  The gaming space will be completed by July and will be up and running for the Fall semester as well.  For Talbot Hall, they’ve been painting the last week or so, depending on the weather, and the fence will be up next week behind there. 

 

Mr. Steven Kenney, Jr. will not only be our Chief Diversity Officer but will also be our Title IX Coordinator.  It’s been in the news a lot lately and we’re going to address Title IX with additional training.  This month is Sexual Assault Month so this is the right month to get that up and do the right things here.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Stopher Gymnasium will be undergoing major renovations between now and the next basketball season.  There’s going to be changes as far as the lobby, the entryway, the concessions, tickets, restrooms as well as the seat backs on the lower level. Dr. Caruso will be heading this effort so you’ll see improvements with the Residence Hall renovations.  Maintenance and housekeeping we’re centralizing around campus to make sure we’re getting the best services we possibly can. 

 

We’re encouraged by the conversations we’ve been having this week about outdoor classrooms and the mural on Free Speech Alley.  The Leadership Suite we have another $4,500 so that puts us at $9,000 to work with SGA on that to get to Tier I. 

 

The Engagement Suite – I’ll let Dr. Caruso handle that – We’ve been in conversations with President Ethan N. and others about improving that engagement space for Student Affairs that has become a hub for students. 

 

Also, we had a communication today from community leaders about the streets we’re renaming, where we can find common ground.  How we can move forward on that.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance L. asked about the gaming equipment.  Dr. Clune said we have about $50,000 and we’ll buy ten or twelve full gaming consoles which will go in the back where Ocean Blue was.  Where the tables were, there will be video screens and less formal games.  We are investing a lot of money.  Right now we have about $50,000 and have more sponsors coming forward to buy furniture, gaming consoles and lighting for that space.  I think they’ll be games you can play on the computer, keyboard games and possibly develop other games like air hockey and things like that.  You’ll be able to bring your own laptop in and play a game with a full console.  That’s a new sports venue for training.  This is a gaming lounge for all students.

 

Thank you and the only way we can have a normal Fall is if we take that number 43 and get it up to about 430, then we’ll be in pretty good shape for the Fall semester.

 

Vice President Brady L. said on behalf of the Student Government Association, Happy Birthday.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

 

I just want to re-enforce everything Dr. Clune said about the vaccine to make sure students make an informed decision about it.  We’re beginning to allow some off-campus activities and if we want to continue in that direction and become the new normal in the Fall, we’ll have to continue to progress with the decisions we’re making and what the COVID-19 numbers look like.  That will be impacted again by testing, our behavior, following the regulations and the vaccine itself.  We’re excited about it.  A number of organizations have put a lot of work into proposals to make that happen early in the summer.  We’re very excited about it and have to keep moving in that direction.  We all take a responsibility in that.  We’re excited about those things because those are the type of things that make a difference for students to feel that they’re a part of the campus.  Students feeling the energy and a sense of belonging and wanting to be where people want them to be.  It’s important for your peers now and for several generations that will come up behind you so thank you for that.  Great job – great year for everybody.  You’ve worked really hard.  I’ve really enjoyed working with all of you.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Last week we discussed the Barnes & Noble’s new Program.  The UL System Board approved it so it’ll be started in the Fall.
  • This is my last meeting as President and you’ve definitely done so much over the last year with COVID around and all the tragedies.  I think you have shown how SGA can adapt to adversity and your responsibility to other students.  I know that President-Elect Tyler L. and you will do a great job. 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

I want to thank you so much for this semester.  I want to give a shout out to the Campus Improvements Committee who stepped it up.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The budget for the Spring has not changed.
  • There is a motion to approve the Summer 2021 Budget that will go through today, so that is complete.
  • The Financial Statement is up to date as is the Google Sheets Financial Statement.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Hey you, we have two giveaways coming up next week, one on May 3rd and the other on May 5th. We’ll need lots of help next week.
  • Don’t forget about our banquet next Monday May 3rd. It’s from 4-6 in Danos Theater. We’ll have refreshments afterwards.
  • I have a sign-up sheet for Orientations for the summer. We’ll need people to work those days.
  • Hope you have a good week and good luck with finals. Send me any ideas/pictures.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

For myself, four years in SGA, we say how much it means to the students and things like that but now I think I’m just recognizing how much I’ve learned about myself through this organization, how much SGA develops you as an individual. The past year has been so very difficult for so many people across campus and for myself, I don’t think I necessarily would have come out as positive if I hadn’t been part of this organization.  It’s because I’ve been able to learn so much about myself through here so I really want to take this time to thank all of you for the work that you do and thank you for helping me find my ability to lead.  Being a student leader across campus is not always easy but definitely rewarding in the things you learn about yourself.  So I want to encourage all of you to continue to work for the students through your four years at this university.  It’s really immensely rewarding.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-098

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendments to the SGA Bylaws.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-099

I move that the Senate allocate $10,000 to create a line item in the 2021-22 budget for creating a Study Space on the first floor of the Education Building. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K interactive touch monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”. Funds will be taken from the Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Tabled.

 

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Icy Abraham

 

SPA Reporting:

  • Crawfish Day is happening this week.  Drive through will be available.
  • Volunteer link still open for volunteers
  • Promote volunteers for movie on the field tomorrow.
  • Volunteers are needed for the joint giveaway on Monday, May 3rd.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever

 

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls will be announced at Crawfish Day between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. so be looking for that announcement.

 

 

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:      Dr. Theodore Alivio and Assistant, Marilyn Gonzales, Director of International Student Services and Officer Christopher Tate of University Police.

 

We discussed the following:

 

  • Three Unfinished Business Motions which passed.
  • Fourteen motions in New Business which passed.  Good discussion and Suspension of Rules will be needed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senators Mar’Yeala Jones, Jason Spell, Ana Garcia.

 

Guest:      President Ethan Naquin and Dr. Michele Caruso.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to Repeal Code of Dress which passed.
  • Motion to Impeach Senator-at-Large, Jason Spell, which passed.
  • Motion to Remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz which passed.
  • Motion to Student Bill of Rights which passed.
  • Motion to Amend Bylaws Re: Decorum which failed.
  • Motion to Amend Code of Ethics which failed.
  • Motion to Amend Bylaws (Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 5) which passed.
  • Excuse from Reona Octave which passed.
  • Excuse from Miranda Danos which passed.
  • Excuse from Lance Jones which passed.

 

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

 

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

 

Absent:     Senators Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

Director Meagan R. covered most of the information in her report. 

 

I had an awesome time being the Public Relations Committee Chair.  The conversations we had this semester, not only the giveaways, but the expectations of what Public Relations really is and how we can get more people to build up SGA. I’m very excited about the future. 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

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

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Miranda Danos, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Reona Octave and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We didn’t have a meeting today but I want you to know that I’m always here is you need me. 

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-102a

I move to take the motion for charging stations from the table.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. said we want to purchase these to put in the Student Union.  The ones there now have only one or two wires on them and since COVID, I don’t personally want to go by someone to charge my phone.  These charging stations are not only to charge phones but to sanitize them as well. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-100a

I move to take the motion for the International Display from the table.

 

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Miranda Danos

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K Interactive Touch Monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Miranda Danos

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. defers to President Ethan N. who said this display was discussed last week.  It’s to replace the flags for the International students that were previously in the Union. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-101a

I move to take the motion for the Hairspray Musical tickets from the table.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Brandon Katz

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month musical “Hairspray”.  Funds will be taken from Black History Month line item of the 2020-2021 budget.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said we’re purchasing these tickets for students to attend the play.  It was originally scheduled for Black History Month but had to be postponed due to the virus.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-103a

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. Tyler Legnon

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-103

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 to the purchase of an Eppendorf 5418-R refrigerated centrifuge to be used in the Biology Labs.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said one will probably be mostly used for separating components of a fluid. This will be used by everyone and is open for everyone to use.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-104

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working two additional hours on May 6, 7, 10, 11, 2021.  Up to $500 will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.

 

  1. Anjeinay Johnson
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Anjeinay J. said this motion is something SGA funds every semester.  It helps students.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-105a

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. Anjeinay Johnson

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2021-105

I move that the Senate amend Article XIII, Rule II of the SGA Bylaws to repeal the Code of Dress.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Anjeinay Johnson

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this Article presently states that there is a Code of Dress that should reflect the gravity of the Senate proceedings.  We’re going to strike that and replace it with a group of diversified students representing all student backgrounds, shall not impose a Code of Dress for any SGA meeting or function.  Because we represent all students, many of them cannot afford dress clothes.  This does not mean that business attire is not acceptable, it just means that it’s not required. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-1   Abstained-3

 

S2021-106

I move that the Senate allocate $300 in start-up funds to be given to the Alpha Psi Lambda Affiliate Chapter at Nicholls. Funds will be taken from the Student Organizations line item of the budget.

 

  1. Cooper Moore
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Cooper M. said this is the first Latino student organization and will also be co-ed.  We thought this would be a great organization for student life in general.  It includes diversity.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I think it’s a great addition to Greek Life.  I’d like groups to be more diverse.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–1

 

S2021-107

I move that the Senate purchase (5) access tools one hand jack set, (5) RCBM Remote controls, (5) 14” universal lug wrenches, (5) 3-ton jack with quick lift and (5) jump starters.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Project line item of the budget for up to $2,065.35.

  1. Douglas Gilchrist
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Douglas G. said I think it’s important that we have good equipment for the officers.  This will allow the officers to have an opportunity to help people.  I defer the discussion to Chief Alex Barnes.

 

Chief Alex Barnes said there are several services we provide that are of no cost to the students such as assisting them with changing a tire, jump starting a vehicle, unlocking their vehicles and things of that nature.  This equipment is all the tools we need and currently have to do these services, however the equipment that we have, for example, changing tires, has not been updated since I was a student here and are falling apart.  Some equipment needs to be replaced every two years or so and it hasn’t happened.  The battery pack that we use to jump start cars, we recently purchased two of those and are looking for three more simply because we’d like to have a set of equipment in each vehicle we use so that the officer doesn’t have to waste time coming back to the office to switch out the equipment.  Whatever call they get, they respond.  They’re ready to assist the student at that time.  It would cut down on the wait time to assist a student.  This is a service we offer for free.  If you called Pop-a-Lock for these services, you’d be paying $40 to $50 each time.  We have 276 unlocks per semester.  It’s something we do daily and is needed.  This equipment would help us as far as helping you also.  Thank you for your time and we appreciate anything you can help us.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-108

I move that the Senate allocate $35,000 from the rollover funds of the 2020-2021 budget for a Pathway for the Library Green Space.

 

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Lance Jones

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said we’ve been working on the Library green space.  This money would be used to construct a sidewalk. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-109

I move that the Senate allocate up to $6,500 to purchase a Jasco V-730 (ST) UV-visible Spectrophotometer for the Chemistry Department.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Logan Byars
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Logan B. said this machine will be used by the Chemistry Dept. by possibly one hundred students per semester.  They already have one at the moment but it’s 20 years old and run down.  It’s not performing at the best of its ability.  With the increase in the number of students enrolling, we’re going to need a more up-to-date, more proper one so instructors can get their points across. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-110

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,318.95 from the Senator Projects line item to purchase a bench for Ayo Hall.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Anjeinay Johnson

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this bench is to be placed near Ayo Hall by the parking lot.  Students will benefit from it and can sit outside to study. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-111

I move that the Senate purchase four (4) 4ft. Round Tables, 4 Seats, Expanded Metal, Free Standing, all black tables to replace the picnic tables on the bayou-side of LA.  Costs will not exceed $5,500 and funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said this is something that came from Dr. Clune to replace the tables on the bayou side.  The ones we have are the old wooden picnic tables. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-112

I move that the Senate accept the Resolution regarding the creation of the “Healthy Colonel Program”.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is a program where local pharmacies will partner with us to give discounts to students.  It’s our understanding that over the counter medication applies.  I have a pharmacy that is offering the discount but I wanted the Resolution to have more pharmacies respond.  I have a couple of pharmacies like People’s Drugs in Houma and Wolfe’s Pharmacy in Chauvin participating.  As more pharmacies agree, we can add them to documents to publicize which pharmacies are participating. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked if there would be selective prescriptions.  Senator Heather L. said not everything will be included. Let’s say someone is approved for Medicaid.  If you get a prescription from your doctor for something that is a prescription version of Zyrtec, Medicaid will often not cover it and tell you it’s available over the counter.  So it kind of helps you ease that burden because if Zyrtec is $12 over the counter, you’ll get a discount with the program.  It kind of promotes good health. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-113

I move that the Senate allocate up to $550 to purchase 50 Chick-fil-A Sandwich Combos for Stress-Less Fest.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said we are expecting about 300 students for Stress Fest.  We are not the only ones that will be providing food.  This is only half the food that will be provided.  I was told that it was the Thibodaux Prevention Team that will be providing some of the options like breakfast bars, cereal bars and yogurt, some things like fruit cups and water.  I think we can co-sponsor food like the Chick-fil-A Combos.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-114

I move that the Senate amend the Bylaws:  Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 3.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said we’re adding a large section of the Bylaws.  I’m talking about the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and it’s make up.  We’re also striking the part that says no vote will be taken in Executive Session and other sections.  We’re adding that motions over $1,000 goes to the Finance Committee but motions for less than $1,000 will go to Campus Affairs or Public Relations, whichever is more applicable. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-1   Abstained–1

 

S2021-115

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 each semester going forward, starting with the Fall 2021 semester, to support a line item dedicated to food insecurity and food literacy efforts.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said I wanted to put this line item in the budget because when we asked students what they wanted, some of them are struggling with food insecurity.  We have Tillou’s Table which is a food insecurity program where students can get hot meals at the cafeteria.  We also have Beyond the Pantry which is a program conducted by a grant.  I think twice a semester they have Beyond the Pantry meals.  It’s a literacy program also.  That grant will be retiring and we may be able to renew the grant.  I chose $5,000 per semester because if we’re not able to renew Beyond the Pantry or something like that as planned this will give us another source of money to create comparable programs that would address food insecurity.  Perhaps food giveaways and things like that can be incorporated in that.  The $5,000 would be every semester and would remain every semester just like Campus Improvements and Senator Projects line items. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2021-116

I move that the Senate approve the proposed Summer 2021 budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Logan Byars

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. defers to Treasurer Ethan H. who said as you know, there are a number of motions coming through today.  Perhaps some of these items will be purchased in July so we decided to put $20,000 each in Campus Improvements and Senator Projects.  It’s something we don’t usually do but because we had an influx of motions, we decided to do that.  We also may need a student worker this summer.  That’s basically it.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-117

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to help cover costs of students attending the American Chemical Society Conference in Atlanta, GA, from August 22-26, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said they’re going to the American Chemical Society Conference and they’re asking for the registration, lodging and other travel cost for $800 which is what we’re allowed to provide.  At this conference, they present their research.  A lot of people from all over the world attend and this provides an opportunity to network with others and to present their research on a larger scale.  I believe awards are presented at this conference.  Usually departments send students to big conferences like this.  They usually work really hard and bring home awards.  It helps to build skills in presenting on a larger scale.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-118

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

S2021-118a

I move to amend the motion to change $5,000 to $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Vice President Brady L. said first we’ll have discussion on the amendment and vote on the amendment.  Then we’ll vote on the bill.

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said the amendment will be exactly the same as the motion except the amount will change.  Instead of allocating $5,000, we found that we actually want to allocate $10,000 for the purpose of all the information.  I defer to Dr. Caruso for discussion. 

 

Dr. Caruso said the Student Engagement Center is where Greek Life and Student Activities are located.  It got away from its original ambiance for campus students through the years and now we’re reverting back to that.  There’s a lot of painting, spackling, flooring, ceiling tiles and things like that needed to make it presentable.  It’s going to be a collaborative effort with innovative ideas.  The estimate came out at $45,000 so we think we can get that down further.  The university would put up $10,000 and the Foundation also. 

 

Move into vote on the amending the motion:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-118b

I move to amend the motion to change $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

No further discussion on the motion was held.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-119

I move that the Senate allocate up to $360 to purchase lunch combos for the University Counseling Center’s event, “Eat, Paint and Love:  A Sexual Assault Awareness Event”. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said registration for the event is full.  We’re purchasing 30 lunches for students.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-120

I move that the Senate ratify the Student Bill of Rights.  Upon ratification, the Student Bill of Rights will become an official SGA Governing Document.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is to ratify the Bill of Rights which outlines what Nicholls Students are entitled to.  I defer to President Ethan N. to clarify one part.  President Ethan H. said the only part is the Finals Preparation Period.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

Senator Heather L. moves to go into Executive Session.

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-121

I move that the Senate remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz in accordance with Article II, Section 5, Number 2, Letter A of the SGA Constitution and Article IV, Letter G of the SGA Bylaws for violation of Article IV, Letter F of the SGA Bylaws.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Hunter Legnon

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-8      Against-3   Abstained–3

     

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Vice President Pro-Tempore Selection:

Senator Victoria R. nominated Senator Hunter L.; Senator Trent L. nominated Senator Zackary P. and Senator Reona O. nominated Senator Gabrielle A.

 

Senator Hunter L. said I came into SGA because I wanted to make a difference.  I feel that as Vice President Pro-Tempore, if something happens to the Vice President, I would know how to run the meetings.

 

Senator Zackary P. said this year I filled that position a couple of times and enjoyed it a lot.  I’ve been in SGA for about two years and looking into moving up to perhaps E-Board one day. 

 

Senator Reona O. read a statement on behalf of Senator Gabrielle A. who wasn’t present.  “I fit best for this position because of my passion and proven abilities since I have become a part of SGA. I pride myself on my character as a person of always helping people if needed.  In my previous role as Chair of Academic/Campus Affairs, I have learned many new things that have prepared me for becoming a stronger voice for the Nicholls Community. I’m excited to hopefully bring my skills to this role.”

 

Secret Ballot Vote was taken and Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux was selected Vice President Pro-Tempore for 2021-22 term.

 

Business Attire:

 

Senator Zackary P. said I had this idea to change the name of one of the motions about dressing.  I was thinking about creating a line item in the budget for next semester that would allow any student to improve how they dress by putting aside $250 each semester if we have someone who can’t afford business attire. 

DISCUSSION CONTINUED:

 

Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler L. said I think the Business Department does something similar but it might be something we could do on our own and partner with them.  We could ask them about it and it would give them a better option because they handle everything when it comes down to a regular student, not just SGA officials.  That way it would benefit everybody. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Meagan R.         Hairspray Musical tickets available so please sign up.

 

Trent L.          Hairspray is going to be a really awesome show.

 

Dolly M.          The Senator Scholarship and Outstanding Senator selection will be conducted through email because so many officers no longer present at this meeting.

 

Cooper M.         Asked about the status of the E-Board applications.  Vice President Tyler L. said technically nobody needs to be appointed until the Fall.  However, the selections are coming.

 

Ethan N.          Thanked Secretary Dolly M. for all she’s done for SGA.  She said this has been such an impressive group.  It’s been a lot of work and really, really good work.  I’ve seen a lot of frivolous work but you were spot on.  You tried to make everything better in such a bad situation that we were in – such a difficult situation we were in this year.  I’m very proud of you and proud to be associated with you because you have your hearts in the right place.  You really want to do a lot for the students and the university and on behalf of them, I appreciate you.  Thank you.

 

Cooper M.         I would like to commend the current E-Board, President Ethan N. and the rest.  You have all done a knock-out job.  This past semester has been pretty bad to say the least.  You overcame so many obstacles and I look forward to working with you next year.

 

Meagan R.         Thank you for giving me an opportunity this semester to serve on the E-Board.  It’s been an amazing semester.

 

     

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

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

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL 2021-22 TERM WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 16, 2021 AT 4:00 P.M.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

                                

April 19, 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 Cooper Moore and the pledge was given by Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux 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, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau and Logan Byars.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Ana Garcia, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Sharmila Hamal.

 

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, Chief Alex Barnes of University Police and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

The Minutes of March 15, 2021 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

We’re reorganizing our administration.  It won’t affect too much.  As you know Dr. Alex Arceneaux left us to take a job closer to home in Gonzales, Louisiana so we’ll be collapsing that division.  The individuals that reported to Dr. Arceneaux will be reporting to either Dr. Westbrook or Mr. Terry Braud now.  It will be a significant cost savings to us and allow us to put that money into faculty and staff salaries.  We’re not certain but we’re hopeful that with some of the money coming to us we’ll be able to replace faculty and staff computers on campus.  As you know we had trouble doing that because none of the student funds can go to faculty and staff, it must be for student use.  So some of our faculty and staff have computers that are seven or ten years old or maybe more.  We think we’re close to getting the money to replace all those. 

 

We vaccinated a lot of people.  We’re putting about 2,000 needles to accommodate our Nursing faculty, our University Health Services, Louisiana National Guard and on Wednesday, we have another mass vaccination planned on campus by the Louisiana National Guard.  We’re doing another campaign because students who were reluctant the first time believed to be guinea pigs but the more people that are vaccinated, the more normal the Fall will be.  So we’re going to ask your help with that.

 

Thank you as I always do.  We’re going to make it through this semester.  I know it’s going to be a difficult one.  Not only with COVID but the tragedies some of you have experienced.  I did not experience these while I was here.  I feel for you.  We have counseling available and if you’re struggling with anything, be it with COVID or the loss of a friend, you can talk to someone. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

 

We’re coming to the close of the semester with everything that’s been going on during the academic year, COVID and personal issues and tragedies that we’ve experienced on the campus.  It’s important that you rely on each other, support each other and look after each other but also understand that when the time comes, professional staff is available and can provide support for you.  The Counseling Center is still doing virtual counseling so you don’t have to attend in person.  They’re very well versed and good at therapy so you have these options on campus.  I think the SGA is doing a vaccine education program so encourage as many students to attend that.  We want everyone to be able to make an informed decision for themselves as we move forward with getting more people vaccinated.

 

We have advertised and are in the process of searching for our next Coordinator of Student Activities and Advisor for SPA.  I feel really excited about that.  Rodney Woods will be serving as the SGA student committee representative.  If you have any contributions you want to make, you’ll have that chance at the end of the semester as student leaders to provide feedback for this very important position. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Vice President Brady L. and I met with Dr. Clune last week regarding all the issues for remaining safe on campus.  Some of us in the Senate want to discuss things to improve safety on campus. 
  • This Thursday, I’ll be attending the UL System Board Meeting to discuss the Diversity and Inclusion Program with the Board.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Please get the WID/WIH by the end of the day today.
  • I wanted to give a shout out to Senators Victoria R. and Lance J. on the Library Green Space Project. They’ll need help with that.
  • Help with any last minute motions just let me know.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The budget is still the same, but we will be working on the future budget in the coming days and weeks.
  • On the Financial Statement, salaries are the only things that need to be updated. Otherwise, everything is up to date including the Google Spread Sheets.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks to everyone who worked the giveaway today. We still have Koozies left so we will find some way to give them out like Orientations.
  • Our next giveaway will be May 5th with SPA from 10-2 in the union for the Do Nut Stress event. They’ll be giving out donuts and we’ll be giving out coffee and scantrons. I will be posting a sign-up sheet.
  • Our banquet will be May 3rd from 4-6, please RSVP to me as soon as possible. It will be in Danos Theater and there will be refreshments afterwards.
  • As always, hope you have a great week and send me any ideas/pictures.
  • We’re partnering with SPA on a Finals Care package to provide totes on May 3rd.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • The end of the semester is fast approaching so with one meeting left, make sure you get your motions in that you’d like to be heard for the end of the semester.
  • Clune mentioned the picnic tables last week on the Bayou Side that are falling apart. I’m looking for one Senator to provide funding to replace those items.  (Senator Jason S. volunteered.)

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

  • Clune mentioned that he knows a number of motions you’re working on but he also talked about how he wants to be able to help you in certain aspects. So if you run into a roadblock when planning your motions or trying to get something to happen, send him an email and he’ll make sure you are provided the resources you need to get these projects done.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-096

I move that the Senate allocate up to $600 to fund the purchase of one Little Free Library and a post.  Funds to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

                                     

S2021-097

I move that the Senate allocate up to $800 to purchase boxed lunches and drinks for attendees for the Virus & Vaccine Education Seminar. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Sharmila Hamal

 

SPA Reporting:

 

  • Volunteers are needed for Crawfish Day.
  • Stress Less Fest is being organized by the University Counseling Center on May 5th. SPA is giving away donuts.
  • Their next evet if Finals Care Package.  SGA is supporting the event by giving away bags.  SPA is giving away t-shirts, etc.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

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

 

Absent:     Senators Hunter Legnon and Tyler Legnon. (Unexcused)

 

Guest:      Senator Miranda Danos.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to fund Hairspray Musical tickets which passed. (Senator Octave)
  • Purchasing tickets for 15 students for each of the 5 performances May 28-30 and June 4-5.
  • Motion to create Education building line item which passed.  (Senator Danos)
  • Lots of discussion about where funds are coming from but Treasurer Ethan H. explained.
  • Charging Stations for the Student Union which passed.
  • Concern about stolen phones.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Ana Garcia and Miranda Danos.

 

Absent:     Senators Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Trent Ledet and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to Amend SA 2020-2021 Bylaws which passed.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

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

 

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

 

Absent:     Senators Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Thank you to the Senators who participated in the giveaway today.
  • Committee members will serve on the committee for the SGA Newsletter.  We plan to have a rough draft by next week and will present them to the Student Body the following week.

 

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

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Miranda Danos, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Reona Octave and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the motions everyone is working on.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-098

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendments to the SGA Bylaws.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said a lot of this is just to provide some consistency between the Constitution and Bylaws.  I updated it regarding absences that were not consistent.  I edited a lot of the wording to make it easier to read.  Most of the language is making it consistent throughout.  Motions submitted to the SGA office was also edited for consistency.  Basically when you submit your motions, everything should be there or it may not be accepted.  Financial Statement language was also edited regarding funding form.  Travel cost section was also edited.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-10     Against-0   Abstained-4

 

S2021-099

I move that the Senate allocate $10,000 to create a line item in the 2021-22 budget for creating a Study Space on the first floor of the Education Building.

  1. Miranda Danos
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Miranda D. said this is creating a line item in the budget for some revisions that are going to be done for the first floor of the Education building.  If you enter the first floor of the building you’ll see some conference tables by the stairs and kind of looks like a meeting room rather than a place for students.  We do have a study space on the second floor but it’s a small area.  With COVID restrictions in place, only two students can use it.  I spoke with the Dean several times about this and he said it would be definitely a more likely space on the first floor.  This is just going to create a line item in the budget for the next year where if we have a project for it, it can come from this line item. 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked if this like a first step.  What would be the next?  Senator Miranda D. said after we have this line item in place, I’m going to talk to the Dean about what I’d like to purchase for the study space.  If he approves it, then I’ll talk with Dr. Clune to see how much can be spent on it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Madison L. said she’s done some extended research on this.  Can we create a line item for every single thing that we want?  Although I’m a Math Education Major, I happen to go into the building a lot and that space is very, very dry.  We can get tables but we don’t want to get tables that won’t last a long time.  Comfortable searing and everything a student may use in that space.  I feel it’s important.  I know $10,000 seems like a lot for this one space but we’ve allocated $15,000 for Gouaux Hall and Peltier Hall.  It’s really important that the space is sustainable and that it lasts for a long time.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K interactive touch monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Miranda Danos

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. defers to Director Marilyn Gonzales who said some of you may remember that in the Student Union, prior to the renovation, we had flags that hung from the ceiling representing all the countries of students who attended Nicholls.  There were 70 plus.  They were very attractive but when the renovation happened, they were removed and no plans were made to replace them.  Different discussions took place and this is first concrete item that I feel is really exciting and the students will be very grateful to have this timely.  The display will be interactive to show where the students come from in the world.  There will be a large world map and also it would be helpful for discussions, Alumni and that everyone will take an interest in.  So we appreciate this proposal very much. 

 

      COMMENT:    Some of these motions have to be tabled this week because they’re over $1,000 but I just want to say that this initiative has been handed down from previous administrations and SGA to try to find some sort of middle ground to where we can still honor the International Students.  These monitors will go on the wall near the Grid.  They’re mobile so in the future whenever International Services will have to relocate to their other building in the 25-year plan, this will follow them wherever they go.  This is just the corroboration of Dr. Clune, Ms. Marilyn Gonzales and K.T. in Marketing to develop software. The monitors are very sustainable.

 

Vice President Brady L. said this motion will be tabled.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”. Funds will be taken from the Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said the musical was originally scheduled for last February.  There are five performances. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said he’s going to be in it and it’s an awesome show for students to attend.

 

Vice President Brady L. said this motion will be tabled.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-102a

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. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. said the charging stations we have in the Union right now if one person is using them, they’re taking up space.  With COVID, I really want to make people safe.  They’re able to be locked with a keypad and can create your own code every single time you want to use them.  It is also a sanitizer.  I want to purchase one for the Union, one for the Library and one for the Rec Center but first we want to see how much the students like them.  We’ll have our SGA logo on it and all the funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

Vice President Brady L. said this motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

 

Senator Heather L. said we’re going to get together to vote on the Rubrics and then I’ll report back to you.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Campus Safety – Chief Alex Barnes

 

I heard you had some questions so I’ll open the floor for discussion.

 

Vice President Brady L. addresses the Senate:  A lot of you had much discussion in the Senator Group Chat about things that you’d like to see University Police implement across campus to ensure the safety of our students.  A lot of you had questions about police patrolling at night on campus so this is your opportunity to ask Chief Barnes these questions. 

 

Senator Trent L. asked what protocol do you have in place for patrolling around campus.  Chief Barnes asked what do you mean about protocol.  Senator Trent L. said do you have one person to patrol at night?  Chief Barnes said yes.  When I came in I restructured the department.  Before we had four sergeants and four patrolmen.  However, we were short staffed and didn’t have more than six police officers employed as University Police.  Now we’re fully staffed for the first time in years with a total of fifteen officers, including myself.  I restructured it to where we have three sergeants, two of them overseeing each shift A-B, one for A and one for B.  A will work the day shift. B will work the night shift.  They rotate the schedule.  Sergeants now come in and overlap on both shifts so they work from noon to midnight.  Our highest call volume is the afternoon until around 10:00 p.m.  Now that adds an additional officer on top of that, one patrolling during that time frame.  We’ve also partnered with Thibodaux Police Dept. to increase patrols on campus and approve the shift we have now.  The Thibodaux Sheriff’s Office and State Police so we regularly have all three of those agencies on campus.  State Police regularly parks and reports on campus now. Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, State Police were actually on campus for six hours a day.

 

 

DISCUSSION CONTINUED:

 

Senator Cooper M. said I understand that there were no criminal activities on campus but I think you did some investigations.  What was that for?  Chief Barnes said you’re referring to the Facebook post last week.  Nothing was reported to us.  No one made a complaint to us whatsoever.  We just saw the post online and reached out.  We contacted those individuals and started an investigation anyway.  That investigation led to a warning about being followed.  As of now, it’s still under investigation.  There are people running around campus trying to pick up students that were identified as a black male in a vehicle.  Literally, that’s what happened with that. Lieutenant Gilmore acts sometimes on his own, riding around in his personal vehicle to be less conspicuous, to different apartment complexes and things like that trying to locate those two vehicles that we might be able to identify in the video.

 

Senator Miranda D. said thank you for coming out today.  Everyone appreciates it.  With the passing of several young women around the State, I feel that as a university we need to have serious protocol in protecting students in the student body, especially women.  Women have more crimes against them.  Would it be possible to have more self-defense courses hosted by University Police?  Chief Barnes said actually we did one last week with Delta Zeta and Phi Mu.  We hold the class upon request.  Whenever you want it, let us know and we’ll facilitate it.  We have the equipment, actually thanks to SGA who purchased it for us about two years ago.  We’ve done several classes.  The students enjoyed it and appreciated it so just put the word out there.  Any time anyone wants a class, we can do an organization together that wants to co-host it with us.  We’ve done self-defense at the Rec Center.  This last class was here in the Ballroom.  Just let us know and we’ll facilitate it.  Also we offer Auto 101 which is an auto class where we teach you how to change a tire, how to change windshield wipers, check the tire pressure, your oil and things like that.  We’re also working on a grant to get first aid supplies.  We’re partnering with the Student Fire Fighter Association and for the basic first aid class with the Fire Department as well.  If there’s anything else you can think of or have a suggestion whatsoever, please reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do to make it happen.

 

Senator Miranda D. asked if it would be possible to do classes on how to use pepper spray and things like that.  I know a lot of women that carry it around.  Chief Barnes said yes, it’s more dangerous for you to carry it and not know how to use it.  What we can do is try to get those training items and we can incorporate that.

 

Chief Barnes said if you think of anything later or have any questions, stop by the office or send me an email to let me know what you need.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Madison L.        For the Mentor-Mentee Program, everything will be due on Monday.  The only thing that’s missing is the meeting.  If you haven’t met with Vice President Brody L. yet, please do so. 

 

                  Also, the Tutoring Center is so grateful that we funded them the white board.  They thank you.

 

Heather L.        Just a reminder that we’re have the Virus & Vaccination Seminar this Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Try to spread the word.  Dr. Nathaniel is very knowledgeable.  Director Meagan R. is preparing a graphic for the SGA website.

 

Dolly M.          This Friday is the second event for the follow-up vaccination for students.  We need more volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:52 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

                                

April 12, 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 Brandon Katz and the pledge was given by Senator Trent Ledet.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Reona Octave 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:  Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon and Logan Byars.

 

The following Senators were absent:   Madison Liner, Mar’Yeala Jones and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

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, Mr. Francis Plaisance, Representative of The Blood Center and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

The Minutes of March 1, 2021 were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

Good afternoon.  I know it’s been a difficult time for a lot of you.  It’s been a difficult semester in a lot of ways with the student tragedies.  Make sure that if you’re a part of this suffering that you talk to someone.  The Counseling Center was at the vigil the other night for Layne so they’re always available to you.  Make sure you take advantage of that and talk to someone.  This is a small community and when somebody is lost, a lot of people are affected so please reach out.

 

We’re probably going to be issuing an apology.  If you remained for the post game activities at the Southeastern-Nicholls game, there will probably a statement from both schools about what happened after the game after one of our fans ran onto the field and the things that transpired after that.

 

We’re going to change the roof on two buildings.  They’re leaking and we need to repair that immediately.  They’re painting Talbot Hall.  We’ve also funded something to hide the back of it so it should be beautiful.  We’re finishing up the Maker Space. We’ll have a soft opening during the summer so you can experience that.  We’re also opening the gaming lounge during the summer.  All of that is paid for by donors or by money that has been set aside from operating funds.  Student fees have not been used for any of that so we’re very excited about those things.

 

The End Zone Complex is on path to be finished June 1st.  They’ll start the new practice facility immediately thereafter.  I think some of you have probably seen that the Wellness Center’s Phase II is now up and running so that will be our tennis facilities, our soccer competition field, our beach volleyball and our track and field.  So you’ll see over the next year that we’ll begin to take out some of our tennis courts.  We might leave probably four for students and the community.  The truth is that they’re very expensive to maintain.  Every couple of years we have to resurface them because they crack and it’s just too much to maintain so what I’d like to do is to keep one with the lights on them, take out the other ones and create a beautiful green space that looks out onto Acadian. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

In terms of street names, you’ll hear more about that.  We’re meeting with people in the community and in the city, parish and elsewhere.  Where we have something in common, we can start there then move forward.  You’ll continue to see progress on those fronts.

 

We had discussed moving the Police Station to Babington Hall.  That creates a lot of challenges on the first floor of Babington.  We already told you that all of the bathrooms will be changed out.  If you know someone who is living in Babington next semester, the second and third floors will look new.  Everything will be new.  All of it paid with donor money or FEMA provided money to renovate all of those spaces, all the common rooms, all the restrooms and all bathrooms will look brand new. 

 

The coffee shop will be completely up and running when you guys come back from the break.  You walk into what is the Ellender Computer lab now.  All of those computers will be in a glassed in classroom.  We’ll change all the floors in there.  They’ll be beautiful gray tile.  The ceiling tiles will be black.  There will be lower lights and there’ll be a full-service coffee shop.  All of the student services, Tutoring, Advising, the Testing Center and Writing Lab, everything should be moved into the back of Ellender Library so everything will be a one-stop shop. 

 

What I do need your help with is beautification of the campus.  We want to plant a lot of bushes, a lot of trees in the back of the Union and in other places throughout campus.  We’re going to ask SPA for $2,500 to redo the Leadership Suite.  The SGA has offered $2,500.  We’ll match the $4,500 to get what we call Tier 1 which is nice but not fancy.  When it goes to a donor, we’ll ask for Tier II which will be much fancier.  Hopefully, when we come back after the Fall semester, that renovation will be well underway.  Remember that we’re also renovating the bathrooms here over the summer and in the Fall so all the Student Union bathrooms will be renovated.  Also, some of those picnic benches on the bayou side are in really bad condition.  We need to find a solution.  Either repair them or replace them.  We could use your help with that. 

 

We’re also committed to making a Quad on the side of the Library.  It might mean cleaning out the concrete and moving some benches in.  So if there’s anyone in SGA, President Naquin offered to appoint someone to help us with facilities, we’d like to start talking about some of those things on campus.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked about the coffee shop.  President Clune said they didn’t want to open the coffee shop until they completed the Maker Space so they wouldn’t track things back and forth through there.  The idea is to drop this idea that we need a computer lab with three people watching two people working on computers in there.  We’ll move computers in that glass classroom as you enter and then that will all be a coffee shop with lower lights, coffee counter and full service.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked who will run the coffee shop.  President Clune said probably Sodexo and probably serve Starbucks type items without having an official Starbucks franchise.  It will be full service with baked goods and other things.  It’s really good because on the other side of the wall is the self-serve Starbucks where all the water and everything is already run.  We removed a counter from Ocean Blue and put it there.  We’re going to refinish those counters and paint them.  Ocean Blue will be a fabulous gaming space. We’re up to $50,000 to redo that space.  It’s going to be beautiful.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked about the mural idea that was planned for the Library.  President Clune said we talked about rounding that corner so you’d be entering Free Speech Alley.  I think we have enough money for fencing.  If we could start that conversation to get that mural maybe we could make Free Speech Alley a Mezzanine area.  I know Kristen Anselmi always talks about other places people can take pictures than the fountain in front of Elkins.  So I think now is the time to completely hide all the chiller stuff.  We have the budget.  You can help us with the mural in Free Speech Alley.  The Fire Department said they don’t need the entrance down there so we can start closing that

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

                  street off and put lights above.  We had other plans for our future post office and a future packing store so that might open that up as well.  If we could do the mural on Free Speech Alley, that would be fantastic. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said students are asking about masking.  Are there stricter policies on masking?  President Clune said we don’t create any policies that are restrictive unless the State requires it.  I hope it’s completely open with no masks but my gut tells me it could be more like churches and places of worship right now where you’re required to wear masks because there’s no spacing and rules other than wearing a mask.  In my mind, that might be more realistic to start indoors.  Outdoors I don’t think they’ll have that requirement anymore.  We expect a completely normal semester.  We’re scheduling all classes like we did in Fall 2019.  I don’t know if we’ll still have to do rapid testing or not before you play Intramurals.  I would love to release those restrictions because they’ve been vaccinated.  Right now the vaccine is a personal choice.  We will have one big vaccination effort going on probably in the next month or two.  I think if a lot of students get it, some of their friends who are a little reluctant will come in and get it. 

 

I want to thank you.  You have my admiration for all you do on campus as leaders.  You have my empathy and sympathy for all the losses you’ve experienced.  You have experienced more tragedies than I did at your age.  If I can do anything, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Thank you for all you’re doing.  Also, the Greenhouse is almost through completion.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Mr. Francis Plaisance

 

Tomorrow and Wednesday, we’ll be here for a blood drive and we need all the help we can get to put the word out.  We’re right back where we were when we started one year ago.  We were down and then everything went back up because all of the elective surgeries were cancelled.  So naturally the supply came up with the fact that we had to control the amount coming in.  That changed after February.  We’re letting everyone know they’re needed.  If you have any doubt in your mind whether you can give, just come and see us because we have the answer.  You can save three lives with that one donation of blood. 

 

Some of the things we’ll offer you is the opportunity to cover yourself.  If you come in and donate, you’ll cover somebody, like Mom, Dad, brother, sister, anybody in the United States.  We’re the only one that does this, you can do that.  If anything was to happen between now and next year, they’d be covered.  It’s like an insurance.  We write the check.  It’s the blood insurance program.  The idea is to get the word out there.  There is a QR code.  If your camera on your phone will pick it up, scan it and it’ll take you to us.  You put your information in and tell us the time you want to come in. This way we have an idea of who’s coming and when but you can also just walk in.  I also have an e-flyer that I send out that has a site to make an appointment to come in.  We have a lot of people on this campus but we normally do 25 to 30.  Thank you for the opportunity. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • I want to echo what Dr. Clune said, if anyone needs it, please use the Counseling Center.  Please make sure you use these resources.
  • This past Saturday I attended the last meeting of the Council of Student Body Presidents.  The next meeting with be May 7th and President-Elect Tyler L. will be attending that.
  • This week I’ll be part of the Diversity Sub-Committee for the UL System.
  • Vice President Brady L. and I have a meeting with Dr. Clune this Thursday so if you want us to bring up anything or ideas at this meeting, just let me know.
  • On Wednesday we have the UL System Day at the Capitol.
  • We also have a freeze on spending this coming Friday but after this meeting all purchases won’t go through until after the fiscal year of June 30th.  It doesn’t mean you can’t spend it, it just means it will be delayed.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Just four weeks left.
  • Made the google doc for suggestions and concerns QR Code (potential motion ideas go look at it.
  • Thursday before break – Senators Gabrielle A, Jason S. and myself attended the Parking Policy Committee meeting; Discussed Senator Madison L.’s mirror idea by Shaver Gym (we’ll try to do compact cars first and then go from there).
  • Thanks to everyone who replied to my text message about the WID/WIH.
  • April WID/WIH due April 16th – last one.
  • Anything I can do for you let me know.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The budget has not changed.
  • I am in the process of updating the Financial Statement and will get that to you all soon.
  • We are allowed to purchase only certain things before the end of the semester, things that we’ll need before the 16th.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks to those who came to the soccer game during the break. It was a great game. Looking forward to doing more like this next season.
  • Thanks for all who helped with the ticket giveaway. Our next giveaway will be next Monday April 19th. The sign-up sheet has been posted.
  • I’m working on some fun things to possibly do for finals week.
  • Hope you have a great week. Send me any pictures and giveaway ideas.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • To put it into perspective, we have two meetings left so this semester is really coming down to a close. That might be a scary thing or a good thing for some of you but the end is near so persevere.  Two things about the mentorship program, if you haven’t had your meeting with me yet and your mentor, please schedule that this week and also your second meeting with your mentor is due by the end of this week.  Make sure you’re getting that done this week and send the report to me and Senator Madison L. so we can monitor the progress of the program.
  • Also, the E-Board is in discussion about when we’re going to have the banquet, when we’re going to have the banquet, how it’s going to look so be on the look-out for dates and how that’s going to look this year.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-092

I move that the Senate allocate up to $238.93 to purchase stickers for a giveaway to be taken from the SGA Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-093

I move that the Senate relinquish Senator Ethan Vickrey from his duties and title on the grounds of nonfeasance.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-094

I move that the Senate purchase an Infrared Spectrometer for $4,000 for Chemistry Labs.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-095

I move that the Senate allocate $375 for the purchase of one porcelain dry erase board measuring 72 x 48 inches wide for the Nicholls Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center.  Funds will be taken from “Senator Projects”.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Remy Lodrigues

 

SPA Reporting:

   Crawfish week in progress.  Crawfish Day is April 29th.

   Succulent Giveaway tomorrow in the Union at 11:00 a.m.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

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 to fund Little Free Library which passed.

– discussed saving money on post by using old one from Suggestion Box.

  • Library will begin first stock.
  • Motion to purchases lunches for Vaccine Seminar which passed.
  • Provide lunches to attract students to attend seminar.
  • Will better educate students on what a virus is, what a vaccine is, etc.
  • Will cover about 60 lunches.
  • Purchasing deadline.   

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

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

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Director Meagan Rousse’s excuse which failed.
  • Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon’s excuse which passed.

 

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, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Koozie/Sticker giveaway on April 19th
  • Newsletter – Working in groups and I assigned motions that really affected the student body the most.  Once we compile all of this, we’ll make a newsletter and send it to the Senate first for your feedback before we send it out to the student body.  If you have any suggestions or questions about that, let me know.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

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

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Hinter Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Mar’Yeala Jones, Tyler Legnon and Victoria Rideau.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Updates on partner projects.
  • Open discussions on what everyone is working on.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-096

I move that the Senate allocate up to $600 to fund the purchase of one Little Free Library and a post.  Funds to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said this is a cool way to share books on campus.  It looks like an oversized bird house.  You can grab a book that you like.  In the motion we had that we would purchase the post but Secretary Dolly M. found an alternative to that.  There is a suggestion box in the Quad that isn’t being used so we could put it on the post there and save some money. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I think it’s a really cut idea for someone who likes to read.  I think it’s creative.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-097a

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. Zackary Pitre

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-097

I move that the Senate allocate up to $800 to purchase boxed lunches and drinks for attendees for the Virus & Vaccine Education Seminar. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said I organized this with Dr. Raj Nathaniel.  This is going to take place on April 22nd from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Ballroom.  Dr. Nathaniel is going to be the speaker from the Biology Department and will talk about vaccines.  This seminar is not at any point pushing the vaccine, it’s just providing the students with education on what the virus is and viruses in general.  It will also be on the vaccine and how it works.  The students will get that information and be able to make an educated decision for themselves.  It means whatever decision they make, they can be confident that they’re not making the decision out of ignorance.  This motion is to purchase lunches and drinks for around 60 or so. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Reminded everyone that there are two more meetings.  We’re also going to be voting on two Senators that will be receiving the Senator Scholarship and voting on the Outstanding Senator Award. Also, don’t forget your grades.  To continue in SGA you have to maintain a 2.0 semester grade and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.  Continue working on your grades so you can remain in SGA.

 

Brady L.          Don’t forget that scheduling opens tomorrow.  Since you’re an SGA officer, you have priority scheduling at 6:00 a.m.

 

Dolly M.          Check your Banner account.  If there are any “holds” on your account, you won’t be able to schedule.  If you have any trouble scheduling whatsoever, give me a call first thing in the morning or send me an email and I’ll follow up with the Office of Records & Registration to clear it.

 

Meagan R.         Jambalaya meal available.

 

Jason S.          Starting next week, I won’t be missing any SGA meetings for this, but I’ll be starting a role as a Legislative Aide to a State Senator.

 

Zackary P.        Registration for a Race on April 17.  Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:00 a.m.

 

Miranda D.        Gamma Phi Beta is having a Give Back Night on Wednesday.  Our philanthropy is the Shelter in Houma.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 29, 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 Ana Garcia.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Zackary Pitre and Senator Douglas Gilchrist 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, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

The following Senators were absent:   Gabrielle Arceneaux, Mar’Yeala Jones, Heather LeBouef and Tyler Legnon.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Connor Hebert.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

 

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

 

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER: 

 

None.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Be sure to tell your peers that we’re having the COVID vaccine at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow and to sign up.  There are 357 students who have signed up so far. 
  • We don’t have another meeting until we return from Spring Break on April 12th.  We have only two or three meetings left so make sure you get your motions turned in.
  • In April, during the Break, I’ll attend my last Council of Student Body President’s meeting as SGA President.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • I’ll be sorting through WID/WIH this week. Keep up the good work.
  • 364 responses from the t-shirt give away!!! I’ll go through them and share a doc with you so you can pick something to work on.
  • Encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated!!!!
  • Student Advisory Board meeting last Thursday went well.
  • Parking Policy Committee meeting on Thursday.
  • Enjoy spring break!!!!

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • I’m reviewing some of the line items that aren’t being used at the moment in the event some line items are being exhausted.
  • Our deadline of April 16th approaches for purchasing.
  • The Financial Statement is up-to-date at the moment. Today I’ll create it on Google Sheets so it’ll be a lot more accessible to each of you.
  • As always, let me know if you need anything.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks for all who worked the giveaway today! We had a great turnout! Our next one is Monday, April 19th, for the Koozies!
  • We also have a Football ticket giveaway on Wednesday and Thursday. Sign-up sheets are in the google drive!
  • This Saturday is the Women’s Senior Soccer game. We were asked to attend. The game is at 3:00 p.m. against Houston Baptist, so please try and attend! We’ll be making posters for the seniors.
  • Hope you have a great week and a safe spring break! Send me any Red Out Friday pictures and any giveaway ideas.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • I know this week is probably very hectic for you with last minute tests but I’d still like to meet with you to conduct the second round of meetings to see where you are and to help you with your projects. We can do this via Zoom or Google Meets, whichever meets your time availability better.  Let me know when you have time and we’ll set the meeting up.
  • Have a great and healthy Spring Break.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Connor Hebert

 

SPA has the following event:

Crawfish Week coming up April 26th to 30th

Crawfish Day is on a Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help run the event.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Results of the 2021 Spring Election:

 

6,004 Eligible Voters  

1,260 Actual Voters

 

SPA PRESDIENT                       SPA VICE PRESIDENT

Taylor Roussel = 665                Taylen Daigle = 738

Angela Yanez = 595                  Trevor Tabor = 522

 

All five Amendments passed.

 

2021 Mr. & Ms. Nicholls will be announced at Crawfish Day.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

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

 

Absent:     Senator Tyler Legnon (unexcused).

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry, Senator Logan Byars and Cooper Moore, Dr. Uttam Pokharel.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Stickers for a giveaway which passed.
  • Motion for Spectrometer for Chemistry Labs/classes which passed.
  • White Board for Tutoring Center which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Ana Garcia, Miranda Danos and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Lance Jones and Tyler Legnon.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed a motion to remove Ethan Vickery which passed unanimously.

 

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, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senators Cooper Moore and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Spring Break T-shirt Giveaway was a success.  We gave away all 400 t-shirts which is amazing. 
  • Starting a monthly newsletter summarizing what we do as an SGA (motions, giveaways, campus updates).
  • Ticket giveaway is Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • Having our Koozie/Sticker giveaway on April 19th.  (Received about 350 amazing responses from the giveaway.  This submission will help to improve campus life).
  • Starting to discuss a Finals Week t-shirt and a possible Finals essential giveaway as our final giveaway if the year.
  • One thing we’ll start working on is getting to know what we do.  We’ll send it out to the Senate for your thoughts.

 

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

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Hinter Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Heather LeBouef, Mar’Yeala Jones and Tyler Legnon.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the partner motions as well as where they stand with those.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-091a

I move to take the motion to purchase Bench and Table from the table.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the Budget.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. defers to Senator Madison L. said these items are to provide a more seating at the tennis courts and the gym.  Both areas are available at this time and can provide more seating.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-092

I move that the Senate allocate up to $238.93 to purchase stickers for a giveaway to be taken from the SGA Promotions line item of the budget.

 

  1. Trent Ledet
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Trent L. said we’re already having a giveaway for the koozies.  We thought it would be good to have an additional items.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-093

I move that the Senate relinquish Senator Ethan Vickrey from his duties and title on the grounds of nonfeasance.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said Senator Ethan V. has missed eight meetings since he’s been sworn in.  According to the Constitution, any Senator having up to three unexcused absences is to be removed.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-094a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is violation of Article VIII, Letter B, Number 6 of the Constitution.  (The motion is over $1,000.)

 

  1. Logan Byars
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-094

I move that the Senate purchase an Infrared Spectrometer for $4,000 for Chemistry Labs.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Logan Byars
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Logan B. said the main reason for this is that there’s a company going out of business on Wednesday.  This equipment is originally $20,000 and they’re giving it to us for $4,000.  There are approximately 180 students that use this machine.  I defer to Drs. Wayment and Pokharel for further discussion. 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Dr. Pokharel said every student taking Chemistry courses will use this.  Dr. Wayment said we actually have three courses that need this instrument and they’re often running into each other.  So this will help with the back log of people trying to use it.  We think this will help solve the problem.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-095

I move that the Senate allocate $375 for the purchase of one porcelain dry erase board measuring 72 x 48 inches wide for the Nicholls Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center.  Funds will be taken from “Senator Projects”.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. said since they moved to the Library, they don’t have a lot to work with.  The Board they have now is stained from writing so much on it over the years so this is very beneficial for all students using the Tutoring Center or even students using the Writing Center.  We have about 40 to 50 students come in to work with tutors and it will help them to see what’s on the board and understand everything better.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Dr. Michele Caruso – Vaccination:

Dr. Clune wanted to make sure that all of you were aware of the vaccine coming on campus tomorrow – free vaccines for anyone 16 and older.  The QR Codes that went out are to help you make an informed decision for yourself.  There’s also information from the CDC.  We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers if you have any questions.  You can also use the healthcare providers we have on campus.  Please encourage your friends.  Let them know what’s going on tomorrow.  The second one will be April 23rd. Remember that it does require both shots.  We will continue to do testing on campus and social distancing still applies.  The group met today to discuss the State guidelines that we’re required to follow and how it impacts your events and activities on campus.  We’re waiting to hear something after the Governor announces tomorrow.  For those of you who play Intramurals, you will no longer be required to wear a mask on the court or field.  You’ll only need to wear a mask on the sidelines. We need to continue to encourage each other.  We’re almost there – at the end of the semester. 

 

The Student Advisory Council was very productive so we’ll pull it together and see what we can do with the suggestions and advice that came from there.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Jason S.          Congratulations to Vice President Brady Levron for being awarded the Hall of Fame Honor.

 

Zackary P.        He was in the meeting with Director Symphony B. and one of the things he believes the Senate can do is just knowing that things are getting better, take it upon the Senate to let everyone one that COVID will be over and we’ll be back to normal.

 

Lance J.          I talked to Campus Affairs and Academic Affairs but I need a little help putting together another Town Hall Meeting like last semester.  It’s to talk about things we can change academically and things we want fixed around campus.  Dr. Hollander is going to be sending out a questionnaire in about a week.  I need questions to bounce around for the Town Hall. I just want to know if they have any concerns.   Perhaps right after Spring Break when we come back, two or three of us can get together to get this going.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Meagan R.         Jambalaya Plate on April 16th – $10.00 per plate.

 

Miranda D.        Gamma Phi Beta is having a Give Back Night at Big Mike’s on April 13th.

 

Dolly M.          Remember that Early Registration is scheduled for the first day we return from Spring Break on Tuesday, April 13th. Meet with your Advisors and keep in mind that our meetings are on Monday afternoon when you’re scheduling your classes.  President Ethan N. said registration begins at 6:00 a.m. instead of midnight the night before which was done in the past. There’s greater WiFi bandwidth that the University has available as compared to a number of years ago.  Also, if students are having a problem registering, the IT Dept. can handle it earlier. 

 

                  We’re providing refreshments at the Vaccination Event tomorrow.  We need your help from 10:00 to 12:00 in Shaver.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 22, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre 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 Lance Jones and the pledge was given by Senator Heather LeBouef.

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

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

The following Executive Board members were absent:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron and Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse.

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, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

The following Senator was absent:   Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justices Icy Abraham and William Lanier (appointed).

 

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. Bridge to Independence Student with Staff and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

Just as a reminder, we have another vaccination today and tomorrow at Thibodaux Regional Health System.  At this point, all faculty and staff are eligible and that includes the graduate students who work in Residential Life and other students.  If you think you might be eligible, you can reach out to me directly.  We do need ideas from Student Government Association on how to get people registered for the vaccine on how do we dispel the rumors and how do we get education out to the student organizations.  We are a higher education institution.  We should focus on the science and facts and we need your help on how we get that out there to dispel the rumors and cut into the hesitancy of getting the vaccine.  We thought about bringing in health educators and sign them up on the spot to give students a slot.  If they know they have to be somewhere, they are more than likely to show up.  I’ve also asked President Ethan N. to send me names of individuals who might want to walk around and see some of the projects we have going on.  I’m going to make sure we have student involvement whether it’s the gaming lounge which is now up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of Lafourche Parish.  They came through with $30,000 to help us set up the gaming lounge.  So we now have $50,000 to buy the furniture, to repaint the space and make the gaming lounge very nice.  We do believe it will attract a lot of traffic in the Union at night. 

 

We’re also putting in a coffee shop on the first floor of the Library.  As you go in, you turn left.  The computer lab will be repainted with one wall navy blue, the ceiling tiles will be black and new lighting.  All the equipment we used for Jazzman’s when it was open will be used and all the furniture from Ocean Blue as well.  It’s going to be a very nice space. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

The Maker’s Space is going to be finished in the next month or so and is going really quickly now.  It will be completely transformed.

 

We’re repainting Talbot next week to take the yellow off of the building.  We’ll paint the back shed yellow.  We need SGA’s help on how to mask those chillers in the back that are an eye sore.  We may come to you for help with that and also Free Speech Alley.  We have some architectural renderings that and we want to begin to approve that.  We’ll make it more pedestrian instead of a mail truck delivery area.  We’ve also had some interest in past years about making a second Quad next to the Library.  We have the benches and probably need some help from SGA for putting sidewalks down.  Maybe plant more oak trees where there aren’t any.  That could be a very nice Quad as well. 

 

Senator Heather L. asked me about the Sustainability Committee.  I think we meet tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. It’s starting up again.  Dr. Mitzi Jackson is pulling that group together on campus.  We have to do a much better job with sustainability, recycling and other things.

 

Some really good news.  We’ll complete the Babington Complex.  As you know, we redid the second and third floors of both of those.  We’ll go in with another $200,000 and redo all the bathrooms in both of those buildings.  All new bathrooms, new floors and new ceiling tiles.  We’ll also take University Police and move them to the first floor of South Babington so that the front end of Calecas can become the club house, locker rooms and offices for Softball.  Softball members dress in Shaver in a locker room.  It’s not practical.

 

If you’re watching the end-zone complex go up.  The other part, the covered practice facility, is right on track.  We’ll need a small group of SGA Senators to show things to in order to keep you apprised and ask you questions about colors for floors and things of that sort.  Things you can go back to your group and ask about those questions.  We want to make sure we involve students.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked if the National Guard would be involved in giving vaccinations.  Dr. Clune said yes.  They’ll come on campus as they do now for testing. 

 

If a student feels they’re eligible now, they can go to Thibodaux Regional.  Remember that if you get vaccinated, you can meet with other vaccinated people indoors without your mask on. We have lost people to COVID-19.  We have not lost anyone with the vaccines.  There is no evidence that it effects fertility in any way whatsoever.  That’s a false rumor on social media.  We need your help in getting the word out that vaccines are safe and smart.  It allows us have a full stadium in the Fall semester.  If you have your own doubts, contact your healthcare provider.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked if there’s going to be a follow-up day for a second shot.  Dr. Clune said yes.  If you take the Pfizer or Moderna, you’ll need a follow up.  They always schedule it when you arrive for your first one.  We’ve done over 1,000 on campus.  We have 6,700 students, we need your help.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. asked about how late the Student Union would stay open.  Dr. Clune said my belief it’s whatever activities Student Affairs has going on.  Certainly the gaming lounge will stay open later.

 

I had a chance to visit Northwestern State University and it is a very busy place.  The students were in and out.  I don’t think it’s the end of this semester but the end of next semester that you’ll see the Student Union stay open later and later.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said regarding the Sustainability Committee. It was my understanding that they had one a few years ago but it became inactive.  Dr. Clune said we’re behind it on whatever we need to do.  Senator Heather L. said I looked at other universities and I’d like us to be up there with other universities.  Dr. Clune said yes.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Again, thank you for your leadership.  We have a big football game this weekend with 50% in the stadium.  We still need to be safe.  You go in with the mask.  Try to keep the mask on.  We get calls from the community so people are watching you.  Just be mindful of that.  We have all the sports that day, softball, baseball, etc.  I hope you can get out and enjoy it.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH due March 26th.
  • Student Advisory Board meeting this Wednesday.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion meeting is this Friday.
  • I’ll reach out to some of you about some Infrastructure items that have been mentioned in the WID/WIH.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • Nothing really has changed with the budget.
  • The financial statement is up to date and I appreciate everyone who is taking initiative in motion writing. I’ll be putting it on the Google Drive so you can have easy access to it.
  • Keep up the great work, and I’m always open to meeting with you! Have a great day!

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

No report.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

No report.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-086

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and vetoed.

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-088

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

 

S2021-089a

I move to suspend the rules 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).  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-090

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

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Icy Abraham

 

SPA is planning the Festival of Colors.

Volunteers are needed for the Fun Run Tuesday.

They have a Trivia Night at 7:00 p.m.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Interim Election Commissioner Keilan Kiger would like you to encourage your friends and classmates to vote as well as join us for the Election Results in the Union on Thursday around 1:00 p.m.  More information regarding the candidates for SPA President and Vice President and Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Finalists can be found on the SGA home page.  Remember to vote!!

 

 

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 one six-foot bench and four-foot table which passed.
  • iPads for SPSP which passed.
  • Peltier Smart Computers which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

No meeting held today but everyone was reminded that they have five days to turn in an excuse for any absences.

 

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, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Spring Break T-shirt Giveaway is Monday, March 29th from 10:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.  Sign-up sheet will be saved on the Google Drive. 
  • QR Code!
  • Giveaways are only for students. 
  • Koozie Giveaway is April 19th from 10:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • Two Football Ticket Giveaways are this Wednesday and Thursday.

 

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.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Progress on current motions.
  • Potential ways to get students to express concerns/suggestions for campus improvements.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-087a

I move to take the motion for Smart Podiums from the table.

 

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Cooper Moore

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said these are needed by the History Department. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said she thinks it’s a great motion.  A lot of the departments don’t have a lot of good technology.  Seeing that if this motion is passed today, it will help to update our technology.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089a

I move to take the iPads motion from the table.

 

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Heather LeBouef

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare+ for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this request originally went to the Tech Fee and they didn’t have enough money to fund for this specific project.  This is to benefit the students in the Psychology Prep Program, the School Psychologist Program. It’s going to provide them with new upgraded technology to be more successful in their field.

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is a motion to place a bench outside of the tennis courts and a round table by the Shaver locker rooms.  This is going to provide more seating for students there. 

 

Vice President Tyler L. said since this motion is over $1,000, it will be tabled.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

Senator Heather L. said to follow up on what I spoke to you about voting on removing the requirements, roughly we’re moving forward with creating a blueprint for departments to select courses that would satisfy the requirements.  We have separated the committee into sub-committees.  We now have a sub-committee chair person for each requirement. So oral communication has someone who is working with that sub-committee.   Each person will have to pick two sub-committees.  I’ll work on all of them because I’m always available for those committees.  If at any time, anyone has some great idea for what they think should absolutely be in the rubrics for certain requirements, for Oral Communication, there is Freshman Study and Intensive Writing, I’ll be glad to present your concerns or suggestions to the committees. 

DISCUSSION:

 

Senator Heather L. said I’m working on a Resolution and will be getting with Dr. Caruso to see about getting more info from students to back up my request with the Faculty Senate regarding timing of posting grades.  Also, the use of Moodle with Dr. Hollander.  I’m going to finish the draft and send it to you to review to ensure everyone has agreed with it.  I want to get everyone’s opinion or approval first and then we can have a discussion to present to the Faculty Senate.  I’m trying to avoid the back and forth that went on when we tried to approve the Finals Prep Program. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said not all students participate in surveys.  Senator Heather L. said she’d like to see if she can offer items such as coupons as giveaways so they might want to get more involved.  It would be something like “How would you rate your professors overall on Moodle.  Would you be more successful if professors used Moodle more”? or something like that. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Tyler L.          For anyone applying for E-Board next year, we’re extending the deadline to Friday at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

The following officer was sworn in by Justice Icy Abraham:

William Lanier – Supreme Court Justice

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 15, 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 Lance Jones.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Logan Byars 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, 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:   Ethan Vickrey and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Sharmila Hamal.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

 

Guests present were Dr. Alex Arceneaux, Executive Vice President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Carmen Broussard and Dr. Kelli Henson of the Dept. of Psychology and Counselor Education, Mr. Jared Wells, Instructor of History and Geography, Ms. Margo Badeaux, Interim Auxiliary Services Director, Ms. Beth Johnson, Bookstore Manager and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Alex Arceneaux

 

Dr. Clune had a tight schedule today so he asked me to come in his place.  There are a few things he wanted to go over and then if you have any questions, I’ll try to field those questions for him.

 

Today there was an email that went out to students, faculty and staff regarding Thibodaux Regional Health System that will have a vaccine clinic tomorrow from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.  This is one other opportunity for students, faculty and staff to take advantage of getting vaccinated.  Dr. Clune really wanted to convey a message that this is one way we can get back to some type of normalcy for moving forward. The CDC has provided guidance relative to individuals who participate in the vaccine and how a household say for instance, wants to visit another family that would be vaccinated.  They can be in the company of each other no longer with masks.  I think something we have to remember is that we have to make a decision to lead and do what’s right for us but also for our community.  We would like to remind you to be vigilant about the masking program.  At Thibodaux Regional, you just call and make an appointment.  There’s no cost.  The Louisiana National Guard will also be here in coming weeks.  We’ll get those dates so we’ll have more opportunities to receive the vaccine on campus but also through these partners. 

 

For graduation this Spring, we’ll have an in-person graduation with a total of eight ceremonies over three days to accommodate that in-person graduation.  There’s something about walking across the stage and being there in person that virtual will never replace that type of ceremony.  We wanted to let you know that we’re making plans for those in-person commencements.  What that looks like for the number of guests that you’ll be able to invite is being determined.  It’s roughly two per person because there are constraints about a total number of people.  So we’re working through that. 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

For Fall, it will even look more normal, like the course schedule and classes face-to-face versus Hybrid or online.  We’re rounding the corner to near normalcy with respect to what Fall will look like.

 

We’re looking at what the next football game will look like to you on campus.  There will be a capacity on what the ticket number will be.  The ticket distribution conversations are starting today and we’ll get that information to you.  

 

      COMMENT:    Director Meagan R. asked about the Cares Act funding.  Dr. Arceneaux said The university will receive $2.5 million in Cares Act funding designated to students with the caveat that we had to prioritize student needs. 

 

Every eligible student if you had a FAFSA on file and a current student, regardless if you’re part-time or full-time or even if you’re an online student, you still qualify.  If you did not have a FAFSA on file, that’s a regulation we have to follow with the Feds.  If you’re not a U. S. citizen or a documented resident, you do not quality.  Basically, if you’re an eligible student and you filled out your FAFSA, you will receive a letter.  Roughly 4,800 students will receive a notice today or in the coming days that you’ll receive Cares Act funding.  It is the tiered approach that we took.  The first tier is for the neediest individuals.  If you’re a part-time student, the highest eligible level, you’ll receive $400 if you’re full-time, you’ll receive $900.  Then if your contribution was $10,000 or above, if part-time, you’ll receive $200 and full-time will receive a $400 pay out.  Literally, every student that is eligible to receive aid will receive some type of Cares Act.  The caveat that we had for the first time, we as an institution could not ask the student if they wanted to use that money to pay for applying to the debt they might have with the institution.  This time, they allow that.  Some students might have a balance from this semester.  If they’re doing a payment plan or something of that sort, they’ll receive an email from the Controller’s office that they’re eligible for $500 and would they like to apply any or all to they’re outstanding balance.  They would basically reply to that email saying yes or no.  If they apply no, then in the coming two weeks or so, they’ll either get a direct deposit or cut a check.  However,  they normally get a refund. That’s how we’ll take care of that funding.  Students that owe a balance will be contacted with one letter giving them the option to acknowledge yes to pay it on the outstanding balance or no, they’d like to have it all.  Students that don’t have a balance due to the university will just be notified of their award.  We believe those awards will start being processed toward the end of March.  As far as dollars in the pocket for our students, the potential is to get it at the end of March or the beginning of April coming out of Nicholls and into the bank account.

 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said for the first time of the Cares Act Funding, the Nicholls online students were actually left out.  Are we sure that the funds will be applied?  Dr. Arceneaux said yes.  They were left out because several guidelines required us to exclude them.  The way education looked at it, their education experience wasn’t changed by going remote.  But this one allows us to include online students.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said for the vaccine, is everyone allowed to get the vaccine.  Dr. Arceneaux said the Louisiana Department basically set out the guidelines for the Tiers.  So it’s anyone from 16 years old to 30.  Pfizer vaccine is basically eligible for 16 year old and 18 years old for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. That’s what they’re approved of. 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Ms. Margo Badeaux

 

I am Margo Badeaux. I was previously the Director of Business Services for the Administration and was also in charge of the COVID Testing stations.  Currently I am the Interim Director of Auxiliary Services.  Auxiliary Services oversees the Bookstore, Colonel Card, Student Union, the Ballroom, Sodexo and the Post Office.  Today we’re going to talk about the Bookstore side of things.  We have some exciting news that we’re looking into.  We’d like to get some good feedback from you, some positive reaction to what we want to present to you today.  This is called the Barnes & Noble First Day Complete Program. This all pertains to ordering your books, whether online or print book. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

This is an all-inclusive model where you order your books.  The Bookstore gathers all this material for you and have it ready either for delivery or for pick up.  This will all be in place by the first day of class. Typically, in the past we may have had to wait a week when they had to order a book or wait for books to come in from somewhere else.  The way this plan works is it’s a simple step process where you don’t have to worry about scrambling to borrow somebody’s books.  This is all in place for you.

 

The cost is a flat rate of $25 per credit hour.  I’ll later show you the benefits that you would appreciate with this program.  It’s a more affordable way to rent and possibly purchase your books.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said if the specific course doesn’t have a requirement, is it per credit hour on your whole schedule or is it per credit hour for that course.  Ms. Badeaux said it’s on your whole schedule but I’ll get to that in a minute.  You have an option with that. 

 

Of course, the materials will be ready for the first day of class so that’s a benefit right there.  All the materials are required to be returned to the Bookstore by the end of the term.  It’s like a rental program.  Whenever you brought the book back in the past, you always had the option.  You will have the buy-back option at the end of the semester and it’ll be based on the standard marketing price.  Like in the past, that could change in that regard.

 

This is how it works.  First, you register for your classes then it goes into the system.  Barnes & Noble pulls everything for you, all your books, and packs them in a neat box ready to go.  You can have it delivered to a certain location or you can go to the Bookstore and pick it up.  It’s a seamless access of exchange of course materials and everything is ready for the first day of class.  There will be exceptions of course.  Some things as an instructor who may change the book he wants to use at the last minute.  Then we might have extenuating circumstances but for the most part, this will all be ready for you before the first day of class.

 

All eligible students receive all required course materials on a charge per credit hour enrolled, including the courses without books.  The program cost for students will be included in the tuition but the kick here is you have the option to opt out.  As a scenario, suppose you have five classes and four of those classes do not require a book, only one does and the book is $50.  This is where you would probably choose to opt out of this program.  It’s either all in or all out.  If you have three classes that have books and two classes that do not have books, you have to make that decision.  You either pay for these books somewhere else where it’s more beneficial to opt out or opt in because more than likely you’re going to see a savings.  I have a scenario to show you that it’s a savings of potential $300 per semester.  Just realize that at any semester, you can opt out.  We didn’t want to get too far into this without seeing how you felt about it first. 

 

This scenario is for 15 credit hours.  Normally, the cost on average per semester would have been $650 which is $1,300 each year.  With the First Day Complete Program, you have 15 credit hours at $25 per credit hour which equals $375 versus $650 that you’re paying on average.  That’s $275 per semester that you’re saving.  For a year, it would be $550 per semester that you’re saving.  It’s a savings for you.  The numbers prove that.  You know what you’ve paid for books in the past.  It still has to go before the Board.  We have to get Board approval from the State in order to be able to implement this program.  I’d like any kind of feedback from you, questions or concerns.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked of they’ve learned if other colleges have done this and were successful.  Ms. Badeaux said yes.  We have spoken to UNO and Northwestern.  They’ve been doing it for five years now and a 98% participation.  The first semester was the most difficult to sell because people didn’t really understand it.  I guess that’s the biggest hurdle, educating students and faculty on how this is a savings to the students in the long run.  We have talked to other universities for their processes in finding the most effective ways to do this.


GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Brady L. asked how long is the grace period to opt out.  Ms. Badeaux said we haven’t come up with a concrete number but along with that, we’re considering students may want to do a payment plan.  We want to make sure that it follows in line with our payment plan.  We’re thinking five days which is the first drop date and then you have the fourteenth. We’re trying to figure out which time would be most beneficial.  Within five days, you should know what your instructor requires.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Mar’Yeala J. asked how does it work if your books are already bundled.  Ms. Badeaux said this might be an unusual circumstance.  I think the Nursing Department has some agreement with some book company.  Typically Nursing Department purchases their books.  They use their books throughout their term of being here so that’s something we’d have to work out.  We have been talking to Dr. Lyons about it and trying to figure out the most beneficial way for the students.

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Brady L. said many times you purchase books for the access codes.  Would that be included in this program?  Ms. Badeaux said yes and every year they reevaluate the cost of books and come up with a dollar amount. It doesn’t fluctuate very much from that $25 amount.  I’m not sure if you’re familiar with OER’s which (Open Education Resource) which are materials that are licensed to be available for free.  AER is Affordable Cost Materials so it’s four payments of about $30.  Those bring down the cost of textbooks overall.  As those costs go down, the cost per hour should eventually level out as well.  Ms. Badeaux said those fewer cost items are included when they come up with an average.  So the more OER and AER are implemented, the lower that cost will become.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said she is an English Major and my books aren’t really that expensive.  Per semester, I pay maybe $150 so is it possible to have specific plans such as for those majors that are bundled or for those that aren’t that expensive?  Ms. Badeaux said it would probably be more beneficial for you to opt out.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I think the thought behind this is excellent in theory.  My only concern is the semester for Summer and Fall enrollment, you can see on the class schedule, a lot of them have no textbook required.  So I feel that this might not be as popular.  I know you mentioned UNO and Northwestern did this.  How long did they implement this?  Ms. Badeaux said three to five years ago.  If we do this, I feel it needs to be publicized enough to the students.  Not only will the students not know about it, but students will not know to opt out.  All of my classes are low cost or no cost.  I feel that more and more the professors are trying to find resources that are cheaper. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Gabrielle A. said it’s important to implement that students know what it is and whether they want to stay in the program or opt out.  Ms. Badeaux said we’ve already provided the info to the Deans so they’re already aware of it.  So it will already be on their Syllabus. We’re educating the faculty as much as we’re educating you so they can be ahead of the game and know what books they want in place so you can get your first package by the first day of class.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said it will be added to our tuition after we start the program Ms. Badeaux said it’s automatically added until you opt out.  Then we will remove those fees if you opt out but remember that participation rate is very high.  As people start to realize the savings, they participate more and more.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Ms. Badeaux said part of the Marketing that we’ll send out is on different scenarios.  If you’re a Freshman majoring in Biology, we’ll show what that cost would have been without this program so you can compare to see what kind of savings you’ll receive.  I think it’s a great program for students.  Any time you can realize a savings, it’s a great thing.  If you have any suggestions on how we can market this, we’re open to it.

 

Vice President Brady L. said it might be something to include in the Orientation program because a lot of parents attend those.  Ms. Badeaux said that’s a good idea.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

I want to congratulate next year’s SGA President and Vice President, Senator Tyler Legnon and Director Symphony Brown.
The Tech Fee request we had last week is on track as planned.
 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

·       Last Dean of Students on campus interview today.

·       Academic integrity meeting today at 1:00 p.m.

·       WID/WIH due March 26 – update me on the projects you reported on in February.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

·       Nothing has changed with the budget.

·       For the Financial Statement, I have to put one purchase order into the Financial Statement and then it will be up to date.

·       I want to commend everyone for working so hard!  As well, we do have a lot of different line items that are freed up because of the current situation we’re in, so we’re in a good position to get more things done.   

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

·       Thank you to all who helped with the St. Patrick’s t-shirt giveaway! We had an amazing turnout and I’m looking forward to our next giveaway.

·       The women’s soccer coach is asking if we can have a strong presence for their Senior Night game on April 3rd. My committee and I are working on posters and other goodies to help support them.

·       Our spring break t-shirts have been finalized and should be on their way here. I am super excited for them. Senator Trent L. did an amazing job on the design.

·       Our koozies came in and we’re looking at giveaway dates for that as well.

·       Our next ticket giveaway is coming up, I’ll be making a signup sheet soon!

·       QR Code for Giveaways.

·       Student Representation (We are PR, More than Social Media)

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

·       Definitely a big congratulations to Senator Tyler L. and Director Symphony B.  I think you’ll do a great job. 

·       Moving forward since we made it through mid-terms, I’d like to start conducting the second round of meetings with you just to see where you are and what projects you need help with.  In these meetings we’ll also discuss your “What I’ve Done/Heard.” submissions from your first round.  Please send me an email with your availability either this week or next week as soon as you have a time.  We can even meet through Google Zoom or Google Meets if that meets your availability better. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

·       I also want to touch on discussions in committee and discussions in general.  The discussions in committee are very fruitful but it seems that the discussion on motions being presented in the general Senate are kind of lacking in expressing opposition or support.  Not everybody is in these committee meetings and we love to hear what you have to say about these motions.  Whenever they’re presented in front of the full Senate, don’t be afraid to stand up and speak, whether it’s for or against.  We’d like to hear what you have to say. 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-085

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

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Sharmila Hamal

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Congratulations to Tyler Legnon, SGA President-Elect and Symphony Brown, SGA Vice President-Elect who were unopposed.

 

SPRING ONLINE ELECTIONS – MARCH 23 to 25, 2021

RESULTS ANNOUNCED AT 1:00 P.M. IN STUDENT UNION

 

ON THE BALLOT:

 

SPA President: 

Taylor Roussel          Angela Yanez

 

SPA Vice President:

Taylen Daigle           Trevor Tabor

 

Congratulations to the Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Finalists:

 

Mr. Nicholls:

Ethan Henry             Remy Lodrigues

Tyler Legnon            Ethan Naquin

 

Ms. Nicholls:

Kirsten Angelette       Kayla Freemon

Gracie Bellanger        Madison Liner

Tamera Castle           Tabitha Tabb

 

Please join us for the Presentation of Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Finalists and Candidate’s Forum on Thursday, March 18 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union.  Please attend if you’re available.

 

 

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, Senators Victoria Rideau and Zackary Pitre, Representative from SPSP Program.

 

We discussed the following:

Motion to fund bench and table for Shaver Gym and Tennis Court which passed.
Motion to fund SPSP Program for iPads for up to $15,000 which was tabled.
Motion for Peltier Hall Smart computers for up to $6,000 which was tabled.
 

 


SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

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

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

We discussed the following:

Motion to appoint Abby Talbot to Election Commission which passed.
Motion to appoint William Lanier to Supreme Court which passed.
Reviewed excuse from Brandon Katz which failed.
Reviewed excuse from Reona Octave which passed.
 

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, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

Thanks to all who came to the St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway.  It was very successful.
Spring Break T-shirts have been finalized and have been ordered.
Really excited about Koozies – they finally came in.
QR Code.
Football ticket giveaway March 24th & 25th.
 

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.

 

We discussed the following:

Officers did a walk through with partners.
 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-086

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

1. Gabrielle Arceneaux

2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this is equipment for students to rest and relax.  The bench will be located by the tennis courts.  The table will be placed near Shaver Gym where they plan to remove the shrubs. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.

1. Victoria Rideau

2. Cooper Moore

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said it would be beneficial for students and faculty to improve learning and the students in Peltier 233 and 239.  Whenever students are on Zoom, they can’t see what’s written on the board so it would be beneficial for them to see that.  Classrooms hold up to 1,000 students every semester and will provide better quality of learning in the Hy-Flex environment. 

 

      COMMENT:    Dr. Jared Wells said thank you for having me today.  In general, we’re looking to improve some areas in Peltier.  The total cost right now is $5,712.42.  Peltier 233 and 239 are large rooms so this would help any time, especially in a Hy-Flex position.  Even when we get the classrooms back to normal, it will still be very helpful. As previously stated, there are approximately 1,000 students that would benefit from this. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Gabrielle A. said I really approve of this motion because I was in one of the classes and it was very hard to see everything.

 

Vice President Brady L. said since the motion is over $5,000, it will be tabled for further consideration by the Finance Committee.

 

S2021-088

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

                                                1. Brandon Katz

                                                2. Madison Liner

 

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

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089a

I move to suspend the rules 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. Zackary Pitre

2. Heather LeBouef

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.

1. Zackary Pitre

2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. said the reason for that is it’s a Specialist Program, a Graduate Program.  It’s all their 500 level classes.  It provides new software needed for testing and for field-based experiences anywhere from questionnaires, surveys and things like that.  I defer to Dr. Carmen Broussard for further discussion.  Dr. Broussard said the Specialist Program is for Psychology.  We’re training Psychologists who will be working in this program.  The practice now is to use new technology to do most of our work.  Up until now, our students are going into business and learning new technology there rather than here.  It’s to perform testing, activities in our classrooms, our contributions and different types of situations.  With this new technology, the number of devices will allow us to keep up with training.  We’ve tried purchasing items but our budget is really limited for purchasing electronic materials. 

 

      COMMENTS:   Senator Heather L. said they did approach Tech Fee for the funds but didn’t have enough funding to approve it.  They asked somewhere else first before coming to us.

 

     


NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I think this is a very important motion.  It’s highly beneficial for Graduate students in the Psychology Program and teacher education.  I feel it’s very important for Psychologists that come into these schools to be well trained and be prepared.  When it comes to mental issues with elementary and secondary students, we need to amend this Program as well as a lot of programs at Nicholls.

 

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

 

S2021-090

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

                                                1. Brandon Katz

                                                2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. defers to Senators Heather L. who spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–1

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

 

We had a meeting and discussed whether we would continue to keep the University Required Education, or choose to get rid of the university requirements or leave it to the department because the departments know what’s best for the students.  The university requirements require that you have to take an oral presentation course.  I was the only one who voted to get rid of the requirements so I wanted to know what you thought before moving forward.  I wanted to know if you feel that the departments know best for the curriculum or if you think the university should still mandate the requirements.  Do you think the departments know best or do you feel the university should still have that requirement and how firm should the requirement should be. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said for his first year he had to take Speech 101 class.  It was annoying that I had to take it because I don’t think  it was beneficial to my degree.  I believe you should take it if it’s beneficial to you graduating.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said Liberal Arts majors should be required to take it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I know you need to get over your fear of talking. I think that because of social media and emails, you don’t have to know how to talk in front of people.  For Liberal Arts, it would be good to keep it but for somebody else I don’t think it’s necessary. 

 

Senator Heather L. said one of the things that was talked about was the writing requirements.  You should know how to write a memo, resume, cover letter and things like that.  I take Biology and my argument was that I feel most of the upper level Biology courses deal with an oral presentation. 

 

Senator Heather L. said the professors also wanted to get rid of University 101 but in the end, they voted the other way.  I know we’ll have this conversation again so I wanted to know what your thoughts were.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said nobody wants to take Speech 101 classes but I think it’s one of the stepping stones of how to talk to people in a crowd.  It gives you an understanding.


UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said she feels University 101 is more or less useless.  It’s more like an adulting 101 class.  They basically taught us time management, budgeting, things that hopefully our parents taught us or older friends of ours, or some things that we’ve learned as we go through life.  I feel this is something that shouldn’t be necessary.  At my high school, I had to take an introduction to business applications.  I had to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  Just doing a basic essay in high school, etc. you have to use some type of basic application.  Through your own experiences, you figure out how to do it yourself. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said I like the idea that if the majors require it, then I think you should take it.  However, I think it’s redundant if the university makes you take it and you don’t need it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Logan B. said instead of Speech 101 perhaps we could have Speech for Science Majors, etc.

 

      COMMENT:    Treasurer Ethan H. said there are some things about University 101 that are important such as knowing your Advisor, how to schedule classes, etc.  The good thing about University Prep classes is it gets you involved on campus such as where Student Services is, etc.  It’s more of a university’s responsibility to develop the student. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said going off of what he said, I was blessed to have my Godmother’s son help me who graduated a couple of years before I enrolled.  I was reaching out to others for resources.  I feel that University 101 is something university Advisors can do.  It would be more one on one and a personal experience instead of sitting in a classroom.

 

Senator Heather L. said another thing is the survey that went out, we had about 5400 students on campus and only 600 responded.  I’m not sure how reliable the survey is because this is only 10% of the students.

 

Senator Heather L. said if you have any other comments, let me know.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Tyler L.          The E-Board applications are now open.  Anybody who would like to apply for the Director of Rights & Grievances, Public Relations or Treasurer, see Secretary Dolly M. for them.  The deadline is next Wednesday.

 

Madison L.        Last week the Mentor/Mentee report was due but I only received one.  Be sure you’ve met with your mentor and provide Vice President Brady L. and myself a small statement of what you discussed.  Today, the email to your Dean is due.  We went over this at the Mentee Workshop so if you haven’t done this, please do so.  The next thing is due in the next two weeks which is to meet with Vice President Brady L. and myself. 

 

Cooper M.         Kappa Sigma is having a Give Back Night on Wednesday.

 

Zackary P.        Sigma Alpha Epsilon is having a Give Back Night at Big Mike’s.

 

Heather L.        I volunteered for this organization about mentorship for fatherless boys. They were also looking for volunteers for the Food Bank.  If you can make it, it’s 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 28th.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Miranda D.        I received an email from Ascension Public Schools that they’re holding a special future excellence series for the Nicholls State University Education students on March 24th at 5:00 p.m. at Donaldsonville Primary School.  It seems interesting to learn more about teaching as a profession. 

 

The following officer was sworn in by Justice Sharmila Hamal:

 

Abby Talbot – Election Commission Member

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:17 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.

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

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 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

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.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

              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. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

      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.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

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

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

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

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

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

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

                  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.

SPRING 2021 ACTIONS TAKEN

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 26, 2021

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” Display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K Interactive Touch Monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”.  Funds will be taken from Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-103

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 for the purchase of an Eppendorf 5418-R refrigerated Centrifuge to be used in the Biology Labs.   Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-104

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working two additional hours on May 6, 7, 10 and 11, 2021.  Up to $500 will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-005

I move that the Senate amend Article XIII, Rule II of the SGA Bylaws to repeal the Code of Dress.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-106

I move that the Senate allocate $300.00 in Start Up funds to be given to the Alpha Psi Lambda Affiliate Chapter at Nicholls.  Funds will be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-107

I move that the Senate purchase (5) Access Tools and one Hand Jack set, (5) VCBM Remote Controls, (5) 14” Universal Lug Wrenches, (5) 3-Ton Jack with Quick Lift and (5) Jump Starters.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget for up to $2,065.35.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-108

I move that the Senate allocate $35,000 from the roll over funds of the 2020-21 budget for a Pathway for the Library Green Space.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

S2021-109

I move that the Senate allocate up to $6,500 to purchase a Jasco V-730(ST) UV-Visible Spectrophotometer for the Chemistry Department. Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-110

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,318.95 from the Senator Projects line item to purchase a bench for Ayo Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-111

I move that the Senate purchase (4) 4-ft. Round Tables, 4 Seats, Expanded Metal, Free Standing, all Black picnic tables to replace the picnic tables on the bayou side of LA 1.  Costs will not exceed $5,500 and funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-112

I move that the Senate accept the Resolution regarding the creation of the “Healthy Colonel Program”.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-113

I move that the Senate allocate up to $550 to purchase 50 Chick-Fil-A sandwich combos for Stress-Less Fest. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-114

I move that the Senate amend the Bylaws:  Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 3.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-115

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 each semester going forward, starting with the Fall 2021 semester to support a line item dedicated to food insecurity & food literacy efforts.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-116

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

 

S2021-117

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to help cover the costs of students attending the American Chemical Society Conference in Atlanta, GA from August 22 to 26, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-118

I move that the Senate allocate $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-21 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-119

I move that the Senate allocate up to $360 to purchase lunch combos for the University Counseling Center’s event, “Eat, Paint and Love:  A Sexual Assault Awareness Event”. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-120

I move that the Senate ratify the Student Bill of Rights. Upon ratification, the Student bill of Rights will become an official SGA Governing Document. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-121

I move that the Senate remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz in accordance with Article II, Section 5, Number 2, Letter A of the SGA Constitution and Article IV, Letter G of the SGA Bylaws for violation of Article IV, Letter F of the SGA Bylaws. Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 19, 2021

 S2021-098

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendments to the SGA Bylaws.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-099

I move that the Senate allocate up to $10,000 to create a line item in the 2021-22 budget for creating a Study Space on the first floor of the Education Building.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” Display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K Interactive Touch Monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”.  Funds will be taken from Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Tabled.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 12, 2021

 S2021-096

I move that the Senate allocate up to $600 to fund the purchase one Little Free Library and a post.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-097

I move that the Senate allocate up to $800 to purchase boxed lunches and drinks for attendees for the Virus & Vaccine Education Seminar.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 29, 2021

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-092

I move that the Senate allocate up to $238.93 to purchase stickers for a giveaway to be taken from the SGA Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-093

I move that the Senate relinquish Senator Ethan Vickrey from his duties and title on the grounds of nonfeasance.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-094

I move that the Senate purchase an Infrared Spectrometer for $4,000 for Chemistry Labs. Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-095

I move that the Senate allocate $375 for the purchase of one porcelain dry erase board measuring 72 x 48 inches wide for the Nicholls Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 22, 2021

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S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 15, 2021

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S2021-086

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and vetoed.

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-088

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

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-090

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

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 1, 2021

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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.)

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 22, 2021

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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

February 8, 2021

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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 1, 2021

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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

January 25, 2021

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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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Location:
Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2049
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4557
Fax: 985-493-2631
E-mail: sga.president@nicholls.edu

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