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CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Student Union Board of Governors
Attendance: S. Lamont, L. Gargamelli, N. Clark, P. Sutera, J. Hartig, D. Orloske, D. Ross, R. Campbell, H. Palmer, J. Kaufman Meeting was called to order at 5:48 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Student Center by Chairperson Shari Lamont. Committee Reports Program Council Ms. Gargamelli gave the Program Council report and highlighted upcoming events including a Casino Night on April 30, Recreation Committee trips to New York City to shop and visit Radio City. Spring Week activities are being firmed up and people are looking forward to the annual Oxford Debate. House Committee Ms. Gargamelli reported that there was no new business presented to her so there was no need for a meeting this month. Student Services Mr. Hartig reported for the committee that they were making an effort to improve publicity and services available for the Giant Study Hall at the end of the semester. Budget Committee Mr. Campbell reported that the committee met on March 18, 1998, and discussed two proposals from Ms. Sweeney related to student activities initiatives that the committee was recommending approval. The first related to a reallocation of the $2,000 fee that is received from the ad board in the Devils Den. Originally the Board allocated these funds to be used to act as a safety net for organizations sponsoring dances. To date, no dance has needed this support; and Ms. Sweeney had requested that the funds be made available to support weekend programming on campus. It was proposed that a Weekend Programming Task Force be formed from student organizations to look into this issue, and the funds would be made available to them to use to support this effort. MOTION: (Campbell/Palmer) To reallocate the $2,000 annual income from the CIS ad board to a Weekend Programming Task Force, developed by the Student Activities Office, for the purpose of supporting weekend programs for the campus. The Task Force is to report their progress in this effort to the Board at its monthly meetings. MOTION PASSED (7-Yes, 0-No, 0-Abstained) SUBOG 98-04 The second request was for an allocation of $6,000 from the Program Council Reserves to the Special Events Committee to fund portions of Spring Week. The loss from the Fiona Apple Concert has made this request necessary. MOTION: (Campbell/Clark) To transfer $6,000 from the Program Council Reserves to the Special Events Committee in order to support the funding of Spring Week activities. MOTION PASSED (7-Yes, 0-No, 0-Abstained) SUBOG 98-05 Mr. Campbell reported on the current balances of the Program Council accounts. He indicated he was not able to get the information he needed to enter into the new spreadsheet he had developed to prepare a complete statement for the Board, but he is hoping to do so for the last meeting of the year. Student Services Ms. Lamont reported that although there was no meeting this month of the committee she was bringing forth a proposal from Ms. Sweeney, on behalf of student organizations. The proposal was to request that a trophy case be incorporated into the renovation plans of the Student Center. The case would be used to display awards that student clubs receive. Primarily this might be athletic clubs but other awards, such as the one recently received by WFCS as Metal Station of the Year, could also be displayed. MOTION: (Clark/Kaufman) To request that a trophy case be incorporated into the design of the Student Center renovation to be used to display awards received by student organizations. MOTION PASSED (7-Yes, 0-No, 0-Abstained) SUBOG 98-06 Old Business Ms. Lamont reported on the survey that was done on student organization office space needs. She reported that all of the clubs that replied indicated that they primarily needed a place to work, make phone calls, and keep files. They all indicated that they would be willing to share any space that was made available. Mr. Sutera expressed concern on how any space in the renovated Student Center would be allocated or scheduled. This promoted Mr. Orloske to report on the status of the renovation plan. Mr. Orloske indicated that the current plan had 1,200 sq. ft. allocated to clubs and organizations. The current thinking was to have one large space that would be set up with soft walls and furniture to meet the needs of the clubs. How this would be done would be part of the discussions to occur at an all-day workshop to be held on April 9 in the Ballroom Annex. On that day the architects will be making three presentations on the design, open to the campus. They will also be meeting with each of the tenant groups to go over plans for their spaces in the building as well as to get feedback on all of the "public" spaces. Mr. Orloske invited and encouraged Board members to participate in the workshop so the architects would have as much feedback as possible. He indicated that this phase of the design process is most important as it will determine the location, shape, and look of the building. The next phase will involve much of the detail and tenants and others will have an opportunity to review these plans but major changes will not be as possible after this current phase. Ms. Lamont handed out a tentative schedule for the workshops. Ms. Lamont indicated that she was calling a special meeting of the Board on April 16 in order for the Program Council to submit their new constitution for a reading. This will allow for the Board to vote on the new structure at its last meeting of the year on April 30 Ms. Lamont then reported that at the last meeting of the year the Board was to elect its new chair. After reading the needed qualifications for the position, she opened the floor for nominations. Three nominations were made. Ms. Lamont nominated Bob Campbell Mr. Sutera nominated Lisa Gargamelli Mr. Sutera nominated Ron Edison Ms. Lamont then indicated that nominations would remain open until the next meeting and encouraged nominees to run. Open Floor Ms. Palmer asked if anything was going to be done in response to the complaints made about the Blue Devil statue in the Devils Den. Mr. Orloske said he was aware of the complaints; but as the complaint regarding the statues nudity was not made to him directly nor to any official of the Board, he did not know who to reply to. He also indicated that the statue had periodically been a subject of discussion over the last 30 years and, frankly, was one of the few long lasting traditions on campus. His said many like the statue; and if it provoked discussion among students from time to time on issues of decency, appropriate public art, and even religion, all the better. Meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Duane A. Orloske Executive Secretary /mz
Last updated: April 13, 1998