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Minutes for March 21, 2011

Minutes for March 21, 2011

The Presiding Officer, Mr. Nicholas Meditz, called the meeting to order at approximately 4:07 pm.

Ms. Stafford took roll call [attendance list attached].

Mr. Meditz introduced Danny O’Connell from Parking Services.

Mr. O’Connell passed out flyers that informed of the M-2 Parking Deck changes. He explained why Parking Services picked the dates that it did to improve its renovations. Said deck will be closed from April 18 until August 19. To accommodate this lack of parking, YSU rented the Covelli Centre for additional parking. This week Parking Services is documenting the cars in and out of the deck every 15 minutes to know how many cars will be displaced during the period the deck is closed.

Mr. Meditz added that a shuttle will help students get to the Goo Goo Dolls Concert.

Mr. O’Connell said between shuttles and school busses will take the students from the Covelli Centre to YSU during this renovation period. Said city will close down parking on north end, Lincoln Avenue, during period shuttles are running due to interference with school bus transportation. Said he will show students the route the shuttle will be traveling.  Said a new bus will be sent every time one fills. Peak period 8 to 2, bus will be waiting in both locations. Entire driveway on Arlington and Cushwa will be blocked off. Hope to keep pedestrian access for rest of the semester.

[Mr. O’Connell displayed map to show students the route the shuttles will be taking].

Mr. O’Connell added this will be used at a plan. Possible that there may be future extension of shuttle services to enhance YSU parking further. Also looking at an express shuttle to Williamson, due to its difficulty of parking.  This four week period will be a testing time.

Mr. Davenport asked which company YSU is contracted with.

Mr. O’Connell said the company providing transportation is Community Busing and one other but cannot remember the company name.

Mr. Meditz asked what would happen if there were an abundance of bikes and motorcycles.

Mr. O’Connell said this area would be directed behind Beeghly Center. Added that the deck will be waterproof and that lack of waterproofing causes deterioration. He added that we will not know the material of the new surface until the bid is finalized. Said that the cross piece in the deck will be eliminated due to its risk to safety. Will simultaneously build lot behind school of education and extending the M24 Lot. Said this section will be kept as a mixed lot or entire faculty lot.

Mr. R. Meditz asked if there will be presences of YSU Police at Covelli Centre.

Mr. O’Connell said there will not but supervisors will be there at all time.

Mr. Beil asked for clarification from M24 to Lincoln.

Mr. O’Connell said this will be available to those with handicapped needs.

Mr. Davenport asked for additional clarification of Police presence at Covelli Centre.

Mr. O’Connell said they will not be present but available. He added that lots currently do not have police at every lot. Said police are most prevalent when there are few people in deck, at night.

Ms. Justice asked for clarification on what time of day the shuttles will run.

Mr. Meditz asked if there were any questions Mr. O’Connell will stick around.

Mr. Davenport asked if Police were aware of this new operation.

Mr. O’Connell clarified that there is a broad awareness of this.

Mr. Meditz moved to another guest speaker Mr. Kifolo, District Executive Chef.

Mr. Kifolo said he is here for help; needs student feedback in providing trendy food items for the students. Asked that SGA help form a food committee. This will bridge the gap between food service and student body.

Ms. Vlad asked if he had talked to the Student Housing Association.

Mr. Kifolo said that’s why he’s here, and that it’s difficult to get housing involved, trying to find members from each. He added that on Earth Day, April 20, we are going to build sustainable, low-impact, zero energy usage sandwiches.

Mr. Wesley asked if we get to eat them.

Mr. O’Connell confirmed yes.

Mr. O’Connell said it will be a built peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  H described the components of the sandwich.  Said we scored a C on sustainability as a campus but Food Services received an A.

Mr. Davenport asked if he had spoken to Roots n Shoots organization, because they are planning Earth Day events.

Ms. Justice asked if the office handles the meal plans. She said many students say the meal plans are quite confusing.

Mr. Nuzzi asked for clarification of how the event will work.

Mr. Vrabel asked for clarification of location.

Mr. Kifolo clarified it will be on the lawn.

Mr. Okular asked what he would want of the food committee.

Mr. Kifolo said ideally, the committee would tackle every issue, from trends, styles, costs, etc.

Mr. Meditz said he is going to send out a sheet for interest in this committee.

Mr. Meditz moved to Executive Business.


Mr. Meditz moved to the VP for Financial Affairs Report.

Mr. Beil asked if we will be allocation any more funds.

Mr. McIntyre said yes, until funds run out.

Mr. Okular confirmed this.

Mr. Meditz moved to Committee Reports.


Mr. Davenport set the date for Wick-Pollock cleanup on April 23. Said Non-Profit Organization will be undertaking this project.

Ms. Gessler said Intramural Games will be put on hold. Added that SGA will be hosting the tailgate for Goo Goo Dolls students. Will be raffling off Tim McGraw tickets. April 19 will be the Diversity Fair-hosting from 10-2. Both are large events, need as much help as possible.

Mr. Meditz moved to Unfinished Business. No Unfinished Business.

Mr. Meditz moved to New Business.


Mr. Davenport moved to discuss SRS 2011. Gessler seconds.

Mr. Davenport summarized resolution. Said this is something SGA should help out with.

Mr. Beil addressed issue of Former Governor Kasich funding.

Mr. Meditz asked for point of clarification, whether it was state funding.

Mr. Okular asked what we are voting on.

Mr. R. Meditz motioned we table the resolution, citing lack of time to read the resolution. Mr. Vrabel seconds.

Mr. Davenport pointed out that on February 7 a resolution was passed the same day it was formed.

Mr. Davenport added that Sarah Lowry and Joseph Scott also helped author the resolution.

Mr. Meditz motioned to introduce SRS 2011-04. Mr. Vrabel seconds.

Mr. Meditz asked if there was any discussion.

Mr. Davenport said that there were indications leading to what may happen during the budget cuts, citing a flaw in line 4 of the resolution.

Mr. Battiest moved to close discussion.

Mr. Beil said it is a little premature to close discussion.

Mr. Everly asked for clarification of the resolution.

Mr. Vrabel said that we may have rushed into a resolution in the face of a tragedy, but that there was ample time allotted to the discussion of the bill on February 7.

Ms. Sarich and Ms. Dibernardi asked for a point of personal privilege.

Mr. Beil asked that this is tabled.

Mr. Vrabel said this is not the job to discuss the job of SGA to discuss the workings of the state.

Mr. Beil said that we did scrutinize that on February 7.

Mr. Vrabel said it is not SGA’s job to debate the agenda of the State Budget.

Mr. Smith said it could be changed since the bill is just the draft document.

Mr. McIntyre motioned to table the topic. Mr. Everly seconds.

Motion passes.

Mr. Meditz asked for Gallery Remarks.

Mr. Meditz moved to Advisor Remarks.

Mr. Meditz moved to Member Remarks.

Mr. Meditz moved to Announcements.

Meeting adjourned at 4:57 pm.