This Week in SA

The Student Association Senate met for its third official meeting of the semester on Tuesday. Twenty senators were present.

The senate began the meeting by approving the minutes from the previous meeting and the agenda for the day.

There was one guest to the senate this week. Sean Moriarty, chief technology officer of Campus Technology Services, spoke to the senate to address some concerns and complaints they have received, including ongoing progress to ensure that the new Shineman Center has technology that is digitally advanced and primarily, issues with campus wireless Internet access.

Moriarty said there are four main problems with the campus’ current wireless connections. These include access issues, such as lack of wireless Internet in some faculty and staff offices, density issues, such as large lecture halls with a possible hundred students working with only one wireless access point, service issues; the department would like to expand guest services with the growing number of multiple devices to connect to wireless, and every problem looks like a wireless one, speaking specifically about the school’s insufficient bandwidth that cause problems particularly in residence halls at night.

Over spring break, CTS plans to increase the size of the school’s Internet pipe, upgrade Internet connectivity and increase bandwidth by 25 percent. In addition, CTS plans to make wireless improvements in Hart, Funnelle, Johnson and Riggs halls, where there are connection problems, particularly in the corners of those buildings. To help fund these improvements, Moriarty proposed to raise students’ ResNet fee anywhere between $15 to $25 each semester, which would be the first increase in the fee in 11 years. Moriarty concluded with CTS’s plans to begin switching the school’s ANGEL services over to Blackboard services for some classes for the spring 2015 semester, with all classes making the conversion for the start of the fall 2015 semester.

WTOP-10 general manager Matt Bishop proposed to the senate to provide aid in upgrading the television station’s seven computers in its office and studio that are currently running on Windows XO to Windows 7. Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP in April, making XP computers after that time more susceptible to viruses and hacking. Bishop said the cost of the upgrade would come to $10,831. An SA senator will help write a bill.

Tucker Sholtes, the sole candidate running for SA president, took the floor and introduced himself to the senators and provided some background on himself, as this was his first time attending an SA meeting.

“I was approached by many people over winter break that said my name kept coming up for candidacy,” Sholtes told the senate.

Sholtes has served as president of Enactus, entrepreneurial action by university students that enable human progress, president of Community Services and treasurer for ONE at Oswego, a grassroots movement to fight against extreme poverty. Sholtes also said he petitioned to become an SA senator his freshman year.

In executive reports, SA President Anthony Smith said he will send several members of the senate to represent Oswego State in a SUNY SA conference. He also spoke about athletic insurance, how the Compass is currently disorganized and ineffective and how it should focus on the freshman year experience, help ease transitions to smoking bans, and how the administration should endorse teams that go to national competitions by providing Oswego State sweatshirts, T-shirts and getting a school mascot.

SA Vice President Francisco Perez spoke to senators about helping with the upcoming elections and their requirement to work with voting workshops and asked one senator to write a bill for the veteran’s club.

Director of Finance Hassan Al-Shareffi said that budgets for all campus clubs and organizations were due online Wednesday and on Thursday on paper. He also said that the search committee to replace his position has received five applications so far.

In committee reports, one senator said that they and graphic designers are in the process of redesigning the $97 SA fee posters. The sole SA presidential debate will occur on March 5 in the main lounge in Johnson Hall and will likely be broadcast live by WTOP-10.

There were no special orders this week. The general orders began with the vote to help the Pre Health Club fund the presence of a guest speaker at one event. The club first proposed $900, which included money for advertising and refreshments but agreed with $500 going only to the guest speaker. The amendment passed, 18-0-1.

DECCA, a club for business majors, requested $429.76 to cover the traveling expenses of a speaker coming from New York City to speak at a conference the club holds every year. The amendment was referred to the finance committee.

Last week, a guest to the senate proposed aid in the cost of promotional materials and other services for a mental health conference, which will be held April 26, and will educate general campus population on mental wellness aspects with the help of different departments on campus. The amendment was referred to the finance committee.

The campus paintball club requested aid to send members to a national competition in Orlando, Fla to play against nationally-known universities. The amendment was referred to the finance committee.

There was no new legislation this week.

The SA Senate meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Lanigan 102.