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MUSC Student Government Association

Meeting Minutes - January 6, 2010

Speakers:  George Ohlandt, Executive Director of Enrollment Management
                   MUSC Transition to Direct Lending for Federal Student Loans

  • Mr. Ohlandt: I’m here in attempt to preempt rumor mill with the changes taking place with student loans.  The majority of students use federal loans to pay for tuition, but this change will affect how you get federal loans, such as Stafford loans.  There are two ways to get the loans from institutions, but direct lending will be the new program.  The FFEL allows you to pick which lender you would like to borrow from, and direct loans mean the government will be the lender.  So as a change, you can’t select bank/lender you would like because the government will be the lender.  Also rates will be lower at 7.9% v. 8.5% and all returning/new students will need to complete a new note available online.  An email will be sent out in the next two weeks for details.   This will be a big change for our office, but small change for you.  Your patience is appreciated.
  • Sheldon Bates (SGA President):  In the last couple of years, there has been an issue with the timing of funds.  Will this change affect when we get funds?
  • Mr. Ohlandt:  The timing of money is an issue, but this is controlled by student accounting.  There shouldn’t be any difference in the timing, so try to save  money in the spring in anticipation of late funds. 
  • Tres Schiltz (COP Rep):  Will the federal government be buying the loans from SC?
  • Mr. Ohlandt:  No, all new loans will be from direct lending, so you will still have SC loans as debt as well.
  • Tres:  So you will get two different bills from two different lenders when you graduate?
  • Mr. Ohlandt:  Yes, unless you consolidate
  • Sheldon:  Will the consolidation be from anyone?
  • Mr. Ohlandt:  The consolidation will only be from the federal government, but we don’t have a choice about this.  It is a mandate. 
  • Sheldon:  We are changing the loans now so we can get the problems out before the mandate.

President:  Sheldon Bates

Old Business

  • Reading of November 11th minutes:  Approved

New Business

  • Robin Hardin:  The retirement party was lovely, but I wanted to tell everyone goodbye.  I have been to 600+ Monday/Wednesday meetings.  I appreciate all you have done; there is so much value of the SGA as an organization to the student body and administration.  When I started, the students were not as happy; there was no wellness center, intramurals, parking, etc. and through SGA things have changed drastically.  There have been changes with programs, also student welfare and decision making with the students involved.  Alicia has done a great job with communications; we used to have newsletters in mailboxes.  Welfare has also improved; now there is more lighting and security.  Women also became part of staff in student health. I encourage everyone to keep up the good work and continue to move in a positive direction.  Thanks to the SPO Staff. 
  • Willette Burnham:  Introduction of Dorothea Gadsden.  We will continue to maintain the excellence Robin maintained.  Dorothea is in the Office of Student Programs.  She will be responsible for admissions at SGA events, so if you are signed up to work an event, you’ll check in with her. 
  • Dorothea Gadsden:  You are welcome to make recommendations; Robin left big shoes to fill.
  • Social Networking and Professional Career:  Mary Mauldin would like to hold a Town Hall Meeting on social networking and relationship to HIPAA and our careers.  We would also discuss how Facebook impacts professionalism and if there should be regulations on Facbeook.  This is a topic that maybe should be done at SGA rather than in a lunchtime meeting.
  • Tyler Pierce (Academic VP):  There have been articles in the NY Times discussing students posting pictures of surgeries, and other HIPAA violations, but nothing has happened at MUSC.
  • Everyone in favor of one meeting during SGA.
  • Reps (2) needed for University Parking Committee as Andrea and I will be leaving

Meeting Frequency – Once every 2 months usually at 4:00 pm
Would also serve with returning Student Parking Support and Parking Registration Planning
Tyler Pierce, Kristin Smith

  • Smoking Resolution:  I spoke with our legislators about this bill.  Mark Sweatman said the initiative would be stronger if we passed a resolution as an SGA.  This will be done at the next meeting.
  • BSB and Colbert ECL Courtyard – either four more benches or rearrange benches to have 3 at each table
  • SGA Officer Applications – Due February 26th

Elections – March 24th and 25th
Packets available at next meeting.  Please contact us if you have questions about these positions.

Student Welfare Committee Meeting

Reps (2) to clean up after meeting:  Melissa Thompson, Amanda Pirovitz

Program Vice President: Andrea Boan

Old Business

  • Night at the Symphony – Evaluations.  75 people attended, so $13 a person.  We donated 55 tickets to the Ronald McDonald House and the Canterbury House.  We usually sell out, but there were a lot of other events this week.

New Business

  • Oyster Roast

Friday, January 8th, 7:00-10:30 pm, Visitor’s Center Bus Shed
Night of IP Day; please mention it at IP days
Cap of 1500 people because last year we had 1700 and we ran out of beer.  Buy tickets early.  It is going to be cold, but we rented all of the heaters possible.  We will let you know early Friday if it’s going to be cancelled.  New South Players will be back.  Free afterparty at Music Farm with Two 3 Ways.  Parking Is $2 across the street in the Visitors Center garage.

  • Jazz Night at CofC – Students only – Vouchers for tickets available in Student Programs

Monday, January 11, 8:00pm,Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall (54  St. Philip Street)
Only 10 tickets left

  • Night at the Charleston Stage, Sottile Theatre; Steel Magnolias

January 22, 7:30 pm, $5 student tickets, $10 non-student; 2 per ID
Issue with powerpoint slides due to size?  Let us know if you are having problems.

  •  Program Committee Meeting

Academic Vice President (Tyler Pierce)

New Business

  • Library Room Use Policy:  Dr. Shaw and Dr. Mauldin have requested that SGA create a permanent use policy for ECL.  If you are on the bottom floor and an SI group comes in, you have to leave.  1st floor is for supplemental instructors, but you can use it as well unless a supplemental group comes.  The library is not large enough to accommodate everyone, so trying to make use of what we have through this policy.  The 2nd and 3rd floor with the glass-enclosed rooms are also group study rooms.  A single person can use the room, but if a group comes, you must leave.  The Learning Commons is going to create more space in the library, so there will be more tables and carrels.  Limit the time in a room to 4 hours.  This is a first read, then at the next meeting we will have the 2nd read.
  • John Brandt (SGA Treasurer):  It is possible for people to see if an SI group has a room reserved, right?
  • Tyler:  Yes, they will be scheduled with Christy Huggins and there will be a display in the library. 
  • Thomas Tyner (COM Rep):  Hospital employees also use the rooms, so can we add this to this policy? 
  • Tyler:  Students should have first access, but a lot of the meetings are scheduled through Astra and also occur throughout the day, so we don’t see this being a problem.  Sheldon will send out the final policy to the University and it will be posted in the rooms and online in the handbook.
  • Rachel Smalley (CHP Rep):  I understand that people can be bumped out of a room, but one person won’t be penalized, correct?
  • Tyler:  Correct, but if you are one person, please don’t study in a big room.
  • University Honor Council meeting report:  This meeting was in December; Carol  Brown sat in.  Finalized faculty survey that will be sent to faculty this month to see how committed faculty are to the honor code.  Look for suggestions on test-taking becoming more universal across campus, such as where bookbags are kept, can hats be worn, etc.  Trying to develop a standard policy for this.

Treasurer:  John Brandt

Old Business

  • Expense reports from symphony:  $1350 with $363 of revenue, so the total expense was $987, $13.16 per person
  • Exam break:  $3101, $7.75/person
  • Spring budget will be finalized at the next meeting

New Business

  • Sign ups; tentative service schedule also passed around.  Less events in the spring, but everyone still must complete one service event in the semester
  • MLK Health Expo:  Feb. 20th
  • Jan. 23:  Carolina Youth Development Center; tentative with online sign-ups
  • February:  2nd blood drive similar to the fall’s with a competition between colleges
  • Service Committee Meeting

Secretary:  Meg Croom

  • Clarion Competition:  March 3rd, Storm Eye Institute

Every year the COP’s Phi Lambda Sigma hosts the Clarion Competition.  This is an intraprofressional competition where each team of students is presented with a case study similar to the case presented in the second year’s IP day.  There will be one more info. session on January 13 at noon in ECL 121, and then students will be asked to commit around January 15th.  The students will then have until March 3 to work on their cases, and the cases will be presented on March 3rd.  SGA actually sponsors the reception after the competition, and it’s always very nice with heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine.  Please encourage your classes to take part in this because it is a great event.

  • New reps:  please see me after the meeting to sign your SGA oaths

Intramurals:  Kevin Smuniewski

  • Basketball Captains’ Meeting:  16 teams signed up so far; sign up by the 13th to play this season
  • Volleyball starts Sunday
  • Softball captain’s meeting Tuesday, February 2 at 5:15 and then season starts that Sunday

College and Organizational Reports

MUSC Gives Back:  Liz Sheridan

  • Report Hours to MUSC Gives Back; you will be recognized at the end of the year.  If you are an organization leader, report hours.  Individuals reporting are eligible for a $1000 scholarship
  • MLK Expo planning Meeting
  • Monday January 11, 12:10-12:45 BSB 100.  Theme of “Bridges to Health.”  Need to join communities together.  With students participating and showing healthy diet, lifestyle, etc., the focus is to get fit in 2010.  Now February 20th instead of February 6th at Frasier Elementary.  1st year students will hear about this at IP day.  SIPS leading some of the students in this.

Student Programs:  Willette Burnham

  • MLK Essay Contest Deadline – Thursday, January 7, 5:00 pm.  Cash prizes of $250, 150, 100.
  • Dr. MLK Commemorative Program, BSB 100 – Thursday, January 14, 5:30.  Brief march and vigil in front of CHP to BSB with a program with the winner of the essay contest reading their essay.  50-minute program.  Please let me know if I can support you the way Robin has in the past.
  • Carol:  Learning Commons Committee wants to know if there is a need for fax machine in the library with a small fee attached.
  • Travis Ayers (COM Rep):  There is a printer in the CAE that doubles as a fax machine.

University Wide Committees

Dental:  Trent Pierce (CDM Rep):  Each year the 4th year students take a licensure exam separate from the National Boards and we must perform fillings on a patient.  We need volunteers Tuesday-Thursday January 19-March 6th from 5-7 on the first floor of the dental building to come in and get X-Rays and a free dental exam to determine if you can be used as patient.  The student pays the patient.  Procedure takes 1-3 hrs.

Graduate Studies

Health Professions:  Four new reps introduced

International Student Association:  Telma da Palma (ISA Rep):  We served dinner at the Hope Lodge last night from money from last semester’s bake sale.


Multicultural Student Advisory Board:  Matthew Tice (MSAB Rep):  We have a meeting next Wednesday at noon in ECL 107.

Nursing :  Jouney Henderson (CON Rep):  Cari and Lauren graduated and we will have replacements soon.

Pharmacy:  Mackie King (COP Rep): 

  • PLS Leadership seminar January 23rd with SGA support.  From 8-4:30 with $45 registration fee.  The  Allocations have not been used up, so email if you want to take advantage of this.  Register by the 15th.
  • Each college is putting on a program on drug awareness.  Ours is January 25th on alcoholism and addiction given by 2 pharmacists.  Lunch for 1st 80 attendees.
  • Andrea:  I’m on the committee; each college does need to do this for alcohol awareness.  The deans know your scheduled month.
  • Maria Psomas (CHP Rep):  For NPC week,  I’m on the committee.  Are the funds split between the days?
  • Sheldon:  SGA voted on funding for 50 lunches, $355.  I’ll talk to Sherry to see how the funds are split.
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