ASUAF Recap: April 14, 2013
Ashleigh Strange/ Sun Star Reporter
April 16, 2013
Daniel Strigle, Michael Mancill, Michael Golub, Michael Magnan, McKinley Zakurdaew, Beth Steele, Ashley Strauch and John Seiler
and Mickey Wilson
KSUA employee Annie Bartholomew, CMENC students and former ASUAF senator Jennifer Chambers
Music students thank the senate
Students from the College Music Educators National Conference attended the senate meeting to tell ASUAF how they used the funds they received to attend the American String Teacher’s Association National Conference in Providence, R.I. “I learned ideas that I can apply not only to my classes here, but also in my student teaching,” said a CMENC student.
Ghosts of senators past
Former senator Jennifer Chambers gave her opinions on the ASUAF budget approval. Chambers suggested that the senate change some of the bylaws of the student applications for Alternative Spring Break and the Nanook Traditions Winter Carnival funding to include other programs. “Those are great programs,” Chambers said, “But ASUAF should be doing more to help graduate and non trad students.”
Chances to volunteer
O’Scannell spoke with UAF Employer Relations Coordinator Alice Palen, about Green Dot Alaska. The program is a non profit that works to combat sexual abuse in Alaska and helps people who would be bystanders in those situations to defuse the situation without getting confrontational.
Freitag is working with the Board of Trustees to create a scholarship from their trust fund. The scholarship would be offered to an undergraduate one semester and a graduate student the following semester. There is approximately $2,000 in the trust to dispense.
…and UAF taketh away
The UA Board of Regents met in Sitka last week. One of the topics for discussion was tuition for School of Management.
Tuition will be increased by 10 percent in fiscal year 2014 and 15 percent in fiscal year 2015. Freitag opposed the proposal going through. Freitag said the proposal sets a bad precedent for the rest of the UA system. “I just want the students to be aware of what’s happening and I hope we can get some students to testify against it in June,” Freitag said.
New student staff
The new General Manager for KSUA is Brady Gross and next year’s Sun Star editor-in-chief is Lakeidra Chavis. They will begin their positions in May.
“SB180-009 Concert Board Document Revision”
O’Scannell sponsored the legislation, which disallows ASUAF from reversing all of Concert Board’s monetary decisions. The Concert Board must provide a year-end report in April or May. The legislation also removes both elected positions and replaces one of the removed positions with a hired student employee.
KSUA employee and Concert Board member, Annie Bartholomew said the Board wants people who are active in seeking the role and not just getting write-in votes at the last minute.
The legislation passed by a 7-1 vote. Golub opposed the legislation.
“SB180-010 State of ASUAF Revisions”
Zakurdaew, Mancill, Steele and Magnan sponsored the revision of the legislation. With the revision, the legislation will allow the year-end recap to accurately reflect the entire year. The annual report will now be presented to the senate for approval after elections and before the last meeting of academic year.
“SB180-011 Much Needed upgrades”
Magnan sponsored this bill that allocated $4,500 to purchase new computers for students to use in the ASUAF office. The legislation was moved to Student Affairs Committee.
“SB180-012 In which there is Springfest”
Zakurdaew sponsored the legislation, which would provide prizes to hand out during the Springfest Tradition. The proposed charges were $400 to hand out bubbles, $175 for white t-shirts for the Color Me Bad Fun Run, $300 for Alaska Airline miles and a Razor Scooter as prizes for the Kick-off BBQ and $200 for watermelons to throw from the top of Gruening for a total of $1,075. The senate passed the legislation unanimously.
“SB180-006 ASUAF Budget discussion”
Senate legislation to approve the budget of $15,000 for each semester passed unanimously.