ASUAF Recap – February 23

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter

February 25, 2014

Senators present
Matthew Carrick, Eli Barry-Garland, Brix Hahn, Jordyn Houlton, Cordero Reid, Shane Poindexter, Ashely Strauch, Daniel Strigle, Sarah Walker, Lida Zakurdaew and Mickey Zakurdaew

Senators absent
Daniel Strigle

Officers present
Michael Mancill

Officers absent
Ayla O’Scannell

Courtney Enright, Josh Hovis, Kemper Chabotte and Megan Laselle

Megan Lasselle attended the meeting to express interest in becoming an ASUAF senator.

Josh Hovis Student Organizations Coordinator attended to observe the reading of the club council bill.

Enright attended to speak to the senate about the Board of Regents meeting that took place on campus last Thursday and Friday. Changes will be made to distance courses shared between western states through WICHE. WICHE and its sixteen participating states work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the western United States. While the proposed changes are to add an interstate passport program for students, UAF students taking distance courses from participating universities will have to contact administration from that university rather than UAF administration.

Enright also relayed to ASUAF that the the Alaska Senate is looking at Senate Bill 176, introduced by Senator Coghill to override Board of Regents policy on concealed weapons on campus with Alaska policies. The bill would prohibit the university from imposing firearms bans on its campuses with the exception of restricted areas where visitors are screened. This would include dorms with guest policies. Enright requested immediate feedback.

Barry-Garland informed the senators that, within Alaska, a permit is not required to possess a concealed-carry firearm. An adult at the age of 21 with no felonies, they do not need to have a license. “That being said, I am solidly against firearms in the residence halls,” Barry-Garland said.

Enright let ASUAF know that existing policies will be reviewed by the Board of Regents in April. No declaration has been made in response to Coghill’s bill.

“It is against my good judgement to have them in the dorms,” Lida Zakurdaew. “The fact that we have a high suicide rate in Alaska and drinking issues should make that clear.”

Houlton agreed. “I feel like gun policies on campus should be kept under the Board of Regents,” said Houlton. “When it comes to having guns in the dorms, I’m not even allowed to have a hotplate. I feel like a gun is so much more to deal with.”

Enright encouraged students and ASUAF to give public comment via letters and emails to the Board of Regents and their state senators.

Club funding
Mickey Zakurdaew motioned to suspend rules and procedures to move to second reading of CB 182-001 Club Funding Allocation Bill. He was seconded by Lida Zakurdaew. The motion passed 5-2-1. Strauch and Reid opposed and Hahn abstained. The bill received its first reading with Club Council.

The bill was sponsored by Mancill to facilitate the distribution of funds applied for by student clubs. A total of $15,000 was allocated to the clubs. All clubs receiving funds submitted proposals for funding to a committee composed of students involved in student organizations. Reid asked why the greek societies seemed to have received a large amount of funding. Of the 10 senators, 

“It was discussed at large and the council made decisions as objectively as possible,” Mancill said.

Strauch asked why Circle K received $643. “I’m very concerned with the number,” Strauch said. “There are many other clubs doing a lot of service.”

Mickey Zakurdaew motioned to close discussion and Lida Zakurdaew seconded. Discussion on the motion was opened. Kemper Chabotte, waiting to be sworn in as a senator could not vote on the issue. Strauch, Hahn, Walker and Reid wanted to suspend rules and procedures to move to his confirmation before voting on the bill. The vote to close discussion on CB 182-001 failed 3-4-2. Strauch motioned to move back in the agenda and was seconded by Walker. The motion was failed 3-4-2. The senate moved on to a vote of the club funding bill. The bill failed 4-5-0. Strauch, Walker, Hahn, Reid and Houlton opposed the bill.

After a two minute break, during which Mancill made it clear that failing the bill would ensure that no funding would be allocated to student organizations through Club Council during the spring semseter, the bill was put to another vote.

Mickey Zakurdaew motioned for a revote and was seconded by and was seconded by Poindexter. The bill was passed 7-0-2. Hahn and Strauch abstained.

Questionable practices
“Concert Board is a governance council receiving money from ASUAF, receives twice as much money as the Sun Star and a little less than KSUA,” Reid said. “They hosted a concert that was only available to student 21 and older. The money to host the concert came from students of all ages though.”

Reid asked senators if Concert Board received revenue from the concert, whether there were underage members on the Concert Board and if it was ethical that the concert board hosted a concert that only students over 21 could attend. The senators discuss whether it was right or wrong for the concert to be exclusive.

“I think it is inappropriate for Concert Board to be spending money from all students on a small group of students,” Reid said. “I think they failed their governance agreement.”

“I think we failed for not having a heavy hand when KSUA held their 20th anniversary in the Pub, exluding underage students,” Hahn said.

Barry-Garland pointed out that this was not the first event in the history of Concert Board or Student Activities when an event has been exclusive.

Parkour safety training
Carrick, Strauch, Barry-Garland, Reid, Poindexter and Hahn sponsored the bill to provide funding to bring a safety instructor to Alaska to train the UAF Parkour Club. The bill will provide the club with $800 for airfare to help Benjamin George-Hinnant fly to Alaska to provide the training. The bill was assigned to the Student Affairs committee for consideration.

Pre-Veterinary Club funding
Strauch and Carrick sponsored a bill to help fund the Pre-Veterinary Club’s spaghettie feed fundraiser. The club requested $500 to get the fundraiser going. The bill was moved to the Internal Affairs committee for consideration.

Potluck funding
Strauch and Walker sponsored the “SB 182-006 41st Annual Festival of Native Arts Potluck” to provide $250 to fund a potluck for volunteers and performers working at the Festival of Native Arts. The bill was put to a vote and passed 8-0-2. Walker and Strauch abstained. Walker is the student coordinator for Festival of Native Arts.


Updated February 27, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.: An earlier version of this recap stated that senator Barry-Garland referenced Alaska state law, that says adults over the age of 18 could carry concealed weapons, not 21. A correction has been made. The Sun Star apologizes for this error.

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  1. Eli Barry-Garland says:

    I was misquoted in this article as saying that adults 18 and over could carry concealed in Alaska. What I said (and Alaska State Law states) was that adults 21 and over can carry concealed. If this could be corrected that would be fantastic.

    ASUAF Senator Eli Barry-Garland

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