ASUAF Recap: February 9, 2014

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter

Feb. 11, 2014

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

Officers present
Ayla O’Scannell and Michael Mancill

Winter Carnival plans
Hahn is coordinating ASUAF activities for Winter Carnival, an annual event put on by the Traditions Board  that will take place from Feb. 21 to 23 on campus. Hahn is planning a sledding event and a hot chocolate and snacks giveaway. Lida Zakurdaew reminded the senate that there will be carnival games and encouraged them to ask clubs to help provide additional activities.

Public Relations Committee
The committee ordered new comment boxes to put in high traffic areas around campus where students can submit suggestions or comments to ASUAF. The committee is trying to buy a small blimp that can be used to advertise for ASUAF.

SB 182-002 Funding for Fencing Club was released two weeks ago with a positive recommendation from the Public Relations Committee pending a change to where the funding is pulled.  The senate will fund the project from the ASUAF budget.

Trust Fund Board 
Strigle opened the floor for nominations to the Trust Fund Board. The Trust Fund Board is able to use and apply the trust fund’s income generated from bonds, securities, properties, stocks or assets to the benefit of  UAF students. The board chooses to allow funds to accumulate or disperse the income immediately.

Reid nominated Carrick who accepted the nomination. Houlton nominated Strauch who declined the nomination. Houlton was also nominated, but declined.  Lida Zakurdaew was nominated by Strauch and accepted her nomination. The nominations were put to a vote and Carrick was chosen 9 2. Walker abstained from the vote.

Sun Star Governance Agreement
The Sun Star Governance Agreement was recently updated by ASUAF and the UAF Department of Journalism. Changes were made to allow the editor-in-chief voting power provided they do not vote on issues regarding their employment. This change is temporary and will only last a year and a half. Article VI of the agreement was altered to remove an independent study position with the Sun Star, which allowed a student to work without pay for credit. It was decided that this would be removed since students can work as freelancers and receive pay for their work. Journalism professors will instead offer extra credit. The final change added a community member seat to the Publications Board that requires the member to be a student.

Tax season approaching
 Strigle and Carrick sponsored legislation to assist the Great Alaskan Accounting people with providing tax services to the campus community. The bill will allocate $150 to provide food and refreshments to their volunteers to ensure participation and alertness. The bill was sent to the student affairs committee for consideration.

Fencing Club funded
Carrick and Strigle sponsored SB 182-002 Funding for Fencing Club.” The legislation will provide $1,200 to the UAF Fencing Club. The club will use the funds to purchase equipment to keep score, as well as membership and insurance through the United States Fencing Association Club. The equipment and membership will allow the club to host tournaments for Alaska clubs and some clubs from the west coast.

The bill was put to a vote and passed 9-0-1. Hahn abstained.

 

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