ASUAF Recap- January 27, 2012

Lakeidra Chavis/ Sun Star Reporter
January 27, 2012

The following information was provided by ASUAF Office Manager, Anne Williamson and clerk Daniel Strigle .

Senators present

Will Collingwood, Micheal Golub, Ayla O’Scannell, Sarah Walker, McKinley Zakurdaew, Ashley Strauch, Simon Ortega, Mickey Wilson and Beth Steele

Senators absent 

Micheal Magnan, Matthew Dakus, John Seiler and Virginia Miner

Officers present 

Mari Freitag and Dillon Ball

Directors present 

Josh Banks, Fred Brown and Corey Boiko

Guest

Marissa Hajduk spoke to the senate about Rare Disease Day, which takes place on Feb. 28. Rare Disease Day is a celebration that focuses on spreading awareness about rare diseases. Currently over 60 countries participate in the commemoration. Hajduk spoke to the senate about potential funding and stated that she wants to get student organizations and clubs involved to spread awareness. “It’s up to each community to put together their own kind of special day,” Hajduk said.

“I solemnly swear…”

Strauch, Wilson and Ortega took the ASUAF Oath of Office and were sworn in as senators. Seiler was also sworn into the senate, although he was absent from the meeting.

New policies make the world go ’round

Collingwood motioned to suspend the rules of procedure. Zakurdaew seconded his motion and the senate went to First Reading of Legislation,where the senate may discuss a piece of legislation and send it to a committee.

Magnan, Collingwood, Wilson, Strauch and Zakurdaew sponsored legislation, “SR 180-001  Resolution Regarding Changes to the Financial Aid Disbursement Policy.” The legislation proposeschanges to the new policy, which now distributes financial aid on the first day of classes, as prior to previous years when it was disperseda week before.

The legislature says that the new policy does not give students an appropriate amount of time to buy books and the recently added “Drop for Non-Payment” policy create more stress. ASUAF conducted a poll to gauge students’ opinions of the new policy. Eighty-seven percent of the students marked “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied.” ASUAF proposesthat financial aid should be dispersedno less than five days in advance of the start of classes. They urge the UAF administration to reconsider the policy. The legislation was sent to the public relations committee.

Nominations open 

Nominations for a new chair for the public relations committee opened. Zakurdaew nominated Steele. Nominations were tabled until the next meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2012.

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