ASUAF Recap: Oct. 20, 2013

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 21, 2013

Senators present

Matthew Carrick, Brix Hahn, Cordero Reid, Shane Poindexter, Ashley Strauch, Sarah Walker and Leda Zakurdaew

Senators absent

Tayesia Nick, Daniel Strigle and Michael Wilson

Officers present

Michael Mancill and Ayla O’Scannell

Directors present

Michael Magnan

Guests

Daniel J. Darrow, Teal Rogers, Emily Smola, Kayli Stanfill and Hannah Witherington

Capstone event

Honors student Emily Smola presented a proposal for her capstone project. Smola will be modeling a student competition after freerice.com, where individuals can donate ten grains of rice per academic question answered correctly. Wrong answers generate no donation.  The event will take place in the Hess Recreation Center on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.  The goal is to donate food and to raise awareness of local and global hunger. Smola is requesting a total of $50 from ASUAF for her event. This request will be available for consideration by the Student Affairs committee. 

Fittest winner competition

Fittest Winner Competition student coordinator Kayli Stanfill  attended  to address questions about  bill SB 181-007 Fittest Winner Competition Funding sponsored by Zakurdaew and Reid. The purpose of the bill is to give $900 to the student division of the Fittest Winner Competition. Stanfill  said that that she would like to rely on ASUAF annually for support of the event. The bill was sent to the Student Affairs Committee.

Visiting Lecturer

Bill SB 181-006 International Lecturer Funding” sponsored by Zakurdaew and Reid will use $750 from Senate Projects to fund hotel costs for Cuban lecturer Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and a portion of Lazo’s per diem. Lazo is a young, Cuban activist currently residing in New York. He will be providing a public lecture in the Schaible Auditorium in November as well as a talk in Spanish. SB 181-006 was moved to the Student Affairs Committee.

Media Board appointment

Chanda File received a presidential appointment to Media Board based on her experience with KSUA. Consideration of the appointment was moved to the Executive Committee.

Public Relations Director chosen

Journalism student Sam Allen was hired for the Public Relations Director position.  Allen will be in charge of updating the website and working on ASUAF’s social media presence.

Let them soar

Carrick and Strauch sponsored legislation 181-004 Start up funding for aerial silk club to provide $600 to help launch the Aerial Silk Club.

“We are the only campus in the UA system without a club like this,” Rogers said.

Several senators voiced concerns about the bill. “Why should one club receive this much money?” Hahn asked.

Reid asked if Rogers had requested funding from any other organizations and what the long-term goals were for the club, especially after her graduation. Poindexter responded that Rogers gave testimony to the growing support from students and 0ther departments would help with funding. O’Scannell also remarked on the willingness of the Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness to be trained on the equipment. The senate voted and passed the bill by a vote of 5-1-1. Reid was opposed and Hahn abstained.

Food Pantry

In an effort to support the new Food Pantry for students started by Cody Rogers and Juan Cruz, O’Scannell is working on authorizing senators to spend their office hours in the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry would be run similarly to the Fairbanks Food Bank and cater directly to students in need. ASUAF offices will also house a canned food collection box.

Elections board nominations

The senate has two seats on the Elections Board committee.  The Elections Board is responsible for setting up elections, advertising, securing manpower for polling stations, counting votes and validating them.

Updated documents for RISE Board

An updated governance agreement for the RISE Board was approved by their members with few changes. Changes in the membership section limited terms but extended their length. Each seat is now associated with a label A-M. Seats J-M will have no term limits due to the more permanent nature of the position. The altered agreement was voted on and  approved unanimously by the senate.

For the public

Carrick and Hahn sponsored legislation “SB 181-005 A Proposal to Increase Senator Visibility” The bill adds clauses to bylaw 202.1.10 and 345.5.6 to assign responsibility for senator biographies and their display to the Public Relations Committee. The legislation was sent to the Internal Affairs Committee.

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