ASUAF Recap- October 9, 2012
Will Collingwood, McKinley Zakurdaew, Virginia Miner, Nathaniel O’Connor, Matthew Dakus, Andy Chamberlain, Sarah Walker, Blake Burley, Rusty Young, Bryant Hopkins, Ayla O’Scannell, Michael Golub and Olivia Bowen
Charles Allison and Micheal Magnan
Mari Freitag and Dillon Ball
Corey Boiko, Joshua Banks and Fred Brown
Members of the UAF chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers came to support legislation that would allocate $8,000 to SAE. JR Ancheta took photos of the senate. Josh Hovis, Student Organization Coordinator of LIVE attended the meeting to give the senate insight on SAE’s budget.
To represent the students
Olivia Bowen was appointed to the senate after taking the oath of office.
Let’s switch places
O’Connor stepped down as chair of the student affairs committee due to a busy schedule. O’Connor nominated Magnan to take his place as chair of the committee. Magnan accepted the nomination via proxy. If a senator is not able to attend a meeting, they can submit a proxy sheet that includes information on how they will vote for legislation and what nominations they will accept. The senate unanimously approved the nomination.
Actually, we would like to reconsider that veto
The senate discussed overturning Freitag’s veto on “SB 179-004 Startup Funding for SAE.” Golub and Zakurdaew sponsored the legislation, which would allocate $8,000 to SAE. The club would use the money to buy parts for the projects they build for competitions. Since the club receives funding that equals $8,000, after they have competed, the $8,000 allocated by the senate would help them before they compete. Once they receive the money from their competitions, they would replenish the money in the account that ASUAF allocated to them.
The senate passed the legislation by a vote of 5-2-3. Miner and Dakus voted against the legislation. Zakurdaew and Magnan abstained. Freitag vetoed the legislation afterward. Golub presented a PowerPoint presentation detailing SAE’s budget. The senate discussed how overturning the veto would affect ASUAF’s public image. Hovis stated that allocating $8,000 to one club would not be fair since not all clubs will receive that amount of money.
ASUAF allocated enough money to SAE last semester that it covered approximately ten percent of SAE’s budget. SAE receives most of their funding through donations, scholarships and club members’ monetary support. Hovis said that SAE is currently $1,500 in debt and the club’s account has been frozen.
The senate voted on whether to overturn Mari’s veto of the legislation. The veto was not overturned by a vote of 2-9. Chamberlain and Burley voted for the against the veto.
Um, I think that’s conflict of interest bro
During the discussion about the SAE legislation, senators discussed how Golub and Zakurdaew’s sponsorship of the legislation was conflict of interest. Golub is currently the president of SAE and Zakurdaew is a club member. Golub did not abstain from voting during the last meeting, nor did he abstain during the May 6 meeting when the legislation was voted on in the 2012 spring semester. Golub planned on voting in this meeting because he did not see how it was a conflict of interest.
Golub said the legislation would not directly benefit him. Zakurdaew abstained from voting during the last meeting when the senate voted on the legislation and also the previous legislation. Zakurdaew also planned to abstain from voting during this meeting. Zakurdaew made a motion to remove his and Golub’s voting rights on the legislation. Chamberlain seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-2 vote. Collingwood and Burley voted against the legislation.