ASUAF Recap – Sept. 15, 2013

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Sept. 17, 2013

Senators present: Eli Barry-Garland, Brix Hahn, Michael Magnan, Michael Mancill, Tayesia Nick, Shane Poindexter, Cordero Reid, Ashley Strauch, Daniel Strigle, Sarah Walker and Mickey Wilson

Senators absent: Bethany Steele and John Seiler

Officers present: Ayla O’Scannell and McKinley Zakurdaew

Guests: Cody Rogers, Sean Clark, Mark Hermann, Courtney Enright, Matthew Carrick, Johnathan Quinones and Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita

Differential tuition                     

UAF School of Management Dean Mark Herrmann spoke to the ASUAF senate about SOM’s plan to alter their tuition costs. Differential tuition will come in the form of a 25 percent tuition increase for upper division courses.  The surcharge is intended to cover projected salary increases mandated by UAF that cannot be altered by SOM. Any surplus generated is intended to go toward students financial need.

“The reason we are asking for different tuition is because of the high quality education we offer. Differential tuition would allow us to continue offering high quality education. It is not easy for us, at all, to ask for more money from students,” Herrmann said. When asked by Michael Mancill what solutions other UAF schools and colleges are taking, Herrmann said, “What separates SOM from other schools is that we are primarily struggling with salary costs. Some schools and colleges are also pulling in a lot more grand funding than we do.”

Starvation Gulch

Cody Rogers discussed the Student Activities Office’s upcoming event and Nanook Tradition, Starvation Gulch. This is one of the three Nanook Traditions at UAF and is set to take place on Sept. 28. Last year, ASUAF hosted  a barbeque for the event and Rogers is wanting to know if that can be expected again. Some concerns were raised about the construction equipment that has found a home in the Taku lot and the chain link fence that divides the area. Rogers assured the Senate that Starvation Gulch will take place in the same location and all construction equipment and fencing will be removed for the event. It is expected that fire builders go all out and build strong fires for the 90th anniversary of this event. Rogers also reminded the senate that the Matt and Kim concert will be taking place the night before on Sept. 27.

Consideration of appointments

Jennifer Chambers is being considered for one of the senate positions on the Technology Advisory Board.  TAB oversees allocation of new funds for technology, takes grants for students to fund new technology efforts. The consideration for this appointment has been sent to the Executive Committee.

Concert Board

Sean Clark has been appointed the Concert Board by ASUAF after a nomination from Senator Brix Hahn and a second by Michael Magnan. The senate confirmed the appointment by a vote of 9-1-1. Cody Rogers had recommended Clark to the senate.

Senate positions open

There is currently one senate seat that is open to any student as well as the position of senate clerk. The senate clerk position will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 22.

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