ASUAF Recap – Sept. 22, 2013

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Sept. 23, 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 Michael Wilson

Senators absent

Bethany Steele

Officers present

Ayla O’Scannell

Officers absent

McKinley Zakurdaew


Teal Rogers, Matthew Carrick, Jennifer Chambers, John Quinones and Lida Zakurdaew

Aerial silk club in the works

Teal Rogers attended the ASUAF meeting to request assistance in starting a new student club for students interested in aerial silk activities. “Aerial silk is a type of gymnastics coming from the air,” said Rogers. Currently, there are only three students fully committed to chartering this club. The club has secured support from the DRAW program as well as as a club advisor. If chartered, the club hopes to benefit the UAF community by providing students with another winter activity and the Fairbanks community by hosting performances. To get the club started successfully, they have requested funding for three to five silk sets with riggings. The request ranges from $540 to $900 based on the number purchased.

New blood

Hahn nominated Matthew Carrick, a Junior in Mathematics, to a senator position. Carrick was voted in with a vote of 10-0-0. Lida Zakurdaew, a freshman in Foreign Languages,was nominated to a senator position by Mancill and was voted in with a vote of 10-0. Both new senators were sworn in by Strigle.

TAB appointment

Jennifer Chambers came to represent herself as the nominee for the ASUAF position on the Technology Advisory Board and to answer any questions the senators might have. There was no discussion on the topic. The consideration of appointment for Chambers was expedited and Chambers was voted in at a vote of 11-0-1. New senator Zakurdaew abstained because she did not have any prior knowledge of the nominee or TAB.


McKinley Zakurdaew¬†resigned as Vice President. O’Scannell has a replacement in mind and will appoint them as soon as possible. Michael Magnan resigned as senator to pursue the Government Relations director position.

KSUA-TV coverage

Cordero Reid suggested that a camera be set up during ASUAF meetings to record the proceedings. The recording could then be sent to KSUA-TV for students to view. This would allow students to watch how senate meetings function and keep them updated on what happens at the meetings. The suggestions has been sent to the Student Relations committee.

Executive Committee update

The committee met on September 21. The committee discharged the Technology Advisory Board appointee with a favorable recommendation. They also took a look at travel applications and generated recommendations for changes.

Public Relations Committee update

The committee met on September 18 to look at ways to get more involved with student organizations.

Legislation SB 181-001

Sponsored by senators Strigle, Mancill and Magnan, this SB 181-001 designates 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles from ASUAF and $700 from the ASUAF Travel fund to purchase travel for Anne Williamson to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Western Regional National Association of Student Personnel Administrators conference. The NASPA conference will take place from Nov. 6 – 9 and provides training in the field of student affairs administration. Williamson is the advisor and office manager for ASUAF. The legislation was discharged from the Executive Committee by a unanimous vote and immediately brought to a senate vote. The legislation passed unanimously.

Open committee chair positions

With the resignation of Magnan from his senate position the Internal Affairs committee chair position is now open. Senator Mancill has resigned from his position as executive committee chair. Nominations for the two committees will be tabled for the next ASUAF meeting, Sept. 28.

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