ASUAF Recap – September 9, 2012

Lakeidra Chavis/Sun Star Reporter
September 11, 2012

Senators present

Burley, Golub, Young, Zakurdaew, Collingwood, Walker, Allison, Miner, O’Scannell, O’Connor and Magnan

Senators absent

Brown, Shepard, Hopkins and Chamberlain

Officers present


Directors present

Boiko and Banks


Olivia Bowen attended the meeting to support Corey Boiko and Keith Sheard. Both students were running for a position on Concert Board.

The music will go on

Nominations to be a Concert Board representative opened up. Annie Bartholomew, Boiko and Sheard were all competing for the position. During the meeting, each student spoke about why they were suited to become the Concert Board representative.

“Really what I want to be there to do, is to represent the senate, because I feel the senate appointment for Concert Board is somebody who is representing you guys and girls,” said Boiko, a sophomore psychology student and ASUAF Web Director. Sheard, a 22-year-old student at UAF, discussed different volunteer experiences and his past involvement with Concert Board.

Bartholomew said that one of her focuses is bringing diversity to UAF. “Top 40 is excellent and everybody loves it but there’s another group here, who’s playing shows every single weekend and always going to shows and doesn’t always get to see the artists they want to see because they’ll never tour Alaska,” said Bartholomew, a  22-year-old journalism student and KSUA Program Manager. “So finding incentives for artists who wouldn’t usually have the money to come to Alaska, that’s what I would like to focus on.”

Each student stated that they had an interest in music and had volunteered with Concert Board, often helping out until 2 a.m. Bartholomew was elected as Concert Board representative with 2-2-3 majority vote.


Nominations for senators to work on the Elections Board opened during the meeting. The senators would help with student outreach, calculate the voting scores and advertisements for ASUAF elections. McKinley Zakurdaew nominated Michael Magnan, who accepted. Blake Burley nominated Michael Golub who also accepted. Will Collingwood nominated Virginia Miner but she declined due to time constraints.

Broomball, it’s a way of life

Andy Chamberlain and Zakurdaew sponsored legislation “SB 179-001 Subsidizing UAF Broomball Teams.” The legislation would allocate $1,200 to the broomball teams for the second session of the games when the outdoor rink is built.

Last spring, the fee to play broomball more than tripled, going from $7 to $25. Due to the fee increase, students boycotted broomball and it was canceled. The bill would allow the intramural sport to return.  Students would only pay for the first session of broomball.

The only requirement is that students play on a team during the first session of broomball in either a recreational event or competition. Two weeks after the registration deadline for intramurals, the senate will obtain a list of the registered broomball players.

Some members of the senate discussed tabling the legislation until the next senate meeting. Since the registration deadline for intramurals is Friday, Sept. 14, the senate made alterations to the bill during the meeting by cutting unnecessary clauses. Michael Golub and ASUAF Governance Relations Director Joshua Banks had some concerns about the legislation.

Golub asked if there had been any attempts other than ASUAF, to see if broomball could be brought back. Banks compared the cancellation of broomball to economics, saying that if the public could no longer afford the good being offered, they should just accept that.

Miner stated that since the issue had gotten all the way up to ASUAF, the senate should do something to help out.

The main reason why the price of broomball increased is because of the cost of renting out the ice rink located in the Patty Center. Intramural sports that are played on ice can rent out the space at a reduced rate. The rink began renting out the ice to vendors who had to pay a higher price. In order to compete for the space, the broomball fee increased. “Really the issue here is money, and in a way, this was almost an unofficial UAF tradition,” said vice president Dillon Ball. Two to five percent of the student population participates in broomball.

The legislation was passed with a vote of 7-0-3. O’Connor, Magnan and Zakurdaew abstained.

“The students who are going to be playing broomball have already paid their student governance fee, they’ve paid into this account, we’re serving them back” Zakurdaew said at the end of the discussion.

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