Election 2016 Afermath
Matt Mertes / Sun Star
Present: Allyssia Garcia, Joseph Degraft-Emanfu, Ryan Cain, Ivik Henry, Cordero Reid, Diane Murph, Jacob Sears
Absent: Rose Bright, Zachary White
The ASUAF elections have been counted and the unofficial numbers are in. The winners of Student Body President and Vice President were Colby Freel and James Gilcrest respectively, with a total of 219 votes. Other winners of this semester’s race were Ivik Henry and Joseph Degraft-Emanfu.
This semester a total of 263 ballots were counted, with a total of 5.1 percent of the student body casting a vote. The participation fell short of the 2015 participation number of 12.4 percent. The senate is unhappy with this number and continues to seek out new and better ways to garner support and participation from the student body.
“This is something that we have been talking about for a long time,” President Elect Colby Freel said. “These issues will be addressed.”
The ballet included a question about Alaska state senate bill 174, which would allow students to conceal carry firearms on campus. The poll asked whether students agree with this bill or not. Percentage-wise, 66 percent of the students who voted did not approve of the senate bill 174 and 24 percent were in favor of it while 8 percent were indifferent, According to the poll report.
Current ASUAF President Mathew Carrick urged senators to take that number with a grain of salt. He said that the numbers could be closer to 50-50 because the students who voted may have already been inclined one direction.
“In other words, I think this is some pretty solid evidence that the student body does not support SB-174,” Carrick said. “The caveat being that our sample was not random, so if there is a bias of who actually went to the polls, then this isn’t one hundred percent accurate.”
This week the executive committee reviewed more than 38 travel budgets proposed by UAF students. Of the 38 budgets on review 30 of the proposed budgets were approved by the committee. The other eight were turned down because of clerical or technical errors.
Of the 30 that were approved 22 were awarded the full amount asked for and the other eight were partially awarded. The committee ended up spending all $24,000 available for the travel budget, and approved an extra $6,958.26 from rollover to cover the remaining travel budgets. The executive committee moved their travel budget approvals to the senate. The funding was approved by the senate, including the excess from rollover.