ASUAF Recap – Nov. 20, 2011

Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star Reporter

Senators in attendance
Jennifer Chambers, Arthur Martin, Robert Kinnard, Jesse Cervin, John Netardus, Chelsea Holt, Will Collingwood, Timothy Grediagin, Andy Chamberlain, McKinley Zakurdaew, Christian Burns-Shafer and Rusty Young

Senators absent
Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita, Blake Burley and Fred Brown

Officials in attendance
Mari Freitag (ASUAF president)
Dillon Ball (ASUAF vice president)
Josh Banks (ASUAF government relations director)

Special guests
Mike Sfraga (vice chancellor for students)
Anne Williamson (ASUAF office manager)
Alexis Knabe (executive officer at Student Services)

Broomball concerns
Mike Sfraga, the vice chancellor for students, addressed ASUAF concerning the increase in broomball fees. The fees will be increased from $14/semester to $50/semester starting Spring 2012. Intramurals, which had been under the athletics department, was moved to Student Services (which Sfraga oversees) in July. The issue comes down to cost, with ice time at the Patty Center costing $125/hr, Sfraga said. Use of the Patty Center will continue to be subsidized, but not as much as before. “I don’t want to see it go away,” Sfraga said.

Terrain park update
Mike Sfraga also discussed changes to UAF’s planned terrain park below the Butrovich building. The park, which was originally going to be a series of small jumps, is now planned to be larger and longer and will include greater jumps and several snowboarding rails. It will be “much bigger then we had [planned] before and frankly, cooler,” Sfraga said. The goal is to have it completed by next winter, he said.

Town hall meeting planned
ASUAF will hold a town hall meeting with local legislators, said Josh Banks, ASUAF government relations director. The event will be in the Hess Recreation Center in the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland complex from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Voter registration update
The public relations committee held a voter registration drive last week. 66 people registered to vote, said Anne Williamson, ASUAF office manager.

Freitag addresses senate
ASUAF president Mari Freitag spoke to the senate about the Sun Star’s ballot initiative. She said that she met with the Sun Star’s Publication Board during the week to address potential concerns with the initiative.

CLEP bill defeated
“SB 177-019: CLEP Out and Graduate” was defeated by a vote of 2-8-2. Michael Golub and McKinley Zakurdaew (who co-sponsored the bill with Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita) voted in support of the legislation while Timothy Grediagin and Arthur Martin abstained. The bill would have provided the Society of Automotive Engineers with $2,400 to establish a CLEP prep program for Chemistry 106.

ArtFest bill tabled
“SB 177-020: ArtFest Funding” was returned to the student affairs committee for additional changes. The bill, if passed, would provide ArtFest (a student club) with $200 to host a First Friday-like event. The first event would take place in January. Jennifer Chambers sponsored the bill.

Club Council committee created
“SB 177-016A: Club Council Ad-Hoc Committee” was passed by a vote of 10-0-0. The bill will create a club council committee to replace the current club council. The new committee will be made up of no more than 20 members, with at least nine being club representatives. This will replace the current system, which requires every club have a representative on the council (there are currently more thanĀ 100 active cubs, according to the Wood Center’s webpage). The committee’s major responsibility will be the allocation of funds from the “Club Grants and Projects” section of the ASUAF budget.

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