ASUAF Minutes – Oct. 16, 2011

Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 18, 2011

Senators in attendance

Arthur Martin, Jennifer Chambers, Jesse Cervin, Will Collingwood, Christian Burns-Shafer, Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita, Timothy Grediagin, Robert Kinnard III and John Netardus

Senators absent

Chelsea Holt, Michael Golub and Andy Chamberlain

Officers in attendance

Mari Freitag (ASUAF president)

Film bill confusion

The senate discussed an email sent over the ASUAF list-serve by Kalesha Pearson. Pearson, a member of the UAF Film Club, wrote that prior to reading about “SB 177-002: Let’s Make a Movie” in The Sun Star, she had not heard that her organization was making a film. “There was miscommunication on both sides,” said Arthur Martin, who wrote the bill. Martin stated he had emailed Maya Salganek, the club’s adviser, in the summer. At the time, Salganek said she approved of the idea and would discuss it with the Film Club during the fall semester, Martin said. Despite the lack of communication, both the senate and Film Club intend to see the film produced. This bill gives the UAF Film Club $500 to produce a short training video for new ASUAF senators.

Water quality bill

“SB 177-012: Water Quality Testing” would allow the senate to use $800 to purchase two Private Individual Water Analysis (PIWA) tests. The tests would be performed by SGS North America Inc. The issue of water quality was addressed during the Oct. 9 senate meeting after Dillon Ball (ASUAF vice president) said students approached him with concerns about the campus’s water quality. The student affairs committee will be charged with collecting two tap water samples from the campus’s water supply. Will Collingwood wrote the bill, which was moved to the Student Affairs committee.

Conflict of interest bill

The senate approved “SB 177-007: Conflict of Interest.” The bill will prevent senators from voting on legislation that directly addresses them by name or benefits them financially. Jesse Cervin and ASUAF vice president Mari Freitag spoke against and for the bill, respectively.

The bill was both unnecessary and limiting, adding that if people find a bill unethical that they will not support it.

The bill is not “about stopping legislation that might benefit somebody. This is about stopping people from voting unethically on things,” Freitag responded.

Robert Kinnard III agreed with Freitag, saying that while senators are supposed to vote in good faith, they do not always do as such. After discussing the bill for approximately 15 minutes, the bill passed by a vote of 6-2-0. Will Collingwood and Jesse Cervin cast the two dissenting votes.

Free candy, redux

“SB: 177-013: Trick or Treat? But Mostly Sweet!” will budget $300 for candy to give to students during Halloween. The goal is to encourage students to come to the ASUAF senate chambers. By a vote of 5-2-1, the bill passed. John Netardus and Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita abstained, while Christian Burns-Shafer voted no.

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