Summer senate eyes internal revitalization

Jeremia Schrock / Sun Star Reporter
May 25, 2011

A streamlined version of the ASUAF senate will be in operation over the summer months. According to Sen. Jennifer Chambers, the summer committee chair, the five-member ASUAF summer committee intends to meet at least twice a month to discuss legislation, as well as to plan and coordinate events.

The summer committee includes Sens. Jennifer Chambers, Ean Pfeiffer, Hollie Seiler, Joshua Cooper and Arthur Martin. All were on the senate this past spring semester.

During a May 24 interview, Chambers stated that her primary goal for the summer is to prepare the senate for the 2011-2012 academic term.  “I’m really concerned about the senate being set up and ready to go [for fall],” she said. Chambers, who was on the committee last summer, added that during the previous year some senators “slipped between the cracks” when it came to understanding their responsibilities within ASUAF. Such slippage is something she hopes to avoid in the coming term.

Using a portion of the senate’s $10,500 summer budget, Chambers hopes to create a training video for new senators. She also plans to print enough “blue books” for every incoming senator. A blue book is the defacto guidebook for senators and includes a copy of the ASUAF constitution, bylaws and the senate’s rules of procedure.

Chambers stated that she was surprised at the amount the committee would have to operate with over the summer. “It’s odd that we have that much money,” she said.

Another aspect of the committee’s revitalization program includes better promotion for the senate as a whole. Senate Bill (SB) 176-029, which was sponsored by Chambers, allotted $1,000 for purchasing promotional materials. However, the money has to be used by June 30 or else it will be sent into the senate’s rollover account.

The senates first meeting was scheduled for May 24, but was canceled due to lack of quorum (only Chambers was in attendance). The next meeting will be scheduled for sometime between May 30-June 3.

A breakdown of the summer committee’s operating budget is as follows:

  • $1,500 – A line in this year’s budget allows the senate to spend up to this amount from their general rollover account.
  • $3,000 – Funding left over from last summer’s committee, which must be spent by the end of the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year (June 30).
  • $1,000 – Funding allotted from SB 176-029 that will be used for the expressed purpose of purchasing promotional items and must be spent by the end of the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year (June 30).
  • $5,000 – This amount cannot be spent until 2011-2012 Fiscal Year that begins on July 1.

The total amount of the summer committee’s operating budget is $10,500.

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