ASUAF Recap – March 04, 2012
Lakeidra Chavis/ Sun Star Reporter
March 6, 2012
Senators in attendance
Cervin, Kinnard III, Chambers, Zakurdaew, Holt, Netardus, Collingwood, O’Connor, Young, Burley and Brown
Burns-Shafer, Chamberlain, Golub, and Schurz
Officers in attendance
Freitag and Ball
Directors in attendance
Boiko and Banks
Senators removed from the senate
Fred Brown made a motion to remove Timothy Grediagin from the senate due to excessive absences. Grediagin was removed by a vote of 8-4-2. John Netardus and Will Collingwood abstained. Michael Golub, Andy Chamberlain, Jesse Cervin and Jonathon Schurz voted against the motion. Chelsea Holt made a motion to remove Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita from the senate due to absences. Grzeskowiak-Amezquita was removed by a 7-0-4 vote. Netardus, Golub, Collingwood and Brown abstained.Collingwood voluntarily removed himself from the senate due to excessive absences. Collingwood has to turn in the paperwork to make his resignation official.
Senator Brown made a motion to remove Golub due to absences. Golub was not removed from the senate by a 6-4-3 vote. A two-thirds majority vote is needed to remove a senator. Golub was not removed form the senate due to the lack of a two-thirds majority vote. Netardus, Grediagin, Cervin and Schurz voted against the motion. Collingwood, Chamberlain, McKinley Zakurdaew and Cervin abstained. Collingwood made a motion to remove Zakurdaew from the senate due to abscenses. Zakurdaew was able to remain on the senate by a vote of 5-5-1. Netardus, Golub, Collingwood, Cervin and Brown voted against the motion. Rusty Young abstained from the vote.
The university relations committee approved the appointment of Khrisstian Burns-Shafer to the elections board. His appointment was confirmed by a 6-0-1. Netardus voted against the appointment. The university relations committee also approved the appointments of Courtney Enright, Robert Kinnard III and Jennifer Chambers to the Student Awards Committee. All of the appointments were confirmed by the senate. Burley was appointed to the Internal Affairs committee chair by a vote of 6-0-3. Chamberlain, Cervin and Burley abstained.
“SB 178-008 Legislative Advocacy Follow-Up Trip” would allocate $3,000 to send some of the students who went to the 27th Annual Student Legislative Conference back to Juneau for follow-up advocacy. President Mari Freitag, Government Relations Director Joshua Banks, senators Kinnard III and Chelsea Holt and student Bryant Hopkins will return to Juneau for the follow-up. Freitag and Banks will not use the money allocated from the bill but money set aside in their own travel funds. The bill was passed by a vote of 8-0-4.
“SB 178-05 The CTC Student Governance Council Membership” would establish an unspecified number of members on the CTC Student Governance Council and give ASUAF the ability to fill vacant seats. The bill was sent to the student affairs committee.
“SB 178-009 Senator Accountability” would allocate a $1 stipend to the senators. The bill was sponsored by Kinnard III. The stipend would help senators take their responsibilities seriously. Senators are not paid for their work and the bill would pay them for doing their job, including attendance, which has been an issue
The Senate did not pass legislation “SB 177-014 Water Quality Testing”. The legislation would have allocated $800 to test UAF’s water. The bill did not pass by a vote of 4-6-1. Golub, Holt, Young, Zakurdaew, Cervin and Kinnard III voted for the bill. Netardus abstained.
Even senators need a break
Burley made a motion to cancel ASUAF’s next meeting on Sunday, March 12, in lieu of Spring Break. ASUAF will resume their weekly meetings on Sunday, Mar. 19.