ASUAF Recap November 9
Dianna Rupp / Web Editor
Senators in attendance: Lachlan Gillispie, Cordero Reid, Amanda Garner, Jonathan Quinones, Kemper Chabotte, Colby Freel, Zoe Rodes, Mickey Zakurdaew and Austen Whitney.
Senators Excused: Michael Mancill, Mitchell Davidson, Allyssia Garcia and Kayleen Hansen.
Guests: Senior journalism student Eric Bennett, Alumni Ronny Paparayno, Board of Regents representative Courtney Enright.
Appointments: Jacob Sears and Brandon Blum were appointed to the Government Relations Council and Anne Williamson was appointed to the Elections Board.
Board of Regents: Representative Enright spoke to the senate about the results of the prior weeks BOR meeting in relation to the universities budget, as well as discussed projected cuts to the flat budget, possibly resulting in a cut to spending for low attendance departments. Should a cut happen, students will have up to four years to complete their degree in that particular field, as per BOR policy. If a students department is heavily cut, they may receive assistance in transferring to either a new degree, or another branch of UA that still offers that degree.
Dr. Joseph Thompson Memorial Fund
After much discussion, a vote on whether or not to finalize the Dr. Joseph Thompson Endowment Fund was put on hold, barring it from a second reading during the meeting, as senators felt that not only did they need more time to properly research and investigate the bill, but that more time should be given for student’s voices to be heard on the matter as well.
A bill proposed by Senator Mancill in regards to the ability of the senate to cast a secret ballot was failed after much discussion between the senators on whether or not the allowance of such would result in hidden conflicts of interest that should, ethically, be brought to light.