ASUAF Recap 03/08/2015
By Eric Bennett
Senators Present: Lachlan Gillispie, Michael Mancill, Colby Freel, Mitchell Davidson, Kayleen Hansen, Cordero Reid, Michael Magnan.
Senators Absent: Jonathan Quiñones, Chris Hoch, Eli Barry-Garland, Erik Rickards, Matt Harris, Allyssia Garcia.
Guests: Arsh Chauhan representing the UAF Cyber Defense Club.
Appointments: Lachlan Gillispie, Matt Harris, Anne Williamson and Sabrina Martin were confirmed to the Election Board.
UAF Parking: Raaj Kurapati, associate vice chancellor of financial services and business operations and Martin Klein, auxiliary and contract services business manager gave a presentation to ASUAF about the parking budget. Slides were shown detailing the $1.83 million revenue and the $1.94 million expenses. As the biggest sections of each, 42 percent of the revenue came from regular permits and 47 percent of the expenses came from shuttle operations.
Klein said that parking should be run at a zero, it should not be making a profit or a deficit. Potential options for reducing the expenses included eliminating the summer shuttles except for the electric shuttle and on-call shuttles for people with disabilities or reducing the number of off-campus shuttles. Potential aspects for making more revenue included raising the transportation fee, cost of parking permits, daily and meter parking and implementing zone parking, which means further and remote parking spaces would be cheaper than closer and convenient spaces.
Laser Tag: A bill that would allocate about $8,000 from the rollover account for the purchase of a set of laser tag equipment for Student Activities for the use of students and to gain publicity was presented. The bill was moved to the student affairs committee.
SRC Storage: A bill that would allocate about $30,000 from the rollover account to increase the amount of storage for and student sporting equipment in the SRC was moved to the student affairs committee.
ASUAF Juneau Trip: A bill that would allocate $1,500 from the rollover account to allow three ASUAF delegates to visit Juneau and give a UAF student presence at state legislature during talks about budget cuts was passed.
Cyber Defense Club: A bill that would allocate $1,000 from the senate projects account for the UAF Cyber Defense Club to upgrade and install new equipment was passed.
ASUAF Office Relocation: A bill that would have ASUAF relocate its offices into Constitution Hall in order to be with the rest of the student organizations was moved to the executive committee.
Meeting Cancelled: The ASUAF meeting for March 15 was voted to be cancelled due to spring break.