ASUAF’s dance dreams dashed?
By Tom Hewitt
Sun Star Reporter
Despite hard work from some organizers, a planned ASUAF dance looks to be without a home.
The dance, planned by the senate’s Student Affairs committee, was to be called “Breakup,” a nod both to springtime thaws and romantic splits. According to Student Affairs Committee Chair Jamal Brown, the dance was slated to have a Facebook-themed twist: “We had a glow bracelet system set up where you would get a bracelet when you came in,” Brown said. “Blue; that means you’re single. Red; that means you’re in a relationship. Yellow; that means it’s complicated.”
Senators intended to hold the dance in the Hess Recreation Center on April 30, but a miscommunication between ASUAF and Res Life staff resulted in that venue being unavailable. The committee hopes to salvage the dance, and is looking at alternate sites such as the Pub and the Upper Lola Tilly Commons.
Sunday’s ASUAF Senate meeting was the first led by new Senate Chair Ryan Duffy, who took over after last week’s surprise resignation of former Chair Joshua Luther. Reached by phone Sunday, Luther said he had resigned to focus on classes and to resolve personal academic issues.
Luther was not the only senator to resign his seat – another senator, David Apperson, also resigned recently. Apperson won races for all five open Senate seats in last semester’s election, but was only able to serve in one. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
With the resignations of Luther and Apperson, the number of empty ASUAF senate seats now stands at five. Those wishing to fill Senate seats or run for another office may pick up candidate petitions in the ASUAF office. The petitions must be turned in by Friday, Mar. 26, at 5 p.m. Candidates will appear at public forums on April 26 and 27, and the election will be held April 28 and 29.
Looking for votes
The senators also had a guest speaker, as Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ralph Samuels dropped by the Senate meeting. Samuels, a former state representative and tour company vice president, spoke about his life in Alaska and took questions from students.
Asked whether or not he supported Gov. Sean Parnell’s merit-based scholarship proposal currently working its way through the legislature, Samuels said he did not. Samuels proposed an expansion of existing loan problems to address student financial needs, and also spoke in favor of a return to the loan forgiveness program the state once employed. The program, which ended in 1987, forgave state student loans if the borrower remained an Alaska resident for four years after graduation.