The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska discussed two pieces of legislation regarding students’ rights and hurricane relief efforts during its weekly senate meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
During executive reports, ASUN President Joe Zach said he met with director of administration Marlene Beyke and Green Fund chair Jackson Cutsor to discuss projects. Zach said Cutsor will take over the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Snapchat while visiting Bugeater Farms and the East Campus Recreation Center.
After the Green Fund presented to ASUN last year, Zach said the Senate will hear from the group to discuss its progress on projects in the past year. Additionally, Zach said ASUN will be able to hear about new projects the Green Fund has.
Zach said ASUN will receive a status report on the green roof project presented to the senate in the spring.
External Vice President Ayat Aribi said she met with Donde Plowman, vice president of student affairs, to discuss early registration for student parents. Aribi said she and Plowman created five goals with UNL’s Women’s Center and the Student Parent Association, a recognized student organization, to help student parents with priority registration.
Academic committee chair Sam Brower said the Faculty Senate’s Grading and Examinations Committee had its first meeting on Monday. Brower said the purpose of the committee this semester is to focus on the scheduling proposal for finals week.
“All the faculty members said they’re interested in the student side of this, and to try to get a better understanding of how big the issue of double-booking [finals] is,” he said.
Brower said the committee might try to do a survey in the weeks to come to hear students’ opinions of possibly having finals on Saturday.
Additionally, Brower discussed the Affordable College Textbook Act, and said he will explore the issue after fall break.
Committee for Fee Allocations chair Greg Dittman said CFA met with Campus Recreation, The Daily Nebraskan and The DailyER to discuss fees used in each organization.
Dittman mentioned Campus Recreation increase in student use, as well as the recent lighting renovations on Cook Pavilion.
Dittman spoke about The DN’s switch to a monthly magazine, and said while recently online readership has decreased slightly, print readership has increased. He spoke about The DN’s goals to diversify revenue and design a new website.
According to Dittman, The DailyER received a profit of $560 this year, which is its first profit in five years.
Sen. Alec Williams spoke on behalf of Environmental Sustainability Committee chair Anna Ripa, and said he will attend the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education National Conference, held in San Antonio from Oct. 15-17.
Williams said ESC members Cutsor, Eric Garcia, Taylor Anderson and Ripa will also be attending.
Brower introduced Senate Bill 7, titled “Advancing Wisdom Academic Rights Education,” and said the campaign will seek to inform students on academic issues.
Brower said ASUN and the Academic Committee will have booths outside of the Nebraska Union and the Nebraska East Union on Oct. 20, where students can find information about their academic rights regarding the 15th week policy. The policy ensures final exams can only be scheduled for finals week, in order for students to know important dates for their classes.
After no questions, the bill passed unanimously.
Sen. Eric Rodene introduced Senate Resolution 2, titled “Hurricane Admissions Relief.” He said it is important for ASUN to support those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. He mentioned a Change.org petition that seeks to aid those affected by the hurricanes.
Rodene said the petition asks universities to postpone deadlines for tests and entrance exams to accommodate students who did not have time to focus on school because of the hurricanes.
“What we’re doing is encouraging students to donate and then also to sign the petition if they agree with it,” Rodene said.
After Speaker Hunter Traynor encouraged ASUN senators to support hurricane relief efforts by signing the petition, the resolution passed by acclimation.
During announcements, Sen. Melissa Throener said there will be a social for ASUN and committee members next week, so there will be no senate meeting.
The next ASUN meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Nebraska East Union.
Authored by Glen McStanly