Bike Share program seeks approval from board this week

Senator Max Bullock said UAA’s potential Bike Share program has had a successful week of developments. The program is now tentatively planned to have four solar powered and canopy covered bike racks across campus.

They will be located near the Cuddy quad, Conoco Phillips Science Building, Student Union, and the Gorsuch commons. These four stations are estimated to cost $128,000 to purchase and install.

The 50 bikes are likely to have anti-theft systems, adjustable seats that cannot be removed and green and gold coloring. The bikes are collectively estimated to cost between $47,000-$102,000.

If the program is passed and funding is granted, there is the possibility for the creation of one or more new student jobs to maintain the bikes and racks.

Senator Christine Borowski reported that the net revenue for homecoming was $17,060. The event was originally expected to bring in $10,000.

Senator Andrew Lessig said the Sustainability Committee has a proposal prepared for its “Green and Gold H2O” bill. The bill proposes that water fountains around campus are to have a faucet installed so students can refill reusable water bottles at ease. Ideally, this will eliminate unnecessary, plastic waste.

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The committee will be asking UAA students to sign a student petition in support of this bill within the next few weeks.

Lessig was also appointed to the General Education Requirements (GER) Task Force review board. The main job of the review board is to assess the general education standards UAA holds and to see if they meet national standards as well as standards of the university.

Senator Johnnie Templeton, Graduate Student Association Representative Tracy Stewart and Vice-President Andrew McConnell were all unanimously voted into the Green Fee Board.

Annie Route, director of student life and leadership, announced that the Task Force for Increase in Network Fees will soon be reviewing and possibly amending current student fees regarding technology. Currently, there is a network fee that is 2 percent of UAA students’ tuition fees and a $5 per credit hour technology fee (not to exceed $60 per semester), established by the Board of Regents.

“These fees have not been reviewed or raised in over 10 years,” Annie said.