Student government update: Green Fee passes, Andrew Bird concert a success

Student groups are already preparing for finals week.

Student Union Manager Lyle Moor-Kroll asked for an extra 500 dollars for the late night study week during finals. The funds are to be used as a “cushion” for student activities sponsored during that week. Activities include late night films, snacks, and tutoring.

The program will expand the week of finals. In past years it lasted for two weeks, but Kroll hopes to consolidate resources for the week of finals. USUAA still plans to keep tutors for students the week before finals.  They have budgeted 3,000 dollars for the student tutors, who will be available for every subject, according to Administrative Assistant Anita Bradbury.

  • The Green Fee Referendum passed 167-122. With over 400 votes cast this year for media board, concert board, and senator positions, it was the largest voter turnout in 5 years, according to Paula Fish, Assistant Director of Student Life and Leadership
  • Senator Johnny Templeton is working on bringing eco-reps to UAA. The federal government funds a small portion of the program that pays some students to be “EcoReps” in their respective dorms.
  • Concert Board representative Alejandra Buitrago said organizers were pleased with the turnout for the Andrew Bird concert.
  •  Resident Life representative Drew Lamish said that Friday Fright Night raised 500 dollars, which was donated between the Make a Wish Foundation and Kids Kitchen.

Last Friday’s USUAA meeting saw the departure of two active senators, Daniel Ribuffo and Ashley Vanderwall. Ribuffo said he had to resign for personal matters, but has received nominations to participate in two other governance groups, including University Assembly, next semester.