Senate approved three presidential appointments, discussed this year’s achievements and passed Bill 68.
Last week was ASUCM’s final Senate meeting of the 2011-2012 academic year. Internal Vice President Alex Ela discussed ASUCM’s achievements and presented some statistics on how ASUCM had spent their money this year.
The statistics showed that nearly 50% of the general funds were spent on On-Campus events and 35% was spent on Conferences and Competitions.
He also had a slide that compares this year’s budget with 2012-2013 ASUCM budget. The charts show spending on government operations increases by 4% and the funding for student organizations decreases only by 1%.
Senate approved all three of President Lopez’s appointments to ASUCM Court. Fidel Cervantes, Adariana Garcia and Sarah Dutchover were all confirmed as justices on April 25th.
The last bill passed this year was Bill 68: Funding for a Sustainable Meal Program. It asked for $12,000 to fund a sustainable meal program in the Dining Commons (DC). This meal program would use plastic "to-go" boxes instead of the disposable boxes currently given out at the DC.
The money from ASUCM will be used to buy an OZZI machine that collects, cleans and dispenses the containers.
Most of the discussion on this bill was about whether ASUCM had enough funding for this bill.
“I don’t think we should worry too much about funding, it’s there. I think we should worry about the merit of the bill”, said Adrian Mohammad, who was in favor of the bill.
Keith Ellis, ASUCM Treasurer, felt funding these machines would be a good way to get publicity for ASUCM, since their logo would be on the machine or machines they fund.
After it was approved as a special case fund, Bill 68 was approved with 7 out of 9 senators in favor.