The Arizona Desert Lamp


Posted in Uncategorized by Evan Lisull on 19 November 2008

1. Funding for the Keith Knight event. This is an odd funding request, since the event was happening in t-1 hours. However, this was separate from the $2,000 spent for the event by ASUA proper; instead, these funds would come out of the Senate budget, to the tune of $250.

This lead to a surprising amount of debate. Several Senators argued that they had already dipped into the Senate fund too many times, and were thus squandering funds which should be used for upcoming Senate projects instead.  Sen. Macchiaroli went so far as to recommend that the money could instead be used to send a Wildcat staffer to A-Town, the ASUA-sponsored social justice camp (do you think I could make this up if I tried?). Nothing like a good re-education camp for a dissident publication!

Sen. Baker, however, has had enough. While agreeing that the timing of the cartoon was inappropriate, he stated that, “The comic wasn’t racist, if you understand the point of the comic.” As far as I know, this is the first time than any ASUA official has expressed this common-sense view publicly. He went on, adding that, “We’ve created more controversy than the comic’s created.” Ultimately, he was against spending any money on the event.

Sen. Fritze offered a compromise of spending $100. When this amendment was put to a vote, it passed, but was rejected by three Senators — Rubio, Ellis, Baker. Another amendment was put forward to increase the amount to $150, but this was rejected. Everyone except for Sen. Baker voted to approve the final amount.

2. A-Town Funding. Now that the Senate made a $150 posture towards “fiscal responsibility,” it can get on to the real business of allocating $1,500 to the aforementioned social justice camp. A bit of background: A-Town is based on the Anytown Arizona organization, and was brought to the UA thanks to the efforts of Sen. Dustin “Screw the Air Force” (see below) Cox. As far as I can tell, it’s pretty much a political-correctness training course, but the goals are so meaningless in their descriptions (“Clarify Values,” “Leadership Development,” “Enhanced Self-Esteem,” and so on) that I haven’t the slightest clue as to what goes on there. It’d be great if someone who didn’t have a vested interest (i.e. any member of ASUA) who did go could give the Lamp their two cents — consider this a solicitation!

Also, in a delightfully ironic twist, one of the major sponsors is Wal-Mart.

Sen. Baker again reminded the Senate that they’ve already doled out more than enough Senate funds; and again, he found himself the lone dissenter as the Senate approved a final amount of $1,237 in funding

3. USA TODAY Presentation. So this, it would seem, is actually happening. The trial period will start the week after the MLK, Jr. three-day weekend. The USA TODAY representatives also pointed out that it’s not just their paper that will end up being provided; usually, at least one other local paper (either the Star or the Citizen) will be offered as well. My bias in support of this is obvious, even if I think that USA TODAY is barely worth the paper it’s printed on.

4. ASA Tuition Resolution. We’ll have more on this as soon as we have a text of the document, but I’m starting to get a bit nervous on one key point. As far as I understood it, Shelton’s max proposal was part of the bidding process — he would bid high, ASA would bid low, and everyone would be declared a winner w

Yet I’ve been to several functions, and have yet to hear an actual tuition raise proposal from ASA. The only issue that they’ve talked about is “accountability,” and making sure that 9 percent of tuition revenue goes to student priorities. Yet it seems that they aren’t willing to take Shelton on as far as the actual numbers are concerned, and it seems more as though that they’re willing to accept a huge hike in exchange for student priorities and the Tuition Taskforce. That’s a trade that ASA, representing the students, should not be willing to accept. For the guy who was counting on a 6 percent increase, it doesn’t matter how many damn funds are going to “student services,” because he won’t be attending the school.

CORRECTION: Unfortunately, I got my ex-Senators from the Left mixed up; it was James Pennington-McQueen who sought to redirect Air Force flights, not Dustin Cox. Many apologies.


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  1. […] For whatever reason, the Bruce/Anderson administration decided that transparency was no longer important, and Senate minutes were no longer released online. Since then, Sen. Emily Fritze has made some gestures towards increasing transparency, in the form of podcasts. Foolishly I hoped that such transparency might be enacted by semester’s end – I was young! I didn’t know any better! – but instead such concerns were tossed aside in favor of the important issues of spring break BAC cards, impeachment standards, and cartoons. […]

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