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ASUA shells out $5K for fashion

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona met Wednesday and approved Sen. Stephen Wallace’s fashion show funds request, which the senate tabled at last week’s meeting.

The senate approved close to $5,000 for the request. At last week’s meeting, Wallace requested $7,578 for Diamonds in the Sky, a project that aims to raise money for the Diamond Children’s Medical Center.

“”With this kind of large-scale event, there may be some unexpected expenses that we foresee,”” Wallace said. “”I ask for an ‘up to’ amount so I won’t have to come back to the senate with more requests.””

Wallace received $4,000 from special events and got a Center for Student Involvement and Leadership grant of $502 that will go toward a projector and other items. The grant also funds 20 pizzas, 20 cases of beverages and five cups of Eegee’s.

“”I’m exponentially more confident in budgeting this event at a lesser amount,”” Sen. Daniel Wallace said.

Stephen Wallace added that he will seek outside donations for his event.

“”We will go to other Tucson vendors for napkins, cups, forks and table cloths. I’m not going to stop now just because I got the money in my hand,”” he said.

Patti King, senior associate for academic affairs for the Office of the Provost, presented an informational item on the issue of the final exam schedule and college graduation ceremonies.

King discussed the problem of students having to make a decision between taking a final exam and going to their college commencement ceremony.

“”This is not a position I think any of you (students) want to be in, nor do faculty members,”” King said. “”It’s a bigger problem in the spring than in the fall.””

The final exam schedule indicates that a faculty member is obligated to schedule a different final exam time for a student who has a graduation ceremony at the same time, King said.

“”That’s problematic because faculty then feel that they need to create a second final exam so that the exam is not out there for everyone who has not yet taken it,”” King said. “”It’s a lot of extra aggravation at the end of the year when everyone is overextended anyway.””

The Academic Personnel Policy Committee recommended that the ceremonies be moved to Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning or afternoon to give more room for the commencement ceremonies planned for Wednesday afternoon. The ceremonies could be moved to Friday afternoon or evening and into Saturday, King said.

The undergraduate council still needs to get the proposal passed by the faculty senate.

Sen. Hillary Davidson, an undergraduate council member, supported the proposal.

If passed, the proposal would go into effect in spring 2011.

The senate tabled an item listed as Administrative Vice President-elect Brett Ponton’s presentation on bylaw changes.

Sen. James Brooks approved the consent agenda, which allocated about $4,646 of the requested $5,022 in club funding.

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