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ASUN records show attendance in decline
By Jessica Fargen
More ASUN senators missed
meetings during President Curt Ruwe’s
term than in each of the last two years,
according to attendance records.
Records show that, of those
absences, more were excused than in
the last two years combined.
About 100 excused absences for
meetings were given by Amy Rager,
first vice president since April 1997.
About 50 times during the administra
tion’s term, however, senators skipped
meetings with no excuse.
Determining excused absences is
at Rager’s discretion, but after senators
are unexcused three times, they are
usually kicked off senate.
Rager said funerals, visiting family
members, tests on Wednesday nights
and illnesses were excuses she accept
When Jason Bynum was first vice
president in 1996-97, he gave out about
40 excused absences, but about 80 sen
ators skipped meetings without per
Rager, who was then a senator, said
that year ASUN did not always make
quorum, which is two-thirds of senate
and is necessary to pass legislation.
But this year quorum was reached at
Steve Korell, first vice president
during 1995-96, also gave about 40
excuses, while senators were unex
cused about 30 times.
Rager said she excused a high
number of absences because many
special circumstances were justified.
Kevin Crabtree, general studies
senator, was excused for seven meet
ings because he was in the armed
forces and was called to duty in
October, she said.
And Megan Wigert, general stud
ies senator, was excused from the last
eight meetings this semester because
she was a contestant in the Miss USA
Rager said Wigert would have been
asked to leave senate, but she was a
member of the Committee for Fees
Allocation and underwent training for
the position, so she was needed. Wigert
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The national winner will appear in
a milk ad in Rolling Stone magazine.
One winning University of
Nebraska-Lincoln student will appear
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ly will choose the most creative contest
entrant as the winner. The UNL winner
will be announced in about two or three
The purpose of the contest is to
improve students’ milk-drinking
habits, said Susan Drew, a registered
dietitian with the milk tour.
Few students drink enough milk to
get their recommended daily dose of
bone-building calcium, she said.
“We’re not asking them to give any
thing up,” she said. “We’re asking them
to add something on.”
Drew said the milk mustache cam
paign does a good job of promoting
“Students will rethink their drink
ing habits,” she said.
Hyland said more UNL students
than expected entered the contest. He
stayed busy giving pep talks to those
posing for die camera.
“Show the camera why you like to
drink milk!” he yelled. “Tip it all the
way back! I want to see happiness, and
I want to see fun!”
In the end, UNL students’ involve
ment impressed Hyland, he said.
“We’ve seen a lot of good mustach
did attend most CFA meetings until
late February, when she left for the
Kara Slaughter, arts and sciences
senator, missed the first six meetings
last spring because she was in France
but was not kicked off senate.
Slaughter was the only senator whc
did not run on the ADVANCE tickel
last year, and kicking her off mighl
have created a controversy, Rager said.
But Rager said she was confident
Slaughter would do a good job, adding
that she received weekly e-mail from
Slaughter to keep in touch with ASUN.
Although Slaughter was spared,
several senators were dismissed last
semester for skipping meetings 01
turning in too many absence excuses.
As long as senators show up for
meetings before the new business is
heard - which is about 15 minutes into
most meetings - they are counted pre
sent, Rager said.
Erik Hoegemeyer, former chair
man of the Academic Committee, said
he thought attendance was better this
year than last year because enough sen
ators were present for quorum. Though
there were many absences, they were
more evenly spread over several meet
But he said ASUN needed to stress
further that every member needs to be
there all the time, not just senators with
“The thing is, you can always count
on the key people being there - the
committee chairs, the same people
who contribute a lot,” he said. “The key
is getting those other 20 people there.”
Brian Wieman, former senator,
said attendance started off well but
toward the end it dropped. The last cou
ple meetings have come close to failing
quorum, he said.
“People just have things going on,”
he said. “A lot of it is a lack of interest
compared to other things they are
Marlene Beyke, ASUN director of
development, said attendance this year
was good and has been pretty constant
over the years.
Kelly Hoffschneider, first vice
president, said he will stress the impor
tance of attendance and valid excuses
to new senators.
“It is good that they are filing
excuses, but that is something we’ll
have to look and make sure excuses are
valid,” he said.
At a new senator orientation
Sunday, he said, he will send a strong
message to incoming senators.
“We will make sure every senator
knows the requirement and knows it is
very much mandatory.”
People just have things going on. A lot of
it is a lack of interest compared to other
things they are doing.”
former ASUN senator
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