Current and incoming ASUI presidents analyze ASUI budget 04.28.2016

ASUI President Max Cowan has been analyzing where cutbacks and reallocations should be made in the ASUI budget for the 2017 fiscal year. Cowan said ASUI receives a total budget of about $1 million and this goes to all the departments under The Department of Student Involvement. Deciding where money should be allocated has been

Incoming ASUI President discusses plans for Vandal Shuttle 04.25.2016

It’s cold, it’s late, you’ve been drinking — there’s any number of reasons to want to catch a free cab. That’s why ASUI President-elect Austin Karstetter said he is working to implement the Vandal Shuttle program. Vandal Shuttle was one of Karstetter’s platform points during the recent ASUI elections that he said he would like

ASUI passes resolution supporting campus-wide vaccine requirement 04.21.2016

An ASUI resolution supporting vaccine requirements is an action that’s long overdue at the University of Idaho, said ASUI Director of Health and Wellness Katherin Pope before the senate at last week’s meeting. Pope said the resolution, if passed, would support an initiative Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Tatham plans to to send

ASUI senate examines senior capstone courses 04.21.2016

Senior capstone course Career, Leadership and Success aims to teach students practical professional skills, such as building a resume — yet in the opinion of political science major and ASUI Vice President Stetson Holman, the required course did nothing to further his education or his career prospects. Though he said senior capstone courses should be

ASUI members examine the bond formed with the director of Student Involvement 04.18.2016

Over the years, several Directors of Student Involvement have come and gone through the ASUI office, but current Interim director Shawn O’Neal has had a substantial impact on those involved in student government, said Briana Larson, ASUI Elections Coordinator.  Larson said that’s why she and and ASUI Pro Tempore Rachael Miller came together to write

‘Couldn’t be more excited’ — Karstetter takes ASUI presidency by 25 votes 04.07.2016

Austin Karstetter and Cruz Botello were named the ASUI president and vice president-elects for the 2016-2017 academic year 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Idaho Commons rotunda. Karstetter overcame rival candidates Rachael Miller and McKenzie MacDonald by 25 votes, taking 50.6 percent of the vote. Students gathered in the rotunda cheered as the announcement was made

Amnesty an actuality — Otter signs bill pushed by ASUI into law 04.07.2016

With the clock ticking out on the 2016 Idaho legislative session, House Bill 521 proposing medical amnesty was officially signed into law by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter Tuesday evening. With the new legislation, underage drinkers will be protected from Minor in Consumption and Possession charges in the case of medical emergencies. ASUI Lobbyist Nate

Representation by population — Proposed legislation would allow restructuring of ASUI Senate 04.04.2016

A bill written by Sen. Kate Ricart and sponsored by Sen. Laura Ehman intended to iron out the details of redistricting by college was discussed at last week’s ASUI senate meeting. Ehman said senate has already passed a bill stating senate intends to redistrict by college. The bill also expands on how the new system

Candidates face off at debate — Diversity, policy improvements discussed at ASUI Presidential Debate 04.04.2016

Presidential candidate Rachael Miller and her running mate McKenzie MacDonald sat across from presidential candidate Austin Karstetter and his running mate Cruz Botello at the ASUI presidential and vice presidential debate March 31 in the Idaho Commons, ready to tell their audience why they were the pair who should win their vote. Interim Director of

Picking a president — Karstetter puts value on his community 04.04.2016

For Austin Karstetter, being involved in his community is easy. Karstetter, one of the two candidates running for ASUI president, is an international studies and organizational science major with a marketing minor from Quincy, Washington, and is the current ASUI Communications Board Chair. He is also a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Student Alumni

Candidates featured at forum — The second ASUI election forum allowed candidates to address their values 03.31.2016

At the second forum March 23, ASUI candidates were given the opportunity to explain their values. Presidential candidate Rachael Miller and her running mate Mckenzie MacDonald attended the forum, as well as senatorial candidates Seth Berryhill and Jordan Kizer. Election Coordinators Bailey Brown and Brianna Larson moderated the debate. All candidates were asked two questions

Swaying Vandal voters — ASUI candidates talk about the issues at first open forum 03.31.2016

At the first open forum of the spring 2016 ASUI elections season, ASUI senatorial and presidential candidates introduced their platforms and intentions for their position. In addition to the forum, a majority of candidates have also made their campaigns present on social media and some have visited living groups around campus. The open forum on

Addition to the ballot — Ballot initiative seeks to amend ASUI constitution 03.31.2016

Along with the candidates running for ASUI president, vice president and senate, there will be an additional ballot asking students to vote on an amendment to the ASUI constitution. ASUI Elections Coordinator Brianna Larson said the ASUI Constitution currently requires a certain level of voter turnout to make any changes to the constitution, making amending

ASUI senate candidates 03.31.2016

Danny Bugingo Freshman Theophilus Tower Computer Science, French, International Studies I’m a journalist, programmer, rapper  and current ASUI senator, and I want to fix advising. Right now, my adviser is the person I go to to choose my classes every semester — and they should be more than that. When I’m struggling in a class

Candidates for president and vice president 03.31.2016

Karstetter/Botello Platform One of the biggest tasks we want to take on in our Vandal community is the revival of “Vandal Taxi.” This service would reduce risk, improve the connection between students and the city of Moscow and it would come back without the funding issues that lead to its original downfall. We have already

Behind the scenes — ASUI spring elections coordinators talk strategy 03.31.2016

Running an ASUI election is not as simple as it may seem, said elections coordinators Brianna Larson. Larson, who became an elections coordinator this semester, said she’s had a hectic schedule  the past two weeks. As a former ASUI senator, she said moving to the executive side of ASUI has given her a new perspective

Forum finale — ASUI candidates discuss school issues at the last forum 03.28.2016

Five of the eleven ASUI senatorial candidates as well as both pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates made a last pitch for their platforms at the final open forum March 24 in the Idaho Commons food court. ASUI senatorial candidates Jordan Kizer, Sam Balas, Haleigh Sims-Douglas, Nina Rydalch and Rory Butcher were in attendance,

Cautiously optimistic — Medical Amnesty bill awaits governor’s decision 03.24.2016

ASUI’s medical amnesty bill may soon be finalized after it was sent to Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter’s desk earlier this week. The bill would grant legal protection to underage drinkers in the case of a medical emergency. ASUI Lobbyist Nate Fisher said after the bill passed in the Idaho House of Representatives March 7,

ASUI presidential candidates hit the campaign trail 03.21.2016

Karstetter highlights community, structure and transparency ASUI Communications Board Chair Austin Karstetter has announced his candidacy for ASUI President, and will run alongside vice presidential candidate Sen. Cruz Botello. Karstetter is a junior majoring in international relations and organizational science with a minor in marketing. Botello is a sophomore majoring in sociology with an emphasis

Valuing student input — ASUI’s online polls aim to make students’ voices heard 03.21.2016

Students may have come across an email from ASUI this semester that gives them the option to click on a link and give their opinion on an issue of importance. This idea has been enforced so ASUI can accurately represent its constituents, Communications Board Chair Austin Karstetter said. Each week, Karstetter said the Communications Board

Fresh take on senate — ASUI Senate elects two new senators 03.07.2016

After a two-week application process, Danny Bugingo and Mattie Cupps were elected as the new ASUI senators by the senate Wednesday. Senators Bugingo and Cupps are replacing former senators Katelin Bartles and Kailey Holt, who resigned earlier this semester. Their terms will last for the remaining eight weeks of this semester, but both Bugingo and

Financing inspiration — Campus organizations seek funds for motivational speakers 02.29.2016

Two different organizations requested funds at last week’s ASUI Senate meeting for events designed to positively influence Vandals. Adonay Berhe, president of the University of Idaho chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), spoke at Wednesday’s meeting on behalf of bill S16-06, which allots a certain amount of money to the Dynamic Engineering

Medical amnesty bill advances — ASUI-sponsored bill one step closer to becoming state law 02.22.2016

During his freshman year, Seth Guyer found himself in a position familiar to many college students. A friend had had too much to drink and appeared to need medical attention — and calling 911 would lead to legal trouble. Guyer, currently a senior, made the call, but considered leaving before an ambulance arrived. “The thought

‘Learning the ropes’ — Freshman Lindsey LaPrath strives to be a leader at UI 02.22.2016

Lindsey LaPrath of Middleton, Idaho, said she knew she was meant to be a Vandal long before she started her first year at the University of Idaho. “I am actually a fifth generation here at the University of Idaho,” said LaPrath, now a UI freshman. “It goes back to my great-great-grandfather. It was actually the

Funding a festival — ASUI senate passes bill concerning money allotted to the Hemingway Festival 02.18.2016

ASUI approved a $350 contribution to the seventh annual University of Idaho Hemingway Festival at the senate meeting this week. Hemingway Festival Director Jennifer Hawk told the senate she decided to make some changes this year that require extra funding. The four-day festival will be held the first week of March, and will feature events