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Two resolutions pass the ASUH Senate

ASUH Recap: Security cameras, mental health and Hawaiian language

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ASUH meetings are open to the public and occur every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in CC 310.

The Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH) want the Department of Public Safety to get going with its plan to put security cameras in student housing facilities.

The resolution calls the number of crimes that occur in student housing facilities “inadmissible.” According to DPS’s strategic plan, they want to implement closed-circuit television cameras on campus. But there is no mention of when this will happen. 

According to DPS, there were five moped thefts, one burglary and one robbery that occurred in or near student housing facilities in Fall 2016. So far in Spring 2017, there has been one sexual assault, one burglary, one attempted burglary and three moped thefts in and around student housing facilities. 

Micah Leval, the resolution’s introducer, said his resolution is important because student housing facilities are where students who live on campus spend the majority of their time. 

“It becomes much more than just another place on campus and I think it’s definitely a place worthy of special attention when it comes to security,” Leval said. 

Eric Klingberg, a sophomore at UH Mānoa, submitted written testimony in support of the resolution. In his testimony, Klingberg said it is “unsettling” that crimes happen near his housing facility. He added that having a surveillance system would deter would-be criminals. 

“In a place that is supposed to feel like home, it is difficult feeling comfortable when my neighbors are getting robbed and abused in their own building,” Klingberg said in his testimony. 

Other ASUH news

ASUH passed another resolution in support of Hawai‘i State Senate Bill 634, which would make government documents available in Hawaiian. 

According to Article XV, Section 4 of the state’s constitution, Hawaiian is one of Hawai‘i’s official languages and it shall be “required for public acts and transactions.”

Diane Marshall, a Honolulu resident who testified before ASUH, pointed out that government documents such as the 20 Honolulu City Charter amendments were made available in Chinese and Japanese, but not Hawaiian.

She believes that making printed government documents available in Hawaiian will “normalize” the language. 

ASUH also reapportioned the number of senators each college receives. According to an ASUH document, this reapportionment is done every three years and is based on each college’s student population. This is the new distribution of senators:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: 16
  • College of Education: 2
  • College of Engineering: 3
  • College of Health Sciences & Social Welfare: 1
  • College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources: 1
  • Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge: 1
  • School of Architecture: 1
  • School of Ocean, Earth Science and Technology: 1
  • School of Pacific and Asian Studies: 1
  • School of Travel Industry Management: 1
  • Shidler College of Business: 2

ASUH also appropriated $6,700 for their Sinclair Study Nights, a week-long event that occurs during finals week, during which ASUH provides food for students staying up late to study.

Another $1,200 was appropriated to a mental health luncheon, which will be held on Apr. 12, 2017. The luncheon will be for students to discuss mental health issues with State Senator Stanley Chang.