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ASUA Notebook: Senate Meeting March 26



The final report of the Representation and Club Engagement Task Force was unveiled at the ASUA Senate Wednesday night.

The task force, composed of representatives from the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, the Graduate and Professional Student Council and the Student Bar Association, was brought together with the purpose of identifying problematic areas in ASUA and presenting suggestions on how to move forward with those issues.

“We talked about what our mission was and we realized there were concerns we wanted to address,” said Taylor Ashton, a political science and economics junior and ASUA chief of staff. “We’re pretty proud of the outcome.”

The task force put together a survey online to focus on ASUA representation and club interaction and engagement. A total of 166 students responded to the survey.

“[It was] very diverse representation – all grades, graduate students and various clubs – providing insight into what we’re doing wrong and what we’re doing right,” Ashton said.

After receiving the information, the task force worked on analyzing the data and identified the primary issues.

“We reviewed surveys individually, identified common themes, identified the top five concerns and meet again to figure out our suggestions,” Ashton said.

The five major areas that the task force suggested to improve was OrgSync, ASUA and GPSC collaboration, club recognition and renewal processes, promotion of services and resources and use of social media and marketing.

“What we think we need to do is make the guidelines more defined so that clubs actually know what they’re doing,” Ashton said.
Ashton said he hopes to see more promotion of funding resources.

“We’re pretty proud of the outcome,” Ashton said.

After discussing the results of the RCE task force, the topics at the meeting turned to ways to allocate the remaining $11,000 of ASUA’s budget.

Mary Rose Brennan, a pre-business freshman, and Austin Rogers, a pre-physiology student, requested about $566 from ASUA to fund Discover Your ASUA, a Freshman Class Council event.

The two outreach chairs of FCC are putting on an event on the mall targeting freshmen to better inform them about ASUA and hopefully get more students involved with the organization. They said they will be educating students on three areas of ASUA – the senate, the cabinet and programs and services – and giving out free Eegee’s and pizza.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get really involved with ASUA, because a lot of people on my hall don’t really know what ASUA is,” Brennan said.

The event is scheduled to take place on April 9 near the Alumni Plaza.

Sen. Dakota Staren also proposed funding summer session scholarships with some of the remaining money.

“We have a lot of money in our budget left,” Staren said, “and what better way to use it than to give it to students.”

Staren proposed offering three scholarships, each amounting to around $1,300, which would cover any three credit class for summer session one or two.

At the end of the meeting, Issac Ortega, ASUA treasurer and president-elect, informed the senate that the money remaining in the budget would not roll over, and said that means there is more incentive to use all of the money.


ASUA presidential candidates hold final debate



On the eve of the ASUA general election, the two presidential candidates engaged in a second debate covering their platforms and issues facing UA students.

Taylor Ashton, Associated Students of the University of Arizona chief of staff, and Issac Ortega, ASUA treasurer, both talked about what they would bring to the ASUA presidency in the debate late Monday night that was hosted on UATV.

Ashton said he had a tangible set of action items he could accomplish if he were to be elected president. He also said that within his first 30 days in office, he hopes to create open and online scheduling for academics.

Ashton also proposed creating an advisory committee comprised of students and organizations representing a wide range of the UA student body to look at where tuition money is going. He said he would include the Daily Wildcat on the advisory committee.

Ortega said he hoped that, during his presidency, ASUA would become more proportionally representative of the student body.

Ortega went on to propose that he would implement a system in which students with disabilities would contribute to a report card on each of the departments on campus on how accessible they are to students with disabilities.

The subject of stable tuition was brought up at the debate with both candidates agreeing that such a model would be good for UA students.

Ortega said that when it comes to tuition, there are costs ASUA can help control, such as on-campus spending.

“Once the money is gone, the battle is kind of lost,” Ortega said, “but we should never stop the fight on being able to control the costs we can.”

Ashton said he was the candidate to elect because he has the dedication to see change through.

“I’ve got the experience, I’ve got the dedication, I’ve got the drive,” Ashton said, “and I know I will do an excellent job in this position if elected.”

Ortega said his struggles growing up and on the road to college have prepared him for this position.

“‘Don’t forget us and the other people you came here with,’” he said. “That was the one promise I made through this thing that I will never forget.”


ASUA Notebook: Senate Meeting Jan. 22



The ASUA Senate held its first weekly meeting of the semester on Wednesday night and approved funding for a marketing campaign for the Free Financial Aid Workshop.

Senators voted unanimously to approve $175 for the marketing campaign, which will include flyers, mailing lists and ASUA newsletters, according to Zachary Miller the ASUA senator who brought up the proposal. The funding will also cover the free food that will be provided at the workshop.

“[The workshop] was one of my platforms last year,” Miller said, “to create a free workshop for students to go to learn about financial aid … FASFA and learn about tips and tricks.”

The Free Financial Aid Workshop is in its second year and provides services to both high school and college students, Miller said. The next workshop will be held Jan. 29 in the Kiva Room of the Student Union Memorial Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

ASUA Executive Vice President Danielle Novelly said she is excited to see all the senators’ platforms come into play for the new semester.

“Last semester was a lot of planning and trying to figure out how they could go about implementing the things they ran upon,” Novelly said, “and this semester will be a lot more implementing.”

Novelly also said several new things for clubs will be coming soon; however, the details have not yet been set.

And she said she’s looking forward to the upcoming elections.

“In general … I am excited to work with whoever is the next person elected [ASUA president],” Novelly said.


ASUA announces special election results



ASUA announced Mike Mazzella, a communication junior, as winner of the senate special elections on Wednesday night.

“[It was a] pretty grueling campaign process but definitely worth it in the long run,“ Mazzella said. “I’m very excited for this opportunity.”

Results:

Michael Mazzella: 700, 46.5 percent

Hannah Sager: 621, 41.3 percent

Ashley Olson: 183, 12.2 percent

Total: 1,504


ASUA Senate seeks student input on tobacco-free campus



ASUA senators discussed a resolution to make the UA a tobacco-free campus at their weekly meeting Wednesday night.

The Student Health Advocacy Committee proposed the initiative which will be voted on at next week’s meeting.

Morgan Abraham, ASUA president, said that while he is in favor of the initiative, he plans on taking into account input from students, which was part of the platform on which he ran.

“This year we’re trying to put the focus and the emphasis on the students, so we’re actually going to be hosting a public forum on the tobacco issue,” Abraham said. “We’re really, really excited about that.”

Along with the forum, Morgan said he plans to use polls and a focus group to get students’ opinions on the issue. He added that ASUA will hold several forums dealing with various issues that affect students.

Zac Miller, vice chair of the ASUA senate said that although he is in favor of eliminating secondhand smoke on campus, he does not feel it is the senate’s place to make personal decisions for students.

“I don’t think that as a senate class representing a student body we should say, ‘We don’t want you to smoke,’” he said, adding that if the resolution were to be passed, it would be done more for the non-smoking students and faculty.

If the resolution is approved by the Senate, it would represent a strong show of support for the initiative, which will be officially voted on by the Faculty Senate in the next month or two, Abraham said.

The initiative, which would prohibit smoking on all UA controlled property, would be gradually implemented over the course of about a year, he said.


Meet your student body president



After just nine months as a senator for the 2012-2013 senate class, Morgan Abraham, an engineering management senior, was elected as the ASUA president in March. Abraham will spend his term implementing a stronger lobbying voice for the UA, as well as connecting with students.

Daily Wildcat: How did you first become interested in the Associated Students of the University of Arizona?

I guess the idea of senate kind of piqued my interest the most — you know, 10 students deciding all areas of ASUA, the direction, the policy, especially the bylaws. The idea of debating and talking about issues and progressing ASUA, I really liked that aspect.

There was also the aspect of doing your senate platforms. There was a lot of stuff I ran off of that I’m still working on that I think were big changes to the school that I really cared about and was passionate about. So that just happened to mix in nicely.

Why did you decide to run for president after being in the senate for only nine months?

I’ve always kind of loved leading people and kind of molding something the way that I kind of see it. I guess honestly with all the ASA [Arizona Students’ Association] drama, I’m not going to lie, I saw how all that was played out, and I figured that I could really do some good here.

There are a lot of ideas I have that weren’t really considered and there are a lot of areas that students aren’t seeing, students aren’t getting involved in, students aren’t hearing and so that kind of convinced me.

It was definitely a tough decision, but I figured that, why not just try it? If I lose the election then at least I can say I tried and I was fortunate enough to win.

Tell me about your presidential platforms.

I’m trying to implement a stronger lobbying voice for just the University of Arizona. I think that’s been missing in years past. We’ve focused and relied way too much on ASA, so I’m trying to almost create a small policy department within ASUA.

We’ve created a national affairs director and a local affairs director, and these are going to be two people that are solely responsible for relationships at the local and national level and kind of educating students on what’s going on. I think our ASA directors do a great job already, but I’d like to see them more focused on what UA students want.

We’re going to be working a lot with the university and the resources the university has for us. Hopefully we’ll have a lot better presence at the Capitol and within Tucson.

How will you prepare for your presidency over the summer?

A lot of what the summer is for the president, kind of feeling comfortable in his shoes — that’s what I’ve been told. I’m going to be meeting with a lot of the administrators that I’m going to have to work with the rest of the year. It’s kind of a slower time to kind of start to feel like I’m in charge, so I’ll be here the whole entire summer.

There’s a lot of stuff that I’m trying to change about ASUA, about how we lobby and our policy department, and then there’s a lot of stuff that we’re going to change about ASA, so that’s kind of the first order of business. It’s, in my opinion, the biggest mess right now. And so that’s pretty much going to be my whole entire summer.

What are you most excited for?

I’m most excited for where ASUA can go next year. The past president has done an amazing job, and it’s an honor to take over the legacy, but there’s just so much we can do more that we’re not doing right now.

I’d love to be able to walk down the [UA] Mall and ask students, “Do you know what ASUA is?” and I’d love to get the answer that I’m looking for.

Are you nervous about anything?

There’s a lot of stuff I’m nervous for, obviously. I mean, you look up on the plaques in the president’s office … there’s names like John “Button” Salmon on there.

This is a legacy that I have to take on. It’s over 100 years worth of presidents so that aspect is just so scary, knowing that how much people have put in to this and how it’s all kind of resting on my shoulders.


ASUA Notebook: Senate Meeting April 10



The ASUA Freshman Class Council set off party poppers during this week’s ASUA Senate meeting, trying to show that they have the most spirit.

The council gave the first of three presentations at the meeting. Council President Daniel Douglas and Vice President Hannah Sager delivered the presentation.

“As you guys probably know since you’re in the office, [the] Freshman Class Council is the proudest part of the office, but definitely the loudest part of the office, so we thought we’d start this off with a bang,” Douglas said, before both he and Sager set off party poppers.

The council then went over its four pillars — philanthropy, spirit, friendship and outreach — as well as some of its achievements, including a documented 663.5 community service hours and a record high voter turnout in the last election.

Before the end of the presentation, they set off two more party poppers.

The Student Health Advocacy Committee requested a funding of $399.97 for first aid kits in residence halls, which was approved.

Jordan King, vice chairman for the Arizona Students’ Association board of directors and chairman of the internal affairs committee, spoke about the recent passage of House Bill 2169 and the last ASA meeting for the year.

“Myself, and other members of the ASA board decided that we weren’t going to pass anything substantial, as our final meeting we wanted to pass ideas and recommendations to Morgan’s [Sen. Abraham] board and everyone on the board next year,” King said.

Because of the bill passage, ASA can no longer collect student fees.

“The only way ASA can be funded is through fundraising efforts,” King said. “Luckily we have enough money in our reserves so we can operate well for at least the next year.”

King added that even with everything that has happened, ASA appreciates the help and support from ASUA, thanked them, and wished Senators luck as they move on to bigger positions.


Student Health Advocacy Committee asks ASUA to support Tobacco-Free Initiative



The ASUA Senate discussed the possibility of turning the UA into a tobacco-free campus at its weekly meeting Wednesday night.

The Student Health Advocacy Committee proposed a plan to start the Tobacco-Free Initiative on campus as soon as possible.

SHAC works in cooperation with ASUA to provide assistance and awareness to students about campus health services. The committee is comprised of 35 members that organize and participate in health-related events like eating disorders, mental health, cooking, nutrition and disease prevention.

Its most recent project is the Tobacco-Free Initiative, which would ban the use of any tobacco products on the UA campus including cigarettes, chew, and hookah. SHAC plans to propose an amendment to the current UA tobacco policy rather than propose an entirely.

“Both cigarette smoking and tobacco-use have been scientifically proven to be detrimental to your health,” said Leena Patel, a public health senior and director of SHAC. “As students of the University of Arizona, we want to eliminate secondhand-smoke on campus while also promoting better lifestyle choices.”

Currently, the UA Health Sciences Center campus is tobacco-free and SHAC would like to implement the policy to include the main campus as soon as possible, Patel said.

As of Jan. 2, there were 1,129 smoke-free campuses in the nation, according to a study conducted by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, including Pac-12 school University of Oregon. Arizona State University has also recently announced that its campus will become tobacco-free starting Aug. 1.

“These are all campuses that we hold ourselves to compare with and who are Pac-12 schools,” Patel said. “We don’t want to be below them, we want to be able to compete with them, and this is one of those initiatives.”

SHAC proposed that the ASUA Senate pass a senate resolution advocating in favor of a tobacco-free policy for the UA, to prove that there is support from the general student body on this issue to the Faculty Senate and President Ann Weaver Hart.

“The whole thing we are looking for is the student voice,” said Shanan Immel, a microbiology sophomore and a member of SHAC’s Pandemic and Epidemic Prevention team. “That is what they want to hear. Not just that one committee thinks it’s important but that you guys think its important.”

SHAC plans to propose an amendment to the current UA tobacco policy rather than propose an entirely new policy with the hopes of getting it approved and implemented faster, said Stephanie Kha a biochemistry sophomore and member of SHAC’s Health and Wellness Commitee.

In terms of enforcement, Kha said, SHAC proposed that the university take an approach of promoting awareness of the policy throughout campus rather than directly disciplining individuals who disobey it.

“I actually think that it’s going to be easier to enforce,” Sen. Alex Chang said. “Because with the whole 50 feet away from buildings people don’t necessarily care about that, and if everyone knows it’s not something that’s allowed on campus I think people will get a lot more judgmental and they won’t be as inclined to smoke on campus.”

SHAC will also advocate for support from the Graduate and Professional Student Council on this initiative.

The senate approved the addition of a Wildcat Events Board Fee onto the ASUA March ballot and UA Libraries requested funding for additional services and supplies. It was also introduced to a new UA website, EcoPower, that will debut Friday as well as a new Facebook page called, UA Listens.

An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly stated that the senate voted to approve a resolution of support for the initiative. Although the senate discussed taking official action, the senate will not consider passing the resolution until its next meeting. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.

An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly stated that Leena Patel was a public health junior. Patel is a senior. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.


ASUA appoints new family weekend director



The Associated Students of the University of Arizona senate announced a new Family Weekend director on Wednesday.

The senate unanimously voted Courtney Kramer in as new director for Family Weekend. Kramer will plan the events for Family Weekend in fall 2013, according to Krystina Nguyen, executive vice president of ASUA.

The Senators also discussed a few projects in the works.

Sen. Taylor Ashton has been working on a “syllabus preview” that would allow students to see a class’ syllabi before registering. He said his goal is to have a pilot program where the additional course information will be available for general education and entry level classes before potentially making it campus wide.

Sen. Jake Barman has been working with the Greek community on campus on a project called Greeks Go Green. Twelve fraternities and sororities are participating in the project which seeks to build sustainability by composting and recycling.

The ASUA Senate meets every Wednesday in the Ventana room of the Student Union Memorial Center. ASUA also broadcasts its meetings: http://asua.arizona.edu/ASUASite/senate.html.


ASUA Notebook: Senate Meeting Jan. 30



ASUA senators approved new flyers for financial aid workshops and discussed an event that will allow students to have breakfast with Ann Weaver Hart, president of the University of Arizona, at their weekly meeting.

Sen. Joel Torres motioned for the approval of flyers for financial aid workshops scheduled for February and March.

“I want to get these out as soon as possible to start making the visibility and try to get as many students as we can to try to attend these,” Torres said.

Sen. Taylor Ashton also commented on the motion.

“The flyers are really nice and it’s a really reasonable request,” Ashton said. “There isn’t any reason we shouldn’t approve this.”

The flyers were approved for a total of $187.43.

A new event will allow selected students to join President Hart for breakfast. Students are required to submit an application to be considered for the breakfast. Applications are due at the ASUA front desk by 5p.m. on Monday.

There will be two breakfasts this semester, the first one on Feb. 14, according to Katy Murray, president of ASUA. The breakfasts will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Ventana room at the Student Union Memorial Center.

“Basically the whole idea behind this breakfast is for Dr. Hart to get to know students, for us to get to know her,” Murray said.

Hart does not want the breakfast to be structured around a particular topic, but wants it to be real and genuine, according to Murray. Hart also wants to know what students are passionate about and concerned about, and inform them about what she is doing, Murray added.

“It’s going to be a really cool way to get to know her on a personal level, and she has just so many awesome stories and experiences that are relevant to things we are doing now,” Murray said. “I think it’s going to be a really awesome thing for students to take advantage of.”


ASUA president gives insight to spring semester



The spring semester should prove to be busy for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona.

Each spring, student government presidents from the Arizona universities help set tuition, acting as student representatives to the Board of Regents. In addition to that, ASUA President Katy Murray told the Daily Wildcat that she has some goals that she would like to complete, such as bringing Spring Fling back to campus.

Murray said the plan is for Spring Fling to return to campus by the fall of 2014 but for now will remain at Rillito Downs. Meetings about Spring Fling will take place later this month and next month as well.

Also in the works this spring is a concert to benefit cancer research that the ASUA and the organization WillPower will be hosting, according to Murray.

Murray said she also hopes to arrange two breakfasts where students will have a chance to sit down and meet President Ann Weaver Hart. Murray is working on creating the breakfast application and said she wants to have the first one in February and the other in April.

In addition, Murray said she plans on streamlining the ASUA website for easier use and navigation.


ASUA Notebook: Senate Meeting Dec. 5



A public policy resolution resulted in disagreement amongst senators, bylaws were changed, a presentation was given on the ThinkTank and $1,000 was allocated at the weekly senate meeting on Dec. 5.

Public Policy Resolution
Sen. Valerie Hanna, Morgan Abraham, and Logan Bilby urged senators to approve a resolution, which stated the senate supported the consideration of a public policy department within ASUA.
The general idea for the department was to create student positions for advocates of the UA student body at the university, local, state, and national levels.
Sen. Danielle Novelly had an issue with the resolution saying the three senators handled this incorrectly; that resolutions should be used for action items, not thoughts.
The group said this was a good idea because it would serve as a precaution in case of a permanent removal of the $2 fee collected by the Arizona Students’ Association. Bilby used the analogy, “if a roof has a leak, one should fix it, even if it’s not raining just yet.” Many others spoke out against his comments, questioning the need to spend time and money on a nonissue.
Abraham began the discussion on the resolution with a statement saying no one should be concerned about offending anyone. Following this, there was a popular theme of stating ‘no offense’ before speakers made a statement on the resolution.
Despite statements of ‘no offense,’ many officials were offended with the resolution, including ASUA Academic Affairs Director, Anthony Carli.
Carli spoke at the beginning of the meeting, explaining how his position was overlooked in the formation of the resolution and he said he found it upsetting some people didn’t know who he was. He explained his position is to advocate the student voice to higher officials at the UA, which was one of the positions the resolution wanted to create.
ASUA President Katy Murray was also upset at the resolution and at the fact that the three senators who created the resolution had not attended the cabinet.
“I am not in any way against change or revision,” Murray said. “But I think it’s really uncalled for and almost pathetic to call for change just to call for change. You can’t really work on something without necessarily having a cause or a direct way that you want to go with it. I also feel like why run, if you don’t need to run yet.”
Some also had an issue with the resolution due to cost. Graduate Professional Student Council President Zachary Brooks spoke at the beginning of the meeting on concerns for the cost of such a department. The three senators said there would be restructuring to ensure there is no waste of resources or any extra money spent in ASUA than there is now.
After a heated discussion, the resolution was struck down. However, by the end of the discussion, there was a general agreement of the necessity of change in restructuring ASUA.

Bylaws
SafeRide’s official name in their bylaws removed the ASUA from the title so as not to sound redundant.
Appropriations board bylaws changed to allow ASUA to cut funding for a club if they receive more than 30% from a university organization. Before the change the bylaws stated a club/organization could not receive funding from ASUA for the remainder of the year if they received $500 from another university organization. This was to prevent double dipping into funds.

ThinkTank Presentation
James Allen and William Holmes gave a presentation on the graduate student services the ThinkTank offers.
According to the presentation, preparation courses and tests are administered at the ThinkTank for lower prices than what private companies offer. The test prep classes are $550 for four weeks as compared to the $1200 fee most companies charge.
LSAT tests are $160 with 87.5% of students saying they agree their scores increased after taking the class. GMAT test takers pay $250 and 88% of students claim their scores increased after taking the prep course. Students who want to take the GRE need to pay $175 and out of the students who took the GRE test prep course, 82% said they felt their scores increased.
UA’s test prep courses value added is that specialists on a test or particular sections of a test teach the courses.
Any money generated from the cost of the tests or courses are put straight back into the ThinkTank and the revenue will also lower the amount ThinkTank receives from the student services fee.

$1000 Allocation
Senators allocated $1000 to fund Dr. Maura Cullen to speak at the UA on Jan. 26 and 27.
Her speaker cost was $5000, after she lowered the price for ASUA since she plans to speak at NAU around the same time. Dr. Maura Cullen is a diversity speaker who some RA’s watch before they begin their job at the UA.


ASUA hosts annual Homecoming Club Olympics



ASUA keeps the tradition alive, once again hosting the Homecoming Club Olympics.

The Bobcats Senior Honorary and the ASUA Club Resource Center planned the three-day event where clubs compete in activities and gain points based on spirit, attendance, and winning individual events.
At the end of the week, winners are announced and will receive $1000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

On Tuesday, the red, white and blue relay consisted of five events. The first was the chicken race in which one club member had to run a certain distance with a ball in between their legs and drop it similarly to hatching an egg.

The second event was the egg walk where one member had a spoon in their mouth and had to walk a certain distance with an egg on the spoon and try not to drop it.

The third event was the dizzy bat balloon toss where one club member spins several times around a plastic bat and then pitched a water balloon that they try to hit.

The fourth event was a three-person, four-legged race.

The fifth and final event for the relay was flip cup, but with water or soda in the cups.

On Wednesday the clubs will be compete to “Conquer the Colorado,” racing through a blow-up obstacle course.

On Thursday clubs will compete head to head to wrap up the Olympics with the battle the buffs tug-of-war. It’s like regular tug-of-war with a twist – it’s in a giant mud pit.

Check out the full list of Homecoming Club Olympics events: www.clubs.arizona.edu/clubs/home.html


ASUA Notebook: Senate Meeting Oct. 24



At the weekly Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate meeting fees were allocated, senator reports were given, and ASUA day and flyers were discussed.

ASUA will be on the Mall on Oct. 30 to hear student concerns. Senator Bryan Namba planned the event and Senator Vinson Liu planned the office hours for the senators to be on the Mall during the event. At least three senators will be on the Mall at a time for office hours.

Sen. Liu also discussed the ASUA flyers he will put up around the student union, residence halls, and academic departments for one month. The flyers will have the ASUA contact info to increase their accessibility towards students. The Senate allocated $71.97 to create 200 flyers.

In senator reports, Senator Taylor Ashton reported that his syllabus survey was on the ASUA website and sent out to the ASUA admin listserv.

Senator Jake Barman reported that Alpha Epsilon Pi and Pi Kappa Alpha are “going green.” Senator Logan Bilby reported that a student survey would be released soon on Spring Fling in order to get a larger student voice.

Senator Danielle Novelly met with student affairs to help create a syllabus for the recreation classes. The syllabus needs to be approved before further steps are taken. Also, she is still working on removing bacon off the list of foods the school considers healthy.

ASUA President Katy Murray reported that next week is the last week for early voting for the presidential election, she starts student regent interviews tonight, and she is working with the Arizona Students Association on changes to their policies and procedures.

Murray reported that tickets for the PostSecret event on Nov. 7 are selling quickly and the Think Pink fashion show will be held on Oct. 29.

A town hall meeting with President Hart is open to students next Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kiva Room at the Student Union Memorial Center. The meeting is to discuss campus wide issues as a whole especially since the UA is bringng in a new provost.


ASUA senators to appear on mall on Oct. 30



At the weekly Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate meeting fees were allocated, senator reports were given, and ASUA day and flyers were discussed.

On Oct. 30 ASUA will be on the mall to hear student concerns. Senator Bryan Namba planned the event and Senator Vinson Liu planned the office hours for the senators to be on the mall during the event. At least three senators will be on the mall at a time for office hours.

Sen. Lui also discussed the ASUA flyers he will put up for a month around the student union, residence halls, and academic departments. The flyers will have the ASUA contact info to increase their accessibility towards students. The Senate allocated $71.97 for 200 flyers.

In senator reports, Senator Taylor Ashton reported about his syllabus survey being on the ASUA website and sent out to the ASUA admin listserv.

Senator Jake Barman reported that Alpha Epsilon Pi and Pi Kappa Alpha are going green. Senator Logan Bilby reported that a student survey would be released soon on spring fling in order to get a larger student voice.

Senator Danielle Novelly met with student affairs to help create a syllabus for the recreation classes. The syllabus needs to be approved before further steps are taken. Also, she is still working on removing bacon off the list of foods the school considers healthy.

ASUA President Katy Murray reported that next week is the last week for early voting for the presidential election, she starts student regent interviews tonight, and that she is working with the Arizona Students Association on changes to their policy and procedures.

Murray reported that tickets for the post secret event on Nov. 7 are selling fast and the Think Pink fashion show is next week on Oct. 29.

An open town hall meeting with President Hart is open to students next Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kiva Room at the Student Union Memorial Center. The meeting is to discuss campus wide issues as a whole especially since the UA is bringng in a new provost.


ASUA divided over season tickets for student veterans



Association Students of the University of Arizona Senators were unified in swearing in Morgan Abraham as the new ASUA Senator, but were divided in deciding four season tickets for veteran students.

ASUA officials swore in Morgan Abraham at the beginning of the meeting so that he could sit in on the issues presented at the meeting on Oct. 17.

An issue that has been brought up for the past three meetings is Sen. Taylor Ashton’s proposal to provide four season tickets to the student veterans association for $1,606. The item was tabled at the last two meetings, but this meeting a decision was made.

Sen. Ashton made sure to cover all his bases on trying to get discounts on the season tickets for the veterans, as that had been an issue at previous meetings. Despite these efforts, senators voted twice to provide for tickets, but the motion was killed. A motion to provide three tickets was called to vote on afterwards and the motion was still objected.

A miscommunication between the senators appeared to be present as Sen. Valerie Hanna pointed out that the senate kept saying they would get together in the past three weeks to talk about the issue, but didn’t. Sen. Danielle Novelly explained that Sen. Ashton told the senate that if anyone felt strongly on the issue of providing the tickets, then seek him out. Sen. Logan Bilby on the other hand felt that it was Sen. Ashton’s job to talk to them.

Tension among the senators was finally relieved when they came to a six to four vote agreement to provide two season tickets to the student veterans for $808.

ASUA President Katy Murray asked that the senate approve the appointed ASUA Supreme Court Justice and other justices at the meeting. They approved the appointment. The Supreme Court Justice is the ASUA judicial branch that settles election disputes and individuals that have issues with the ASUA bylaws.


ASUA to host debate viewing in Cellar Bistro



A debate viewing on Tuesday night hosted by ASUA and ASA in the Cellar Bistro will feature free food and giveaways in an effort to increase civic engagement among students.

Giveaway prizes will include shirts, sunglasses and bottle openers outfitted with Arizona Students’ Association’s vote campaign slogan “Don’t just watch, vote 2012.”

Organizers said the event is intended to be non-partisan, and strictly serve as a way to inform students about the election and current issues.

“We don’t care who people vote for,” said ASA Director Dylan Duniho. “We just want people to be informed and to have access to information on both candidates so they can make their own personal opinion.”

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona also aims to provide voter education to students so they can come and cast their ballots at the voting booth in the organization’s offices.

“It’s going to be a really fun way to be in-the-know about what’s going on nationally,” said ASUA President Katy Murray. “I’m really excited to get our students engaged not only locally, here, but what’s going on at the national level.”

Jordan King, vice chairman of ASA’s board of directors, explained that it’s important for students to go to the event because they can receive a more well-rounded understanding of who they want to lead the country.

“Now that we have registered many students [to vote], they will have an opportunity to really understand the stances of the two presidents,” King said. “Especially since the candidates will be given questions from the audience.”

The organizations’ last presidential debate viewing as part of the Rad, White and Blue Block Party saw a turnout that filled all 150 chairs.

Based on the turnout for the last viewing, Murray said she expects Tuesday’s debate showing to be large as well. Duniho suggests students show up at 5:30 p.m. to ensure a seat.

“No matter who is deemed the winner of the debate, the real winner is the audience,” Duniho said. “If they show up and they get more informed from the debate and they cast a more educated vote, that’s great.”


ASUA Appropriations Board allocates funds at Wednesday meeting



Eight clubs and organizations requested $5,264.19 at the Appropriations Board meeting on Monday, but only $3,390.19 was allocated.

The fees were ratified at the Associated Students of the University of Arizona’s senate meeting Wednesday.

Among clubs and organizations that requested money was the Deutscher Studenten Club, or the German Student Club. They requested $2,747.79 to host their third-annual soccer tournament on the UA mall.

The soccer tournament is a fundraiser for German study abroad scholarships and programs. ASUA approved $2,059.59 of the total requested by the group.

The University of Arizona Electronic Sports Club received the entire amount of money it requested from ASUA to rent a room in the Student Union Memorial Center to host an event. The club asked for $165.

The University of Arizona Om Shanti Club was tabled again to the next meeting on October 15 to discuss the $330 it asked for. The club is a Bollywood fusion dance group that practices and promotes Indian-style dancing and culture. It requested funds last week, but was tabled to this week’s meeting.

Here’s a look at the entire agenda from the meeting:

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call
Executive Vice President Nguyen
Senator Ashton
Senator Barman
Senator Bilby
Senator Chang
Senator Hanna
Senator Liu
Senator Namba
Senator Novelly
Senator Torres
Senator Seastone

III. Approval of Minutes
October 3rd, 2012
IV. Call to the Audience

V. Old Business
Item #S12101: Teach for America Presentation Informational Item
Senator Barman

VI. New Business
Item #S12104: Consent Agenda Action Item
Senator Torres
Item #S12105: ASUA Special Election Results Action Item
Senator Bilby
Item #S12106: Student Veterans Basketball Season Tickets- $1,606.00 Action Item
Senator Ashton

VII. Student Fee’s Committee Report

VIII. Committee Reports

IX. Senator Reports

X. Treasurer Stapp Report

XI. Administrative Vice President Sager Report

XII. Executive Vice President Nguyen Report

XIII. President’s Privilege

XIV. Announcements

XV. Adjournment

Item #S12104: Consent Agenda
ASUA Appropriations Board Consent Agenda

Monday, October 8th, 2012
University of Arizona Om Shanti Item #A12114
The University of Arizona Om Shanti is a Bollywood-fusion dance group that practices and promotes Indian style dancing and culture. Item #A12114 was tabled to the October 15, 2012 Appropriations Board meeting.
Amount Approved: $00.00 Amount Requested: $330.00
Vote: 7-0-0

Wildcats for Christ Item #A12120
Wildcats for Christ works to reach out to students on campus who identify with the Christian faith, and encourages spiritual growth and Christian fellowship. The club will be holding a sports night for members and students in mid-October. Funding will go directly towards renting Rincon Vista Field Recreation Center.
Amount Approved: $165.00 Amount Requested: $198.00
Vote: 7-0-0

Terry J. Lundgren Student Advisory Board Item #A12122
The Lundgren Student Advisory Board works to promote a relationship between the UA Corporate Advisory Board with the undergraduate retail and consumer science students. The Board is requesting funding for an on-campus room rental, as well as for audio/visual equipment use. The event is designed to provide helpful insight and advice for students meeting with recruiters.
Amount Approved: $205.00 Amount Requested: $205.00
Vote: 7-0-0

University of Arizona Electronic Sports Club Item #A12123
The Electronic Sports club is a group of students that provides opportunities for UA students to watch, play, and discuss competitive gaming and participate in gaming events. They will be renting a room in the SUMC to host an event for club members and prospective members to meet face-to-face and host a gaming competition.
Amount Approved: $165.00 Amount Requested: $165.00
Vote: 7-0-0

Picture of Hope Item #A12124
The Picture of Hope club raises awareness and educates the UA community about the different types of cancer and aims to raise funds to go towards research and families of cancer victims. The club will be hosting an event on campus that is part of the national “Be Bold, Be Bald” program. Funds will go specifically towards special materials and promotional items.
Amount Approved: $135.00 Amount Requested: $140.00
Vote: 7-0-0

Eller Business Administration Board Item #A12125
The Eller Business Administration Board is a group of undergraduate students that works with Eller College Administration to build quality relationships between students and faculty, as well as ensure academic success. The funding will go towards sending Administration Board members to the 2012 National Collegiate Leadership Conference to participate in workshops and see guest speakers. The 2013 NCLC will be held at the University of Arizona.
Amount Approved: $195.00 Amount Requested: $780.00
Vote: 7-0-0

College of St. Felix Item #A12126
The College of St. Felix is a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism. They dedicate their time to recreating arts and skills of the 17th century. The funding will go towards three more sessions of Daily Wildcat advertising. The College of St. Felix was funded $232.80 in September for the first session of advertisements.
Amount Approved: $465.60 Amount Requested: $698.40
Vote: 7-0-0

Deutscher Studenten Club (German Student Club) Item #A12127
The German Club is made of students that strive to promote the German language and culture through student involvement on campus. The German Student Club is hosting their 3rd annual soccer tournament on the UA Mall. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise funds for German study abroad scholarships and programs.
Amount Approved: $2,059.59 Amount Requested: $2,747.79
Vote: 7-0-0
Total Requested: $5,264.19
Total Allocated: $3,390.19
Total Funded for the Year: $25,614.06
Total Funding Remaining: $162,961.70

Item #S12105: ASUA Special Election Results

Item #S12106: Student Veterans Basketball Season Tickets – $1,606.00
VETS funding proposal
Description
VETS incorporates academics, institutional access, student involvement and research, not only to
support the success of enrolled student veterans, but to understand their experiences more
authentically and maintain a program that is effective and dynamic. In the past ASUA has
collaborated with VETS and offered them men’s basketball season tickets. This year we are
looking to continue our support for the VETS by offering them four 2012-2013 men’ s basketball
season tickets.
Name Quantity Amount
2012-2013 Men’ s
Basketball Season Ticket
1 $399
2012-2013 Men’ s
Basketball Season Ticket
1 $399
2012-2013 Men’ s
Basketball Season Ticket
1 $399
2012-2013 Men’ s
Basketball Season Ticket
1 $399
Mandatory Order Charge $10
Total $1606
Mock Receipt


New ASUA senator is revealed



Students were silent as they sat in anticipation before the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate Seat special election winner was announced at the revealing on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Morgan Abraham, an engineering management junior, was announced as the winner of the 2012 special elections. Over half the seats were filled in the Rincon Room at the Student Union Memorial Center to hear the results.

Jake Broido finished second place and Devin Bembnister placed third in the election. Students and fellow candidates congratulated Abraham on his win.

“I feel very shocked, I was not expecting this; it’s very strange,” Abraham said. “I’m a little bit flustered right now.”

ASUA officials, President Katy Murray and the automatic voting system verified the votes.

A total of 2,090 students voted for the special election. The election had the highest amount of votes for the three special elections that ASUA has held with the previous two being in 2008 and 1992.

“This is definitely a good stepping-stone and a good way to practice our elections processes to make sure we can see any kinks we have in the system that we can work out,” said Elections Commissioner Leo Oppenheimer. “We are really excited for the [regular ASUA Senate] election in the spring.”


ASUA grants 2 of 9 funds requests for clubs



Of the $9,589.75 requested by nine University organizations, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona chose to allocate only $2,958.82 at the weekly senate meeting today.

Nine clubs went to ASUA on Monday to request money. Two clubs, the University of Arizona Om Shanti club and the Wildcats for Christ, had their funds tabled to be determined at the next meeting.

None of the clubs that requested money received the total amount requested. Instead, they received a portion.

The Arnold Air Socitey originally asked for $1,665.67 in order to travel to attend a conference in Las Vegas, NV as delegates for the UA ROTC Air Force, but they only received $573.54.

The Miss Native American at the University of Arizona requested $671.51 to fund the creation of shirts to sell in support of Native American heritage month. ASUA only allocated $85.78 from their request so that the Miss Native American program can make shirts for the club members, but not to sell.

Throughout the year so far, ASUA has allocated a total of $22,223.87 and still has $166, 351.89 for the remaining of the year.