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ASUA aims for transparency, shares senate progress reports

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Simon Asher and Simon Asher | The Daily Wildcat College of SBS Senator Enrico Trevesani puts forth an object for consideration, discussing committees and relevance to the ASUA Constitution, on Wednesday Sept. 14.

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona senators submitted progress reports to Sen. Enrico Trevisani in an effort to inform the university about the senate agenda and hold the student elected officials accountable.

Each senator is required to serve on at least one of the four committees: Internal Affairs, Budget Oversight, Campus Climate and Outreach, and Senate Projects.

Want to know what your student senators have been up to this semester? Trevisani shared the reports with the Daily Wildcat and we summed them up for you.

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Editor's note: Senators Allison Childress, Joey Steigerwald and Stefan Schmietenknop did not submit progress reports.


Enrico Trevisani, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Worked with other senators to restructure the ASUA Senate standing committees and to make changes to the bylaws in September

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Helped the ASUA Policy Department to register voters on campus and is meeting with SBS administrators and associate deans to discuss the institutionalization of Get Out The Vote

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Working to create a stronger relationship between his college and student government

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Plans to discuss the changes of the ASUA structure and ways to incorporate faculty in the governing process in front of the College Academic Administrators Council in the upcoming weeks

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Will encourage the senators to participate in the UA AdvoCATS program and hopes for regular meetings with state-elected officials, where he will discuss legislation affecting tuition, student safety and the on-campus climate


Sen. Matthew Lubisich, senate president

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Lubisich is responsible for laying the groundwork for the college specific representatives. He plans to speak with all the college-specific deans within the next month to create a foundation between the college and senator representatives

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Lubisich also worked on creating the ASUA standing committees, but he decided on who would hold a chair position for each committee.

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Is chair of the Senate Projects committee which has discussed issues during the last few weeks, including an Athletics fee that may be proposed this year. Is working on getting as much information about the fee as possible before presenting it to students

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Meets weekly with different ASUA departments to make sure the department’s voice is heard


Sen. Roy Bracken, Eller College of Management

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Serves on the Budget Oversight committee, which is responsible for allocating the senate’s budget to different projects

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Goal is to increase the number of honors classes offered within Eller


Sen. Allie Patberg

·         Currently working to improve administration and student communication about Title IX issues. Has looked into creating a standing committee that will involve students on this issue. Plans to continue this effort into next semester

·         Serves as a member-at-large on the Senate Internal Affairs committee, which has weekly meetings to discuss internal issues. There are plans to review the ASUA bylaws and revisions suggestions will begin soon.

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Wants to help enable campus partnerships between different campus organizations through a Student Leader Form


Sen. Emily Hastings

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Assisted with making a smoother transition to a larger senate by helping other senators create the committee structure. Hastings' main focus included establishing the Campus Climate and Outreach Committee.

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Serves as the CCOC Chair and has led the committee in setting its goals for the year. The committee will be ready to work at the next meeting

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Participated in the Library committee, Student Affairs Committee and the Student Services Fee Advisory board


Sen. Anna Reimers

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 Worked to create alternative solutions to fund future football stadium renovations as a member of the Senate Projects Committee. The committee has also started a project to clarify the role of college-specific senators

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Met with the College of Education dean in October to discuss her role as the college’s senator representative. Together they decided to meet monthly to further converse areas of growth and the potential option for her to sit in on the college council

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Plans to introduce herself to the college, explain her role as senator and send out surveys, asking what students would like to see specifically be made in the College of Education

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Hopes to continue her efforts to connect ASUA and the College of Education, while also creating a transition meeting for newly elected senators


Sen. Matthew O’Mara

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Serves on the Senate Projects Committee, who has worked on researching the proposed athletics fee

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Reached out to Student Union Memorial Center food service representatives about what happens to unconsumed food at the UA. He has plans to reclaim the food and provide it to students that may be food insecure

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Will also meet with the Research Policy Committee to discuss topics about research at the UA


Sen. Anna Woolridge

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Goal is to exhaust the Budget Oversight Committee's funds on worthy causes that will benefit as many students of the UA as possible "By using all of our funds we will be demonstrating that the funding given to senate is useful and necessary, and therefore should not be decreased”

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Hopes to increase freshmen engagement and knowledge of ASUA and is currently working on achieving this with the help from Freshman Class Council. Hopes to continue this into spring 2017

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Woolridge also serves on the Residence Hall Associate Committee.


Sen. Lorenzo Johnson

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Working toward creating more student engagement and feedback toward UA libraries as a member of the Library Advisory Committee

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One of his primary goals is laying the foundation for a student-friendly resting center within one of the libraries

·         Is a member of the CCOC and will be participating in the AdvoCATS program during the spring semester

Sen. Kincaid Rabb, College of Fine Arts

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Has invited the rest of the senators to the final dress rehearsal for "Premium Blend." Senators will receive a tour of the School of Dance from Melissa Lowe, professor in the School of Dance, after the performance. He plans on putting together similar events for the remaining schools in the College of Fine Arts

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Began working on establishing opportunities for College of Fine Arts students to get involved with the UA community

·         Dedicated time into diversity and inclusion on campus by attending every Diversity Task Force meeting

Sen. Atiana Waters

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Wants to form a plan to increase awareness of the ASUA elections in the spring semester. Waters would specifically like to recruit from diverse groups across campus

·         Is the senate representative, among other directors from the ASUA executive branch, for the ASUA President’s Cabinet biweekly meetings. After receiving information from these meetings, she then passes it along to the rest of the senate. She also serves as a member on the Senate Projects Committee

Sen. Olivia Johnson

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Goal for this year is to focus on creating and promoting better inclusivity of individuals with disabilities. Currently is researching how other universities address this problem in hopes of finding the best solution for the UA

·         Also sits on the CCOC

Sen. Nohe Garcia

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Working with THINK TANK to lower fee-based services for students who demonstrate financial need. Together they are also figuring out what college success classes work, in hopes of incorporating it into freshman orientations

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 Works with the UA Green Fund Committee, as well as the Internal Affairs Committee


Sen. Danielle Ledezma

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Acts as both the Appropriations Chair and the Budget Oversight Committee Chair. Ledezma wants to bring awareness to mental health and sustainability issues on campus


Sen. Trent Waller

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Has made "great progress" in his platform to develop an entrepreneurship program specifically for underclassmen

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Is leading a Senate Project to raise awareness for Meningitis B


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