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ASUA looks to gain new members

Rebecca Marie Sasnett

The freshman class council is using pizza and eegee’s to engage freshman members of the student body. Engagement is part of the mission of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, according to the statement on the wall of its office on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center.

The Freshman Class Council will be using pizza and eegee’s to encourage students to get more involved with their student government.

“Discover Your ASUA” is being organized by FCC as a way to encourage freshmen to get involved with the Associated Students of the University of Arizona during their next three years at the UA, according to Mary Rose Brennan, a pre-business freshman and outreach chair for FCC.

Brennan said FCC members are putting on the event to better inform their fellow freshmen about the services ASUA has to offer, because a lot of students don’t know about all the different aspects of their student government.

“Many freshmen don’t even know what ASUA is,” Brennan said, “so this would be a good chance for them to know what we do and what positions we have in the office.”

Representatives from the three areas of ASUA — cabinet, senate and programs and services — will be present to explain their respective roles, Brennan said.

The event was hosted in previous years as Meet Your ASUA Day, but has been discontinued since then, according to Brennan. This is the first year FCC will be hosting Discover Your ASUA.

“This is the first big push where we’re actively trying to engage freshmen to apply for something next year and get a better group of candidates for ASUA,” said Morgan Abraham, president of ASUA and an engineering management senior.

Being actively involved is the most important thing students can do during their time at the UA, Abraham said, and ASUA is one of the best ways to do that.

“The cool part about ASUA is there are so many different areas and interests and aspects to it,” Abraham said.

Abraham said ASUA offers opportunities for all interest areas, including event planning, politics and sports. ASUA hosts concerts and Spring Fling, lobbies the state Legislature and coordinates ZonaZoo.

“It doesn’t really matter what your interest is,” Abraham said. “ASUA probably has something for you.”

The event, while targeted at freshmen, is open to all students who are interested in student government, Brennan said. FCC members will be handing out applications for positions within
ASUA, which came out on Monday.

Discover Your ASUA is set to take place today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alumni Plaza near the Student Union Memorial Center. In addition to ASUA applications, free pizza and eegee’s will also be offered to those who come out today.

Brennan said that in their year on FCC, members have gotten the chance to learn about the different parts of ASUA and are looking to impress this information on their fellow freshmen, who still have three years ahead of them.

“It is our way of giving back to the freshman class,” Brennan said.

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