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ASUA notebook Sept 28: Senators discuss new bylaws, regulations and family weekend

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona held their weekly meeting on Wednesday night to discuss new orders of business.

The meeting began with roll call, an approval of the minutes and a call to the audience.

Agenda items included the discussion of ASUA Supreme Court justice appointments, approval of changes to the ASUA elections code, a family weekend presentation and other bylaw amendments.

With no old business discussed, ASUA began with the discussion of the supreme court justice appointments.

The two new appointments, Kayla Bernays and Patrick Ryan, were approved unanimously by ASUA Senate.

The next order of business focused on revisions to the ASUA elections code.

Chloe Durand, ASUA elections commissioner, offered new changes to the code in order to encourage candidates to run for ASUA office by making the suggestion to remove signatures as a requirement to run.

Presently, all representatives and senators are required to gather 250 signatures from members of their particular college on a ballot supporting that candidate. Durand believes that this requirement is actually discouraging people from running for ASUA.

Senator Rabb and a few other ASUA members agreed that the issue they ran into while running for office was the fact that they were part of one of the smaller colleges on campus, which made it difficult to get hold of signatures.

Trey Cox, executive vice president, suggested that potential candidates should be allowed to gather signatures from every college at the UA, not just from the college of their particular field.

Senator Matthew Lubisich agreed that the issue with recruiting members for ASUA Senate was that they couldn’t fill enough seats for this year. However, Lubisich and many other members remained uneasy about removing the signatures all together.

Cox closed the discussion to discuss it more in depth at their meeting next week.

The next order of business to be discussed was family weekend and the committees’ plans for the course of those three days.

Members suggested a more efficient plan for family weekend next year which includes recruiting more students to help make plans for the events. Currently, there are only four members on the family weekend event planning committee.

Family weekend will be held on Oct. 14-16 featuring food trucks, vendors and adult-friendly inflatables such as jousting and hamster balls.

The committee is in the works of recruiting a band to play on Saturday, and there will be a 5K “fun run” on the mall starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday for all families to participate in.

The meeting came to a close with the approval of committee, senator, treasurer, administrative vice president, executive vice president and president reports, of which there were none.

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