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    Senate discusses academic alliance

    Lesly Ash, a veterinary sciences senior, speaks during her presentation to the  ASUA Senate yesterday concerning the issue sustainability.  Ash said that she  wants to introduce composting, a method of decaying common vegetables into  a natural manure, to the university.
    Lesly Ash, a veterinary sciences senior, speaks during her presentation to the ASUA Senate yesterday concerning the issue sustainability. Ash said that she wants to introduce composting, a method of decaying common vegetables into a natural manure, to the university.

    The advancing relationship between the student government and a new networking site aimed at assisting students academically was the topic of the evening for the ASUA Senate Wednesday.

    The item presented was a website started by three UA affiliates called Notehall. UA affiliates Sean Conway, Justin Miller and Sam Ellis, founders and organizers of Notehall, created the Web site as a means of “”access to other peers’ materials and to organize group meetings,”” Conway said.

    “”Any time we’re doing something really revolutionary to our organization, we try to treat it as an informational item so that our senators have the opportunity to really deeply consider it,”” said Jessica Anderson, executive vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona.

    “”ASUA is very excited to partner with Notehall,”” said ASUA president Tommy Bruce.

    The Web site is similar to Facebook and allows students to exchange notes and study guides with one another, Conway said.

    Notehall is currently running online and has 280 users and over 600 documents. Individuals who submit notes or original study guides will be paid 15 cents for each set of notes and 60 cents for each study guide.

    “”Now, individuals who are good note takers are given an incentive to share,”” Ellis said.

    Notehall will continue to market their product over the next month and will meet with ASUA again to confirm a partnership.

    Other items presented during the ASUA meeting were the possible foundation of a Student Nutrition Coalition and a discussion of further appropriation for Camp Wildcat, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping the lives of less fortunate individuals of Tucson.

    The SNC was presented in part by Sen. Gabriella Ziccarelli, who is attempting to form the committee aimed at encouraging students to eat healthy and be aware of their nutrition.

    “”There will be community outreach,”” Ziccarelli said, which includes high schools and middle schools, as well as the university.

    Specific events, such as Jump Start breakfast that would set out to increase student breakfast consumption, gained the attention of ASUA senators.

    “”I know you guys talked about fruits and bananas, but is there any way we can include things like bacon and eggs?”” said Sen. Jimmy MacKenzie.

    Though none of the items made it any further than discussion among the Senate, they will return to the topics for further evaluation in upcoming weeks.

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