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ASUA 2016: Meet the presidential candidates

Mikey Finnegan

Mikey Finnegan has been involved in the Associated Students of the University of Arizona since his freshman year when he started out as a member of Freshman Class Council. Just last year, he became a senator in ASUA. Now, Finnegan serves as the chief of staff to the current ASUA President Manny Felix.

Aside from ASUA, Finnegan also spends his time on campus giving tours with the Arizona Ambassadors, participates in the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and is a part of the Chain Gang Junior Honorary.

Finnegan said he’s running for president to continue ensuring the student voice is heard and represented, especially with the new senate structure that has doubled the amount of senators in office.

“I’m running for president mostly because ASUA has really undergone insanely great changes for students and to make sure that idea does not fade away, that it stays strong and that we can ensure that every student, from every college and every group on campus, is represented,” he said.

For Finnegan, the most challenging part of his campaign is making sure every student is informed on campus.

Finnegan fun fact: “I just love the outdoors and love experiencing everything Arizona’s nature has to offer.”

Michael Shulby

Michael Shulby, a physiology junior, is from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Shulby is the current president of the Residence Hall Association, and is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, which is designed for the top 1 percent of students living on campus.

With his experience representing and advocating for students, Shulby is excited about his campaign and hopes to “continue advocating for and serving” the student body.

“I hope to address and rectify issues concerning all students,” he said.

As president, Shulby said he would focus on student involvement, ASUA accessibility to students and an increase student services.

Reaching out to students and balancing his position as RHA president may be the most difficult aspect of Shulby’s campaign.

“It’s an exciting challenge,” he said. “I’m excited to meet all students.”

Shulby fun fact: Despite being from North Carolina, Shulby is a Denver Broncos fan. He also has three sisters who are all Wildcats.

Hannah White

Hannah White, a junior studying speech, language and hearing sciences and linguistics, is from Scottsdale, Arizona.

White is the current conference administration chair for the National Collegiate Conference, a UA ambassador, an orientation welcome leader and a board member for Asian-Pacific American Student Affairs.

“I feel like with everything that I do on campus, I get a pretty good feel for what could be improved on campus and what the needs of students are,” White said. “So I felt like, with a lot of the work that I do, I wanted to take it to a larger scale and see if I can make a difference.”

As president, White hopes to empower students to feel like they have a voice on campus and know where all of their resources are. She also plans to focus on social justice.

“Not just with minority ethnic groups, but with every group in general,” White said. “I hope to make every student feel like they belong on campus and don’t ever feel like they have to feel afraid of either going to class or not knowing who to talk to.”

White believes the biggest challenge with her campaign will be having a healthy balance between her campaign and her involvement on campus.

White fun fact: “I can play seven instruments and I was also a two-time national dance champion when I was 16.”

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