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ASUA seeks to fill open senate seat, encourages any student to apply

Turki Allugman
Turki Allugman / Arizona Daily Wildcat Krystina Nguyen, Issac Ortega, and Valarie Hanna are running the ASUA meeting at the Presidio Hall at the Student Union.

A day after announcing the resignation of a senator, ASUA held its weekly meeting where senators discussed details for the upcoming special election, the club recognition deadline, senate aide applications, the UASavvy site and potentially adding healthier drink options to the UMart.

While several senators and Executive Vice President Krystina Nguyen declined to comment on the senatorial seat recently vacated by Claire Theobald, Theobald herself clarified that she left the seat, and the univeristy, for personal reasons.

“The reason I left was for family and financial reasons,” Theobald said. “I don’t want to go into too many details because it is really personal, but it had nothing to do with the school. Sometimes that’s how life works; you have to go with what’s given.”

In the 24 hours since the seat has opened, 12 students have picked up an application. ASUA President Katy Murray encouraged all interested undergraduates to apply for the position.

“I think it’s a really awesome opportunity to start off the year really strong,” Murray said. “Any student, regardless of their student government experience, or high school experience or leadership experience … can do so much with [the position]. I would encourage any student that’s interested to at least grab a packet and consider it.”

The position requires a commitment of at least 13 to 15 hours a week, but “every minute, you’re a senator,” Nguyen said, adding that anyone with a clear vision, knowledge of campus resources and problem-solving skills would be a good fit for the position.

President Murray also talked about the future of the new Website, UASavvy, which provides an overview of deals and events on campus. A mobile app will be available later in the year, Murray said.

Senator Danielle Novelly also announced a project she is working on to stock healthier drinks at the UMart.

“I’m going to contact the companies directly, and talk to them about coming to campus to possibly give out samples and get student feedback,” she said. “Once we get the feedback, [we’ll] go to the union and talk to them about purchasing the drinks.”

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