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    ASUA senators solicit student opinions

    ASUA Senator Jimmy MacKenzie, a pre-business junior, thanks the senate for funding the production of safety cards at the weekly ASUA meeting, held in the Tubac Room, on Wednesday evening.  The vote to fund the safety cards split the senate last week, but eventually passed with the defining vote from ASUA Executive V.P. Jessica Anderson.
    ASUA Senator Jimmy MacKenzie, a pre-business junior, thanks the senate for funding the production of safety cards at the weekly ASUA meeting, held in the Tubac Room, on Wednesday evening. The vote to fund the safety cards split the senate last week, but eventually passed with the defining vote from ASUA Executive V.P. Jessica Anderson.

    The four-week trial run of a readership program that brought USA Today and the Arizona Daily Star to UA students for free is over.

    “”The pilot program was just to kind of test it out and to get the response of the students to see if they actually want it,”” said Emily Fritze, Associated Students of the University of Arizona senator.

    Readership of the papers were up 13 percent in the last week of the program with an average of 2,350 papers distributed per day, said Fritze, who is in charge of the program.

    “”I’m really happy with the way it went,”” she said. “”It got great feedback and a lot of positive response from students around campus.””

    Free papers may be back, if the USA Today survey based on the pilot programshows that students want it, Fritze said.

    The money for the program would take $1 per student from the student affairs fee, if a committee approved the expenditure, she said.

    Fritze said she sees “”positive student response,”” but only the survey will show if UA students demonstrated enough interest in the program to make it permanent.

    Rolling with Senators returns

    After suffering setbacks – shorted out golf cart batteries – the ASUA “”Rolling with the Senators”” program is back.

    ASUA senators will give students golf cart rides to class in exchange for conversation and feedback about ASUA programs.

    Students can hitch a ride with a senator starting next week, Senator Stephen Wallace said.

    Executive Vice President Jessica Anderson said the program has been running for five or six years, but it’s just getting going this year.

    “”If you see a senator, ask for a free ride,”” Anderson said.

    It is a great way for senators to talk to other students about campus happenings and get feedback about how students think the senate is doing, she said.

    “”At the end of the day, we probably don’t spend enough time just walking around campus asking students’ perspectives,”” Anderson said. “”It’s a great way to work with constituents in a casual setting.””

    The senators will be offering students rides during peak hours on the UA Mall starting this week, she said.

    “”I used to do it when I was a senator,”” Anderson said. “”It’s really funny driving around the cart … . People think you’re kind of weird but it’s a good experience, and the conversations that come out of it are fantastic, really fresh ideas.””

    Impeachment Process Bylaws:

    Expanded guidelines on how to impeach an ASUA senator were proposed at Wednesday’s meeting.

    Executive Vice President Jessica Anderson said the expanded impeachment rules are something she has wanted to put in place for two years.

    Currently, there are four sentences on the impeachment process of an ASUA senator, but the proposed guidelines would add 2.5 pages detailing howimpeachment proceedings would be carried out.

    Senator Kayla Patrick asked the senate to look over the proposed rules and discuss them at next week’s meeting.

    Anderson said the senate would act independently if they were to impeach a senator, so the wording of the proposed guidelines is specific as well as lengthy.

    “”They are a lot more extensive than our normal bylaws would be, but I assure you that’s for a reason,”” she said.

    Anderson advised senators to speak with each other and advisers about the proposed bylaws.

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