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Leaders of tomorrow: get to know the ASUA executive candidates

Courtesy Sydney Hess

In the Associated Students of the University of Arizona’s upcoming election, all three candidates up for executive office positions are running unopposed. 

Sydney Hess: Student Body President 

Sydney Hess is running for student body president. Hess is a junior majoring in philosophy, politics, economics and law, an interdisciplinary major offered by the university. 

She previously served as president of Freshman Class Council, then served as an at-large student body senator along with Kate Rosenstengel. Hess is currently Rosenstengel’s chief of staff. 

“What the student body president does is work with policy, elections, Wildcat Events Board, the group on campus that puts on fun events like Bear Down Festival, things like that,” Hess said at a recent ASUA cultural forum.

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Hess has three platforms for her campaign: student advocacy, community and civic engagement, and mental health awareness. 

“I think it’s really important that we host town halls in cultural centers throughout the year to ensure that we are hearing from students,” she said at the forum. 

Hess wants students outside of ASUA to have a seat at the table by talking to people across campus. These town halls will facilitate conversations surrounding student issues. 

Regarding community and civic engagement, Hess thinks the campus is not as connected with the city as it could be.

“I want to work in city government one day, so I think it’s really important to build those relationships outside ASUA,” Hess said at the forum. On the ASUA website, she advocates for a new position that build a relationship between prominent members of Tucson government. 

Hess also wants to emphasize mental health awareness on campus.

“I think it’s really important that we’re addressing these issues and that UA is a safe place where we’re addressing these issues,” Hess said at the forum. 

Bennett Adamson is the candidate for ASUA Executive VP position.
Bennett Adamson is the candidate for ASUA Executive VP position.

Bennett Adamson: Executive Vice President 

Bennett Adamson is running for executive vice president. Adamson is currently the senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

Adamson is a junior also majoring in philosophy, politics, economics and law major.

“I really feel like my time in the senate this year has enabled me to see the various responsibilities of the EVP,” Adamson said at a reccent cultural forum.

On the ASUA election website, Adamson’s campaign ideals are listed as efficiency, visibility and purpose. 

The EVP is in charge of the senate and the clubs and organizations on campus. Specifically, Adamson aims to simplify the club registration process, encourage senators to engage with students and university leadership, and create more action items. 

“I’d like to see senate take a stronger stance on legislation and projects,” Adamson said at the forum. He also stressed the importance of the senate as a legislative body. 

“I’m excited to hit the ground running as far as the responsibilities of that office are concerned,” Adamson said at the forum.

ASUA Administrative VP candidate
ASUA Administrative VP candidate

Kate Rosenstengel: Administrative Vice President 

Kate Rosenstengal is running for reelection as administrative vice president. Rosenstengel is currently the AVP for ASUA. As a junior, Rosenstengel is currently double majoring in philosophy, politics, economics and law and global studies.

She’s was previously a member of Freshman Class Council and an at-large student body senator. 

“It’s been an incredible experience to be administrative vice president,” Rosenstengel said at a recent cultural forum. 

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She wants to continue the projects she began this year as AVP. 

“As the AVP, I look really closely with the 12 programs and services in ASUA,” Rosenstengel said at the forum. “I help hire all of the directors and help them achieve their goals for their program. I make sure that all the programs are growing, that we’re staying on track, and that we’re going where we want to go in the future.” 

Rosenstengel wants to integrate the program and service fair into the ASUA club fair and continue advocating for “I Will” week, a program that raises awareness about sexual assault. 

“I don’t know what it [I Will week] looks like yet, but I want to make sure it has a place in ASUA with a budget and people who want to work on it,” she said. On the ASUA election website, Rosenstengel aims to make “I Will” a permanent ASUA program in order to expand the initiative. 

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