ASUA Notebook 08/31/2022: Issues with UA Alert, focus on student needs assessment

The University of Arizona Student Associates began their weekly meetings this year with plans for the year focused on basic needs and student safety.

ASUA met on Wednesday, August 31 to discuss campus issues. The meeting opened at 6:06 p.m. and ended at 7:12 p.m.

Basic needs

During a discussion of ASUA’s current committees, Senator Amy Gaudet, who represents the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, proposed a new committee she called the “Basic Needs and Awareness Committee.” .

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Gaudet suggested the committee work with campus cultural centers, student organizations and the Campus Pantry to analyze the greatest needs and challenges of UA students.

“We have limited resources and we should try to use them as efficiently as possible,” Gaudet said.

Senator-at-large Lady Elli suggested that ASUA work to assess student needs using surveys that could be emailed to the student body.

UA alerts and gunman on campus

ASUA President Patrick Robles suggested that ASUA work with the AU and the AU Police Department to establish an alternative warning system to AU alerts, following of an incident last week where the UAPD detained a suspect at the Student Union Memorial Center after responding to reports that an armed individual was seen on campus.

“The text message stuff, some people don’t get it, some people don’t get it in time and God forbid anything worse can happen,” Robles said.

Robles proposed a siren that could be played over campus-wide loudspeakers that would alert students to shelter in place in the event of a similar situation.

Several members of the Senate have suggested alternatives to a siren, saying mermaids often perceive panic rather than instruct students. Alternative solutions suggested included instructions on campus loudspeakers or an orange alert type warning.

Honorable Mentions

Administrative Vice President Kaleb Nichols discussed fundraising for a potential New York Times subscription for all UA students and faculty. He suggested that senators meet with their college leaders to secure funds. According to Nichols, the subscription would be a basic subscription for four years, and after that period, the AU would fund the subscription based on student commitment.

Robles said the chairman, Dr. Robert C. Robbins, may join him for a ride on the Sun Link streetcar in a bid to keep the service free.


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