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News Update: Student government elections, new lab tech and the ASU football offseason

Austin Westfall brings you this week's big stories in this news update

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Graphic published on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.


Hello and welcome to this Forks Estate news update. I’m Austin Westfall. In the news this week...

Student government elections ended this week after a two-week campaign, with a total of 1,955 votes spread across four campuses and graduate students. This year brought the lowest voter turnout in the past eight years. The Undergraduate Student Government Tempe executive ticket with Allison Sorgeloos ran unopposed. The downtown executive ticket with Aly Perkins also ran unopposed. USG Polytechnic had two executive tickets: the winner being Daniel Pasco. USG West also had two opposing tickets. The winner being Alexander Haw. The contest for graduate president was won by Michelle Sullivan Govani.

Moving on, technology has infiltrated many areas of the classroom, but now its sprucing up an ASU anatomy lab. Newly purchased technology at the downtown Phoenix campus, called the Anatomage Table, is substituting cadavers for a touch screen. Students enrolled in BIO 101 and 202 can use the table, which is preloaded with software that allows students to "dissect" and explore the inner workings of a virtual human body with precision and detail. Many students cannot engage with actual cadavers for cultural, social or personal reasons. 

Tuesday’s ASU Football practice shed light on some unorthodox plans that head coach Herm Edwards has for the team as he expects to cut some players, while also identifying team leaders for next season. Edwards said Tuesday that by next week players will find out the situation and whether they will continue to be a part of it or not. Edwards seems to be basing his decision primarily on the fact that he has not seen certain players enough to give them a position when he’s seen others on tape and at recent practices. 

Finally, a newly elected Tempe City Council member is emphasizing student housing issues. Jennifer Adams, who was elected last month and will be sworn in in July, says one solution would be to build more housing on-campus, which she thinks would better both for the students and the working families of Tempe.

That’ll do it for this forks estate news update. I’m Austin Westfall. Be sure to follow The State Press on twitter and online at

An earlier version of this podcast said that Leilani Viscaina had won the West Campus election. This was incorrect as the winner is Alexander Haw. This mistake has since been corrected.

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