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Politics Weekly Roundup: From unfulfilled promises to lawsuits from far, far away

A look back at last week's reporting


Graphic published on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Welcome to the seventh installment of The State Press Politics Roundup, where we bring you the week's coverage of on-campus and local politics.

This week, reporters broke down Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents. They also spoke with DACA recipients who said the University is not doing enough to help their community.

If you missed the last roundup, catch yourself up here.

In recent USG news

USG GPSA elections end

Undergraduate Student Government elections ended Thursday after a two-week campaign, drawing the lowest voter turnout across all four campus and among graduate students since 2010. The West, Polytechnic and Graduate and Professional Student Association elections were competitive, featuring two executive tickets, while the Sorgeloos ticket ran unopposed in Tempe.

Below is the winning ticket of each election.

Tempe: Allison Sorgeloos (president), Logan Miller (vice president of services) and John Gimenez (vice president of policy).

Downtown: Aly Perkins (president), Laila Kabongi (vice president of services) and Angelica Cabral (vice president of policy).

West: Alexander Haw (president), Melany Hernandez (vice president of services) and James Benado Smasch (vice president of policy).

Polytechnic: Daniel Pasco (president), Aki Olambiwonnu (vice president of services) and Robert Roxy (vice president of policy).

Graduate and Professional Student Association: Michelle Sullivan Govani (president), Sarah Geren (vice president of external affairs), Alyssa Sherry (vice president of internal affairs) and Amelia Miholca (vice president of professional development).

This week's reporting

Arizona Attorney General lawsuit against ABOR persists

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich speaks at the 2016 Leadership Series in Glendale, Arizona, on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.    

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he feels like “Luke Skywalker against the Death Star” in his suit against the Arizona Board of Regents — but it remains unclear who his Han Solo is. Brnovich alleges ABOR charges too much for tuition, while they say he has no legal basis to challenge their tuition-setting formula. Read more here.

Has ASU lived up to the promises it made to DACA students?

ASU secondary education sophomore and DACA recipient David Montenegro poses for a photo by the Memorial Union on ASU's Tempe campus on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.

The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program remains more uncertain than ever. ASU has offered services to help aid students shielded by the program, but some DACA students say not enough is being done. Read more here.

Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein announces departure

The Arizona Board of Regents hosts a tuition hearing to listen to student feedback on tuition prices in Tempe, Arizona, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

ABOR President Eileen Klein announced Monday that she will leave the board, leaving behind a five-year legacy. University officials and students offered their thoughts on Klein's legacy. Read more here.

ASU political activist goes from living rooms to rally stages

ASU political science freshman Judah Waxelbaum poses for a photo in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

As young progressive activists took to the street on March 24 advocating for gun reform, Judah Waxelbaum is going against the political grain and advocating for conservative solutions on the issue. Waxelbaum said both sides must come together and find a compromise, rather than clinging to partisan talking points. Read more here.

Prisoners and students learn side-by-side through Inside-Out exchange program

"The Inside-Out exchange program teaches both students and inmates." Illustration published on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Once a week, students travel to the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence to teach prisoners courses revolving around crime, justice and victimization. The program is a part of a national exchange program that aims to broaden the perspectives of students and the prisoners. Read more here.

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