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Alissa Threatt to take over as ASCSU speaker of the senate

Associated Students of Colorado State University Speaker of the Senate Blake Alfred has resigned his position effective immediately, according to a Sept. 15 letter sent by Alfred.

Alissa Threatt, the speaker pro tempore, will take over as speaker of the senate and will chair the last two sessions of the 49th senate Sept. 23 and 30, Alfred’s letter said.

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“To all 3,148 of my supporters, thank you for believing in me,” Alfred wrote. “To all of my senators, thank you for the work you did to represent the student body in the midst of campus unrest and a national pandemic. Your dedication does not go unnoticed.” 

Alfred’s resignation comes following personal news that he finished his graduation requirements ahead of schedule and, as a result, is no longer eligible to hold the speaker position.

“President (Ben) Amundson and Vice President (Alex) Farias and I are very proud of our collaboration between the senate and executive branch, and we hope for the next leaders of ASCSU to do the same,” Alfred wrote.

A new speaker of the senate will be elected Sept. 16 to lead the 50th senate after the 49th disbands at the end of September.

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb. 

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Serena Bettis
Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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