Corpus Christi Native Elected as UT-Austin Student Body President

In Austin, Corpus Christi graduate from Carroll High School was elected as Student Body President.

3 News Anchor Joe Gazin spoke with Horacio Villarreal Wednesday.

"One of our initiatives, we're trying to create a freshman mentorship program that caters to kids coming from small towns or small schools, making friends that will help out," said Villareal. "Whether its getting them involved in an organization, or helping them out with academic assistance, that's the number one priority."

Villarreal was asked about campus safety.

With the on-campus history of violence the Corpus Christi native says security is paramount.

"That's actually one of our platform components, safety. One of the things we're trying to do on our campus...we have these things called Emergency Blue Boxes , and that's a big yellow tower that students can go to and press if they need assistance. We're trying to implement those more around campus and other highly populated areas such as West Campus and Riverside, so that we're there when those actions do happen."

Villareall is focused on his new duties and class work.

He has not ruled out a possible run in politics once he graduates.


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