Projects new and old, continued progress

By Melissa Lopez

When ASI held elections for the 2017-18 academic school year last spring, Farris Hamza and Carlos Gomez were elected to serve as president and vice president.

Hamza and Gomez have begun their term by holding interviews and appointing a majority of cabinet officers.

The Associated Students Inc. agenda, passed Sept. 21, reflects collaboration among the cabinet, senators, Hamza and Gomez, in comparison to past years when the president and vice president passed the policy agenda on their own.

This year’s agenda will become available to the public in the upcoming weeks.

ASI Secretary of External Affairs Gustavo Callejas, with his new governmental affairs committee, is working on writing a resolution on Title IX.

The resolution is expected to become a guide for other CSU campuses.

These efforts are being made due to United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her decision to rescind the Title IX guidance under the Obama administration.

DeVos has since put a new interim Q&A in its place.

ASI Secretary of Sustainability Martha Rosario is working on developing The Green Initiative Fund and will be partnering with other students across campus.

Organizations and students who are interested in partnering with this fund can propose their ideas to Rosario and her committee and ask for part or all of the $30,000 that can be granted to them for projects on campus.

Fourth-year biotechnology student Liz Acuna is excited about the opportunity.

“If I were to be given the chance to utilize part of that money, I would want to come up with a plan for a project that would benefit the entire campus upon installation and for years to come,” said Acuna.

“Even just a small part of the $30,000 could go a long way.”

ASI Secretary of Education Zane Landin has been working with Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Sylvia Alva to ensure that CPP’s academic colleges and departments begin making their course schedules available for the entire 2017-18 academic year.

Course listings for the remaining two quarters of this year should soon become available, in addition to how the university will transition when the semester system comes into effect next August.

Due to the impending semester conversion, ASI Elections Chair Ingrid Flores is already planning ASI elections as they will be taking place in the month of April instead of May.

Moving elections up by a month is said to be giving the future administration a head start on their time allotment for projects, planning and movements for the following school year.

ASI Secretary of Internal Affairs Jennifer Greenberg is completing the Poly Pantry, which was introduced under last year’s administration.

Through extensive research, ASI has created a plan of what the Poly Pantry will become post completion.

The Bronco Events & Activities Team worked on the planning and execution of BroncoFusion, where CPP student DJs performed, and RL Grime and Tinashe headlined.

Fifth-year technology and operations management student Isabel Mendez is a big fan of all the events BEAT puts on throughout the year.

“Attending BroncoFusion is a must for me every year, since it’s a big tradition for my friends and me,” said Mendez. “The cool thing about BEAT is that they put on events that are actually fun and allow me to not worry about school, even if it is just for a few hours.”

BEAT has already started to work on events such as Fall in the Farm, Trick or Treat by BEAT, Homecoming and Spirit Week.

While the ASI administration hopes to accomplish the projects they have already begun, they still have more goals for the year.

They have a possible remodel and expansion of the Bronco Student Center in mind, as it will be turning 43 years old this October.

They are open to all ideas, which include upgrading the current systems in the BSC to possibly adding a third floor.

“I want to emphasize that we do not want to raise student fees,” said Hamza.

“That would be our last resort, but if there is enough student demand, we would look at all of our options and plan accordingly.”

Hamza encourages students to get involved with ASI.

There are many opportunities at the university level that can be of great value upon graduation. They are looking for students to serve on committees and to be student representatives and leaders.

The ASI office is located in the BSC.

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