Students, faculty and staff came together to discuss the situation involving California’s budget crisis during “Funny Money: What Is Funding the CSU?” (FM) on Feb 15. The event kicks off the first quarterly debate and discussion hosted by our very own ASI Lobby Corps.
FM aimed to create student awareness towards the economic situation the Cal State University (CSU) system is facing – covering the budget cuts, proposed tax extensions and admissions – and the simple actions students can take to make a change. The open discussion environment of FM encouraged students to ask questions about whats happening with California’s higher education and offered practical solutions on how to take action.
ASI Secretary of External Affairs Shelley Bruce, a fifth-year fine arts major, emphasized the power a single individual can have as an advocate for change. Bruce has been an active part of the student community for the past couple of years.
“Take the initiative,” Bruce said during her presentation to a crowded Ursa Major, A. “You do make a difference.”
The panel discussion allowed students to voice any concerns and opinions of the CSU system – ranging from topics of local and national levels. The panel consisted of students, Pati Guerra (Students for Quality Education) and Philip Sales (Executive Director of ASI Lobby Corps), and faculty, Gwen Urey (CFA Chapter President) and Dr. Edwin Barnes III (Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer).
“It’s do or die time,” said Sales during the discussion. “The situation isn’t going to get better if you don’t try.”
The event was a complete success housing more than 80+ students.
“I am very happy with the turnout,” Bruce said. “Hopefully it’s motivation for them to go out and get involved.”
ASI Lobby Corps is a branch of the Student Government that is committed to helping any student interested in engaging and advocating the betterment of society.
The ASI Lobby Corps is currently planning two separate events called “Students in Action” in late February. For more information regarding ASI Student Government events or information, contact Shelley Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the ASI Student Government office located in building 35.
Check out more from Funny Money at http://video.csupomona.edu/streaming/channels_detail.php?channel=In%20Conver