The duo of an experienced senior and a motivated sophomore is looking to be a compatible team to head up one of the largest organizations on campus this year. They first met during a lobby visit with a local assemblyman, when she thought he was a senior because he seemed so mature and knowledgeable about politics, and got to know each other better while lobbying for students at the California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) in Sacramento. A short time later, then Vice President Christine Hall, asked Joe Shashaty to be her running mate in the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Student Government Elections.
Hall, a fourth-year communication student, and Shashaty, a second-year political science student plan to focus their efforts on increasing campus pride and lobbying for students. In this interview the ASI president and vice president let us know how they plan on achieving these goals as well as some little-known facts about themselves. Read on to learn more about the people who represent the student body to the campus community.
How would you describe this year’s ASI Student Government team?
C: This year’s team is extremely energetic and passionate about learning. Many of the members are new to ASI and Student Government but they have shown a willingness to learn and a true desire to serve the students of Cal Poly Pomona. They are very approachable and open to ideas so I highly encourage students to use them as a resource.
J: After the Student Government retreat, I realized how unified our team had become. Our Student Government members are very motivated and determined.
What are a few of your big goals for this year?
J: My biggest goal is to make sure that I go through with the promise I made to fight against the lack of courses available for our students. Christine and I know that this is a top priority for students, which is why it is a top priority for us as well. Another top priority of mine is to make sure our students have a sense of pride that they are Broncos.
C: I’d like Student Government to lead a spirit campaign. Bringing Homecoming back was a huge goal for Chris [Osuala] and I last year because we wanted to address [the] lack of school spirit [on campus]. I think that the 75th is an excellent opportunity for Student Government to help increase our campus pride. I’d also like to continue our Academic EO 665 Initiative and bring back the 4.0 Workshop. Lastly, I’d like to see the State of Our Community program grow.
How do you plan to accomplish those goals?
C: For many of these goals, the foundation and groundwork was laid last year. Now, we are working on improving, expanding and building upon these initiatives and programs. This will be accomplished by engaging our student body more and using collaborative efforts with other groups on campus.
J: On numerous occasions I get students who share their concerns with me, and [many students] ask how ASI can make sure they graduate on time. Unfortunately, ASI cannot give money to the University for classes, but what we can do is voice our opinions clearly. I am confident that the University is already taking measures to ensure our students have an easier time enrolling in classes necessary for graduation.
I have already partnered up with key student leaders such as Jomel Bautista, ASI secretary of education, to creatively come up with solutions that we can suggest to the University. School pride will only come if we get our students more invested and involved on campus. We are confident we will do that with the new events that we are planning, and the opening of the BRIC next fall.
What is one thing people might not know about you?
J: Well, I am sure a few people might know this about me since I have my belt hung up in my room. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I have won four gold medals in sparring.
C: People might not know that one of my favorite pastimes is napping.
What are your future goals personally or professionally?
J: After Cal Poly my plan is to attend law school. I plan on practicing as an attorney for a few years and then eventually get into politics as a politician.
C: Since it’s my senior year, I feel like I’m at a crossroads where I have so many opportunities and options. I’d like to get a master’s degree and go into the field of business.
What is one of your favorite things about Cal Poly Pomona?
C: I love the experiences and memories. There are countless places on campus that I love and actual tangible things that the university offers, but I really enjoy the experiences that I am having and I love all of the memories I have.
J: Although Cal Poly Pomona is a huge school, it is still a small community, which truly separates us from many other campuses. I am going to go out on a limb and say you won’t find many universities in the country with the diversity we have, the resources to ensure success in any field and the strong history of academic excellence all in one.
For more information about Student Government, visit www.asi.csupomona.edu/studentgov. To hear directly from the President herself come to fall quarter’s Pizza with the Presidents on Thursday, Oct. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at the University Quad.