By Carmen Herrera |Staff Writer|
School spirit continues to tumble downhill to the point that running for ASI President no longer involves tough competition, or any competition for that matter.
“Students fail to become involved on campus for many reasons. The biggest point is that we are a commuter school, so our audience is mainly those who come to school and back home,” said Chris Martinez, election coordinator for ASI. “Therefore, when you have those students that do not interact with the campus, they are unfamiliar of what CSUSB has to offer and what I could do for you.”
What’s shocking is the fact that there are only two candidates fighting for a majority vote in this quarter’s elections. The rest of the candidates, unopposed, are a shoe-in.
“At the beginning of the year you want to take it easy, so winter quarter by far is the hardest quarter and after all that a lot of people didn’t make it because of grades,” said Vice President hopeful Michael Azzurro.
Officer and director hopefuls that didn’t meet the requirements were ineligible to run, resulting in a very easy race.
There’s no room for school spirit when there’s so much going on in life that can take a toll on academic grades.
“Getting people out of their residence halls is difficult enough, so as a commuter campus it’s even harder to get people who don’t live here involved,” said Azzurro.
The last ASI elections, only 11 percent of students ended up voting. That’s an estimated 2,000 students out of 17,000. How is it that students can’t even participate by voting here on campus?
There seems to be too much stress and anxieties to care about what goes on around campus, let alone take the time to become involved with clubs let alone running for ASI office.
“I think students are a bit hesitant. I don’t think we’ve established credibility for a campus that’s open and fun other than commuter. I think we need to build on that,” said Azzuro.
Clubs and organizations also need to find better ways to reach out to the students they are working for. Making events during school time when students are on campus could lead to an increase of participation.
What many students don’t know is that becoming involved in school programs will help you academically and take your mind off stress.
The more students are involved, the more activities will be available on campus and eventually more candidates running for executive officers.
“I think the school is going to see maturity through programming and well-funded events and meet us halfway and say ‘hey let’s try this.’ It’s nice to know were just not at school,” said Azzurro.
The results of these elections will not be too surprising, but no doubt in mind the new candidates will continue try to represent the 17,000 plus students on campus in the best way possible.
“I am hoping these elections really reach out to students so that they can get a full and complete knowledge of what ASI is and does,” said Martinez. Let’s hope so.