By Mercedes Winchester |Staff Writer|
Time to vote! ASI elections will be held May 2 and 3 and presidential candidate James Walker is counting on your vote. Walker’s first step will be expanding the Lobby Corps which started in ASI this year.
“Having a strong and hardworking Lobby Corps is a great way to get the voice of the student out to our local leaders. Most of the other schools have Lobby Corps set up, and over the past few months I have been learning how I can expand ours, once I win. I love events, and we will be sure to have those, but the benefit to the students is so much more if we can get the CSU funded again, and a great start to that is having a strong relationship with our legislators, and a Lobby Corps for them to work with,” said Walker.
He is aware and understands the issues that face the CSU system such as the budget, the CFA, the unions and tenure. He decided not to point the fingers, but instead has been proactive about these situations.
“I have been to the monthly California State Student Association meetings, and I’m doing the best I can to get them to work together. Just this last weekend I was in Sacramento meeting with our local assemblymen and senators. I spoke with many of them to make sure that they understand how important the funding of the CSU is to not only the student, but California. Developing a long lasting relationship with the legislators that represent us is a very important start to a long road,” said Walker.
He believes that he is the best person for the job. He’s not in it for the money, so he isn’t getting paid. “We are the future of the country. I do it because I have a brother who will probably go through this system and I will probably send my kids through this system.”
Walker plans on pushing principles of shared governance and making sure that the student’s voice is heard at this crucial time of hiring a new president. “I am sure that our new president will have lots of experience, but even with that it will take a long time to get integrated into our culture and way of life here. As I stated earlier, one of the most important things for me will be the combining of our resources between the admin, the faculty and the students.”
He voted for the $14 increase to help out our athletics program and child care services. “I feel this fee was acceptable because it was proposed to the students, and the students were able to decide.” He feels that childcare and sports better the experiences of students.