Students are constantly complaining about aspects of campus life and that’s a problem if they don’t participate in the ASI student election process.
Voting would give them an opportunity to make a difference.
For the students, by the students. that’s the ASI motto.
It’s difficult to maintain this type of infrastructure when the “by the students” portion is lacking.
When it comes to selecting ASI leaders, only about 1/18th of the student population votes and there are only about 20-30 students who come to watch the open forums and candidate debates.
Students are usually uninformed and unenthusiastic on election day resulting in a vote for the popular guy on campus, or in most cases no vote at all.
However, the avenue for change are student representatives and leaders within ASI.
They have their hand in committees across campus, many of which decide where money is needed and should be allocated campus wide.
The Student Success Initiative steering committee is a perfect example of this.
The student success fee is another line item in a student’s tuition break down which goes to the committee.
This fee is targeted on building up and developing the 33 various units on campus that work towards student success (e.g. Student Leadership and Development or the Veterans Success Center).
Students place the Executive Vice President into office who in turn controls student placement on those campus wide committees.
By not voting, students are choosing to let the power slide away from them.
This expands past that of CSUSB involvement and has been a national issue in recent elections.
For example, complaints from those who didn’t vote in federal or state wide elections.
The difference between the two scenarios is that voting in a school wide election is easier, more convenient and directly affects the student constituency.
With national elections, indifference is normal, which is understandable for some because the issues are complicated and elaborate.
Not to mention voters don’t see the implications of their vote directly and change happens on a slower basis.
This is not the case for ASI executives. They only stay for a year, they have one chance to grasp a claim to fame, and are forced to work on much more constrained time lines.
If they are going to make a difference on campus they have to do it quickly.
They spend student money at a rapid pace, dishing it out through CAB funding (Club Allocation Committee) and various events throughout the year.
When students partake in the election process they are centralizing their power and keeping the decision making in student hands.
Its easy to vote, all a student needs to do is show ID, sign, and cast a ballot.
Yet voting turn out is always a disappointment.
A change in student investment means a change on campus.
So become involved in elections and you’ll see a return on the investment you make as part of your student tuition.