A look at the ASI Presidential candidates before the polls open March 21-23
By Lauren Hunter Staff Writer
Robert Espinoza is a history major with a communications minor working to get his credential here and aspires to be a teacher, as well as ASI President.
He says that his background gives him the strength to get through this election. Transparency is his campaign platform.
“Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, I never thought I’d be in the situation I’m at,” Espinoza said. “I’ve been shot before, I’ve been incarcerated, my brother was a former gang member.”
One of the bigger issues he hopes to tackle as the next ASI president is The Male Success Initiative.
“I found out there’s a 10 percent gradational rate between black and Latino males,” Espinoza said. “It’s unacceptable, especially since our campus motto is ‘Graduation starts first.’”
He hopes to establish resources, like tutoring and mentorships, for all nationalities to provide more opportunities for the successful futures for all students.
He plans to change how the current ASI government gives back to the students. “I truly believe ASI should allocate more money towards scholarships,” Espinoza said. “When I checked the ASI scholarships we are only offering 20 to our students for $1,000 each. Especially since our students are paying $100 in ASI fees that money should be going back to them. That’s one of the biggest things I want to make sure.”
Espinoza also wants to give the students more information about ASI government. “They have no idea who the president is, they have no idea who the vice president is, they have no idea who represents them,” he said.
“I think the greatest thing in this world is to give to others, to make a difference,” Espinoza said.
By Abraham Alapisco Staff Writer
Transparency and awareness are aspects surrounding Oscar Acevedo and Corey Jordan’s Campaign for ASI President and Vice President. They want students to be aware that ASI is meant to serve student interests as a whole.
“The whole point of ASI is to keep students first,” Acevedo said. “In my opinion, it’s all about advocating for the students. It’s just something that’s been lacking at least the last three years I’ve been here.”
Acevedo sees ASI like a lawyer-client relationship. He says he would advocate for students and values the potential opportunities the position would allow as a representative of the student body.
The student-funded multi-million dollar budget of ASI is a responsibility that Acevedo and Jordan aim to focus on.
Jordan would like to see a more balanced appropriation of funds from the budget, while Acevedo believes in fair distribution of funds. “I don’t want spending that’s only going to go towards a specific interest group,” Acevedo said.
Besides budgeting and awareness, sexual assault is a focal point of their campaign, as there have been issues during the academic school year ranging from how it is been handled, communicated, and addressed.
Acevedo is disturbed by the rise in sexual assults related to campus, and believes creating an open, safe environment to propose solutions is key to tackling the issue. He believes that there is a lot of attention on sexual assault right now, so it’s important to acknowledge it and not sweep it under the rug.
Past campaigns have been full of empty promises such as proposals to alleviate the pain of finding parking and improving WiFi in order to have stronger connections, but Acevedo wants to find practical solutions for realistic issues based on the reach of ASI’s breadth.
“I feel like I’m the only candidate trying to take on the real issues. I feel like students are smart enough to not fall for that.”
By Emily Ayers Staff Writer
For ASI Presidential candidate Marvin Flores and his running mate for ASI Vice President Logan Vournas, making students feel that their voices are heard is at the center of their platform.
“This year student voices have often been shut down and we want to raise them up and make sure that everyone knows they have support from ASI, and that they can come to us with any questions,” Flores said.
One of the team’s goals to support student voices is to hold bi-weekly town-hall meetings to increase transparency between students, faculty, and administration.
“We are at a critical time at our university with the conversations being had with administration, but most students still walk around campus feeling like they don’t matter,” Vournas said. “I want every student to know that this is their university. By being vice president I would lead and advocate for every student so they feel like they can create change within their campus.
The two believe that an education is more than being handed a diploma, it is an experience, and they intend to lead the way for students to reclaim their voices, and with it their power.
“We have both worked form the ground up going from Senate and so forth. We moved up the latter and learned where to go, and what methods to do. We aren’t jumping into this blind” Flores said. “We have actually worked hard and want to continue that pattern.”
By Matthew Gozzip Staff Writer
ASI presidential candidate Isidro Morales knows what it is like to be in the shadows of society.
Growing up in the border city of San Diego, Isidro saw a lot of his friends go to college but was distraught that he could not apply. “I used to hide the fact that I was undocumented in the past,” he said. “I was in fear of deportation but I overcame the struggle by surrounding myself with passionate friends who never let me give up.”
Being undocumented was part of his past but Isidro does not want it to define him in the long run. He understands incumbent ASI president Jose Salazar struggles with his own immigration status. Isidro sees this as an opportunity rather than a negative quality. “I understand the issues students face on a daily basis; I know what it is like to have job outside of school, balance a hectic schedule and resolve more personal problems”, Isidro explains. “I will be transparent as president and I will be out fighting for equal rights for all students. I want to let them know that I am open minded to all students point of views”.
On top of transparency and open acceptance of all views, the junior transfer student senses community at CSULB and aims to nurture it. “I am running because I believe I can change the culture around the school,” Isidro elaborated. “I believe I can bring back dormant school pride and I want to reach out to everyone in the CSULB family who feels excluded. ” Isidro outlines his pride plan as a way to connect sports teams, arts and music programs and student organizations to move towards a common goal: make their time at Long Beach a memorable one.
By Elizabeth Campos Staff Writer
A random idea where a dynamic duo would follow each other’s path resulted in working towards “a new beach vibe.”ASI presidential candidate Dylan Tom is running for ASI president along with his long time friend and vice presidential candidate, Novy Bowman.
“She’s just as passionate as me, if not more, about the election,” said Tom about his partner.Tom, a 22-year-old journalism major decided to take on to a presidential position in the student government to change the campus environment.
Tom explains that throughout his stay at the CSULB, technical changes have been made, but that the atmosphere on campus has yet to be revamped.
“I want to change the atmosphere on campus,” he said referring to the school spirit and voice that its given to the students. Tom’s idea of “a new beach vibe” rose from seeing the events, school spirit and opportunities that other schools have.
“I feel like we have the resources so all it takes is to have the right person to do it,” Tom said. Tom explained that he truly cares about the campus community and has ideas that can better improve the students’ experience at the beach.
Tom emphasized on the importance of cultural diversity on campus and recognizes that the school needs to be more socially conscious as a lot of people feel underrepresented. Tom emphasized on the importance of cultural diversity on campus and recognizes tenvironment on campus to a better and more transparent one.
By Alejandro Ramos Athletics Editor
Although his busy schedule as president has kept him from campaigning, Jose Salazar, the current ASI president he believes his previous work from his first term will prove he is worthy enough to be president again.
“If you want a president who is accountable to themselves, you have a perfect example,” Salazar said.
Salazar’s main focus throughout first term has been the improvement of the experience students have at Cal State Long Beach. He worked with the City of Long Beach and the university to get the process of installing a shared bike rack on campus. This would allow students to rent bikes they can ride and return to other bike racks throughout the city.
Salazar has also been pushing for a designated nap room, where students can rest during their down time. This started with a proposal for nap pods, which some universities have offered to students. The proposal was denied by the university, but Salazar refuses to give up on it. He wants to give students better
But these are ambitious goals, and Salazar needs more time to accomplish them. He has been aware of this since the beginning of his first term.
“I always thought I wanted to run twice,” Salazar said.
His first term was not without controversy, though. Salazar drew attention to his undocumented status and the fact that he would not be paid. What followed was a turbulent couple of weeks while we and the school figured things out.
The result: Salazar is still not being paid under ASI but he went on to propose a change in the way ASI government officials are paid.