After a careful review of all four tickets vying for Associated
Students of CSU president and vice president, I, Joseph B. Marshall
IV, have chosen to endorse myself. April fools!
While this election year I lacked any desire to run, that
doesn’t mean I haven’t theorized about how I would campaign. Last
year my own ASCSU candidacy brought to the forefront of the
election a real demand for a school-sponsored designated driver
program. This year I have both a worthy programming idea and a way
to make ASCSU an infinitely more effective and efficient
Since I am not campaigning for office but truly believe in the
merit and potential of these ideas, I would like to present them to
you, the candidates and the student body. These goals are very
reachable, and both would make ASCSU an organization all CSU
students, not just the few directly involved, could take pride
My first goal would be to utilize what little political
influence ASCSU actually possesses and turn it into a bona-fide
political movement. A state senator in California recently brought
a bill to the floor of the California State Senate calling for the
granting of voting rights to California teenagers in state
elections. All 14- and 15-year-olds would be given a quarter of a
vote, while 16- and 17-year-olds would receive a half of a
If there is one group of people CSU has enough of, it is former
high school students. My plan is to use the resources and name of
ASCSU to mobilize every high school student government in Colorado
in support of this proposal, with the goal of making it law in next
year’s state legislative session.
If apathy among voters in the America is a plague sickening our
society, this idea could be the cure. This change in voting laws
would be a fundamental alteration of the way we teach our nation’s
youth about the importance and power of voting. By passing this
idea into law, we could empower not only our little brothers and
sisters, but also our children.
My second goal is quite simply a plan to totally restructure
ASCSU by dissolving the current senate and replacing it with a
legislature composed of representatives appointed from the many
student organizations on campus.
Our student government’s legislative arm is currently made up of
senators elected from each college at CSU. These senators are
proportionally elected by the number of students enrolled in each
college, meaning the liberal arts college has more senators than
the engineering college. The only problem I have with this
structure is its total impracticality.
Who at CSU even knows their college’s senators? How effectively
can any current senator truly represent the wishes of his or her
constituency? The respective answers to these respective questions
are nobody and no way.
My proposal is simple: Instead of representing the colleges,
senators should represent student organizations. The largest
student groups, such as the Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic
councils, would have two votes in the new legislative body. Smaller
student groups that annually have more than 25 contributing members
would all be eligible for a voting seat on the legislature.
The various student organizations on our campus are affected
much more greatly by the policy initiatives of ASCSU than any
individual student, and the ASCSU Senate should reflect this
reality. Student groups can and do utilize ASCSU as a vehicle with
which they can receive funding and marketing assistance, and these
services are arguably the most important activities ASCSU is
By making CSU’s student organizations an active and integral
part of student government, the organizations will benefit from
greater access to and involvement with student government, and
ASCSU will benefit by having more worthwhile and worthy duties to
apply its resources and passion toward.
I have taken the time to review all the platforms presented by
the current presidential and vice presidential candidates, and all
the platforms are filled with viable, mostly realizable, and
astoundingly vanilla ideas about how ASCSU can benefit students
Students bash ASCSU in large part because they have no reason
not to. Students only care about RamRide’s continued existence, not
how it can be improved. People don’t really care about increasing
communication between ASCSU and the administration.
People do want to rally behind a cause. People do want to help
and promote their club or organizations’ agendas. People love new
If these two tasks are the only two tasks accomplished by next
year’s student government, it will be far and away the most
successful ASCSU administration any current student has ever or
will ever see at CSU. Good luck, candidates.
Joe is a senior majoring in history and does not have sour
grapes about losing last year.