Christopher J. Ortiz
Today is the first day of Associated Students of CSU elections
if you haven’t already noticed from all the signs, banners,
flowers, root beer and flyers.
The Collegian editorial board met with each of the four
presidential candidates last week. The board made the decision to
not endorse any particular ticket, partly because one of the
candidates, Brittany Burke, was a reporter for us before she chose
to run. Instead we would like to talk about how we felt about each
of the ticket’s platforms.
For the Dustin and Kyle ticket, we liked their experience. They
discussed the problems they have seen within ASCSU and they seemed
to offer a different type of leadership. They’re biggest platform
point is Dead Week. We like the idea of not having new material
during the final week of classes, but we do question how realistic
this idea can be. It seems too much like a high school election
where a ticket is offering a longer lunch period to win votes.
Their ideas on improving RamRide seem strong and concrete and we
like their idea of not using $30,000 of student fees to support the
sober ride program, as it is now. They instead will apply for
grants and get business donations to operate the program. Dustin
has interned at the state Capitol and seems very competent and
knowledgeable on legislative issues facing higher education.
Dave and Mike are definitively the outside ASCSU ticket wanting
to change things within ASCSU. They really emphasized changing
ASCSU to make it more accountable to student constituents. They
don’t have any ASCSU experience between them, but as they said,
they are using that disadvantage to their advantage.
They want to appeal to students by relating to them. They are
the non-involved ticket trying to appeal to non-involved students.
Every year you can count on a ticket running on the same platform,
but it never succeeds.
They said they offer a fresh perspective on student government,
having not being involved previously. They seem to want to change
things for the better for students who may not care or know about
ASCSU – the good ‘ol boys club as they like to call it. Though they
may have a fresh perspective, ASCSU has a lot of wheels already in
motion with RamRide and other programs, and we worry about a ticket
without previous experience taking office and having a longer
learning curve that may delay improving programs.
The Katie and Ben ticket seems very much like a re-election
ticket with Katie being vice president this year and running for
president for next year. If voters are looking for prior
experience, this ticket has the most – whether that is a good or
bad thing. They represent a good balance of talents. Ben, being the
director of student services, has gotten his feet wet with RamRide
so he seems to be the ideal catalyst to improve it next year. Katie
knows the ins and outs of ASCSU operations, and their platform is
filled with achievements from this year and how they are going to
improve those achievements next year.
They did not emphasize connecting with students as the other
tickets did. We are a bit reserved about the ticket because at
times it seems Katie and Ben are more concerned with improving
ASCSU than they are with improving student life at CSU.
Burke and Showe showed the most enthusiasm about running for
president and vice president. Even in the two weeks of campaigning,
their knowledge about ASCSU, the student fee structure and CSU in
general has shown commitment and promise. But again we feel their
biggest liability is not having past experience. We would hate to
see programs delayed or not improved because of a lack of
The ticket had the most innovative platform ideas, including the
student outreach director and the Rams Corps idea. We do a see
problems they may run into trying to get some of their ideas into
place, though. They don’t let their lack of experience slow them
down, however, and they seem very eager to help students and
excited to be running.
In general, looking at the four platforms, the candidates seem
to borrow and share a lot of ideas, including creating a director
of diversity within ASCSU and working with the city to put up CSU
banners around town. We urge students to really consider each of
the candidate’s platforms and decide which ticket addresses issues
that are important to them.
We hope ideas, not slogans, t-shirts or flowers, attract your
vote this election.