The sound of knocking pins and strike-induced cheers filled
Chipper’s Lanes bowling alley, 217 W. Horsetooth St., Sunday night
as Asian/Pacific American Student Services hosted its annual Rice
Thirty-two teams, made up of five people each, competed for
awards for highest and lowest average scores, best dressed, best
team name and most spirited team. In addition to bowling,
participants were treated to pizza and could win prizes in trivia
A/PASS has supported Asian American and Pacific American
students at CSU for 20 years and currently serves thousands of
students. A/PASS exists to support the admission, retention and
graduation of Asian/Pacific American students at CSU, and was
founded under the direction of then-graduate student Linda
Ahuna still enjoys the Rice Bowl.
“When I first came here there wasn’t an advocacy for
Asian-American students,” said Ahuna, executive assistant to the
vice president for student affairs.
Ahuna said other students began wondering why CSU lacked such an
organization. In 1984, A/PASS, then known as Services for Asian
American Students, opened its doors for the first time.
The Rice Bowl fundraiser helps A/PASS work with a relatively
small programming budget in addition to bringing people together,
Mikiko Kumasaka, current A/PASS director, sees the event as a
tool for outreach.
“It’s a great event to bring all of CSU and the community
together,” Kumasaka said.
As director of A/PASS, Kumasaka said she has learned how to
“We help students develop skills for the outside world,”
Kumasaka said, adding that A/PASS is a student organization for the
whole campus, not just Asian and Pacific Americans.
Nattari Hale, A/PASS office manager, said A/PASS resources are
available to all CSU students in Lory Student Center room 212,
including computers with Internet connection.
Ryan Fisco, a senior restaurant and resort management major and
former peer mentor with A/PASS, said A/PASS helped him grow as a
“I expect to meet some new friends,” Fisco said. “You learn a
lot about others and other cultures.”
Sophomore Joseph Tedesco, a finance real estate major,
“They give us more opportunities to get involved on campus,” he