Sep 012010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

CSU, like other universities and even high schools, has a student government that acts as a liaison between the student body and the administration.

CSU’s is called the Associated Students of Colorado State University, or ASCSU.

ASCSU has a variety of departments, including the Senate, Cabinet, Student Fee Review Board and Student Funding Board. It has a budget of about $1.7 million, funded by student fees, which is used within the organization and allocated to other student organizations.

One of the largest projects funded by ASCSU is RamRide, CSU’s safe ride program that runs Thursday through Saturday nights and is manned by student volunteers.

The student government has a president and vice president who are elected annually by the student body. Cooper Anderson is the current president and Jennifer Babos acts as vice president.

Anderson and Babos appoint a Cabinet whose members serve to carry out the teams campaign platforms.

Each of the eight colleges are represented in a Senate that convenes weekly to discuss bills and resolutions that would affect the student body and are written by members. Anyone can attend these meetings.

One of the most common issues discussed last year was Fort Collins’ 3-Unrelated, or U 2, housing ordinance, which states that no more than three unrelated people can live in an apartment or house. The issue is still being debated.

There is a Student Fee Review Board that acts as a liaison between the CSU System Board of Governors, CSU’s governing board, and students for the approval of student fee increases. If a department, such as Campus Recreation or Athletics, wants an increase in student fees for a building or a project, they have to run it past SFRB.

Along those lines is a Student Funding Board that provides funding for student organizations in need. The money comes out of the ASCSU budget, and organizations can apply for grant-like contributions if in need.

All departments within ASCSU are still hiring. For more information or to apply, visit www.ascsu.colostate.edu or visit the office on the main floor of the Lory Student Center.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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