Student government Senate shot down a resolution Wednesday night that would have allowed the office to hook up a Nintendo 64 to a â€œwoefully underusedâ€ flat-screen television as a way to bring more students into the office.
The Associated Students of CSU senators voted down the legislation in a 2-16-5 vote, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with aspects of the resolutionâ€™s potentially negative side effects.
Chase Eckerdt, community affairs director for ASCSU, took issue with the idea that he would be getting paid to what would amount to â€œSuper Smash Bros.â€ video game sessions with fellow students.
â€œWe have a budget thatâ€™s paid for entirely by student fees,â€ he said, also lamenting the lack of professionalism he believes the office would display if the legislation passed. â€œOutreach is huge â€¦ but a couple weeks ago I had a candidate for mayor come into the office. I just donâ€™t want him seeing a bunch of people playing video games.â€
Written by Sens. Ben Weiner and Jack Harries, the â€œAssociated Students of CSU Student Involvement Actâ€ encourages individuals to join student government in the Senate chambers to â€œenjoy some video games and discuss their ideas and opinions for the future of CSU.â€
The idea mirrors previous senatorsâ€™ attempts at increasing what ASCSU officials call low student involvement in student government. According to ASCSU Controller Tim Sellers, in years past, a liberal arts college senator set up a booth in the plaza that said, â€œCome play video games with your senator.â€
Sens. Weiner and Harries originally wanted to utilize an ASCSU-purchased $1,588 flat screen television and a donated Nintendo 64 game console as ways to achieve their resolution.
Sen. Harries said too much rigid professionalism would discourage students from participating in ASCSU and said students might be turned off by an overly serious office culture.
â€œIt does get students in there, which is something that doesnâ€™t happen very often,â€ Harries said in the moments leading up to the billâ€™s failure. â€œIt would just be a good place to have talks with them â€¦ and tell them about mainly what we do as senators and what all the departments are doing.â€
ASCSU Deputy Chief of Staff Eric Berlinberg, however, did not believe video games would spark dialogue between students and their student government.
â€œI donâ€™t understand the connection between providing a video game forum to effectively spreading the message of what their representatives are doing,â€ he said. â€œFor the most part, we need to go to them. Thatâ€™s why we get paid.â€
Senior Reporter Andrew Carrera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.