Brandi Johnson, director of marketing for the Associated
Students of CSU, sits in her plush chair in front of her cluttered
desk behind a pale cubicle wall in the ASCSU office. As she glances
out the window onto the Lory Student Center Plaza, her feet fidget
with textbooks piled under her desk, and her hand swats at a plant
branch that sits next to the opening to her cubicle.
“This office is a materialistic benefit of working for ASCSU,”
Besides a cubicle with a view, Johnson enjoys an “A” lot parking
permit, a biweekly paycheck, the opportunity to be a member of a
close-knit group of coworkers and a second place to call
“ASCSU provides benefits beyond those that are easily visible,”
she said. “You may meet your best friend here.”
Johnson is only one of many students enjoying the benefits, both
materialistic and psychological, of working for ASCSU.
Not everyone in the office gets paid to be there though. The
only paid positions offered in ASCSU are the president, vice
president, finance controller, Web master, clerk and directors.
Each of these paid positions includes a staff/faculty parking pass
and an office cubicle. The president and vice president get the
luxury of their own office, instead of a small cubicle.
Offices and paychecks do not come without sacrifice,
Each member of ASCSU in a paid position is required to work a
minimum number of hours a week. The president is required to work
at least 40 hours, the vice president 30 hours and directors have
to work at least 20 hours a week.
Senators, associate senators, assistant directors and all other
positions in ASCSU do not receive financial compensation or parking
permits for their work, but they still receive some benefits.
Johnson said any member of ASCSU has the benefit to join any
committee they choose, meet people in CSU’s administration they
normally would not get the chance to meet and attend special ASCSU
events like retreats and luncheons.
“You learn a lot about the university working for ASCSU,”
Kyle McCarthy, a junior political science major and an associate
senator for the College of Liberal Arts, said that while he does
not get paid for his job with ASCSU, he is still happy to be there
and thinks it is a good opportunity for him as a person.
“We don’t get anything, not even a cubicle. There is no physical
benefit, but you do get a sense of developing leadership skills,
and a sense of accomplishment for working on issues that concern
students,” he said.
McCarthy said that being able to be a part of issues that come
through ASCSU is enough to keep him in the organization without
Both Johnson and McCarthy agree that one of the best benefits of
working for ASCSU is the people that come in and out of the
“Everyone is great in here,” McCarthy said. “It’s a really
Johnson said the ASCSU office is the only place where she feels
comfortable leaving belongings in her desk, and is also one of her
favorite places to study and hang out.
“There’s not many places where you can be studying at two in the
morning and get hit in the back of the head with a paper airplane,”