May 022004
Authors: Jeremy Scurlock

There will be at least one familiar face in the Associated

Students of CSU office in the fall. Current Vice President Katie

Clausen, with running mate Ben Goldstein, won her campaign for the

presidency April 7.

Typically, a new school year means the CSU student government is

full of new faces. A new president and vice president were elected

in the spring for the coming academic year. They have selected

their cabinet, and all are settling into their respected roles.

Clausen said her three years with ASCSU means she will not need

much time to get comfortable in her new office.

“My experience as vice president means (ASCSU) won’t be starting

from scratch,” said Clausen, a junior business major. “We can keep

the momentum going (President Jesse Lauchner and myself) started

this year. We can pick up where we left off, working to better the

experience of the students at CSU.”

Clausen, a member of ASCSU since she was a freshman, said her

experience in a prominent role in ASCSU is an immeasurable benefit

to her as president.

“Experience is most important in almost anything you do,” said

Clausen, the first female ASCSU president since 1987. “I already

know my way around ASCSU and the ins and outs of campus, and the

organizations in it.”

ASCSU President Jesse Lauchner said the president needs to act

as a liaison for the students between the administration and

faculty to promote student interests.

“ASCSU, and especially the president, must represent the

students wherever their voices need to weigh in on an issue,”

Lauchner said. “Everything from speaking with alumni to working

with the state legislature, (the president) does a lot to help the

student body.”

Lauchner said Clausen is more than qualified for the job and is

ready to take the responsibilities of the office.

“She’s already accustomed to putting in the long hours,”

Lauchner said. “The job is very involved, but she’s definitely up

for it.”

Lauchner said Clausen better be able to plan ahead and adjust as

responsibilities present themselves.

“Things will just be thrown at you during the day, it can get

overwhelming. You have to be willing to take them on, and give them

your full attention,” he said.

Lauchner said Clausen will have to find her own way of doing

things to get the job done.

“You have to have a little perspective and lend your personality

to the job,” Lauchner said. “Start out by defining what you want to

do with the office. Decide on who you want to be and how you’re

going to get it all done.”

Lauchner said it is important for the president to add structure

to his or her goals and the office in order to get things done.

“It’s easy to lose sight of your goals as you’re living through

it. You get caught up in everything, all the little details of the

job, and you can forget why you wanted the job in the first place –

which is to confront the issues you feel strongly about.

“When you’re jumping from one thing to another you don’t sit

down and think about the overarching goals you wanted to

accomplish,” Lauchner said. “It’s important to remember them.”

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