Oct 172004
 
Authors: Daniel Linn

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

Bowl fundraiser.

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

games.

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.

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,

Ahuna said.

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

teach.

“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

person.

“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,

agreed.

“They give us more opportunities to get involved on campus,” he

said.

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