Eric Berlinberg and Rachel Roberson plan to have the most revolutionary administration in the history of student government if they are elected president and vice president.
â€œThe blueprint is set, the timeline is set and weâ€™re ready to hit the ground sprinting,â€ Berlinberg, a junior business management major, said. â€œThings are going to get done very quickly.â€
Berlinberg said he and Roberson have spent countless hours brainstorming and asking themselves what they dislike about the Associated Students of CSU and the elections in general. The duo has prepared a budget and action plan that they say proves theyâ€™re prepared to take office.
â€œI think itâ€™s important that we show you exactly how weâ€™re going to spend our money,â€ Berlinberg said. â€œWe know exactly how weâ€™re doing these things, step-by-step, line-by-line.â€
To remind them of why theyâ€™re running for office, Berlinberg has a sticky note on his campaign board that reads 26,356, the number of students attending CSU.
â€œItâ€™s a constant reminder to take two steps back and remember why weâ€™re doing what weâ€™re doing,â€ he said. â€œEssentially, what weâ€™re here to do is represent those students.â€
Roberson said one of their top priorities is remaining authentic.
â€œWeâ€™ve held each other accountable to be true to students,â€ Roberson, a junior political science major, said. â€œWeâ€™re not in it for the glory.â€
Roberson said another problem within ASCSU is a lack of visibility.
She and Berlinberg plan to reach students by e-mailing them directly, as well as incorporating bi-monthly roundtables lasting for an entire day or half of a day serving as an open house for students to ask them questions. They have also set aside times throughout the year to be on the Plaza and possibly sit at the information desk in the LSC for a couple of hours a week.
â€œGet ready for the Tony Frank e-mails,â€ Roberson said.
They also plan to change ASCSU by adding, merging and splitting departments.
They want to reform the weak aspects of the organization and utilize networks that are already in place, as well as increase accountability on all levels of ASCSU.
â€œStudents pay a lot of money to ASCSU, but do they see results?â€ Roberson asked. â€œTheyâ€™re not being held accountable to what students want.â€
Berlinberg said he and Roberson have complimentary personalities and experience in a wide variety of backgrounds, which makes them a team that can â€œmake it happen.â€
â€œOur respect for each other speaks volumes,â€ Roberson said.
A lot of the initiatives are programming and event-planning related, Berlinberg said, and that is what he loves to do.
During the summer he works at Elitch Gardenâ€™s as the senior supervisor of the entertainment department where he oversees a $1.7 million budget, multiple contracts and a 14-band concert series.
At CSU he has served as the director of RamRide, a building manager at the LSC and the deputy chief of staff at ASCSU.
Roberson has been a Key Community student, orientation leader, mentor for the Dream Project, intern for Michael Bennett and recruitment coordinator for CSU, as well as being involved in alternative spring breaks and ASCSUâ€™s Diversity and Outreach department.
Berlinberg said their institutional knowledge sets them apart from other tickets.
But he knows realistically they wonâ€™t be able to complete every single initiative on their platform.
â€œObviously weâ€™re going to run into struggles, but a huge majority can be completed,â€ he said.
â€œWe have a great game plan. Itâ€™s a great starting point of where we can continue into the future.â€
ASCSU Beat Reporter Courtney Riley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.