The ASI Beat is the official blog of Associated Students, Inc. at Cal State San Marcos. The articles are student-written and aim to provide an inside look into the events and services of ASI.
November 11, 2017
Written by: Jacqueline Catechis, CAB Pride & Traditions Specialist
The Ball tickets are now on sale!
Come celebrate homecoming with us… Old Hollywood style! ASI CAB is hosting the homecoming dance, The Ball, this Friday, December 1st.
There will be numerous photo opportunities! Be ready to strike a pose from the moment you enter on the red-carpet to the photo booth flip books and the star-studded cut-outs throughout the evening! Don’t forget to dress up on your Old Hollywood best!
There will also be live DJ entertainment, dancing and free food! For those 21 and over, you won’t want to miss out on the exclusive VIP lounge area with cocktails and beer options.
This will be a night to remember as we celebrate homecoming and make midnight memories in the USU Ballroom! Join us December 1st from 8 pm until 12 am! Student tickets are $10 and guest tickets are $20.
See you there, Cougars!
November 1, 2017
Written by: Regitta Chairul, CAB Community & Social Engagement
Help us fight food insecurity on campus!
The food drive starts TODAY!
Over 50% of students on our campus are facing food insecurity. This year, Cougars Rock Hunger is going to be held from November 1st through the 15th. We will be collecting food and funds to support both our Cougar Pantry and the San Diego Food Bank.
Let's help our community fight food insecurity and donate non-perishable food items in the blue bins that are placed around the campus. The most needed food items are: canned chicken & tuna, dry & canned beans, cereal, rice, nuts & seeds, peanut butter, canned soup, canned & dried fruit, dried pasta, canned vegetables, powdered milk and infant formula.
20% of financial donations will go to the Cougar Pantry! Donate now! Don't forget to put "Cougars Rock Hunger 2017" in the donation information after you check out. For every $1 you donate, you are providing 5 meals for those in need.
Donate today in a blue bin!
Share what you CAN, and win PRIZES for donating your food!
Post a picture of yourself donating foods at the blue bins and tag @asi.cab on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 CSUSM bookstore gift card, $50 Sodexo gift card, or two movie tickets!
If you have questions about Cougars Rock Hunger, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 18, 2017
Written by: Victoria Meyerott, GEC Peer Educator
This Tuesday, October 24th at 11:30am the Gender Equity Center presents Love Your Body Day. Love Your Body Day is an inclusive celebration of our bodies in all their diversities—size, shape, color, gender, abilities, etc. Love Your Body Day is an opportunity to reclaim your space, and challenge the harmful advertising that fuels negative body image.
The event will have an education portion in which students will visit tables with information on Body Dysmorphic Disorder, healthy eating, breast health, and dental health. The H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center will be tabling to provide information on health promotion and referrals. Student organizations such as Alpha Omicron Pi will be tabling with body positive and self-care activities.
Students who visit at least six tables to get their passport stamped will be able to line up for a nacho bar and additional snacks. Students will order their food with “I AM” statements such as “I am radiant.” to ask for menu items.
There will also be a runway. Students can walk by themselves, with friends, or with their student orgs. This is an empowering opportunity for students to celebrate their diversity and uniqueness. Walking the runway is optional, but encouraged for students of all abilities, colors, shapes, sizes, and expressions—Love Your Body Day is for everyone! Please come join us for body positivity this Tuesday!
October 4, 2017
This Friday October 6th at 5:30pm the LGBTQA Pride Center and Nu Alpha Kappa present: The 4th Annual NAK Drag Show. The Drag Show is an all-Greek production and was the idea of a NAK Alumni. With a pre-show focus on education, the Drag Show also encourages students in fraternities and sororities to feel safe in their LGBTQ identities and to show what a strong ally the Greek Community is for the LGBTQ community at CSUSM. This year, we have 11 of 13 Greek entities participating. Contestants are required to take a four-hour SafeZone training that includes information about the drag community and they engage in one-on-one advising with the Pride Center.
The event starts with an education portion where all audience members must attend four mini education stations and get the back of their ticket stamped in order to line up to be let into the ballroom. This year the education portion of the event will focus on HIV/AIDS and the show itself will have a Broadway theme. Contestants will perform popular showstoppers including Rent, Hairspray, and Jersey Boys.
Please come join us for a night of drag-tastic festivities this Friday October 6th! The show starts promptly at 7:00 PM so come early! Attend the education to get your ticket stamped and get the best seat in the house. Tickets are available from any contestant or member of NAK. Look for tabling during U-hour this week.
September 27, 2017
Written by: Kemisa Kassa, CAB Novelty & Variety Specialist
This Thursday evening ASI's Campus Activities Board will be hosting an event called Roller Funk! It will be a great time to break away from academic stress and roller skate the night away. The event will feature throwback songs from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, with free food and snacks. That's not all! If you're not too keen on the roller rink we have some fun LED arcade games like air hockey and foosball. Lastly, don't forget to dress for the occasion in your favorite throwback attire! We'll see you Thursday the 28th at 7 pm at The Clarke Field House to dance and skate the night away!
September 20, 2017
Written by: Yomira Zamora, VP of Student and University Affairs
September 6, 2017
Written by: Louis Adamsel, ASI President
Welcome back Cougars to another exciting academic year here at California State University
San Marcos (CSUSM)! As the 2017 Fall Semester begins, I also want to thank all new
students on your decision to enroll here at CSUSM. All students should feel accomplished—we
had a record breaking enrollment this fall and we will continue to break records together
this academic year. I hope you all feel at home here at CSUSM. We aim to provide a
safe and inclusive campus that is built for everyone.
My name is Louis Adamsel and I am the President of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) here at Cal State San Marcos. ASI is a student-run entity on campus that aims to represent the student voice and advocate for all. ASI has been working diligently for students and I hope that you utilize what we have to offer. Whether it is the Cougar Pantry, 24/5 Library space, events on campus, or leadership opportunities, look at ASI as a resource to help you. I am proud to be president this year and I will continue to make sure students come first.
While enrolled in Cal State San Marcos, I encourage everyone to be engaged in our campus community as well as our region, state, nation, and the world. I challenge each of you to participate in dialogue to promote equity and social justice in all areas on campus, whether it is through taking part in events at some of our community centers, visiting the Office of Inclusive Excellence, or engaging with peers. Our campus should be a pillar in our community displaying our positive campus culture.
I look forward to seeing you all around campus and don’t hesitate to visit the main ASI office located on the third floor of the University Student Union (USU) in USU 3700 or at www.csusm.edu/asi. Be sure to follow us on social media so you can stay up to date on any events, volunteer opportunities and other ways to stay engaged!!
Thank you all and let’s GO COUGARS!!
May 3, 2017
Written by: Collin Bogie, ASI President
It is with great honor I am writing my last piece of communication to the CSUSM community as your ASI President. This year was filled with challenges and surprises but at the end of the day we were able to accomplish much more than we had intended when we took office. From myself, and the rest of ASI, I want to say thank you for putting trust in us to represent your voice for the past year.
In the past year, we have been able to change quite a bit on campus and have made a positive impact for each CSUSM Cougar. The ASI Board of Directors passed resolutions on various topics, from our campus going smoke and tobacco free, to supporting the CALM initiative to combat the high cost of textbooks. ASI, with your approval, passed a fee referendum to increase the ASI student fee. The increase of this fee will enable ASI to continue growing and sustain our level of output for student life programs.
This year was filled with new ASI traditions—traditions that will continue to grow for years to come. In the fall, Cougar Madness hosted over 1,500 CSUSM students to celebrate campus life and promote campus pride. As we grow, it is important for students to come together with their peers and celebrate our university. This spring, ASI’s Campus Activities Board hosted our very first Festival 78. With Marc E. Bassy headlining, our students were able to attend a music festival on campus. This is a huge stepping-stone towards a long-lasting tradition for CSUSM.
The fee referendum gave ASI the opportunity to increase our programs, which is exactly what we will be doing. By fall of next year there will be two new exciting things on campus. These programs include an on-campus food pantry to help fight food insecurity, as well as a portion of the Kellogg Library being open for 24 hours. It is projects like this that prove how powerful students can be on campus, and how proud I am to have been a part of it.
With Cougar Pride,
"Dont just be successful, be significant."
April 27, 2017
Written by: Aaron Herrscher, Executive Vice President
Hello Cougars, ASI will be opening a food pantry on campus to assist with issues related to food insecurity on campus. Food Insecurity means that impacted students have limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods. This can have negative effects on their academic achievements and abilities. We found that this is a concern across the CSU system. After conducting a system-wide survey, the CSU discovered that food insecurity effects an estimated 21-24% of students. CSUSM then conducted its own survey and found that on our campus, the students reported these issues are double the CSU average at 50.27%! That means that half of our students are not sure when or where they will able to get their next full, healthy & nutritious meal from or are skipping meals because they cannot afford to purchase food. In order to support students and address this need on campus, ASI began developing the food pantry this year as well as a way for other students to partake in the effort to help! “Bite out Hunger” is a campaign that seeks to educate students on what exactly food insecurity is and allows fellow students to be part of the change.
In preparation of our on-campus food pantry opening in the USU in fall 2017, we will be having a food donation drive. This gives students the opportunity to help their fellow Cougars Bite out Hunger in exchange for one non-perishable or canned food item. Each donor will receive a “Bite out Hunger” wristband and a piece of pizza. For 10 donation items a donor will receive that plus a “Bite out Hunger” T-shirt. Those who are interested will also be able to sign the pledge to assist in fighting food insecurity on campus. This opportunity is open to students, faculty, and staff across the campus. So on May 2nd during U-hour come out and help CSUSM bite out hunger!
If you are unable to make it to our donation event, feel free to donate food at the ASI office in suite 3700! However, we cannot promise the shirt or pizza! You can also sign our pledge at any time to receive updates or event notifications for things we have planned to address food insecurity on campus. Visit the ASI website for more information!
April 20, 2017
Written by: Jacqueline Catechis, Campus Activities Board Marketing Specialist
Festival 78 is happening this Saturday! Will you be there? Festival 78 is a large-scale, outdoor art and music festival on our CSUSM campus, located at the Mangrum Track & Field from 3 to 7 p.m. on April 22nd 2017. The festival is an experience you will not want to miss! Imagine... entering the venue in your festival wear, breathing in the smell of all the delicious food, and taking in the sight of the largest event the Campus Activities Board has put on to date! You can be relaxing under the sun on the lawn, jamming out in the crowd at the Main Stage, cooling off at the DJ Cool-Off tent, and if you are 21+, then you can indulge in a cold brew at the beer garden! Make sure you check out your fellow Cougar’s art installations and catch others performing at the Main Stage and DJ tent while munching on local foods provided by community members such as, Mr. Taco and Kona Ice! You will be able to create and cherish memories with current and new friends. And, do not forget the freebies! You will be able to make and take flower crowns, kandi bracelets, and headbands! Festival 78 will cultivate unity among students and campus pride. There is still time to purchase tickets if you want to attend, visit:Festival 78 for more information. We sure hope to see you at the Festival 78 experience!
April 12, 2017
Written by: Robin Simmons, LGBTQA Pride Center Intern
Hey Cougars! This year’s edition of the Queery is out and you need to pick up a copy.“This edition promotes solidarity within the community especially after tragic events [such as] the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. [The Queery] is a call to action and also a way for people to express themselves through writing, art, and poetry… It's a form of healing, it's a form of resistance, and it’s a form of activism.” - Alex Maravillas, Editor of the Queery.
This publication is a great way to learn more about the community and immerse yourself in engaging art and empowering words. Printed copies of the Queery will be available in the LGBTQA Pride Center next week and will be given out at gAyPRIL events while supplies last.
April 5, 2017
Written by: Fernanda Hernandez Garcia, LGBTQA Culture and Identity Peer Educator
Hey everybody! ASI and the LGBTQA Pride Center invite you all to kick off a fabulous month full of events in celebration of gAyPRIL! gAyPRIL is celebrated each April here at CSUSM and this year we have some great events planned for you!
You surely saw us out yesterday during U-Hour. The Pride Walk, which kicked off our gAyPRIL celebration, began at University Hall Plaza and proceeded around the rest of campus. We walked with student-made posters and PRIDE flags. We were hard to miss!
Throughout gAyPRIL, there will be events held for those of you who want to get to learn about LGBTQA advocacy and get involved. Be on the lookout for our gAyPRIL calendar, which you can pick up at any of the ASI Community Centers (LGBTQA Pride Center in USU 3100 or Gender Equity Center in USU 3200). It has a full list of the gAyPRIL events.
Attend events throughout the month to learn about how to make an impact in the advocacy for LGBTQA social justice issues, explore queer parenting, or watch a film screening. At the end of the month, CSUSM will be having their very own Pride Celebration! You do not want to miss it. So, mark your calendars and we will see you Thursday, April 27th during U-Hour in front of the USU Forum Plaza!
March 29, 2017
Written by: Jocelyn Molano, Campus Activities Board Programming Specialist
While in Washington, students were also able to go sightseeing, engage with community members, and visit many of the city’s landmarks that make the cities unique. The students really felt like they made an impact on the community, and had a great time exploring Washington.
“I thought it was an insightful and enriching experience that changed my viewpoint. When we were doing the work it was very difficult, but I knew it was important to get it done right because there would be families living there. I’m surprised that I like digging and getting dirty and landscaping, something I’d thought I’d never be doing… Although the work was quite difficult, working in a team toward a common goal was great. All the people we met and talked to were great, it was interesting to see different people from all over coming together towards a common goal of creating a community and homes for the people” - Kemisa Kassa
March 7, 2017
Written by: Chris Morales, Vice President of Student and University Affairs
It is the spring semester here at CSUSM, which means that it’s almost time for the ASI Board of Directors Elections! This is your chance to vote for your fellow students who will represent you and be your voice on the ASI Board of Directors for the 2017/18 academic year.
The Board of Directors is comprised of 17 elected and appointed student representatives, including executive officers, representatives for the various colleges, representatives at large for sustainability and diversity & inclusion, and a veteran’s student representative. We work tirelessly to address student issues and concerns on a campus and statewide level, represent the student voice in various committees throughout the university, and protect the rights and interests of students. We accomplish all of this by constantly working with students, faculty, staff, and legislators.
We work hard for all 15,000 Cougars here at CSUSM. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your student representatives, and every year it is your right to decide who will receive that honored and privileged responsibility—from the ASI President, to your college representative. Campaigning is already underway, and by now, you may have already seen the lawn-signs, posters, and videos. We hope you also take some time to watch the campaign videos for all this year’s candidates at www.csusm.edu/vote/.
Don’t miss your chance to meet the candidates this Thursday, March 9th, during U-Hour on the USU Rooftop at our Meet the Candidates event. Be sure to grab some of our elections materials, including pens, wristbands, buttons, chocolates, and everyone’s favorite, “I Voted” stickers.
Finally, make sure to vote between Monday, March 13th at 7:00 am and Wednesday, March 15th at 5:00 pm at Vote, and you don’t even have to register. You can vote at any time on any mobile device until the polls close, and ASI will be having its own physical polling place at the USU Arcade during U-Hour on Tuesday, March 14th. The winners of the elections will be announced during U-Hour on Thursday, March 16th in the USU Amphitheater. We hope to see you all there!
Thank you all for the trust and responsibility you give to the Board of Directors to serve you! We hope that you will vote next week to continue the growth of ASI and the betterment of our university. #CougarsVote
Add these dates to your calendars!
Februrary 22, 2017
Written by: Ryan Callanta, Design Team Lead
Board of Directors. Campus Activities Board. Gender Equity Center. LGBTQA Pride Center. ASI Front Desk. If you are familiar with ASI, you may have connected faces and people to each of our different entities. But what about the Design Team? You probably did not even know that this area of ASI existed!
We don’t have a public ‘face’ to the Design Team because we are mainly behind the scenes! What do we do? The Design Team is responsible for all graphics and marketing content, like flyers, social media photos, banners, logos, swag items, apparel designs, promotional videos and recap videos. We also manage the website and social media accounts of ASI. Any design aspect from ASI most likely came from us! Have you ever received a swag item from ASI? That item came from us too!
Student programmers from our different entities submit a graphics request to the Design Team and we execute their vision into a tangible graphic. Our tools of choice are mainly in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Once we complete the graphics for an ASI event, we make sure that that images and event information make it to you, the students, by posting on our website and on our social media accounts.
As you can see, the ASI Design Team is very important to our whole operation. Our purpose is something the average person may not think about, but after this article hopefully you will think about the origin of the designs you see around campus. ASI is not the only department with their own Design Team. So if you see a flyer on campus that you absolutely love, make sure to voice how much you like it to the designer! We truly make every design a piece of art and we love hearing your feedback!
If have any skills in Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator or are a creative person who is committed to learn, we are hiring people to join our team at the end of this semester. Find all of the open positions in ASI at bit.ly/ApplyASI for the upcoming fall 2017 semester! Apply and hopefully you will see your designs all over campus! Applications are due March 3rd by 5:00 pm.
Februrary 16, 2017
Written by: Hiba Farhat, Campus Activities Board Programming Specialist
Each year during spring break, a group of CSUSM students spends their spring break volunteering. The purpose of the trip is to provide opportunities for students to participate in an intensive public service experience while increasing their understanding of significant social and environmental problems. This year, students traveled to Tacoma and Seattle, Washington to work with the Habitat for Humanity of Tacoma/Pierce County to help build an affordable housing community. Throughout the trip, the group was able to participate in a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational activities to enhance their service experience. Students worked laying out sod, putting up walls, painting houses, shingling a roof, and much more!
Ever since I moved to America in 2013, I had been under the perception that people of color weren't as represented as I had expected. After transferring to CSUSM, hope was revived in me. Exciting things have been happening on our campus including the opening of the Black Student Center; and with this “The Truth Behind Me” was born.
“The Truth behind Me,” is a celebration of Afrikan Heritage through art. The performances will vary from spoken word, to photography, to a fashion show, and much more. What we would like students to leave with is a sense of meaningful understanding of where certain key elements come from, a good example is a dashiki. This is not just a cool new clothing trend however. The design was based on a 19th century, Ethiopian, noblewoman’s tunic. I am almost sure that a huge chunk of us didn't know that. We also hope that students can come together and just viiiiiiibbbbbbeeeeee with one another.
This collaboration between ASI, the Black Student Union and the Black Student Center proves just how progressive CSUSM is. With this, I hope that everyone will be able to take time to come enjoy our show and see all the beautiful growth that is happening on our campus!
See you tonight!
Februrary 8, 2017
Written by: Sun Quanjun, LGBTQA Pride Center Peer Educator
All the lovebirds in the world, they all try to do something meaningful and special on Valentine’s Day with their partners. Candles, chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals, a romantic dinner–the all-too-familiar dance that turns a special day into a special evening. Spice up Your Valentine’s Day is the refresher you need as you prepare for your Valentine’s Day. Spicing up your romantic life can seem difficult. Try something new? Make a new purchase? Not sure where to start? You need a professional sexpert who can teach you one thing or two.
Dr. Jennifer Gunsaullus is a sociologist, educator, and a sexuality speaker. Dr. Jenn’s interactive presentation will help you explore mindfulness in your sexuality and will have sex quizzes, myth busting, and an opportunity for Q&A.
Spice up Your Valentine’s Day will be great whether you have a Valentine’s Day date, you are looking for one, or you are happily single. Dr. Jenn will help you build skills that will be useful to you next week or next year! If that wasn’t enough for you, we will have some fun activities by the H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center, a photo booth, and Valentine’s cards! Also, our refreshments table will be stocked with information on popular aphrodisiacs!
So, will we see you there?
Februrary 1, 2017
Written by: Alex Munoz, Front Desk Assistant
Every semester begins with emotion, whether it be excitement for a new start or dread at the thought of having to do homework once again. Whichever is the case for you, these tips will help you start the semester off right!
To begin in a positive and effective way, organization is key. It’s important to find the right method for your organization. A good planner will make a world of difference to your daily life. Most smartphones come with a built in planner if you need audible reminders. If you’re like me, getting a tangible planner and writing things down makes getting it done much more likely.
The beginning of the semester can be a scary and exciting time of change. With new classes comes new faces. A great way to start is to talk to someone new in your class. If you reach out, you might just make a new friend or start a study group. Do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do on campus. Go to that club you’ve wanted to attend. Spend some time at the centers you’ve been wanting to check out. Some centers, such as the LGBTQA Pride Center and Gender Equity Center, even have beginning of the semester open house events. It’s likely you won’t be the only new person there! Trying some new things and getting organized will make for a promising beginning to a great semester.
Welcome back Cougars to the spring semester of our academic year. I hope you all had a safe winter break and are recharged and ready for another busy semester. As I write this, I reflect on the fall. I am very proud of this campus and what we were able accomplish together as students. ASI worked vigorously to provide resources and events for the student body and to keep each Cougar as informed as possible about current events.
This past semester our nation faced a very controversial election, but our campus came together and continued to work hard for what we believe. Our students came together to watch the debates, and we were able to do so in a bipartisan and understanding way. As the country transitions into a new administration, let us not forget the purpose of California State University, San Marcos.
Here at CSUSM, we are a diverse group of students who come from an almost infinite number of backgrounds. As you walk the halls, attend events, and study for classes, I challenge you all to meet new people, make new friends, and truly take advantage of everything this campus has to offer.
I am extremely excited for this semester, and will continue working hard every day to fight for each student. My team and I will be channeling our energy and focusing on some important issues that our campus faces each day. We will be developing policies and programs that will begin to address food insecurity here at CSUSM, as well as continuing the ongoing effort of sustainability. I wish you all the best of luck this semester, and happy new year!
December 7, 2016
Written by: Collin Bogie, ASI President
Hello Cougars, and welcome to the last ASI Beat of the semester. I hope you all had a successful first semester to kick off the 2016-17 academic year. This fall has been filled with many events, activities, challenges, and changes. However, I am confident that CSUSM Cougars have persevered with smiles on their faces. As I look back on the past four months, I am extremely proud of this campus and all that we have accomplished.
This entire semester, CSUSM has been filled with school spirit like never before. The grand opening of The Sports Center was a historic moment, and allowed events like Cougar Madness and Homecoming to take place. ASI hosted The Ball and Love Your Body Day, Celebrated Coming Out Week, and engaged students each week with different events and programs. With each year that I attend CSUSM, the concept of “Cougar Pride” becomes more and more apparent. The love and appreciation that students have for this campus is an inspiring thing, and I can’t wait to see how far this campus will go.
CSUSM continues to make heavy strides in diversity and inclusion. The Gender Equity Center and LGBTQA Pride Center have both been very busy this semester. In-between planning events, advocating for students, I constantly see these two spaces on campus filled with people. The preferred name program has been launched at CSUSM, setting a trend across the CSU with many campuses developing a similar program. CSUSM continues to be a leader in innovative thinking and a modern way of executing of higher education.
I wish you all the best of luck with finals, and I hope you have a safe and relaxing winter break. See you next semester!
November 23, 2016
Written by: Dawn Marie Myers, Front Desk Lead
At ASI we are Thankful.
As an employee at the front desk of ASI, I get a lot of questions about random initiatives on campus, inquiries regarding departments not involved with ASI at all, and a lot about events. Something I’ve learned in my three and a half years of service to ASI is that this organization, and this campus as a whole, provide a lot of resources and opportunities for which to be thankful. They are hidden gems only uncovered if you seek them out.
For example, Board of Directors members in ASI this year are working on a food pantry for hungry students. We have departments geared toward student success such as the Career Center, Writing Center, and Math Center on campus. The services provided by these centers, that could otherwise cost dozens of dollars an hour, are free to students. We have a Foster Youth Resource Center, a Veterans Center, a Latin@ Center, and coming soon is a Black Student Center. Another really important resource that students should know about are the ASI Brave Spaces: the LGBTQA Pride Center and the Gender Equity Center. Not only are these spaces great for taking a load off or for studying, but they offer services, printing, freebies, and they employ peer educators that are there to talk in case you are navigating a personal problem. They are focused on making every person feel welcomed, included, unashamed, and safe. These spaces have helped so many students by showing support for those who feel like they have nowhere to go.
As the holidays are approaching, we reflect on gratitude. I am grateful to work in an environment that is focused upon fostering student success, creating safe spaces, and building a sense of community at CSUSM. I am grateful for all the initiatives on campus that are geared to equipping students with the best opportunities they can get their paws on!
Take advantage of your resources on campus. If you don’t know where to start, just ask.
November 2, 2016
Written by: Michael Negrete, Board of Directors Student Veterans Representative
There is nothing I wouldn’t do for another veteran. I have experienced some of the most difficult times of my life alongside these men and women, and have a resounding love for the community. I know, with out a doubt, should I need help they would be there for me. The kinship veterans have is unique. I recall one time having a conversation with a complete stranger. It turns out she was also in the Navy. We begin to ask each other about our time in the service. Coincidentally, we were both stationed on Oahu on Marine Corps Base Hawaii at the same time – different units. I ended up revealing my experience about losing one of our Marines, who was a close friend of mine, during a training exercise. One of our unit’s helicopters crashed in the middle Kaneohe Bay, just outside of our base. She told me that she was part of the Navy Diver team that was called to the search and rescue mission for the Marine that was missing from the crash. Immediately, I burst out into tears. Uncontrollably sobbing, she took me in her arms and held me. For that short time I was safe. I was being taken care of and I was understood. It is for this reason that I take my position as Veteran Student Representative on the Board of Directors so seriously. I want to give to others what that Sailor gave to me for those five minutes—a safe space. I hope to ensure the well-being of veterans is taken into account in all aspects on board CSUSM and that we create a great learning environment.
November 2, 2016
Written by: Jocelyne Molano, CAB Programming Specialist
Hunger means a consistent lack of enough food to meet basic nutrition. People experiencing hunger often face tough choices, such as deciding whether to buy food for dinner or paying bills. Hunger can affect everyone. Families with children, the elderly, homeless, and even students here on campus. Although hunger is less visible, it is still a reality for the many individuals and families who are unable to put enough food on the table.
November 1st marks the start of Cougars Rock Hunger, a food drive hosted by the ASI Campus Activities Board. The canned goods collected from the food drive will support the North County Food Bank. Food banks play a key role by securing millions of pounds of food each year and distributing meals to millions of people in need. In 2015, the North County Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food—the equivalent of 18.3 million meals!
With our support, the food bank will be able to provide even more meals. How can you help? Simply drop off non-perishable food items in the blue bins throughout campus, make an online donation through the virtual pantry, or bring your donations to any CAB or Athletics event!
October 26, 2016
Written by: Rye Boulter, Gender Equity Center Peer Educator
I grew up in a household that did not exemplify love in a way I needed. I was constantly brought down by those who were supposed to love me unconditionally. When you are constantly told that you have to look a certain way, you end up believing that you do. Eventually, I learned that I deserve love and that I can give that love to myself.
Learning to love myself has been a journey that I never expected to take. We live in a society that creates messages about a type of love, beauty, and desirability that is often unattainable. We have been taught that beauty looks like the person on a magazine cover, instead of seeing beauty in the mirror or in self-reflection.
Learning to love yourself and be body positive is very important because you are worthy and valued. For me, learning to love myself is an adventure well worth taking. Love Your Body Day can be a step in that journey! Love Your Body Day is an opportunity for all of us Cougars to challenge all the negative self-talk and love the unique and beautiful ways in which we exist.
So I, and all my friends at the Gender Equity Center, invite you to come to Love Your Body Day. The feminist festival will have on-campus resources, affirmation activities, free food, and A CATWALK for anyone to “strut their stuff” and tell the entire campus why *you* love *your* body! The event will take place in Forum Plaza during U-Hour on October 27th – lookout for the runway!
October 19, 2016
Written by: Ryan Callanta, Web and Social Media Assistant
A lot of students may not realize that we are CSUSM Students like you! Associated Students Incorporated consists of 48 student employees, ranging from Board of Director President to Peer Coordinator at Pride Center to Front Desk Assistant! And while you are having fun at our events, we are having just as much fun working them!
We started off this year with an ASI employee retreat in beautiful Julian, CA at Whispering Winds Camp. Here, we got to know every employee on a personal level! We all participated in multiple icebreakers and several exercises. At this retreat, we transformed from simple co-workers to friends.
As the school year started and the real work began, the fun and bond between all of us did not end! While we are not working, we are always engaging in conversations with one another! The ASI offices have become our home on campus when we are not in class. While this is where the business gets done, this is also where we hang out and study! You can always find us having a random discussion in the lobby, dancing and singing while working, and also activities that we should not do in a professional environment: like hitting around a beach ball!
While you may only see the working side of us, the behind the scenes of ASI consist of just us: CSUSM Students! I think that’s why ASI can deliver fun, relevant events for students, because we are all young adults just like you! ASI is more than just a job for us; it is our circle of friends and home on campus!
If this is something you are looking for in your college experience, then we highly suggest getting involved with Associated Students Inc! We have job openings throughout the year and at the end of the academic year for the upcoming 2017-18 year! Stay connected to find out if a position opens up!
October 12, 2016
Written by: LGBTQA Pride Center Peer Educators, Robert Carleton, Korie Houston, and Preston Witchell
On Friday the 7th, we had the NAK Drag Show; a fun, fierce, and powerful event put on the Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity. Every year for the last three years they have worked with the LGBTQA Pride Center, Gender Equity Center, and USUAB to put on a fantastic show with representatives from several campus fraternities and sororities to promote understanding and education for their members, as well as the campus community at large, about the LGBTQA community.
During the show, volunteers from the Greek houses, all in drag, performed amazingly well with music and dance to the crowd who cheered, clapped, and sang along. The energy was both fun and accepting as drag kings and queens displayed the skills they practiced so hard to learn. From energetic dance sequences with multiple dancers to soulful ballads, the performers displayed incredible talent and dedication. Next came the Q&A session during which each contestant explained their journey from Greek member to drag king or queen. They each also shared an important lesson learned on that journey.
While we are still coming down from the excitement of the Drag Show, we have been busy celebration Coming Out Week! On Tuesday we celebrated National Coming Out Day by offering our students an opportunity to publicly announce their identities and walk through the “closet” door. This National Celebration allows folks to express their identities and be more vocal about their expression of self while creating a sense of pride and empowerment for those who belong to the LGBTQQIAAP community. Coming Out is also a powerful tool in convincing those who love someone that is out to support equal rights under the law.
The opportunity to come out is not always easily available to members of our community. Depending on our various circumstances in life, coming out may have very real ramifications such as disownment, homelessness, and violence. While this day can be one of celebration, it can also serve as a reminder of the harsh prejudice and oppression that our community still faces to this day. Coming out is more than just a one-day experience. It's a lifelong journey.
On September 27th, ASI Campus Activities Board transformed the Quad Courtyard for BJ’s in your PJs! The Quad was lit up with LED lights and paper ice creams hanging from the trees. Blankets were set out on the grass for to hang out and eat ice cream until the movie started. It was a cozy affair with an amazing atmosphere.
Over 150 students came out and had the opportunity to learn about the resources available in the ASI Pride Center and ASI Gender Equity Center. Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) brought out some interactive and informational games for students to learn about safe sex and sexual health. Students were also able to learn about consent and what makes a healthy relationship with a photo op on the red carpet. The Resident Hall Council served up popcorn for everyone in attendance. After visiting the tables and learning more about sexual health, CAB provided students with pints full of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! Make sure to check out all upcoming events from CAB on their Facebook (ASI CAB) and Instagram (@asi.cab)!
September 28, 2016
Written by: Hiba Farhat, Campus Activities Board Programming Specialist
It’s only been a few weeks since the school year has begun and the stress of running from one class to another has started to take a toll on us. On the 23rd of September ASI CAB hosted their first glow-in-the-dark event of the year. Glow It Up gave students a chance to loosen up and realize that going to college is a lot more than what assignment you have due next week. It’s also about connecting with other students and meeting new friends!
Students were greeted at the arcade where they signed in and flocked over glow sticks, necklaces, and jelly rings. Very quickly they started competing at the variety of LED games including ping pong and air hockey. Along with this they enjoyed light-up volleyball and commemorated the night with some pictures at our inflatable photo booth. Glow-in-the-dark body paint was also a huge hit as students waited in line while our volunteers called them up one at a time to decorate their faces under black lights. The food station was filled with warm and fun snacks while our friends at Rockstar Energy Drink kept the students energized and hydrated throughout the event. As the night went on, students danced and sang along to some of the throwback music that was played. You never fully know the power of *NSYNC until “Bye Bye Bye” comes on! Glow It Up proved to be fun, positive, and engaging as students of different years got to interact with each other. Make sure you come out to out next Tukwut Life event, Spooktacular! 8-10pm in The Clarke. Check out the Tukwut Life calendar for more information!
We are only a few weeks away from the presidential election on November 8th and we in ASI are working hard to empower you to be civically engaged in this election cycle. Working together with other civically-minded people across campus, we are planning a variety of events and providing several resources to keep you best informed and prepared for this November.
This year, CSUSM welcomes its highest enrollment in its history, at nearly 15 thousand students. Many of these students are the first in their family to go to college, many are from the local region, and for many of them, 2016 will be the first time they have ever voted for President of the United States. How they vote in November will affect them for the next four years, at which point many of them will be graduating and a new class of freshmen will arrive and get to vote once again.
This November, our vote for President, for Senator and Representatives, for Assembly Members and State Senators, for City Council members, for judges, for school board members, and for propositions will have lasting effects for years to come. It is our civic responsibility to vote, to be as informed as possible, and to engage in debate and discussion in a manner that is both civil and critical.
We hope that you join us this upcoming Monday for our first Presidential Debate Watch Party in the USU Ballroom AC, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the Democrat and Republican candidates for President, and to engage in a discussion with your fellow Cougars. We hope to see you at future events this upcoming month, and we hope to see you at the polls in November.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at email@example.com
Have a great semester, Cougars! And remember #CougarsVote and #CalStateVotes!
September 14, 2016
Written by: Leann Leite, LGBTQA Pride Center Peer Educator
On September 7th and 8th, the LGBQA Pride Center and Gender Equity Center collaborated with the Latin@ Center and the Cross Cultural Center to host the Social Justice Center Open House. The theme of the open house was Cougars in Solidarity because, although we are four different centers, we are committed to supporting each other and the students we serve. The four social justice centers hosted a variety of events and discussions in an effort to build a sense of solidarity across communities at CSUSM. Students learned about the resources available in each center and learned about some of our signature events.
At the ASI Gender Equity Center we hosted two Gender Chats! The first was a discussion on the history and evolution of feminism, and the second one focused on the role that men play in feminism. We loved talking to the students in the center and de-stigmatizing feminism!
At the ASI LGBTQA Pride Center we had information on the term queer, and a lot of information on the many pride flags that you see hanging around our center. We also hosted Kit Yan, a queer, trans, and API slam poet who delivered an amazing performance to an amphitheater filled with students from across campus!
During the open house, we gave away stickers and buttons and we recruited volunteers that wanted to join our team support program! It is not too late to pick up some of our giveaways, sign up to volunteer, or learn more about our events! We invite you to visit us in USU 3100 and USU 3200 and talk to any of our Peer Educators!
September 7, 2016
Written by: Collin Bogie, ASI President
Hello Cougars, and welcome to the fall semester of the 2016/17 academic year. To all new students, congratulations on your decision to enroll at California State University, San Marcos. To all returning Cougars, I hope you’re ready for an eventful semester. This is going to be a revolutionary year in our history and you should all feel very proud to be part of such a diverse campus. Here at Cal State San Marcos, everyone is welcomed and there is a place for each Cougar on campus.
My name is Collin Bogie and I am the President of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) here at Cal State San Marcos. ASI is the official, student-run organization on campus to represent and advocate for YOU. As ASI President I vow to work hard every day for the betterment of this institution. In ASI we make sure that students come first, and that they enjoy their time here at CSUSM. ASI is here to help Cal State San Marcos offer a college experience, not just a school.
College is a long journey and provides time for growth and development. I like to think of Cal State San Marcos as a family in which we all love and care for each other. Each Cougar should feel engaged and empowered to become the best version of themselves that they can be. I challenge each of you to embrace everything this campus has to offer, participate in Tukwut life, and learn to love San Marcos the way I have.
ASI is located in the University Student Union (USU 3700) so please come see what we are all about! Make sure to follow us on social media so you never miss an ASI Beat, come out to one of our events, or ever just walk through the office; here at CSUSM we love making new friends. I look forward to a great semester.
Thank you, and GO COUGARS!