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Cougar Spotlight: ASI Presidential Candidates

ASI Candidates

December 14, 2015
By Jasmine Demers, Tukwut Life Marketing Assistant


It’s that time of year again, Cougars. ASI elections are in full swing and we have some spectacular student candidates who are looking to become your next student body president.

The President of ASI is a campus leader who dedicates their time to representing CSUSM students. They serve as a liaison between ASI and the university administration, as well as a strategic leader in moving forward with ASI goals, actions, priorities, and initiatives. Have your voice heard and vote at csusm.edu/vote.

Without further ado, we give you the 2016-2017 ASI presidential candidates!

Collin Bogie

Collin Bogie

Collin Bogie is a third year Economics major from Palm Springs, CA. He has ambitious hopes for the future of our campus and plans to contribute positively to CSUSM’s ongoing diversity efforts.

What made you want to run for President of ASI?

I am running for ASI president because I feel like it is the best way i can give back to this community. California State University, San Marcos has given me a home away from home and a group of people that I can call my family. I am running for ASI president to advocate for the students, and know that I left CSUSM a better place than when I started.

If you are elected, what do you hope to achieve in your presidency? What changes do you wish to make?

I hope to make ASI the most transparent and user friendly entity on campus to students. I will make ASI a place students feel comfortable going, and something that students fully understand and appreciate. I will continue to grow diversity and inclusion, and make each and every student feel comfortable to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. One of my main goals is to increase veteran involvement on campus, and help the Veterans Center with anything they may need. I want each organization to feel loved and supported by ASI; because this is how our campus will continue to grow.

In what ways has being a student at CSUSM impacted you?

CSUSM has impacted my life greatly, and has changed my mindset completely. Since my freshman year I have been left speechless by the people I have met and the experiences they have shared with me. CSUSM truly helped me mature into the man I am today. Without this campus, ideas of diversity and inclusion would simply be words to me, not a way of life. I have learned more about myself outside of the classroom than in, and I owe that to CSUSM. I will leave this institution a better person, and take the value I learned here with me for the rest of my life.

Joana Rodriguez

Joana Rodriguez

Joana Rodriguez is a second year student from Cathedral City who is majoring in Business Administration. She hopes to take our campus to the next level with a brand new initiative to help students succeed.

What made you want to run for President of ASI?

I decided to run for President of ASI because I want to contribute to the diversity of our student government. I feel that with my diverse involvement at CSUSM, I am able to understand students on a wide spectrum and work with various student voices on campus. Also my involvement within ASI, as Peer Educator of the Gender Equity Center and a member of Internal Operations, gives me a great understanding of ASI as a whole and how to better serve and engage with students.

If you are elected, what do you hope to achieve in your presidency? What changes do you wish to make?

If elected as president, I will bring fair representation of student diversity within meetings and at California State Student Association. I hope to decrease the overpriced parking prices on campus. I want bring a new student program called Tukwut Internship/Mentorship Experience “TIME” to San Marcos. This program will be to connect students with on and off campus professionals within their major so students are able to get a first-hand look at what the field consists of. This program would give students understanding of the work field, confidence in their major and a great resume boost.

In what ways has being a student at CSUSM impacted you?

Being a student at CSUSM has impacted me in many ways. It definitely helped me realize that my voice does matter and that students can make a difference. CSUSM educated me and helped me reconnect with my roots and unrecognized history of various cultural groups. CSUSM made me love my college experience through all the opportunities and support by staff and fellow students.

Sean Heller

Sean Heller

Sean Heller, a Tehachapi, CA native, is a third year Business Marketing major at CSUSM. He hopes to be a strong advocate for change on our campus and boost the presence of ASI representation for students.

What made you want to run for President of ASI?

After serving for two years at Associated Students Incorporated, I recognized potential within the organization through its mission statement. It's unfortunate that the majority of the students are paying into an organization they are NOT even aware of! I want students to feel that their funds are being well spent, and that they are well represented. This organization helped me to develop greatly with its opportunities, and I want to empower others.

If you are elected, what do you hope to achieve in your presidency? What changes do you wish to make?

Regardless of whether I achieve presidency or not, I will make the presence of ASI better known. That, in and of itself, is an achievement. However, I shall endeavor to address the current parking crisis -- whether be it through advocating for lower prices or more flexibility in parking options. I will also strengthen the ties between students and faculty, as a cohesive network is critical for organizational effectiveness. I also believe that further progress can be made on establishing a black student center, and encourage growth in an underrepresented demographic on our campus.

In what ways has being a student at CSUSM impacted you?

CSUSM impacted me greatly enough that I wanted to take charge and represent its approximated 13,000 students. As a student of CSUSM, I am truly honored to take part in a diverse community with so much potential for growth. I recognize the value and impact that philanthropy, community service and networking can have for both the individual and the community. I urge all students, to the best of their capacity, to make their college years fruitful and productive. Life is but a dash between two years, so please do not settle for less.