Associated Students senate fills three vacant seats

Kristopher A. Fortin

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Associated Students (A.S.) Vice President Conor Lansdale reads a text message from A.S. President Abel Pacheco to the senators of A.S. apologizing for his absence and giving his presidential report during the A.S. meeting on Tuesday. Photo Caption: Katie Chavarian

Associated Students (A.S.) senate approved three senators yesterday, decreasing the number of senate vacancies to 10.

Joshua Taylor was appointed to the Upper Division II senate position, Natalie Perez to Health and Human Development II, and Ashley Walker to Lower Division II.

There have been six applications received in the past two weeks, which includes the three recently appointed senators, which inquired about open senate positions, said A.S. Personnel Director Kathi Parrella after the meeting. Currently there are no interviews scheduled for open senate positions, Parrella said.

Taylor, a senior political science major, said he hasn’t been actively involved on campus, “but I’m trying to be.” A transfer student from Antelope Valley College, Taylor managed the campaign for a losing nominee’s bid for a spot on Lancaster’s high school board.

Perez, a fifth-year senior, family and consumer science major and marketing minor, originally applied for the A.S. attorney general position, she said, but A.S. President Abel Pacheco recommended she apply for a senate position.

Not yet on any A.S. committees, Perez will be working with former Health and Human Development I senator, Eboni Blanche on projects Blanche was working on before she resigned.

Perez said she would visit the A.S. Web site on her spare time during the spring semester, and started reading agendas and minutes over the summer.
“I didn’t jump into it without knowing what it was going to be,” Perez said.

Perez worked on the University Student Union program counsel’s sports committee as a general member, and a peer advisement mentor for the Education Opportunity Program (EOP).

Perez works at her internship once a week for eight hours in the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Consumer Affairs doing conflict resolution and consumer counseling. Perez is also a cofounder of Alpha Pi Sigma, a Latina-based sorority.

Walker is a junior psychology major. She worked as a new student orientation leader last year and volunteered with SPACE for last year’s Big Show.
“I wanted to join A.S. since I was a freshman,” Walker said.

Walker works on campus as a student assistant for the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department.

Walker will be working on the Academic Affairs committee. One issue she is interested in working on is how to graduate students if they have completed 130 units.
Walker said the A.S. Academic Affairs committee is working with CSUN’s Office of Institutional Research to try and develop a program that will put students on a path to graduation. For example, making students get advisement after a certain number of units are completed, Walker said.

There have been 500 tickets sold through Ticketmaster for next week’s Big Show. The figures for Big Show ticket sales bought through the A.S. ticket office were not available, said SPACE executive director Audrey Younna.

Talib Kweli was added to the Big Show lineup after the former opener cancelled.

The A.S. Swap Out program will end on Oct. 2. The Swap Out program lets students bring in apparel from colleges other than CSUN and swap them for CSUN apparel. The apparel collected from the program will be donated to Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND).

The code on the environmental affairs director was sent to the policies committee for review.

The following clubs’ constitutions were approved: Students for Justice in Palestine of the California State University of Northridge, Delta Alpha Pi, a student group that recognizes achievements by students with disabilities, and Residence Hall Association of CSUN, a student group that will represent students living in the University Park apartments.