Senators Boxer, Feinstein to rally at CSUN

Angela Melero

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California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein will make a campaign stop at CSUN Friday afternoon in the USU’s Grand Salon.

The event, will be hosted by CSUN’s Young Democrats.

Nareg Babaians, vice president–elect of the Young Democrats, said representatives from Boxer’s campaign team contacted CSUN in an effort to include the campus in their San Fernando Valley campaign for next week’s election.

“They want to engage and encourage young voters,” Babaians said.

He said the free event, which begins at 1 p.m., is open to the public and will include an address to CSUN faculty and students from Senator Boxer.

“This is a great way for students to understand Boxer and become familiar with what she stands for,” Babaians said. “Students should be aware of all the good things she’s done in her 20 years of service.”

Babaians said he and his fellow members of the Young Democrats noticed a lack of interest and information from the student body as they promoted the upcoming election and urged people to register to vote.

Mallash Khoshnood, 20, A.S senator, said Friday’s rally occurs in the throws of A.S.’s State of the State Month, aimed toward offering students information on the propositions and the election process.

“I think there is a lot of voter apathy out there and people thinking that their vote doesn’t matter,” Khoshnood said.

He said he manages to stay up to date on the governor elections but has not stayed current on those pertaining to the Senate.

“I’ve been really busy and I assume that’s the case for a lot of students,” said Khoshnood, biology major.

He added that there is a misconception that politicians need glitz and glamour to get the younger generation interested in politics and elections.

John Siritaranukul, A.S. senator and nutrition major,  said he is interested to see what the guest speakers at the rally have to say about the propositions and issues that will be on this year’s ballot.

“I want to know what she plans on doing differently,” said Siritaranukul, 22. “How does she plan to effect change?”

Babaians said he hopes the rally will break students’ indifference toward electoral participation and that they will come to realize the impact their votes have on the state and country.

“Young people should care about the issues because their participation will affect them 30 years down the road,” Babaians said.

Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP before Thursday evening.

The RSVP link is https://donate.barbaraboxer.com/page/signup/GOTVintheValley.