CSU Board of Trustees member observes how budget decisions affect CSUN students

Adria Brodie

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A.S. senators discussed a campus visit with CSU Board of Trustee member Henry Mendoza Tuesday during the final A.S. meeting for Fall 2010. Senators Melinda Hambrick and Jonathan Polus joined A.S. President Conor Lansdale for the tour. Photo Credit: Paul Kingsley / Photo Editor

CSU Board of Trustee member Henry Mendoza toured the campus Monday to gain knowledge about the culture of CSUN and observed how the faculty and administration responded to the needs of the students, said Conor Lansdale, A.S. president.

During the vice president’s committee report Tuesday at the last A.S. meeting of the semester, Lansdale said he and A.S. senators Melinda Hamrbick and Jonathan Polus had the opportunity to take part in Mendoza’s visit.

“Trustees take tours to learn about different campuses,” Lansdale said. “This helps them with budget decisions and gives them the opportunity to fairly distribute the funds.”

Senator Hambrick said she thought Mendoza’s visit was important because he could see the students who were affected by the decisions made by the CSU Board of Trustees.

“Because they are decisions makers and regulate policies for all CSUs, I think it is important for them to come and see how each campus is different and unique,” Hambrick said. “Each campus has its own strong points and great things to showcase.”

Lansdale added the CSU has 23 different campuses, but are regionally different.

He said several regions have different interests in terms of popular majors and student culture on campuses, making board members’ visits important when they have to make decisions.

Senator Polus added the tour was important because Mendoza could see what the CSU has funded.

“More importantly, it’s nice to get his opinion on things from as a student leader here,” Polus said.

Lansdale said the senators raised questions about the DREAM Act and AB 540 students, and said he was happy about the way CSUN handles students’ needs.

“I’m happy to say that the faculty and administration does a great job responding to students’ needs here on campus,” Lansdale said.

A.S. presents The Final Flip

As students prepare for final exams, A.S. will serve free pancakes, sausages, and hot cocoa as part of their end-of-the-year stress reliever in front of the Oviatt Patio today from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

“This is our way of getting students to relieve stress before finals,” said Stephanie Galvez, A.S. graduate assistant. “Students really love the coffee.”

Galvez said several A.S. senators will volunteer their time to serve students and a masseuse from the Klotz Student Health Center will give five-minute massages.

Senator Jordan Lopez said he cannot wait to serve students breakfast at night.

“I’m absolutely excited,” Lopez said. “I think it is exactly what students need to get a break.”

Senator Polus said he was excited about the midnight food.

“Because of my schedule, I sometimes can’t volunteer for events, but I was so happy to hear this event was on a Wednesday,” Polus said. “I’m so excited to volunteer.”

Ali Garcia, executive director of SPACE, said this event was a trial run and based on its success, the event could be held every year.

“We want every student to come out and kick off a midnight breakfast for finals,” Garcia said.

Galvez said she wants students to enjoy themselves with their friends.

“We also will have an inflatable slide for students to enjoy with their friends and a inflatable screen with winter scenes to promote the holiday,” she said.

Galvez added the event is free and on a first come first serve basis. She said funding for the event comes from a spirit fund, a fund which promotes school spirit on campus.

“We already had a lot of the stuff needed for the event,” Galvez said. “Most of the money went towards the food.”