Reports that detail Associated Students senators’ goals and objectives for their constituencies will likely be put online by the end of this week, according to the A.S. president.
The monthly reports are produced by senators and other A.S. members who write about what they are working on within A.S. and anything else campus-related, said Chad Charton, A.S. president.
The reports must be completed by the end of every month.
“The purpose and objective is to inform and engage the public,” Charton said. “It’s more or less an opportunity for senate members to share.”
Reports have already been compiled for September and October, and the November reports were due Nov. 29. Charton said the reports would likely be available for download at the A.S. website (www.csunas.org) by the end of this week.
The reports are written by the A.S. members and e-mailed to Charton, who gives feedback and then directs them to Kevin Mojaradi-Stenke, marketing and public relations coordinator of A.S., who will be responsible for putting them on the web.
Additionally, Charton will write a report himself that will be online.
Senators represent different colleges, class standings and level of study on campus, and are responsible for voicing the opinions and concerns of the students during official meetings of the senate and in meetings with university officials.
Senators have the option to write the reports. If a senator does not write a report, however, Charton said the pressure comes from students who wonder why their senator did not write it.
A.S. felt the reports were an additional means to better engage senators with their constituencies, Charton said.
Making the senate reports public on the A.S. website will also be of help because A.S. sometimes receives complaints from students that its senators are not representative of them, Charton said, adding that the organization wants to increase its “credibility rankings.”
Even though Charton said the reports would allow senators to reach out to the students they represent, he does not expect many students to be interested in the reports.
“We’re not expecting students to really access these things,” Charton said. He said his organization’s influence on CSUN seems to be overlooked.
“I would think A.S. has a tremendous impact on the campus, (but) it just happens to be transparent,” Charton said.
His concerns of A.S. not being very noticeable on campus have not gone unheard.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s certainly not a challenge we haven’t acknowledged or addressed,” Charton said.
Selene Salas, Humanities II senator, said she agreed that A.S. is not recognized by all students on campus.
“We promote (to) students to get involved because not too many (of them) know we have A.S. and they don’t know what it is,” Salas said.
Salas said she believes the majority of students that are unaware of A.S. are freshmen and transfer students.
“I let (students) know I’m involved in A.S.,” Salas said. “I just want to convince students to get involved.”
There are committees in A.S. that work with deans, department chairs and student clubs and organizations to get information based on the objectives of each committee, she said.
Salas is on the University Affairs Committee, which, among other things, works with Admissions and Records to get information about student enrollment.
Salas said she feels the senate reports affect everyone on campus because senators take a stand on issues students face.
“I notice that most of the students that are aware (of student issues) are those doing research,” Salas said.
Active students on campus will want to know the contents of the senate reports, Salas said, adding that by publishing them A.S. would reach more students.
Mitch Lozada, junior information systems major, said he would be interested in reading the senate reports when they are published online.
“I would like to know other people’s concerns at CSUN,” Lozada said.
Lozada also said he would read the reports if they included what he called valid CSUN issues like school budgetary matters and school spirit.
Lozada is a member of the Filipino American Student Association at CSUN and also a part of the dance group Fasmode. He said that because he is involved in FASA, he knows about the issues on campus and would be interested in reading the reports.
“If I wasn’t involved in CSUN, I don’t think I would know a whole lot about A.S.,” Lozada said.
Salas said there are some ways A.S. can make its presence better known on campus.
“(The committee is) thinking of having one hour of events where students can hang out,” Salas said, adding that she is also considering the having a one-hour lunch break in which all students can come together and partake in events and activities on campus.
Salas was also considering having booths set up once a week in various locations on campus to promote A.S. and educate students about the organization.
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