Cal State Long Beach: Associate Students Senate approves Beach Pride

49er Online, California State University, Long Beach
May 13 2004

Senate approves Beach Pride resolution
By Gerry Wachovsky
On-line Forty-Niner

The final A.S. Senate meeting of the semester saw an approval of a
resolution authorizing a new agreement on the distribution of student

Executive director of Associated Students Inc., Richard Haller,
detailed the plan to the Senate and broke down how, exactly, the
funds would be distributed. The sports operating budgets, according
to Haller, were reduced 5 percent, and he also said that A.S.I. will
be responsible for annually auditing the sports, athletics and
recreation department’s agreement with the new terms. Haller said he
believes this will create more student involvement within S.A.R.

In other news, A.S.I. President Danny Vivian, in his weekly report to
the Senate, discussed the deal that Charles Reed, chancellor of the
Cal State University system, California Education Secretary Richard
Riordan and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger came to regarding the
budget crisis and its relation to higher education.

According to Vivian, they agreed not to increase the General Fund
this year and they will not cut the Educational Opportunity Program.

Vivian also noted that while undergraduate fees could go up by 14
percent and graduate fees by 20 percent, next Wednesday the board of
trustees would be meeting to vote to further increase the fees.
Vivian urged the Senate body to “Support the legislators that are
[angry] about this,” and to fight to preserve quality higher

While several of the Senate members will be returning next year to
continue representing the students, certain senators will be moving
on in their professional lives. Over the course of the year, the
Senate intent on many conflicts and enacted numerous resolutions that
affect a myriad of students on campus. It also resolved what proved
to be a controversial issue brought forth by the Armenian Student
Association alleging Turkish involvement in the genocide of
Armenians. In the end, the two groups “agreed to disagree” and the
Senate diffused what might have become a sticky situation. In
addition, they debated about issues relating to fees students have to
pay, and fought for campus organizations.

The senators collectively agreed that they accomplished a large
amount this year and a number of members expressed how honored they
are to have served on the Senate.