The final round of votes in early May will determine the university’s new identity.
Only 18 percent of American college students voted in the 2014 midterm election, according to statistics compiled by Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. To bolster voter turnout, California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla partnered with Long Beach State and other campuses Friday to prioritize voter education and registration on campuses through a competition. All Cal State Universities, Universities of California, state community colleges and private institutions in the state were invited to join the cause, known as the “Ballot Bowl.” The competition will be divided into three categories: the largest number of students registered, the largest percentage of its student body registered and the most creative approach to registering students. The contest will formally begin on Aug. 20 and end Oct. 20. The winners will be announced Oct. 30, shortly before the California general election day on Nov. 6. The election will determine the holders of multiple statewide and county-specific offices, such as state governor and state Senate and Assembly representatives. Numerous ballot initiatives will also be voted on. The prizes, which were not disclosed, are tentatively scheduled to be given out on Nov. 14. “The goals for the challenge are to increase student voter registration and to create
Fliers around campus, informational booths along busy university areas and tables bribing students with coffee for talking to student government candidates — these sights can only mean one thing: Associated Students Inc. elections are here. Students can vote for their favored candidates online via email until March 14. The results are expected to be released the day after. “It takes less than a minute to submit a ballot," said Ian Macdonald, a molecular biology sophomore running for senator of natural science and math. "All of the candidates are hardworking students who really want to serve, and it would mean the world to us to get a student’s vote." To get acquainted with prospective student leaders, the campus community can attend Coffee with the Candidates Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the bookstore vendor area. According to La Keisha Jeanmarie, government elections officer, there will also be “Get Out the Vote” informational booths on the candidates over the next two weeks. Campaigning for the elections started March 5. Candidates for executive positions were required to obtain at least 100 student signatures, and college senator positions had to obtain 50 student signatures. Macdonald mentioned other ways candidates will reach out
The Student Fee Advisory Committee will meet on Friday to compile a recommendation for University President Jane Close-Conoley, who will make the final decision regarding the issue of a University Student Union fee increase. "I'm absolutely siding with the students," Conoley said via telephone after the voting results were announced. She said she would expect to receive a recommendation from the SFAC in about two weeks. "I'm fairly confident that with a 67 percent negative vote, they're going to send me a negative recommendation." Conoley said that based on her initial assessment of the voter turnout and the majority opinion, she would most likely accept a negative recommendation. Vice President of Student Services Dr. Carmen Tillery Taylor, chair of the SFAC, announced the official results of the referendum to a packed Dr. Stuart L. Farber Senate Chamber on Feb. 26. "This is the highest voter turnout in the CSULB history," Taylor said, regarding the 34.1 percent of CSULB students who voted via email on this referendum. Of the votes cast, 7,666 (63.53 percent) opposed against the fee increase, and 3,765 (31.20 percent) favored it. The remaining 635 votes recored came in as blank, which reflected students who chose the "skip" option at the bottom of the email