September 15, 2009
By Rebecca Howard
The Associated Students of Colorado State University are your student government. Now that the school year is in full-swing, President Dan Gearhart is encouraging his fellow Rams to get involved.
ASCSU has set multiple goals for the year, but one of the main focuses is increasing student involvement, within their office and all over campus. There is an endless list of ways to get involved, but President Dan Gearhart (pictured) has a few suggestions.
“The easiest way (to get involved) is to go root on the Rams,” Gearhart said, adding that students should support all of our athletics teams and sport clubs from football to cross country to ice hockey. Of course, all of our Rams need encouragement. Why not also cheer on the CSU Marching Band or attend a student performance at the UCA?
ASCSU allocates approximately $200,000 a year to student organizations. According to Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement, or SLiCE, there are currently 346 student organizations on campus, varying from academic and pre-professional groups, like the Pre-Veterinary Club, to recreational groups, like the Snowriders. “There is something for everyone,” Gearhart said.
However, if there is not a student organization you want to join, you can always start your own. In order to become an official student organization, a group must go through the official registration process.
ASCSU is pushing for more student involvement this year, and according to Gearhart, getting involved is as easy as walking in the front door. “There is always someone in the office,” Gearhart said.
ASCSU is not just for political science majors either. Gearhart, a communications major, joined the ASCSU court during his sophomore year. There are positions in marketing, PR, and other areas. There are also general volunteer positions. You can get more information about getting involved at the ASCSU office, Room 109 in the Lory Student Center or online.
One ASCSU program that is in great need of volunteers is RamRide, a program that offers safe rides home to CSU students. "It's draining on those who run it," Gearhart said. ASCSU is working to make the program more efficient, but they still need more volunteers. Students can sign up to volunteer online.
Most importantly, all of the students at ASCSU simply want to help and serve CSU’s student body. “We have a lot of highly motivated students here,” Gearhart said. “These people are very passionate. They are top-notch students that are willing to help others before themselves. I urge students to come in and seek that help.”