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ASCSU discusses funding for campus programs, swears in senators

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The Associated Students at Colorado State University senate holds the first senate meeting of the fall 2021 semester Sept. 1. (Cat Blouch | The Collegian)

The Associated Students of Colorado State University convened on Oct. 20 for their eighth meeting of the semester. ASCSU swore in a new senator, heard a proposal by a CSU student, ratified a new member to the Student Fee Review Board and heard a presentation on Resolution 5104.

Antonella Torres Peralta was sworn in as an associate senator for El Centro.

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Guest speaker Walker Sparling proposed to have a bike rack installed on the north side of CSU remote parking lot 740. Sparling said there is a problem with students locking their bikes to trees and handicap signs near the parking lot.

“I’m mainly targeting this towards the users of the CSU remote parking lot because that parking lot is about a mile away from the Lake Street parking garage and the Aggie Village Apartments for reference,” Sparling said. “So that is kind of a longer walk, and especially in the night hours, it might be easier to bike, and it’d be faster to bike.”

Learning more about those organizations within SFRB, I think it gives you a great opportunity not just to learn about managing budgets, and that’s something I really love to do and something I’m really looking forward to learning more about- Jessica Laffey, freshman economics student

Sparling spoke about how as well as stopping students from locking their bikes to trees and handicap signs near the parking lot, the rack would be near the Centre & Research bus stop, provide increased accessibility to the 740 parking lot and a method of fast transportation to the 740 parking lot when the Around the Horn shuttle route isn’t running.

“Even though there is free parking at certain places on campus on weekdays, there still is a time after 6 p.m. that the shuttle doesn’t go,” Sparling said. “So if students aren’t going to campus early in the day, they would still have to pay for parking at either the Lake Street parking garage or by the Morgan Library, so I believe this would be a good solution to that.”

Sparling said the new bike rack could increase remote parking pass sales and decrease the amount of policing required to remove bikes.

Later in the meeting, freshman economics student Jessica Laffey was unanimously ratified to the SFRB.

“Learning more about those organizations within SFRB, I think it gives you a great opportunity not just to learn about managing budgets, and that’s something I really love to do and something I’m really looking forward to learning more about,” Laffey said. “But I think it’s bigger than that in the sense that you get to learn so much about the communities here on campus.” 

The next part of the meeting was a presentation on Resolution 5104, “Support for Hunger-Free Campus Funding.” The resolution seeks to endorse Swipe Out Hunger’s Hunger-Free Campus Bill and calls on the Colorado Department of Higher Education to find funding to support programs like Rams Against Hunger.

“Basically what this resolution would do is affirm that ASCSU — and kind of by extension the student body — that they think this is a good idea and that we have organizational support for this kind of effort,” Director of Governmental Affairs Anya Kaplan-Hartnett said.

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Piper Russell can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @PiperRussell10.

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Piper Russell
Piper Russell, News Editor
Piper Russell is one of The Collegian’s news editors this year and is thrilled to be working in the role. She started as a news reporter her sophomore year, covering news happening around the Colorado State University campus and the Fort Collins community. She continued to cover CSU and Fort Collins news as well as the Associated Students of CSU during her junior year. Russell is now a senior double majoring in journalism and media communication and Spanish. Although she began college undeclared, she quickly discovered her passion for journalism through the classes she took at CSU and her work at The Collegian. She’s always loved all things involving reading and writing, so working at The Collegian ended up being the perfect fit. As news editor, Russell ensures The Collegian covers important CSU and Fort Collins news accurately, truthfully and thoroughly. The Collegian has already given her many opportunities to hone her writing and reporting skills. She is very grateful and excited to have a leadership position at The Collegian, which will allow her to continue to grow as a reporter and editor. As well as writing, Russell can be found skiing, hiking, rafting and doing pretty much anything else outdoors, as she’s from the mountains. She loves traveling and hopes to do more of it in the future. She will also read any book she can get her hands on.
Cat Blouch
Cat Blouch, Social Media Editor
Cat Blouch is the social media editor at The Collegian. They are a fourth-year student at Colorado State University studying business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in statistics from Delta, Colorado. They have been on The Collegian's team since the summer of 2020, starting on the opinion desk and later joining the photo team. Blouch began their social media interest by working on the @colostatememes page on Instagram and looked at the social media editor position as a way to further engage with the CSU community. They are excited to find new ways to hear the voice of the student body and engage more with readers through their positions at The Collegian. Blouch enjoys the flexibility of being able to pursue creativity in multiple mediums at The Collegian. When Blouch is off the clock, you can find them engaging in other creative areas such as creating music, writing poetry or filming a video. They hope to continue their creative pursuits after college through work in marketing analytics and content creation.

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