• Jen McClellans public comment to CSU Board of Trustees


    California Student Union flyer distributed at the Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 15th. Notice Jen ends her comment as the flyer directs.

    Joint Committee on Education Policy and Finance, California State University Board of Trustees meeting, Long Beach, California.


    My name is Jen. I’m a senior at Cal State Northridge studying English Subject matter and looking forward to teaching junior and senior English in LAUSD.

    I chose to speak to this committee specifically because I saw you all were taking action on an item that you have discussed and already made up your minds about.

    Nevertheless, I hope that the decisions you make in the future will be effected by the comments and actions made by myself and my fellow students who have disrupted our studies, our budgets, our lives, and traveled from all over California that you might hear our testimonies and needs.

    I have come before you today to say the way you are doing things is most certainly not the best way to help students succeed.

    Your salaries are too high. Tuition is too high. The for profit model is failing us. I heard a trustee earlier talk about failure as necessary for growth. But what the people are saying, if you were really listening, is [Read More…]

  • Student Government Resignations

    Six members of Ohio University Student Senate resign

    Letters of resignation have since been removed from The Post Athens website. All that I could find was the following article.

    September 16, 2015

    Originally Posted http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2015/09/six-members-of-ohio-university-student-senate-resign

    Six members of Ohio University’s Student Senate resigned during Wednesday night’s meeting.


    OU Student Union member Daniel Kington pushes back against the resolution to use Robert’s Rules of Order at the first Student Senate meeting of the year. The resolution eventually passed and Kington resigned as a result.

    Student Senate is short six members after Wednesday night’s meeting.

    Casi Arnold, the LGBTQA senator, Daniel Kington, the Honors Tutorial College senator, Hayley Oliver, the College of Arts and Sciences senator, Keelan O’Sullivan, an off-campus senator, Kim Oswald, another off-campus senator and Grant Stover, environmental affairs commissioner resigned from their positions following a resignation speech delivered by Kington.

    All six members resigned because a resolution to have students vote on a direct democracy model for senate failed to pass in the general body meeting last week.

    “We feel it is more valuable to focus our time outside of this room since this room has shown itself unwilling even to pursue the reality we desire,” Kington, a Post columnist, said.  [Read More…]

  • Petition: Boycott and rescind $4 opt out only representation fee from CSSA for all CSU students


    Sign to pledge to boycott and support rescinding the SIRF fee, and all other present and future fees on CSU students that fund the CSSA, until the CSSA can reasonably demonstrate democratic involvement of its student constituents and effective methods for acquiring appropriate feedback for representing them.

    The California State Student Association (CSSA) has publicly and actively demonstrated that it sides with California State University (CSU) Administrations, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Board of Trustees over its student constituents, staff, and faculty.

    The CSSA is funded in part by the Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF). This is a twice annual $2 fee that all CSU students pay unless they opt out. This opt out method is confusing and contradictory to the name of the fee. The CSSA does not use the money from this fee to involve or represent students, and rather, works actively against their constituents best interests.

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  • Participatory Budgeting

    What is participatory budgeting?

    According to participatorybudgeting.org, participatory budgeting  is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

    The student council at California State University (CSU) Chico uses a watered down version of this, and CSU Chico consistently has the highest voter turnout of the 23 CSU campuses, at an average of about 20% voter turnout. This is achieved because every club and organization wants the funding, so they all work to engage students and rally them to vote.

    Though there is much left to be desired, this high voting turn out is achieved not by a top down student council only effort, but a bottom up school wide effort. This bottom up mobilization captures the essence of democracy.

    Many participatory budgeting programs exist that are far more effective than the methods of Chico’s student council.

    I personally like electronic and online participatory budgeting programs the best. [Read More…]

  • Power Trip Artwork

    Art: Democracy Progress Freedom Blood Power Caged Bird Theory

    Power Trip

    Recommended: Read Power Trip Poem First

    January 2013-April 2014

    When I got elected to Student Body President? I thought I made it. The election felt like demons filleting my flesh.
    The knife like eyes of my peers judging my every move. I was studying Foucault at the time of the election. His work about the panoptic effect and how it creates a self subjection and internalization of externally imposed norms mixed with his discursive formation theories destroyed me as I tried to form rhetoric for my campaign. The level of understandings I achieved felt nearly too much for me to handle as I was actively synthesizing my studies through my practice. I continuously internalized the rhetoric I crafted from external sources and then re-externalized it through my canvassing and speech giving. I subjected myself to the pan-optic effect from potential voters as I would try and be conscious of what I said wherever I went, and was sure to adhere to norms expected of a potential president (being happy, intelligent, quick, persuasive, confident, to name a few). Then I actively participated in discursive formation as I used the campaign to work to change the discourse of our community.

    Getting elected felt like reaching a plateau on the mountain, after crawling through thorny thickets.  Little did I realize, I was only at the base of the mountain. Climbing it would be more intense of a taskthan I ever imagined.

    Each of these pictures could serve to represent a plateau/new level of synthesis that I reached in understanding and accomplishment along my metaphysical trek through the bureaucracy. [Read More…]