by Alejandra Molina
Among the several changes in the works for the Associated Student Federation Forum is a shift in its attention toward commuter students, whom they hope will become more involved with campus activities.
“This is the year we are getting their opinion,” said ASF President Travis Berry.
To gather this feedback from commuters, ASF’s first step was to provide a booth in front of the Seal on Oct.16, handing out T-shirts for commuters and promoting upcoming events on campus.
“Commuters are always walking around the Seal,” Berry said. “Once word gets around, they get around.”
This is the first year that commuters are getting these T-shirts.
Dates and locations of upcoming campus events are cited on the back of the shirt.
“It’s an effective way to advertise,” Berry said of the giveaway.
“It’s promoting the events but a lot of commuters will not come to campus just for a Homecoming event,” added junior Enrique Salazar, a commuter. “Why waste gas just to come to Homecoming events?”
“The ASF senators have been coming up with great ideas,” said ASF spokeswoman Christina Massengale about the T-shirts.
To inform commuters of upcoming events, ASF will collect their e-mail addresses, instead of just using snail mail.
“We’re trying to reach out to every student on a larger scale,” Berry said.
The forum has been known to just do what has been successful in the past, such as planning popular events like Cosmic Bowling.
But this year, Berry said, the forum will target commuter students, emphasizing catering to their needs.
It has always been easier for the forum to communicate with students living on campus, Berry said.
“Our main focus is to represent the whole population,” he said.
While targeting commuters is their primary push at the moment, the forum has other projects in the works. As in previous years, to request money from ASF, recognized clubs have to fill out certain forms available at the front desk in the Student Center desk.
This year, though the guidelines on becoming a recognized club have not necessarily gotten stricter, the enforcement of them has, ASF officials said.
To become a recognized club, the paperwork has to go through student affairs and through leadership workshops directed by Leadership Development and Transition Program Director Brian Armstrong.
Two new offices located in the Student Center, have also been constructed.
These new offices are now more inviting and students can go into communicate with ASF members, Berry said.
“They (students) can communicate with us now,” he said.
These offices went through reconstruction over the summer.
“The space is more defined now,” Berry said.
“The executive board offices are now more permanent, there is an office for the president and an office for the vice president and public relations,” Berry added.
Though the changes are there some commuters do not see any improvements.
“As far as being informed, I have not seen any improvements,” said senior commuter Freddie Reese.
“If there is a change you notice it,” he said. “I have not come across any changes.”