Student government connects through service, relationships

ASCBU strives for effective engagement, ideas from student body.

The new school year means new goals and improvements for student success. One of the organizations on campus that aims to meet these expectations is the Associated Students of California Baptist University.

ASCBU is the campus student government that strives to provide quality service to each student while listening to concerns, providing answers to questions and enhancing the college experience.

Paige Vaughan, senior early childhood studies major and ASCBU vice president, has been a part of ASCBU for two years. She said she wants to create a connection with the students while joining forces with other leadership offices.

“Our hope is to have our name be more present and better communicate with the students to form a closer relationship with them,” Vaughan said. “We are also trying to branch out to more offices on campus for collaboration, improvements, sponsoring events and other services.”

Kendall Morris, senior communication studies and ASCBU executive president, said he desires for students to benefit from the aid their office offers.

“One of our more specific goals for this year is to make ASCBU known to the student body,” Morris said. “We offer so many resources to students and we want to make sure that they know we are here for them.”

Last year, some of the office’s services included coffee chats with the executive council, pop-up breakfasts, spring cleaning services and stress relief week.

Vaughan said she feels ASCBU does a lot of behind the scenes work that still has a large impact.

“We do hold many services throughout each month that enhances the students’ time at CBU,” Vaughan said. “We are the only leadership office that is run by students, which creates a unique opportunity for us to have a direct connection with them.”

Getting involved with ASCBU does not require being a part of the executive council. Students are able to voice their opinion each spring through voting in the student elections and attending the monthly services to stay informed.

“We are open to suggestions on how we can improve,” Morris said. “We have the ability to make many amazing things happen on this campus and we enjoy input to make them happen.”

However, if students are interested in playing a larger role, Vaughan said she urges them to apply for a position with ASCBU.

“I would encourage anyone who has the heart for serving others to get involved,” Vaughan said. “It really is an amazing organization and student leadership position.”

The ASCBU office in Lancer Plaza offers free prints, poster printing and free giveaways to traditional undergraduate students, which are available during their office hours, Monday–Friday from 9a.m.–4p.m.

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