BY: ERIKA JOHNSON
When we last caught up with John and Jon, the Associated Students Inc. duo were halfway into their first term as president and vice president. A year later, a new platform and the same dudes. John Haberstroh and Jonathon Bolin are at it again. DIG Magazine sat down with them to discuss what they are working on, what they have accomplished and what they have planned for the future.
When running for reelection, John and Jon based their platforms on the continuation of the farmers market, Nugget town hall meetings and scholarship funding, while making new promises for the campus shuttle system and ASI reforms.
Many of their campaign signs centered on their on-campus farmers market, which is now a biweekly event. It may even find itself moving to Friendship Walk after its success there during Health and Safety Week.
John and Jon have continued their 30 percent pay cut and give away $2,000 a year in scholarships. There are a total of seven scholarships given out each semester: Five $200 textbook scholarships and two $500 beach pride scholarships, given out to those who have extreme beach pride.
As for the ASI reforms, John and Jon launched the ASI Awareness Campaign and the “John and Jon Philosophy,” a vision statement. The vision statement, drafted by John and Jon, states that all officers of ASI will be upheld to the values of reaching out to students on a face-to-face basis, be obligated to active ASI campaigning year round, listen to student concerns and most importantly, be the voice of the students.
“This at least is a vision statement that every person elected,” Bolin said. “No matter what your platform is, you’re held to this vision statement, and that is simply that you do what the students want you to do.”
The ASI Awareness Campaign originally consisted of John and Jon visiting 50 classes in 50 days to spread awareness to students about ASI, but instead ASI successfully visited 62 classes in 35 days. The new ASI Awareness initiative is to visit 100 clubs or student organizations in 100 days by February 2014.
“More and more students are learning about ASI and what it is and what it does and thats a huge win for us,” Haberstroh said. “If that’s what my legacy is when I’m done, then I’m perfectly cool with that.”
FUTURE AT THE BEACH
The CSU as a whole has been looking into the sustainability policy, which is focused on California’s higher education institutions going greener. San Francisco State has been the leader in this policy and Long Beach State plans to follow suit.
According to Bolin, the whole CSU system will have zero waste by 2025 and 20 percent of all food on campus will be local, organic, unprocessed or non-GMO by 2020.
In addition to sustainability projects, a new Student Excellence Fee will be implemented this upcoming spring semester. Students will be required to pay an additional $79 per semester making the fee total $173. With the fee increase students will also receive faster WiFi and the ability to access Adobe Cloud.
With regards to the selection of the new CSULB president, Haberstroh made it clear that the students would have a voice in the decision, as he is on the advisory committee to the trustee committee for this election. Although this makes him three committees removed from the actual deciding vote, he still has a voice in the decision.
“I get to see all the applications that make it through the screening process, [and] we weed out the terrible ones,” Haberstroh said. “I am optimistic we will pick someone good.”
Not only are there big future plans for CSULB, but also for Haberstroh who is a new father.
“I wouldn’t say my life is completely changed,” he said. “ I like to think of it as just another layer; it’s another room that I’ve opened the door to. I embrace it completely, and I don’t think it’s changed the way I lead people because I think leading people is not just about giving orders, but about setting an example.”
JOHN AND JON 2014?
John and Jon seem optimistic about the future and haven’t completely ruled out running again in 2014. Last year the senate passed a two term bylaw so that executives could only hold office two years in a row. Since John and Jon were already active in office when the law was passed, this is technically their first term under the bylaw.
“So we’d be the first in history [to run], and the last in history all in one shot. We haven’t ruled it out, but probably not...it’s too soon to tell,” Bolin said.
The two said they were not planning on running for this year but decided to when they thought about what it would be like if someone else were elected the position. They wanted to finish what they started.
“We’re changing the culture, we can’t do that in one year,” Haberstroh said.