From the Desk of the AS President

THE BUCKS START HERE! Possibilities

Hello Seawolves,

Funding to the California State University represents the lowest it has been in 15 years, despite serving a greater number of students. The Governors 2012-2013 budget proposes a flat level of funding for the CSU; however, the continued flat level of support assumes upcoming tax initiatives set for the November ballot are approved (CSU Budget Central http://blogs.calstate.edu/budgetcentral/?p=1713).
Recognizing the importance of funding to higher education, students within the CSU are taking action. The Bucks Start Here, a grassroots movement of the California State Student Association and the 23 Associated Students will communicate how cuts to higher education have impacted campuses and individual students. The Associated Students of Sonoma State University has begun
Through the Bucks Starts Here campaign, students will have the opportunity to share their personal stories by writing on the back of a $750 mock million dollar bill. Each story presents the opportunity to share with the Governor how continued cuts to higher education and the CSU have impacted the student experience. A money box holding all collected bills will travel to each CSU campus and eventually to the State Capitol. All bills will be delivered to the Governor during the annual March for Higher Education on March 5th.
This is your chance to make a difference and join the fight for higher education! Students and others will be tabling every Monday through Thursday up until the box reaches Sonoma State on February 23 where the AS will host a rally to celebrate our unity and bring awareness to all!! We are inviting students, faculty, staff, and administrators to write their stories on the bills as we are all one Seawolf community and we have to be unified if we are to advocate to the state!
Please contact Katie Havens, Statewide Issues Senator and Chair of the Legislative Affairs Board (havenska@seawolf.sonoma.edu), for further details regarding the Bucks Starts Here at SSU.

In Unity,
Alex Boyar
President/CEO
Associated Students
Sonoma State University