ASU’s new boss ready to reign

The president-elect lays out her agenda as the outgoing chief executive reviews his term.

By Sara Almalla, Staff Writer

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Hayarpi Orujyan, the upcoming Associated Student Union president, is a woman with a plan. The only woman with a plan, at least on the ASU.

As of right now, Orujyan is the only female on the ASU board, but she hopes that when applications for currently vacant posts become available, more female students will try for the positions.

“I noticed a lot of times, it’s the men that run for president,” said Orujyan, “and this past semester, I’ve been Commissioner of Evening Division and I really liked it and I thought I should take the next step up. I was just ready to take on a bigger leadership role. I wanted to encourage other girls to take on leadership roles too because I don’t want there to be a dominance of men.”

Orujyan’s agenda as president consists of three main tasks right now: extended library hours, workshops and campus safety.

She has already begun working on the campus safety issue, touring the school with Campus and Maintenance representatives in search of areas that require additional lighting and security cameras.

“Student safety is a big concern of mine,” Orujyan explained. “Especially for evening students, I don’t want them to be afraid of coming to campus.”

She wants to create more opportunities for students to transfer, including improving access of existing workshops and utlities.

Orujyan also wants to improve communication between the students and the ASU: “I want more students to be aware of ASU and have a connection with us and not hesitate to drop by if they have any problems or concerns or ideas.”

She plans on holding in-class presentations in order to introduce the ASU board to more students. She would also like to host more ASU-involved events at school, encouraging students to interact with each other – including the ASU board.

“I do like working with people and being involved. I don’t think students should just come to class and then leave,” said Orujyan. “I think they should be involved and join clubs, and interact with other students, meet people that have the same major or different majors – just be more open-minded. That’s how you become open-minded.”

Outgoing president Sukhsimran Sandhu, however, said it was difficult to achieve goals from that office.

Sandhu’s main aims as president were to create benefits for ASU members (that includes students who pay the ASU fee as well as ASU board members) and more classes for all students. He said he had been able to create perks for ASU members by creating the Community Discount Card that offers discounts for local stores. He was however, unable to create more class opportunities.

Sandhu went on to clarify that his position as ASU president does not have as much power as one would assume: “The only perk of being president at meetings is that you’re the chair of the meetings and you decide how the meeting goes. In terms of making decisions, it’s the whole board as one.”

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