Resolutions, Legislation & Proclamations

Resolutions are statements of position on a particular issue by the Associated Students Board, acting as representatives of the students of Cal Poly Humboldt. The resolutions are listed by the date on which they were passed.

2006

Support of HSU Energy Independence Fund (HEIF)

Resolution In Support of Humboldt State University Energy Independence Fund (HEIF)

Whereas: The Associated Students is the official voice of students at Humboldt State University (HSU), and

Whereas: Executive order 987 issued by Chancellor Reed on August 2, 2006 explicitly stated, "The CSU shall develop a strategic plan for energy procurement and production to reduce energy capacity requirements from the electricity grid and to promote energy independence using available economically feasible technology (solar, wind, biomass) and for on-site generation," and shall "actively seek all available sources of funding for implementing energy efficiency improvement and utilities infrastructure renewal projects."; and,

Whereas: implementation of the HEIF will allow HSU to meet and exceed the Chancellor's own Energy Conservation Goal of reducing energy consumption by 15% by the end of the fiscal year 2009/2010, the Energy Independence Goal of increasing the self generated energy from 26 to 50 megawatts (MW) by 2014, and the Renewable Energy Procurement Goals of procuring 20% of the University's electrical needs from renewable resources by 2010 as stated in Executive Order 987; and,

Whereas: the official Vision Statement of HSU states that the University "will be the campus of choice for individuals who seek above all else to improve the human condition and our environment," and that the University "will be renowned for social and environmental responsibility and action."; and

Whereas: the successful implementation of HEIF will enhance and support the status of Humboldt State University as a pioneer in environmental conservation, which is a leading driver of enrollment for the University ; and

Whereas: during the 2004 Associated Students General Elections HSU students passed, with an overwhelming and unprecedented 86% majority vote the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF) Fee ballot initiative, calling for a mandatory student fee which would allow students to design, fund, and implement sustainable energy projects; and

Whereas: the current students of HSU aspire to create a university that is independent from the use of external energy, nonrenewable resources, and other energy sources that cause environmental degradation and social injustice; and therefore be it,

Resolved: the HSU Associated Students demand that Chancellor Reed liberate HSU from the use of external energy sources by allowing it to implement the mandatory fee, approved by students, to fund the HEIF, and be it further

Resolved: the HSU Associated Students demand that Chancellor Reed comply with his own set goals of energy conservation, as well as Executive Order 987, and be it further

Resolved: the HSU Associated Students reiterate our plan to free our campus from dependence on external energy by means of the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund Fee; and be it further

Resolved: that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, the CSU Board of Trustees, Senator Wesley Chesbro, Assembly Woman Patty Berg, HSU President Rollin Richmond, Vice President of Administrative Affairs Carl Coffey, the Academic Senate, and the California State Students Association

Authored by the Codirectors and members of the HSU AS Special Project Humboldt Energy Independence Program

_____________________________________ ____________________________________
Brandon Hemenway, Representative Saqib Keval, Representative
College of Professional Studies College of Arts Humanities & Social Sciences

_____________________________________ ____________________________________
Crystal Chaney David Backues
Associated Students President Legislative Vice President

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Resolution in Support of Prop 1D

Resolution in Support of Prop 1D Approved October 23rd, 2006

Whereas, The Associated Students is the official voice of the students of Humboldt State University (HSU); and

Whereas, Proposition 1D: Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006 is an investment in our schools, our children and the future of California; and

Whereas, Providing a quality institution for students is a priority; and

Whereas, One of the best ways to help our economy and create good-paying jobs is to create world-class public schools that have adequate educational facilities and that give our students the skills they need to succeed in the workforce; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D provides over $7 billion for K-12 grades and an additional $3 billion for higher education; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D allocates funds to retrofit and upgrade our University to ensure it can withstand the impact of natural disasters like earthquakes; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D also includes funding for finishing the Behavioral and Social Sciences building and the Physical Education Complex which will provide classrooms for future students of HSU; and

Whereas, more than 60% of our buildings on campus are 30 years of age or older and require major repairs; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D will fund 15.4% of HSU capital need for the next five years (2006/07-2010/11); and

Whereas, for every dollar California invests to get students in and through college, the state's economy receives $3 net return on that investment; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D provides accountability to ensure funds are allocated properly which include being subjected to independent audits and that misuse of Prop 1d funds is a crime, punishable by time in jail; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D is vital to California's future that both candidates for Governor, as well as bipartisan majority of legislature, support the measure; and

Whereas, Proposition 1d is also supported by the California State Student Association (CSSA), the academic senate CSU and HSU, and the Board of Trustees; therefore be it

Resolved, Associated Students of HSU pledge their support for Proposition 1D; therefore be it further

Resolved, that copies of this resolution shall be sent to but not limited to: President Rollin Richmond, Provost Richard Vrem, University Announcements, the local and campus media, all campus clubs, all A.S. programs, the Academic Senate HSU, and California Faculty Association.

Authored by: Amrit Dhadli, California State Student Association

_________________________________ __________________________________
Tara Holloway, Representative Sarah Wood
College of Natural Resources and Sciences College of Natural Resources and Sciences

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A Resolution Supporting National Coming Out Day

A Resolution Supporting National Coming Out Day

Approved October 23rd, 2006

Whereas, the Associated Students are the official voice of the students Humboldt State University, and

Whereas, all people should be allowed the freedom to express their sexual and gender identity, and

Whereas, President Richmond publicly supports the need for diversity at HSU

Whereas, the HSU Strategic Plan states that "our future hinges on our ability to support and to enhance diversity"

Whereas, the safety of the people of Humboldt State University is integral for their academic success, and

Whereas, students and faculty from Women's Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Government and Politics, Ethnic Studies, English, and Education came together to form the Multicultural Queer Studies Minor, the first of its kind in the nation to foreground the study of sex, gender and sexuality as they intersect race, ethnicity and class, and

Whereas, The County of Humboldt is home to many queer-friendly and supportive organizations and businesses, including Wildberries, Spectrum at College of the Redwoods, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Redwood Curtain Theatre, the Raven Project, Queer Humboldt, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, North Coast Rape Crisis Team, North Coast AIDS Project, Marriage Equality USA, Legal Services of Northern California, the L-Word, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Humboldt Pride Parents, Humboldt Pride, Humboldt Gender Support, Humboldt Domestic Violence Services, Humboldt Community Breast Health Project, the Humboldt Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Humboldt Brews, HIV Kids, the Fruits of Sobriety, First Congregational Church, Evangelical Concerned with Reconciliation, Indigo Nightclub, Arcata Zen Group, the Alibi, and AIDS Drugs Access Program, and

Whereas, Humboldt State University is home to a number of queer-friendly and supportive clubs and organizations, including the Women's Resource Center, the Residents of Culture Council, the Multicultural Center, Housing and Dining Services, and Health and Counseling Services, and

Whereas, Humboldt State University has been home to a queer community club or organization, such as the Queer Student Union, the Family, or GLBTSA, for over thirty years, therefore be it

Resolved, Humboldt State University recognizes October 11 as National Coming Out Day, and therefore be it further

Resolved, Humboldt State University will celebrate this day as an opportunity to celebrate people who have come out, share coming out experiences, and work to make it a safer place for anyone to come out, and therefore be it further

Resolved, Humboldt State University comes out as a queer-friendly and supportive campus, and therefore be it further

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be sent to: President Rollin Richmond, Provost Rick Vrem, Vice Provost Jena' Burges, Vice President Steve Butler, Vice President Carl Coffey, Vice President Robert Gunsalus, Associate Vice President Mike Reilly, Associate Vice President Colleen Mullery, Academic Senate Chair Saeed Mortazavi, General Faculty President Lou Ann Wieand, Director of Housing John Capaccio, Director of Athletics Dan Collen, Academic Support Program Director Randi Darnall Burke, Human Resources Director Mary Fischer, Dean Susan Higgins, Dean Jim Howard, Dean Sharmon Kenyon, Dean Robert Snyder, Interim Dean Chris Hopper, Director of Student Life Rees Hughes, Center for Indian Community Development Director Lois Risling, Public Affairs Director Jane Rogers, Statewide Academic Senator Marshelle Thobaben, and members of campus and the local media.

Authors: Patrick Malloy, Isaac Lopez, Christina Accomando, and Kim Berry

______________________________ _________________________________
Sarah Wood, Representative Stephanie Riddle, Representative
College of Natural Resources and Sciences College of Professional Studies

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Resolution in Support of Prop 1D

Resolution in Support of Prop 1D

Approved October 23rd, 2006

Whereas, The Associated Students is the official voice of the students of Humboldt State University (HSU); and

Whereas, Proposition 1D: Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006 is an investment in our schools, our children and the future of California; and

Whereas, Providing a quality institution for students is a priority; and

Whereas, One of the best ways to help our economy and create good-paying jobs is to create world-class public schools that have adequate educational facilities and that give our students the skills they need to succeed in the workforce; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D provides over $7 billion for K-12 grades and an additional $3 billion for higher education; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D allocates funds to retrofit and upgrade our University to ensure it can withstand the impact of natural disasters like earthquakes; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D also includes funding for finishing the Behavioral and Social Sciences building and the Physical Education Complex which will provide classrooms for future students of HSU; and

Whereas, more than 60% of our buildings on campus are 30 years of age or older and require major repairs; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D will fund 15.4% of HSU capital need for the next five years (2006/07-2010/11); and

Whereas, for every dollar California invests to get students in and through college, the state's economy receives $3 net return on that investment; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D provides accountability to ensure funds are allocated properly which include being subjected to independent audits and that misuse of Prop 1d funds is a crime, punishable by time in jail; and

Whereas, Proposition 1D is vital to California's future that both candidates for Governor, as well as bipartisan majority of legislature, support the measure; and

Whereas, Proposition 1d is also supported by the California State Student Association (CSSA), the academic senate CSU and HSU, and the Board of Trustees; therefore be it

Resolved, Associated Students of HSU pledge their support for Proposition 1D; therefore be it further

Resolved, that copies of this resolution shall be sent to but not limited to: President Rollin Richmond, Provost Richard Vrem, University Announcements, the local and campus media, all campus clubs, all A.S. programs, the Academic Senate HSU, and California Faculty Association.

Authored by: Amrit Dhadli, California State Student Association

_________________________________ __________________________________
Tara Holloway, Representative Sarah Wood
College of Natural Resources and Sciences College of Natural Resources and Sciences

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2005

Opposing House Resolution 609

Resolution Opposing House Resolution 609

Approved 09/26/05

Whereas, According to the California Student Public Interest Group (CALPIRG), House Bill HR609, containing the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, will be voted upon in the House within the month, cutting nearly $9 billion from student loan programs, increasing the typical studentäó¢íó_í_Œés debt load by $5,800; and,

Whereas, The proposal to cut student aid is embedded in a budget process called "budget reconciliation" which makes cuts to programs like student aid and Medicaid in order to reduce federal spending; and,

Whereas, The majority of higher education institutions are currently raising fees and costs imposed on students to offset the budget cuts currently occurring nationwide; and,

Whereas, According to CALPIRG, over the last year, costs have risen at an average of 10.5 percent in four-year institutions and 8.7 percent at community colleges; and,

Whereas, According to CALPIRG, the average maximum Pell Grant is worth only half of what it was twenty years ago; and ,

Whereas, According to the United States Student Association (USSA), eighty percent (80%) of federal aid was once in the form of grants as opposed to loans: today that number is reversed, with twenty (20%) of federal aid coming from grants and 80 percent coming from loans, leaving the average undergraduate in a debt of $17,500 after graduation; and,

Whereas, Almost 200,000 qualified high-school graduates do not attend college each year due to cost; and,

Whereas, According to CALPIRG, sixty-three (63%) percent of undergraduates report that they would not be able to attend college if they did not work, and one in five undergraduates work thirty-five (35) hours per week (robbing them of valuable time to study and become involved in campus activities); and,

Whereas, The California State University system alone is expected to grow to over 500,000 students as early as 2010, along with Humboldt State expecting a growth of students to 12,000 by 2025; and,

Whereas, The economic condition of California's budget is resulting in massive reductions to all segments of education, with severe cuts to the two systems of higher education that serve over 611,000 students; and,

Whereas, Humboldt University students will face direct, adverse affects from this bill, therefore be it

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially oppose House Bill HR609; be it further

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University urges the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University, President Rollin Richmond, the CSU Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Reed to take similar actions to oppose HR609; be it further

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University encourage all students to contact their respective senators and Congress members regarding HR609; further be it further

Resolved, That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, US Congressman Mike Thompson, US Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Dean of Enrollment Management Jean Butler, The California State Student Association, The Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by:

_____________________________________
Perry Brubaker, Student-At-Large

Approved by:

_____________________________________ ______________________________
David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Resolution In Opposition of Proposition 74

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITON OF PROPOSITION 74

Approved October 10, 2005

Whereas, the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states,"The specific purpose of (Associated Students) is to… provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;… assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body;… and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community." (2/01); and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 increases the probationary period for K-12 teachers from two years to five years ranking California with only two other states with the highest probationary period for K-12 teachers; and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 proposes to take away a measure of job security for new K-12 teachers by denying them the right to have a fair hearing before dismissal during their first five years; and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 unfairly singles out teachers as the problem in our public school system without further addressing students' learning environment; and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 threatens to deflect and prevent retention of high-quality teachers in the California public school system; and,

Whereas, 781 students (11% of the student body) at Humboldt State University in the 2004-05 Academic year were involved in either the Elementary Education Program or the Humboldt State University Teaching Credential Program; and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University students completing the credential program will be directly affected by the outcome of Proposition 74 when entering the workforce. Therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students formally oppose Proposition 74 and will assist in the efforts of CSSA (California State Student Association) and students at large to register voters, educate the student body on electoral issues, and activate the student vote; therefore be it further

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, The California State Student Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, the California Teachers Association, the California Faculty Association, Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team with Proponent Bonnie Garcia, and local media.

Authored by: Terra Rentz and Diana Campos

__________________________________ ___________________________
Brandon Hemenway, Representative Fredrick Robinson, Representative
College of Professional Studies All-University

__________________________________ ____________________________
David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Resolution In Opposition of Proposition 76

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION OF PROPOSITION 76

Approved October 10, 2005

Whereas, the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, "The specific purpose of (Associated Students) is to…provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;…assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body;…and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community." (2/01); and,

Whereas, Proposition 76 allows the Governor new authority to unilaterally reduce state spending during fiscal situations; and eliminates the minimum school funding requirements from Proposition 98; and ,

Whereas, Proposition 76 would also have a new spending cap, which would limit spending based on revenue growth in the past three years- preventing the state from restoring spending cuts to the CSU made during slow or negative growth periods; and,

Whereas, this act would prohibit the state from using revenues generated by student fees for their intended purpose in the CSU system and other state funded programs; and,

Whereas, as a result, the fees paid by students within the CSU would not necessarily be used for their intended programs which were cut during previous state budget crises; and,

Whereas, by allowing the Governor new fiscal powers without legislative approval, the fiscal impact of Proposition 76 will be detrimental to higher education; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students formally opposes Proposition 76 and will assist in the efforts with CSSA (California State Student Association) and students at large to register voters, educate the study body on electoral issues, and active the student vote; therefore be it further

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, the California Faculty Association, Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team with Proponents William Hauck and Allan Zaromberg, and the local media.

Authored by: Terra Rentz and Diana Campos

_________________________________ _____________________________________
Brandon Hemenway, Representative Fredrick Robinson, Representative
College of Professional Studies All University

__________________________________ ____________________________________
David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Opposition Of 8% Student Fee Increase

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION OF 8% STUDENT FEE INCREASE

Approved October 24, 2005

Whereas, the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, "The specific purpose of Associated Students is to…provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;…assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body;…and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community; and,

Whereas, The California State University Board of Trustees is considering a budget with an 8% student fee increase for the 2006-2007 school year that will roughly equal $220.00 per student; and,

Whereas, public higher education has not been the fiscal priority of the State of California
for the last four years; and,

Whereas, total student fee increases have equaled 81% over the last four years; and,

Whereas, the California State University's mission statement is "To encourage and provide access to an excellent education to all who are prepared for and wish to participate in collegiate study"; and,

Whereas, the increasing student fees creates a barrier for qualified and prepared students to enroll in the California State University, and contradicts the mission statement of the CSU system; therefore be it,

Resolved, that the Associated Students formally oppose the proposed State University Fee increase for students contained in the 2006-2007 CSU budget; therefore be it further,

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to The Board of Trustees of the California State Student Association, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Senator Wes Chesbro, State Assemblymember Patty Berg, HSU President Rollin Richmond, HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, the HSU Lumberjack News, and the local media.

Authored by: Robert W. Christensen, HSU Representative
California State Student Association

__________________________________ ___________________________________
Noah Schillo, CNRS Representative Brandon Hemenway, COPS Representative

__________________________________ ___________________________________
David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Funding for Sustainable Community Agriculture Education

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY FUNDING FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE EDUCATION

Approved November 7, 2005

Whereas, the Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "The Associated Students…[shall] provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;" and,

Whereas, the Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "The specific purpose of this corporation is to…stimulate the educational…well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University's Vision Statement states that Humboldt State University is "a premier institution that is devoted to the study and preservation of the environment and its natural resources;" and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University draws students for their interest in sustainable communities and development; and,

Whereas, sustainable and community agriculture is considered one of the single most influential choices in reducing human's ecological footprint/impact on the environment; and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University has offered hands-on courses such as Engineering (ENGR) 380: Community Agriculture, which utilizes the Arcata Educational Farm as a laboratory and educational forum; and,

Whereas, ENGR 380, Community Agriculture, had funding discontinued in 2003; and,

Whereas, no other courses regarding community and sustainable agriculture are currently offered through Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas, ENGR 380 is not being offered at Humboldt State University after the Fall of 2005 because the volunteers who have lectured ENGR 380 since 2003 are unavailable to teach without pay; and,

Whereas, previous attempts to secure the future survival of sustainable and community agriculture curriculum have failed; and

Whereas, no supplemental courses or programs to this course and curriculum are planned to be offered in the future at Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas, the Environmental Science degree concentration "Soils
and Alternative Agriculture" does not have a complete curriculum without a course regarding sustainable agriculture; therefore be it,

Resolved, the Associated Students of Humboldt State University support an administrative decision to fund a course or courses teaching community and sustainable agriculture; therefore be it further,

Resolved, that copies of this resolution shall be sent, but not limited to; HSU President Rollin Richmond, Rick Vrem, Provost, James Howard, Dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences, Sayeed Mortazavi, Chair of the Academic Senate, Beth Eschenbauch Chair of Environmental Resource Engineering Department, all campus clubs and organizations, all A.S. Programs, the Lumberjack News, and the local media.

Authored by: Michaela Neumann & Jennifer Fusaro

__________________________________ ________________________________
Michaela Neumann Jennifer Fusaro

___________________________ _________________________
Noah Schillo, Representative Carl Shoemaker, Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences Graduate Studies

__________________________________ ________________________________
David Backues, Nicole Alvarado
Legislative Vice President President

Original signatures on file with the Associated Students

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Resolution in Support of Affordable Textbooks

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF AFFORDABLE TEXTBOOKS

Adopted March 7, 2005

Whereas, according to a survey by the California Student Public Interest Research
Group (CALPIRG), students spent an average of $898 per year on textbooks
in the 2003-04 school year, or almost 20 percent of the cost of in-state fees,
and

Whereas, in contrast, a 1997 University of California survey found that students spent
an average of $642 on textbooks in 1996-97, and

Whereas, textbook publishers "bundle" textbooks with CD-ROMs and workbooks that
over 65% of faculty surveyed say they "rarely" or "never" use, and

Whereas, textbook publishers put new editions on the market frequently —often with
few content changes—making the less expensive used editions obsolete and
unavailable, and

Whereas, textbook publishers charge American students more than students overseas
for the same textbooks, and

Whereas, these new editions make it difficult for students to sell back their textbooks to
the Humboldt State University Bookstore, and

Whereas, textbook publishers are unfairly charging students at a time when tuition and
other college costs are rising, therefore be it

Resolved, by the members of The Associated Students call upon college textbook
publishers to adopt the following practices:

• To keep the cost of producing textbooks as low as possible without
sacrificing educational content;
• To give faculty and students the option of buying textbooks separately;
• To keep textbook editions on the market as long as possible without
sacrificing the educational content;
• To give preference to paper or on-line supplements to current editions
over producing entirely new editions;
• To disclose to faculty members all of the different products they sell -
including both bundled and unbundled options, list how much each of
those products cost, the length of time they intend to produce the current
edition, and how the newest edition is different from the previous edition;
and be it further

Resolved, that The Associated Students call upon faculty to give preference to the least
cost textbook option when the educational content is equal and to press
publishers to adopt the above practices, and be it further

Resolved, that The Associated Students call upon the University to encourage as many
opportunities for students to purchase used books as possible, including the
Associated Students Book Exchange and the Humboldt State University
Bookstore, and be it further

Resolved, that the HSU Bookstore negotiate with publishers for a complimentary
University Access Copy to be placed in the HSU Library, and be it further

Resolved, that The Associated Students will forward a copy of this resolution to the
following parties: the Association of American Publishers, HSU President
Rollin Richmond, Provost Richard Vrem, All HSU College Deans, Sharmon Kenyon, Dean of the Library, the HSU Academic Senate, the California
Faculty Association, the California State Student Association, the HSU
University Center, the HSU Bookstore, CALPIRG and the Lumberjack
News and local media.

Drafted by: CALPIRG
Revised and authored by: Michelle Woo
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Approved:
Kyle Zeck, Legislative Vice President
Samantha William-Gray, President

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"Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act" Bill (H.R. 233/S. 128)

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE "NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTAL WILD HERITAGE WILDERNESS ACT"BILL (H.R. 233/ S. 128)

Adopted March 7, 2005

Whereas, the designation of wilderness permanently preserves our Nationäó¢íó_í_Œés remaining
untrammeled federal land; and

Whereas, the "Wild and Scenic River" designation strictly protects our Nation's
outstanding free flowing rivers; and

Whereas, Humboldt State University students and faculty utilize the Act's proposed
wilderness areas for recreational opportunities; and

Whereas, HSU students and faculty of numerous departments engage in study and
conduct research in these proposed wilderness areas; and

Whereas, with the continued urban expansion and population growth on the North
Coast, it is increasingly important to preserve our remaining wild areas; and

Whereas, as student representatives, it is our responsibility to ensure future students
are able to have the experiences in this area that we have been able to; and

Whereas, HSU prides itself on its commitment to natural resource conservation
efforts; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students formally support the "Northern California
Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act"; and be it further

Resolved, that the Associated Students urge the U.S. Congress to act on this Bill
without delay; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this Resolution be sent to, but not limited to: U.S.
Representative and House Resources Committee Chair Richard Pombo,
U.S. Representative Mike Thompson, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,
President George W. Bush, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, HSU President
Rollin C. Richmond, California State Student Association, The Lumberjack
newspaper, and other local media.

Authored by:

Noah Schillo, Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences

Approved by:
Kyle Zeck, Legislative Vice President

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Converting Blackboard to Moodle

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY CONVERTING BLACKBOARD, THE CURRENT ONLINE LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) TO MOODLE

Adopted March 21, 2005

Whereas, Online teaching and learning tools are essential in higher education; and,

Whereas, In the recently adopted Strategic Plan, HSU claims to be committed to developing and supporting information technology to enhance effective
teaching and learning environments that promote academic excellence; and,

Whereas, The HSU 2004 Master Plan proposed an enrollment ceiling of 12,000
full-time equivalent students and must plan to accommodate future students;
and,

Whereas, Blackboard Basic, the current Learning Management Software is licensed to
Humboldt State University for approximately $8,600 annually; and,

Whereas, Blackboard Basic is licensed to educational institutions with less than 7,000
Students, while Blackboard Enterprise is licensed to educational institutions with more than 7,000 students; and,

Whereas, A Blackboard Enterprise license would entail one-time costs of about
$150,000 and on-going costs of about $60,000 annually; and,

Whereas, CSU spends over $1 million each year just on Blackboard licenses; and,

Whereas, CSU students are encountering a time when the CSU budget is being
reduced and fees for students are rising; and,

Whereas, Moodle is a free, open-source Learning Management System software
supported by programmers world-wide; and,

Whereas, Moodle is able to customize its system to meet HSU's specific needs
in order to better serve HSU students, and courses currently on
Blackboard can be converted to Moodle; and

Whereas, In a comparison analysis of Moodle and Blackboard by Dr. Kathy D.
Munoz, Professor and Joan Van Duzer, Instructional Technologist in
Spring 2005, 35.7% of the HSU students preferred Moodle over the
21.4% who preferred Blackboard, while 42.9% had no preference;
therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University encourage
faculty to convert the Blackboard Online Learning Management System
to Moodle in their courses; and be it further

Resolved, that the Associated Students call upon the HSU administration to assume a
leadership role in the CSU system by allocating required resources to
implement this conversion and to take the necessary measures to terminate
the contract with Blackboard; and be it further

Resolved, that the Associated Students of HSU encourage the California State
Student Association (CSSA) and the California Faculty Association (CFA)
to promote the use of Moodle throughout the CSU system and to eventually
stop payment of licensing fees; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President
Rollin Richmond, Provost Richard Vrem, Vice President of Administrative
Services Carl Coffey, Deans of the Colleges, Graduate Studies, and Library,
the HSU Academic Senate, University Budget Committee, the California
State Student Association, the California Faculty Association, Chancellor
Charles Reed, the CSU Board of Trustees, Dr. Kathy D. Munoz,
Joan Van Duzer, Bill Cannon, The Lumberjack newspaper and
members of the local media.

Authored by:

Michelle Woo, Representative
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Kyle Zeck, Legislative Vice President
Samantha Williams-Gray, President

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Humboldt State University Energy Independence

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Adopted April 4, 2005

Whereas, the Associated Students of Humboldt State University wish to make our campus independent from external energy suppliers by using energy sources that do not deplete our natural resources or degrade the natural environment; and

Whereas, the official vision statement of Humboldt State University defines the University as, "…a premier institution that is dedicated to the study and preservation of the environment and its natural resources"; and

Whereas, during the 2004 Associated Students General Elections HSU students passed with 85% of the vote the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF) Fee ballot initiative, calling for a student fee which would allow students to fund, design, and implement sustainable energy projects; and

Whereas, the Associated Students believe that prompt implementation of the HEIF fee will cement HSU's reputation for environmental responsibility; and

Whereas, the projects initiated by the HEIF will provide students with a unique curriculum unavailable at any other educational institution in the country; and

Whereas, implementing the HEIF will save Humboldt State University money at a time when energy costs continue to rise; and

Whereas, despite overwhelming student support, CSU Chancellor Reed refused to approve the HEIF fee because of a promise not to impose any new fees on the students under the current economic conditions; and

Whereas, the students of Humboldt State University acknowledge and accept these conditions, yet still chose to tax themselves, feeling the benefits of moving towards energy independence outweigh the detrimental effects of the fee; and

Whereas, HSU President Rollin Richmond has offered his full support for the
HEIF by means of a voluntary fee, and therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University reiterate our plan to free our campus from dependence on external energy by means of the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund Fee as voted on an passed by the student body; and further be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University call upon CSU Chancellor Reed to allow HSU to implement the HEIF fee and in doing so remain consistent with the University's official vision statement; and be it further

Resolved, that should the Chancellor refuse, the HSU Associated Students support the implementation of a waiveable "opt-out" HEIF fee, allowing students not to
participate if they so choose; and be it further

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the following:
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, the CSU Board of Trustees, Senator Wesley Chesbro, Assemblywoman Patty Berg, the Arcata City Council, HSU President Rollin Richmond, Vice President of Administrative Affairs
Carl Coffey, Facilities Management Director Bob Schulz, the HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association,
The Lumberjack newspaper, and members of the local media.

Authored by:
Nicole Alvarado
Matt Clinton
Misty Hailstone
T. Cole Newton
Pearl Podgorniak

_________________________
_________________________
_________________________
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_____________________________ ____________________________
Kyle Zeck, Legislative Vice President Samantha Williams-Gray, President

Signatures on file at the Associated Students.

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2004-2005 Humboldt State University Men

Resolution in Recognition of the 2004-2005 Humboldt State University
Men's Rugby Team Accomplishments

Approved 09/26/05

Whereas, the mission of Humboldt State University Associated Students is to "provide services and programs deemed necessary… to meet the needs of the student and campus community: and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community,"
and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University Associated Students uphold a commitment to granting recognition to certain groups of students on campus that display outstanding achievement and foster a sense of school pride and unity; and,

Whereas, the 2004-2005 Humboldt State University Men's Rugby team is a Sports Club team sponsored by the Associated Students and individual team fund-raising and contributions; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team achieved a league season record of 7 wins and 0 losses in which they outscored opponents 316 - 54; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team then qualified for the playoffs, finishing the season with an overall record of 11 wins and 1 loss; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team was the first ever Humboldt State Rugby team to advance the Final Four or National Title game in school history since the formation of the team in 1973; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Humboldt State Men's Rugby team finished the year as the National Champion Runner-up; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt Sate University officially recognize the accomplishments of the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team for an outstanding year; and further be it

Resolved, that the copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited too, HSU President Dr. Rollin Richmond, Vice-President of Student Affairs
Dr. Steven Butler, Clubs Coordinator Mike Kittredge, the HSU Men's Rugby Team, the Field's Oversight Committee, and the local media.

Authored by:

______________________________ _________________________________
Fred Robinson, All University Representative Carl Shoemaker, Graduate Studies Representative

____________________________________ ________________________________________
David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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2004

Resolution in Support of Medically Recognized Patients Use of Cannabis on Campus

Resolution in Support of Medically Recognized Patients Use of Cannabis on Campus

Adopted May 3, 2004

Whereas: The Mission Statement of The Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "[shall be] an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed; foster awareness of these opinions both on and off campus; assist in the protection of the individual student and student body; provide services and programs as deemed necessary by the corporation to meet the needs of the student and campus community; and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas: The Associated Students recognizes there are students on campus who are medically recommended by a licensed physician to use cannabis for mitigation of physical aliments; and,

Whereas: The legal use of cannabis has been supported and made legal by the People of California through the passage of Proposition 215 of 1996, through measures by the Office of the District Attorney of Humboldt County, from the legislation of S.B. 420 by the State of California, and through cases within the California & United States Supreme Courts; and,

Whereas: This issue has been brought forth into the public realm of HSU by the Lumberjack, in which, University Police Chief Bob Foster was quoted as saying, "Marijuana is not legal.

If a person has it on campus they may be disciplined or arrested following federal law…It's important to know that local ordinances and state medicinal marijuana laws do not apply on school property, including [state] colleges and universities. On campus you will be arrested for either possession…"(1); and,

Whereas: David Bearman, a medical doctor, who was formerly Director of Student Health Services at San Diego State University, as well as an instructor in courses that deal with physiology at the University of California Santa Barbara, San Diego State University, & University of California San Francisco, was a Guest Columnist for the Lumberjack, and was quoted as saying, "The practice of medicine is not regulated by the federal government…[Bob Foster's] contention that marijuana is not legal in the State of California is wrong…Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court said,…'Under the state law, the possession & cultivation of marijuana is no more criminal-so long as its conditions are satisfied-then the possession of any prescription drug with a physicians prescription'…"(2); and,

Whereas: Students who hold valid 215 cards or have documentation that they are medicinally recognized by a licensed physician to posses and use cannabis legally should not live in fear of retribution by the University Police Department (UPD); and,

Whereas: Under current UPD & HSU policies, any student who is apprehended by UPD for the legal use of their medication, is subject to but not limited to citation, arrest, prosecution, and loss of financial aid; and,

Whereas: Such actions are detrimental to a student's educational goals, personal well-being, and legal rights; and

Whereas: The Associated Students does not condone the public use, production, or distribution of cannabis on school property by any student, nor do they wish to infringe upon the rights of students to have a smoke and drug-free campus; and be it,

Resolved: That the Associated Students calls upon the University Police Department and HSU President Rollin Richmond to be lenient with their drug policy towards students who are exercising their right to medicate in private or with another medicinally recognized student for safety & security reasons, in their dormitory, the forest behind campus, or within their vehicle; and be it,

Resolved: That Associated Students also asks that the HSU Policy that was established in 2001, be changed to reflect this appeal to the administration on the behalf of students to prevent the infringement of a medical users rights, and prevent the possible lawsuit that may follow from such infringements; and be it,

Resolved: That Associated Students recommends to University Housing to look into providing a private, locked room for those students who are medicinally recommended by a physician to use cannabis and live within the dorms; to lessen the impacts of other students rights to live in a smoke and drug-free environment; and be it,

Resolved: That copies of this resolution will be sent to University Police Chief Bob Foster, University Housing Director John Capaccio, HSU President Rollin Richmond, HSU Student Affairs Vice-President Steve Butler, the HSU Residence Hall Association, the Arcata City Council, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, District Attorney Paul Gallegos, the Humboldt County Medical Cannabis Task Force, and the local media.

Authored by Joshua Allen, AS Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences
Medicinally Recognized Cannabis Patient

_____________________________________ _______________________________________
Dusty Duley, Representative Robert Reed, Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences College of Professional Studies

_____________________________________ _______________________________________
Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice-President

(1) (Lumberjack Vol. 84 No. 21, Wed. 3/10/2004, pg. 3 & 6)
(2) (Lumberjack Vol. 84 No. 25. Wed. 4/14/2004, pg.18)

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Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill 2710 (Diaz/Liu)

Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill 2710 (Diaz/Liu) Student Fees

Adopted May 4, 2004

WHEREAS: the Associated Students is the official voice of the students of Humboldt State University; and,

WHEREAS: the Mission of the Associated Students of HSU is to äó¢íó_äó¢íó_äó¢íó_assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student bodyäó¢íó_í_Œ; and,

WHEREAS: The State of California has long recognized the value of providing its citizens broad access to higher education by keeping fees at its public institutions of higher education as low as possible; and

WHEREAS: In 2002-2003 UC and CSU students experienced a 10 percent fee increase, and in 2003-2004 their fees were raised an additional 30 percent. Now the Governoräó¢íó_í_Œés budget proposes a 10 percent increase in undergraduate fees, and a 40 percent increase in graduate fees for the 2004-2005 academic year; and

WHEREAS: California Community College Students also suffered a 64 percent fee increase last year, and are facing yet another 44 percent boost this year; and

WHEREAS: Students attending these institutions have been forced to experience the pain of Californiaäó¢íó_í_Œés budget crisis. Fee increases should not be the way to solve the Stateäó¢íó_í_Œés deficit. Instead, it is in the stateäó¢íó_í_Œés best interest to maintain open access for students who seek to achieve their personal goals; and

WHEREAS: There is an urgent need for a sensible student fee policy. Governing boards within the legislature and the administration must be held responsible for disallowing many students of lower and middle economic backgrounds from not attaining their educational goals; and

WHEREAS: Assembly Bill 2710 would ensure that any increase in student fees would result in a proportional improvement in academic quality and services; and

WHEREAS: The Bill moreover states that the price of mandatory public secondary resident student fees would be set and adjusted by not more than 8% in any academic year and based only on what the average middle class family in California is able to pay without grants and loans; and

WHEREAS: This Bill asks the Legislature and the Administration to recognize all costs incurred by the system in providing public postsecondary education and fund a percentage of the real cost accordingly; and

WHEREAS: Lastly, this Bill would establish that any increase in fees would be accompanied with an increase in state and institutional aid; and therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University commend Assemblymember Diaz for his student-centered approach to addressing the needs of many students attending a UC, CSU or a community college; and be it further

RESOLVED: that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University support Assembly Bill 2710 , authored by Assemblymember Diaz; and be it further

RESOLVED: That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to: Assemblymember Patty Berg, Senator Wesley Chesbro, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California State Assemblypersons Diaz, Liu (Bill authors), the California State Student Associationäó¢íó_í_Œés Office of Governmental Relations, President Rollin C. Richmond, the Lumberjack Newspaper, local media, the HSU Academic Senate and the Academic Senate, CSU

Authored by:
Manolo P. Platin, HSU Representative
California State Student Association

____________________________________ ___________________________________
Robert Read, Representative Joshua Allen, Representative
College of Professional Studies College of Natural Resources & Sciences

___________________________________ ____________________________________
Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice President

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Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Campus Recycling Program

Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Humboldt State University Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collection Program

Adopted May 3, 2004

Whereas: The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that they "[shall be] an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed; foster awareness of these opinions both on and off campus; provide services and programs as deemed necessary by the corporation to meet the needs of the student and campus community; and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas: Humboldt State and the Associated Students has had a long history of advocating environmental and sustainable responsibility; and

Whereas: The HSU Strategic Plan states that its vision for the future is to "provide a socially and environmentally responsible education"; and,

Whereas: HSU has repeatedly stated its commitment to a sustainable campus and the reduction, reuse, and recycling of natural resource-based products; and

Whereas: HSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as being "environmentally and socially responsible"; and,

Whereas: The Associated Students realizes that to maintain our environmental responsibilities, we need to continue to minimize the environmental impact of our use of natural resources; and,

Whereas: The Campus Recycling Program (CRP), was established in 1974, it began the collection of aluminum cans in 1987, and became a successful Associated Students funded program in 1989; and,

Whereas: The responsibility for collecting recyclables for the program was handed over to University Plant Operations in 2001 so that the AS program could focus upon composting and education, and will be eliminated on campus beginning July 1st, 2004 due to budget cuts; and,

Whereas: The environmental impacts of the closure Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collections
Program would be detrimental to the Earth, conflicts with HSU's position as an environmental leader, and negatively impacts the distinction of HSU graduates from other universities; and,

Whereas: State Assembly Bill 75 of 1999 requires that each State agency or large State facility
(State universities, community colleges, prisons, etcäó¢íó_äó¢íó__) to develop an integrated waste management plan by July 1, 2000; to divert at least 25 percent of its solid waste from landfills or transformation facilities by January 1, 2002; and to divert 50 percent by January 1, 2004; and,

Whereas: In 1998, HSU became one of the first institutions in the country to achieve a 50% waste diversion rate due to the efforts of the Campus Recycling Program and the Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collections Program, six years before the mandate 50% reduction; and,

Whereas: The elimination of the Plant Operations Recycling Collections Program would put HSU in noncompliance of AB 75, which is a mandated State law; which would require HSU, "a State agency if unable to comply with the requirements, shall notify the State Integrated Waste Management Board in writing, detailing the reasons for its inability to comply and shall request an alternative pursuant to äó¢íó_äó¢íó_ 42922 or an extension pursuant to äó¢íó_äó¢íó_ 42923 of AB 75"; and,

Whereas: The City of Arcata must also meet a 50% waste reduction goal under AB 939, of which HSU is a factor in the municipality's overall percentage; Arcata could be penalized a fine of up to $10,000 a day for the University's noncompliance; and,

Whereas: Such an action could potentially be detrimental to the relationship between HSU and the City of Arcata; therefore be it,

Resolved: That the Associated Students recognize recycling as a fundamental responsibility of HSU
Administration and demand that HSU Administration continue funding Plant Operations
Physical Recycling Collections at its current level and follow the letter of the law; and be it further,

Resolved: That copies of this resolution will be sent to, but not limited to, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the Campus Recycling Program, Plant Operations, HSU Director of Physical Services, State Senator Wes Chesbro, State Assemblywoman Patty Berg, the State Integrated Waste Management Board, the City of Arcata, and the Lumberjack.

Authored by Joshua Allen & Dusty Duley
Associated Students College of Natural Resources & Sciences Representatives

_____________________________________________ _______________________________________
Christopher Cook, Representative Randy Mishler, Representative
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

_____________________________________________ _______________________________________
Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice-President

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BALLOT MEASURE Q

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BALLOT MEASURE Q
THE COLLEGE OF THE REDWOODS SCHOOL BOND

Approved 9/27/04

WHEREAS, Humboldt State University and the College of the Redwoods
share the responsibilities for higher education in Humboldt
County, and

WHEREAS, The two institutions depend on one another, sharing a great
number of students, faculty and resources, and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is committed to offering a high-quality
core curriculum that will satisfy the lower-division general
education requirements for transfer to four-year colleges and
universities, and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is also committed to offer rigorous,
high-quality educational programs leading to the Associate in
Arts or Associate in Science Degree, Certificates of Achievement,
or Certificates of Completion, and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is further committed to provide high-
quality professional and technical programs that will allow
students to obtain skills necessary to enter or advance in the
workforce or to be better prepared for further education, and

WHEREAS, These programs will be continuously articulated with the private
and public sectors and with other institutions of higher education,
and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is in need of funding for the
renovation of lab and classroom facilities to strengthen its
academic and vocational training programs, and

WHEREAS, Eleven specific projects have been identified in Measure Q and
include adding classrooms and tech labs, renovating unsafe and
deteriorating buildings, and repairing, constructing, furnishing and
equipping facilities, and

WHEREAS, Measure Q will authorize the Redwoods Community
College District to issue and sell bonds up to the maximum
of $40,320,000 to accomplish these projects; therefore be it

RESOLVED, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University fully
support Measure Q, College of The Redwoods School Bond;
therefore be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to:
HSU President Rollin Richmond, College of the Redwoods
President, Casey Crabill, the HSU Academic Senate, The
California State Student Association, the Lumberjack
Newspaper, and local media.

Authored by Cole Newton and Michelle Woo
HSU Associated Students
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Representatives

_______________________________ ________________________________
Cole Newton, Representative Michelle Woo, Representative
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

______________________________________ _______________________________________
Kyle Zeck Samantha Williams-Gray
Legislative Vice President President

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Resolution supporting Car Free Day

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE 1st ANNUAL HSU CAR-FREE DAY

Approved 09/08/03

Whereas, The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "The Associated Studentsäó¢íó_äó¢íó__[shall] provide an
official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed; and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community;" and

Whereas, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University supports and values environmental responsibility that generates ecological vitality and a common respect for our integral connection to natural resource consumption, utilization and potential depletion, and

Whereas, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University upholds a commitment to commend and partake in acts of environmental activism that educate the community on issues of pollution, alternative means of living,, and the wise use of natural resources, and

Whereas, The 1st Annual HSU Car-Free Day is an event dedicated to educating the campus community on alternative transportation while stressing the hazards of over-reliance upon fossil fuels and the correlating damage that Carbon Dioxide yields upon the Earthäó¢íó_í_Œés atmosphere, and

Whereas, The HSU Car-Free Day advocates awareness of environmental issues and mobilizes people to actively confront one's impact on the environment by way of fun and interactive education, and

Whereas, The 2003 HSU Car-Free Day will be held on September 22, 2003.
Therefore be it

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially supports and commends the actions of HSU Car-Free Day, and the HSU students, faculty, staff and administrators who have taken it upon themselves to organize and facilitate this event, specifically the HSU Alternative Transportation Club and HSU Parking Services; be it further

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University encourages active participation in this event amongst our students, staff, and faculty; participation includes utilizing an alternative means of transportation than that of an automobile for the duration of September 22, 2003; said means of alternative transportation can include, but is not limited to, walking, bicycling, skateboarding, taking the bus, or carpooling; be it further
Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University recommend that this event take place within a campus parking lot to accentuate the actualization of our commitment to äó¢íó_äó¢íó_äó¢íó_Strive not to Driveäó¢íó_í_Œ, (this recommendation holds true as long as the event organizers provide ample notice to the campus community that the specific parking lot will not be available for the duration of September 22, 2003.)

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President Rollin Richmond, Vice-President of Student Affairs Dr. Steven Butler, Academic Provost Richard Vrem, HSU Department chairs, the HSU Academic Senate, HSU Alternative Transportation Club, HSU's Campus Recycling Center, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, the HSU Parking and Transportation Committee, HSU Parking and Transportation Services, the California State Student Association, the City of Arcata, the HSU Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by: Gretchen Kinney, A.S. President

__________________________________ ______________________________
Christopher Cook, College Representative Dusty Duley, College Representative
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Natural Resources & Sciences

__________________________________ ______________________________
Kelley Kiesling Gretchen Kinney
Legislative Vice President President

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COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS AND HSU FACULTY ON CAMPUS VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

RESOLUTION ON COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS AND HSU FACULTY ON CAMPUS VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

Approved 9/27/04

WHEREAS, The Associated Students is the official recognized voice of the
students at Humboldt State University; and

WHEREAS, The 1998 Higher Education Act requires that institutions of
higher education "make a good faith effort to distribute a mail
voter registration form, requested, and received from the State, to
each student enrolled in a degree or certificate program and
physically in attendance at the institution, and to make such forms
widely available to student at the institution;" and

WHEREAS, President Richmond has signed on to support all efforts to
increase student turnout at the polls; and

WHEREAS, The Associated Students is committed to working on the
institutionalization of voter registration within the University
in order to allow Associated Students to better focus on
educating student voters, in a non-partisan manner, and
turning them out to vote with a more educated understanding
of the issues; and

WHEREAS, The mission of the California State University (CSU) is "To
prepare significant numbers of educated, responsible people to
contribute to California' schools, economy, culture, and future; to
prepare students for an international, multi-cultural society; and to
provide public services that enrich the university and its
communities;" and

WHEREAS, Less than half of eligible citizens between the ages of 18-24 voted
in the 2000 Presidential Election, compared with 70% of older
citizens; and

WHEREAS, An engaged citizenry is essential to the success of the democratic
process in the City of Arcata, the County of Humboldt, the State of
California, and The United States; and

WHEREAS, The Associated Students recognizes the impact and influence that
HSU Faculty members have on their students and that
collaboration between students, faculty, staff and administration,
is essential to a significantly important to a successful voter
registration drive; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University, in
conjunction with the Associated Students, and President
Rollin Richmond, ask all faculty members to promote
civic engagement by annually allotting ten minutes of
classroom time during the first week of class to promote non-
partisan voter registration for all students; therefore be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to:
HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate,
The California State Student Association, the California
Faculty Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, and the local
media.

Authored by:

_________________________________
Manuel Fonseca, Representative
California State Student Association

_______________________________________ _______________________________________
Michelle Woo, Representative Kyle Brossard, Representative
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences College of Natural Resources & Sciences

_______________________________________ _______________________________________
Kyle Zeck Samantha Williams-Gray
Legislative Vice President President

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Resolution opposing the Creno / RPI Proposition

RESOLUTION OPPOSING PROPOSITION 54

Adopted 03/24/03
Amended 09/08/03

Whereas, The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "The Associated Students…[shall] provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;" and

Whereas, Humboldt State University and the Associated Students of Humboldt State University support and value diversity, a concept that creates a multi-faceted network of cross-cultural ideas, perspectives, and opinions which provide an invaluable portion of our education, and

Whereas, The Classification of Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin (CRENO) Initiative, otherwise known as the Racial Privacy Initiative (RPI), aims to inhibit California's ability to gather data on race, ethnicity, color, or national origin in the operation of public education, public contracting, or public employment, and

Whereas, the CRENO Initiative would eliminate the gathering of valuable racial and ethnic data that is vital to identifying, tracking, and rectifying racial or ethnic disparities in access to public higher education, academic achievement, hate crimes, and incidents of discrimination, and

Whereas, The elimination of such data will have detrimental effects on our university's ability to address issues of racial /ethnic disparity as it relates to admissions and outreach, perform undergraduate/graduate research which includes issues of ethnicity and race, or identify and rectify discrepancies in hiring, promotion, and compensation practices within the Humboldt State University community, and

Whereas, The CRENO Initiative will not move our nation toward becoming a color-blind society, but will induce barriers to public higher education and obscure statewide racial/ethnic discrepancies, and

Whereas, The California State Student Association and the University of California Student Association have already publicly opposed this initiative and

Whereas, The Classification of Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin (CRENO)
Initiative, otherwise known as the Racial Privacy Initiative (RPI), is now known as PROPOSITION 54 on the October 7, 2003 California ballot,
Therefore, be it

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially take a unified stance against the CRENO Initiative; be it further

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University will work in collaboration with other organizations that oppose this initiative and organize to defeat it; be it futher

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University urges the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University, President Rollin Richmond, the CSU Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Reed to take similar actions to oppose the CRENO Initiative; be it further

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University amend the
title of the RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE CRENO/RPI
PROPOSITION (Adopted 03/24/2003) to be, the RESOLUTION
OPPOSING PROPOSITION 54 (Amended 9/08/03).

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, HSU's Multi-Cultural
Center, the California State Student Association, the University of California Student Association, the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, State Assembly Member Patty Berg, State Senator Wes Chesbro, Governor Gray Davis, the HSU Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by:
Gretchen Kinney,
President, Associated Students, Humboldt State University

Amended by:
Manolo Platin, HSU Representative
California State Student Association

__________________________________ ______________________________
Christopher Cook, College Representative Dusty Duley, College Representative
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Natural Resources & Sciences

__________________________________ ______________________________
Kelley Kiesling Gretchen Kinney
Legislative Vice President President

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF PROPOSITION 66

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF PROPOSITION 66

Approved 10/25/04

Whereas, California's Three Strikes Law currently fails to set reasonable parameters
for what qualifies as a second and third strike; and

Whereas, 65% of inmates serving second and third strike sentences were convicted
of non-violent, non-serious offenses, some serving life sentences for
burglary of unoccupied homes, recreational drug use, and shoplifting; and

Whereas, The discretion currently given to prosecutors to seek second and third
strikes on non-violent offenses results in arbitrary and unjust sentences;
and

Whereas, The three strikes law is applied disproportionately to communities of color
and poverty. Currently, 71% of three strikers are African American or
Latino. Caucasian offenders are far less likely to receive strikes for both
non-violent and violent crimes; and

Whereas, The three strikes law supports the rapidly growing Prison Industrial
Complex in the State of California, and

Whereas, California has been dealing with severe budget deficits resulting in over
3/4 billion dollars being reduced from the CSU General Fund allocation
over the past three years; and

Whereas, Our State spends 5.6 billion dollars annually on incarceration and only
4.3 billion on higher education; and

Whereas, CSU students have suffered fee increases, while the prison industry has
seen their budgets increase; and

Whereas, Proposition 66 "Limitation on "Three Strikes Law" Sex Crimes
Punishment Initiative Statute", seeks to require that increased sentences
under the three strikes law only apply in the case of violent and serious felonies, and

Whereas, Proposition 66 redefines violent and serious felonies for the purpose of the
three strikes statute so that only the most violent and heinous crimes are
considered for strikes; and

Whereas, Proposition 66 ensures the safety of our communities by increasing the
mandatory sentences for child molestation; and

Whereas, Preliminary fiscal analysis has revealed Proposition 66 will generate
hundreds of millions of dollars annually in savings to the State of
California, and

Whereas, These savings could be funneled into higher education and college
preparation programs; therefore be it

Resolved, That The Associated Students formally endorse Proposition 66 and it will
hereby incorporate education on Proposition 66 and the Prison Industrial
Complex into our Get Out The Vote efforts; therefore be it further

Resolved, That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to HSU President
Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, the California State
Student Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, and the local media.

Authored by:

Manuel Fonseca, Representative
California State Student Association

Approved by:

Kyle Zeck,
A.S. Legislative Vice President

Samantha Williams-Gray
A.S. President

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Resolution supporting a CSU Sustainability Policy

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING A CSU SUSTAINABILITY POLICY Adopted 9/22/03

Whereas, the Associated Students (AS) is the official voice of the students of Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University has a long history of advocating environmental and sustainable responsibility; and,

Whereas, the Humboldt State University's Strategic Plan states its vision for the future is to "provide a socially and environmentally responsible education"; and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as being "environmentally and socially responsible"; and,

Whereas, the current budget climate in California has a strong connection to the state's recent energy crisis; and,

Whereas, the Associated Students General Election of 2003 saw students pass a ballot initiate regarding HSU Green Building by an overwhelming majority of 91%; and,

Whereas, the US Green Building council developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System as a voluntary, consensus-based, market-drive building rating system based on existing technology that evaluates environmental performance from a "whole building" perspective; and,

Whereas, LEED Silver-rated buildings cost no more than non-LEED buildings when the appropriate design concepts, technologies, and materials are incorporated at the beginning of the design process; and,

Whereas, one year ago, the University of California (UC) used no clean energy and had no standards for green buildings, yet the UC Board of Regents passed a sustainability policy in July 2003 committing the installation of 10 megawatts (equivalent to power used by 5,000 homes) of renewable energy across the 10 campuses, the purchase of 10% of the university's utility purchased energy from clean energy sources immediately and ramping up to 20% by 2017, and the reduction of systemwide energy use to 10% below 2000 levels by 2017, with a commitment to build all future UC construction projects to LEED equivalent standards; and,

Whereas, the CSU is the largest system of public Higher Education in the world and is a driving force in every sector of the California economy, exerting a tremendous influence over environmental, economic, and social policies; and,

Whereas, it is the duty of the CSU Board of Trustees to work with students, staff, faculty and administration within the CSU system to address the pressing issues facing our state, nation, and world by directing our environmental, economic and social policies into a responsible strategy that ensures the well-being of current and future generations; and,

Whereas, the CSU Chancellor's Office has already begun to call together a committee on environmental standards for all CSU buildings: therefore, be it

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially call upon the CSU Board of Trustees to adopt a policy that all new and renovated buildings at CSU campuses be designed and built to a LEED Silver rating or higher (without binding the CSU to actually pursue LEED certifications); and be it further

Resolved, that The Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially call upon the HSU Administration to design and construct the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building to a LEED Silver rating or higher.

Resolved, that the CSU Board of Trustees direct that 50 percent or more of the system's energy be derived from clean, renewable sources, with at least 25 percent generated onsite by solar, wind, fuel cell, and or other clean, renewable sources; and be it further

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to, Board of Trustees Chair Debra S. Farar, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, HSU President Rollin Richmond, HSU Vice-President of Administrative Affairs, HSU Director of Physical Services Bob Schulz, the HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, the HSU Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by:
Manolo Platin, HSU Representative
California State Student Association

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE HSU DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE HSU DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN

Approved 10/25/04

Whereas, the Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, "he Associated Students…[shall] assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body; provide services and programs as deemed necessary by the corporation to meet the needs of the students and campus community; and to stimulate the educational, social physical, and cultural well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas, the Associated Students of Humboldt State University supports and values diversity while upholding a commitment to commend and partake in acts of social justice that educate the campus and community on issues of diversity,
and

Whereas, HSU President Rollin Richmond said in his inauguration address, "Multicultural views of disciplines, including some scientific disciplines, have brought the realization that most of us teach and learn within cultural settings that may influence and sometimes badly distort our perceptions. Moreover, a diverse set of cultural perspectives has demonstrated clearly that students learn in different ways, and if we wish to help students learn well, we need to be well aware of these differences in learning styles;" and,

Whereas, President Richmond has further stated, "My goals for Humboldt State
University is that it: Be student-centered; Promote diversity of people
and perspectives; Practice social and environmental responsibility; Be a
role model for community involvement;" and

Whereas, President Richmond said, "We owe it to our students to prepare them for the inevitable world they will face as they pursue their careers. If they do not come to understand and respect a variety of people and cultures, they will not fair well…Diversity is an issue of social responsibility. We owe it to ourselves and our community to work together to make a faster and fairer progress in our efforts to diversify this campus;" and,

Whereas, the proposed HSU Diversity Action Plan has been well thought out,
thoroughly researched, and all encompassing of issues that have continued
be ignored in past years; therefore be it,

Resolved, that The Associated Students support the implementation of the Humboldt
State University Diversity Action Plan and be it further,

Resolved, that The Associated Students call upon the HSU campus community to take
action in the implementation of the Diversity Action Plan, and be it further,

Resolved, that this resolution be sent, but not limited to the following: HSU President Rollin Richmond, Vice President Richard Vrem, Vice President Steven Butler, Vice President Carl Coffey, Interim Vice President Burt Nordstrom, Dean Donna Schafer, Dean Susan Higgins, Dean Karen Carlton, Interim Dean Robert Snyder, Dean James Howard, Dean Val Phillips, Interim Dean Jean Butler, Director of Diversity and Compliance Helen Jones, Director of Student Life Rees Hughes, The HSU Academic Senate, The California State Student
Association, The Lumberjack Newspaper, and members of the local media.

Authored by:

Samantha Williams-Gray
President, Associated Students

Approved by:

Kyle Zeck
A.S. Legislative Vice President

Samantha Williams-Gray
A.S. President

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Optical Scanning Web Eval Memo

M E M O R A N D U M

DATE: November 13, 2003

TO: HSU Provost's Council

FROM: Gretchen Newsom for

The Associated Students

SUBJECT: Review and Commentary on Optical Scanning of Course
Evaluations and Grade Reports

On behalf of the Associated Students Council, I wish to convey that the Associated Students is supportive of the recommendations within the report on the Future of Optical Scanning of Course Evaluations and Grade Reports. The switch to online course evaluations yields many positive aspects including, but not limited to, saving money, reducing our environmental impact by decreasing paper usage, and increasing accessibility to course evaluations. The concept of online course evaluations does generate some negative aspects as outlined in the recommendations from the ad-hoc committee. However, after carefully considering this matter we are affirmed in our belief that grade reporting and course/instructor evaluations should be conducted online.

Associated Students strongly opposes a coercive approach in yielding a fair sample of online faculty/course evaluations. We acknowledge that in order to convince students of the importance of RTP evaluations, an education campaign must be conducted. We will actively support this campaign if the online faculty evaluations are combined with the Associated Students Webevals via the optional dual survey instrument.

The A.S. WebEval system is meant to aid students in the selection of classes by providing a means to see the opinions of fellow students concerning our faculty, including but not limited to teaching style, subject matter, grading, etc. This program was implemented two years ago, and has generated over 1600 anonymous evaluations. Of the 1600 evaluations, only one was censored due to unsavory commentary. The majority of comments are positive in nature, but in order to protect the interest of faculty members while also serving the greater needs of students, we have closed the viewing of these evaluations from beyond the immediate campus. We feel that this is a successful forum for student commentary on our education while also providing an important tool for our academic pathway. For questions or concerns about the Associated Students Webevals program, please contact me or visit www.humboldt.edu/~aseval.

Furthermore, the Associated Students feels that students should not be presented with a list of outstanding on-line course evaluations as part of the registration process. This action seems to be counter to the effort of yielding a fair and accurate evaluation. However, we are supportive offering a reminder during the registration process of the importance of these evaluations. We are also in strong agreement that questions within the course evaluations should have uniformity within the college, or at the very least by each department. The scale of evaluation should be uniform throughout the entire University.

I encourage your consideration and support of the above requests and recommendations. I would be pleased to discuss this matter with you in detail and answer any questions. Thank you for your consideration.

cc: President Rollin Richmond
Provost, Rick Vrem
Vice President of Student Affairs, Steven Butler

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