Student Government for 2016-2017
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Annual Report

Year In Review

David Crandall

2016-17 saw some major steps taken by the Associated Students. We continue to support student initiatives both within the classroom and in student organizations to the tune of nearly $2 million. Our student leadership continued its long-time commitment to building the new Sustainability Center as a new collections center for recycling and as the hub for education and outreach to the campus community on all things green. The AS supported a partnership with the campus and with Southwestern Law School to open a Student Legal Support Clinic for CSUN students. The AS has been implementing the recommendations from its recent Program Review, especially in restructuring itself to better serve students, especially via several succession plans. Our student leadership advocated strongly for programs, policies and services to help support student success at CSUN.

David Crandall
AS General Manager

Meet our Departments

The Associated Students is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning-focused campus environment.

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Children's Center

Children's Center

The AS Children’s Center is a high-quality early childhood program that provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which administers a national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of preschools and child care centers.


Continued Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children


  • Contracts with Ca. Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division for State funded preschool and childcare. Grant with Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • In May 2017 the Children's Center was named an Exemplary Program by the Child and Adolescent Alumni Chapter.


145 Families per Semester
156 Children per Semester
20,000 Meals

Our Staff

12 Number of Teachers
67 Number of Employees
49 Number of Student Employees
Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

Since 2008, CSUN Outdoor Adventures (OA) has been providing unique recreational opportunities to the CSUN community. Through our Wilderness Outings, RIDGE Rockwall, rental center, team building program, workshops and clinics, Outdoor Leadership Program, and most recently Camp Matador, we provide awe-inspiring, transformative experiences to more than 6,000 students each year.


50 Number of Student Employees
2 Number of Staff Employees
13 Number of Volunteers

Trip Leaders

All of our Wilderness Outing Instructors have over 10 days of back country training and an additional focus on technical activities to provide you with the safest, most competent wilderness experience possible. All our staff are an equal mix of trained medical practitioners, cooks, drivers, outdoor educators, and fun facilitators culminating in pretty incredible outdoor professionals.

8 Primary Trip Leaders
12 Secondary Trip Leaders
33 Number of Students Involved

Camp Matador

Camp Matador welcomes freshmen to Cal State Northridge by giving them an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about the Matador life here at CSUN. Camp Matador is a 4-day, 3-night orientation program that takes place in Big Bear, California. Students ride air-conditioned charter buses from CSUN’s campus to Ponderosa Pines Camp, where they stay in air-conditioned, furnished cabins with fellow campers.

98 Attendees
104 Sign-ups

Outdoor Orientation

Outdoor Orientation offers transfer students a warm welcome into the CSUN community and provides the tools to successfully navigate the transition into Matador life. Students will explore the beautiful outdoors of California and develop lasting relationships while on a fun-filled journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and lasting memories!

20 Number of Students *

* total throughout 3 trips

Adventure Trips

CSUN Outdoor Adventures, located in the Student Recreation Center, gives you the opportunity to explore, learn and enjoy outdoor opportunities. Students participating in outings will learn how to recreate safely in the great outdoors and develop an understanding of natural surroundings. Outdoor Adventures hopes this will lead each student to appreciate the Earth’s natural beauty and all it has to offer.

31 Number of Day Trips
45 Number of Multi-day Trips

Leadership Workshops

The Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) is designed to provide the knowledge and necessary skills for individuals who are interested in working as trip instructors or guides with the CSUN Outdoor Adventures Program.

The goal of the OLP is to develop knowledgeable, highly skilled and trained wilderness guides to work as instructors and guides with the Outdoor Adventures Program. Our overall mission is to provide the CSUN community an avenue to foster an appreciation for the outdoors, while emphasizing safety, environmental awareness, minimum impact, personal exploration, group bonding, experiential education, positive interaction, and good times.

9 Fall Semester
6 Spring Semester

Rental Center

CSUN Outdoor Adventures has a large selection of outdoor equipment available for current CSUN students to rent at a low cost for a day, a weekend, or a week. Located at the Northwest entrance of the SRC, the Rental Center serves as your comprehensive outdoor resource. Whether it's a family camping trip, church retreat, music festival, or mountaineering expedition, we provide top of the line outdoor equipment rentals for a number of general and technical activities

1,764 Number of Items Rented

Bike Shop

As a bicycle shop co-op, we offer CSUN students, faculty, and staff affordable prices on bicycle repairs, maintenance, and parts. If you would like to learn how to repair or maintain your bike, no labor fee will be added to your total, so you'll just pay for the price of the part (if applicable). If you don't have the time or don't want to get your hands dirty, no problem!

663 Number of Bikes Repaired


  • Rock wall staff, for there time belaying and teaching students at the rock wall.
  • Our partnership with Student Recreation Center, Sundays camp, the RTM department and Castaic Lake
  • Our workshop with Outdoor Afro, teaching and educating the group before they went on their first outdoor trip


AS Productions provides concerts, cultural events, lectures and special events for the CSUN campus, including "Big Show." AS Productions keeps the Matador spirit alive by producing CSUN spirit events and collaborating on programming with campus clubs, academic departments and the University Student Union.


52 Number of Events
800 Attendees on Average


150 Number of Student Volunteers
7 Number of Student Employees


  • We have collaborated with about 60 different clubs, Vendors, departments and campus partners.
Sport Clubs

Sport Clubs

The Sport Clubs program provides CSUN students an opportunity to participate in regionally and nationally competitive sports and recreational activities. The program is designed to allow each CSUN student a chance to participate in a sport club individually or as a member of a team.

Each club is formed, developed, governed and administered by student members. Student leadership, interest and participation are essential elements of a successful sport club.

27 Number of Sport Clubs
31 Number of Student Employees
710 Number of students in Sport Clubs


2,000+ Number of student attendees


  • 100 - 60 coaches and team volunteers
  • 6 Matador Sports Network volunteers
  • 32 Sport Club Council volunteers


  • Ice Hockey won the West Coast Hockey Conference Championship, becoming the first CA team to do so. They also went to the ACHA D2 West regionals and finished 11th in the West Region.
  • Men’s Volleyball won the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League Division 3 Championship.
  • Salsa Libre took 1st place in the College Salsa Congress, also won 1st place in College Salsa Open.
  • Sport Club Council put on the first ever “Big Game” which showcased Women’s and Men’s Rugby on their Senior games (last home game of the season), featuring performances from Fasmode and CSUN Hip Hop. The event drew over 500 spectators.
Student Leadership

Student Leadership

The Student Government division of Associated Students (A.S.) represents the student body, advocates its needs and defends its interests in dealings with faculty, campus administrators and government officials.

Student Government is comprised of student leaders who seek to provide the ultimate college experience and uphold the mission and vision of A.S. Student leaders encourage shared governance, student advocacy and collaboration with other campus and community entities.

6,102 Number of Student Votes

Establishment of the Student Legal Clinic

The Student Legal Support Clinic ("Clinic") is a unique collaboration between CSUN, the Associated Students and Southwestern Law School’s Community Lawyering Clinic. The Clinic is directed by Southwestern Professor Julia Vázquez and staffed by law students under her direct supervision.

In a survey conducted by the Associated Students, immigration was identified as a top priority for CSUN students. The Clinic will provide pro bono advice, counsel and representation to CSUN students in a variety of immigration legal services, including, but not limited to: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status ("SIJS"), Violence against Women Act ("VAWA"), U visa and Naturalization Services. In addition to client representation, Southwestern Law Students will conduct community based legal workshops to meet the needs of the CSUN student community.

Operating Budget



  • Funded the $5.7 million Sustainability Center construction project this year.
  • Managed to hold our heads up with multiple staffing changes with the help of new employee Lynn Umzam and temp employee Deborah Volper. Many thanks to them.

Club Accounts




* departments overall, including STAR, campus and AS related

Student Leaders

22 Senators
13 Cabinet Members
25 Committee Members


33 Number of Senate Meetings
33 Number of Finance Meetings
190 Number of Committee Meetings

Legislative Actions

19 Number of Resolutions
18 Number of Recommendations

Senate Bills

  • SB‐2016‐17‐001 – Resolution Supporting Proposition 55: The California Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative.
  • SB-2015-16-015 (Amendment) — Reflect Measure R2 change to Measure M.
  • SB-2008-09-003 (Amendment) — Associated Students Sustainability
  • SB-2016-17-003 – Scholarship in Recognition of Jennifer De La Torre
  • SB-2016-17-004 – Associated Students Inc. Opposition to the Proposed 2017-2018 Tuition Increase.
  • SB-2016-17-005 – Support AB17: Transit Pass Program: Free or Reduced Fare Transit Passes
  • SB-2016-17-006 – Resolution Commending CSUN Men’s Hockey Team
  • SB-2016-17-007 – Support AB 10: Feminine Hygiene Products
  • SB-2016-17-008 – CSUN Associated Students in Opposition to Governor Brown’s Phasing Out of the Middle Class Scholarship
  • SB-2016-17-009 – Feminine Products in Restrooms
  • SB‐2016‐17‐010 – California State University, Northridge Associated Students, Inc. Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project
  • SB‐2016‐17‐011 – Science Not Silence
  • SB‐2016‐17‐012 – Opposition to Executive Order 13769: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
  • SB‐2016‐17‐013 – Support AB 379: California Kickstart My Future Loan Forgiveness Program
  • SB‐2016‐17‐014 – Associated Students Scholarship in Honor of Jose Luis Vargas
  • SB‐2012‐13‐10 (Amendment) – Resolution to Allow Students to Enter a Preferred Name on all CSUN Affiliated Applications and Coursework.


Internal Affairs

  • Marketing of Gender Inclusive Language
  • Create a Student Security Fund
  • Attorney General – Addition to Code
  • Codes and Resolutions
  • Communicating with Constituents, Part 2: Business Cards
  • Kosher Food
  • Sea World Tickets at AS Ticket Office
  • Supporting Individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Protection
  • Food Pantry Competition

External Affairs

  • Support Proposition 54
  • Support Proposition 58
  • Support Proposition 67
  • Continuing Efforts for CSUN Apparel in Local Targets
  • Campus Safety Fair
  • Campus Food Pantry Services
  • Support for Increased Bike Lanes around CSUN

University Affairs

  • Continuing Support for the CSUN Food Pantry
  • Bringing Kosher and Halal Food to CSUN
  • Installment of ATM’s on Campus
  • Bike Repair Stations
  • Graduation Senior Survey
Sustainability and Recycling

Sustainability and Recycling

The program has been recently renamed to AS Sustainability and Recycling and continues to support the campus community by collecting paper, cardboard, pallets, inkjet and laser toner cartridges, cell phones, tin cans and beverage containers. In addition to collection services at over 200 locations on campus, the program supports and participates in various sustainability projects such as the award winning Sustainable Office Program, Green Events Consulting, and throwing educational events.

12 Number of Volunteers
19 Number of Student Employees


  • America Recycles Day
  • RecycleMania
  • EarthFair
  • Movie Nights
  • New Student Orientation
  • Residential Life Orientation


Exceptional Sustainable Materials Management program through recycling & resource recovery provided to the CSUN campus community; education and outreach to our students, staff, and faculty; Sustainable Office Program (collaborating across campus divisions and departments)



65,617 lbs


162,195 lbs


36,850 lbs

Bottles & Can


623 lbs


20,672 lbs

Plastic #1

10,074 lbs

Plastic #2

955 lbs


Laser Toner


Ink Jet



Ticket Office

Ticket Office

The AS Ticket Office offers ticketing services for nearly all campus events, from athletics and comedy to theater, music and more. Discounted tickets to local movie theaters and theme parks are also available.

In addition, the AS Ticket Office sells transit passes for Metro and the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA).

64,895 Number of Tickets Sold *

* for 346 events held on campus

3,987 Number of Transit Passes

Metro U-Pass Launch

Launched the U-Pass Program, offering semester-long Metro bus passes at a greatly subsidized rate offering students unlimited rides to campus, work, shopping, or anywhere they choose on any of Metro's bus or rail lines. The U-Pass subsidy funding comes from Associated Students and Parking and Transportation.

2,605 U-Passes Sold


The AS Ticket Office offers discounted tickets to select theme parks and movie theaters for students, faculty and staff. Most tickets must be purchased in person at the A.S. Ticket Office, which is located across Subway in the University Student Union (USU).

12,022 Discounted Tickets Sold

New Attractions

  • Catalina Express
  • Newport Whale Watching


  • Top seller for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights


Associated Students (A.S.) provides funding for special projects, events, conference travel and more. Matadors can even access funding in support of student research and other scholarly activities.

  • Student organizations
  • Academic costs associated with the creation of original research, performance pieces, senior projects, etc.
  • Course-related projects or activities that extend beyond those funded through the State University Fee
  • Conference travel or travel relating to leadership training

Operating Budget



  • Funded the $5.7 million Sustainability Center construction project this year.
  • Managed to hold our heads up with multiple staffing changes with the help of new employee Lynn Umzam and temp employee Deborah Volper. Many thanks to them.

Club Accounts




* departments overall, including STAR, campus and AS related

Student Travel Allocated


from 192 requests

Club Funding


130 requests funded

Scholarships and Grants