Campus Life: Vol 2; Issue 2

Associated Students

A.S. Elections 2016 is officially here.

This is an exciting time of year for Associated Students! We have 53 candidates running to serve on next year’s Board of Directors! To view the full list of candidates, please visit

Here are some important elections dates:

Thursday, April 7: OPEN FORUM
1:00pm-3:00pm at the Student Union Patio
Candidates’ open exchange of ideas and information

1:30pm-3:30pm Smith/Carlos Lawn
A moderated formal discussion presenting opposing arguments

6:00pm-8:00pm at the A.S. BBQ area
Get to know the candidates in a more casual environment; Food and refreshments will be served!

April 13 - 20: Online Voting

12:00pm-2:00pm at the Smith/Carlos Lawn

If you have any concerns about the election or any candidates, please forward those concerns to the AS Student Elections Commission at

A.S. Scholarships

The deadline to apply for A.S. Scholarships is fast approaching. Up to $75,000 total will be awarded in Fall 2016-Spring 2017 from a mix of need- and merit-based scholarships 

St. Saffold Leadership Scholarship

A.S. Advocacy Award

A.S. Global Scholar Award

A.S. Legacy Award

A.S. Environmental Champion Award

A.S. First-generation Award

To learn more about the program, visit Applications are accepted through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (

A.S. Upcoming Events:

2nd Annual Spartan Showcase: Associated Students is hosting the 2nd Annual Spartan Showcase at the Student Union Ballroom from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Wednesday, April 20.

This event is an exhibition of A.S. funded student organizations. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Trashion Fashion: The 8th Annual Trashion Fashion, on April 21 at  7:00pm on Tower Lawn, aims to create awareness for the lifecycle of post-consumer waste and clothing through this fun and educational event. Student models have the opportunity to wear today’s trends and stylish spring fashions provided by local recycled clothing stores. Student designers can showcase their creations made out of at least 80 percent post-consumer materials. A panel of judges will determine the winners.

Diversity Day: Celebrating uniqueness, diversity and culture. Come out to Diversity Day, on April 28, from 12:00pm-3:00pm on Tower Lawn, and celebrate what makes YOU unique! Entertainment provided by student organizations, and booth activities provided by the A.S. Programming Board, campus departments, and student organizations! Food provided by Street Eats. According to Cotton Stevenson, SJSU graduate student who spearheaded this movement last year, the goal of Diversity Day is “to promote a larger, less defensive and far more positive light on diversity at the University. It would encourage the active appreciation, engagement and support of all campus members in terms of their backgrounds, identities and experiences. It would seek to inspire an institutional commitment to create and sustain a context of diversity through which all members thrive, feel valued and attain personal and professional success.”

Move to Student Union!

The A.S. Student Government and the César E. Chávez Community Action Center (CCCAC) will officially move its offices to the Student Union. CCCAC (suite 1550) will be located on the first floor, along with General Services Center and Transportation Solutions Center (suite 1800).

On the second floor, students will be welcomed to the new A.S. Government (S.U. Suite 2300) offices by a large wall of artwork with photos showcasing how Associated Students helps students succeed. The Computer Services Center (suite 2600) is also situated on this floor.

In the next few months, the A.S. Print Shop will complete its move from Hoover Hall to the Student Union. The A.S. House will remain a hub of activity with its conference rooms, the A.S. Rec Lawn and BBQ Pit, and the offices for Human Resources and Marketing & Events.


Student Involvement

It's that time of year, the Student Leadership Gala is just around the corner! The Student Leadership Gala honors outstanding students, faculty/staff and alumni who make an impact upon your organization!

Each year, Student Involvement, Associated Students and the Solidarity Network (MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, Student Health Center Wellness & Health Promotion, A.S. Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, Pride Center, and Gender Equity Center) come together to celebrate student leadership on a campus-wide scale. This year is our 5th anniversary! 

This year's event will be held on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Make sure to come and support your fellow Spartans, student leaders, student organization winners, AS 55 Recipients, and graduating seniors!


University Housing


Similar to a Tunnel of Oppression, #ACTSJSU is a multi-sensory interactive experience for students to explore various social issues and how they intersect with social media. Issues being explored for the #ACTSJSU 2015 theme include the Black Lives Matter campaign, body image in the media, anonymous language in online forums, and social movements that have spawned from youth activism. #ACTSJSU 2016’s theme is Crossing Borders, which will explore the various types of borders “crossed” to include regional/national borders. Topics addressed are access to education, access to wealth, intersectionality of identity and how access is impacted. #ACTSJSU 2016 will be held Tuesday, April 26 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in Campus Village B (The RAC). For more information contact THE Committee (

Dear World

In connection with #ACTSJSU, Dear World is being invited to campus this Spring, Tuesday, May 3! Dear World Live is an interactive, award-winning event that explores the subtle and powerful connections between students, faculty and staff. Colleges and Universities invite a Dear World team to take portraits over one or a series of days, culminating with a participatory and emotionally stimulating event. At the evening finale, the Dear World team shares portraits and stories that will make you smile, cry, and laugh out loud. Select students get the chance to share the stories behind their powerful portraits to their peers. For more information about Dear World, check out their website:  If you are interested in partnering with University Housing Services in hosting Dear World at SJSU, contact Natina Gurley (

"Brave the Shave"

The staff and students of Joe West Hall are partnering with the St. Baldrick's Foundation to hold their, "Brave the Shave" event, on April 21 from 11am-5pm in the CVB Quad.   

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a Nonprofit 501(c)(3), focuses on raising money to support research on childhood cancers. They have raised over 100 million dollars in cancer research grants since 2005 and hope to continue saving lives and improving the lives of children with cancer and their families.

Participants in the event may set a goal donation amount and work to find donors (family, friends, or otherwise) to reach and exceed their goal prior to Thursday, April 21.  Participants, who would like to, may have their heads shaved by locally licensed barbers at the event. Kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment. Participants who shave their heads are showing support and hopefully inspiring others to support this great cause as well. The goal is to raise $5,000 dollars and for this to become an annual tradition hosted by the Joe West Community. Help us reach this goal!

If you would like to sign-up as a Shavee, donate to the Foundation, or just get more information, please check out our page:


Group of students cutting a cake

Pride Center

8th Annual Rainbow Graduation Celebration

This year we will be celebrating Rainbow Graduation on Wednesday, May 25 from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Library, Room 225/229

If you are a graduating senior or graduate student, Spring 2016 or Fall 2016, you are eligible to participate in this year's celebration.

To register for the Graduation please follow the link to fill out the registration form by Friday, May 6th.

What Rainbow Graduation is:

  • Something you would invite your family, chosen family, close friends and/or those most important to you
  • An opportunity to honor YOU
  • Your formal induction into the ranks of SJSU LGBTQ+ Alumni
  • Although many people do get dressed up for the event, it tends to be a queer little get together, with all the uniqueness of our community, so be yourself ;-)
  • Something that has GREAT food
  • Something you’d ask a favorite professor, staff member or those who have made a great positive impact on your experience at SJSU to attend
  • The last formal program of the year from the PRIDE Center
  • Lots of fun
  • The event where you get a Rainbow Tassel (Woo Hoo!)

What Rainbow Graduation is not:

  • An actual graduation (it is a celebration, you don’t get a diploma or anything, but a nifty colorful certificate)
  • A substitute for attending your actual graduation
  • Something you would want to miss

All students will be given at least two minutes to speak if they so wish to take time to thank family members, partner(s), friends, talk about their struggles and triumphs in school and/or give advice to those following, etc.

Graduation Speakers: When you register you will be asked if you would like to apply to speak at graduation, please note this is for a formal speech (5 to 10 min).

To register for the Graduation please follow the link to fill out the registration form.