NEWS
6/23/2015


The recent tragedy at the historic AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, which resulted in the massacre of nine black people, has affirmed our stand in opposing guns on our campus. We view deputizing and consequently arming security on university campuses as part of a systematic problem. Gun violence disproportionately affects people of color and marginalized communities. While Portland State University aspires to diversify the PSU community, we regard arming security to be counterproductive to that effort.


As students, we expect our money to be invested in our learning. The majority of students and faculty are disappointed with the decision to implement armed Campus Public Security Officers. We acknowledge their frustration and their concerns. ASPSU will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that students' voices are being heard while continuing to work with all stakeholders. However, as student government, our legitimacy and the goals we hope to achieve comes directly from our connection to the students and we will hold that as our highest priority.

In Solidarity,

Dana Ghazi, ASPSU President

David Martinez, ASPSU Vice President

6/15/2015
ASPSU
Associated Students of PSU
PRESS RELEASE
June 8, 2015

CONTACT: Dana Ghazi, ASPSU President
(503) 880-8103 | dghazi@pdx.edu

Marcus Sis, ASPSU Chief of Staff
(907) 209-3586 | msis@pdx.edu

After voting 9-3 to approve the Campus Safety Implementation Plan that would lead to a campus police force with armed and unarmed officers, ASPSU President Dana Ghazi and Vice President David Martinez issued the following statement:

            “Students during finals week have had a big decision made for them by the PSU Board of Trustees. We did not succeed in postponing the vote, and while we always knew it would be a difficult case to make in such a short timeframe, we feel strongly that it was an effort worth taking in light of the many concerns we heard from students.

We appreciate and value the input made by all trustees throughout this process. We also recognize that this was not an easy decision, with three trustees – including both the student and faculty member – voting against the plan. Moving forward, ASPSU will be playing an active role in the candidate selection process for campus safety’s new oversight committee and will continue to listen to all student perspectives on this issue while working towards a smooth transition.”


6/8/2015
ASPSU
Associated Students of PSU
PRESS RELEASE
June 8, 2015

CONTACT: Dana Ghazi, ASPSU President
(503) 880-8103 | dghazi@pdx.edu

Marcus Sis, ASPSU Chief of Staff
(907) 209-3586 | msis@pdx.edu

NEWLY ELECTED PSU STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT ASKS BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO POSTPONE VOTE ON CAMPUS DEPUTIZATION PLAN

PSU Student Body President Dana Ghazi is asking the university's Board of Trustees to postpone voting on implementation of an armed campus police force ahead of their next meeting on June 11.

"As student body president, my highest priority is ensuring the safety and security of our students" said Ghazi. "Like most PSU students, i remain very skeptical of how effective this approach will be in meaningfully reducing violence and sexual assault on campus".

Ghazi, who highlighted her opposition to an armed campus poice force during last month's election, said both during the election and since taking office on June 1 that many students have told her they will feel less safe having officers armed with lethal weapons responding to campus situations. She is also concerned for students who say they are now less likely to call campus security in the event of a sexual assault when sexual assault and rape on campus are still vastly underredported.

Student Body Vice President David Martinez noted the chilling effect that deputizing campus security is having within traditionally marginalized communities on campus. "I fear this implantation plan will lead to a less-welcoming campus for PSU's histoprically diverse student body, and will hurt our efforts to recruit such students in the future", said martinez

Ghazi, who stands together with PSU faculty in opposing an armed campus police force, concluded by emphasizing the gravity the proposed plan has on the students she represents: "The stakes are simply too high. Students cannot afford to have this implementation plan rushed to a vote during final exams week. Campus safety is the most important issue currently facing our student body - we must take the time to get this policy right the first time. I look forward t working with the board over the next academic year on implementing a policy that is effective in making all students safer".

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6/1/2015
Welcome to a new administration!
The first Senate meeting is TONIGHT, 4-6pm in Smith 298. Hope to see you there!

5/19/15



5/1/15 
It's time to vote! Go to election.aspsu.pdx.edu to vote today! Polls open until May 6th at 7pm.

4/22/15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

ASPSU Leadership issues the following statement:

 

“At 9 am on April 22nd, ASPSU Leadership accepted Tony Funchess’ resignation as Multicultural Affairs Director of ASPSU. We recognize the work that Tony has accomplished for the student body at Portland State and the passion with which he pursued his service.

 

ASPSU officers are not employees of the University and ASPSU does not seek any knowledge of legal history related to appointees or nominees for any position. Eligibility for membership and removal from membership in ASPSU is solely based on the requirements enumerated in ASPSU’s Constitution and Bylaws. Beyond that, no authoritative justification exists for examining the legal history of any ASPSU officials or removing a student from student government based on legal history.

 

Moving forward in healing from this situation, the paramount priority of ASPSU Leadership is to be attentive to the needs of multiple traditionally silenced populations: survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, communities of color, folks with criminal and legal histories, and others. These populations are silenced in different ways via utilization of various oppressions, making this situation extremely harmful. We ask that those who engage in public conversation about this situation be mindful of their impact, be responsive to the needs of others in the space, and recognize that each individual is unique in the way they receive information and process statements. ASPSU Leadership will not tolerate harassment of our officers, our staff, or any student who wishes to engage in dialogue regarding this situation.

 

We would also like to remind our fellow students that professional mental health assistance is available to Portland State students on a walk-in basis at the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).

 

ASPSU Leadership has not been involved and will continue to refrain from involvement in the elections process and campaigns. Any inquiries of this nature should be directed to the ASPSU Elections Committee and ASPSU Judicial Review Board.”

 

Eric Noll & Rayleen McMillan

ASPSU President & Vice President


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4/22/15
The 2015 Elections are going to be restarted. For more information, go to the Elections 2015 tab. 

4/1/15
Food Pantry Spring Term hours are Monday through Friday from 12pm-2pm! Come see us in SMSU 325! For more information visit our page here






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