ASI responds to social media comments

Esteban Ramirez



Before the March 11 Associated Students Inc. meeting, CSU Bakersfield students expressed their displeasure on social media.

ASI Executive Vice president Jennifer Sanchez addressed those comments during the meeting.

“There have been a few social media posts over the last couple days that have been kind of dividing the student body and probably unknowingly spreading some incorrect information,” Sanchez said. “I am disappointed because it welcomed personal attacks on individuals and their characteristics and not the issues.”

The social media posts were on the Facebook pages “CSUB students interested in buying/selling/swapping books” and “CSUB students housing/renting”.Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 2.31.01 PM

The posts or comments were a shared link from The Runner’s story “ASI execs propose limiting candidates” which was posted by CSUB graduate student Athena Skapinakis on March 9.

Sanchez continued to clarify some details that were misunderstood by students.

“If I could have done it differently, I would never have allowed the bylaws to begun because we only had 10 minutes left of our entire meeting,” she said. “Our board was eager to make suggestions, but we had to end our meeting.”

Sanchez also added that she was disappointed with the fact that some of the people who posted or commented on Facebook knew the board members and didn’t ask them what was going on.

“I tried to (respond) on a post but it doesn’t really matter on Facebook if we say it,” she said. “I think we all agreed as a team that it wasn’t the best way. It’s opening it up to not exactly cyber-bullying but you know how people can be behind a keyboard. It’s not the same thing as in a meeting.”

Director of General Studies Ruth Orozco reminded the CSUB students in attendance that if they had any concerns or questions to get to their office in the Student Union.

“If there is ever an issue, feel free to come and talk to us instead of feeling angry and just posting it anywhere,” Orozco said. “It’s better to come and talk to us and if you feel there is still an issue, always feel free to come in here anytime.”