ASI swears in new vice president of legislative affairs

Ray Dean, Reporter

The Associated Students Inc. board of directors said goodbye to Krystal Raynes and thanked her for her service to the ASI board and the students at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 9 during the ASI meeting. Raynes was recently appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to serve a two-year term as a student trustee on the California State University Board of Trustees. 

Ilaria Pesco, ASI executive director, thanked Raynes for her dedication to the students and expressed her excitement for Raynes’s new role as a trustee. Pesco said that Raynes would always have a place at the ASI meetings to speak and address the board. ASI expressed endless support to Raynes in her position.  

Raynes most recently served on the ASI board as vice-president of legislative affairs. During public comments, Raynes thanked her fellow board members including Ignacio Castillo who later in the meeting was sworn in as the new vice-president of legislative affairs. 

Raynes supports Ignacio and believes that he has the experience, drive and passion to lead and represent the students at CSUB. 

In Castillo’s first report to the board, he said that Legislative Affairs is working on preparing students to vote in the upcoming election on Nov 3. Castillo said plans are being developed to host an open discussion with candidates running for local offices. 

The ASI board also filled two open director seats. Desiree Lorelli was interviewed and nominated to the director of clubs and organizations outreach. 

Lorellia communications major, said that she wants to bring people together, make connections with students, and help clubs explore ways to interact together. 

Carson Vollmer was interviewed and nominated for the director of social sciences and education seat. Vollmer wants students to know that he’s advocating them. Vollmer also said that he would like to hold monthly meetings to discuss issues that students may have. 

Ed Webb, CSUB Campus Gamers founder and student organizations and RunnerSync coordinator, announced this year’s Extra Life fund raising effort for the Lauren Smalls Child Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Webb said this year’s prize package is the biggest so far and includes, a Playstion 5, Xbox Series X, Samsung TV along with many other items. Webb said those interested in participating, donating and raising funds can go to for more information. 

Webb also gave the student union and organization governance report, announcing that 38 clubs on campus have completed charter and that the Best Week Ever will take place Oct 19 – Oct. 23 where students can gather and play games virtually. 

Afaf Aldhulay, coordinator of campus programming noted in the campus program report that Oct 14 is Drag Queen Bingo at 8pm, hosted by Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Aldhulay said the event is free and gift cards will be given to winners.