Public Affairs

The Bucks Start Here

Dec. 6, 2011
By Elizabeth Chapin

An SDSU student writes to Gov. Brown, voicing her concerns about budget cuts to the CSU.

An SDSU student writes to Gov. Brown, voicing her concerns about budget cuts to the CSU.

In an effort to convince state lawmakers to reinvest in higher education, thousands of CSU students are sending their “bucks” to Sacramento.

The “bucks” are actually mock $650 million bills, which represent this year’s unprecedented cuts to the CSU. A student’s hand-written story about how cuts to higher education have impacted his or her life is on each one. Students at all 23 CSU campuses are dropping them into a big clear box that is traveling from campus to campus, making its way to Sacramento, where it will be delivered to Governor Brown during the California State Student Association’s advocacy day in March.

It’s part of the Bucks Start Here campaign, launched this November by the CSSA, which represents the CSU’s 412,000 students.

From San Diego to Humboldt, student leaders at each campus have organized their own unique events surrounding the box’s arrival.

“The campaign events involve all realms of the campus community,” said CSSA legislative chair and Sonoma State University student Sean Richards. “Faculty, CSU presidents and various guest speakers are also taking part in the effort, reinforcing that for the future of California and its students, the bucks start with higher education.”

Student leaders Aissa R. Canchola and Gregory Washington helped collect bucks at CSU Fullerton
Student leaders Aissa R. Canchola and Gregory Washington helped collect bucks at CSU Fullerton.

The Bucks Start Here also serves to educate fellow students about funding cuts to higher education, and let them know how they can make a difference.

 

“Students can occupy campuses, but that won’t get much accomplished,” Richards says. “If they focus their frustrations toward lawmakers making the decisions to cut funding, it’s the most effective and proactive approach to make a change.”

Find out more about the campaign at the CSSA's website and follow the bill box’s journey to Governor Brown on the Bucks Start Here’s Facebook page.