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Breaking down ASI Students at Cal State Long Beach will see new and returning faces in this year’s Associated Students Inc. administration, as well as a new approach for addressing student concerns. The student leaders all share the same goal of improving direct communication with students, according to ASI Treasurer Agatha Gucyski. Each has prior experience in ASI and is accessible via email or through contacting the ASI office at 562-985-5241. Students may also visit the ASI office in University Student Union room 311.

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Continued from Page 3 just give you a name and say, ‘next.’” However, after some online research, Rachwal’s mother found that her daughter’s symptoms perfectly suited those of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). PANDAS, as defined by the National Institute of Public Health, is used to describe children with OCD and/or tic disorders whose symptoms worsen after they’ve had streptococcal infections, such as “strep throat.” After learning about PANDAS, Rachwal said she received an individualized education. She was homeschooled until the sixth grade and at-

tended Westview School — a private school that serves students with learning differences — in Los Angeles for high school. She also participated in an ice theater team for three years and sang opera as a sophomore and junior. “Those really just helped me work on myself,” she said. “After my issues started to heal … I was working on myself and trying to pull through.” Rachwal said meeting an education lobbyist during a field trip to Sacramento inspired her to follow a career path in government or law. “[The lobbyist’s] job seemed really exciting to me,” she said. “I like change. I like variation in what I’m doing every day. Her job was never the same, and she was really making a difference.” After graduating from Westview

5 Monday, August 19, 2013 School as valedictorian, Rachwal said she fully intended on attending University of California, Davis, until she learned of her acceptance into CSULB’s President’s Scholars program and received a full academic scholarship. “After I got off the phone … I was freaking out,” she said. “My parents were crying. I had to call my counselor, who told me about the scholarship.” As she prepares for her upcoming freshman year, Rachwal said she looks forward to the opportunities at CSULB, including the multiple clubs and organizations on campus. But before she moves into the residential halls on Saturday, she’ll fly to Sacramento on Monday to meet with the ACSE for the first time.

Haberstroh is returning as ASI president for his second consecutive term in office. He is a graduate student studying ancient history and hopes to one day become a professor of ancient history.

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Bolin is returning as ASI vice president for his second consecutive term in office. In May, he received a bachelor’s degree in history and religious studies. He is returning this fall as a graduate student studying public policy administration.

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Email: asi-vicepresident@csulb .edu

Jonathon Bolin

Gucyski is serving her first term as ASI treasurer, but this will be her second year in ASI. She served as a senator for the College of Business Administration during 2012-13. Gucyski is a junior finance and human resource management major. Email:

Agatha Gucyski

Phillips is serving his first term as Chief of Staff, but this will be his second year in ASI. He was a senator for the College of Liberal Arts during 2012-13. He is a senior American and international studies major. Phillips is the policy adviser to Haberstroh.

Joseph Phillips

Email: asi- chiefofstaff@csulb .edu

Barcenas is serving his second term as Chief Programming Officer. He is a senior graphic design major. Barcenas is the ASI events coordinator.

Email: asi-chiefprogrammingofficer@

Irving Barcenas

— Compiled by Managing Editor Courtney Tompkins

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