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Adin White runs for commissioner of sustainability affairs

Voting for the 2024 AS general elections will open on April 4 at 8 a.m. and will close on April 5 at 8 a.m.

Adin White is running for commissioner of sustainability affairs in the 2024 Associated Students general election. To read more about each candidate, see below.

Adin White, shown above, is running for commissioner of student affairs in the 2024 Associated Students general election. Taken by Milca Elvira Chacon.

Adin White

Adin White runs for commissioner of sustainability affairs with the intent to create a community that values sustainability.

His inspiration to run for this position stemmed from the importance of sustainability. This started when he took environmental psychology, nature, culture and environment courses in fall 2023.

“Both of them kind of together got me thinking a lot more about moving forward, what can we do so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past or take for granted what we have now,” White said.

White is a junior majoring in anthropology and minoring in Middle Eastern studies. He is the president of the Anthropology Society and said his role has supported other students in “feeling like they’re part of something bigger.”

He plans to transmit that same feeling and create events that will educate and bring the community together if elected.

“A real sense of working towards something bigger among students,” White said. “Getting events going where people could try to do zero waste or something like that for a week.” 

Other activities he would like to implement are creek cleanups, hosting waste audits and making students more sustainability conscious.

Seeing the campus thrive from a sense of community and shared goals is one of his main objectives.

While he is excited to see what the future holds with this position, he reflected on some of the difficulties he may face while in office.

White understands that some students may not care about sustainability or the consequences because of the lack of care. However, he said this doesn’t make them “bad people” and getting others to seriously think about this issue would be beneficial.

Figuring out what events and topics students would be eager to engage with is another challenge he foresees. 

Getting students to care for sustainable practices and the future is something he will continue to work for.

Despite having grown up in Chico, it is his first year attending Chico State. 

He transferred from Butte College, where his time was overshadowed by the pandemic and the feeling of loneliness.

This changed when he experienced Chico culture for the first time.

“There was an awesome community around me. Right away, I had a bunch of friends that I knew I could talk to about whatever and a lot of it came through the concerted effort of people to create that sense of community,” White said. “Whether it was through clubs or just through faculty taking the time to get to know me.”

Regardless if people vote for him or not, White said that voting matters and that students should care about those who are in a position to make big decisions. 

He also acknowledged the role that those who are in power have.

“The benefits that you get from having a title like as a senator or as president, to be able to take those privileges and then use them to make things actually happen that will benefit everyone,” White said.

For information on White and his campaign, go here.

No other candidates registered to run against White.

To learn more about the commissioner of sustainability affairs duties, go here.

Voting for the 2024 AS general elections will open on April 4 at 8 a.m. and will close on April 5 at 8 a.m.

A link will be sent out to all Chico State students via school emails when voting opens.

Milca Elvira Chacon can been reached at the [email protected].

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Milca Elvira Chacon
Milca Elvira Chacon is a journalism major with a minor in Broadcasting. She was a contributor for The Orion last semester, but is now officially working for the student-led newspaper. She hopes to strengthen her writing skills and contribute to stories that will positively impact the community. Outside of journalism, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and working out.

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    Ari Sorokin // Apr 4, 2024 at 8:27 pm

    Certainly, here’s an edited version of your text with additional statistics:Throughout history, Muslims played a significant role in the slave trade, which is considered one of the largest in human history. Millions of men, women, and children were forcibly transported across the Sahara desert, with some fortunate enough to reach the Nile. Shockingly, many of the men captured were subjected to castration, contributing to the scarcity of descendants of black slaves in the Islamic world.In World War I, British sailors embarked on perilous voyages across oceans to liberate black slaves held in Ottoman captivity. Tragically, thousands of British lives were lost in these efforts to end the slave trade, which officially ceased in the Islamic world on paper.Nevertheless, in modern times, regions like Sudan continue to witness atrocities against their black Christian population, with Arab rulers perpetrating acts of genocide. It’s worth noting that the Arabic word for a black person is synonymous with “slave,” reflecting deep-seated historical associations.While Christianity was forcibly imposed on many Africans, it’s essential to recognize the early presence of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, one of the oldest in the world, predating much of Europe’s adoption of Christianity. Moreover, Christianity has evolved in Africa, influencing religions like Voodoo, and has found resonance among Nigerian Christians due to shared religious values with the British.These historical insights underscore the importance of delving into Islamic and African histories to gain a comprehensive understanding of these complex dynamics.

    If you want to reform Islam remember that the religion has just as much of its hands as any others but it is far less apologetic about it.