Proposition 55 - Cal State Fullerton
To Receive $50 Million If Bond Passes
by Valerie Orleans
From Dateline (February 5, 2004)
On March 2, voters in California will have
the opportunity to vote on Proposition 55, the 2004 School Bond.
If passed, the bond will provide $12.3 billion to schools throughout
the state for repairs, classroom construction and other critical
Closer to home, Cal State Fullerton would receive
more than $50 million if Proposition 55 is approved by voters. The
funds would be used for two major projects – a building for
the College of Business and Economics and necessary equipment for
the Performing Arts Center currently under construction.
College of Business and Economics
Through the university’s College of Business and Economics
– one of the nation’s largest – nearly 1,500 graduate
and undergraduate students receive degrees each year. Alumni go
on to become leaders in business or developers of small business
enterprises, and constitute a significant portion of the region’s
economy. A new building will allow Cal State Fullerton to ensure
an optimal learning environment.
Funding will pay for space dedicated to centers of
learning, state-of-the-art classrooms, interactive technology, faculty
offices and multimedia lecture halls.
“The new building will help us provide world-class
education for the future employees and entrepreneurs of Orange County,
as well as the surrounding communities,” said Anil K. Puri,
dean of the College of Business and Economics. “Our nationally
accredited college needs a new building to accommodate the growing
number of qualified students seeking higher education.”
Performing Arts Center
Proposition 55, if passed, would fund equipment and other necessities
that will make the Performing Arts Center a fully functioning educational
and performance facility. Bond measure funds would assist in the
purchase of stage lighting and audio systems, classroom computer
and specialized equipment, scene shop power tools and related supplies,
dance studio sound and video systems, concert grand pianos and percussion
instruments, and audio recording equipment.
“We are building a wonderful new Performing
Arts Center that will open in fall 2005,” said Jerry D. Samuelson,
dean of the College of Arts. “However, without the equipment
funds that Proposition 55 would provide, much of the building will
not function. Lighting, sound and specialized equipment are very
necessary to complete this project.”
Supporters of Proposition 55 include Cal State Fullerton’s
Alumni Association, Associated Students Inc., Academic Senate and
University Advisory Board.
Although proposition opponents believe that school
construction is a priority, they contend that it is not the right
time to increase the state’s indebtedness.
Additional information is available on the Web at
The Associated Students will host a voter registration/Proposition
55 information rally at noon Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Quad.
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