In any given day of the week, you can find political science major Mark Andrews walking around the CSULB campus in his flip-flops. Growing up in Los Alamitos and Long Beach, and a graduate of Brethren Christian High School in Huntington Beach, Andrews dreamed of becoming a scientist, then a professional drummer, then a lawyer and, finally, a politician. With leadership skills gained from being the president of his high school band and member of the school’s championship volleyball team, Andrews was ready for a role with student government at The Beach.
Andrews won the AS president seat for 2007-08. During his campaign, he called for reaching out to students and increasing student involvement on campus.
After enrolling at CSULB, Andrews was a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and the Political Science Student Association. He began working with Associated Students in an appointed position as secretary of city affairs during President Jamie Pollock’s tenure in 2005-06. As the AS cabinet secretary, he met regularly with Long Beach City officials and was enthralled by the world of politics. He enjoyed attending meetings of the Long Beach City Council and having lunch with the mayor of Long Beach and other local politicians.
During the next couple of years, Andrews’ passion for politics grew and he decided to run for elected office. He won the AS president position for 2007-08. During Andrews’ campaign, he called for reaching out to students and increasing student involvement on campus. While in office as president, Andrews made huge strides in areas of concern to students. His first major success was orchestrating an agreement between Associated Students and the university’s radio station, K-JAZZ, to acquire a radio frequency for KBeach, which, until then, was heard online only. Andrews’ second major success was a successful bid to have additional lighting installed adjacent to campus along Bellflower Boulevard, Atherton Street and Palo Verde Avenue. This came after several attempts by Andrews and various AS groups, in collaboration with the university, to lobby the Long Beach City Council for support.
Now 23, Andrews enjoys playing the guitar and strengthening his harmonica skills. He is very close to his family and loves running with Tracker, his springer spaniel. He has a special interest in pyrotechnics and is currently pursuing a license in that field. This inevitably makes Independence Day his favorite holiday because he gets to work the Long Beach fireworks.
As Andrews’ future unfolds, he continues to work at The Beach in the Athletics Department’s development office. He plans to study abroad in spring 2009.
Of his experience as president of the AS, Andrew stated, “It was a unique opportunity for me as a student, something that I will carry for the rest of my life.” Without a doubt, you eventually will see Andrews running for city council in a district near you.