The American River College Associated Student Body Senate met Oct. 18 to vote on two bills regarding business cards for the senate members, a silent disco event on campus and new topics for future board meetings.
The first bill the board passed was the Senate Bill F19 – XX, the business cards bill. The bill, which passed in a unanimous decision, would allow the senate to spend $1,000 for business cards for ASB officers to help promote the professional name and function of ASB.
“It’ll come in handy because students have come up to us and asked for our name and a way to contact us,” Senator Sha-Toyia Anderson said. “This way, people can reach out to us.”
The Senate also passed the Achieve Silent Disco bill, which will allow the board to spend $400 on food and $200 on drinks for the Achieve Center’s upcoming Silent Disco event on Oct. 22.
According to ASB President Aesha Abduljabbar, the event will be held in the Community Rooms at the Student Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“It’s to get first-generation students to attend but it’s open to all students,” Abduljabbar said. “It’s meant to help out students. We’re here for you.”
Next, the topic of gender neutral restrooms was brought up as a discussion topic for a future board meeting. Many board members claimed that there aren’t many gender neutral restrooms on campus besides the one in the Student Center, and they not only want to add more, but make sure they’re safe for everyone to use.
The board also discussed wanting to create a specially trained team that will consist of students, staff and other faculty members to help warn students about certain protests that come on campus. According to the Senate, ARC recognizes free speech, but the board also understands that some protests on campus are about sensitive topics such as religion or debate political issues that may be offensive to some students.
This team would help warn students ahead of time about controversial types of protests that come on campus so they are prepared or can try to avoid them all together when navigating the campus.
There will be no senate meeting on Oct. 25. The next meeting will be on Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m.