Tensions grow between ASB and Campus Life, ASB discusses possible return of Bucky the Beaver

Jeff Gonzales and Jeff Gonzales

The game of politics has been called a full-contact sport. It seems to be no different in student government at American River College.

For the past few weeks, observers have witnessed a certain level of discord between the Associated Student Body and Campus Life, an organization staffed by college employees who help to facilitate student government meetings.

According to ASB officials, the issue focuses on how information is introduced, communicated and distributed among voting members.

While ASB president Quierra Robey took to Facebook to vent some of her frustrations, Campus Life officials declined to speak publically about any perceived conflicts.

“It would be inappropriate for me to make any comments on this matter at this time,” Campus Life Senate Advisor Tanika Byrd said.

“This is simply a personality problem between executives in ASB and Campus Life,” Robey explained during an interview with The Current.

Tension was certainly on display at the weekly ASB meeting on Sept. 27. With Robey absent due to a meeting with California Gov. Jerry Brown, ASB Vice President Omba Kipuke led the student senate meeting. The group took nearly an hour to approve an agenda and the meeting minutes from the previous week.

However, the ASB meeting on Oct. 4 moved swiftly and efficiently, a stark contrast to the previous week. This change allowed for a number of resolutions to be voted on.

A resolution to seek a state legislator to sponsor an amendment to the California Education Code was passed; this amendment would allow for community colleges across California to charge a sustainability fee to be used for green initiatives on campuses.

Showing signs of the impact made by the lack of BOG Waiver student representation fees, the student senate approved spending $5,000 to send four ARC representatives to this year’s General Assembly, significantly less than the 25 students it sent the previous year.

But it was not all tough decisions. Other discussion included the ASB Club and Event Board holding a Beaver Rally to recognize ARC athletes. There was also talk about a pleasant surprise that might be seen around campus. The ASB Blue and Red Committee is discussing bringing the school mascot — Bucky the Beaver — back for the first time in 32 years.