Student Senate finishes tumultuous year


Jorden Hales

Senator Dunning’s presentation placed special emphasis on making the ARC community more aware of Student Senate and what it does.

At its last meeting of the year, the Associated Student Body Student Senate heard presentations about the experiences of the Model United Nations and General Assembly.

Vice President Tamara Dunning said that the trip of Student Senate President Kenneth Hinton, Director of Legislative Affairs Ross Rayala and herself to the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges General Assembly in Los Angeles last weekend “went without a hitch.”

One topic discussed at the assembly was the importance of the ASB branding itself and making itself known to students.

“Why doesn’t anybody know about us?” Dunning asked. “We have horrible voter turnout and students aren’t involved.”

Dunning said that a keynote speeches by Sherry Titus, director of student affairs at Palomar College resonated with her.

“Leadership is a privilege, which hit home for me,” Dunning said. “We’re not getting paid, we’re not getting credits. We do this because we choose to do this.”

Dunning was a candidate for Student Senate president in April’s election, and lost according to unofficial results to current Director of Finance Jorge Riley.

Adviser Tanika Byrd said that she doesn’t know when official results will be posted, but advised students to check the website and window of the Center for Leadership and Development daily.

Senator Sam Elliot told the board about the Model United Nations club’s visit to a regional conference.

“For me, the club has been really influential for building my confidence and a whole host of academic related skills,” Elliot said. “I want to prove it is a valuable thing. That this board contributed is well worth it.”