Student Senate meeting near Starbucks a ‘transformational moment’


Kameron Schmid

The Student Senate met outside the Starbucks on Thursday. Pictured (left to right) are CAEB President Jeremy Diefenbacher, Senate Vice President Leslie Milan Fisher, Sen. Katheryn White, Tamara Dunning, who is acting as Senate President, and Sen. Kenneth Hinton.

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In what was heralded as a “very, very transformational moment,” the Student Senate met in the Starbucks lobby on Thursday.

Dean of Student Development Manuel Perez said that the one-time change in meeting location was a “job well done.”

“It’s a very, very transformational moment,” Perez said. “You’re setting a precedent that you want to make that extra step into getting that connection with the students and that’s a really important move for advocacy, for representation, for student voices in general — not just at ARC, not just at community colleges, not just at four-year institutions, just in general for higher education that’s a monumental moment and you should be proud of yourselves.”

Previous meetings had been held — and future meetings will be held — in the community rooms of the Student Center.

Some Senate members expressed to the student body their disapproval of the Current, in hopes they would pass funding to begin their own pro-ASB newsletter.

Tamara Dunning, who is acting as ASB Student Senate President, was dismayed at the way she is referred to as “acting as ASB Student Senate President” in print.

“They are doing this in protest of the elections that happened last spring, and they are refusing to accept the results of the special elections,” said Dunning.

CAEB President Jeremy Diefenbacher said that the Current has “language that could be daunting.”

The Senate passed Bill F14-04, which allocates an amount not to exceed $6,500 to buy advertisements for themselves in publications such as the Current.

“It’s a great achievement,” Director of Public Relations Cameron Weaver said of the bill’s passing. “I’m super stoked about the results and I’m looking forward to what we can do.”

Garett Kegel, who was made a member of CAEB on Tuesday, gave an empowering speech to the board. He said that there should be an open door policy before and after meetings for inquiring students.

Shayana Mendes announced that there will be a learning program for disabled students set to happen this month of November.