ASB Notebook: Members of ASB attend General Assembly

Members of the Associated Student Body Student Senate attended the General Assembly for California Community College Student Senates last weekend.

CAEB Director of Activities LeslieAnn Dameron was elected as a delegate to vote upon the behalf of Senate. She voted on her discretion on items that were not put up to a vote at the board meetings.

Among the resolutions considered was one that would make it mandatory for SSCCC members to participate in mandatory a “Yes Means Yes” training. Another recommended providing showers for homeless students and a third was in favor of giving priority registration to STEM majors.

The ASB Student Senate voted in support of the mandatory “Yes Means Yes” training.

While the board voted to support the resolution addressed to provide homeless students showers, one issue that the board members took issue with was how it would be implemented.

The board agreed to not support the resolution that would allow STEM majors priority registration.

“It might be a little unfair to give special registration due to your major versus other circumstances, like being disabled, or a veteran,” said Garrett Kegel, director of activities.

One of the measures that was presented at General Assembly was whether or not to provide showers to students who are homeless.

Senate board members were initially unsure to support the bill, because it was not specific on how it will be implemented.

“It’s not (specific) because this would apply to every single community college in the state of California,” said Tamara Dunning who is acting as ASB Student Senate president. “Some colleges have different organizations, than say, we do.”

Senate voted against giving members who are graduating medals for serving on the board at the recent meeting.

“The Senate members are already getting recognition at the banquet,” said Senator David Hylton. “This is like a double pat on the back on something that we swore an oath to do.”

The CAEB end-of-the-year banquet will include a dance competition, and the winner will win $100 for their club.

At least two participants from the club must participate to be eligible to win the cash prize. If the club’s adviser participates in the contest, the winner’s reward will increase by $50.

“Senate will do an advocacy presentation during CAEB, for people who are walking by, especially for people who are going to be either returning to the board or new to the board, especially in clubs,” said Dameron. “We like to pull people from our clubs to get them involved in advocacy.”

An election committee meeting took place after the Senate meeting, which revealed that no election violations were reported.

The banquet will include a dance competition, and the winner will win $100 for their club.

At least two participants from the club must participate to be eligible to win the cash prize. If the club’s adviser participates in the contest, the winner’s reward will increase by $50.

“You can choreograph a dance with any style, but dirty dancing will be subjected to middle school rules, and you will be booted off the floor.”

We are not looking for talent, we’re looking for effort. I would like to remind everyone that moving is not dancing, dancing is grooving,” said Dameron.

Public Information Officer Scott Crow and Student Personnel Assistant Frankie Johnson will be guest speaking at the event, which will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The elections committee revealed that no election violations were reported.

“It took us only three years,” said Clubs and Events Board President Jeremy Diefenbacher, who serves on the election committee.

Last year the winner of the Spring 2014 election for ASB Student Senate president, Jorge Riley, was invalidated for reasons the administration and the ASB have not disclosed.

ASB held a special election that took place at the beginning of fall semester, in which Dunning won against Riley by one vote.

Dean of Student Development Manuel Perez said that American River College had the highest voter turnout of any college in the Los Rios district.

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Joseph Daniels
Joseph Daniels is a forth-semester student on the Current, where he serves as the magazine editor. He is majoring in journalism and plans to transfer to Sacramento State.

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