Senate discusses renovating lactation room, CAEB discusses Welcome Day

Senate President Valencia Scott (left) discusses the fomation of the judiciary committee as Justin Nicholson listens and Laurie Jones waits to be called on at the first senate meeting of the semester on Sept. 1. (Photo by Robert Hansen)

In their first meeting of the fall semester, the American River College Student Senate discussed a bill for the renovation of the lactation room, a bill for new cards for Associated Student Body members and newsletter announcements on Sep. 1.

The lactation room is next to the restrooms in the cafeteria and is intended to be a designated area for ARC mothers to breastfeed or pump for their children.

According to Student Senate Vice President Alejandra Hilbert, in order for the funds to be allocated, the bill will have to be approved by the Buildings, Grounds, & Safety Committee

The bill would allocate $2,000 for possible items such as a rocking chair, a table to use a breast pump, improved lighting, a diaper changing station, cleaning supplies and literature for the mothers to read.

Murals and pictures were also discussed as decorations to improve the aesthetic of the room.

Senator Julian Lopez asked the board if they knew the cost to maintain the room per semester to which Hilbert replied that she did not have an estimate, but the cost to keep courtesy supplies stocked was, according to her research, “a couple hundred dollars.”

American River College’s Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) discussed plans for Welcome Day and Greek Week Celebrations, an upcoming film festival and a trip to Consumes River College (CRC) for the annual Leadership Summit meeting with other Los Rios College associates.

CAEB President Justin Nicholson talked about his hopes for good energy on Welcome Day.

“This is the day where we come together and welcome new students, try to make this club day a more boisterous one,” said Nicholson.

The Welcome Day event will be open to all ARC students to participate in activities and compete for prizes during the Greek Week celebrations.

Nicholson explained the purpose of the event’s mission.

“Get them (students) exposed to life on campus and different activities,” said Nicholson.

CAEB Vice President Mary Stedman said that “people work together on teams,” when she described what students would do at the upcoming Club Day event.

Another topic discussed was the upcoming film festival, in which Stedman said that student films could help demonstrate a variety of films to be seen.

Nicholson said that films should have “no explicit content, such as nudity and gore because it might trigger some students.”

A five dollar gift card could be a possible prize for students that participate in the film festival according to Nicholson.

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