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Discord turns to swift change in ASB

Discord turns to swift change in ASB

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

October 14, 2013

BYLAWS: Both the American River College Associated Student Body (ASB) and the Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) have completed bylaws, and the special elections have been scheduled. The ARC constitution says bylaws exist to “govern the day to day operation of that component of the Associated Student Body,” and bylaws must be approved before any other business can get accomplished. The bylaws took a month get completed, and were a controversial subject, one that dominated meetings since the beginning of the semester, especially the sections of which pertain to special elections. From the beginning the public was passionate about the board holding special elections to fill the vacant positions.   Since the completion of the bylaws, the board has been trying to tackle other business. That business included appointing a new senator, Daniela Vargas, who was approved by the board and sworn in before taking her spot amongst the board in the Oct. 10 meeting. SPECIAL ELECTIONS: As soon as the bylaws ...

ASB special election approved and planned

ASB special election approved and planned

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

October 11, 2013

During this week’s Associated Student Body Student Senate meeting special election planning was heavily discussed, however, many of the issues were overshadowed due to Clubs and Activities Board President Jeremy Diefenbacher and Student Senate President Jorge Riley’s back and forth bickering. One...

ASB passes bylaws, approves 10 open positions in upcoming special election

ASB passes bylaws, approves 10 open positions in upcoming special election

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

October 11, 2013

With the strike of a gavel the Associated Student Body Student Senate approved of new bylaws with a majority vote of the board during the Thursday meeting. This followed the Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) meeting at which bylaws were approved Wednesday. After a moment of celebration for the completion...

ASB passes bylaws, approves 10 open positions in upcoming special election

ASB passes bylaws, approves 10 open positions in upcoming special election

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

October 5, 2013

With the strike of a gavel the Associated Student Body Student Senate approved of new bylaws with a majority vote of the board during the Thursday meeting. This followed the Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) meeting at which bylaws were approved Wednesday. After a moment of celebration for the completion...

ASB makes progress with bylaws, Club And Events Board seeks visibility

ASB makes progress with bylaws, Club And Events Board seeks visibility

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

October 4, 2013

It has been a month since the resignation of Tyrone Robinson as student senate president, and the Associated Student Body has not implemented bylaws that determine how to fill the vacancy. In the first month of the semester, all senate meetings have been spent on discussing and editing the bylaws...

ASB Senate finalizes bylaws for future vote

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

September 30, 2013

The Associated Student Body Student Senate reviewed and finalized the bylaws before being put to vote at the Student Senate meeting Thursday . It’s been almost a month since Tyrone Robinson, the elected student senate president, sent out his resignation letter and ASB is making efforts to pass bylaws as quickly as they can so they will have a proper route to fill the vacancy. The meeting began with the normal order of business and included the removal of Senator Joel Dacarro who has not been present at any of the meetings this year. ASB Advisor Tanika Byrd delivered the message from the administration that “the expectation is by next Thursday this board will have something to deliver to (the administration) in the way of bylaws.” During the public comment portion of the meeting some students brought forth issues such as smoking on campus, however were disappointed when the board told them that business like that could not be discussed until the bylaws are finished....

Say no to cyberbullying

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

September 25, 2013

October is National Bully Prevention Month and it’s important to take a look at what a bully really is and why we want to prevent bullying. When someone mentions the word bully, most people visualize a large, angry kid walking down the hallway pushing a scrawny kid against the lockers, demanding his or her lunch money. In modern times, a bully isn’t necessarily someone who torments physically, but rather anyone with Internet access; it could even be you. Bullying through media is known as cyberbullying, and can be as simple as posting a mean or defaming message about someone. As young kids we heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” As optimistic as that sounds, it’s completely unrealistic to say that the words others speak won’t hurt our feelings or alter the views we have of ourselves. How can we expect a vulnerable teenage girl not to feel the slightest bit self-conscious if one of her peers calls her ugly or fat on an Instagr...

ARC’s three strikes policy

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

September 25, 2013

When it comes to repeating classes, American River College students get three strikes then they’re out. If you are a first year student or just coming back to college after a break, it’s important to know that there have been recent changes to policies regarding course repeatability throughout all California community colleges. Due to budget cuts, a high demand for classes and an impacted system, students will only be permitted to enroll in the same credit course a total of three times.    This means if you fail, withdraw, or a combination of both from the same class three times you will not be allowed to enroll and take the class again. “What has been happening is students have been repeating, [three times] and not passing, and taking away from other students. It’s hard enough to get classes.” says ARC counselor, Rene McGinley.   “Three times if you can’t pass, you need to pick another class. It’s hurting the financial aid system by repeating like th...

ASB Bylaw Troubles Create Confusion

ASB Bylaw Troubles Create Confusion

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

September 18, 2013

The resignation of the Associated Student Body Student Senate elected President Tyrone Robinson has the ASB at a gridlock as there is no clear course of action in the American River College constitution to fill the vacant position of president. Jorge Riley — ASB’s elected Director of Finance an...

Fall semester commences with Discord in ASB

Acting ASB President Jorge Riley and ASB Senator Laurie Jones listen to members of the public during the first meeting of the semester.

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

September 10, 2013

The American River College Associated Student Body has had an eventful start to the fall semester, and the Thursday morning senate meeting was no exception. Disagreement and confusion among members of the board and students brought the meeting to an early close. Some of the ASB’s most prominent...

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