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President speaks about low attendance rates

Contributed by Madison Wilber/Times Staff

Associated Student Government President Leif Benson (pictured back left) inaugurates Vitumbiko Kambilonje (pictured back right), 25, a political science major, on October 5 as the new chief justice of the ASG. Joining Benson and Kambilonje are ASG Team Director of Student Resources Valeria Graciela Herrera Vásquez (pictured front left), Vice President of Finance Xitlaly Martinez (pictured front second left), Director of Communications Mohamad Shaar (not pictured) and Director of Student Engagement Denim Speisen (pictured back center).

The Associate Student Government at San Jose City College holds meetings for students, but the record shows that the students do not yet understand how the meetings work.

Leif Benson, President of ASG and a sophomore, describes the meetings as a place to learn about upcoming events. “At these meetings we have two points that we usually discuss. They are action points and discussion points,” Benson said.

He describes these discussion points as ideas that are discussed as a group. Students can voice what they would like to see on campus while receiving feedback. These meetings give students the opportunity to be heard.

Moving on, Benson explained action points as an attempt to plan events. The process for this is to have a plan and then propose it with the costs. The action aspect of the ASG meetings provides insight into the school’s budget limit and information for future events.

“Our mission is to create a transformative and enriching experience for students in light of things like civic engagement,” said Benson in reference to the purpose of these meetings. He also expressed that the students do not attend these meetings.

While expressing the positive effects of having student council on campus, he pointed out the lack of student attendance. President Benson noted that the students attending are those who are otherwise invited, apart from the members, there is one student who is present.

“The pandemic and the nature of student government right now makes it difficult to maintain student government awareness,” he said, understanding the absence of the student body.

Alan Rubiano, a third year student, is unaware of the Zoom and ASG meetings on campus. “I don’t know much about it,” Romero said, referring to the meetings.

Htut Aung Hlaing, a second-semester international student, explained his non-attendance to the gatherings by saying, “I’m not into that kind of thing.”

Since awareness is an issue, students still drop out because they are not interested. Students may know about these meetings but feel it is not for them.

Visit the ASG Website for more information on online meetings and face-to-face meetings.

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