Senate plans annual assembly trip to advocate for SBCC

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RACHEL BAKICH, Channels Staff

Associated Student Government senators are planning a trip to Sacramento this fall, where they will attend an assembly for California community college student government.

President Isaac Eaves and Commissioner of Clubs Lexi Valas are the only confirmed attendees out of 18 senate members.

The General Assembly will take place Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, at the estimated cost of $9,000. The money will come out of the student representative fund, as they do every year. At the assembly, senators of California community colleges will discuss statewide campus issues.

“We’re directly advocating in the legislative government,” said Mathew Marino, vice president of internal affairs. “It’s for the students, so it’s very important.”

According to last spring’s records, the assembly cost $8,928. The price includes hotels, registration, car rental and per diem, which is money for daily expenses like food.

However, since it is not clear if all senators will attend, prices may be lower than last semester.

Senators are still working out their schedules in order to take this trip, said Student Program Advisor Amy Collins.

If all senators are able to attend, they will brainstorm with other community college senators on important matters. According to the spring 2015 assembly agenda, issues such as following senate rules and student health will be discussed.

During the spring assembly, senators statewide talked about keeping students safe by promoting safe sex and free sexually transmitted disease tests on campus.

Members will also learn more about the regulations of being on student senate. The assembly will provide a refresher on aspects such as professionalism and transparency.

Although this assembly is only mandatory for one senator, members feel the trip is well worth the time and money.

“Every community college goes there and represents their region,” Eaves said.

The senators will confirm whether they will be attending the conference at their meeting 9 a.m Friday, Oct. 23.