Student Goverment faces new challenges

This year’s JJC Student Government has big plans for the coming year.

Student government is the body that represents the students to the board of administrators, and the student organization needs more students to attend its meetings to voice their opinions.

Pam Dilday, adviser for student government, recently touched on the importance of getting involved.

“It’s your opportunity to meet with administration and make your opinions known…sometimes administrators forget how something will impact the students,” Dilday said.

Shalma Marin, Student Trustee on the JJC Board of Trustees’, also attends student government meetings. She is the student body’s voice on the Board of Directors, and was elected last year by the Club Collegiate Council here at JJC.

The student government is currently discussing issues in regards to activity fees, gym usage, and other financial distributions. Among these, recently, have been textbook prices, and online code couplings.

There have been several lengthy discussions by members of the student government concerning textbook prices in the JJC bookstore as well as online deals which may or may not be strictly beneficial to the student. During these discussions, an important reminder was brought up. It’s possible to opt out of paying for an online textbook before class fees are paid if a student would strictly like a physical textbook.

These issues are weighing on the government’s discussions in regards to student welfare. Another subject of student welfare has been acknowledged in the form of open gyms in the Event Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The student government has been advocating for usage of the Event Center for the students, and this is a step forward in that regard. Student government is hosting a game of giant volleyball in the Event Center on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

President Sebastian Gonzalez says that matters pertaining to ongoing issues like the Event Center are about “persistence.” Persistence has won through in the past, such as with the J parking lot passes, which were heatedly discussed for quite some time before their implementation.
This year’s student government executive board is already looking for new members to add to organization discussions. New members are welcome to those who wish to become involved, student government is looking for new students to join in organizational committees of all kinds to represent the student body.
The only requirement to keep in mind for these volunteer positions is regular, weekly attendance of student government meetings. Student government meets on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Trunk-or-Treat planning committee is currently looking for new volunteers to sign up. Trunk-or-Treat is an all ages trick-or-treating event hosted by OSA.

Our student trustee board member has stated that meetings with the administrative board have been going smoothly. Among recent topics have been possible locations for a potential east JJC campus expansion, talks about a respiratory therapy program for the U building, and the draft of JJC’s diversity and inclusion plan for years 2020 through 2023. The trustee’s vote is purely for the representation of the student body, but still holds weight on the Board of Trustees.