“We are your voice,” said Los Medanos College Associated Students President Gary Walker, “We are here for those who don’t have one.”
From Mustang Madness and Dig Pink to blood drives and guest speakers, LMCAS plans many of the events around campus.
The group meets every Monday in Room L-105 in the library for its weekly Senate Meeting to discuss past and future events and look for ways to get students to become more involved.
Each meeting starts with officer and senator reports from events they have attended the previous week and then they give updates about plans for the future.
“I would love to see more students inclusive at LMC,” said Walker.
Instead of just coming to school for class, there are many events and activities students can be involved with.
Despite only having four days of school, with the campus closed Monday, Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans’ Day, AS has several events planned.
A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library. AS is sponsoring the event, and to encourage donation those who give blood will get two tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.
Also on Wednesday, writer, actor, comedian and talk show host Brian Copeland will perform “Not a Genuine Black Man” in the Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The play is based on his book, which reflects his childhood in the 1970s, growing up in a racist East Bay suburb, and is the longest running one-man show in San Francisco.
Associated Students also collaborates with others on campus to help plan events.
Breast Cancer Awareness in October was promoted throughout the school with events like Dig Pink, also planned by AS in collaboration with others.
“I attended the volleyball game,” said Commissioner of Campus Events Diona Shelbourne. “Everything was beautifully decorated.”
Despite the late arrival of the referee, the Oct. 30 Dig Pink event was a success along with the win against College of Marin.
As October was also Anti-Bullying Month, Sen. Sable Horton and Shelbourne organized and attended the Anti-Bullying Spoken Word event, also on Oct. 30 in the Cafeteria, where speakers shared their powerful stories. Paint Your Passion, held Oct. 29 in Library Room L-109, allowed people to express themselves through art.
“Thank you for all that you do,” Drama Instructor Nick Garcia told the AS Monday, “You guys make LMC feel like the new, fun, exciting college we are.”
As a director of the school’s December production of “RENT” he attended the meeting to give AS an update on the progression of the play.
LMCAS also discussed plans to attend the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2014 General Assembly, a convention for Associated Students from different schools to bring proposals to be accepted which would eventually go to Sacramento to seek change.
Becoming a part of LMCAS gives an opportunity to those who want to be involved directly with school and to see it become a stronger.
“I’m here because I want to give back to the community,” said Treasurer Gilbert Lopez-Thomas, “And it’s a great place to learn future leadership skills.”
The goal of LMCAS is to be there for students and create an environment they are happy to be a part of. If you want to get involved, meetings are open to the public every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Library, Room L-105. For more information on becoming a part of LMCAS, contact adviser Demetria Lawrence at [email protected]
“Being someone’s voice takes a lot of work and experience,” said Walker, “We would like to thank everyone who elected and trusted us to make decisions on behalf of them”.