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(From left to right) EloHim Corfield, Husham Haroun, Alex Vlasento, Oliva Gorer, La Donya Reed, Craig Bundy and Shaine Johnson are members of City College Student Associated Council, which meets weekly in South Gym Room 232.


This year, the City College Student Senate, a component of the Student Associated Council, will be working on creating scholarship funds for gay and lesbian veterans, as well as a number of resolutions and ballot initiatives to present to the state Legislature, according to the fall 2011 general assembly resolution.

During the fall general assembly meeting, the Student Senate of California Community Colleges, which governs all California community college senates, passed a resolution to gain support for lobbying efforts.

Lobbying would allow California community colleges to implement a scholarship fund for people who meet the description of “gay/lesbian soldier discharged due to sexual orientation,” said City College Student Senate Treasurer La Donya Reed.

The resolution was written by City College Student Senate Secretary Debby Dixon and Secretary of Legislative Affairs Angela Miller, who are currently in the process of finding state legislators to sponsor, author and develop the bill.

“This is to support our veterans that served at least two years and were discharged after their sexuality was revealed when the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law ended,” Miller said. “These are men and women who served right alongside straight servicemen [and] who deserve the same benefits.”

According to the resolution, before the current repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, service men and women were discharged because of their sexual orientation and were denied their G.I. Bill benefits, which can be used to fund their higher educations.

The City College Student Senate is also currently recruiting new members, Reed said.

According to Student Senate Vice President EloHim Cofield, there are a few big legislative events that Student Senate will be participating in this semester. The senate is currently in need of more members to get jobs done faster and more efficiently.

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“This is lunacy,” Moriel said. “My textbooks were literally 100 times more expensive than my classes. This needs to change.”

Moriel said, he believes there is a wealth of information and opportunity available to students at the City College outreach centers in Davis and West Sacramento.

As a member of the senate, Moriel said he plans to work hard to promote intramural sports to the students and maintain a great relationship with the outreach center campuses.

The senate also plans to participate in a Sacramento rally March 5 to protest budget cuts, fee increases and layoffs occurring in California higher education systems, according to the SSCCC website.

Thousands of people from California community colleges and the UC and CSU systems are expected to attend the “March in March” event, which will begin at Raley Field and end on the west steps of the state Capitol.

Reed said that the Student Senate also intends to deal this semester with student retention, budget cuts and clean energy programs.

The Student Senate will be hold elections April 17 and 18. All interested students are encouraged to apply, Reed said.

For more information on submitting an election application students can check the electronic billboards on campus, the student government page on the City College website, or stop by the senate office in South Gym 226.

“We’re still generating ideas on what information we have to get out to the student population,” Reed said. “We still need to see what’s affecting the students so we know what we should be working on.”

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