AS faces vacancies once again
Three Associated Students director positions are vacant, leaving the spots open for budget management, outreach, and student affairs, which was previously called student services. Due to privacy laws, AS President Ty Moura could only say that one of the directors dropped because they "did not care enough," another was not carrying enough units, and another did not enroll in classes this semester.
The same problem plagued the AS during the spring, when three directors dropped in the last months of the semester. The vice presidential position was among the emptied seats.
As of Monday evening, only two applications for the vacant seats had been submitted.
"We have very few applicants," said Alex Vandertol, AS vice president. "A lot of people apply right at the deadline."
According to the AS Constitution Section 5.2, a committee of at least three, which includes the AS president and the inter-club council chair, will review applications. Section 5.3 states that, "This committee shall nominate a candidate or candidates to the AS Board of Directors for confirmation within three weeks of the vacancy."
This means the board has until Sept. 23 to nominate candidates. If those nominations are not confirmed after two consecutive votes, the board will have to reopen the application process for another two weeks.
"The difference is in the legality," said Moura as she and directors worked out a plan of action to have nominations in time.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. Interviews will be conducted the next day between noon and 4:30 p.m.
Candidates must have at least a 2.0 GPA, have completed eight units in the previous semester at Santa Monica College and be enrolled in eight units this semester.