A.S. Elections: The lowdown on who can run
The Santa Monica College
Associated Students is an active
organization striving to make
students at SMC feel welcomed.
For example, the hotly debated
parking meters on Pearl Street is
one issue about which Jeronimo
Saldana, A.S. President, is getting
more and more students to stand
together as one and speak out.
The latest action to increase
the costs of parking has become
an major issue during Saldana's
Currently the A.S. has sought to
fill its remaining seats so that the
group can function more effectively
to organize students in rallies to
fight for a common cause or to
offer some interesting activities
between passing periods.
However, not anyone can join
the ranks of the A.S.
"You need a 3.0 G.P.A., a
minimum of eight units, and at least
a year at SMC, to run for the offices
of the A.S.," said Saldana.
He mentions that once one fills
the requirements of becoming
part of the A.S, there is the need
to get an application and acquire
50 signatures to get students
aware of your running in the A.S.
"You need a grade check as
well," he said.
Once all of this is passed, you
need to put everything together and
turn it in to the A.S.
After this, your name will be on
the ballot. Saldana says that once
this happens, start campaigning
and giving speeches to the students
about where you stand on school
issues and policies.
When the elections are over,
and a candidate wins one of the
seats, he or she will hold the seat
for an entire year.
Saldana said that the A.S. does
not really begin working until the
fall, but if you want you could
begin working in the summer for
Elections are scheduled April
5 through April 7.
If you are available to vote,
do so, in order to ensure the best
candidate to do the job.