The student government at Mesa Community College wants the campus to become more than a commuter college, a two-year stop before a university, or a place for re-education.The Association of Students at Mesa Community College (ASMCC), wants MCC to become a community of and for students.
“We want to provide things for students so that they can enjoy their experience at Mesa Community College,” said Jhennicea Morrow, Media Arts Chair.
ASMCC views their role as the student government to be a “Mediator between students, administration and clubs,” said Spencer Morgan, Executive Vice President.
Student government responsibilities range from organizing events such as Homecoming and “FYI” days to communicating with administration about school policy.
Earl Guenthner, student body president, said that this year ASMCC plans on actively participating in writing school policy.
Student government was able to do this last year when they negotiated a new smoking policy they hoped would please both smokers and nonsmokers alike after receiving several complaints.
ASMCC also wants to raise awareness about student government, said Jami-Lyn Hinson, Vice President of Communications.
According to the student government officers, student turnout at the student
government elections last year was so low that many of the cabinet positions were selected by applications and interviews, not by student’s votes.
ASMCC plans to change this by letting students know who they are.
“We want to get out there and connect with students – actually meet them face to face,” Guenthner said.
ASMCC is also working towards improved internal communication by using Gmail and Gmail chat to converse, said Hinson.
The group also has a leadership retreat planned “to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Guenthner stated.
Internal communication was a struggle for the student government last year.
“There was some miscommunication and people were overstepping their bounds,” Guenthner said.
ASMCC is also trying to support academic success with students.
Guenthner said that ASMCC has partnered with school administration to sponsor “Mr. Thunderbird” and “Ms. Thunderbird” scholarships, and to provide grants to students who want to do off campus research that could benefit the school.
The student government partners with various departments throughout the year to help with projects and raise interest.
All the student officers placed an emphasis on ASMCC’s commitment to help out students.
The officers said they would like more student feedback and have created surveys for students to fill out at ASMCC activities, and stressed their desire to help students out.
Students can email officers or meet with them in person by going to their office at Student Life, located in the hallway next to the information desk in the Kirk Center.
Hinson, Guenthner, and the rest of the officers said that the student government wants students to contact ASMCC if they have any needs or frustrations, or if students simply want a more involved college experience.
“We’re here for students with whatever they need.
“We’re for the students, by the students, and all that jazz,” Morgan said.