The Legislative branch of Student Government is made up of members of the Student Senate
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All ASRCC Senators shall be responsible for representing 500 students each. The maximum number of senators allowed shall be established by the RCC Student Activities Coordinator(s) at the beginning of each term. A senate term shall begin the first day after the end of the spring semester and last until the last day of the following spring semester.
A Senator shall:
- Be an active member of ASRCC and RCC must be their home college of record;
- Must have completed a minimum of six (6) units at RCC prior to election or appointment;
- Must maintain a minimum of six (6) units during their term, with those six (6) units at RCC:
- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.4 for course work completed at RCC;
- Must attend a parliamentary workshop every semester;
- Must attend a minimum of three (3) senate outreach events per semester.
Duties and Powers
The Riverside City College Senate shall:
Pass legislation, resolutions or recommendations, propose amendments, enact Bylaws, codes and initiate programs, legislation, and Campus activities.
- Be responsible for approval of Campus budgets and line item changes;
- Approve all single expenditures/requisition of student government accounts over $1,500;Appoint a Pro-Temp from its elected membership by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote
- Reconsider and approve any legislation that is vetoed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its membership, and enact it as law;
- Confirm by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of its membership, all special appointments to ASRCC cabinet offices;
- Approve special mid-year appointments to fill vacancies in the senate with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote;
- Have the power to enact impeachment proceedings with Supreme Court against all elected and appointed ASRCC college officers, with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of its membership.
- Choose its own chairs and officers from the elected body, per the senate bylaws;
- Meet weekly during the fall and spring semesters (excluding vacations, finals and Dead Week), twice during summer and winter semesters, and may be convened by the Chair or by three-fourths (3/4) of its membership for special meeting;
- Begin their term the first day after the end of the spring semester in which elected (unless special appointment) and remain in office until the last day of the following spring semester.
- Forward to the President and Supreme Court copies of all rules, amendments and resolutions, whether passed normally or by a veto override, and all articles of impeachment;
- Appoint all Senators representing the College to the District student committees, from among City College Senators, with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote;
- Confirm, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, any Presidential and Vice-President nominees as the Senate shall deem acceptable and which meet minimum requirements stated by this Constitution and/or bylaws, when a special election has occurred;
- Decide, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, all impeachment trials of Supreme Court members and shall issue its written opinion within fifteen (15) days of receiving the articles of impeachment;
- Request that the ASRCC President provide a full or a partial report on the State of the Association; Follow the Ralph M. Brown Act and Robert’s Rules of Order.
Senate elections and vacancies
City College Senators shall be elected by the Student Body using the approval voting method. Seats shall be filled by the candidates receiving, in descending order, the highest number of votes. Vacancies may be filled by Presidential nomination, with approval from Senate, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its membership.
My name is Stacy Lepez and I am an incoming senator for the 2013-2014 school year. This will be my second year in student government. Last year I was the Director of the Board of Commissioners for ASRCC. I was involved in event planning and interacted with many students. During this time I was made aware of some student concerns regarding school issues. In this upcoming year I would like to be a part of student senate and represent the student body to the best of my ability. Student senate is made aware of and is in charge of deciding many issues, which is why I would like to join. Students in Riverside City College need to be aware of the issues affecting them and need to have their voices heard. Senate is the prefect place for me to accomplish this goal and this is why I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of such a great team of leaders. I hope to learn a lot from senate this year and I will try to make the most out of it by raising awareness and getting more student involvement. My office hours are Thursdays from 1-3 pm in the Student Government Center.
I'm excited to serve my second year as an ASRCC Senator, a capacity in which I will further advocate for student free speech and ensuring student resources and programs are maintained. I am a Film, Television and Video major specializing in television production. I produce the student-run news program Inland Valley News here at RCC which airs weekly on public and educational stations throughout the region. I will be transferring back to UC Riverside to finish my bachelors in English Literature. As a Senator I have served as chair of the Legislative Committee, Senate Pro Tempore, and as delegate to the General Assembly of California Community Colleges. I hope to use this experience to help develop the up and coming leaders of RCC.
My name is Brennan Gonering, and I'm a returning Senator for the 2013-2014 academic year. I was appointed during the Spring semester last year, and was elected to serve another term; this year, I hope to champion several resolutions that push improvements in the Health and Psychological Services, as well as expanding LGBT* rights on campus. I also serve as a student representative at the Board of Trustees meetings, giving voice to students at the District level. At the end of this year, I hope to transfer to UC Berkeley as a neuroscience and English double major. In addition to Student Government, I also work at the Writing and Reading Center, and as a STEM mentor. I look forward to working with - and for - you all.
My name is Maribel Saldaña. This will be my third year at Riverside City College. I am a Business major, planning on transferring to California State University, Fullerton. I have been involved in ASRCC as a Senator since Spring of 2012. As a senator this year, I plan on increasing student awareness and work diligently along with fellow colleagues to solve key issues that will assist and enhance student academics.
Argie (A.J.) Hill
I am Argie (A.J.) Hill and I am a Senator during the Fall 2013 Semester at Riverside City College. During my past time as a part of the Student Government, I have noticed a need for transparency within the government, including public awareness of its inner workings. Within the Legislative Branch, I support a Senate based on the consensus of its members and a diverse range of ideals representing student interests. Certain measures I have supported in the past were the book rental program, the community garden, funding towards the S.T.E.M. center and a fair budget distribution between clubs and organizations. I will work towards providing a long-term enhancement of funding for participants on campus so they may develop into strong institutions. The allocation of resources will receive high attention from me during the 2013—2014 school year, which I advise all students to be involved. Last year, I served as the Legislative Chair within the Senate and revised our bylaws while overviewing our constitution. Rational legislation towards the needs of students on campus must be endorsed and promoted. Likewise, impartial judicial review must be upheld within the government; I will work towards protecting students who are vulnerable to discrimination on this campus. I have taken the position as a senator in order to make a difference for our school. I will attempt to reach out towards students being involved within the legislative process, promote a rational legislation policy and urging a fair and long-term budget allocation for all students within Riverside City College.