Student Government gets ready for spring elections

By Peter Brooks - Staff Reporter



Next year's student government president and vice-president will represent students  to the college administration and also learn new things in the process, this year's vice-president said.

Students will elect two people to these positions in May.

The Associated Students of Highline College is having another informational session on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Building 8, in the Center for Leadership and Service room on the third floor.

The session is open to any student interested in becoming student government president or vice-president, to inform them of their responsibilities and purpose. The current president and vice-president will host the event.

"It's extremely important. Most students don't know we have a student government," said Mahlet Tirunah, student government vice president, at the first informational on April 12. "We are the connection between the college and the students. We're responsible for representing students."

The president is the primary advocate for the student body and government and a direct liaison to the administration and Board of Trustees. The vice-president administers student government internal affairs and facilitates sessions and projects.

Tirunah said working in the student government as president or vice-president helps promote personal growth as you gain leadership skills and charisma.

"We're looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and very caring about student issues, as well as those who are willing to step out of their usual boundaries to be a leader," said Tirunah.

"You don't need to be super outgoing from the beginning. It's just what happens once you get used to the position and responsibilities," she said.

Tirunah said in the future she sees herself being in a leadership role on any team.

"I'm introverted but I learned to become capable," said Tirunah. 

Both positions are student hourly paid jobs, 15 hours per week with flexible scheduling, and will be for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student government president and vice-president applications are available in the Center for Leadership and Service room on the third floor of Building 8 and are due April 27 by noon at the CLS front desk.

Candidates who turn in their packet by April 27 will go to a mandatory candidates meeting, April 30 from 1 to 2 p.m., to learn more of the process.

The Associated Students of Highline College election polls open May 8 and May 9. Students can vote in person in front of the Bistro in Highline's Student Union, Building 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All dates and deadlines are available in the student government elections packet.

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