New student body officers lay out vision for HC

By Mitchell Roland - Staff Reporter



Election season has officially ended at Highline, and students have elected a new president and vice president.

Students went to the polls last week, and elected Mohamed Jama as the new ASHC President and Yahya Abdulgani as the new ASHC Vice president.

A total of 377 ballots were cast as Jama received 218 votes, (58 percent) and Abdulgani received 230 votes (61 percent).

An additional 18 ballots that were cast were subsequently invalidated during the verification process. These ballots were not counted for a variety of rea- sons, including students who logged into the voting portal but did not submit a ballot and students who voted more than one time.

Jama said that he and Abdulgani "have a unified vision" for the campus, and that they ran their campaigns as a ticket. The pair first met in Afro Society Club, where they are both involved.

"We kind of connected through Afro Society," Abdul-

"We kind of connected through afro society," Abdul- gani said.

Jama said that he hopes to inspire more people on campus to be involved, and that clubs shouldn't be the only ones with a voice.

"Club leaders shouldn't be the only people that are repre- senting students," Jama said. "You don't have to be in a club to be a leader at Highline."

Jama aims to find more representation for students on campus, and said that when he was campaigning, he found that a lot of students didn't evenknowthattheAssociated Students of Highline College existed.

Abdulgani said that he hopes to accomplish this by having "more festivities and work- shops" that will bring students together on campus.

"More engagement," Jama said. "Our vision is finding au- thentic representation."

Jama said that he also wants to go into classes and try to re- cruit future leaders at Highline.

Neither Jama or Abdulgani will have input into the S&A budget for the 2019-2020 school year, but they will be involved in budget planning for the follow- ing year. The S&A budget is the students and activities budgets, and it funds student programs on campus from athletics to the Thunderword.

Jama said that while he hasn't had a formal sit down for advice with current president Max Brown and Vice President Chalissa Thompson, they did give him tips when he decided to run for office.

For an ASHC council meet-

ing to officially begin, there must be at least five club lead- ers in attendance. Before their meeting on Tuesday, Brown and Thompson went around the Student Union to round up enough club leaders.

Jama said he hopes to change that in the future, so that more people can be involved in the meetings and will attend them.

But above all else, they said that he wants to work to help students on campus find their voice.

"It's not us being their voice, it's us helping them find their voice," Abdulgani said.

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Student Election continues

Voting for either candidate in the upcoming election can occur online between midnight on May 15 until 11:59 p.m. on May 16. You can vote at elections. highline.edu. You can also vote in person as well. Polling booths will be set up at the library entrance, Building 6 entry plaza, and at the Student Union in Building 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Election results will be post- ed on Friday at noon in Center for Leadership and Service.

Prepare for graduation

Graduating students are en- couraged to attend Grad Fair where they can accomplish many of the tasks needed to prepare for Commencement. At the Grad Fair, students can purchase commencement regalia, pick up cap & gown orders from online orders, join the Alumni Association, check in for Commencement, visit a cap decorating station, buy a class ring, get professional graduation photos taken, and celebrate with fellow graduating classmates. You can join the celebration at Building 8, 1st floor, Mt. Constance/Olympus on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorial Day Celebration

To celebrate Memorial Day, Veterans Services has arranged for the American Veterans bugler to play as a wreath is laid at the Veterans Memorial Plaza. Following the honor, Lourdes E. 'Alfie' Alvarado-Ramos, cur- rent president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs will give a speech inside Building 2. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided to everyone that attends. This event will take place in the Veterans Memorial Plaza & Building 2 on May 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Spring College Transfer Fair

If you are planning to transfer to a 4 year college or university in the future, be sure to attend this free college fair. Located in Building 8 first floor, come visit with admissions representatives from approximately 30 4 year colleges and universities. The fair is the perfect place to explore colleges and new options. Learn about the transfer process and deadlines, admissions requirements, scholarships, majors offered and more. This event will take place on May 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. can now do so. Running start and international students not eligible.

Drop-In Refugee Simulation Event

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) will facilitate a simulation event called "Passages." Passages is an educational tool designed by the United Nations organization to create a better understanding of the problems that refugees encounter during their plight. The simulation takes about 15 minutes to complete. This will take place on May 15 from noon till 2 p.m. in Building 29,room116.

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