In a college, decisions are made every day. Decisions about classes, teachers, futures and food. Most decisions are made by individual students about their individual lives, but some decisions are made for them.
Some students want to ensure their peers’ voices are heard through the student senate. They have the power to do so through an organization called the Minnesota State College Student Association, or MSCSA. This organization gives us the power to make a difference at ARCC.
The MSCSA regularly holds conferences for the colleges to come together, become updated on the latest news, collaborate on decisions, and have some fun. Over the weekend of April 10th-12th, members of Anoka Ramsey Community College attended the MSCSA Spring General Assembly at Breezy Point Resort.
As the last conference of the 2014-2015 school year, the primary business was the elections for the positions to be held next year. On arrival Friday, Student Senate members from schools across the state socialized during orientation meetings and during general assembly sessions. Friday evening was filled with a meet and greet with all candidates for next year’s leadership positions.
By 9 pm, the fun began with a karaoke night, a bonfire on the lake shore, and many other activities.
Saturday morning came quickly, and everyone assembled prepared for the elections.
The candidates were sequestered, and came to the room individually to speak as to why they would be best for their positions. There were many close votes, but after eight hours, the results were in.
Kevin Parker from Coon Rapids took presidency, Tim St. Claire became the vice president, and Austin Ruport became the new Public Relations Coordinator. Chaz Miller, who had also run for the Public Relations position, commented on the results: “We have strong leaders guiding the students on fighting for a stronger and better education … representing [students], and working for a better future.” Miller later took the North Metro regional position on the Platform Committee. Following elections, an awards dinner was held, where our own Dr. Kent Hanson, received President of the Year.
There was later, a grand Masquerade Ball. Many wore elegant suits and dresses, and unique, fanciful masks. Others chose to wear more comfortable clothing, resulting in an interesting setting. “[It] was the only place I’ve seen where it was socially acceptable to wear a dress or suit, or gym clothes. It made for some interesting moments dancing, but it was a very fun experience,” said attendee Joel Christiansen.
Sunday consisted of a final assembly, where new officers were sworn in, new friends exchanged information, and those graduating made their final goodbyes. The weekend of elections and elegance had come to a close with the MSCSA for the year.