GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept 14 — Sandy Somo was elected today by the board of the Associated Students of Grossmont College as Director of Campus Activities.
As the student director, Somo will be responsible for devising, implementing, and coordinating all campus-wide events, such as Constitution Week now in progress. The executive job involves working with students, clubs, Grossmont administration, and outside businesses.
In addition to Somo, four other student board members had been nominated for the position: Sicarra Devers, Damien Smith, Molly Ayala, and Danielle Ramirez. All nominees were given a group “job interview” in which they answered questions from the board and touted their ideas for campus events and why they should be selected.
Voting was then done by show of hands. The first round of voting eliminated Smith, Ayala, and Ramirez. Somo then outpolled Devers with a clear majority of eleven votes in the second round (with two abstentions).
Somo, a second-year English/Sociology student from West Hills High School (Santee), called herself a “consensus type person” who would actively seek help from ASGC board members and other students in both soliciting ideas and managing events.
In a post-election interview, Somo stated that her main goal was to improve the college experience for students and to “find ways to get students connected to school.”
Somo comes to the position with some experience. In a post-election interview, she said that she had basically “shadowed” outgoing Director of Campus Activities Meray Ajami the previous school year, and had helped out with many activities. Ajami, now ASGC Director of Publicity, was one of several individuals who told the assembled nominees that the position was a heavy commitment, saying that she herself lost sleep every time she oversaw a campus event.
ASGC president Christopher Enders said that, in addition to being bright, Somo brings two important qualities to her new job: friendliness and accountability. “I am really excited to work with her.”
All Grossmont students, especially those who have ideas or are interested in becoming involved in campus activities, are welcome to visit Somo in her ASGC office in Building 36.
Dudley is a student in Media Communications 132, the class that publishes the GC Summit