BC students receive help from events set by SGA

MJ Inguito

Enrique Martinez explains to Nicole Hillstead some services that are offered by the SGA. The SGA is planning several events such as “Grow and Go Fair.”

Mitchelle De Leon, Reporter

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For the spring semester, the Student Government Association has planned different events for Bakersfield College students.

On Jan. 30, the SGA will hold its first Grow and Go Fair at the Fireside Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. SGA invited different departments to hold 15-minute information sessions, or speed sessions, covering topics that range from time management to financial aid.

“There are a lot of resources here on campus that can help students to be successful,” said SGA president Danitza Romo. “You just have to know about them and how to use them.”

As an incentive for student participation, students needed to attend at least seven speed sessions to receive free food, with breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SGA also hoped to make a positive impact within the BC community and beyond.

They recently organized the Martin Luther King Jr. Coat Drive from Jan. 22 to 24. They gave gently-used coats to the pantry and students in need.

The Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive will be on March 12 and 13. BC placed an impressive fifth out of over 200 participating colleges and universities all over the country last year.

For Romo, “The goal is to place first this year.

“As part of our community, it’s important to donate. Maybe a student here might be needing blood one day,” Romo stressed.

As a way “for students to de-stress,” according to Romo, SGA is planning a full week of fun and interactive activities called Spring Fling with the possibility of a dance.

SGA will announce the dates and other details in the future.
In her last semester as SGA president and as a BC student, Romo reflected on the Renegade Lair, a cheering section she helped develop as president, as “an idea made into a reality.”

Before the end of her term, she hoped to further develop the Renegade Lair to benefit future students.

“I believe we need to get students more involved,” said Romo.  “We need to get people out to the games. It’s about school spirit and pride.”

Romo considered her position at SGA challenging at times. With 17 units of classes and responsibilities as president in the previous semester, she credited fellow SGA officers for SGA’s successes and cited time management as her greatest issue but called it “a sacrifice that’s worth it.”

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