BY CHRISTIANI AQUINO
Photo courtesy of Christiani Aquino. President of ASCOD, Arturo Delgado standing tall for his fellow students.
When most students think of politics we think of presidents and politicians or political events happening in America. In general, we often don’t think of students who help better their school through student government. ASCOD at COD is doing just that. It is known as the Associated Students of College of the Desert and the group is helping students get more involved to make a positive change in college life. “if you want to make a change in the climate, if you want to leave a mark at COD, join ASCOD because when the time comes to look back on your college years, you can say, we made this change.” Arturo Delgado
ASCOD members are able to represent other COD students through various committees at the college and statewide. The group was founded in 1958 and became an organization where students are the ones involved. “If you see a problem, what better way to do it then to try fixing it yourself by bringing it to the right avenue,” said Arturo Delgado, president of ASCOD.
ASCOD is important because it helps give perspective to faculty, staff and teachers. ASCOD consists of two different departments made up of six officers including president, vice president, an officer of fiscal affairs, officer of communications, an officer of external affairs and officers of academic standings. The second department consists of the senators. There are a total of 10 senators. Six onsite and four offsite. The senators go to college communities and represent the students.
This year we celebrate ASCOD and COD’s 60th-year celebration, making it a milestone for the students who are involved in it. Participants are regular students who have above a 2.0 grade point average and have completed at least one semester at COD.
ASCOD meets in the Office of Student Life located on the east side of Beeps Cafe. The group helps students resolve problems through legislation and by taking different avenues. They inform students and share messages to the faculty and staff.
The new smoke-free campus policy is a result of our hard work, says Delgado. The policy was passed in July. “It was a topic that was brought to ASOD and they approved, after that ASCOD had to get it approved by the Academic Senate (teachers), the College Planning Council and finally by the Board of Trustees. The process takes about six months.”
Students should get involved because they are able to have a voice and can help make a change in their college experience through leadership, organization skills and boldness to stand up for what you believe in. Delgado says, “if you want to make a change in the climate, if you want to leave a mark at COD, join ASCOD because when the time comes to look back on your college years, you can say, we made this change.”