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Elections for nine open seats on next year’s Student Government of Orange Coast College board will run online April 13 through 17.

According to Julie Nguyen, student leadership coordinator for the Associated Students of Orange Coast College, the SGOCC oversees a budget of $1.6 million and controls how that money is invested and allocated throughout the student body, including clubs and organizations.

Some of the allocations have gone to the OCC Forensics Team, Mu Delta Rho, the pre-health honor society of Orange Coast College, ASOCC and others, according to OCC’s website.

Student senators are also the students’ voice on campus and worked with faculty to pass such actions as becoming a smoke-free campus in the fall, a policy which took two years to coordinate, and increasing parking pass pricing from $3 to $5 for a daily pass and from $30 to $40 per semester for the first time in 12 years.

Applications for the position can be picked up in the ASOCC office in the Student Center. Only students that will be at OCC next year, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are taking a minimum of five units are eligible.

Applicants will have to obtain the signatures of 50 students, speak in front of at least three large lecture halls with instructor verification, attend a meeting of the executive board and SGOCC, as well as attend a mandatory meeting outlined in the application.

Prospective candidates have to turn in their applications by March 9 at 2 p.m. to be considered for the position.

Newly-elected senators will serve a one-year term that begins on May 11 and will end May 9, 2021.

Election results will be posted after 1:30 p.m. on April 17 in the ASOCC office.

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