– Rocío Zamora, SUA’s commissioner of diversity, announced that there will be a Queer People of Color Mixer on Nov. 15 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The SUA wishes to make this event open to everyone. It is free to attend. Co-sponsors include the Cantú Queer Center, Familia X, the Ethnic Resource Centers and the Queer Student Union.
– Shiku Muhire, the Commissioner of Academic Affairs for SUA, announced that there will be presentations in next week’s meeting about students’ experiences with the Student of Color Conference that happened the weekend of Nov. 9–11. SUA members and other students that attended the conference will comment on and discuss the conference.
– The Rainbow Theater is having their last production Nov. 16–18. The performance is a two-act play titled, “Breath Boom,” and addresses issues of identity, suicide, rape, gang culture and AIDS, according to Cultural Arts and Diversity’s website. The showing is free with student ID and doors open at 6:30. The show officially begins at 7 p.m.
– DT, chair of SUA announced that SUA will be having a celebration in honor of surpassing their goal for student voter registration. They surpassed their goal of 4,000 people by 88 people, which sets a new SUA record as well as a new UCSA record.
– Adam Snook, the Community Safety Program Coordinator for UCSC’s housing department, gave a presentation on the Night Owl shuttles that run on weekends for UCSC students. The shuttles run from approximately 11 p.m.–3 a.m. and offer rides for students that need a ride up to campus from downtown. He also discussed the policies between Community Safety Officers (CSO) and students.
– Victor Velasco, SUA’s external vice-chair, gave an update on the UCSA board meeting regarding Proposition 30. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) sent out a letter of thanks to all students and youth who came to the UCSA board meeting to ensure the passage of Proposition 30. Victor also noted that all UCSA board meetings are public and the next board meeting will be held at UC Merced from Jan. 12–13. The letter also acknowledged other bills that were passed, including AB1723, a resolution that ensures all California Community Colleges, CSUs and UC Regents and Board of Trustees “provide live audio transmission of all meetings, which are open to the public.” This is a practice that SUA currently upholds, as all their meetings are recorded via webcam and available for public viewing at their website: http://www.studentunionassembly.org/