Meeting room for student government has new rules to follow

Sebastian Echeverry

Rooms BK 111 and 112 have seen their fair share of policy making and heated debates ending in ultimatums.

All while being open to the public.

However, the Associated Students of Cerritos College has implemented new rules to the room to ensure safety and fire hazard regulations are met.

The room has sections by the two doors on the exterior sides taped off to keep the exits clear, incase an emergency occurs and there needs to an evacuation.

ASCC Vice President Ivan Oyarzabal said, “It was set up for safety and fire code, we also wanted to make it convenient for the public.”

According to Oyarzabal, the new layout also includes a section strictly for members of the student press, specifically the Talon Marks brand.

“The press can easily walk in and out,” he said.

The area identified to the press is on the far right-hand corner of the room in front of a door for exiting and entering the meeting room.

Equipment such as camera tripods, microphones and various cables are away from the majority of the public and all behind where senators sit near the secondary door.

New furniture is also said to be installed into the room.

He said, “We are getting brand new furniture [which was] approved by the senate last year. The price for the furniture is under $30,000.”

According to ASCC President Eduardo De La Rosa, this has been something that ASCC has been experimenting with.

De la Rosa said, “We have this new furniture that is coming in and we really want to find a way that we can layout the room where it can be functional for both [ASCC] Cabinet and [ASCC] Senate.”

Room BK 111/112 houses senate, court and cabinet meetings each with a different layout than the other.

Cabinet and court share the same layout, however, according to De La Rosa, the layout for the desks where cabinet members and court members sit look like a capital “T” formation if seen from above.

One table facing horizontally while the other two facing vertically connecting with the horizontal table.

Senate’s layout looks like a capital “U” if seen from above. A table where the vice president sits is horizontal and joined by four vertical tables two on each sides at the end of the horizontal table.

He said, “We are still working on [the layout] we want to definitely find something that is going to still be accommodating to the public and still look professional so that everybody can still clearly see, clearly hear and communicate with each other.”

According to De La Rosa, the reason behind moving around the meeting room is in anticipation of the new furniture that was purchased.

The furniture is to be seen in early October according to De La Rosa.