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ASMC begins spring semester with a new mission

Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) leaders kicked off this spring semester with a new vision statement: “to empower student voice.”

At ASMC’s Jan. 31 executive board retreat, ASMC officers began by writing personal and community goals.

“My goal is to survive senioritis,” said Terrylynn Cantlon, Prospect Hill Senator, “and to empower a new leader. I want to find somebody, get them motivated and recruit them to participate in something.”

Other student leaders shared ideas for projects.

Anna Guiles, Class of 2014 Historian, reported on what the first year students are up to and asked ASMC to support and collaborate with them.

Guiles said that a lot of first year students are big fans of PostSecret, an online community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

“So we want to do a Mills College PostSecret,” she said, “where we have a drop-off time for about three weeks for girls to drop off their postcards. We want to put them on display near the Tea Shop.”

The project is intended to foster a sense of community.

“Mills sometimes doesn’t have that community,” Guiles said. “We put up those barriers a lot of times. That’s something we noticed really early on, even being first years.”

Rebecca Freeman, Internal Affairs Chair, urged the student leaders to keep their written goals and plans for carrying them out in their binders.

“By the end of the semester,” she said, “we can maybe revisit this and ask, ‘Did this happen? Is this something you made happen?’”

The next ASMC meeting is Monday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in GSB 118. The first 15 minutes are Open Forum for students to share concerns or questions.