All new officers are first-year Valley students.
At their March 9 meeting, the ASU Executive Council filled all four vacant commissioner positions with students who began attending Valley College within the past year. The appointees will officially start on March 23 and serve through the end of the Spring 2021 term.
Luoi Sabha, the new commissioner of political affairs, became a Valley student in summer 2020. After he finished his real estate courses, he decided to pursue a degree in business administration having previously studied law in the United Kingdom. While ASU elections fall under his purview, Sabha intends to run for a position in the upcoming cycle. Treasurer Erica Fletcher will continue in her role as elections commissioner to maintain the commission’s impartiality.
Anna Vetvitcaia, a flight attendant turned nursing student, will serve as the commissioner of health and wellness affairs. She looks forward to being more involved as a new Valley student, having been laid off due to COVID-19. Commissioner of Campus Environmental Affairs Sidney Hernandez tapped Vetvitcaia immediately after her appointment to co-organize an informational COVID-19 workshop.
The new commissioner of fine arts, Katy Workman, is a first-year student majoring in media arts. Pre-COVID-19, she was a professional choreographer and performer, so she hopes to connect with other students struggling to create art during the pandemic. Workman also currently serves as the social media co-chair of Cinema Club.
ICC Senate Representative Ethan Shalom’s brother, Eyal Shalom, will be the commissioner of ethnic and cultural affairs. Like other appointees, he is only in his second term at Valley. (To avoid a conflict of interest, Ethan Shalom was prohibited from voting for this position.)
Only one position remains vacant — the parliamentarian — because the council felt no one applied fit the role, explained ASU Advisor Monica Flores after President Farouk Ajibola welcomed the new appointees. There were six candidates overall.
These appointments stand separately from the upcoming election in April. Students interested in running for a position on the 2021-2022 ASU Executive Council can find more information on the ASU website.
— Jack Kelly