The Associated Students of Cerritos College (ASCC) declared Joe Cobarrubio winner in the student body president election earlier this spring, and at the June 7 regular meeting of the Cerritos College Board of Trustees, Cobarrubio was sworn in as ASCC president. Cobarrubio will continue to preside on the board as a student trustee throughout the 2006-07 school year.
Cobarrubio, of Santa Fe Springs, is an architecture major and has attended the college since 2004. He and his running mate, psychology and law major Alex Armendariz, also of Santa Fe Springs, ran on a platform that focused upon bolstering college clubs and organizations, improving campus safety and cleanliness, promoting athletic and vocational programs and informing students about future campus developments.
Cobarrubio said that outgoing ASCC President Paulo Amaral left a legacy during his tenure and that Amaral's past year of successful leadership is what will help him transition into the presidential position.
Cobarrubio also explained that his focus during his next year as president will be to continue to help Cerritos College build its reputation as a great community college and to welcome freshman students who don't know much about student government and make those who will be in the senate feel welcome.
Cobarrubio, a graduate of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, served in the Cerritos College Student Government Court for four semesters and performed as chief justice for three of those four semesters. He also served on several student government committees and in judicial hearings. Cobarrubio also led as vice president of the Forensics/Speech and Debate Club during the 2005-06 school year, is a member of the Scholars Honors Club and served as a volunteer referee the Disabled Students of Cerritos College Wheelchair Basketball Games in spring 2006.
Armendariz is also a graduate of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs and began attending Cerritos College in 2003. He has served as an ASCC senator for a total of five semesters: two semesters as party whip and another two as faculty senate liasion. Armendariz led as president of the Forensics/Speech and Debate Club during the 2005-06 school year, and is a member of the Philosophy Club and the Scholars Honors Club.
The Campus Connection Online, June 19, 2006