The Great Gatsby-themed end of the year banquet held for Valley College’s Associated Student Union (ASU) on Friday consisted of swearing in the new officers for the 2014-2015 school years.
Newly elected President Sukhsimian Sandhu, Treasurer Anush Ambartsumyan and Commissioner of Public Relations Janet Simitian took their oaths on stage, presented by ASU Chief Justice Sameena Rahman.
The new officers were asked to repeat the oath by Rahman promising to uphold the responsibilities of their positions in their upcoming term.
The banquet, which was sponsored by Valley’s Student Services Office and organized by the Spirit Committee, featured a poem by Speech Team National Champion Haywood Hogan and dinner. The event began at 6 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m.
The ASU recognized the most active member from each of the clubs present on campus and awarded them a certificate for their work and dedication to their club. ASU President Alexia Johnson and Spirit Committee Chair Laura Solis presented the awards.
The members of ASU were brought on stage one by one to be publically commended for their commitment to their position during the scholastic year. They were each presented with a certificate of recognition.
Current Commissioner of Public Relations Emil Kirakosyan was specifically acknowledged for going above and beyond his duties to assist the Inter Club Council.
“Thank you so much,” said Kirakosyan. “It’s been a pleasure to be able to work with such great people.”
The top three clubs on campus were also recognized according to the amount of club points accumulated throughout the semester, which can be awarded in a variety of ways for being involved on campus and in the club. Tau Alpha Epsilon was awarded third place, the Sociology Experiment came in second, and first place went to the Valley College Socialists.
After the award and recognition portion of the banquet ended, it was time for the dance. The broadcasting department’s KVCM radio provided the music for the night. Over 100 people were present.