Officers for the Associated Students of the Northern Marianas College were sworn in at an investiture ceremony yesterday.
The students were joined by parents, friends and college officials, and were encouraged to be the voice for their fellow students.
“Some of the best decisions made as an administrator at the college was not forgetting that I was once a student, and putting myself in their shoes,” Manny Castro, the college’s director of admission said in his opening remarks.
He encouraged the officers to listen to the students as much as they could, and that “a great chief was an ordinary Indian first.”
“Keep that to heart and let that guide you,” he said.
Riya Nathrani was sworn in as ASNMC president, Salvi Villanueva as vice president, Andrew Villanueva as secretary, and Roman Tudela as treasurer.
Adrian Pangelinan, Keisuke Yoshida, and Guadalupe Camacho were sworn in as senators.
“As your newly elected president, I will take into account each of your interests and voices in the many issues we will face in the upcoming year,” Nathrani said in her speech.
Nathrani addressed the college’s Board of Regents last month over a proposed tuition and fee hike. She presented a survey and petition challenging the hike.
Student Services dean Leo Pangelinan encouraged the officers to be a part of the decision making at the college and not let their voices be muffled as there are a lot of issues on the table, like talks of tuition increase or offering more four-year bachelor’s programs.
“Sometimes when you’re not visible and we don’t hear your voice, it’s out of mind, out of sight,”