Meet and greet event brings together students, EC president Maloney

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El Camino President Dena Maloney with members of the Associated Students Organization(ASO) at the presidential meet and greet event on Friday, April 22. Photo credit: Roy Garza

Jazz music blared throughout the room to set a relaxing scene as members of the campus community gathered to meet new El Camino President Dena Maloney Friday afternoon.

The presidential meet and greet event served as a time for students to interact with the president, and Maloney was impressed with the large turnout of students.

“The room was full, I was really excited especially because it’s Friday and I know there’s not a lot of students on campus,” Maloney said. “People made the extra effort to come and I appreciated that.”

The event was sponsored by the Associated Students Organization, who spent weeks planning the event.

ASO Activities Chair, Anjeannette Aguilar, led the planning for the event and was pleased with its results.

“It turned out amazing, we worked on this for almost two months,” Aguilar said. “we wanted to do an event to reach out and benefit students and we wanted to incorporate as many students as possible to meet the president,”

Maloney started off with a speech to introduce herself, and also fielded questions from the audience for a few minutes.

“The people here asked the president questions and they were getting involved with the event, people weren’t afraid to come up and speak to her because it was such a calm and open door policy,” ASO Director of Public Relations Randi Simonette said.

Free food, beverages and desserts were served, while student jazz band “In Waked Five” provided the event’s entertainment.

“It was cool to play in front of her (Maloney), apparently she likes jazz so that was good,” Jonathan Aparicio, the band’s guitarist said. “She seemed like she was really nice, I think she’s dedicated and going to do good for the school.”