The ASLC Cabinet voted to access the Senate Project Fund last month. The attached report summarizes the events that occurred and the actions being taken by the ASLC to prevent similar events from occurring in the future.
I hope you are having a great week. Below you will find information on the following:
- Summer Storage Subsidy Application
- ASLC Transportation Survey
- State of the School Address
Summer Storage Subsidy Application
If you are a low-income student that is living on campus next year, ASLC has created a subsidy to help you pay for summer storage. Our goal in the creation of this subsidy was to help low income students (students with an Estimated Family Contribution of less than $4,617) completely cover their storage costs. If you think you are eligible for this subsidy, please fill out the linked application by April 19, 2017. You will receive an email from email@example.com with confirmation that you are eligible for the subsidy. NOTE: The deadline for students to turn in the contract for 2017 summer storage is April 21, 2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
- Summer Storage Subsidy Application: https://goo.gl/forms/OhdfiJ8W0hfkzCMx1
- 2017 Summer Storage Contract: http://college.lclark.edu/live/files/22849-storage-contract
ASLC Transportation Survey
What do you think of the Pioneer Express Shuttle? The ASLC Auditor wants to know! To participate in this survey, check your lclark email for a message from campus labs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your participation will allow us to improve transportation and parking on campus.
State of the School Address: April 18th
The entire Lewis & Clark community is invited to join me in reviewing the 2016-2017 school year. The address will reflect upon the challenges and successes from this year. The event will be held in the Council Chamber on April 18th, at 6:00pm. There will be pizza.
Notes from the First Forum
October 2, 2015
Compiled by Nathaniel Hamlett and Carlton Bone
- 1 diva 1 mic
- Move up move up
- No one knows everything together we know a lot
- We can’t be articulate all the time
- Intent vs. impact
- Expect and accept a lack of closure
- Practice Self-Care
Acknowledged the limitations of the space (council chambers is a formal setting)
3 minute time limit
Received a lot of questions Surrounding the Reed LC incident
Spent times isolation themes:
- How can we better demystify rape culture (more about responsible community members than focusing on an isolated case)
Introduction of Melissa Osmond
Tenets of her job:
1) Prevention and Education
7 confidential advocates on campus that can be reached out to
Faculty members need to provide support
Cannot stigmatize men and women who have survived rape or sexual assault
To an extent men (the power majority) must be allies and shoulder the burden of a more inclusive community
Acknowledging the normalization of heterosexuality
Realize sense of entitlement
Women cannot be objects of sexual fulfillment/objectification
Coalescence of race issues and sexual issues
Worst mass shooting in the state of OR 9 people dead (Umpqua)
Reference their native origins and their subsequent subjugation
You don’t get to today without genocide
Obama— “sickness of the mind” as well as shooting by men even further white man
Change starts right here
Hold ourselves accountable
Mixed feelings on the message of ASLC
Some are glad that what information was said was said
ASLC set one narrative and essentially condemned that student
Decidedly one-sided perspective
Don’t forget the witnesses who were forced to watched their peer exposed to excessive force
ASLC informed nearly simultaneously of the two incidents
ASLC has a prerogative to inform the students of issues of hate and bias Needed to send something to the student body
Acknowledging the history between LC and Reed
Drafted collaboratively by Cabinet
In the future… We are going to ask more
We did a good job with what we had and performed under duress
We can always do more
What are concrete steps that result in an increase in accountability for the ASLC and the administration?
There are spaces where people can go and vent… and these are the student unions
If the ASLC is supposed to report instances of hate and bias why didn’t they address race in the first place?
So much pressure put onto the various student unions… needs to be give and take with other parts of the community
Lack of institutional transparency
Why is it up to ASLC who is comprised of the students to provide the majority of the information?
Wall of bureaucracy shielding us from information
Kathy Title IX coordinator
Title IX is a federal law that provides equal educational ground based on sex, gender, race, or whatever
Tension between letting something be student and ‘not getting things done enough’
A lot we literally cannot share
Everything cannot be shed
Administrators are not malicious… want to foster/foment openness
Ambiguity in what the real relationship between the staff and the student body
Salient separation between students towards administrators
Only time we talked about sexual misconduct was when something went wrong…
We need to create some formal capacity for discourse
More administration representation than just Harold (an Advisor) at ASLC meetings
Someone with the Dean/ President’s Ear
What is LC’s policy when people off campus are confronted with sexual abuse/harassment
Look to possible changes to campus security
FERPA protection of your rights as a student
It is not your right to know the whole story
We must acknowledge and respect varying perspectives
As peers and students we need to be cognizant of the rumor mill —> game of telephone
FERPA applies off campus (the inference being campus safety will help you in a jam off campus?)
Administration isn’t trying to hide… their hands are tied (tricky legally)
If you hear vitriolic things it’s your onus as a student to make sure people are disseminating accurate information.
Students of Reed are highly concerned about the issues of sexual misconduct and the racial components, as well as to how we treat their campus
*Can’t forget it took Reed to got us to acknowledge the racial aspect of the issues. (They had the first race-based inquiry)
Reed wants change and investigation and in-depth thought
At Reed their talks were oriented to a certain extent on excessive force
No public/campus safety person in the room at the time of the discussion we are having right now.
What if this happened on our campus?
There are always people on campus who are concerned with your safety
Problem lies less with transparency but more with trust
Do student trust in the system? Are they wholly advocating for you?
Some faculty (not all) will not go to bat for students
We aren’t sure as to the concrete steps but there is a tangible feel of malcontent
Big issue: The lack of support
Sexual misconduct is indubitably wrong yet…
Students came back traumatized
Didn’t see the Student Gov’t and admin looking to support those students
Individuals are distraught and feel abandoned
Real question: There are all of these supposed faculty outlets but students are still feeling decidedly alone
We are all part of the community and we cannot be afford to be stratified
Everyone needs to be accountable
Neutrality can be negative
This is the first time we’ve met tot talk about these issues
2/3 of my friends have been sexually “abused”
This is a nationwide issue Lewis and Clark is merely a microcosm
These issues are present in our community
Motif of lack of communication and methods of communing
Some faculty did not know what happened as they didn’t get the email from ASLC
Admin was constrained and didn’t feel like they could send that information
Applaud the BSU for acknowledging race in the initial email
ASLC did not acknowledge this;
ASLC is 0-3 and it feels like information has been purposefully withheld from students
Students just want to be aware
Students aren’t informed enough to engage in any discourse regarding the issue of race
Admin are people too
i.e. I am more than just an area director, but a women of color who empathizes with students
Campus Living -à if anyone is there for you its those 5 AD’s and a grad assistant
How do we do something when it feels like we can do nothing?
The weight of the duality of being emotionally tethered but legally bound
No source of objective information from the pio log
We only talk when there’s a crisis
I’ve been here 3 years but each year people are surprised when issues occur
RA’s are for sure with you
Walk the Talk
Turnover is an issue
Decided lack of tangible change in conjunction with turnover create immense difficulties
Not to take anyone off the hook but to acknowledge
Hate and bias and sexual conduct policies have been affected by the student body/government and in recent history —> everyone needs to be accountable
Hate and bias clause was instituted
In a situation belonging to an individual student they said: ‘The support of the faculty was there but was non existent on the campus safety level’
1st response needs to be looked at
I need people to look like me to be my advocates
Faculty diversity is crucial
Just because we are a school in pdx doesn’t mean we have to mirror their demographics
Student body needs to unite
While I’d love faculty members, I need to receive solace from my peers
Community “is really awesome”
Doing their best to create a safe space
*After going over the pio log*
Didn’t mention that 11 cops surrounded him
Didn’t mention that he was begging for water
I don’t feel safe in this country
It effectively says “You don’t matter”
8 cops on campus just last night and students felt extremely unsafe and were disconcerted
People keep forgetting that this is happening but at this very second people are being abused
Speaking about the email sent
Primary objective was to inform
Not trying to shirk the responsibilities or make excuses
Everything heard was disparate and inconclusive
Reed Student body reached out multiple times to allow the proliferation of knowledge
“We did fuck up” in not mentioning the issues of race
In the report from Reed, race was not mentioned… Cabinet wasn’t aware of the race until later
It’s hard to hold people accountable without acknowledging the issues
There are large issues with the counseling center- a supposed ‘outlet’
Unions are passionate but are consistently leaned on more than they should
Don’t bring your “shitty bro’s” to parties
We need to take the onus on ourselves to destroy a culture of racism and rape
People of color lack privilege of support
Lack of trust within some minority populations towards the higher echelons
I care about every single one of you
I will personally make a stronger effort to reach out
People walking around with a smile but burdens on their heart
Meetings are coming, but please go to Daniela so she can represent YOU better
Want to turn this conversation into beautiful action
Dear members of the Lewis & Clark Community,
On Saturday night / Sunday morning an incident involving a Lewis & Clark student occurred on the Reed College campus.
There have been historical instances involving sexual misconduct by Lewis & Clark students toward Reed students, as well as inappropriate and destructive behavior of Lewis & Clark students while on Reed’s campus. We are determined to develop an understanding of how our actions affect other communities.
It is useful for students to read and be familiar with all College policies regarding conduct both on our campus and at Reed. The overwhelming presence of uninvited Lewis & Clark students on Reed’s campus is disruptive to their community as a whole. Please be respectful of Reed’s right to their space, and only visit if you have been invited by a student or staff member.
We are members of Lewis & Clark’s community, while on campus and off, and our behavior is a representation of our institution. Sexual misconduct will never be tolerated. It is embarrassing and unacceptable that a select few Lewis & Clark students have disrespected Reed’s hospitality over the years, and this weekend. We are all students in this amazing city and must work to form a bond with our community, with our friendly collegiate neighbors to the east and beyond.
Reed college held a public forum today in order to discuss the events. The questions they put forth are an outstanding representation of the mentality of Reed students. Instead of placing blame on us, they questioned use of force. Instead of demanding a ban on Lewis & Clark students, they asked when and why their CSOs involve the police. Instead of retaliating with anger they have opened a dialogue with their students. Let us remember the motto that binds us together. Explorare, Discere, Sociare: To Explore, To Discover, To Work together.
The Associated Students of Lewis & Clark will be holding an open forum this Friday at 4:30pm in the Council Chamber in order to discuss this instance. We will be addressing the following issues: sexual misconduct, the use of force by campus officers, our role in the community, and ways to repair relationships with the Reed community. We view this as an opportunity for us to come together, reflect on our actions, and grow. Please submit questions that you would like to have addressed at this forum. ASLC will invite members of Reed to our campus as a sign of good will in the near future. More details will follow.
You are welcome to reach out to members of the Lewis & Clark student government with questions you may have. Other resources available include Ombudsperson Valerie White, Lewis & Clark Counseling Service, and trained SARA officers. If you would like to report a situation regarding sexual misconduct or otherwise you may do so at any time.
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. Our door is always open.
Good morning Pioneers,
Welcome new students, and welcome back all others. I am writing to invite you to take part in ASLC, Lewis & Clark’s student government body. Each class will elect six student leaders to be Senators and represent their class and interests at ASLC meetings. Not only is this a fantastic resume builder, but also a great way to be engaged with a large number of students from various backgrounds and to help enact change at Lewis & Clark. You will advocate for student interest and help write legislation that edits the school’s Constitution based on student desires.
The requirements are simple: you must be a full time student in good academic standing who is able to commit to attend weekly Senate meetings on Thursdays at 7:00pm. To be entered on the ballot you must complete the attached application, acquire 25 signatures of support from your peers and return the application to the ASLC office in Templeton 238 by Friday September 11 at 5:00pm.
Please remember that you are fortunate to study at a school that advocates the Democratic process. Contrary to popular belief Barry Glassner is not all-powerful, and needs students like you to be champions of our liberties.
Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, or inquire in the ASLC office.
Adrian Austin-King ’16
ASLC Director of Elections
Phoebe Gresser /// Chief Justice
Lewis & Clark students are known for their unmatched dedication to making positive change within our school, community and world. Lewis & Clark’s student government, the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC), is one of our on-campus organizations that gives the student a voice in how our school is owned and operated. As the ASLC Chief Justice, I have had the pleasure of chairing the Student Advisory Team (STAT) which is a committee within the ASLC Judiciary. The Student Advisory Team is responsible for protecting the rights of students and keeping the student body informed of those rights.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, our goal was to improve the interactions between the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Lewis & Clark student body. The OLCC is in charge of enforcing Oregon State Liquor law and one way in which they do this is by issuing citations for underaged drinking. As you can imagine, Lewis & Clark students and the OLCC don’t have the most affectionate feelings towards each other. In attempts to ease the tension between the two groups, the Student Advisory Team put on a ”Know Your Rights” forum that featured two OLCC representatives, a criminal defense attorney, and a member of Campus Safety.
After this panel discussion we realized that there were systematic issues within the OLCC that have created and sustained tensions between students and the OLCC. The first issue was the fact that OLCC officers were able to patrol on campus/in residential areas while undercover, meaning that they did not wear uniforms and they drove in unmarked cars. This became an issue of safety because these virtually unidentifiable officers had the power to detain individuals suspected of drinking underage. The second issue is the fact that OLCC officers have the ability to issue Minor in Possession citations without breathalyzer or field sobriety tests. This makes proving sobriety and challenging citations in court nearly impossible.
The Student Advisory Team decided that improving the relationship between the Lewis & Clark student body and the OLCC required increasing the legal and physical protection of students during interactions with OLCC officers. We concluded that to do this, the following changes needed to happen: mandated marked cars and identifiable uniforms for OLCC officers as well as required field sobriety tests as a prerequisite for Minor in Possession citations. So, that’s what we set out to do.
We discussed our OLCC reform initiative with Ann Lininger, our representative in the Oregon House of Representatives, Lewis & Clark officials, and OLCC representatives. At the end of the Spring semester, all previously mentioned parties came together for a meeting. During this meeting the OLCC representatives presented us with the new identifiable uniforms and car decals that are now mandated for their officers statewide. The support and encouragement from ASLC allowed the Student Advisory Team to influence a positive change in state policy that improves the safety and security of Lewis and Clark students during interactions with the OLCC.
This year the Student Advisory Team is looking forward to continuing to work with the legal bodies that affect the lives of students. We are planning to continue pushing for field sobriety tests as a prerequisite for Minor in Possession citations. We are also planning to hold various “Know Your Rights” discussions including a workshop on the rights of protesters, Oregon Liquor Law, Oregon Marijuana Law, Landlord/Tenant Law and Bike Law. We are excited about all of the potential that this upcoming year holds. The Student Advisory Team is a committee of students who are passionate about the rights of their peers, if this kind of work sounds interesting to you, please consider joining the Student Advisory Team or the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark.