Update from the President

Dear Pioneers,

I hope you all had a great Fall Break! Below you will find information on the Environmental Affairs Symposium and the SAAB Grants Assistant position.

Best,
Adam Fractor
ASLC President

Environmental Affairs Symposium

Next week, the 19th Annual Environmental Affairs Symposium will take place fromOctober 18th to the 20th. This year’s focus is Equity and Earth: Intersections of Social Justice and Environment. Here is a description from the Lewis & Clark College website:

“Some of the most pressing issues of our time concern uneven access to the elements of a good life, including security, employment, education, access to resources, and relative freedom from environmental threats. Addressing the interwoven social, political, and biophysical actors and processes that frame these inequities requires a thoughtful environmentalism, one that allows humans their place in “the environment.” Some facets of modern environmental thinking, such as the environmental justice movement, have emphasized issues of equity, most notably in relation to the distribution of environmental goods and burdens. But many other connections are ripe for fuller exploration.

This year’s symposium highlights intersections between issues of social justice and environment, probing the emphases and gaps in scholarship and activism. Through a keynote dialog and three panels, we will consider questions such as: What and whose priorities have been foregrounded as modern environmentalism has taken shape, and whose interests have been overlooked? How does crisis illuminate the vulnerabilities and inequities in our communities and institutions? How are aims for improving quality of life for citizens around the globe best achieved, and how can well-intentioned efforts sometimes go astray?”

SAAB Grants Director Assistant Position

The SAAB Grants Department is looking for someone to fill the Program Assistant position. As an assistant to SAAB you will receive a stipend of $150 per semester. The assistant will be responsible for recording and distributing grant meeting minutes, publicizing SAAB’s programs and activities through social media, and assisting the director of representatives. This opportunity will further administrative skills and students’ on campus leadership experience. Please contact saabgrants@lclark.edu if you are interested. Please be prepared to interview for the position.

State of the School Address

Did you miss the State of the School Address President Lopez gave on Thursday, April 21? Below is a transcript of the speech given at the event along with notes from the follow-up discussion.

Transcript and Notes from follow-up discussion with attendees. 

Is there anything you would like to let President Lopez know before she presents at the May Trustee meeting? Let her know by emailing aslcpresident@lclark.edu.

The State of the School is that we are here, we are healing, and we are growing.” -ASLC President Daniela Lopez

2015-2016 Senate Elections

 

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.

Forever yours,

Adrian Austin-King ’16

ASLC Director of Elections

 

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Student Advisory Team: Know Your Rights and the OLCC

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.OLCC Logo

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.

Weekly Update: August 31, 2015

Dear Pioneers,

To those returning, welcome back! And to all new students, I hope you all had a memorable NSO experience. As someone who spent most of their summer on campus, I could not be more thrilled to have all 2,000 of you here. The hill is alive again with more energy than ever.

This is a year of new beginnings, not just for the first-years, but for everyone. Over the summer, I witnessed the building of a new Career Center, I met new Administrators and Directors, and I spoke to 700 new students. Despite a changing environment, the passion of this community continues and I am honored to work with all of you this coming year.

Last year our accomplishments included:
Raising over $15,000 for our Pioneers for Pioneers Fund,
Changing OLCC Policy,
Bringing Arabic Courses to our Curriculum,
And countless more,

We have plans for a big year and hope that you all can be a part of them.

With that said, let us work together as one student body. This year we plan on connecting with other schools, improving student voice in curriculum decisions, furthering dialogue between students and administrators, and more. Yet, these initiatives can only progress with the drive and ambition of us all. We encourage you to run for Senate, join a committee, come to a Senate meeting, or just come by our office and chat. Our door (Templeton 238) is always open and everyone is welcome.

Whatever your concern, hope, vision, plan, or idea is, we are here to work with you. And…

We are ASLC

Whether it be your first or last year here at L&C, welcome home and I wish you the best of luck.

Your friend on the hill,
Daniela Lopez

Interested in Running for Senate?

Senate packets will be available this Friday 9/4. They will be sent to you all via email.

Visit us at PioFair September 4th!

Join a committee!

Fill out this interest form to learn more about these ASLC Committees and how you can get involved.