Senate Candidates 2018

Hello Pios!

Attached to this email you’ll find the Fall 2018 ASLC Voter Information Packet, which contains candidate statements and photos for each of the students running for ASLC Senate. A separate email will go out in a few minutes with a link to your ballot. There are eighteen candidates running for twelve Senate seats, and you can vote for up to twelve candidates.

I would encourage you to take a few minutes to read over the statements before voting; these candidates are running to represent you and your fellow students and to solve problems that you see on campus. Voting is one of the best ways for you to have a say in your student government.

Voting will be open for exactly one week, so be sure to submit your ballot by 9:30 a.m. next Tuesday, September 25. Then stop by the ASLC table outside the Bon this week to pick up an I Voted sticker!

Additionally, the annual Senate debate will take place this Thursday, September 20, at 7pm in the Council Chambers. The debate is an opportunity for all of the Senate candidates to elaborate on their statements and talk about what concrete steps they would like to take if elected.

There will be a period for questions from the community, so if you have an issue with some aspect of student life, this is a great time to see where these candidates stand and how they’re planning to address it. Additionally, there will be free pizza for all attendees!

If you have any questions about voting or the debate, please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Mary-Claire Spurgin ‘21

Director of Elections

Candidate Statements

Senate Elections!

Welcome back Pios! Are you looking to involve yourself in the Lewis & Clark community and make a positive change while connecting with other passionate students? If so, join ASLC Senate!

In order to run for Senate, you must be a full-time student in good academic standing who is able to attend weekly Senate meetings on Thursdays at 7:00pm. To be on the ballot, you must complete the application below and turn in 25 signatures from peers who support your candidacy.

Applications are due by Monday, September 17th at 7:00pm (they may either be scanned and emailed to or dropped off at the ASLC office in Templeton 251). On September 18th, Senate Debates will take place in the Council Chamber at 7:00pm with voting that same week. The winning candidates will be announced no later than September 26th, and the first Senate meeting of the year will take place on September 27th. If you have any questions regarding Senate, please contact the ASLC Vice President at; if you have questions about the elections process, please contact the Director of Elections at

Fall 2018 Senate Application

Message to the Community

 With the selection of the new Lewis & Clark President, the ASLC Cabinet would like to reiterate our role on campus and comment on the Presidential Search Committee’s decision:

       ASLC’s purpose is to act as the liaison between students and the administration. With that purpose in mind, our mission is to do everything in our power to create the safest, most comfortable learning and living environment possible for all students at L&C. As such, we are unable to ignore the criticism from the PSU student body and subsequently the Lewis & Clark student body. With that being said, ASLC would like to communicate our expectations to both our incoming president and to our student body. We understand that President Wiewel’s actions as PSU’s president may be concerning for students in our community.

As students ourselves, we agree that having armed campus police officers doesn’t make our students– particularly students of color– feel safer on campus. We will not tolerate the addition of armed campus public safety officers to our campus. We acknowledge that having a consulting business run from the President’s house is a cause of concern for many. ASLC further understands the frustration that PSU students expressed when administrative officials act indifferent to challenges students face. These worries are valid. ASLC will ensure that students’ concerns are heard by members of the administration and other necessary parties.

We must also acknowledge the efforts of the college’s Presidential Search Committee in selecting Wiewel as the new president.  In his previous position at PSU, Wiewel  created task forces and dedicated spaces to help underrepresented groups succeed. From this commitment to diversity, Wim tripled Latinx enrollment and increased students of color enrollment by 30%. As students of color and representatives of students of color, we dearly hope that Wim will be able to recreate these results at Lewis & Clark.

The main thing that gives me confidence in Wim is his definition of his job. During the “Meet the Leading Candidate for the Next President of Lewis & Clark” event, Wim said that he understood that the Board of Trustees were looking for a fundraiser, but he believes that the best way to entice potential donors is to really understand the college and its students. Emphasizing his focus on openness and commitment to communication, Wiewel stated in the same meeting that he plans to hold open office hours at LC, similar to the system in place at PSU.

Like everyone, including those in the Lewis & Clark community, Wim Wiewel is a multifaceted individual. He values a diverse academic environment and knows how to expand enrollment. He is an immigrant and thinks with a global perspective. He is outdoorsy and very environmentally conscious. At Lewis & Clark, ASLC will make sure that students’ opinions are heard in the President’s Office and Board of Trustees meetings. When you tell ASLC what you care about and want to see changed, we are empowered to do more to further our mission of a safe and comfortable school. It is our hope that Wiewel may continue in the successes he brought to PSU and that the student body may welcome him with the open-mindedness and respect with which we treat one another.

With that said, the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark are excited to welcome Wim Wiewel to the Lewis & Clark community. We look forward to working with President Wiewel as he gets to know the LC student body and the standards to which we hold our leaders. We hope for a smooth transition and look forward to Wim’s service for the community. I’m sure he will enjoy getting to know our welcoming and passionate student body.

We look forward to seeing you all in the Fall,

The ASLC 2017-2018 Cabinet
   Marissa Valdez, President
Zack Johnson, Vice President
William Witmer, Treasurer
Natalie Souders, Chief Justice
Violet Betters, Community Service and Relations Coordinator
Alden Chatfield, Student Organizations Coordinator
Nicolette Sauramba, Diversity Committee Chair
Jen Bennett, Auditor
Jasper Edwards, Chief of Staff
Sophia Canon, Student Academic Affairs Board Chair
Nora Maybury, Director of Elections

Update from the President

Dear Peers,

I hope you are having a great week. Below you will find information on the following:

  1. Summer Storage Subsidy Application
  2. ASLC Transportation Survey
  3. 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 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, 2017Please contact or with any questions or concerns.

  1. Summer Storage Subsidy Application:
  2. 2017 Summer 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 ( 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.

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

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

Notes from GE Meetings with Paul Hanstedt

This Tuesday, both SAAB and the Faculty (as a whole) conducted a number of meetings with Paul Hanstedt, a General Education (GE) specialist who has worked with colleges throughout the United States and internationally. This is part of an ongoing initiative to consider what General Education can look like at L&C (see recent posts).

I would like to invite the student body to consider notes which I took at Paul Hanstedt’s meeting with SAAB representatives. The intent of this meeting was to explore where L&C currently sits in the landscape of GE nationally and internationally, and to discuss ideas for how it can be reformed. The notes cover general themes of the discussion, but do not include specific ideas—for example, our specific discussion of what role Race & Ethnicity can and should play in GE is not reflected in the notes.

If you are interested in the process, and want your voice to be heard, SAAB Representatives are the best way to get involved. One reason that events like this have included SAAB is to make SAAB reps into really informed students in this whole process. What this means is they are very capable of (and charged with) representing student voices throughout this process.

As always, feel free to contact me at with questions or concerns.

Aaron Fellows
SAAB Chair

Notes from Open Discussion on General Education

On behalf of SAAB and the Curriculum Committee, I would like to extend my thanks to all those who showed up to discuss General Education at Lewis & Clark on this last Friday, January 22nd. The discussion brought up tons of great points, put some workable ideas on the table, and helped inform SAAB members how to best proceed in the process of GE reform and represent the student body.

Notes from the discussion are available here. The notes are unsorted—just in the order of when they came up in discussion, for the most part. I spent the meeting writing down these points, so my own personal bias may have crept in here and there. If you would like to comment on any of the points or how I transcribed them, you may comment on the form, or email me personally at

This was the first event of several this semester where students and faculty will discuss how best to proceed with General Education Reform. I, for one, wholeheartedly appreciate the involvement I have seen so far from the student body. To get involved or keep involved in the discussion, get in touch with your department’s SAAB rep! They are one of the best resources available to you.

Aaron Fellows
SAAB Chair