Regarding the Incident at Reed

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 WhiteLewis & 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.

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.

Lewis & Clark: Committed to Student Health

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As new and returning students alike prepare for the start of the fall semester, Lewis & Clark is committed to providing an environment where every member of our community has the resources to be happy, healthy, and successful.

This week, Lewis & Clark was recognized for these efforts, earning distinction as one of only 25 schools on The Greatist’s 2015 list of healthiest colleges and universities in America.

“When putting together our list,” said The Greatist, an online publication focused on fresh perspectives on health and wellness, “we looked for schools that go above and beyond to create an environment where students have access to an array of healthy food, top-notch fitness facilities, and robust medical and mental health services.”

About Lewis & Clark, the article said this:

“Step foot on this campus in southern Portland, and you can’t help but want to spend time in the great outdoors. The campus includes 95 forested acres and miles of hiking trails. The school has made a name for itself with its sustainability program—it topped The Princeton Review’s list of green colleges this year.Many of the sustainability initiatives are integrally connected to helping students live healthier lives. In recent years, the school has promoted its bike-friendly campus, which includes a student-operated bike co-op to make repairs a cinch. When it comes to dining, the college ensures that at least one third of the food served is organically grown or locally sourced. The college also has dramatically reduced food waste by adding composting bins to the dining halls, and students can grab smaller bins for off-campus housing.

Speaking about the ranking, Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez said, “At Lewis & Clark, we’re constantly looking at ways to support the mental, physical, and overall health of our students, because one’s health plays a sizable role in having a positive and successful college experience. We’re proud to make this list and grateful for all the faculty and staff efforts that go into sustaining a healthy campus environment.”

The only Oregon school named by The Greatist—and one of only two institutions in the Pacific Northwest to make the list—Lewis & Clark first appeared in the ranking in 2012.

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Career Center Construction Underway

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Northern side of proposed Career Center at night. Photo source: The Source of Lewis & Clark College

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Roof patio for proposed Career Center on northern end of Templeton Campus Center. Photo source: The Source of Lewis & Clark College

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View of proposed Career Center’s eastern side. Photo source: The Source of Lewis & Clark College

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A new space for Lewis & Clark’s Career Development Center was one of the capital projects in the budget approved by the Board of Trustees on February 20. The to-be-constructed space will be built as an extension on the north end of Templeton Campus Center.

Construction of the center will begin before the end of the spring semester and finish in August, ready for occupancy in the 2015-16 academic year. The area in Albany Quadrangle currently occupied by the Career Development Center will become offices for Academic Advising.

The approximately 1,500-square-foot space will be built upon what is currently a patio outside the Trail Room and Bookstore. A roof deck, including a bioswale, will be constructed on top of the new center. The construction will also include other green features such as an earth tube for geothermal energy.

In addition to its highly visible new location, the office will gain a new, simplified name: the Career Center. But its mission will remain the same: to help students discover their goals and interests, connect to opportunities in the community that enrich their academic experience, and prepare for successful lives beyond Lewis & Clark.

The Career Center offers programs and services to students beginning with New Student Orientation and continuing through graduation and beyond. These services include workshops, visits to employers, networking events, and individual counseling.


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Tonya Daniel begins as Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

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Welcome, Tonya Daniel!

IME’s new Director, Tonya Daniel, started her role on July 13. Tonya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from The University of Alabama and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel from The University of Mississippi.

Tonya worked as the director of diversity and inclusion at Illinois College and was the assistant director of multicultural affairs at Illinois Wesleyan University. During her professional career, she has provided leadership in initiating programs related to diversity, inclusion and social justice. Tonya works to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for all students, staff and faculty. She is very passionate about and actively engaged with advancing efforts in the areas of equity, access, and social justice.

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