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.

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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Career Center Construction to Begin This Spring

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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.


Read the original story here on The Source