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.

The Weekly Bark – Feb. 11, 2015

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50th International Fair

The International Student of Lewis and Clark (ISLC) would like to invite you to participate to this year International Fair 50th Anniversary. We are in need of volunteers who could help for a specific region (dance, performance, cooking) or for the fair in general. If you have any questions or want to sign up, please contact Mariane at mdiaw@lclark.edu

Valentine Sweets & Treats

Valentine treats are available at both Maggie’s and the Dovecote this week! Housemade white chocolate bark wtih dried fruit for $2.75; housemade spicy caramel corn for $2.00; and small heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for $2.00.

Career Development Center Interest Survey

Part of the College’s education mission is to provide students with the opportunity to enrich academic immersion with work experience in the summers and post graduation. Help the CDC know what YOU want by filling out this 1-3 minute survey. You will also be entered for a chance to win a Fred Meyer gift card.

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CELS Program Looking for Scholars

The CELS (Community Engagement and Leadership in Science) Program is looking for Summer CELS Scholars! As a Summer CELS Scholar, you will provide mentorship to a high school student and work in a research lab full-time under the guidance of a faculty mentor at OHSU or Lewis & Clark.  Students from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM (African-American, Native American, and Latino/Latino students) are strongly encouraged to apply!


Peace Corps: A Love Story

February 11th, 5pm, JR Howard 115. Come meet returned volunteers from the Peace Corps to hear stories about how they fell in love with the country they volunteered in.


2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

February 16th, 12:10pm, Wood Hall, Classroom 7. Lewis A. Steverson presents the law school’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, “Realizing Dr. King’s Dream is the Key to Success in the 21st Century Corporate Environment.”

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Academic Advising Workshop: Finding an Academic Path

February 17th, 7pm-8:30pm, Miller Hall 319. Would you like to move from “Undecided” to “Active Pursuit”? This workshop will offer ideas about how to approach the course selection, advising, and registration process in a liberal arts environment. Students will learn how to effectively gather information and insight about areas of academic interest while also staying on top of general education requirements. Additionally, students will consider how to effectively create – and revise – a four-year academic plan. Students may attend this workshop in conjunction with/preparation for the Sophomore “Halfway There Ceremony” on February 19.

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Aubrey R. Watzek Library to Redesign Website

The Watzek Library will begin a website redesign process to improve site functionality for users. Please help the library by taking a short survey about your use of the website. The survey will be available until next Tuesday, February 17 and will take approximately five minutes to complete. You will have the opportunity to enter your name into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card at the end of the survey.

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Following Ferguson Grand Jury Decision, Students Organize On-Campus Protests

Try12-e1411017844308-1024x114By John Rogers and Guadalupe Triana /// News Editor and Managing Editor

Tuesday, Nov. 25

As anger, disappointment and shock spread across the country following the news that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for fatally shooting Michael Brown Jr., Lewis & Clark students this morning gathered outside J.R. Howard and draped Frank Manor House in black banners to show solidarity with the unarmed 18-year-old.

“I feel like I died a thousand times.”

“Yesterday I wrote in my book,” Black Student Union Co-Rep Darius Grays (’16) said to the crowd standing outside J.R. Howard. “I feel like I died a thousand times.”

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Reed Voices Concerns Over Nude Tradition

ASLC discusses future of RKSK Initiation with member of Reed Honor Council

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On Nov. 6, the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark met with Lee Belcher, a member of Reed College’s Honor Council, to discuss the tradition of Reed students streaking on LC’s campus. Belcher was concerned about the event, the Reed Kommunal Shit Kollektiv, which involves Reed first-years jogging naked through LC’s campus chanting Communist slogans.

Belcher started the discussion after this year’s event, when, they said, “many Reedies very vocally questioned whether the event [was] respectful to everyone at LC, specifically victims of sexual assault.”

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Dance Extravaganza 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014:  7:30pm and 10:00pm
Saturday, December 6, 2014:  7:30pm and 10:00pm

1402881_10152144485042609_6557559110240671370_oWelcome to the annual student choreographed-and-performed Dance Extravaganza!

This innovative evening of student-choreographed and student-performed dance has grown from a group of 12 dancer/choreographers, to an event that, at its peak, featured seven choreographers and eighty performers, selling out all of its performances in a matter of hours! We encourage choreographers to experiment with new ideas and to investigate and invent new movement vocabulary, making for a surprising and engaging evening of dance performance.


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Taking Back the Streets

To make Collins View streets safe for bikers, Damian Miller and the student-run bike co-op stake a claim for a chunk of street fee money

Try12-e1411017844308-1024x114By Caleb Diehl /// Editor-in-Chief

During rush hour, on the stretch of Terwilliger Boulevard between Lewis & Clark and SW Taylor’s Ferry Road, an endless parade of cars blocks the left turn onto SW Primrose St, a vital conduit to campus. Four years ago, a former student working in the registrar’s office was making the turn when he was hit, and his body thrown through a van’s windshield.

Damian Miller, coordinator of instructional technology and program assessment and a bike advocate, learned of four or five such crashes. Over a month, he crafted a petition that could prevent further tragedies. By press time on Nov. 12, 47 people signed.


A biker’s fantasy of Collins View

A close look at the petition’s proposed bike and pedestrian improvements, and what it would take to make them a reality. Costs are estimated using past news reports and Portland’s tax rate for homeowners charged with replacing sidewalks.

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