‘Know LC’ explains how students can create change

by Joshua Kaplan

Administrators and student representatives presented on their roles and the organization of Lewis & Clark at “Know LC” on March 1 in Stamm. During the hour and a half event, seven speakers discussed the role of their respective groups.

ASLC President Brad Elkins (’10) spoke about student government. He emphasized the need for students to give ASLC feedback.

“Oftentimes we work on things students don’t like us to,” Elkins said, as a joke. He recommended that students contact anyone on the flowchart posted outside of the ASLC offices with questions or concerns. Alternately, students can email ASLC@lclark.edu.

More seriously, Elkins said, “We don’t know what to change unless you tell us.”

ASLC Treasurer Dith Pamp (’11) and SAAB Representative Zeb Larson (’10) spoke about the differences between the ASLC Finance Committee and the Student Academic Affairs Board. SAAB provides one-time grants for research, visiting scholars and arts and humanities efforts, Larson said.

Pamp explained that the ASLC Finance Committee is more for recurring funding such as for student groups. Technically, though, SAAB is a part of ASLC Finance Committee. Pamp encouraged students to use up the funds, saying that SAAB starts with 30,000 dollars at the beginning of the semester and wants to end with nothing

“If you have a good idea, we have money to throw at you,” Pamp said.

Associate Dean of Students Jeffrey Feld-Gore explained the role of deans and associate deans. Deans, he said, constantly track how the College functions. Associate deans help them.

Dean of Students and Chief Diversity Officer Celestino Limas explained what the Executive Council does. The Executive Council is at the level above deans. Limas emphasized the need to communicate with students more, demonstrating his point by asking how many people know who is on the Executive Council. Of the students who answered, Limas was the only member they got right.

Still, Limas touted the increased communication between the student governments of the Graduate School of Education, Law School and the College of Arts and Sciences, particularly on shared issues like financial transparency and transportation.

Interim President Jane Atkinson explained the role of the Board of Trustees. They have the ultimate responsibility of the College, she said. There is no higher group than the 501(c) body which controls the College, yet it delegates much of its power to the aforementioned groups.

The group of 18 to 40 people, 70 percent of whom are LC alumni and are primarily lawyers and bankers, forms the Board of Trustees, along with a few non-voting students of each of the three schools.

Lastly, Associate Vice President for Campus Life Michael Ford delivered a forty-year history of student and faculty-led efforts and activism at the school. His examples included students taking over the Manor House in 1972 to protest America’s secret bombing of Cambodia and the Sawdust Festival of Arts and Crafts in 1973, which later became downtown Portland’s Saturday Market.

Afterwards, students from Students Engaged in Eco-Defense (SEED) and Students United for Real Food (SURF) and other groups asked questions concerning the College’s budget. A SURF member wanted to know how to obtain the financial records of Bón Appetít to ascertain exactly how environmentally conscious the school’s food provider is.

Student Ant-Genocide Coalition (STAND) Co-President, Resident Advisor Nicola Warmuth (’12) organized the event along with Resident Advisors Ian Feis (’12), Zeb Larson (’10), Dith Pamp (’11) and Angela Webber (’10).

As a student leader who is not involved with student government, Warmuth said that she wanted to change LC, but didn’t always know how to.

“Knowing how things work is the first step to changing them,” Warmuth said.

Concerning another great resource for students, Warmuth said that she realized too late who else she should have invited to speak: faculty.

SEED member Lucien Childs-Mitchell (’12) said he attended “Know LC” because he “wanted to become more proficient at organizing things.”

Similarly, RA Alison Dubchansky (’12) said that “when organizing events, it’s good to know who to contact.”

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