ASLC resumes after a hiatus
Break to address internal issues
The ASLC has recently reconvened after being on hiatus. At the Nov. 1 ASLC meeting, Dean Marco Menendez referred to the time off as a necessary recess. We basically said let's recess for a while and get you guys making sure you are able to communicate and then let's get things moving again, he said.
Communication is integral to the success of the ASLC, but it is not the only challenge. Jessica Alvarez, ASLC president, views lacking a student council advisor as a challenge. The biggest challenge, without a doubt, is not having a student advisor. The ASLC has been experiencing difficulties that could have easily been prevented by having a student advisor.
Laney administration informed us about three months ago that they were working on hiring one. However, I am pretty sure that they have been just giving our current council the run around, she said.
The ASLC has not updated its web presence in months. The ASLC website located at http://www.laney.edu/wp/studentgovernment has outdated information. Resourceful students can check the bulletin boards in the Student Center for agenda and minutes for the weekly meetings; however, they must be aware that the time for the meetings is not on Wednesdays as listed on the site, but on Thursdays, from noon-1 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student Center.
Part of the website problem stems from the lack of the resources in the Student Center. Another challenge that we are experiencing is trying to purchase new computers and furniture for the Student Center, Alvarez said.
We currently have three working computers (they are old and very slow) and are in desperate need of ten new computers; we also need additional printers/copiers. Also, many have seen the state of the furniture in our Student Center it is in desperate need of replacement!
All these items could be purchased with the Student Use Fee, also known as Fund 82. According to state law, the money collected by the Student Use Fee is to be administered by the ASLC and to be used at our discretion so long as the money is being used within the Student Center. We have been given plenty of red tape when it comes to getting funds from the Student Use Fee," Alvarez said.
" One of the administrators decided to halt ASLC activities because of some concerns with the expectations, responsibilities, and roles that the ASLC had to implement. Again, had we had an active student advisor, all these issues could have been prevented.
Alvarez suggests students become involved. We are always seeking motivated students to join the ASLC. We need greater talent to improve the lives of Laney Students. Laney students can do so much for themselves and other students by attending Board of Trustees meetings and seeking change at that venue. I have seen changes, albeit slow, at the Financial Aid Office. These changes are the result of many students demanding change, she said.
Alvarez has long-term goals for the ASLC. I want to spread the awareness of the ASLC. I want all students to know that we are here to assist them in any way we can. Our offices are located on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Student Center. I also want students to consider and prepare to run for student government for next year. It takes months of preparation and dedication to find motivated students to take on this endeavor. We are willing to provide all the assistance with this, she said.
Luis Nunez, ASLC publicity commissioner, highlighted ASLC accomplishments and has an optimistic view for the future. I say that running the ASLC without a student council advisor is an accomplishment. Also serving the students with such a shrunk budget is also an accomplishment. Luckily, I see better days ahead for the council, he said.
Former ASLC President Yvonne Thompson has several suggestions to improve the ASLC, beginning with relationships on campus. One goal is to work on strengthening relations between students, staff, faculty and administration on the campus of Laney College, she said.
They should propose a series of new or enhanced services and events to improve the quality of the Laney College student experience, she said. Training and roles [should be] clearly defined. Accountability processes put in place and council members being held accountable for fulfilling duties and actions.
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