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ASU considers involvement with other community colleges

The ASU hopes that competitions will attract more student involvement and interaction.

By Gene Wickham, Staff Writer

The ASU reviewed two presentations during their Oct. 27 meeting which would increase their political and social influence with other LACCD colleges, as well as other community colleges in California.

Oscar Juvera, the commissioner of health and safety, resigned after a couple of weeks in his post. Juvera served after being appointed by the ASU earlier this semester.

In the finance report, more money was moved to alternate accounts because of the continuing pandemic. A total of $8,900 approved last year for food to individual campus organizations was moved to “contracts” because of no in-person meeting protocols. The groups included: Executive Council, Student Life, Executive Council Training, ICC Training, Shared Governance Training, Welcome Week, Stress Relief, Awareness Workshops and the Mental Health Event.

Two presentations were made to the board to increase the political clout and communication between other community colleges.

Eddie Cruz, from City College’s student board, reached out to Valley College to promote a server he is developing which would allow ASU officers and students within LACCD to talk with each other. The website would increase information transmission between schools, provide chats, private channels and other features strengthening communication between the colleges.

On a broader level, Kelly Li of Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) encouraged Valley to join the California Student Senate in order to fully involve themselves with other community colleges in the state.

As part of her diverse membership duties, Treasurer Erika Fletcher attended the school’s curriculum meeting which was tasked to confirm approval of roughly 100 online classes for the spring semester.

“For all of our classes to be put online, it has to be approved,” Fletcher explained. “The students have to acquire the things [they need] to pass the class.”

Fletcher also reported departments are required to submit a written statement as to how each online class plans to create a structure which will help students succeed. The wording is very important, so 40 percent of the plans were sent back for rewording.

To promote Valley’s campus club community, the advisors introduced a competition to design a “Unity Logo” which would be applied to T-shirts created for all the campus clubs.

“This competition, opening it up to LAVC students, they could submit their artwork which would be the logo or the theme of that T-shirt,” said Monica Flores, the ASU advisor, “which could then be given to club members.”

Because of the work required, the deadline was extended into spring with one winner and a prize of several hundred dollars from the Student Bookstore. ASU competitions are only open to paid memberships. The motion for the competition was approved and more information will be posted on the ASU’s webpage.


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