Lane Community College was alive with the buzz of anniversary celebrations as students thronged to campus for fall term. On Wednesday, Oct 1. students were handed free, bright blue Lane 50th anniversary t-shirts as they took to the main walkway. Where They were greeted by the smells of barbecue.
Members of the Associated Students of Lane Community College worked tirelessly to make Welcome Week a huge success.
Five student clubs were prsent to raise awareness of the cultural clubs available in campus. The clubs represented were:
• Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán
• Native American Student Association
• Gender and Sexuality Alliance
• Black Student Union
• Asian Pacific Islanders Student Union
The clubs recently unionized to better meet the needs of students and to spread diversity at Lane. They are now collectively called SoJust. “We want people to know there’s a community here for them and they can come to the community,” Derek Muniz, a representative from the Native American Student Association, said.
The goal of the SoJust Barbecue—a mishmash of the words “Social Justice”– was to raise awareness of the clubs and bring people of all walks of life together. The students, who were lined up 20 and 30 deep for the free food, were asked for a suggested $3 donation.
Continuing on to the heart of campus, students passed a line of tables from the many different organizations at Lane. Representatives from The Tutoring Center were letting students know about the free tutoring available.
“The main event of Fall Welcome Week is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lane Community College,” newly elected ASLCC Senator Christian Mello said adding that it made lots of people happy. “Who doesn’t like free food?”
Lane’s Fencing Club had representatives brandishing swords in an effort to sign up new members. The “Vote OR Vote” student government campaign had volunteers urging students to register to vote in the upcoming state election on November 4.
Lane’s classified union, AFT Local #2417, staffed a table to let classified workers and students know about the union on campus and how they can achieve better working conditions through paying dues and completing a bargaining survey.
A dunk tank was set up in the shadow of the Center Building and featured members of the student government taunting people to dunk them to raise money for the Rainy Day Food Pantry.