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Campus warming center gains support - The Torch
Campus warming center gains support

Campus warming center gains support


Nicole Rund

Senators approved a resolution supporting the Michael Briggs Warming Center proposed for the Lane Community College campus. Modeled after the Egan Warming Centers in Eugene and Springfield, it would open when the temperatures fall below 30 degrees.

The center would only be open to LCC students who are houseless. The resolution passed 8-0-0 and will now go to the Lane administration for approval. The planned facility is named in memory of Michael Briggs, a houseless Lane student who passed away in early November.

The idea for the center was first proposed by Public Safety to address the growing population of Lane students who are houseless and struggling with temperatures sometimes falling below freezing.

Student government also heard a proposal from Marshall Collins, Lane student and graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon. His proposal declared support for the GTFF strike that started Tuesday, Dec. 2 at UO.

“Progress comes from solidarity,” Collins said. He reiterated points from his resolution stating the GTFs are striking because they deserve a living wage. GTFs are also requesting paid sick leave, paid child leave and a five percent pay increase.

Senators took 10 minutes to discuss how this pertains to LCC. “As many students at LCC go on to UO, our futures depend on GTFs too,” Treasurer Ashley Jackson said. Because this was the first reading of the resolution, senators were unable to vote on it. However, they registered their verbal support for the strike and scheduled an emergency meeting on Mon. Dec. 8 to address the time-sensitive situation.

Other items voted on at the meeting included:

• Robert McGowen, a film arts student, was ratified as the eighth senator for ASLCC.

• A funds request for $500 was approved for the Winter Welcome Week celebration’s chili and cornbread lunch, with vegan, vegetarian and meat options to be cooked and provided by Culinary Arts students.

• A funds request for $500 was approved for Council of Clubs for Winter Welcome Week.

• A funds request for $500 was approved for the Oregon Students of Color conference.

• The Gender and Sexuality Alliance requested funding for two students to attend the Creating Change Conference in Denver, CO.