Senate ratifies new members and approves funds request for OSCCon
A funds request of $8000 was approved by the Associated Students of LCC last Thursday in order to send 45 Lane students to the 15th annual Oregon Students of Color Conference in Portland.
At the meeting held on Oct. 22, 2015 in the Center Building, Room 202, four senators — Maria Dresser, Malia Hatch, Priscila Rubio and Mariana Paredones — were ratified, bringing the senate back to 10 members. This fills vacancies that typically open up during summer due to elected senators transferring to other schools or changing their minds about participating, according to Communications Director Anastasia Vail.
The OSCCon is the only student-run event for students of color in the Pacific Northwest, and will be held this year at Portland State University from Nov. 13-15, 2015. The goal of the conference is to empower hundreds of students with skills in grassroots organizing and enables attendees to learn about issues affecting their communities, according to the Oregon Student Association website.
“Forty-five [students] is a smaller number to what we’ve been able to take in the past,” Senator Button Will said. “This is a very important conference and the more students we can get to be active and participate, the better for our entire community.”
OSA Campus Organizer Eli Emigh said that ASLCC sponsored 55 students last year, which was held at Lane.
The Oregon Students of Color Coalition — a board of the Oregon Student Association which consists of student representatives from colleges across the state — organizes and raises money for the event, with Senator Paredones, Vice President Jazzmen Vega and Multicultural Program Coordinator Shawn Goddard representing Lane.
The funds approved by the ASLCC Senate allows Lane students who pay the $56 student activity fee to attend OSCCon free-of-charge, which includes all registration fees, lodging, transportation and food. Most students who take credit classes on the main campus are charged the student activity fee.
Interested students may submit an application via OrgSync by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Paredones said that at least 30 applications have been submitted so far.
Treasurer David Nickles stated that $2,100 was already budgeted for the event, with the additional $4,400 to come out of the projected $29,000 ASLCC budget surplus. Revenues from the Snack Shack contribute the remaining $1,500.
An additional $249 funds request was submitted by Paredones for programming costs related to OSCCon. This is about 50 percent less than the $500 ASLCC gave last year. This money will go to the OSA, which pools donations from other member colleges to help pay speakers and other programming costs for the event.