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ASF Forum finds meetings void of observers

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by Tim Tevault
Staff Writer

Associated Students Federation (ASF) Forum meetings are supposed to be populated with actual students of the University of La Verne in attendance.

However, for a variety of reasons, students do not seem to make it to the meetings. According to President Mario Guerrero, there have been no students attending any of ASF’s meetings (held every Wednesday morning from 9-11 a.m.).

“I’m not in a position to do anything,” said freshman Esther Outten. “I don’t feel comfortable going there.”

Guerrero and ASF Commissioner Margaret Tipton, junior, feel differently.

“No one should be hesitant to come to ASF meetings because they are a part of ASF,” said Tipton.

Senior Michael Anklin said he believes ASF does not have a lot of say in things that happen on campus. “In terms of changing things on campus, I don’t really think there’s a lot they [ASF] can do,” he said. “I don’t think the students have a lot of power on this campus.”

Anklin said that the power on campus belongs to the administration, citing the quality of food at Davenport as an example. He said that despite students’ complaints, they were never asked if they wanted to extend the school’s contract with Aramark, the company contracted to provide food service for the campus.

He said this proves that students do not have the power over the campus and if administration actually listened to students, Aramark would have been gone.

However, Guerrero said that students are not giving ASF meetings a chance. He said that students do not have the right to complain about what occurs on campus as a result of ASF meetings if they do not attend them.

The other big reason cited for not attending ASF meetings that students gave had to do with the time of the meetings. Seeing as though many students do not have classes on Wednesday mornings, Tuesday nights become down-time for students, with some of them attending parties. Because students stay out late, they do not have the motivation to wake up and attend the ASF meetings at 9 a.m. Some students admitted to not knowing when the meetings were.

Tipton said she believes that the time and place of ASF meetings should be general knowledge of the student body.

“If a student wants to be involved, they should make it a point to find out how,” she said.

The meetings are open forum, which allow panel members and students to speak their minds on issues concerning them on campus.

“It’s an open forum where people can put in their opinions,” said Guerrero.

Forum members meet at 8:30 a.m., in two separate groups; activities and advocacy. The former plan “fun” activities, such as dances and social events, while the latter deal with activities that stand for certain issues, such as guest speakers.

Then at 9 a.m., the Forum is open to students, and the two groups come together to share new ideas. Students and panel members then discuss what they think of the issues and ideas.

Applications are available April 16 and due April 20 for those interested in ASF positions for next year. Elections will be held April 23 -24.

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