by Audrey Jean Griffith
At the University of La Verne, students have a voice in most, if not all issues concerning fellow students. Students are asked to voice their concerns and join the Commuter Advisory Board (CAB).
This organization is essential for students, particularly commuter students, who want their voices to be heard. However, the board is in need of volunteers to help organize upcoming events, get the commuter students more involved on campus and promote awareness of commuter concerns.
Commuter students make up about 70 percent of the student body, however they are not as involved with organizations and activities as residential students are. CAB works directly to increase commuter participation in campus activities.
CAB members’ goals are to inform commuter students of the activities and organizations available to them on campus and to include them as an important part of the ULV community.
CAB aims to meet the concerns of commuter students and the problems and issues specifically directed toward them.
“The Commuter Advisory Board really needs volunteers to assess the needs of commuter students and to assist in the development of new ideas to help commuter students,” said Michael Houdyshell, coordinator of Campus Activities and Commuter Programs.
CAB is also involved with campus safety and ongoing parking issues. The board is figuring out where and how to get more parking.
Commuter students face parking issues every day. Students are forced to arrive at school 30 minutes early just to secure a parking place. Currently, city policies and limitations have made it difficult for ULV to develop more parking spaces on land.
CAB member Desireé Whipperman said, “Parking is a big issue with commuter students. If we don’t do something to increase awareness, the issue will never be solved.”
The board is currently working on a database that would list the names of all commuter students, allowing them to inform those students about upcoming campus events and commuter related news.
The Commuter Advisory Board is an easy way to get student’s voices heard, however, the organization needs volunteers. To volunteer or for more information, contact Houdyshell at ext. 4251.