President's Column
That's what she said...
From the desk of ASUCC President, Melissa Osborne

With the term winding down, I would like to take the opportunity to share with students some information in regards to ASUCC’s upcoming activities and fall term progress.

Our efforts on the student interest survey regarding the student activity fee have yielded excellent results. We have had the opportunity to survey over 500 students in various fields of study on how they would like to see the fee money allocated. The results of the survey will be available in winter term after the data has been computed. After this, we will be working on the proposal that will go to the Board of Directors in March.

In regards to the fee, ASUCC feels that it is necessary to clear up a few things that have been circulating around campus. First and foremost, there seems to be some confusion as to how the fee dollar is currently allocated. The breakdown is as follows: up to 1/4 to support the UCC contract with U-Trans, up to 1/4 to support the volleyball team, and the remainder toward the idea of softball and baseball as intercollegiate sports at UCC. The part of the fee dollar ASUCC is reevaluating is the funds that have been designated toward baseball and softball over the last three years. ASUCC feels that this portion of the fee could be better utilized at this time.

Second, it is not, nor was it ever, the intention of ASUCC to leave out any program, department, or area of our campus community when reevaluating the fee dollar. In fact, our intention is to make the fee dollar be beneficial to as many students as possible. This is why the choices on the survey covered a broad spectrum of areas.

Finally, the proposal submitted to the Board will directly reflect the data compiled through the survey. ASUCC takes the students’ opinions seriously and will express those opinions and needs as best as possible in the proposal.

On a completely different note, Project C.A.N.S. (the student run food pantry) will be up, running and available to students beginning Jan. 4, 2010. Look for flyers on how you can volunteer and donate for days and hours of operation so that you can access the program. More information on Project C.A.N.S. is available from ASUCC members.

Last but not least, finals are upon us! ASUCC hosted a study-in to help students study for finals. Tutors and faculty were available in nearly every subject. The event occurred Dec. 5, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the UCC library. ASUCC provided food, drinks, raffles and tutors. All you needed to bring was your books, questions and study game face.

Have a great winter break and see you next term!

The Mainstream is a student publication of Umpqua Community College.