by Viki Papadakis and Chelsea Low
Looking for a way to express your opinions? Do you have questions or concerns related to school? Want to make your voice heard at Folsom Lake College? Consider attending one of our Open Forums.
The first Open Forum was Wednesday 30 January at 12 pm in the Peregrine Room. Run by Student Senate and CAEB (Club and Events Board), its purpose is to get ideas from students of what they’d like to see at Folsom Lake College. It’s also simply an open Q&A session between the students and those who are behind the scenes at school.
Additionally, the Open Forum covers upcoming school events and clubs. These include the Lobby Day with Student Senate (next week), Club Fair (13 February), Capital March in March, STD Awareness Month (April), the Valentine’s Day Fundraiser, Drunk Driving Awareness, St. Patrick’s Day, and the End of Semester Event (a softball game on the field in May).
Topics that will be covered at future forums are financial aid, tuition, the smoking policy on campus, budget cuts, textbook prices, class decreases, furloughs, and anything else that is a question or concern for students.
Because Open Forums are intended to appeal to all student and faculty members with any school-related concern (which is most of us, we’d assume), the meetings themselves are actually quite casual and not at all intimidating. Upon entering the room, attendees were greeted by Student Senate’s very cordial communication’s officer, who politely offered each person popcorn and water. After brief introductions, students and faculty were able to bring up any issues or questions they so desired.
When prompted to describe the benefits of participating in school affairs, all members of student government unanimously described how positive an experience their involvement has been for them. The vast differences in what involvement with school-related sanctions can do for people is evident: for some it offers companionship, while for others, simply completing their duties cause them great amounts of pleasure and self-worth. The possibilities are endless with what can happen when one gets involved, which is why we encourage all of you to attend the next Open Forum and represent yourself and your needs as a student of the Folsom Lake College campus.
If you’re interested in attending, don’t miss the next Open Forums, 20 February, 1 April, and 3 May.
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