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Wed, Jul. 18th, 2007, 02:52 pm
djwudi: NSCC made the Seattle PI...

…pity it wasn’t for a better reason, though.

Seattle PI: Community colleges losing their student leaders

One student didn’t return to college. Two students quit to concentrate on academics. Two more had classes scheduled during meeting times.

In all, five of the eight members of the North Seattle Community College student government resigned from their positions earlier this year. That left only three students on board — not enough for a quorum, rendering the organization unable to do anything.

Now the college — a campus of more than 6,200 students — has no working student government for the first time in at least two decades, and possibly ever.

That has administrators and students trying to figure out this summer how to re-establish student leadership on campus.

“This may be just a steppingstone,” said Meley Gebremedhin, 20, one of the three students who remained on the executive board this year. “We know the extent to which it can fall, how bad it can be.”

The student government determines how to allot student fees, which generated about $730,000 this past year. The student leaders also plan events, recognize student clubs and sit in on the community colleges’ Board of Trustees meetings. Not only has involvement in campus government waned, but student participation in elections is low. At the North campus, only a few hundred students typically cast ballots for elected officers.

It’s not the content that surprises me — I already knew about the Student Government collapse — it’s that it made it into the PI.

For a Community College, we sure don’t have much sense of community, do we? The student government collapses (former VP Kikii Park gives an insider’s view of the collapse in the Polaris), what student activites there are are generally fairly poorly attended, the Polaris student paper may be going under, and while I’ve occasionally tried to pimp them out, none of the online communities I know of for NSCC (this LJ community, the MySpace community, or the Flickr group) ever seem to get much traffic at all.

On the off chance that anyone’s actually even paying attention to this community anymore…any ideas? Thoughts? Comments?

Or am I the only one out there that finds this to be a bit of a bummer?

Wed, Jul. 18th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)

Hi, I joined this community a few months ago. I think this is the first post I've seen since then. Also, I think you sat behind me in math winter quarter.

I do think it's a bit sad that there isn't more of a sense of community at north, but I do understand a big reason why; that a large portion of the student population are older students, and have other commitments that don't allow for a lot of time for student activities. There are so many things I hear about that I just wish I had the time for, like that end of the year bbq, and those movies phi theta kappa puts on. I always think, man, if only I'd gone here right after high school, and still lived with my parents, so I didn't have to leave right away for my dumb job so I can pay my rent.

I don't really have a point, I guess I just wanted to comment so you didn't feel like you were talking to yourself. :)

Wed, Jul. 18th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)

I still do read this community, but don't post often. When I first started I found myself getting frustrated with the lack of response to the stuff I posted, and then life got in the way and I stopped posting announcements. My intentions had been to try to post more about the community goings-on around school, but they didn't seem very well received, even AT school.

I'm in my last quarter at North, taking only an online class, and I will probably be withdrawing as a moderator of this community. Are you interested in having a more official role in that regard?

Fri, Jul. 20th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)

> Are you interested in having a more official role in that regard?

Wouldn't mind at all, actually -- would love to take up the reins! Thanks!

Fri, Jul. 20th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)

Done. :) I hope that you can promote it a little more successfully than I did.

Fri, Jul. 20th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)

Heh. Thanks! I'll do what I can...

Thu, Jul. 19th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)

It is dissappointing. However, I think a lot of students are like me -I was working 30+ hours a week, going to school, trying to pay tuition on my own, slightly older, trying to commute to and from a job in Bellevue on the bus and being in school 3 nights a week. I simply could not find time to get involved. I guess most of the students in my major were in similar positions so it was hard to get involved.