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2020 Vision: Campus groups envision improvements for future

Ashleigh Simons

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Last December, President Lesley Hallick presented her plan for what changes she would like to see in the university by the year 2020 to the Board of Trustees.  Hallick’s five main goals were discovery, sustainability, diversity, excellence and global community.

However, the College of Arts and Science Student Senate, the Center for Gender Equity and the Tom McCall Center have their own plans for what they would like to see for their respective groups in the next ten years.

Martha Rampton, the advisor for the CGE, would like to see the university hire a full-time director to head the center since she is also a history professor in addition to her duties with the CGE.

In addition, Rampton said that she would like to have a house on campus in which students could go eat and “hang out”.  Rampton’s vision for this house includes computer stations, classes and seminars,  as well as an open invitation for the community to come to use the facilities offered.

Through having a house for the CGE, Rampton hopes to bolster community involvement by offering services to help those in need.  A counselor to assist these visitors is another wish of Rampton’s.

Another group on campus, the Tom McCall Center, also hopes to better their organization in the next 10 years.

Professor Jim Moore who heads the center said he hopes to see the center “up, running, going.”

In addition to being up and running, Moore hopes that the McCall center becomes an “integral part of the undergraduate experience.”

With new mandatory cornerstones and a civic engagement requirement for the class of 2014, Moore sees the center being a resource for students to satisfy the requirements.

Besides being part of a student’s academic experience, Moore would like to see the center have a physical space on campus.

According to Moore, in order for the center to succeed, it must be able to cut across all majors and offer something for everyone.  Moore said that one of the problems with the former Tom McCall Forum was that it attracted political science majors but not many outside of the discipline.

Casey Yamashita of CASSS would also like to see more collaboration between people of different disciplines.

One way that CASSS is working to foster this collaboration is through their “Culture Card” which will allow students to go to different events on campus for a lower price.  Yamashita, along with CASSS, hopes the discounted prices will help get students to go to cultural events on campus.  CASSS voted on the card on Dec. 7.

Another plan CASSS would like to implement in the coming years would be a “Spotlight Series” in which students could go to one class for one day outside of their major.  By allowing students to sit in on other classes, Yamashita hopes that students would gain a “better understanding” of the other disciplines.

Though the “Spotlight Series” is still in the preliminary stages, Yamashita said that CASSS would be speaking with Dean Hayes soon.

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2020 Vision: Campus groups envision improvements for future