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FF,,,B g  1965 Good matches made in Job Placement Center, p. 3 00ADVO ''C00ATE Vol. XXI, No. 18 Bellevue Community College Feb. 21, 1986 Reagan budget would gut College by Boyd Smith and Anne Passey Advocate staff Perhaps 900 of the College's own students could be affected by Pres. Reagan's new budget plan if it passes Congress. These 900 students who receive financial aid and about 5.5 million students nationwide may find it a lot harder to get assistance. "There will be some devastating effects to the College," said Kay Norris, secretary treasurer of the Bellevue Community College Associ- ation for Higher Education (BCCAHE). Pat Williams, president of the BCCAHE, said both the National and Washington Education Associations will be fighting the anti-education bills. The faculty will be working to prevent its passage, but Williams asked what will students be doing. College Pres Paul Thompson believes Reagan has gone overboard in protecting the defense budget at the expense of other programs. "I don't believe his budget will prevail in Congress, but I fully expect reduc- tions in education funding," said Thompson. Pell grants and student aid will begin to feel the effects of the cuts in 1987, Thompson said. "It is unfor- tunate that this country has subscribed to such a big defense budget." "There are things we must do to defend our country, but it seems ludicrous to continue a military buildup," said Thompson. The Gramm-Rudman amendment, a controversial piece of legislation signed into law last December, requires the federal government to balance the budget and to spend no more than it receives by 1991. This amendment puts a limit on how much the federal government can overspencL The level is scheduled to get lower every year. Reagan's recently announced budget cuts will effect education drastically. One million students will be cut from financial ai0. Students will begin paying inter- est on their guaranteed loans. Pell Grant funding will be cut $3.4 billion to $3 billion. 500,000 students each year will no longer be subsidized. It will be harder to get Pell grants by making it harder to qualify for the income-need tests. A dusting of snow covers the College's campus, with the Seattle skyline and the Olympic mountains on the horizon. Community colleges provide educational opportunities for a diverse student body. The role of community colleges in our state is examined on p. 4 and 5. Trustees spar over extra library funds of books number about half that of schools a similar size. Shoreline and Highline have approxi- mately 80,000 volumes and the College's library has about 30,000 to 40,000, said Terry Clark, director of the library media center. "I think the library is one of the better ones in the community college system. Yes, it has deficiencies, but that does not mean it is a bad library," said Clarl "In general the report is extremely positive over the entire campus. The specific report for the library media center is generally positive but with strong recommendations for increased support," Clark said. The library is not getting as much money as it should, but the whole College is not getting enough money, he said. "I think we're doing an outstanding job with the people we have." The library media center budget has declined since 1973-74 when it was by Anne Passey Advocate staff see Library_p. 3 A controversy over funding priorities continues to brew on the College's Board of Trustees. "There isn't a dime in the operating budget revision for the library," said Henry Seidel, College trustee. Seidel proposed an amendment to the budget at the Feb. 11 Board meeting which would allocate $10,000 to the library and $10,000 to an emergency contingency fund. Seidel'samendment got no support from the Board. "I was prepared to go ahead with the budget revisions, but then I saw the Advocate's headline for that week: 'Library forced to cut books and service.' "There seems to be antipathy on the part of the Board to vote anything for books. There is no endeavor to bring our library up to standard," he said. The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges' accreditation report on the College, dated March 1985, points out deficiencies in the library. The collection New rep. joins ASBCC by O Anderson Advocate staff A new delegate to the Associated Students of Bellevue Community College will represent the Business Division for the remainder of the academic year. Daniel W. Dunne received the appointment when the former Bus- iness rep. withdrew from the College winter quarter. "My priority is to give quality service." said Dunne, who views his role as a liason between the ASBCC and Business division organizations. Dunne represents Phi Theta Kappa, the College's Honor Society, and Delta Epsilon Chi, the College's distributive education organization. He said his immediate concern is to let Business Division administrators, and club members know that he is available to address their needs to the ASBCC. Dunne is a second year student at the College and is majoring in Marketing Management. He is taking photo by Brian Humphrey Daniel Dunne, ASBCC Business Division representative the distributive education class and works at Fountain Fashions in the College's bookstore. Dunne's long-range goal is to enter the field of International Marketing after he completes his education at the College.