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February 21, 1986

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Page 2 Bellevue Community College Opinion Ousting Marcos won't cure Philippine democracy All eyes are turned toward the Philippines; however, it is not Marcos's democracy being tested, but our own. The test is for Reagan and the U.S. foreign policy which has helped maintain one of the world's most repressive regimes. Suddenly we are supposed to be morally outraged by Marcos' blatant attempts to sabotage democracy. Suddenly we are supposed to be appalled by his corruption, the murders of opposition members, and the appalling conditions of the country. It is as if the American media have just discovered Philippine poverty, malnutrition and military repression in the last two or three weeks. At least 25 Philippine journalists critical of Marcos have been murdered over the past two years. Such atrocities have gone on for years under the watchful eye of the U.S. government. It is our government which has financed, equipped and trained the Marcos military. It is the U.S. which has supported Marcos despite twenty years of martial law. It is U.S. corporations which have benefitted from cheap Filipino labor. Some 70 percent of all Filipino children suffer from malnutrition, and in Manila 30-40 percent of the population lives in cardboard or tin shacks. The governmental upheaval is long overdue. But simply replacing Marcos with Aquino  not solve the problems. The elections have to be seen in the context of the larger struggle taking place. It is a struggle not just for a democratic election. It is a struggle to change an entire system which thrives on poverty and injustice. Just replacing the officials at the top will not undo what years of U.S. financed repression have helped to create. Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, There is an issue currently on campus I wish to bring to your attention and that is the proposed increase in our student and activities fees. Our dean of student programs and personnel services is going to propose to the District 8 Board of Trustees for BCC an increase of $5 on our student and activities fees. We currently pay each quarter as full time students $21.50. We will pay $26.50 if the proposal is passed. I am personally in favor of this proposal. I am in favor of any increase in funding to add to our student services, clubs, and organizations budget; but the issue is not for myself or our dean of student programs to decide. The decision is yours as the student body of Bellevue Community College. I will represent any views of the students to the Board of Trustees on March 11, 1986. This is the date Craig Merrill, the dean of student progra-ns, will make his proposal. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me in BIO0, 641-2295, or just show up at the Board of Trustees meeting on March 11, 1986, in the board room. All concerns you have are welcome and will be presented. Thank you for your time. Your ASBCC President, Eric McDougall The Advocate 3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, Wa. 98007 641-2434 Editor, Anne Pas.y News Editor, Mark Hoben Photography Editor, Brian Humphrey Copy Editor, Mark Hoben Asst. Copy Editor, D.L. Whitehead Olympia Correspondant, Kola Lawal Arts and Entertainment Editor, Chris Cooper Sports Editor, Hugh Gladner Circulation Managcr, Kola Lawal Reporters: C.J. Anderson, Krissy Buoy, John Heffron. Robin Kagan, John Kellison, John larson, Gwynn Petersen, Todd A. Schafer, Boyd Smith Typesetter, Lynn Mclntosh Process Photography. Susan Johnson Publisher, Craig Sanders The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Aociated Students of BellevueCommunity College, nor of the administration of Bellevue Community College. Feb. 21,1986 Olympia Watch by Kola Lawal Rep. wants WACCS leadership change Adve The College's representative to the Washington Association of Community College Students in Olympia said there is a need for a change of guard in the board because of leadership decadence. Kelan Koenig said the WACCS leadership is not effective in the discharge of their duties. Koenig also criticized the leadership of Dana Leveque, the board's vice president. He said Leveque abused the power of parlimentaryprocedures and that members are intimidated by him. Leveque knows the issues well, but he does not take time to communicate with member representatives, Koenig said. Leveque could not be reached for comment. The College's WACCS representative also commented on the regionalization of WACCS, which he masterminded. He said rhig move would facilitate communication within the association. Regionalization of the board will also enable non-paying member colleges to participate fully in their regions, even though they are disallowed membership on the state level, said Koenig. The board was divided into four regions; Northwest Washington, Seattle Metropol- itan, Southwest Washington and Eastern Washington. The College was classified under Seattle Metropollta]x According to Koenig, the Seattle Met- ropolitan regional director will be appointed at the next WACCS meeting, Feb. 22 at Grays Harbor Community College. Gall Gabler, a speaker for the committee in solidarity with the people of El Salvador (CISPES), will discuss issues concerning college students in El Salvador in an informal caucus to be held a day before the meeting. CORRECTION -- ASBCC Pres. Eric McDougall was misquoted in last week's Olympia Watch. McDougall said WACCS is not being effective in the state legislature. A Chapter in Black History "'That man over there say that a woman needs to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the bestplace ever)vhere. Nobody ever helped me into carriages, or over mud puddles, or gives me a best place . . . And ain't I a woman ? "Look at me. Look at my arm/I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns and no man could head met And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man when I could get it, and bear the lash as well And ain't I a woman ? '7 have borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with a mother's grief, none but Jesus heard meAnd ain't I a woman?'" - Sojourner Truth, 1851 Women's Rights Convention, Akron, OIMo by Anne Passey Advocate staff Sojourner Truth, an ex-slave, was the first black woman orator to speak out for woman's rights and against slavery. Her famous "And ain't I a Woman" speech was in response to disruptions at the 1851 Women's Rights Convention by hostile men. , These male supremacists claimed women should not have the right to vote because they were gentle creatures who suffered from female weakness. Sojourner Truth demonstrated otherwise. Sojourner Truth brought to the white woman's suffrage movement the demands for black freedom, She called up: the women's movement to fight h)r the rights of white women and the rights of black women as well. This was her unique historical contribution to both black and women's history. t!lllllllqL Ill Ilil I I ii i ' , !! ,i! :!. 00,00Jili , ,, Sojourner 'Truth