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April 23, 2013 The Watchdog )) NEWS 4 Stadents take action about cafeteria food Emy Nikulina Staff Reporter People make choices daily about the type of food they consume. Allergies and food sensitivities are gaining more awareness, and understanding exactly what people are consuming has become a pressing issue. Communications Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, Alex Clark is on a mission to make this decision a more informed one for people. As of April, Clark is on a mission to see a food label on every product and meal the cafeteria sells. "One thing we all deserve as consumers is to be clear on what it is we are buying. I feel having information about our food open and transparent helps people think critically about what it is they are eating, where it comes from and the impact it has on our world," said Clark. The food-labeling mission began with Clark creating an internship position aimed at creating a food committee, now recognized as the Sustainable Food Advisory Action Group. The food committee addresses the food service issues that students find important by meeting with staff, Americans Are DISEASE: 1 administrators, faculty, students and Food Services. "We know much of our food is organic, with lots of it local; we are just working to find out for sure so we can start to label it," said Clark. If successful, products in the cafeteria will carry labels informing students that the food they are purchasing is organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-flee. SFAAG looks at whether the food is organic among other things. This takes time because the food provided comes from major distributors. "Once implemented, this will be a huge step toward holistie sustainability at BC, and in an area that many people can relate to: food," said ASG Environmental and Social Responsibility Representative Mackenzie Williamson. Food services has been supportive and open to the creation of SFAAG. They have embraced the help of having a committee to collaborate on these student issues. So far, SFAAG has several very actively faculty and staff members contributing from Food Services, as well as some outspoken students. "The process is difficult, Carly Worden/The Watchdog though. This kind of project took the University of Washington seven years to accomplish, but I feel we are well on our way towards success is this area. We have a very passionate group of people working on this issue of labeling," said Clark. Students interested in sitting in on the committee should stop by the Sustainable Food Advisory Action Group&apos;s table during Earth Week. "With student opinion, we can better address what is important to everyone," said Clark. < ASG From page 1 is that I am very passionate about making a difference." Both candidates were asked to indicate the most pressing issue facing students, and both were in agreement that culture on campus and college expenses were facets they would like to focus on. Terry said, "I believe that the purpose of student government is to represent the students and make sure your voice is heard. There are a lot of student programs that we want you to be involved in." When addressing the purpose of student government, Jones clarified that "We are the 'middle man' between you and administration. We work with legislators to make sure that your voice is heard." Terry further elaborated on this point by saying, "We want to make sure that you have a voice that's heard. That what you want, you get and what you need, you have." Kevin Tu, Chief Justice of ASG, gave his perspective about the importance of the debate: "The debate speeches are important for the people in Student Programs mainly because most of the students here on campus don't really care about what is going on in student life and are not really involved. We are such a small campus in comparison to other universities, we don't have that big name out there, but we do have a large enough student body to cover it." Tu explained that the debate was designed for students who aren't sure who is running for what position and to give them a chance to hear why they should be elected. "I believe that the debate speech, with the questions that were delivered from The Watchdog, were effective and very important because it gives us an idea of what sort of challenges ASG will have on their hands next year." LGBTQ leadership conference Wendy Do Staff Reporter Boise State University is hosting a National Association of Student Personnel Administrators of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer leadership conference this year- called the "Power of One" conference. It aims to congregate students to learn from and teach other students about the wide spectrum of identities while promoting social justice. Bellevue College had their proposal to attend approved and April 26-28, five BC representatives will be there to practice becoming inclusive leaders. Transportation, hotel housing, and food for the weekend will be provided through a proposed budget of $2500 that is subject to fluctuations. Ali Collucci, director of the LGBTQ Resource Center, was an applicant for the trip. "This may be the first or second year Bellevue College has attended this conference," she said. "For this year, we're just going to attend the conference to learn what it has to offer. Next year, when we start planning for Power of One again, I will put a proposal for BC to host a workshop." A selection committee, member of the Center and a couple staff members got together and the application process was very specific in what the conference will be about. The applicants were chosen based on their willingness to help and bring something back to the community, and represent the BC LGBTQ Resource Center. It was also based on their GPA as well so that "the group of applicants can represent Bellevue College academically andpersonally. " It is a student leadership conference "designed to encourage and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning college students, their allies and the faculty and staff who support them." At the annual conference, there will be programs, initiatives, workshops and speakers there to focus on these key topics. Sam Crenshaw, a member of LGBTQ and participant chosen out of the 60 plus applicants, explained his excitement regarding the conference. 'Tm looking forward to going and learning about the workshops. The only preparation I have for the conference is whether or not I get my own room."