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November 24, 2009 The Jibsheet >\> NEWS 3 Clothes Drive: >\> from page 1 non-profit organizations or private communities. A significant number of colleges all over the country are also doing their part by organizing charitable events through their schools. BC has been responsible for organizing a lot of different charity events, with the help of Student Programs and other sponsors. "I wanted the Black Student Union program to get their hands gritty, get in the trenches in terms of helping people in the community," said Barnes. One of the most important parts of organizing a charity event is involving as many people as possible in order to achieve the goal. The BSU recognized this and teamed up with two other clubs in order to enhance the success of the clothing drive. "We felt like it was important for the Black Student Union program to be inclusive with everybody in Student Programs, because there has been a lack of collaboration in the past years. "We felt as though the Black Student Union should be head of being inclusive and collaborating with other programs and Student Programs," Barnes said. The BSU, along with the Middle Eastern Club and the Single Parents Club, have done their parts by organizing this charitable event that will certainly create a positive impact on the people in our community. The drive has been going on since Nov. 1 and will continue until Nov. 24. To find out more about the clothes drive, theB SU desk in the student programs office. NEWS@THEIIBSHEET.COM OSLA callS on studenl00s for solutions in open forum Maida Suljevic NEWS EDITOR Erik Brazil and |oav Gomez of the OSLA speak to students during the forum. at The Office of Student Legislative Affairs (OSLA) came out in full force last Wednesday in an effort to reach out to the Bellevue College community. The OSLA held two separate open forums where students were encouraged to discuss the issues the organization hopes to tackle in Olympia during this school year; open textbooks, student trustees, worker retraining, student tuition and financial aid. The OSLA decided to address these five preceding issues after surveying the student body and finding that an overwhelming majority of students care about these matters. With pizza, brownies, cookies and the fresh faces of the new OSLA "staff tempting them, students began filing into room C 130. After a short presentation from the OSLA Covering why its role in Olympia is important and why the issues being presented need support from the students, the committee asked the students to break into groups and discuss the five issues at hand. "We need your input and your voice to take action because without your voice we cannot do anything about these issues," said Jessica Darmawan, Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs. Two specific issues many students were interested in and fired up about were open textbooks and student trustees. "Each year, a student spends an estimated 800 to 1000 dollars on textbooks," said Darmawan. If students wanted the OSLA to fight for open textbooks in the state capitol, they could potentially find their textbooks and related materials online; free for use and reuse. Students such as Sergey Skripek and Ian Lumba, expressed potential benefits of open textbooks. "I think textbooks are too expensive. Money is a big issue here [at BC], so it's hard to pay for stuff," said Skripek. Lumba continued with the opinion that open textbooks would "make a lot more people interested in college because it would be cheaper." However, some students at the forum had concerns regarding open textbooks. "[The OSLA] needs funding before this is even an option," said BC student, Adam Sidialicherif. The issue of a student on the board of trustees also stirred discussion during the forum. According to BC's website, "The Bellevue College Board of Trustees is composed of five members, appointed by the governor. Each member serves a five-year term and must reside within the college's district boundaries. The Board's duties include setting the college's strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets." The OSLA "supports student representation on policy making boards," said Darmawan. Many students were interested in the issue and what it would take to have a studeht sit on the board. "A student trustee is a great idea," said Taylor Cordell Smithson, who also felt that two students should sit on the board rather than just one: While many of the students who came to the forum were interested in discussing the matters at hand and potential solutions, there were also quite a few students who had questions about the issues and the OSLA. 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