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Student voices are not being heard

Editorial Cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

Editorial Cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

New students, new buildings, new programs, new rules; with all these new things going on, administration is apparently too busy to get the students’ opinions first before implementing new policies.

Perhaps it all happened when they chose to accept more students than they could accommodate.

It appears University administrators have acknowledge there are problems; they are trying to create needed solutions to ease the classroom, housing and parking crunches.

However, they have forgotten the one thing they seem to always forget about in their problem solving plans: the students.

For years this University has claimed that students are the first priority. So why do administrators feel it’s acceptable to require students who live on campus, to move out of the campus parking lots without their consent or even their input.

It is understood that administrators have the power to do what they feel is necessary, but they continuously make decisions that will directly affect the students, and they don’t bother telling us until after those decisions have been made.

Even the president of ASULV did not find out about the parking decision until after it was finalized.

With tuition increasing, we would hope the University might consider its primary source of income when making these types of decisions. It seems that La Verne administration places a higher priority on accommodating new enrollment than maintaining a good relationship with continuing students.

Students found out about the Vista parking restrictions and the tuition increase after the decisions had been made.

Instead of explaining the process to the Associated Students of University of La Verne and allowing them to be the involved with finding a solution with the students, they made the decision on their own. ASULV found out with the rest of the students and had no input from their organization or from the students, who are also potential future donors to the University.

How can a decision be made without fully considering how upset the students would be?

Then when students are upset, President Lieberman hosts a pizza party and calls it “Pizza with the President,” where student can get to know her, but what they really want to do is get her to involve them earlier in decisions that affect students. However, it seems it was just planned to show that she is concerned about her students, but not concerned enough to change a plan that is already in action.

The question has to be asked: When will this end? If read carefully in the email it states more changes are to come. But what are these changes? And will we be hearing about them before they are decided upon? If things continue the way they have been, then the obvious answer is, “No.”

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