Civic responsibility

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Kinesiology and nursing sophomore Edric Filpo asks President Robert Zeigler why parking attendants are still needed in Lot 21 east of the tennis courts when the lot is now open to students Tuesday in Loftin. Zeigler said thefts were occurring in the lot so parking attendents are a safety precaution.  Photo by Alma Linda Manzanares

Kinesiology and nursing sophomore Edric Filpo asks a question during the president’s open forum Oct. 2 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Photo by Alma Linda Manzanares

The college hosted an open forum where President Robert Zeigler answered questions from students, faculty and staff Oct. 2 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to submit questions through the college’s Twitter and Facebook pages and ask questions during the event.

The event was also streamed online for those unable to participate.

In total, one student and two Student Government Association representatives asked Zeigler questions at the event.

Speaking up at these public events is good exercise in civic participation.

Though administrators may have a basic idea of students’ needs, they may not completely comprehend how something affects students educationally or financially.

This is a chance to tell them and ask how they plan to meet those needs.

Opportunities abound for practicing civic participation. Be informed of what’s happening in the district by attending the Alamo Colleges board of trustees meetings.

Sign up to participate in the citizens-to-be-heard portions of regular board meetings, which take place 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. in Room 201 of Killen Center. The next board meeting is Oct. 30.

It’s also important to be in the know of the happenings, either on or around the college.

The Student Government Association meets noon-1 p.m. Mondays in the craft room of Loftin.

Ultimately, students are affected by the decisions made by these public bodies.

It’s important to be informed and to inform those decision-makers of what’s important to you.


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