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Students offer to pitch in at Lake Tahoe Community College

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

As Lake Tahoe Community College faces budget turmoil, LTCC students are rallying to keep events that promote student life on campus, and help out the college any way they can.

Some of the potential casualties of the proposed state budget cuts include the student’s Welcome Back Barbecue, Club Day and Multicultural Day, which were funded through stipends for advisors, said Luis Gomez, Lake Tahoe Community College Associated Student Council commissioner of activities. Because of the California state budget crisis, students will need to fill that gap if the college can’t.

“These are key activities for students during the year,” Gomez said.

About $21,000 for club advisors might be eliminated due to state budget cuts, LTCC President Paul Killpatrick said.

The events don’t cost much money, but a lot of staff time is used to advise the clubs and help coordinate events, LTCC spokeswoman Christina Proctor said.

Events are one area ASC and the other clubs can step up to help the college, Aguila said. The student council and other clubs are planning to host the three events in order to help out the college.

“We want to advocate for students and do anything to help out,” Aguila said.

Killpatrick thinks it’s great that students are taking the initiative to keep the events they think are important.

The Associated Student Council, along with other student clubs, such as Rotaract, Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of Tahoe, decided to put on a barbecue on Wednesday to celebrate the end of the school year.

“It gets students together so everyone knows there is a community here,” said Alexandra Aguila, Associated Student Council president.

Because the college has seasonal students who come for either the Tahoe summers or winters, it’s hard to create a sense of student life, Gomez said. To lose some of those student events would hurt that sense of community, he added.

Gomez will graduate from LTCC on June 26, and plans to attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall. His position as activities commissioner is still not filled for the 2009-10 school year.

“I’m hoping someone will keep (the events) up and keep working on it,” Gomez said.

The LTCC Board of Trustees reviewed the potential 2009-10 budget at a special meeting Wednesday. No action was taken on the report, but the trustees and college staff discussed possible cuts through a prioritized list.

Killpatrick said the list was composed of more than 200 suggestions that were submitted campus-wide, and LTCC staff spent about eight hours going through the submissions and talking with the College Council before bringing the document before the board.

“This was not an easy thing to do, and it’s still not an easy thing to do,” Killpatrick said.

The potential reduction amount for LTCC is a moving target that ranges from nearly $1.2 million in reductions from the governor’s proposal to $468,925 recommended by the California State Budget Conference Committee, LTCC Interim Vice President of Business Services Guy Lease said.

Some of the possible areas for cuts include closing the Child Development Center, reducing tutor hours, reducing physical education hours and eliminating certain assistant positions, according to the list presented at the meeting.

Depending on what happens with the state budget, the board will have to decided which programs to cut to keep the college’s budget balanced.

“Hopefully somewhere between now and then we’ll find out,” Lease said.

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