Los Angeles Valley College - Crown Yearbook (Valley Glen, CA)

 - Class of 1974

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Cesar Chavez, leader of the United Farm Workers, Valley's MECHA members, and farmworkers, rallied together at a picket line in San Fernando. eebs F bange By Marc Littman Illustrated byAparicio Gil The seeds of change planted in the throes of last lune's tumultuous A.S. government elections took root and bore fruit in the form of positive accomplishment last fall. Dominated by a viable contingent of minority students headed by lo Anne Orijel, the new council quickly asserted itself and appropriated S9O,220, the third largest allocation of student funds in Valley College history, for the construction of the Recreation Room. David Churchill, the catalyst behind the project despite his own physical limitations, later surfaced in the political arena before the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, and in a bitter harrangue convinced the board to repeal a ban on campus cigarette sales. Indeed, the semester was saturated with fervent rhetoric as Churchill's fellow council members shed their stilted insulation and reacted with partisan sentiments to the pressing issues outside the college including the Mideast War, Gov. Reagan's tax limitation initiative, the energy crisis, impeachment, the struggle of the United Farm Workers, and teacher collective bargaining rights. Frustrated in an earlier bid, Orijel and her fellow council cohorts from MECHA and the B.S.U. mounted a successful drive to secure Bobby Seale, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, as part of their November Campus Speaker Series. Bobby Seale, co-founder ol the Black Panthers, spoke before the largest student turnout ofthe year in Valley's Free Speech Area. 1 cr ,g New-J X " i Q T mvf T.,:f"-1.-Ive

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rr-r yu, ,, r' 1 I Mayor Tom Bradley suggested ideas for accomplishing conservation of energy at a press-conference in Van Nuys. Before a predominantly White crowd of over 700 students in the Free Speech area, the ebullient Black leader enjoined Whites to "stop being policy-makers" and further expressed hopes of getting all the minorities to work as a "coalition," Several weeks prior to Seale's visit, another issue dealing with minorities embroiled the council in further heightened contro- versy. The question of creating an office of jewish Ethnic Studies augmenting the established offices of Black and Chicano Studies threatened to render a split over just how much minority input the government could tolerate. I The ensuing argument was bantered back and forth with council members Ben Cheng and David Churchill contemplating flooding the ruling body with still two other minority com- missioners, those of Asian Studies and one representing the interests of handicapped students, if the measure passed. The threats never materialized, however, as the measure received a 15-T vote placing it on the general election ballot where it was overwhelmingly approved by the voters. But overshadowing this apparent preoccupation with minority issues, an evaluative look of the Fall '73 council's record is impressive. Besides their achievements already mentioned, they implemented a workable system of teacher evaluation, prompt- ed constitutional review, pushed an increase in paid ID sales from 54.1 percent to 60 percent, established a baby sitting exchange service, and generally made the workings of student government more open and accessible to the campus populace. Congressman James Carman contributed his efforts to the Impeach the President Campaign at a rally held in Valley's cafeteria. Governor Ronald Reagan appeared at Hollywood High School to support Proposition 1, which was, however, defeated. its chief failures lay in not achieving the flaunted goals of a child care center on campus and the opening of A.S. elections to non-paid ID holders, factors which may have accounted for Orijel's poor showing in the Spring '74 presidential race. The semester was capped with the official dedication of the New Women's Gymnasium, a prominent event in the college's 25th anniversary celebration. The event was marred somewhat, though, by the proximate firings of 129 long-term substitute teachers districtwide over the interpretation of the amended Dymally-Robbins Law. And, as Dr. Leslie Koltai, chancellor of the district, and other board members shuffled uncomfortably in the dismal rain at the Women's Gym dedication ceremonies, again, empty rhetoric could be heard resounding throughout the expansive structure. H .

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