Pizza, presidents and questions

By Tabitha Carranza

Protecting undocumented students, bus service and food options topped questions put to the campus presidents at last week’s quarterly session on the University Quad.

Students and faculty gathered to eat pizza and listen to concerns addressed at Pizza with the Presidents.

University President Soraya M. Coley and Associated Students, Inc. President Uriah Sanders took questions.

The presidents along with representatives from different offices and programs met with students enjoying free pizza and beverages.

The Q&A began with a question concerning better marketing for IT services.

A student suggested publicizing the availibility of the free version of Microsoft Word.

Coley recognized this issue and said the university is promoting services.

“We need to take a look at how do we get that information out,” she said. “But we also understand that the standard ways of communicating are not sufficient.”

She acknowledged that sending emails out to the students and posting signs around campus about these IT services is not doing the job, but the combination of them along with word of mouth helps.

John McGuthry, vice president and CIO, agreed with her sentiments and stated that a possible solution would be to reduce the amount of emails sent out to students.

A common concern of having healthier food options on campus was also brought forth to the presidents.

The survey for the master dining plan found the most common concern amongst participants was having healthier food options on campus. There are a number of initiatives to help students eat healthy on campus, one of them being the “How to Eat Well” page on the CPP website.

Coley expressed the need for options of healthy foods on campus.

“I certainly appreciate the fact that the foundation and the dining establishments are constantly trying to make sure that they hear from students and from other users to provide options, not just one thing only, but options,” she said.

Needs for expansion were not only brought to light for healthy food options, but for the Veteran’s Resource Center as well.

Coley said the university has received grants for the center from companies. Requests for funding are also considered during budget allocation by the cabinet.

As a resource that she expressed as near and dear to her heart, Coley acknowledged the importance of expanding the Veteran’s Resource Center and the support for the veteran population on campus.

A question about bus transportation to and from campus was asked. Sanders stated that he understood the struggles of taking the bus to school all too well.

He stated that there have been efforts to establish a partnership with Foothill Transit to ease students’ travel worries. A transportation advisory committee has also been established to keep a dialogue about student transportation open year round.

Against the recent political climate, there are concerns about how the campus will protect undocumented students. The presidents addressed this issue as well.

Sanders said that a DREAM center will open on campus May 25. He also stated that ASI will be going to Washington D.C. to advocate the importance of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and to see how to establish more support on campus.

Coley stated she, along with the provost, met with representatives of the DREAM population and the director of the DREAM center for the last six weeks to hear their worries.

“I need to let DREAMers as well as all individuals know that they belong here at Cal Poly Pomona,” Coley said. “Wherever you go, you need to know that there is someone there who can be supportive, who is seeing the opportunities for you to achieve the educational goals that you have set for yourself.”

University President Soraya M. Coley and ASI President Uriah Sanders at last year

File Photo / The Poly Post

University President Soraya M. Coley and ASI President Uriah Sanders at last year’s event

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