Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley and Associated Students, Inc. President Jennifer Greenberg spoke to students, faculty and administration about winter classes, the future of the CLA building, parking and semester conversion at this year’s Pizza with the Presidents, which took place Oct. 2 at the Quad.
Students were asked to submit questions during the event in person, with written question cards or via Cal Poly Pomona’s social media accounts using the hashtag #askColey or #askASI.
The Q&A portion of the event was moderated by interim Bernardo Dargan, interim dean of students.
Alumna Micayla Anderson (‘18, communication) asked about intersession classes via Instagram.
Coley said there are plans to offer winter classes for the next academic year.
“The intent is to offer intersession classes, but not for this academic year,” she said. “When we are planning next year’s academic calendar, we will carefully plan it out to make it happen.”
A question from a pre-filled question card asked about the future of the CLA and Coley said there were no funds in place to tear down the CLA building.
“Plans were made prior to my arrival and we are looking at plans to shut down the CLA building,” Coley said. “We actually have a meeting scheduled in the next three or four weeks with a systemwide seismic review committee to help provide us with some guidances in terms of the cost.”
Coley added that students will be updated as the construction for the new student services building continues and what exactly will happen to the CLA building.
If the CLA building were to come down, Coley said the Aratani Japanese Garden would be encased in a semi-circle to help preserve it.
The next question was about adding parking on campus in the next few years to compensate for the recent increase in acceptance rates.
University Police Department Chief Dario Robinson said the department is referring back to the Master Plan and looking at possible solutions.
“We’ve added approximately 400 [parking] spaces to the overflow lot … what we have also done is added additional shuttles to bring students to and from the overflow parking lot,” Robinson said. “Parking is one of those things [that] is always going to be on the radar and we’ve been [doing] traffic control trying to get vehicles on and off campus safely.”
CPP’s controversial new logo came up near the end when a student mentioned the feeling of disenfranchisement the logo evoked.
Greenberg said she wanted to clarify that the funding for the logo did not come from student dollars at all, which many students believed.
“When organizations or donors give large amounts of funding to our campus, there is a gift tax that goes on that and any of the funding for the branding came just from the gift tax,” Greenberg said.
Coley added that there was a push to show the new logo at the fall conference, and acknowledged the timing was a misstep.
“We were not intentional and that was the misstep in terms of how to bring the larger community into the fold and understand the assumptions, the thinking behind this and why we were doing this,” Coley said.
The Department of Strategic Communications has been working and trying to answer questions about the logo.
Questions not answered at the event will be addressed in the coming weeks on the CPP website and on social media.
If students missed questions answered during the event, the recorded video can be found on CPP’s Facebook page.
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