Langara VOLT – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Fri, 08 Feb 2019 20:21:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png Langara VOLT – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Langara weighs proposal for free tampons https://www.langaravoice.ca/langara-weighs-proposal-for-free-tampons/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 19:00:48 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=40398 Langara is open to changing its coin machines to free dispensers, as a menstrual equity movement gains momentum at schools and colleges across the country.]]>

Reported by Missy Johnson

Langara is open to changing its coin machines to free dispensers, as a menstrual equity movement gains momentum at schools and colleges across the country.

Dwayne Doornbosch, Langara’s director of facilities, said Langara would consider offering free tampons if there was a way to ensure people don’t take more than they need.

Regarding free tampons and pads, the issue we have is that the machines just get emptied by people when they are free. By making people pay, this helps to reduce the issue,” he said in an email. “We would consider changing if [there] was a solution that was proposed that would work.  At this point we haven’t found one.”

Centennial College in Toronto was among the first to install free dispensers in place of the regular coin machines in April. Colleges and universities in Halifax, Calgary and Montreal have joined the movement.

Access to menstrual products matters

In May, a survey was conducted by Plan International Canada, and found that one-third of women under the age of 25 in Canada have struggled to pay for menstrual products.

Experts say it’s important that women have access to these items and it “does make a difference in women’s ability to participate in their communities wholeheartedly,” said Nancy Pollak, coordinator of the women’s studies program at Langara college.

In the Lower Mainland, advocate Dr. Selina Tribe has been making her way across different school boards hoping they pass legislation to require free dispensing units be installed in bathrooms.

“This is a normal bodily function that I think needs a little more support in the school system,” she said.

There is one place on campus individuals can find sanitary products if they’re able to show financial need. VOLT in The Hub makes and hands out care packages.

“They express an enormous amount of gratitude for having those products available,” said Maggie Stewart, volunteer program coordinator.

Centennial College’s next steps include making the dispensers available in the men’s washrooms as well. When asked if Langara College should consider this, Pollak said it makes perfect sense as to not exclude trans and non-binary students.

Reporter Missy Johnson asks Langara students whether they think Langara should supply free tampons and pads in washrooms

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Maggie Stewart won 2017 IMPACT Award to recognize leadership https://www.langaravoice.ca/maggie-stewart-won-2017-impact-award-to-recognize-leadership/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:30:20 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=30963 Volunteers are leaders who impact their community and Maggie Stewart has been recognized for her outstanding efforts as the leader of Langara’s volunteers.]]>

Reported by Nick Valka

Volunteers are leaders who impact their community and Maggie Stewart has been recognized for her outstanding efforts as the leader of Langara’s volunteers.

Stewart, the VOLT student volunteer program coordinator, won the 2017 IMPACT Award that recognizes two individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and knowledge in the field of administration of volunteer resources in her fourth year in the position.

“It motivated me because it recognized what we’re doing here is very special,” said Stewart who graduated from Langara in 2015. “Hard work pays off, you put in so much effort into designing a program that is student-centric and it’s working.”

The VOLT program works to empower students by connecting them to various volunteer opportunities within the community and on campus. Students learn new skills by engaging in their community. Stewart has brought a new approach to the program, including volunteer recognition and a speed connecting program where volunteer groups are able to provide volunteering pitches to students in a more intimate and engaging way.

From participant to leader

Stewart came into the role after being a participant in the program while studying at Langara. During her time as a student she found a mentor in student engagement programs coordinator Reba Noel, who would eventually become the supervisor that nominated her for this award.

“She grew up in the program, she got to see it from the inside out,” Noel said. “I felt it was important for her, you want to encourage and lift up people when they’re young in their profession.”

Being able to provide multiple perspectives has endeared Stewart with the students working in the VOLT program.

“She is literally the definition of what a leader is,” said Dylan Craddock, a third-year business student and VOLT member. “She’s an awesome person, very welcoming and it’s well deserved.”

“There should be a hall of fame room at Langara with her face plastered on every corner,” said Khaled Sukkarie, an international business student and fellow Volt member. “This award is proof that she’s a pillar to her community and she deserves more than just this acknowledgement.”

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New program helps faculty prevent sexual violence on campus https://www.langaravoice.ca/new-program-helps-faculty-prevent-sexual-violence-on-campus/ Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:45:01 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=29652 Reported by Trevor Nault An ongoing workshop for Langara College teachers and faculty is in place to increase staff awareness of sexual misconduct on campus. The recently implemented Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy is producing measurable results, said Maggie Ross, manager of student conduct and judicial affairs. “What I’ve seen so far is that we […]]]>

Reported by Trevor Nault

An ongoing workshop for Langara College teachers and faculty is in place to increase staff awareness of sexual misconduct on campus.

The recently implemented Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy is producing measurable results, said Maggie Ross, manager of student conduct and judicial affairs.

“What I’ve seen so far is that we have had a slight increase in the number of issues that have been reported to us,” Ross said.

Increase in reported misconduct attributed to new project

Ross attributes this increase in part to the Langara Sexual Respect Ambassador program, a pilot project designed to train teachers and faculty to be more knowledgeable of sexual misconduct on campus.

Since August, approximately 35 Langara staff and faculty members have been meeting once a month to train as Sexual Respect Ambassadors, equipping them with skills and knowledge to turn them into critical resources for student survivors of sexual violence.

Ross said the goal wasn’t necessarily to help employees, but to help students come forward by making staff and faculty as approachable and informed as possible.

Teachers teaching teachers

Stephanie Koonar, a volunteer program participant and marketing management instructor at Langara, attends training workshops and reports back to her department. In doing so, she said she acts as a resource for her colleagues and shares her training, elevating everyone’s level of knowledge and ability to act as ambassadors themselves.

“Our role as Sexual Respect Ambassadors is kind of three things: listen, respect and refer,” said Koonar.

Ross says they’re working with VOLT, Langara’s student volunteer program, and the Langara Students’ Union to recruit students for a modified student version of the program. Jennifer Cheddie, a student conduct officer, is helping to make that happen.

“It’s important, especially now with how rape culture is so pervasive,” said Cheddie.  “It’s a great opportunity to spread the word and get people talking.”

Koonar is hopeful the program will continue for the foreseeable future.

“I applaud the college for taking this on,” said Koonar. “I’m proud that we’re doing it.”

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