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The flourishing green movement at COC

Posted: July 3, 2008 12:30 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Having been a College of the Canyons student for the past five years has provided me with enough insight to say that the youthful exuberance of COC’s recent green movement is a more positive experience than having no politics at all.

It doesn’t matter if some students enjoy beating people over the head with Al Gore propaganda or whether they think that global warming is just a myth — the political banter is what is important to an intellectual place like College of the Canyons.

Most people would not confuse Valencia’s sterile suburban atmosphere for the intellectual hustle and bustle of a college town. I mean, Santa Clarita is not exactly Berkeley, California and, for that matter, College of the Canyons is not exactly U.C. Berkeley.

Despite this glaring fact, the students, faculty and staff of College of the Canyons have made progress toward eliminating the commuter-school stigma that has plagued most other community colleges.

Willing students are now able to participate in a variety of political and cultural experiences that give students and community members a taste of what it is like to have a politically active college as an intellectual center of its city.

Despite it’s unlikely atmosphere, the seeds of a green political movement have been allowed to grow. Spearheading COC’s political atmosphere has been its own flourishing grass-roots environmental movement.

The many COC students and faculty members who make up the Sustainable Development Committee have educated students and members of the Santa Clarita Valley with guest speakers, discussion panels, and movie nights.

COC’s green movement has had a very strong presence within the COC campus, and hopefully it will continue its work within the community.

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