Amazing videos by middle and high school students in Eugene, Oregon:
The Asian American Video Production course is a two and a half week program as part of the Pan Asian Rites of Passage Program at Lane Community College. Taught by Jason D. Mak from Eugene School District 4J and is also the Executive Director of the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, middle and high school students are taught how to find their voice and tell their stories through video. The class is taught as a college level video production course. Students learn how to pitch their film ideas, write scripts, direct, operate video, sound, and light equipment, edit using Final Cut Pro Studio, and do sound production using Garageband and Soundtrack Pro. Most importantly, they learn how to be community artists with a social justice heart.
Life@Lane is a “student moderated blog” at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I happened to stumble upon the site while checking out some summer classes at LCC. The blog is prominently advertised on the Lane Community College homepage.
I scrolled down through several posts and was intrigued by a post titled “Would The World Be Better With Women As Leaders?” The post basically says that women are emotional and therefore are not capable of being leaders. Jeffrey, the writer of the post and student at Lane, states in a response to a comment that “i don’t think my gender is superior i just don’t think women would be a good world leader.” Unbelievable. How can Lane Community College support this blog? How can Lane Community College stand behind this overtly sexist post/comment?
Here is the initial blurb about the blog via the LCC Marketing and Public Relations Office:
LIFE@LANE, A STUDENT MODERATED BLOG, launched from Lane’s homepage. Topics are generated by Lane’s Student Service Associates. Student blogs are common at four-year institutions. Lane is among the first community colleges to host a student blog. The purpose is to provide a communication tool primarily for current and prospective students and to increase “community” access.
How in the hell does this blog “increase ‘community’ access”? Student blogs are a common method of providing student insights into the student experience at a college/university. Student blogs are supposed to build community. They are not supposed to perpetuate stereotypes. It seems that Jeffrey, the student blogger at Lane, wanted to generate controversy and not build community. Marketing and Public Relations officials at Lane Community College should post an apology on the Life @ Lane blog, fire Jeffrey, and start moderating the commentary of the Life@Lane blog. I highly doubt that this is how they want life at Lane Community College to be represented.