LCC Zone 2: McCown.Byline: The Register-Guard
Anthony "Tony" McCown entered the race for Position 2 on the Lane Community College Board with an advantage: He was student body president at LCC (Leadless Chip Carrier, Leaded Chip Carrier) See leadless chip carrier, CLCC and PLCC.
1. LCC - Language for Conversational Computing. Written at CMU in the 1960's. in 2004-05. Even McCown's opponent, Stefan Ostrach, acknowledges the benefits of having someone on the board not far removed from student life. Young candidates, however, are often eclipsed by other contenders who bring stronger records of public service to their races.
At age 24, however, McCown has already compiled an impressive resume. He's a member of the Lane County Budget Committee. He's on the Eugene Planning Commission Noun 1. planning commission - a commission delegated to propose plans for future activities and developments
commission, committee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle . He serves on the Lane County Human Rights Commission. He's vice-president of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), established by the Oregon Legislature in 1959, is primarily charged with administering student financial aid programs, and through its Office of Degree Authorization, authorizing and regulating the granting of degrees by institutions , a statewide body that administers financial aid programs.
McCown is also working toward a degree in planning, public policy and management at the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. , has a job with a local engineering company and is the father of a young child, with another on the way. He clearly has uncommon energy and dedication - indeed, a primary concern is whether he'd have time to join the LCC board. But McCown will soon be stepping down from the student assistance commission, and his detailed knowledge of LCC's operations relieves worries that he might be spreading himself too thin.
Ostrach, 60, would ordinarily be considered the obvious choice in Zone 2, which covers north Eugene, Junction City Junction City, city (1990 pop. 20,604), seat of Geary co., NE Kans., at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers; inc. 1859. The rail, trade, and processing center of an agricultural and dairy area, it grew as the supply point for nearby Fort Riley, and a sliver sliver
in wool processing a continuous band of carded and combed wool which has not yet been twisted into yarn. of southern Linn County Linn County is the name of four counties in the United States:
An association of workers united as a single, representative entity for the purpose of improving the workers' economic status and working conditions through collective bargaining with employers. Also known as "unions". in Lane County, having worked as the union representative for Teamsters Teamsters
large, powerful union of U. S. truckers. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2703]
See : Labor Local 206 for 25 years. His earlier professional background is in the field of work force development - a good fit for service on the LCC board. What's more, Ostrach has solidly prepared himself for board service by winning an appointment to the college's Budget Committee a year ago.
Ostrach would undoubtedly be an effective board member - but he would also bring to the board assets that it already has in abundance, including age and a connection to labor. The board would benefit from gaining the informed perspective of a consumer of LCC's services, someone who has been on the receiving end of tuition increases and has been affected by cutbacks in programs and staff.
McCown can provide that perspective. McCown can identify few substantive areas of disagreement with Ostrach, and both are strong supporters of LCC and community colleges in general. But McCown's connection to the school is deeper. "Lane is where I found myself in terms of my direction in life," he says. He's familiar with LCC's academic and administrative culture - as student body president he was an ex-officio member An ex-officio member was a member of a colonial legislative council or an executive council. They were civil servants who served in a colonial government, appointed to sit in a council or both councils alongside with unofficial members. of the LCC board, and helped draft and implement the college's system of shared governance that empowers students, faculty and staff at the college.
Neither Ostrach nor McCown can offer a single solution to a budget crisis that ranks as the worst in LCC's history. That indicates that both understand the complexity and severity of the problem. McCown puts more emphasis than Ostrach on the idea that tuition increases have reached their limit, and on the notion that added courses in high-demand programs could more than pay for themselves.
McCown's ability to articulate students' interests in the budgetary decisions to come, coupled with his impressive record of civic involvement, make him a superior choice. Voters in Zone 2 should elect Tony McCown.