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Q and A: New ASCC President Excited to Serve the Clark Community

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ASCC President Josiah Joner said he’s looking forward to connecting with Clark students, despite the challenges of remote operations. (Photo courtesy of Josiah Joner.)

A new school year means a change of leadership for Clark’s student government, the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC). The Indy sat down with new ASCC President Josiah Joner to get his thoughts on the year ahead of us. 

Joner is a running start student from Columbia River High School and this is his second year at Clark College. After graduating this coming spring, Joner plans on pursuing a BA in Political Science and then continuing on to law school. Joner said his dream job would be in politics.

Students interested in getting involved with ASCC can learn more here. 

Q: For students that don’t know, how would you describe your responsibilities at ASCC? 

Joner: Yeah, I mean, I’ll just speak on behalf of ASCC here, our duty is to be the representation of the student voice. So the ASCC is made up of a bunch of different positions and we all have our unique, you know, traits and attributes to serve the students. 

So we have a club coordinator working with our clubs, a student relations and promotions coordinator helping get the word out about student events, a finance director- obviously you deal with our finances, approving funding requests and club money.

Then we have our vice president who fills in for anything if needed and runs the committees. Currently, that’s Ellie Davidson, who’s vice president. So yeah, I mean, as ASCC president, I’m there to kind of help lead the team and help in any way I can. We’re here to serve the students really.

Q: How did you end up getting involved with ASCC?

Joner: Honestly for me, it was kind of last minute that I found out about it. I heard about it from a professor’s email, the penguin digest, and then I applied for the position. But I thought about it, really was interested in it and I ended up getting appointed as president. I’ve really been blessed to be able to serve and really enjoy serving. 

Q: What are you up to when you’re not in school? What do you like to do for fun?

Joner: Gosh, well, I love the outdoors: fishing, you know, uh, hiking, hunting, archery. I love all that stuff. I worked at an archery shop for the past few years, so I love archery. I enjoy playing a little bit of music on the side. I love keeping up with politics, but yeah, right now I’m pretty involved here with Clark and my schooling. 

Q: Oh, cool what instruments do you play? What do you like to listen to?

Joner: I play a little bit of the guitar. You know, honestly, I don’t listen to a lot of music. I’m a podcast guy, so if you find me the car I’m probably listening to the radio or a podcast. I’m a big fan of political podcasts. I’m not super picky. The NPR politics podcast is a good one. I try to go for all sides so I don’t care if it’s Anderson Cooper or Ben Shapiro, every now and then. 

Q: What are you looking forward to during the  2020-21 school year?

Joner: So I’m really excited about student engagement. With the ASCC, I just really want to focus on being engaged within the community and then also with the professors and the students here at Clark.

 Being online right now, with student engagement, the professors play the largest role in a student’s experiences. So I really want to be able to develop those relationships with professors and just feel like they have the opportunity to reach out to students and talk with them. And yeah, students should really feel welcomed here at Clark. 

I’m excited to see honestly where this year will kind of go. I mean, obviously, we’re in a crazy time right now but I think that good things will end up coming out of this.

Q: Do you have any concerns? What are you worried about?

Joner: I would say the budget shortfall would be one of them. There’s a lot of teachers and faculty and staff and students that are really concerned here at Clark. I think it’s definitely going to be hard, but, I think that we, we can, we will get through it. 

We have a new president here, Dr. Edwards, and I know she’s going to do a great job. So yeah, one of the concerns definitely is the budget shortfall. Because you know, at the end of the day we will likely have budget cuts and we might have employee layoffs and so yeah, it will be hard.

Um, and then also just making sure that students do feel engaged. So as I said, one of the things I was excited about is students staying engaged within the college, but I know it also can be really difficult for some students being online. And that, you know, lost feeling of connection, um, for these quarters. And even when we’re back, I noticed in myself it can be difficult to connect at a community college, cause it’s more just a school you’ll go to rather than where you really spend your time.

Q: What do you want Clark students to know about you?

Joner: I definitely love this area, Southwest Washington. We just live in such a beautiful place. I just really enjoy the community here and being able to be involved. So yeah, I think students should know that I love the outdoors here and the people here.

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