Tent City 3 resident visits ASSP Senate on Monday

A new representative of the Seattle Pacific community attended the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific Senate meeting on Monday: Tent City 3 resident Lantz Rowland.

Rowland, a self-professed computer nerd, has lived in Tent City 3 for the last seven years.

He skipped the community’s weekly Monday night meeting to attend Senate.

SPU has shown great support to Tent City 3, he said.

“The students really saved our butts on move-in day,” Rowland said.

Rowland urged students to attend next Wednesday’s forum in Weter Memorial Lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. called “What Homeless People Want.” At this forum, residents of the camp will share their opinions of and proposed solutions to Seattle homelessness.

Tent City 3, he said, has had its fair share of trouble with politicians.

The Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County, Rowland said, is impractical. At the forum, residents will give their opinions on the plan drafted by the King County Committee to End Homelessness, which focuses on increased permanent housing and education, rent and employment assistance for homeless individuals.

“It takes living wages and low income housing [to end homelessness],” he said.

Rowland also spoke of Tent City 3’s relationship with other Seattle universities. The University of Washington has tried twice to host Tent City 3 and failed both times, he said.

He said that the residents of Tent City 3 would love to come to SPU again.

The community’s intentions, he said, are not to become a set-site camp, but to continue to rotate locations every three to six months.

The residents hope to prove wrong those in neighborhoods who are against their presence and to lessen any possible burden on their hosts.

Ultimately, the goal is that nobody in Seattle be homeless, he said.

Rowland invited all students to visit Tent City 3.

“Think of it like you’re visiting someone in a dorm,” Rowland said. “You’re not intruding.”

At its meeting, Senate also passed the purchase of a new iMac computer for Cascade yearbook. Cascade currently has one Macintosh computer and one Windows computer; they run on different software.

The incompatibility of these systems makes it difficult for staff to utilize both computers, said senior Candice Nagel, editor-in-chief of Cascade.

For a 21.5-inch iMac computer, including tax, an educational discount of $100 and free shipping, the total cost will amount to $1,662.21.

Originally, the proposed action was to allocate funds for this computer from the ASSP General Fund. However, after discussing the higher balance of the ASSP Contingency Fund, senators decided to change the allocation to come from the Contingency Fund.

The revised proposal passed unanimously.

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Title: Tent City 3 resident visits ASSP Senate on Monday | Author: Christine Cook | Section: News | Published Date: 2012-02-29 | Internal ID: 8080