Member Resources Newsletter - Sept 28th

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BSC Member Resources Newsletter

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BSC 85th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 12-4pm
Rochdale Village

 Buy $5 BSC Member Tickets 

You should come to our 85th because nobody knows how to party like the BSC, of course! But there are other reasons why your participation is important to us:

The 354 students living at Rochdale/Fenwick represent ¼ of our community. That’s a big part of the BSC! The Rochdale/Fenwick rent contributions, like all BSC members', help cover our overhead costs, making the BSC more affordable for everybody.

Rochdale/Fenwick is 80% EOP. In other words, the Rochdale Fenwick community is a shining example of why the BSC is important for low-income students.

The BSC needs to negotiate long-term lease renewals for Rochdale/Fenwick, as the UC Berkeley ground leases expire soon. UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Sutton and others will be guests at our 85th. Let’s show them how important Rochdale/Fenwick is for us and why a favorable lease agreement matters. 

City of Berkeley Mayor Abel Jesse Arreguín will be presenting a special proclamation, and we should be proud.

Let’s impress our potential donors (alumni) with our Co-op spirit! Once we renew the leases, much needed capital improvements at Rochdale/Fenwick and other properties will cost millions.

So please rally your fellow BSC members to show up at the 85th.  When we act as a united community, we can create positive change for the future of the BSC!

Cooperatively Yours,
Madeleine Loh, BSC Development Director

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Every year the BSC Experience and Training Committee offers a scholarship to a few members who are interested in attending the NASCO Institute in Ann Arbor, MI. This year the institute will be held Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4.  

If selected, the scholarship will cover the member's registration fee, flight and ground transportation to the Institute, housing, and food. Housing will be in shared space on a couch or floor of a local co-op.

Accessibility accommodations for flights, conference sessions, and housing will be arranged if you are selected. If you have questions before applying about any access needs or the availability of any accommodations, please email Molly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bonnie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are due by 5 PM on Monday, October 1. Apply now!

FAFSA and Dream Act Applications Open October 1

The applications for federal and state financial aid open on October 1. Remember to complete them by March 2, 2019! This is California's deadline to receive financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year.

This will ensure you get your financial aid in a timely manner and that the BSC can process your BSC scholarship application for 2019-2020.

Here are links to the FAFSA DREAM Act Application.
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Know an outstanding co-oper? Nominate them for Co-Oper of the Month! Nominations can be submitted at anytime in the term, and a winner will be announced each month! The winners will be awarded with appreciation from all, co-op fame, a spot on the award-winning member resources newsletter, and least importantly -- money ($100)! Nominate someone here.
Summer Internship Program

The American Association for People with Disabilities Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications! In addition to connecting undergraduate and graduate students with a summer internship, they also provide a living stipend, transportation costs to and from DC, and fully accessible housing.

Get more information here!
California Voter Registration
The Millennial Generation is currently the largest and most diverse voting generation! We have the power to impact our communities and nation in ways we best see fit through the power of voting, but you have to register first. The deadline to register to vote for this upcoming Midterm election is October 22! Here is the link to register online:
Not sure if you're registered? Check your status here:
Want to know what's on the ballot? The Alameda County Website will tell you all about it
The Midterm Election is November 6! Be sure to vote!
Solar Spring Break

Are you interested in renewable energy and environmental justice?
Do you want to get hands-on experience installing solar panels with other Berkeley students?
Do you want to work alongside a nonprofit organization to provide solar energy to marginalized communities?


If any of that sounds interesting to you, consider applying to Solar Spring Break!

And most importantly…..

Apply for Solar Spring Break here! Priority applications are due Monday, October 1, 2018, and general applications accepted until winter break or teams are filled.

Research Study
Researchers at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health invite you to take part in a research study on food and beverage opinions in a short 20 minute online survey.? As a “thank you” for completing the survey, you will receive a $5 Amazon E-gift card (if you pass eligibility). Please contact us with a valid undergraduate UC Berkeley email address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the survey directly here. Thank you!
UC Berkeley Work-Study Job

UC Berkeley students with a work-study award can apply for a Classroom Management Assistant position. The job posting is #7295334968. Apply and look for other open positions on the work-study website here!
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