History of LOKO
LOKO was established in 1986 as the successor to the Algemene Studentenraad (ASR). ASR has been coordinating a number of student councils and organizations since 1968. Each of these sections had its own history and topics. Over the years, they have been increasingly integrated, until a real merger took place in 2005. The integration of the various sections certainly did not go smoothly. Some points of discussion were:
- the power of the umbrella meeting over the councils
- the influence of the 'exempt'
- the extent to which Veto had to announce the opinion of the Algemene Studentenraad/LOKO
In 1983 there was a tear-off from the Algemene StudentenRaad. A number of kringen founded the Kring Unie Leuven (Krul). The students were thus represented by two competing organizations: Krul and ASR. Krul also founded his own student magazine: Faze. In 1986 both blocks came together again and LOKO was created. Intermittently, the discussion about the powers of the umbrella organization continued to arise. This led to the current LOKO in 2005.
At the end of the 90s, the student organizations ULYSSIS and Radio Scorpio became divisions of LOKO. The various sections of LOKO are therefore older than LOKO itself and have their own history. The sections of LOKO were Social Council, Kring Council, Culture Council, Sports Council, Portulaca, student newspaper Veto and international student magazine The Voice. Four sections were so-called councils, because their operation was based on a General Assembly of kring representatives (of the kringen related to a faculty). This General Assembly was the highest body, took decisions and determined positions.
The Social Council was established in 1964 to set up a structural consultation between students in the governing bodies of social services. The Social Council was mainly concerned with socio-economic thresholds at the university and was responsible for the social sector. Examples of this are Alma, Acco, student facilities where people have a say about housing, target group policy, student grants, job services and Velo.
The aim of the Culture Council was to bring culture closer to the student. The Culture Council lives on as LOKO Culture. In 1977 het STUK (Student Arts Center) emerged from the Cultural Council. In the course of the 80s and 90s, this arts center started to take an increasingly independent course. Since 1986 it has been a separate non-profit association and since 2001 it has been almost completely separate from the Culture Council. The students from Leuven are still represented in the play via LOKO Culture.
The Sports Council tried to make the student enthusiastic about sports. They were also responsible for a number of annual classics such as the 24 urenloop and the student marathon. Sports Council lives on as LOKO Sport.
In addition to these four sections, you had three other sections that did not have a general meeting with kring representatives and were fairly autonomous in their daily operations. These sections were ISOL / Portulaca (for internationalization), Veto and The Voice.