Campus Scene

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Jan. 29, 2011

Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brice Harris visited City College’s spring assembly Jan. 14 to discuss budget issues facing the 2011 school year. The discussion revolved around a state budget proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown: $10 per unit fee increase on tuition.

“This truly is a budget crisis,” Harris said during his opening comments.

If Brown’s proposal is passed by the California Legislature, fees would increase from $26 to $36 per unit. The increase would raise the cost of a 3-unit class from $78 to $108 and an average full-time student’s fee to $432, which is an increase of $120 on a full-time class load.

According to Gov. Brown’s website, his “tough budget for tough times” proposal would cut $12.8 million from the Los Rios District, as well as $500 million in spending from both the University of California and California State University. The cuts in higher education are part of the total state budget proposal that could potentially reduce state spending by $12.5 billion.

Full-time City College student Candice Phillips qualifies for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG waiver), a state-funded program to waive enrollment fees for qualified applicants, but worries about the impact the increase will…» Read More



Computer glitch affects more than 4,000 students, added then dropped from courses
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Jan. 26, 2011

More than 4,000 wait-listed students in the Los Rios Community College District were added into classes by mistake over the weekend because of a glitch in the eServices software.

In a Jan. 24 email from Joe Carrasco, the director of Systems and Programming for the district, students who were affected by the computer glitch were dropped from classes by Jan. 25. Faculty members were advised to retain their roster sheets from Friday, Jan. 21, to ensure students are added to classes in the proper order. The original wait-list order was not restored.

“We’re awfully sorry about it [the error],” Carrasco said. “We know it was disruptive to students, and we’ll be working throughout the semester to change our processes to fix the problem.”

Students received emails informing them of the error on Saturday and Sunday.

Susie Williams,  director of  Communications and Research for the Los Rios School District, advised affected students to speak with their professors for permission numbers or visit Admissions and Records for more information.

“It’s terribly unfortunate, but these are very complex systems,” Williams said. ” We hope it didn’t cause students too many problems.”

Chris Geanankos, City College student and former editor in chief of the…» Read More



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Dec. 14, 2010

City College has seen an increase in student drug violations compared to previous years, according to the Clery Report released in 2010.

The data reflect cases of possession that came to light in 2009. Marijuana and methamphetamine were the most common illegal substances found on campus, with a total of 13 reports of drug possession in 2009. This, compared to the eight reports of drug possession in 2008, suggests a rise in either possession or reports by campus police.

Valerie Cox, captain for the Los Rios Community College Police, agreed there is indeed an uptick in students being “busted” for possession of drugs on campus. However, the reported data does not necessarily reflect the number of students who participate in drug-related activity.

According to Cox, there are myriad reasons for the increase in reported drug possession and she was reluctant to speculate.

“Everyone wants to try to tie it to some sort of increased level of crime,” said Cox. “I don’t think you can pinpoint it to one criteria.”

She explained that there is increased police presence at City College as a result of filling in vacancies that opened up through retirement. Extra campus patrol could be attributed to higher…» Read More



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Dec. 9, 2010

Dec. 7

Spring 2011 Priority 1 Registration – Students continuing from the prior semester.

Dec. 8

This is the last day of classes before finals. Tips For Stress Management Workshop – Learning Resource Center 144 at 6 p.m. Spring 2011 Priority 1 Registration – Students continuing from the prior semester. Christmas celebration – Rhodda North at 12 p.m. presented by the Electronics Student Association (ESA) bring a potluck dish or $4.

Dec.9

Overcoming Test Anxiety and Preparing for Tests Workshop – Learning Resource Center 144 at 12 p.m. Spring 2011 Priority 2 Registration – New matriculated students.

Dec. 10

It is the start Final Exams. Spring 2011 Priority 2 Registration – New matriculated students.

Dec. 13

Spring 2011 Priority 3 Registration – New to college, new transfer, returning and returning transfer students.

Dec. 14

Spring 2011 Priority 3 Registration – New to college, new transfer, returning and returning transfer students.

Dec. 15

Spring 2011 Priority 3 Registration – New to college, new transfer, returning and returning transfer students.

Dec. 16

Spring 2011 Priority 4 Registration – Advanced Education students.

Dec. 17

Spring 2011 Priority 4 Registration – Advanced Education students.

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Nov. 23, 2010

Nov. 29

Native Plants of California – Cultural Awareness Center 1:00-2:00 p.m. co-sponsored with the Indigenous People’s Club, Native American Studies Program.

Nov. 30

On Whose Shoulders Do You Stand? – Facilitator: Dr. Adrienne King Cultural Awareness Center noon. Managing your Study Time Workshop – Learning Resource Center 10 a.m. Learn time management.

Dec. 1

World Aids Day. How to Take a Test Workshop – Learning Resource Center 10 a.m. Learn how to deal with test anxiety.

Dec. 2

Learning How You Learn: Understanding Your Learning Style Workshop – Learning Resource Center 4 p.m. Find out the process of how you learn information. Managing Your Time During the Big Push Toward Finals Workshop – Learning Resource Center 6 p.m.

Dec. 6

Inter-Club Council Meeting – Student Center noon.

Dec. 7

Studying Mathematics and Preparing for Math Exams Workshop – Learning Resource Center 4 p.m.

Dec. 8

Tips for Stress Management Workshop – Learning Resource Center 6 p.m. Learn how to deal with stress.

Dec. 9

Overcoming Test Anxiety and Preparing for Tests Workshop – Learning Resource Center 12 p.m.

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Veterans resource center opens to great fanfare
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Nov. 18, 2010

City College students applauded the grand opening Nov. 18 of the first Veterans Resource Center of the Los Rios Community College District.

Veterans and their families were joined by a host of City College faculty to celebrate the new VRC in the Student Center. Visitors enjoyed a barbeque lunch, and entertainment for the children, also attended by faculty members and veterans.

“It was a success,” said Admissions and Records Clerk Jake Kattan. “We wanted to make this a family event and see the families come out. It was great to see all the on-and off-campus services that are offered to our veterans.”

With services provided by Admissions and Records, Disability Resource Center and Counseling Center, the new VRC will assist veterans with their homework, VA benefits and admissions. The new facility will also offer computer and counseling services, as well as provide a place for veterans to meet each other.

Luis Soto, a veteran and City College student, attended the afternoon festivities and looked forward to utilizing the new VRC facility.

“It’ll give veterans access to other veterans,” said Soto of the new center. “To network, for peer-to-peer counseling, it just helps out a lot.”

The Associated Student Government donated…» Read More



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Nov. 15, 2010

Kondos Art Gallery displayed new works of art Oct. 25 for an exhibit called “Finding Form, Making Image: Survivors”.

The exhibit includes mixed-media art, which is includes more than one medium in a piece of art, at the campus art gallery. One of the interesting pieces on display is called “Martyred Mayor”. It is a painting of the former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, is depicted as Jesus wearing the crown of thorns with a robe and tears going down his face during a CNN television broadcast.

Artist Judith Lowery, who created this piece, is well known for her mixed-media work and use of humor and social commentary. Lowery believes using text and captions will allow the viewer to receive different messages from the piece.

“Finding Form, Making Image: Survivors” will be on display at the Gregory Kondos Art Gallery until Friday, Nov. 19.



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Russian exchange
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Nov. 13, 2010

Bad guys in movies are from Russia, Elena Garib said, of the frequent stereotypes of her countrymen in American popular culture. “What do you know of Russia?” she asked the class of journalism students.

Garib, 32, is a public relations officer from St. Petersburg, Russia. She was one of three speakers who came to City College Nov. 4 on official state business to discuss with students the professional exchange fellowship that brought her to the United States.

Along with Garib, Maxim Bezaev and Lulia Movchan were part of the program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which brings young professionals from other countries who are interested in democratic processes to the U.S.

Garib, who spoke in journalism professor Dianne Heimer’s Basic Newswriting and Reporting class, works in the St. Petersburg’s Legislative Assembly, the city she has lived in her whole life.

“All my professional work was about radio,” said Garib, who has a bachelor’s in journalism. “I started as a member of staff in radio when I was 16.”

Heimer asked Garib about whether Russian media was moving toward digital media.

“It’s a much more traditional society and these people are used to…» Read More



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Nov. 13, 2010

The race for Los Rios Community College district trustees ended election night, with former state senator Deborah Ortiz winning the Area 6 seat after defeating a lawsuit brought by a rival candidate to block her name from the ballot.

Ortiz’s win was confirmed Nov.4, by LRCCD Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications and Research Susie Williams after pulling just over 53 percent of the vote, according to election results posted in The Bee.

“I feel strongly that I can contribute to what is a great board now,” Ortiz said to the Express.

Throughout her campaign, Ortiz described community colleges as critical components to higher education opportunities for the poor and working class.

She said schools like City College provide “one of the most important accesses to higher education avenues for those students who may not have had the opportunity to do well in high school.”

Much of Ortiz’s campaign activity, however, was raising money to pay legal fees accumulated over the late filing of her candidate statement. The county registrar’s decision to let Ortiz file late incited claims of favoritism and the petition brought by Ken Barnes. Barnes argued the county registrar of voters inappropriately allowed Ortiz to file…» Read More



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Nov. 10, 2010

For most students at City College, staying out of trouble means surviving through midterms. For other students, trouble can mean running into disciplinary issues, which can have a major effect on their academic careers.

The City College Student Code of Conduct outlines a whole host of activities whose consequences can land students in line for disciplinary action. Unauthorized fundraising or bringing pets inside school buildings (seeing-eye dogs are exempt) are some examples of unacceptable behavior, according to the Code of Conduct.

Dr. Elaine Ader, dean of information and campus student discipline officer, says she looks for “good cause” when bringing a case against students.

“Theft is good cause for discipline action,” Ader said. “Violence and disruption in the classroom—there are a whole series of them that constitute good cause.”

As the only student discipline officer on campus, Ader oversees student discipline and crisis intervention. Student incident reports are brought to Ader’s attention when it is clear that measures to reach the student by other means, such as intervention from a dean in a given department, prove ineffective.

Ader said she schedules informal investigative meetings to confront students whose actions have allegedly gone against Los Rios’ student code of conduct policies….» Read More



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