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Vol. 32 / Issue 2 Campus Current A n n e A r u n d e l Co mm u n i t y C o l l e ge An Independent Student Newspaper Monday, September 24, 2012 @campuscurrent Tuition hikes resulting in fewer students? By Tracy Sloan Co-editor September 11, 2012 the Board of Trustees held their first public session of the school year. These meetings are open to all students and members of AACC to attend. They cover a range of topics from introducing new faculty members to presenting awards. Perhaps the most impor- tant thing discussed this time is the schools budget and tuition shown in a presentation by Felicia Patterson, Vice President of Learner Support Services. Not only there are slightly fewer students attending but more students are taking fewer classes at AACC. Fewer students are taking weekend courses and seem to be turning to online courses instead. With the cost of tuition going up, students are needing to work more in order to afford tuition. There has been a 5.9 percent decline since fall of 2011 in students taking 12 units. In 2011, 15,568 students were enrolled in full time classes. In 2012 the number dropped to 15,308. When asked about his feelings towards the tuition raise and how it has affected him, Thomas Stoner, a business major, replied, “The tuition Coach Earl and the Lacrosse team will host an Alumni game and Lookout Oct 6 2012 beginning 11am @ seigert field Photography By Ken Harriford New Beginnings By Dominic Salacki Staff Writer “We’re basing things on a lot of enthusiasm and starting a competitive program. We’re extremely excited about a change” so says AACC’s brand new head coach of men’s lacrosse David Earl who continues with “I’m excited to be here.” David Earl was hired by AACC in late July to fill the position of Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse. The coach mentioned that the team is to begin fall ball on Tuesday September 11th, 2012 from 7-9pm on the turf at the main campus. Earl’s experience with lacrosse dates back to the late 80s when he played for both Hofstra University’s division 1 lacrosse team and Salisbury University’s division 3 lacrosse team. He graduated from Salisbury University in 1990. This won’t be Earl’s first time coaching lacrosse; he also had the chance to coach John Hopkins University club team after graduating from Salisbury. For the past six years, Earl has been staffed at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis. That brings the next chapter of his life to AACC as head coach of men’s lacrosse. As Earl transitions himself into being a part of the AACC family, he hopes to start a competitive program with enthusiasm and he is really excited to be here. The Campus Current was told Opinion pg 2 that over 55 students have already contacted Coach Earl in the hopes of being a part of the lacrosse this year. The Campus Current was privileged to talk with a few returning AACC lacrosse players. Returning AACC midfielder Logan Rhodes says that he is “really excited.” He continues to say that “we have a good group of guys. We’re definitely going to have a good season this year.” Tyler Knapp, also a returning lacrosse player from last year, will play as the attack position on the field this year. When asked about Coach Earl, Knapp responded with “seems like a great guy. It looks like a great season; hopefully we will go far and do well.” Alex Sepkowski, also a returning midfielder to lacrosse at AACC, says that “Coach Earl is going to do great” and “it’s going to be a great season. We have a great group of guys coming out this year and everything is positive. Sepkowski concludes by saying “looks like we’re going to dominate.” With lacrosse playing hopefuls coming by the packs, Coach Earl says that the “support from the Faculty pg 3 see “LAX” page 6 INDE X Sports pg 4 going up has resulted in me taking fewer classes than I did last spring. It’s also slowing me down on transferring to a four year college.” His comments reflect a lot of the frustration students feel about juggling work and school. During the presentation, Board of Trustees member, Arthur D. Ebersberger had a lot to say in regards to the topic, one of those being that “tuition cannot be raised higher.” Arthur D. Ebersberger When asked about the tuition increase after the meeting, Ebersberger responded, “Because of budget cuts from the county and lack of funding from state, tuition was raised $16 per credit.” He went on to explain, “This [AACC] is one of the lowest cost colleges in the state. It is the roll of the Board of Trustees to keep tuition affordable for students.” If one thing seems certain, it’s that the Board of Trustees understands the frustration of students and seems keen on upholding the outstanding and affordable reputation of Anne Arundel Community College. Question 7 By Kyle McKenzie Staff Writer As the date of the election approaches, one question in Maryland has sparked debate. That question is Question 7. Question 7, as stated by The Associated Press, is “Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education to authorize video lottery operation licensees to operate “table games” as defined by law; to increase from 15,000 to 16,500 the maximum number of video lottery terminals that may be operated in the State; and to increase from 5 to 6 the maximum number of video lottery operational licenses that may be awarded in the state and allow a video lottery facility to operate in Prince George’s County.” A house subcommittee has recently amended the bill to give a larger tax break to casino operators. If passed, the tax rate will go from 67 percent to 54 percent, with an option to go to 51 percent. If this Question is passed, it will allow a casino to be built in the National Harbor in Prince George’s County. It will also provide jobs through construction and casino employees, as well as allowing people to deal at the tables, and will Health pg 7 help fund schools. The Maryland Education Trust Fund will receive 15 percent of profits from table games and 43 percent from slot machines. MGM Resorts International, the casino company relying on the question passing to build the casino, will be opening a visitor center in the National Harbor. On the other end of the ballot, Penn National Gaming is opposing the passage of Question 7. Penn National Gaming operates a racetrack in Prince George’s County, and will lose business if the question passes, as will surrounding states that get business from Maryland. MGM Resorts International has spent $5.4 million in ads and funds trying to pass the bill. Penn National Gaming has spent $5.5 million opposing the bill. “I’ll be voting yes on question 7,” said Arundel Mills casino visitor Zachary Wight. “It’ll be good to have another casino in Maryland to go to.” One student at AACC isn’t as enthusiastic as some, however “I live in Prince George’s County, and the extra traffic will make the harbor more difficult to visit,” said student Joseph Root. Come November, the bill will be voted on, either to pass or fail. That decision will be left up for the public, and you, to decide. News pg 8

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