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The Collegian Visit us online at JH One Free Copy Friday, March 25, 2011 • Volume #48, Issue #11 March in March rallies students ASBG sends students to Capitol protesting state-wide cuts to education By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor “Students united will never be divided,” chanted nearly 13,000 students at the California Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, March 14. The students came together from across California college campuses to protest budget cuts to higher education, including 70 from San Joaquin Delta College who traveled by bus sponsored by the Associated Student Body Government to participate. The event, known as the March in March, was organized to protest against $1.4 billion in total education cuts, including $500 million to University of California and California State University campuses and $400 million to California community colleges. “The chance that future generations will not be able to afford higher education was the driving force behind Delta College’s Associated Student Body Government getting involved,” said Senator of Legislative Affairs Lilliana Magana, prior to the event. Students made signs and wore shirts stating “march for your right to learn” in protest of the budget cuts. The representation was diverse. All came together to send a message to Gov. Jerry Brown that cuts to education are not acceptable. Delta Student, mother and grandmother Lily Warren, 50, said she was marching for herself, her children and grandchildren. “I am protesting to make a statement about the importance of education for our future,” she said. Oakland Resident Bertha Aviles, 40, said she was at the protest for her three children, one in middle school one in high school and one in college. “I want my children to have a future, if they cut funding to education the youngest one will not have a future,” said Aviles. Aviles was protesting with fellow parents and students of the Bridges Academy based in PHOTOS BY: BRIAN RATTO EDUCATION: Thousands of students state-wide gather in front of Sacramento’s Capital to rally against budget cuts involving education. Oakland. Patrice Burke who spoke at the The march lasted about rally, with her daughter at her three hours, with speeches from side, against cuts and the need members of the Student Senate to keep education low in cost of California Community for future students to have a College addressing budget cuts. chance. Speakers also included Delta College Associated Student To contact this reporter, email at: Body Government President Delta responds to concerns about sending campus-wide emails By James Striplin Staff Writer Students are not receiving proper emails informing them of campus events or happenings said Associated Student Body Government President Patrice Burke. “Student Body’s job is to get students to the community,” she said. “But how am I supposed to do that with twentythousand or so students?” Burke said that the ASBG currently doesn’t have the authority to issue emails directly to students through campus wide addresses. This means many students are left in the dark when it comes to surveys, school presidential interviews and parking fee hikes. Because of the process that regulates emails, a student could obtain an important email at an inconvenient time. On Feb. 28 an email was sent at 2:27 p.m. regarding a change in library circulation procedures that would go in affect the very next day. The email contains information for students that owe $5 or more in library fees whom will not be allowed to use Internet-access to computers or be able to check out any library materials. Users will have to use a library card for service, and users will pay a $2 fee for library card replacements. Information, that Burke said, could be vital to students. “If they (ASBG) had the ability to send emails all the time it would create traffic,” said Mathew Wetstein, Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness. “Student Body is not the college,” said Wetstein. “And it would be a courtesy to let them freely send out emails.” A courtesy that’s “not sufficient,” he said. There is no policy forcing Delta to email students See Email, Page 2 Strings and Song: Served w/ Side of Awesome: Delta musicians perform in Lodi. Page 4 Follow the Collegian online: @DeltaCollegian Family restaurant lives up to reputation. Page 6 /DeltaCollegian /DeltaCollegian

The Collegian -- Published March 25, 2011

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