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t the telescope Palomar College’s Independent Newspaper Vol. 66, No. 13 • Monday, March 18, 2013 1140 W. Mission Rd, San Marcos, Calif. WHAT’S INSIDE 2 4 7 12 PFF RESOLUTION PROPOSED BUDGET ASG BUDGET APPROVED FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR APRIL TESTERMAN THE TELESCOPE Palomar’s Associated Student Government (ASG) started the school year with $300,000 to spend on events, student advocacy and other general expenditures. As of press time, only 7.5 percent has been spent thus far. The ASG has three funds to spend on specific events and causes: Fund 71, Fund 72 and Fund 73. Not all funds were spent in Fund 71 and 72 during the 2011-2012 school year allowing for a rollover amount of about $200,000 for the two accounts. According to ASG Sen. Dane Thorp and President Johnathan Farmer the ASG has never gotten close to spending the full amount in any account. “We are fiscally responsible...If something came along that was very beneficial to the students, I would absolutely spend it,” Farmer said. Farmer also said something the ASG is looking into is using Fund 71 money to buy a few Redbox dispensers to put in the Student Union, which would produce revenue for the ASG in addition to serving the student body. A sum of $30,000 is given to Fund 71 by the Palomar Community College district every year, which is generated through taxpayer dollars. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) generally donates about $4,000 into this fund as well. Farmer said a lot of this money goes toward the Inter-Club Council (ICC), but according to public documents, they have only budgeted about $5,800 toward the ICC. As of July 2012 (when the fiscal year begins), Fund 71 had $105,000 in it -The ASG has spent about $10,000 of that money as of press time. The ASG is expecting to have a rollover fund of about $90,000 into the 2013-2014 budget for 71, which means the ASG will continue to have a surplus of money in Fund 71, according to the 2013-2014 proposed budget. TURN TO BUDGET, PAGE 9 TRANSPORTATION BREAKING DOWN SPRINTER CLOSURE FORCES STUDENTS TO FIND ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION NEWS / Palomar’s Faculty Federation has proposed a new resolution that would provide students with quality education and partnerships with private industries. FIANCIAL AID NOT HELPFUL? OPINION / A Telescope staff writer claims that FAFSA’s funds distribution system is flawed. GRADUATION CEREMONY LIFE / Plans are already in the works for Palomar’s commencement ceremony May 24. TRACK AND FIELD’S DEPTH SPORTS / Palomar track and field team’s depth pushes athletes to work harder to succeed. transfer New transfer program to Arizona State University MARISSA MILLOY THE TELESCOPE Palomar College is one of 19 community colleges in California that has recently partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) in a new transfer guarantee program. Approximately 9,000 transfer students enroll at ASU, both online and on campus, each academic year. Transfer students account for about 12 percent of ASU’s total enrollment. ASU is a nationally recognized PAC-12 research university. According to Russ Knocke, director of communications at ASU Online, the goal of the program is to help community college students get to the next step in their education ventures. “Too often we hear of students being shut out of higher education options. We are hoping to increase access for students to obtain bachelor’s degrees from a highly ranked, reputable research university such as Arizona State University,” Knocke said in an email. The program is the first outreach program by ASU for out-of-state students looking to transfer. “This is the first time we have developed an initiative of this kind for out- ofstate community colleges,” Knocke said. TURN TO TRANSFER, PAGE 10 LEFT: Empty Sprinter station and sign informing students about Sprinter shutdown at Palomar College station March 10. • Heather Randall/Telescope RIGHT: Palomar students board a Sprinter Express Bus at the Palomar transit station to their final destination. • Peter Ahsue/Telescope COLLEEN PETERS SPRINTER SHUTDOWN THE TELESCOPE Palomar students who normally take the Sprinter to school were left scrambling to find new forms of transportation last week. The North County Transit District (NCTD) announced that starting at midnight on March 9, the Sprinter light-rail service would be shutting down for up to four months. The shutdown, according to NCTD officials, is due to brake maintenance. According to the NCTD website, during a state inspection, part of the Sprinter’s braking system was shown to have accelerated wearing. The transit district said no passengers were ever at risk, and the brake system was up to state standards. Student reaction to the shutdown was mixed. Student Marie Ramirez, 17, was unaware of the interruption until she arrived at the Buena Creek station. “It wasn’t so bad taking the bus • THE SPRINTER OFFICALLY CLOSED MARCH 9 • COULD BE CLOSED FOR UP TO FOUR MONTHS • BUS SERVICE IS BEING INCREASED • MORE INFORMATION AND BUS SCHEDULES AVAILABLE AT GONCTD.COM because I know the bus schedules,” Ramirez said. “The only bummer is I have to spend an extra hour at school waiting for the bus.” Palomar College sent out an email alert on the morning of March 11 informing students of the closure. According to Laura Gropen, Palomar’s public information officer, college officials plan to continue to notify students of any changes and updates through student emails and posting information on the marquee that is at the main entrance of the San Marcos campus. Student Michael Sterling, 18, was aware of the shutdown before the email on Monday morning. While he was frustrated with the delays he was facing, he understood why NCTD chose to shut the train system down temporarily. “I have a 5-mile walk to the Vista Transit Center, so I have to leave a lot earlier. It’s a major inconvenience, but I’d rather be inconvenienced than die in a horrific train crash,” Sterling said. But the change is still a hassle for him. “I’m waking up earlier and I get to places later,” he added. “I actually had to quit my job because the Sprinter was how I got there, so I can’t get down there anymore.” The cashier’s office sells bus passes at a discounted rate of $47 per month. Normally the pass is $59 per month. The passes, however, are only sold between the 25th and the 10th of the month. School and NCTD officials were unaware if this policy would be changing due to the shutdown. TURN TO SPRINTER, PAGE 10

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