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A P A T H Y

SPRING 2010

SPECIAL EDITION

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Editor’s Note

THE CAMPUS STAFF FALL 2010 Editor in Chief Alyssa Laurel Managing Editor Rogue Morales Online & Opinions Editor Bobby Yribarren Photo Editor Chris Young Features Editor Gingi Edmonds Sports Editor Jonathan Moon Arts & Entertainment Editor Rudy Sanchez

Photo By Chris Young, Inspired by The Rocket Summer’s “Do You Feel”

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pathy. Ap• a • thy. Noun. Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern : widespread apathy among students.

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I was going to write something passionate and heartfelt about this, but what is there to say about apathy? Where does one begin to attempt to hook someone into reading part of a special edition focusing on apathy? It’s a tough task. This is my final semester at College of the Sequoias. I’ve learned a lot, but there is still more I wish I could have taken from my semesters here at COS. So, I guess my note to all of you reading this is: don’t take your time here for granted. Strive to learn all that you can learn, because this is the first stepping-stone to your college life. This special edition was very ambitious for us. In my time here on The Campus, we’ve never embarked on a double feature edition. I am very proud to have been a part of this newspaper for two years and I am grateful to have worked with such a wonderful staff. This edition, as I mentioned previously, was a difficult and somewhat ominous route to take. We could’ve taken the easy way out and pushed it aside, but that would’ve been apathetic, wouldn’t it? If we can pull together and put out this edition and not get stuck in the apathetic undertow, hopefully this content will shed some light on whether or not you’re one of those apathetic students and what you can do to overcome that.

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WHAT KIND OF APATHETIC ARE YOU?

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WHAT DO STUDENTS THINK?

Reporters David Watrous Esteban Yanez Gracie Nuñez Jay Lovelady Laura Prewitt Michael Voyles Nathan Rees Samantha Villanueva Sara Mahan Tabitha Andrews Zach Cowherd Photographers Alicia Acevedo David Gonzales Joey Chavez Artists Baldemar Rivas Advisers Judy House Gary Kazanjian The Campus Newspaper College of the Sequoias 915 South Mooney Blvd. Visalia, CA 93277 How To Reach Us Drop by Monday thru Thursday between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kaweah Bldg. Rm 260 Email us at campusnews@cos.edu Editor’s Desk: 730.4856 Newsroom: 730.3844 The Campus Special Edition Policy This special edition of The Campus was produced by students enrolled in journalism classes at College of the Sequoias. Any views expressed are those of the students and not faculty, staff, or administration. The Campus is a student-produced First Amendment newspaper. Check us out online at coscampusonline.com.


ApathetiC

STUDENTS at cos

Are You Apathetic? Find

Diane Diniz The Campus

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The average student at COS has changed over the 1. It’s Election Day and a polling place is a short walk away. Do you: a. Vote, join the party you’re backing, and then make plans to voyears. Involvement of students really depends on their lunteer in upcoming political events. availability and how well they manage their time, but that b. Vote because, hey! Free “I voted” sticker! isn’t to say that their lack of involvement inhibits their need c. Laugh at the losers wasting their time voting. or want to graduate or transfer. Community colleges are usually thought of as a typical two-year college, as is COS. Graduating or transferring depends on students availability, 2. You notice a social injustice in your immediate community. Do but some students may find themselves in a sand pit be- you: a. Research the issue, get involved with local groups working on cause the environment of the college. the same problem, and then promote social change in your town. b. Write heart-rending poetry about the social injustice to shar with your friends. c. Ignore it. You’re happy with your lot and change is impossible. 3. Joe Biden is: a. The Vice-President of the United States of America. b. I think he’s a politician of some kind. c. I don’t know. A country singer? 4. You get an F on your history test that counts as half of your grade. You react by: a. Immediately asking the instructor for any and every possible way you can make up the test and salvage your grade. b. Consider retaking the class next semester when you can better focus on this particular class. You can always do better next time. c. Shrug it off. It’s just a history class and Assyrian invasions are boring. 5. Finish the sentence. Love is: a. The most beautiful thing in the world. b. Just another emotion, albeit a very nice one. c. Dumb. Tally up your score: A) 5 Photo By Chris Young

“I was never involved; I never really had the time,” said former student Leanne Pinheiro. Pinheiro started her collegiate career in August of 2005 and met graduation requirements in December of 2009, “I wanted to be there only two years.” Pinheiro stated that much of the reason for the extra time spent at COS was due to certain classes not being available during the spring or fall semesters. So the question of how apathetic COS is to its students depends on the student according to the Student CONTINUE READING ONLINE AT COSCAMPUSONLINE.COM

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1-11: You, my friend, are the epitome of apathy. You are either too relaxed or too indifferent to the world around you. Get angry for a change and show some emotion. Our advice: Read our empathy features to learn more on how to have a heart. 12-15: You are in the middle of the road. You hate when some things happen, but you just can’t find the time to get involved… or at least you keep telling yourself that. So you just go with the flow whenever your conscience doesn’t prick you too harshly. Our advice: Listen to your conscience. It’s smarter than you are. 19-25: You are apathy’s arch-nemesis! Keep doing what you’re doing, and don’t stop believing! Our advice to you: Share this quiz with a friend.

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What Kind of Apathetic Student Are you? Forms

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o what causes apathy in a person? Is it caused by boredom? Indifference? Or maybe as Urban Dictionary explains, is it simply, “A sterility caused by life’s proverbial kicks in the groin”? Whatever the cause of apathy, it can manifaest itself in a variety of ways. And let’s face it, we’re all a little bit apathetic in one way or another. According to concerned COS students, we most certainly should care about apathy and its effects on our Campus, in our community, and even in the nation at large. According to college students, here are some of the main common manifestations of apathy on campuses nation-wide. Test yourself and see where you feel the biggest ‘lack of emotion, concern and motivation’. You

may be surprised to find that in some areas, well, you just don’t care! Moral Apathy: You are walking down the street, when someone in front of you drops a wad of money. Would you alert the person and return the cash? This is a common morality test that is used to assess personal moral attitudes. What would you do in this particular situation? Or better yet, if you were the individual dropping the cash, what do you think the odds are that your money would be returned to you? Intellectual Apathy: Many students, even while attending full time classes, lack the desire to pursue their education. Just going along for the ride, or fulfilling enough school work obligations to just scrape by, many students express amazement at a lack of motivation in school projects from other classmates. Are you just going through the motions in

your academic career? How closely does the above description match your personal college experience? Voter Apathy: Do you care about who is currently in office? Do you know who your elected officials are? This is the most cited manifestation of apathy in students, and the one that causes the most concern and alarm. Do you think you can make a difference in the political scheme of things in your community? Have you tried? Do you care? We invite you to write in to us and share your thoughts, concerns and experiences on campus with one of the above topics, Voter Apathy, Intellectual Apathy and Moral Apathy. Do you think COS suffers from one apathetic vice over another, and if so, why do you care? Just visit http://www.coscampusnews. com and write your opinion, we’d love to hear from you!

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ary a week goes by that some starlet, athlete, has been, or other figure in the public eye apologizes for some newly revealed moral misstep. These are no limited liability tabloid fodder type rumors either. From Jesse James’ to Tiger Wood’s extramarital affairs (not to mention countless political figures in recent memory) to Ron Washington’s “one time” drug use, the public is served up a dapper dose of contriteness following each incident. The sad thing is, people take it. Or merely accept it. Important people are supposed to apologize, so they do. It’s called appeasement; a German head of state once relied on this sort of practice in dealing with the United States. Funny thing is it worked too, to a point. It’s amazing what a little word called sorry will do: break down walls, resurrect careers, reestablish all sorts of relations. The beauty of the word is also its promise. Not only are we very sorry we’ve been caught, we’ll try infinitely harder to hide it and avoid getting caught next time. When it comes to the appalling don’t ask don’t tell policy, this practice is laughable at best. When dealing with the refinement of uranium, potentially catastrophic. It would seem the world revolves in a vicious moral circle with no end in sight: act, apologize, excuse, forget. When did sorry cease to be a meaningful confession and why are people so laissez faire when it comes to the world around them skirting the moral fence. Besides mainstream media outlets and the corporation behind Gatorade, was anyone really bothered by Tiger’s rampant infidelity? And who didn’t like seeing a few (hundred) more homeruns during the steroid era. If only the govern-

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ment hadn’t gone meddling where it didn’t belong, attendance would be in a happy holding pattern and the masses would be eagerly waiting for the day A-Rod would break Barry Bond’s infamous homerun records. Rightfully so, at least he apologized. The immediate solution seems to be stop catching. If figure heads were not compromised and caught in sticky situations the flow could be stopped at the source. Sans “observe and report” the general public would have no tricky moral water to CONTINUE READING ONLINE AT COSCAMPUSONLINE.COM Cartoon By Baldemar Rivas

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Defining the Success Rate David Watrous The Campus

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ow do you measure the academic success of a college? Some may consider reviewing the percentage of students who obtain degrees in a certain period of time. This is also known as the graduation rate, which is defined as the number of full time students seeking a degree or certificate and achieve one in three years or less in comparison with all full time students seeking a degree/certificate. Currently, COS has a graduation rate of 34%. There are many factors behind this particular number. Because COS is a community college, past academic success is not necessarily required for enrollment. Some students may not have the necessary academic skills needed for

success and may struggle to reach their goals. Also, some students here at COS may be attending simply for the lack of anything better to do. These students may not have any particular educational goal in mind and may be simply taking random classes to keep their parents off their back about getting a job. COS offers programs and aid to help these students develop educational goals and achieve them. However, students do not always take advantage of such benefits. It may take some students longer than three years to obtain a degree or certificate and graduate. Some students, however, have no interest in graduating at all. Some students enroll in courses designed to hone specific skills. For example, someone may take a class designed to familiarize them with the basic functions of the computer. Or a foreign language class to help them with a personal aspect of their life. These classes can yield benefits that don’t require any type of degree or certificate. Graduation rate, while important, doesn’t

tell the whole tale of how successful a college is in its ability to teach students and help them to succeed. But COS is making efforts to better this rate. Duncan Graham, Vice President, Academic Services, states on the matter. “We are constantly striving to increase student success including the number of students who transfer and complete certificates and degrees.” COS is currently developing a plan to better find areas of student struggle and address them accordingly. One of the main ways of doing this is gathering data which can better pinpoint these areas of struggle.

Getting C’s for Degrees Jonathan Moon The Campus

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eachers began drilling it in just prior to star testing. Counselors across every level of education attempt to hammer the idea home. Most people’s parents further reinforce (hopefully at least) the dogma. Each of these authority figures, for one reason or another, spread the dangerous idea pertaining to the importance of passing. Just PASS; don’t excel, don’t thrive and surpass, forget standing supreme. Despite all measure of good intentions the potential damage caused by the idea that getting by is just fine extends well beyond the halls and classrooms of grade school. Somewhere between freshman year of high school and college, it seems, someone forgot to tell a good portion of students that though C’s will furnish a diploma the real world scores will be lacking. Students are instead off to college, be it a junior college or four-year university, with notions of skipping classes (because naturally they can) and skating by because doing average and will get that priceless plaque and parchment necessary for success.

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“Just as it is good enough to obtain one’s high school diploma with C’s, one can obtain their degree in this fashion. There is no perceived connection between test scores and grades and the applications to the workforce,” Josh Muller, a COS Psychology Professor, says. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that optical surgeon you just visited and the lawyer who represents you were both Dean’s List graduates from their respective colleges? With how much more peace of mind might you leave your car with the mechanic who made it through the technical institute with flying colors; and what a great feeling knowing whoever is building your new home or apartment complex cares a slight bit more about where the nails go than the service member at Taco Bell cares what goes into your double stuffed burrito. CONTINUE READING ONLINE AT COSCAMPUSONLINE.COM

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apathy

what do you think of people who don’t give back to their community? “That’s a pretty lazy way to live.” - Eli Schnell, 23

“I don’t mind that much as long as they take care of themselves.” - Mikaela Smith, 19

“It’s hard to put that into your schedule when you have lot’s of things going on.” - Teela Marshall, 28

“They just don’t care, or maybe they don’t have time.” - Esli Sanchez, 20

“They don’t have the time.” - Jason Atkins, 18

“They’re missing out. It’s wasted effort.” - Katy King, 19

“Depends on the person.” - Amanda Dunfee, 22

“There’s little things they could do if they look harder.” - Kyle Alexander, 20

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empathy

how do you give back to your community? “I’m learning nursing and I’ve given blood.” - Brittanni Allen, 23

“The B-Stars help feed the homeless.” - Jessica Juarez, 19

“I volunteer at church.” - Allison Galindo, 18

“I respect it and try to give back.” - Jacob Green, 17

“I volunteer at my hospital and my church.” - Holly Ketz

“I used to volunteer at YMCA.” - Richard Jandoval, 24

“The COS cheerleaders work with Visalia Emergency Aid and Target.” - Dianna Soto, 18

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“The Alpha Gamma Sigma Society is doing fundraisers for Haiti.”

- Rebecca Faress, 34

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Technology,

empathy, and stuff

As the world becomes smaller and me, me, & more me. As our technomore connected, humans will become logical connectedness has increased, more divided over a mass of transthere does not seem to be a reciprocal human technologies. Transhumanists increase in global empathy. seek to biologically and physically imEmpathy and technology, however, prove the human condition by altering have been associated for millennia. We individual and collective performance have been a social and tool-making through “H+ technologies.” Will transspecies for a while now and these are human technologies enable us to inevolutionary adaptations for our colleccrease our empathy towards others? Or will their accelerating use only deEmpathy and technology, however, crease our ability to understand “the other” that exists outside our own have been associated for millennia. We selves, families, communities and have been a social and tool-making specultures? cies for a while now and these are evoExperiencing the world through one of our five senses stimulates lutionary adaptations for our collective mirror neurons, which, in theory, ensurvival. ables empathy. Practically speaking, though, empathy can be created tive survival. Empathy and technology through storytelling. This is not only became inextricably linked (no pun inthe most successfully remote means of tended) when information technolocreating shared empathy, but has actugies developed. I am not talking about ally been the driving force behind most the arrival of various Institute of Techsocio-cultural change. This article highnologies, either. The first great wave lights both the positive and negative afof transformative information technolofects on empathy through the increasgies actually arrived on the scene with ing reliance we have on trans-human the birth of written language, allowing media technologies and how I consider thoughts to be recorded and referenced storytelling to be the key in empathy later, enabling one to experience the creation. thoughts How we develop and utilize transof anhuman communications technologies other at has enormous implications in our empaany time. thetic future—whether it involves scienThe next tists considering the ethical implications w a v e of their own technologies, the creation rolled in of “friendly AI,” or our ability as individuwith the als to communicate empathetically via advent of new media. As the rate of technologithe printcal change accelerates, the issues suring press. rounding empathy and their importance Some of will only increase. the most Where no empathy exists, conflict p o w e ris bound to breed. And breed it has. ful ideas Empathy’s lack can be found all around were disus—be it in our wars, crime, inequality, tributed anti-social behavior, or even in the lack through of social consensus within previously novels— homogeneous cultures. Let us not forthe first get the increasingly blinkered behavior g r e a t of the “iGeneration” where it’s all about mass en-

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Bobby Yribarren The Campus

tertainment medium. But what is it in a story that makes us empathize? I believe it is the imaginative act of the reader translating the words on the page into thoughts and feelings, enabling them to see the world through the characters’ eyes—and feel their feelings. It is also the recognition that we as humans share common needs, goals, and aspirations and that these are either met or unmet in the story of every life—be it real or fictional. Whether the story is a tragedy or a comedy only depends upon, in the end, one’s point of view. Of course, there could be an entire volume of essays written on what will happen to storytelling itself if H+ technologies allow human consciousness to achieve a global or cosmic perspective. What makes literature such a potent concoction, however, is that we do not suffer these virtual travails in our own reality. We survive the vicarious experience, which might otherwise be devastating to us in reality. We emerge relatively unscathed—herein lies storytelling’s virtual kick. Storytelling is both the seductive CONTINUE READING ONLINE AT COSCAMPUSONLINE.COM

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ow can we help save the world? It sounds like a question only superheroes can answer. The people with fancy costumes, capes, alliances and secret identities. Those kinds of things only happen in comic books, right? With today’s educational possibilities, technological advances, and a generation of dreamers, we are all capable of doing something to better our planet. More often than not, people turn the other cheek on disasters in the world. Children being sent to war, sold into sex slavery, diseases, starvation, the water crisis... these are all things we know about if we turn on the news or read it on the internet. We are not strangers to the fact that there are things more important than our Blackberries, iPhones, and other social networking means like Facebook. Many people hear stories like these and feel helpless in such a huge world, feeling that no matter what they do, they can’t make a difference. But we can. How can we save the world from the comfort of our own bedrooms while using the very things that distract us and have become such a norm in our daily lives? Social Vibe. Social Vibe, founded by Joe Marchese, Brandon Mills, and David Levy, is a social networking site with over 1,000,000 members. Social Vibe users create profiles, select their favorite cause to support, and choose sponsors.

Each member gets a badge, serving as an advertisement to their sponsor, and whenever they post their badge on another website, they earn points for themselves which are turned into money and other various perks for the charity they have chosen. With each view the badge receives, points are earned. Users can earn points for the World Wildlife Fund, Invisible Children, human rights, the environment, autism, cancer foundations, arts, music, just about anything. To sign up, visit www.socialvibe. com and pick a cause. Badges can be posted on Facebook pages, among several other social networking sites that people use daily. There are different tasks a user can do on the Social Vibe website to earn points, as well. These activities are simple, quick, and could become part of the technological routine we all have fallen into with the accessibility of things like Facebook. If you can surf the web on your home computer or your phone, why not do something productive? Sign up and make a difference. Be someone’s super hero.

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hat does the babysitter at the Kings County Action Organization, the web designer at Kings United Way, the office assistant at The Creative Center Foundation in Visalia and the literacy tutor at the Tulare Public Library all have in common? They are all going to Disneyland! In recent decades, Disneyland Park has adopted a theme each new year. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate.’ While guests are invited to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and family reunions, Disneyland has decided to personally celebrate the spirit of giving. Their goal in 2010 is to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service to their community. So now, when you give your time to a participating organization, Disneyland will give you a one day admission pass into a Disney Theme Park for free. Give a Day, Get a Day is, above all, a call to action. Through partnership with HandsOn Network, the nation’s largest volunteer organization, Disney is bringing attention to locations and causes where help is needed the most.

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HandsOn Network has 250 on the ground volunteer action centers across the nation and connects volunteers to more than 70,000 nonprofit agencies. The program started at the beginning of the year, and already Disney is close to accomplishing their goal of one million volunteers. Amy Smith, President of HandsOn Network states, “I think we’ll get lots of people really inspired and,

Whether it’s working with kids, assisting the elderly or taking part in a community project, there are ways – both big and small – to make a difference in the lives of those around you. hopefully, they’ll stay volunteers for a long, long time!” Disney insists the act of volunteering is its own reward, and that the free day is merely a thank you and a celebration of those who do

good things for their communities when they volunteer their time. “Give a Day, Get a Day program fits perfectly with our long history of supporting and participating in volunteer efforts,” said Bob Iger in Main St. Magazine. The CEO and President of The Walt Disney Company went on to say, “It’s a great way to honor Guests who are making a positive contribution to their communities.” Whether it’s working with kids, assisting the elderly or taking part in a community project, there are ways – both big and small – to make a difference in the lives of those around you. A search for volunteer opportunities in the Visalia area turns up close to 200 results, with assignments ranging from bagging groceries to building houses. Robyn Gogue, Director of Volunteers at the Visalia Rescue Mission expressed surprise at how much interest the Give a Day, Get a Day program inspired. “The benefit of getting a CONTINUE READING ONLINE AT COSCAMPUSONLINE.COM

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trafficking

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Gracie Nunez The Campus

age they were in the process of There should be no oneestablishing. who is unaware of the devastation The first news about the that is going on at this moment ingroup stated that they were deHaiti. The 7.0 magnitude earth-tained for not having the correct quake hit the already poverty-papers that would give them perstricken and fragile nation leavingmission to take the 33 kids that in its wake a reconstruction effortwere orphaned by the quake. that would take years to recoverUnder further investigation, the from. When there is such dev-orphaned children were not quite astation and desperation like inorphaned, and instead had their Haiti, the acceptability to deprav-families there in Port a-Prince. ity knows no bounds. The news This Idaho-based Baptist broke about a U.S. group whogroup called New Life Children’s was caught attempting to takeRefuge thought that they were children from Haiti to the Domini-indeed attempting to help these can Republic to live in an orphan-children by giving them the op-

portunity of medical attention, her group was doing the right clothing, and food in a controlled thing, trying to help the children. environment so they could recover This isn’t the first evidence from the tragedy in Haiti. of the attempt of human traffick However, Haiti as of recent ing in Haiti’s history, or the world has imposed a strict code of rules for that matter. In 2002 there was and regulations that would require a report by the United Nations Prime Minister Max Bellerive to that stated that there were an espersonally authorize the departure timated thousand of Haitian chilof any and all children leaving Hai- dren that were being smuggled ti, thus, coninto the Dotrolling and Can you imagine being a minican Rep r e v e n t i n g child, innocent, wide-eyed public. That any attempt number has and being told you have of child trafsince into do this because you are creased. ficking. The head of now mine and I own you? These chilthe group dren were Laura Silsby smuggled has made many statements for for the purpose of selling them off the press stating that she had the as manual child labor or forced in proper documents for the Domini- to the sex slave trade. The report can government but would return also state that the ages in the back for the proper Haitian docu- children were as young as fivements when the Haitian authorities years-old. stopped her and her colleagues. CONTINUE READING ONLINE She has also said that she thought AT COSCAMPUSONLINE.COM

9. You attempt to understand other people’s emotions. A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never 10. You have trouble relating to other people. A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never 11. You make people upset. A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never 1. Seeing people experiencing things you hope you never have to experience 12. If you do make someone upset you care or try to deal with it. pulls at your heart stings. A. Often B. Sometimes C.Never A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never 2. You cry for other people. A quick examination of your answers if you answered them honestly A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never should lend an answer to whether or not you are an empathetic per3. You feel guilty about your lifestyle compared to less fortunate people. son. The more answers become self centered or self-serving the less A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never empathetic you probably are. Do you feel like you are an empathetic 4. You feel undeserving of your life or lifestyle. person? Do you wish people were more empathetic to your needs? If you A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never feel like people should be more empathetic to you, do you think you 5. You feel entitlement to the things you have. should attempt to be more empathetic to them, and in which ways do A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never you feel you could improve the way you handle your relationships with 6. You feel like people who have more than you don’t deserve it. other people? An attempt to become more empathetic might pay off A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never with surprising results, and often it isn’t much more work than doing 7. You feel like your actions make a difference. the things you were going to do anyways. Give empathy serious consid A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never eration and see if it helps you develop new friends or stronger relation8. I give what I can to charities or donate my time to things I care about. ships with the people you already have established relationships with. A. Often B. Sometimes C. Never

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Editor's Note

THE CAMPUS STAFF FALL 2010 Editor in Chief Alyssa Laurel Managing Editor Rogue Morales Online & Opinions Editor Bobby Yribarren Photo Editor Chris Young Features Editor Gingi Edmonds Sports Editor Jonathan Moon Arts & Entertainment Editor Rudy Sanchez

Photographers Alicia Acevedo David Gonzales Joey Chavez Artists Baldemar Rivas Advisers Judy House Gary Kazanjian The Campus Newspaper College of the Sequoias 915 South Mooney Blvd. Visalia, CA 93277 How To Reach Us Drop by Monday thru Thursday between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kaweah Bldg. Rm 260 Email us at campusnews@cos.edu Editor’s Desk: 730.4856 Newsroom: 730.3844

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mpathy. Em • pa • thy. Noun. The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Where does care and understanding for humanity come from? To me, it seems that as children, our hearts care immensely for things we do not even understand. As we grow older, so many of us fall into our own routines and grow apart from issues outside of ourselves. It is easy to forget about the harsh realities of the world when we do not have to see them on a daily basis. We, this generation blessed with such educational and technological advancement and abilities, cannot forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. We are a generation of dreamers, so dream big. We are young, and we have the ability to use that to our advantage and fix a wounded world. Do not let this opportunity escape. If there is one piece of advice I can leave you all with, it is to think outside of yourself and do something for the world. No gesture is too small.

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Reporters David Watrous Esteban Yanez Gracie Nuñez Jay Lovelady Laura Prewitt Michael Voyles Nathan Rees Samantha Villanueva Sara Mahan Tabitha Andrews Zach Cowherd

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