COS MOURNS THE LOSS OF THREE GIANTS
“These were wonderful people,” Hollabaugh said. “I feel blessed to have been able to work with them as long as I did.”
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FALL 2016 — ISSUE 1 — SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
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Journalist to speak at tonight's CHAP event GEDAHN KASSAZ
The first of three CHAP events this semester will be taking place on Thursday, Sept. 15, with investigative journalist Paul Wachter as guest. The Cultural Historical Awareness Program, or CHAP, hosts semesterly public events on campus with distinguished guests from around the country. CHAP was founded by Porterville College science professor, Richard Osborne, as a means to introduce curious locals to established speakers who share their knowledge in the particular field they excel in. Many colleges in the San Joaquin Valley have enjoyed these events for some time, but only last semester (Spring 2016) did the first wave of speakers come to COS. "I wanted to see a program like [CHAP] here that would give students at COS a chance to hear good speakers, like scholars in academics and writers and artists, " Joseph Teller said. Dr. Joseph Teller is an english professor here at COS and is responsible for founding the school's CHAP committee. The idea was to offer an alternative learning outlet for students and the public to enjoy. Every semester there is a theme that all CHAP events revolve around. Last year's was Freedom and Expression, and the events consisted of many guests: namely, screenwriter John Brancato, professor of literature at Notre Dame Steve Fallon, and others. This semester's theme is Wealth and Inequality. Guests include investigative journalist Paul Watcher; digital literacy expert
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Students unhappy with slow WiFi, slow improvement ANDREW URENA
A growing number of COS students are encountering problems with the public school WiFi. Dean of Technology Services Tim Hollabaugh believes the slow WiFi is due to the number of access points in the school. “Because we don’t have as many devices [access points] that we need,” Hollabaugh said. “Every access point can handle up to 20 or 30 people connecting to it. After that, it starts to degrade because of more traffic.” More traffic indeed. Hollabaugh states that the number of accumulative students using the COS WiFi reached 4,900 on the first day of school. “We have 126 existing access points,” Hollabaugh said. More of these access points need to be placed to accommodate the rising number of students, but Hollabaugh was having trouble finding the correct places to put them. “We can buy them all day long,” Hollabaugh said. “But where do we put them?” To resolve that issue, technology company, Veritas, came to the school and pinpointed where access points needed to be. Veritas found that there needed to be an additional 214. Every access point costs over $1,500 to purchase and install. Older buildings like the John Muir and Sequoia raise more difficulty in the installation process with older wiring and architecture. Hollabaugh plans to begin installing the needed access points this September, in what looks to be the start of a long process. “It will take around two years to get it done,” Hollabaugh said.
New open mic night begins
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Daniel Lopez, left, and Trevor Monreal, right, singing to a full crowd at COS' first open mic night. A second event is scheduled for October.
New bank and lower fees lessen struggles for financial aid students TONY MALDONADO
Starting this semester, students on financial aid will no longer have to watch their money float away in bank fees. A limited ATM network, fees for simply existing, and other things College of the Sequoias students loved to hate about Higher One, the college’s former financial aid banking partner/servicer, are now gone -- along with the Higher One name. BankMobile VIBE, an arm of Phoenixville, Penn.-based Customers Bank, entered into an agreement with Higher One to purchase the company’s banking and financial aid disbursement assets in December of last year. The transition of accounts from Higher
One to BankMobile VIBE began during June -- and students who previously had Higher One OneAccounts now have accounts with BankMobile VIBE.
What’s The Difference?
The key differences between Higher One’s OneAccount and BankMobile VIBE’s accounts are centered around one thing: fees. Higher One had been criticized loudly by students across the nation -- and even the federal government -- for its small network of free ATMs, fees for PIN-based purchases (the college’s cafeteria cash registers even had signs reminding students to ‘sign and swipe’), and poor customer service. It’s currently boasting a 1.5 star
rating on Yelp. “Can I give negative star? Or at least none? I don't understand why my school have business with these people. They're horrible,” one Sacramento student wrote on Yelp. BankMobile VIBE says they’re doing away with those pain points. Students will no longer be charged overdraft fees, insufficient funds fees, PINpurchase fees, inactivity fees, and will be able to take advantage of a larger ATM network, according to officials from the bank and College of the Sequoias’ website. “BankMobile believes that assistance to help our students attend college and build
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COS making strides in helping veterans adapt to college life NICHOLAS JARAMILLO
As the fall semester continues at the College of the Sequoias, veterans on campus are being tasked with overcoming the formidable challenge of acclimating to a new, unfamiliar environment drastically dissimilar to the United States military. “Veterans are a distinct
block of our student body,” says Tom Weise, a professor of communication at COS. “People are more aware of their existence, but yet they don’t really know or understand the culture that they’re coming from.” Approximately 42 percent of all California veterans receiving G.I. educational benefits attend a California community col-
lege, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Locally, around 400 veterans are enrolled at the College of the Sequoias this year, as estimated by the COS Veterans Resource Center. “When I originally enlisted, college was always in the back of my mind,” said
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College of the Sequoias isn’t known for having much of a nightlife. However, last summer, people were found roaming the campus all night. Carlos Cantu from admissions and records knows why. “Our district police would receive phone calls at all times of the night from concerned neighbors,” Cantu said. “Turns out it was just kids playing Pokemon.” Pokemon GO is a mobile app created by Niantic, Inc. Based on the Pokemon franchise, it tasks users with finding digital monsters in real world locations. Pokemon GO surged in popularity since its July 6 release date. According to Gamespot.com, Pokemon GO users increased from 6 million to upwards of 25 million from July 6 to July 14. Its user base has been plummeting ever since. Over a month ago, Pokemon GO players blanketed the streets of America to collect and battle their Pokemon. Downtown Visalia was flooded with new players. Gary Rodriguez, a Industrial Technology student from COS, was among the crowds. “There were so many people out there. So many people,” Rodriguez said.
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EDITORIAL Colin Kaepernick — and why he can stand
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand during the playing of the national anthem on August 26 before the 49ers' preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers. His decision was motivated by his disapproval of how people of color are treated by policemen in the US. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." Kaepernick's actions were met with fervent responses across the country; from fans burning his Jersey, to President Obama condoning his actions, claiming it is his constitutional right to express himself freely and that Kaepernick is broaching a topic that needs to be talked about. The Campus, does not condone nor condemn those who disagree with what Kaepernick is advocating. Whether or not people of color are oppressed and policemen are getting away with murder is a separate issue in our eyes.
However, we would like to voice of our disapproval of anyone who believes Kaepernick had either no right to sit down during the national anthem or should have done so despite his opinion. Additionally, we especially condemn those who wish to impose guilt onto Kaepernick with claims stating he is dishonoring veterans that fight and have fought for this country. It should go without saying, but it is Kaepernick's Constitutional right to express himself by not standing during the national anthem. The First Amendment guarantees that right to every citizen. What's even more troubling is that possibly over a third of Americans aren't aware of what the First Amendment promises, according to surveys conducted in 2014, 2015, and 2016 by the Newseum Institute. Our national anthem—albeit resounding—is only a song. We do not downplay its significance to American patriotism and culture, but it is a song nonetheless. No man or woman ever gave their life in defense of a song. Our troops died for liberty and freedom, and the greatest dishonor to the sacrifices made by our veterans would
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be if Kaepernick were to be fined or forced to stand against his will. Kaepernick is also one man. One man in comparison to the 93 million eligible American voters who did not vote in the last presidential election, according to a report done by Bipartisan Policy Center; a voter turnout rate of only 57.5 percent. This year's election might follow suit and see tens of millions of voters not participate again. Those citizens may have had a larger, more immediate effect on your life. It's disappointing, but just like Kaepernick, it is their right not to take part in an American tradition. Patriotism is useless and potentially dangerous when it is forced. Past nations, such as Nazi Germany, and even nations today, such as North Korea, suffer from the unabating and stubborn patriotism that psychologically doesn't allow it's citizens to speak out against domestic issues. That form of indoctrination, we fear, can lead to a nation too proud to correct its mistakes and too intolerant of those who think differently. America is better than that. Please, let's not stigmatize freedom.
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COLUMN 4-H isn't only for kids MEGAN MCLEROY
FLOYD ROSS, 19 (PSYCHOLOGY) "It's his freedom and right to express his opinion, but I don't agree with the act."
TRISTAN MOCK, 18 (BIOLOGY)
BRANDON JAMES, 20 (KINESIOLOGY)
"He has his own opinion, but he's going about it all wrong."
"He has a legitimate reason, but he should choose a different way to express himself "
Is American culture more optimistic than others? MIGUEL NAVARRO
If there's one thing about Americans, it's that we love our happy endings. At first, it may sound redundant. Who doesn't love happy endings? However, that statement goes much deeper than its face value. For example, we can look at a television series known as The Office. There are two versions of this show: a UK version and the other American. The American version lasted longer, had higher ratings, and carried a more profound cultural status in the country. Was this simply because the show was Americanized? Well, yes and no. In his video essay, Evan Puschak, host/writer/editor of The Nerdwriter, describes the American version of The Office as having a significantly more present sense of optimism and redemption. The main character of the show, Michael Scott, is a happy but unintentionally rude man. We see him attempt to make life happier for his coworkers but ultimately fails and ends up making a fool of himself in the process. However, in the end, we always see Michael have his shining moments, his "medals of honor", and his day. The same cannot be said for David Brent, the main character of the UK version of The Office. David is just as
cringe worthy as Michael, if not more. This would be fine for American audiences if David had his redeeming moments like Michael, but he seldom does. Puschak elaborates by theorizing the idea that the difference between British and American culture is that optimism is the prevalent undertone in almost all forms of media, consumerism, and ideologies. This undertone is not as present or amplified in British culture. This American optimism goes even further than television and can even be found in our politics and history. In politics, campaign ads are often an effective way to reach your platform across various mediums, especially television and the Internet. Most ads are stylized in a way that associates negative images with the opponent and positive images with whomever the ad is supporting. This can range from grainy combat footage, to well lit, colorful footage of someone waving to a crowd or shaking hands. History tells us that we as Americans tend to pride ourselves a lot in our global status. World War I and II marked some of the deadliest conflicts the United States has been involved in, but we hardly see memorials as dedicated to our massive losses in those wars. Why? Because we won. A war we did not win was the Vietnam war. You can imagine how fast our
country put up the iconic memorial. The negative to this mentality is that it can make us delusional, naive, and sometimes arrogant. Patriotism is a key trait of an American, whether it be positive or negative depends on who you ask. Many still debate if true patriotism means constantly declaring the United States as the best country in the world or accepting that the country is not so great and needs some fixing. At the same time however, American optimism is not something to be underestimated. We all fall into moments/instances of depression and despair. What better way to get out of that rut than to mentally power through and reaffirm in yourself that a better future lies ahead. The core of American ideology is that there is always something to look forward to. For many, this is easier said than realized. For others, not so much. The United States is a proud, prominent, and revered country in the global community. We have many accomplishments to be proud of, and many actions we have committed to be ashamed of. Our culture seems to be caught in a never-ending clash between optimism and nihilism. To be truly content, we must each ask ourselves what our true identity is, and how comfortable we are with it.
With most clubs, there is a pledge. In 4-H, we pledge to our head for clearing thinking, our Heart for greater loyalty, our Hands for larger service, and our Health for better living, all for our club, community, country, and world. These are the values every 4-Her learns throughout their years doing various projects. Here in Tulare County, I'm proud to call myself a 4-H member. In this local, state, and international organization, kids from ages 9-18 can participate in various projects such as raising animals, arts and crafts, shooting sports, or even public speaking. But why don't you hear about high school students in 4-H? Most kids who were in it drop out and others never heard of it in elementary school. Most of the kids that I know in 4-H are all under the age of 12; very few of us are in the older divisions of the community. Most of the older kids I meet who are no longer in 4-H say that they didn't find it interesting or just didn't have time because they had joined Future Farmers of America (FFA). In my case, I've never raised an animal, but I did take part in archery, photography, Hi-4-H, and just recently, discussion meet. All of these projects have given me confidence, taught me responsibility, and more importantly, how to be a better person. Now I didn't join 4-H at the age of 9 like most kids, but when I was a junior in high school. Sure I knew what it was because
my sister grew up in it and my mom always helped with her projects. When I was finally of age, I had no intention to join because I always thought it was just animals since that's all my sister did. When I was older and learned more about it, I was so excited to join. It gave me the opportunity to start new hobbies such as archery. 4-H is an educational system in a way, but what can archery teach you? I've learned patience and control, qualities not many people can say they master. Not only have I learned new skills, but it has also helped my public speaking and communication skills as well as manners. During meetings, if you participated in an event, you talk briefly about it. Although some kids just say their name and that the said was fun, it gets them out of their comfort zones. There is so much more I could've experienced because some activities aren't only for younger members. State Leadership Conferences held every year for high school students are so memorable, taking part in different sessions and networking with kids your same age. These conferences are held at different colleges such as UC Davis, Humboldt State and UC Berkeley, and many others around the country. If I could go back to the age of 9, I would've joined 4-H in a snap. I am so thankful for these last 2 years with all the friends I've made and skills I've learned. I want more people to join this amazing community because who knows what you'll learn or who'll you meet.
COS mourning the recent loss of three giants ANDREW URENA
With the start of a new semester at COS, students, faculty and staff are still mourning the loss of two support staff and one professor: Frank Feleciano, Terry Gray and Teresa Guadiana. All three passed away within a four month timespan. Feleciano was a microcomputer specialist, Gray was a videographer and Guadiana was a Puente counselor and coordinator. Dean of Technology services Tim Hollabaugh was fortunate enough to work with both Feleciano and Gray while also forming a friendship with Guadiana. Hollabaugh spoke some positive words about Feleciano. “Everybody loved Frank,” Hollabaugh said. “Ever since he got hired, he has always
been a stellar hard working individual. He was very helpful, humble and pleasant.” Gray and Feleciano started working at COS a year apart, 1999 and 2000 respectively. Hollabaugh enjoyed both of their services and highly praised their resiliency to overcome obstacles. An example Hollabaugh speaks of is when Gray was severely ill and would refuse to stop doing the job he loved. “Terry should have been home in bed,” Hollabaugh said. “He was still videotaping, doing things.” According to Hollabaugh, Gray was covering a COS Board Meeting and passed out while recording. Paramedics and an ambulance came to assist him, and urged him to go home and rest, but Terry Gray refused. “He wanted to finish the job,” Holla-
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Videographer Terry Gray worked at COS for 16 years and was known for covering live events around campus.
baugh said. Feleciano passed away from colon cancer and Gray suddenly died from complications of diabetes. “These were wonderful people,” Hollabaugh said. “I feel blessed to have been able to work with them as long as I did.” David Hurst, english professor and former Puente coordinator at COS, worked with Guadiana and described her in a few words. “She was really committed,” Hurst said. “She was such a role model to our students.” Guadiana worked at COS for over 25 years and brought the Puente program to the school. The Puente program helped students develop life skills, English skills and build strong camaraderies that still exist today. The program was English 251 in the Fall and English 1 in the Spring.
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Microcomputer Specialist Frank Feleciano with his wife Beverly Feleciano.
Hurst said Guadiana was the force of nature in the Puente program, she dedicated her heart, time and effort to her Puente students. Even an aggressive form of cancer caused by a brain tumor didn’t stop her from interacting and counseling others. Hurst believes he knows what Guadiana’s last request would be. “She would much rather people remember the importance of the Puente program,” Hurst said. Hollabaugh agrees. “The only reason it is sad is because we don’t get the privilege of their company anymore,” Hollabaugh said. As to what these three left behind, their work here at COS is something that will never be forgotten. Altogether, their work at COS spanned a total of 58 years. “They were part of the fabric that made up COS,” Hollabaugh said.
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Puente Counselor and Coordinator Teresa Guadiana and her 6-year-old son Joaquin Guadiana.
danger left Weise unsettled. Weise worked his way through Fresno City College and eventually Fresno State on the G.I. Bill, becoming intimately familiar with the issues facing veterans transitioning to college life. He began looking for ways to help other veterans overcome their own obstacles after he took up his current post at COS in 1991. Unfortunately, at that time the veterans services at the College of the Sequoias left much to be desired. “All [the veterans services] really did was check for G.I. Bill stuff and all that," Weise recalled. "Then we had Gulf one, then Gulf two, now we’ve got people in Libya and Somalia. It’s not going away, and so we’re getting more and more.” The influx of veterans to COS as a result of various conflicts abroad spurred the idea behind consolidating the existing veterans services into the current COS Veterans Resource Center. “There was a cadre of students who really pushed for it. And so now you look at the vet office, it’s got computers, it’s got rooms, Jennie [Garcia] is there for psych, any psych-social stuff. Ashley [Muniz], she’s the director, if you have any problems with paperwork.” “The Veterans Resource Center does help a lot,” Gonzales said. “It certainly makes it easier that I have other veterans who are older than me and more seasoned, as far as college, to help me along. … If it wasn’t for them, I probably
wouldn’t have known how to access my benefits. I wouldn’t have had such an easy transition.” While the college’s improved veterans services proved a useful tool for aiding many students, Weise sought more novel ideas to help veterans on campus with their struggles. Inspiration came from Marshall Thomas, the Director of Veterans Services at California State University, Long Beach. From Thomas’ doctoral dissertation, A Safe Zone for Veterans, was birthed the VET NET Ally Program at CSULB. The program focuses on helping student veterans by holding seminars for faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the lives, issues, and experiences of veterans, improving their ability to connect with their students. “If you can say that you have an understanding of the culture, that you have an understanding of the issues they’re facing, veteran students are more apt to work with you,” says Weise. “Marshall, in his training, he based it off the ‘safe zones’ of the LGBT community. That you can set safe zones. ‘You’re safe coming in here.’ And this is the same thing. There’s a sticker that’s going to be going out that can be put around the office saying ‘I have an understanding of what you’re going through. Whatever goes on or is said in here is confidential. But I’m here, I understand, and I’ll work with you.’” Based on the model provided by Thomas,
Weise and his wife, Kathy, have organized the Veteran Ally Training workshop at the College of the Sequoias. The seminar is aimed at helping COS faculty, administration, and staff better understand the plight of veterans attempting to navigate their way through college. The workshop acts as a bridge connecting two disparate corners of American society. "When you get this pedagogical culture that collides with the military culture, where we need to coexist and work together for the best of both of us—that’s an avenue a lot of people haven’t looked into,” Weise said. Notably, the event features a 30–45 minute Student Veteran Panel, wherein student veterans speak openly about their experiences and answer questions from the audience. “What I got from the workshop was some awareness that I discover now I really needed," said Debra Hansen, a professor of psychology at COS and one of the workshop’s faculty attendees. "I was reminded how important it is to consider veterans as individuals, not as a group all feeling the same feelings, not all wanting the same things.” Weise is optimistic of the program finding its legs and becoming a fixture on the COS campus. “Now there’s a group of people, students, staff, and faculty that say ‘we need to do better.’ Hopefully this will be the start of doing better.”
load. One of the more prominent bugs was the three step glitch. Continued from p.1 This bug prevented “Normally, you don’t run into people and say ‘hey what’s up,’ but the game just made players from pinpointit easier to interact with other people be- ing the location of surcause you had something to start off with.” rounding pokemon by Pokemon GO, for many users, served halting the function as a catalyst for conservation. Users could of the game’s trackmeet up at local Pokestops to show off ing system. Eventually, Niantic removed the their catch of the day. Players have many incentives to come tracking system enback to the game. The app has a leveling tirely. Players found an alsystem that allows players to ascend in level by obtaining experience points through ternative to in-game catching, evolving, and battling pokemon. tracking by using sites Once players reach level five, they have the like Pokevision. This website allowed anyone to know the locations of all of the option of choosing a team. The three teams, Mystic, Valor, and In- Pokemon in their vicinity. “When Pokevision came out I thought stinct, give fans an incentive to capture we were saved because that’s a whole new gyms in the name of their teams. Once a player takes over a gym, a digital monu- way to see where the pokemon are at, you ment erects itself, beckoning other players know,” Rodriguez said. “You would find pokemon that wouldn’t have found in to challenge the champion’s pokemon. Players dealt with a myriad of bugs the game’s tracking system. That kept the and glitches upon launch. The app, rife game alive for me.” As supplementary sites like Pokeviwith crashes and freezes, would often shut down for hours due to server over- sion started to gain a following, Niantic struck them down. Niantic believed that
these sites aided in cheating and decreased the fun of the app. Pokevison co-creator Yang Liu wrote a letter to Niantic on medium.com expressing his concerns. “The game was simply too unbearable to play in its current state for many. The main attraction wasn’t that they got to have an advantage with Pokevision,” Liu said, “the main attraction was that it allowed them to play Pokemon Go more. This is what everyone wants — to play Pokemon Go more.” Once Niantic disabled the tracker and shut down Pokevision, app ratings fell from 4 stars to around 1 to 1.5 on both Android and iOS stores. Thus began the fall of Pokemon GO. Summer hours for Carlos Cantu had him looking at a swath of Pokemon go players outside his office. Lately, however,
Cantu has noticed fewer and fewer pokemon players outside his window. “There’s actually a Pokestop right behind my office,” Cantu said. “I don’t see people going up to it anymore. I think it’s over.” Cantu says that, like most apps, Pokemon GO is a fad that will soon die out. Niantic is trying to keep users entertained with the app by promising new features such as trading and new Pokemon, but is it enough to prevent an exodus of players? These features are expected to roll out later this year and early 2017. Rodriguez has stopped playing Pokemon GO. Going downtown last weekend, he observed that the huge crowds that occupied downtown a month ago gave way to a few players clustered up at a pokestop. “I still get that itch when I go out. There is always that hope that you’re going to catch that super rare pokemon like a Dratini or Charizard,” Rodriguez said. “I think that’s what it is, that whole feeling that you might find something special that someone else doesn’t have and then you can go and brag about it. But it doesn’t happen. I wish it happened.”
Participation is key to getting the full experience at these events. After the speaker finishes their lecture they usually commence a q&a session and other activities like studying films as a way for students to engage in a most insightful experience. COS student Paul Luna, attended a CHAP event last semester and walked
away feeling enlightened and encourages others to attend. "I think the CHAP was very informative and I think it's necessary in a place like the Central Valley," Luna siad. "Students should attend. It's a good way to get exposed to forms of cultures you wouldn't usually."
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Fabian Gonzales, a four year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Tulare native. “The G.I. Bill was always a big factor in [enlisting]. … The G.I. Bill is helping me pay school costs and all that. It makes the transition easier.” However, many returning veterans find that the formality, routines, and tradition of their previous military careers leave them precariously ill-equipped to deal with the loose, casual environments of many colleges. “Leaving the military, you come from a very black-and-white thing. What you did was areas of gray, etc. But as far as: if you had a problem, this is how you deal with that problem. It’s very structured,” says Weise, an professor at COS for 25 years. “They’ve been in the shit for so long and then they come over here and they’re used to a chain of command, they’re used to bad guys, they’re used to all this stuff and then… they get me!” If it sounds like Weise is speaking from experience, it’s because he is. Weise was deployed to Frankfurt, West Germany in the 1970s as a medic at the U.S. Army’s 97th General Hospital. The reorientation to civilian life after spending several years in an environment where being attacked by terrorist cabals like the Red Army Faction was a real and distinct
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and professor Elizabeth Losh; and historian George H. Nash. CHAP Committee member and COS English professor Christina Lynch emphasizes the importance of having these
on college campuses. "I think one of the best things about being enrolled in college is being exposed to big ideas," Lynch said. "Inviting outside speakers, professional people and professors from other universities to come and speak gives COS students a chance to participate in a larger conversation."
Early football successes fuel championship hopes ISIAH RODRIGUEZ
ith the new Giant Football season under way, players and coaches are gearing up for the challenges that await them. Just like their opponents, the Giants are continuing to prepare for even more thrilling games. Representing the National Conference in the Valley Division, the Giants worked throughout the off-season to improve their technique, strength, ability and mindset as well as prepare players to perfect their position. Even though a variety of teams tend to spend time focusing on their best individuals to win, the Giants have spent more time building team chemistry, allowing for a connection for the athletes on and off the field. Although this team is fairly young, freshmen defensive-end Phoenix Cooper and defensive tackle Bryan Griffin, as well as the rest of the team, have made strides due to hard-work and helping hands from coaches as well. One of those coaches is Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator Joseph D'Agostino, who has been coaching at COS for four years. "We are very young this season, losing 26 players to scholarships," D'Agostino said. This is a good problem for the school, but a problem nonetheless. The lessons and motivation from the coaches allow for the team morale to increase after each practice. “[The coaches] have helped me, as well as my teammates, from the time I have been on the field to today,” Griffin said. The team's confidence and coaches al-
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College of the Sequoias' football players practice on September 13. The team is hoping to keep up their positive momentum. lowed for them to sustain a victory in their total yards and 2 touchdowns, and Wilson the team as a whole. first game of the season at home, prevailing threw for 2 touchdown passes while run“The meetings are important, that is against Contra Costa by a score of 55-47. ning in another. The defense is what played where we set the plays, assignments and The team had outstanding performances spectacular, however, as they only gave up clear up any confusion gained at practice,” all-around, from running back Elijah Por- 231 yards, including just 79 through the air. Cooper said. chia (178 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns) “I can’t name any special players, everyA game is full of surprises, the fans can to the defense forcing 5 turnovers, and fi- one did special at their jobs,” Cooper said. expect full effort and success all throughout nally to the leadership and management The team has not forgotten, however, the season. Although some may not expect from Quarterback Thomas Wilson (216 that each opponent presents a different the Giants to do much damage throughout passing yards and 2 touchdowns). challenge, making each and every practice the season, the players and coaches have Week 2 provided a different challenge, and meeting much more important. The eyes on the greatest of heights; the chamas the team fell down 21-7 before scoring Giants take their time to learn the opposi- pionship game. 21 straight points to earn the 28-21 victory tions skill set and counters to moves. This is “We have a goal and we are not stopping against Feather River. Porchia gained 106 pivotal not only to each individual, but to it until we achieve it,” Cooper said.
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he new semester has arrived and so have new changes for the College of the Sequoias campus. One of the more noticeable changes is that COS installed new signs throughout the campus. These signs display the names of the campus buildings. According to Dean of Facilities Byron Woods via email, there are 12 building signs placed all around campus with orange stripes to catch the eyes of ongoing students. Each sign is worth $15,000 to purchase and install. "This was the first phase of new building identification signage on the Visalia campus," Woods said.
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their future lives should not be spent on big banking fees,” Jay S. Sidhu, Chairman & CEO of BankMobile and Customers Bank, said in a June press release. ”It is a very critical time in a college student’s life when every dollar counts, and we want the college students to use their funds to pay for their education expenses rather than inflate someone’s income statement.” The other difference is just as clear on the Visalia campus: the two Higher One ATMs — one at the bookstore, the other in the cafeteria — have been removed. The Hanford and Tulare campuses still have in-network, free ATMs. The closest in-network ATM at the Visalia campus would be at the Mooney 7-11.
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Students won't be charged to use their PIN when swiping their card anymore. consumers at risk," Arne Duncan, the Secchoose to have your disbursements deposretary of Education, said in a press release ited directly into your OneAccount—a announcing the changes. fully functioning FDIC Insured checking One major change requires that comaccount.” panies such as Higher One -- including its Another government-mandated change Why The Change? successor, BankMobile VIBE -- make funds requires finance companies that partner with Higher One had been under fire for its available to outside bank accounts at the colleges, such as College of the Sequoias, business practices and fees over the last few same time it makes them available to its own to “[m]itigate fees incurred by student aid years, and the United States Department account holders, ensuring that cash-strapped recipients by requiring reasonable access to of Education (DoED) enacted regulations students aren’t forced to sign up to a bank surcharge-free automated teller machines that would make a fee-based business model account simply to get money faster. (ATMs),” according to the Final Rule pubmuch more difficult last year. Archived Higher lished in the October 30 Federal Register. Sidhu acknowlOne-branded A summary of the changes published in [...] we want the college edges the change the Federal Register stated: students to use their funds marketing materials in his press release found online showed “Given that approximately nine million statement. to pay for their education that Higher One students attend schools with these agree“We made a expenses rather than frequently stated that ments, that approximately $25 billion dollars commitment to go in Pell Grant and Direct Loan program inflate someone's income financial aid deposabove and beyond the its to Higher One funds are disbursed to undergraduates at new Department of statement. accounts would be these institutions every year, that students Education regulations JAY S. SIDHU made within the same are a captive audience subject to marketing governing fees these CHAIRMAN/CEO, BANKMOBILE business day, but from their institutions, that the college card college accounts may deposits to outside market is expanding, and because there have be charged to further reduce student costs accounts would be delayed. been numerous concerns raised by existing and set an even higher standard for student “Same business day deposit to a Higher practices, we believe regulatory action govbanking nationwide,” Sidhu said. One checking account[:] [m]oney the same erning the disbursement of title IV, student Those DoED regulations were anbusiness day funds are released by Forsyth aid is warranted.” nounced as finalized in October of last year, Tech,” one flyer for Forsyth Tech, a N.C. The regulations also require colleges to just two months before Higher One sold college, reads. “Deposit to another account. disclose the full contracts that they have its refund and banking assets to Customers Money in two to three business days.” with companies such as BankMobile VIBE Bank. “If you want the fastest access to your and Higher One. “These regulations will [...] bring overmoney,” another Higher One-branded College of the Sequoias has made its due reforms to campus cards, a sector that marketing pamphlet for Chaffey College in contracts available at the bottom of its “COS too often puts taxpayer dollars and student Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. reads, “simply Debit Card” page.
The signs have been installed to replace the old blue signs that are in the planter areas where trees and other greenery obscure them. "Most of them were faded, damaged or not even visible to students," Woods said. It took months for the planning of the new COS campus building signs. Each sign is a four-sided, rectangular pole that displays the name of building. “The signs are strategically positioned so that they reach out to students approaching a building from all directions,” Woods said. “Many of them are placed along primary walkways and are easily visible from the quad and other highly populated areas.” Woods is also hopeful that there will be a second phase of the building signage in the near future.
Wasn’t It Inevitable? The rule changes, however, are only half of the equation. Higher One had been under continuous fire over the past few years for its business practices. A lawsuit settlement approved in November 2014 forced Higher One to pay $15 million in settlements to students who had opened accounts between July 1, 2006 and August 2, 2012 and been charged fees by the bank. In December of 2015, Higher One was forced to pay nearly $4.5 million in combined fines to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Board (FRB). "It is important that financial products offered to college students under the sponsorship of their universities are clear, transparent, and trustworthy," FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said in a December press release. The FDIC also required Higher One and its former banking partner, WEX Bank, to pay a combined $32m in restitution to customers the FDIC found they had harmed. In addition, the FRB required Higher One to pay an additional $24m in restitution to customers that the entity found the bank harmed. "This action ensures that students who were misled into paying fees to access their financial aid funds will receive restitution for those fees,” Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said in a separate FRB press release. Impending Deja Vu? The same FRB press release stated that an “action is being pursued against Customers Bank, the state member bank that has held OneAccounts since August 2013,” the same Customers Bank that purchased Higher One and repainted it as BankMobile VIBE. The new federal regulations and changed attitude should prevent any lapses in judgement by Higher One’s new owners -- but only time will tell whether the new entity will be able to resist finding an alternate route to students’ financial aid dollars.