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SPRING '14 ISSUE 1 FEB 13, 2014. SINCE 1933. VISALIA, CALIF.

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ACCREDIPOCALYPSE AVERTED COLLEGE UPGRADED TO "WARNING", LEAST SEVERE STATUS TONY MALDONADO

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The light at the end of the accreditation tunnel is getting closer, Stan Carrizosa told an assembled audience of staff and students Monday. Carrizosa, the College of the Sequoias' president/superintendent, told the group that the college had been formally removed from Show Cause, the most severe penalty available, to Warning, the least severe, by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The internal "college community only" forum opened with staff and students involved with the college's accreditation efforts dancing in to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" and continued with a video showing staff and students at COS's Hanford campus dancing to the song, setting the mood for the announcement. Achieving, celebrating success The jump represents a significant achievement for the college. The ACCJC had a range of options from revoking accreditation – so unlikely as to be outside the realm of possibility, Carrizosa and others said previously — to full reaffirmation of accreditation — also unlikely, given the need to demonstrate internal processes to the ACCJC over a longer period of time. “Based on where we were a year ago,” Carrizosa told the audience, “this is the very best that we could have hoped for.” “I don’t think you can imagine doing any better than this.” The three recommendations that remained in the regional accreditor’s report relate to “completing the loop” — completely following newly-created procedures for governance: • Planning — The commission created a new recommendation to replace the previous planning recommendation. The team recommended the college fully follow its newly created Model for Integrated Plan-

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College of the Sequoias President Stan Carrizosa and Academic Senate head Thea Trimble ‘raise the arrow’, symbolizing the college’s success in its accreditation efforts, alongside members of faculty and the wider community. The thermometer

ning, demonstrating "integration of institutional planning, resource allocation, implementation and reevaluation." Research Capacity — In the Show Cause team report, the visiting team states that "In order to fully meet Standard IV.B.2.b [ensuring that data, research, and analysis guides planning at the college], the College must demonstrate during its next evaluation cycle that data continues to guide effective planning, assessment, and decision-making." Evaluation of Processes — In the Show Cause team report, the vis-

iting team ties this into the newly created recommendation of Planning above. Once finished, college officials believe that the college will achieve full reaffirmation of accreditation. The college must provide an update report in October 2014 which proves that these recommendations have been adopted and resolved. A subset of the previous visiting team will visit the college again to ensure that the recommendations have been adopted and addressed.

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Heavy lifting over, politics pushed aside

Based on where we were a year ago, this is the very best that we could have hoped for. I don't think you can imagine doing any better than this. STAN CARRIZOSA

Carrizosa took time during the forum to thank staff, faculty, and fellow administrators for staying focused on the task at hand, and acknowledged how far the college has came. "Instead of there being seven recommendations and 38 different standards [cited, as in the original Show Cause report],

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College works to satisfy hunger JOSH FORD Staff Writer

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Mel Moscoso, a fine arts major,"vapes" an e-cigarette in a parking lot at College of the Sequoias.

College to clarify e-cigarette policies

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-cigarette users may feel that they are different from traditional smokers. The college doesn't feel the same way. The new trend is known as “vaping” and by most, is not considered the same as smoking. All California State University and UC campuses are in the process of banning electronic cigarettes. Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, invented the first nicotine based e-cigarette in 2003. Most thought that e-cigs would be a fad, but they are growing in popularity more

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than ever. It is believed that e-cigarettes will surpass the amount of sales for regular cigarettes within the next 10 years. One can go to almost any smoke shop and find refillable "e-cig" starter kits, complete the battery, tank and charger for anywhere from $25 to $50, well within even the most frugal college student's budget. Even cheaper disposable e-cigs are seen more frequently than they used to be at mini-marts and gas stations. Some go all out and spend hundreds of dollars on vaping materials, buying different modifications and customizing their e-cigarette hardware.

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ow often do you ask yourself if the person you like will like your latest Instagram selfie or if a thinly veiled subtweet was directed at you? Now, with that in mind, imagine if you had to ask yourself where your next meal would be coming from — imagine sitting through your class as your head hurts, because it hasn't gotten the nutrients it needs to function properly. A large number of College of the Sequoias' students don't need to imagine that. Help for those students is coming in March, courtesy of a task force assembled at the college. On Jan. 28, a group of college staff and faculty concerned about the issue met to discuss how to help students who could benefit from food and meals on campus. An initial idea for a program to help, "Nutrition on the Go," was accepted, and is scheduled to begin in March. Matthew Deuser, head of the college's Sustainability Club, said this was his second time around taking part in such a meeting — this time with a different, more positive outcome. "We approached the administration, brought FoodLink in, and said 'We see [that there is] food insecurity on campus,' and the administration had said, 'no, there's not'," Deuser said. That harsh reality struck like lightning in the room. The college's students were surveyed through their "Giant email" accounts and asked who would benefit from food and nutrition services on campus, and who would be willing to assist. That survey ended up having more than 700 students reply with mostly positive feedback. A large number of students surveyed said they would greatly benefit from food and services to help with hunger. One student commented that she finds it "difficult to obtain her education while worrying about food" and dealt with other problems associated with that.

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COLUMN COS in the 60's CHRISTINA REEVES

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Fifty-three years ago college was a different place. Dave Fraley may have only had to pay $10 for registration, but College of the Sequoias was a top California junior college. In 1962 COS had 1,825 students and all of them took day classes. “I have nothing but good to say of those two years.” Every morning Fraley would ride one of the COS buses every morning for an hour, during which time he would study and socialize with other students. He received his associate degree in Accounting, and later completed his teaching credential at Fresno State. He went on to teach at Island Elementary School for 38 years. “It was a school that had … just everything,” he recalls of COS. It had good teachers, a large student body, great school spirit, and excellent sports teams. The COS football team ranked 8th among community colleges nationally. Fraley was involved in sports too; he pole-vaulted for the COS track team. “I had one of the greatest coaches, Gary Angove. He was a great coach," Fraley said, "I went on to coach track, and I’m still using a lot of what he emphasized.” Back then COS expected the students to dress well, as he pointed out while showing pictures from his yearbook. Men never wore jeans, and women never wore pants. “There was a certain amount of respect,” Fraley said. There was a respect for the teachers too. Every teacher worked full time. “You got to know your teachers pretty well," he says. There was more community too. Student groups planned dances, jamborees, and other student get-togethers. Every football game was packed, as were drama productions, and all of the many clubs were involved in the COS community. Fraley even met his wife of almost fifty years, Laura Friesen, at COS. Fraley remembered the snow of the winter of 1962. He said the snow stayed on the ground for finals week, and he remembered seeing cars that had spun off the highway, because most of the local people did not know how to drive in snow. COS was close to home, inexpensive, and upheld a great standard of education. It was, and is still, a great option for students. “It was a great experience, I just felt privileged to have gone to COS. Junior college, even today, is a good choice.”

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Thumbs up: accreditation THE CAMPUS STAFF

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The news that many were waiting for finally came Monday: the college was taken off the Show Cause status that loomed over its head for a few days short of a year. "Many," no doubt, includes not only staff, students, and faculty, but also community members in the three cities College of the Sequoias serves and their outlying cities. The college is a boon to the area, and its loss would leave students driving to West Hills, Porterville, or Reedley colleges — far more likely, many students in Visalia, Tulare, and its surrounding communities would simply not be able to attend at all. Businesses, too, voiced concern when the college's status was announced: the college's programs help train students for various careers through its agricultural, industry technology, and nursing programs, among others. The college's excellence in those areas provides qualified candidates ready to work. Warning, of course, still sounds rather ominous. But it's a vast improvement, as

the college's president/superintendent Stan Carrizosa told students and staff Monday, and the best possible outcome that the ACCJC could have handed down. Working through a litany of eligibility requirements, recommendations, accreditation standards that spanned a cross-section of internal processes was, no doubt, an incredibly difficult process. We still have a long way to go — as was repeated throughout the last year, accreditation is a way of life — and a few things to prove to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the regional accreditor, but the hardest work is over, and if the ACCJC is to be believed, it was done successfully. We want to offer our gratitude and our thanks to the staff, administration, students, community members, and others who rolled their sleeves up and got their hands dirty helping the college recover from what Carrizosa said at the time was "the worst thing that would ever confront College of the Sequoias."

There is a large range of ages of students on campus, but it is rare that I find someone the same age as me. I graduated a year early from high school when I was 16 and came to COS, and although I may have recently turned 17, college seems to be a little different for me than for most students. Being younger than the vast majority of people on campus doesn’t bother me as much as many may think. While it was a little weird to walk into my first class and have a thirty-something-year-old sit next to me, it is something that I have grown accustomed to and almost forgotten about. While I have forgotten about how young I am compared to everyone else, a lot of people haven’t. Within the world of social media, drugs, and twerking, a negative image has grown around teenagers. Unfortunately, a lot of older students at COS have cast this image onto me and they have started to believe that I am just your “stereotypical teenager” — lazy and disrespectful. Before finding out how young I really am, everyone treats me as just another student — they don’t put much thought into who I am. As soon as people find out that I am so young, though, I suddenly become a "kid" again in their eyes and I am treated differently. While I have found many people who have looked beyond my age and realize that I am not, in fact, that much younger, a lot of people's opinions have been affected by my age. In my mind, I don't see why my age affects how people look at me. Sure, I am only 17 and I may still be living at my parents' house, but when it comes to school I am in the same boat as everyone else. I am taking the same courses, doing the same work, achieving the same grades, and working to further my career. Realistically, when it comes to being a student at COS, I am no different than anyone else. So why is college a different experience for me compared to other students? Being a student at COS is only different because I have had to create a balance game within my life. I am a college student. I take harder classes than I am used to, I see myself as an adult and sometimes forget how young I am, and I make decisions that can and will affect my future greatly. I am also a teenager. I worry way too much about how others may see me, I sometimes get lost in the world of social media and the drama that teenage years can bring, and I have rules and curfews set by my parents that I must follow. As a young COS student, I have learned and I am continuing to learn how to keep working towards my future, while also trying to enjoy my teenage years before I can, officially, call myself an adult.

COLUMN One Billion Rising: "We will take no more" MARIA GARCIA

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One Billion Rising is welcoming women and men of all ages this Friday, February 14th to march on the streets of downtown Visalia. The march begins at 4:30pm on the corner of Willis and Main, followed by a celebration on Garden St. plaza. Amy Davis, program manager of Act for Women and Girls, predicts that this year's outcome will double last year's attendance of 150. "This event is a way to raise awareness as well as approach the violence against women by saying we will take no more," Davis said. Proud sponsers include, Act for Women and Girls, Soroptimist, AAUW, Family Services and League of Women Voters One Billion Rising is a part of a larger campaign called, "V-day." V-day is a global movement that by raising consciousness aims at strengthening the efforts of antiviolence groups. It was established in 1998 by widely renounced, Tony award winning,

activist and Playwright, Eve Esler. The first event was held in New York City and soon after, exploded into what now includes 5,800 events annually. One of the core beliefs in which this global movement is based upon is, lasting social and cultural change. This message is brought by ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The website states that "...we cannot end violence against women without ending all intersecting forms of oppression and injustice: poverty, racism, homophobia, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism and patriarchy." As the founder of V-Day, Esler, has devoted herself in sharing her vision of, "a planet in which girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive." She believes that art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act. From cities in countries such as Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Africa, Chile, Europe, and Australia, just to name a few. As this campaign approaches, people worldwide, will come in union as one to march, dance

and rise for women's right's. Just last year, this thriving global movement that has made a major impact in millions of people's lives raised over $5,800 and to date $100 million. Sharing and spreading their passion and support for this campaign include stars such as Chairwomen of Voto Latino, Rosario Dawson, who is also a V-Day board member, as well as Jessica Alba who shows her support by advocating women's rights. Last year's participant, Aspen N. Richy was more than happy to tell me about her experience and the two of the things that she enjoyed most. "It was pretty fun. We walked down Main Street singing and chanting and holding up our signs." One of the things she enjoyed most was handing out flowers and seeing everyone's reactions. "There is definitely nothing like it in Visalia," Richy said. So join the movement, spread the word and let your voices be heard!

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Police urge students to use TipNow person to select the category that fits the situation, attach pictures, and communicate COS’s police department is reaching out with the police all through the convenience to students to help create a safer campus. of the app. Since the app was released for COS, With 10,000 students attending COS, the more than 100 tips have been received. department is urging students to become their eyes and ears on campus by using the While many of these tips have only been service related such as a dead car battery or app TipNow. “Our best resource, by far, is the students spam, 55 of these tips were for suspicious and faculty right here on campus,” Chief of behavior and seven tips have led to arrests. The department asks that if someone the Police department Bob Masterson said. sees any suspicious behavior on or around TipNow is a program that allows incampus, that individual immediately alert dividuals to report suspicious behavior on authorities by either calling the police decampus anonymously by texting the department or using the program TipNow. partment directly. While the individuals’ “Even if you’re not the victim, you could number cannot be seen by the police, the be a great witness," Masterson said. police are able to reply for further details To contact the Police Department on the situation. please call 559-730-3999 For students with smartphones, the app To text an anonymous tip: 559-715TipNow is also available. This app allows a 2918 AMANDA WILBUR

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A couple ­— who chose to remain anonymous ­— kisses on the ledge of the Kaweah building.

Dating in the modern age

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“It’s easier to be your best-self on those Staff Reporter websites, you don’t always have to be honest Young people today are viewing love about who you are,” DelRio said. Many young adults are choosing to skip more like professional porn stars and less traditional dating tasks. No longer are peolike traditional romance novelists. Many ple anxiously proposing a first date, courtcollege students across the country have ing and getting to know someone. Today, the mentality that dating isn’t as serious as most are simply looking to hook up. In it used to be. In fact, the dating process is the 21st century, a hook up is as common actually hindered. Experts say, social media, as the gum found underneath one of the “hook-up culture,” and apprehension of the many desks in a lecfuture have led to a It's about f--king like a porn star. ture hall. change in the evolu“It’s about f--king It's not about connecting with tion of dating. like a porn star,” According to your partner anymore, it's about Hansen said. Family in Transition, performing. “It’s not about it’s uncommon for connecting with your DEBRA HANSEN college students topartner anymore, it’s day to adhere to the standards of traditional about performing.” dating. Traditional dates in the 1950's were The desire for commitment has dwinwhen a man asked a woman to dinner and dled and because of that, sex is not romanmovies, or—any other sort of social gathtic anymore. ering well before any sexual intimacy ocIn addition, the postponement of datcurred. Relationships were then created ing, unknowingly to college students, is acaround bonds and henceforth, marriages tually college itself. were born. “Nowadays, because of college to get Human sexuality professor Debra Hanthat desirable career, you have to go to sen feels that this generation is debasing school longer, and because you have to go the face of love. to school longer, you also hold off on the “Romance is ridiculed, commitment is devalued and what I’ve heard actual young serious relationship,” Muller said. Sophomore Amy Putthongvilai is one people say is that being in a relationship is of many college students who would rather too much work,” Hansen said. be single because their careers are simply “And that’s really sad to me.” more important to them. The transformation of dating rituals is “I’m still single because I honestly don’t varied, but according to psychology profeshave time for dating,” Putthongvilai said. sors Josh Muller and Linda DelRio, the rise All of these factors conclude that the of social media is one of the contributors concept of traditional dating has been reto the postponement of conventional datplaced with emoji icons, casual sex, and ing. For example, E-Harmony is a website long-term goals for career success. This where dating experts pair someone with modern form of dating does not necessartheir ideal match. It’s easier to portray what psychology professor Linda DelRio be- ily need to be erased, but redefined. Linda lieves is a “fake good” for people behind a DelRio proposes advice that has guided computer screen, and because of that, risks many generations in the past and should be are fewer. Dating online allows people to regarded as words of gold to college stufeel virtual rejection, instead of surreal re- dents today. “Sex is enhanced when you have a love jection. connection.. don’t be in such a hurry.”

Some go all out and spend hundreds of dollars on vaping materials, buying different modifications and customizing their e-cigarette hardware. Many people also argue that e-cigarettes are healthier. The "smoke" produced by ecigarettes is roughly equivalent to water vapor, which is why many people believe so. A nicotine solution is mixed with propylene glycol, which is known as “e-fluid”. It is then heated up and released as vapor through the “filter” when the person inhales or holds down a button. According to studies, less particulates and toxins are sent into the environment from the vapor than regular cigarette smoke. StatisticBrain.com states that 35% of people who tried e-cigarettes quit smoking normal cigarettes within six months. The amount of sales for electronic cigarettes has dramatically increased from roughly $20 million in 2008 to over $1.7 billion dollars in sales. The tobacco industry is aware of this huge market boom, and is attempting to buy out, with their billions, the major ecigarette manufacturers. Philip Morris International, makers of Marlboro cigarettes, said they planned to enter the e-cigarette market in 2014 in response to the trends. Mel Moscoso, a fine art major at the college, is an e-cigarette user who switched from traditional cigarettes. Moscoso began “vaping” in order to quit using nicotine all together. Moscoso stated he has been lowering the amount of nicotine in the "e-fluids" he purchases, and plans to quit when he reaches zero nicotine. He also confirmed he has been one-hundred-percent cigarette-free for three months. “After a month of straight ‘vaping’ and not smoking, I can breathe better in the morning when I wake up, my sense of smell improved, and I can honestly taste food better,” Moscoso said. Moscoso also said that he believes e-cigarettes are a healthier choice than smoking regular cigarettes because cigarettes, “contain at least four thousand chemicals com-

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Hanford students inconvenienced by ATMs VERONICA FELIPE

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A Hanford student taking full advantage of the COS Hanford center, still has to drive 20 miles to use a Higher One ATM. Why is this an issue? It is an irritable inconvenience for students who prefer using cash over credit — ­ credit, specifically, because using the card as a 'debit' card incurs a fee. What makes this even more ridiculous is that, despite the Hanford center being in operation for more than four years, the Tulare campus has its own ATM. For those who may not know or remember, Higher One's ATM cards are the primary method of distributing financial aid at the college. Students use the cards to pay for living and school expenses, such as books, school supplies, and transportation expenses, such as gas or bus fares. To avoid gas surcharges from using a card as 'credit,' students could use their Higher One cards as debit ­— getting hit with a $0.50 fee from Higher One for using it as debit in the process. Hanford students would have to pick from the lesser of the two evils or drive to the main campus to withdraw cold, hard cash. In addition, the Hanford Center's cafeteria has only a microwave, a few vending machines, and some tables: no student worker with a register is available to ring you up, and only one or two of the vending machines accept card readers. Hanford's students could use other ATMs to withdraw money, if they're willing to pay Higher One $2.50 for the privilege of using their money ­— in addition to any fees charged by the ATM's owner. Furthermore, for a lot of students cash provides a sense of privacy that cannot be achieved through an account tied with the

college. While financial aid is primarily meant for school expenses, sometimes students have to dip into that account to pay off traffic tickets, or to reward themselves with a small gift after passing a midterm. For the students who take classes in Tulare or Visalia, they're able to avoid these issues; however, for the students who live in Hanford or Lemoore and attend only the Hanford Center, they get the privilege of this unique experience. When reached for comments, the Financial Aid Director, Dianna Fauvor, said that "negotiations with Higher One last year did not result in their agreement to place an ATM at Hanford. We are aware of the need and continue to work on this issue." Relatively, according to Services Agreement between Higher One and COS, "Higher one will purchase or lease the number of ATMs specified on the first page of the Agreement at Higher One's cost, and install the ATMs, in locations mutually agreed upon, on Institution premises." In other words, the installation of a Higher One ATM is free of cost to COS, and what primarily has to be done is to agree upon a location. If the Financial Aid office has engaged in negotiations over this issue, it stands to reason that Higher One is the party unwilling to place an ATM in the Hanford Center. Fauvor only commented that COS is "contractually obligated to work with Higher One until June 30, 2015" when the idea of choosing another financial aid distributor was brought up. Therefore, if COS cannot separate from fee-riddled Higher One, students are left with one option: to voice their opinion and give the Financial Aid department a reason to push harder for a Higher One ATM at the Hanford Center.

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pared to e-cigarettes; which is way less” Brandon Duval, another student at College of the Sequoias, however, believes the opposite. Brandon stated that he has been smoking cigarettes for around 20 years and has tried to quit numerous times. Duval said that he has actually tried the new alternative, e-cigarettes, and they “don’t really satisfy the need of a regular cigarette.” “You get more nicotine per puff, but the flavor’s not there…unfortunately, it’s just not the same thing.” Duval also said there is no such thing as a healthy alternative to cigarettes. “You’re still putting toxins into your system…either way, it’s still bad for you.” Duval believes that e-cigarettes are a gateway into regular smoking. He said that tighter regulations should be put into effect so youth do not become addicted to the new ‘candy nicotine’. “It’s still considered smoking, so as far as I’m concerned, if they’re going to regulate regular cigarettes they might as well regulate the ecigarettes.” College of the Sequoias, meanwhile, currently lacks a specific e-cigarette policy. The college's police chief, Bob Masterson, said that he noticed e-cigarette use picking up at the college a year ago. Masterson has completed a draft of a policy that would see e-cigarette users corraled into the same areas as traditional cigarette smokers. Masterson said that the draft still has to go through the new channels of approval set forth by the COS 2.0 reorganization process. “Where it goes from there is beyond me,” Masterson said. “As of now, the campus smoking policy involves tobacco products and nicotine products only. What we’re looking to change is to include the e-cigarettes as well.” Masterson also said there has not been enough research to conclude that e-cigarettes are really a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes, and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to do more research on the matter before one can jump to any conclusions. “We are looking at coming in line with just like the UC and Cal State [campuses]…e-cigarettes are just the same as cigarettes.”

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Fruits and vegetables would be available to students through "Nutrition on the Go."

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After discussion amongst the task force's members, their initial step forward is to join forces with FoodLink, a food bank which serves Tulare and Kings counties. "FoodLink is a nonprofit organization that helps provide food to students and families who would directly benefit from their services," Becky Kennedy, FoodLink's administrative manager, explained. They supply food items such as canned beans, rice, and fruit; currently, they provide services for a number of elementary school students within Tulare County.

Kennedy served as a representative during the discussion for FoodLink alongside Steve Dresser, coordinator of the "Nutrition on the Go" program. "Nutrition on the Go" is an immediate source of fresh fruit that students could consume immediately when the program begins; FoodLink currently offers the program in other locations. The program has been confirmed to start in early March; there will be a task force to continually ensure the program reaches its goals and helps students in need. An idea to distribute food in the quad from 11AM to 1PM was discussed, but has not been confirmed.


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Inside Accreditation Accreditation Q&A Q: Why does accreditation matter? A: Receiving accreditation helps assure the public that a college provides a quality education and ensures that colleges meet basic standards. Accreditation also makes any courses taken at COS transferrable to other colleges and to UC and CSU institutions. In addition, students must attend an accredited institution to receive federal financail aid. A lack of accreditation would effectively cause the college to shut down. Q: Were/are my units earned prior to Show Cause, or during the Show Cause period, or being earned now, in danger of being "unaccredited"? A: No. All the credits students are working for now, or worked for before, or any degrees or certificates from the college would be valid regardless of the college's accreditation status. Q: What does the new status mean? A: TheACCJC has removed the most serious sanctions from the college. It has only three standards left to address, standards which administrators and faculty believe will be easily met. It is anticipated that the college will achieve full reaffirmation of accreditation by this time next year. Q: Where can I learn more about accreditation? A: The college has set up an accreditation-focused website at http://www.cos. edu/Accreditation/Pages/default.aspx — in addition, you can read about accreditation at our website, http://www.coscampusonline.com.

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Tutor Shelby King assists Cristian Perez at the Writing Center on the Visalia campus.

Writing Center open, ready to help students succeed rostro said he uses the writing center just about every day. “It’s very helpful to me,” Buenrostro Students from any College of Sequoias’ said. department can come to the Writing CenHe said he loves the quiet atmosphere, ter for help in writing, to gain confidence in which is free of the noisy distractions that their abilities and learn writing strategies. are often prevalent downstairs. The goal of the writing center is to give “That really helps me out.” tools to help student writers reach their Buenrostro said he would highly recomfull potential. The center helps students mend the writing center’s services to fellow improve their writing skills and succeed in students. their college career. “It helps you not only concentrate a lot The writing center is based in the Engbetter,” he said. “But also, you can ask for lish department. But, by no means, does it work only for students in English classes. help from tutors and you can get the help The writing center works with students [you need] directly from there. I find that great.” from all over the The tutors are not It helps you not only concentrate campus in many difonly available to help ferent subjects. a lot better, but also, you can ask with writing assignStudies conductfor help from tutors and you can ments. They can also ed by the English get the help [you need] directly help students write department have resumes, scholarship from there. I find that great. “conclusively shown letters, transfer apthat students who FABIAN BUENROSTRO plications and letters regularly use the of interest. The writwriting center stay in their classes and get ing center has resources for different citabetter grades," Nancy Stone, Director of tion formatting, such as MLA and APA, the Writing Center, said. Students can come to writing center as well as multiple books on the subject of with a writing assignment; no appointment writing. The writing center can also be used as necessary. No matter what stage the assigna resource for independent study. Students ment is at, students can expect to receive can bring in their homework for any subpractical feedback on their assignment ject and check out a laptop to use. The cenfrom trained and experienced tutors, Stone ter’s laptops are complete with access to insaid. ternet databases for research papers, as well. All tutors must be recommended by an Printers are also available for student use English professor and enroll in an English for the price of 10 cents per page. class for writing consultants, Stone said. That can make it a huge resource for Once a student is paired with one of students who don’t have access to printers the center’s 22 consultants, this student can or computers at home. The college would spend anywhere from a half hour to an hour with a consultant. The consultant will help not continue to invest money to keep this the student decide what they want to ac- resource open if it weren’t helping students. The resources and tutors at the writing complish with their writing. Once a rough center are there to help every student sucdraft is completed, the student can return ceed, Stone said. to the center and a tutor will help with reviWhether a writing assignment needs sion, polishing their paper or proofreading. inspiring, polishing or proofreading, the Fabian Buenrostro, a student at the colcenter is there to help. lege, has been regularly using the writing “We’ve never been completely stumped center for help on his assignments. Buenyet,” Stone said. JACOB WILSON Staff Writer

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An assembled audience applauds during Monday's accreditation announcement.

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issued Show Cause, and whose advice representatives from College of the Sequoias there are three recommendations that remain and there are the related standards have sought throughout its accreditation struggle — spoke about their experience that go with those," Carrizosa said. achieving full reaffirmation of accredita"I think that we [the college community] are very proud of the work that we've tion. "To a person, they [the representadone," said Thea Trimble, President of the tives] described how much better they are college's Academic Senate, "and how we for having gone through this experience, came together to get it done." how much better their processes are, how The success at the college stands in much better they understand how to work stark contrast to another, much larger, together, and how to get through difficult college that found itself embroiled in times," Trimble said. accreditation issues: City College of San "I want us to hold on to that. They're a Francisco (CCSF). year out from us. We're going to be right CCSF's accreditation was revoked by where they were when we go to that acthe ACCJC; and, in response, San Francreditation institute next year." cisco's city attorney filed suit against the The college needs to continue to follow ACCJC rallied on by the college's faculty, earning a temporary reprieve from revoca- its "COS 2.0" internal processes to prove to the commission that it has fully emtion. braced and adopted the recommendations Different constituencies at the college, handed down by the ACCJC in its initial Carrizosa said, never let internal diviShow Cause report sions materialize, [Accreditation] is a never-ending and in the new Warnor — as at CCSF process from here-on out. In ing follow-up report. — turn blame for 2018, we have our next full report Administrathe college's issues … and we're already talking about tion and faculty are towards the achow we can start gathering that confident that the creditor. evidence [of compliance] starting college will achieve "We didn't full reaffirmation, and now. behave that way, are looking forward to and because of JENNIFER VEGA LA SERNA the future. that College of the "[Accreditation] is Sequoias isn't in the middle of a lawsuit or a never-ending process from here-on out," anything like that," he said. "We're off of the college's Vice-President of Academic show cause!" Services, Jennifer Vega la Serna, told the COS Board of Trustees on Monday night. Path towards continuous improve"In 2018, we have our next full report, our ment, reaffirmation six-year report.. and we're already talkAt a recent conference about acing about how we can start gathering that creditation, Trimble said, representatives evidence [of compliance] starting now." from Cuesta College — a college which achieved full reaffirmation after being

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Lost and Found available to students AMANDA WILBUR

Managing Editor

With thousands of students on campus, personal possessions are commonly misplaced or lost. For these cases, the COS Police Department holds a lost and found within their office. If a student loses an item on campus, that student may file a lost item report within the police department. The student must describe the item as well as leave their name and contact information; if the item is found, the individual will be contacted.

If an item is found on campus, the individual who found the item is encouraged to bring the item into the police department so that the owner may have the opportunity to claim it. Items that are brought in are held for 90 days. After this waiting period, the items are donated to local charities or, if usable, donated back to COS. Items can be brought in during the Visalia police department's hours: 7:45 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.. For more information on the Lost and Found, contact the COS police department: (559)730-3999

NASA picks COS students AMANDA WILBUR

Managing Editor

Four students from College of the Sequoias were recently selected to be part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Jonathan Sosa, David Berlin, Devin Bisconer, and Nick Morley will be traveling to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena to get hands-on experience in the field. To be accepted into the program, students had to go through a two-phase process. The first phase was to submit an application. From the applications, certain students were accepted into the second phase: an online research project where students created their own Mars Rover. The four students from COS — as well

as other accepted students — will be working with NASA for three days to get the full "NASA experience," but they currently do not know the full extent of what this will consist of. "Hopefully I end up on a space ship in a space suit," Jonathan Sosa said. The only thing the students know they will be doing with their time there is working on rovers. The students are also currently researching specific robotics that they have been told they will be using during their time in the program. They will be traveling to Pasadena on February 26. "I was very proud to find out that three other COS students were selected as well. This just goes to show how strong the COS math and science departments are." Devin Bisconer said.

Campus text alert system rolled out AMANDA WILBUR

Managing Editor

The COS Police Department will soon be introducing a mass text system that will allow students and staff to receive text messages or calls alerting them of emergencies on campus. An alert system is not new to COS. A program, Nixle, has been used in the past that alerted registered users of emergencies on campus as well. The previously registered users' information will be transferred to the new system. The new alert system is called AlertTC. It is being provided to the college by the Tulare County Office of Emergency Services. The registered users will be able to enter various forms of contact information and will have the opportunity to choose which form of contact is preferable. If an alert is

sent out, the system will rotate through the ways to contact the user until it receives feedback that the user was notified. The alert program is an opt-in program meaning that people interested in receiving these alerts will have to voluntarily register their contact information. The system is free to users, however, message and data rates may apply. AlertTC also provides alert messages from Tulare County and city authorities in the case of a county or city-wide emergency. Information sent can range from evacuation notices, severe weather warnings, road closure information, and power outage notifications. To apply, visit http://tularecounty. ca.gov/alerttc/ Those without internet access can call the County Office of Emergency Services at (559) 624-7495 to register.


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