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Layoffs begin at CCC
Diversity speaks at HWC By Ingrid Clausen Staff Writer
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On Oct. 22, the reinvention of CCC was applied as a reduction-in-force (RIF) to varied personnel at Harold Washington College. Two members of the Cook County Teacher’s Union were among those escorted out of the building that Friday, according to Phil Stucky, chapter chairman of the Local 1600 and English professor at HWC. Several other positions were eliminated that day, including; Alma Gaona from Business and Operational Services, Cynthia Crump in Human Resources, Zalicka Brown from the Office of Instruction, and Laurinda Duerson from the Office of Continuing Education. Dennis Macklin, a webmaster from the IT department, and Inggrid Yonata from the president's office were the two union members whose services to HWC were no longer needed. “At our campus, my understanding is that the employees were called to the President’s office, were read a letter saying what was going to happen, and then were escorted with security to their desks and asked to take their things out [and pack] … I believe that they were
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Dioramas like this are used to show the playful side of the altars that welcome souls to the realm of the living during the “Dia de los Muertos” celebration.
able to come back later and make arrangements [to obtain their belongings,]” Stucky said. "People are deserving of more dignity, than that," he said. The plan to reinvent CCC was announced by Mayor Daley earlier this year, when he appointed Chancellor Cheryl Hyman along with now former CCC board of trustees chairman, Gery Chico. Chico resigned last month to pursue the mayoral office of Chicago after Daley announced he would not seek reelection. Chico's successor, Martin Cabrera, is the founder and CEO of Cabrera Capital Markets. “It's been public news for some time,
when our new leadership team came into city colleges they announced [at the press conference] that there would be a reinvention of the entire City Colleges of Chicago,” said Brandon Pendleton of the Human Resources department at HWC. "The Chancellor herself and the leadership team from our district office came here to Harold Washington College and did a whole presentation on the reinvention and what we were trying to achieve." “It’s not personal … this is all part of an ongoing re-engineering and reinvention effort that we are using to See Union p. 2
Film festival for native heritage HWC and the American Indian Association of Chicago are teaming up this year to organize a film festival for this month’s Native American Heritage Month (NAHM). According to The Bureau of Indian Affairs, National American Indian Heritage Month was created by former President George H. W. Bush in 1990. Officially, the month’s theme is "Pride in Our Heritage. Honor to Our Ancestors.” However, the HWC NAHM committee chairwoman, Judy Rivera-van Schagen, wants to express a simpler message during the school’s events: understanding. “There is very little knowledge of the American Indian, not just here, but in the city, and in mainstream society as a whole. My main concern is that we don’t recognize the importance and the contribution of all the members. We need to get to a point where we’re all equal. Not equal in class, but equal in
the way we contribute to the overall community in different ways. But if we don’t know a group of people, then we’re all slacking. And the group we’re particularly unaware of happens to be the first Americans,” said Rivera-van Schagen. The festival will begin with a screening of "Tecumseh’s Vision," a movie that details one of the earliest panIndian movements. The film’s director is Ric Burns, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He will be appearing at HWC the day after the screening of his film. In contrast to the illustration of 19th century Native Americans struggling for independence in "Tecumseh's Vision," a film about the struggles of modern day Native Americans, "The Business of Fancy Dancing" will be shown as well. It is based on the book of short stories by Sherman Alexie, a Native American writer and director. In an effort to get students directly involved with this event, the coordina-
tors are facilitating panels comprised of students. “I’m going to have panels of students who are going to read their works, either a work of criticism or a personal work,” said Rivera van-Schagen. Armed with a battery of films, speakers, and panels, the Rivera van-Schagen hopes this month’s festival promotes awareness and makes a difference in students’ understanding of American Indians and their culture. “I would like not just the students of Harold Washington, but the community at large, to really accept, to understand, and to respect the contributions of all members of society,” said Rivera van-Schagen. With a diverse selection of films, a forum with Dr. Dorene Weise, the president of the American Indian Association of Illinois in Chicago, and literary readings by students, the NAHM committee will strive to elevate appreciation and awareness of Native Americans.
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At Harold Washington College there is a large population of international students which gives the school the diversity that characterizes it. Yolanda Townsend, international student coordinator, provides the students assistance with the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as academic advising. Townsend said that international students come to HWC in different types of visas or working permits, not only student visas. They come to school either to pursue a carrier or just to improve their English in the ESL program. “Approximately 40 percent of all the students at Harold Washington are from another country or first generation immigrants and 25 percent of the whole school population is here on visas.” Shahbaz Ahmad from Pakistan has been only one semester at HWC. He came to the United States seeking a better education and he is majoring in Biology. He is also taking classes at the University of Chicago. “I like studying with people from all over the world, my country is not as diverse as this one. I like about Chicago that there are many cultural activities to choose from.” Yea Ji, originally from South Korea has been in Chicago for almost a year. She likes challenges and decided to move to Chicago without knowing anyone in the city. “I am a big fan of jazz and blues, one of my favorite spots in the city is the Museum of the Art Institute.” She finds American food way to fatty and misses the low caloric Korean food. She also wishes that Chicago’s weather wasn’t as extreme as it is. Heriberto Carbona is from Mexico. He is majoring in electrical engineering and plans to transfer to UIC. “About Mexico I miss my family and the Christmas holidays, we have a lot of traditions. I also miss playing soccer outdoors all year long.” He practices soccer in Chicago as well, but has to do it indoors for a good part of the year. Donah Nouo Fely from Gabon, Africa has been in the United States for five years. “I came to the United States with a scholarship from my country, accordSee Students p. 6
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Union surprised by layoffs
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make sure we are operating efficiently and first and foremost, we are meeting our student’s needs,” Pendleton said. "As a result of that effort, it did become necessary to reduce some staff positions." The Student Government Association experienced those efforts when they lost their advisor that Friday. Mario Diaz served HWC as assistant dean of student services in addition to advising SGA. “We were flabbergasted, I thought it was just a rumor,” said Sterick Wills, a Treasurer of the SGA. “I had that trust with [Dean] Diaz and I had that confidence that he knew exactly what I was doing and I knew where I could meet him,” Sterick said. “He was a great guy.” Student services also was also affected by the layoff of Devon Glover, who was the advisor for Phi Theta Kappa when she was called to the eleventh floor that day. “I know that Devon Glover loved being an advisor and she always helped us,” said Zi Wu of Phi Theta Kappa. “She was escorted by security out the door, we were told she said goodbye,” Wu said. "Mayor Daley, when he appointed the Chancellor, and Gery Chico, who is now running for mayor, said he wanted a re-invention of city colleges and it seems that they are trying to re-
invent without deciding what they are re-inventing," Stucky said. "In other words, shouldn't decisions be made jointly between administrators, faculty, professionals, about the direction of the system before lopping off people, and then deciding what to do?" On Oct. 15, there were 25 union members who were reduced-in-force across CCC. The number of non-union employees affected will not be known until the District Board releases the names at their next meeting. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request is being made by Perry Buckley, president of the Cook County College Teacher's Union, demanding a list of union employees who are to be laid off, their official job title and date when they were hired, and the CCC Board Personnel Report for the District Board meeting on Nov. 4. The Union also will petition the Board to allow members who were or are to be laid off and are near their retirement to be able and sign an "irrevocable contract to retire," which would allow them to reach their retirement date.
The Organization of Latin American Students (O.L.A.S.) celebrated "Dia de los Muertos," translated to Day of the Dead, November 1-2 in Room 203 and had a lively turnout. The first day is usually referred to as "Dia de los Inocentes," which is for children and infants, with the following day being for adults. The holiday is commonly compared to Halloween but the comparison is inaccurate. "Mexican Halloween, that's what I hear all the time," said Maria Gonzalez, president of O.L.A.S. "It's more of a mixture of Aztec and Catholic traditions. The Aztec's had a God for the dead, they actually would celebrate, (the deceased) not cry over it. They wanted to remember that person."
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A scholarship is currently being established in memory of Saundra Banyard, HWC's recently retired vice president who passed away Sept. 25 at the age of 58. The scholarship will be to benefit students, but details are still being worked out on who will be eligible and how much awards will be. Many faculty, staff and administrators greatly admired Banyard. “I met her at District in 1985 when she started working in Business Institute of Chicago City wide College and working with her was a positive experience, she was a good mentor, friend. Colleague, and just a great confidant,” said Vallerie Roberson, a friend and colleague of Banyard for 25 years. "Wendell Blair always used to call Banyard 'cool', I think it was because of the way she was able to work well with students and it also describes her as a person,” said Roberson. “She was a good and fair boss, she
The Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Soul's Day fall on the same days and in some ways are similar with regards to customs and traditions to the Latin versions. Rory McSweeney was there, enjoying tamales and the culture of the event. "I just thought it was like, a Mexican version of Halloween, I didn't realize that it was such a big holiday, there is a lot of symbolism behind it," he said. The traditions vary, with some regions having huge celebrations and others just a quiet day of remembrance like in El Salvador, where Lissette Arellano's, treasurer of O.L.A.S., mother is from. "The whole family would get together early in the morning, get flowers and take them to the graves, and then they will just spend the whole day there," she said.
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believed that instructors should have relationships with their students so she advised me not to take the television courses that were provided at HWC. Working with her was a learning experience because she taught me the importance of education,” said Tasha Peterson who once was the work study for Banyard and now is a financial aid advisor at HWC. Valletta Buckner who works in the Human Resources department and knew Banyard for about 12 years agrees. “On a professional level I found her to be fair and always professional in the instance that she always wanted to do the right thing. As a person she was laid back, calm, cool, and collected,” she said. Banyard became broadly respected and also acknowledged throughout CCC, and most recently HWC when she became the Vice President of Accademic Affairs. She involved in many civic groups such as the Fundraising Advisory Committee and Chicago Urban League
Social Sciences will be the focus of Assessment Week, Nov. 8 to 12. An assessment will be given and consist of a series of questions that will test a student's knowledge of the social sciences. Assessments are done by the Assessment Committee over a 7-year cycle. Each year a different general education objective is addressed, i.e. critical thinking, oral and written communication, information and computer literacy, understanding of the arts and humanities, natural sciences, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences. According to committee member Todd Heldt the assessments are done to see how well students are learning and general education goals are being met. "One of those goals is that students understand different cultures, institutions and patterns of human behavior and be able to study those things using the scientific methods," Heldt said. At least 1,000 students are needed to complete the assessment,which represents 10 percent of the student body. Banners tagged “Know It and Show it" hang near the escalators encouraging students to take the assessment. Instructors volunteer to bring their classes to the computer lab to complete the online questionnaire assessment, which takes about an hour. Additionally, it can be taken in the classroom or via blackboard .
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“We’ve gotten really good at collecting data, now we want to find engaging ways to present the findings to improve student learning.” Michael Healthfield, sub committee chair said. The findings of the Social Science Assessment will be given to HWC administration, faculty and students. From that information, changes and suggestions for improvement in teaching and student learning in the social sciences can be made. Results of previous assessments are available on the HWC website and have been used to make changes in Humanities and the sequencing of prerequisite courses for that subject, And findings from an assessment for student engagement resulted in , increased student advising, the HWC Service Initiative program, and improvement in the office of student services. The process is aimed at creating the best learning environment for students. "It's not just about one department. It's about multiple stakeholders: that's security, faculty, staff, working together across disciplines to improve student learning. A better educated person is a more marketable person," Healthfield said. To volunteer to take the social science assessment, students and faculty can stop by Room 404 or contact Lynnel Kiely, social science sub-committee member at email@example.com, or 312-553-5755. Faculty Adviser Molly Turner
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Transfer fair for more than HWC students Over 60 colleges will be at HWC to search for new and transfer students By Victoria Ross Staff Writer
The Transfer Center, along with the Career Planning and Placement Office will sponsor a transfer and career symposium Nov. 1 4, and the annual Transfer Fair on Nov. 10. The workshops at the symposium will provide information for students no matter what stage they are at in their life or career. Subjects will range from "defining your goals" to information on careers in science, law, and even Aviation. The workshops will be lead by various professors and faculty members at HWC. “…I want them [students] to get knowledge and awareness and to know that there are tons of options,” said Ellen Goldberg, director of the Transfer Center. This is the first symposium at HWC and it can benefit student who want to go straight into the workforce or want to continue their education. There will be a panel with admissions representatives
from Howard and Depaul Universities, University of Illinois at Chicago and ITT Technical Institute to talk about what goes into making admissions decisions. Also there will be a panel of HWC alumni and another of HWC faculty and they will talk about what school they attended; big ten schools religious based colleges, art schools and more. “It started with one idea and the idea was to have that panel full of faculty so the faculty could talk about what schools they went to … it kind of sky rocketed,” said Goldberg. “That’s the biggest goal … to know students realize they have options.” The Annual Transfer Fair has grown yearly and there will be a broad range of schools for students to learn about. 60 schools will be in attendance including the University of Chicago, Columbia University in the City of New York, University of Southern California, Indiana University, Hawai’i Pacific University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, National-Lewis University, Roosevelt University and Jackson State University just to name a few. The fair is open to everyone, not only students. This year, there will be over 400 high school students attending as well.
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Artist uses ‘alienation’ as art By Keith Dow Staff Writer
As part of Chicago Artists Month 2010, Harold Washington College’s President’s Gallery hosted an art exhibit entitled “Live A Little, Live Ennui”. It was created by Chicago artist Erik Wenzel. The exhibit contains works ranging from two televisions sitting on a
table to a single towel hanging off of a rod. Wenzel says that his inspiration was the space of the room it resides in. “It was... this very odd situation of a large area in an office that is both a work place and an art place,” he says. “Or, it is neither an office nor a gallery. There is a similarity in the alienation one feels
in a typical office space with cubicles and a stark exhibition space.” In addition to the physical art pieces, Wenzel has created a series of discussions called “Evening Academies”, where he invites guests to lead conversations about a variety of topics. “There is this seating area with couches,” he said, “and I thought, ‘Well this would be a good place to sit and have a conversation.’ I am interested in all the contradictory things about having a semiformal debate in what is essentially a waiting area as the office is closing.” Former guest speakers have included artist Diego Leclery as well as Wenzel himself. The exhibit will run through Nov. 11, and is free for students as well as for the public. The President’s Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.
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Pieces in the exhibit “Live A Little, Live Ennui” by Erik Wenzel
Library full? Head off campus to study By Jason Astorga Staff Writer
Need to use a computer that isn’t primarily used for Facebook at the HWC Library or listen to the music of your choice without any hassles while doing homework? There are hundreds of locations to study in downtown Chicago. The HWC library is one of the areas to study at according to students. “It’s better to study at where its quiet and no one will bother you,” said Juan Santillan. The HWC library has a large selection of computers to use and multiple areas to study at. With the free wifi the school provides, students are welcomed to bring in their computer with them if the computers are in use. “To find a computer is really hard, but if you bring your own laptop, you are fine,”said Karena Rodriguez. The wifi seems to work fine with some students but not so well with others. “Sometimes it kind of fades out but it is decent, its better than what I have at home,” said Rodriguez. If the internet at HWC becomes too unreliable, the McDonald’s on Randolph and Washington also provides free Wi-Fi and is three blocks away from school. If you like paying an extra fifty cents for tax on any item on the menu then this McDonald’s is for you. Another McDonald’s located on Dearborn and Randolph, next to Garett Popcorn, is a few blocks west; this
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The Loop has a diverse selection of areas to study in.
McDonald’s has two floors, a good amount of seating, and is easier on your wallet. The Chicago Cultural Center, located on Randolph and Michigan Avenue, is an excellent place to get work done. In addition to the 1930’s furniture and free Wi-Fi, the “Cafe At The Cultural Center” serves coffee, sandwiches, salads, and pastries. The Cultural Center offers two seating areas to study from. The main room is where most study at, which leads to the galleries on the second floor and the cafe area, where many grab a snack and study. “I enjoy the atmosphere, there are a lot of different people; students, professionals, retirees - and when I need to take a break from studying, I get to
check out the free art exhibits there,” said Matt Zimmerman. Students and others are also able to shop at the nearby gift shop which offers a wide variety of items from keychains to scarves. In addition to the free art galleries, live entertainment such as Classical, Jazz, Blues & Beyond, is played on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday. The Cultural Center is open from Mondays to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7. p.m., Fridays from 8. a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9. a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6. p.m.. Bookstores are also a great place to study at. The Borders on State Street, one block away from HWC, offers a small area near the cafe, Seattle’s Best
Coffee. There are also seatings against the windows, giving a view of State Street from above. The Barnes and Noble at the Depaul Center on Jackson Blvd. and State may be bigger but more crowded. If you are not able to find a seat or if the scent of brewed coffee from Starbucks is too distracting, leading outside of Barnes and Noble to the foyer are even more areas to study. There are seats and tables overlooking the basement floor, which leads to the more quieter floor of Barnes and Noble. If you are planning to spend the day studying here, there are multiple restaurants such as Sbarro, Dunkin’ Donuts, a generic Chinese food restaurant, and more to eat at. Argo Tea and Starbucks are found throughout the Loop and are commonly infested with students and professionals. Those who study late at night may favor the Starbucks in Piper‘s Alley, north of the Loop. This is one of the few Starbucks that are open 24 hours and gets populated late at night. If you want to make use of your time commuting like Columbia student, Andrew Avalos, who values his time commuting on the Blue Line. “There are numerous places [I like to study at], but a place I enjoy most studying is on the train. You know, the hum of the rails, engines, and all of that scooting by. I really enjoy the feel of it” This may not be an option for some but for those who commute to school, the train may or may not be a bad choice.
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Students transfer with quality education By Leanna Burton Managing Editor
To some HWC students, transferring to a major university may seem like an impossibility, but according to list of demographics recently released from the admissions department, many HWC students are matriculating to prominent Big Ten, Ivy League schools and four-year universities. The list includes the names of approximately 1,800 students who have transferred from HWC over the last two years. The school that receives most HWC alumni is the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with over 30 percent of students opting to continue their education there. Most students prefer UIC simply because it is close to home, according to Robert Brown, associate dean of student services. “UIC always will have one of the highest numbers because students who live in Chicago don’t wish to leave Chicago,” he said. Schools within Illinois are the most popular choices, as University of Chicago and Northwestern University follow closely behind UIC on the list. Though the majority of transferring students choose colleges and universities withing Illinois, many opt to explore their options and apply to schools out of state. “The first 15 to 20 schools are heavily Illinois, and with the rest, the
sky is the limit,” he said. A significant number of students have shown interest in west coast schools such as California State University and University of California at Los Angeles. “People from here are literally throughout the country,” Brown said. The report initially only included the top 20 schools chosen by HWC students, but Brown requested the full list because he felt it was important to include a thorough look into where students are transferring. The least popular schools on the list are schools such as Smith College and Yale and Howard Universities, with only three HWC students transferring to these schools. This low interest in such prominent institutions stems from a lack of student understanding, according to Brown. “In many cases, a student simply doesn’t have a clue that they are sharp enough to go to Yale or Howard, we explain and address during the mandatory orientation that it is strongly suggested that students not only see a college advisor, but also talk to the transfer center about their future plans,” Brown said. Not many students understand the importance of preparing for a transfer, but one HWC alumna knows the significance of preparation and planning one’s education beyond HWC. Lakeesha Harris, who attended HWC from 2006 to 2008 and received
an associate’s degree with a concentration in women’s studies, became intensely involved in her education after leaving HWC for a short time in 2003. “I think if I was engaged the way the professors did when I came back in 2006, I would have stayed,” Harris said. The professors at HWC encouraged most Harris to pursue a career in teaching, and an education at Northeastern Illinois University, from which she will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in women’s studies in 2011. “They all made me want to become a professor when I saw how much they are involved with their students,” she said. “I credit Dr. [Katheryn] Nash for helping me to find my voice as a woman; she recruited me for the speech team, and she was an amazing light in my life,” Harris said. “Marcy [Rae Henry] introduced me to national women writers, from Argentina and India, it was a different way to learn about women.” Harris’ experiences at HWC greatly influenced her performance as a student and prepared and her for the future. “The education that I got there, I was so far ahead of everybody when I got to Northeastern, which is why my professor nominated me for the McNair Scholarship, which is allowing me to get my Ph.D. at no cost,” she said.
In addition to being a McNair scholar, Harris is the Lincoln Laureate for Northeastern Illinois University, has received an English award for excellence in poetry, and her essays have been published in various magazines. Harris’ advice for students interested in transferring to prestigious schools is to explore every option available. “Those schools will be accessible to you if you utilize your resources,” she said. “Investigate your options, if you don’t tap into those resources, nobody is going to tell you. You have to own your education.” It is the student’s responsibility to explore every option made available to them at HWC, according to Brown. “At Harold Washington, we are indeed a transfer school, not that our sister schools are not because they are too, but there’s been a real emphasis on accommodating our students and their wishes as it relates to the kinds of schools that they want to transfer to,” he said. “It is ultimately up to the student, they’re adults when they come in this door, it’s up to them to explore the options available.” For more information on transferring student demographics, or how to prepare for transferring, contact Robert Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New club embraces diversity, A day in charity and awareness the life By Robert Dominguez Lifestyle Editor
The African Student Association (ASA) is a new club dedicated to helping students from Africa, and providing them with a group of people who can offer support. It hopes to educate its members by offering a clear representation of Africa which contains 58 countries. “Students coming from foreign countries do not fully understand the American system, so they need people to relate to, and better yet people that have more in common with them that can help them navigate through this system,” said club advisor Uthman Erogbogbo. According to Erogbogbo, when students work together it decreases their chances of dropping out, and lessens frustration as avenues of support are created. On the last Wednesday of each month the club comes together for a monthly address, inviting guest speakers, storytellers, and serving African food as a way to celebrate the diversity of Africa. At general meetings, members will watch African films, often a Nollywood film selected by one of the club’s officers. Nollywood refers to Nigeria’s booming film industry that began in early 1990 with the advance of digital technology, and is now a $250 million a year industry. Some of the films have a soap opera like quality but overall they portray and
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President of the ASA Olurotimi Akindele addresses the club at a weekly meeting of the club.
reflect African life more accurately than how it is often stereotypically portrayed in the western media. Club member Alex Howard whose mother comes from Sudan but was raised in the states said he became interested in the club as a way to connect with his African heritage. The club’s president Olurotimi Akindele said the idea for starting the ASA club at HWC was suggested by a friend who thought he would be the best person to take on the responsibility. "I sat down one night and thought
about the work and how am I going to have a good solid foundation, basically an idea to push the club. So I decided the ASA should be an educational social and charitable organization," Akindele said. As one of its charitable aspects the ASA is sponsoring a child in Burundi through the World Vision Organization. For $35 a month a child receives healthcare, education, clean drinking water and sanitation, and the positive effects carry over into other areas of their lives. "From the moment sponsorship starts the child becomes a happier person and has a feeling that someone, an association in Chicago at Harold Washington College is willing to help them every month," Akindele said. "We usually get a letter from the mom and dad telling us how happy the child is and that they hope things are well with us." The club also has started a lending library with a recent total of 37 current textbooks available for its members. The books can be checked out for the semester with a deposit. “Sometimes that deposit can be as little as you leaving us your ID,” said Lewis Major, the club’s treasurer. For upcoming events the ASA will have a health care provider administering free HIV tests At the HWC Health Fair and are currently planning an outing with the Black Student Union to the DuSable museum. Club meetings are Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in Room 308.
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ing to them, here you have better opportunities.” Education in her country works differently; “people pick what they are going to study from the beginning of high school, that way they go to a different type of school depending on what they want to become when they grow up. I went to engineering high school, but here I can take biology, that’s how I’m doing my premed.” Her favorite thing about Chicago is the transportation system and she also likes the U-Pass for students because it saves her money. “living in Chicago is more affordable than other big cities in the United States; here I can have my own studio for $550 a month.” Like Yea Ji, Donah also misses the food in her country and was shocked to see so many obese people when she moved to Chicago. Something that she doesn’t like about being an international student at Harold Washington is the tuition’s price, “we pay three times what an American student would pay per credited hour and I don’t mind that as much as not being able to drop any classes.” International student by law have to take 12 credit hours per semester; if they drop a class they would be under the line, lose their student status and get
in trouble with immigration, that’s why they are not allowed to do so. “but we are paying for those credits anyway. If we don’t like the class and still we have to take it that will only mess our GPA.” Fely said. Townsend said that international students have pretty much the same benefits as American students but there are some differences; one being that they have to be full time students, which is 12 credits per semester, they are not allowed to work while studying in the United States unless they get a permit to work on campus and they pay an out-ofstate tuition.” In district students pay $87 per credit hour while out of state students pay $259.70 for the same credit. Irene Ala-Kokko from Finland, has been in Chicago for almost two years. “I wanted to experience something new, so I decided to move to Chicago, also because my sister lives here.” She is majoring in drama speech and plans on transferring to Columbia College in the future. She loves being in Chicago, her only complaint is the tuition; “Education is free in Finland and here I pay a lot more than a regular student just for being from another country, paying some more is OK, but three times more is too much.”
Her favorite thing about Chicago is that people are very friendly. “I like going out, partying, shopping and being able to eat at restaurants from all over the world. From Finland I miss my family, my friends and my cat.” Ferima Samake from Mali in West Africa. She has been in the States for 7 years. She is majoring in nursing and wishes to transfer to UIC in the spring. “My country is not big but it’s beautiful, it’s a country of nature, Its very cultural and religious,” she misses the way things were back in her country, she used to have maids doing things for her and never really had to do anything. “These maids were paid to do those things, that was their job” at the same time she said that she likes this country because it taught her to be independent at a very young age, “I learned the language and how to do things on my own.” She describes herself as a shopaholic and Chicago gives her a lot of options to shop. The international students office is located in room 106 and the hours are Mon to Thurs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Townsend has an open office policy which allows students to walk in anytime without an appointment.
By Iesha Pompey Staff Writer
Bill O'Connell, 40, starts his mornings with a cup of coffee and a 10 minute ride to work on his motorcycle. Some mornings he prefers to jogging to school or riding his bicycle. His office is located in the Harold Washington College building on the basement level, across from the cafeteria. The space is filled with hand and power tools, and he has a green plant hanging near his desk. His main duty is to maintain the building and all of its equipment. He either spends the work day on one large job like electrical work, plumbing or carpentry; or numerous small jobs like making keys, working on school desks or fixing the water fountains. “I love the fact that I do different work every day. Unlike most tradesmen whose work get quite repetitive. I really like to trouble shoot problems that are new to me.” he said. After serving in the army for two years, O'Connell became an engineer apprentice at Wilbur Wright College and then an engineer helper at HWC. He is now one of five engineers at HWC and has helped to maintain the school building for 10 years. "[O'Connell is] good guy to work with, a good leader. He actually taught me a lot of the skills that I have now. He's always there if I need help with a task or project. He's always there to lend a hand," said Jeremy Gonzales, an HWC engineer for two and a half years. O'Connell also attended eight courses at HWC and gained interest in humanities through a course taught by professor Paul Urbanik. O'Connell is an active member on the green committee at HWC. His goal is to encourage more people to ride their bikes to the school by installing more bike racks around the school. In his free time he manages the Windmill O'Connell's, his daughter's traveling softball team and practices self-taught web design on the team's website. “While making this site, I am learning that I really enjoy web design and may take this up more seriously after retiring. My future career goals are to retire from this job and move some place tropical,” he said. He also likes to play basketball and beach volleyball. But mostly, he enjoys spending his evenings with his children or shooting pool with his girlfriend, Michelle. Many HWC students often confuse the duties of engineers with housekeeping’s. "They probably fix the lighting and install the computers." said Allan Babu, a student in his first semester. Another student, Andrea Gonzales, said, “don't they fix like if there's any problems with the elevators or escalators?" O'Connell is not worried about student's comprehension of his job title. When asked what students can do to make his job better he said that, "I'm not really worried about students making my job easier, my job is to help them."
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Reinvention? Some tips on what to include The International View By Yvan Naoussi Staff Writer
With the appointment of new management at the head of the City Colleges of Chicago, many of us are expecting some changes to better the different colleges constituting the system. This month, I noted that two critical issues should be reviewed by our management to improve each student’s experience at the colleges. The first one concerns all current students or visitors coming to the college. This regards the use of computers at randomly open locations across the school such as HWC's first floor, second floor or areas facing elevators. As we have all noticed, these computers are usually broken, slow or shut down. When talking to a technician while trying to register for a class in 2009, I was told that the students would usually mess up the computers by going to “bad” websites or that the
software was bad. Not being a computer specialist, I can not come up with a solution good enough that could fit the school’s network criteria or standards, but from basic IT knowledge, something can be done. A cheaper alternative might be to completely replace completely the soft-
there: The Linux Kernel. Nowadays, the operating system has matured to the point that it can even be an alternative to Mac OS or Windows. It costs nothing and has been proven to be stable secure and handy for basic tasks like browsing; which is all a computer is for nowadays. UIC uses it, and it works wonderfully, why not here at HWC? The other issue concerns transfer-
Everyone knows that Windows costs money and is very unstable, why not go for the most stable and affordable software available out there: The Linux Kernel. ware currently in use. Everyone knows that Windows costs money and is very unstable, why not go for the most stable and affordable software available out
ring students, most specifically those who have taken courses at many city colleges at the same time, for different reasons. All the CCC transcripts should
include all grades taken at all the colleges in the system. It is annoying having to physically be present at every single college one has taken courses in and to pay $5 for each of the transcript requested at the different schools. This is a hassle for the student, the school he is applying at and could be a cheaper procedure for the colleges as a whole through economies of scale, especially if this issue could be resolved through an online solution as well. This is not to say that the CCC standards are not good at all. There are many good initiatives that ought to be pointed out like online registration to all colleges, a unique online payment system, access to all libraries to any CCC student, unique online portals like blackboard or my.ccc.edu and many more pluses that make the schools earn their accreditation. Yet, it seems imperative for the system to adjust and make changes for students to make the most out of their experience here at the City Colleges of Chicago.
My education is more important than your Facebook Campus Concerns By LaToya Allen Staff Writer
I love this campus; the majority of professors are here to help whenever I have a simple question or a major issue. The students I’ve come in contact with over the past year are eager to share information and give advice to newer students like myself, rather it be which advisers to talk to or which professors to avoid. There is a group of students however, whose existence on this campus seems to be eating up one of my most valuable resources: my time. This would be the group of students who use the library for Facebook, and Facebook alone. There are currently 12 students waiting respectfully to use the computers at 3:30 on a Monday afternoon. One student has fallen asleep during this wait, mouth open, leg twitching. Another student paces back and fourth scanning the computer screens. I have done this before. This is an attempt at tossing a not so subtle hint to the students who fail to recognize that a small group of students are waiting to get school work done. A library employee makes his way to the computers, and with a loud, boastful voice announces that “there are students waiting to use the computers for work… so if you’re using the computers for Facebook please let some other students who came work.” In the day where technology is king, Staff editorials reflect the majority opinion of THE HERALDʼs student editorial board and not the opinions of Harold Washington College, the City Colleges of Chicago, or THE HERALD.
professors are assigning more and more homework to be completed through various online homework and tutorial systems such as MasteringChemisty.com and OWL (Online Web Learning). So, students need access to computers to complete these assignments online. The majority of professors at HWC use
dents. According to schoollibraryjournal.com writer Debra Lau Whelan, Facebook promotes literacy. Some would argue that social networking sites give students the opportunity to network with classmates and share deadlines. Even UIC, the major university where the many HWC students transfer to,
There is a group of students, however, whose existence on this campus is eating up one of my most vital resources: my time.
Blackboard as a tool to communicate deadlines, provide students with handouts that must be printed before class, Power Points, and other valued resources. So why is it that I find Monday through Friday during peak hours a line of students waiting to use the computers? More importantly, I ask, why is it that students who need to use the facilities to complete important assignments have to wait for students who are too busy on social networking sites like Facebook? Some would argue that social media websites like Facebook are good for stuSend Letters to the Editor to: via mail: THE HERALD, 30 E. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60601 via fax: 312-553-5647 via email: email@example.com
offers valuable information on Facebook to prospective students. However as I look around at the students that are, at this very moment sucked into Facebook, I notice one prominent theme: whatever they are looking at has absolutely nothing to do with higher education. There is a young lady sitting directly to my left who is staring vividly at photos she took which appear to be of herself in the bathroom mirror, dressed in a red lace bra and panties, flash glowing bright, one hand on her hip, braids swinging in the air. There is a gentleman whose computer screen I can see in Letter requirements: » Should be typed » Should be fewer than 300 words » Should include the authorʼs name, affiliation, and phone number.
the row in front of me, looking at what appears to be club photos from a night out on the town. I would do a quick round and count how many students are currently on their beloved Facebook pages, but there is a small group of impatient looking students who would say that I, standing up and walking around to do so, am wasting one of their most valued resources: their time. How can this issue be resolved? HWC could put a ban on Facebook. It is my belief that this is an unnecessary extreme. The majority of students enrolled at HWC are considered to be, by law, adults. I ask that we respect each others needs and act like it. Perhaps exercise a bit of consideration for your fellow students and use social networking sites after peak hours. Consider upgrading to a smart phone. The Facebook and Twitter apps are fast, easily accessible and serve no inconvience to HWC students. Library staff could put up a sign that reads “Please do not use computer for social networking sites during peak hours,” but I suspect that would be just a waste of paper. So the next time you are in the library to use the computers for Facebook I ask of you this: be aware of your surroundings. If YOU see a group of students eagerly waiting to use the computers in the library I ask that you get off your Facebook.
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