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Big changes fly under DVC radar

Enter the matrix:

Take a look at the Bay Area’s newest professional team. See page 4.

THERESA MARIE Staff writer

Time is running out for the public to comment on recommendations that would make fundamental changes in the requirements for community college students. The state Student Success Task Force will hold its final meeting on the recommendations Dec. 7 in Sacramento. “It’s a game changer,” said Chancellor Helen Benjamin, at a Contra Costa Community College District meeting on Nov. 1. Many students are unaware of the huge policy changes in

DVC healthcare:

The Inquirer Editorial Board discusses DVC health. See page 6.

LGBT hero: DVC student

shares his brave story. See page 8.



INQUIRER S tudent V oi ce


D iablo Val le y C ol le g e

Volume 78 No. 5

Copyright © 2011 The Inquirer - Diablo Valley College

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quakin’ campus

1989, Loma Prieta: 7.1; 3 deaths; 3,757 injuries; disaster relief: $888,662,382

The potential ‘Big One’ creates mass concern CECILY TROWBRIDGE Managing editor

Geologists expect another large earthquake along the Hayward fault. Here are some of the largest earthquakes in Bay Area’s history.

1984, Morgan Hill: 6.1; 27 injuries; disaster relief: $7,265,000

On May 11 of this year, Italians fled Rome on a massive scale. A seismologist’s century-old prophecy foretelling the approach of a momentous earthquake inspired a massive reaction: businesses reported requests from one in five people to have time off work as thousands of people fled the city in favor of safer surroundings. Six months later, the recent rash of small earthquakes centered in Berkeley has led to a similar reaction among Northern Californians. Berkeley has been shaken by eight quakes in the past month. On October 20, a 4.0 quake hit UC Berkeley, followed by a 2.8 and 2.5.

This time, rather than procure con- of an earthquake above a 6.0 magnicern from what had been predicted tude on the Hayward fault in the next 100 years in the past, the public is two to three weeks” in an email she accumulating apprehension thanks sent to colleagues and friends Halloween weekend. in part to modern The Hayward technology. “Tomorrow? Could fault runs right unNot only have be. 30 years from derneath the UC chain letters stemming from a respect- tomorrow? Could be. Berkeley campus. “No one can ed local university Earthquakes happen.” predict earthquakes official circulated with any sort of warnings of “The ~JASON MAYFIELD reliability. It is not Big One,” but entire Geology professor websites have been unusual to see dedicated to false prophecies of loom- “swarms” of small earthquakes in a relatively small area,” said DVC Geoling earthquakes. According to an article from the New ogy professor Jean Hetherington. “It is likely that the recent events York Times, Dr. Genie Stowers of San Francisco State University wrote that QUAKE, Page 3 there would be “a 30 percent chance

1868, Hayward: 7.0 1980, Livermore: 5.8

1906, San Francisco: 8.2; 3,000 deaths

1889, Antioch: 6.2

Source: California Watch and United States Geological Survey

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