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October 12, 2012 (Vol. 24 No. 050)

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President Walthers on his way out LPC’s head honcho, facing criticism from disapproving faculty and staff; says he is hunting for a position at another school Angelica Estacio

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Feds bust financial aid fraud ring Several defrauded the California system for nearly one million dollars

STAFF WRITER

Mean, self-centered and unorganized. That’s how President Kevin Walthers was described by those who work with him. It’s been just over a year since Walters assumed his post as president of Las Positas College. But his 14-month tenure has been marred by clashes with the rest of the school’s administration. The outcome is President Walters eventual departure from the college. He’s technically leaving on his own terms, as he recently announced his search for another job. But his departure is much more rooted in his colleagues’ strong opposition to his leadership style. “No one has approached me,” Walthers said in his defense. “I’m always more than willing to talk to people about their concerns. I think people are venting frustrations.” Academic senate president Sarah Thompson painted a different picture. During senate meeting last month, Thompson disclosed a number of complaints about Walthers had been brought to her attention by faculty members, classified staff and administrative personnel. “They’re sensing a pattern of him being very impulsive, rude, and unprofessional,” Thompson said at the meeting held on Sept. 26. “Also interference of the job. There’s inability to get something done, because it’s being held up him.” In an interview with the Express, the president confessed — after previously denying — he has begun the process to look for a job at another school. He is working with search consultants who already found several possible positions for him. The president’s decision to initiate his departure impeded a vote of disapproval from the Academic Senate. The administrative body decided to send the president a letter of censure during the aforementioned meeting. The letter, which serves to notify Walthers of the failure of his leadership, was retracted because the president is quitting.

Angelica Estacio STAFF WRITER

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Dozens of students at Las Positas College and other Bay Area schools have lost their financial aid for reasons such as unsatisfactory academic progress, yet just over a dozen students were able to defraud the California financial aid system of more than $700,000 without even breaking a sweat. Without even attending a class. On Sept. 18, an official press release from Benjamin B. Wagner’s (Eastern District of California Attorney) office stated that 17 people had been arrested. They were charged for being involved in six cases of defrauding financial aid assistance programs within the state. Since the arrests federal officers have seized some $770,000 in stolen money. The most recent arrests come on the heels of another financial aid scam that was busted by Wagner’s office. That bust led to the seizure of approximately $200,000. Four people were also arrested. Wagner and Kathleen Tighe, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education Office said the fraud rings were operating in 15 schools throughout California. Las Positas College’s financial aid office was one of the preyed upon. “The main reason we were targeted is that our Pell Grant recipients receive a fee waiver and do not have to pay enrollment fees; because of this [the fraud rings] receive nearly 100 percent of the funds,” said Andi Schreibman, LPC’s Financial Aid Officer. Commentators and educational pundits who have been weighing in on financial aid issues in the media have said community colleges serve as perfect prey for fraud rings because the low tuition rates at these colleges leave plenty money from loans and grants to be spent on the side. In addition to the Pell grants, direct student loan programs allow would-be college attendees to borrow up to $10,500 a year. Fraud, page 2


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NEWS

LPC layoffs create transfer problems

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Despite working with a skeleton staff, the transfer center was able to pull off the Sept. 25 Transfer Day program.

Bekka Wiedenmeyer STAFF WRITER

A budget cut of $1.5 million to Las Positas College this semester was the reason for the elimination of five classified positions, including both the WorkBased Learning Coordinator and the Career and Transfer Center Coordinator. Board of Trustees member Carlo Vecchiarelli lamented that the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is facing the worst financial crisis in his entire 44 years with the District. On June 12, the ChabotLas Positas Board of Trustees decided to turn to employee layoffs as a means of dealing with the state of California budget crisis. The negative impact on LPC students has already begun. “There were three hours of public testimony of why these

programs were important,� said Leslie Gravino, the previous Work-Based Learning Coordinator and current adjunct faculty member at LPC. “I went and came up with several ideas to save money for this program, but they were rejected.� The program Gravino refers to is called Work-Based Learning. It was built for students who were in the CalWORKs program, which was designed to help single mothers develop information technology skills. Gravino eventually brought the program to LPC and turned it into a studentrun organization that repaired computers for other students, faculty members and people all over the community. It additionally provided students with the opportunity to explore internships in the job fields they were interested in. Because of Gravino’s elimination,

however, students’ internship opportunities are now severely restricted. “Before I could spend time helping them explore what fields they were interested in and then find employers who were interested in them and have them be part of the internship program. Now I can just help those students who already have an internship,� Gravino said. “We know that internships are the main way to get a job these days, and if we can’t provide students the internships, then I don’t know. It’s going to greatly affect their ability to compete for very competitive jobs.� Internships are not the only setbacks for students at LPC. With the loss of Scheanelle Green, previous Career and Transfer Center Coordinator, comes an even more complex transfer process than before.

October 12, 2012 “The budget is making this process difficult in many different ways for everyone,� said Barbara Morrissey, interim Transfer Director and school counselor. “Transferring has become very complex.� Because it is fall semester and many students are preparing to transfer, career activities have been put on the back burner in place of transfer activities. “Basically, as Interim Transfer Director, I am covering some of (Green’s) transfer duties only, not the career activities,� Morrissey said. “It is not an ideal situation.� “I believe the Career/ Employment opportunities are minimal at this time, but the College is trying to find a way to offer at least some of the services,� Morrissey said. “The elimination of her position means that all the services that she provided might also be eliminated.� Staff writer William Charuhas contributed to this article.

17 charged with financial aid fraud )UDXGSDJH “Depending on each college’s practices, some colleges release loan funds at the beginning of school so these fraud students not only can get away with stealing a Pell grant, but also a student loan,� Schreibman added. Wagner said the thieves had a very simple mode of operation. They would enlist for classes like regular students, and drop out once they acquire the money. This process is made easier by distant learning programs such as online classes, because of the minimal interaction between students and schools. “The defendants sometimes applied in their own names. But more often recruited straw students who had no intention of actually attending college,� Wagner said. He was quoted in the online news source, Huffington Post. The site said the group recruited as much as 50 accomplices to carry out their moneymaking scheme. “The participants in these fraud rings really see these schemes as a quick way to make easy money,� Tighe (OIG inspector general) said in the press release. As a result of such schemes Las Positas College has been beefing up its in house measures being taken to guard against a repeat attack on the financial resources it procures for students. Instructors have been advised to promptly drop enrolled students when they do not show up for the first day of classes. Additionally, the financial aid Office requires attendance and student progress verification for new students before approving loans. According to Schreibman, this helps filter out further potential fraud students from receiving loans. She said it is important for schools to be vigilant as the rings continue to grow. “Federal student aid exists so that individuals can make their dream of a higher education a reality, not for criminals to use as a personal slush fund,� Tighe said in her statement.

LPC Transfer Assistance Several methods for students who want to transfer in Fall 2013 are now available. The CSU or UC online application lab will be in room 711 where students will be able to work on their applications. Counselors will also be available to answer questions. The online application lab will be held Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary for the application lab. Also available for students are the UC Personal Statement Workshops which will be held on Nov. 5, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room 402 and again on Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 203. Space is limited, interested students can sign up at the Building 700 counseling desk or call 925424-1400.

Construction closes walkway From Monday, Oct. 8 to Wednesday, Oct. 17, the walkway from Parking Lot F between the Library and the 1800 building will be closed due to construction. Alternate routes around the construction area will be available for use and will be marked in red. Access to the Library will not be affected.

Talk Hawks win big On Sept. 29 and 30, the LPC Talk Hawks went to San Francisco State University for the first tournament of the year. A total of 26 different colleges and universities participated, but in the end, the Talk Hawks emerged victorious. The Talk Hawks were comprised of 14 students (12 of which were new to the team) and finished with a total of 235 points — more than 50 points ahead of the second place team from Concordia University.


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October 12, 2012

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President looking for new job, following faculty complaints Academic senate was on the verge of presenting Walthers with a censureship letter President page 1 “The letter no longer serves purpose,� Thompson said during another senate meeting on Oct. 10. “We will postpone any further action unless necessary.� Walthers did not give a final word on when exactly he will be leaving. However, he could officially be at LPC until the end of the fall 2013 semester. His contract expires at the end of this semester, but a clause allows him to have another year to look for another job. Safe to say many at LPC is hoping he doesn’t stick around that long.

“You’re asking me about things which I have no idea about. You might as well be asking me what’s going on with the Obama campaign.� -PRESIDENT WALTHERS

Ron Johansen, LPC Fire Department program coordinator, said Walthers had his priorities wrong when he let go of several key personnel to trim the

President walthers responded to questions during an interview on Oct. 10

budget. Back in June, Walthers laid off five employees. “I felt that we should have had a stronger voice and a stronger representation in these recent budget cuts,� Johansen said at the meeting. “I can tell you what I’ve done,� Walthers said in response to hearing Johansen’s statement. “Since summer I’ve raised $60,000 towards the budget and suspended two dean positions, which saved five staff jobs.� Walthers is also accused of picking on small issues rather

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than “doing his job� as college leader. One example giving was Walthers’ insistence on changing the school mascot’s colors. Another issue with Walthers, some said, is his repeated interference. “He has made my job extremely difficult,� Prather said. “I’m willing to put my reputation on the line to say that I feel he is unsafe, and he lacks sound judgment being our president.� Melissa Korber, head of the Mass Communications Department and adviser of The

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Express, experienced that interference. The campus newspaper ordered kiosks to post around the school. But the president’s uninvited involvement delayed the newsstands, which provides revenue for the underfunded campus newspaper. “I think he might do better in a different environment,� Korber said. “He doesn’t fit in the culture and doesn’t understand the culture.� Walthers said he wasn’t aware of the disapproval. He said he thought people were really just

frustrated with the budget. In his interview with The Express, the president was asked if there was a disconnect between himself and the academic senate. “I guess so,� he said. “You’re asking me about things which I have no idea about. You might as well be asking me what’s going on with the Obama campaign.� At that point, Walthers stood up, said “there’s no point in answering anymore questions� and abruptly walked out.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

October 12, 2012

LPC’s theater program performs ‘Looking Glass Land’ Joshua Basrai A&E EDITOR

With psychedelic scenery and flamboyant colors, the LPC theater program has really outdone itself with their upcoming play “Looking Glass Land.� Janet Brehe-Johnson, the play’s director and an LPC instructor, is very enthusiastic about the upcoming production. After several months of hard work, the finished product is finally here. Students heavily involved in the production are also optimistic for a show that looks to entertain people of all ages. “We are all so excited about the show, and it would be great to get the word out,� Johnson said. “It’s a large, talented cast, and we are all having a great time.� Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,� the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland� attendees can expect wild and zany scenery reminiscent of a psychedelic mushroom trip. With talking flowers, sword fighting, a baseball game and a guest appearance by the Jabberwocky viewers can expect classical elements of Carroll’s work intertwined with a modern vibe. Student-actors have really stepped out of their element and the quirky voice-overs should leave everyone entertained “It’s fun because I get to be a character I wouldn’t normally be,� said Lauren Sampson, who plays the Red Queen. “It’s really fun to use silly voices, but it’s hard because I’ve taken myself out of my element. It’s fun because you get to be a character you’re not used to playing in an environment you’re not used to being in.� From memorizing lines to constructing props, everything

you will see in their upcoming production has been done by students and. Students have also channeled their inner fashionista in themselves by designing their own costumes. “It’s been very fun since I play the White Queen, but also very hard,� LPC student Jenalla Presley said. “I’ve gotten really close with everybody and the camaraderie we’ve built has been special�. The show itself is made for people of all ages. It will provide children and adults alike with familiar characters, conflict and contrast, word play, and lots of fun and frolic while at the same time showcasing LPC’s theatrical talent. “I’ve had a lot of fun working on this,� said Craig Whitaker, LPC student, who plays Hatta. “I love working with children, and what I love most about doing children’s plays is you never know what inspires a child. You never know what they’ll remember most. I’ve had one line in a play before and found out that the kids liked my character the most. You just never know.� All the hard work will soon pay off, as the cast of “Looking Glass Land� will begin touring Oct. 16 at Frederikson Elementary school in Dublin. The production is comprised of 31 students in the Theater 5 class, 25 of them are cast members, while six are involved in production. “Everybody who wants to be in the show gets to be in it,� Johnson said. “We do auditions once the class starts, and some students are even playing multiple parts.� You can catch the performance for free on Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. or Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

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Las Positas professor showcases his artistic creations

Oct. 3-27

Las Positas College Professor, Bill Pasketwitz hosts his “Coming off the Wall” exhibit located at the Figurehead Gallery on 2222 2nd Street, Suite 21, Livermore Calif. The art exhibit will be open to the public through Oct. 27. Oct. 13

Explore traditional and contemporary works by 150 different artists at the annual Livermore Art Walk. Event includes live acoustic music, art demonstrations, and an art auction. Oct. 19-20

Catch the Theatre 5 class perform ‘Looking Glass Land’ directed by Janet Brehe-Johnson in the black box theatre at the LPC Mertes Center for Arts. Admission is free and show times are 7 P.M on Friday Oct. 19 and 2 P.M Saturday Oct. 20. All ages are welcome.

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Pictured from the left: LPC faculty members Bill Paskweitz, Marilyn Flores, Andi Schreibman, and Lettie Camp. The four greet each other at Paskewitz’s ‘Coming off the Wall’ exhibit. The exhibit is showcased at the Figurehead Gallery in Livermore, Calif.

Eric Ocasio

STAFF WRITER

Las Positas College professor Bill Paskewitz has dedicated his life toward celebrating art. Paskewitz’s 24 year career at LPC culminates this October with his latest endeavor at the Figurehead Gallery. “Coming off the Wall” is an exhibition of Paskewitz’s selected watercolor and oil paintings. Aptly named, “Coming off the Wall” the art collection features pieces that create the illusion of animation. Each painting “comes off ” the wall, both aesthetically and symbolically.

The paintings are unconventional. “Dancing Light” portrays two statues “coming off ” the façade of a building, arms raised proudly. In “Figuration,” a statue of a man shaded in bright blue examines his own figure as he steps off a column. Most of the pieces appear to represent statues realizing their humanity. Paskewitz marches beside his bold work as he explains the ideology of donning two neckties. “I knew it would upset at least one person,” Paskewitz said. The reception drew a large crowd. The one-year-old gallery lent a sharp, modern edge to the

show. Despite the professional setting, the event felt like a homecoming party among family and friends. Beaming faces strolled in from 6 to 9 p.m. glancing around the gallery, searching for Paskewitz— everybody wanted to hear his poignant commentary about his latest work. The attendees included former students, collaborators and local artists all boisterously meeting or catching up with one another. “I have a growing realization that life is more about people than great works of art or grand places,” Paskewitz said. Bill has indeed visited grand

places and met many people over his 38-year career teaching art. “Coming off the Wall” features imaginings of iconic landmarks spanning from Egypt to Russia. Despite the international appeal, Paskewitz’s most poignant and human piece is a small, humble classroom-scape of a preconstruction Las Positas College titled “Lost View”. “This view doesn’t exist anymore” said Paskewitz. “It was a fantastic view,” “Coming off the Wall” is an extraordinary gallery. It is more than a featured exhibit—it is a monument to the pinnacle of Las Positas history and culture.

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SPORTS

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October 12, 2012

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Hawks sophomore runner Jesse Chestnut took first place this past Friday, Oct. 5 at the Toro Park Invitational in Salinas. There were 89 runners representing seven different schools. “Jesse ran a great race. 21:12 is one of the fastest times we have ever had on that course,” head

coach Steve Navarro said. It was a coming out party for Chestnut who has been improving his times in every race. He credits his continued improvement to the hard work he is putting in every week on the track. “I’m running more miles every week and I’m feeling stronger and faster as each race goes by,” Chestnut said.

“This race definitely gives me higher expectations from here on out.” Another runner who is delivering solid performances is sophomore runner Arthur Ruvalcaba. Coach Navarro looks to Chestnut and Ruvalcaba as the heart that makes this team go. The whole team will go as far as those two can take it, he said. “We need those two guys to

be on top of their game to keep up with schools like Hartnell and Fresno,” Navarro said. The meet took place on the home course of Hartnell College, who finished first overall as a team. LPC was right behind them coming in second. The rivalry the two schools began to develop in San Francisco at the Lou Vasquez Invitational. “The goal was to beat them on their home field,” Navarro said. “We didn’t do that, but we were right behind them.” “Our fifth runner needs to step up if we want to keep up with them and have all of our guys make state.” The fifth runner in this meet was sophomore Taylor Peissner. Coach Navarro is looking for Peissner, or another of their seven men, to step his game up in the coming meets. “It comes down to the fifth man. Right now it’s Peissner and I know he can do it,” Navarro said. “All last year he was coming in third or fourth, he’s gonna have to step it up.” Peissner and his teammates will get that chance to step it up one more time in the regular season. The final meet is on Saturday, Oct. 13 is the Bronco invitational at Santa Clara University. Team leaders Jesse Chestnut and Arthur Ruvalcaba will need to anchor the team with a strong performance to help all seven runners qualify for the post-season and carry momentum into the conference finals.

Lady Hawks win another shutout match Lady Hawks go on to win 3-0 on the road in Monterey

Martin Gallegos STAFF WRITER

The Lady Hawks went on the road this past Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Monterey and shut out the Monterey Peninsula College Lobos by a final score of 3-0. “We did what we had to do,” head coach Sissi do Amor said. “This was a game we needed to win.” Forward Melissa Aboud, the team leader in points, added to her point total with an assist to Sarah Felicitas early in the game to bring it up to 19 points. Later in the first half, sophomore forward Gleiziani Fonseca added to the lead with a goal of her own. It was her third goal of the season and it put the Hawks up 2-0. The Lady Hawks played good sound defense in the first half and carried it over to the second half of the game. “The chemistry was good and they executed the things we have been practicing,” do Amor said. The second half was identical to the first, with LPC dominating the time of possession and not

LPC Soccer Roundup -The Men’s Hawks soccer team is undefeated in their past

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Head Coach Sissi do Amor gives the Lady Hawks a pep talk during the intermission of the match against San Francisco City College

giving Monterey any chance to gain momentum. Christi Wallace sealed the victory with her first goal of the season towards the end of the game

to make the score 3-0. “It was a good win for us and hopefully this gives us momentum going into the game against Evergreen who is very tough,”

Coach do Amor said. The Evergreen Valley College Lady Hawks boast a 10-2-1 overall record, one of the top records in northern California.

three games (1-0-2) with a 2-1 win over DeAnza College and draws with Gavilan College (2-2) and Ohlone College (1-1). -The Lady Hawks have scored 16 goals in their past five games,

with 11 coming in one game. They shut out the Cañada Rams on Tuesday Sept. 25 by a final score of 11-0. -Lady Hawks goalkeeper Nora Cansani has a Goals Against

Average of 1.2857 which has her in the top 20 best GAA (goals against average) in the state. -The Men’s Hawks team has five ties this season, second most in th state this season.


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OPINION

Las Positas College Express

October 12, 2012

7KH([SUHVV Romney’s debate performance camouflages his actual record EDITOR IN CHIEF ARETHA WELCH MANAGING EDITOR/ OPINION EDITOR Travis Danner

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Joshua Basrai

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ADVISORS Melissa Korber Roger Novales

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n Oct. 3, we as a nation got to see a virtuoso display of political dishonesty. When Mitt Romney hit the stage for the first of three presidential debates in 2012, he looked confident, energetic and in control of the entire event. By contrast, President Barack Obama looked timid, tired and not too thrilled to be there. When the debate was over, political pundits on each end of the spectrum were quick to proclaim Romney the night’s winner. Romney’s performance definitely passed the eye test. But, while you were focused on how everything looked, Mitt Romney straight up lied to your face, repeatedly. He claimed that he wouldn’t cut tax rates on rich people or cut $5 trillion in taxes that would go to the federal government. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has said that was false. He claimed his health care plan would cover people with preexisting conditions. Postdebate, Eric Fehrnstrom, a top

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Romney campaign adviser, stated that wasn’t actually true. But hey, Mitt looked convincing when he said it, so it must be true. The truth is, Mitt Romney is one of the least principled politicians of all-time. He has held numerous positions on abortion and birth control. He has completely flip-flopped his position on gun control. He insists he is committed to cutting the federal deficit, yet at the same time he regularly advocates for mass revenue cuts and increased defense spending. The truth about Mitt Romney

is that he is willing to say anything, to hold any position, and betray every past conviction to get elected president. Romney comes from the business world and it informs his way of thinking. The pursuit of the dollar is everything. It all comes down to the one all-consuming ultimate goal. In his mind, Mitt Romney is running to be the first CEO of America. He sees everything as a series of pluses and minuses with dollar signs attached. Taking multiple positions on an issue will never be a problem for him. Romney is a savvy enough politician to know that many voters only care what a candidate says right now, especially if it agrees with their chosen position. Most people don’t have the time to judge and critique every statement a politician makes. So, instead, in the most recent debate Romney chose the set of positions which benefited him most at that time. He then presented it in a way that played well on television. He was firm, aggressive and

engaging. Viewers ate it up. Mitt Romney has been running for president five years straight, beginning his first campaign in 2007. He’s had plenty of time to hone his debate skills. Barack Obama has been governing the United States of America for the past four years. It’s much easier to say what you’re going to do when you’re not in a position to actually try and do it. President Obama on the other hand has a complex, constantly unfolding record of reality to defend. The president’s performance was baffling to say the least but was at best less dishonest than Romney’s. But while people were staring at Romney’s one hand — the other hand was concealing an easily discredited record. It was a magic trick. A good one. It worked. Responses and comments can be sent to TravisDannerExpress@ gmail.com.

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What measures have you taken to deal with high gas prices? “I try to put regular in my gas tank, but it’s not always great for my car. I drive a long drive, so I’m always driving. I’m affected by it a lot. I respect people who go on the bus. For me, it’s not really an option ‘cause I come so far, but especially for the environment and saving gas.”

“I’m trying to go out less, carpool with friends. The bus is not convenient for me personally ‘cause it’s not a set route that helps me out. I think if you have to use it it’s a good alternative. I think gas prices will keep going up. It’s not looking too good.”

“I catch a ride with my mom. We drive a big Silverado, and it costs tons of money to put gas in that thing. If I have to drive myself it’s a struggle to put gas money into it. I don’t have that big enough a source of income to put a hundred dollars worth of gas in it every other day.”

“I’m definitely just carpooling mainly with friends. It’s the biggest way to save money for gas, but I also just got a second job, not for gas but hopefully that will help. Also, walking around town as opposed to driving whenever I can. I live in Tracy so carpooling is the best option to have.”

-Lauren Swansick, 2nd year student, Nursing

-Diego Lemos, 2nd year student, Business

-Vanessa O’Neal, 1st year student, Pre-Med

-Nicholas Callanta, 2nd year student, Biology


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