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Volume CXII, edition 6
A lone police ofﬁcer watches over the school during his shift, which usually spans throughout the night by Ife-Chudeni Oputa Rampage Reporter
During the month of October violence was a prominent focus, both nationally and locally. Many violence prevention events were held around the nation in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, including “Take Back the Night”, which was held at Fresno State. Fresno City
College was not exempt from the focus on violence. The month began with a forum against hate crimes during Stop the Hate Week, and ended with a tragic act of violence against a respected FCC instructor. As the topic of crime and violence continues circulate the campus, one question remains unanswered: How safe is Fresno City College? FCC has a number of people and programs helping to keep the campus
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safe including, the most prominent of which is the College Police Department. According to the FCC website, the department operates to “[aid] in the instructional and administrative processes of the college and district by protecting the person and rights of all district employees, district and student body property, and private property.” One method used to aid in campus safety is the placement of emergency
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telephones on college grounds. The phones are located in the tall yellow boxes with blue lights that are dispersed around campus. In the case of an emergency, pressing the emergency button will open a line with a police dispatcher and will immediately dispatch officers to the location. The system is good, but flawed. On the one hand, all ten emergency phones are in good working order. On the other hand, the bulk of the phones are located on the central area of campus leaving everything from the overpass to Ratcliff Stadium and all of the parking lots without protection. In addition to Campus Police, Fresno City College has a crisis team to deal with situations on campus. “We just can’t get people to understand that you need to call the campus police...” said Robert Fox, Fresno City College Dean of Students, “Depending on what they have been told … they can mobilize the rest of the team, which would be the nurses, psych services, myself, and any number of other things.” The crisis team has been active for 26 years. “The College takes safety very, very seriously,”
said Fox, “Everything from public health to just dealing with people, a student or anyone person’s concern about their physical safety.” If students have questions, concerns, or suggestions about safety on campus they can contact the Dean of Students, Robert Fox. “Certainly a student can come to me and they would get my full attention,” said Fox. “I would either direct them to the right person or tell them that I would follow up on it.” An unofficial survey conducted by the Rampage showed that an overwhelming majority of students who attend daytime classes at FCC feel safe on campus. Of the 478 students who responded to the survey, 75% said they felt safe on campus. However, this statistic dropped significantly with students attending night classes. Of the 228 night students surveyed, only 53% felt safe on campus. Night students were also more likely to experience crime on campus. The survey showed that 24% of students attending night classes had experienced crime, compared to 18% of daytime students. Cont. on page 4
Inside this issue:
Friday Night Jazzfest (page 6); Pictures of the Veteran’s Peace Memorial (page 5); Events around campus (page 3)
Paying tribute to the Veteran’s Memorial
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Goodbye Mrs. Doffoney
Wife of FCC president succumbs to cancer
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Live performances entertained the crowd at the Friday Night Jazz Festival on October 25.
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A painful farewell Rampage Fresno City College 1101 E. University Ave. Fresno, CA 93741 Editor in chief: Matthew T. Mendez News Editor: Matthew T. Mendez Sports Editor: Quinn Robinson Views Editor: David Witte Reviews Editor: David Witte Photo Editor: Robin Vallentyne Business Manager: Leah Edwards Adviser: Dympna Ugwu-Oju
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by Gurdeep Sihota Rampage Contributor Arletha Turner Doffoney, wife of Ned Doffoney, president of Fresno City College, died on November 2, 2006 after a serious battle with cancer. Mrs. Doffoney was the daughter of Earl and Elizabeth Turner; and a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend. She was 54 years old. M r s . D o ff o n e y s p e n t much of her professional life as an elementary school teacher and social worker. She loved teaching mathematics but loved teaching children even more. She graduated with honors from Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, then attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York and Harvard University. Mrs. Doffoney was a devout Christian; she and her family were members of Family Community Church in Fresno, California. Avid and faithful,
she introduced many to Christian life. Always the intellectual, Doffoney loved to read and travel. She spent many wonderful excursions with friends and family in the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States. As important as reading and travel was to her, she relished her more than 20-year affiliation with the Jack and Jill Club of America. Mrs. Doffoney was President of the West Covina Chapter; she was also a member of the Orange (CA) County Chapter and the Fresno (CA) Chapter of Jack and Jill Club. A wonderful neighbor with many friends, Doffoney especially loved her Bunko nights out with the neighborhood ladies. Arletha Doffoney leaves behind a loving husband, Ned and three children, Erin, Andrea, and Eric. Also surviving her are her loving sisters
Earlene Young, Joyce Moseley, and Beulah Mitchell and her brother-in-law, Howard Moseley. Arletha Doffoney was always a tremendous source of strength to her Mother-in-law, Lou Ella Doffoney, her brothers-in-law, Donald, Richard and Rodney, sisters-in-law Sheryl Angela, Julie, and Karen, her nephews Frank, Yale, Howard, and Vencient, and her niece, Tonica, all of whom had looked to her as a vision in their lives. The Doffoney family acknowledges the help of numerous friends throughout this difficult time. Special acknowledgements go to Regina and Allen Perry, Denise Young, Rona Carr, the Jack and Jill Club of Fresno, the Family Community Church, the families on St. James Circle, Fresno City College, Clovis Unified School District, the State Center Community College District, and the medical community in Fresno.
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At the Veteranâ€™s Day Memorial, attendees of the ceremony lowered their heads during a moment of silence for Arletha Doffoney.
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FCC gets cooking: by Buen Moua
in the food service business for 47 years and is a certified Executive Chef for seven years. FCC student Drew Steele, a Culinary Arts major and a former student of Rayburn said that he really likes cooking but he did not know the program existed a year ago before he finally enrolled. Steele plans to continue his career goal by going to the Institute of Technology, to their culinary program. According to Ricarda Cerda, a licensed dietician and the Food and Nutrition instructor at FCC, the culinary program started as part of the CAL Works program, then eventually became a regular program by itself five years ago.
Rampage Reporter The holidays are just around the corner. And when your family gets together under one roof and grandmother makes her famous dish, it is out of this world. And she would not reveal her secret ingredient to anyone, not even to your parents, or her favorite grandchild, you. Even though you think grandma’s dish is the greatest dish in the world, “how do you make it better?” says Executive Chef Chuck Rayburn of Fresno City College Culinary Arts Program. Chef Rayburn has been at FCC for three years. He has been
Cerda began teaching at FCC since 2000 and she was co-adviser for the Culinary Arts Association at FCC, which is currently inactive. Courses offered in the program include basic foods, basic skills, food and nutrition, and quantity cooking and buying, and food safety and sanitation. “We do some high-end cooking but not get too deep into it, given the time this is a nine week class, we’re just able to skim the mountain tops,” said Rayburn. “We prepare all kinds of food. I work with all the ethnic cultures that come into class. They could be Laos, Hmong, Vietnamese, Hispanic…”
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“I have a student this year from Sudan…we incorporate all of them,” added Rayburn. Chef Rayburn says his challenge is to get all of the students outside of their comfort zone willing to try other foods and flavors and hot to incorporate those [into their dishes]. There are currently 19 students in the program with Rayburn and other instructors in the program. Students wanting to join the program are required to supply their own chef’s coat, black pants, closed-toed shoes and three basic knives—a 10” slicer, an 810” chef’s knife, and a 4” paring knife with a case to hold all the knives.
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Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. told his audience at Fresno City College that he opposes the border fence recently signed into law by President Bush. Navarrette spoke in the Fresno City College gym on Wednesday, November 1, 2006. Later, he answered students’ questions about a variety of topics in the lounge.
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“It is a good learning experience to be a line cook of a chef. Some students leave from FCC to go to I.T. and many of them are with excellent promise [in the field].” Said Rayburn. “You can transfer to Fresno state to their culinary program and get a four year degree.” How great would it be to be able to cook as good as your grandmother, even improving on her dish that’s already perfect the way it is. Yes, FCC has a culinary arts program. If you just want to learn how to cook or if you are interested in pursuing a certificate of completion, anyone who is interested in the program is welcome said Rayburn.
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How safe are you?
Questions regarding campus safety are answered by Lt. Watson by Maylin Tu Rampage Reporter Stranded in parking lot S without my keys, cell phone, or any other person in sight at 8:30pm on a Saturday night, I had one question (Besides the obvious “How stupid could I be?”): Where are the police? Am I safe, or am I a victim waiting to happen? Actually that’s two questions, but as it turns out, FCC has 24 hour a day police presence on campus, according to Lt. Ron Watson of the SCCCD police department. The department employs three officers during the day shift and one officer after midnight. On weekends there might be one or two officers, depending on whether there are any events on campus. “We have more officers per square foot than the city ever thought about having,” says Watson, “We work on a very specific area in the city of Fresno.” Not only is there considerable police presence, officers typically cover a lot of ground during the course of their shift. “Our people are moving as much as possible. The only time we’re stopped is when we’re on a call.” And what can students do if they feel vulnerable, for instance, while walking to their car at night? Watson recommends coming up with a safety plan. Say your class ends at nine, what would the safest way to get to your car from say, the business building? “Stay with a crowd of people, even if you don’t know them, walk close to them,” says Watson, “Don’t walk toward the dark areas, walk toward the light.” And what about those strange looking call boxes on campus? If it’s dark out and you’re alone, you can use them to call a police officer who will be more than happy to escort you to your car. “A lot of people hesitate, they shouldn’t. We’re paid to be here,” says Watson. Of course, the most common crime on campus is not assault, but petty theft, as anyone who’s lost a wallet or prized Chia pet can attest: “People will steal anything–if it’s not locked up or tied down, people will steal it . . . You cannot leave your stuff lying around—period.” Among other safety faux pas, Watson mentions wearing things that are easily grabbed and making rude remarks to people you don’t know (after they’ve provoked you, of course). For the first: just don’t. For the second: “Back off, tell somebody.” The carjacking and assault of FCC instructor Sarbjit Johal recently brought safety to the forefront of campus issues,
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Safety: many feel safe Daytime Student Survey
even though, according to Watson, the incidence of single person assaults is “extremely rare.” It has been the only incident of its kind in the past 10 years and the campus’s first carjacking. “Half of it hasn’t made any sense,” says Watson, who believes the crime was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. “I think it was a couple of guys walking down the street.” The school has never had a homicide, but it has seen other violent crimes, such as rape. “We’ve had some of those,” says Watson, mentioning a serial rapist who preyed on FCC students about eight or nine years ago. Though none of the rapes took place on campus, they happened within two blocks of FCC. The rapist would wait at the bus stop, talk to victims to gain their trust, and then walk with them to a secluded place. He remained at large for two years before being caught.
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Overall, however, Watson believes that the crime rate is very low compared to other comparable populations. “[Students] are pretty darn safe, honestly.” Most of the complaints received by the police department relate not to safety but to parking—there’s not enough. Violent crime is far from a daily, weekly, or even monthly occurrence. “It gets rather boring,” says Watson. The police department is not the only force for campus safety. The safety committee, headed by business manager Michael Guerra, occasionally does a night time light survey, which often leads to recommendations to trim trees or even add new lights. Of course, things could always be improved. When asked what he thinks the school could do to improve safety, Watson laughs and gives what he says is the usual answer: “Give me more police officers to put on the street . . . That right now is my number one problem.” Shortage of officers aside, he remains confident in the level of safety on campus. FCC, unlike roughly 90% of community colleges in California, actually has a police department, and in that sense is “pretty progressive.” Lastly, Watson hopes students will keep the department informed about anything sketchy that happens on campus. “When they see something unusual that they do not understand, they need to call us.”
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Many students are unaware of the services available to them. Evelyn Barrueta, a Fresno City College student, was asked what she would do if a male classmate that she didn’t know well offered to walk her to her car after a night class. “I wouldn’t walk with him,” said Barrueta, “[I’d walk] by myself and be on the phone.” Many students don’t know that if they call the College Police Department, they can request that an officer escort them
to their car. The Police Department has issued a list of safety tips, which include some of the services the department provides. Students can contact the College Police Department at (559) 442-8201. So is FCC safe? Safety on campus can certainly be improved. Still, the majority of students on campus feel safe, and there are many programs in place to keep them that way.
News Veteran’s Peace Memorial
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Rifles pointed skyward
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A very fine line Photo by Robin Vallentyne
Two soldiers honoring the veteran’s memorial
by Ife-Chudeni Oputa Rampage Reporter There is a divide between college students and their professors. In college, unlike the thirteen years of school leading up to this point, it is not the responsibility of teachers ensure students success. That job rests solely on the student. However, instructors derive great pleasure from helping their students. “The function of the instructor is ultimately to serve the student because the student in essence is the client,” said Kehinde Solwazi, an African-American Studies instructor at Fresno City College. Students who connect with their teachers will have better success inside and outside of the classroom. “I think learning is better served when there is some kind of relationship, it doesn’t have to be … real close, but it does have to be a relationship with the instructor and the student,” said Solwazi. Just taking the time to speak with instructors outside of class can make the difference between a B and an A. Grading is largely subjective. When teachers put a face and a personality to a name they
tend to grade up. It’s a lot harder to give an unsatisfactory grade to a student that the professor knows. Connecting with an instructor takes the student from being an ID number to being a person, someone with goals and aspirations that can only be met if they pass the class. In addition to the immediate benefit to a student’s grades, developing a studentteacher relationship can have long-term benefits. Teachers can be an invaluable resource even after a student has finished in their class. FCC students often continue their education at a four-year college or university. Those who have taken this route can attest to how important it is to have teachers who are willing and able to write good recommendations to colleges and universities. Students who have developed student-teacher relationships during their time at FCC are much better off when it comes to the application process. Not connecting with faculty makes it much harder to secure letters of recommendation, and the letters they do secure may lack the genuineness that comes from knowing someone. The same is true for the workforce. Again, instructors can provide recommenda-
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Vice President of Student Services Robert Fox giving a speech during the memorial
tions, but that is just the beginning. When students connect with faculty, especially those in their field of study, the connections will carry over from the educational world to the professional world. “I actually have students from my first classes, in the 1970s, calling me. In fact many of my students are classroom teachers themselves, and I’ve presented in many of their classrooms,” said Solwazi. Teachers that are already established in their field can help guide current and former students toward internships and other job opportunities. Often the teachers themselves will fill job openings with current and former students. “I think if you’re doing your job as a teacher than ultimately your student’s going to come back with information that’s going to help you grow,” said Solwazi. Taking the first step to connect with teachers can be difficult, but most teachers welcome visits from students. Office hours are designed for students to have an opportunity to talk to the instructor one-on-one. If the designated office hours are inconvenient, call and schedule a better time, teachers are more than willing to accommodate.
Students should not refrain from meeting with a professor because they don’t know what to say. “Before a student comes to see the instructor they should have a list of concepts or ideas, or things that they want to talk about and most important, questions about certain things that were presented in class,” said Solwazi. If nothing else, students should take the time to personally introduce themselves, find out what the instructor expects them to bring to the class, and what they expect of their students. Also, students should ask questions about the teacher’s area of expertise, especially if it coincides with their field of study. Unfortunately, there are teachers who can be less than accommodating. Students should not be discouraged by these experiences; they are the exception. Solwazi suggested a few things for faculty to make students feel more comfortable, “Respect them,” said Solwazi, “...talk to them more, spend time with them, just look beyond the classroom.” If students spare a few moments to connect with teachers now, they will plant the seeds of a relationship that will bear fruit throughout their lives.
Accreditation report impresses commmission by Buen Moua Rampage Reporter Two members from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of aSchools and College (ACCJC), came to Fresno City College Tues., Oct. 31 to validate the Accreditation Progress Report that was submitted Oct. 15 and requested to meet with several individuals. Last year the college was put on warning by the Commission regarding the school’s planning process and program reviews. FCC worked continuously after it was put on warning to meet the Accreditation recommendations and turned in the final draft of the progress report. Dr. Michael Viera from Citrus College in Glendora, CA, chaired the team, and Dr. Thomas Oliver from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA, was a
member of the team that visited the college last year. “This meeting is about validation of what the faculty and staff have done since we’ve last visited,” said Viera. “We’re just confirming what they’ve [FCC] said and done.” “We’re looking at the strategic planning documents and the progress report and it looks to us all the recommendations had been addressed,” said Viera. Viera and Oliver’s job is to report back to the Accrediting Commission and they would review their notes and make a decision. Added Oliver, “Some were pretty difficult and one of them was program review where you truly go in and evaluate your program. We’re really impressed with what we saw…FCC put a lot of time and effort into the recommendations and it’s very positive.” While waiting to meet with Viera and Oliver, Rick Santos, FCC Academic
Senate President, said that the college has made wonderful progress. The commission meets in January of 2007, to make a decision where the school’s standing is, according to Tony Cantu, Vice President of Instructions. Said Cantu, “We would expect to hear from the Commission the very end of January or the first week of February. Also on Oct. 31, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Ian Walton, and Community College League of California Scott Lay, had a presentation on shared governance in the Staff Dining Room at 10 a.m. titled “Participating Effectively in District and College Governance (The Law, Regulations and Guidelines).” “The purpose of the shared governance presentation was to make sure faculty, staff, and students understood what shared governance is,” said Cantu. “The idea is to make sure the college community is involved in the process.”
Walton and Lay discussed on the state laws that ensure faculty, staff and students the right to participate effectively in district and college governance and the right of academic senates to assume primary responsibility for making recommendation in the areas curriculum and academic standards. The presentation also included the regulations of the level and area of participation, and consideration of recommendations of the faculty, staff and students. Lay stated in the presentation that relationship and communication are important in a successful shared governance. “The Accreditation process is ongoing,” said V.P. of Instructions Tony Cantu. “We’ll still continue to address the recommendations, implementing the strategic planning, and we’re going to move forward.”
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Friday Night Jazz Festival Rocks Friday Night Jazz
Friday Night Jazz was held on October 27th in the courtyard of the old administration building. When first entering the venue the melodies of talented jazz musicians rang out. The courtyard was decorated with lights and as the night grew darker, the festival came to life. Friday Night Jazz was a fundraising event, and although it is not annual, the committee hopes it will be. The guests at the event were mostly Fresno City College alumni curious about the new renovations taking place in the Old Administration Building. The goal for the Legacy Renewed campaign is to raise 1,000,000 dollars, but money wasnâ€™t on the minds of the committee that night. â€œThe only thing we are hoping to raise tonight is
awareness of the building.â€? The Old Said Event Administration Chair, Sean Building, or the Henderson. OAB, was shut And down in the midthat they did. 1970â€™s because it The auditoridid not meet earthum was open quake standards. for viewing, The building still and guests stands there, its were albeauty never leavlowed to take ing, but its insides self guided turning into dust. tours of the In 2002, Measure building. E donated 25 ThroughPhoto by Daniel Giberson million dollars to Guitarist Mike Dana playing during his set at the Jazz Festival out the venue were old black and white renovate the building, still leaving the school short on funds. pictures showing what vari Aside from the jazz ous rooms in the building used playing by performers such as to look like, and the goal for the FCC Faculty Jazz Somwhat they will look like when etet, Ron Catalano, Little Blue renovations are complete. The Planet and the Andre Bush project will cost an estimated Group, the silent auction that 41 million dollars. The jazz took place offered winnings festival took in many donations through ticket sales and a silent from leading restaurants, shops, Photo by Daniel Giberson and art. The guests made their Les Nunes playing the trombone during his set at the auction. way around bidding on items, Jazz Festival all the while observing the great changes taking place within the alumnis faces. were among the choices the Old Administration Building. â€œI went here so long attendees were given to eat. A computer generated program ago, and I absolutely love this â€œI always felt that gave a digital tour so seeing building. Iâ€™m so glad they are many people have been affected what the building looked like re- doing it.â€? Said alumni and by the college in one way or wouldnâ€™t be as hard7AIT *# &## 2AMPAGE &