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October 17, 2012

AMPAGE Volume CXXIII Issue 4


The Student-Run Newspaper of Fresno City College

Ex-Senator appeals removal



Former Associated Student Government Senator James Demaree appealed his removal from the student leadership body yesterday. “You have before you a very important decision, one that will be remembered and debated for years to come,” Demaree stated in his appeal letter. Although Demaree filed his appeal at Student Activities yesterday, he was unable to attend the ASG meeting that was held later at 3 p.m. ASG President Nathan Alonzo and ASG adviser Sean Henderson selected five people -- Jan Benson, Student Success Club, Ron Marby, Student Success Club, Alicia Ross, former ASG elections commissioner, Ben Anderson, former Legislative Vice President of ASG, and Joshua Green, CIT-0 to be a part of the Constitutional Appeals Committee. The names were ratified by the senate. The Demaree saga started following a series of events that began with a video he posted on YouTube. As the fall semester began, adviser Henderson temporarily suspended Demaree from ASG after a YouTube video he posted that attacked the actions of ASG Legislative Vice President Rachel McKinley and President Alonzo. Sources say that the reason behind the suspension was that members of ASG felt threatened by Demaree’s video. However, after Demaree met with Dr. Chris Villa, vice president of Student Services on Aug. 27, his suspension was lifted. Villa said that he was “convinced that [Demaree] should be able to participate in his role as an ASG senator.” ASG voted to begin the official removal process of Demaree on Sept. 4. The charges against Demaree were for, “conduct unbecoming” of a student leader and for speech that “incites towards violence.” Demaree argued his case on Sept. 18, stating, “When America amended the Constitution and gave women the right to vote, was that unbecoming?” He added, “There is nothing unbecoming about trying to effect change according to procedure.” Sen. Monique Reyna spoke about the work ASG is doing and how it is being overshadowed by the controversy. “It’s kind of discouraging when all that work is kind of not being seen because the only thing that students have been focusing on and been having questions on, is the issue with Sen. Demaree,” Reyna said. Demaree was voted out of ASG on Sept. 25 with 14 in favor of removal, two against and three abstaining. For more on this unfolding story, visit l TWITTER.COM/DARKTROY

50 to 60 FCC Classes At Stake 1,824 SCCCD Students At Risk Photos By Paul Schlesinger. (Top) President of the Community College League Scott Lay, (Mid) Deborah Blue SCCCD Chancellor and (Bottom) Vice Chancellor of Finance, Ed Eng. BY KAITLIN REGAN

The State Center Community College District and Fresno City College face grim prospects if Proposition 30, the Governor Jerry Brown’s ballot initiative does not pass on election day. Deborah Blue, SCCCD chancellor, said the district is already planning for a $16 million deficit in the event the ballot initiative fails. This will not be the case if the proposition passes. “If Proposition 30 were to pass that, deficit would be more like $8 million,” Blue said. “So we have to plan for the worst because there would be too much

work to do if we planned for the best.” Failure of Proposition 30 could impact SCCCD in many ways, including in the number of classes offered, in the size of classes and in workforce reduction. An immediate impact of a “No” vote on the proposition is a reduction in the number of students it can serve, about 1,824 fewer students. According to Dr. Ed Eng, vice chancellor for finance at the district, the district will be funded for 23,064 students instead of 24,888. The district strives to serve more students and will increase student intake by 3.8 percent to a total of 23,958 if it fails and 25,386 if voters l SEE PROP ON PAGE 4

Programs aim to close achievement gap BY TOMAS KASSAHUN

When Lori Natal first enrolled at Fresno City College in 1995, she was shy and without much of a plan. She knew she wanted to go to a university but she didn’t know how to do it or if she was even capable. She came to school each day and attended her classes, but she felt adrift and unconnected to anything at FCC. Then her mother insisted that she sees a counselor. It was after her meeting with a counselor that Natal finally found the missing link in her education. The counselor suggested that Natal join a campus program known as Puente. She found the route she was looking for.  She changed her major from economics to sociology, hoping to fulfill her desire to help others. Before long, she moved on to CSU Fresno where she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and later her master’s degree in counseling. Today Natal is leading the Puente program at FCC and is helping students overcome the same struggles she once had.  “Being part of Puente helped me break out of that shell and helped me realize that I could be successful in school,” Natal said. Established in 1981, Puente is a statewide program helping students transfer to four year universities and colleges. It’s one of many student service supportive programs at assisting minority students close the achievement gap. Other programs include the Trio program which serves mainly first generation college students, low income or disabled students; Idile which is designed to assist African American students; the Title V Camino program which focuses on Hispanics, and USEAA which was established to accommodate the large number of Southeast Asian students at FCC. According to information available on the website of State Center Community College District’s Institutional Research, out of 21,147 students attending FCC in the spring of 2012, 1,687 or 8 percent identified themselves as African Americans; 274 or 1 percent are American Indians or Alaskan Natives; at 3,683, Asians make up 17 percent; 9,576 students are identified as Hispanics, the largest group at 45 percent. Twenty four percent or 5,097 students are identified as White or non-Hispanic while 830 or 5 percent report no racial affiliation. The 2011-2012 State Center Community College District fact sheet also reports that minority groups at FCC have a significantly lower success rate than white students. In the 2012 spring semester for example, the successful completion rate data showed African Americans at 55 percent, Latinos at 64 percent, Asians at 70 percent and whites at 75 percent.   The trend remains true in several l SEE GAP ON PAGE 2

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