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Volume 174, Number 1
College of San Mateo • www.sanmatean.com
Monday, February 7,
Campus speaks out about crisis in Egypt Yasmine Mahmoud and Andrew O’Melveny The San Matean CSM students speak out in favor of protests that broke out in Cairo, Egypt against totalitarian leader Hosni Mubarak over his thirty-year regime. Students are feeling the pressures of the uprising in Egypt, Sara Elattar, 18, a second semester political science student, and native Egyptian fears for the well being of her family, due to the uncontrolled riots taking place, “Almost like a mini civil war going on in Tehrir,” she says. However, the crisis affects more than just the Egyptian students on campus. Mehreen Raheel, 21, a first semester business administration student, is a native of Pakistan. “The whole world is affected.” She has lived in England and Canada prior to coming to CSM, but
says her views are of a Pakistani and has family that still resides there. Raheel fears President Mubarak is trying to turn Egypt into a kingdom. “From what it looks like, he wants to transfer power to his son,” she says. “It should be a democratic country.” She is concerned for the well being of the Egyptian people and everyone in the Middle East as well as all Muslim countries. “The common people will be affected by it, “ says Raheel. “He’s been there for 30 years— he’s old.” Raheel says of the current president, “A new president will bring new ideas. It will benefit the common people.” According to Dr. Lee Ryan Miller, a political science professor at CSM, the crisis in Egypt mirrors that of Iran in 1979, where the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi had American ties, and
was also loathed by the people. The Egyptian people gathered after Friday, January 25, 2011 prayers to protest President Mubarak’s November 2011 election. Since 1981, Mubarak has held office the Egyptian people desired to impeach the president due to discontent over economic crisis government corruption the Palestine-Israel conflict and Muslim terrorism. Egyptian culture stresses education and before the conflict Egyptians had easy access to information due to the high rates of educated people. According to CSM Professor Frederick Gaines, educated people know better, are more conscious, and know too much to stand for injustice. “I’m not at all shocked,” said Gaines, regarding the domino effect of the protests. January 27, two days after the protest began, Internet access was halted by the Egyptian
Rebooting the week Photo by Andrew O’Melveny
Student Patrick Hop, 20, helped pass out information about Phi Theta Kappa during Reboot Week which began Jan. 25. The event welcomes students back for the semester. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society at CSM.
government, and soon afterwards text messaging as well. This took place for three days. The popu-
lar pan-Arab news network Al Jazeera was banned from covering the crisis as well.
Budget cuts larger than increase from Measure G revenue Kayla Figard The San Matean The Governor’s proposed budget, released last week, imposes a possible $8 million dollars in cuts for the 2011-2012 academic year. “The Governor has proposed cutting $400 million from the state community college budget,” said Kathy Blackwood, Chief Financial Officer. “As SMCCCD is about two percent of the state community college system, our share should the budget come to pass in its current form would be about $8 million.” If approved, these cuts would
be in addition to the $6 million in cuts approved in the 2010-2011 academic year. During that time, the district was cutting multiple class sections- reducing some like film, to just a couple sections of the same class. “We were hit very hard this year. We were already small and we were cut down to nothing,” said film professor David Laderman. “This year we have only three sections of one course.” This makes it harder for people to transfer and get their degree in film, Laderman said. In addition many student services
were cut back including counseling. “We just don’t have as many counselors,” said Krystal Romero, Program Services Coordinator in the counseling department. “We can’t do as much.” Instead of meeting with an individual counselor, every new student must take an orientation course selection workshop. KCSM-TV as well as the childcare centers at both Skyline and CSM were also in danger of being cut. Measure G, a $34-per-parcel tax has helped the district add back classes and maintain student
services. It is unclear whether the measure will be enough to help the district in the next academic year. “Because we budgeted for midyear cuts for 2010/2011 and those cuts are less likely now to happen, we have a little cushion for next year,” said Blackwood . “Of course we will have to prepare plans prior to any vote that might occur in June, but we feel that there is a lot of changing to the budget that will take place even prior to placing initiatives on the ballot,” she said. The governor also has proposed
a raise in student tuition fees from $26 per unit to $36 per unit. “For those students who do not qualify for financial aid, this is about a 38 percent increase,” said Blackwood. “An increase in student fees is offset by a reduction in the state apportionment; this means that only the state benefits from the fee increases and not the District.” A $10 increase is a lot for some students. “With the cost and everything, it would make me take less classes, which I don’t like doing,” said student Justin Eddy.
Lady Bulldogs take second straight win Bruno Manrique The San Matean The CSM women’s basketball team won its second game in a row against visiting division rival Chabot College, getting a 56-42 victory on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The Bulldogs (9-12, 3-3 CoastNorth Division) came from a ninepoint non-divisional win against Hartnell College. The Gladiators (13-10, 3-4) only dressed seven players and struggled throughout the game to keep fresh bodies on the floor against a fast-paced CSM offense. The hosts got off to a 7-0 start in the first minute of the half, making their first three field goals and establishing a mid-range game from the tip-off. While Chabot closed in halfway through the first half, CSM kept them at bay, extending its lead to 28-17 after a put-back basket by forward Trish Malaspina and a three-pointer from Clarissa Mendoza. Chabot point guard Charnay
Bell struggled to find open looks as the Gladiators offense looked stagnant the second the ball left her hands. The 5-foot-4 lefty was a speed demon and did a good amount of dribbling in her team’s own side of the court, facing pressure from several guards and having every shot contested. Jackie Orje, Vanessa Castillo, Alisa Rhodes and Mendoza combined in an effort to fluster Bell and were determined to stop her early. “We played her man-to-man,” said freshman forward Lauren Ward. “We were in her face the whole game and that was the reason we were able to tire her out,” she said. Bell bruised her right knee in the last minutes of the half after a hard drive to the basket. CSM took advantage of her absence scoring in fast breaks. Orje closed the half with a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the Bulldogs a 37-18 lead.
Photo by Bruno Manrique
Forward Kimmie Fung takes the shot against Chabot College. CSM led 41-20 in the opening minutes of the half and didn’t look back from there. Bell returned for four minutes and rested the remainder of the game after constant pain in the knee area.
“Our strategy was to tire (Bell) out,” said Rhodes. “Our guards did a good job to keep her in check and our defense rotated well,” she said. Chabot played with a bigger lineup, but it didn’t stop Malaspi-
na from doing her damage on the offensive glass, keeping possessions alive and using her length to patrol the paint. Malaspina finished with 15 points and three blocks. “We were prepared,” said Ward. “They beat us on their home floor so we knew we couldn’t take them lightly.” The hosts grabbed their second consecutive win, straightening affairs with a tough rival and moving up on the division standings. CSM will host Las Positas on Friday, Feb. 4 and City College of San Francisco the next Friday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The Bulldogs currently sit on third place after bumping Chabot to a fourth place tie with Skyline, who lost against CCSF. “We can’t take anyone lightly,” said Ward. “We need every one of these wins in order to retain third place.” “Even if we’re playing strong teams, we’re confident we’ll go out there and give them a run for their money,” she said.
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February 7, 2011
Change to post 9/11 GI bill aids college
If there is an event that readers would like listed in Campus Briefs, please submit it to The San Matean at Bldg. 19, Room 123, or firstname.lastname@example.org., or call 5746330. Submissions should be typed neatly. Face-to-Face: Children of the AIDS crisis in Africa Monday, Feb. 7, 11:10 a.m. to noon. Theater Art Institute of California Campus Visit Tuesday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bldg. 16, Lobby University of California, Davis Campus Visit Wednesday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Building 1, Room 115 Academy of Art University Campus Visit Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building 1, Room 115 Menlo College Campus Visit Friday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bldg, 16, Lobby Philosophy/Psychology Movie Night Friday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Theater Sports CSM Basketball Vs. SF City College Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m. Bldg. 8, Gym CSM Softball Vs. Napa College Thursday, Feb. 10, noon CSM
Kyle Laplante The San Matean The Post 9/11 GI Bill is undergoing changes for the second time in two years effective August 1, 2011, impacting many veteran students. These changes will be negatively affecting some student veterans, while benefiting others. The changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill were signed by congress December 16, 2010, but will not come into affect until August 1, 2011. The changes to the GI Bill passed the House with a 409 to 3 vote. “Break pay will no longer be payable under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill,” said Mario Mihelcic, Admissions & Records Assistant, who handles the Veterans Affairs at College of San Mateo. This means that once the semester is over the housing allowance student veterans
usually receive will no longer be available during the break, but will be available once the next semester begins. Another big change that will be seen on the new GI Bill will be the amount of monthly housing stipends that are going to be available to the student receiving benefits. “Under the old GI Bill the amount of stipends was determined by whether or not the student was taking seven units or more, under the new GI Bill the amount will be determined by the actual amount of units being taken,” said Mihelcic. The allowance that would have been used to pay for housing during the break will now be available to use for future enrollment. The new GI Bill will benefit student veterans not only in public schools by paying in-state tuition and fees but will also benefit those
attending private schools. Benefits for private schools will now be capped at $17,500 annually per individual, but are expected to rise in years to come. The new GI Bill will now also pay reimbursement for more than one license or certification test. The old GI Bill only reimbursed one. Although unfavorable among student veterans these changes are going to help save considerable amounts of money. “It’s going to hurt a little bit for the months during the break, but I do not have a complete negative attitude towards the changes,” said William Hennessy, a student at College of San Mateo and 6 yr. veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, who has been receiving benefits since 2009. “It was a good deal while it lasted,” said Hennessey.
Campus Blotter Friday, Jan. 28, 9:26 a.m. – A person was smoking while walking on the sidewalk by Bldg. 17. The matter will be sent to the V.P. of student services for action to be taken. Monday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. – A woman crossing the sidewalk on CSM drive was hit by a car. The woman suffered minor injuries. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2:00 p.m. – While driving in lot 6D the brakes failed on a car and rolled down towards the north end of the campus coming to rest after hitting a tree stump. Information provided by John Wells, Chief Public Safety Officer, and Sergeant Dave Norris of The San Mateo Police Department. — Kyle Laplante and Jessica Ritter The San Matean
CSM Basketball Vs. Skyline College Friday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Skyline College
Budgets lower, class sizes grow The budget cuts for the 2010/2011 academic year have resulted in lower enrollment rates at CSM. “CSM opted to reduce some of its low-enrolled and low-demand classes,” said Kathy Blackwood, Chief Financial Officer. “At the same time, CSM added sections in high demand areas, using Measure G funds. The net result is that CSM is down about 10% from 2010/2011.” Some departments like math have benefited from the additional sections, but still have very full classes. “My classes are quite full. Forty students is a lot for a math course,” said Math Professor Jay Lehmann. Others such as English still have enrollment issues. Assistant Professor Beth Harrison is currently teaching three sections of English 110. “All had full waitlists and I had to turn several students away,” she said. “In particular, the online section was very popular; this past week I still had several emails coming in from different places asking to add.” Many students have had trouble getting into the classes of their choice. “My intentions were for a math class, but I had to get another class,” said student Chris Segoria. “District wide, college headcounts are down about 4.2 percent,” said Barbara Christensen, Director of Government Relations. “A measure of productivity tell us how full classes are,” said Christensen. “We are at historic highs. Faculties are working very hard to take as many students as they can.” — Kayla Figard The San Matean
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Editorial Chopped, again
As a result of the Governor’s proposed state budget released last week, the San Mateo Community College District faces a probable $8 million in cuts for the 2011- 2012 academic year. This is on top of the $6 million in cuts that were approved in the 2010- 2011 academic year. Though Measure G, a $34 per parcel tax, has helped to aid the community colleges, these additional cuts proposed could bring the district to where it was before Measure G. Community colleges are supposed to be open to everyone 18 and over. They provide an option for students who don’t have all the academic preparation or financial support for universities. But the state keeps cutting what money the district has and the community colleges that never turned away anyone now have to turn away students. Classes are overflowing with students, registered, waitlisted, and desperate. Prerequisite courses for certain majors have gotten cut, and students cannot get the coursework done that is required for transfer in that major. This option for those students who lack the academic preparation and financial means for universities is becoming less and less of an option every day. If students can’t get their beginning at community colleges, where will they get it? So why is the state cutting $400 million from community colleges statewide? No one wants to pay more taxes, but why not instead take some of the money from taxes already being collected and actually distribute the money to the community colleges? Of course, just complaining in our school paper is not going to change anything. We as students need to stay strong and keep fighting against these cuts. Let’s not be lazy and irritable, let’s actually do something about it. Whether it’s a rally or a protest or a petition- get your voice out there. If we scream loud enough they will hear. Just keep screaming!
February 7, 2011
Back Talk by Matt Furtado How would a tuition hike affect you?
Chris Segovia, 18, Undecided, South S.F.
Kasey Fields, 19, Undecided, E. Palo Alto
Justin Eddy, 20, Game Design, Belmont
“It would be a lot more difficult than right now. I would like to get a scholarship.”
“I would not want that. Units are expensive as it is, thumbs down to that.”
“Negatively, I can hardly take 12 units already.”
Maynor Mazariego, 23, Engineering, El Salvador
Mariano Villaloma, 33, Criminal Justice, Peru
Sangwon Yun, 16, Undecided, Foster City
“I don’t pay for tuition. I have financial aid, so I wouldn’t be affected.”
“It would affect me bad. On a scale of 1-to-10, it would be a six.”
“It wouldn’t affect you. I’m a high school student. I go through College Connection.”
Like, whatever man
There was a time when it wasn’t uncommon for students, to rally up in protest when they didn’t agree with a government decision. The 60s are easy to envision: college-aged adults marching to denounce the war in Vietnam. Every so often one can read about SDS protesting the war in Iraq. The last mention that comes to mind is University of Florida where students spouted, “Don’t Enlist, Stay and Kiss,” or some other catchy phrase to ignite change. It seems that, apart from a select few who are politically involved, most don’t really know the decisions that are being made for us. Budget cuts, funding issues, and most recently, health care. The most uproar heard about a measure on the ballot was for Prop 19, incidentally about marijuana laws. The involvement seems to end there. Where did all this apathy come from? General consensus has stated that no one can make a difference, so why care? Nothing is ever going to change. Yet, it’s very easy to go back to a time when students did care. Students believed in change and sought it out. They organized movement and added pressure to the government. While some was borderline radicalism, it certainly swayed on the opposite side of apathy in the spectrum of student involvement. Instead of being apathetic, why don’t we speak out? We need to be more selfish about things that affect us. Don’t sit there passively while the world goes on around you, get up and do something about it.
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Spin Cycle Going to pot — toking up hurts us all The numerous blood shot eyes on campus are obviously not all due to sleep deprivation. By now we have all heard of marijuana and know it is used widely among the general public. Still that doesn’t give free reign to those who choose to smoke it. Students have been smoking the drug in plain view on campus. Not only is marijuana illegal, but CSM is a smoke-free campus. Though some possess a medical marijuana card, that isn’t a green light to smoke on campus. Most students don’t care who smokes marijuana or not. It’s rather ridiculous that marijuana is still illegal, when alcohol is readily sold in most stores and is the cause of many vehicular deaths and the root of so many peoples lives being ruined. It makes even less sense for the state of California to keep making marijuana illegal given the debt this state is in financially. All the state has to do is legalize it, sell it over the counter and tax it. This topic could be beaten to death about the ridiculousness of marijuana being illegal, but smoking pot on campus is a completely different story. Smoking pot in plain view on campus is stupid and juvenile. If one is going to smoke pot in plain view, go for broke, break out the six foot gravity bong and start taking rips in main quad, or right in front of Building 1 for that matter. Start charging people to take rips too. The point is, that the select few that are lighting up in plain view on campus are going to screw it up for the rest of us that don’t smoke and for the smarter potheads that have the common sense to get stoned before they get on campus. Sooner or later, the higher-ups will take all of our privileges from us. Some are excited to be out of high school. Here, students are given more freedom, so why abuse it? Don’t act like fools. — William Hennessey The San Matean