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CCCs receive grant Larisse Borelli and Yasmine Mahmoud The San Matean

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Free write for freedom Kat Alvarado, 22, expresses her First Amendment rights at Censorship Awareness Week, sponsored by ASCSM, on Sept. 29. Frequently censored books were given away at the event.

Dream act set to pass soon

California Community Colleges received a $1 million grant from Complete College America in order to develop new classes sections for the newly implemented transfer bill, Senate Bill 1440, authored by Senator Alex Padilla. Three departments have already aligned to the bill: communication studies, mathematics and sociology. The administration of justice department is conforming to the bill spring 2012. After years of issues with CSUs not accepting CSM police and firefighting training classes,

the bill allows the classes to transfer, saving students time and money. “Many students (whose classes don’t transfer) don’t follow the police officers or fire-fighters careers,” said Michelle Schneider, the program service coordinator. SB 1440 offers students many resources, but there are many who criticize the bill. “I am not a big defender of these changes,” said Bill Curley, criminal investigation instructor. “I think it can make us lose the unique of our program,” added Curley. The instructors responsible for the implementation of SB 1440 attended a conference to discuss

Erasmo Martinez and Larisse Borelli The San Matean The second phase of the state Dream Act, which will allow undocumented students to apply for financial aid and lower tuition fees, was passed by the California AsHenry Villareal sembly and now awaits the governor’s signature. Undocumented students attend many colleges within California and face the burden of higher tuition, because of their nonresident status. CSM classifies such students as AB 540 students. AB 540 students must pay a non-residential fee of $203 per unit. In addition to that fee, they are required to pay the residential fee of $36 per unit as well. Although some have lived in California for several years, undocumented students are seen as non-residential students. Not only do undocumented students fall into this category but foreign students as well. On top of fees paid to get into the United States, this extra cost is added onto the cost of text books and living expenses. “It’s difficult to pay $203 versus the residential fee of $36,” said See “Dream” on page 7

Photo by Shaun Carmody of The San Matean

Members of the CSM football team honor the 16 Hall of Fame inductees with a Polynesian tribal war dance called “The Haka.”

Ex-Dogs honored

At the first Athletics Hall of Fame, 16 former CSM athletes and coaches were honored for their dedication and accomplishment while at CSM.

Sol Ladvienka The San Matean CSM’s first Athletics Hall of Fame, held Friday, Sept. 23, honored 16 former athletes and coaches. After a few years of discussion, Dean of Athletics Andreas Wolf, CSM President Michael Claire and members of the board of trustees saw their idea become reality. “Seeing what we have invested our time in, we’re shooting for the best,” said Wolf. Among the inductees were Bill Walsh, John Madden and Ted Tollner. “There was a lot of work in reviewing the history of CSM and

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making sure that we identify these athletes,” said Claire. The ceremony was held in the new sports plaza, formally Building 8. A crowd of at least 300 people attended, consisting of family members of the inductees, current athletes and coaches and members of the CSM staff. “I was in awe,” said Asst. Football Coach Tim Tulloch. “The ceremony had a fantastic and amazing design to it.” “Being able to meet some of these inductees—it brings accountability on us coaches to keep the tradition,” added Tulloch. The plaza consists of a statue of a bulldog, as well as three pillars, consisting of the names of the first

inductees, with room to add many more. “I feel it has been a total success,” said Claire, following the ribbon cutting of the new facility. The raffle, silent auction and reservation fees supported the cost of the ceremony. Wolf has not yet been informed of the full cost, but no school funds were used. “You would not know how many great athletes were here, but now they’re finally being recognized,” said head women’s basketball coach Michelle Warner. Ted Tollner, a former coach of the Bulldog football team from 1968-1972, became more well known when he coached at San See “HOF” on page 5

with other regional instructors and agree with the classes that needed to be changed and implemented. The math department has already completed the process to support the bill. “Math requirements are identical,” said Cheryl Gregory, mathematics professor and the person responsible for the departments adoption of SB 1440. “It will benefit the students that are not sure to where they want to transfer because the courses are transferable for everyplace now,” said Gregory. Students can find information regarding SB 1440 in the 20112012 CSM college catalog.

District approves new gas line

Varsha Ranjit The San Matean The district voted Sept. 21 to approve a proposal for an approximated 1,170 foot PG&E gas line to be installed during October, costing the district $34,000. According to PG&E, the “volume of gas feeding the campus must be increased” to support facilities such as the pool, said Jose Nuñez, facilities vice chancellor. “The current gas pressure and load is insufficient to support the campus needs,” said Nuñez. “This increased demand along with the additional heating requirements of a larger Aquatic Center at CSM triggered PG&E to review its pipeline capacities.” The board’s response to the gas line proposal was safety related questions such as “ensuring that shutoff valves and other fail-safe devices would be installed” according to Ron Galatolo, district chancellor. The current main gas line to the campus is located between College Vista Apartments and the Western Hills Church property. The new line will start at the east side of the Clearview Way intersection and end at the main entrance of the campus. “‘Eric Jansen, the District PG&E account representative has stated that the piping needs to be upsized because of increased demand from multiple customers in the area (not just CSM),’” said Nuñez. The San Mateo County Community College District is paying about 40 percent of the cost for this improvement. Installation will take place from Oct. 3 to Oct. 21, a time when student enrollment and traffic will be stabilized.

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Campus Briefs

by Daryl Legaspi-Gobrera

If there is an event that readers would like listed in Campus Briefs, please submit it to The San Matean at Bldg. 10, Room 180, or, or call 5746330. Submissions should be typed neatly. UC Application and Personal Statement Workshop Monday, Oct. 3, 1:10 to 2:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 University of California, Berkeley Campus Visit Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 340C Undecided Major and Goals Focus Group Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:35 to 2:25 p.m. Bldg. 14, Room 215 University of California, Davis Campus Visit Wednesday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 340C Student Leadership Conference Information Session Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bldg. 17, Room 112 Art Institute of California Campus Visit Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Building 10, Dining Area Engineering Majors Focus Groups Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 San Francisco State University Campus Visit Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 340C University of San Francisco Campus Visit Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building 10, Dining Area CSU Application Workshop Thursday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to noon Bldg. 10, Room 191 Philosophy and Psychology Movie Night Friday, Oct. 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m. San Mateo Farmers’ Market Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lot 2, Beethoven Counseling Workshop Monday, Oct. 10, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 University of California, San Diego Campus Visit Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 340C UC Application and Personal Statement Workshop Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 Reinstatement Workshop Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 Planetarium Show Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Building 36, Planetarium

SPORTS CSM Football vs. Los Medanos College Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. Los Medanos CSM Water Polo Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8, Start time TBA Building 5, Swimming Pool CSM Water Polo vs. De Anza College Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. Building 5, Swimming Pool CSM Water Polo Sierra Tournament Friday, Oct. 14, Start time TBA Sierra College


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Changes made to GI Bill Shaun Carmody The San Matean The changes made to the G.I. Bill in August have left many CSM military veterans uncertain about their academic futures. The recent changes have made cuts to the benefits that veterans receive. One of the major changes is the elimination of “break pay,” or money to cover housing expenses for veterans when school is not in session. Originally signed into law shortly after the conclusion of World War II, the bill was designed to help returning soldiers, amongst other things, pursue educational opportunities with public money, as a token of appreciation for their service as well as relieve some of the financial burden. CSM student and ex-Army medic, Michael Lafors, has already experienced difficulties because of this new provision. “This month I wasn’t able to pay rent because they took away $1500 of break pay,” said Lafors, a veteran of the Iraq War. “I almost lost my apartment and had to take out a loan

to buy books.” In the past, veterans in school received the full monthly stipend if they were enrolled in at least six and a half units, which is half of the part-time 12 unit full-time requirement. Now, according to the G.I. Bill, veterans in school only receive full monthly subsistence allowance if they are enrolled full-time, in 12 units or above. If they are enrolled half time they receive half of the monthly subsistence allowance and if they are enrolled in three-quarters time, or nine units, they receive three quarters of the monthly subsistence allowance. Jeremy Mileo of the CSM Admissions & Records office has said student veterans have spoken of some issues regarding the changes. “I don’t want to call it ‘complaining,’” said Mileo, “but I’ve heard of some difficulty with housing.” Mileo also attributed the difficulty veterans have finding work to the new housing allowance policy forcing them to enroll in more classes. “(The G.I. Bill) was originally more lucrative,” said Mileo, “but

now there are some time issues.” In addition, veterans now receive just half the national Basic Allowance for Housing, which just over $600, which is especially troubling for veterans based here in California, which typically has an extraordinarily high cost of living. Despite the cuts to veteran benefits, local recruiting offices have reported no changes for the better or worse regarding. “In this area (the G.I. Bill changes) haven’t played a role,” said Sgt. Barajas, a U.S. Army recruiter based in San Mateo, “mostly because people don’t follow up.” While there were many cuts made, there has been some added provisions designed to provide more relief for veterans. Before the changes, veterans were required to enroll in at least one on-campus course to receive any relief. With the changes, a veteran’s entire course load can be distance courses and still be able to receive money. Veterans who are also eligible for “vocational rehab” (rehabilitation for soldiers injured or left disabled in the line of duty) may now choose their housing allowance.

Daryl Legaspi-Gobrera The San Matean The CSM library has added three new databases since July, bringing a total of 58 article and database resources available to students who carry a Peninsula Library System card. CSM paid for the new databases exclusively from its own funds, unlike the Gale databases whose cost is shared among the libraries belonging to the Peninsula Library System. Each library selects their own depending on the needs of the different colleges, said Eric Brenner, instructional librarian of Skyline College. The cost for database subscriptions can vary widely depending on factors such as institution size. “Research databases for large

and small academic libraries can range in price from $900 to over $20,000 per year,” said Teresa Morris, reference and instruction librarian of CSM. There is presently no consistent source of funding for the database subscriptions yearto-year. This year the price for the three new databases was paid with lottery funds, said Morris. One database added is Films on Demand, made available by Films Media Group. The site has nearly 4,000 educational video titles available for a variety of subjects from anthropology to world languages. These videos can be streamed online for personal study or used as visual aids for classroom presentations. Psychology Journals is another new database, the latest of three from Proquest, covering articles relevant to a range of psychology

fields including neurology, clinical psychology and psychometrics from sources such as magazines and scholarly journals. The third database is SIRS Researcher, which contains articles focusing on current issues in the world from newspapers, magazines and other media sources. Students and faculty exploring the site can browse issues by region, popularity, subject, or run keyword searches with advanced parameters including Lexile ranges, which are useful for tailoring searches to people with different reading levels. “A lot of students think that everything they need is available through Google, but there’s a lot more good quality articles through the library databases,” said Brenner. “The more students know what’s available, the more they’re appreciating what we have.”

Library adds new databases

Correction An article in the Sept. 20 issue of The San Matean, titled “Students and faculty reflect on tragedy,” carried a misspelling of student Jorge Romero’s name due to reporting errors. In the same issue in an article titled “Ex-dogs to be honored,” an error was made regarding the number of inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame due to reporting errors. There were 16 inductees, not 15. In the same issue in “In the Mix,” Brian Kawamoto was misquoted due to reporting errors. The San Matean regrets the errors.

Campus Blotter Friday Sept. 16 12:14 p.m. – Someone was seen destroying a Gay Straight Alliance club flier hung at Building 18. Friday Sept. 16 1:30 p.m. – A woman had a medical emergency at the San Mateo Athletic Club in Building 5. After being stabilized by the SMFD she was taken to a hospital. Friday Sep. 16 2:05 p.m. – A CSM employee reported that a man kicked and broke two sprinkler heads in the quad between Building 5 and Building 1. CSM Public Safety Officers didn’t locate the suspect. Saturday Sept. 17 5:05 p.m. – Someone was seen entering the visiting teams’ locker room during the football game v.s.Reedley College and took many personal items from the lockers in Building 30. Friday Sept. 23 8:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. – A student found his car with fresh dents to the driver’s side of the car, with no note referencing the damage. Monday Sept. 26 8:35 a.m. – Two officers saw a student with a dime bag and confiscated it. The student was referred to Jennifer Hughes, the Vice President of Student Services. Tuesday Sept. 27 11:45 a.m. – A non-student who had been warned before for being on campus with no apparent reason, was seen again by two public safety officers. When they talked to the man he was appeared to be under the influence, but it was not enough to arrest him. This information was provided by John Wells, Chief of CSM Public Safety.

— Ariana Anderberg The San Matean


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Childcare adopts new program Ariana Anderberg The San Matean The Child Development Center was awarded a $10,000 grant for a new program called Healthy Eats Active. The program will ensure that children enrolled will have access to three nutritious meals per day. “In offering these meals we want to expose them at this young age to new food,” said Child Development Center Coordinator Louis Piper, who created the program. “We want them to learn to enjoy fresh foods that are low in fat, sugar and salt. This means fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low fat dairy,” said Piper. Healthy Eats Active will also require children to engage in physical activity. The program will allow the teachers to intentionally plan a movement education program which will include yoga, deep breathing,

bi-lateral movement activity to stimulate brain development and balancing. The grant money helped to implement “Healthy Eats Active Feet,” which is a health and nutrition program that promotes healthy eating habits with preschool aged children before poor eating habits and sedentary behaviors are established. The funding will also be used to develop and offer in-service training for staff and parenting seminars for the families enrolled. “Early habits are great and we can all learn from it. And they say that good habits start with us,” said student and parent Diana Betanzo, 36, “(The center is) a good caring and loving environment, and it’s a bonus to know you’re kids are here.” The program has been implemented because of the obesity epidemic that is beginning to spread to children. Poor eating habits and a sedentary

lifestyle are common. The result of this is obesity and health issues. The majority of families work multiple jobs while attending school, which can leave little time to prepare healthy meals. The center adopted the program to provide parents and staff with knowledge, information and support to move in the direction of a healthier lifestyle. The long term goal is to cut down or eliminate the health risks of poor eating altogether. There are campus and community partnerships that will integrate with Healthy Eats Active Feet perfectly. CSM has partnered up with the athletics department so that athletes come to the center to read to the children enrolled; providing an example of scholastic achievement and physical health. “The key is that parents are children’s first and most important teacher,” said Piper.

Yasmine Mahmoud and Kayla Figard The San Matean At the beginning of every semester, students have to sit through readings of student learning outcomes for each of their classes, but still some do not know their purpose. “SLOs are the specific David Locke observable or measurable results that are expected subsequent to a learning experience,” said David Locke, Chair of the SLOs committee.

“These outcomes may involve knowledge (cognitive), skills (behavioral), or attitudes (affective) that provide evidence that learning has occurred as a result of a specified course, program activity, or process,” added Locke. SLOs are separated into different categories: general education, certificate, course and student support. General education SLOs are directed towards courses that transfer to universities and classes required for certificates. Certificate SLOs are aimed at verifying the degree program at the college. These SLOs must also relate to the SLOs of the courses. “I think every student learns differently so one learning outcome is not viable,” said student Nick

trict has been working to satisfy the needs of part-time and fulltime teachers while staying within budget. The new contract is pending approval from the board of trustees, with much outcry from the union. Since the last contract, Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) was not paid to school districts from the state. California law requires the state to pay the money when the economy reaches a stability. These deferred payments may be paid in the form of salary increases to the faculty of the 2011-2012

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Softball players and the the Child Care Center participate in Healthy Eats Active, which instills health-conciousness habits. This program is being used to help teachers plan age appropriate activities in the classroom and parents at home so that learning is reinforced. “It will be an amazing program

overall,” said student and parent Allison Friedlander, 31, “Kids this age want candy and cookies. I think implanting eating healthy at school can enforce having them eat healthy at home.”

Vasquez, 19. Course SLOs outline the material that must be covered and retained in every class. Student support SLOs measure the efficiency of services offered by the college to aid and enhance students’ academic experience. Degree SLOs will be implemented soon, in order to regulate the degree process at the college. “These outcomes are intended to occur in parallel to the General Education SLOs (GE SLOs), which are non-discipline specific outcomes for students completing an AA, AS, AA-T or AS-T degree,” said Locke. SLOs were implemented at California Community Colleges because of the Accrediting Com-

mission for Community and Junior Colleges’ in order to evaluate and standardize material taught at colleges statewide. “ACCJC, the accrediting institution for all of California’s Community Colleges, requires that institutions use develop and assess Student Learning Outcomes and use the assessment results to guide institutional planning,” said Locke. Instructors are required to include SLOs in course syllabi, outlining what is expected of students. “I believe SLOs establish a purpose for a class so that by the end you will understand the practical applications of what you’ve learned,” student Eric Miramon, 18. Including SLOs in syllabi is meant to provide students with the

criteria to become successful in the course, and provide a gauge of what is to be retained afterwards. “I have no idea if it’s made any measurable difference either way,” said science professor Linda Hand. “The process of SLOs is not the reason that I continually make adjustments and improvements to the courses that I teach. I’ve always done that, but now I have less time to devote to that endeavor.” Professors are mandated to reevaluate and improve their SLOs for each course periodically. “It should be noted that SLOs are an unfunded mandate for colleges and have greatly added to the work load of faculty,” Dianna Chiabotti Chair, ASCCC Student Learning and Assessment Committee.

academic year. While these adjustments have been made, administrators’ salaries have increased at higher rates than that of the faculty. David Mandelkern, expressed the Dan Kaplan problems with the increases and the difficulties in approving the rejected contract. “This new one was a tough call,” he said.

“The salary increases are inappropriate. A revised approach is needed,” said Mandelkern. “(The district) has been telling us that there is no money,” said Dan Kaplan, executive secretary of AFT 1493. The AFT had been negotiating for a new contract for the past two and a half years, and finished drafting a tentative agreement Aug. 24. No changes have been made so far, regarding Faculty Service Areas, which dictate what classes an instructor is able to teach based upon their degree or degrees and experience.

“We felt like we were betrayed,” said Kaplan. “We’re not happy with this board because of the past two and a half years,” added Kaplan. These changes to give the deserved salaries to the teachers have been in a stand still. As stated in ‘The Advocate,’ an increase in salaries for supervisors has become a topic unmentioned in teacher negotiations. These supervisors were granted the salary increases, but the board expressed that because of budget cuts the district cannot meet teachers’ demands.

SLOs: ‘Kind of like the road to hell’

AFT and district continue contract clash Yasmine Mahmoud and Erasmo Martinez The San Matean The controversial American Federation of Teachers’ contract proposal has added to the ongoing tension between the teachers’ union and the board of trustees. The tentative AFT contract doesn’t have much support from teachers at CSM because of the salary increases allocated to higherranking administrative personnel. The previous contract had expired on June 30, 2009. For the past three years the dis-

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Veteran gains insight on Afghanistan Mintoy Tillman The San Matean CSM student Jason Li recently returned from a 10-month tour in Khost, Afghanistan. The administrative justice major received notice that he was going to Afghanistan in August of 2009. “I was nervous when I found out, then I started thinking positive about seeing a new culture,” said Li, 23. The living conditions in the barracks were different from those in the US. They were “made of plywood and had air-conditioning for the triple

digit weather,” said Li. Li “got to know the Afghan culture” by observing the people of Afghanistan. “The kids were always asking (us) for pens,” he said. These positive experiences helped Li keep his mind off of the worries he had when leaving for Afghanistan, said Li. However, most experiences were not as positive. “There was a large based bargram that was under attack at 4 a.m. and everyone had to go to there bunkers, but they were okay,” Li said about his first arrival at Afghanistan.

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Student Jason Li served in Afghanistan for 10 months.

“A car bomb went off about half a mile from my compound and it was extremely loud and took away a little bit of my hearing,” Li added. It was the closest Li had gotten to being injured. He returned home without any physical or emotional injury. Li’s aunt Grace supports Li in his decision to fight for the country, but dislikes the war, she said. “It takes away our resources and I’m worried about paying for my children to go to college,” said Grace. Returning home proved to be a transition for Li.

“I thought it would take it would take months to transfer back to civilian life, but it only took a few weeks,” said Li, who came home with six badges in indirect fire incident along with a combat action badge. Li now lives in San Bruno and is working on his second semester at CSM. Li continues to drill in the Pittsburg/Antioch station back home and is determined to achieve future goals. “I want to get my A.A. in administrative justice and become a police officer someday,” said Li.

decided to increase its budget for marketing to outreach international students. Skaff said she was unable to disclose the cost to The San Matean. “(The district is) sending out representatives from colleges to countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa to increase enrollment at CSM, Cañada, and Skyline,” said Skaff. There are 107 international students currently at CSM. 30 individuals are new to the program this year and represent countries around the world, espe-

cially China. Students from China are the largest ethnic group with 17 out of 30 in the program. Three students are from South Korea and four students are from other Asian countries. The other four students are from non-Asian countries. “I don’t think it’s fair because we’re equal students, but in a way, it works out because (the school) needs the money,” said Jeannette Rodriguez, 23, a student majoring in human services and criminal justice.


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District seeks foreign student enrollment Loren Vasquez The San Matean The district is in the process of reaching out to students from Asian countries to increase enrollment in its International Student Programs. “The district has renewed interest in obtaining international students,” said Maggie Skaff, the program’s coordinator. International students pay much higher tuition than students who are California residents. A full-time international student pays $212 per unit, meaning that

if a student is enrolled full-time, or 12 units, that cost comes out to $2,544 per semester or $5,088 per school year. An enrollment fee of $36 per unit is added to the cost of tuition, which equals $432 a semester or $864 a year. The district receives about $6,000 from each international student a year, with a separate health insurance fee (students have the option of buying the school’s medical insurance, which is $453 per semester or provide proof of personal health insurance).

Multiply that by the number of international students at CSM, and that comes out to an estimated $642,000 a year that the district receives from the international program. If the program doubles the number of students it currently has, it comes out to an estimated $1.3 million a year in revenue. “An increase in international students will increase revenue for the three campuses, which will help with the budget crisis (that the currently facing with),” said Skaff. As a result, the district has

In the Mix By Erasmo Martinez and Carlos Mesquita

Are 3D movies worth paying for?

HOF Kat Alavardo, 22 Psychology, San Mateo “We don’t have to pay extra. You don’t even get to keep the glasses.”

Liane Caras, 18 Undecided, South San Francisco “It doesn’t benefit the company when you pay more.”

Brett Fornells, 20 Bussiness, Millbrae

Charles Fung, 19 Economics, Hong Kong

Nicole Pisa, 16 Undeclared, San Mateo

“No, it should be the same price. Why pay more for the same.”

“I don’t think it should. 3D is just a visual effect.”

“I don’t think so. We should’t pay extra for glasses”

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From top, clockwise: Andreas Wolf, Dean of Athletics, cuts ribbon for Hall of Fame monument — on his right are Chancellor Ron Galatolo, Trustees Helen Hausman and Karen Schwarz, former Dean Gary Dilley and CSM President Mike Claire. Wolf flashes a thumbs up for the monument. Football players partipate in a Pacific Islander pre-game ritual. CSM mascot hugs the bronze version of itself. Claire addresses a crowd of more than 300.

Diego State, then later coached in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. “Seeing the other inductees, I was truly honored to hear my name listed on the ballot,” said Tollner. “Being listed in the first class, of the school’s 90 year history, I was humbled more than anything.” The school plans on making the ceremony a tradition. “We hope to do bi-annual, but it’s to be determined,” said Wolf, after the successful ceremony.

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Boxer: From coffee to Rocky Giselle Suarez The San Matean Those who’ve stopped for a caffeine break at CSM know that Paws for Coffee’s assistant manager Charles Cianos, 26, serves a mean cup of Joe but they don’t know Cianos also serves mean left hooks. Cianos trains daily in order to pursue a career as a professional boxer. The former CSM student’s early interest in martial arts, specifically karate, has recently transformed into a passion for boxing. Cianos began training only four years ago in San Jose and even then, his potential was quite obvious, said Cianos’ brother Stewart. “Out of everyone he used to train with, he was the most talented. He’s a strong fighter because he really knows his strategy and always gives 150 percent,” said Stewart. In 2008, Cianos began training in the Police Activities League (PAL) with Coach Candy for approximately two years while taking classes at San Jose State University. Due to the lack of a collegiate team, Cianos furthered his boxing experience at Undisputed Boxing Gym in

San Carlos. “I have confidence in the teachers and their methods. It’s a good place; keeps east bay children safe and out the streets while build community with boxing.” Soon after, he graduated from SJSU with a B.A. in anthropology and moved to Redwood City. The commute became too much of a struggle and Cianos began to self-train. “My personal experience and the training I received inspired me to continue anyways,” said Cianos. “You can train with a team, but at the end of the day it’s just you in the ring.” After working from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cianos musters up enough energy to head out to the track on campus to work out. “It was easier to find time and motivation when I was a student,” said Cianos, “Now I have to get used to working eight hour shifts and then training.” His routine includes 20 pushups, running up steep inclines, continuous jabs and stair pull-ups to strengthen his endurance while increasing intensity. “My workouts have to be effi-

cient. I have to get a lot done in little time so my mind and body have to work together to get a high level of footwork and skill,” said Cianos. When Cianos works on his maneuverability and line of attack, he trains at a Redwood City gym with Nick Velasfasa. There he alternates speed, double and reflex punching bags for hours, sometimes with sparring partner Louie Sehal. When asked about Cianos, Sehal had a different view of Cianos’ talents. “Charles knows what he’s doing, he has learned very well so he’s really good, but he’s more of a lover, more of a spiritual being,” said Sehal. Cianos better expresses his spiritual side through his glass sculptures and charcoal paintings which he displayed at Canada’s Annual Arts and Olives Festival on October 2nd, alongside his mother’s handmade jewelry. Standing 5-foot-11, weighing 175 pounds, Cianos ranks as an amateur U.S. light heavyweight boxer and works at CSM to afford medical insurance so that he can obtain his boxing permit and finally slip into some golden gloves.

Charles Cianos, 26, demonstes proper boxing form while executing a right hook. Cianos trains at the CSM track daily.

“Justin was a nice kid and was bound to succeed,” Sell added. During his first two years of high school, Christian played football his freshman and sophomore year, but was noticed for his talent in baseball his freshman year by coach Mike Trimble. “As Mike Krukow puts it, Justin’s a gamer,” said Trimble. “He just wanted to play ball and got right to it.” After graduating Aragon, Christian attended CSM, then transferred to Skyline College where he hit a .485 average. Christian received the AllAmerican Honors in 2000 for his success at the plate. After his final season at Skyline, he was awarded a full scholarship to play baseball for Auburn University. Christian developed nagging arm issues the following season. After meeting with doctors and having

surgery, the doctors told Christian that he was never going to play again, but that did not stop him from rehabilitating. “Justin has always been known to persevere,” said Skyline baseball coach Dino Nomicos. The news left Auburn to forfeit his scholarship and forced Christian to play baseball for Southeast Missouri State University. Christian persevered and got healthy. At SEMSU, Christian received two All-American awards. He was noticed by scouts but went undrafted in the 2003 Major League Baseball draft and was signed with River City Rascals of the Frontier League. “Whenever he plays, he will give it all he’s got,” said Nomicos. The New York Yankees signed Christian in 2004, where Christian had a batting average of .450 and 26 steals in 30 games. Christian was a part of the Yan-

kees’ minor league system, recording 68 stolen bases in 2007, which was third among minor league members and was called up to the major league on June 24, 2008. “We’re proud of him—knowing that he attended Skyline College and has persevered to get to the majors,” said Nomicos. Christian was in competition for a full-time position with current outfielder of the Yankees, Brett Gardner. “His story is very similar to Giants’ pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong,” said Trimble. “Justin’s had to deal with perseverance all of his life.” Christian was released from the Yankees and signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009. He eventually signed with the Giants in February 2010. “I’m a big Giants fan and the Giants need a good center fielder period,” said Sell. “If it happens to be Justin, it will be icing on the

Alumnus earns his chance to be Giant Sol Ladvienka The San Matean

Former Skyline student Justin Christian found himself back in the Bay Area this year when he signed with his hometown baseball team, the San Francisco Giants. T h e S a n Justin Christian Francisco Giants were in need of another prospect to replace center fielder Andres Torres and turned to Christian to be that replacement. Christian, a San Mateo County native, attended Aragon High School from 1995 to 1998 where he emerged as a talent both in the classroom and on the field. “He was always a good athlete,” said athletic director Steve Sell of Aragon High.

cake.” The San Francisco Giants would not permit The San Matean to interview Christian. “We cannot certify college staff writers,” said Giants’ Partner in media operations, Liam Connelly. “Christian’s a very athletic player,” said Giant’s ballgame announcer Mike Krukow during a broadcast.“He can do a lot of things for you. Christian has great speed and applies it both in his offensive and defensive game.” “Bruce Bochy wants to take some good looks at Justin Christian before the season is over with,” said Giants ball-game announcer Duane Kuiper. The Giants have reported that Andres Torres is in competition with Christian about next year’s starting centerfield position. Christian, now 31, received playing time at the end of the season while Torres was out due to injury.

Bulldogs kick off the season with 2-1 start Sol Ladvienka The San Matean With the Bulldog football season just three games old, the CSM squad has already experienced its highs and lows. The Bulldogs opened the 2011 season by being blown out by defending conference champions, the Fresno City College Rams. Trailing 30-0 late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs were able to get on the board, but fell short 43-7. “We’ve been told to play hard and never quit,” said quarterback Blak Plattsmier ,19. “We just play till the end.” The Bulldogs were outgained 514-238 in total offense. “We took a lot out of this game, both positive and negative, but we know we have to fix our problems,” said coach Tim Tulloch. “We take one game, one rep, and one practice at a time. Our execution needs

improvement, but we can’t make excuses for this loss. This game’s over now, but take the corrections from this game and apply them to the next.” The Bulldogs came home and immediately started making improvements. “Our leadership squad took action and took a picture of the final score and placed the photos in the locker room as motivation,” said Tulloch. “I was pleased with the leadership of our players.” As the team arrived at CSM, players Troy Boyland, Sione Sina, Lyman Faoliu, Barrett Wangara, and Kalamani Fili watched the film of the game with the coaches to observe and find corrections for the team to improve. “I felt that we let past CSM players and the Bulldog legacy down,” said Faoliu. “We have to focus on executing and taking care of our jobs and as-

signments,” added Tulloch. The Bulldogs entered week two at a record of 0-1 and faced a Reedley team who has gotten familiar with CSM as the college has been victorious their last two meetings. “We got to go over our corrections and not allow disappointment,” said Boyland. “Staying committed to getting better and more pressure on the quarterback.” Gaining more than 500 yards of total offense, the Bulldogs cruised to a 48-14 victory. Running Back Kenya Price got the scoring started by scoring a 67 yard touchdown to open the game. Price and Marcus McDaniel were the two main contributors to the 400-plus yards of total rushing. Price ran for 188 yards on eight attempts, as McDaniel ran 92 yards on eight attempts securing a Bulldog’s victory. Following the victory, CSM (1-1) faced (0-2) West Valley College of


Continued from Page 8 box is in very poor condition,” said President of CSM, Michael Claire. “It is not at all uncommon for us to move campus fixtures on a temporary basis to accommodate events,” said Claire. The staff noticed that the box wasn’t in its normal place outside of Building 10, on Monday, Sept. 26. “We do not notify campus users of a fixture move unless the move is for the long-term or is permanent,” said Claire after The San Matean asked questions about the box. Though technically the boxes are property of CSM, The San Francisco Examiner donated them to our program and The San Matean still feels it should have been notified before the box was


Photo by Rebecca Campbell of The San Matean

Saratoga, CA in the school’s first ever Hall of Fame game. After the inductions of CSM’s former athletes and coaches, including football legends John Madden and Bill Walsh, the Bulldogs set a record in points scored with a victory over West Valley with a final of 83-0. The previous record was set last season with a victory over West Valley, when the Bulldogs scored 77 points. “Points don’t matter,” said Tulloch. “As long as we play well and improve each week, we’re carrying on the tradition of Bulldog football. All they wanted to do was show the Hall of Fame inductees that the tradition was still here.” With only five passes thrown in the game, all completed, the Bulldogs scoring came by the way of the run. On 47 attempts, the Bulldogs rushed for 434 yards and scored six

out of the teams’ 12 touchdowns. Running backs Vaughn Smith and Jarrell Brown led the rushing attack with over 100 yards each, with Brown racking up four touchdowns. “It starts up at the front line,” said Tulloch. “They were able to make holes for our running backs to run through.” The defense was a key asset as the Bulldogs would intercept West Valley’s quarterbacks four times and forced a fumble, which led to a CSM touchdown. “They were flying to the ball,” said Tulloch, praising his defense. “We, the coaching staff, didn’t find one loaf in the game,” Tulloch added. With the win, the (2-1) Bulldogs will go on the road their next two games, as they face Chabot College and Los Medanos College. Following those games, the Bulldogs will be back at home Oct. 15 to face Santa Rosa City College.


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Continued from Page 1 Henry Villareal, Dean of Enrollment. “These students have no opportunity to get any financial aid,” said Villareal. Many of the staff support the benefits the Dream Act will grant students facing such problems. Most of these problems have not been addressed by community and state colleges; the state is stepping up to address said issues. “The Dream Act would make students eligible to apply for state financial aid,” said Villareal. The ability to apply can provide money to these students in need. The Dream Act is controversial. With budget problems at an all-time high it would be difficult to spend

removed. “While it’s impossible without reading minds to know what was in the college’s mind here, it’s at least suspicious behavior given the college’s well-documented hostility toward The San Matean and the failure to give the newspaper an advance heads-up to fix or remove the box on its own,” said Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center. “This event must have been planned for months and to just yank the box without notice is at the very least a botch job and at the worst, censorship,” added LoMonte. The San Matean spoke with facilities and sent an email to Claire about this matter before 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. The staff later received a copy tax payer money on undocumented students who cannot get jobs due to their illegal status. This might give more incentive for foreign students to want education in the U.S. instead of their own country providing them education. Two years ago, 80 students were identified as AB 540 students. Villareal identified 125 students under this classification, giving more pressure to help these students. AB 540 students who are undocumented face the problem of not being employed. The Dream Act cannot grant citizenship which is required in getting a job. “The question is if students get the money what’s the benefit if they cannot be documented,” said

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of an email sent by Karen Powell, the new facilities manager to Advisor Ed Remitz, sent at 3:37 p.m.

My team removed the dispenser from the Building 10 plaza, said the email. “We have repainted the dispenser and will have it back in place tomorrow, just in case you are wondering where it wandered off to.” The San Matean was puzzled that this email was sent after the paper had already spoken to facilities and sent emails to Claire. Last semester when Building 10 was opened, The San Matean chose the cleanest of its distribution boxes to place in front of the college center. The San Matean notified Facilities the day the box was placed there. At the time we placed the box, there was no negative feedback. “If I were a tuition-paying student at the college, I think I’d be a little insulted that the college

thinks ‘shabby’ boxes are fine for me to look at and only becomes concerned when visiting VIP’s are coming to the campus,” said LoMonte. “If that particular rack was identified as a problem, there were plenty of less drastic alternatives, including switching it with a newer rack, that could have been tried without denying the Hall of Fame visitors their most convenient chance to pick up a newspaper,” said LoMonte. The San Matean invites readers to weigh in on this issue. The San Matean will continue to publish its newspaper and website under the current Digital Media Program. The San Matean will update our website,, as it hears more about the future of the program.

Villareal. “In the long term it will benefit them intellectually,” added Villareal. Many students can use the education to travel back to their countries to easily get jobs, which require higher educations. If passed students will need to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the Dream Act. The students are required to be living in the U.S for at least five years, and they should have entered the U.S before the age of 16. Along with it the students need a high school degree from California, or a GED. They should be 12 to 35 years old by the time they apply and meet “good moral character.”

The Dream Act will make AB540 students eligible to Bog Fee Waiver, Cal Grants and state finacial aid. In addition they will be eligible for EOPS, which supports students with socioeconomic and academic issues. “It is a long overdue legislation that is greatly needed,” said EOPS counselor Lorena Del Mundo, 36. “Current and future AB540 students will absolutely benefit from the Dream Act.” “It’s an opportunity for thousands to continue their education,” added Del Mundo. Many undocumented students see the Dream Act as a hope for a better future in education. An undocumented student, who will be referred to as “Stanley,”

said it will benefit him and many students in similar circumstances. “Many students are afraid to ask for help,” Stanley said. “You can’t tell everyone you’re an immigrant.” Stanley’s tuition came out to be about $3,000 when he tried to sign up for classes. Even with other methods in obtaining the money, it’s still a burden to pay for classes on top of books and supplies. “A lot of people have to drop because they cannot pay,” said student Yasmine Mora, 19. “It’s difficult to do what they want. It gives opportunities.” “I hope Governor Brown signs it soon,” said Villareal. “So many desire support. It will allow them to pursue what they want.”

Opinion & Public Forum

Oct. 3, 2011


Part-time dilemmas

The American Federation of Teacher’s ideal ratio of full-time to part time teachers is 25 to 75 percent. Whether or not this is a healthy ration is still debatable. AFT suggested that more full-time staff would create more efficiency. Full-time teachers do have more stability in terms of establishing what courses they’d teach, how they would teach the subject matter and overall have more time to plan for long-term courses. A full-time staff would inevitably cost more, which is a downside to having a more permanent staff. However, part-time teachers are just as dedicated and portray as much potential as full-time teachers do. Many part-time teachers are required to commute from college to college within a district to teach multiple courses in a variety of areas. Most full-time faculty have the comfort of having classes at a single location at which their courses are few and more definite, in contrast. Part-time teachers are paid significantly less and given limited financial and professional support to work with yet still continue to commit to their jobs. Availability of full time positions have declined, leaving part time teachers with little options. Part-time teachers are split into two groups: those who prefer part-time teaching and those who do would like to teach full-time, according to a survey done by AFT’s American Academic.Ultimately, part-time teachers are generally satisfied with their jobs based on their passion for teaching and not necessarily upon whether they are fulltime or not. For those part-time teachers who do prefer full-time positions, more opportunities to teach full time would be beneficial to schools, ensuring stability within courses. Likewise, with regards to community colleges, there is a larger percentage of faculty who are part-time; a full-time faculty would give long term benefits, making for a stronger curriculum.

First Amendment

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Back Talk by Erasmo Martinez and Carlos Mesquita Should the rich pay more taxes?

Sarah Funes, 20 Political Science, Redwood City

Bo Ortiz, 18 Admin. of Justice, San Mateo

Errol Dychiuchay, 27 Economics, Philippines

“Yes, they should pay their fair share.”

“They should increase their taxes because they have the most money.”

“Yes. We have the biggest gap between rich and poor.”

Alberto Palma, 19 Undecided, Half Moon Bay

Shawn Bandy, 19 Nursing, San Mateo

Charles Blanco, 23 Political Science, Fremont

“They should because they’re rich. They have a lot of money.”

“Taxes should be based on your income. They have to give back.”

“There should be more tax increases as long as they are fair.”


Distribution blues

The San Matean is continuing with First Amendment updates, reporting on an ongoing dispute with the administration regarding the future of its newspaper and website. A recent event has caused The San Matean to be even more concerned about its status. Intentional or not, campus administration prevented at least 300 people at the Athletics Hall of Fame event from getting the Sept. 20 issue of The San Matean, which contained controversial yet relevant material. The distribution box in front of Building 10 was removed before the event which was held on Friday, Sept. 23. The San Matean was not notified of its removal. The First Amendment protects all newspapers, including The San Matean from censorship, regardless of the material contained within the paper. The San Matean hopes that the distribution box wasn’t removed to prevent the audience of the Hall of Fame event from seeing the articles regarding budget reduction, bond adoption, class consolidation and editorials addressing controversial issues. “I asked that the distribution box be removed for the event since the See “Amendment” on page 7

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Spin Cycle Defining culture: Discerning the differences She’s Italian, her sister is black and her mother is Spanish. At first glance, on paper, this family may seem like they are very ethnically diverse. While confusing, they are all of the same ethnic background. Race, ethnicity and nationality are each separate categories, each having unique purposes but are easily confused and are inappropriately used interchangeably. The idea of race is ambiguous and based upon one’s appearance. Depending on how much one’s appearance reflects that of black, white, Asian or Hispanic heritage, which is race. Race is not a scientific way of categorizing humans and is often used to promote bigotry and prejudice. This form of distinction is most often used in polls in order to identify individuals, but offer few options for those who are of dual or multiple heritages. Many people do not identify with the race they appear to be and this can cause confusion when having to affiliate themselves with particular groups. While some polls or surveys offer the option of listing numerous races, this is inaccurate because of the definition of race is meant to pigeonhole people into becoming easier to identify. Asking someone’s ethnicity is a much more accurate way of determining what their heritage is. Ethnicity is defined as a group with common cultural customs. An issue that arises from requesting ethnicity rather than race in polls and surveys is that ethnicities are infinite. There are too many ethnicities to list on every poll, which is why race is so widely used to establish heritage. In order to feign political correctness, many polls and surveys will request ethnicity and list race. Nationality refers to the country that one claims residence. When asking someone’s nationality, one stands to learn very little about his or her appearance or culture, because it refers to geographic location and citizenship. But this is not always true—someone’s nationality may be the same as their ethnicity. In light of the recent UC Berkeley Republican club’s affirmative action bake sale, using the restriction of race does upset certain groups. Stereotyping groups, whether or not it allows them privileges will always upset those included. In the case of the UC Berkeley Republican club, the students expressed anger toward a system that supposedly favors certain races. What they didn’t take into account is that society oppresses those people and without implementing affirmative action, those groups would be powerless. When boundaries of prejudgment are so poorly determined, society is forced to follow the contrived ideas it creates about how to assess people. —Yasmine Mahmoud The San Matean

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