Students run through fire simulations for training
Fusion of blues and rock band to release EP
Professor reveals the unity of art and science
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‘Success bill’ a step closer Erasmo Martinez The San Matean The California State Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 1456 on April 18 in order to improve the success of California Community College students. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors adopted 22 recommendations proposed by the Student Success Task Force to improve student transfer rates, said California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott. SB 1456 lists several of the reccomendations that might take place. “Student success score cards” that will keep students on track, mandatory orientations and system-wide online assessment to reduce cost are listed in the bill. Improving student success is the main goal of the Student Success Task Force. SB 1456’s propositions are radically opposed on a statewide level, said president of the CSM academic senate, James Carranza. “Not all of them are bad,” Carranza said. “No one would disagree with trying to improve student success.” The original language of the Student Success Task Force of 2012 had a limited scope, specifically what the cost would be. A concern Carranza and the Academic Senate
had was the number of mandates that have no explanation on how funding will carry them. Unless changes are made, support for the bill will not be given until the mandates are clearly funded, said Carranza. “Some recommendations don’t cost money, like the student success goal cards,” said Jack Scott. “We can’t ask colleges to do something they can’t do.” SB 1456 deals with a portion of the recommendations and sets up the “framework” for them. From the list of 22 Student Success Task Force recommendations, other topics become a concern. Limitations on students receiving the Board of Governors fee waiver are embedded in the proposals, said Carranza. “More and more students are applying for the B.O.G waiver,” he said. “Legislation puts limitations on the B.O.G, like putting caps on benefits.” “The bill will go through some revisions,” he said. “I have support for AB 1741.” Assembly Bill 1741, the Student Success Infrastructure of 2012, addresses concerns about funding and asks that funding is guaranteed. “The only problem is they suggest we get money to increase counseling,” said Scott. “But it is costly. It would take $1 billion to (follow this suggestion).”
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Photo by Jeffrey Gonzalez of The San Matean
Bulldogs spring into training
Bulldog Matt Vinal charges and surges past teammate Maurice Williams as he runs through a drill that is designed to train players to move through blockers on the field. Spring training keeps football players in shape and in the football mindset while they wait for the fall season to start playing again.
CSM moves forward in accreditation process Jeffrey Gonzalez The San Matean CSM released its first draft of a self evaluation report to the community on May 7 as a part of a long accreditation process. “It’s an end of the year update for the self evaluation process that started in mid-September,” said student representative for the Accreditation Oversight Committee, Bailey Girard, 19. At the April 26 district meeting,
Interim Executive Vice Chancellor, Kathy Blackwood reported to the board of trustees that all three colleges were moving along in the right place in the accreditation process. The committee met May 4 for their last meeting of the year to oversee that the necessary reports had come in and that everything was under control. Accreditation is a requirement educational institutions must undergo to be considered competent and credible, a process that demands a
comprehensive self evaluation done every six years. The district submits its self evaluation to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. “(Accreditation) is an on going process, but on a calendar it takes three years,” said faculty co-chair of the AOC, Laura Demsetz. “Basically, we have to look at ourselves
returning because of transfer to other colleges and universities. “There are roughly 12 candidates for the 16 positions in senate. There is still room for more candidates,” said Paige Kupperberg, ASCSM president. In order to be considered as a candidate, student applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA and must have obtained at least a 2.0 GPA in the last semester in which they were enrolled. Applicants must also
have at least a 50 percent completion rate and must be currently enrolled in at least six units. Candidates will be campaigning while following strict guidelines, until May 7. Elections will be held between May 8 and May 10 and results will be announced on the second week of May. ASCSM is in the process of changing their constitution for next year, said Therese Salazar, student senator. “This will be on the ballot in the coming election.”
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Student elections on the way Kenneth La The San Matean
Photo by Greg Marshall of The San Matean
Dancing for feast
Iris Nunez,19, participates in a dance performance during the Dia del Maiz (Day of Corn) celebration on May 2. The Latino Unidos Club served corn and pupusas for students in front of Building 10.
The ASCSM election is nearing and candidates are campaigning to better their chances of being elected as student president, student vice president and senate positions. Approximately 60 percent of the current staff will be running again, and the current student president and vice president will be running. The rest will not be
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 5746330. Submissions should be typed neatly. ASCSM Spring 2012 General Election Tuesday, May 8 to Thursday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upper Quad (Near Buildings 16, 17 and 18) New and Returning Student Orientation and Advising Workshop Tuesday, May 8, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 ASCSM Spring 2012 General Election Tuesday, May 8 to Thursday, May 10, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Bldg. 17, Room 112 Fall 2012 WebSMART Priority registration - Continuing Students April 30 to May 8 All Day Event ASCSM Volunteer Fair Wednesday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. College Center Plaza Nidhi Chanani: Artist, Designer and Champion of Change Part of Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Wednesday, May 9, noon to 2 p.m. Bldg. 17, Room 112
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Clicking into success Tamara Gomez The San Matean A radio frequency classroom response system known as the i<Clicker promotes hands on learning for unenthusiastic students and provides immediate feedback for CSM professors. The Macmillan company first acquired the i<Clicker in 2005 and since then has been implemented at more than 900 educational institutions and used by almost 1.5 million students. The i<Clicker is distributed throughout Canada, Mexico, Argentina and the United States, said Shaline Ferguson, i<Clicker sales representative. “They (teachers) are 100 percent behind clickers in general. The technology gets students involved and enforces critical thinking as well as peer discussion,” said Ferguson, “There are between six and seven different response systems, but the
i<Clicker is the most simple.” The immediate feedback that comes with the use of the clickers aids professors in observing how much students understand the material and what they should revisit
Photo by Erasmo Martinez of the San Matean
as a class. There has been a ten percent increase in students’ grades since implementing clickers in conjunction with online homework, said CSM physics professor Mohsen Janatpour. The use of clickers is a good way to actively participate in class and keep students interested dur-
ing lectures, said geology student Brandon Kern, 19. In addition, students get bonus points towards as part of their participation grade for questions answered correctly. “It is especially useful in big lecture halls to keep students engaged,” said professor Linda Hand who has used the clickers for the first time this semester in three of her classes. The i<Clicker can be bought at the campus bookstore for $50 or rented each semester for $16. “It’s a tad pricey for how rarely we use it,” said Kern. “We use it once or twice a week for ten minutes at most, but I think it’s helpful and a good way to get students to participate.” A potential hindrance to professors is when students forget to bring their clickers. Also they will stop working occasionally after two or three questions and disrtupte the lecture, said Hand. “Overall, my class likes it except for one student,” said Janatpour.
ASCSM Spring 2012 General Election Tuesday, May 8 to Thursday, May 10, 5 to 6 p.m. Bldg. 17, Room 112
A digest of local and nationwide news which affect community colleges
Fall 2012 WebSMART registration - New, former and continuing students May 9 to August 19 All Day Event
• A new compensation policy authorized salary raises for the CSU Board of Trustees. In a press release from Senator Leland Yee, it is stated the “Board of Trustees will raise salaries of executives by any means necessary.” Yee has introduced senate bill 1515 that would allow students, faculty and non-faculty employees to have positions on the board so pay raises can be avoided. “The chancellor makes $250,000 a year,” said political science professor Frank Damon in agreeance with Yee’s bill. “Just a few years ago the (US) president had made close to that.”
50 + Senior Boot Camp 50 + Fitness Program Thursday, May 10, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. CSM Football Field ‘One Voice’ Film Screening and Discussion Part of Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Thursday, May 10, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bldg. 17, Room 112 New and Returning Student Orientation and Advising Workshop Thursday, May 10, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 Digital Media Open House Creativity Meets Technology Thursday, May 10, 3 to 5 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 160 Piano and Harmony Department Concert Thursday, May 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Bldg. 2, Room 110 CSM Dance Show Friday, May 11, 1:30 p.m. Building 3 Spring into Dance Friday May 11, 7 p.m. Building 3
• The Assembly of Higher Higher Education Committee passed Senate Bill 1501 with a two thirds vote on May 1. Assembly member John A. Perez authorized the bill and sent out a press release explaining the bill is part of the Middle Class Scholarship Act and designed to make college funds affordable for middle class students in California. Within the bill’s language, $150 million is to be given to community colleges so class fees will decrease. •Wednesday, May 2, 95 percent of the CSU facilities voted for a strike to take place in the fall semester. In a press release from Dr. Richard Pan, Assembly member, its stated he supports the strike’s effort to “protect affordable, quality higher education.” There is lack of support for the CSU faculty from the CSU management said Pan’s press secretary, Brian O’ Hara. — Erasmo Martinez The San Matean
Correction In an opinion article titled, “2-tier fee — no way,” in the April 23 issue of The San Matean, the article implies that the fee plan was implemented although it had been shot down. The San Matean regrets the errors.
Spring Benefit Concert for CSM’s Child Development Center Saturday, May 12 All Day Event Building 5
CSM Friday, April 20 — A public security officer responded to a call where someone reported suspicious activity in parking lot 3.
Reinstatement Workshop Monday, May 14, 4 to 6 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191
Tuesday, April 24 — Public safety officers took an over the counter report of a non-injury hit and run in Lot 2.
Veterans Resource and Opportunity Center Lecture and Film Series Service: When women come marching home Wednesday, May 16, 12:10 to 2 p.m. Building 3
Friday, April 27 — Public safety officers responded to a call they got of a possible petty theft in Building 5.
New and Returning Student Orientation and Advising Workshop Wednesday, May 16, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bldg. 10, Room 191 ASCSM WTFilm Festival Screening and Awards Ceremony Wednesday, May 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Building 3 Deadline to pay summer student fees Wednesday, May 16 All Day Event — Compiled by Kasia Pierog Correspondent for The San Matean
Tuesday, April 24 — Public safety officers responded to a vehicle collision. Their were no reported injuries.
Thursday, April 26 — Public safety officers responded to a call about a man drinking alcohol in Lot 3.
Monday, April 30 — A Public Safety Officer responded to a report of several people smoking marijuana in a parking lot on campus. This information was provided by Brian Tupper, Chief of CSM Public Safety. CAÑADA COLLEGE There were no reported incidents at press time. This information was provided by Matthew Horsely, of Cañada College Public Safety. SKYLINE COLLEGE There were no reported incidents at press time. This information was provided by John Wells, Chief of Skyline College Public Safety. — Ariana Anderberg and Monica Airo The San Matean
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Students target ‘garbage patch’ Manuel Orbegozo The San Matean Earth Day at CSM was intended not only to celebrate the planet but also to spread awareness on hazardous issues, such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Aleksandros Simon, 19, Brittany Arthur, 20, and Nick Durham, 23, designed a 6-foot plastic wave to represent the massive garbage patch, believed to be twice the size of Hawaii, currently floating on the North Pacific Ocean gyre causing marine pollution. The project took about three weeks to finish and the materials used were hula-hoops, zip ties, recycling materials from Gap packaging, plastic bottles, tape and spray paint. The wave was exhibited outside of Building 10 and reached about 150 students. Durham, an architecture major, created a mini model of a wave that spiraled upward. Hula-hoops were
used for the circular base. Once the skeleton was finished, the next step was to create animal models made out of plastic bottles. The wave was then covered in plastic and spray painted. Plastic bags were added to represent sea foam and give the model a wavelike feel. Simon spent a third of his life at sea and has known about the garbage patch since sixth grade, putting up posters of it in his room. The issue had always been in the back of his mind and he came up with the idea during a senate meeting where they discussed the event. “It was a wave of trash in a more artistic way. We wanted to show that things can hit home very quickly,” said Simon. The plastic is known to have toxic effects on marine wildlife due to its ingestion. Humans can be affected as well by eating the toxic fish and other wildlife. Choosing reusable containers over plastic packaging and remem-
bering to recycle is the best way to contribute to the cause, said Arthur. “The root cause of the garbage patch is that too many people in too many countries use too much plastic,” said Arthur. “Students can take the bottles home, start a collection and get money for it. You hand the plastic over to people who know what to do with it properly,” said Simon. Pamphlets were given to students on Earth Day with facts about the garbage patch. A master composter from RecycleWorks brought a worm bed and explained the benefits and proper use of it as well. “I’m happy that our campus Photo Illustration by Ryan Patron seems really good about keeping Students depicted the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on Earth Day. many recycling posts on campus. Right now it seems to be more The Great Pacific Garbage Patch boat captain Charles J. Moore came up to the individual if they want was discovered in the nineties and across part of patch and estimated it to choose to avoid using plastic,” is formed by pelagic plastic debris to have a mass of 100 million tons. said Arthur. Having experts talk floating beneath the surface of the It is a victory for Earth if people to students about these issues can ocean, making it impossible to stop to look at what they made (the help them make more informative view from satellite photography. wave) and what they wrote down, everyday decisions, she said. In 1997, oceanographer and racing said Simon.
More support for remedial classes Kenneth La The San Matean CSM provides many programs boosting transfer rates to four-year universities which ensures remedial students that CSM programs and support provide a very high chance of obtaining their academic goals. According to the most recent
statistics from the SMCCCD student database, 5.5 percent of all students enrolled at CSM transfer to a California State University or a University of California. The number may seem low, but when factoring in all enrolled students at the college, this percentage is very reasonable. CSM is loaded with programs to deliver help to the needy, whether it
is financially related or homework related. “Students have trouble scheduling time for homework because of jobs, personal lives, and poor study habits,” said CSM English professor Rebecca Webb. Getting placed into remedial courses from the placement tests is not a dead end, said Sandra Stefani Comerford, Dean of the Language
Arts Department. CSM provides much support for students including professor support, open labs with instructors, and study groups. “Mediocre students with good study habits would usually be fine,” said Webb. CSM instructors provide support for students to improve their study habits. Many student peers offer an alternative to seeking instructors
for assistance for those who do not feel comfortable. “Many weren’t dedicated, many came with an attitude,” said Chris Tronoff, political science major. “Going to class with that attitude made them not do so well.” CSM ensures a hospitable environment for students, the attitude that they bring with them is not within the school’s responsibility.
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Learning to stop the burning Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday the men and women of the CSM Fire Academy arrive on campus not only to learn but train themselves for a career as a firefighter, or a member of the fire protection services. Steven Cavallero, Chief of the CSM Fire Academy has been with the program for over 25 years. Cavallero told us that being an instructor for the fire academy has been very rewarding over the years as he watched his students graduate and become employed at firehouses. “Almost everywhere you go in the bay area you will find graduates of the CSM fire academy,” said Cavallero. Alongside a valid emergency medical technician certification the fire academy allows its students to begin the process of testing for employment at fire departments around California. Staffed with teachers that are currently active in the fire service, many of them local, allowing them to provide up to date information and techniques to the program and its students. “It’s a good introduction into the daily life of a firefighter,” said fire academy student Ben Villano Provided with the equipment and technology that is used in the field today the students of the CSM Fire Academy go through rigorous training from ladder exercises, hose training and to use of powerful tools like the jaws of life. — text by Ryan Patterson Photos by David Sharpe The San Matean
Photos from top to bottom: Students listen to instructor speaking. Fire academy student places a gas mask during practice. Students simulate a burning car in order to learn how to deal with the situation. A group of students lift a ladder in front of the station.
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Marjikeze rocks fusion sound Erasmo Martinez The San Matean Deciding on a clever band name was not easy for CSM student Zeke Edwards, 20. Instead of naming his band a simple or meaningful name, he ended up messing all of his band members name to get Marjikeze. The band Marjikeze started off in 2008 when four high school band member at Sequoia High School formed a rock band. Edwards presented the idea to saxaphone player Keith Jones, 20, and interest had risen. “Zeke wanted to start a band,” said Jones. “He had a brother who played bass.” The bass player, Marley “The Mar” Edwards, 17, still attends Sequoia high school while concurrently enrolled in music classes at CSM. Jimmy “The Ji” Daggett, 20, is their drummer who is enrolled in a Chicago college. Edward is the lead singer as well as the guitar player. “At Sequoia, parents liked us,”
said Edwards. “We played at some friend’s birthdays.” The band started playing a lot of local shows, including a church carnival, open mics and county fairs. Eventually, the word got out and many people took notice of them. From this point, they started getting play time consistently and eventually made business cards. A blues and rock influences pull together to create the fusion style of sound the band stands out for. The music is mainly light grooves that paint sounds of a spontaneous folky free form jazz style. “There aren’t many fusion bands,” Jones said. “It’s what makes us, us. You don’t expect a bunch of teenagers to make fusion.” Edwards admitted he “sadly writes all the songs,” reflecting on their song creation process. He writes lyrics and they will try to create some riffs to fit the song, or jam and write lyrics to the jam. “I’ll write something and pick a melody that goes with the same feeling,” Edwards said.
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From left to right: Marley Edwards, 17, Jimmy Daggett, 20, Keith Jones, 20 and Zeke Edwards. They will pick whatever sounds good and kinda just throw it in, said Jones. After playing for five years, the band is finishing up their first EP. The EP has been worked on over the past year and will feature seven of the band’s songs. “We’ve been calling it ‘Midnight
Done Right,’” said Edwards. “It’s the name of one of our songs.” Summer is the intended release period for the EP. “The Ji” was able to acquire studio time for the band. They plan on just handing the CD’s when their finished. Edwards has been working on it at home using what he has learned
The American Canyon Middle School entered both their Concert Choir and their Morning Chorale, conducted by Debbie Walden, and received gold ratings. Philip Burton High School band from San Francisco, conducted by Manuel Young, received a silver rating. The American Canyon Middle School sixth grade band, as well as their middle school concert
band also received gold ratings. Anderson Middle School Cougar band, as well as their jazz band, both received a silver rating “It was all a very positive experience, we received a lot of help setting up from the students here who are in the music program, and the response from the judges was just great,” said Dykstra. “I really appreciate all the positive energy
from a Pro Tools course in order to touch up the album. In light of the album seeing a release in the summer, Jones said the band is still growing from its start point. “It’s always progressing,” he said. “I didn’t expect us to be releasing an album. Its a cool experience.”
Grade school students’ music showcased Ian Mitchell and Greg Marshall The San Matean Several middle school and high school musical groups traveled across Northern California to perform on May 4 at the CSM theater where Michael Galisatus, professor of music, acted as an adjudicator. The groups did not compete directly with each other, but rather
are measured up against other musical groups of similar size and age groupings to receive Bronze, Silver, or Gold ratings based on their ability to display general musicality. “It really is an advanced learning experience,” said Galistatus. “The ability to come here and be informed of where they are strong as musicians and where they can improve must be very empowering.”
we all received throughout.” Sarah Leonhardt, a 14 year old baritone saxaphone player in the Anderson Middle School jazz band, frequently she would play improvised solo pieces, and even lead one of the bands pieces. She was chosen to receive the band’s award. “I really did not expect the awards at all” said Leonhardt. “I was very nervous the entire time.”
Women jam out to the blues with professor Monica Airo and Jeffrey Gonzalez The San Matean
Female musicians performed to an audience of 400 on April 27 at the Ladies of the Blues — A Tribute to Women in a Man’s World concert at the CSM Theatre. CSM Professor Rudy Ramirez organized the event featuring Wendy De Witt on piano, Dolly Rappaport, Lara Price, Cathy Lemons and Xandra Corpora on bass. Ramirez played guitar as women
shared the spotlight performing. De Witt displayed her passion for boogie woogie. “Boogie woogie is usually in four but every now and then I don’t count very well,” De Witt said. Rappaport dueled with De Witt on the sax in several songs. Lemons whaled on vocals and talked humbly about her experiences on the road. “Five CDs and some tours I became a blues singer I guess,” said Lemon. Corpora sat solo with guitar performing a Muddy Waters tune and
one of her originals. “San Francisco you ain’t got no chance,” sang Corpora. Helen Souranoff, CSM Theatre Director concluded the show. Each lady told what the blues meant to them. “The blues for me is about living life to the fullest,” said Souranoff. The event was sponsored by the Diversity in Action Group, the Golden Gate Blues Society, KCSM, CSM Associated Students and Center for Student Life. Ladies of the Blues raised
Photo by Monica Airo
Lady of the Blues line up from left to right: Rudy Ramirez, Lara Price, Dolly Rappaport, Cathy Lemons and Xandra Corpora. money for the Playing for Change Foundation that raises money for music programs worldwide.
“Ladies of the Blues is truly a dream come true for me,” said Ramirez.
In the Mix By Carlos Mesquita and Jeffrey Gonzalez
Which artist should be resurrected?
Sabrina Gordon, 18 Psychology, San Francisco
Alex Simon, 19 Crim. Justice, Redwood City
Atziry Vazquez, 21 Marine Biology, Burlingame
Jerome Cabauatan, 46 AOD, San Mateo
Keisa Havili, 18 Nursing, San Mateo
“Whitney Houston or Selena.”
“Freddie Mercury, one of the best showmen ever.”
“Jimi Hendrix, his music was so soulful.”
“Jim Morrison, I love all his music.”
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‘Art is life’: A lecture on science Jeffrey Gonzalez The San Matean
There exists a unity between human knowledge and human perceptions of beauty, and professor Mohsen Janatpour brought these two together at his twenty-fifth art exhibition on April 27. Janatpour teaches the sciences and has been painting and exhibiting his work for 22 years.While he has been a professor most of his life, he was “drawn” by the allure of painting and dove into studying human perception of art, both the philosophical and physiological aspects of it. “I think the educational system creates brainwashed lopsidedness in our society wherethe arts and the sciences rarely meet,” said Janatpour. Janatpour argues that the imagination is needed to fuel science and the idea of pushing art to science students is imperative.Janatpour organizes these presentations regularly to emphasize the beauty of art
Illustration by Jeffrey Gonzalez of The San Matean
Graphic explaning that art and science are equal to each other. to students who are taught in rigid systems of knowledge. “You only have one life, so as humans, we must appreciate every aspect of the world,” he said. The value of learning both disciplines equally is shared by cognitive science major and avid artist Brittany Arthur. The study of science is something
we universally connect to, art is more of a personal interpretation, according to Arthur. “When science can be communicated through art, that knowledge can be experienced more fully,” she said. While most of the 250 people at his presentation believed that art is what people put onto canvases, frames or film, Janatpour explained that art
exists in everything that we do. Janatpour defined art as human behaviour which intentionally tries to create beauty in whatever it does.By completing daily rituals such as putting on makeup, getting dressed or preparing a meal, the human species is constantly creating works of art. And when applied to these rituals art not only gives aesthetic pleasure but serves a purpose in the process of natural selection. As we turn ourselves into pieces of art with particularly arranged colors on our faces and specifically selected apparel, we are saying to the world, “Look at me!” But art has many more purposes and functions other than assisting sexual selection, such as expression, education, therapy, the promotion of skills and creativity, pleasure and communication, according to Janatpour. “You have your own perception of what everyone experiences. It’s human nature to want to express that personal perception of what
is universally experienced,” said Arthur. “It is very human to want to learn what others are experiencing also. We learn from others and art is how we connect.” In his presentation, Janatpour compared art to a opening in someone’s thought process that allows others to see inside. “By knowing the art you enjoy, I have a window to your mind,” said Janatpour. “While science uses universals to explain particulars, art utilizes particulars to express universals.” Students and community members who attended were given a different take on the idea of what art is. Most people don’t think to tie Darwin’s natural selection theory to van Gough or Picasso, or to the act of putting on makeup, but Janatpour presented not only the possibility of doing it, but the science behind it. “This presentation enhanced my appreciation for art,” said social work student, Frances Robertson. “It applied to real life, not just art; because art is life.”
Newspaper students receive awards Amanda Lennon The San Matean CSM Journalism students have been awarded top honors in two California contests and a graduate was honored as the first place winner in a national essay competition about boxing. The students were honored by the California College Media Association, a four-year college group allowing two-year schools to compete, and the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, an organization which serves colleges statewide. Each year CCMA holds an annual training workshop for media students on a variety of topics and hosts a competition honoring excellence in college journalism. CCMA has been awarding students since their first convention in 2004. Shaun Carmody, 18, won two first place awards. The CCMA award was for Best News Photography. The same photo also won Best News Photo for the JACC. “I was kind of surprised,” said Carmody, Sports Editor for The San Matean. “It was one of my first assignments on the newspaper.” Carmody’s award-winning photograph was of the memorial service held at Skyline College for the San Bruno Pipeline Fire. “I’m applying to Arizona State and this might help me get into their competitive journalism program,” said Carmody. The CCMA convention was held at CSU Fullerton on April 22 and drew hundreds of entries from community colleges, state colleges and universities. JACC event rotates annually between southern and northern California for a 3 day conference to award the mail-in winners and is held in late March to early April. This year it was held in Burbank. Kayla Figard, 21, won second place for Best News Story from the CCMA. “It was for an article I wrote in the spring called ‘Tsunami Warn-
Photo by Shaun Carmody of The San Matean First place photo in CCMA and JACC: Camellia Rains holding Jenea Elam in remembrance. ing System Alerts Coast’,” said Figard, Executive Editor for The San Matean. “I’ve written a lot of stories and it’s really rewarding to see that other people like my stories.
“It makes me happy that that I have something to show for all the work I put in,” said Figard. Figard, who has received several scholarships for her work at The
San Matean, has been selected for a prestigious internship this summer at the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.CSM alumni Alexis Terrazas, 24, was awarded
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$500 after he submitted his piece to www.sweetscience.com. The topic was “Why do we accept our boxing broken?” “I got props from some professional boxing writers, and that meant a lot,” said Terrazas, a sports correspondent for The San Francisco Examiner. “This is what I hope to do for a living one day. I love booze, boxing and good writing — and not necessarily in that order. I wanted to open some eyes. But, no offers yet from the big boxing media types. I still have some work to do to get there.” CSM’s school newspaper The San Matean along with the reporters and editors on its staff have won a number of awards in the past. “We always are proud when our students and graduates excel,” said Journalism Professor Ed Remitz. “It shows how hard they work toward success in their studies and in building their careers.” Remitz has been directing The San Matean since 1989.
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CSM track hosts NorCal Trials Shaun Carmody The San Matean The 2012 NorCal Track and Field Trials, held on Friday May 4, attracted world-ranked sprinters and throwing champions. Gatorade High School 2010 Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year Ashton Purvis, out of Oakland, competed for Laney College. Diondre Baston, who competed for American River College has the eighth best 100 meter dash time out of any American and 31st best in the world. CSM sprinters Roman Skovronski and Damian Ross all qualified for sprinting events in the NorCal Finals (which will be held this weekend at CSM). Ross qualified in the men’s 100 meter with a time of 10.96 and Skovronski qualified in the men’s 400 meter hurdle with a time of 55.29, the best time out of every competitor in that category. Skovronski, who is first in NorCal and eighth in the state in that event, fell under two seconds shy of his personal best. Skovronski had been upset by Adonis Singletary at the Coast Conference championship, held at Hartnell College on April 28, in the same event, but has since retaken the NorCal lead. CSM throwers Nikki Uikilifi, Josh Uikilifi, Evan McDaniel and Zeke Edwards all qualified for NorCal finals in shotput, discus, javelin and hammer. McDaniel, Josh Uikilifi and Edwards all played pivotal roles in the Bulldog’s dominance of male throwing events at the Coast Conference Championship
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have to do?’” The publication released on May 7 is a first draft report on CSM’s ability to meet the four standards required by the ACCJC. The four standards any college must meet are Institutional Mission and Effectiveness, Student Learning Programs and Services, Resources and Leadership and Governance. As part of the self evaluation, committees were established to focus on each individual standard. The first standard that must be met by any educational institution is the mission statement, or its purpose
Photos by David Sharpe of The San Matean
Zeke Edwards (left) and Evan McDaniel (right) compete in the men’s javelin throw at the NorCal Trials held at CSM May 4. One of the best female throwers in Northern California, Nikki qualified in the women’s shotput, discus, javelin and hammer. She qualified in the shot put with a distance of 38-0, the hammer with a distance of 39.14 meters, the javelin with a distance of 143-5, and the discus with a distance of 143-5. Nikki is the top ranked javelin thrower in Northern California, and second in shotput, discus and hammer. She also won the Coast
Conference Title in those three events as well. “I’m not satisfied with the shot put and the hammer, but I just had to qualify,” said Nikki. “I’m happy with discus but I could’ve done better. I’ll use this week for practicing and to work on technique.” McDaniel, who ranks second in the country for the junior college shot put, fell exactly one foot short of his personal best with a throw of 54-10.25. Josh struggled
in the same event with two bad early throws but qualified with a throw of 47-.5. He also qualified in the men’s hammer with a throw of 156-0. McDaniel and Edwards (the fifth ranked javelin thrower in Northern California) both qualified in the javelin with distances of 1629 and 166-9. “In trials, it’s just the ability to qualify and move on to the finals,” said CSM head coach Joe Magnan, “It’s not necessarily distance.”
The only Bulldogs who did not qualify were Nathan Wright, who failed to qualify in the men’s discus and the men’s 4x100 relay. “Nathan Wright and the 4x100 were the only real disappointments,” said Magnan, “The 4x400 would’ve qualified if they hadn’t botched the second exchange.” CSM hosts the NorCal finals this Friday May 11, which will be followed by the state finals held at Cerritos College May 18.
as an educational entity. The Institutional Mission and Effectiveness Committee revised CSM’s mission statement and rewrote it. The new mission statement was written using other schools as an outline or guide, according to IMEC student representative, John Kilic, 20. As reported by a summary of the April 13 meeting of the AOC, the revision included the incorporation of the Vision Statement and the Values Statement to the mission statement itself. CSM was given a warning three years ago for a lack of appropriate evidence to back up the mission
statement it provided. “We had to do the research to support it,” said Kilic. The mission statement is also formed with the help of Student Learning Outcomes that come from all different departments of the school. SLOs are assessments of courses and sections that state the purpose of the class and the class’ ability to provide for student growth. “SLOs play a big role and relatively new role in accreditation,” said Demsetz. “It’s a part of it, but there’s much more in addition to SLOs.” The Student Learning Programs and Services Committee ensures
that the college can provide the sufficient programs needed to fulfill the mission statement that adheres to ACCJC standards. The Resources Committee makes sure that the CSM has the proper facilities and human resources to implement the programs and services. The Leadership and Governance Committee validates administration as a competent and authoritative entity to finance and enforce everything needed to accomplish the mission statement. The information to fulfill ACCJC needs, was gathered by about nine committees, among them the Committee on Instruction and the
Institutional Planning Committee, according to Demsetz. The individual groups have submitted many drafts of self evaluations for their respective departments and standards section to the AOC. Some groups have submitted at least four drafts already, said Girard. The AOC will take that draft after getting input from the community at large to better develop writing a second draft by DATE. It will follow an identical routine that will lead to a third and final draft of a self evaluation report in the 2013 year. “It will be editing beyond editing,” said Girard.
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Opinion & Public Forum
May 8, 2012
Editorial Championing affordability Textbooks can be heavy. The weight they carry on a student’s financial burdens can be even greater. Maryland delegate Michael Smigiel sponsored House Bill 38 in January. The bill proposed a tax free period for full and part time college students purchasing textbooks. Legislative initiatives like House Bill 38 may be a small step to solving the financial problems a student faces, but it a step that makes a difference, especially on the community college level.At a Feb. 28 CSM Academic Senate Governing council meeting, the senate discussed the issue of textbook prices as a whole. The members generated a list of strategies faculty can employ to help the issue, said James Carranza, Academic Senate president. The Academic Senate will continue to discuss textbooks this semester and coming school year. However, this issue has yet to be addressed on a state level. “Any little bit helps. But I’m left wondering what our California legislators can do for our students,” said Carranza. “I’m not aware of anything like this in our state.” With the price of textbooks continuing to skyrocket, whether they be old or new, a tax free period would put back a reasonable amount of change in the pockets of students. “That extra $35 or so in sales tax is a tank of gas for some students,” said James Peacock, CSM bookstore manager. Initiatives like this, though small steps in nature, can lighten the load for a student. We must avoid vital supplements to our education — like textbooks — becoming nearly inaccessible simply because of high costs. “I would love to see legislation protecting our students from outrageous and hardly justifiable textbook prices,” said Carranza. If a textbook bill similar to House Bill 38 were to be introduced in our state, community college students would save a considerable amount of money. Students who are informed about these legislative initiatives in other states may be inspired to take similar action in their own states and colleges.
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Back Talk by Jeffery Gonzalez and Erasmo Martinez
How prepared are you for a big earthquake?
Jazmine Crayton, 18, Business Mgmt., San Francisco
Laszlo Lemgyel, 45 Psychology, Pleasanton
Toni Tonga, 20, Undecided, San Mateo
“All I know is if I felt the ground shaking, I’m running straight to my mom..”
“I have a storage facility filled with supplies for me and my family.”
“If it counts running, I’ll run. But I’m not prepared.”
Joel Lacey, 22 Sociology, San Bruno
Dina Esmael, 18 Psychology, San Mateo
Joan Walton, 50 Dance, Mountain View
“Not prepared. I wasn’t even thinking about it.”
“Not prepared at all. It’s so bad.”
“I have some cash, a gallon of water and gas in my car.”
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. The San Matean has yet to receive any response from the administration about adcamp, an advertising program that would add to the journalism program’s budget for printing, equipment and membership costs, after an editorial that was published last issue about the matter. The San Matean will continue to pursue this issue. The San Matean will continue to publish its newspaper and website under the current Digital Media Program. The latest updates can be found on our website, www.sanmatean.com.
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From dreaming to streaming
here was a time when we had dreams, a of innovation are behind us. time when those dreams drove us to make We as a society no longer have such grand dreams, big discoveries and create new innova- and the few that do don’t have the tools or means tions. We dreamed for a better tomorrow, a new way to have such dreams realized. Where did they go? of life, and hopes for a new understanding of the When we got to the moon in 1969, it was predicted world that we all live in. that we would be on mars within the next ten years, In the 60’s we were on the whatever happened to that? main stage for the internaThe possibilities of the places tional space race, NASA was we could be or the advanceborn which brought us to the ments we could have made by edge of our scientific undernow are unfathomable, and one standing, not to mention many cannot help but feel an intense practical applications of said sadness for those opportunities understanding in everyday life which are now gone. such as scratch resistant eyeDo they have to be gone forglasses. ever? Do our dreams have to be Illustration by Ryan Patron In Media in Society class, gone forever? Or did our dreams we watched two Internet videos by the Corning just change? glass company. Everyone at this school is here for a reason, this is What was presented, as a tech demo for great new not high school anymore, no one is forced to come technology boils down to a five minute commercial here. for various windows and mirrors, which are also It isn’t unfathomable to think that many of us also screens that would serve to distract us from the real have aspirations, goals, and dreams. world around us? Dreams we want fulfilled, but are we as a whole One could view these as the extension of the old working toward our dreams? Or are we simply con50’s RCA flat screen prototypes. tinuing with school because it is all that we know? Is this our dreams from the past carrying on, or Earning useless units and skating by, is that all we these could be used as proof that we lack the capac- are truly destined for by coming to school everyday, ity to think of something new. or can we regain those dreams, that drive, and make It is not new technology that is being showcased something of our time here? in these videos, nor are the applications new ideas; It — Ian Mitchell is all just nice fancy stuff. But it seems like the days The San Matean
Published on May 7, 2012