Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
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Volume 76 Issue 7
Dancers perform 12 numbers for ‘We Breathe Dance’ by Justin San Diego Times Staff
The lights in the half-empty theater dimmed as sound bits of Sept. 11 played. Eight dancers made bold lunges and arm extensions in the dramatic opening number about struggling circumstances
titled “Is There Anything More?” Stephanie Abbott, 22, dancer, chose this as her favorite piece of the night. “It speaks to you because we have all been through tragedies,” Abbott said.
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Left: Stephanie Abbott, dance major, performs “Beyond Yesterday,” a dance choreographed in the contemporary style. Right: Hanna Smith, dance major, performs “Untitled Opus 1,” a dance choreographed in the ballet style, Nov. 20 at the San Jose City College Theater.
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No place for hatred
Outraged students gathered at the 1968 Olympic statue on the campus of San Jose State University to protest alleged activities that no one would be thankful for. The students were protesting allegations of what we consider intolerable racist activities of four white students against a then 17 year-old black student in the dorms on campus at SJSU. Some of the alleged activities reported by the San Jose Mercury News included locking the student in bike chains then claiming to have lost the key, barricading him into his room, displaying Nazi or Confederate paraphernalia and writing racial slurs in the common areas of the attached dorm rooms.They also made slurs and derogatory references to the student revolving around his race. “I feel like the resident advisors should have been more aware of the situation because obviously they had no idea,” said Lexi Josefik, 18, biomedical engineering major at SJSU, “and he (the victim) was afraid to stand up for himself and no one knew.” Josefik resides in the Campus Village C dorms at SJSU. She lives on the sixth floor, the floor below where the victim and his roommates lived. “Knowing that it happened right above me makes me sick because there’s nothing that I could do about it because I didn’t know,” Josefik said. “If I did know I would have done something about it.” These allegations are shocking, but it is hard to believe that this type of hate could exist, much less go on for months unreported and ignored by any of the seven
students that shared that common area. Hate like this has no place anywhere, much less a college campus housing situation like this young student found himself in. There may be many controversies about hate crime legislation with lots of bickering in the halls of state, local and federal legislative bodies across our country. Thankfully these laws are on the books, and this is clearly a case that falls under those laws. If we as a country are going to use the law as a means to attempt to change the level of hate in this country, then it is important that those laws affect and punish not only the perpetrators, but also people who turn a blind eye towards the hate, which allows it to propagate. In this case, there were seven people occupying the same common areas where these activities occurred. Where were the two people who were not the victim or perpetrators? Why did they not bring this matter to the attention of the RA, campus police or the administration? Intimidation is not a valid excuse and many of these resources can be accessed anonymously. The only thing we are left with is either tacit agreement with the actions or a “not my problem” mentality, both of which are unimaginable in these circumstances. Perhaps we should amend hate crime legislation to also apply pressure to people in our society who are in a position to report or do something about hate crimes, but choose to not do so. Allowing this wiggle room to not care about our fellow man ensures the flame of hate in America and our world is an eternal flame that may forever go unextinguished.
What work-study SPEAK program would most benefit students?
Compiled by MARC SerRano / Times STaff
Name: Kelly Nguyen Age: 33 Major: Art Tutoring would be beneficial for both student and tutor.
Name: Leeberth Sedacy Age: 21 Major: Industrial Engineering I think it should be based on the student’s major.
Name: Esabel Mehary Age: 21 Major: Political Science Some type of security job on campus.
Editorial Cartoon | Sonia Waraich / Times Staff Name: Jonathan Tran Age: 19 Major: Biochemistry A campus guide would be good for people that are visiting the campus for the first time.
How-to apply for workstudy program Three simple steps to land the gig by Roland Bough Times Staff
Earn $10 an hour and up to $3000 per academic year with an on-campus job.
Step One Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Once you have your FAFSA ready make sure you have SJCC listed as one of your schools. This can be done online for more information visit the SJCC Financial Aid Office or http://www.fafsa. ed.gov/ Step Two
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Fill out the SJCC’s Federal Work-Study Application available online at: http://www.sjcc.edu/data/files/gallery/FinancialAidFileGallery/FWS_application.pdf Step Three Attend the appointment that Financial Aid will set. The appointment will be part interview and part information about the FWS program at SJCC. These appointment dates are set up and allocated based on a first come, first served basis so make sure you get the first steps done early in the spring semester to reserve your spot in the FWS program for the upcoming year. Editors Note: If you have an idea for a job on campus that should be under federal work-study, make sure to talk to the dean of the department overseeing the work, or a faculty member or club advisor to create new work-study positions.
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Fresh and Natural gives its response Dear Editor, Fresh and Natural would like to respond to your recent article dated Nov.19, 2013, about our cafeteria food services. Fresh & Natural prides itself on preparing all foods fresh, onsite daily. We also offer a large array of healthy options. Our fresh salad bar features a large variety of fresh greens, veggies and fruits; our fresh prepackaged specialty salads and sandwiches are prepared each morning. We also feature several made-to-order lighter and vegetarian options on our grill including garden burgers, veggie wraps, vegetarian burritos, and grilled chicken breast sandwiches. House made soups, fresh California rolls and spring rolls are great snacks and made fresh daily. Fresh & Natural also makes every effort to keep prices competitive. All posted prices include sales tax. We offer many daily specials and combos priced between $5.50 and $6.50. Fresh & Natural uses local produce and environmentally friendly packaging and utensils. A complete meal featuring a teriyaki bowl ($4.75), energy drink ($ 2.75) and candy bar ($1.25) is $8.75 including tax Fresh & Natural works hard to ensure our customers always have a variety of fresh prepared food and prices to fit any budget. Our on-site manager Kevin Trinh has many years of experience in the foodservice industry and meets and exceeds his duty by always working with the students for special events with specific budgets. Thank you for allowing us to serve the San Jose City College Community. Norma Moreno COO Fresh & Natural Food Service Group
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Professor gains recognition Teacher-Scholar Award for community college chemistry faculty By Allan Wilcox The American Chemical Society gives awards at local, regional and national levels for excellent teaching in high schools, colleges and universities. This annual award, created in 2009 by the ACS Santa Clara Valley local section, fills a conspicuous gap. The award was the first in the nation to specifically recognize the contributions of community college chemistry educators. It goes to a faculty member who has been an excellent chemistry teacher for many years. The winner must have also accomplished independent scholarship or given outstanding support to their students or to the ACS, thus the name Teacher-Scholar award. The winner receives $500 and her or his chemistry department receives $500 to support the needs of the department. This year, Jose Cabrera has been awarded the fifth annual Teacher-Scholar award. Professor Cabrera of San Jose City College has received several awards for his involvement with students including “Outstanding Club Advisor” by the SJCC Associated Students in 2010. He is also noted for his work with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in
Science with awards which include “Chapter of the Year for Fundraising” in 2011 and “Community College Chapter of the Year” in 2012. Perhaps most telling is Professor Cabrera’s recognition as “Faculty of the Year” from the SJCC President in 2012. Professor Cabrera works with the PeerLed Team Learning Program, a DOE funded program. He also advises students in research, many of whom present their results at National Conferences, and in so doing empowers students with a wider and richer perspective of the beauty that is chemistry. He recognizes one never works in a vacuum, and appreciated the opportunity to work with his amazing students and passionate colleagues. Previous award winners: Cinzia Muzzi, De Anza College (2012) Accomplishments: Excellent service to ACS; developed novel, cutting edge laboratory curriculum. Madeline Adamczeski, San Jose City College (2011) Accomplishments: Participation and dissemination of teaching innovations; student support. T.R. Dickson, Cabrillo College (2010) Accomplishments: Author of numerous chemistry textbooks.
Jeanette Medina, Cañada College (2009) Accomplishments: New chemical technology program; student recruitment and support. © Santa Clara Valley of the American Chemistry Society 2013. Reprinted with permission.
Chancellor’s views do not fit with college academics By Charles Heimler
Librarian takes issue Dear editor, The Times published an article on Safe Zone this fall in the Oct. 22 issue, and I want to point out some errors. This is not a gender equality program. It is designed to promote safety and awareness of problems facing gay and transgender students (LGBT). According to the Centers for Disease Control, they have the highest rate of suicide of any group of youth and the greatest harassment. They also have lower success rates compared to other students since they are often very depressed and fear for their safety. They must keep quiet and hide their identity. Safe Zone programs promote education awareness of these problems and training for faculty and staff. It also promotes campus awareness and student promotion. There has been little attention paid to this issue on campuses and thus the need for this program at SJCC. Thank you, Joseph King Librarian/Safe Zone Facilitator
Students causing stress Dear editor, I work as a student assistant in the counseling office at the front desk. I’m sure all of you can imagine how stressful it can be handling stressed out students who absolutely need to see a counselor right away for a pre-req over-ride or to register for classes, or apply for graduation. So please, next time you start to storm in the office demanding to see a counselor, remind yourself that it is likely the stress you’re having in that moment is because you procrastinated and waited until the last minute. Thank you for your time and consideration. Robert Beck, 21, liberal arts major
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Academic freedom--the core value of American colleges--is hardly well at San Jose City College because the college chancellor has enacted the beginnings of a speech code telling professors how to behave on campus. This should be of alarm to students, faculty and staff alike because it goes against the main mission of any college activity--to search for truth and teach that truth to students. Professors have the liberty to search for truth in the academic ways they’ve been trained as scholars. However, the chancellor has other ideas about the role of academics on this college campus. A great university or college is one at which people gather to exchange ideas about knowledge. At such colleges, faculty and students are free to speak their minds and even ask difficult questions. Such is not the case at SJCC, where the college chancellor has asked to have the civility speech code adopted by all. The civility police even want professors to include the code on course syllabi. Civility statements, like loyalty oaths against communism in the 1950’s, have no place at a college or university. This nonsense about a civility statement needs to stop right where it is now. The chancellor has made for all to wear wrist bracelets--they are embossed with the words--”Civility-Begins with me.” Let’s let the Chancellor keep that wrist band affirmation where it is-on her wrist-- before it becomes like a metaphorical handcuff on free speech and free academic inquiry. This guest column was written by Charles Heimler, San Jose City College English instructor.
4 Lifestyle Whether it is stuffing stockings, secretly being Santa or just spreading the joy of gift giving, there is always room for new gadgets or tech toys to brighten the holiday season. Tight student budgets and even tighter schedules may persuade some from heading to the mall and picking the brightest thing on display or on sale, which is not the best thing to do when there is money to be saved or better spent.
by Adbel Espinoza Times staff
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones
Watches come in all shapes and sizes, but in this new era of high activity and multitasking, What makes these they may be outdated. Enter the headphones special Fitbit Force. Counting calories is the no-nonsense for the diet, or just trying to offers of great build keep track of the steps you quality and detailed, take or amount of sleep per but elegant sound night? The Fitbit Force has and ample bass. Apart those bases covered. It tracks from being all about the steps taken, sleep quality and sound quality, the pricey quantity and calories all in namesake will not follow at a stylish, multicolor design. a bargain price of around $55. This watch syncs wirelessly Although they may not have a over Bluetooth with your built-in microphone for answering calls, smartphone with a dedicated they are nothing more than great headphones app for iOS or Android to for listening to music the way it was meant to keep track of all the variables be heard the way any audiophile will enjoy. listed, plus it offers achievements, Facebook sharing and progress meters. Bright screen, comfortable fit and good array of features makes this $129 watch worth the tag and more. Acer Chromebook C720
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro Apple may have flashy products and simplistic designs, but when on a budget, one laptop that begins at over $1,000 will not cut it with a family sharing it or guarantee top performance. Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 2 offers an impressive array of features: an ultrahigh resolution 3,200 by 1,800 pixel touchscreen display, backlit keyboard, and Windows 8.1 operating system. The hallmark of this laptop is the ability to fold the lids a full 360 degrees to form either a thicker tablet or a thin clamshell laptop. To seal the deal, these features and very capable laptop are under $1,000, a good price for a good, light and flexible computer.
Nexus 7(2013) Tablets have been gaining ground for those looking to replacing computers for everyday tasks when on the go. The 2013 model of the Android-powered Nexus 7 offers plenty of performance, mobility and affordability by starting at just $229. With a beautiful 7-inch, full HD 1,920 by 1,200 pixel-resolution display, powerful gaming performance and highranking scores on many tech sites and blogs, this tablet is sure to please anyone getting this in their stocking.
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If a simple, practical, fast computer for homework, web browsing and occasional video or music enjoyment is desired, then the Chromebook C720 by Acer is recommended. Priced at an affordable $249, well below what competing Windows 8 or 8.1 laptops sell for. The Chrome OS-powered Chromebook can take the place of a Mac or Windows PC for most people. Worried about the software learning curve? Fear not! If you know Chrome, the internet browser for Windows/Mac OS or even your smartphone, then you know Chrome OS. With an internal 16 gigabytes of storage, it may not seem like it has much to hold, but the cloud based storage Google offers with the Chromebook gives 200 gigabytes of storage accessible anywhere internet is available. Some slight features lacking are the 11.6 inch display resolution at 1,366 by 768 pixels and cheap-looking design. To counter, the claimed 8 ½ hour battery life, high definition multimedia interface output, SD card slot and single USB 3.0 all make this the best “bang for your buck” for the practical holiday shopper.
Have someone on your list that looks forward to watching movies, catching up on shows or just being a couch potato to avoid the cold weather, then the Roku 3 is a perfect gift. With a sleek interface and more than 750 channels supported including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon Cloud Player and Vudu, this box will not run out of fun anytime soon. Priced at $100 for a single device solution, as opposed to multiple this power packed tiny box will surely bring entertainment value to any HDMIinput capable high definition television. All photos courtesy of amazon
Fruit-Filled Sufganiyot Recipe
Begin by mixing the flour, salt and sugar. By Adbel Espinoza times staff Dissolve the yeast in ½ cup milk and add a pinch or two of sugar and let sit. Add the mixture to the middle of the dry ingredients, as well as the remaining ingredients other than the brandy, oil, jam, 5 cups flour cinnamon and confectioner’s sugar. 2 eggs Knead the dough, cover, and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place 7 tablespoons margarine in the kitchen. 2 tablespoons yeast Roll out the dough to about 1 cm and with a glass rim, cut into 1 teaspoon salt circles. 2 teaspoons sugar Place the circles on a floured towel; let rise for an additional 1 tablespoon cognac or brandy hour. A few drops of vanilla extract Deep fry in hot oil with cognac/brandy added until golden Grated lemon peel from 1/2 lemon brown. The alcohol is added so that the pastry does not absorb 1 ½ - 2 cups warm milk too much oil in the frying process. Moderate amount of oil (peanut oil If you’re going to deep fry without a deep fryer, use a large pot is preferred since it’s good for deep and add just enough oil to cover the pastries going in. frying) Heat the oil to 350 F. and gently lower the pastry into the oil. Any desired fruit jam filling Deep frying is fast, so keep close watch as only 30 - 50 seconds Confectioners sugar might be needed. Ground Cinnamon Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon. Using a pastry bag, fill the donuts with a filling of your choice. The filling can also be heated and filled using a syringe, but this takes more work. If you don’t have a pastry bag, spooning out a small piece of the donut and then spooning the filling into it works too. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (à la mode) and enjoy!
Start to finish: 2 hours 15 minutes Servings: 4 photo courtesy on Annie ,.
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6 Arts & Entertainment Dance Show From Page 1
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Stephanie Abbott (left) and Marissa Bracamonte (right) pair up to perform “Awakened” at the San Jose City College Theater in “We Breathe Dance” on Nov. 21.
Punk Rock 101
Memoir of the Blank Generation By Sonia Waraich Times Staff
Before tattoos, piercings and spiky hair became fixtures in popular culture, before the Ramones and the Sex Pistols helped define punk, there was Lou Reed. “Rock ‘n’ roll is so great,” Reed said, “people should start dying for it. You don’t understand. The music gave you back your beat so you could dream. A whole generation running with a Fender bass…” The recently deceased lead singer and founder of the Velvet Underground set the precedent for musical, social and personal revolutions centered around rock ‘n’ roll for the last 50 years, a legacy chronicled in Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain’s “Please Kill Me.” “We all knew something revolutionary was happening,” Andy Warhol said. “We just felt it. Things couldn’t look this strange and new without some barrier being broken.” The book is a topsy turvy trip as you follow Reed and Warhol into the basement of Max’s for some sadomasochism before shooting up heroin with Iggy Pop and David Bowie in
London. Just as you manage to get away from the broken-glassbottle-wielding Connie Ramone in front of CBGB’s, you find yourself on Rikers Island with Sid Vicious, accused of murdering your girlfriend Nancy Spungen. “Please Kill Me” comes as close to capturing the spirit of punk as the written word is bound to get. More a compilation of quotes than a written history, McNeil and McCain use the voices of the people who shaped the scene to recreate a world where political correctness was considered tyranny and individualism was everything. “Punk was like, this is new, this is now, the apotheosis, powerful,” McNeil said. “It was about real freedom, personal freedom. It was also about doing anything that’s gonna offend a grown-up.” “Please Kill Me” begins with the New York of Warhol and the Velvets in the 60s, and ends with the demise of prominent punk figures, such as former New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan, in the early 90s. McNeil and McCain included several pictures from the punk
The dance department of San Jose City College performed 12 choreographed numbers for their dance show titled “We Breathe Dance” from Nov. 21 to 23 at the SJCC Theater. The best routine, and the only one to feature all the dancers, got saved for last. “Big Band Finale” had all the dancers wearing different solid color shirts. The dance steps were simple, and the routine was full of joy. Many of the numbers were full of the same emotional, spiritual and interpretative nonsense. None of the dances were like anything one would see in a pop concert or a club. Only contemporary, ballet, modern and jazz styles were performed. Other styles of dancing were left out including hip-hop, Latin and ballroom. “I wish there was more hiphop dance, but there will be next semester for sure,” said dancer Tashiana Baisy, 19, business heyday in the center of the book and a handy “Cast of Characters” section in the back with helpful information about what made each contributor unique. Thanks to the Internet, it is easy to listen to all of the bands in this book and hear the progression of their musical styles while you read about their personal demises and rebirths and demises. At times, the book can be very dark. Beside the drug addiction, violent clashes and filth, the miserable spiral downward of several punks is enough to leave a sour taste in the reader’s mouth. This is definitely not a book about average, everyday experiences. It unveils the world of those who, as Ed Sanders of the Fugs put it, saw the failure of the anticipated revolution of the 60s and embraced the ideas of nihilism and the apocalypse in the face of increasing corporatism. “There developed another kind of lumpen hippie, who really came from an abused childhood -- from parents that hated them, from parents that threw them out,” Sanders said. “And those kids fermented into a kind of hostile street person. Punk types.”
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major. Abbott, dancer and choreographer, had one of the standout performances with her solo “Beyond Yesterday” that was danced to the music of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. The pain and emotion read well on Abbott’s face as she did a handstand into a cartwheel for this number. “Stephanie’s solo was my favorite dance because I know where she’s coming from,” said Marissa Bracamonte, 21, dance major. Another great solo number was “Untitled, Opus 1” performed and choreographed by Hannah Smith. Smith moved around the stage on her tip toes in ballet shoes. A tribal dance symbolizing power within oneself, a modern group dance about symptoms of insomnia, and a duo dancing to “Stay” by Rihanna helped round out the show. Roughly 30 students danced in
the show. Ten of the 12 dances were choreographed by students who completed the choreography workshop class. It costs students, faculty and staff $5 for admission and $10 for general admission. Six-year dance instructor and director of the dance show, Amber McCall, said she would love to see the dance program grow and is always looking for more enrollments. “I learned technical skills of dance and grew a bond with other dancers,” Abbott said. The dance s t u d e n t s seemed to build strong friendships with each other. After the show they many grouped up and had plans together. Rating: 3 out of 5
Mixed thoughts on ‘Evita’
Rating: 5 out of 5
Artist Profile: Jehoiakim Quiroz D’elrado Santos
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Despite being a psychology major and working with the San Jose Police Department with forensics, Jehoiakim Santos is hugely involved in San Jose art work. Santos has a second job at San Jose’s Museum of Art, where he guides guests and explains art pieces. He welcomes people to come view the exhibits that will last until mid-February. One of the exhibits, “Hidden Heroes,” features items people forget to show appreciation for including band-aids, pencils and
condoms. The other exhibit, “Around the Table,” depicts how food shapes our culture. This exhibit is located on the second floor of the museum. Santos has taken the courses art history and ceramics at San Jose City College and plans on taking advance ceramics next semester. Besides ceramics, Santos enjoys creating oil on canvas paintings of people’s faces. Santos says he enjoys capturing peoples’ thoughts and emotions by painting close-ups of faces. Many of his art works are displayed and available to purchase at Kallied Gallery on South 4th Street in San Jose.
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Sean MacLaughlin (left) supports star Caroline Bowman in “Evita” at Broadway San Jose on Nov. 19.
Bowman captured Eva’s youth, but not her old age By Justin San Diego Times Staff
“Evita” had “high-flying” and low moments at Broadway San Jose on Nov. 19. The big song numbers left the audience unsatisfied. “The performance of ‘You Must Love Me’ was inconsequential and needed to be more dramatic,” said audience member Marilyn Miller, 60, retired. Actress Carolina Bowman captured Eva’s character perfectly in the beginning. Bowman mimicked the same motivation, sexuality and sassiness as her character. Bowman captured Eva Peron’s appearance, movement and voice very well, but could have benefited from making the standout parts more grand. “Carolina Bowman is absolutely amazing,” said actor Sean McLaughlin, who plays Mr. Peron. “It is very hard to find an actress to successfully play Eva, which is why ‘Evita’ doesn’t get produced often.” Toward the end, Bowman lacked sorrow as Eva’s body became immobile. As lead character Eva Peron moved up the social and political ladder, the cast successfully switched roles between poor and rich civilians of Argentina. The highlights of the play all fell before the intermission. The audience witnessed Eva’s journey to Argentina’s capital city during “Buenos Aires.”
In “Goodnight and Thank You,” Eva humorously dismissed her suitors. In the tear jerker “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” Mr. Peron’s mistress is kicked to the streets by Eva. The most well-known song from “Evita,” “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” was sung beautifully but lacked drama. The balcony extended outward and few citizens gathered below. The costumes were all simple, but fit their scenes. The play did not have a lot of dancing, especially compared to the theater’s last production, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” Josh Young played the character Che, who is a narrator and Argentine citizen. Young who lacked height for the male lead, had a strong voice and emotions throughout all scenes. “I love being part of this play,” Young said. “Josh did an excellent job,” said a usual attendee of Broadway San Jose, Kathleen Thornton, 59, retired. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice produced “Evita” in 1979. The play was turned into a film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas in 1996. Overall the play started out strong, but got lost in the end. Bowman did a great job, but was a few notes too weak than Madonna. Rating 3 out of 5
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Campus Life 7
Honors program makes comeback SJCC gives students the chance to enhance skills and add to resume By Taylor Atkinson Times Staff
For students looking to take their education to the next level, San Jose City College offers a unique opportunity within the honors program. The honors program is for exceptional students who enjoy an intellectual challenge and have shown distinct dedication and purpose in their studies, according to the honors program brochure. “It is a way for students to achieve an honors program experience at a school that doesn’t have separate honors classes,” said Sean Abel, dean of social science and humanities. The program was designed to motivate participation in academic discussion with small groups of peers and faculty, according to the brochure. “You could have five students in a class, all in the honors program, and each of them would do a different type of project,” Abel said. “One person might do a service project, one might do a research project; and they could all do different things based on their personal interests.” History instructor Khalid White worked with a student in an introduction to sociology course this semester. “She looked at a bunch of different images and she surveyed about 100 people on campus to see how the images we see on TV, magazines, etc. affect our self-esteem,” White said. White said this is his first time working with a student in the honors program, and he thinks it might have something to do with the fact that not every student
knows the program is available to them. “I never thought in a million years that I would be asked to do this, being on the other side of the table in terms of being a teacher who’s helping students in the honors program,” White said. “It’s gratifying in that regard.” Abel said the program has been dormant for some time and it differs from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. “Phi Theta Kappa is an honors society and you gain admission to Phi Theta Kappa based on your passport (qualifications),” Abel said. “This is an honors program where you’re creating an honors project in a specific course so the two are different, but of course not mutually exclusive.” Students also receive an honors notation on their transcripts and graduation programs, as well as transfer assistance. “I’m not sure that it creates any quicker transfer, but depending on where they’re going, they can say they took honors experience classes,” Abel said. “It’s a student resume-building experience.” White said the honors program also adds to the credibility of SJCC. He said SJCC is serious about student scholarships and serious about providing students with academic rigor, contrary to some of the stereotypes that may be out there. “I think I have seven active students (in the program) and my goal is to have 200 to 250 active (students), which is still less than 5 percent of our student body,” Abel said. He said students can apply to be in the honors program at any time during the semester, though there is a specific
Community honors culture and tradition
timeline laid out in the brochure to make it easier for them. “They can apply to be in the honors program right now,” Abel said, “but they couldn’t start their project until spring semester because it’s not really possible to do over intersession; it’s too short a period of time.” English instructor Martha Oral said she worked with a student who needed somebody outside of their department to help them with their project. “The student was Carolann Espino who did the Day of the Dead installation,” Oral said. “For whatever reason the art department couldn’t sponsor her so they needed somebody else to sponsor her.” Oral said she fully supported the idea of Espino doing a Day of the Dead event this semester because she knows she worked really hard on it last year. “She set up all the artists; she got people to help her do the altars, the videos, the dance and the music,” Oral said. “She got all these people to do this and it was amazing.” Students eligible for the honors program must meet specific requirements laid out in the brochure. “For continuing students, they must have a culumative GPA of 3.25 or higher in 12 or more college units and they must be eligible for or have completed English 1A,” Abel said. After a student is accepted into the program, Abel said the next step is completing an honors program contract with the instructor. “They create a proposal and fill that out together,” Abel said. “I approve the project, and then I don’t see anything again until the end of the semester.”
By Sonia Waraich Times Staff
Thousands join to watch the sunrise on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay on Thankgiving Day, Nov. 28. The annual Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering event is organized by the International Indian Treaty Council and American Indian Contemporary Arts, and it commemorates the take over of the island by Native Americans in 1969. The event has been held since 1975 and is open to the public.
n Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in 12 or more college units AND n Be eligible for or have completed English 1A
n Must have a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher OR n A cumulative GED score of 3400 AND n High school AP classes with AP test scores of 3 or higher OR n ACT score of 22 or higher OR n SAT score of 1500 or higher
Jags inch way to victory Emotional win marks end of football season
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Both teams put up a valiant effort, but the San Jose City College Jaguars came out on top 19-7 for their final game of the season against the West Valley Vikings on Saturday, Nov. 16. “It’s a bittersweet ending,” Connor said. “We won the game, but now I lose some kids that are pretty good kids and we just have to transition to the next team.” The game was emotional for many Jags sophomores who are transferring to different schools next year. “We stuck together,” said Carlton Connor, head coach of the Jaguars. “At any point during the night, we could’ve turned on each other; we could’ve given up, but we stuck with the basics of what we do.” Connor said it is going to be an intensive off-season for the team to mature and get better, with weight training, conditioning and recruiting being some of the main priorities. The game got off to a slow start and did not look good for the Jaguars when the Vikings recovered a fumbled punt for a touchdown, but the Jags made sure it was their last touchdown of the night. “Our offense was doing really well moving the ball,” Jags cornerback Jerardo Caro said. “Our defense was doing really well stopping them on third down.” Both sides relied heavily on handing off the ball, with freshman quarterback Caleb Pruneda and freshman running back Gabriel Davis steadily moving the Jags down the field for three touchdowns. Vikings quarterback Ryan Jones made several strong attempts to run the ball or
“Our offense was doing really well moving the ball. Our defense was doing really well stopping them on third down.” Jerardo Caro, Jags cornerback hand it off to running back Dre Hill, but the Jags’ defense prevented them from getting very far and intercepted the ball several times. The game was the last of the season for the Jags, but may have been the last one, period, for the Vikings. Vikings players Drew Rios and Maze Galeai said a rumor that West Valley is cutting football is all over campus. “Our school has to reduce the budget by $1.5 million or something like that,” said Jim Winkler, head coach of the Vikings, “and getting rid of football is one of those proposed cuts.” Winkler said the district believes cutting football would save $175,000 since it is one of the more expensive sports, but he did not think the actual figure would be quite so high. “We’re going to fight it,” Winkler said. “It’s at the chancellor’s office right now and then we’ll have the chance to fight it when it goes to our board of trustees, of course we don’t know when that’s going to be.”
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
How do you de-stress during finals week? Compiled by Marc Serrano / Times Staff
Name: Richard Long Age: 35 Major: Alcohol and Drug Studies I go to the sweat lodge to pray.
Name: Maricruz Ramirez Age: 20 Major: Business When I’m at work I don’t think of school.
Name: Brayden Jubera Age: 19 Major: Undeclared I go out to the club.
Name: Maurice Magee Age: 23 Major: Criminal Justice I go work out, then I go study a little, then I go work out again.
Name: Catalina Chavez Age: 24 Major: Undeclared I eat good food and then I work out.
Name: Alva Long Age: 57 Major: Psychology By proper planning and preparation.
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