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News Briefs High turnover in administration after summer session
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New educator in motion
A former student, Magda Gonzalez,was walking on the San Jose City College campus when she was stuck and killed by a tractor that was doing work on campus related to the recent construction project.
Adjunct faculty center remains at GE-building
David Yancey, president of the local Teacher’s Union, said former President Barbara Kavalier decided the room should stay where it is. The administration tried to convince the adjunct faculty that moving was for the better, but a majority of the adjunct faculty were content with the current location and felt that moving would cause more trouble than it was worth.
Associated Student officers named
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Maria Basile performs ‘Ocean’ at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Santa Monica on April 7. Read more on page 6.
Preparing students for a greener future By Marissa Trigos
For students who are interested in energy efficiency, San Jose City College offers a class in the growing market of solar technology called Intro to Photovoltaic Installation. “If you like going green and you like saving money, it (solar technology) is fun,” former SJCC student Larry Tumale said. This class provides hands-on training to prepare students for jobs in the solar technology field. Students learn job
Campus mourns passing of instructor Fall semester starts with one less influence By Patrick LOERA
English instructor, colleague and mentor Rick Dirck passed away on July, 20. As an adjunct faculty member in the Language Arts Department at San Jose City College from 1996 to 2013, Dirck instructed many courses including basic skills, composition and critical thinking. He was also an English teacher at Silver Creek High School where he had taught for several years prior to teaching at SJCC. “Those who worked with him remember his wonderful sense of humor and love of music,” Dean of Language Arts Keiko Kimura said. “He will be sorely missed by his SJCC colleagues and students.” Dirck also worked in the Reading and Writing Center at the Cesar Chavez Library. There he would work with student tutors and provide individualized
“ASG Chief Justice Alex Ward was appointed as interim ASG president until a re-election is held.” Charles Stevens Director of Legislative Affair
The following faculty members and administrators have left San Jose City College, President Barbara Kavalier, Vice President of Administrative Services Greg Nelson, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Tammiel Gilkerson, Dean of Research and Planning Romero Jalomo, Dean of Math and Science Leandra Martin, and Secretary to the President Isabel Macias. Kavalier has moved on to a position as president of Navarro College in Texas. Martin will go on to her new role as vice president of academic affairs at Mission College and Gilkerson said she is going to move on to a position that is closer to her home in Oakland. Hartnell College announced that they have hired Jalomo as their new vice president of student affairs. Byron Cliff Breland is acting as the new interim president and Duncan Graham will be the new interim vice president of academic affairs.
Former student died at construction site
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Rick Dirck is at one of students’ rally at Silver Creek High School in spring 2013.
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site safety, solar energy fundamentals, electricity basics, module fundamentals, system components and mechanical and electrical design according to the 2013 SJCC catalog. This class introduces to students the entry-level positions in this field. It focuses on photovoltaic (PV) power systems and their installations. Instructor Matthew Welch, owns his own electrical contracting company, Earth Electric, that specializes in solar installation Continued on page 7
Associated Student Government officers for 2013-2014 were appointed from within the former officers on May 20. The ASG election results have been voided because the list of candidates was not approved by San Jose City College’s administration. Interim Director of Student Affairs Elizabeth Eckford said it was an overlooked key step because Vice President of Student Services Marie-Elaine Burns needed to approve the candidates, and the paperwork was never passed to her. According to Article 16, Section 1, Clause 2, an official list of candidates shall be completed and publicized at a minimum of two weeks prior to the election pending the approval of the Vice President of Student Services at SJCC. ASG Chief Justice Alex Ward was appointed as interim ASG president until a re-election is held in the fall to elect a new president and trustee together, said Director of Legislative Affairs Charles Continued on page 7
Veterans Resource Center returns to campus By Roland Bough
For the first time since the Vietnam war era, this semester the campus of San Jose City College will open a space dedicated to veterans. The facilities committee of San Jose City College announced its decision on May 14 to allocate space in the Student Center. Spearheading this movement was President of the Veterans Association Wendy Lone Bear who since 2011 has fought to increase visibility and awareness for veterans on campus. “We formed an association for veterans on campus during September of 2011, and during the fall of 2012 we turned that organization into an official campus club under the Associated Student Government,” Lone Bear said. On opening day the VRC will feature a comfortable and quiet area for visiting with veterans, a dedicated study area and staff with training to provide information
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and guidance for continuing and incoming veteran students. “Steven Mansfield drove the process through the facilities commission, proposing multiple locations until a consensus was reached. His guidance along with the combined efforts of counselor Gary Ledesma, and myself, led to our securing the space,” Lone Continued on page 3
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Students should value and understand First admenment
The first amendment of the United States of America,should be used more at a junior colleges. In particular San Jose City College, because students seem to have forgotten why we have it. In basic terms, the first amendment is the freedom of speech, religion, press and the right to peacefully assemble. The last noteable time students put it into practice was in the spring 2011 semester when the Associated Student Government and other students walked out of the ASG meeting and marched around campus. They marched through the General Education Building into the business office and ended the protest under Vice President of Student Affairs Elaine Burns’ office window, where the group shouted and rallied. The clubs and the ASG were upset because the approval process was a long paper trail of tedious forms that were difficult to fill out. The clubs and the ASG were mad because of the difficulty in accessing clubs and council funds so they spoke up. The result of the protest was not seen until the following semester when new leadership occupied the ASG. The process became digital, shorter and more importantly easier to read and fill out. The difficulty clubs face to access their funds is still a pressing issue. Can we assume that because lots of
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Why did you choose SJCC and what do you enjoy about being here?
Compiled by Leah smith m i c h a e l b a r a j a s/ t i m e s S t a f f Anh Ngoc Truong Age: 65 Position: Student Loan Coordinator I was a student here when I first came to the US and started working with work studies at Financial Aid office. I really enjoy the facilities, departments and students. Brian Bertrand Age: 25 Major: Media Arts I love the location, it’s next to the hospital. The school has had some rough patches, but it’s good to improve on those rough patches. SJCC is the best school I have been to. Corinne Salazar Age: 40 Position: Administrative Secretary of Administrative Services I enjoy the students and coworkers. I love the diversity of students and coworkers.
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people will not speak out, organize a peaceful assembly or keep the press alive on campus that everything is okay. No, we cannot. The real issue is that students have forgotten that we use the first amendment to voice our thoughts and concerns in public whether in person, on the radio, or in print, to organize peacefully against wrongdoing on campus, and to petition against leadership on campus for a solution to student issues. For example, issues such as cheaper unit fees, the option for a financial aid card versus the check because of the fees associated with the card, more notification of events on campus. And even organizing to bring a president to our school that is actually from California and who will not leave in two years. Simply put, commuter school or not, the students should rally before the sports games and shout chants from the stands, or even organize a group to voice concerns at the ASGovernment or Academic Senate meetings during public comments. We are suggesting that in the fall semester students should be more confident with their words, speak up more, ask more questions of administration and teachers, organize more groups of people on campus and not be afraid to practice their first amendment rights.
Michael Barajas Brian Bertrand
Yeah, just have to go to financial aid
Dominic Macil Age: 18 Major: Undecided For athletics. I have enjoyed the athletes and the coaches that have recruited me. And also, the technology that this school has to offer.
Luke Pascasio Age: 24
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Bear said. The plans for the future of the VRC include installing computers, having a program established for drop-in tutors and creating a job placement program. “This is just one step as we utilize the space, we grow and attract more community support, and attract more veterans,” said Lone Bear. Having a VRC opens SJCC up as a location for federal work study programs sponsored by the Department of Veterans affairs. Qualifying veterans can work up to 25 hours a week if enrolled full time. Having a veterans resource center on campus allows the veterans association to seek grants, donations and other sources of funding dedicated to veterans from a variety of sources, Lone Bear said. With Santa Clara county having the third largest veteran population in California, an estimated 85,000 according to the Santa Clara County Office of Veterans Services. Lone Bear said, “I see us becoming a destination school for not only veterans, but also national guard reservists from Moffett Field, (...) and dependents of veterans who are eligible for veteran association benefits.”
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Extended Opportunities Program and Services promotes student success Programs and counselors help students through guidance and scholarships by Leah Smith
The state-funded EOP&S provides support sources for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. “With the help of EOP&S, I won the Chang Scholarship, which gives me $3,000-$6,000 a year. I am transferring to the University of California San Diego for Computer Science,” said Phat Huynh, 22, Computer Science.
“EOP&S has helped me succeed to the next level of my education, by allowing me to transfer into the University of California Berkeley for Anthropology and eventually dental school,” Alheli Lamas, 22, scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning major. The program was voted into law in 1969 and was part of the California community college
system by 1970. EOP&S offers counseling, transfer and job placement services to qualifying students. The program assists students that are working and have families and allows them to continue their education and still have time for work and family. “Thanks to the support of EOP&S, I am transferring to San Jose State University for justice studies and a minor in sociology, so I don’t have to relocate my family and job,” said Stephanie Basulto, 22, administration of justice major. EOP&S helps students graduate. Their counseling services play a key role in helping students overcome obstacles at San Jose City College. The EOP&S showed their pride for the spring 2013 graduate students with a luncheon ceremony. “The SJCC EOP&S Counseling Center is different from the normal SJCC counseling center. It can take weeks, even months, to be seen at the SJCC counseling center,” Huynh said. Being able to have counselors that are available in and out of school allows students to enhance their educational goals despite the stressful turns in life. “EOP&S counselors get to know their students on a personal
• Academic, career and personal counseling • Priority registration and registration assistance • Textbook assistance • Social activities and field trips • Individualized Tutoring • University application fee waivers • Cash grants • Cap and gown purchase University of California Berkeley for Anthropology and eventually dental school,” Lamas said. “The EOP&S program has allowed me to rent textbooks for my courses,” Lamas said. College textbooks aren’t cheap. Thanks to the support of EOP&S students are able to rent textbooks. Huynh said, “Through the EOP&S program I gained leadership skills.”
and professional level. Having three required appointments per semester helps me stay on track with my education,” said Alheli Lamas, 22, scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning major. The EOP&S program has scholarships that students may receive along the way to achieving their educational goals. “EOP&S has helped me succeed to the next level of my education, by allowing me to transfer into the
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ITSS cares for SJECCD students A small team with big responsibility By Astrid Caballero
San Jose Evergreen Community College District’s Information Technology Services and Support team maintains the technology used on both campuses and the district office. “With the number of people and the number of tasks, it is incredible how everything works as well as it does," Russell said. He said that for every IT person, there are over 1,100 students, faculty and staff in the district that depend on the services and support the ITSS team provides. "The folks here deserve a lot of credit for the amount of stuff that is getting done," Russell said. David Do, lead applications analyst, said his team does a lot of things related to students, such as registration, admitting students, billing students for classes taken and helping students manage financial aid. "I am with the application tasks," Do said, "doing custom applications, such as the online parking permit purchase." Do took part in the developing process for students to purchase parking permits online so it would be more convenient for students. "Right now there are 15 people in ITSS and we are working on some 30 projects," Russell said. "This does not include our typical daily tasks which include everything from running payroll to moving student enrollment into Moodle or the emergency management system
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Michael Russell, chief information system officer of Information Technology Services & Support, explains the work at the Data Center at the San Jose Evergreen Community College District office on May 20. to keeping phones, network and core systems functioning." When it comes to trying to predict the estimation of a project, various variables such as available staffing resources, current commitments, funding and complexity of projects must be accounted for, Russell said. "We serve as their Internet service provider, an ISP, for their academic or student networks," said Technical Services Supervisor Dan Hawkins.
The ITSS hosts Moodle, SJECCD course management system, Hawkins said. Russell said it is hard to determine what is administrative or academic when it comes to categorizing the purchase of equipment or setting up of applications as they are not installing the technology for themselves or for technology's sake. "There are a lot of people and groups, committees and the like, that are involved in almost every IT decision," said Russell. "We install everything for someone else
to use to deliver or receive a service, so it is imperative that they be involved in the discussions on implementation." Russell considers the decision-making a group effort. Do said from his experience he has come to know the people and his priorities. “I enjoy working here, that is why I am here," Do said. Russell said students can email or call the ITSS help desk with comments or concerns at email@example.com or 408-270-6411.
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Co-Exist Inter-Faith Dialogue Club Pre-Med Club
Mental Health Client Association Students for Social Justice Veteran’s Association Advisor: Pamela Turner President: Andrew Ohject Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Every other Monday from April 29 at 3 p.m. in SC-104
Advisor: Juan Gamoba President: Oscar Quiroz-Medrano Email: email@example.com Meetings: Mondays at 5 p.m. in GE-223
The Co-Exist Inter-Faith Dialogue Club provides a place for talking about differing philosophies and accepts students, faculty and staff of all thoughts, religions and creeds. A common dialogue will allow us to gather together and promote the peace found in philosophy and religion to the student body at SJCC.
The Mental Health Client Association provides support for mental health clients as well as a place for those interested in the mental health sciences to meet. A discrete group, the Mental Health Client Association respects your privacy and welcomes you to our meetings.
Students for Social Justice stands for those who have little to no voice in our society and promotes equality and justice for all in our community. We would be glad to have more students join and promote the cause through events and gatherings.
Advisor: Prof. Gerald Grudzen President: Larry Harris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Every other Wednesday from May 1 at noon in SC-104
Advisors: Dr. Mark Newton & Dr. Sanhita Datta President: Aaqilah Brown Email: email@example.com Meetings: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in S-122
Our club is here for community college students looking to go into the field of health care and medicine. We are here to share resources and opportunities that would normally not be available to students.
Advisors: Stephen Mansfield & Gary Ledesma President: Wendy Lone Bear Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Thursdays at 2 p.m. in SC-204
The Association provides support for our students who have served previously in the military and promotes veteran’s affairs throughout campus. Please come to our meetings or contact us for resources for students and veterans.
CLUB ROSTER Class-Based C u l t u r a l A
Advisor: Dr. Madeline Adamczeski merican hemistry ociety President: Sang Ngo Email: email@example.com Meetings: Thursdays at 3 p.m. in the Science Building S-119 ACS is a club dedicated to students pursuing science-related careers while enhancing the lives of others. Club members also engage in activities (e.g. community outreach, organizing field trips and seminars) that expand their network and hone their leadership skills. Members also gain experience in fundraising, publishing abstracts and scientific reports, parliamentary procedures, campus policy, etc. More recently the SJCC-ACS club has provided opportunities for children to participate in hands-on science experiments at Sobrato Family Living Center.
Cosmetology provides a group for students who belong to the Cosmetology department so the students can fundraise for the department’s semi-annual shows. Those interested in the Hair and Beauty industry should come to the meetings and join a great program at SJCC!
President: Yayauhqui Harris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Every other Wednesday at 4:20 p.m. in in Cosmetology C-102
The Laser Club sponsors, supports and investigates laser technology at SJCC as well as at local schools through fundraisers and networking events. Guests from local laser application companies share their diagnostics and many SJCC laser technology graduates go on to work for those companies. We will also build, design and experiment with the lasers we currently have in the lab and will operate, build, present, test and troubleshoot a solar spectrograph to compete in the NASA National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition held in Bozeman Montana!
President: Brian Bertrand Email: email@example.com Meetings: Mondays at 2 p.m. in SC-204
MEChA, as it is known around SJCC, promotes Chicano culture throughout San Jose through its many events and fundraisers like the annual Classic Car and Lowrider Show. Students of Latino and Chicano descent as well as the rest of the student body are welcome to participate and experience the culture that has shaped San Jose and California!
Advisor: Rebecca G President: Tasneem Labib Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Student Center SC-115
The MSA was created for the portion of the student body who believes in Islam and those who would like to know more about the cultures behind one of the world’s largest religion. We are happy to introduce students through events and fundraisers and would love to interact with more of the student body in the coming semester.
Esthetics United World Student Association
Estetics exists to promote healthy maintenance of skin and natural beauty through treatments taught at SJCC. The club welcomes students interested in spa training and those who may be interested in joining the program.
Advisor: President: Jeff Perez Email: email@example.com Meetings: Thursdays at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria
Cosmetology Muslim Student Association
President: Dominique Trujillo Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Cosmetology C-102
President: Chelsea Merlo aser lub Email: email@example.com Meetings: Every other Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in 100 Building 114
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan
President: Abibat Oshiobugie Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Every other Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the International Student Lobby, Student Center upstairs
The UWSA exists to give a voice to international students at SJCC and strives to help students from outside the United States so they may have an equal education. We welcome students interested in other cultures and love to introduce students to the cultures present at this school. Students who are not local are asked to come and check out the club so we can help you while you study here at SJCC!
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science President: Klayre Guzman Email: email@example.com Meetings: Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in Science Building S-202 An Award-winning science institution, SACNAS provides support to students in scientific, technological, engineering and mathamatical fields. While originally created to promote minorities, SACNAS provides a place for the entire student body to receive help and guidance as well as share opportunites to move forward in the empirical field.
The Media Club works as the student arm of KJCC: Real Campus Radio, SJCC’s student radio station and provides support for campus clubs and events by broadcasting events and sports games online at http://www.kjccradio.tk. If any student has interest in music broadcast, news talk or sports reporting you should contact us or come to a meeting!
Black Student Union
President: Julian Fadlin Meetings: Thursdays at 2 p.m. in the Student Center SC-102
The BSU provides support for African-Americans and students of African descent while promoting African culture at SJCC as well as in the local area. The BSU is affiliated with its sister club at San Jose State University and provides a path for students looking to transfer out at the end of their studies at SJCC.
Vietnamese Student Association
Advisors: Scott Pham & Kim Nguyen President: Thanh Phan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: Every other Monday at noon in the General Education Building GE-113
The purpose of the VSA is to give a voice to the Vietnamese student body through workshops, financial aid and English as a Second Language. We are here to make the student body more successful through our many programs and we encourage Vietnamese and other students from other cultures who are interested in Vietnamese culture to join.
6 Arts & Entertainment
New educator in motion Spirituality through dance
By Larry L. Harris
Come toe-to-toe, shoulder-toshoulder and meet the college’s new modern dance instructor, Maria Basile. Basile has taught college dance classes since 1996 and has been at SJCC since January. She said her life essence, aspiration, creative talent and daily activities revolve around dance. “I like teaching dance, especially social (ballroom) dance, and teaching people how to connect with their bodies and being in close proximity with another person,” Basile said. “The one big challenge students tell me all the time is ‘I can now stand close to someone and I don’t freeze up.’” Raised in Chicago, Basile came to dance via gymnastics. She recounts a story when she was eight years old that her gymnastics coach would return the students’ $1 fee if they could walk across the training room on their hands or do a full back flip. “I always got my dollar back,” Basile said. Basile has the passion of a committed teacher. Her long hours, student interaction, patience and coaching technique give her the skill set for this challenging career. “I love teaching and the transfer of knowledge. Three things for me about dance are, we are social
animals and dancing brings us together. Dance is physical and everyone wants to move, dancing can keep us physically,” Basile said. “And lastly, dancing is extremely mindful. Our mind is engaged and challenged; we must concentrate on how to lead or follow and how to pull steps forward.”
“I like teaching dance, especially social (ballroom) dance, and teaching people how to connect with their bodies and being in close proximity with another person” Maria Basile, SJCC dance instructor Amber McCall, director of the dance program at SJCC, wrote in an email that Basile brings a wealth of knowledge in her diverse dance training and performance experience. Between her extensive professional performance career and her years of teaching at San Jose State, she provides a bridge for students as they move on to the next step of their paths as dancers. “Sometimes I have the whole day to myself, but today I teach
modern dance at SJCC. I take a ballet class then go to my next school, De Anza College and I also teach at San Jose State University.” “I am starting to prepare a new dance project called ‘Tango Fatale’ to be performed at the California Theatre in San Jose Oct. 18 and 19,” Basile said. Basile commented on learning to trust in the universe for her needs and describes her spirituality as it flows through her dance experience. “I’m very hooked into spirituality. It comes through my dancing. Nature is my church and treating people with love, passion and respect. I spend a lot of time in quiet, waiting for information to come to me. I meditate with a board inclined at a 30 percent slant that I lie on upside down 10 minutes a day,” Basile said. Basile, a vegetarian, is careful to stay healthy like any high performance athlete would. “My wealth is my body, and my wealth is not external. Every penny I make, every penny goes into training my instrument, either training it or recovering it. That’s where my money gets stuck. I spend thousands and thousands of dollars every year recovering or getting my body in tip-top, pristine condition. You see a doctor here, a doctor there, and all of that money adds up. I don’t have insurance,” Basile said. Dance student Hannah Mets, 18, said, “I like learning new styles of ballroom dance. I really
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Maria Basile performs ‘Ocean’ at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Santa Monica on April 7. like her (Basile). She’s really cool.” She said her aspiration is to devote more time to her dance troupe, sjDANCEco. In addition to dance, Basile enjoys hiking and mountain biking. Basile hopes appreciation of
the arts will increase in Silicon Valley. “We have a younger generation making more money versus an older generation who has invested time in the arts,” Basile said. “The arts and dance also compete with the sun here.”
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Stevens, 39, communications major. The election in its entirety was determined to be void for the sole reason that certain procedures were not followed according to the ASG constitution bylaws, said ASG Commissioner of Elections and Recommendations Ahdilah Haswarey, 20, public health policy major. Some students were disqualified for not meeting the requirements mandated in Article 16 of the ASG Constitution Bylaws, said Eckford. Director of Public Relations candidate Allan Perez, 20, communications major, said he was disqualified due to his absence in attending one of the two candidate workshops that were held prior to nominations. “It states in the (ASG) Constitution that the process of attending the workshops, of verifying the signatures ... all these things qualify a candidate pending the approval of the vice president of student affairs,” said Eckford. Perez said Eckford took him and Presidential Candidate Bihama Vedaste, 23, liberal arts major, into her office on May 3 to tell them they were both disqualified for missing the candidate workshops. “I questioned their move as it contradicted what was already discussed in the council,” Vedaste said. “And it was unconstitutional.” Vedaste said he spoke to Burns after being
disqualified and was told by her that she never saw the list of candidates. Vedaste said he disagreed with Burns admission of not seeing the list of candidates as he believed that she must have seen it before the campaigning period began and that he should have been disqualified at the time. Since proper procedures were not followed, Eckford and Burns decided to nullify the election, Eckford said. Vedaste said he spoke to former president Barbara Kavalier about the situation, and she acknowledged that something was done wrong and the elections should be canceled. The new ASG constitution, with changes on various articles, was just approved by the Board of Trustees in April and held some unfamiliar bylaws, Eckford said. Eckford said the constitution had to be in place before the ASG elections started, causing the ASG elections to start later in April compared to previous years. “I don’t want anyone to feel as if effort was wasted because this is a learning experience and can lend an example on what to do and what not to do for next year’s election,” Haswarey said. Based on a discussion between ASG Director of Legislative Affairs Charles Stevens and ASG Chief Justice Alex Ward, they did not want the ASG to be empty for the start of the fall semester, Perez said. “If no one is here,” said Perez, “no clubs can do anything; nothing can (get done).”
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support to students seeking assistance with their reading and writing. “He was a great teacher. He helped me so many times with my papers and gave me great advice on how to be a better student,” said 23-yearold business major Elizabeth Linares. Shortly following Dirck’s passing, his family hosted a memorial at the Alum Rock Southern Baptist Church on Saturday, July 27. The church was filled with family members, students and teachers from SJCC, Silver Creek High School and friends. “Rick Dirck was a great teacher,” said Mark Curran who teaches World and U.S. History at Silver Creek and had worked with Dirck. “He was definitely a gifted teacher who related to his students, and whose impact will never be forgotten.” Several students took the podium to express the fun times with Dirck and, in some cases, to also express their grief about losing him. Several of Dirck’s former students, coworkers, friends and family members stuck around after the memorial to remember the good times with
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and consulting. “By applying the knowledge given to them in this class, they can put a system on their homes which will save them hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long term,” Welch said. Tumale said students get to do interesting experiments in the class such as the arc test in which the instructor puts several solar panels together and shorts them out so that they make arc.
“By the time you are done with that class project, you are real close to having a real-life, working set of plans that you can submit to the city to get a permit” Matthew Welch, solar technology instructor Welch does this demonstration to show his students that what they are working with is real, powerful and dangerous. “All of the lab is dealing with the real power; none of it is scaled back for desktop use. We are hooking up to the power system of the school, 240 volts, and we can get volts as high as 500 in the lab,” Welch said.
Dirck. Longtime friend and fellow coworker, Dan Haley who also teaches English, is one particular teacher who will miss Dirck’s presence on the SJCC campus.
“He was definitely
a gifted teacher who related to his students, and whose impact will never be forgotten.” Mark Curran, World and U.S. History instructor “Dirck was one of the first teachers I would talk to when I started SJCC,” Haley said. “He had a very easy going, no nonsense attitude about nearly everything, and he was great at camaraderie. He once gave me an idea for my (English) 1B class that I continue to use today.” Haley has organized a memorial for Dirck at The Garrett restaurant on Sept. 27 begining at 3 p.m. for everyone who did not get a chance to make it to the memorial on July 27. The Garrett is located at 1777 South Bascom Avenue in Campbell.
Welch has all of the students complete a class project in which each of the designs his or her own PV system for his or her own needs that will fit on their house. “By the time you are done with that class project, you are real close to having a real-life, working set of plans that you can submit to the city to get a permit,” Welch said. Kieron Connolly, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and Facilities Maintenance Technology instructor, said students should take this class because solar technology is the way to the future. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association website, the solar technology market grew 76 percent in 2012. “2012 was a busy year in the U.S. solar market … in 2013 we expect another strong year driven in part by new mechanisms to increase the availability and lower the cost, of solar project financing,” Vice President of Greentech Media Shayle Kann wrote in an article on the SEIA website on March 14. Welch said he does not give very much homework and that most of the homework he does give is to read the class textbook to prepare for the quizzes. The class is 3.5 units, and lecture is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the lab is on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. The class is held in the 200 Wing in room 209B. Tumale said, “It is a great class, I would recommend it to anybody.”
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
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What is the funnest class you have attended at SJCC?
compiled by Rosa Harrison/ Times Staff
Monya Lewis Major: Business Age: 43 My English class. My teacher is funny. He tells stories about his family that are pretty funny.
Husam Hatahet Major: Architecture Age: 20 Jazz. It is because we was able to listen to old music.
Jamie Gonzales Major: Biology Age: 21 Human Anatomy. It is because of the cadavers. It is just creepy sometimes, but I like it.
Tan Nguyen Major: Chemistry Age: 22 Women’s Psychology. I took the class so I could understand my girlfriend better.
Alix Medeiros Major: Mathematics Age: 21 Human Sexuality. It is because it is like a sex class for adults. The teacher was really great.
Jamie Gleaton Major: General Education Age: 21 Communications. It is because the teacher made it funny and fun for us.
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Column: Technology kills personal relationships By Gary Mountain
Competition for students’ time has been significantly impacted by the increase of technology. In 1969 when I first attended San Jose City College, students did not walk down the aisles staring at or talking on their cell phones. Students became friends, exchanged ideas and planned meetings. This was done person to person. They actually had time to meet the person walking next to them and conversation was done person to person. In 1969, students planned their class schedules around their lives. They did not plan their lives around the school class schedules. For example, students knew dances followed football games. It was commonplace to fill most of the seats at football games because students knew they might get a date for the dance. Perhaps they saw a person doing homework in the cafeteria. Often an army of women would sit at one table and men, then and now, would be far too shy to approach them. The students knew that after the game, they were going to the dance, and they knew that it was the easy place to meet. School clubs often booked a band and decorated the gym. SJCC created space so that students could meet and develop relationships. School sports events are public venues, safe places to go on a date. Basketball games had increased attendance as a result of the networking that happened during football season. Community events were known months in advance. Students looked up the schedules of the sports and other social events for the semester and then scheduled
their classes. Now, students are not even aware that a beautiful man or woman just walks by as they are busy with their head down viewing the cell phone screen. They may have been in search of the person whom they just passed. Today’s students have changed the activities once used to create social interaction. Very few dances are held on campus. Clubs and sporting events have experienced reduced attendance. Some of the most popular ways of dating are now done by writing a profile online or texting or emailing a person. Students have a longer relationship with a computer screen than in front of a person. Where and when are the beach parties? What has happened to asking people to show up to a barbecue and to bring meats or treats and to spend the day with each other at the beach, or in a private home backyard? The Apple and HP computers the Facebook generation uses were created by firms, which were founded by school chums, who understood the value of creating relationships first. Students are missing the concept of creating relationships with their fellow students. Productivity-draining technology has left students without time to develop personal relationships that last a lifetime, with a spouse or business partner. Times have changed and perhaps not so much for the better if we give up our personal relationships and trade them for time spent online. SJCC today could improve the use of the technologies to inform all students of what is happening and when so that their life can change to live life in real time.
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