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Vol. 85 Issue 2

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Sept. 17, 2010

A forum of free voices serving San Antonio College since 1926

Banner troubles


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The Ranger A forum of free voices serving San Antonio College since 1926

A great blue heron flies across Mobile Bay with a fish it has just caught Aug. 17 at Dauphin Island, Ala. See stories Page 8-11. Alison Wadley

This issue

3 News

Committee favors increase in parking permits Story by Laura Garcia Photo by Julysa Sosa

4 Blotter

Police start issuing parking citations Monday Story and Photo by Alison Wadley

5 News

Cleary admits Banner security too strict Story by Zahra Farah Photo by Julysa Sosa

7 Premiere

Planetarium will host a star party Saturday Story by J. Almendarez Art by Juan Carlos Campos

8 JSchool Travels

Center focuses on public interest

12 Librarians move 13 Move-in blues continue in earth sciences


15 Policies and officials

11 Student ventures to Gulf Coast with video camera Story by Zahra Farah

Story by Abiel Rodriguez

Story by Jennifer M. Ytuarte Photo by Tyler K. Cleveland

14 Editorials

Story by Riley Stephens Photos by Alison Wadley and D.A. James

Recognized mover praised for service

Story by Melody Mendoza

Story by Riley Stephens

Turtles avoiding shores


to cubicles

16 Premiere

Grammy nominee heats up Loftin

Open mic night slideshow Photos by Dave Crockett

SAC night slideshow Photos by Tyler K. Cleveland


Story by Aaron Nielsen Photos by Tyler K. Cleveland A Series

Print services closer to closing Story by Laura Garcia

6 Calendar Cover photo: Academic unit assistant Rosie Carreon of the music department wears a T-shirt gift Sept. 10 to SAC Night at The Cove. Adjunct Joaquin Abrego, a former student of the department, silk-

screened the T-shirt, which was presented to Carreon by the music faculty, to thank her for her help navigating Banner. See “Registration nightmare plagues returning student” online. Tyler K. Cleveland

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Committee favors increase in parking permits By Laura Garcia Parking permits might increase by as much as $65 beginning in January. On Tuesday, the Building, Grounds and Sites Selection Committee recommended a threetiered parking structure and dismissed the district staff’s recommendation to charge all students a $10 per semester increase to general fees to fund parking maintenance and garage construction. “I feel very strongly that this is a very bad idea,” committee Chair Gene Sprague said of the $10 general fee increase to all students regardless of whether they park in lots. He explained state legislators said that parking has to be paid strictly by user fees and cannot be lumped into general fees. “What would be the incentive for carpooling or riding the bus?” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense.” Students who park on campus would still need to buy a $25 decal. Committee members approved a substitute motion 3-1 with District 4 trustee Marcelo S. Casillas voting no. The committee favored a standard $30, select $60 and premier $90 tiered-parking permit system, which would allow students and employees who pay for premier parking to park in closer lots. The change would bring in $470,000 in preventive maintenance annually with minimal impact this spring because most returning students will have paid for the annual permit this semester. Trustees did not discuss the level of parking that would be available to existing permit holders. The increase also will fund a new parking garage within one to two years. The idea came from a $60,000 parking survey approved by the board in January by consultants Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. of Bryan. The survey compared Alamo

Colleges’ parking fees with Trinity the students who were lost in the University’s $70 rate and University process. “I’m assuming that there of Texas at San Antonio’s non- are some students that just walked garage rate of $80 and garage rate away,” he said. “I don’t think it was of $300-$500. The committee also the students’ fault.” discussed adding an automatic He said he was concerned yearly increase. about community college students Staff also recommended a already being a vulnerable poputiered parking citation increase lation, and the district, in many based on how early an offender cases, threw roadblocks in the way. pays the ticket. If approved, the A number of students did give rates would be $16 for early pay- up, officials admitted. However, ment, $21 for regular payment and that figure was not provided by Dr. $27 for late payments. Thomas Cleary, vice chancellor for In a preplanning, persentation forming, per“You finally convinced Tuesday by formance and John Strybos, information me that you don’t have associate vice systems, and it under control.” chancellor Dr. Adelina Blakely Fernandez of facilities Silva, vice District 7 trustee operation and chancellor for construction student sucmanagement, cess. Cleary he said 15 percent are paid late. said students drop for a variety of The board will consider the reasons, including that they “want recommendations at its regular a schedule based on convenience.” monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. District 1 trustee Joe Alderete In the Academic Accountability Jr., who is not on the committee, and Student Success Committee said the two figures that can be meeting, trustees spent more used to determine the measure than two hours on the registration of success are the total number debacle that affected thousands. enrolled and the number who District 2 trustee, Denver decided not to enroll this semester. McClendon, who does not serve Chancellor Bruce Leslie touted on the committee, listened while a registered enrollment of “more committee members deliberated than 63,000 students, which on why students who were purged achieved our 5.5 percent growth from the system for nonpayment target” in an opinion piece pubdid not receive advance notice. lished by the San Antonio ExpressSome administrators and com- News. Last year, enrollment was mittee members blamed students celebrated at a record 60,366. for not updating their contact Committee member Roberto information and others thought Zárate said he wanted a figure faculty could have contacted stu- excluding dual-credit students so the board can get an indication of dents enrolled in canceled classes. Trustees questioned whether how many students are actually there was a system in place for walking through the doors. He said notifying students that they risk he didn’t want the vice chancellors to speculate but to send a report being purged from all classes. “I could say a whole lot,” when it’s available. Cleary reported that registraMcClendon said, explaining that many students who were affect- tion would be better in about 60 ed are exposed to the district for days, but not all of the trustees the first time, and his concern is were convinced.

District 7 trustee Blakely Fernandez, who doesn’t serve on the committee, said Cleary and the vice chancellors are always giving the same presentation “but you finally convinced me that you don’t have it under control.” She questioned whether some of the issues couldn’t have been resolved with better planning and she said it seems as if a lot of the obstacles are things that the district knew about months ago. “So why are we surprised when that collision is happening?” Fernandez said the district should have known there would be an issue syncing ApplyTexas. Silva explained earlier in the meeting that there were discrepancies because of differing contact information, and staff worked sometimes six days a week trying to push applicants through. Fernandez questioned whether there was enough communication between front line workers and those making decisions. Silva reported receiving only 61 calls of complaint, while Fernandez suggested switching numbers with her because she heard many more complaints. “It seemed like there were a lot of pieces bubbling under the surface,” Fernandez said. Cleary said he estimates it will be nearly two years before everything is stable, but it will get better. “I don’t think spring registration is going to be perfect,” he said. Dr. Gene Sprague, District 6 trustee, said if the old system had been used, “my guess is we would’ve had the same lines or longer.” Palo Alto College President Ana “Cha” Guzmán said there were many registration problems this fall semester, but “we tried to do too many things at one time and we underestimated the impact on the services to students.” All of the trustees were present at the committee meetings, which lasted until nearly 11 p.m. at the Killen Center.


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Police start writing tickets Monday Tip of the week

Theft prevention Fact: In 2008, 157 thefts were reported on this campus, 48 at Northwest Vista College, 41 at Palo Alto College and 78 at St. Philip’s College.

Unattended backpack in Loftin, Sept. 8. Julysa Sosa

“Never leave your belongings unattended. Carry your items with you or have someone you know watch them,” Sgt. Ben Peña said. For more information about parking permits, visit the bursar’s website at sacmain/bursar/bursar.htm.

Contact Info Emergency 222-0911 General DPS 485-0099 Weather Line 485-0189

By Alison Wadley

Parking permits are to be placed above the inspection sticker on the lower driver side of the Beginning Monday, campus police will start front windshield. issuing parking citations to vehicles without parkBecause of long registration lines at the busiing permits parked in Alamo Colleges’ ness office, Mary Hall, chief bursar parking lots. of Alamo Colleges, decided to delay Parking permits can be obtained issuing the parking permits until at the business office in Room 201 of Sept. 7. Fletcher Administration Center. The That created a new round of long cost is $25 for students and employees, lines at the business office. and only cash is accepted. While waiting in line, economics Citations will be issued for students sophomore Edward Ortiz said, “Why parking in faculty-only lots, unauthorcan’t we get parking online? We can ized parking in handicapped spaces, do everything else online.” and parking in red fire lanes and Nursing freshman Hall said students were unable undesignated parking areas. Jessica Anthony pur- to pay online because Market Place, The fine for a parking violation on chases a parking perthe system faculty and staff use campus is $15 and increases to $22 mit from accounting to pay for permits online, will not after 10 days from the date issued. clerk Elizabeth Klebahn access student accounts in ACES to The permit price will decrease to Sept. 10 at the busi- allow payment to be deducted from $15 in spring and then to $10 in sumness office in Fletcher. financial aid. mer because permits are valid for the Alison Wadley She said the process will probfiscal year, Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. ably change next year to allow stuStudents need to complete a vehicle registration dents to pay online, but they will be paying out of form, which includes Social Security or Banner ID pocket. number and the make, model, year and license plate For more information, visit number of the vehicle. sac/sacmain/bursar/Bursar.htm.

SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE Sept. 2 — Individual reported being injured. EMS treated individual. Individual reported a suspicious male in McCreeless Hall. Criminal trespass warning issued to the male. Sept. 4 — Individual reported a disturbance in the parking lot involving an area bar patron and the security officer. Sept. 7 — Individual reported his bag with medications was stolen in Nail Technical Center. No suspects. Individual reported a vehicle blocking handicap parking spots. Sept. 10 — Individual reported a student had stolen food from Loftin.

Individual reported her purse was stolen in Chance Academic Center. Purse located but money was missing.

suspicious activity in Huisache Hall.

Individual reported a male having a seizure. EMS treated the male.

Sept. 7 — Individual reported a suspicious person in Performing arts building.


Sept. 9 — Individual reported burglary of a vehicle.

Sept. 7 — Individual reported graffiti on campus property in the Commons building.

Sept. 10 — District property was reported missing from campus police office.

Sept. 8 — Individual reported an animal complaint. No injuries reported.


Sept. 10 — Individual reported driving while license was suspended. NORTHWEST VISTA COLLEGE Sept. 7 — Individual reported


Sept. 7 — Disturbance was reported in the science building. Sept. 8 — A vehicle burglary was reported. Sept. 9 — A missing person was reported.

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Cleary admits Banner security too strict By Zahra Farah Security for Banner/Student Services registration system was too strict and did not allow enough access for faculty to help students, the project director said Sept. 1. Dr. Thomas Cleary, vice chancellor for planning, performance and information systems, responded to anger expressed in a Faculty Senate meeting about being expected to counsel students academically with limited access to records. More access could have relieved long lines at counseling and admissions and records, senators argued. Cleary told The Ranger Sept. 8 that few people had access to the highest level of security unlike with the older registration system, Passport. The widespread access, however, Cleary said caused data corruption because of programming problems. “I’m not blaming employees,” he said. In a June report, the district’s internal audit department criticized weak system security and data corruption such as incorrect student information and students missing prerequisites or required courses like student development. A Student Information System Plus Security Process and Controls Review from July 31, 2009, said, “The current control environment does not appear adequate to safeguard the regulatory designated sensitive student data due in part to using SSNs (Social Security numbers) for student identification, and to not logging or monitoring the use of inquiries.” Pat Major, district director of internal audit, said logging software has been purchased for Banner. In 2008, a student financial service employee used a supervisor’s operator ID to commit financial aid fraud of $2,700. The student used a supervisor’s login to remove an academic suspension to be rewarded back aid. The fraud was

Cleary reports to the board on Banner problems Tuesday. Julysa Sosa resolved, but took time to detect. The student gained access when the supervisor left for lunch without logging off Passport, which did not include a timed logout. Major said supervisors need to communicate to employees rules such as logging off or they will never know if they broke any rules. Two faculty members accessed student information for noneducational purposes, according to the audit. In 2005, a breach of confidential records was used to harass a Palo Alto College student. The report said it was “impractical for one employee” to monitor databases for each of the five colleges and one for district. Banner is one database for everything. The audit recommended for Banner “implementing a continuous communication plan for employees regarding access changes and ongoing reviews of security levels to avoid creating negative perceptions.” The idea was to develop a “sand box” or duplicated system with dummy data. Employees could have been trained with the duplicated system to learn how to get accustomed to the new software. District did not follow this advice. Senators questioned if limited control meant district administrators didn’t trust chairs.

Cleary said, “I’m discouraged to hear that faculty thinks we don’t trust them. I don’t want them to think we don’t trust them. We trust them more than anything.” He said it wasn’t about trust, but about security and data efficiency, a reaction to audit criticism. “I don’t think anyone thinks faculty would do something maliciously,” he said. High security is to prevent mistakes made in one portal from affecting all five college portals. Cleary said he’s been gathering feedback on problems for changes for the next registration cycle. “We can’t go to the past where the employees had too much access.” He said, “We now need to have more openness so students and faculty can do their job.” He said the system did not make mistakes, for example, in dropping paid students. “It’s rulebased software; it did what it was configured to do,” he said, adding that it did not accommodate students’ situations. Part of the problem was programming and running out of time. Students with 15 hours or fewer are required to take a student development course. They were told before registering that they would have to take the class. Cleary said because there is no opt-out, 12,000 incoming students at the

five colleges are taking student development classes. Banner is set up to prohibit a student from registering for a course without the prerequisite courses and skill levels. Students’ summer transcripts were not transferred into the new system, so a prerequisite met since May did not show up in Banner. “It was not converted in the summer, just wasn’t there,” he said. “That won’t happen again going forth with the new system because it will already be in there.” Data conversion of students’ academic history will happen by the end of this month, he said. Cleary said students whose transcripts the district had failed to input in time could enroll. The Center for Student Information, which opened late, was behind schedule from the first day. About 800 transfer students were waiting on transcripts to be input. Cleary said the whole district was affected by state cuts. “This hurt gearing up with registration because we did not have personnel,” he said. Nor were temporary employees hired. A lot of students were dropped because sections were canceled. Students’ financial aid was withdrawn when hours dropped and if it was on a purge day, they lost all their courses. He said drastic improvements would be made before spring registration. “Maybe not perfect, but a lot better,” he said At Tuesday’s Academic Accountability and Student Success Committee, District 7 trustee Blakely Fernandez chastised Cleary for his repeated board reports that Banner installation would be difficult but under control. “You finally convinced me it’s not under control. This is a mess,” she said. A tense silence followed before she added, “We need to fix what we can get under control.”


6 • Sept. 17, 2010 For coverage, call 486-1773 or e-mail two weeks in advance.

Exhibit: “Between the Leaves” with Roy Pitman 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg. Call 383-9723.



SAC Music: Live in Loftin music series featuring Grupo Kilombo 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Call 486-0125.

SAC Event: Job and Homebuyer Fair sponsored by the services for women and nontraditional students 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the empowerment center, 703 Howard. Call 486-0455.

SAC Lecture: Raul Ramos, historian and author of “Beyond the Alamo,” 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. in Room 218 of the nursing complex. Call 486-0673. SAC Event: Constitution Day 2010 panel discussion 9 a.m.-noon in Room 120 of visual arts. Call 486-1009. SAC Event: Video gaming 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in Cyber Cafe of Loftin. Continues Fridays. Call 486-0125.

PAC Event: Harlandale Cultural Arts Fair and Parade at 9:15 a.m. at Roosevelt and Huizar ending at a fair at Memorial Stadium, 4002 Roosevelt. Call 989-4355. Monday SAC Transfer: Texas State UniversitySan Marcos 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the transfer center. Call 486-0864.

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SAC Transfer: Our Lady of the Lake University 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. on first floor of Chance. Call 4860864.

SAC Transfer: Texas A&M UniversitySan Antonio 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. by appointment in the transfer center. Call 486-0864.

SAC Lecture: Film producer Ray Sanisteban 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. in Room 101 of Longwith. Call 486-0681.

SAC Lecture: “Wellness — Making the Case for Sleep” with Robert Gonzalez of the Sleep Institute of San Antonio 11 a.m.-noon in the craft room of Loftin. Call 486-0125.

SAC Meeting: Cheshyre Cheese Club 3 p.m. in Room 100 of Gonzales. Continues Mondays. Call 486-0125. SAC Meeting: Astronomy Club 1 p.m.-2 p.m. in Room 111 of chemistry and geology. Call 486-0063. SAC Event: Rock Band Extravaganza sponsored by Catholic Student Association 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Call 736-3752. SAC Exhibit: “Trace Elements” photography exhibit, an official Fotoseptiembre USA event, reception 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in visual arts. Call 486-1030. SAC Lecture: “Autobiography in Fiction” with Keith Carter. Reception 4:30 p.m.6:30 p.m. in visual arts. Lecture at 7 p.m. in McAllister. Call 486-1034. NLC Event: “Bath Salt Making 101” noon-1:15 p.m. in Room 135 of commons. Continues Tuesday. Call 486-5404. Tuesday SAC Meeting: Chemistry Club 4:40 p.m.-5:40 p.m. in Room 100 of chemistry and geology. E-mail SAC Event: “Cooking With Mama” with Esther Morales Liedecke at 12:15 p.m. in the craft room of Loftin. Call 736-3752. SAC Intramurals: Flag football 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m. at San Pedro Springs Park. Continues Wednesday. Call 486-0125. Wednesday SAC Transfer: Texas A&M University 9 a.m.-noon on first floor of Chance. Call 486-0864.

SAC Event: “Dream Act Awareness Day: Immigration Issues, Financial Aid and the Dream Act” sponsored by Students United for the Dream Act with Marisol Perez and Luis Figueroa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Call 486-0651. SAC Event: Antojitos Festival showcasing lowrider cars and performance by Mariachi Herencia Mexicana 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the mall. Call 486-0125. Thursday SAC Transfer: University of the Incarnate Word 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on first floor of Chance. Call 486-0864. SAC Lecture: “Rediscovering MexicanAmerican Religious Art” by Richard Arredondo 12:15 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center, 312 W. Courtland. Call 736-3752. SAC Event: Leadership Forum sponsored by student life 1 p.m.-3 p.m. in the craft room of Loftin. Call 486-0127. SAC Intramurals: Flag football 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. at San Pedro Springs Park. Call 486-0125. SPC Music: Azul Electrica 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. in cafeteria at Southwest Campus. Call 486-2625.

Calendar Legend SAC: San Antonio College NVC: Northwest Vista College SPC: St. Philip’s College SWC: Southwest Campus PAC: Palo Alto College NLC: Northeast Lakeview College


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Planetarium hosts star party Saturday Scobee Planetarium gets top-of-the line upgrade.

By J. Almendarez


cobee Planetarium, in collaboration with the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers, will be hosting the semester’s first star party from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday in parking Lot 21, in honor of the first worldwide International Observe the Moon Night. The league will provide about a dozen telescopes available for the public. This event will coincide with Jupiter’s close pass by the Earth. The planet is 588.5 million kilometers from Earth in comparison to its furthest distance at 968.1 million kilometers. It will be almost as bright as Venus, reaching its closest to Earth on Sept. 21. Parking Lot 21 is between the planetarium and Candler Physical Education Center. The party is free to the public. In August, Scobee Planetarium became one of the first planetariums in Texas to install Digistar 4, the latest in planetarium theater technology to enhance the visual and audio aspects of the planetarium experience. Planetarium Coordinator Bob Kelley said, “It allows us to recreate the night sky in a very attractive way.” This semester, the planetarium added new shows, “Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos” and “Tales of the Maya Skies.” “Violent U n i v e r s e” explores the possibilities of intergalactic collisions and debris that threaten the existence of life on Earth. It shows at 7:45 p.m. today. No children under the age of 6 will be admitted. “Maya Skies” is an educational pro-

Tickets for shows are $2 for children 4-17, $5 for adults 18-54 and $3 for senior citizens 55 and older.

Juan Carlos Campos

duction about the Mayan culture and its contribution to astronomy. It is the most expensive show the Scobee Planetarium has purchased, costing $12,000 in part because it’s the first show to have an audio track available in Spanish. This feature isn’t available yet because the planetarium is still working out a schedule for Spanish show times. The show can be seen in English, for now, at 9 p.m. today. No children under 6 will be admitted. The planetarium will continue to show its children’s production, “The

Little Star That Could” at 6:30 p.m. today for children 4 and older. It follows an animated story of a sun and the creation of the solar system and galaxies. No admittance is allowed to any show after it has started. While the shows are expensive to produce, Kelley says that the planetarium hopes to “serve as a community resource and educational resource for the distribution and knowledge of astronomy.” District students have free admission with ID. For more information about Scobee Planetarium, visit the website at http://www.


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Center focuses public interest


Oil on tro

Donations will be used to rebuild habitats. By Riley Stephens MOSS POINT, Miss. — Oiled birds and turtles have been found on beaches along the Gulf in Louisiana and Mississippi. The animals that survive are taken to rehab centers for cleanup and recovery before being released into a safe environment. Autopsies are performed on the less fortunate. Volunteers and wildlife organizations in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are monitoring the natural habitats along the Gulf Coast. The organizations have been monitoring effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill April 20 on shoreline habitats and fisheries. Volunteers at the Gulf Volunteer Response Center in Moss Point, Miss., have been answering calls from people who want to help after the April oil spill and are unsure how. Volunteers said they have received hundreds of calls since the spill from people all over the United States. People can donate by signing in to the online membership at the Audubon Society website or calling the response center directly. “The money will be used to help rebuild local natural habitats,” communication coordinator Finley Hewes said Aug. 16. Hewes gives information to media when they call the center. The Gulf Volunteer Response Center is working with the Audubon Society to set up a place for people to call if they have questions about the oil spill in the Gulf. The volunteers give callers the option of making online monetary donations and provide phone numbers if an injured or


Jonas Stewart, Angela Stewart and children Eleanor, 10 months, and Olivia, 4, visit the Estuarium on Dauphin Island Aug. 17. D. A. James

From top, water tower, recently dug up turtle egg, entrance to Estuarium, Dr. Sean Paul Powers of Estuarium Sea Lab. D.A. James

A dozen rescued baby sea turtles are isolated in a tub with sand before moving them. Courtesy of Share the Beach

Stephanie Wright, marine educator for Dauphin Island Sea Lab and volunteer for Share the Beach, shows the skull of a sea turtle Aug. 19 at the lab in Alabama. Alison Wadley

A volunteer of Share the Beach Courtesy of Share the Beach

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oubled water Volunteers of Share the Beach dig out newly hatched sea turtles Aug. 4 on Dauphin Island. Courtesy of Share the Beach

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Specimens await evaluation at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. D. A. James

Turtles avoiding shores Scientists are researching sea turtles to see if oil is keeping them from laying eggs. By Riley Stephens DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Turtles have been scarce this summer, and scientists at the George F. Crozier Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab do not understand why. “The number of turtles returning to the island has dropped, and studies have shown turtles will not beach because they feel a change in the water,” said marine educator Stephanie Wright with the Discovery Hall Program, a summer minor-

ity internship. Wright said scientists on the island are unsure why the turtles are not returning. “There are a number of reasons why the turtles are not returning to the island. It could be oil in the water, a change in temperature, or too many people on the beaches. We just don’t know,” Wright said. As part of the sea lab on Dauphin Island, Wright educates students in grades K-12 on the estuary system in and around Alabama in summer camps, helping students to understand how sea animals and the ecosystem live together.


h helps a newly hatched sea turtle Aug. 4 emerge from its shell. Technician Sarah Muffelman counts and identifies fish larvae using a dissecting microscope at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. D. A. James

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Public: Hundreds call to offer help Continued from Page 8 oiled animal is found. “People can donate by signing in to the online membership at the Audubon website or calling the response center directly. The money will be used to help rebuild local natural habitats,” Hewes said. Volunteers do not encourage people to go out and touch or handle any of the oil in the gulf. “There are many organizations that are working to clean up the oil and they are more equipped to handle the oil,” Hewes said. Communications coordina“What’s really tough tor of Audubon Volunteer is the number of people Response Center, Finley who want to help, but Hews Jr., talks about the we just don’t have the society’s mission. number of volunteers to answer the phones,” volunteer Laura Wilfong said. Hewes said he did not have the total number of volunteers at the center. “I just hope nobody believes that the oil is truly gone,” Hewes said. He said it is going to take a long time to estimate the total damage of the oil. “We still don’t know what will happen to the wildlife habitats in the future. We have to do surveys to learn what effects the oil has caused,” Hewes said. For more information log on to

Houses on Dauphin Island. Photos by D.A. James Technician Crystal Hightower examines an otolith, ear bone, of a red drum, to determine the age of the fish. Hightower counts the rings, which are similar to tree rings. With this information, she can estimate the length and weight of the fish.

Turtles: Volunteers rescuing eggs Continued from Page 9 The sea lab educates students on the water and the animals that live in it. Scientists at the sea lab on Dauphin Island are testing the water in the estuary system. As part of Discovery Hall, a summer program at the sea lab, graduate students from colleges in and around Alabama research the estuaries and test plankton in the water to see if any oil is found. The water samples from the April 20 oil spill have not been tested in any labs because they are waiting for permission from BP. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is concerned about 38 species of wildlife around the Gulf states protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, including the loggerhead sea turtle. Wright said every summer the loggerhead sea turtles go to the Dauphin Island beach to lay about 100 eggs. “Lately, because of the hot climate, the

Crawl track marks of a sea turtle on Sand Island near Dauphin Island June 23. Courtesy of Share the Beach turtle eggs seem to be hatching in 49 days rather than 60 days,” Wright said. The eggs have been hatching earlier than usual because of the high temperature of the sand. “We relocate the turtle eggs so that they can’t get trampled on and also so that they are

out of the way of the construction workers – BP – when they try to do their jobs,” she said. She said the volunteer organizations, such as Share the Beach, are working closely with BP to make sure that no turtle nests are destroyed. For example, when the BP crews use their tractors to clean the oil off the beaches, a turtle volunteer group rides in front of the tractor to show where the turtle nests are. She said the eggs were relocated along the beaches of northwest Alabama. Wright said the number of turtle nests that have appeared around the island has been less than 10. They expected to see at least 20. She said only about 0.01 percent of sea turtles make it back to the beach to lay their eggs. She said she hopes more turtles will lay their eggs on the beaches because it helps her research and increases the population. For more information on Dauphin Island sea turtles, visit

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Student ventures to Gulf Coast with video camera Fetterman worries Gulf shores will be ignored like Hurricane Katrina areas. By Zahra Farah

Oil washes up on the Gulf Coast staining the light sand. Courtesy photos by Ben Fetterman

Ben Fetterman planned to document his said. “When a disaster happens, it’s easier to experience as a volunteer cleaning up oil along brush off.” the Gulf shores. Little did he expect he would be On July 27, 12 days after the well was capped, entering the world of investigative journalism Fetterman journeyed back to Fort Morgan. and documenting the financial well-being of He trekked through the Gulf Coast in his people whose lives depend on the Gulf shores. step-grandfather’s car and a digital video camWhen BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodera. His initial plan was to record his experience ed April 20, killing 11 men and releasing more as a volunteer cleaning animals and beaches, than 200 million of gallons of oil into the Gulf but he found out most volunteers had to be of Mexico, Fetterman was at an accounting firm from the state. doing taxes. “I was sitting in my cubicle, and I As a finance major, Fetterman switched his couldn’t sit there anymore,” the University of focus to the economic problems facing locals Pittsburgh senior said in a telephone interview. of the Gulf Coast. Fetterman documented his Fetterman had reasons he couldn’t sit and findings at his blog, http://savingthegulfcoast. wait for news to come to him. “The Gulf shore is, and planned to make a docuhome to me,” he said. mentary with his video. “One thing you have Fetterman’s grandparents, who are originally to understand about these beach towns is they from Philadelphia, bought land in Fort Morgan, rely on their summers to get them through the Ala., 40 years ago so the family could meet every year,” he said. summer. “As long as I have been on this planet, Fetterman said unlike Hurricane Katrina, I have never missed a summer down there,” the Gulf does not have outlets for people to Fetterman said. donate because it’s not a natural disaster. “BP This year was a different story. Every sumsays they can handle it.” mer his family had a two-week reunion, but this Fetterman said to understand the pulse of year, no one showed up because of the spill. the situation, he was going to have to get a “It was personally upsetsense of what the average ting to my family and me,” person was going through Fetterman said. environmentally. “It forced Second, he wanted to me to not go where I was fully grasp what happened told and gave me a chance in the Gulf. “I was in high to explore,” he said. school when Hurricane He went out to compare Katrina hit, and it changed closed beaches with open my opinion on the world beaches. “I was kicked out and government,” he said. Gunky blobs of crude oil cover Gulf of one of the ports on Fort He didn’t want his- Coast beaches Aug. 17. Morgan that were closed tory to repeat itself. “The to the public,” he said. The response was slow,” Fetterman said. “There was little opportunity he had to look at the beach, lying and indecisiveness.” he saw no visible signs of oil. Fetterman said What troubled him the most was if “dirt the problem is no one understands what they would be brushed under the carpet.” This motiare dealing with because all the oil sank to the vated him to see the situation for himself. bottom of the ocean. Fetterman was concerned over the lack of He said real estate agents are renting beach coverage and aid to the South. “Less value is put homes saying the water is safe, and families are on the South because it’s not a big city or ecotaking their kids in the water and going crabnomically enticing like New York,” Fetterman bing at night.

They are unaware if the water is affecting them. “What are Realtors going to do three to five years from now when the families put two and two together and realize they are sick from the water?” he said. Fetterman said around Aug. 15-20 in Gulfport, Miss., hotel owners on a Skype interview said the beaches were safe and fine. Fishermen are not so confident. Fetterman said they need reassurance that the water is safe to start fishing again because they do not want to have a reputation for selling a bad product. “They know one thing and that’s shrimping,” Fetterman said. “They need hard data to prove everything is OK.” Fetterman said this is the largest oil spill in U.S. history, but the beaches don’t give it away. He said it is unfortunate but people will realize how much oil was released when another hurricane hits and the oil at the bottom rises and washes up on beaches. Through a series of interviews, Fetterman discovered business and real estate were at an all-time low. “July Fourth is supposed to be the biggest holiday weekend,” Fetterman said. “This July Fourth, out of 100 rented houses only four had tenants.” Fetterman said 60 percent to 80 percent of businesses survive the winter on July Fourth earnings. Even family restaurants 10 miles from the Gulf shore are doing poorly. Fetterman said business is down 55 percent to 60 percent. “It hits further than coastal communities,” Fetterman said. “Because of their proximity from the beach, they cannot receive a claim.” In the beginning of his trip, Fetterman met with 10 businesses along the Gulf shores. When he visited them before his trip ended, six of the businesses were closed. “There are real financial consequences,” Fetterman said. “This summer was supposed to be the summer businesses get back the money they lost from Hurricanes Katrina and Ike.” He does not have a release date for his documentary because he wants to gather more information.

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Librarians move to cubicles By Melody Mendoza Library faculty will be housed in cubicles, when fifth floor renovations of the Moody Learning Center are completed. Modular furniture will be used in future district renovations and new construction. Diane Snyder, vice chancellor for finance and administration, said completion of the project should be within nine months. The Ranger reported that library renovation plans dated to 2004 and went before the voters in a failed bond election in February 2005. Library renovations were described again as a part of a revised bond package approved in November 2005. The package was to include a new nursing and allied health complex; parking garage; and renovations for Nail Technical Center and nursing education building. The bond provided $4.4 million to renovate the second, third, fourth and half of the fifth floor of Moody. The third floor was completed this spring. President Robert Zeigler said Tuesday, “We are trying to get the fifth floor finished fast with the funds we have, and the only way is with this modular furniture.” Zeigler said it was a long decision-making process in which the library staff and administration “made the best decision considering the circumstances.” Library Chair Candace Peterson said she was called into a meeting on May 19 with Zeigler and all the parties involved. John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities operation and construction management, oversees all construction. He told The Ranger Tuesday that faculty was “splitting hairs” between who was considered faculty and the district standards for faculty offices. He said these standards are design guidelines, not laws. “The standards were presented

to the board of trustees in October 2008,” he said. Space and faculty responsibilities define standards of faculty offices in the library. Peterson said she approved of the workstations and helped decide the arrangements to give faculty proper lighting and space. “They’re quite nice; I don’t have a problem with them,” she said. The chair and circulation Librarian Ralph Domas will have traditional offices on the second floor. “The library was designed based on the limitations we were given. We did the best we could.” Alice Johnson, dean of learning resources, said she invited the librarians to see the cubicles at Wittigs Office Interiors because “they look better than they sound.” She said, “The ones who saw them were pretty impressed.” Zeigler also said they were “nice, not cheap” and “fairly soundproof.” Strybos said he does not know the cost because the plans have not been finalized. “The layouts have been shown to the users and are about 99 percent final,” he said. “The average cost for a typical workstation – 8-feet by 8-feet – is around $5,000,” he said. Zeigler said there is space for a conference room if there needs to be a student and faculty meeting. He said there were librarians who didn’t like the decision, but if they didn’t implement the cubicles, the renovations could not be completed in a timely manner. Zeigler said cubicles will be used in future renovations because it’s cost-effective. “If it had been presented during previous renovations, cubicles would have been implemented,” he said. “We weren’t thinking about it until the library came up with money constraints.” Zeigler said Wednesday, “I’m the one that makes the final decision, and I’m convinced that this was the best one.”

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Move-in blues continue in earth sciences By Jennifer M. Ytuarte Trash cans, desk chairs and a large rock serve as doorstops in the halls of the newly renovated chemistry and geology building. A folded piece of paper covers the strike plate so Dr. Krishnan Madappat, organic chemistry professor, can keep his office door unlocked. “I come into my office; the door locks. I don’t want my students locked out during office hours,” Madappat said. Abdul Qudus, geology professor, wheels a cart out of his office, careful to keep a wad of paper pushed against the latch to keep the door from locking. He is headed to a classroom on the second floor, unsure if the door will open. “Some offices won’t lock while other rooms don’t unlock,” Qudus said. “We have to call campus police every time so they can open it,” he said. The Schlage controlled access system ensures room security — even from the professors with key cards. “My ID doesn’t unlock my office door,” Qudus said. ID carriers call campus police to provide a unique serial number on the lock receptor. Campus police can then remotely unlock the door via the district’s computer network. During a power outage, the locks have a backup power source and become individual systems, accepting ID signals programmed from the last network transmission. Employee ID badges are programmed to have access to doors specific to their class schedule, office and lab locations. Sgt. Ben Peña of the district department of public safety said, “We’ve requested a list of hours per door. Once we receive that information, we can program the doors to be open at specific times for a class session or a professor’s office hours.” Faculty have to submit a request to supervisors, which is then forwarded from campus administrators to the campus police department. Roger Stanley, chair of chemistry, earth sciences and astronomy, said, “The system is unreliable. We will not submit information while they’re still working out the bugs.” Chemistry, astronomy, geography and geology students, faculty and staff have survived

A paper towel prevents a door from locking Monday on the second floor of chemistry and geology. Tyler K. Cleveland two years of homelessness with the promise of more space, updated labs and furnishings. They’ve been shifted between the old nursing building, Chance Academic Center, visual arts center, Nail Technical Center, academic instruction center, and the chemistry and geology portables. Meanwhile, the chemistry and geology building, opened in 1961, was gutted to the studs. Lab technician Judith Dakin said, “There was no money in the budget for packing supplies. We had to bring newspaper from home to pack all of our instruments. A lot of our equipment is made of glass.” When chemistry classes moved into the annex adjacent to Subway on Main Avenue, humidity was a problem. Dakin said, “There was 85 percent relative humidity in the building. All of our equipment was molding or rusting. Chemicals were changing from solutions to solids. Labels on bottles were sliding off. It was a nightmare.” Astronomy Professor David Wood said, “The chemistry and geology building had to be renovated. “There were leaks, mold and a whole list of documented problems.” Wood said it was a miracle the building was

mostly ready for fall move-in Aug. 23. Other departments needed space. Biology needed the chemistry and geology portables for this semester’s classes. “Moving into an unfinished building has its problems, but we will make it through,” Wood said. Staff moved in 10 days before the start of the fall semester. The chemistry and geology building employs two full-time and one part-time laboratory technicians, but no work-studies or tutors. “Chemistry is a hard course. Usually we have tutors, but the budget is so tight this year. I volunteered myself to tutor students once the tutoring center is unpacked,” Madappat said. The tutoring center will be sharing space with the geology museum on the first floor. The display cases are empty. “We just got moved in. Most of our stuff is still packed,” Qudus said. “We have to arrange the displays carefully and do not have workstudy students to help.” There are six chemistry labs in the building, four on the third floor and two on the second floor. Three labs are ready and in use. Two are large enough for chemistry classes. The third lab is smaller and tailored to organic chemistry classes. Stanley said, “One of the larger chemistry labs received their temporary certificate on Tuesday and will be ready for use soon.” Two other labs on the second floor are almost ready but are filled with hundreds of boxes. Biology sophomore Aaron Uresti said, “We meet in random rooms, whatever is available.” “Last week, we met in a different classroom because our scheduled room was taken,” Uresti said. Three concurrent classes require labs so students have been shuffled among open rooms while construction continues. Biology sophomore Julie Miller said, “We’ve missed two labs. We just had our lab intro last class. We were supposed to be in one room but ended up in the smaller lab.” “There are adjustment periods. Once everything is up and running, the facilities will be great,” Miller said. There is no definite date of when the building will be fully operational.

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School Supplies 1 tissue box caulk calculator notebook pa folders

Alexandra Nelipa

Start at top for cutting Budget cuts to meet Gov. Rick Perry’s mandated 10 percent decrease in public college budgets for the next two years have forced district administration to make quick, yet irresponsible decisions. The 25 cost-saving strategies the administrators adopted on July 19-20 have significantly affected the quality of education. The college was backed into a corner with the budget cuts, but starting with student services is not the way to go. Cutting funds for note-takers has affected returning war veterans and students with head injuries, memory issues, physical disabilities or ADHD who are unable to write. The district mission is “empowering our diverse communities for success,” yet we are cutting funds for note-takers, who are essential to at least 150 DSS students’ success. If the state government and district officials truly valued students’ success, they would make sure the necessary resources were available.

Of course, students are peeved about the 5 percent tuition increase next spring, but at least they have a semester to save extra money, start budgeting and apply for scholarships. DSS students and counselors weren’t given any time to prepare. Other cuts were made to libraries, tutoring, printing and faculty released time –­ critical factors for quality education. The budget cuts are understandable, but administrators should not continue the reckless strategy of piling costs on students. Find somewhere else to cut. Students struggle enough. These decisions make students seem unimportant to district officials. As with every other instance of the district passing on its responsibility, students and college employees are expected to take on more. The one benefit this cut provides is an abundance of community service opportunities.

Visit 3 museums for free with ID Students can use a college ID card to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art, Institute of Texan Cultures and the McNay Art Museum for free. IDs can be used any time the museums are open except during special events. At the McNay, you can take in exhibits such as this summer’s “Neither Model Nor Muse — Women As Artists” which closed Sunday. The museum’s permanent collections include Medieval and Renaissance work, 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture, post World War II art, Southwest art and artifacts, and the Tobin theater collection that spans four centuries of scene sets and costumes. The San Antonio Museum of Art features an extensive collection of pre-Columbian and Latino art as well as art and artifacts of Asia. At the Institute of Texan Cultures, students can immerse themselves in the heritage of more than 130 ethnic groups that settled the Lone Star State. All three facilities offer a wealth of culture to the city in the form of lectures, classes, workshops, performances and festivals. It’s great that students are getting something in return for the hike in tuition and parking fees. Funding for these memberships came from the general fund rather than the student activity fee collected from students. Consider it a new source of free entertainment. Let’s provide more opportunities like this. Students might even learn something.

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Officials Chancellor: Dr. Bruce H. Leslie 201 W. Sheridan, Bldg. B, San Antonio, TX 78204-1429 Work: 485-0020 Fax: 208-8149 E-mail: District 1: Joe Alderete Jr. 1602 Hillcrest Drive, San Antonio, TX 78228 Cell: 863-9500 E-mail: District 2: Denver McClendon 3811 Willowwood Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78219 Work: 281-9141 E-mail: District 3: Anna U. Bustamante 511 Ware Blvd., San Antonio TX 78221 Work: 882-1603 Fax: 927-4557 E-mail: District 4: Marcelo S. Casillas 115 Wainwright, San Antonio, TX 78211 Home: 922-6815 Fax: 923-3167 E-mail: District 5: Roberto Zárate 4103 Buffalo Bayou, San Antonio, TX 78251 E-mail: District 6: Dr. Gene Sprague 14722 Iron Horse Way, Helotes, TX 78023 Work: 567-5544 Fax: 520-9185 E-mail: District 7: Blakely Latham Fernandez 755 E. Mulberry, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78212 Work: 244-8879 E-mail: District 8: Gary Beitzel 15403 Forest Mist, San Antonio, TX 78232 Home: 496-5857 E-mail: District 9: James A. Rindfuss 109 Laburnum, San Antonio, TX 78209 Home: 828-4630 Work: 375-2555 Home Fax: 832-8292 Office Fax: 375-0301 E-mail:

Presidents San Antonio College, Dr. Robert E. Zeigler 486-0959, Northeast Lakeview College, Dr. Eric Reno 486-5484, Northwest Vista College, Dr. Jacqueline Claunch 486-4900, Palo Alto College, Dr. Ana M. “Cha” Guzman 486-3960, St. Philip’s College, Dr. Adena W. Loston 486-2900,

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Managing Editor Zahra Farah Photographers Tyler K. Cleveland, Rennie Murrell, Julysa Sosa, Alison Wadley Photo Team Katie Bordini, Noel Bracy, Christopher Michael Brown, Dave Crockett, D.L. Gonzalez, Karla Iruegas, James Lazo, Hilda M. Lopez, Henriette Mutegwaraba, Nicole Jacinta Gaskin-Paulsen, Pam Ramsey, Jenny Robles, Carmen Sanjuan Illustrators Juan Carlos Campos, Alexandra Nelipa, Fred V.M. Nockroes III Staff Writers J. Almendarez, Jacob Beltran, Kristina Coble, Joshua Fechter, Roxanna Flores, J. Hernandez, Rachel McKee, Lauren McPherson, Stefania Malacrida, Megan Mares, Aaron Nielsen, Creshawna T. Parker, Daniel Perales, Abiel Rodriguez, Riley Stephens, Jennifer M. Ytuarte Production Manager Melody Mendoza Production Assistant Jason B. Hogan Web Administrator D.A. James

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Keyboard and touch base player Charlie Bernal, above, performs “I Like the Way You Move” by Outcast. At right, music business freshman Jacob Davila and his twin brother, music business sophomore Jordan Davila, listen Sept. 10 to Grammynominee saxophonist Joe Posada in Loftin. Photos by Tyler K. Cleveland

Grammy nominee heats up Loftin Student life presents a six-part concert series. By Aaron Nielsen

Posada shows his versatility playing jazz flute on “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Loftin Student Center was treated Sept. 10 to the pop and jazz saxophone styles of Joe Posada. The six-time Grammy nominee played to a small, but captivated crowd as part of a six-part series scheduled in Loftin this fall. Groupo Kilimbo brings its blend of salsa merenge Sept. 17. The Reliques, sirens of Texas folk scheduled Sept. 24, draw from a broad base of influences from Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon to Bob Dylan. Posada, a seasoned professional deeply rooted in the original Tejano music scene in San Antonio, played in several bands, notably the Royal Jesters and El Quinto Sol. Though not a founding member of the Royal Jesters, Posada’s place in Tejano music history was

assured. The original band was formed in 1956 by Lanier High School students and went on to a string of hits. Now based in Los Angeles, regular studio work keeps him busy. Posada said some of his main influences are blues and jazz giants John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Stan Getz. A one-time music student here, Posada cut his teeth early on the San Antonio College campus. As his second set began, Posada showed his love of Bossa Nova stylings and his talents on flute as well as sax. Friday’s performance put Posada on stage with keyboardist Charlie Bernal and drummer Dan Lazo. Bernal handled most of the bass parts on the keyboard. The Live in Loftin music series continues at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Friday through October. For more information, call student activities specialist Carrie Hernandez at 486-0125.

Left, business administration freshman A.J. York and sociology sophomore Deann McKinney salsa dance to “En Anaquel Valle.”

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