SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
VOLUME 86, ISSUE 1
PUBLISHED SINCE 1927
19 programs, 30 profs targeted
! $2.1 Million in fresh cuts could force students to look elsewhere to complete their degree. By Tonia Ciancanelli Online Editor
LBCC announced plans Aug. 23 to possibly discontinue 19 programs and lay-off up to 30 full-time teaching positions in an effort to cut $2 million from its 2013-2014 budget. Robert Garcia, LBCC director of public and media relations, said, “LBCC has over 200 academic programs and some of them may need to be eliminated due to the inadequate funding from the state.” Programs facing elimination are air-conditioning and refrigeration repair, sheet metal, computer proficiency for academic success, diagnostic medical imaging, diesel mechanics, human services, recording arts, real estate, interior design, medical assisting, photography, aviation maintenance, automotive technology, auto body repair, carpentry, welding,
physical geography, film and radio and televi- space in question. sion. If the instructional programs are cut while “The process involves a thorough review of students are completing a degree, Garcia the program by working groups made up of the assures the school will do everything possible vice president of Academic Affairs, the dean to assist those students transferring to other overseeing the programs, department heads colleges. and full-time faculty. Heeb said, “We will try to help students “In addition, there will be program reviews transfer to programs at El Camino, but we have by the Academic Council, Executive enough students enrolled in our classes here to Committee and finally the Board of Trustees,” fill two sections, so El Camino won’t have Garcia said. enough space for all of them.” Program teachers will Julio Carrillo, who still have the opportunity to has another year of classes appeal the decision when “Thatʼs a lie. Thereʼs a big before completing his diesel proposals are formally premechanics certification, said, market for our programs.” “I’ve already investigated sented in late September. LBCC President Eloy Patrick Heeb transferring to L.A. Trade Oakley said programs conHead of A.C. and refrigeration Tech, the only other diesel sidered for elimination are school in the area, but it’s based on the current hard. Harder to get into and demands of the job market. harder for me to get to.” Patrick Heeb, head of the Air-Conditioning Recent budget slashes are in addition to the and Refrigeration Department, said, “That’s a $5 million cut that resulted in layoffs for 55 lie. There’s a big market for our programs and support staff employees and assignment reducwe place most of our students with jobs.” tions for 96 classified positions last Spring. Heeb seemed certain the future of the eight The budget is destined for $8 million dolinstructional programs targeted is obsolete, lars in additional cuts if voters don’t pass leaving the fate of the programs’ physical shop Proposition 30 on the Nov. 6 ballot. Infographic by Jesus Hernandez
LBCC turns 85
New position created by district, ASB told to fund it With the district's priority focused on transfer, the position of intramurals adviser was the Controversy arose among stu- least beneficial to that goal, dents and employees Monday, Peterson said. Sept. 10 during the ASB cabinet Not all aspects of the program meeting when gallery speaker will be eliminated but will be Gregory Peterson, vice president greatly reduced, ASB adviser of student support, revealed that Derek Oriee said. the position of recreation, sports The ASB will have to fund the and wellness will be eliminated. new position created by the disWalt Webber will be laid off trict and will no longer be able to with the elimination of his posi- fund Webber's position because of tion as intramurals adviser and his the district's decision. funding is to be reallocated to Webber said this situation P a m e l a should be about Garrison, stuthe students’ dent life adminwishes and not istrative assis- “Safety is key to success in h i s . T u e s d a y tant. student endeavors in college.” night Sept. 11 Garrison's Webber and Gregory Peterson two funding also other Vice president of student support e m p l o y e e s will be moved to a new posiwere officially tion involving student conduct the laid off by the Board of Trustees. district created. Also, environmental health and Webber's position was elimi- safety and parking manager nated by the district without con- Brendan Hayes spoke at the cabisulting the ASB, even though the net meeting before Peterson and ASB funds his position. said maintenance and parking Students in the ASB had no say costs have risen 30 percent in the or knowledge in the creation of the past two years. new position and removal of Hayes proposed raising the Webber's position. daily parking fee for students who The new position is intended to do not purchase a semester pass benefit students, “Safety is key to for $2 per day. He said the success in student endeavors in increase will be especially college,” Peterson said. noticed on weekends in particular By Clara Cordeiro Design Editor
OLD SCHOOL: President Eloy Oakley takes a ride in a 1935 Ford Roadster from Wilson high school, the original location of LBCC in 1927 to the auditorium at the LAC.
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for those who use the LBCC parking lots and structures and are not students. Hayes said that by raising daily parking permit fees, student costs would remain low while allowing revenue to increase. Meanwhile, food service director Katherine Striggow reported that most of the food prices remained the same with some exceptions in beverages, Java City and the deli. New items are being introduced this semester, such as $5 value combos that will hurt students’ pockets less, she said. Striggow responded to the need of vegetarian options by explaining the “greens to go” salad bar where students may purchase salads tossed to order. The food service provider to LBCC, Aramark, will no longer be purchasing pork from pigs confined in gestation crates and the pork supply will be completely free of gestation crate use by 2015, Striggow said. Vice President of Associated Students Organization at Harbor College Patrick Nevarez attended the cabinet meeting. Nevarez asked students for support in a possible protest or rally being led by president of the Harbor College ASO in support of Proposition 30 on the Nov. 6 ballot.
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
GI Bill Police tighten enforcement benefits By Chanel Givens Staff Writer About 65 percent of LBCC student veterans are using the Chapter 33 post 9/11 GI Bill, 10 percent are using the Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill, 10 percent are taking a vocational course to receive a two-year certificate under the 9/11 GI Bill and about 10% are dependents of a veteran using the GI Bill. As veterans, reservists of the armed forces or dependents of a veteran, they are entitled to the MGIB or the post 9/11 GI Bill. The Montgomery program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after Sept. 10, 2001 or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The amount of housing allowance that they can acquire depends on the amount of time that they have spent in service. Vets must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. As qualified dependents (children and spouses of a service member) or disabled veterans in California, they may be eligible for the California college fee waiver. Ericka Gutierrez, the V.A. certifying official at LBCC, said, “The fee waiver allows vets or dependents to go to any Cal State, U.C. or California Community College with their tuition paid for. Students must use their GI Bill or the fee waiver, but they cannot use both at the same time.” More resources may be found in the LBCC Veterans Affairs office on the LAC in E110. “The V.A. currently has about 10 student vets working in the office and is now looking for more qualified individuals, but they must be able to work either Monday mornings or Tuesday afternoon,” Gutierrez said. LBCC also has a Veterans Club that meets Wednesdays at noon at the LAC in room F102.
Jesus Hernandez/Viking GUILTY: An unidentified student gets caught being dropped off near a “No student drop off” sign on Faculty Avenue at LAC. . By James Deaton Staff Writer Between the rising cost of gasoline and heavy traffic when parking, many students may be hitching rides to school this semester. On Monday, Aug. 27, on three occasions, observers saw a police patrol car pull over drivers for dropping off a student in the “No stopping at any time” zone along Faculty Avenue on the west side of the LAC. The street signs are strictly enforced by police, “For the safety of the students and due to complaints from the community,” said Lt. Julie Prior of the Long Beach Police Department serving the LAC and the PCC. Police monitor the streets throughout their shifts, handing out citations and the occasional friendly warning, but signs read, “Vehicles are not allowed to stop in the posted area. ... The fine is $65.” Officers, wishing to remain anonymous, explained the fine is a parking ticket, which will not go on a driving record. However, an officer can instead choose to write up a driver for a moving violation under “not obeying all posted signs” and the penalty is significantly higher than the $65 ticket. Marc Steele, 45, a theater
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major, has never been ticketed for stopping in the no-stopping zone, however, he has been held up by traffic behind cars dropping off students as he’s trying to enter the student parking lots off Harvey Way. Steele said the situation is “highly annoying.” When it comes to driving to LBCC, students must stay out of that wide-open “staff only” parking space. The fine is $49 and officers receive calls often when a student parks in a staff stall without a staff permit. Similarly, using someone else’s handicap placard to park in an
open handicapped space also carries a penalty for misuse: a whopping $340 ticket. Beginning Friday, Sept. 14, students who park in school lots will be required to hang a parking pass inside their vehicle to avoid getting ticketed. At the Public Safety building on the LAC, Prior shared a few cautionary tips for students this semester. “LBPD is available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week." For non-emergencies, people may call (562) 938-4910 or from a cell phone, (562) 435-6711. Emergencies may be called from a
campus phone to 9911 or 911 from a cell. “Police escorts are available. Citations are issued for expired or broken meters,” Prior added. "Do not use a parking permit marked ‘void’ or you will be cited," the lieutenant said. "No parking in the LAC community. A district ‘F’ permit is required. Keep valuables out of sight in vehicles (including textbooks), stay in well lit areas and do not leave personal items unattended at anytime. LBPD and LBCC have zero tolerance for violence and drugs. Your safety is LBPD’s No. 1 priority.”
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Barnes & Noble takes over Bookstore By James Deaton Staff Writer Students, no doubt, have seen the green “rent your books” signs pointing to the new Viking CampusStore. Students, buying their books from either CampusStore, will be buying from Barnes & Noble. The transition from independent operation to corporate subsidiary was completed in July. No employees were laid off. All former store employees are now employees of Barnes & Noble. Robert Garcia, communications director of LBCC community relations, said, “The LBCC Auxiliary Inc. has contracted with
Barnes & Noble to operate the CampusStores to increase efficiency, customer service and bring additional resources to students and employees.” Not surprising that in a day and age where e-Readers are becoming more widespread and many are making the most of the information on the Internet, it makes “the costs of running a brick and mortar Bookstore very high,” Garcia said. “By partnering with Barnes & Noble, we are able to increase our textbook options and provide a quality Bookstore service to benefit our students. Students at both LBCC campuses have access to the industry’s most robust textbook rental program, typically saving them more than 50 percent off
the cost of a new textbook." Checking out at the PCC Viking CampusStore, Angelina Morrision, 29, a nursing major, said she believes the new partnership is a good change. Brenda Bent, 48, an accounting major, said she felt the price of textbooks has increased since last semester. She would have liked to rent her books, but chose instead to buy her books new, as she required an online access code that is sold for $80 separately, or included in the price of a new textbook. Another addition from the Barnes & Noble partnership is that the online student login can now show students their required textbooks when they click on the “how to view/buy books” link.
The classes the counselors gave to the incoming freshmen in the program included math, English and writing. Based on their performance on each assessment test, students were placed in the classes they need. Students also had to take a counseling class, which was a little confusing to some. Taylor Lindahl, 19, a business of marketing major, said, “They gave me this class to take called Counseling 1 and I’m not quite sure why. I mean all you do in that class is learn how to take notes and pay attention. I learned how to do that in high school, right?” Incoming LBCC freshmen have the counselor assign the classes for
them, which means that during their second semester of college, they won’t have the help they need to get their classes. The students will need to learn how to do it on their own. For the incoming LBUSD students who didn’t go through the program, it was more difficult to get classes. Ty David, 18, a fire science major, said, “I got to pick the classes I like and wanted to succeed in the first semester instead of having to take the general classes everyone takes. The only disadvantage is not having first priority to get the classes you would need.”
Promise Pathways promising By Dalton Lopez Staff Writer Promise Pathways is a partnership between the Long Beach Unified School District, LBCC and Cal State Long Beach to increase local students’ success in higher education. The program starts with students in their senior year in high school. They may speak with their counselor to assign them their college classes. James Deaton/Viking T.J. Morgan, 18, an undecided major, said, “I actually like it a lot SCHOOL SHOPPING: Business management majors Nicolle Wong, so far. I basically don’t have to do 22, and Kevin Som, 22, browse supplies in the new Campus Store anything trying to get classes.” now operated by Barnes and Noble.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Join-a-Club Day presents opportunities
! Talent, intellect and creativity went into producing an eventful day. By Derrick Williams Staff Writer
LBCC is home to more than 76 campus clubs, with about three-fourths at the LAC and the remainder is at the PCC. LBCC, official website lists the following six categories of clubs: Cultural and Ethnic, Honors and Academics, Men and Women Socials, Religious and Spiritual and Special Interest Clubs. LBCC clubs play an important role in the fabric of college life, according to Carlos Ontiveros of The Order Of Thor. Ontiveros said that being a member of his club has instilled school spirit in him and as a result he wants to do whatever he can to make LBCC better.
Ontiveros said club members tutor one another and spend quality time together, thereby creating a bond and sense of unity that he has never experienced. Caitee Bolt-Chambers of The Men of Atzlan relocated to LBCC and raves about the countless benefits she’s received from joining a club. Being able to find a group with similar interests helped her socially and made her transition to a new city easier; in fact, all of her closest friends are club members. Since being part of the club her selfconfidence has skyrocketed. Bolt-Chambers said being active in a club has provided her with leadership opportunities she never had fathomed. She coordinated and participated in community service events, giving her valuable work and life experiences. Volunteering and helping others less fortunate than her has enabled her to appreciate life more and not take things for granted. It also has motivated her to excel in school and life so she’ll be able to do more for her community. Her experiences have created networking resources, which she’s been able to use.
Should the idea of a club is enticing, Join-a-Club Day is;
Thursday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the PCC More information about starting a club may be found by calling
(562) 938-4795 or by visiting E119.
Jessica De Soto/Viking STUDENT LIFE: Felipe Mora Vera and Eddie Rosas play hacky sack during Join-a-Club Day, which was presented the same day as the 85th anniversary of LBCC that in the Quad at LAC. Join-aClub Day will be offered at PCC on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Becoming a true artist illustrates skill ! It’s a challenge in itself becoming a true performer.
Brielle Dixon/Viking PERFORMING ARTS: LBCC students embrace the art of modern dance as they exercise their figures with technique arm swings.
written by Francis Swann and directed by Carreiro, premiers on April 18, playing through April 28. Lastly is the “Spring Dance Ensemble in Concert” directed by Stephanie Powell, which opens on May 9. continuing through May 11. According to the LBCC theater program By Brielle Dixon brochure, their mission is to help students Staff Writer learn contemporary and classical theatrical acting, movement, voice The Fall performances and improvisation. are quickly approaching. Students who master skills First up is “The “So we can help build of inventiveness, voice, Foreigner.” The play was movement and acting will written by Larry Shue and value.” gain knowledge to will be directed by Gregory achieve Stephanie Powell successfully Mortensen. The show Artistic director of dance entry-level employment premiers Oct. 4 and opportunities in the continues through Oct.14. entertainment industry. “Talking With” (pending rights) written by “You will learn how realistic a play can Jane Martin and directed by Anthony Carreiro, premiers on Nov. 8, continuing be,” said Evan Battle, 26, a theater major. Some of the theater plays and dance through Nov. 18. “Pending rights means we have not yet been guaranteed the right to performances from last year were “The Good perform the play. It is usually not a problem Body” written by Eve Ensler and directed by but we must wait to hear if we can perform Jan Quinn-Weyant, “Almost Maine” written by John Cariani and directed by Gregory the play,” said Carreiro. “The Fall Dance Ensemble In Concert” Mortensen; “The Fall Dance Ensemble” directed by directed by Sheree King opens Nov. 30, Sheree King, “The Diviners” written by Jim continuing through Dec. 2. “Julius Caesar” written by William Leonard and directed by Hal Landon, “A Shakespeare and directed by Gregory Long Bridge Over Deep Waters” written by Mortensen, premieres March 7, continuing James Still and directed by John Cariani, and Spring Dance Ensemble In Concert” directed through March 17. “Out of the Frying Pan” (pending rights) by Stephanie Powell.
DriveSharp helps senior citizens’ brain power By Cynthia Montes Staff Writer The Senior Studies Center is exploring new technologydriven classes to help keep the brain healthy as part of its lifetime learning program for the Fall. Mary Thoits, 89, manager of the Senior Center, said, “The brain has now become a major focus of attention by many people. Research shows that the brain does not stop learning as it ages. We have to exercise our brain in the same way we exercise our
bodies in order to keep it healthy.” As a pilot program using new technology, the center is offering classes in the new DriveSharp, a computer-guided cognitive training that targets areas of the brain, Thoits said. DriveSharp, developed by Posit Science, was designed to help senior drivers sharpen their visual skills and feel better behind the wheel, according to the company’s website. The training aims for drivers “to see more, focus better and react faster” and “lower crash rate at any age,” the website said.
The software includes games, such as simulated driving along Route 66, while locating road signs and other moving vehicles. The Lumosity Co. offers similar software and uses timed symbolmatching games to improve attention. Patti Ellsworth, 62, program assistant, said, “I have taken DriveSharp and I enjoyed the training. I’m learning and my field of vision is expanding.” Posit Science gathers data in many of its classes to evaluate its product’s effectiveness. Research data on the training shows nearly
50 percent reductions in at-fault accidents for seniors. The Automobile Club offers some percentage discount on insurance premium to qualified members who complete the DriveSharp program. Thoits said, “I took the class and liked it. Several Community Colleges, such as San Diego Community College, have done this program too.” Individuals can buy DriveSharp themselves, but, like home exercise machines, people buy them but do not use them, Thoits said. The center is offering
a more structured class for better results. “We are exploring other programs to be able to help the community,” she said. DriveSharp classes are composed of four three-hour sessions at the PCC in the Library computer lab. Classes are scheduled for September, October and November. For more information on the DriveSharp classes, other Senior Studies and Lifetime Learning Program activities, students may call (562) 938-3048 or email email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
LBCC loses big to Fullerton By William Martin Staff writer
Jacob Rosborough/Viking Freshman,Karlsson Mats,scores the first goal for the Vikings in the second half, tying the score all 1 to 1 on the road against San Diego City College. LBCC would go on to win, 3 to 1. Tuesday, Aug. 28 in San Diego, CA .
Men’s soccer team wins opener, 3-1
By Dalton Lopez The men’s soccer team will be playing the first four games of the season visiting their opponents, . The first home game is against San Diego City Friday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. Having already beaten San Diego City, 3-1 on the road, the team will look forward to better their record having not beaten this team on the road in nine years. Last season the teams overall record was 8-8-6 their home
record being 4-2-3. Visiting their opponents they went 4-6-3. Going 4-6-4 in their conference the team went to the So Cal Regional’s winning the first game against East Los Angeles, but lost 2-0 in the second round to Oxnard. Coaches Cameron Beaulac and Pat Noyes return for their ninth season in 2012. LBCC has reached the playoffs in six of the past eight seasons with an overall record of new international players. They won a South Coast Conference championship in 2006.
Victor Posadas/Viking LBCC’s Lawrence Allen outruns Ventura's Drek Reid while stretching for an overthrown pass from quarterback Nick Pope on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Veterans Stadium. The Vikings lost, 51-14. LBCC will host Orange Coast on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
doesn’t the football team play night games, but other schools do. Garcia said, “No they’re are not It’s football season and stu- any night games this season. We have always had stadium lights in dents are excited about this. the past, however, we installed the Although some are wondernew lights that are more energy ing why there aren’t any night efficient and we also reduced the games, a stunumber of lighting dent, Sharde fixtures at the staPorter, 18, a dium. We went “I hope theyʼre night child developfrom approximent major, games this year, mately 270 light said, “I hope they’re night because I love Friday bulbs to 130 light bulbs.” games this year, night lights. Itʼs just Another stubecause I love Kenya Friday night more exciting to me.” dent, Hears, 18, an lights. It’s just SHARDE PORTER undecided major, more exciting to CHILD DEVELOPMENT asked, “The peome.” ple that rent the Some people stadium use the may be wondering, “Why aren’t lights. What is the money used for? there any night football games?” Robert Garcia, LBCC’s director Does it benefit the school materiof communications, was asked als?” Garcia answered, “Since there some questions about the footwill be high school night games ball stadium lights and why By Brianna Davis Staff writer
Viking football kicked off its 2012 season at Fullerton College in a frustrating 5221 loss on Saturday, Sept 1. The Fullerton Hornets jumped to an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter, which stung the Vikings' confidence and proved to be a deficit too great for the young LBCC team to overcome. The Vikings lost four starting wide receivers from last year’s conference-winning squad and have two freshman quarterbacks competing for the starting spot. LBCC’s starting freshman QB Nick Pope completed five passes on 14 attempts for 54 yards. He threw one touchdown and an interception until his lack of production led coach Mike Reisbig to call on fellow freshman QB Casey Neilson in the second quarter. Undeterred by the numbers, defensive coach Al Dorsey remains secure in his defense. He said, “I feel confident in our defense as long as we can maintain focus and stick to the fundamentals especially when we get tired out there. We should be fine.” Fullerton’s Eli Pleasant, wide receiver and kickoff return specialist, had a kickoff return for 76 yards and caught four passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings dominated the time of possession battle by controlling the ball for 13 more minutes than the Hornets. Both teams displayed poor discipline, being flagged a combined 18 times for an accumulative 271 in penalty yards. this season, they will rent to use the stadium lights and they pay fees. All of the funds from the stadium lights return back to LBCC.” However, the Vikings’ Saturday.’s Sept 15 game against Orange Coast was moved to 6 p.m. because of the hot temperatures forecast LBCC coach Mike Resbig and the trainer suggested the evening game.
CITY SPORTS Women’s soccer squad undefeated in early season
Jacob Rosborough/Viking Andre Martinez lines up for a free kick early in the second half, scoring the first goal for LBCC, The Vikings beat Orange County College at home, 3-2, Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The Viking women’s soccer, a traditional state power, is off to a hot start. On the early season, LBCC is 3-0 has outscored opponents by a combined total of 11-1. In their first game against West Hills Lemoore, sophomore forward Paola Alonso scored two goals while freshmen midfielder Rocio Hernandez and forward Anna Gonzalez kicked in a goal each.
The next two games the Vikes defeated Las Positas, 2-1, and scored a 5-0 romp of Victor Valley. LBCC opens its home schedule Friday, Sept. 14 when they host Chaffey College.
Men’s cross-country runners set the pace for the season
The Viking men’s cross-country season has raced into full gear. With two meets under their belts, the men’s and women’s teams are on pace to a stronger
season than in years past. In the U.C. San Diego opener, the men placed third with three finishers inside the top 15 for team points. Michael Delgado, the lone entrant into last year’s state meet, finished ninth, captain Pedro Cruz trailed close behind in 10th place and Andrew Felix placed 14th and two more Viking runners, Brandon Willet and Justin Weaver finished 17th and 18th. In the next Palomar meet, Cruz and Delgado also posted top-15 finishes.
FACEBOOK.COM/VIKINGNEWS Join a Club Day Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PCC Quad
IMPORTANT DATES Sept. 27, Applications due for December graduation Oct. 9, Flex Day - No classes Nov. 12, Veteranʼs Day - No classes Nov. 22-23, Thanksgiving College closed Dec. 10-16, Final exams Dec. 17-Jan. 1, Winter Break
SPECIAL EVENTS Art Gallery “Sandow Birk: An Anthology” at the Art Gallery in K100 through Oct. 13. For more information, students may visit artgallery.lbcc.edu or call (562) 938-4815. Artist talk: Thursday, Sept. 20, 34 p.m. F110 Open Mic Night Poets/word performers welcome. Open Mic Kick-Off Friday, Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m. in the Marian Sims Baughn Center for Literary Arts LAC P104. For more information, students may call (562) 243-7114. Associated Student Body Cabinet meeting Monday, Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m., LAC, E Valhalla Room
Constitution Day at LBCC LAC Library Test knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and win a prize. Monday, Sept. 17 take a quiz between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Attend workshop at 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Elections To vote Nov. 6, students must complete a voter registration form. For information visit County Registrar – Recorder/Clerk or download form at sos.ca.gov/nvrc. Forms are available in most city halls, post offices, libraries, DMV offices.
TRAINING DriveSharp Classes in DriveSharp software, a cognitive training, are offered by the Senior/Lifetime Learning Center. Classes are scheduled from Sept. 10 to Nov. 19 at the PCC Library Computer Center. For information, students may call (562) 938-3048. Notary Public and Loan Signing Agent classes Learn about new legislation and prepare for California notary exam with classes scheduled Sept.1719 from 6-10 p.m. Notary loan signing agent class, Sept. 20. For more information, visit lbcc.edu/ERD/documents/ CaliforniaNotaryExam9-17.
TEXT ALERT Emergency Service LBCC offers a text-based emergency service for mobile phones.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 In an emergency, people signed up will be alerted in real-time by text message. To sign up and for more information, students may visit lbcc.edu/BusinessSupport/ emergencytextalerts.cfm
OTHER INFO Parking Free parking ends Sept. 14 Semester rate - $25 Day parking - $1 Parking permit machines are in most parking lots. Non emergency police numbers (562) 938-4910 or (562) 435-6711 Lost and Found LAC E Building info desk PCC MD 133
HOME SPORTS Football Sept. 15, Orange Coast, 6 p.m. Sept. 29, Riverside,1 p.m. Women’s soccer Sept. 14, Chaffey, 2 p.m. Sept. 16, Sierra, 12 p.m Sept. 21, Taft, 2 p.m. Women’s volleyball Sept. 21, San Diego Mesa, 5 p.m. Sept. 28, Los Angeles Harbor, 6 p.m. Women’s water polo Sept. 19, Cerritos, 3 p.m. Sept. 26, El Camino, 3 p.m. Intramural Sports Team Walkers at Join a Club DaySept. 13, 10 a.m. Quad Co-ed Kickball - Sept. 14, 10 a.m.
NW Field Men’s flag football league Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 18 noon Vets Stadium Inner tube water polo Sept. 22, 10 a.m. Pool Men’s dodge ball - Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Small gym Look for walk-a-bye events to be run across campus. All intramural events are free and open to college services cardholders with Fall 2012 stickers, faculty and staff.
LAC-PCC SHUTTLE Runs every 30 minutes 7:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. Every hour from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Then back to every 30 minutes until 6 p.m. No shuttle service on Fridays or Flex Days.
IMPORTANT HOURS LAC Library Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.
PCC Library Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Multidisciplinary Success Centers LAC LL 212 PCC LL 206 Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. LAC/PCC ASB Viking Food Court Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays. LAC Viking Express Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. LAC/PCC Viking Campus Store Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays.
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Budget ax too sharp
How many times do you take the bus and how long does it take to get here? Compiled by Ivonne Godinez
DOMINIQUE JONES Sociology major, 21
MADISON THORNTON Undecided major, 18
“Three days a week I wake up at 5 a.m. to catch the bus at 6:50 a.m. to arrive at LBCC at 7:30 a.m.”
“I usually take the bus 10 times a week back and forth. I wake up at 6:30 A.M. Since my class start at 8:00 a.m.”
LBCC is expecting a mid-year funding cut of about $5 million, and will also be preparing for additional cuts if the Prop 30 doesn’t pass. LBCC has seen a 7.4% reduction in state funding. Ann-Marie Gabel, LBCC vicepresident of Administrative Services stated in the July 25th budget update, “To make matters worse, if Prop 30 does not pass, then there will be mid-year cuts totaling over $260 million, which would cut another $4.9 million from LBCC’s budget,” almost doubling the budget cuts, and digging deeper into employees and students. Many students are aware of the layoffs, not only at LBCC, but Community Colleges across the state. Benefits such as health care are also being squeezed out to cut down on costs. Many departments
are being scrutinized and furloughs are being planned for some members of the school system. In addition to what teachers and staff are facing, students saw a spike in tuition to $46 a unit. Prices are expected to climb as well as layoffs and furlough days if Prop 30 doesn’t pass. With enrollment rates increasing and funding decreasing, students are anticipating financial aid to take a hit as well. Men’s and women’s golf and tennis are suspended and classes such as business technology, automotive technology, and welding programs are potentially being cut. Another topic on some students minds is the cost of campus construction. While some of it is provided with bond funding, four of the projects have a projected budget of more than $9 million.
Much of LBCC is in dire need of updating but these updates come at a rough time for the school. Bryan Arreguin, a 19-year-old student said, “Funding the construction projects is a good investment because it seems as if the board of education wants to attract the students with flashier classrooms and offices.” Some students aren’t as bothered by the projects as they are with tuition fees and cuts in classes and staff. Gabel also said in the March 21 budget update that if Prop 30 fails to pass, “We face a $14 million budget shortfall.” LBCC is working on a contingency plan, but just like the 5 million cut, the entire school will feel it. The tax extensions may put more pressure on the state, but as Arreguin said “I know a good amount of people who are working harder than ever before to stay in school.
Construction causes delays LBCC’s dreams of opening the new A Building this past summer didn’t come true. The new building will add 6,500 Square Feet to the existing building has yet to be finished. It will house admissions, counseling, health services, cashier and Transfer Center. With less than half of the building constructed, I anticipate school officials should shoot for summer 2013 and maybe within a year they can finish another half of the building. Although the expansion benefits students, the delays force students to detour to class. Navigating around construction fences is not new to returning students. For the past few years, fences seem to sprout up like dan-
delions all over campus. As you A Building been completed. The get used to maneuvering around mere fact it is delayed has students them, they change like a labyrinth seriously inconvenienced. sending you out of Not all is bad though. your way just to We get a brand new A attend a class. Building, which will proReturning to vide students with necesschool after two sary services. years, I found I think the expansion myself running is brilliant! But, “When around like a chickwill construction cease?” en with its head cut I ask myself. I envision off. we will have fewer lines So many blocked and faster services for off areas confuse students. I’m pretty students, it took 25 ecstatic to see what’s to minutes to find the come of this project. To STACY SCOTT registration building utilize the resources and another 15 to find where right away would help students financial aid was. I feel the day out dearly. would have gone quicker had the
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
LBCC should spend the money wisely ILSE TORRE Political science, 18
“I live nine miles away from LBCC and I only take the bus four times a week and it takes one hour and 30 minutes to get here.”
ELIJAH JAMERSON Kinesiology major, 18 “It takes me 10 minutes to ride the bus everyday to school.”
Taylor Ramsey notes it’s the elected officials fault, not just students and faculty. I couldn’t agree more. In 1986 LBCC had 25,000 students, 1-president, 3-vice presidents, 9-deans and 6-associate deans, and 14-directors. More than double the amount of administrators. Each of these administra-
tors makes over $140,000 a year, (Over 4 million dollars in administrative payrolls alone). President Oakley makes more than $280,000 per year plus a $16,000 allowance to drive from South Orange Country. He doesn’t even live in Long Beach. Next time you hear about layoffs of classified staff, loss of teachers, students
who can’t get classes to graduate; remember that the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees that you elected approved these huge salaries and the cuts to staff, teachers and classes that is now hurting Long Beach students. Michael Smith
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Rodrigo Lopez, 22, graphic design major, looks closely at the Bible verse in the painting "The Rake's Progress IV: Confession, Castigation & Penance." Located in the K100, the exhibit will be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available by calling (562) 938-4815.
LBCC students admire "The Rake's Process III: The Abyss," one of three paintings on display depicting a Los Angeles Police Department officer who was fired. Sal Mendoza, 23, performing arts major, admires "Leading Causes of Death in America: Smoking,â€? one of four etchings on display. He said, "It portrays an accurate depiction of the daily life of different people."
Photos by Jesus Hernandez