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Volume 142, Issue #2




News

SEX PREDATOR STRIKES NEAR GYMNASIUMS

BY ANN-CHATRINE NILSSON
Staff Writer

A woman was sexually assaulted near City College’s Ocean campus around 7 a.m. on Aug. 24, near the tennis courts by the North Gym.
According to the City College police log, the victim was attacked from behind and forced into the bushes by the suspect, described as a 5’10” white male in his 20’s with black hair.

“In the two years that I’ve been here, there have been some assaults, but not quite as severe as this,” said City College Police Chief Carl S. Koehler. Officers at the San Francisco Police Department’s Ingleside station alerted Chief Koehler of the crime.

“We were not able to locate any witnesses,” said Lt. Daniel Laydon of the SFPD’s Sex Crimes Unit. He said that was unusual because the crime took place in a residential area in the beginning of the day, which is a time when pedestrians usually are present.

Lt. Laydon said no arrests have been made yet.

Judy Kawamoto, a therapist at the City College Health Center, said she was notified that a sexual assault had happened. She said that the police usually send victims to San Francisco General Hospital for a checkup and to look for physical evidence. She said if the victims are City College students, they could come in and receive a trauma debriefing when they are ready.

There was also a case of sexual battery in the same area, next to the tennis courts, in 2003. It happened at 7:45 a.m. near the intersection of Havelock and Edna Streets.

e-mail: acnilsson@theguardsman.com


$22 MILLION BILL AWAITS GOVERNOR'S APPROVAL

BY JOHN SERVATIUS
Staff Writer

Lidia Suergiu, a culinary student in the non-credit progrm, prepares dough to make croissants for the cafe at the Downtown campus.

LESLIE HICKS / GUARDSMAN

A bill just passed in the state legislature that might bring $22 million in additional state funding to the college.

The bill, SB 361 — which was drafted in concert with City College — passed on Aug. 29 and authorizes a one-time expenditure of $9 million to $10 million for school maintenance and instructional equipment.

Renewable funding within the bill includes a cost-of-living allowance of 5.92 percent totaling $8 million in employee compensation and benefits, and $3 million to $4 million in non-credit course funding.

The bill is currently awaiting Gov. Schwarzenegger's signature, which City College’s administration anticipates soon.

“Based on our extended discussions on the bill this year . . . we have every reason to believe that the Governor will sign the bill sometime during September,” said Robert Turnage, the vice chancellor of college finance and facilities planning for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

About 40 percent of City College’s 106,000 students are enrolled in non-credit classes, the largest non-credit program in the state.

Unfortunately, non-credit courses only receive half the money from the state that credit classes receive, according to Chancellor Philip R. Day, Jr.; but the college pays the same rate to instructors, whether they teach credit or non-credit classes.

“We try to give everybody the same access to the same level of teaching, but we pay the price for that, and that price is equal pay for equal work,” he said.

If the Governor signs the bill, non-credit classes will attain 90 percent of the funding of credit classes over the next three years.

City College did not work on the legislation alone — other California community colleges and the State Chancellors Office played a part as well.

Chancellor Day said the administration also hired two lobbying and consulting firms to work on the campaign.

“It’s the best investment we ever made,” Chancellor Day said at a recent Planning and Budgeting Council meeting, referring to the $115,000 paid last year in consulting and lobbying fees to California Strategies & Communications, LLC of Sacramento and Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst and Lauder of San Francisco.

Both firms were instrumental in designing and implementing strategies that ultimately resulted in the passage of the bill. The firms assisted CityCollege officials develop and make their own presentation before legislators.

James Brulte of California Strategies, a former state senate minority leader, worked on the legislation.

“We were on contract with City College and gave the district strategic advice, messaging on how to get the non-credit portion raised,” Brulte said.

Some administrators are already anticipating what the money could bring.

Joanne Low, dean of the Chinatown/North Beach campus — a large provider of non-credit ESL classes — mused that it could bring smaller class sizes or the hiring of more support staff.

Dawn Saunders, Associated Students I.D. Representative, was glad the college might receive more funding.

“I think it’s really good that they got the money,” Saunders said.

e-mail: jservatius@theguardsman.com


ICONS CONNECTS CAMPUSES

BY JOSE GUTIERREZ
EDITOR

Ocean campus' connection into the fiber optic network.

ALEX HYDE / GUARDSMAN

City College was awarded a $750,000 grant in October 2005 to establish The Institute for Convergence of Optical and Network Systems.

With the money, the new program has been buying new equipment, creating classes, training instructors and establishing a state-of-the-art fiber optic network, which links the college’s campuses together.

“It is now possible to teach our students cutting-edge technology,” said Carmen Lamha, ICONS’ Co-Principal Investigator. “I’m very excited to use our new resources.”

Along with Lamha, the institute is headed by Principal Investigator Professor Pierre Thiry and Co-Principal Investigator Tim Ryan.

ICONS has been spending the grant money on equipment such as special telephones, switches, and routers, as well as a fusion splicer used in connecting fibers and diagnosing connections.

“This allows us to move forward and use resources we did not have before,” Thiry said.

In order to meet ICONS’ goal, a fiber optic network has been established to interconnect all major City College campuses to a major data center.

City College now has a 100 Mbps public Internet connection; the old system was clocked at only three Mbps. The average household DSL connection is only 1.5 Mbps, which means that the college’s connection is over 66 times faster than the average home connection.

Training was also provided to instructors who will teach new courses. Under the grant, two new courses a year can be created for three years.

This year the two new courses are fiber optic technology and voice-over-IP, which deals with telephone communication over the internet; both the classes are fully enrolled.

The grant money was received from the National Science Foundation under its Advanced Technologies Education program.

“We have a good collaboration with the NSF. They want us to be part of a movement,” said Thiry.

e-mail: jgutierrez@theguardsman.com


HEALTH FEE RISES TO MEET DEMAND

BY NINO BOLES-KING
Staff Writer

Janel Anastacio, 18, takes advantage of the health services funded by her $15 student health fee.

KAREN M. KINNEY / GUARDSMAN

The mandatory health fee was increased this semester to $15 by the state board of trustees. 

All students who enroll in credit classes must pay the fee; the money helps fund the health center's services, which are available to students enrolled in credit classes.

According to Clinic Director Sunny Clark, 87 percent of students that use the health center’s services don’t have health insurance. 

"There are tremendous benefits to supporting services like us because they get consultation and help," Clark said.

Clark said even students with insurance find the health center to be more convenient than traveling to other doctors, because the students can easily drop by before or after class.

Clark added that for some, the health center serves as a gauge for students who don’t know whether or not they should see a doctor. 

According to Clark, many students in fact continue to enroll in classes at City College just to gain access to the health services.

Student Nora Noble-Christoff also acknowledged that health care options have become sparse.

“A lot of students need somewhere to go,” Noble-Christoff said.

“It’s alright to pay if it helps people,” student Shaman Haycraft said.

“If the money somehow goes back to the students then I think that’s cool,” student Tai Narusawa said.

Even though the health fee is the main source of funds for the department, not all students are thrilled about the increase.

According to student Kyle O’Brien, fees should be charged only if and when services are needed.

e-mail:nboles-king@theguardsman.com


"GREEN" PLAN STEPS TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY

BY JEREMIAH MICHAELS
Editor

Janel Anastacio, 18, takes advantage of the health services funded by her $15 student health fee.

KAREN M. KINNEY / GUARDSMAN

The summer of 2006 saw triple digit heat in the United States and record use of electricity. City College was hit as well, but the campus has been preparing.

City College has been developing a sustainability plan over the last few years, according to James Blomquist, who works with City College’s Facility Planning Department.

State power consumption reached a record 50,270 megawatts on July 5, the peak of the heat wave. “The school minimizes power consumption by turning off lights and shutting down air conditioning to buildings whenever possible,” Blomquist said.

Although City College does not have a solid “green” plan like some other colleges, it does use environmentally safe products. Paints and cleaning fluids are some of the products that the college buys.

City College does have a recycling program that includes the blue barrels for plastics and paper. Crima Pogge, faculty in the Ecology Department at City College, says she is more of a prevention fan than a recycling fan. “Filling a water bottle with tap water from home instead of buying a bottle and recycling it is a better idea,” Pogge said.

The college also buys Energy Star type products when available. Energy Star is a program started by the Environmental Protection Agency that rates products for energy efficiency.

All of the new campus buildings are planned with environmental stability in mind, like the new Student Health Center. The building will include what Craig Peterson, Project Manager for City College, calls a “cool roof.”

“We do what we can,” Blomquist said.

“The new technology is actually a reflective roof surface on top of the building that increases temperature insulation,” said Peterson. The center also features a switching system that turns lights on and off during peak usage hours.

“We are putting additional effort into using recycled as well as local materials on the campuses. Buying local means cutting down on the trucking in of the materials, which pollutes the air,” said Peterson.

Pogge, who is also the director for the Center for Habitat Restoration, says one of the problems facing students on campus directly is water. “We will have problems with clean water as the prices go up. That will hit students —any economic hardship affects student,” Pogge said.

Some of the University of California campuses feature completely green buildings. The University of California, Los Angeles’s LaKretz Hall has air conditioning that utilizes floor ventilation instead of ceiling vents to reduce electric usage.

The entire campus of UC Merced is green, as stated on the university's Web site. Every building is designed with a special energy management system that monitors usage to maximize efficiency.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site, the Earth’s surface temperature has risen by one degree Fahrenheit. The temperature continues to rise and the problem is made worse by greenhouse gases.

Gases released by cars and trucks, the heating of homes, and the production of electricity make up almost 98 percent of the United States' total carbon dioxide emissions.

e-mail:jmichaels@theguardsman.com


TECH TRASH BANNED FROM LANDFILLS

BY DESMOND MILLER
Staff Writer

New recycling units located in Cloud and Smith Halls allow students to dispose of electronic waste.

NINA ROBINSON / GUARDSMAN

Due to the California Universal Waste Rule that went into effect in February 2006, it is now illegal to throw away cell phones, batteries and other electronic items.

In response to the new rule, City College has added new recycling options for students.

“If half of the 100,000 people on all the campuses in San Francisco recycle, then I will be happy,” said Recycling Coordinator Carlita Martinez.

In order to encourage students to recycle their electronic waste, Martinez placed new recycling units in Cloud and Smith halls. The units are not only depositories for bottles and cans, but they will also serve as a place to properly dispose of used batteries, ink cartridges, and old cell phones.

Students are also involved in the collection effort — Martinez said each recy cling container on campus, including the satellite campuses, is emptied and maintained by the students. She said that students are paid about $9 per hour, and that positions are still available.

"By the time we are done hiring we will have about 12 students working," Martinez said.

Though passed in 2002, the state's Universal Waste Rule wasn’t fully implemented until February of this year. Prior to the rule’s full implementation, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control allowed several items containing toxins to be thrown in the trash that must now be recycled.

The department says that common batteries, which contain corrosive and toxic chemicals like cadmium, can no longer go in the trash. Cadmium is classified as a carcinogenic chemical and has also been linked to respiratory, kidney and liver problems. Cell phones and televisions might also contain cadmium, as well as other carcinogens like chromium.

The department also prohibits the disposal of mercury-containing items such as fluorescent bulbs, tubes and thermometers because of mercury’s link to nerve damage and birth defects. 

Martinez said the college plans to place one more bin in another high-traffic area of the Ocean campus. She said that funding for the new units was provided by a grant from the California Department of Conservation.

e-mail:dmiller@theguardsman.com


TRUSTEES REPORT: iWITNESS

BY LARRY SIMPSON
Staff Writer

The board reviewed and discussed a resolution that would require it to publish on its Web site the results of collective bargaining agreements five days prior to accepting conditions negotiated with unions.  While members expressed an overall need for public input into its labor negotiations, some feared that leaving the end of negotiations open to sudden change might be construed as an act of bad faith.

The board’s chief financial officer, John Delmont, presented a report on the financial status of the college in the third-quarter of this fiscal year. According to Delmont’s report, revenues and expenses for the college are on track and the estimated final budget for the year is on target.

The board reviewed a budget update for the coming fiscal year and concluded that it was completed in time to meet the state’s September deadline.

Choice Words:

“The public has a role: they elect you to do the job, and if they don’t like the decision you make they should get rid of you next election.” - Ed Murray, president of the AFT 2121 City College Faculty Union, on the resolution to publish collective bargaining agreements five days before final approval.

e-mail: lsimpson@theguardsman.com


City College at Large
Call or e-mail Chris Albon with campus-wide news at: (415) 239-3446 or newseditor@theguardsman.com

Evans Campus

The fall fashion business workshops continue at Evans campus with the worshop "Editing a Fashion Line" held on Tuesday nights from Sept. 12 to Oct. 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students can learn what it takes to plan a fashion collection, improve their ability to analyze th market and create a concise group of products to make a coherent fashion statement. Regsiter online.

Fort Mason Campus

Learn to maintain and make repairs on any style bicycle at this bike maintenance and tune-up workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students practice basic maintenance make roadside repairs and tune up a bike, and learn to check and adjust bearings and brakes, and clean gears, chains, and freewheels. The cost is $70. Register online.

Downtown Campus

Naturopathic medicine: What is naturopathic medicine and what can it do for you? This one-night class will be held at the Downtown cmapus on Wed., Sept. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the naturopathic approach to good health -- finding the root cause, educating the patient, treating the whole person and working with the healing power of nature. The cost is $30. Register online.


Southeast Campus

Help is available from the counseling staff at the Southeast campus. Students can plan academic strategy for credit and non-credit programs, including computer repair technology, vocational nursing and biotech programs. For more informtion call the counseling staff at (415) 550-4320, or admissions at (415) 550-4344.


Short Cuts

Issue 1 Corrections
- In "Eater's Digest", Marvin Gaye's name was misspelled.

- The photo caption for "Industry Begs for New Auto Techs" misstated Ron Young's title. He is a tool room custodian.

Paid Internships
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is looking for students who want to be paid for internships during the semester and the summer. If you are interested, attend their recruitment session on Monday Sept. 18, 10am in room 364 of Cloud Hall.