Welcoming our first full-time Pacific Islander instructor

The Board of Trustees confirmed the full-time tenure track of Dr. David Palaita of the interdisciplinary studies department on June 9.

Palaita is the first Pacific Islander to hold a full-time position at City College after teaching as an adjunct professor for nine years.

“I was elated and just really happy—stunned,” said Palaita. “I know there were many more qualified candidates.”

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Free City initiative awaits public vote

After going through numerous rounds of voting, Supervisor Jane Kim’s Free City proposal is one step closer to giving the majority of City College students a tuition-free education for the first time since 1983.

Kim introduced the bill in April. On July 12, the SF Board of Supervisors approved its progression to the ballot in a 10-1 vote, with Supervisor Mark Farrell the lone dissenter.

The day before the vote, chants for Free City College echoed throughout San Francisco’s City Hall as City College’s teachers union (AFT 2121) teamed with student and alumni supporters to march through each Board of Supervisor’s office.

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National title defense: Can the Rams go back-to-back?

The City College Rams are looking to add to their ring collection after winning the National Junior College Football Championship for the 10th time last fall.

It was their first title under new head coach Jimmy Collins, who took over the program after the 2014 season from George Rush, the winningest head coach in junior college history.

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Finally teaching under contract

In a vote held during the first full week of fall classes, members of City College’s faculty union AFT 2121 voted in approval of a tentative agreement that was reached in mid-July.

The deal was negotiated in a week-long session this summer following a fact-finder’s recommendation for the administration and union to return to a mediator for the talks.

While a final vote count was unable to be revealed at the time of print, AFT 2121 Executive Director Chris Hanzo said that the vote had passed overwhelmingly.

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New conditions for summer financial aid prove stifling

To be considered a full-time student and claim the full amount of a financial aid award package during a summer semester at City College has now been made nearly impossible due to the internal college policies and stringent Federal Pell Grant regulations.

In order for a student to be considered full-time during a summer semester, they are required to take the “maximum of eight units,” says Lisa Romano, chair of the New Students Counseling department.

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Community Organizers Decline Hero Award

What was to be a ceremony for justice turned into a demonstration at City Hall on July 28.

The San Francisco Human Rights Commission, joined by its Equity Advisory Committee, annually honors those who work to increase equality and fight against discrimination. The Hero Award was presented to 16 organizations at this year’s ceremony, which was centered around a theme of “Communities Organizing for Justice.”

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