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San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos adjusts Trustee Rafael Mandelman’s tie at the swearing in ceremony on Jan. 7, 2012 on Ocean campus. Photo by Sara Bloomberg/The Guardsman

Council discusses retreat

By Cassandra Hendry
The Guardsman

The Ocean Campus Associated Student Council met for a regular meeting on Jan. 16 to discuss an upcoming student leadership and team building retreat—held Jan. 18-20—that they were planning for members of the council.

“ I would like to get to know people better, and not only discuss personal goals but also the goals and struggles that City College is facing right now,” Vice President of Communications Melanie Ortanez said at the meeting.

Other topics discussed at the meeting included organizing around the accreditation crisis and how to improve City College’s Bookloan program.

The council  meets Wednesdays in the Student Union at 2:30 p.m.  The meetings are open to the public.


Board sworn in

By Daniel Galloway
The Guardsman

Hugs and kisses abounded as people mingled and greeted one another while waiting for City College’s newly elected Board of Trustees members to be officially sworn in Jan. 7 at Ocean Campus’s Multi Use Building.

San Francisco voters elected incumbents Natalie Berg, Steve Ngo and Chris Jackson as well as newcomer Rafael Mandelman last November.

Around 60 people watched as Supervisor Carmen Chu officiated Berg’s oath of office, followed by state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano who officiated the oath for both Jackson and Mandelman. Ngo was sworn in earlier that afternoon by Mayor Ed Lee at City Hall but was also present at his colleagues’ ceremony.

The entire room laughed, including Trustees Jackson and Mandelman who stood together at the podium, when Ammiano implied that this was not a same-sex marriage ceremony. “No, Prop 8 has not been overturned,” Ammiano said, referring to California’s ban on same-sex marriage that was passed by voters in 2008.

During his speech, Jackson fought back tears as he described the moment that sparked his passion for activism and politics. He wanted to take an astronomy class at City College, he said, but there weren’t enough seats for everyone.

Although the atmosphere was light-hearted and celebratory, the speakers acknowledged the difficult path that City College faces as it fights to retain its accreditation over the next several months.

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