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News Briefs: International students unite, bookstore sells out, new trustee appointed

Students search for theircourse materials at City College’s Ocean Campus Bookstore on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. The bookstore is likely to be sold to a private vendor and has been owned by City College since 1954. Photo by Eine Fille/The Guardsman

By Peter Hernandez
The Guardsman


Associated Students is planning on hosting students from as far as Ecuador and Canada this semester who can encourage and inform students on reforming public education through advocacy in light of the accreditation crisis and reduced public funding. The International Student Union Solidarity Forum will house foreign students for three weeks and host a forum at the Mission Campus after the success of May’s Keep the Community In Community College forum. Associated Students President Shanell Williams said that “many organizations” are interested in funding the $500 base needed to pursue the forum and that Casa Sanchez may donate food.


Don Newton, general manager of City College’s bookstore, maintained a dismal tone in light of the bookstore’s proposed sale to private operators and said that he and the college have considered “all other possibilities” other than selling the bookstore, which has seen devastating deficits in the past five years. This past fiscal year, the bookstore lost the school $235,000, according to documents provided at the Board of Directors meeting.


Mayor Ed Lee appointed Rodrigo Santos to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 21 to fill the position of the late Milton Marks III who died earlier this month from a brain tumor. Out of 10 candidates running to fill four seats on the board in November, he has raised the most funds. At a swearing in ceremony at City Hall, Ed Lee said that City College “will not lose its accreditation with Rodrigo’s help.”

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