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    Irvines 99 percent speaks upphoto courtesy of Zorrane abdeali

    Part time vs. full time faculty

    CollegeShuffle website

    helps students transfer

    to the university of their


    Classes taught by part-time and full-time instructors differ significantly, and even though the curricula have standardized elements, students must often make case-by-case class deci-sions.

    For some, websites like rate-myprofessors.com help solve the problem of choosing a ticket number.

    For others, academic counsel-lors help to make informed de-cisions on which class and in-structor would work best for an individual.

    Still more students choose to play it by ear and pick based on scheduling or seat availabil-ity. While ones schedule may be strict or important, or while seats may be limited, these op-tions may end in disappoint-ment.

    With all of these extraneous factors, what can even be mea-sured?

    At Saddleback College, the differences between the part-time and full-time faculty them-selves are generally standard.

    For some, part-time instruc-tors are preferred, for others, full-time.

    In my computer science class, my instructor is around a lot, said Kirk Bishopp, 37, computer science, in reference to his full-time computer sci-ence instructor. Shes in the lab, and shes very available to students.

    Full-time instructors have of-fices on campus, and the majori-ty have regular office hours dur-ing which students can get help with their class work.

    Many full-time instructors also work in their departments, which keeps them on campus more than other full timers.

    With my part-time instruc-tors, I really havent had much need to contact them outside of class, Bishopp said. Spe-cifically for math I dont find it to be an issue because of the [Learning Asistance Program].

    Chistopher Paquette, a part-time English instructor and Academic Senate alternate rep-resentative has been at Saddle-back since 2004. He describes teaching here as a great expe-rience.

    I feel I am passing on a gift to young people that is going to outlive me. Its wonderful to have a job that allows you to invest in people, Paquette said. Being a part-time teach-er at this school has brought me steady work that I can rely on, and thats a blessing, especially in the times were living in.

    Teachers here, I feel, have a

    Students dfifer on the idea of the benefits be-tween the full time and part tiime faculty at Saddleback.


    Early September the Oc-cupy Wall Street move-ment has gained an ex-treme amount of followers and sub-movements, some reaching as far as Orange County.

    While the movement started in September main news net-works didnt start to cover the event until nearly a month later. However once viral videos of what was happening hit the In-ternet, the world seemed to start paying attention.

    According to occupywallst.org, the people are protesting the greed and corruption of the one percent of society. Thus Wall Street being the center of commerce in the known world, it is also the epicenter of the protests.

    What many people may see is the use of masks from the mov-ie, and comic book V for Ven-detta. This mask is very distinct in being a white mask with red, rosy cheeks and a pencil mous-tache and beard. In the source material this mask is to repre-sent the historic revolutionary Guy Fawkes and his ideals.

    Fawkes is a famous sym-bol for civilian unrest, as he planned to destroy the British Parliament in the early 1600s because he believed their cor-ruption needed to be wiped out. He was caught and hanged, but his legacy of civilian unrest re-mained alive throughout time.

    Currently the mask still holds symbolism and is used in post-ers and other mediums. While the movement has no clear lead-ership, with people of all races and creeds, except the members have one thing in common: they are the other 99 percent.

    I think its a good idea be-cause the whole protest is uni-fying and getting everybody on the same page and having a big objection. Then well see real progression as a whole, Antho-ny Marquina, 20, anthropology said.

    While many people support the Occupy movement, some people question how much the movement can actually accom-

    plish.I think that in order to

    achieve their goal, they need to have a direct objective, said Alex Mappes, 27, education. Im for it and all, but the main goal seems too unclear.

    Using the new protest tac-tic known as Arab Spring, the Occupy movement has been in full force for more than three months. Arab Spring is a tac-tic that has been used earlier in 2010 with the political uprisings in countries in the Middle East.

    The tactic uses the relatively new innovation of social media to organize followers and raise awareness of others of their

    plight. Occupy Wall Street has done just that.

    While initially the media ignored the movement, the worlds attention was grabbed once videos and pictures taken during the protests were put on the web. Many of these videos and pictures portray gruesome acts of brutality toward peaceful but determined protesters.

    Pepper spray seemed to be frequently used on the protest-ers, even when they were be-hind a line of police officers.While these instances of civilian unrest are happening, many po-litical figures are willing to con-demn the actions of a movement

    that speaks for the other 99 per-cent. Majority leader Repre-sentative Eric Cantor called the multiple movements mobs and said that they are pitting Americans against Americans.

    Occupy Wall Street is not just limited to New York and is not limited to just the liberal mind-ed individuals of the country.

    Occupy Orange County is underway with protests in Ir-vine and Santa Ana. The oth-er 99 percent is a clear major-ity, maybe the protest will mean something when 99 percent of the world shouts no to the wealthy.

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    What are the best coffee

    shops in Southern

    California? Article lists

    best shops and

    describes why.

    On A&E:

    photo by takako tominaga/flickr: cc by-sa 2.0

    Coldplay comes out

    with with their fifth

    album and is currently

    the No. 1 album on


    On life:

    photo by alyssa hunter/lariat

    Volleyball games pro-

    ceeds assist Side-Out

    Dig Pink Volleyball

    Breast Cancer Aware-

    ness Campaign.

    On sports:

    photo by alyssa hunter/lariat

    Mens water polo de-

    feats Santa Ana 11-8

    last Wednesday at

    Saddleback pool. They

    will be competing in a

    tournament Nov. 4

    and 5.


    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: The RapidTech program, which is the Additive Manufacturing program at Saddleback College, helps develop new products for advanced prototyping.

    photo by alyssa hunter/lariat

    In BriefA town hall meeting is to be held at Saddle-back College Tues-day, Nov. 8 to discuss recom-mendations made by the state for improving city college completion rates.

    The Student Success Task Force under the California Community Colleges Chan-cellors Office has been look-ing at the best models and practices used in colleges throughout the United States to improve student success in the state of California.

    From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. col-lege officials will be meeting in the Ronald Reagan board of trustees room in the Health Sciences Building to discuss drafts created by the state.

    Recommendations will in-clude an increase in academic counseling, delivering reme-dial instruction, improving the student assessment pro-cesses, and the use of tech-nology to help students reach their educational goals faster.

    - Michael Dorame



    From the first time one picks up a bat to play T-Ball, most children dream of someday playing on the World Series-winning team. This dream came true last Friday for St. Louis

    Cardinals second baseman and Saddleback College alumnus Nick Punto when his team won the Series.

    After graduating from Trabu-co Hills High School and play-ing for the Gauchos, Punto was eventually inducted into Saddle-

    back Colleges Hall of Fame in 1998. He is perhaps one of the most famous athletes to come out of the college.

    He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox, but he didnt make his debut in the league until 2001 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

    That year, Punto had a .239 batting average, 4 home runs, and 26 runs brought in. In 2005, 2006, and 2007 he struggled for the Minnesota Twins.

    He posted career lows in all categories and had one the worst slugging percentages in the his-tory of the league in 2007.

    Punto had a rough few years in the league. In the second half of the 2008 season, after be-ing injured the first half, he im-proved.

    He was the Twins starting shortstop and had a .284 bat-ting average and had 28 runs brought in.

    After a year full of strong per-formances in 2008, 2009, and 2010, he was injured and was placed on the disabled list for a majority of both seasons.

    During this time, he lost his starting job to Brendin Harris.

    In January 2011, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a decent year and stayed healthy.

    photo by keith allison/flickr cc by-sa 2.0

    WORLD SERIES: Nick Punto, the second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, was a former student at Saddleback College.

    Cardinals meet alumnusCHRIS CANTWELL



    lot of freedom to create the kind of classroom they want, Paquette said.

    For part-timers, however, that freedom comes at a cost.

    Making ends meet is difficult for part timers, Paquette said. Freeway flyers, which are in-structors who work part-time at multiple schools, are common between Saddleback, Irvine Valley College, and other near-by campuses.

    Part time instructors are a lot like the commuter students at Saddleback, Paquette said. They come to campus, they go to their classroom, and they go home.

    Part-time instructors are not required to hold office hours, and the majority choose not to.

    Basketball assists by raising money for cancer

    Continued from Page 1FacultyStudents create site to ease transfer pains

    Transferring to four-year uni-versities can be difficult, and websites like CollegeShuffle.com attempt to make the pro-cess easier for students to tackle.

    The site currently supports an estimated 500 transfer students for the University of Califor-nia, Los Angeles, said Founder of CollegeShuffle, Zorrane Abdeali. The service hopes to expand to other UC schools by next spring.

    Inspired by his younger broth-er, Komail Abdeali, co-founder of CollegeShuffle, Zorrane started the site after witnessing Komails challenges when try-ing to transfer from Saddleback College to UCLA.

    He would tell me how he would constantly meet with his counselor and browse the Inter-net for answers to his questions about ways to transfer to his

    dream college, UCLA, but was never satisfied with the results, Zorrane said.

    The more transfers he spoke to from UCLA, the more confi-dent he became. I had learned from a number of my friends that had transferred colleges that my brother was not alone, Zorrane said.

    Komail transferred from Sad-dleback in 2009, and completed his education at UCLA this year.

    CollegeShuffle is something Im very passionate about be-cause not only did I transfer, I feel what we are doing is already

    helping students accomplish goals they previously believed impossible, Komail said.

    The more past transfer stu-dents I tell about the Colleg-eShuffle project, the more I hear the comment I wish this was around when I was transfer-ring. Were on the right track, and its only going to get bet-ter, Komail said.

    CollegeShuffle serves as an easy-to-use platform for trans-ferring students to have the ability to learn from each other, Zorrane said.

    Its features include specific information about colleges, such as admission stats, col-lege rating and reviews, and tips on how to improve a students chances of acceptance.

    The sites social networking allows transfer students to build a community with similar goals.

    Students [can] contact and interact with other students

    facing similar challenges, and thereby benefit from the experi-ences of others, Zorrane said.

    The site provides these solu-tions via multiple modes: stu-dent interviews and reviews, discussion forums, and student-authored articles.

    Along with UCLA, Zorrane expects to have four more col-leges built on the site by next year for students to check out.

    Visit the site at http://www.collegeshuffle.com/.


    COLLEGESHUFFLE: Founders, Komail and Zorrane Abdeali, hope to expand the website to other University of California.


    The teachers union contract, also called The Academic Em-ployees Master Agreement, was voted on last week and rati-fied on Oct. 24 by the board of trustees at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.

    According to Lewis Long, the South Orange County Com-munity College District faculty association chairman, the new agreement is going to be imple-mented by the district and will be put into effect until its expi-ration date on July 30, 2014.

    Most of our faculty recog-nize the difficult, almost cata-strophic situation faced by our

    state and its educational sys-tems, and recognize that in the face of those challenges, the contract we negotiated is an out-standing achievement, Long said.

    almost 57 percent of the fac-ulty from both IVC and Saddle-back voted online, with over 95 percent voting in favor of the contract as it stands, Long said.

    there are few changes from the previous agreement even though the negotiations have been going on for 19 months, Long said.

    New ratificationsDAVID GUTMAN


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