Fall 2012 Issue 1

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<ul><li><p>A FIRST AMENDMENT PUBLICATION</p><p>ROUNDUPwww.theroundupnews.comROUNDWoodland Hills, California Volume 117 - Issue 1 September 19, 2012 One copy free, each additional copy 50 </p><p>Kirsten Quinnkquinn.roundupnews@gmail.com</p><p>Wed. Sept. 19 Fri. Sept. 21 Sun. Sept. 23 Tues. Sept. 25</p><p> 98/67 102/66 91/60 79/58Thu. Sept. 20 Sat. Sept. 22 Mon. Sept. 24 Wed. Sept. 26</p><p> 100/65 103/64 86/58 74/57</p><p>Whats inside:</p><p>Within the week, Pierce College will finish and ratify its equity plan for the next two years, which aims to diminish the gaps in performance among different groups of students.</p><p>The equity plan looks at student success rates, transfer rates, completion of ESL and basic skills courses, course completion and retention, and degree and certificate completion.</p><p>The data is then broken down to measure differences between gender, ethnicity, and disability, said Crystal Kiekel, the Center for Academic Success Director and chair of the committee that wrote the new plan.</p><p>What we do as an equity plan is plan to equalize those inequities, she said.</p><p>Some of the data gathered from the plan included gaps in success between men and women, with men underperforming. </p><p>The new equity plan also made an effort to account for the differences among disabled students, rather than applying a single category.</p><p>A student whos deaf is going to be very different from a student who is dyslexic, Kiekel said.</p><p>The equity plan goes beyond just collecting the numbers by following up on why the inequities are there and what solutions can fix them. </p><p>To get that sort of information, the equity plan committee will often ask those questions in surveys or focus groups. The committee also talks to four year institutions and high schools to gather additional data.</p><p>The new plan is the first to account for the difficult financial climate of the past few years. As a result, a common theme was how to build up support for struggling students in the face of budget cuts.</p><p>A lot of [the equity plan] was about our incoming students and the barriers that they face, equity plan committee member Sunday Salter said. Our outreach program is basically eliminated. </p><p>In the face of the harsh economy, more people are attending community colleges either to retool their careers or receive an affordable education.</p><p>At the same time, fewer classes are being offered, fewer counselors are available, and tutoring services are beginning to go away.</p><p>Its sort of a perfect storm, said Keikel.</p><p>In regards to tutoring, which the college has lost funding for, the equity plan will attempt to recruit faculty and students as volunteer tutors.</p><p>The plan also seeks additional funding through private grants for tutoring and other services.</p><p>Kiekel stresses that in the plan, students come first.</p><p>Our goal as an institution is not about budget. Our goal is to help students succeed, she said.</p><p>The equity plan will be discussed at the next Academic Senate meeting Sept. 24, where recommendations and changes will be added before ratifying it.</p><p>For more on the Equity Plan, visit www.theroundupnews.com.</p><p>Associated Students Organization strives for fully functional senate</p><p>Budget cuts at Pierce College may be looming in upcoming years surrounding the governors tax initiative in the upcoming state ballot resulting in more class cuts and pos-sibly accreditation issues according to Pierce professors.</p><p>The governors tax initiative, Proposition 30, is a proposed tax plan that would imple-ment a 0.25 percent sales tax as well as a 3 to 5 percent raise on income tax on individuals making over $250,000 a year and couples mak-</p><p>ing over $500,000 a year, Sociology professor Dr. James McKeever said.</p><p>The money from these taxes would go towards K-12 education, the California State University system, the University of California system, the California Community College system, as well as funding to public safety, the police departments and fire departments.</p><p>The Sociology professor expressed his support for the initiative citing that passing it would not hurt anyone.</p><p>These people wont even notice the money is gone, McKeever said. As for the sales tax, youd only get taxed, what, $2.50 on a $1000 </p><p>purchase?McKeever also said that low income fami-</p><p>lies will not be negatively affected based on the fact they purchase low-priced goods.</p><p>Its not that Im not concerned about these people, McKeever said. Its just that Im more concerned about these people not having access to education.</p><p>But McKeever is much more worried about if the initiative does not pass, as is the Academic Senate president, professor Tom Rosdahl.</p><p>Without the passage of Prop[osition] 30, life would get real bad, Rosdahl said. It </p><p>would mean thered be fewer classes than we have now.</p><p>Fewer classes than now when Pierce has reduced classes already by 20 percent, higher fee costs, and less money for equipment and supplies, the budgets for which are already unbelievably low, according to Rosdahl.</p><p>Also, in the event the initiative does not pass, Pierce would have to dip into the district reserves to make sure the college meets the state mandated budget based on the number of students Pierce is educating, according to Rosdahl. </p><p>[See Prop.30, page 3]</p><p>Nick McNamaranmcnamara.roundupnews@gmail.com</p><p>Equityplan onthe way</p><p>Kevin Perezkperez.roundupnews@gmail.com</p><p>Without active members participating in Pierce Colleges student senate, the organization found itself inoperable during its first weekly senate meeting Sept. 4, 2012 in Woodland Hills, Calif.</p><p>The Associated Student Organization (ASO) and the student population averted a crisis within one week, recruiting six active senators by their Sept. 11 meeting.</p><p>This semester, the ASO had not received any applications for its senate by its first meeting, and without senators the government cannot vote on issues or allocate funds.</p><p>We dont have a functioning government yet, but we need one, said Brad Saenz, ASO adviser at the Sept. 4 meeting. We need at least three applicants before we can function as a student government.</p><p>Without student participation, nothing was getting done.</p><p>Right now, our main thing were dealing with is getting a student government, but thats not going to be a struggle for too much longer, Kevin Sparks, the ASO vice president, said. We all want a senate, so I think we are all willing to work hard </p><p>to get it.As of Sept.11, the ASO had six active senators </p><p>and four pending applications, according to Sparks.</p><p>Ive never been in a position where we havent had a senate, Sparks said.</p><p>In order to represent a department, applying senators must receive approval from their </p><p>department chairs and tracking down professors for signatures has stalled the application process for some, according to Sparks.</p><p>ASO is still accepting applications for senate, and the deadline is tentatively set for beginning to mid October, Sparks said.</p><p>Paulina Antounian, 18, was in the process of signing up for senate after the Sept. 4 meeting adjourned.</p><p>I want to help the school out and make it more involving for students, Antounian said.</p><p>The media arts major decided to get involved with the senate to alleviate the effects of budget cuts.</p><p>Senators need a 2.0 GPA and cannot be on academic probation to participate.</p><p>Applications can be found online at www.pierceaso.webs.com.Sparks plans to recruit new senators </p><p>during the ASO Welcome Day event Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Great Hall.</p><p>I would like to have a big senate, Sparks said. I want to inspire people to be in ASO.</p><p>Without senators, students at Pierce have no representation, no vote on fund </p><p>allocation, and no say in matters that affect all Pierce students.</p><p>For more on the ASO, visit our website, </p><p>New senators to ll empty seats</p><p>Professors weigh in on pivotal legislation as 2012 election season begins</p><p>Center aims to solve disparity on campus</p><p>Prop. 30 debate heats up </p><p>Photo Illustration: Jose Romero/Roundup</p><p>Weekly Weather:</p><p>Each week, meteorology student </p><p>Kevin Gabriel will</p><p>provide weather data direct from the </p><p>Pierce College Weather Station. </p><p>Stargazing Encouraged- FeaturesGearing up for fall events- A/E</p><p>Catching his dream- Sports</p><p>Bridgete Smyth/ RoundupREPRESENT: Shane Mooney (ASO President), Kanny Morgan (Treasurer) and Antoinette Mannie (Club Council President) work in the ASO o ce Thursday, August 30, 2012.</p></li><li><p>ROUNDUP: September 19, 2012Opinion 2</p><p>Letters to the Editor</p><p>6201 Winnetka Ave.Woodland Hills, CA 91371</p><p>Room: Pierce College Village 8211Phone: (818) 719-6427</p><p>Fax: (818) 719-6447Website: www.theroundupnews.comE-mail: newsroom.roundupnews@</p><p>gmail.com</p><p>Roundup Editor in chief ....................... UDManaging editor ...................... Jose RomeroOpinion editor ....................... Calvin AlagotNews editor .................... Monica VelasquezFeatures editor ................ Monica VelasquezA&amp;E editor ............................ Natalee AyalaSports editor .......................... Charlie KnappPhoto editor ....................... Kristen AslanianOnline editor ............................ Jose RomeroCartoonist ................................. Austin Faber</p><p>Advisers ................................... Jill Connelly.................................. Stefanie Frith ........................................ Jeff Favre</p><p>Advertising Manager.................. Julie Bailey[For advertising call Julie at (818) 710-2960]</p><p>Photographers:</p><p>Jasson BautistaCarlos Caprio Danny DuarteNadine Gostanian Sonia GurollaMartin Lester Lynn Levitt Adriana Lopez Fariba MolaviSteve Palma Todd Rosenblatt Monica SalazarBridget SmythStella Stewart Riley StigterLauren Vellve</p><p>Reporters:</p><p>Billel BensalemDevon BroomfieldViolet CaneloMario CruzLarry FobbsMatt GottesmanOskar GustowskiNavid KhoiNick McNamara Michaia HernandezKashish NizamiJackie NovaMarquis ParkerKevin PerezKirsten QuinnGonzalo ReyDavid SchubLatise SimpsonMartin Torres</p><p>Weather Correspondent: </p><p>Kevin Gabriel Policy:</p><p>Letters and guest columns for or against any position are invited. Letters should be kept as brief as possible (300 words or less) and are subject to non-substantive editing.</p><p>Letters must be signed and include a valid mailing address and telephone number. Pseudonyms or initials will not be used, but names may be withheld upon request and approval of the Editorial Board.</p><p>The Roundup publishes Letters to the Editor that are not obscene or libelous and do not contain racial denigration. </p><p>Writers are given the opportunity to revise unacceptable letters.</p><p>The Pierce College Roundup will not publish, as letters, literary endeavors, publicity releases, poetry or other such materials as the Editorial Board deems not to be a letter.</p><p>The deadline is 11:59 p.m. the Sunday prior to the issue date.Editorial Policy:</p><p>The Pierce College Roundup position is presented only in the editorials. </p><p>Cartoons and photos, unless run under the editorial masthead, and columns are the opinions of the creators and not necessarily that of the Roundup. </p><p>The college newspaper is </p><p>published as a learning experience under the college journalism instructional program. The editorial and advertising materials published herein, including any opinions expressed, are the responsibility of the student newspaper staff. </p><p>Under appropriate state and federal court decisions, these materials are free from prior restraint by the virtue of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.</p><p>Accordingly, materials published herein, including any opinions expressed, should not be interpreted as the position of the L.A. Community College District, the college or any officer or employee thereof.</p><p>What if instead of driving around and around, you had a golden ticket and could pull into your very own personal parking space?The administration should implement a gold parking pass system and offer them to students for $54, thats double the current price for preferred parking, guaranteeing parking in Lot 1 for the first 4 weeks. </p><p>This would raise additional revenue and alleviate parking problems.Currently students have three options when it comes to parking during </p><p>the fall semester. They can park off campus for free and walk to class, pay $20 for general </p><p>parking which allows students to park in Lots 2, 4 and the dirt parking, or purchase preferred parking for $27 which grants access to any of the parking lots on campus. (Minus staff lots) </p><p>These pass prices vary slightly around the community college district. LA Trade Technical College has a few options when it comes to parking. </p><p>There is preferred parking for $27, or general parking for $20, plus a $15 refundable deposit for an access key card. </p><p>LA City College students pay a $27 fee per semester for preferred parking, and also receive free photocopying, Blue Books, Scantrons, access to computers with internet, student representation, and sponsorship of college activities, according to the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) website. </p><p>The restricted parking is $20 and only gives students access to one lot. Another campus that offers perks when purchasing preferred parking </p><p>is East LA College where students receive bookstore discounts, and other discounts at local establishments. </p><p>However, there are no extra perks at West LA College, Mission College, LA Southwest College, or Valley College, but their passes are only $20. </p><p>The cost for parking is even greater outside of the LACCD. Students at Santa Monica College pay $85 to park their cars on campus. </p><p>Also, the faculty here at Pierce currently do not pay for parking, nor do the few remaining student workers. This could be revenue that could be allocated in the midst of these hard times.</p><p>If the administration were to create a gold system, full time students who have maintained a 3.0 GPA for one or more consecutive semesters would be eligible to purchase the limited pass for $54.</p><p>There are 260 spots available in Lot 1, not including staff, sheriffs, 30-minute guest parking, handicap, and motorcycle parking. </p><p>Each one of the 260 spots would be numbered and assigned.Students would be emailed before the semester begins, informing them </p><p>that they qualify for the gold system, and passes would be sold at a first come first serve basis, and a waiting list would be created for students who remain interested in the program. </p><p>Those who desire to maintain the parking spot will be able to pay an additional $54 for the next four weeks and so on and so forth, or buy a full semester for only $162. </p><p>If a student did not wish to continue with the gold system, a preferred parking pass would be assigned to them when the gold system pass was returned to the business office. </p><p>The next student on the waiting list would be contacted and assigned the spot, with their original $27 parking fee being credited toward their gold pass. </p><p>The college would benefit from and additional $35,100 profit should they decide on undertaking the project. The only expense that is f...</p></li></ul>