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Issue 7, Fall 2011


  • College of San Mateo

    San MateanTHEVolume 175, Number 7 Dec. 5, 2011

    Zenelia Mejia, 25, leads CSM students and faculty in the popular Colombian aerobic exercise. Participants paid a fee and proceedings were donated to Extended Opportunities and Programs.

    Zumba! raises pulsePhoto by Jeffery Gonzalez of The San Matean


    A CSM student accused of assaulting a fellow student was convicted of assault and battery resulting in great bodily injury in August.

    John Williams, 19, of Foster City was sentenced to three years after agreeing to a plea bargain.

    Williams was originally charged with battery causing immense bodily injury, assault with intent to infl ict great bodily harm and resist-ing arrest. As part of the deal, two of the charges were dropped.

    There are a lot of versions to what happened, said San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Marguerite Clipper. Its hard to establish what happened exactly.

    Williams allegedly approached the victim, a male student in the staff parking lot outside of Building 16.

    After a brief dispute Williams struck the victim who fell, hit his head on the pavement and became unconscious. He later went into a coma.

    Defense attorney Cristina Mazzei was unavailable for comment. See Puente on page 6

    Cuts force another CSU tuition increase

    California may face $2 billion in trigger cuts to programs includ-ing a $102 million cut to California Community Colleges, according to a fi scal outlook document released on Nov. 16 by the Legislative Ana-lysts Offi ce.

    The cuts would be the result of a projected $3.7 billion shortfall in revenues.

    Our forecast of revenues is based upon national and state eco-nomic data, including tax data and employment data, said Steve D. Boilard, director of higher educa-

    Puente programs return to CSM pending

    The Puente program for Latino students may be revived at CSM in time for the fall 2012 semester.

    Puente is a statewide program organized by the University of California that has been active since 1981. It is designed to help Latino students gain high academic achievement and to address low success rate of such students.

    Latinos tend to be the fi rst to at-tend colleges in their families, said Teeka James, English professor. Guidance to help these students with no previous knowledge gives them a better opportunity at trans-ferring to UCs.

    CSM previously had their own program that fi rst started in the late 90s. James was among the teachers involved in the fi rst Puente group.

    It worked as an English and career class, she said. Basically it was a learning community.

    Puente is formatted into two phases. The fi rst phase, the devel-opmental phase, puts students in a English 838 or 848 class paired with a Career 121 class.

    During phase two, the students are put into an English 100 class with the same teacher, said James Carranza, CSM Academic Senate President, also involved with the program then.

    Carranza explained how the col-lege has shown interest in getting the program back in the works.

    Weve identifi ed a need for the Puente program, he said. Weve been working on it.

    The counselor dedicated to the Puente program retired in 2000 and

    See Triggers on page 6

    More budget cuts forecastedtion for the LAO, in an email to The San Matean.

    When the budget was adopted in June, the governors budget plan set up tiers of trigger cuts to be enacted if the revenue falls short.

    If revenue falls between $1 bil-lion and $2 billion, the fi rst tier of budget cuts will be enacted. If it falls more than $2 billion, the second tier of budget cuts will be enacted. If the LAO is correct, both tiers of cuts will be triggered.

    Final decisions on the cuts will be made by the Department of Finance in December.

    Kayla FigardThe San Matean

    The California State Universi-ties were forced to raise tuition by another nine percent starting fall 2012 due to an increased drop in state funding.

    The decision, fi nalized by CSU trustees on Nov. 16, will affect un-dergraduate and graduate students.

    Tuition will increase to $498 a year for a full-time undergraduate, said Stephanie Thara, spokesperson for CSU chancellors offi ce, in an email to The San Matean.

    Tuition fees and campus-based fees average $6,519 per year system-wide, according to a CSU 2012 student fee report.

    Varsha RanjitThe San Matean

    Without the tuition increase or the dollars from the state to make the increase unnecessary enroll-ment will be greatly impacted, said James Postma, Chair Academic Senate of the CSU.

    That is the main reason the chan-cellor and the trustees that voted to raise the fees did so; there is no other way to keep the doors of the CSU open, said Postma.

    The 2011 to 12 undergraduate tuition fee rate for up to six units is $3,174, on average.

    The fee for students pursuing more than six units is $5,472 on average as well.

    In the past, we have not seen a decline in applications or enroll-ments due to fee increases, said

    Jazz festival showcaseshigh schooljazz bands See page 5

    Teacherprescribes hands-on methodsSee page 4

    CSMdominates the BulldogBowlSee page 7

    Graphic courtesy of Paige Marlatt Dorr

    Trigger cuts may lead to unfunded enrollment in the CCCs.

    Graphic by Yasmine Mahmoud

    CSU tuition will increase a total of 18 percent from 2010.

    Erasmo MartinezThe San Matean

    Ellen Griffi n, Director of University Communications at San Francisco State University.

    The undergraduate tuition fee is consistent amongst the colleges of the CSU system.

    Students also pay campus fees, which could cost up to $1,047 in addition to the tuition fees.

    These fees, such as health service and student body association fees, vary in cost by campus.

    About 45 percent of CSU stu-dents will not see an increase in their payments because it would be covered by grants and fi nancial aid, said Griffi n.

    The increase will not affect fi -nancial aid. Financial aid increases with the tuition, said Thara.

    The fee increase will consider-ably impact students who do not have adequate fi nancial aid or who are from middle-income families, said Postma.

    Shaun CarmodyThe San Matean

    If you think about what it would be like for the CSU to accept no freshman or no transfer students next fall, even you might be in favor of the fee hike, said Postma.

  • News

    Stress Relief WeekTuesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building 17

    Notre Dame de Namur University Campus VisitTuesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Building 10, Dining Area

    Cal State East Bay Campus VisitTuesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Building 10, Dining Area

    Counseling WorkshopTuesday, Dec. 6, 9 to 11:30 a.m.Bldg. 10, Room 191

    Counseling WorkshopWednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 to 7 p.m.Bldg. 10, Room 191

    Reinstatement WorkshopWednesday, Dec. 14, 2 to 4 p.m.Bldg. 10, Room 191

    Counseling WorkshopWednesday, Dec. 14, 4:30 to 7 p.m.Bldg. 10, Room 191


    CSM Jazz ConcertMonday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.Building 3, Theatre

    World Beat GrooveWednesday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.Building 3, Theatre

    CSM Fall Dance ConcertFriday, Dec. 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.Building 3, Theatre


    CSM Basketball vs. Mission CollegeSaturday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m.Building 8, Gym

    CSM Basketball Invitational TourneyFriday, Dec. 16, Start time TBABuilding 8, Gym

    CAMPUS BRIEFSIf there is an event that readers would like listed in Campus Briefs, please submit it to The San Matean at Bldg. 10, Room 180, or, or call 574-6330. Submissions should be typed neatly.

    by Daryl Legaspi-Gobrera

    Page 2 The SAN MATEAN Dec. 5, 2011

    said Laderman. The class is set to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

    Film 200 emphasizes 1970s American fi lm.

    The course will cover the fi lm school generation and directors such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Stephen Spiel-berg.

    Students will learn about the infl uence of European art fi lms, counter-culture, the Watergate scandal, the Vietnam war and new sex and race politics. This class will meet on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m.

    These classes will help students with the fi lm festival, said Lader-man. These new courses should bring more fi lm students to CSM.

    I love it, hes a great professor,

    CaMpUS Blotter Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4:05 p.m. A CSM football player was injured during practice on the football fi eld. A Health Center nurse was sent out to stabilize him and called an ambulance to take him to a hospital for treatment.

    This information was provided by Chief of Security John Wells. Ariana Anderberg

    The San Matean

    The fi lm program is set to expand with new course offerings starting this spring.

    Film 215: Film and New Digital Media along with Film 200, Film in Focus: 1970s Hollywood have already been added to the spring catalog.

    These classes are CSU and UC transferable, said Professor Laderman.

    Film 215 explores the new role of digital media in the art of fi lm and digital media, such as computer animation, video games and the Internet.

    Theres going to be a new video projection system in Building 10,

    Film program bolsteredsaid student Sharon Ho, who has taken Film 100 and Film 200. Its a shame hes the only professor here.

    Ho plans on taking Film 200 again and Film 215 next semester.

    The fi lm program here at CSM is relatively small compared to other community colleges.

    It sucks because it is going to take me longer to get my A.A., said Ho. The new courses will bring a new element to fi lm making the connection between digital media and fi lm more tangible.

    Im interested in how Pixar and Dreamworks fi lms are made, said Ho.

    Students interested in learning about fi lm and making fi lms are encouraged to enroll in these new courses, said Laderman.

    Mintoy TillmanThe San Matean

    CorreCtion In an article titled Occupy movement continues to grow at CSM in the Nov. 9 issue of The San Matean, student Brandon Snyders fi rst name was omitted from the article. In the same issue, it was also incorrectly reported that the CSM Veterans Center had opened.The San Matean regrets the errors.

    CSMs journalism program and its student writers were recognized for excellence in its staff, website, its print paper,and its professional-ism with fi ve awards at a regional conference in Sacramento.

    The annual Northern California conference for the Journalism As-sociation of Community Colleges held at Sacramento State University hosted 18 colleges and about 300 people attended.

    The conference provided the young journalists with workshops and on-the-spot competitions, allowing them to showcase their talents while learning from other writers.

    In the news writing competition, the students were asked to listen to a key note speaker, gather as much information from other sources and then type out a story using and Al-

    CSM journalism program honoredGiselle Suarez

    The San Matean

    pha Smart keyboard in 15 minutes. The San Mateans editor Kayla

    Figard participated simply for the experience and the thrill of com-petition, she took second place, said Figard.

    I didnt expect to win, said Figard. It was just really exciting to compete against 100 other col-leagues and then to prove that hard work does pay off, she said.

    Jeffery Gonzalez, Senior Staff Writer won fi rst place in opinion writing and second place in photo illustration.

    I wasnt surprised because we have a really great program at CSM, but it does feel good to get recogni-tion for something you like doing, said Gonzalez.

    An honorable mention was awarded to Managing Editor Yas-mine Mahmoud for her participa-tion in the Copy Editing contest.

    It was a great opportunity to be surrounded by our future colleagues

    and to learn from professionals, said Mahmoud.

    CSM also acquired the two top awards for general excellence for its newspaper and website.

    Receiving an award for online material represents how were keeping up with a new age of social media, said Varsha Ranjit, website editor for the San Matean. Being a community college and being junior journalists, its a good stepping stone for future careers.

    Though the newspaper came back to San Mateo adorned with awards, it served not only as a learning experience but also as bonding opportunity for the staff.

    Its good for comradery, said Journalism Professor and Advisor, Ed Remitz.

    This kind of honor helps the students develop strong portfolios that help them in their four year studies and in reaching their career goals, he said.

    The district approved an increase in its facilities rental fees to take effect on Dec. 1, after analyzing prices from other school districts.

    The colleges in the district allow rooms in each college to be rented out to the general public.

    Ann Mitchell, CSM accounting technician, makes reservations for these types of events through contracts.

    (The facilities) can be rented for special events that usually consist of 1 to 3 days, she said. Classrooms, conference rooms, track and fi eld, gyms, theater, et cetera are all avail-able for rent.

    People who rent the facilities must present a certifi cate for general liability insurance while paying a deposit to put a hold on renting the

    Facilities rental prices increaseErasmo MartinezThe San Matean

    rooms. Depending on what you are renting, the cost will vary, said Mitchell.

    The purpose of charging (a fee) is to recoup utility cost, custodial and engineering cost and to be able to maintain the spaces in a profes-sional manner, said Tom Bauer, Vice Chancellor.

    A board report from Oct. 26, titled District Facilities Rental Fee Increases states that the current fee structure has been in place since 2006. Excluding the overtime rates for facilities staff from that untouched fee structure, the fees have not changed since 2000.

    The new prices were infl uenced by the price of rental fees at other school districts. It was stated in the report that during the summer, the district evaluated its prices for the general population. A survey was used to compare several California

    Community Colleges own fees to the district.

    A $20 application fee will be required for all renters. As the old fees did, particular rental situations determine prices by the hour.

    Non-profi t users must pay a lower fee for the facilities. For instance, it costs $30 to rent 50 or less class-rooms each hour, whereas a profi t user must pay $50 for the hours.

    Most rentals have a three-hour minimum to them, except the dance studio, tennis courts and track fi eld. Staff can only work for two hours and are paid from $40 to $60.

    The fees will be reviewed by the district regularly to ensure that we are recouping all of these actual costs, said Bauer. The district, he added, will also be doing this to ensure the fees are within a reasonable range of like facilities across the peninsula.

    We got it covered!The San Matean, Building 10,

    Room 180650-574-6330,

    Video Journalism?

  • CSM implemented a net price calculator to help full-time, fi rst-time students determine what they may spend on expenses based on data from students with similar cir-cumstanc-es.

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