SMC Corsair Newspaper: Fall 2010, Issue 2

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  • By Guiliana DakdoukDesign EditorDesign Editor

    Yes, it is that time again. It is a new semester with new classes, new students and the start of a new college application season.

    The next fi ve months will be fi lled with applications, seminars, meetings and the fi nal decision as to where exactly you hope to apply.

    Historically, Santa Monica College is one of the strongest transfer community colleges in the state, but depending upon how much initiative you take, the ease in transferring from SMC to whichever school you desire changes fairly drastically.

    Think back to your fi rst visit to the Welcome Center. Depending on your luck, the average wait time was anywhere between fi ve and thirty-fi ve minutes. The walls were plastered with college fl ags and you had a glimmer

    of hope that you could transfer to one of those schools in a relative time.

    Rosilynn Tilley, a counselor at the Welcome Center, said that students are very open with the counselors and are a blank slate ready to be written on. However, Tilley fi nds that most students dont transfer in the two years that they hoped for due to the English and math classes they test into.

    When you explain to students that [placing into classes is important], that

    Students fi nd transfer-ring diffi cult despite SMCs effort to ease the process.

    By Miles ArnoldStaff Writer

    Every year, the Santa Monica College Foundation presents four SMC professors with the Presidents Circle Chair of Excellence award

    for outstanding work in four different academic spheres.

    This years recipients were professors Garen Baghdasarian who is winning the award in Life sciences, Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein in Philosophy and Social Science, Marc Trujillo in Fine Arts, and Corsair newspaper advisor Saul Rubin in Communication.

    Designed as an incentive for faculty members to try new, innovative avenues to

    improve both their career as well as their students learning environment, the awards provide each winning recipient with $5,000 annually for three years to put towards their selected projects or research.

    Tahvildaran-Jesswein, a current Political Science professor at SMC, is receiving the foundations award of excellence in Philosophy and Social Science.

    With his $5,000 in annual

    funds, Tahvildaran-Jesswein said that he plans to re-invest it in the students by working to start up and support a civic engagement program similar to the one over at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    This will allow students the chance to get out into the community and work with public policy makers to help them better understand what it is like to work in that field,

    www.thecorsaironline.comVolume C, Issue 2 Wednesday, Septemeber 15, 2010

    CorsairThe Santa Monica College

    Four honored with awards of excellence

    No way of transferring the problem

    9/11: Still in our hearts

    Santa Monica College student, Anna Berkey, examines an array of literature dedicated to the issue of transferring. Despite plenty of help available, some students still fi nd the task of transferring problematic.

    John Stapleton lV Corsair

    [See Crash, page 3]

    The crashing conundrum continues to raise concerns

    By Jonathan BueStaff Writer

    On Sept. 2, a large crowd of students clustered around a classroom in the Humanities and Social Sciences building hoping to add a womens studies course. With tempers already frayed, the stress of trying to add a potentially vital class proved too much, leading to the assault of a Santa Monica College student.

    According to SMCPD offi cer Mark Kessler, a male SMC student struck a female student in the face, warranting his arrest and subsequent charges for assault on school grounds. Paperwork has been drawn to remove him from classes and the city attorney will determine whether charges will proceed.

    This is just an extreme example of the frustration students feel about what is being done to combat the problem. These days, the issue of crashing classes has rarely been more poignant, and the fi rst week of the fall semester exemplifi ed this, with long lines of students hoping to crash classes already full and SMC professors taking an autonomous approach to the problem of crashing.

    Some students are critical of the fact that, in this economy, some instructors choose not to fi ll their classes to capacity. Theres defi nitely something wrong with that. There are all these people who want to get educated; I think that will stimulate the economy, said Sarah Martin, 20. Were

    The need to add classes has spilled over into violence, but what is the college doing about it?

    Garen Baghdasarian, Rich-ard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Marc Trujillo, and Saul Rubin recieve awards of excellence.

    Informing Since 1929

    Guy Romero, 5, prays on Santa Monica Beach for the family of this soldier who was lost due to events after the 9/11 attacks on the United States. I just want to make sure that the family is living in peace without this member being present on Earth anymore. I hope he lives on in Heaven.

    Alexander Gallagher Soltes Corsair

    [See Transfer, page 3]

    [See Award, page 4]

    [See Remembering 9/11, page 8]

  • THIS WEEKCorsair NewspaperSanta Monica College WednesdaySeptember , 02

    SoccerFootballWeekly Professor BreadownOpinion: USC Trojans

    Sports 14&15


    OpinionTwo takes on the Westlake shootingSMCs new cafeteriaSchools invasion of privacy

    Crashing conundrumAwards of excellenceTransferring problemsNew Orleans looks backCafeteria revamp



    A & E

    Greek FestStill HereInterpol reviewBody Talk reviewWeezer reviewGreen Man art show

    16Exhibit Tobias Deml is featured


    9/11 memorial8&9


    Environmental lecture seriesJugglingBarfl yTaste of the World

    Table of ContentsThe LAX gateway pillars were programmed to show the nations colors of red, white, and blue to commemorate the planes that were lost in the 9/11 attacks. Three of the four planes that were hijacked on that day were destined for LAX.

    Alexander Gallagher Soltes Corsair

    More news @

    Corrections: In issue 1, volume C the photo in This Week was credited to Kasey Stokes, it should instead have been attributed to Corsair photographer George Mikhail

    Buried movie reviewBy Sean HuntStaff Writer

    Can Ryan Reynolds act his way out of a box, let alone a wet paper bag?

    Fashion column - DameBy Cristina MaxwellStaff Writer

    Cristina looks for the cheapest threads for SMC students to take the everyday what to wear pressure off the everyday student, weekly.

    Opinion - Israeli Peace TalksBy Lauren WalshStaff Writer

    Clinton-brokered Middle East peace talks are a step in the right direction.

    Graham Dechter/Steve Cotter QuartetBy Cyndi GomezStaff Writer

    A review of the intimate jazz performance at the SMC Performing Arts Center last weekend.

  • NEWSSeptember , Wednesday 03Corsair NewspaperSanta Monica College

    paying for these classes,

    but I dont know what we can do about that.

    According to Georgia Lorenz, director of Academic Affairs at SMC, the district has no policy regarding the methods in which faculty choose to add students so long as they meet the minimum, and do not exceed the maximum, enrollment number. This number varies depending on the class.

    Dr. Tahvildaran-Jesswein, a social-science professor at SMC, states that the real problems start in Sacramento and that class seats are limited because the funds just arent there.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, course sections statewide were reduced by about six percent over the summer, and that 140,000 students were not able to enroll in any classes this year. Tahvildaran-Jesswein makes the point that SMC still offers winter and fall sessions when other colleges have ceased to do so, despite an anticipated $5 million operating defi cit for the upcoming year.

    But what do the students make of the issue?

    Alannah Konno, in her fi rst semester at SMC, was amongst a crowd trying to add a speech course taught by professor Ogata. When asked how she felt about her chances of getting into the class, she said that she had no idea.

    That is because at one point, the total number of students trying to add the course reached nearly 80. At least, thats what Ogata approximates the number to be. He highlighted how classes offered at certain times prove to be more popular

    amongst those hoping to crash.The later the time comes, the more

    popular the class, said Ogata, so 12:45 is silly.

    Students, like Konno, who try to endear themselves to Ogatas roster, go through a process of attending subsequent classes - even writing papers on why they should get in. Ogata then chooses his students based on their academic needs.

    He tries to, like, make it fair and help other kids out. So I think its really good, said Konno.

    All over campus instructors employ various methods for adding students to their classes. Traditional strategies like drawing a lottery, fi rst-come-fi rst-serve, and having students linger until another drops are common ways.

    However, there are now methods, in which crashing students must petition their enrolled peers, or even decide amongst themselves who stay and who go. Some instructors choose to test students dedication by requiring that they take an exam or write an essay before being added. Of course, there are those who choose to let a No Adds sign do all the talking.

    Dr.Tahvildaran-Jesswein requires students who want to add his class to purchase their books and meet him on the track to get an add code. He believes that most instruct