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Volume 143, Issue #3




“Rules of the Game,” a report by California State University, Sacramento, stated that California Community Colleges (CCC) have a low transfer rate to the University of California and California State University systems, and most community college funds are allocated based on student enrollment, not college completion.

Less than 24 percent of community college students met their goal of transferring to a four-year college or getting a certificate or a degree in less than six years, the report states. But according to CCC data, students require six years to earn degrees and certificates, and 51 percent achieve their goals.

“We don’t agree with those numbers,” said Chancellor Philip R. Day, Jr. “This was a CSU-sponsored study that looks at the structure of community colleges through the eyes of the university.

 Most City College students are part time and take an average of eight units per semester, Chancellor Day said.

Working while attending school affects the time it takes students to complete their academic goals.

“(The report states its numbers) conveniently ignoring the reality that the number of transfer-ready community college students is nearly double the number of students that the CSU and UC will accept, and that the majority of students in the CSU system come from community colleges,” Dennis Smith, president of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, wrote in response.

From 2001 to 2006, the transfer rate from CCCs increased 39 percent to the UC system, 86 percent to four-year colleges and 43 percent to out-of-state institutions public and private, Chancellor Day said.

The CSU system received 15 percent less applicants – the only system with a declining transfer rate, Chancellor Day said. They must take additional courses to be accepted. In 1998, CSU rules required 12 hours of college-level work, now it’s 56 hours.

For some students, taking even one class can mean an increase in income.

High school graduates who take some college courses have a 21 percent increase in income, the UC Census Bureau reports, and those without a diploma receive a 57 percent financial gain. For these people, community colleges are the answer to financial solitude!


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Hundreds of people who want to legally dispose of outdated electronic equipment are expected to flood the Ocean campus’ reservoir parking lot March 3 during a free electronic-waste recycling day.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by City College’s Recycling Department, will go to the recycling department as well as the A.S., which plans to earmark the money for environmental education, sustainability initiatives and recycling.

Electronic Recyclers, a state-certified e-waste recycler and collector, will pay City College 10 to 20 cents per pound for computer monitors and TVs that the expected hundred-plus participants will bring.

Fundraising is not the event’s main goal however, according to the college’s Recycling Coordinator, Carlita Martinez.

“It’s really all about getting the e-waste out of the landfills because it’s bad for the environment. If you break a monitor, that’s where all the toxins are,” she said.

Lead and mercury are harmful chemicals in e-waste that can leak into groundwater if not recycled properly, according to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Web site.

“With our efforts, maybe e-waste will have less impact on the college,” Martinez said.

Illegal dumping of e-waste has already been a problem on the Ocean campus, where monitors and televisions pile up over the weekend beside the garbage dumpsters outside Science Hall. 

“It’s illegal — but if nobody is there, they dump it anyway,” said Winnie Kwofie, a facilities, planning and construction project manager at City College.

The garbage company would not remove e-waste from the college in part because of state bill SB 20, Martinez said in an e-mail message.

SB 20 has outlawed e-waste in California’s landfills since 2003.  It also mandates that the state collect a $6 to $10 e-waste recycling fee from consumers — used to reimburse recycling companies for their services — when they purchase a TV or monitor.

Electronic Recyclers distributes the recycled material to manufacturing companies, who use the recycled material in their products, which uses less energy and causes less pollution than using new material, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site.

The March 3 event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Afterward, Electronic Recyclers’ trucks will carry the e-waste to a factory in Fresno where it will be dismantled and separated by category.

“We still need volunteers for phone banking, neighborhood outreach and for the day of the event,” said Virgine Corominas, A.S. vice president of finance, adding that anyone interested should contact the A.S., in Student Union room 209 or 213.



Approximately 250 feet of copper wire that supplied power to the 200-series bungalows was stolen in the early morning hours from a construction site on the Ocean Campus on Thursday, Jan. 25.

This is the second time that copper wire has been stolen while the campus was deserted, said James Keenan, City College director of buildings and grounds. The last time the theft occurred over the weekend, and the electrical connection was repaired Monday morning. This time the power was restored by mid-Friday morning.

The wire cost the college between $2,000 - $2,500 to replace, according to Keenan.

Although no classes were cancelled as a result of the theft, a few classes that met in the 200-series bungalows that morning had to be relocated.

“It’s not something that occurs a lot,” said Keenan.  “It’s more around the temporary buildings — the bungalows to be exact.”

Campus police responded by increasing patrols around vulnerable areas and placing physical barriers around the likely points of entry.

“I would imagine people target construction sites because they know copper wire and pipe is being used there,” said Police Chief Carl Koehler. “It’s difficult to prevent because it’s such a big campus and we have very few officers.”

The crime is classified as grand theft because the value of the stolen material exceeded $400, Koehler said.

The thieves first pulled the protective piping out of the ground and then extracted the wire from within, Koehler said. He said the copper wire was most likely stolen to sell as scrap metal.

“Metals are always valuable, especially copper, being the conduit of electricity and all,” said Carlita Martinez, City College’s recycling coordinator. “There are quite a few places in the city where scrap metal can be sold for recycling.”

Determining the resale value of copper is difficult. Koehler estimated that the wire was worth between $2.50 - $3.50 a pound. One San Francisco scrap metal dealer said he started the price at $1.75, but it could rise significantly depending on the quality of the copper.

Nationwide, copper wire theft has increased as the price of copper has risen. Approximately $60,000 worth of copper wire has been stolen from the Riverside and Alvord School Districts since Feb. 8, according to Inland News.



Only City College studentys 18 to 24 will be eligible for new kind of FastPass discount.


The Associated Students has approved a proposal by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick to offer discounted MUNI Fast Passes to young adults between the ages of 18 and 24.

The discounted Fast Pass would cost $22.50 -  $36, according to the SFSU [x]Press.

Former Vice President of Administration Ben Schaeffer was the only person to vote against the proposal, citing the average student age at City College, 33, as the main reason.

“There is a wide diversity of students here at City College and this proposal should include them, too,” Schaeffer said.

Shawn Yee, an A.S. Senator and City College state representative, initiated A.S.’s approval of McGoldrick’s proposal. He believes small steps are the best course of action for this type of change.

Another proposal in the works calls for all San Francisco students who use MUNI to pay a monthly rate, which has yet to be established.

The difference between the two proposals is that McGoldrick’s covers all youth aged 18 to 24 who work or live in San Francisco.

“I think it would be a great idea,” said Gabriel Walker, a fashion and design student. “I’m surprised MUNI hasn’t done it yet. It’s way too expensive for a lot of students. I know some people who still use youth Fast Passes.”

The University of San Francisco has implemented a similar program, however, all students must pay a transportation fee along with their tuition, allowing those who use public transit to receive a discounted rate.



Ms. Bob Davis (left) QRC's faculty coordinator giving advice to Filomeno Fiel (right), in the reopened Queer Resource Center.


The Queer Resource Center (QRC) re-opened during the second week of classes, after being closed last semester for reorganization.

“The old QRC was mismanaged and under funded, not supported adequately by the administration and I really feel the more we can disassociate ourselves from that and establish a new image the better,” new faculty advisor Ms. Bob Davis said.

The QRC is now more focused on information, referral resources and academic components rather than just being a hang-out spot. This gives it more legitimacy as a resources center, said Ben Schaeffer, former Associated Students vice president of administration.

“When someone comes in we are actually able to provide them with a lead. Someone just came in for scholarships and I felt that we had lots resources for them,” newstudent coordinator Allen Conkle said. “We have had people come in for support and I feel that we have been able to provide them with not only academic support but community support.”

Initially, the QRC was open two hours a day and went full-time on Feb. 7 with a new student coordinator, Allen Conkle, and is now open 18 hours a week. Two volunteers work in the center, more are interested and hopefully when they are trained the hours could be expanded, Conkle said.

“Next fiscal year, starting next semester after I submit my budget, I am applying for two fully-funded student positions at 15 hours a week,” Davis said. “I’m also looking for money for additional programming to bring people to campus. My expectation is that we will be funded in excess of $10,000.”

A queer film festival is just one of the events planned this semester. The festival is a first time collaboration between the Queer Alliance, the Queer Studies Department and the QRC. The festival will begin on March 20, Davis said.