SCIENCE HALL INCIDENT ECHOES VIRGINIA TECH
BY RICHARD STERN
Campus police officer Christian Smith stands in front of Room 302 where Peter Lee threatened to "kill everybody." Classes continued as usual after his arrest.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ANNABELLE DAY / GUARDSMAN
Peter Lee, 53, was arrested by San Francisco Police Department at approximately 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 in the Science Building after he made threatening remarks to students in his elementary physics class.
Lee was dressed in camouflage clothes when he stood up prior to class beginning and threatened to “kill everybody,” City College police Chief Carl Koehler said. The incident then moved into the third floor hallway. Faculty in several classrooms locked their doors and instructed students to stay put and take cover.
San Francisco police were called at approximately 9:01 a.m. and Lee, who was unarmed, was taken into custody by 9:10 a.m., City College Chancellor Philip R. Day, Jr. said.
“I have no idea why this happened. I didn’t see this coming at all. He has been a very good student and never acted out in class in any way before this happened.” Professor Thomas Angeloff said.
“He was doing ‘A’ level work on his tests and assignments and participated regularly in class. He even sat in the front row.”
For security reasons the class has been moved to a new location and a counselor from the Student Health Center is available to students.
“I was going to have a test that morning, but the students were so traumatized by what happened that I cancelled class and we will have to see where we go from here,” Angeloff said.
In emergency situations each building has a “captain” and each floor has two staff members, a department chair and a “storeroom manager,” who handle the emergency on their particular floor. The Science Hall’s captain is Dr. Wing Tsao, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics.
“We have emergency procedures for fire and evacuation situations. Since the events at Virginia Tech we have begun looking at how best to handle all emergency situations,” Tsao said.
“I can tell you that our staff performed above and beyond the call of duty. We will debrief as a staff and conduct lots of discussions with the Chancellor to develop procedures to handle this type of incident in the future. This is a learning process, but incidents like this really bring home what happened at Virginia Tech.”
Chancellor Day released a written statement the morning of the incident:
GETTING TO THE ROOT OF HIP-HOP'S LYRICAL IMBALANCE
BY DAVID ANDERSON
In a performance at the clost of 'Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes', local hip-hop artist Jenro raps on stage at the Diego Rivera Theatre on April 26.
ANNABELLE DAY / GUARDSMAN
The misogynistic, homophobic and violent lyrics of hip-hop were the focus of a film screening and panel discussion that featured artists, scholars and hip-hop gurus in the Diego Rivera Theatre on April 26.
“We wanted to raise consciousness among students about what hip-hop culture is up against,” said event host and Black Student Union member Jameel Patterson.
The Multicultural Infusion Project, Students Supporting Students and KQED presented Byron Hurt’s “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” a documentary that examines where the controversial images originate.
After the film, hip-hop journalist and community activist Davey D led the panel discussion. Widely regarded as a hip-hop expert, he has been involved in hip-hop culture since the 1970s.
The panel featured City College alum and political hip-hop artist Ise Lyfe, lesbian hip-hop artist Jenro, Dr. Andreana Clay of San Francisco State’s sociology department, and Erinn Ransom of UC Berkeley’s Hip-hop Studies Working Group.
The panel members brought different perspectives on the issues of masculinity, violence and homophobia in hip-hop, but all agreed the problems are plaguing the music genre and culture.
The panel also agreed the images are being forced on hip-hop by those who market it.
“People can make a killing with the music and culture we love,” Davey D said.
The event ended with a performance by Jenro. She rapped about the problems facing many young people today, such as drugs and relationships.
Student Jorge Palencia, a longtime hip-hop fan, enjoyed the event and was glad to see people discuss these issues.
“These issues, like masculinity in hip-hop, are not being addressed as widely as they should be,” Palencia said.
Student Brandon Santiago agreed. “I think it’s great to see this problem that is blanketing American entertainment finally be uncovered.”
LI BECOMES NEW LEADER OF ASSOCIATED STUDENTS
BY VANESSA SERPAS
Claudia Li: Third year student won by 184 votes.
ANNABELLE DAY / GUARDSMAN
The results are in for the Associated Student elections took place on April 24 and 25. The new AS President is third-year City College student Claudia Li, who won by 184 votes.
As president she hopes to work with the members of the Building Leaders Organizing Kommunites in order to meet the needs of the students by bringing different perspectives from different communities. With the help of B.L.O.K., she intends to focus on the needs of the students by bringing cultural awareness and unity to such a diverse group.
Student Trustee-elect Diana Munoz-Villanueva won by 169 votes. In her new position she will make an effort to expand the book loan and childcare programs by “offering the same services, yet making them accessible to more students.” She promises to enhance academic success and preside over the cultural enrichment of City College.
“Diamond” Dave Whittaker has been elected to AS Senate. Whittaker plans to create activities benefiting the campus as well as students. He hopes to put the reservoir to use with monthly flea markets as well as performances by live bands -- he would like to call these events “Rockin’ the Reservoir.” He is working on music and spoken-word events for students. He hopes to find a common thread among the students and expand cultural acceptance -- as he likes to say, “Don’t panic, just keep it organic.”
STUDENT INFORMATION SAFEGUARDED BY COLLEGE
BY STEPHANIE RICE
In a recent email to City College administrators, Chancellor Philip R. Day, Jr. warned of an increase in Secret Service requests for student records.
Also mentioning the FBI and military intelligence , Day told faculty they would be breaking the law if they provided student or faculty information.
Day said any inquiries for student information should be directed to Vice Chancellors Dr. Mark Robinson and Dr. Don Griffin.
"They can't just walk into an instructor's class," Robinson said. "There are certain procedures."
Sometimes the FBI thinks it has "jurisdiction over everything," headded. "They have to show us a little bit of respect."
The increased government and military requests for student records have some students concerned.
"I think we're losing our right to privacy," City College student Jeff
Jeung said, adding that he sees the U.S. military gaining control on college campuses.
Associate Dean of Student Activities C.H. "Skip" Fotch has not experienced any recent requests for student information, but he did receive a visit from the military last fall.
The military came into Fotch's office, requesting information on specific students.
"I immediately referred them to the chancellor's office," Fotch said.
As to what information the chancellor's office will release, "It just depends on the circumstance," Robinson said, adding that students are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
According to FERPA, schools cannot release student records without the student's consent.
Unless there's a subpoena, "we're not going to give out any information without notifying that student," Robinson said.
City College has never been subpoenaed for student information, according to Robinson.
"FERPA maintains the highest standards of protection and privacy for all students including our non-resident/international students," Day wrote in the email.
The inquiries are not targeting any specific demographic, Robinson said.
"It's whoever is involved in a particular case at a particular time," he said, adding there is typically an upswing in requests for student information is typical for every spring.
"It's around the same time of year, after midterms," Robinson said.
"You find out some students may have done some things that they weren't supposed to. After midterms, that's when a lot of things come to a head."
FIREARMS FOR CAMPUS POLICE DEBATED AGAIN
BY ANNYSE ACEVEDO
In the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech and the scare that occurred at Ocean Campus on April 24, campus police are once again raising the issue of carrying firearms.
“We have a plan in place, but given the fact that our officers are not armed, we rely heavily on the San Francisco Police Department,” City College Chief of Police Carl S. Koehler said at the Associated Students meeting in regard to campus safety the day after the Ocean Campus incident. “It took the police department five to seven minutes to arrive on campus. It took them five to seven minutes to get where we needed to be.”
Whether police officers will be allowed to carry firearms lies in the hands of the board of trustees. The Shared Governance Committee must recommend arming the campus police first. For over a year and a half, the campus police have been debating with the committee if arming the police officers is the best answer to securing City College.
But the status still has not changed in the year and a half. Campus police are still not authorized to carry firearms by the board of trustees, Sgt. Michael Seligsohn said.
City College police officers are fully sworn through the Peace Officer’s Standards & Training agency. They meet all standards of any other police officer in California.
Julia Waters, vice president of the Inter-Club Council, expressed her concern over the matter during the AS meeting.
“The students have spoken and they do not feel comfortable,” Waters said.
Koehler replied, “We need to have the tools to do the job. It’s like telling a teacher they can’t have chalk or a grease pen but to still teach.”
FASHION STUDENTS SHOW 'GOODWILL'
BY BRITTE MARSH
| Eddy, an employee at Goodwill, gets a store credit for one hundred dollars to work on his new look, after receiving a makeover by a City College Image Consulting student.
MICHELLE STROMBERG / GUARDSMAN
Community service takes many forms. For the City College fashion department’s Advanced Image Consulting class, serving the public and completing their term project meant pampering three Goodwill employees by improving their personal styles for free.
The month-long assignment was a practice round for students to exercise their skills in analyzing wardrobes, body types, colors and personalities. Each team of students was assigned to assemble three outfits — evening, casual and business — for Goodwill receptionists in a transitional employment program.
“The program invites members of the community who have problems finding jobs to join,” said Sasha Peltz, a fashion student in the class. “It allows them to get skills for the workplace, helps them find new jobs and work for Goodwill in the reception area, store and warehouse.”
The makeover presentation was held at Goodwill Industries at 1500 Mission St. on April 23. The three clients received $100 gift certificates to purchase clothing from Goodwill stores with their new fashion-friendly knowledge.
“I think this is a great gift to give them,” Peltz said. “It’s an extra boost of confidence to help them really be successful with their new jobs.”
The image consulting industry has grown significantly over the past decade. A trained professional can make up to $75 to $100 per hour assisting clients to reform their work wardrobes. City College offers an Image Consulting certificate program.
“My favorite part of this assignment was developing a friendship with my client and seeing her transition from someone who’s casual and doesn’t care about her dress to someone who is more aware,” Peltz said. “Just seeing the sparkle in her eye after she got her makeup done sold it for me. It’s all about how you feel on the inside because that projects how you are on the outside.”
Peltz’s client, Raven Winchell, is in the transitional employment program and works as a receptionist for Goodwill. Students were told to become familiar with their clients by asking questions like, “Who is this person and what do they value?”
After being analyzed several times, Winchell was found to be a “sporty natural” with an hourglass figure that could be complemented with both warm and cool colors. She was presented to the class wearing a classy ensemble of a gold button-down cardigan with black wide-leg pinstripe slacks. She was recently employed as a salesperson for eco-friendly cleaning products.
“Since I’m starting a new job, I told myself, ‘I need help,’” Winchell said. “I owe these ladies a debt of gratitude and wish them success within their profession.”
While the fashion department holds makeover projects like this every semester, this is the first time the Advanced Image Consulting class participated. Kelly Armstrong, a fashion instructor at the Downtown Campus, set up students with faux clientele.
“What I really like about it (the project), is that it really teaches students how to give back, and that’s why I chose to do this with Goodwill,” Armstrong said. “I’d normally find them people in the music industry to work with, but this particular project worked out because it gave them the opportunity to work with people who aren’t celebrities or in the glamour of the music industry.”
Armstrong met with the Goodwill director and his assistant to pick the right employees for the project. They chose the high-profile reception area because it is the most visible.
“These are just real everyday working people that are out there trying to do their best to get themselves back on track in life,” Armstrong said. “What’s important is how we can build their self-esteem, get them back into mainstream and do it in a way that will make them feel good about themselves. The best way to do that is to teach them how to dress.”
CELEBRATING THE COMING OF SPRING
PHOTOS BY STEFAN JORA
Two dancers in the cherry blossom festival parade in Japantown Sat. April 14.
At the 'Anyman' part of the parade people wear whatever suits them.