Cybervaq 9.11.95

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from Glendale Community College in Glendale, CA, it¹s the infamous...

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EL VAQUERO, CYBERSPACE EDITION **********************************************************

compiled from the 9/8/95 issue of El Vaquero

Editors in Chief: Kris Laca & Wilson Solorzano

Cyberspace Editor: Brian Schwartz

CONTENTS:

News

Tuition Fees Put on Hold

Entertainment

KROQ Gives Bad Karma

Feature

Make Your Move If You Wanna Transfer

Opinion

High School Education Lacks College Bound Edge


DISCLAIMER

Opinions expressed in the El Vaquero are those of the respective writers; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff or the College. Unsigned editorials are the official view of the staff.

El Vaquero is published by the students of the Glendale Community College Mass Communications Department every Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters except during examination and holiday breaks.

The Cyberspace Edition of the El Vaquero is compiled the following Monday. Articles in the cyberspace edition may be edited from their original version for length.

The staff of El Vaquero may be contacted through the Internet at the following address: Elvaquero@lnx.itu.com


TUITION FEES PUT ON HOLD

After seven years of soaring fees the California legislature has finally decided not to increase tuition fees for this school year.

Students will pay $13 per unit instead of the proposed $15.

Fees began to increase rapidly in 1989 when the average cost to attend a California community college was $100 per student with the price per unit set at $9. The average student now pays about $390 per school year, excluding books.

Also over the last five years, student fees have increased by 290 percent, and if the last proposal had passed, fees would have up by 350 percent.
­Robert Ossio

BUILDING A KINDER, SAFER GCC

Glendale Community College has begun to build part of a $75 million master plan that will expand the campus. This plan has been put into action with the new multi-use laboratory and classroom/library addition already under construction.

The current buildings under construction are expected to be complete by the fall semester of 1997 and will cost about $18.1 million.

The multi-use laboratory ground floor will house areas for word processing, typing, desktop publishing, disabled student services, faculty and staff offices. The second floor will contain some relocated science labs and two lecture rooms capable of being combined to form a medium sized lecture hall. The third floor will hold labs for photography, clothing/textiles, interior and fashion design, instructional TV programs, and three general classrooms.

The classroom/library addition will house audio/visual rooms, data processing rooms, and eight general classrooms. The third and fourth floor of the addition will hold the library expansions.
­Nars Del Rosario

KROQ GIVES BAD KARMA

KROQ was pretty sneaky with the seating arrangements at their End of Summer Free For All concert held on Sep. 2. The concert was free, save the optional donation to one of three charities.

They neglected to mention, however, a donation could possibly mean a trade up for better seats. I guess that¹s why they so lovingly called it the Karma Concert.

I was forced to use the lawn seating at Irvine Meadows. Talk about harsh. I got to see a tiny Filter play really bad music, and a miniscule Candlebox try to redeem the rest of the concert. And then there was the grass. I don¹t think I¹ll ever get those grass stains out of my clothes.Lawn seating, ha.

I guess it was kind of a mixed blessing, though. At least I couldn¹t hear the first three bands all that well. Goo Goo Dolls and Filter were all pretty bad. Actually, they pretty much sucked.

And the first band was so bad, my brain blocked it out. I guess you could call that my defense mechanism. I don¹t think my brain would steer me wrong on this one.

I guess you could call Candlebox the lesser of all evils. In the run of things though, the performance was pretty bad. And I mean that in the worst sense of the word. But who goes to concerts for the music anyway?
­Kris Laca

MAKE YOUR MOVE IF YOU WANNA TRANSFER

Once upon a time, Glendale Community College was the starting point for bigger and better things. It was a comfortable habitat to attend before heading out into the treacherous and uncharted waters of university campuses.

And so we've sailed with the wind on our sides until it's finally time to stop wading by the shore and head out to a university.

Lucky for us GCC will not send students out of the vast sea without a life saving device of some sort. The job of the Transfer Center is to make sure you have all the information you may need on your journey from Glendale College.

Don't expect a gallant ship fully equipped to gently carry you over to your happy harbor. In fact, I hope you all know how to swim when it comes to making appointments. I walked into the right place and was comforted by a nervous student who wanted to steer me in the right direction.

The Glendale College Transfer Center can be reached at (818)240-1000, x5928.
­Jackie Perez

Column of the Week:

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION LACKS COLLEGE BOUND EDGE

For me, high school was three years of homework, studies, and the occasional party or two. Okay, you got me, I¹m lying.

High school was a little light on the study time, but I got through all my classes with the grades I deserved; even if those grades were influenced by my social life. And when I got to Glendale College, I was pretty much prepared for the courses I would need to take.

But it seems that as the years go on, high schools are becoming more and more lax in passing and failing students. It has become a ³get them out of here² situation more than an ³get them out of here educated² situation.

My younger sister attended the same high school I did, and she has friends that graduated easily enough, but simply could not place in credit classes here.

How can someone graduate from high school and, having taken and passed Algebra, barely get into a basic Math class here? I blame the public education system.

There isn¹t enough emphasis put on important subjects anymore. Teachers in elementary school are still giving students cut and paste homework in the third and fourth grade. This is a vast underestimation of a child¹s scholastic abilities.

Kids will only go as far as they are expected to.

You now have entire senior classes just sliding by because they¹ve learned it¹s easier to finagle a grade out of a teacher than to earn one.

They go on to college, only to find out that now they¹ll have to earn something they never learned how to earn. Your elementary, middle and high school education is supposed to prepare you for the future, but instead, it seems to be causing a lot of problems.

I¹ve found a way to remedy the problem. Make sure students are exposed to a little of everything early on. We could have junior high kids learn a little about essays. A simple five paragraph essay isn¹t too hard to understand. Most high school students are not exposed to standard essay forms or common grammar subjects until well into high school. That¹s just too little too late.

There¹s a lot to be said for a child¹s potential. Maybe more students would try harder if they knew that once they left the comfort of elementary school, it was only going t get harder. But instead, we keep them vastly under-prepared for higher education.

The fate of our country lies in the hands of people who were floated out of high school.

Those who decide to further their education will have a tough time of it, simply because they were ill prepared for it. Those who decide to rely on their high school diplomas will be hard-pressed to find employment, and when they do, may have an even harder time moving up.

Is this really fair to anyone? I think not.

Of course, a lot of the problem is the study and school habits of the underachieving students themselves. But how do those underachievers who choose not to do homework (or even show up for tests!) graduate alongside students who spent much of their time studying? Something is wrong.
­Kris Laca

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Well folks, I¹m tired... time to call it a week. Stay tuned next week... same bat-time, same bat-channel...

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