Volume 10

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     CMC student, Noah Burt voted for Student Trustee


     CMC's Student Government Election

    By: Ashley Owens

          CMC students’ votes for the student government officials added up to 355 from Thurs., Oct. 21 through Wed., Oct. 27.
          "This is better than I expected we'd get considering this is an emergency election," said Desantis.
         CMC has approximately 2,384 enrolled students. One important part to installing the student government is to have 10% of the student's votes total. 344 votes fit that requirement.
          Fri., Oct. 29,  the CMC Student Government election committee members Vince Aimes, Victor Brito, the Coordinator/Chair, Johanna McCarthy, and the student government reporter, Ashley Owens sat down to get a final count of the votes.
             Their final count stood at a strong 344 votes, 11 votes were invalid. 344 votes meets the 10% minimum requirement.
           Professor Joe Desantis looked over the election committee counting the votes; seeing that there was a good amount said, "I'm so happy with this. This looks awesome!"
            Vice President, Greg Brown took the ballots and records once the election committee finished their count, to verify that the people who voted were legitimate.
            Only students enrolled in CMC are allowed to cast votes; therefore, Student Services checked the names of each voter against their records of students. Anyone who is not a student has their ballot invalidated and removed from the tally.
             VP Brown than certifies that the election was done according to the constitution and by-laws. His office then certifies that the voting was legitimate and validates the election results. The CMC Student Government was officially installed on Fri., Nov. 5.
            "This is so exciting because we finally have a student government!" McCarthy exclaims.
        CMC's official student government is installed and the wait is over. The president is Anita Latham. The vice president is Margaret Clark. The student trustee is Noah Burt. The treasurer is Jaimie Beurkley. CMC's ambassador is Nicole Holmes. The base ambassador is Janice Marie Keller. The senators are Sarah Leota and Andre Johnson.
            "This was an emergency election and we did better than I expected but next year I'm expecting there to be 600 votes!" Desantis exclaims.
            For more information, contact Joe Desantis at jdesantis@cmccd.edu or Glenda Case at gcase@cmccd.edu or Greg Brown at gbrown@cmccd.edu

     Author Harry Cauley Visits CMC


     By: Evelyn Christensen


            Author and screenwriter, Harry Cauley visited CMC on Nov. 9; the public was welcome to attend the event which was hosted by the CMC Foundation.
    According to Greg Gilbert, Cauley “worked as a playwright, worked in television, and now writes novels." Cauley said that of all the careers he has had, his time in the theater was his favorite. 
             “The first play I ever wrote was called “Early to Bed.”  It got picked up by an agent and a producer and it was a monumental flop,” Cauley said.  He ended his career in the theater after 20 years when one of his plays was supposed to go on television and the deal fell through.
             “My first television episode I wrote for “Maude.”  Only one of my lines was in it, but my name was in the credits,” Cauley recalls. “I was incensed, but writing that episode got me into the industry.”
             Cauley wrote for the shows “All That Glitters” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”  He also did a show called “Grandpa Goes to Washington,” and wrote for some of the “Carol Burnett Show” specials. 
             “I used to stress over what I was writing because it was going to be on television,” said Cauley, “That is, until a woman told me that when you write for television, all you’re doing is writing the filler between the commercials.”
    When Cauley retired from television business, he decided to try his hand at writing.
             “I knew I had to do something and I didn’t want to spend the rest of my time playing golf,” Cauley stated.
             His first published book was Bridie and Finn, published by Penguin Books.  It has been a bestseller in England and has now sold over 100,000 copies in Germany. 
             Cauley has also published other books including: The Bodicelli Angel, Speaking of Cats, and Millersburg.
             "Harry Cauley is a talented author who lives in Cherry Valley," stated Gilbert, "It was nice of him to come here and share his experiences with us.”
             For more information contact Gilbert at ggilbert@cmccd.edu or call the CMC Foundation at (760) 366-3791 ext. 4200.    


    Spring Semester's New Class Combo!

    By: Emlee Lotspeich

            New CMC students, who are enrolling into Basic Reading and Writing, can now register for the Learning Community during this upcoming Spring Semester.
            The Learning Community will consist of Basic Writing (ENG 050, section 02) and Basic Reading (RDG 050, section 02). Professor Ellen Baird and Professor Kylee Muchenje will be teaching concurrently on these foundational subjects!
            “The two classes are a block.  To enroll in one, you have to enroll in the other. Anyone who doesn’t want to be a part of the community can sign up for separate English and reading classes,” Baird expresses.
            The Learning Community will be held in room 112 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Together, these classes will amount to the total of 8 units.
            “The goal of a learning community is to develop relationships among students that support both short and long term learning….One important benefit of a learning community is that it helps students recognize the connections among disciplines….Another benefit is that students that may otherwise feel isolated have a social network that they become a part of,” Muchenje explains.
            The Learning Community is meant to begin during a student’s first semester, and the social ties created during that time are likely to continue until graduation. In effect, the Learning Community can unify new students in a long term social network.
            “Be a part of our innovative approach to teaching two of the fundamentals of foundational learning.  Make a difference, make a friend, make the grade,” Baird concludes.
            For more information on registration, please contact:
     CMC at (760) 366-3791, ext. 4232
    For more information on the Learning Community, please contact:
    Professor Ellen Baird at ebaird@cmccd.edu
    Professor Kylee Muchenje at kmuchenje@cmccd.edu.


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    2011 Spring Semester Class Schedule Available



    By: Emlee Lotspeich


            CMC released its online downloadable version of Spring 2011 Schedule of Classes on Thurs., Nov. 4, and will soon release the physical copies of the schedules to the student community.
            “Dispersement of the class schedules begins today, the physical copies!” CMC’s switchboard operator, Garnet Goodwin, excitedly exclaimed to her colleagues on early Wed, Nov. 10 as she hurried down to Student Services building.
              Despite Goodwin’s optimistic statement, Student Services roughly estimates that the physical 2011 Spring Semester class schedules will be released and placed in the class schedule boxes throughout the campus towards the end of the next week, by Nov. 19.
            In less than three weeks, currently enrolled students can begin signing up for classes on the first day of Spring Semester registration. Students under EOPS and DSPS as well as active duty military and veterans can begin registering on Thurs., Nov. 18. 
            In response to the somewhat tardy release of the physical 2011 Spring Semester class schedules, an anonymous member of the CMC community gave the following remarks:
            When the electronic version of the class schedule was released online, several errors were discovered within the pages of information. The online schedule was then immediately taken off the CMC website the same day it was released.
            However, due the errors, all the hard copies of the schedule based on that electronic version could not be circulated into the public. CMC promptly canceled its plans to release the hard copies and ordered new copies of the revised schedule.
            Now, CMC has the error-free electronic schedule posted on its website for students to review and will soon release its hard copies.
            For more information on registration, please contact CMC at: (760) 366-3791, ext. 4232




     Speech and Debate Team Bake Sale

    By Danielle Thien


            CMC’s Speech and Debate team will be holding their second fundraiser soon. The team will be selling holiday cakes and cupcakes! Date of the sale will span from Dec 1 -16. Students can purchase the baked goods on campus or order them in advance for delivery.
             This isn’t the average bake sale. These baked goods are elaborately decorated, festive, and delicious. The items for sale are; Reindeer cupcakes (includes all 12 reindeer), Snow People (sold in sets of 6), Holiday Tree (12 cupcakes), Gingerbread Village cake, and Santa’s Workshop sheet cake (includes Mr. and Mrs. Claus and elves). These cupcakes and cakes are perfect for holiday parties, reasonably priced, and are available for delivery.
             “The last fundraiser the speech and debate club threw was a blast I am glad to support them” says Amanda Lopez, a nursing student at CMC. “Besides, I have enough to do this holiday season, I think I will let the club do some of my baking for me!”
            The proceeds of the fundraiser will be spent on the team’s travel to future competitions. This semester the team will be competing in the Griffin Swing anf the Fall Champs. For questions about ordering baked goods or participating in the club, contact Danielle Thien at dthien08@aol.com or Reyna Velarde at rvelarde@cmccd.edu.




    CMC's New High School Completion Program


    By: Ashley Owens



            CMC’s High School Completion (HSC) program had been under Morongo Unified School District (MUSD) until the beginning of Fall 2010.
            MUSD and Copper Mountain Community College District (CMCCD) came to a mutual agreement that students attending the HSC program at CMC did not need to follow MUSD's guidelines and CMC should have their own for those students.
            MUSD's rule for all students that are in school to receive a High School diploma must complete 200 credits. Now that MUSD is no longer apart of CMC, the rule for students in the HSC program is that they must complete 160 credits, 40 less than MUSD's requirement.
            "We did it to better serve the students needs," says Cheyenne Bonnell, the Coordinator for Developmental Education/HSC.
            These students "…do not need an extra 30 elective credits and an extra 10 English credits," says Bonnell.
            Not only did CMC change the requirement to 160 credits to receive their High School Diploma, there are seven additional elective classes available for students to take.
            "The students have more to choose from depending on their interests and where they want to go in life," says Bonnell.
            Another important part of graduating high school in California is passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). CMC's HSC program gives alternate proficiency tests for students to take that are equivalent to taking the CAHSEE.
            The HSC program also has a helpful option called "double-dipping." This is taking a college class that counts for high school credit and college credit as long as the grade of “C” is met.
            For more information, contact Cheyenne Bonnell at (760) 366-3791 ext. 0290 or email her at www.cbonnell@cmccd.edu.




    Levi Gailums, a student in the HSC program,

    shaking hands with Cheyenne Bonnell.





    The Parking Issue at CMC




    By: Evelyn Christensen




            As of the end of October, parking on Rotary Way was supposed to come to an end; however, many students continue to park on the road leading up to CMC from the highway.
            Parking inside the main lot requires a permit.  According to the flyers in Admissions and Records, "It is $25 for a car permit and $10 for a motorcycle permit."
            The Bell Center will have free parking available for a month or two.  The problem for many students is that there isn't enough parking for disabled students, and there is no parking at all for expectant mothers.
            This means pregnant women will be expected to make the long trek from the Bell Center to the college.
            "It's hard being almost nine months pregnant and knowing that I could be expected to walk that far," says Evelyn Christensen a student at CMC.
            "I think pregnant women should be able to park in the disabled parking spots," suggested student Keith Dockery.
            If pregnant women were to park in disabled parking spots, it would take those spots away from other disabled students.  Parking needs to be made available closer to the campus.
            For more information contact Evelyn Christensen at aimlesspandora@hotmail.com.