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    Registration for Spring Classes Begins


    By: Evelyn Christensen

         It's almost the end of the semester and the Schedule of Classes for Spring 2011 has been released, which means it's time to start signing up for classes.
         According to the Schedule of Classes Registration has already begun for "EOPS/CARE, DSPS, Active-Duty Military, Veterans, Continuing, and Returning Students."
         Registration for Continuing and Returning Students began as of Nov. 29. Registration will begin for New Students on Dec. 6 and Registration for High School Students will begin on Jan. 3. CMC student, Emlee Lotspeich, came in to register on the first day. 
         “It was crazy,” Lotspeich said, “My friends that got here to register at 5:30 p.m. were able to do so by 11.”
         Several classes are already full or nearly full, so if you haven't registered yet you may wish to do so at your earliest opportunity or you could miss out on the classes that you need.
         Classes that are full or nearly full include: “general biology (BI 004), college composition (ENG 003A), critical thinking (SOC 004), and history (both HIST 17 and HIST 18),” according to the list on the school website.
         When looking at the list on the website students can see which sections are full or nearly full by comparing the number of students enrolled in the Section Active Students column with the class capacity in the Section Capacity column.
         To apply at the college visit  For questions concerning registration call (760) 366-3791 ext. 4232 to speak with Admissions and Records.  For more information regarding classes visit and click on Full or Nearly Full SP 2011 on the home page beneath the tab titled Today’s Cancelled Classes.



     Paige Campbell, an EOPS Student Worker holding the “Breaking News” flyer for the new workshop requirement

    CMC EOPS New Workshop Requirement


    By: Ashley Owens

         All of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) students are required to attend an orientation except continuing students; therefore, EOPS students are now required to attend one EOPS sponsored workshop per term.
         "We offer all of these beneficial workshops to our students and they do not take advantage of them just giving reason to make attending the workshops a requirement," Krystal Sone, the EOPS coordinator stated.
         All EOPS students are notified by email about upcoming workshops and yet very few attend at least one.
         "We had a workshop recently where two people showed up, an EOPS student worker and a student that's not even in EOPS," Vicky Saloman, an EOPS counselor commented.
         Students who do not attend a workshop will be placed on probation for the next term, which makes the student ineligible for the book service.
        "We will provide a flyer at the beginning of each term with the designated workshops, dates and times," Sone said.
         In addition to the new workshop requirement, EOPS will hold raffles three times a semester.
        The first drawing is for all students who complete their first contact within the first three weeks of the term. The second drawing is for all students who participate in Priority Registration. The third drawing is for all students who complete all requirements.
         EOPS will also recognize on student to be the “Student of the Term” based on completing all requirements, hard work, and commitment. The student will be featured in the EOPS newsletter, EOPS website, EOPS bulletin board, and honored at the Awards Banquet.
         For more information, contact Krystal Sone by email at

     Professor Itnyre's Upcoming Sabatecle

    By; Danielle Thien

         One of CMC’s most beloved professors will be taking next semester off. Cathy Jorgensen Itneyre will leave this May for London, and from there she will be heading to Rome, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary.
         Inteyre will be visiting several death museums and cemeteries throughout the journey. She plans to put the information she gathers and the things that she sees and learns into a book. In the book will also be a study on a survey that she has been giving to her classes each year. Iteryre has been teaching Perspectives of Death and Dying at CMC for 20 years.
         “I want to see how the students of CMC perceptions of death and dying may have changed since I began teaching this class,” Inteyre explained. 
         The death and dying class is an intriguing class that many students enjoy, and the students have nothing but praise for Itneyre. During this trip she will be gaining even more of a multi-cultural aspect of death rituals, traditions, and beliefs.
         After this trip the students at CMC will be able to learn even more from her research from around the world. The already popular class will be greatly enriched. For more information on the class students can call CMC’s Office of Admissions and Records.




    PTK’s Improv Night’s Entertaining Success


    By: Emlee Lotspeich

         PTK’s Improv Comedy Night on Fri., Nov. 19 was well received by both the CMC society and the surrounding community, and raised generous amounts of donations for the Art Mitz Scholarship.
         “This was really great, everyone enjoyed themselves. We hope to do something like this next semester,” Professor Cathy Itnyre commented during the close of the event.
         Mimi Mitz and over forty other members of the community attended the Improv Night, enjoying complimentary refreshments and finger foods, charitably provided by Bruce’s Coyote Café and PTK members. The comical skits were performed by Reyna Velarde, Andrew Dieleman, Emlee Lotspeich, Riley Walters, and Jaimie Buerkley. All of the evening’s events were captured by Professor Spelman Downer and other members of CMC’s film and multimedia staff, as well as student volunteers.
         “It was definitely a success and it’s great that Mimi Mitz was able to come out! She really enjoyed it! I heard that you [PTK] raised almost $800,” Professor Greg Gilbert stated on the Tues., Nov. 23 during his visit in Professor Michel Walker’s Creative Writing class.
         According to PTK’s treasurer, Jaimie Buerkley, and PTK’s president, Margaret Clark, 80% of the proceeds earned at the event will be presented Mimi Mitz to put toward the Art Mitz Scholarship. The 20% funds that are left over will go towards future PTK fundraiser events.
         “We will soon be sending out ‘Thank You’ letters to Mimi Mitz and the sponsors of the Improv, like Bruce, the Smith’s from 29 Palms Inn, Dr. Wagner, staff, and faculty,” Margaret Clark said during PTK’s meeting on Thurs., Dec. 2.
         PTK is planning on burning copies of the Improv Comedy Night and releasing them to the public for a feasible price during Spring Semester’s Spirit Week. Additionally, PTK is looking forward to presenting another Improv Night next semester in March.
    For more information, please contact: PTK Advisor, Professor Cathy Itnyre, at, PTK President, Margaret Clark, at
    For a video snippet of PTK’s Improv Night:





    CMC students, Evelyn and Keith Dockery brought celebrate the birth of Keira Alana Dockery, born November 19th at 10:57 a.m.  Evelyn is a staff writer for the Coyote Informer. 




    CMC Townsend Press Scholarship Opportunity

    By: Ashley Owens

         CMC Student Success Center offers the Townsend Press Scholarship that gives students $100 for reading 10 fairly short books supplied by Cheyenne Bonnell, PhD Coordinator for the Townsend Press Scholarship for the past three years.
         "By the end of this semester, I will approximately have given away $15, 000," Bonnell said.
         The Townsend Press Scholarship is fairly simple. There are three levels which means students can read up to 30 books, ten per level and receive a maximum of $300.
         This scholarship is not a requirement at all once involved. If a student cannot read the books for any reason whatsoever he/she does not have to. There is no punishment for not reading the books.
         "This is a win, win, win!" Bonnell exclaimed.
         To get started in this scholarship program, students must be enrolled in at least one of the following: Reading 50, 51, 55, or English 50, 51.
         "Students can sign up while enrolled in the class, and I carry them for one more semester so they can read as many books as they can," Bonnell stated.
          There is an application to fill out and students must add this to their schedules. It does not cost anything and does not have any units.
         Townsend Press is unique in that instead of paying money to advertise about it and possibly wasting money, Townsend Press pays students for reading which is money proven not wasted.
         "I don't know of any other publisher that does this," Bonnell added.
         Not only can students receive money from this; the books sometimes kick-starts students desire to read.
         "I used to love reading when I was in elementary school but through high school I just stopped, then I started this and I love reading again!" Ashley Owens exclaimed.
        For more information, contact Cheyenne Bonnell at (760)366-3791 ext. 0290 or


    Rental Books Are Due Soon


    By: Emlee Lotspeich

         General Ernie Reid Bookstore on CMC’s campus would like to remind students that any rental textbooks in their possession are due once the Fall Semester comes to a close.
         “Renters: don’t forget to check-in your rented textbooks by the end of Finals Week to avoid late fees,” states’s email reminder to all of its rental textbook users.
         Students who rented textbooks this semester can check their receipt packing slips for the exact return date. If a student fails to check-in the rented textbooks by the due date, then the student’s credit card account will be charged a non-return fee as well as a processing fee.
         Rent-a-Text warns: “If you don't check in your rental book on time, the bookstore will need to source another copy of the book in order to have enough quantities on hand for the next semester. The fees cover the additional expenses of finding another copy of the book.”
         In addition to reminding students to return their rentals, both CMC’s campus bookstore and encourage and welcome students to start looking into renting textbooks for next semester’s classes.
         “You can shop in-store or online…. When you rent your books, you'll pay, on average, less than half the new price. Guaranteed! That's right, the exact same book, over half off. What other reason do you need?” emphasizes Rent-a-Text. For more information, contact CMC’s Bookstore Manager, Jennifer M Gilbert at:  760-366-5272 or, or  visit


     New Tutoring Opportunities Available at CMC

    By: Danielle Thien

         Copper Mountain College (CMC) has a new tutoring program for students to utilize, and just in time for finals!
          "Around ninety percent of our students enter with deficient skills in one of the critical areas of math, English, and reading” said Tony Thacker.
          CMC has had other tutoring options in the past. Different programs provided special help with tutoring, loaning text books, and assistance in other areas.  Sheri Holbrook has done a lot for assisting students in many ways. One of the bigger projects she headed up was the Title V grant, which expired this summer. Holbrook’s position became part-time and has been filled by Thacker.
          As a prior student of Thacker's, I have seen his eagerness to help students learn any way he can. At the beginning of the fall semester this year he began working on this project and it is has been fully functioning for a while now. The funding for this program is through The Basic Skills Initiative, this is a grant for community colleges in California. The goal for this grant is to offer the support to colleges to help their students who are deficient in basic skills needed for college success.
    “Our responsibility is to provide funds so that teachers and students are supported in the effort of preparing students for a success college career." said. Thacker.
     This program is being lead by a professor who is passionate about teaching and helping students other than his own to learn. If a student is proficient in a certain subject and wishes to tutor, they must pick up the proper paper work from Thacker. The criteria includes: a teacher’s recommendation, an application from CMC Human Resources, and completion of training. Tutors are available for almost any subject. As of now, there are tutors available in math, reading, English, chemistry, biology, Spanish, and physics.
    Thacker also holds a Supplementary Math Lab on Mon. through Thur. mornings.  Students who wish to participate in this opportunity can contact the Student Success Center. The tutoring sessions for all other subjects are held in the Student Success Center in the Bell Center  Mon. – Thur.


    PTK Drum Hike Bake Sale


    By: Emlee Lotspeich

         CMC’s honors society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), held a bake sale day on Tues., Oct. 26 in order to raise funds for the Drum Hike that was held at 1 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 3 in Twentynine Palms.
         The Drum Hike consists of Troy Yocum and his team as they take on the challenge of hiking 7000 miles across America while drumming. Their journey will take approximately 16 months and pass through 31 states as well as 38 large cities.
         “Our mission is to further spread the word that our American Heroes are fighting just as hard at home as they do overseas. We hope to provide a peace of mind and lay the foundation for military families in need to succeed. Yocum will literally put one foot in front of the other, crossing the great states of America to reach people and help spread the importance of helping our military families. Our goal is to raise the needed $5 million for these families!” posts.
          The PTK’s Drum Hike bake sale lasted from 9-12 p.m. and sold most of the baked goods. In addition to other generous donations, the overall amount of funds collected for the Drum Hike came to a total of $327.
         “We raised a total of $207, considering it [the bake sale] was only in one spot for a few hours, I am very pleased with the results,” PTK president, Margaret Clark, stated.
         PTK retained 20% of the proceeds, a sum of $41.40, and deposited the amount into the PTK account. These funds will go towards establishing other fundraisers in the future, such as the “Whose ‘Phi’ Is It Anyways” Improv Night on Fri., Nov. 19.