Preparing for a GED
By: Ashley Campbell
There has been a lot of talk on campus about the lack of funding and the closing of certain resources; Cheyenne Bonnell, PhD, a reading and writing professor at CMC reassures students that CMC still offers the General Equivalency diploma, known as the (GED) prep and a GED pretest.
Bonnell stated that the only thing that was unfortunately cut last summer from the GED program was the actual test itself. She wants to let students know they can still prepare to get their GED here on campus. After students are ready to take their final test they are then sent down to either College of the Desert or The Coachella Valley adult school.
People can attend any community college in the state of California without a high school diploma or GED? The only problem without having one is that most do not qualify for financial aid.
Students who are attending CMC and still do not yet have a high school diploma need to take steps to earn one. All students are allowed to register anytime during the school year, and better yet, all courses are self paced and free. For more information, call (760) 366-3791 ext. 4246
Joshua Tree’s “Give It Back” Campaign Rages On
By: Brent Simpson
Many local conservation organizations seek the return of nearly 30,000 acres of land near Eagle Mountain to Joshua Tree National Park that will otherwise be converted to the world’s largest dump.
Joshua Tree National Park plays home to one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Despite the land’s legal owner technically being the National Park, Kaiser, a mining company that has not mined the property since 1983, has leased the property to Mine Reclamation Corporation to develop the world's largest garbage dump to be located in a large area of wilderness that includes several sensitive plant and animal species, such as the desert tortoise and bighorn sheep.
“We are literally getting dumped on” says local activist Travis Bryce.
This issue has gone on to court in a 20 year battle over this land that was swapped in 1997 between Kaiser and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management once sued by desert residents and the National Parks Conservation Association, which claimed the government dishonored and violated land and environmental policies in the property exchange.
“It breaks my heart to hear that the government would even consider poisoning our own natural beauty” says Copper Mountain College (CMC) student John La Brie.
The landfill would accept waste by train and truck from the Southern California area, harming the desert’s fragile habitat. The species we see rarely in our desert will die out once the 20,000 tons of trash is brought in six days a week, 16 hours a day for over a century.
Theater and Censorship
By Drea Jensen
Concern regarding taste and appropriateness prompted Professor Greg Gilbert to organize a closed-showing for the faculty of CMC and Gilbert’s Shakespeare class of the two short plays Professor McKenna Waycott’s theatre class wished to perform.
The showing was followed by a discussion on censorship, Tues., Feb. 15.
“I was prepared for anything,” said CMC President Roger Wagner while mediating the censorship discussion.
The plays were set in Maynard, Texas 1974 and were two sides of a whole. “Laundry and Bourbon” features three women but is centered around Elizabeth Caulder, played by Cassidy Sergeant, who is worried about her Vietnam veteran husband, Roy.
“Lonestar” is the reverse side of the story told through the men, centering around Roy Caulder, played by Denis Alvarez. This was the more controversial of the plays due to content and some language, but it was deemed appropriate by most in attendance.
Alvarez’s portrayal of a confused and hurting Vietnam veteran was moving and raw. Many in both the audience and the cast spoke on the necessity for this type of play as it lets the audience glimpse some of what veterans face when they return home from combat.
"This is something that people need to see," said Logan Moody who played Amy Lee Fullernoy.
The discussion on censorship that followed the showing brought up several points on why CMC, as a community college, should feel the need to censor the plays it shows, or should it provide a warning to those seeking admission so that no one would be surprised at what they see or hear. The majority of those in attendance thought censorship need not be applied to the two plays presented.
"I am comfortable with what happened here," said Wagner in reference to the plays.
Perhaps in the near future, CMC’s theater department will be able to put on public showings of these plays that hold such relevance to the community of marines and their families located here in the hi-desert.
Facebook: Not Just For Social Networking
By: Barbara Griswold
The Greenleaf Library opened a new account with the popular networking website Facebook as a clever way to close the gap between the students of Copper Mountain College (CMC) and the librarian specialists.
“It will be informative and let students ask questions and get answers remotely,” revealed creator and advocate for the new project, Dena M. Gast, Library Specialist.
The Facebook webpage will be focused on students and information concerning the library but will also consist of CMC closures and updates.
“Cathy [Inscore] will be updating a featured selection of books category.” Gast announced,
A staff meeting held on March 3, focused on planning who will update the site, as well as when and who will be responsible for new content. The library committee approved the proposal on March 15 after a presentation explaining the Facebook interface and a basic overview of the site was demonstrated.
The plan is to get the students “in the know,” but many may not be aware of the current Facebook page for the school.
CMC has a Facebook page for general information was started in September 2009 on the college website, which is regularly updated by Jolie Alpin, Business Office Administrative Assistant. Alpin encourages students to find the link on CMC home page under “My CMC” and send a friend request.
Alpin maintains and updates the page daily with “notifications of cancelled classes, upcoming events, counselor visits and literary readings.”
Recently, Alpin attended a seminar for the community colleges of San Bernardino and Riverside counties that focused on accomplishing more with lower budgets. The topic was discussed that all the departments in the college could create a Facebook page to reach out to students as a means of efficiency.
The Green Leaf Library seems to be heading in the right direction, and now students will have another means of acquiring information in an era when standing in lines is soon to be obsolete.
CMC student and marathon runner, Diane Durden, to run the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour Relay for Life. This photo of Durden was taken while running in a Portland, OR marathon.
CMC student runs for others
By: Sarah Dietz
Diane Durden, a student at CMC, is training for the 24-hour Relay for Life on April 16. The relay is for the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness for the threat of cancer.
“I run because I am a cancer survivor, and others in my family have been afflicted,” Durden said.
Durden will be running in a team, all switching off and on throughout the 24-hour period, except Durden; she plans to brave the track the entire day.
“My commitment to the relay is to be on the track for the full 24-hours,” Durden said.
Because of her overwhelming goal, Durden has thought of a creative way to raise money and involve friends and family in her venture.
“I am letting people guess the distance I will walk or run in the 24-hours I will be on the track,” she said. “I will have a prize for the one who has the closest guess.”
The event is also hosted to educate people. Each team will have a presentation to teach others of a certain form of cancer. Durden’s team will be educating others about skin cancer.
The relay is held locally at Yucca Valley High School. Durden believes that one should be involved in their community. To find out more information on the Relay for Life event, go to their website at http://www.relayforlife.org/relay.
Please flush the toilet after using it.
By William Bengtson
The public restroom facilities throughout the Copper Mountain College (CMC) campus are perpetually dirty, chronically under-stocked, and in a constant state of disrepair, leaving many to wonder where the fault lies.
According to CMC student Nancy Kearney, “There is never any toilet paper or paper towels, except for what’s thrown all over the floor, and half the time the toilets are stopped up, and can’t be used anyway. Are the janitors on strike, or what?”
These types of complaints are nothing new. For some time now, CMC restrooms have been regarded as “mildly offensive.” However the condition appears to be getting worse, with a noticeable deterioration occurring since Spring semester began two months ago. The most common complaints are toilet paper and paper towels left on the floor, overflowing trash containers, water (and other liquids) on the floor, un-flushed toilets, stopped up toilets, lack of toilet paper, paper towels and soap, and foul odors.
Carl Tuissig, another CMC student disgruntled with the campus restrooms, says “It seems like nobody flushes the toilet anymore and you have to tip-toe up to the urinals to keep from stepping on the sticky residue that’s underneath them. If it gets any worse, I’m seriously going to start looking for an inconspicuous spot outside to take care of my business.”
The issues raised by the declining state of the campus restrooms are many. Not only is it an inconvenience for anyone who uses them, it creates a potential health hazard as well. When there is no soap, water, or paper products to wash with, germs will spread. When germs spread, people get sick.
“One of the first things we learn in nursing school is how quickly germs can spread” commented Sharon Green, a Registered Nurse.
So, who is responsible for the substandard condition of the campus restrooms? Many would like to blame CMC’s maintenance crew. Although it is their job to clean and maintain the restrooms, they cannot be expected to maintain a 24-hour vigil. The sorry truth is that the real blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the people who are complaining.
We all learn, from a very young age to flush the toilet after we use it. Doubtfully, any of us throw paper towels on the floor at home. And, in today’s economy, most of us use expensive hygiene products conservatively. Yet, for some unknown reason, these time-honored traditions of civility are forgotten when we arrive on campus. If we could start treating the campus restrooms more like our bathrooms at home, many of the problems that are being complained of would go away.
High school completion program
By: Jeffrey Foster
Copper Mountain College (CMC) offers to its students who did not graduate from high school the opportunity to earn a diploma or even prepare for the General Equivalency Degree (GED) exam.
Located in room 636 at the Bell Center, the Student Success Center (SSC) offers an opportunity for students to work on their high school diploma at their own pace while concurrently enrolled in college classes. The SSC is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8:50 p.m., on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Friday.
An application must be completed at CCCApply.org, as well as valid photo identification in order to enroll in the program and to attend the mandatory orientation.
Victor Brito is one such student who seized the opportunity to obtain his high school diploma.
“I felt better about getting my diploma, it’ something I earned,” stated Victor.
While on track to graduate from high school in Los Angeles, Victor and his family moved to the High Desert where he felt obligated to get a job and help his family financially.
Years later, he felt the need to better his circumstances but soon found opposition from different employers when it was divulged that he had no high school diploma.
“Trying to get my diploma at the high school felt weird because I am so much older now. Here, I am surrounded by friends and peers,” added Victor.
Not wanting to be late for the private graduation, Isidro, Victor’s brother stated that he received a speeding ticket, because it was important for him to celebrate his brother’s achievement.
“I would definitely recommend this program to anyone,” ended Victor.
Contact: SSC (760) 366-3791 ext. 4246