Volume 15

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    A Community of scholars


    By Drea Jensen

         Beta Rho Pi (BRP), CMC’s own chapter of the international honors society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), had its third annual induction ceremony on Apr. 29, inducting over 25 new members in a ritualized ceremony passed down from PTK headquarters since its inception in 1918.
         CMC president Dr. Roger Wagner was the guest speaker for the event as he has a long history with PTK. He encouraged the new inductees to embody a positive attitude and to always be persons of character, with high ethics and morality.
         “We are here tonight to recognize people who have done great things,” said Wagner.
    Entrance in an honors society is a great mark of scholastic achievement. The society rewards scholarship and character in its members. One new inductee has received a full ride four year scholarship due to her membership and activeness in PTK chapter BRP.
         During the ceremony the new inductees recited the oath of membership, lead by BRP chapter president Andrew Dieleman. Each inductee was given a white flower and filed forward to light their candles in a symbol of unity. Cameras flashed as family members proudly captured this moment of scholastic excellence.
         “You are now part of a community of scholars,” said chapter advisor Cathy Itnyre welcoming them to the society.
         Refreshments were provided at the conclusion of the ceremony. For more information on PTK go to www.ptk.com.


    Is Arsenic part of your workout?


    By: Jodie Crow

         As summer comes to the Morongo Basin those, of us who turn to sports supplements to provide essential nutrients may be getting a strong dose of heavy metals to go with their vitamins.
         “Unlike drug products that must be proven safe and effective for their intended use before marketing, there are no provisions in the law for FDA to ‘approve’ dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer,” explained the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
         In July of 2010 Consumer reports revealed the results of independent lab tests of 15 protein drinks including such brands as Muscle Milk, Energy First Pro Energy Whey Protein Isolate, and BSN Lean Dessert Protein Shake. The reports revealed that all of the tested drinks contained at least one sample of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
         There is no denying that many foods we consume contain small amounts of toxic substances. Eating shell fish, drinking wine, or adding honey to your tea can all add lead to your diet. If you are adding protein supplements, you may be getting far more than your body can safely handle.
         The makers of Muscle Milk protein shakes, CytoSport responded; “…our company’s most popular consumer form of Muscle Milk, did not exceed the proposed maximum levels of any heavy metals tested, even when used three times per day.”
         Everyday consumers are bombarded with recommendations for what they should eat, drink, and do to get and remain healthy. Unfortunately we often forget that it is not in the seller’s interest to reveal everything about a product they want us to buy.




    New And Improved Studies Degree


    By:  Angelica Miller

         Copper Mountain College (CMC) offers its communications students a new and improved communications degree. 
          Located in Student Services in Phase 3, the counseling office now offers an opportunity for students to earn a Communications Studies degree. This degree is most accepted at CSU schools.  Adviser, Joseph DeSantis,  is the “go-to” guy for such an achievement.
          “No, the regular communications degree that is available now is not going to be replaced or stopped; furthermore,  this is just another gateway for students to get better accepted into schools,” stated DeSantis.
          With this being said, there is no more panic or confusion on campus about this degree. After talking to communications student Cindy Garcia this was very much cleared up.
          “I seriously thought I was going to have to change up; I was worried that I might not have graduated as soon as I thought,” noted Garcia.
          Students of Copper Mountain College (CMC) should more than likely go ask questions and make sure that they are going to be able to transfer, and get their degrees.


    Conserving funds while preserving desert biology


    By: Barbara Griswold

         Copper Mountain College (CMC) was built on prime real estate for the desert tortoise; instead of running the old tenants out, CMC is helping them flourish with the help of authorized biologists.
         “Whenever I start a project, I have a biologist walk ahead and survey the area so that we don’t hurt any tortoises” states Dan Cain, Chief of Campus Facilities.
         CMC has designated 85 acres of land to the critical habitat of the tortoise to prevent them from being in harm’s way around traffic and construction on campus. When Cain, along with Paul Delaney, PHD, Professor of Biology and Ed LaRue, Authorized Biologist, find a tortoise they give them a name and make note of all distinguishable features such as “any distinct markings on their shells”, then they take their picture and put it on the CMC website.
         Protecting the desert tortoise is both a moral and legal obligation established by the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).  By joining forces with The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), CMC was able to save the campus money by sharing the costs for hiring LaRue to remove and monitor the tortoises they find. According to Cain, “[The state] would have to pay for the tortoise biologist, and so would we.”

      Budget Cuts for CMC


    By: Barbara Griswold

         If the California State Tax Increase extension proposition doesn’t make it to the June 7 voting ballot, Copper Mountain College (CMC) students will subsequently feel the “hit” that has affected all other California community college (CCC) students with higher fees and fewer available classes.
         “All colleges in California area are going to face problems if the governor is unable to get the ballot measure to extend the tax increases,” said Carolyn Hopkins, Librarian at CMC.
          Although budget cuts and enrollment caps have affected CCC students statewide for nearly two years, it has “remained virtually invisible to our students with the exception of longer lines and larger classes,” according to Robert Wagner, PHD, CMC president. “The college has worked hard to do more with less over the past few years.”CMC is one of the few colleges still offering summer classes.
          The federal government and local sources are the backbone funding for higher education. Additionally, CCC’s rely on 12% of the funds from Prop 98, the funding for which has also come into questioning as of late.
          “Prop 98 was an initiative passed (in 1988) by the citizens of Calif. that designated that a certain amount of money would go to K-12 and community colleges, and for the last couple of years it has not been fully funded,” stated Hopkins.
          According to the Chancellors office, “higher education receives less state funding today than it did a decade ago, yet [colleges and universities] are serving significantly more students. “ Soon students may consider out of state schools and this could have a detrimental effect that can spiral into more of a budget deficit for Calif.
          The Calif. State Legislature has yet to come to an agreement on what to put on the ballot in June. If such a measure is on the ballot, it would ask voters to re-instate about $12.5 billion in tax increases that were imposed as a temporary tax in early 2009 and that are due to expire on July 1, 2011.
          It’s a burdensome decision for the millions of Calif. residents who now struggle with unemployment and little hope of economic recovery. Meanwhile, CMC will continue to do everything it can to meet the educational needs of our community.
          California Community Colleges Chancellors Office (http://www.cccco.edu/)




    Greg Gilbert 


         Gilbert set to retire

    By: Jeffrey Foster

         Teachers have the ability to move a student to be creative, direct a student to become more productive and send a student on the journey of a lifetime.
          Greg Gilbert is no exception. He has served as an English professor at Copper Mountain College (CMC) since the spring of 1995. In the fall of that same year, Gilbert was awarded a full time position and gained tenure in 1999.
          Gilbert is retiring, but not without leaving his mark on CMC as well as on the hearts of the students who have had the pleasure of sitting under his tutelage. He is currently the Division Chair and oversees the Communications and Fine Arts departments, including Physical Education, Art, English and Spanish, just to name a few.
          His time at CMC has also seen him as the Academic Senate President four times and the Vice President numerous times and has served on the Foundation Board since 1995.
          “It’s time to give someone else the joy,” Gilbert stated – referring  to his duties as the Division Chair.
          After moving to the High Desert, it was actually the suggestion of his wife that sent him to CMC looking for a part time position. Before he had found himself full time with CMC, Gilbert taught full-time at Cal State San Bernardino.
          When asked if he had any regrets, Gilbert replied, “It has been a grand time in my life.”
          “I feel like a rock in the middle of a stream, seeing people come and go and being involved with so much and so many different people,” said Gilbert.


     They jacked up the price!


    By: Drea Jensen

         Tuition for Copper Mountain College (CMC) is on the rise in California after Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 70, the education trailer bill, on March 24. The spike in tuition will come into effect starting this fall semester.
          In view of California’s current fiscal problems the increase in tuition is logical. This does not mean that it is easy to accept or that it causes no hardships on the students of CMC.
          “I can barely afford the tuition as it is,” said one student who wished to remain anonymous, “I just hope I qualify for financial aid this year.”
          As always there are many financial aid opportunities that can help students with this new tuition down in Student Services. The Financial Aid office has informed the students that they have until July 18 to get their FAFSA information turned in for processing.
          Though SB 70 has been enacted, the main part of the budget, bill SB 69, is still pending.
          The CMC Business Office stated that the tuition hike was sent down to them from the state, they did not have any say in the matter.
          For more information on the tuition increase and the budget bill SB 69 contact the California Community College Chancelor’s Office at cccco.edu.
          For more information regarding Financial Aid contact the office down in Student Services at 760.366.3791.

     Jump doug jump


    By Brent Simpson


         With the recent attention the Hi desert’s local music scene has been getting with various festivals and huge concerts the area hosts, it is no surprise that the area is also the natural habitat for a extensive selection of amazing local acts. Jump Doug Jump is a local Pop-punk band that stands out amongst them.  Performing many of your favorite songs flawlessly and a few lesser known originals, the band delivers a live show with evidence of heart and soul unlike any other, with casts or crutches as needed (they often injure themselves).
         “I’ve seen Doug perform with a broken leg and still give a great show” says local fan Theo Gayle.
         Although many bands perform a similar arsenal of covers including artists like Blink-182 and Radiohead, what sets Jump Doug Jump apart is how they all met each other, through their enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. The four men all came in contact with each other over time, each member has been enlisted for at least a year and been deployed at least once. Over time they began to discover they shared similar tastes in music and began to pursue a dream of playing music together.
         Having once established which member will play what (several members play more than one instrument) Jump Doug Jump began performing everywhere, local radio stations, local bars, and even battle of the Bands. Word has spread about Jump Doug Jump in the Hi-desert as the music scene expands to an even larger audience with a much more open frame of mind.
         “At this point who cares that they’re marines? They’re an awesome band and they make really good music” says Student Melonie Gripp
         Some small-town bands fall into the cliché of despising their hometown and wanting nothing more than to escape their old stomping grounds for some larger city like Los Angeles or New York, Jump Doug Jump however is content with any city. Because they have all come from different cities from all over the country, they plan on stopping at each of their hometowns on tour, once they either get enough free time or all are out of the military.
         “Once they’re all out of the military they will most likely go somewhere, they can only go up” states Brady Taylor, videographer.
         With the upcoming release of their very first album, which was recorded at the oddest hours of the night, and huge upcoming shows such as Kokopeli’s Kantina’s “End of the World Party” to be held May 27, Jump Doug Jump is a band that is clearly unstoppable.
         For more information on Jump Doug Jump contact Doughoodmusic@hotmail.com or visit the Jump Doug Jump Facebook page.


         The Copper Penny


    By: Barbara Griswold


         An overabundance of prolific literary submissions to Copper Mountain College’s (CMC) annual printed magazine, The Howl, birthed a new online journal that will showcase scholarly literature furnished by works from CMC students and sponsored by faculty members in which class the work was assigned. After several years in the making, The Copper Penny is finally ready to launch.
          “Faculty will be sponsoring a submission guarantee that the work is of a sufficiently scholarly nature, well edited, properly formatted, and it meets CMC’s standards for academic integrity” explained Greg Gilbert, department Chairman of communications and co-founder of The Copper Penny.
         Gilbert recounted that while sorting through the numerous submissions for The Howl each year, he and staff decided to keep The Howl “focused exclusively on fiction, poetry and short stories”, which left unique and scholarly works out of the magazine. This decision spawned the aspiration to create a separate scholarly journal.
         Determined to demonstrate the intellectual work of CMC students without the high cost of printing and the work intensive annual screening of submissions and deadlines, Gilbert made the decision to create an online journal that would be posted on the college’s website.  “While an online publication is more cost effective than printing, it is also green and, thus, sets a good example of being environmentally responsible,” affirmed Gilbert.
         The Copper Penny has become a collaborative concept involving a contest to name the journal held by the CMC Foundation in which student Aimee Percy was awarded the prize of $100. Gilbert announced, “In addition to naming the magazine, she created the legend that will appear on the magazine’s cover” which articulately describes the resonance of copper both literally, and figuratively in American culture.
         The magazine will require “little oversight” according to Gilbert, due to the fact that a CMC faculty member will sponsor the submissions. The journal will be in position to be introduced by mid-June. With Gilbert’s upcoming retirement, “The Copper Penny will be overseen by Professors Cathy Itnyre and Mike Danza. “
         This journal will be a channel for CMC up and coming savants to reveal their cerebral prose to academia with the full support of their school behind them thanks to the forward thinking and insight of faculty members such as Greg Gilbert.