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Los Rios chancellor holds budget forum at CRC

Vince Schwede, Connection Staff

April 18, 2012

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Los Rios Chancellor Brice Harris spoke to students, faculty and staff at Cosumnes River College on April 10 about the budget crisis facing Los Rios community colleges, saying that the crisis is “by far the worst and by far the longest.” The forum was one of four meetings being held at each of the Los Rios colleges. Har...

Los Rios Chancellor meets with CRC students to discuss Santa Monica College proposal

Los Rios Chancellor meets with CRC students to discuss Santa Monica College proposal

April 18, 2012

As the recent problems concerning tuition increases and budget cuts continue to grow in community co...

Students support Middle Class Scholarship Act at CRC

Cody Durham, Connection Staff

April 18, 2012

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A new scholarship proposal is aimed to keep the cost of college affordable for middle-income families by eliminating out-of-state corporate spending. Proposed by California Assembly Speaker John Perez, the Middle Class Scholarship Act would reduce tuition at California’s public colleges, making it affordable for middle-c...

Los Rios union leader presents lecture on state of California community colleges

Imran Majid, Connection Staff

March 29, 2012

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Los Rios College Federation of Teachers President Dean Murakami held a faculty forum on the current financial status of the Los Rios district amid recent budget cuts on March 28. He also provided a future outlook on what mid-year cuts may occur, pending state legislation. The presentation also took place at the three other...

CRC students react to recent tuition comparisons between Harvard and California universities

Carlo Dela Cruz, Connection Staff

March 29, 2012

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A middle-class California resident might have to pay more at a state university than at many other private colleges in the country such as Yale and Princeton, according to the Contra Costa Times. The rates of California State University and University of California institutions rose due to many budget cuts in recent years. Wit...

CRC math students feel pressure from the three-strikes policy

Vince Schwede, Connection Staff

March 27, 2012

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Christopher Thomas, a 22-year-old neurobiology major, wants to transfer to the University of California, Davis. After obtaining his degree, he wants to attend medical school and become a brain surgeon. But the journey hasn’t been easy for him, especially in math. Thomas took intermediate algebra three times before finally pas...

California community colleges chancellor announces retirement

Alex Mosqueda, Connection Staff

March 14, 2012

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After a 58-year career in higher education and public service, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott announced on March 6 that he will be retiring from his position on Sept. 1. “I have greatly enjoyed my work since becoming chancellor on January 1, 2009,” said Scott in a statement sent statewide to all community...

Community colleges face ‘February Surprise’ budget crisis

Stephan Starnes, Connection Staff

March 14, 2012

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The community college system in California is already in the midst of a budget crisis, and now they’re facing an additional $149 million in cuts part way through the semester. The unexpected mid-year cuts come after property taxes and student enrollment revenues were lower than expected, according to the Community College...

Sacramento City Council approves arena financing proposal

Sacramento City Council approves arena financing proposal

March 14, 2012

The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 on March 6 in favor of a nonbinding term sheet to finance a new...

Student Government restructured after district-wide request

Demitri Fellines, Connection Staff

March 14, 2012

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Effective May 31, the Associated Student Government will become the Associated Students of Cosumnes River College, after two and half years of planning. Other changes in its structure will be added to the ballot during this year’s spring elections. “The Clubs and Events Board and Student Senate are now two components of the...

Sacramento City College to bring awareness to LGBT issues

Zachary Hannigan, Connection Staff

March 14, 2012

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Friendly Campus Project will hold the first ever LGBT district-wide conference at Sacramento City College on March 16. The meeting will be held in the Student and Cultural Awareness Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. According to the event’s flier, the conference will bring together...

Thousands march in protest of cuts to higher education

Thousands march in protest of cuts to higher education

March 8, 2012

Thousands of California students and citizens marched in front of the state Capital on March 5 in protest...

Prop 8 appeal has people talking

Prop 8 appeal has people talking

March 1, 2012

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Feb. 9 that California’s Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. In the 2008 general election,...

Response to extensive construction and upgrades on campus mostly positive

Cody Durham, Connection Staff

March 1, 2012

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Cosumnes River College has multiple ongoing construction projects spread throughout the campus. The goals of the construction projects are to “expand and improve constructional space, add parking spaces and improve access to facilities for all staff and students, including those with mobility challenges,” said Public...

Colleges set to rally against budget cuts in higher education

Zach Hannigan, Connection Staff

February 29, 2012

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California community colleges and universities are coming together on March 5 for the March in March for Higher Education event to protest against public school budget cuts, according to the event’s website. The protest is a student-driven mass event held annually for the last three years. This year’s march will begin ...

Obama’s budget proposal includes expanding business partnerships at community colleges

Imran Majid, Connection Staff

February 29, 2012

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As part of 2012-2013 budget summary, President Barack Obama proposed spending $8 billion on job training programs at community colleges over the next three years, according to Inside Higher Ed. The funds will build on current job training programs, allow community colleges to train workers in technical and manufacturing fie...

Former CRC President passes away

Stephan Starnes, Connection Staff

February 29, 2012

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The longest serving Cosumnes River College President, who served from 1984 to 1995, passed away at the age of 72 on Feb. 17. Dr. Marc Hall had been the executive vice chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District when he became the CRC’s interim president, before the position was made official, according to an ...

Student Success Task Force recommendations make “good policy sense”

Imran Majid, Connection Staff

February 8, 2012

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California’s Community Colleges Board of Governors unanimously voted in favor of adopting the 22 recommendations made by the Student Success Task Force on Jan. 9, according to a press release from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The SSTF final report, which will be sent to the state legislature f...

Freshman seminar promotes college success

Freshman seminar promotes college success

February 8, 2012

The bright, low-ceilinged classroom buzzes with discussion. Small groups of students huddle together a...

Chancellor bids fond farewell

Alex Mosqueda, Connection Staff

February 8, 2012

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After serving the Los Rios Community College District for more than a decade, Chancellor Brice Harris announced on Jan. 12 his plans for retirement at the end of August. “Dr. Harris’ retirement will be a great loss to the Los Rios Community College District,” said Markus Geissler, professor of computer information sc...

Black History Month celebrates Black women in American history

Zachary Hannigan, Connection Staff

February 8, 2012

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Cosumnes River College kicked off its Black History Month celebration in the Recital Hall in front of a crowd of more than 100 people on Feb. 1.The crowd also sang along to “Lift Every Voice” by James Weldon Johnson and listened to a speech by CRC President Dr. Debbie Travis.“I am very pleased to be able to have this cele...

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