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Food is something that most people know of, when they think of a culture. Italian food for instance, is famous and probably everyone one would know that pasta, pizzy and pesto is from Italy. For a lot of people the food from a foreign country is the only thing they know about. Take Greek for example, who knows exactly where it is or anything about the country? But many people know that Gyros is from Greece.
So you could say that food is a big part of culture. And like everything else, food changed over the last couple of decades. Especially here in America we have two big developments. Back in the 50′s when women stayed home to take care of household and children, the family would get home cooked meals only. Going to a restaurant was something special, nothing you would normally do, just because you don’t want to cook. That was unimaginable because the woman’s job was to cook (amongst other things) and if she didn’t want to, that was her problem, it was her responsibility to feed her husband (and later kids).
Nowadays there are not such strong roles in most families. The woman works too and whoever has the time cooks. And if nobody has time you can go to a restaurant, order take-out or just have the food come straight to your door. In other words people became lazy.
More precise: Women got lazy. I’m not one to say that we should go back to the 50′s when it comes to the point where women have to obey their husbands, but maybe when it comes to food, we should pull ourselves together some more; Just because self-made meals are so much healthier for a family (or just yourself).
When I go to the store I buy all the ingredients and put them together. And of course I do not insert any type of preservatives or artificial flavoring. When I cook I know what I put in there I would not put in anything that is bad for me. Of course when I want to make a good steak I use quite a bit of butter but that’s okay.
Fat is probably not the slowest way to a heart attack but it is definitely natural and won’t harm you really. If you go to any Fast Food Restaurant, you wouldn’t believe what they put in the food, to make it look better, taste better and extend the expiration date. Of course most people still want to eat something that tastes good, they don’t care anymore how the taste was made.
If you go to McDonald’s, you will not order extra pickles on your burger if you don’t like it. No, you order what you think tastes the best. But do most people really care that the burger, the fries and the drinks they order are filled with calories, carbohydrates, fats and sugars?
Let’s take a Big Mac for example; it has 540 calories, 30.1g of fat, 75mg cholesterol and nine grams of sugar. Add a large portion of french fries (500 calories), a medium soda (210 calories) and maybe a dessert e.g. a 12 fl oz cup McFlurry with Oreo Cookies (510 calories), you have all nutrition, calories, fats and sugars you need for one day packed into one McDonald’s meal. That adds up to 1760 calories. According to http://www.nutrition.mcdonalds.com.
The research conducted by http://www.livestrtong.com, young adults, ages 19 to 30 years; require more calories to be healthy later in life. Males, approximately 70 inches tall and 154 lbs., need almost 3,100 calories daily. Females of an average height and weight (64 inches tall and 126 lbs.) still need as much energy as when they were adolescents – just over 2,400 calories daily.
So if you’re a male between 19 and 30 years old you can have only 1340 calories more during the day if you want to stay healthy. Women have to be even more careful, we can only have 640 more calories per day if we do not want to gain weight, and do women really want to gain weight? Eating at McDonald’s once a day is enough to constantly gain weight if you do not stop eating after one and a half meals, even if you don’t have desert.
But the problem with Fast Food is that after only a few hours you get hungry again. If you make mashed potatoes with Steak and peas at home you will experience that this kind of food will keep you full for a longer period of time. It might have more calories in the first place but it also has better nutrition, and most important, will make sure you won’t need as much food during the rest of the day.
Another thing that is negative concerning the food-culture is that not only what we eat has changed; also the way you eat has changed. Back in the old days we would sit together as a family in the evening and have supper together and talk about everything that happened during the day. Nowadays most people have dinner in front of the television, if together at all.
Maybe if we all would try to make sure that we cook at home more often and then eat with our loved ones at least once a day our everyday life can improve in so many ways. We just have to make the time for it.
Posted in Opinion
Posted on 28 February 2012.
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The new look of the Front Porch at the Oakland Museum called: “ Chair of the Board“, designed by architect Mark Jensen
If you are looking for somewhere to go for laidback weekend, why not try the Oakland Museum!
The Oakland Museum is a fabulous choice for families to share their artistic ideas while reconnecting with one another.
Centrally located, and just a step away from Bart and right next to Laney College, on 1000 Oak Street, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) was established in 1969. According to its website, it was then called, “The museum for the people.” This year the museum is about the story of California with a focus on individual culture, which is reflected in its new slogan: “The story of California, the story of you!”
OMCA’s new “Front Porch” was designed by architect Mark Jensen and is named “Chairs of the Board.” According to OMCA, Jensen is “their to-go designer for spaces that enhance the relationship between museums and the public.”
The museum has many new exhibits that reach out to illustrate the various cultures in and around the Bay Area by revealing small pieces of their past, present and future using photography, jewelry, clothing and more. So, if you are from an Asian culture or from Native American culture or from a Mexican culture the Oakland Museum has the stories of you – of us! In addition, the museum also has upcoming exhibitions like, “The Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta” that is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, which is currently open and will run through May 13, 2012. “The Gallery of California Art,” which showcases more than 800 works from OMCA’s collection – one of the largest and most comprehensive holding of California art in the world will be opening May 1 and runs until Dec. 2, 2013. So take a weekend and have an adventure!
The Museum is a place where you can dive in and explore many types of art, from the “Ohlone Basket Project” to the “Documentary Photography” to “Domestic Furnishings” to “Tools and Technology” from all walks of life! The sky’s the limit!
In addition to art displays, the Oakland Museum holds many programs and events that benefit the community and celebrate the unique culture and diversity of the Bay Area.
Tickets are $9 for seniors and students with valid identification; $6 for ages 9-17 and general admission is $12. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information, please visit the Oakland Museum website http://museumca.org.
By April Chen & Khadijah Ford
Posted in Art, Scene
Posted on 28 February 2012.
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In honor of Black History month, Chabot College Astronomy and Physics Professor, Tim Dave is hosting a movie each week in the planetarium on African Americans and their struggles.
This week’s movie was The New Promised Land, which is a special report by CNN’s Soledad O’brien. The movie depicts the life of nine African American entrepreneurs, who each have their own successful websites and programs that they feel are good enough to be profitable in Silicon Valley area, Calif.
Founder of http://www.Getcued.com, Angela Benton formed a program where minorities of African American descent can submit their work so they could be in a presentation where they would exhibit their work to big investors in Silicon Valley. Benton feels that African American entrepreneurs are not represented in Silicon Valley and that only one percent of the websites and programs come from African Americans.
Only nine were chosen out of the many who submitted their work to Benton’s program. The nine people were all put in the same house for eight weeks so they can each put a presentation together and display it to investors.
As the movie progressed you get a short background from each person in the house and their struggles with the websites they have created. Before they even settled in the house they were taken to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View to become part of something called “dragons den”, where a panel gathered and made the nine people pitch their product. You can tell they weren’t prepared for it. Some who presented did not even get to finish and were harshly graded.
It seemed that Google did this on purpose to try to make them think that they will not succeed. The contestants were not going to use that as an excuse to give up, so what ensued was they finally figured out why they were put in the house together, it was for them to work together. They knew that they had to help each other out, and at the end of the video they each have a successful presentation, but an investor funded only one presenter.
Thomas McPhatter an African American who works for IBM in Silicon Valley, was there to talk about the movie that was shown and started a discussion at the end of the film. McPhatter was asked if he’s ever felt discrimination towards the color of his skin and just simply said, “I would straighten out people’s perception one person at a time.”
Tim Dave said that “success doesn’t happen overnight – it all starts with school.”
By Sergio Almodovar
Posted in Movies, Scene
Posted on 28 February 2012.
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Marriage is something that scares everyone whether you’re a girl or boy. Different cultures have different rules and ways of marriage. The majority of them do not believe in “Love Marriage”. Growing up, my parents were very opened minded about certain situations and marriage was one of them. I personally believe that marriage is between two people who will live their life together, so why not let them decide on who they want to spend their future with? I do not think its right for parents to decide on whom their son or daughter will marry because if their future does not work out the parents will be blamed for it.
Arrange marriages most of the times do not work out because the bride and groom are not happy with each other but are forced into the marriage by their parents. Even though arrange marriages don’t always work, some can actually also work out easily. Usually to help a marriage grow stronger two people must become closer in friendship in order for it to become a strong relationship.
So I may have confused opinions, but I agree with both, mostly love marriage. I think it is easier for two people to actually settle down their life with each other when they know one another fully.
To know each other’s habits and likes and dislikes makes it easier to run a smoother life, as for arranged marriages, it will take time to get to know each other and be fully comfortable with one another.
By: Uranoos Nerow
Posted in Opinion
Posted on 28 February 2012.
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Newspapers and television are no longer the only source of news these days. Now, news has developed greatly through Facebook and Twitter. Both sites have over 500 million users. It’s unusual to hear someone say “What’s Twitter?” or “What’s Facebook?”
But which site is more convenient and useful in terms of journalism and news reporting?
In my opinion, Twitter is more convenient for receiving news alerts and digging in for more details because of the “hashtags” used on the site. Hashtags are items or topics that are tweeted or discussed about, and are viewable to other users. They are written in a form of words without a space along with the number sign symbol in front of it. One example is #occupyoakland. The way it works is you add that hashtag or topic to your tweet and if you click or search the topic or hashtag, tweets that include those items will show up in a column for you to view.
According to http//:www.marketinggum.com, through the first half of 2011, the ten most popular trending topics on Twitter were: 1. AH1N1 –swine flu, 2. Mubarak- former Egyptian president, 3. Easter- Christian holiday, 4. Cairo- capital of Egypt, 5. #prayforjapan- the sentiment following the March earthquake and tsunami, 6. Chernobyl- site of nuclear disaster in 1986, 7. Libia/Libya- site of ongoing civil war, 8. Fukushima- Japanese nuclear power plant, 9. William and Kate- newly named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and 10. Gadafi- Libyan political leader.
People constantly tweet using the topic or hashtag and many of the tweets include new details about current news stories along with news sources and people to contact for more information. That’s why I feel that Twitter is a more useful site to use as a journalist or for someone who is just digging for new details!
Through Facebook, you can receive news and updates by “Liking” certain news pages/channels such as CNN or local news stations. Once you “Like” a page, their status updates and activities will appear on your feed or home page.
Sophia Schmagold, fellow Spectator staff member who calls herself a “Facebook junkie said, “On Facebook you can pick what you’re interested in. If you’re interested in the latest news you can ‘Like’ ‘CNN’ or ‘BBC’ or whatever you prefer and they will keep their status up to date.”
Similar to Facebook, you can also “follow” news sources in Tweeter and their tweets and updates will appear on your timeline.
When I asked Sophia “How does news stations/channels benefit from Facebook and/or Twitter?” she responded, “I think that news stations should want everybody to find out about news in the world. They have the chance to broadcast more news faster over Facebook and Twitter because people often get it directly on their phones or emailed.”
Facebook seems as if it’s meant more for socializing and other uses such as business matters because of the many features that it provides. Some of those features include instant chats, games, birthday and event notifications, “Liking” of various pages, and more.
It seems that many think Facebook is better given that as of 2011, Facebook has over 500 million active users and 48 percent of young Americans stated that they received information about news through Facebook, according to http//:www.digitalbuzzblog.com.
Twitter only allows 140 characters in each tweet, which to me is a problem because it’s difficult to state information with a limit. Facebook, however, allows one status update to be much longer and that’s definitely a good feature. Another good thing about Facebook is its feedback and responsive forms.
Both sites do have various forms of feedback, which is very useful and necessary.
Although Facebook has a better form of receiving feedback and comments Twitter has my vote for news updates and information!
Posted in Opinion
Posted on 28 February 2012.
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I came to the United States with a Diploma that people here would describe as, Graduation from Junior College. In Germany, you have to go to school for 13 years to achieve the highest graduation from school there is. You have 11 Subjects and you have to have two majors; one written minor and one verbal minor. You are required to take a lot of different courses such as two foreign languages, one science (Biology in my case), Math, and Religion. In this subject there are two different classes you might attend. If you were baptized Catholic, you would have to attend Catholic religion class, if you were baptized Lutheran you would have to attend the Lutheran religion class. Those are the two major religions in Germany. Of course we have people who have different beliefs than just those and people who weren’t baptized at all nor had a different religion could pick where they would want to go.
You have to know that in Germany “Religion-Class” is not just sitting around, praying, reading the bible, studying the Ten Commandments. That is absolutely wrong. Religion-Class there is more like Religion-Science. We discuss all world religions; we discuss how things in the bible should be read and how to see the bible from a scientific point of view. We were also told that the Bible can be guiding your life – in metaphors, not word by word. That is how I grew up, from first grade on. Consider the bible as a guideline; don’t believe that everything in there is as it says. It is a book of metaphors that you might want to consider if you need guidelines. I have had about five different Religion teachers in school and I have met not a single one that doubted evolution and its contents.
When I came to California I wasn’t prepared at all about what some people here might think about Religion. I met a lot of nice, intelligent people here where I was shocked to find out that they, for example do not believe that evolution ever happened. How can you deny this? It is proven in so many different ways. Not only denying Evolution and all its contents is absolutely absurd, but it also means that all the studying and learning in school that I had done to graduate in my verbal minor Biology was supposed to be worth nothing? All the hours of reading to understand what happened over millions of years was considered absolutely worthless to some people? Unimaginable!!!
So I decided I had to research more. I contacted the Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley and made an appointment with Pastor Butch Monk. He explained to me that The Neighborhood Church is a non-denominational church that means everybody is welcome and he claims that people from many different churches come to this church. Here people believe in God’s word – the bible. I asked him how the belief affects his personal life and he told me that every decision he makes is through the principles of god and in God’s word.
Of course I wanted to compare both countries with their belief and so I explained that in Germany mostly elderly people go to church because they were raised this way and I wanted to know how it is here. Monk told me that he experienced the opposite here in America and that young people have really bought into God’s word. He claims that people are the definition of church and the balance of young and old people together is most healthy.
When I told Monk that I do believe in God and in heaven and hell, I just had to ask him why I have to believe in Jesus. Monk told me that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all God. They are one and that is why people have to let Jesus in their heart in order to go to heaven. They have to accept the fact that Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice from God to mankind and if you believe in Jesus you will go to heaven.
He also said that God will not condemn me if I don’t believe because he is that generous.
The most important thing though, above all, is that you have to repent before you die because that is the safe road to heaven. Monk says everybody is a born sinner and throughout people’s life everybody sins even more, but if you repent on your sins, you will go to heaven and all your sins will be forgiven.
All in all I felt that believe is a lot closer to church here in the USA but also a lot more supported on the bible.
The upbringing of kids here is not very strict concerning the belief in God. When I think back to church in my childhood, I remember the service being in Latin mostly, being punished for a sin after confessing it and a dark and intimidating church that scares a nine year old girl who had to go to her first communion. Here people don’t think of church as an obligation because if you don’t go, you’ll go to hell. Pastor Monk explained to me that confessing is really like repenting and that God will forgive me if I confess. In Germany I was told that after I had done something bad I had to confess – and then get my punishment.
So I guess growing up in Germany made me withdraw from church because it seemed to me like you have to work for God’s love, but here I learned that I can have that for free. Just believing is the key.
I will probably never be somebody who goes to church much and I will always believe in what I know: Science.
It is good to understand now that some people just need more than that in their life and if they can find it in God, in the bible, in church, then that is good for them. I hope they will be happy and I’ll see them all in heaven when we get there.
But until then I will keep my little legged Darwin-Fish on my car, just to show that I am a little different and that to me there is no belief that will ever rule out Science.
Posted in Opinion
Posted on 28 February 2012.
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As with most subjects, there are many different opinions on the effect of watching too much TV. Some people worry about the negative effects of consuming great amounts of TV, while others don’t regard it as an issue. I can see both views of the matter, but let me go further into depth with each side.
Whenever I watch TV for several hours in a day, I don’t feel that I’ve done anything productive. Watching large quantities of TV can leave me feeling exhausted, yet craving to watch even more.
There is something tranquilizing about sitting in front of the TV and losing myself in a show. It’s almost as if my brain shuts off. I don’t truly notice this feeling until I turn the TV off.
In the book “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” Author Nicholas Carr talks about this effect, “Our focus on a medium’s content can blind us to these deep effects. We’re too busy being dazzled or disturbed by the programming to notice what’s going on inside our heads.” It seems like the more TV I watch, the more “dazzled” my brain becomes.
The positive side of the topic is that TV can be a useful tool for gaining knowledge. It is possible that this may outweigh the negative side.
I asked student Maggie Kwong about her thoughts of TV and she had a more positive outlook on the subject. “There’s entertainment, value and also I learn some pretty interesting stuff when I nerd out and watch ‘Nova’ and ‘Nature’ on PBS. TV is also a way to keep up on current events,” Kwong reflects.
Educational TV is much more informative than the fluff that most people tend to watch. When the programming really makes you think and learn it probably isn’t a bad thing.
In the end, it is up to the TV viewer to decide what is best. Some may choose to watch, others may tune out.
By: Sarah Suennen
Posted in Opinion
Posted on 27 February 2012.
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Chabot Softball loses 4-2 to Napa Valley after failing to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities early in the game.
The Lady Glads appeared to off to a good start after a 1-2-3 two strikeout first inning. Unfortunately they were unable to score any runs after loading the bases with to outs in the bottom of the first.
After striking out the first batter in the second inning Alani Ferrer, Chabot Softball pitcher, got into trouble after hitting a batter and giving up a double. With runners on second and third an error by Chabot second baseman, allowed one run to score. Ferrer allowed another walk, but was able to escape the inning without further damage.
Chabot again loaded up the bases in the bottom half of the second only to be denied after two key strikeouts by the Napa Valley pitcher.
Ferrer calmed down in the third only allowing one hit and no runs and one strikeout. The Napa Valley pitcher also calmed down and was able to get through the inning without letting anyone get on base.
In the fourth Ferrer continued her steady display not allowing any hits in a quick 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the fourth Joline Long was able to coax a walk and after a bunt by the pitcher found herself in scoring position with only one out. However after a line out to third base by Marisol Quintero, Outfielder, Long was unable to score after getting caught in a run down and getting tagged out at the plate.
Another quick inning by Ferrer in the top of the fifth as she was able to get out of the inning with only 7 pitches. Chabot started of the bottom of the fifth strong with a lead off double by Vanessa Medina, third base, after two quick outs it seemed that the gladiators were going to leave runners in scoring position again but a timely double by Vanessa Felix, second base/catcher, finally put Chabot on the board.
After a pass ball allowed the runner to advance to third shortstop Cristina Colindres, was able to get a walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count. A single by Long put the Lady gladiators up 2-1 with their first lead of the game. The rally ended with a ground out to the pitcher.
Momentum, which had shifted to Chabot, swung right back to Napa Valley as they led off the sixth inning with a triple. The runner came home on a fielder’s choice that evened the score 2-2. After a long battle with Trusha Towne that ended in a fly out to the left fielder Ferrer followed that up by allowing a walk and a single.
With runners on first and third Cristina Vang swung at the first pitch she saw and hit a bases clearing triple that put Napa Valley up 4-2 in the top of the sixth. Ferrer got out of the inning on the next pitch getting a ground out to the second basewoman.
The lady glads had another chance to score after an fielding error by Napa Valley and a single by Medina gave Chabot a runner on third with one out. However what appeared to be a sac fly was negated on appeal after it appeared that the base runner, Qunitero, failed to tag third base before heading home.
Both teams failed to score in the seventh and Chabot fell to 0-3 in the season.
• Vanessa Medina went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI double
• Joline Long went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI single
• Alani Ferrer gave up 4 hits (2 triples and a double), two walks, and hit a batter to go along with 4 strikeouts in 7 innings.
Posted in Softball, Sports
Posted on 27 February 2012.
The Runnin’ & Jumpin’ Chabot Gladiaors opened up the 2012 season with some fine early season Nor Cal Qualifying performances at College of San Mateo on Friday February 24th.
Led by Vernonn Stewart with a toss of 41-4.5 in the shot put, Mick Mcelvogue (Newark Memorial High) in the discus at 132-4 and Andrew Garcia (Pittman High) with a jump of 12-11.75 in the pole vault all three have secured a spot at the Nor Cal Trials in their first track outing of the year.
Other noteworthy performances Josh Pride (Dublin High) 22.58 in the 200 his first track meet ever (22.51 is the Nor Cal Qualifying Mark) and Paul Webster another football speedster in 22.58. Jesse Chestnut (Washington High) opened up with a 2:01.43 in the men’s 800 on the cold and windy day at CSM. Scott Trummer (Foothill High) and Arthur Ruvalcaba combined for a 2-3 finish in the men’s 1500 running 4:16 and 4:18.84. Breanne Alexander (Newark Memorial) and Monet Verret (James Logan High) went 3-4 in the women’s 200 at 27.36 and 28.00.
Next meet for the Gladiators – American River College’s Beaver Relays on Saturday March 3rd in Sacramento, CA.
Posted in Sports
Posted on 27 February 2012.
Brook Workeneh [Skyline HS] def Estaban Felix, 60 61
Nathan Schorken [Legacy Academy] def by Matt Cabrera 46 61 10
Luis Castruita [Irvington HS] def Javier Lagarde, 60 62
Joe Barnes [Tracy HS] def Alec Welsky, 61 60
Collin Mui [San Leandro HS] def Manny Alverez, 60 60
Tim Chu [San Leandro HS] def Cody Wright, 60 60
Workeneh/Barnes def Felix/Cabrera, 8-2
Bryan Balde [Moreau HS]/Schorken def Lagarde/Welsky, 8-6
Mui/Chu def Alverez/Wright, 8-2
Season Record, 1-0
2-14-12, Chabot defeats Consumnes River, 9-0
Brook Workeneh [CH] def Brandon McCarthy [CR] 60 60
Joe Barnes [CH] def Patrick Sample [CR] 63 62
Nathan Schorken [CH] def Jake Mireles [CR] 61 60
Luis Castruita [CH] def Ronnie Cabanayan [CR] 61 62
Collin Mui [CH] def Andy Vo [CR] 60 60
Tim Chu [CH] def Abishek Naduri [CR] 61 60
Workeneh/Barnes [CH] def Samples/Cabanayan [CR] 63 62
Balde/Mui [CH] def McCarthy/Mireles [CR] 76 61
Schorken/Castruita [CH] def Vo/Naduri [CR] 60 60
Season Record, 2-0
Posted in Sports, Tennis
Posted on 27 February 2012.
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The 44th President of the United States has been very busy since he was elected in 2008, making and breaking promises for both Republicans and Democrats in his first term. Before you decide if he deserves a second term against competitors Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum (profiled in our last issue) take a look at his first four years.
President Obama not only ended the Iraq war, but also our military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. His administration killed Osama Bin Laden and has also improved our foreign image. The BBC World Service held a poll in 2009 asking nearly 30,000 people across 28 countries to rate countries based on their positive impact on the world. For the first time since 2005, America was given more positive than negative votes, having the favor of 46% of respondents, a sharp contrast from previous years.
The Obama administration passed the Hate Crimes Bill, and also stopped support of the Defense of Marriage Act in court. In 2009, he instituted the Lilly Leadbetter Fair Pay Act, which mandated equal pay for women in the workplace. Obama has also been championed for his Presidential Memorandum, which protects the decision making rights of gays and lesbians, as well as extends benefits to same-sex couples of federal employees. President Obama even held the first ever Passover Seder dinner given in the White House.
In health care, Obama has passed legislation to regulate drug manufacturers and reform Medicare to eliminate gaps and cut prescription costs. The President also established HealthCare.gov, a web portal for determining and comparing all consumer health insurance and health care options and made health care more available with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Barack Obama is also the first president to create a detailed vision for America’s future clean energy economy, beginning with the establishment of the Energy Partnership in America and a new climate service.
Yet, among all the good things he has done in these past four years, President Obama has made some promises he has yet to bring to fruition. Politifact for the Tampa Bay Times has been keeping track of Obama’s broken promises, here are just a few:
- Has not required automatic enrollment for 401(k) or IRA plans, and has failed to sign the Employee Free Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to make unionization easier while increasing penalties on companies that violate employee rights.
- Has not eliminated taxes for seniors making under $50,000
- Has yet to repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes, increase capital gains and dividends taxes, or phase out tax deductions and exemptions for higher earners
- Did not double cancer research funding, and shot down the legal import of prescription drugs
- Has yet to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or create a national commission to improve programs for the disabled.
Make your own ruling by checking out Obama’s first four years at http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter and get more information on all of Obama’s accomplishments at http://www.obamaachievements.org/list
Posted in News, Politics
Posted on 27 February 2012.
By. Bernard Miranda
With the numerous amounts of issues that that we will face this Nov. , the one that will highly impact students will be whether or not Initiative 1522 even gets on the ballot.
For those who don’t know, Initiative 1522 is a proposed 15 percent severance tax on oil and natural gas extracted from the state of California. The revenue raised from the tax, $3.5 billion in total, would go towards our public education system. Eleven percent would go to the UC system, 14 percent to CSUs, 38 percent to community colleges, and 37 percent to K-12 education.
“A severance tax is a tax that is imposed on resources that belong to the earth,” said Begoña Cirera, East Bay Coordinator for Initiative 1522 and Professor of Health at Chabot, “So if they belong to the earth they belong to you and me. We are talking about resources that belong to all Californians.”
Alaska and Texas, the top two oil producing states, both have severance taxes on oil in place. The former has a 25 percent tax and the latter a 12.5 percent tax. California currently has no tax.
California is not legally allowed to charge tuition to students, but instead charge various “fees” that act in place of tuition. Those charges have been increasing over time and is creating a situation were eventually students who come from poor families will not be able to afford to send their kids to college.
According to the Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960, the Survey Team believes that the traditional policy of nearly a century of tuition-free higher education is in the best interests of the state and should be continued.
However in recent years the fees for attending any college in California have increased and without the help of financial aid are out of most students price range. Our classrooms are becoming more crowded and students are not able to get the classes they need in order to graduate or transfer.
The United States has always been known as the “Land of Opportunity” and the only way to advance is through education. If education is not affordable then we will continually have low income and have an uneducated underclass that has no hope for their future.
With Initiative 1522 still fighting to be on the ballot, it is important for the proposal to receive as many signatures as possible so the measure is in place to receive votes.
For more information check out the website http://www.rescueeducationcalifornia.org/ or contact Professor Cirera at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in News, Politics
Posted on 27 February 2012.
At 10a.m. on Monday, March 5,Chabot College will join the statewide efforts of students, teachers, faculty and concerned citizens of California’s colleges at the community, CSU and UC levels to march on Sacramento’s capitol in a show of solidarity to protect our higher education.
This upsurge of collective effort is due to increasing budget cuts, diminished availability of classes and rising tuitions rates. They will fight for lower fees, full-time faculty, access to counselors, affordable textbooks, and most importantly, classes.
Many, including clubs and members of the ASCC, have been working tirelessly to get Chabot College recognized at this annual event.
Students for Social Justice Club member, Fernanda Sanchez Pillot Saavedra will be attending this annual event, “I am going to the March in March because it was a great experience last year, and because I think that we should use every option available to fight for our education…the experience of being there and sharing all the energy of other people that are going through the same struggle and have the same concerns as you is very empowering.” This sentiment is echoed in the hearts and minds of many who have worked tirelessly to bring this event to life.
California students are part of the largest higher education system in the world. Chabot is one of 112 accredited colleges in California, educating 2.9 million students. California has had a strong commitment to affordable education, as evidenced by the Master Plan for Education passed in 1959, which has laid the groundwork for our current system. Due to current economic instability and California’s budgetary deficit, this great foundation is beginning to erode.
Students may want to maintain and protect the accessibility, affordability, and quality of our college. Students are starting to wonder when the cuts will stop. Many pitfalls have come along the way but the collective strength, and determination of these individuals has allowed for the opportunity of Chabot students to be a major force in this year’s march.
Six buses have been chartered, allowing Chabot students free transportation to and from the event. Students are asked to arrive at building 722 at 6:30a.m. March 5, busses will be leaving at 7. Students are scheduled to arrive back to Chabot around 4 PM.
Sign up in in the Cafeteria lobby, building 2300, where you can also find out more information about the March and about how the budget cuts effect us directly.
If you go…bring a pen to sign release forms, a cell phone to keep in contact with fellow students and staff. One energy bar will be provided to student,s but all are advised to bring water to stay hydrated and a lunch. Also make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes!
By: Andrew Quirk
Posted in News