Friday, January 9, 2015

"Free College" Says the Commander and Chief

I wonder why the President of The United States of America, decided to post a video on Vine. Perhaps it's because he knows his message would reach the ideal Community college age demographic. Most people who use Vine between the ages of 18 to 20 and are possibly those who are not working yet or in college right now or who are about to endeavor into college yet can't afford it. The idea of community college being free is going back to the old days. I remember when I first started community college in the 1990's it was free however the year I graduated, I recall paying about $11 per unit. Currently to attend a California community college you will be paying about $43 per unit for in-state and for out-of-state about $195 per unit. And in other states it's possibly even higher because California is supposed to be the most affordable education system. However, most people who attend college can't afford it.  So to make the first two years of community college free is genius. And by the looks of his track record he'll get it done. Just take a look at the college football playoffs. He made it clear that he wanted it back in 2008 and thus it happened. Well, he has until November 8,  2016  at 7 AM to get it done.

Friday, May 2, 2014

UCLA Returns Millions to Donald Sterling

Could it be true...a major University turning down a sizable endowment? Who would've thought this could happen? Especially at a time where everyone is strapped economically, a University could really use a large sum of money? However, that was before we as the public were exposed to some private beliefs of Donald Sterling, the owner of the newly disgruntled, Los Angeles Clippers. In a nutshell, Mr. Sterling was caught on audio tape going on a racist rant to his alleged it archivist, V. Stiviano. Well he certainly had to be surprised when his gift of 3 million dollars was rejected by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) of which over $400,000, which had already been paid out, has been returned also. Perhaps he thought that money could help him gain a good public image. But in actuality he was wrong...I guess money can't but you class after all. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Life Deferred

Some use college as a way to obtain a meaningful career. Others use education to ensure a future for themselves and their family. Yet there a few who view the university as an avenue to escape a troubled life.

Aaron Hernandez....who?

This is the attitude taken by the New England Patriots in regards to their former star tight end who has been charged with the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd in which the authorities accuse him and two other men of picking up Lloyd from his apartment, murdering  him and dumping his body near Hernandez's home.

What does this have to do with college? Well looking back on Hernandez's life, one could see how a young man troubled by his father's untimely death, was looking forward to rewriting his destiny by going to a college far from home, the University of Florida. And yes he did do well at Florida on the field, but it was his off the field actions that almost cost him his NFL dreams. It wasn't until the fourth round of the draft that the New England Patriots decided to take a chance on the awesome player with a checkered past.

Again what does this have to do with college? Well Aaron Hernandez left college early to pursue his NFL dream. Maybe if he would have stayed at the university another year, he might have had the chance to mature more and learn how to carry himself one he became a 23 year-old multi-millionaire.

Am I saying another year in college would have saved Odin's life? Well, we will never know. One could also wonder how Hernandez would have turned out if he had not lost his father at a such an early age. And because no one can know the causes of such troubled life, the best thing to do is to guard your own destiny. Don't let your's be a life deferred by making decision resulting in harm to yourself and others. Instead learn to take advantage of resources at your school to help manage any personality issues you may have in order to maintain a peaceful present and a prosperous future.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Full Circle

So I haven't written in a while. Since my last post, the budget crisis has mellowed out a bit. For instance, the institution that I work at has benefitted from a new measure that was voted on last November which has brought millions back to a severely depleted funding reservoir.

So now I am writing because my babies, 6 and 7 year olds have decided to author their own blogs. Initially I thought this was an awesome way to introduce so many areas of learning and responsibility. What I didn't expect was that I would learn a whole lot as well about myself and the internet. First of all, I had no idea the children could not set up their own email accounts (of course I understand why, I just haven't done this before).

Next, I was taken aback by the thought of having my daughters names and faces out in cyberspace for the entire world to google. As a result, just in the time it took me to set an email for them just so that they could write in blogger, I found myself giving a full tutorial on the dangers of internet usage and how to beware of "crazy people".

I have also learned that some apples do fall far from the tree. While my eldest daughter is clicking away at her blog right next to me, my middle child has abandoned her blog for a self imposed afternoon nap.

Needless to say I have been educated right along with my daughters.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

No Summer Classes...No Problem!

Okay, so you tried to register for Summer classes, but everything was closed. Yup, thanks to the ever increasing budget cuts, you now have more time on your hands than you planed for. You have a choice here: you can cry and lay on the couch and sucuumb to death by "106 & Park" videos or punch something or worse, punch someone (which may not be such a bad can have plenty of classes to choose from while pursuing your bachelor's degree in prison) can make some lemonade out of those lemons by taking this time to educate yourself in alternate ways.

For starters, take some time to do an internship. What better way to research the occupational field you want to go into. Check out to find the internship that's best for you. Many employers will hire interns because they are impress when someone is willing to work for little or no pay. Another benefit is that internships can make your Resumé stand out. And, in this economy, anything that will give you an edge over the competition is priceless.

So, what have we learned?...internships can be good way to spend your summer killing time and improving your chances for employment.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

California State University: Freezes Enrollment Spring 2013!

Due to budget cuts, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees have voted to stall enrollment for Spring 2013. What this means is applicants to the 23 Cal State University will be limited to only a few campuses (Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Bernardino and Sonoma) which will only be open to a few hundred qualified Transfer students.

All of this could be avoided however if California Voters agree to a new tax proposed by Govenor Jerry Brown this November, which is geeared to avoid the type of budget cuts that will cause these type of hits to the California educational system.

As an alternative, the CSU system is planning to allow students to still apply for Spring 2013 and those applicants who qualified for admission will be placed on a waiting list for Fall 2013.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CSU Discussing More Tuition Hikes...Yikes!

Okay, so the CSU system is going to increase tuition once again and the news comes just in time for Christmas :(

Perhaps all the furloughs and the firing of staff is not as effective as they originally thought. However the practice of taking money from hardworking families and students striving to make a future in education is a good idea.

The proposed tuition hikes have not yet been revealed but the administration are set to disclose the amount of the increase by the end of this week.