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September 21, 2009 www.theAccent.org Volume 19, Issue 1 RGC garage opens for Fall Semester Students, faculty find old parking issues solved as new ones arise Diana Leite Staff Writer The new Rio Grande Parking Garage is up and running for the fall semester. There is a total of 543 new parking spaces with 346 open for students, 195 reserved for faculty and staff and two additional spots for the retail space that is yet to open. The garage was opened to students and faculty on Aug. 24, the firs
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  September 21, 2009 www.theAccent.org Volume 19, Issue 1 RIO GRANDE — Saety Ocer Adam De Leon instructs drivers entering the parking garage on how to use their student or aculty ID’s to gain access to the park-ing garage. For the rst ew weeks o the semester saety ocers directed students entering the parking garage beore a gate arm could be installed. ENROLLMENT INCREASE- Students and Austinites line up or ood at the well attended Diezy Seis celebration at Riverside Campus Sept. 16. Attendance at ACC increased signicantly thissemester. RGC garage opens for Fall Semester Board seat will be left vacant Enrollment hits record high Students,aculty nd oldparking issuessolved as newones arise Rivera exitsboard ornational post Photo Courtesy of Diana Cordell Karissa Rodriguez ã Sta PhotographerTeodora Erbes ã Sta Photographer Diana Leite Staff Writer  Michael Needham Staff Writer   Trevor Goodchild Staff Writer  Te new Rio Grande ParkingGarage is up and running orthe all semester. Tere is atotal o 543 new parking spaceswith 346 open or students, 195reserved or aculty and sta and two additional spots or theretail space that is yet to open.Te garage was opened tostudents and aculty on Aug.24, the rst academic day o theall semester o 2009. PamelaCollier, parking manager,is proud to announce theconstruction was under the $15million budgetWhile the new parkinggarage is helping with thenotorious parking problem atRio Grande. It does get ull. Itsbusiest hours are between 10a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Te largeamount o students trying tond a spot are currently slowingdown the trac on 12th St. andcausing competition or thescarce street parking. Te saety ocer’s have to check every oneo the students’ identicationsand parking permits, whichtakes a lot o time and may bethe cause o the unusually longcar line on 12th St.Saety Ocer Gary Cronkhite, nevertheless,oresees the end o traccomplications. “Once theautomatic gates are installedand people get used to the newgarage, there won’t be longlines on 12th St. anymore,” saidCronkhite.Te automatic gates will beactivated by swiping a validACC ID or those who paid theparking permit ee.Tere have been someproblems with students parkingin aculty spots.“Soon we will be giving themwarnings, and taking moredrastic measures, depending onhow many times an episode isrepeated,” Cronkhite said.Collier agrees that there is aproblem.“Tis current situation willbe addressed soon in a meetingwith campus managementand administration members,”Collier said. Nothing isconrmed, but the number o aculty and sta spaces may decrease in order to satisy thedemand or student parkingspacesTe columns on the sides o the entrance, protecting wallsand the saety oces have allbeen hit by cars. Cronkhite saidthat the columns are too closeto each other, making it dicultVeronica Riveraattended her inalboard meeting uesday Sept. 8, ending herive-year run on theAustin Community College District Boardo rustees. Now, Riverais in Washington, D.C.,starting her job as theeducation and policy attorney or the MexicanAmerican Legal Deenseand Educational Fund(MALDEF).“I would just like tobe remembered as one o the trustees that was very involved with serving thecommunity college andhopeully I did it well,”Rivera said.Her teachingcertiicate signiicantly helped her as a boardmember, said Rivera.“It gave me empathy or aculty and sta asbeing the ones who areon the ront lines indealing with students,and helping themsucceed,” said Rivera.Student activitiesprovided some o Rivera’smost rewardingexperiences.“I alwaysenjoyed going,not anyoneknowing whoI was, but justseeing how thestudents andsta interacted,”Rivera said. “Itwas great to seethat our sta wasdoing a great job and that thestudents weren’tcomplaining,but thinkinghighly o theservices that areinvolved.”At her new job Rivera will be working atthe national level to preparestudents or college and work.“We will be advocating oraccess to quality education,”Rivera said.According to a recentpress release the Board hasdecided to leave Rivera’s seat vacant until May elections.he press release quotes LindaYoung, Special Assistant to thePresident or External Aairs,praising the decision.“I the board had chosento ill the position prior tothe election, they would havehad little time or an eectiveselection and appointmentprocess,” Young said. he seatwill be let open until the nextregular Board o rusteeselection in May 2010.or the cars to maneuver in thesmall space.ACC is aware o theproblem.Te parking garage wasdesigned and built according toapproved and tested standards.“Most o the students are not very experienced drivers. Tey should drive slower and morecareully to avoid scratchingtheir painting jobs,” Collier said.Stephanie Sides, an ACCstudent, drives 45 minutes twicea week or an aernoon classand says it’s a great relie toknow there’s no need to drive toclass earlier, in order to struggleor an expensive parking spaceon the street. “I have to pay lessor my ACC parking permitthan I had to pay or a parkingspace in my high school,” saidSides.As the Rio Grandecommunity adjusts to the newparking garage the kinks arebeing worked out.“Te parking garage wasbuilt to solve some o theparking problems,” Colliersaid, “but we were aware beorethe construction that it couldnot solve it completely. Somestudents will still have to park on the streets, unortunately.”In an e-mail interviewDr. Barbara Mink,Secretary o the Board o rustees, expressed herappreciation or Rivera.“Ms. Rivera was athoughtul and energeticmember o the Board,”Mink wrote.“She was deeply concerned with studentsuccess and made many important contributionsto the betterment o the college. I will missmy dear riend andcolleague, and I knowshe will make many important positivecontributions in her newrole in Washington, DC.” enrollment continues ȩon pg. 4 Nearly 4,500 more students than last all Austin Community College’social enrollment tally or all2009 is 40,248 credit students,an increase o more than 12percent compared with all2008, when ACC had 35,798credit students according to thePublic Inormation and CollegeMarketing Department. Tedierences in enrollment thisyear compared to last year hasbeen noticed by ACC’S aculty.“What was very dierentwas the terric increase o students this year,” said VicePresident o Student SuccessSystems and Support Services,Dr. Kathleen Christensen.“We began registration agood two months earlier thanlast year,” said Christensen.“We were reaching 100 percento where we were last year,beore classes started, so Iwould say it is a good thingwe did begin registrationearlier, because we were ableto accommodate the extra 13percent o students that camein aer that.”Another way ACC copedwith added number o studentswas by increasing the numbero aculty members employedto maintain a 21 to 1 ratio o student to aculty.“Te biggest concern I haveis, the large numbers that came  F orum www.theAccent.org page 2 Accent ã September 21, 2009 View web-only contentComment on storiesRead staff blogsInteract @ theaccent.org Editor-in-Chief  ....................................................................................................................Sarah Neve Assistant Editor ..........................................................................................................David Rodriguez Photo/Web Editor ..............................................................................................................Hanlly Sam Layout Editor ........................................................................................................................Chris Scott Layout Intern ...........................................................................................................Karissa Rodriguez Campus Editor .................................................................................................... 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Only sevenRepublicans voted or the resolution.Tis outburst was a huge disrespectto the oce o the presidency, andregardless o political party, should bedenounced in the spirit o preservingsome sense o decorum in government.Tis incident is a culmination o allthe impetuous and hysterical rhetoricrom the right being excepted as anappropriate way or people to engage indebates about national issues. Electedocials rom both sides o the aisleshould be held to a higher standardthen, say, belligerent musicians at theMV Video Music Awards.Wilson has actually turned intoa right-wing hero as a result o hispublicly admonishing the president.He has raised over a million dollarsin donations. Donations he directly asked or in a web video he dispersedon witter, saying that he needed themoney to help ward o attacks rompolitical opponents.Most o the Wilson’s supporters areclinging to the idea that the outrageover his behavior is because he calledthe president a liar. It’s notIt is about him ying o the handlein the middle o the president’s speech.Tis is not a debate about Wilson’sright to publicly disagree with thepresident. It’s about the act that weshouldn’t have to remind politicians tobehave themselves while in the processo trying to tackle complex nationalproblems.I a student jumped up in themiddle o class and yelled at aproessor because they disagreed withthe proessor said, they would bereprimanded, not or disagreeing, butor rudely interrupting. Bottom line,i he had waited until aer the speechand tweeted to his hearts content abouthow the president was lying he wouldn’tbe getting a ormal reprimand romCongress.Many public gures have lost theircool in public this week, but no one hasrushed to deend Serena Williams orgoing crazy at a tennis match. Terehas been no uprising o aylor Swicritics rushing to deend Kanye West’soutburst at the VMAs.Wilson shouldn’t be getting supportor being a jackass to the President,even rom people who disagree withObama’s health care plan. Furthermore,West at the very least had an excuses,however inappropriate, or his inability to behave in public. So ar there haven’tbeen any videos o Wilson drinkingHennessy out o the bottle and posingor the paparazzi beore the speech.Voters should make sure that it isclear that these rude, uncontrolled,unresearched attacks are not part o what we want our government to bespending time on. Tere is a level o respect that is required in order todebate heated political issues eectively.On New Year’s Day o 2008,my amily and I were driving inour Volkswagen Jetta headingsouth on Ranch Road 620 aerleaving Lakeline Mall. Secondsaer stopping at a red light weelt the impact o our car orcedorward aer a oyota undraslammed into us at ull speed.Te driver o the undra didnot brake nor did he see thestop light turn red because hewas too busy looking down topull out his ringing cell phoneorm his jeans’ pocket.Tankully, our Jetta lived upto its slogan o “Sae happens.”My amily escaped unharmedas well as our car or the mostpart. I can not say the sameor the undra though, it wastotaled.While we were lucky thatour accident was not severe,I believe that cell phones arequickly rising as one o themain reasons or the causeso car accidents and thattexting while driving is themore prominent reason orautomobile accidents similar tomine.Both the exas StateLegislature and the Austin City Council agree, and are currently tightening driving lawsconcerning cell phone usagewhile driving.Te Legislature has passedexas House Bill 55, whichoutlaws the use o handhelddevices in school zones andHB 339 which prohibits driversunder the age o 17, withrestricted licenses, rom textingor talking on cell phones.Both laws took eect onSept. 1, however, I do notbelieve that they are enoughto decrease the number o automobile accidents similarto mine rom occurring. Whilethese measures are a steporward in preventing driversrom driving while distracted,more can be done to ensure asaer motorway or all drivers.Te new law concerningdriving while using your cellphone or drivers under 17years o age should apply todrivers o all ages. Tose abovethat age do share responsibility or creating such unsae drivingsituations as well, including the21-year-old who rear ended ourJetta.Te Austin City Council’sunanimous decision on Aug. 31to begin draing an ordinanceto ban texting while driving willll the gaps in the exas law, Ibelieve.It is expected that theordinance will enact a ban thatwill prevent drivers rom usingtheir cell phones or anythingother than making phone callsor GPS.I like the ordinance thecouncil has proposed overthe new laws enacted by theLegislature because it ocuseson the most dangerous way touse a cell phone while driving.On the other hand, a ban ontexting while driving is not anend all situation. Te ordinancewill successully lower thenumber o cell phone relatedmotor accidents, but will notstop all drivers rom textingwhen driving.Te city will need to educatethe public about the dangers o texting while driving to ensurethe maximum eect o theordinance will take place.Te recent texting whiledriving public serviceannouncement released overthe summer in Britain that hasgarnered international successon Youube and numerousmedia outlets is an excellent, i not gruesome, example o howthe city council could educatethe public about the dangers o texting while driving.exting while driving posesa greater risk than talking onyour cell phone while driving,and both the state o exas andthe city o Austin are on theright track to creating a saermotorway or all drivers.Obama pledged to take onAmerica’s health care problemwhile still on the 2008 campaigntrail, but even at that early stage those that rememberedClinton’s quixotic questshuddered at the thought o the oncoming ugliness. Healthcare reorm is a deeply divisivepolitical issue in America. Welag behind most o the otherdeveloped nations in terms o providing aordable, accessiblecare or our citizens. Costshave been sky rocketing orthe last several decades whilehealth insurance employmentbenets have been diminishingsteadily. Te majority o personal bankruptcies inAmerican are now related tothe nancial burden o healthcare, a symptom o insurancereneging on the coverage they had pledged to provide. Forthose o us who don’t vacationin the Hamptons, goodhealth is quickly becoming anunaordable commodity.Despite the seemingly blatant nature o the problem,the issue remains a contentiousone. Fears o big governmentintererence are being stokedby right wing media and thegenerous pockets o insurancelobbyists. Now that theirbottom line is on the line, thepharmaceutical corporationsand insurance giants are shellingout millions to preserve theirlucrative status quo. In the lastew months the already heateddebated became particularly outlandish as coherence andlogic lost ground to angerand scandalous propaganda.Reorm’s opponents are pullingout all the ear mongeringstops with tales o death panels,gestapo grandma killers, andtown hall temper tantrums.Ignorance and misinormationhave always been enemies tothe democratic process, but thishealth care reorm debacle hasseen them mount a ull edgedassault on reasoning. At onetown hall reerendum, a seniorcitizen opposed to reormyelled, “Keep your governmenthands o my Medicare,” at Rep.Robert Inglis (R-SC). Medicareis, and always has been, agovernment program.While I was ready orthe orces o ignorance andright wing ideology (and theirhuman incarnation Sarah Palin)to actively campaign againstreorm, what has surprised methe most has been the eneebledopposition. Obama and hiscongressional allies continueto use logic and reason in adebate that long ago devolvedinto a game o tug o’ war overAmerica’s heart strings. Tectitious death panels invokedby Glen Beck and his Foxriends bear more resemblanceto the plot o Logan’s Run thanthey do any element o thehealth care bill beore Congress.I anyone in this debate wasgoing to tell tales o heartlessbureaucrats calculating theworth o a human lie, it shouldbe the health care reormists.A little biased investigativereporting, like the kind done inMichael Moore’s documentary Sicko, unearths thousands o grim, heart wrenching storiesabout unortunate Americansbeing denied coverage by theinsurance companies they hadmistakenly believed they couldrely on.Tough my own talepales in comparison to the truehorror stories o health care, asa young college student aboutto lose his parent providedcoverage, mine is probably morerelatable to those reading thiscolumn. I moved to Austin inthe summer o 2008 and soonbegan to experience seriousswelling in my le knee. Unlikemany Americans in their early twenties, I was lucky enoughto still receive health insurancerom my ather’s employer.Aer a series o x-rays andMRIs I was diagnosed withpigmented villonodularsynovitis, one o those weirdrandom conditions that peopleget or no apparent reason. Tedoctor said he could x theproblem by digging aroundinside my knee with a mini-belt sander and some tiny cameras, a procedure knownas arthroscopic surgery. I wasinsured and eager to get back on my eet so we set a surgery date while my doctor’s secretary called my insurance company tostraighten out the paperwork.My insurance company, basedout o Massachusetts where my parents live, were still wringingtheir hands over nal approvalwhen the surgery date arrived,but I was assured that was justa ormality and went throughwith the procedure.When angry townhall attendees scream aboutthe threat o having somebureaucrat get between themand their doctor, I’m amazedthat they don’t realize thatthe insurance comanies’thoughtless, pencil pushersalready barring that path.About a week aer my surgery,while I was still propped upin bed recovering, I got a callthat my insurance had deniedmy request and I owed 10,000dollars or my surgery. Teinsurance company said thatI was out o network, aka Isaw a doctor in exas notMassachusetts, and so they weren’t covering me. It wasa classic Catch 22. I receivedinsurance because I was astudent in exas, but I couldonly cash in on that coverage i I was in Massachusetts, whichmeant dropping out o school.Which meant losing coverage.It’s rustrating, but adrop in the bucket comparedto the lie threatening, Kafa-esque nightmares insurancecompanies have subjectedmillions to as they rescindcoverage or clerical errors andplay phone tag while tumorsgrow. Te debate rages on inWashington, but it is out herein exas where the eects o this bill are going to be eltthe most. We’re the mostuninsured state in America,almost a quarter o all exanshave no health coverage,and as students emerginginto an economy ravaged by unemployment, we’re the oneswho need to make our voicesheard. Te health care industry is an economic powerhousein the Lone Star state, but it’swe, the people, who need todemand that health be addedto “lie, liberty, and the pursuito happiness,” as one o theinalienable rights that every American should enjoy. K arissa   Explains   it    all  For Devon’sSake -Sta Editorial- Texting While Driving  F orum www.theAccent.org page 3 Accent ã September 21, 2009 Freedom of Speech NO MORE- Student Marilu Ortega expresses her oppositionto Chavez’s mandate at the Capitol. Rep. Doggett addresses ACC Art By ã Brock Caron Anny Ibarra Staff Writer  Diana Leite Staff Writer Rep. Lloyd Doggett Entering the coliseum of Texas football I delivered my rstAustin Community Collegecommencement speech in 1977.In those days, the entire ACCgraduating class could sit on thesmall ront ledge at Symphony square. Austin, and its positionin the global marketplace, alsoseemed a lot smaller back then.It was when 8-track cassetteswere hi-tech and way beorethere was “an app or that.”But it was clear rom my  visit to ACC this summer orits Veteran’s Appreciation Day and Open House that somethings haven’t changed: ACC’scommitment to a quality education and its pledge to—asits motto says—help its studentsstart here to get there…wherever “there” may be.In Congress, I am workingto ensure that higher educationremains aordable andaccessible. Tis is especially important with a weak economy. I strongly believethat all students should beable to get all o the educationor which they are willingto work. Last January, whenPresident Obama announcedhis economic recovery package,he invited input rom Congresson how to make it better. Ioered a proposal or you thathe accepted.My proposal means thatevery student whose amily pays up to $2,500 or tuition,textbooks and course materialsthis year will get the same$2,500 taken o their tax billnext year. Even i a amily doesnot owe that much in taxes, itcan still get up to $1,000 back in what is called a reundabletax credit. What does this meanor you? A two-year degree atAustin Community Collegecosts about $3248 over twoyears or a ull-time student.Te American Opportunity ax Credit makes the entirecost o that ACC education taxree. Outside the ACC district,students will have more thanhal o their tuition creditedback to them in the orm o taxrelie.Tis $14 billion higher edtax cut – together with the$500 increase in Pell Grantsto a maximum o $5,550 –represents the largest increasein student nancial assistance inrecent memory. An additional346,000 exas amilies, whopreviously received no highereducation tax credit, will benetrom this new law.In the coming weeks,Congress will consider asweeping reorm o the highereducation loan system that willhelp exas college students. Tisbill, the Student Aid and FiscalResponsibility Act, expandsstudent loan programs andsimplies related applicationorms to ensure students canaord the education or whichthey qualiy. Te bill adds $40billion or Pell Grants, and$3 billion to bolster collegeaccess and increase completionrates. By simpliying the loansystem and ending subsidies tolenders, these improvementsI have never been a bigsports an. Since I was a littlekid I hated all kinds o games,especially the ones involvingballs, because apparently my head just attracts them.As a non-sports an, I hadnot planned to go to any gamesin my rst semester in Austin,especially a college ootballgame.American ootball is not a very popular sport in Brazil,my home country, and I only watched the occasional SuperBowl game replay when my dad took over the living roomtelevision. I indulged him by pretending to understand therules o the game he so excitedly explained to me.Te idea to go to a Longhorngame was made on the spuro the moment, when theopportunity to get good ticketspresented itsel. I was curiousto see what the commotion wasall about.Te day beore the gameI bought my rst Longhorn’st-shirt. I hate the team’s color,a dirty orange that resemblesmud, too much or my taste, butsince I was going to the gameI might as well cheer or themproperly.Tat night I became soexcited about actually watchinga live game o American ootballthat I called home and had my ather explain the rules again (Ipayed attention this time), soI could ollow the game (moreor less).Walking to the stadium somehours beore the start o the biggame, I realized exactly howimportant ootball is in Austin.I was stunned by the absurdDespite the act that many had school, or work and werestanding or two hours in ronto the capitol under the sun,many were happy to nally beable to use their reedom o speech. Unortunately in many countries reedom o speechcannot be exercised.At the rally many Venezuelans had theopportunity to express whatthey thought about HugoChavez and the way he wasinterering with the politicsnot only in Venezuela but inColombia as well. For the rsttime, these people elt they werenot censured, or obligated tokeep quiet, or even worse scaredo being hurt, harassed or shot.Te day the rally occurredin Austin, in many citiessuch as Miami, Houston,Washington, people gatheredor the same reason. therewere also, protestors in Spain,Australia, Colombia, Ecuador,and Honduras. Te rally was asuccess all over the world, butin Venezuela the governmentcensured the V stations,and radio stations and theinormation about the rally was suppresed. According toarticle 58 o the constitution,“Communications are ree andplural” what happened to that?A couple o days later newsbroke out over the internet,about a student who organizeda rally in one o the cities inVenezuela. Julio Rivas Castillowas arrested or organizinga student movement to leada rally. Te governmentclaims, “the student leaderwas promoting hate againstthe government”. Julio iscurrently acing many yearsmy eyes, the game began andeverybody stood.In that moment everythingchanged. A ball ew, men ran,a Monroe player got the balland was brutally dragged to theground by a Longhorn secondsaer. I thought the ght wasover, but the possessed orangecrowd wouldn’t sit, it was rightthen that I saw the Longhornplayer yanking the ball rom theMonroe player.“Is that even allowed?,” Iremembered thinking.Aer hal an hour I began tounderstand the game, or at leastI had learned how to scream,cheer and clap at the propermoments and beore I noticed, Iwas enjoying the game!I had a moment o connection with all thosesadistic Romans, who enjoyedwatching people being chased,taken down and eaten by lionsin the Coliseum; it was un towatch, they all knew what wasgoing to happen the momentthe cages were opened, but theexciting part is to see exactly how the beasts were going tocorner, scare and play with thelive ood.Maybe everyone o theootball enthusiasts aroundme wanted to be in the eldrunning aer the man with theball, to yank, beat, and jumptowards their targets, withoutbeing killed or suering seriousbodily injury?Halway trough the game,the score read 45 to 13 or theLonghorns.I then began to sympathizewith the enemy. Monroecouldn’t run even ten yardswithout being beaten down.Te exan team just keptgoing! ouchdown aertouchdown. Could they showno mercy?It is a great eeling to cheeror the wining team, but thereought to be some kind o sportscourtesy, shouldn’t there? Photo Courtesy of Sarah Dohl and investments are made atzero cost to taxpayers. We canbe scally responsible even aswe meet our responsibilities tohigher education.I hope that, as a student,you will choose to becomeinvolved with governmentand public service. A widerange o community serviceopportunities are available andphilosophically diverse politicalorganizations, both on campusand in the community, would beenriched by your involvement.Please visit my website at www.house.gov/doggett where youcan nd helpul inormationabout internship opportunitiesand student aid, ll out a survey on ederal issues, subscribe toreceive legislative updates, orsend me an e-mail at Lloyd.Doggett@mail.house.gov.I stand ready to assist youin matters o a ederal nature.Have a sae, productive andmemorable year here at ACCand let me know what I can doto help you “get there.” “  I had a moment of connection with all those sadistic Romans, who enjoyed watching people being chased,taken down and eaten by lions in theColiseum; ”  amount o people dressed inorange, the awul amount o girls in cowboy boots, menwearing white cowboy hats, thesmell o exas barbecue beinggrilled in the air and country music bursting rom every corner.Despite a rather good liveperormance eaturing anupright bass player.Te whole town seemed tobe waiting eagerly or the show.At that moment, surrounded by the tailgaters (a word I had notknown beore that day) I eltsurrounded by devotees goingto the holiest ceremony o theirlive’s, and it was only the rstgame o the season.Te big show began evenbeore the judge ipped thecoin. Cheerleaders (male andemale) jumped around theeld, dressed in a lot o ringe,while the audience ollowedtheir lead and screamed somekind o ritual war chant inunison.I could only decipher anabundance o “exas” beingrepeated.Moments later the greatest,loudest and most organizedband I have ever seen stole theshow.While perorming a huge variety o music, including thenational anthem, the exasanthem and what I guess wasthe instrumental part that wentwith the “war chants.” Duringthose parts everybody stoodup and sung at the top o theirlungs, something involving a loto “exas,”while putting one orboth hand in the air and doingthe longhorn hand symbol. Teband then entered in to a serieso intricate ormations withimpeccable synchrony.In between the shows bothteams were engaged in a seriousintimidation ritual, where they stretched and warmed up ina very “cavemanish” manner.I could almost see the playersbaring teeth and growling ateach other.At some point, while I wasmesmerized by the huge variety o shows unveiling right beoreTe rest o the game wasuneventul. It didn’t makeany sense to cheer or a gamealready decided and I oundmysel scanning the crowd ormaroon -shirts, at least oneMonroe an, but couldn’t ndany.Every deeated team deservesa mourner, but it would not beme, because I went with theLonghorns. My compassionatesel did enjoy watching the lionseasting on the poor souls.In the end I just embracedmy sadistic sel and went tocelebrate, as a true Longhornan would: I went early, dressedorange, was loud and stayed late.in prison and was sent to oneo the worst jails in Venezuelaeven though Venezuela’sconstitution establishes onarticle 57 “Everyone has theright to express reely his orher thoughts, ideas or opinionsorally, in writing or by any otherorm o expression, and to useor such purpose any means o communication and diusion,and no censorship shall beestablished.”So I ask mysel, are we notallowed to speak out? Are wenot able to express our thoughts?I I was in Venezuela I would bepersecuted or the same reason.I would have had the same luck he had. Isn’t that a violation o my human rights?We are lucky to be able toexpress ourselves in the UnitedStates, and to be studentsthat can organize movementswithout repression rom theGovernment. We are ortunateto be able to dress how wewant, say what we want, work or whomever and support thepolitical party o our preerence.Don’t take or granted theopportunities and reedoms youhave in this country. reedom o speech is yours no one shouldtake it away! Hanlly Sam ã Photo/Web Editor  N ews www.theAccent.org page 4 Accent ã September 21, 2009 Ali Rafaw Sta Photographer LOT FULL — The parking lot lls up early at Pinnacle Campus. ACC has implemented shuttle bus system and will open up moreparking soon to try and alleviate the congestion. ACC MASCOT — ACC is searching or a mascot but the ufyPink Bunny does not want to be chosen. Students are beingasked to submit their own ideas or a mascot to represent theschool. Search for mascot begins,student input encouraged Trevor Goodchild ã Sta Photographer Matt Thompson Staff Writer  Matt Iserman Staff Writer  Juliette Moak  Staff Writer  While no ocial list o choices has been put out, ACCis in the beginning stages o adopting a mascot to representthe school.Students walking aroundcampus during the rst week may have noticed stands tosubmit their ideas, and astrange, sad pink bunny with asign asking student’s not to lethim become the mascot.“Te college is in the very beginning stages o choosing amascot; the search process justgot underway. No mascot yet…but we’re hearing a lot o goodideas” executive director o Public Inormation and CollegeMarketing Brette Lea said.With the StudentGovernment Associationrecently orming a school spiritcommittee and attendance ata record high, the college isbeginning a search or a mascot,but the idea is not new.“Te college has beenconsidering a mascot or years.Something that creates collegeidentity, builds school spirit, andcan go out in the community tohelp us raise public awareness.”Lea said.Currently the goal is tohave a mascot by the end o the’09-’10 school year. “Te mostimportant thing is to take thetime to do it right and to get alot o input.” Lea said.Soon the MarketingCommittee will launch a mascotwebpage to keep track o all o the suggestions and continue toencourage students to submittheir advice through any Student Lie oce.In an attempt to relievethe Pinnacle Campus parkingproblems Austin Community College purchased 36.5 acreso land near the campus. Teland will be the home to twomore parking lots, creating anadditional 200 parking spotsor students.In September 2008 city ordinance required thatstudents stop parking in theunpaved areas around theparking lot at the campus.Tese areas are now blockedo, leaving approximately 525parking spaces to the 3,641students currently enrolled atthe campus. Tis decit has lestudents with ew options, andsome have resorted to parkingat nearby churches, businessesand in the wooded areas thatare private property adjacent tothe campus, at the risk o beingtowed or ned.“It’s impossible to nd aparking spot aer 8:45 a.m.,”Pinnacle student Claire Davissaid “You might as well noteven try.”Te school’s solution to theinadequate parking is a shuttleservice, which runs during the 36.5 acres could lead to 200 new spaces for PinnacleCampus, which could relieve some parking problems day, transporting students romOak Hill Plaza to the PinnacleCampus every 20 minutes.“It works very nicely,” saidJudy Van Cleve, PinnacleCampus Manager, to alleviate“a problem which most collegecampuses deal with.” Teshuttles have become heavily used, with a reported 2,221students having taken themMonday through Tursday onthe rst week o classes.Te system, however, has itsdrawbacks. Tis service comesat an expense to the college,and as a school that attracts adiverse group o students theshuttle is not the best solutionor those who cannot aord toplan their days around it. Tosewho plan to park and ridemust still arrive early to ensuretheir place in line, or risk beingle waiting an additional 20minutes or the next scheduledshuttle.Tis development will bea relie to aculty and studentalike. Completion is expectedin August o 2010. “It has beenchallenging,” says ACC policeocer Alex Luce, “but [the]ACC Police Department ishere to keep things owing assmoothly as possible.”he ACC Divisiono Arts and Humanitieskicked o its Big Read onWednesday, September16. ACC is one o 269organizations to receive agrant rom the NationalEndowment or the Arts(NEA) or the program.he NEA awarded the Artsand Humanities Division$20,000.he NEA’s Big Readprogram promotes literary reading throughout thenation. “Literary readingseems to be on the declinein the United States,” deano the ACC Division Artsand Humanities, LymanGrant said. “he programis designed to speciically target what the NEA calls‘lapsed and reluctantreaders.’ he personreading Faulkner everyday is probably not who thisprogram is aiming at.”Although the Big Readprogram has been aroundsince 2007, this is the irsttime ACC has participatedin the program. he selectedreading or the event is Sun,Stone, and Shadows: 20Great Mexican Short Stories.“Given our proximity toMexico, and the importanceo Mexican inluence onour society, Sun, Stone, andShadows is the perect book or Austin,” Grant said.here are weekly eventsplanned throughoutAustin promoting the book culminating with a Day o the Dead celebrationNovember 1st. he premier Big Read Comes to ACC event o the program willbe held on Sept. 23, at theMexican American CulturalCenter Auditorium, eaturingreading rom the book by Austin actors and special guestJorge F. Hernandez, editor o the anthology.Meant to coincide withDiez y Seis de Septiembrecelebrations, the openingevent o ACC’s Big Read washeld Sept. 16, at the RiversideCampus Auditorium. Board o rustees member Raul Alverazintroduced the main speakersRosa Davila, an ACC SpanishProessor, and writer DanArellano.Davila, who grew upin Mexico, spoke o herconnections with the stories inthe Sun, Stone, and Shadow’sbook and then urged theaudience to, “connect with andembrace your heritage. It ispart o who you are.”Davila also encouraged theaudience to, “reconnect withthe pleasure o reading.”  jumped from pg 1Ȩ otal 35,798 40,248Female 20,312 22,576Male 15,486 17,672White 20,754 23,043Black 2,978 3,543Hisp 8,846 10,065Asian/pac. Is. 2,029 2,222Am. Ind./AK. 306 349 20082009       B   y    t    h   e    N   u   m    b   e   r   s     R   e   c   o   r    d    E   n   r   o    l    l   m   e   n    t     B   y    t    h   e    N   u   m    b   e   r   s    B   y    t    h   e    N   u   m    b   e   r   s Community expands, teacher to student ratio stay within ACC’s goal Tina Schumacher ã Sta Photographer BIG READ — ACC’s Dean o Arts and Humanities, Lyman Grant,kicks of the rst Big Read event Wednesday Sept. 16. Grantwas instrumental in acquiring the $20,000 NEA grant. in at the end o registration.I worry those students are sounprepared they won’t succeedin this semester, both in termso retention and doing well asar as grades go. Everyone isconcerned about this, and thereis talk about eliminating lateregistration or new students,”Associate Proessor andCounselor or Student Services,Jorge Lynch said.Lynch has been counselingstudents both academically andpersonally or two and a hal years. He has been teachingat ACC or twelve and a hal years.All seven campusesexperienced growth comparedto all o 2008. Rio GrandeCampus (RGC) grew by sixteen percent, Northridge(NRG) by eleven percent, butSouth Austin Campus (SAC)increased even more. Last allSAC had 3,041 credit studentsand this year has 3,861, anincrease o twenty-sevenpercent.“Big campuses like NRG,RGC and Riverside werealready so close to capacity, sothe smaller campuses on theoutskirts like Cypress, Pinnacle,and SAC picked up the overow, which is why you seesuch huge increases at othercampuses...” Lynch said.“Te college has alwaysworked to get the messageout, and even beore thedownturn in the economy, wewere seeing enrollment thatsurpassed projections,” saidAlexis Patterson, ACC’s MediaRelations Coordinator, aboutthe increase in enrollmentthis semester. “Te recession,however, shined a spotlighton community colleges, bothlocally and across the nation,and that certainly contributesto our growth.” photo by: Ali Rowaf 
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