Getting on the ticket

The spring election is just around the corner and the Associated Student Organization is excited about what some are calling an “incredibly contested” upcoming election. With the release of the official list of students running for office yesterday, the ASO is gearing up for what it expects to be a busier campaigning season than last year, leading into elections somewhere between late March and early April.

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Intercom to come in fall

The installation of an intercom system, enabling direct communication from classrooms to the sheriff’s office, should be complete by the beginning of the Fall 2008 semester. Nextel has created a one-of-a-kind prototype call box that teachers and students alike can use to directly speak to the sheriff in the case of an emergency.

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Where you are in the money scheme

In what has been declared a time of fiscal emergency, the California Community Colleges System (CCC) and K-12 stand to suffer a forecasted $4.4 billion budget cut, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget. Schwarzenegger proposed a $40 million cut to the CCC for the remainder of this fiscal year; with the new fiscal year starting July 1, another $480 million is forecasted to be cut.

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Tax returns made easy

The annual Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is back to offer free tax preparation to both students and non-students. Through the program, which is located in Room 3218 of the Business Education Building, Business 10 students offer free income tax preparation for anyone making less than $40,000 a year.

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Super Tuesday, super sweet

People crowded around TV screens as record numbers of voters voiced their opinions. Results were slowly tallied and viewers were kept on edge. And it wasn’t even American Idol. Super Tuesday 2008 (Feb. 5) was the biggest day of voting in presidential primary history and the race on the Democratic side only got closer.

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THE WEEKLY BLOTTER

Jan. 30 – 4 p.m. Five laptop computers were stolen from Room 1411 sometime between Jan. 16 and Jan. 29. Though the room was locked, no forced entry was detected. Feb. 4 – 1:50 p.m. In the agricultural area, a contractor engaged in a loud verbal dispute with union representatives.

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