HIV testing returns

After announcing last month that free HIV testing would no longer be available on the Pierce College campus, the Health Center will once again be offering confidential testing beginning November 13. In addition to the confidential testing, the speaker’s bureau Being Alive will be returning to campus for an AIDS/HIV Awareness Week that will highlight personal accounts of living with HIV/AIDS.

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Tuition reduction sought

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill to reduce fees from $26 to $20 per unit beginning after Jan 1, 2007, members of the Los Angeles Faculty Guild and other educational organizations said the reduction was not enough. The guild’s new initiative, filed in mid-July, proposes a reduction in enrollment fees to $15 per unit and would restrict the government from increasing the fees in the future.

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Poor planning leads to low homecoming attendance

Without a king or queen, or much involvement from the clubs for a unique new arrangement the Associated Students’ Organization (ASO) planned for Saturday’s homecoming, few in attendance realized that the game was Pierce College’s official homecoming game. Cheerleading coach Jenny Johnson organized the 2004 and 2005 homecomings, and had planned on continuing the traditional event, complete with king and queen this year.

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Classrooms refurbished

During the winter session at Pierce College, when the majority of students are away on break, most classrooms are dark and silent. But this winter, 30 classrooms in the English, science and math buildings will be filled with the sound of drills and the smell of paint as contractors perform the first interior face-lift in more than 40 years.

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