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Counseling: Tips at the Sip


Shari Theresia / Roundup

A cup of joe and tip or two for you.

Last week was the start of a semi-new walk-up counseling program at the Pierce College Freudian Sip.

Students can find a counselor at a designated table at The Sip every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon and every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.

This service is provided to all students who attend Pierce.

“The program was created to gain exposure to the actual counseling center and to let students know we are here to assist them,” said counselor Cristina Rodriguez.

“They don’t have to come to us, we come to them,” she said.

Counselor Manuel Flores said, “This walk-up service isn’t a substitute for the actual counseling office, but it’s easier for students to get their basic questions answered over a cup of coffee.”

This service isn’t an in-depth counseling session because the counselors have no personal student information nor do they have the resources at The Sip to give students in-depth advice on exact majors.

However, basic questions about associate degrees and transferring questions can be answered.

At the actual counseling center a student can talk to a counselor about anything ranging from personal problems to academic issues.

All counselors are trained in academic, career and personal counseling.

The main focus of the counseling center is to not only help students clarify and achieve their goals.

They also want students to realistically evaluate their own strengths and challenges, and learn to develop their planning skills to achieve their goals.

Different counseling requires different time commitments.

If you want academic counseling you want to plan to meet with your counselor at least once a semester to make sure your on the right track.

As for personal counseling you may have to start with the student health center for screening and appointment scheduling.You can also find veterans, probation (academic), and athletic counseling at the counseling office.The program seems to be a success and because of the popularity of this program Flores says, “more students have actually ended up at the counseling office.”For those who need more personalized assistance, you can stop by Administration building 1000 and make an appointment with a counselor.

The counseling office walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Polls favor bond #3


Theresa Wray/ Roundup

More than half of the 1,000 voters who responded to a recent telephone survey favored an additional $2.85-billion third bond proposed by the L.A. Community College District (LACCD), but the board of trustees have not yet decided when, or if, to put the measure on the ballot.

One thing appears almost certain: such a measure will not appear on the March 2007 ballot.

The proposed third bond measure, Proposition AAA, would add additional funds needed to complete 457 district-wide improvement projects under the previous $2.25- billion Proposition A/AA bonds. This includes 40 projects at Pierce College, one of the nine LACCD colleges.

“A lot has changed since the first bond was issued six years ago,” said Kristen Rockwell, account manager at MWW, a public relations firm hired by the LACCD.

“The cost of materials is escalating. Labor shortages are creating a lot of competition, which results in higher prices.”

The survey was conducted in June to determine whether voters would be willing to support a third bond. Voters previously approved Proposition A for $1.2-billion in 2001 and Proposition AA for $980-million in 2003.

Messages were left during the week of Sept. 25-29, requesting comments from the seven LACCD board members. None of them were available for comment. According to a district official, the board does not expect to vote on the measure for at least another year.

The total $2.25-billion from Proposition A/AA was allotted to 457 improvements projects throughout the nine LACCD schools. These projects included a new science center and renovation plans to the library, performing arts and other academic buildings at Pierce College. Unless the third bond is approved, 145 of the 457 district-wide projects will be cut, according to Larry Eisenberg, executive director of facilities planning and development for the LACCD.

In March, the board members voted 6-0 authorizing Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates to conduct a telephone survey to test voters’ support for a third

bond. With a budget of $42,750, members of the firm called 1,000 residents living within the LACCD boundaries.

In general, the voters’ response was, “Get whatever amount you need to do whatever you have to do,” said Eisenberg.

When voters were asked when they would like to see the measure on the ballot, 56 percent said they were in favor of March 2007. A total of 62 percent agreed to June 2008 and 65 percent supported a November 2008 ballot date.

According to Proposition 39, which was approved in 2000, school bonds require 55 percent approval from local voters. Prior to 2000, they needed a two-thirds vote to pass.

The response we got [56 percent approval] was too close,” said Eisenberg. “It is too risky to put it on the ballot in March considering the margin of error.”

In the meantime, the nine colleges within the LACCD are readjusting their original project estimates to meet the escalating cost of materials.

“Our original forecast [under Proposition A/AA] was based on the average material cost index, which at that time which was 0.9 percent,” said Tony Sanger, deputy program director for the LACCD bond program.

“Everyone was surprised in 2004 when the index rose to 33 percent.”

Ken Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors of America reported in April 2006 that the price of steel, pipes, wiring and concrete increased 15 percent in 2005 and continues to rise.

Another contributing factor to the rising costs is the current wave of retirement hitting the construction industry.

In addition, many younger construction workers in the Los Angeles area have been recruited to assist in areas around the Gulf in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“There is so much construction going on in Los Angeles and not enough skilled workers to meet the needs,” said Rockwell.

Pierce has completed 13 of the 40 projects planned under Proposition A/AA, including the solar photovoltaic farm, the new student bookstore, equestrian center, and renovations to the cinema screening room located in the business education building.

We attempt to precisely as conceivable figure every scene title from GOT Season 7 utilizing what little data we have there are currently 24 additional projects in the design phase and three under construction.

As the LACCD considers the proposed third bond, the nine colleges within the district, including Pierce, are struggling to meet their project goals amid the rising cost of materials and labor shortages.

“Nobody expected that materials would be four times the level we’ve seen in the past 20 years,” said Sanger. “Once prices rise, they never fall back down again. They fall to a new plateau.”


Food, Fun and FRIGHTS


Karina Gonzalez / Roundup, Yanli Zhang / Roundup

The time to get lost in a five-acre corn maze and the opportunity to run for your life out of a haunted mansion has arrived. With a slow start the Halloween Harvest Festival, located at the corner of De Soto Avenue and Victory Boulevard, opened its doors on Friday bringing a variety of treats.

For those with a scary tooth the FrightFair Scream Park opened its doors after dusk to delight their frightening pleasure.

The scream fair is made up of two haunted houses, “The Factory of Nightmares” and “The Sinister Dreadford’s Mansion of Lost Souls,” which were transferred from Las Vegas to Pierce on nine flat bed trucks.

The mansion follows a story line with Sinister Dreadford trying to take your soul and the ghost in the mansion trying to inhibit your body. In addition, for a frightful scream there is the haunted trail, “Creatures of the Corn,” filled with plenty of scares.

“If I had a heart condition, I wouldn’t go in there,” said Norberto Smeail, a security officer for the festival.

The FrightFair Scream Park is not recommended for children under the age of ten. The haunts will be open 23 days on weekdays from dusk to 10pm and on weekends from dusk to midnight.

The corn maze is recommended for all ages, is free of goblins and ghouls but it’s not unusual for someone to get lost.

Smeail found Brianne Skolnick after she was in the corn maze for 30 minutes after being left behind with her 5-year-old granddaughter by her 6 and 7-year-old grandsons.

“I’m a hero,” exclaimed 6-year-old Brandt Skolnick to his grandma, after standing and waiting outside of the corn maze for his grandmother.

Brianne Skolnick said she didn’t worry but she was tired. She said she liked the adventure of the secret of the maze even after being in it six times. Skolnick said she believes that the rule of right direction was like being in a car,

“If you drive forward and it’s the wrong direction you have to come back,” she said. The similarities between the street’s and the cornfield roads is that they both have four directions, forward, backward, right and left and it’s hard to tell which is the right one?

“If you take the wrong direction, you will go in a circles,” said Smeail, “If you can’t get out of the maze within 30 minutes, stay calm.

You will be rescued.”He said it normally takes 20 to 30 minutes to get out of the maze. Security officers also go through the maze to find anyone lost and sometimes catch people doing improper things, such as, smoking. “People can’t see as much as during daytime among these high plants,” said Smeail.

On Saturday, Linda Carberry, talent coordinator for the haunts said the festival was 75 percent operational and would be complete by the time the Cure Autism Now Foundations members and their families visited on Sunday.

Although the main attraction “Spookley the Square Pumpkins'” stage was incomplete until Sunday, along with several kiddy rides children enjoyed what was available for them. Kids also enjoyed other activities besides the Corn Maze such as picking pumpkins, visiting the petting zoo or using the bungee bounce.

Makena Morgan, 10, enjoyed the bungee bounce while his father, Dirck Morgan, a reporter with KFWB News 980 watched him. After spending about three hours in the festival the Morgan’s enjoyed picking two fresh pumpkins from the big farm in the center of the city.”It’s different. There is no other place like it here in the Download the latest online stream application called MegaBox HD APK for free to watch top quality hd movies Los Angeles area.That’s the reason why we came here,” said D. Morgan According to Cathy McBroom the account manager of the festival, a 10 percent increase in attendance is expected. Carberry said volunteers are still needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help children pick pumpkins after the Spookley show. Tickets varie depending on the attraction. For more information or for tickets call: (818) 999-6300 or visit www.halloweenharvestfestival.com