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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:37

District 4 trustee submits resignation

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District 4 trustee Albert Herrera

Trustee was a no-show at March 17 committee meeting.

By Katherine Garcia

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District 4 trustee Albert Herrera, elected in May, confirmed late March 18 he is resigning from the Alamo Colleges board of trustees.

He did not give a reason or answer questions from The Ranger when reached by telephone.

He said he submitted a resignation but would say when or to whom

Efforts to reach board Chair Anna Bustamante, District 3 representative, were unsuccessful.

An email sent at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday from the San Antonio College chapter of American Association of University Professors, stated, “Herrera resigns leaving Board seat vacant.”

The email links to an article on the web site[1] at www.sacaaup.org/2015/03/17/herrera-resigns-leaving-board-seat-vacant/.

However, at 6:52 p.m., when the board of trustees began the Student Success Committee, Herrera was marked absent.

Antonio “Tony” Villanueva, chair of behavioral sciences and president of the AUUP at Palo Alto College, said he did not know where the information came from, but he heard of the resignation from several sources.

Board liaison Sandra Mora said Wednesday she did not know of any trustees resigning.

Herrera ran for District 4 trustee in spring 2014, replacing Marcello M. Casillas, who chose not to run for re-election.

Herrera was sworn in as trustee on June 26, serving for nearly nine months.

The former CFO of the Lighthouse Charter School told The Ranger in an interview before the election that he kept up with district issues through family members and was glad Chancellor Bruce Leslie rescinded the standardized textbook proposal and the implementation of EDUC 1300, Learning Framework, into the core.

He was inspired by his brother to become a board member. Arturo G. Herrera, passed away during his 1993-96 term as District 4 trustee.

According to board policy B.3.1, any vacancies by elected officials, or board members, through resignation, death or otherwise will be filled through a special election or appointment by the board.

If a special election is held, the winner will serve the remainder of the six-year term. If the board appoints someone to fill the position, that person will serve until the next election. The next board election will be in 2016.

The next regular board meeting is 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Killen Center....

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:53

KSYM kicks off annual pledge drive

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Charlie Castleman reads different pledges during the annual KSYM pledge drive April 2013. File

Drive helps KSYM stay on the airwaves.

By Tyrin Bradley

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In an effort to keep the music playing, this college’s radio station, KSYM 90.1 FM, will launch its annual pledge drive March 20.

“The pledge drive helps us fund the station,” said Dallas Williams, radio-television- broadcasting sophomore. “Everything in this office is funded by our wonderful listeners who donate.”

Williams is one of the students and staff members responsible for coordinating this year’s drive.

It will fund “everything from our annual fees that we have to pay for music licensing to new computers that we are going to be working in this year, and a new software system that is going to help us run the station,” he said.

KSYM’S pledge goal is $50,000.

To reach this goal, the station will invite local media personalities and politicians to volunteer an hour of on-air fundraising.

Those special guests can attract new, loyal listeners, Williams said.

KSYM offers shows like the blues heavy Sauce and the Americana Third Coast Music Network. It also broadcasts hip-hop, indie rock, heavy metal and even sex talk.

In 2014, the San Antonio Current’s Best of SA edition named KSYM the top music radio station in the city.

There is more to the pledge drive than just keeping on the lights, Williams said. The pledge drive also promotes a sense of community for music lovers.

“This is always a time of year where we really get to see, talk and visit with our fans and listeners, because they really do become family,” Williams said. “It’s really nice to talk to music fans in general because there is something in (a music fan’s) core that we just understand about each other.

“We can connect on this level that there is a lot of music not being played on other stations, and luckily we have KSYM to do that.”

The station also gives back to the community by donating to local organizations such as Alternatives to Hunger, which provides food for the hungry and educates the community.

The pledge drive is accepting donations March 20-27.

Donations can be made online at www.ksym.org or by calling the station at 210-486-5796....

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Editor: Re: “Restroom reviews encourage ‘holding it’” Feb. 23 The information over the restroom issue should be more addressed to everyone all over the campus. The first thing I noticed when I came to SAC is how horrible and disgusting the restrooms are. As a freshman student, the restrooms all over the campus have been [...]
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Re: “Restroom reviews encourage ‘holding it’” Feb. 23

The information over the restroom issue should be more addressed to everyone all over the campus.

The first thing I noticed when I came to SAC is how horrible and disgusting the restrooms are. As a freshman student, the restrooms all over the campus have been treated poorly. Not all are cleaned equally.

The girls’ restrooms are a mess and it seems that no one cares. Water is all over the sink, paper towels and tissues on the floor, toilets clogged and sometimes urine is left on the seat of the toilet.

It’s not very pleasant when going to the restroom, especially in Chance Academic Center and the student success center.

It should be everyone’s responsibility to clean up after themselves. Students should respect the property of the campus, and it should be a priority to keep the campus clean instead of depending on the cleaning staff.

The new, renovated restrooms in some of the campus buildings are great, but even a renovated restroom can get messy if the students do not keep it clean.

Jessica Renteria

Radio-television-broadcasting Freshman...

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Editor: In reference to “Balancing life, school, work” March 2, I have grown a special interest in the topic. I read in this article that about 50 percent of the students at our school are nontraditional students. Our academic adviser knows and understands this. I also understand this because I am one of the many [...]
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Monday, 16 March 2015 11:11

Time valuable to college students

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Editor:

In reference to “Balancing life, school, work” March 2, I have grown a special interest in the topic. I read in this article that about 50 percent of the students at our school are nontraditional students.

Our academic adviser knows and understands this. I also understand this because I am one of the many students like this at SAC.

There is not enough time in our day to complete every task needed. Teachers understand this to a point but take this issue lightly. An awareness is needed for everyone including teachers, students and any other employees that encounter students that time is the most valuable thing to us right now.

While this is a public school, we need to be respectful that this is also a privilege to many and that we work hard to be here.

Working five days a week and trying to be a full-time student the other two is no easy task. If staff would move faster valuing students time, if teachers could stay a few extra moments to help without being rushed out for another class, and, if others could be being courteous to students studying or working in the halls, then managing our time here at school would run smoother.

Everyone needs to understand that sometimes this school is the only place we can get our work done.

Although just an opinion, I feel I speak for a majority of the school.

Ariel Alcantar

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Editor: In response to “Balancing life, school, work” March 2: Long gone are the days of going to school and focusing on your studies. We no longer have that luxury With the cost of tuition, books, transportation, and the simple cost of living going up, it’s no wonder why over half our students have to [...]
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Monday, 16 March 2015 11:09

Work, studies good training for life

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Editor:

In response to “Balancing life, school, work” March 2:

Long gone are the days of going to school and focusing on your studies. We no longer have that luxury

With the cost of tuition, books, transportation, and the simple cost of living going up, it’s no wonder why over half our students have to have jobs. Scholarships and financial aid only help so much.

Judging from my parents and any adult I have ever spent some time around, it does not get any easier. I personally think it is a good thing that we have work and school at the same time.

It builds life skills that we are required to learn at an earlier age now. The world is only getting harder, and we have to adapt.

It is the nature of the beast, a necessary evil; however, one that eventually pays off. It only helps you in the future because when you graduate odds are your chosen career will also be a very demanding skill. But one you would have learned already.

Going to school and working is very hard but not impossible. There are plenty of resources and people around you to help.

Keep your head down, nose in the books, mind on success and you will only do good things in this world.

Benjamin Aguirre

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Editor: In regard to the article, “Balancing life, school, work” March 2: As a long-time student, I found this article to be refreshingly informative. There is a huge transition between high school and college. Primary and secondary institutions have a preset structure that students are trained to follow for 12 years. However, the environment of [...]
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