Monthly Archives: April 2012

HACC offers new class option

Blended classes com­bine tra­di­tional and online com­po­nents Do your com­mit­ments out­side of class make meet­ing twice a week incon­ve­nient? Are you afraid of tak­ing online classes because of their lim­ited com­mu­ni­ca­tion, com­puter skills require­ment, or the nec­es­sary com­mit­ment of the stu­dent? You’ve prob­a­bly already heard of blended courses. The goal of blended courses at any col­lege is to pro­vide the advan­tages of both tra­di­tional and online classes to students.

Blended classes meet once a week and have a strong online com­po­nent. These courses are called blended because of how they mix tra­di­tional and online learn­ing mate­r­ial. The Lan­caster cam­pus alone is offer­ing more than twenty dif­fer­ent blended classes this fall semester.

Confessions of a registered nursing student

I con­sider myself to be some­what of a nerd. If I look at the stack of read­ing on my bed­side table, it reads kind of like a dic­tio­nary of dull. I have zom­bie nov­els stacked on top books about the sci­ence of false mem­ory, and old neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy text books. I am for­ever fas­ci­nated by the idea of things that seem improb­a­ble but not entirely impos­si­ble, as I believe in a world of end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. I am the type of woman that started gam­ing as a young child with a text based role play­ing game (E, N, W, Look, Look, for those that recall the Com­modore 64C), and owned an Atari Jaguar. I’ve watched all the “Star Wars” films back to back, I watch doc­u­men­taries like most peo­ple watch episodes of “Jer­sey Shore”, and I am con­stantly say­ing things like, “Did you know that you can’t actu­ally ship any­thing to Turk­menistan? Why do I know this?” With all of this being said, I have never felt as geeky as I did dur­ing clin­i­cal orientation.

Puerto Rico gets some C.A.L.O.R.

On the brisk Sun­day morn­ing of March 4, HACC stu­dents’ cars began trick­ling into the park­ing lot of the Lan­caster cam­pus Main Build­ing. Despite it being 4:30 in the morn­ing they were bright eyed, and talked excit­edly amongst each other as they grabbed their bags. These stu­dents, most sport­ing iden­ti­cal red t-shirts, were not arriv­ing for class. They were mem­bers of one of HACC’s most pro­lific clubs, C.A.L.O.R. (an acronym for Coun­cil on Affairs of Latino Orga­ni­za­tion Resources), and were embark­ing on a week long mis­sions trip to Puerto Rico.

By 4:45 AM the C.A.L.O.R. mem­bers along with their advis­ers for the trip Karen Polite and Mon­ica Dixon had a sin­gle white van packed with all the per­sonal lug­gage, dona­tions, and sup­plies they would need for their time in the Caribbean. Despite the con­stant chat­ter, they moved with remark­able team­work. This was not a coin­ci­dence. The trip had taken months of fas­tid­i­ous plan­ning, dis­cus­sions with advis­ers, and bud­get­ing, and had fos­tered a com­mon unity amongst the stu­dents. With a shoe­string bud­get of $8000 dol­lars to cover trans­porta­tion, food, lodg­ing, gas, and inci­den­tals for eleven peo­ple (includ­ing this reporter), every day had to be care­fully laid out. Nearly 20% of the that had been raised by C.A.L.O.R.

It Gets Better” at HACC

Thurs­day, March 1, HACC’s Allies group added 15 videos to the already sub­stan­tial 30,000 of the “It Gets Bet­ter” Project. The Project was founded in Sep­tem­ber of 2010 by Dan Sav­age and his hus­band Terry Miller in an effort to give hope to bul­lied LGBT youth and to dis­cour­age sui­cide. These mes­sages of encour­age­ment reached the video limit of the “It Gets Bet­ter” YouTube chan­nel within a week, and was reor­ga­nized into the web­site As of this writ­ing, YouTube itself has 225,000 search results for the Project. Cor­po­ra­tions, politi­cians, uni­ver­si­ties, enter­tain­ers, churches, sports teams, hos­pi­tals, and entire coun­tries have pledged their sup­port. “It Gets Bet­ter” has affil­i­ates in Swe­den, Den­mark, Latin Amer­ica, and Australia.

Those wish­ing to add their sup­port, with­out nec­es­sar­ily adding a video, can take the pledge found on the “It Gets Bet­ter” web­site. As of writ­ing, 506,638 pledges have been taken. It states: Every­one deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this mes­sage to my friends, fam­ily and neigh­bors. I’ll speak up against hate and intol­er­ance when­ever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll pro­vide hope for les­bian, gay, bi, trans and other bul­lied teens by let­ting them know that “It Gets Better.”

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