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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