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State considers covering full cost of community college

Jonathan Cabrera, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

SB 291 covers the true cost of community colleges, which is not only tuition and materials, but also food, transportation and housing costs for students. Senate Bill 291 is currently being reviewed by the Committee on Higher Education, said Lisa Mandy, director of financial aid. “The r...

De Anza Housing Resources Unknown to Students

Annalise Freimarck, Campus Beat Editor

November 11, 2019

De Anza offers housing resources, yet most homeless students don’t use them. According to the 2018 Food, Housing and Transportation Security survey, 18% of De Anza College students have experienced housing insecurity. To support students facing homelessness, De Anza offers safe overnight parking and referen...

Academic Senate discusses curriculum and changes for majors

Alex Woolner, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2019

The De Anza College Academic Senate is considering curriculum review changes and a new way to organize majors. One change discussed at the Oct. 28 meeting was re-organizing majors into a new Guided Pathways system called meta-majors. An ongoing issue with the current system is students will pick...

Approved staff pay raise to be negotiated

Saman Mashayekhi, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

The Foothill-De Anza faculty association unanimously ratified a two-year salary proposal for both full-time and part-time faculty. The district and faculty agreed to raise the 5% to 6% raise in 2019-20 term with another increase in 2020-21. The deal is only temporary because of all the complexities...

Presidential search committee includes part-time representative

Bhuvaneshwari Natarajan, Staff Reporter

October 23, 2019

The De Anza College Academic Senate voted in members for the college president search at the Oct. 21 meeting. Ishmael Tarikh was voted as the part-time representative, Tim Shively as the faculty association representative and Cynthia Kaufman, director of VIDA, Karen Chow of language arts division...

Academic renewal, the little-known hack that can save your GPA

Kathleen Quinn, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2019

Academic renewal is a way for students who have been with the college for over two years to wipe out Ds and Fs from the calculation of their GPA. Ian Balene, 20, criminal justice, said he believes the policy would be helpful to students trying to transfer.  “I know that some classes you just...

Zero-cost textbooks prove accessible to more students

Joshua Aplaon, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2019

Some professors at De Anza have implemented zero-cost resources and textbooks in their curriculum through Open Educational Resources. The driving force of using OERs is to alleviate students’ financial anxieties by providing easy-to-access, free resources. “Any opportunity for a stu...

De Anza to search for new mascot

Annalise Freimarck, Campus Beat Editor

October 15, 2019

After 10 years of debate, the DASB Senate, working alongside administration, will officially change De Anza College’s mascot from the controversial Don. The idea to change the mascot was first proposed by DASB Senate in 2009, after some controversy arose surrounding the origins of the mascot, ac...

DASB Senate pushes affordable on-campus housing

Kathleen Quinn, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2019

Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees member Patrick Ahrens and student trustee Genevieve Kolar presented the potential future of the Flint Center, including use as affordable housing at the DASB Senate meeting on Oct. 2. The Board of Trustees made the final decision on June 10 to demolish the Flint...

Academic Senate: Semester system for district, academic renewal, enrollment

Ethan Bennett, Managing Editor

October 15, 2019

Semesters at Foothill and De Anza colleges? It could happen. Karen Chow, Academic Senate president, presented a letter from vice chancellor Dorene Novotny and Kathy Perino, chief negotiator of the faculty association, announcing a new task force that will gather and discuss information about changing...