The Honorable Mention
DECEMBER 2008 EL CAMINO COLLEGE HONORS TRANSFER PROGRAM
passed, but the
deadlines are soon
Private Schools Give Incentive to Applicants With Financial Need
By: Jennifer Gerrits
Har vard/Yale/Princeton The initiative is spreading
“No - Loan Policy” is through the Ivy League. Of the eight Private schools with a “n
ivies, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, o-
becoming new trend loan policy” may be a les
University of Pennsylvania, s
Dartmouth, and Columbia costly solution than publ
schools. already have the initiative in place. ic
As of the 2009/2010 school year, schools for those with
At the beginning of the new
Cornell will follow, leaving only
millennium, Harvard, Yale, and
Brown to join the bandwagon. ﬁnancial need.
Princeton introduced a “No -
Loan Policy” making them Top liberal arts colleges are
ﬁnancially accessible to students also following in the movement. Students with a $0 Expected
from low and middle incomes. This policy Pomona, Williams, Amherst, and Family Contribution may pay near
grants a student money to eliminate any Swarthmore are among a handful of nothing for a top education. The
requirement to borrow funds to pay for private liberal arts colleges that guarantee “No - Loan Policy” assures students,
any part of the cost of attendance at a to meet 100% of a student’s demonstrated regardless of their income level, ﬁnancial
private university. Some schools adopting need. These colleges have a very small accessibility to these top institutions.
the policy have income limits, such as the student body compared to universities, Consequently, bright students from all
University of Chicago and the University and have a large ﬁnancial aid budget income levels are less hesitant to aspire to
of Pennsylvania who limit this special which allows packages in excess of reach for these dream schools.
grant for students whose income level is $30,000 to be given to a majority of their
under $60,000 and $100,000 , students.
Private School 1. Find out all the test requirements and 3. Visit the school to see if it is a good ﬁt. 5. Start your essays EARLY and get
Application any required preparation coursework at 4. Contact the school often for advice on plenty of criticism on them.
Tips: least one year before you want to apply. course planning and course pre- 6. Make your personality known in
2. Research the school’s ﬁnancial aid evaluations (many schools do this for c l a s s . Yo u w i l l n e e d
START EARLY! policies and deadlines. free via email!) recommendations from teachers.
Tips For Success! HTCC Honors Research
By: Selma Sehovic Conference: A Fear Conquest
As a motivated El Camino College By: Kanza Shaheen
student, I always ﬁnd it disheartening when
I encounter so many apathetic students in
my classes. As my third semester at El
Camino is winding down and application
ﬁling period dawns on me, I cannot help
but wonder how those indifferent students
will tackle the stresses of the application
process, or more importantly, how they will
succeed in the classroom once they transfer
to a four-year institution.
Having said that, I have compiled a list
of some tips for success that I have picked
up through my academic career, from high
school as well as through my college
experience, that I hope to pass on to
struggling El Camino students who hope to
achieve success. They are as follows:
Sit as close to the front of the class as
It is much easier to stay engaged in the
lecture and avoid being distracted than if ECCers at the 2008 Honors Research Conference hosted by UC Irvine.
you opt for the back row.
gives you a chance to network with
Learn to be an avid note taker.
I came into this students who might transfer to the same
I know that many students claim to be
conference trying to university as you, and you may create
auditory learners, and this may be true, but build my resume, and long-lasting friendships.
writing down some notes while listening came out of it with a It gives you the opportunity to do
will ensure that you don’t forget the
important aspects brought up during
changed character. independent research and present your
research paper to fellow community
lecture. This will also beneﬁt you later as Speaking from experience as a college students. This prestigious
test day approaches. presenter in the 2006-2007 symposium, I platform only comes once a year. Take
presented my paper to a wonderful group advantage of this wonderful opportunity
Write in the margins.
of faculty and students from community to network with intellects, earn a
Regardless of what you’re reading, it’s colleges all over California. It gave me a scholarship, and even get your paper
always helpful to jot down a couple of chance to build conﬁdence and address published in the Building Bridges Journal.
notes in the margins of the text. Whether my public speaking fear. TRUST ME!! It
you’re simply summarizing the main idea was well worth it. In fact it is one of the Breakfast, lunch, and snacks were all
of the paragraph, posing questions, or best things I have done for myself. Those provided. It’s a day ﬁlled with interesting
perhaps even underlining key phrases, who have a fear of public speaking and papers by your peers, it’s on a beautiful
when you look back at your reading, your might not want to participate because of campus which some of you might
eye will automatically skim to the margins this reason will deﬁnitely miss out. I transfer into, and it is an occasion that
and whatever you wrote down will become encourage you to take a deep breath and only comes around once a year and lets
the primary focus. This is especially go for it. your talent shine.
beneﬁcial if you’re reviewing for an essay
or exam and want to capture the gist of From one student to another,
This experience helped me beyond
your reading. this prestigious platform is
my resume. I have less fear speaking
deﬁnitely a resume builder. You can
about a subject to strangers, which is a
do what I did and write it on your college
life skill that is invaluable.
applications and mention it in your
( See Tips continued on page 3) interviews for an internship or job. It also
approach I would take as a leader would An important relationship that needs
Tips (continued from page 2) be to ensure that there is team work to be worked on and strengthened
Make post-it notes and use your involved; I would make sure that throughout the year is that with the
planner. decisions are made collectively and that parents. The special gifts and talents of a
choices are offered to the respective child should be recognized and developed
This is a great way to remind yourself of constituents before any policies or throughout a child's schooling through
large assignments, exams, and events regulations are set in place. Through this partnering with families and strong
coming up. Whenever I have collective approach, which is similar to community ties. Parents will be
appointments or questions to ask that of democratic leaders, the leader encouraged to get involved in school
counselors/professors, I always write assists in the development of future activities, which will be scheduled in
them down on post-its and place them in leaders and helps in training them to evenings and nights for their convenience.
the folder that I will use the next day to teach children in the most concerned Teachers will be expected to go through
remind me of what I need to do that day manner. weekly reports with the parents on their
(Nerdy? Absolutely….but it deﬁnitely Once the vision is set and the leader's child's development. Information on
beats forgetting things!) Planners and goals and objectives are well deﬁned, special events and functions will be
calendars are also a great way to keep determining the curriculum approach included in the school's monthly
you on track (I really mean it!) The would be the next step. I believe that newsletter, along with the school's up-to
second you get your syllabus for a new positive early childhood experiences date plans and performance.
class, make sure you write down all the affect children's achievements and In order for a school to achieve
test days of each class so that you know attitudes throughout their school careers excellence in all its ﬁelds, it is crucial that
what’s coming up and have more time to and lives. In my personal opinion, the both the school community and the
prepare without feeling overwhelmed and best learning environment is one in which parents work together diligently. As a
surprised. children are actively involved. Children program administrator, one should work
These four tips I have listed here have need to create their own knowledge and productively in order to collectively
helped me tremendously throughout my express themselves creatively in order for achieve the goals and objectives set for
academic career. I hope they do the same meaningful learning experiences to take the school and strive to successfully
for you. place. When children actively engage in accomplish the set expectations.
their learning, they begin to take
ownership of their education. If one were Voters Decide on Life-changing
An Effective Program to be a program administrator, he/ she Local Issues
should actively involve his or her self in
Administration devising a curriculum through
By: Christine Algenio
By: Horiya Ameen partnership with families and teachers. Proposition 8 was passed during the
By doing so, he/she will be able to create general election and soon after a petition
There are many different approaches one that best ﬁts the needs of the children was made to the California Supreme
one can take in order to set classroom and will assist them in succeeding as Court challenging the passage, and
regulations, deﬁne leadership styles, young adults. thousands of protesters took to the streets
devise curricula, and establish effective Priorities as a program administrator to vent their disappointment. With the
interactions with parents and colleagues. should be to ascertain that the program amendment, the state constitution will
It is through learning and personal structure is set according to the rules and override the Supreme Court ruling that
experience that I have been able to regulations and the staff is well versed legalized same-sex marriage. Voters in
develop my own philosophy on effective with the school policies and procedures. Arizona and Florida also passed the
program administration so that children The standards and expectations for both amendment saying that marriage was a
can reap the full beneﬁts of an education. teachers and students would be posted in union only between a man and a woman.
For any administration, the leader each classroom. Teachers would go Arizona, Florida, and California were the
plays a pivotal role, and deﬁning his/her through an orientation session that would only states to ban same - sex marriage
goals and objectives is crucial in brief them on expectations. Once the this year,
establishing the progress of the curriculum is established, the program Voters also faced other social issues
administration. The approach and the administrator should ensure that staff during the election night, from abortion
vision the leader sets for the program is members have all the necessary tools and to legalizing marijuana use for medical
imperative in determining the success of resources to productively implement the purposes. Michigan became the 13th
the program and its various components. devised curriculum. Workshops and state to legalize marijuana for medical
Personally, I believe that a leader must be training sessions for staff will also be held purposes, with 63 percent of the vote.
dynamic in not only performing the to teach the proper methodology The average American’s vote affects the
logistical tasks, but also with ideas; it is practically. Lastly, in order to gauge the lives of millions of people. General
through innovation and active progress of the curriculum and the election night is not the only way you can
participation that a leader can truly success of student learning, evaluations voice your opinion. Write your house
ascertain success of an organization. The will take place on a consistent basis. representative or Senator and let your
concerns be known.
watching the walkers and volunteers the most. It’s always fun to be around
Walking for a Cure: 2008 helping the cause. those you care about.
By: Tiffany Huynh
On Sunday morning, on October Christmas is also the time you can help
The struggle to live life the way 19th, over 30,000 caring people literally those who are in need. Every Christmas,
we see ﬁt is everyone’s adversity. For ﬁlled the streets of San Vicente my friends and I participate in Operation
others, it’s more than that—it is to see Boulevard, between Melrose Avenue and Christmas Child. It is an organization that
another day. Who are these people? Santa Monica Boulevard, in West sends out Christmas presents to children
They are the ones that must live every Hollywood spanning up to 10 kilometers who don’t get to receive gifts. You get a
moment questioning when their time is to help individuals ﬁght HIV/AIDS in shoe box and you put in the things you
ﬁnally ending. The ones that doubt Los Angeles. In the year 2007, 30,000 want to give to the person. Some
whether or not something greater will people, raised a record breaking sum of examples are toothbrushes, hard candies,
ﬁnally take over them—individuals who $3.9 million. pens and pencils. There are also activities
are struggling with HIV/AIDS every
at the church to provide a meal for the
second. They are the ﬁghters for
homeless. You can pick up a container at
church and follow the recipe to make the
Worldwide, 50% of individuals dish and bring it back to church and they
under the age of 25 have new HIV will send the food to the homeless shelter
infections. “By the end of 2005, so they can have a Christmas meal. There
there were an estimated 40.3 million are also opportunities to help children
people living with HIV/AIDS with out families. Usually my church will
worldwide.” One-quarter of those send down a group of people with
infected with HIV, in the United Christmas presents and candies to the
States, each year are unaware of orphanage and share the Christmas joy
their status. “At the end of 2004, an with the kids. It is always fun and heart
estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 warming to see the smiles on their faces,
persons in the United States were and it’s so encouraging to know that
living with HIV/AIDS, with 24% to 27% you’re helping others to feel better on a
With the help of sponsors, walkers, Christmas holiday.
undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV volunteers, and workers in the
infection [and] approximately 17,011 Spending time with family, helping
organization, AWLA was able to raise other people, knowing that you are
people died due to AIDS in 2005 alone $3,158,402 this year. That is not even the
and there have been over 550,000 AIDS- important in so many people’s lives is why
last count for donations. AWLA will be Christmas is the best holiday. Christmas is
related deaths since 1981” (The Henry J. receiving even more money donations to
Kaiser Family Foundation, 2006). Since a holiday full of happiness and joyfulness
help ﬁnd a cure for HIV/AIDS. that warms you up inside during cold
2002, AIDS diagnoses in the U.S.
continue to rise. In winter days. Why wouldn’t you love
L o s A n g e l e s, Christmas?
around 21,000 The Best Holiday
re s i d e n t s a re For more information on Operation
By: Doreen Pan
currently striving Christmas Child visit:
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to ﬁght HIV/ www.samaritanspurse.org
People usually like the holidays
AIDS every single
because it gives them the time to take a Donating just a few hours of your time
day. Every day as
break from school and work. At the end of during this holiday season is an
they try to survive,
the year when you hear the bells ring and invaluable resource for those who
every year one
children’s laugher, you know its Christmas need your help. There are plenty of
great event in Los
time. Christmas is the best holiday volunteer opportunities in the area.
because you get to spend time with family
AIDS WALK Los To ﬁnd out more:
and friends, and also get to help others
who are in need.
• visit www.laworks.com and click on
Annually, people are active and
Christmas gives you the chance to “Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
maintain the AWLA to help support
talk about the latest updates and see 2008”
families and friends ﬁght one of the
greatest struggles—survival. This annual what’s different with one another, which or
walk is not only life changing, but also especially applies to distant family. In
inspiring to everyone who decides to be a addition, Christmas also allows you to buy • ask for ideas from El Camino’s
participant of the AWLA and even presents for your family. You can receive Rotoract and Circle K clubs, your
individuals who stand by in the stores and give presents you think ﬁt each person nearest YMCA or community
center, or a local church.
A Moment There Reasons to join the Honors Transfer Program:
By: Kevin Douglass
A Moment There
Priority registration for all El Camino Classes
Our eyes embrace
Our thoughts race UCLA: priority admission consideration to the College of Letters and Sciences.
Such contemplations arise as never rose before The HTP has around a 90% admission rate to the College of Letters
Then take hold
University of California at Irvine: priority admission consideration
A Rose arose to the university.
What was is no more Pomona College: admission consideration to the college (requires a 3.5
What is to be is not set
GPA).*After speaking to the director of Transfer Admissions,
Destiny by divine orchestration he told me SATs are optional but preferred, Call to conﬁrm.
Coincidence as ships on tide
For in a moments passing California State University, Long Beach: guaranteed admission to the University
Two roads before me rise Honors Program.
To My Left California State University, Dominguez Hills: guaranteed admission to the
To My Right
A path each to its own
A choice defined Top tier schools see that you have taken a challenging curriculum during your
A future set
academic career so that you can continue to compete at a rigorous level when you
Perhaps arrive at their school. Honors courses assure the admissions ofﬁcers that your
To my left your sweet embrace for which I long curriculum is more intensive than the regularly offered courses. Just completion of
Loves bough perhaps at a later time the program is a bonus to many schools. On the Common Application, many of the
Captivated university supplements have a check box asking if you were a participant in your
Captured school’s honors program. For those who lack in SAT/ACT scores, a strong curriculum
My heart no longer truly mine can help balance that shortcoming.
From one out of two Aside from admissions statistics, the honors courses at El Camino are taught by staff
who are enthusiastic about their subject. They can inspire students who are weary of
I jealously guard that which is mine
To yield is not of one such as I their degree program, just by having a passion about what they teach. Also, the
To know only one classes are mostly ﬁlled with students who are also highly motivated, so you are sure
to ﬁnd friends with whom you can study.
But what may other futures hold
To my right the path I walk alone
Standing no longer by my side
Educating Your Transfer
By: Raul Rodriguez
At what cost
With an attendance of over 1,200 fellow transfer student, students had the opportunity to
Maintain that of before
If nothing lost community college students the TAP Transfer attend seventeen different types of workshops,
Is anything gained Conference, held at UCLA, was an campus and housing tours, and an information
Pressing onward enlightening experience. On November 21, fair. The workshops covered informative topics
As before 2008, thirty ﬁve El Camino students decided to including scholarship information, honors
With nothing more
take an initiative to their education and hopped scholar programs, and undergraduate research
Two roads diverge on a charter bus, equipped with reclining seats opportunities. A UCLA admissions
I know not where I stand
and plenty of leg room, to the city of representative spoke about individual major
On solid ground Westwood. requirements and insightful tips about the
On sure footing
Awaiting the students was an enlightening application process. With students asking
Perhaps not and enriching experience ﬁlled with seminars personal and general questions, I found the
Where from here and campus tours. As students were lead to the ﬁfteen minutes of Q&A to be the most
Where to tread registration site, the intoxicating smell of sugar, informative.
For I shall wait for a time carbs, and coffee made the hour long commute If you were unable to attend the conference
Perhaps more than worthwhile. Students then there is actually mini version March 24, 2008.
A Moment There proceeded to Royce Hall where they were Although geared for incoming and ﬁrst year
welcomed by Betty Glick, the Associate Vice students it is still an excellent opportunity for
Provost for Undergraduate Education. anyone considering the UC system to help better
After a motivational pep talk by a former educate themselves on what is to come.
The Recession of the United States
Book Banning Economy: Who is to Blame?
By: Camila Jenkin By: Yasmine Mahida
A couple weeks ago I stopped by my repeatedly What is happening to our economy? It
banned seems like every time I turn on the television,
local library to pick up a few books and
T h e something terrible is happening. Whether it is
was horriﬁed to notice an article pinned
Adventures the ridiculous gas prices, people losing homes
to the library wall claiming that a school
o f because they were unable to pay for it, or that
in San Juan Capistrano had decided to
Huckleberry another number of people have lost money
ban the popular Twilight series from their
Finn from because of another stock market crash, there
school library for the four days
s c h o o l is something that is having a negative effect
curricula for on our economy. How is it that the United
“displaying States has reached such a low point? The
Although I personally have never read
racism.” According to Amazon.com’s answer lies in us- the citizens of the United
the series, the article I saw posted
“Forbidden Library” page, books have States.
reminded me that book banning is still
been banned for everything from
rampant in schools across America.
“promoting feminist views” (for Henrik The last time the U.S. felt the economy
According to the American Library
Ibsen’s A Doll’s House) to “criminalizing was is trouble was during the Great
Association, there were 546 known
the foresting industry” (for Dr. Seuss’s Depression. According to
attempts to remove books from libraries
The Lorax). associatedcontent.com, Americans were
in 2006, and there have been more than
9,200 attempts since 1990. This is an relying on cheap credit to obtain new cars,
The American Library Association furniture, and other luxuries preceding the
issue that belongs, not to the distant past,
(ALA) supports the First Amendment, Great Depression. Americans then took out
but to our contemporary lives.
freedom of speech and expression, and small loans, in the same way Americans
has an entire section dedicated to the un- today are using credit cards. Manufacturing
Concerned parents and religious
censorship of literature. Speciﬁcally, the and agriculture increased, so more was
organizations seem to be the main
ALA hosts “Banned Books Week” every available, and therefore, prices dropped.
proponents of book-banning in schools.
year to educate the public on this subject. Unfortunately, afterwards, people realized
Many series of children’s books, including
In the words of Tamara Forslun, an that they had home, car, business, and
the atheistic His Dark Materials by Philip
advocator of freedom of expression who material loans to pay, but were not able to
Pullman, and its Christian counterpart
believes that books based on differing pay them all. As a result of all this,
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis,
cultures and belief systems should not be unemployment rose, businesses were closed,
have been banned from libraries all over
censored based on individual fears, “We and homes were taken away. In no time, our
the county by opposing religious
cannot remove something from this world country was in the Great Depression.
organizations. Likewise, parents have
because of fear and ignorance.”
Currently, our economy is reaching a
Blue & Gold: The Life and Times of a Bruin similar situation. Housing and gas prices are
rising, but our paychecks are not. Not even a
By: Kanza Shaheen college degree guarantees a job better than
Undecided, curious, afraid, or even excited? Are you experiencing some of these emotions? working in a fast-food restaurant. Many
Well, it’s okay! These are just some of the feelings you might be having while ﬁlling out Americans are struggling just to survive!
undergraduate university applications. It’s normal! Trust me. I’ve been through it.
These were just a few of the symptoms I was having while at El Camino. As a
transfer student to UCLA, I had many thoughts and questions and a lot of
uncertainty about getting accepted to a prestigious university. Would they accept
me? Is my G.P.A high enough? Wait, I don’t think I have enough community service!
Most important, what am I going to write on my personal statements?!
Relax, everything is going to be just ﬁne. I can say this because I am speaking
from experience. I had so many thoughts running through my head which
disallowed me to focus on anything else. I soon realized that I had been prepped
really well by the El Camino College Honors Transfer Program. I began to feel comfortable Newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org
with all my achievements and took advantage of all the seminars that were offered to help me
ﬁll out my application. Before I knew it, I was clicking “submit” and knew it would be only Club: email@example.com
matter of time before I received my acceptance.
Honors Transfer Program:
Like many of you, I wondered if UCLA would be right for me, I wondered if I was smart firstname.lastname@example.org
enough to last among geniuses. Persist, and you will do great.