Articles for the final issue are up

This month’s articles will the the last for the semester. The Echo Times has produced a 16-page issue which is out on stands as of Monday, May 13. Included are several student feature stories, such as former COM alumni Terry Bozzio (now ranked #5 on Rolling Stone’s list of all-time greatest drummers), part two of our story on Iraq War veteran Jake Velloza, and the personal journeys of some of our student writers.

Don’t miss our news stories of the ASCOM election results, Q&A with COM president David Wain Coon, upcoming summer classes, and faculty member Oak Downing (under the “Features>Faculty” tab). There is also a Baseball update on the COM Mariners.

Lastly, there are new A&E articles up for COM’s production of “I Hate Hamlet,” and for the “Private Road Paintings” exhibit.

Thank you for following us this semester. We’ll see you in the Fall!

President Coon on the state of the campus

By Kyle Dang

President Coon is optimistic about College of Marin’s future.

President Coon is optimistic about College of Marin’s future.

The College of Marin Spring 2013 semester is fast coming to an end, and the campus is still buzzing with activity.  Buildings all over the Kentfield campus are taped up, locked, and vacant. Teachers and staff are being moved from building to building, making it hard for them to settle down and focus on instructing students.  The College of Marin Foundation, an independent organization tied to COM dedicated to distributing scholarships and grants, recently had its board resign in its entirety. Their resignation was in protest of an audit that would eventually prove their mismanagement of over $400,000. And all of these troubles are exacerbated by the college’s redline budget, which has forced cuts to both credit course offerings and faculty.

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ASCOM election results a mixed bag

By Jim Gessner

Newly elected ASCOM President Steven Petker (right) outlines his agenda for fall 2013 during  an interview in the Echo Times offices as Jim Gessner (left) looks on.

Newly elected ASCOM President Steven Petker (right) outlines his agenda for fall 2013 during an interview in the Echo Times offices as Jim Gessner (left) looks on.

The headline could have read: “ASCOM election turnout unprecedented in recent memory,” or “Steven Petker wins ASCOM presidential election by huge margin”, or perhaps “voter turnout larger than expected.” Any number of things that, while factually correct, miss the point entirely. While 494 ballots cast was an unprecedented turnout in recent memory—last year only 176 votes were cast, it is an anemic count for a student body of 6,662.

Who’s to blame? We are. The students of College of Marin. The administration and faculty are not here to make us care about our future, they are here to give us the tools to make these decisions for ourselves. If we fail to use these tools, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Summer classes announced

By Cecilia Jordan

Children in lion costumes pose for the upcoming summer course catalogue while raising awareness for the Marin Chinese Cultural Association.

Children in lion costumes pose for the upcoming summer course catalogue while raising awareness for the Marin Chinese Cultural Association.

During the summer most students want to be as far away from campus as possible. They want to enjoy the summer and maybe get the chance for a vacation away from the tedious life we live. But this is an invitation to do something a little differen – to try a community education class offered here at the College of Marin. These non-credit classes are offered with a fee to students ages 13 to as old as 90, on a seven to eight week quarterly basis.

Jason Lau, Director of Community Education Life Long Learning and International Education, encourages everyone to take advantage of these classes. Last year alone, the community education program at COM served over 10,000 students at the Kentfield and Indian Valley campus and Lau hopes with the addition of 16 new classes, this number will only go up.

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For former COM student Terry Bozzio, the beat goes on

By Nash Kurilko

Terry Bozzio, who’s played with Frank Zappa and other rock legends, performs with his 50-piece drum set. Bozzio earned his associates in art degree at College of Marin in Spring 1972.

Terry Bozzio, who’s played with Frank Zappa and other rock legends, performs with his 50-piece drum set. Bozzio earned his associates in art degree at College of Marin in Spring 1972.

In January, Rolling Stone named him fifth on their list of the greatest drummers in rock. He’s considered one of the preeminent drummers alive, but most College of Marin students don’t even know Terry Bozzio honed his skills at the Kentfield Campus.

Bozzio attended COM from 1969 to 1972. He would go on to play with some of the most famous names in rock, including Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Jeff Beck, Billy Cobham, Niel Peart and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Today, Bozzio does gigs as a clinical drummer, musical instructor and touring artist.

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