IVC’s organic farm offers nutritious alternatives

By Sophia DeFelice

Henry Wallace, who teaches organic farming classes at IVC, chats with Nanda Schorske, dean of the campus.

Henry Wallace, who teaches organic farming classes at IVC, chats with Nanda Schorske, dean of the campus.

If Marin County isn’t at the forefront of bringing organic foods to school children, it certainly is a contender now. The College of Marin has been leading the charge with its Novato-based organic farm, aimed at teaching children and adults alike about a lifestyle of healthy eating.

Nanda Schorske, Executive Dean of Indian Valley Campus and Workforce and Economic Development has been at COM for 8 years.  Schorske oversees the Organic Farm and Garden at IVC.

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Marshall Northcott remembered

By Leslie Lee

Marshall Northcott stands above a beach just  south of Pacifica on a clear, windy day last year.

Marshall Northcott stands above a beach just
south of Pacifica on a clear, windy day last year.

 

Marshall Northcott, director of the Information Technology Department, died on July 6 at his home in Hayward, California. The cancer that took him originated in his early thirties as a melanoma tumor on his leg. It took two operations to completely remove the tumor.  In the subsequent years before his death, Marshall received regular screening blood tests to ensure early treatment should the cancer return. His last blood test in February 2013 showed that he was clear. By the time he fell ill in late May, his doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized to his brain. Prognosis was terminal. He spent his last days at home, comforted by his family, and the emails he received from the College of Marin staff.

Marshall started working for COM on April 1, 2010. In his role as the Director of the Information Technology Department, Marshall managed a staff of approximately sixteen to eighteen employees by himself until March 18, 2013, when Jeff Fleisher was hired as a supervisor.

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Four candidates vie for board of trustee positions

By R.J. Heckelman and Andrew Lino

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From left to right: Barbara Dolan, Brady Bevis, Wanden Treanor, and Diana Conti

The College of Marin Board of Trustees is comprised of seven trustees and one student trustee. The job of the board is to oversee the operations of the college, and vote on program funding. Essentially they decide how the local tax and government funding will be used. The goal of the trustees is to provide the best possible educational opportunities for the students of College of Marin.

The board controls what classes, and what majors will be offered, depending on the budget. Along with President David Wain Coon, the board supervises the hiring of faculty and instructors at the college.

Three positions on the board will be filled by popular vote on November 5th. It is a countywide election, and on the same ballots as local bond measures. Running for the three openings are incumbents Wanden Treanor, Diana Conti, and Barbara Dolan, as well as new candidate Brady Bevis from Novato.

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This land is not your land

Visitors, businesses and students affected by government shutdown

By Nash Kurilko

Point Reyes National Seashore was one of 59 national parks that were closed during the 16-day government shutdown. Public beaches like this one were off-limits to the public.

Point Reyes National Seashore was one of 59 national parks that were closed during the 16-day government shutdown. Public beaches like this one were off-limits to the public.

When the Republican-controlled House shut down the government, nobody knew how long it would last or what the immediate effects would be. It was only when 59 national parks across America began closing that most citizens—and tourists—realized the full ramifications of the shutdown.

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, Bolinas Ridge, Stinson Beach, and Point Reyes National Seashore were among the Bay Area parks included in the closure. Of Marin’s 332,928 acres, 118,669 are parks, reservoirs, or conservation areas. When the national parks closed,  nearly 30 percent of Marin was off-limits to  the public.

The effect on local tourism was devastating. According to a February 2013 report issued by the National Park Service, Point Reyes, Muir Woods and the Golden Gate National Seashore generate $445 million a year in total revenue, and employ roughly 3,400 people.

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Uncertain future looms over campus bookstore

By Leslie Lee

Many instructors advise students to shop around for the best deal on their textbooks.

“You can get the textbook for this class at the college bookstore for about $113.00, but you will probably be able to get it cheaper on Amazon,” said one professor.

Despite the fact that Barnes and Noble owns the Kentfield campus bookstore, their website is selling the same book for 22 percent less than the college bookstore.

The school’s board of trustees has expressed concern about our bookstore’s inability to compete in the marketplace. Barnes and Noble has been leasing COM’s bookstore for 26 years. The trustees have extended the lease for another year.

“Extending the lease on an annual basis allows for flexibility in adjusting the commission structure,” says Jonathan Eldridge, Vice President of Student Services.

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Miss California’s inspiration: IT’s Wendy Lee, mom extraordinaire

Miss California, Crystal Lee, who became the first runner up in the recent Miss America pageant, made numerous television appearances with her mom, Wendy Lee.

Miss California, Crystal Lee, who became the first runner up in the recent Miss America pageant, made numerous television appearances with her mom, Wendy Lee.

By Shirley Beaman

She flashes two thumbs up when she knows her daughter has nailed a performance.  It’s the special “signal” longtime College of Marin employee Wendy Lee gives her daughter, Crystal Lee, current Miss California and runner up to Miss America 2014.

“It has become something Crystal looks for when she’s onstage,” says Wendy.  “She always looks for me in the audience, she always knows where I am.”

It’s the kind of support you would expect from a mother who was named after two pageant queens in Taiwan, where Wendy Lee was born.  Her Chinese name, given to her by her father, is derived from the names of two women who were “beautiful on the inside and the outside.” It would prove to be a harbinger for Crystal’s success in the beauty pageant arena.

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Almost Miss America

COM alumna, Miss California, selected first runner-up

By Sophia DeFelice

Crystal Lee, our current Miss California, was first runner-up to becoming Miss America.

Crystal Lee, our current Miss California, was first runner-up to becoming Miss America.

They stand face-to-face, hands held tight, tensions mounting. Miss America 2014 is about to be crowned. The two finalists for America’s premier pageant hug each other. And whisper in each other’s ear.

Miss California wears an elegant long-sleeved, full-length lilac evening gown. Her silver studded cuffs sparkle. Miss New York wears a bright yellow evening gown with a plunging V neckline.

They appear to be best friends. The TV camera pans to the audience, where both sets of parents stand anxiously next to one another.

Chris Harrison, who also hosts “The Bachelor,” explains to viewers that the first runner up receives a $25,000 scholarship. And should anything happen to Miss America, the first runner up would carry out her duties.

Moments later, Harrison announces the winner – Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, the second year in a row that a contestant from the Empire State has won the competition.

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