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Smoking ban passes SCC

FLAME MAY GO OUT ON CIGARETTES — Photography major Mitzy Agraz and other smokers may be out of luck next year if the governing board votes to ban all nicotine products on campus. SWC is the only San Diego County college not to enact a ban.
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Where there is smoking there is fire, but a new draft policy passed by the Shared Consultation Counsel is an effort to clear the air once and for all. If passed by the governing board it will formally ban all forms of smoking on the Southwestern College main campus and its satellites in National City, Otay Mesa, Coronado and San Ysidro. A previous policy, which attempted to limit smoking to four areas in or near parking lots, was nearly universally considered a failure due to lack of enforcement. Academic Senate President Patti Flores-Charter said most faculty have expressed support for a ban, but not all. “When the policy was first introduced at SCC we did not have a 100 percent…

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Valladolid exits governing board after 16 years

After four terms spanning 16 years on the Southwestern College Governing Board, Trustee Terri Valladolid retired. Board members and staff said their good-byes to Valladolid and welcomed Governing Board Member-Elect Griselda Delgado at the Nov. 12 meeting. Valladolid was honored by local government officials. The City of Chula Vista and the County of San Diego declared Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 Terri Valladolid Day. Trustee Norma Hernandez said she appreciated Valladolid’s commitment to her job. “Her passion for empowering students, parents …

LED project lights the way for savings

Let there be light! — as long as it is cost-effective, energy-efficient LED light. Southwestern College has begun the process of switching off fluorescent lights and switching to light-emitting diode (LED) illumination. Classrooms in the 400 and 500 series buildings on the Chula Vista campus are lighting the way. John Brown, director of facilities, said they were placed there with longevity in mind. “These buildings were chosen because according to the Facilities Master Plan they most likely will remain in usage for the next 20-25 years,” he said. LED lights have a feature called light harvesting, said Brown, which will save energy as SWC continues to go green SWC filed a successful energy expenditure plan application with the California Energy …

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Part-time instructors seek better treatment

All men may be created equal, but not all college instructors are treated equally. That was the message from a vocal group of adjunct instructors during Campus Equity Week, a nationwide initiative to draw attention to the working conditions of part-time instructors. “Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions!” announced Geoffery Johnson, an English instructor and Southwestern College Education Association Adjunct Representative, at an outdoor public seminar in front of the cafeteria focused on the plight of part-time professors at …

(l-r) SWC President Dr. Melinda Nish, Governing Board Trustee Humberto Peraza, Trustee Nora Vargas, Outgoing-Board President Terri Valladolid, Board Vice President Norma Hernandez, Trustee Tim Nader and Student Trustee Sayaka Ridley. Photo by Jaime Pronoble

November Governing Board Report: Valladolid Retires

Southwestern College Governing Board President Terri Valladolid has bid her final farewell to SWC. After 16 years of service, her final governing board meeting was Wednesday, Nov. 12. Board members and SWC staff said their goodbyes to Valladolid and welcomed Governing Board Member-Elect Griselda Delgado. In a retirement ceremony earlier in the day, Valladolid was honored by city, state and national government officials. The City of Chula Vista and the County of San Diego declared Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 Terri …

SMOKEY AND THE BATHROOM - Chula Vista Fire Department respond to reports of smoke coming from the 500 building male restroom.

Arson Investigation for Friday Fire

Campus Police Chief Michael Cash said in a global email sent to SWC staff that there is currently an open arson investigation into the fire that was started in the men’s 500 building restroom Friday. Things were heating up when custodians discovered smoke coming from the facility on November 7. At the time, Campus Police Sergeant Robert Sanchez said little was known about the situation except it may have been an electrical fire. It has now been deemed a crime …

SMOKEY AND THE BATHROOM - Chula Vista Fire Department respond to reports of smoke coming from the 500 building male restroom.

Police and Firefighters Respond to ‘Possible Electrical Fire’ in Men’s Bathroom

  Smoke was seen coming out of the men’s 500 building restroom at Southwestern College at 2:45 p.m. The smoke has since dissipated and firefighters have left the scene. There are no reported injuries. Campus Police Sergeant Robert Sanchez said little is known about the situation. “All we know is we responded to a possible electrical fire in the men’s restroom in the 500 building,” said Sanchez. Sanchez said details are preliminary and SWCPD is still conducting an investigation. “Until …

GOLDEN EVENING AT GOLDEN HALL— Griselda Delgado and supporters celebrate her election to the SWC Governing Board. She takes office Dec. 17.

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Delgado wins seat No. 1

Griselda Delgado won the election for SWC Governing Board Seat No. 1 Tuesday, Nov. 4. Delgado received 38 percent of the vote, Jaime Mercado trailed in second with 32 percent and Veronica Valdivia – who ran no campaign – received 30 percent. “Students first” was the theme of Delgado’s campaign. “My heart is with the students and I know whatever happens, it will always be with the South Bay students and their future,” she said. Delgado said she was thankful …

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Election 2014: TOO CLOSE TO CALL

  It is a two-and-a-half way race for Seat #1 on the Southwestern College Governing Board and candidates Griselda Delgado and Jaime Mercado are in a virtual dead heat according to a poll conducted by The Sun. A survey of 175 SWC students and employees who stated they would vote in the Nov. 4 election showed Mercado with 13 percent and Delgado with 12 percent. Candidate Veronica Valdivia drew support from five percent of those surveyed despite not mounting a …

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Section of campus quarantined after false Ebola scare

Story updated Thursday October 16, at 11:10 p.m. Southwestern College officials announced this afternoon that the student who originally expressed fear that she and her sister may have been in contact with an airline passenger with Ebola has recanted her story, according to Police Chief Michael Cash. An estimated 50-75 students from several classes in a quad near the student’s class were quarantined for more than four hours before being released around 1 p.m. Cash said the student recanted her …

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Jaguars prowl new home

    Southwestern College’s long-awaited $45 million DeVore Stadium 2.0 has opened its gates to the community — well, some of it. Neighboring Bonita Vista High School’s Barons found SWC barren. BVH football players were not allowed access to the new locker rooms, training facilities, concession facilities, water, ice or even toilet paper at their home opener. SWC has a lifetime obligation to share facilities with BVH — which helped build the stadium — and college officials quickly issued an …