Spring 2018 final exam schedule

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This schedule is for all campuses.

NOTE: Due to potential conflicts with lab finals on the first day of the final assessment period, faculty will work with their department chair and dean to schedule their final lab assessment on a day and a time approved by the department chair and dean.

THURSDAY, MAY 3

6:30-9 a.m. All TTH classes that begin at 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.-noon All TTH classes that begin at 9:30 a.m.

12:30-3 p.m. All TTH classes that begin at 12:30 p.m.

3:30-6 p.m. All TTH classes that begin at 3:30 p.m.

6:30-9 p.m. All TTH classes that begin at 6:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.-midnight All TTH classes that begin at 7:30 and 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 4, SATURDAY, MAY 5 and SUNDAY, MAY 6

All Friday-only, Saturday-only and Sunday-only classes meet at regular class times and locations on the last day of the term with the final assessment of 150 minutes administered during that time frame.

MONDAY, MAY 7

6:30-9 a.m. All MW classes that begin at 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.-noon All MW classes that begin at 9:30 a.m. 

12:30-3 p.m. All MW classes that begin at 12:30 p.m.

3:30-6 p.m. All MW classes that begin at 3:30 p.m.

6:30-9 p.m. All MW classes that begin at 6:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.-midnight All MW classes that begin at 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 8

8-10:30 a.m. All TTH classes that begin at 8 and 8:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All TTH classes that begin at 10:30 and 11 a.m.

2-4:30 p.m. All TTH classes that begin at 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m.

5-7:30 p.m. All TTH classes that begin at 4:30 and 5 p.m.

8-10:30 p.m. All TTH classes that begin at 9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

8-10:30 a.m All MW classes that begin at 8 and 8:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All MW classes that begin at 10:30 and 11 a.m. 

2-4:30 p.m All MW classes that begin at 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. 

5-7:30 p.m All MW classes that begin at 4:30 and 5 p.m.

8-10:30 p.m All MW classes that begin at 7:30 and 8 p.m.

EIGHT-WEEK SECTIONS

2ND EIGHT-WEEK SECTION

Classes meet the first meeting of the last week with the 150-minute final during the last class meeting.

TCC readies for pomp, circumstance

About 2,000 TCC students are expected to participate in two commencement ceremonies May 12 at Fort Worth Convention Center, up from last year’s 1,750 graduates.
About 2,000 TCC students are expected to participate in two commencement ceremonies May 12 at Fort Worth Convention Center, up from last year’s 1,750 graduates. Collegian file photo

By Kathryn Kelman/editor-in-chief

The Class of 2018 will turn their tassels May 12 at TCC’s commencement ceremonies.

Two ceremonies will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, one at 11 a.m. for graduates assigned to NE, SE and Connect Campuses and the other at 3 p.m. for graduates assigned to NW, South and TR Campuses, said district admissions and records director Rebecca Griffith. 

“All early college high school graduates will participate in the ceremony which corresponds to their campus,” she said. 

Both ceremonies will last approximately two hours. 

Opportunities for students to celebrate triumphs are rare, and every educational credential earned is a major accomplishment, said TCC’s communications, public relations and event marketing executive director Suzanne Groves.

“It’s also a time for friends and family who supported each graduate to share in the joy,” she said. 

This year, the college expects to have over 2,000 graduates participate, which is up from last year’s 1,750 participants, Groves said. But the 2,000 participants are only a fraction of the number of students who will receive a degree and/or certificate. 

“In the most recent complete reporting year, TCC students earned more than 7,800 degrees and certificates,” Groves said. 

Graduates were assigned a check-in time, which appears on the name card they’re required to have, she said. 

“Name cards will be mailed to students no later than Friday, May 4,” Griffith said.

The cards will also have the graduates’ assigned ceremony. They will be mailed to the address the college has on record, she said. 

To get a name card, students must submit a Commencement Participation or Commencement Walk-Only Approval Form. The deadline to apply to participate in commencement is May 4. 

“See an advisor immediately if you have not yet applied to participate,” Groves said. “Requests after May 4 cannot be honored.”

The online version of the forms are no longer available through WebAdvisor, but the paper version can still be obtained in any campus advising office. 

TCC’s 2018 commencement ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Graduates have until May 4 to apply to participate in the ceremonies.
TCC’s 2018 commencement ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Graduates have until May 4 to apply to participate in the ceremonies.
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Friends and families who come to see the graduates walk can enter the arena an hour before the ceremony, she said. Guests do not need tickets to enter. 

The ceremonies will be live-streamed, so those that can’t attend can still watch, she said. Recordings of the live-streams will also be available on TCC’s website after May 12. 

“Free parking and shuttle service is available starting at 9 a.m. from the TR Campus and will continue until all who need a ride back to the campus are served, at least until 6 p.m.,” Groves said. “Park in the TR garage, enter the building and follow signs to the pickup point at Trinity Circle.” 

TCC’s graduation ceremonies will not feature graduates lined up alphabetically, Griffith said. 

“Graduates will walk by degree type,” she said. 

TCC has no dress code for what students should wear under the gowns, but due to the amount of walking and standing, Groves recommends people wear comfortable shoes. 

Graduates can get their caps and gowns, provided by TCC at no cost to the student, at any TCC bookstore through May 8, she said. 

For anyone that can’t pick up their cap and gown by that date, a limited supply will be available at the ceremony during check-in, Griffith said. 

“To pick up, a student must be approved for participation,” she said. 

Honors cords for those eligible will be distributed at the convention center, and Phi Theta Kappa stoles are available for a fee through the NE Campus PTK chapter or at the ceremony. 

TCC is also having a cap decorating contest. Students can post a picture of their decorated cap on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TCCgrads. Entries will be judged on creativity with an added bonus for those who represent their field of study on their cap. 

“The winner will get two Texas Rangers tickets and gear,” according to an email sent by NE student activities. 

Students can submit photos of their cap using the hashtag or post the photo to TCC’s Facebook wall until 5 p.m. the day of graduation.

Students can share their graduation stories using the same hashtag. They can also tag the college on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram, Griffith said. To tag it on twitter, use the handle @TCCollege. For Instagram, use @TarrantCountyCollege. 

“Be sure to make your post public so we’re to see it and include it in the contest,” she said. “We’ll narrow it down to our top four and then turn the vote over to you on our social media pages.” 

Students can also honor professors, advisors, family members or friends that have helped them along their educational journey with a personalized tribute at alumni.tccd.edu/tributes. 

For any questions about commencement, visit www.tccd.edu/academics/graduation/ or email graduation@tccd.edu.

Student Achievement Awards 2018

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South

Business and Technology

  • Alan Escoto

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Jennifer Smith

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Brandon Youssi

Humanities

  • Abigail Sunshine Josey

Community and Industry Education

  • Denisse Valdez
  • Cathryn Crook
  • Kai Pan
  • Ethan Tate

Veteran Student of the Year

  • Samuel Choi

Northeast

All-Texas Community College Academic Team

  • Kelly Doyle
  • Brandon Kelley

Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar

  • Brandon Kelley

Thumos Student Leader

  • Rashel Hariford

Thumos Student Organization

Tennis Club:

  • Wesley Jauch Edwards
  • Karrabi Blankenship
  • Tim Sebesta

Communications, Arts and Entertainment

  • Gabrielle Saleh
  • Jon Patino
  • Debbie Smith
  • Gilmore Aarestad
  • Amir Abusaad
  • Taylor Kenda
  • Olivia Bryant
  • Karla Lara
  • Sisi Kang
  • Fernando Marrufo
  • Joshua Pierce
  • Madeline Nortz
  • Hetalbahen Patel
  • Francisco Leano
  • Rashel Hariford

Mathematics and Science

  • Emily Musembi
  • Virginia Appelgate
  • Victor Galaviz
  • Sihanya Rocha
  • Joseph Clements
  • David Lokwa
  • Gabrielle Saleh
  • Donald Ewelugo
  • Shelby King
  • Clelia Bizumuremyi
  • Emma Tyree
  • Madeline Nortz
  • Rashel Hariford

Social and Human Sciences

  • Sisi Kang
  • Donald Ewelugo
  • Alice Muhindura
  • Gabrielle Saleh
  • Hetalbahen Patel
  • Molly Wright
  • Clelia Bizumuremyi
  • Madeline Nortz
  • Dylan Patterson
  • Carisse Sutton
  • Jana Alkhawam
  • Jamileh Shiber

Technology, Health and Business

  • Ling-Chai Tsai
  • Dua Ahmed
  • Rushelle Wetzel
  • Nensa Kondeh

Student Leadership Recognition

  • Stacy Kohm
  • Conner Reyes
  • Karrabi Blankenship
  • Oliver Blankenship
  • Brandon Kelley
  • Rashel Hariford
  • Shamila Issa
  • Katie Saenz
  • Xania Murray
  • Berkley Breaux
  • Kathryn Derouin
  • Bianca Vaituulala
  • Riley Ornelas

Student Leadership Academy

  • Horacio Aguilera
  • Arif Ali
  • Clelia Bizumuremyi
  • Judy Cardenas
  • Akira French
  • Diana Hadad
  • Brenda Hails
  • Sisi Kang
  • Rebecca Kansarye
  • Jennifer Kuylen
  • Charles Laison
  • Karla Orozco
  • Hetalbahen Patel

New Student Orientation Peer Leaders

  • Clelia Bizumuremyi
  • Aylin Castillo
  • Lazaro Colorado
  • Kirsten Cusimano
  • Natalie Goben
  • Diana Hadad
  • Sisi Kang
  • Tai Kapaji
  • Daria Ludlow
  • America Segovia
  • Nathaniel Walker
  • Molly Wright

NSO Peer Support Crew

  • Bianca Davidson
  • Donna de Lisser
  • Xavier Loudermilk

Northwest

Academic Foundations

  • Kevin Alvarez
  • Malaysia Pena

Chemistry

  • Zachary Kevil
  • Ty Washburn

Aviation

  • William Gregg
  • Caleb Seger

Geology

  • Andrea Graeber
  • Jordyn Rogers

Pilot Program

  • Mathieu Weiss

Physics

  • Amanda Henson
  • Michelle Shegedin

Behavioral Sciences

  • Alexis Barron
  • Giancarlo Munoz

Communications

  • Joseph Whiting
  • Valentin De La Rosa

Biology

  • Leandra Hendrix
  • Kitauna Roberts

English

  • Bailey Humble
  • Moses Contreras

Business/Management

  • Rachel Wood
  • Conner Burt

Environmental Technology

  • Joe Garza
  • Melissa Kocher

Computer Science

  • Edrik Aguilera
  • Steven Cavazos

Criminal Justice

  • Kimberly Tejada-Ibarra
  • Samantha Doyle

Economics

  • Melissa Do Canto
  • Abigail Quezada-Artea

Geography/History

  • Teresa McGee
  • Gavin Mitchell

Government

  • Brandye Nettles

Kinesiology

  • Venus Sanchez
  • Gladys Olivares

Horticulture

  • Che Short
  • Chris Unger

Math

  • Joline Sikora
  • Haley Trudeau

Logistics

  • Catherine Gorecki
  • Glorian Germany

Student Activities

  • Stacie Hill
  • Kelly Coffman

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Amber Kraatz
  • Elizabeth Everett

Southeast

Accounting

  • Jennifer Lam

Business

  • Chimere Carr

Economics

  • Thomas Hardin

Management

  • Asman Abo Hlala

Culinary Arts

  • Alma Jauregui

Dietetics

  • Tonja Danielle Montgomery

Hospitality

  • Elizabeth Ventura

Network Support AAS

  • Jayson Taylor

Programming

  • Mark Thomasson

Security

  • Casey Reynolds

Web/Internet Services

  • James Sy

National Technical Honor Society

  • Clintricia Baker

Philosophy

  • Forrest Neufeldt

Psychology

  • Kimberly Kammel

Sociology

  • John Lam

History

  • Justin Oehlke

Government

  • Peyton Grimm

Spanish

  • Molly Rice

Cornerstone Honors Program

  • Lauren Magruder

British Literature

  • Laurin Mendelsohn

English Composition

  • Jessica Phillips

ESOL

  • Ilka Cziczka

Art

  • Faith Nguyen

Dance

  • Whitney Moore

Music

  • Jirda Nguyen

Speech

  • Jordyn Nicole Murphy

Drama

  • Bethany Dumond

Kinesiology

  • Jonathan Perez

Biology

  • Jerry John

Mathematics

  • Khiem Nguyen

Chemistry

  • Neaz Almir

Geology

  • Arisbeth Marquez

Physics

  • Luke Pritchett

Engineering

  • Godwin Amosi

ESL

  • Maria Chargoy Lopez

Computer Animation/CAD 3D Printing

  • Cody Sheridan

Office Careers Program

  • Amanda C. Tostado

Python Coding

  • Xabrieth Cole

GED

  • Victor Perez
  • Brandi Dodd
  • Linh Ngo

Arlington Collegiate High School

  • April Munoz

Mansfield Collegiate High School

  • Andrew Martinez

Library

  • Oanh Mai

Arlington ISD, Dual Credit

  • Phuong Do, Seguin H.S.

Mansfield ISD, Dual Credit

  • Natalee Gallardo, Timberview H.S.

Charter/Private Partnership

  • Hudson Brunson, Fellowship Academy

Supplemental Instruction

  • Yoon Soon Kwon

Texas Region Hall of Honor for Outstanding Officers & 2017-2018 All-Texas Academic Team

  • Mariam Diakite
  • Aima Ovai

Phi Theta Kappa

  • Mariam Diakite

Texas Regional Vice President

  • Beta Delta Omicron — Mayur Bhakta

Jim Bolen AMATYC Competition Top 10 Award

  • Matthew Walton
  • Jaehyeon Shim
  • Khiem Nguyen
  • Viet Vinh Dien Nguyen
  • Phat Nguyen
  • Tram Pham
  • James Rodgers Jr.
  • Phuc Bui
  • Jeric Jones
  • Thien Huy
  • Cloe Kouadjo

Mu Alpha Theta

  • Aima Ovai

Trinity River

Humanities

  • Jada Hawkins

American Sign Language

  • Lindsey Torres

Sign Language Interpreting

  • Kourtney Brown

Speech

  • Mya’ Moss

Drama

  • Diana Martinez

Academic Foundations

  • Blanca Almodovar

English

  • Christine Mi Nguyen

Behavioral Sciences

  • Dmytro Shemaniuk

Art

  • Raymond Parral

Spanish

  • Maria Guadalupe Ruiz Ramirez

History and Government

  • Katie O’Brien

Life Science

  • Paul Adkison

Physical Science

  • Oluwabunmi Omiyale

Business

  • Daniel Clark

Computer Science

  • Rachel Rumbo

Marketing

  • Viviana Lopez

Math

  • Leslie Torres

Library Technology

  • Richard Binder

Health Care Professions

  • Teresa Dombrowski

Radiologic Technology

  • Julie Chapman

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • Lindsay Jones

Computed Tomography

  • Hannah Gay

Physical Therapy Assistant

  • Lindsey McCormick

Long Term Care Administration

  • Marquita Doss

Respiratory Care

  • Jamie Jerome

Surgical Technology

  • Mikaela Gallardo

Health Information Technology

  • Gagandeep Sandhu

Excellence in Nursing

  • Shayla Larsen

Excellence in Vocational Nursing

  • Mauricio Arias Esperanza

Outstanding Student Worker

  • Natalia Luna
  • Pamela McCloud
  • Dora Denise Major

Trinity River Service

  • James Martinez

Emerging Leader

  • Reynaldo Garza-Juarez

Outstanding Student Organization Sponsor

  • Iris Duarte

Organization Service

  • Pre-Health Professions Club

Organization

  • Pre-Health Professions Club

All-Star of the Year

  • Jeremy Cornelius

Executive Class

  • David Dominguez

Trinity River SGA

  • Minika Tharpe

President’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership

  • David Dominguez

Professor wins honor

NE sociology professor Murray Fortner is a recipient of the 2018 Piper Professor Award, which goes to outstanding college teachers in Texas.
NE sociology professor Murray Fortner is a recipient of the 2018 Piper Professor Award, which goes to outstanding college teachers in Texas. Photo by Lacey Phillips/The Collegian

By Michael Foster-Sanders/campus editor

NE Campus sociology professor Murray Fortner was selected as one of 10 recipients for the Piper Professor Award, which goes to outstanding teachers from colleges in Texas. 

The award recognizes professors for outstanding academic, scientific and scholarly achievement and for dedication to the teaching profession.

Fortner, who students call “Coach” due to his sports-like teaching mentality, considers students his team, and he gives them the tools to achieve success.

“I think, for me, sports is a metaphor about life,” he said. “The objective is completion, is success, and I think that all coaches are good teachers, and all teachers should be good coaches. So beyond the warehouse of knowledge that teachers bring, we should understand the personality of each student and the importance of having the ability to motivate these students like good coaches do.”

Fortner spoke about creating an environment in the classroom that has energy but is also contained and controlled.

“I don’t like a classroom that is stoic,” he said. “I don’t like a classroom that is dependent on PowerPoint. Rather than be dependent on PowerPoint, I’d rather make powerful points.”

NE student Logan Kane said he’s attended other sociology classes, and none could compare to Fortner’s.

“Honestly, there is not that many people in the world who can affect change in the people that they’re around,” he said. “He’s expanded my mind, helped me think about things from a different perspective, and he helped me realize that a lot of my preconceived notions are not right or wrong, but they should be challenged so we can think differently.”

Fortner wants students to move beyond talking about problems and move toward solving them.

“We’re going to sit in this classroom and learn terms and discuss concepts with the value of exchange that won’t be measured until you get outside,” Fortner said. “I’m hoping that you will have a better understanding on how society works because people who have a better understanding are less likely to be exploited.”

Editorial – College debt makes economy vulnerable

Illustration by Aftin Gavin/The Collegian
Illustration by Aftin Gavin/The Collegian

Another economic collapse is on the horizon in the U.S. and rather than blaming General Motors or the housing market, the culprit will be the student loan crisis if it continues to go ignored. 

Access to the greatest vehicle for economic opportunity has become more costly in both time and money, which poses a huge problem for this country going forward. 

In 1968, a student working 6.2 hours a week at minimum wage would earn enough to pay the average annual tuition and fees of $385. Of course, this was when education was considered a public good and not a private investment.

Now more students must borrow money to finance their education, and the number of those who can’t keep up with payments on loans after graduation is increasing. Since 2003, U.S. tuition and fees have increased 91 percent. Since 2004, U.S. student loan borrowers have increased by 92 percent and the number of borrowers defaulting on loans rose 125 percent, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

This is a national crisis. In fact, 44.2 million Americans have student loan debt, which accounts for $1.48 trillion of the country’s debt.

Of that debt, 11.2 percent of the loans are delinquent or in default, which is higher than the foreclosure rate at the height of the mortgage crisis eight years ago. 

Student loans have become a limiting cycle of debt many can’t find their way out of. Not only does defaulting on student loans impact a person’s credit, making it more difficult to purchase homes, cars and rent apartments, it’s also impacting their ability to pay them off. 

In 20 states, including Texas, defaulting on a student loan can result in the suspension of a person’s professional license. Nurses, teachers and other professionals who need state-issued licenses to practice can be stripped of their ability to work. This only further compounds the difficulty in repaying loans. That rule has got to go.

For the U.S. to be successful, it needs to replace those leaving the workforce with those that have the necessary qualifications and education.

With more jobs demanding at least the completion of a bachelor’s, if not a master’s, the way higher education is viewed has to shift.

Former presidential candidate and current U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders was onto something regarding free college. How to go about doing that is up to government entities, but serious consideration should be given to investing more into higher education and dropping the cost of college to a more manageable price.

People also need to be better educated about the potential impacts of student loans, the different kinds of loans available and what is required when it comes time to pay them back. 

Indiana University found students buckled down, graduated faster and borrowed less when they sent letters to students with facts about their loans. It had such an impact that Indiana officials required all colleges receiving state aid to send similar letters to students. Texas and federal lawmakers should consider doing the same. 

Financial literacy is vital for future success. The more aware students are of their options and future implications of their choices, the better they can plan and prepare for their future, which could save them from crippling debt.

A college education is an investment and sometimes borrowing money has to happen, but it shouldn’t result in crippling consequences. For us to reach our full potential, we must allow students and families to meet theirs.

The future of Texas and America depends on how we respond to this crisis and hopefully we do so before it leads to another economic downfall. 

Viewpoint – Group projects don’t reflect teamwork, effort

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By JW McNay/campus editor

College is an opportunity for students to learn skills and knowledge to prepare them for the real world, and the most poorly utilized method by teachers is the group assignment.

Let’s not kid ourselves: Group assignments are the worst. Being put in a group where each member participates equally is akin to winning the lottery in back-to-back drawings.

Working well with other people is a skill students should cultivate.

Each individual in a group brings different strengths and weaknesses that ought to yield a positive experience. But the reality is members of a group fall into one of two simplified categories: active or passive.

Active members work to complete the assignment while passive members either don’t care or expect other members to finish it.

The size of a group and types of its members allow for many permutations. The variation of a single active member with the rest being passive is frustrating or fantastic depending on perspective.

A group’s project may receive a high grade, but this isn’t necessarily reflective of how well the group worked together or how much each member contributed.

Teachers have ways to mitigate these frustrations for group assignments like allowing students to pick their own groups or giving individual grades. Both options are not without their own flaws, though.

Students selecting their own groups might only benefit some and not all because it’s still dependent on the ratio of active to passive members in the class.

Individualized grades for a group assignment can hold each member accountable for their effort, but this system relies on students to report how much each member contributed.

Active members are stuck in an awkward social scenario where they must rat out any passive members if they want to lower their grades for some sense of fairness.

The challenges of working with classmates in a group should theoretically apply to a professional environment, but it’s not apples to apples. The motivation in each environment differs because receiving a good grade is not the same as receiving a paycheck.

And if someone isn’t doing their job in the real world, then at least it’s possible they’ll get fired.

Viewpoint – Please don’t let SpaceX make it to Mars first

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By Jamil Oakford/managing editor

Space: The Final Frontier. 

Not that long ago, the idea of exploring space was something people could only imagine through television or film. 

Growing up and watching Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century made me long for a day where I could don shiny neon outfits, cause a ruckus on the floating space station I called home and, most importantly, have Protozoa call me a Supernova Girl.

However, the reality of living in space or colonizing another planet is impending. Tesla owner Elon Musk established his own company, SpaceX, with the intent to get to Mars for colonization. And business magnate Richard Branson started Virgin Galactic.

In an era where NASA’s budget has been slashed considerably, having incredibly wealthy businessmen funnel their money into space exploration seems like a godsend at face value. What it really means, though, is space exploration will be dictated by money and the whims of people who don’t have scientific discoveries prioritized. 

Last February, Musk sent a $100,000 Tesla car to space where it currently is free-floating above the Earth. It was supposed to be for a rocket test that was successful in not blowing up the car or the dummy spaceman strapped inside. It was good the car didn’t blow up, but it just leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth about the fiscally irresponsible stunt. Would NASA have done something like that? They sent a golden record with Voyager in 1977. Was it that obnoxious then? 

In this respect, space very much is a new frontier and as humans, it’s only natural to explore the unexplored, the uncharted. It’s how this country expanded west. But, colonization on this planet didn’t work out in many aspects. How will it be any different out in the wildly unpredictable space? It already sounds like the average human couldn’t afford it with Musk quoting the moving price for an individual above $100,000 initially back in May 2017.

Even more than that, ethically, we have no claim to Mars. Earth can naturally support human life. Colonizing would require us to change the landscape of a planet like Mars.

We have one planet. If we can’t take care of it, why do we deserve a second planet to try again?

Future of campus’ scaffolds unclear

Scaffolding and structures fill the walkways between the WSTU, WTLO and WPHE buildings to protect students from overhead debris.
Scaffolding and structures fill the walkways between the WSTU, WTLO and WPHE buildings to protect students from overhead debris. Photo by Suzann Clay/The Collegian

By JW McNay/campus editor

TCC is in the process of hiring an architecture firm to design repairs and improvements to buildings on NW Campus, moving closer to the time that campus scaffolding could be removed.

The scaffolding has been up for over a year and was set up following storm damage in March 2016 after subsequent building and facade assessments, said vice chancellor for communications and external affairs Reginald Gates. 

“The scaffolding is to ensure everyone’s safety as repair and renovation work continues on the campus,” Gates said. 

A request for qualifications was made to engage a design team to work with the college’s real estate and facilities department for the planning and design for repairs and improvements to buildings campuswide, he said. 

“This work will take time, as the design and ultimately construction will take several years to complete,” Gates said.

More than 20 firms have applied and will be interviewed by the district’s real estate and facilities team, said NW Campus president Zarina Blankenbaker. 

She said she expects a selection to be made during the summer, and then the chosen firm will begin its work. 

How many buildings will be affected will be determined after the plans and designs are completed, Gates said. 

“Timelines will be established within the design work,” he said, adding that the cost of the project will also be determined through the work. 

As for where the money will come from to cover the cost of the work, Gates said TCC’s board of trustees will determine that once the designs are completed. 

Some students have accepted the presence of the scaffolding and fences while others are eager for them to be taken down. 

“It’s ugly, and it looks like trash,” NW student Victoria Sandberg said. 

NW student Nicole Rodriguez, who’s been a student since before the scaffolding went up in spring 2017, said she’ll be happy to see it go. 

“It’s kind of gotten in the way because the shortcuts you would take you can’t take anymore,” Rodriguez said.

NW student Robert Myers also remembers what the campus was like before the scaffolding went up and how people reacted when it did during his second semester.

“Everybody complained, but they think, ‘It is going to be brief,’” Myers said. “And then, my third semester, everybody’s like, ‘Come on! Get this over with!’”

Like many NW students, Zachary Bryan said he doesn’t know why the fences and scaffolding were and still are set up around the campus.

“When I started here, it wasn’t present,” he said, “I just walked around.” 

Bryan is in his fourth semester on NW and said the scaffolding and fences have been up for so long now that he’s “just kind of accepted it.” 

Valerie Gameson, a first-semester NW student, didn’t know why it was up either, but one of her instructors told her about the storm that damaged the campus. She said the scaffolding makes her nervous to walk around. 

“I kind of try and stay away from it honestly, but there’s some areas that you can’t,” Gameson said.