Cabinet talks swine flu, transferring

Jesus Ruiz

The cabinet seeks to continue its work as it falls into the semester midterm.

Dean Ackland, coordinator of Student Activities, informs both the cabinet and Cerritos students to “stay on top of things.”

“I know it’s almost midterm, so stay on top of things and make sure you put time aside to study and be prepared. If you have a test next week, don’t wait until next week.”

“Take it from someone who knows,” said Ackland as he explains that there are only eight meetings left until the semester is over to the ASCC and that this is the time to push through.

With midterm exams coming up, he only wants students to stay ahead of the game and start studying today a little bit each day so that they are prepared for what they need to be.

The cabinet also had the time to welcome Nancy Montgomery from the student health services.

Montgomery was there to inform the ASCC cabinet as well as everyone on campus about flu and how to prevent it, especially H1N1 (swine flu).

With cold weather ahead, Montgomery explained that to prevent catching the flu, everyday precautions like washing your hands is just one of the most useful ways to prevent from getting sick.

She advises students to use alcohol cleansers when they are available and if they are not available, try to use soap any time possible.

In order to help prevent students and staff from getting sick, Montgomery said she and her associates and staff will be putting up posters around the school with details on vaccines for H1N1 such as date, time and where to get them on campus.

“You may also drop by the Cerritos Student Health Center, now open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, if you might be feeling sick or if you just want to check up on the symptoms or other ways to prevent from catching the flu,” she explained.

As the cabinet meeting continued, the issue of the budget cut affecting Cerritos College was explained further.

With the University Mega Fair coming up on Oct. 14, universities will be here to help students to wish to transfer or seek out information.

Joseph Silva of the ASCC cabinet explained that over 50,000 students will be getting “cut” from Cal States as students that are underperforming will be dropped.

Silva explained that Cal States will be cutting back on admissions and “push students that are ready to graduate sooner.”

Holly Bogdanovich, directed of Student Activities, stated, “You’ve got to start planning ahead.

“The school will be looking at getting people through their system to determine which students get in.

“If there are five running for one, they [the school] is going to try to find something to ding somebody out, separate and choose.”

Bogdanovich advises that on University Mega Fair day to talk with the school associates so that you stay informed and to help find a way to help yourself and to visit the transfer center on campus for more information.

In closing announcements, the cabinet explained some of the upcoming events, which include:

  • Homecoming Court Introductions on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.,
  • The University Mega Fair on Oct. 14,
  • Great California Shakeout Earthquake Shakeout Drill on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. which is a precaution in case of an earthquake,
  • Homecoming Mock Rally on Oct. 15 at 11:30 a.m.,
  • The Float Building which will continue from Oct. 19 through Oct. 23,
  • Homecoming Queen Elections will be held on Oct. 21 and 22 at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Food Court Patio, Social Science Patio, and the Health Science Walkway and
  • Homecoming Day on Oct. 24 with the Cerritos football team against Riverside.