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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Faculty senate looks to increase safety services

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Faculty senate president Michelle Lewellen and music instructor David Betancourt have a conversation before the meeting. Betancourt soon discusses the AEA list of approved nominations and degrees. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Police Chief Tom Gallivan, joined the senate to ensure the campus police are providing the protection students and faculty need.

“The officers have had over 200 hours of training, including training with the Los Angeles Police Department,” Gallivan said.

The Chief of Police recommends that if there was ever a shooting at Cerritos College, that the students and staff should use the run, hide and fight method.

He also said that if anyone sees anything suspicious they should tell someone, whether it’s the police or a faculty member.

He used the phrase “See something, say something.”

There has been more foot patrol requested by students as well and Chief Gallivan is doing all measures to make the students have a safe environment.

Some faculty felt that professors should do more to help students be more aware for emergencies such as shootings.

A few faculty members have asked their students if they have talked about the recent shootings and a majority of the students said they had not.

President Jose Fierro said, “I encourage faculty to help prepare students for events like this, should they happen.”

Chief Gallivan ensured that violence on campus is almost non-existent and encourages that everyone get on board with the text message alerts.

A PA system test was done a few weeks ago and wasn’t quite as successful as anyone would have liked considering only half the campus could hear what was said.

Senate vice president Tim Juntilla asked if there was enough police for the entire campus, in which Gallivan responded there was, and that there is about two to three officers on duty at a time.

There is currently a long hiring process happening and Gallivan looks to find good recruits to keep the campus safe.

There are more campus forums, open to everyone, with the last being Tuesday Nov. 3 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room S201.

RMC Program Coordinator Bob Livingston and Economics instructor Jennifer Pakula spoke about Open Education Resource Development and a possible switch from Talonnet to Canvas.

“After the 2009/2010 OER test students showed an improvement in online courses by 17 percent,” Livingston said.

OER is currently free, but starting in the spring, OER will cost $5 to have, still a cheaper alternative than traditional textbooks.

Jennifer Pakula said, “Students will get the material on the first day, unlike traditional textbooks that take longer to get.”

The debate to keep Talonnet or move to Canvas continued with Pakula encouraging the move to Canvas.

There was a suggestion for faculty to try both next year before the contract with Talonnet ends in 2017.

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Ethan Ortiz, Editor in Chief
Hi! My name is Ethan and I am serving as the Editor-In-Chief for the Fall 2016 semester. I am a journalism major and love to write stories for the newspaper. In addition to writing hard hitting news, I like to create fictional stories on the side. I am co-hosting a radio show on WPMD at Cerritos College called "Beyond the Ropes" happening Wednesday at 11am. I like to listen different music, mostly Rock/Alternative and some of my favorite bands are Silversun Pickups, Cage the Elephant, and Metallica. If you want to know more about me feel free to tweet me at @EthanEnvy95.
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