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This is the fifth issue of the year, published in January 2012.

Text of Stagg Line 2011-12 Issue 5

  • 01.27.12VOL. 55 NO. 5ON THE WEB

    staggonline.netWrestling gallery

    ON THE BLOGstaggline.blogspot.com

    CLEAR AND PRESENT DAMON: Counts down the 10 Cheesiest disaster films. JUST MISSED IT: We list the movies that didnt make the cut in obvious movie titles in this issues En-tertainment issue.

    INSIDE THE ISSUEWinter Formal

    Stagg LineNSPA Hall of Fame

    newspaperAmos Alonzo Stagg

    High School1621 Brookside Rd.

    Stockton, Calif. 95207

    NEWS IN BRIEF

    FAFSAThe deadline for the FAFSA is March 2. Some schools require for it to be turned in earlier so check with colleges to get the specific date.

    College and Finan-cial Aid FairThe fair will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. It is open to all stu-dents and there will be workshops for them to attend. Assistance filling out the FAFSA will be provided for seniors.

    SATsStudents who signed up for the SATs will take them tomorrow. The deadline to sign up for the next test date on March 10 is Feb. 10.

    CAHSEESophomores will take the CAHSEE on Feb. 7 and 8.

    Basketball gameTonights game will be at home against the Edison Vikings. Freshmen will play at 4:00, JV at 5:30, and varsity at 7:00 p.m.

    home of the DELTA KINGS

    Credit recovery classes help students There is no wrong answer, says English teacher Alison Lockheed, pacing the room. Thats why I love this class. Around her, the click-clacking of busy typing sets the soundtrack for the creative writing credit recovery class. Seventh and eighth periods began as a response to cut-

    ting summer school, limiting possiblities for senior on the cusp of having enough credits to graduate. The credit recovery program is actually based on the summer school template, Principal Bill Parks said. Creative writing is one of the original after school classes, joined this semester by new credit recovery classes like Spanish and

    Independent Study Eng-lish, which is the only class to be offered on Fri-days. However, additional classes arent the only change for the credit recovery program this semester. In years past, there were both seventh and eighth period classes running all five days of the week after school. Beginning this semes-ter, the credit recovery classes are now of-fered on Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday schedules, with no eighth period classes. Seventh period classes will run from 2:20 to 4:20 p.m. The goal of the change was to give stu-dents more of a selection, said head coun-selor Chan Sam. Ideally, a student can make up 15 credits in a semester. Lockheed also stressed the importance of the flexibility the changes will allow for students. But she says its not only about the credits. We make it fun, memorable, she said. We make it worthwhile because no one wants to have to stay after school. And some of the seniors pushing to grad-uate have certainly been putting in the extra hours. I was (at school) from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, said senior Cynthia Mesa. Even on short days. On her path to graduate, Mesa was en-rolled in seventh and eighth periods last se-mester, in addition to two APEX classes and a community service class.

    I dont sleep, she joked. Mesa joined the class a few weeks late but made up the work. However, there are some students who say they have similarly joined the class late and been given credits, without having had to make up the work. I went in (to the class) about five weeks late and they didnt make me do any make up work. I still got my full credits, said a senior, who asked not to be named. That shouldnt happen, Sam said. Teachers have to justify that the students completed all the work. Which students like Julian Nevarez have. Nevarez enrolled in the credit recovery classes late last semester but had help mak-ing up the work he missed. Theres a lot of one-on-one interaction, he said. Whether or not the credit recovery re-structuring will prove more effective than the old system remains to be seen. Its too early to tell, Lockheed said. But as far as Im concerned, Ill always be here for the kids, no matter what the change.

    photo by Mikeala axtonTeacher Alison Lockheed advises a student in her creative writing class. The stu-dents were assigned to write a story promoting anti-bullying.

    After a fare study and various public hearings, San Joaquin Regional Transit Dis-trict launched a new simplified fare struc-ture at the beginning of the month. For many students this means paying more money to catch the bus or finding an-other way to get to where they need to go. This can cause problems for students who depend on the bus service to get to school. One major change is the elimination of most bus passes, leaving only a handful left for riders to purchase. We knew that our fare structure was very complex, Paul Rapp, RTD public in-formation officer, said. It did make sense to eliminate some of the fares. The fares that were eliminated werent being used as much as they were expected to be. People typically pay on the bus or purchase one of the more common passes, hence the elimination of the less common ones. Riders are now limited to a choice of a one-ride pass, one-day pass, 31-day pass, or a 10-ride deviation pass, which is only used on Hopper buses. This causes issues for stu-dents who arent eligible to receive the free pass that the school hands out. The total number of fare types we had was 31, he said. Now, the number has di-minished, and you can count the number of the remaining fares on one hand.

    However, the complexity and budget is-sues werent the only reason for change. Ac-cording to Rapp, people had been finding ways to abuse the bus fares, using them in ways that werent intended. Because of this, riders were taking away from RTDs profit. With the way our fare structure was set up, people were using transfers as a round trip, he said. Among the other changes is how the fare boxes used for the Metro Express buses now operate. Similar to paying on the bus, they dont issue change like they used to. The box change was due to what RTD calls fare box recovery. They discovered that they werent recovering a sufficient amount of profit from the boxes. Because change had to be made, they came up with the fare box recovery plan, hoping to receive a posi-tive outcome and more profit. There were a few other problems that were encountered with the previous fare box structure as well, such as difficulty to maintain the boxes and high security costs. RTD is hoping that the small changes made will pay off. Also wrapped up in the new fare struc-ture is the small change in the fare of one ride. Student riders now have to dig in their wallets in search of an extra quarter in order to catch the bus. Before, students took the bus for $1.25 and adults took it for $1.50. Now, everyone pays the same $1.50 price. While many rid-

    ADRIANNAOWENS

    Bus-riding students affected by raise in prices, elimination of certain passes

    MIKEALAAXTON The goal of the change was to give students more of a selec-tion. Ideally a student can make up 15 credits in a semester.CHAN SAM head counselor

    ers find this upsetting, sophomore Gil-bert Garcia is optimistic about the change. He thinks that charging riders more is a great idea. I can see why people are getting angry but I think that in the long run, charging people more money will help our economy, he said. Not quite tied in with the fare changes is the addition of the 700 bus series, more commonly known as the weekend bus ser-vice. RTD stopped the regular bus routes from running on the weekend and in its place added new ones to cover the routes traveled on the weekends. Most riders have problems with this change because the 700 series doesnt go to all of the areas that are traveled to on weekdays.

    U n -like Garcia, some of the student rid-ers find the changes an outrage, specifically the weekend service. I used to take 80 on the weekends, but now, I have to figure out another way to get to where I want to go, Megan Martin, a junior, said. Though there are mixed opinions among student riders, only time can tell if the sim-plified fare structure is going to benefit them or not.

    I actually dont take the bus any-more because I cant afford to be paying $3 a day.Derricka WilsonSOPHOMORE

    FAST FACTS ` Metro fare boxes no longer give change. ` All passes were eliminated except for one

    ride, one day, or 31 day. ` Customers can now order passes online. ` Bus fare raised from $1.25 to $1.50. ` New 700 bus series available on week-

    ends.

    graphic by SeyMa tap

  • EDITORIAL

    Opinion2 01.27.12the Stagg Line

    the Stagg LineAmos Alonzo Stagg High School

    1621 Brookside Rd.Stockton, CA 95207

    (209) 933-7445 ext. 8487

    The Stagg Line newspaper is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

    Awards and recognitions include the following:

    X 18 consecutive NSPA All-American rankings X NSPA Hall of Fame, 2005 X NSPA First-Place Best of Show five times X JEA Impact Award, 2002

    Stagg Line student journalists have won many awards and scholarships over the years,

    including California Journalist of the Year, National Story of the Year, and

    National Photo of the Year.

    The Stagg Line newspaper is published monthly and distributed free of charge to students and faculty. Our newspaper is a long-standing open forum for

    free student expression. Student editors and reporters make content and style decisions with the adviser

    offering guidance. Editorials reflect the view of the entire editorial board and therefore are unsigned.

    Opinion columns reflect the view of the writer. Readers are welcomed to write letters to the editor. We will make every effort to print any letter as long

    as it is not libelous. Letters longer than 250 words may