World Beat club celebrates Valentine’s Day with seniors

by Lucinda Perez
Two local senior-care homes were treated to a very special Valentine’s Day visit when College of the Desert’s World Beat Network delivered roses to their residents. This is the second year the club has organized the Valentine’s Day charitable event. Members of the World Beat Network used money out of their own pockets to buy the 50 roses the club members distributed to their “dates” at the senior homes. A group of nine members took the flowers to the Atria Hacienda and Atria Senior Living residences, both in Palm Desert.

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Campus radio-station KCOD recieves generous donation from radio personality John Tesh

by Alexis Carrero
For the third semester since its inception in Spring of last year, KCOD Radio is back on the airwaves. Thanks to a generous donation from musician and radio personality John Tesh, KCOD is more ready than ever to bring a new playlist of music and entertainment to College of the Desert. In December of last year, KCOD Radio staff members attended the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Service Conference in Los Angeles featuring Tesh. During a seminar, Tesh was asked by then assistant programming director to KCOD Ryan Davis how to best fund a campus radio station with donations, to which Tesh answered, “Just flat out ask,” so Davis did just that, he replied to the long-time host of Entertainment Tonight with, “Would you like to donate to KCOD Radio?” to which Tesh agreed.

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EPIC takes on FTC over their inaction on Google

by Sharlah Lotze
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is suing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) because of a consent issue that the FTC is not enforcing Google to comply with. This is the basic issue behind the restraining order that has been filed. The FTC, as of Feb. 17, 2012, filed an opposition and a motion to dismiss in response to EPIC’s complaint. The FTC believes the restraining order would, “deprive the Commission of the discretion to exercise its enforcement authority.”

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Architecture club steps out on campus and in community

by Debbie Fried
Today’s college experience, specifically here at College of the Desert, offers students opportunities to put knowledge gained in a chosen field to be put to work immediately. Exemplary examples of the entrepreneurial spirit are found on campus with the springing up of student-run kiosks offering snacks, drinks, school supplies and a dash of good customer service.

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Green council discusses Palm Springs campus

by Ivan Delgado
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, College of the Desert held a ‘green council’ open forum in the Pollock Theater, hosted by Facilities Services Director Steve Renew and Business Affairs Vice President Dr. Edwin Deas. The purpose of the council was to teach students how COD is adopting an affordable, realistic, and practical approach to planning a highly sustainable campus, which means a cleaner, greener COD in the western Coachella Valley.

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HEALTH 101: What to do if your grades are slipping

by Amy Baldwin
You may have already had the final exam nightmare. You know the one? It’s the last week of the semester, and you realize that you signed up for a course that you never attended, and now you are about take a final exam. Before you can feel the embarrassment of failing a course because you forgot to go to class and keep up with the work, you wake up in a cold sweat.

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