Daily Trojan, Vol. 139, No. 44, March 27, 2000
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Sweeping wins: The No, 20 USC baseball team Washington State in the wjuad’a first Pacific 10 Conference aeriei, including a 10 1 victory on Sunday Counting on tt: The ghost# of Census Past, Present and Future supply their perspective! on filling out the 2000 form. a VKttruiNI *r For your Information 2 Dally fiojan editorial 4 Uttar* 4 Good Waah/Bad WaaM 7 Claaalflada 12 Croaaword Punla 13 dtrojantfuac.edu http://www.uac.adu/dt NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA March 27, 2000 Vol. CXXXIX, No. 42 For future educators, it’s elementary Those students receiving muster's degrees in education take courses in lea '\ ' come the teachers By BRENDAN LOY Stuff Writer Sandra Kaplan hus a lot of ground to cover with the graduate students in her Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Multiple Subjects class. She helps them develop us stu-dent-teuchers, guiding them through any problems they may face in their elementary school classes. She helps them write curricula and develop a teaching style and also instructs them in both the methods timl pliiluNophioH of education. That’s why, in last week’s class, she told them to play with junk. Take something that appeals to you," she told her students as they rummaged through piles of wrapping paper, masking tape, toilet paper rolls and Aquafina water bottles. “Create a junk piece that has some value to you." By the time their “junk" construction was done, each group of students had built some sort of a rubbish contraption and placed it against the far wall of Kaplan’s classroom for display. These are graduate students pursuing a master's degree in education, not kindergartners. Despite the somewhat tacky appearance, these graduate students weren’t just proving that plastic makes it possible. They were actually creating a “model" for independent study by the students in the elementary school classes which they student-teach. "It needs to reflect one thing that you have a passion for, something academic," Kaplan told the students during their junk-building session. She explained later how the heaps of riffraff relate to the education of future educators. “It’s a three-pronged process: the theory, then the practice among ourselves and then the practice with children," she said. “(They were) going through the process with their independent studies. (This way) they can internalize the process, so they can translate it to the kids that they’re teaching." Kaplan’s students agreed that student-teaching helps I see Spotlight, page 2 I SC SPOTLIGHT A column uppvariny every Monday that highlights members of the USC community Sugar Ray at Springfest Saturday Event: Annual event will not have beer garden; organizers say will have more of a concert format By DANA NICHOLS Program Board Writer Students have two good reasons to be skeptical of this year's Springfest, which will feature Sugar Ray and Jurassic 5 and be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Last year’s event failed to produce a headlining act. And this year the date is set for April Fool’s Day. "Yes, Sugar Ray is coming," said Barrett Reiff, executive director of Program Board and a junior majoring in accounting. "It’s not an April Fool’s joke." Organizers also said the bands' appearances are secure. “We received the fully executed contract from the agent Tuesday,” said Reiff, referring to the pop band whose lead singer, Mark McGrath, Ls a USC alumnus. The beer garden has been erased from the $100,000 event because of “too many problems last year," said Cara Petry, Springfest director and a sophomore majoring in print journalism. “It was started on a trial basis anyway. It only happened for two years.” Some students said they may choose to keep the ticket cost — $5 for USC students and $10 for others — because of the absence of the beer garden. "That sucks,” said Scott Cooper, a sophomore majoring in business, in reaction to the change. "Everybody’s young. Getting drunk is half the fun of going to a concert. And getting to drink on campus — you can’t do that every day." Some of the performers agreed that the change is negative. "I think it’s bad there’s not going to be one," said Sanjay Menon, a member of The Eleventh Hour Band, one of the opening acts, and a senior majoring in humanities. “It’s a place where you have to be 21 to get in, so I don't see why the university has a problem with it.” But organizers think attendees won’t miss being inebriated and still expect 8,000 guests. There’s plenty of spaces to get drunk around USC,” Reiff said. “Springfest is just not going to be one of them. “We’re re-evaluating the effectiveness of it. We’re going to see what the show is like without it.” Petry supported this by say-I see Sprlngfaat, page 3 I “There’s plenty of places to get drunk around USC. Springfest is just not going to one of them.” Barrett Reiff junior accounting Survey offers prizes and feedback Students differ on value of summer school classes Education: Senior poll allows those who arc graduating to discuss university experience By LENA WARMACK Staff Writer USC Senior Surveys are back with bigger prizes and a new incentive aimed at increasing student participation. Student Affairs wants to increase participation by 50 percent compared to 30 percent participation in 1998. Surveys aid administrators in determining how to maintain university success and how to improve USC for students. “We want to get a feeling for what your experiences were,” said Mark Pavelchak, director of Student Outcomes Research. Pavelchak stressed the importance of feedback collected through surveys from graduating seniors as a way to make USC a better place. Pavelchak noted that the concerns expressed by students are consistent with the changes over the past 10 years, in part because of the feedback the university receives from its students. An incentive for student participation includes various prizes that students can enter to win and are randomly chosen. The grand prize includes a $300 travel voucher for students who complete the survey by April 1. Applicants can also enter to win one of three free cap and gown rentals or one of three free tickets to next fall’s homecoming game by April 17. “I’m pulling all the stops,” Pavelchak said as he explained his efforts made in working with various leadership and ethnic organizations on campus to help encourage senior participation. He has also notified seniors three times through e-mails and through fliers. There was a 30 percent turnout rate in 1998. For this year, Pavelchak’s goal is to increase participation to 50 percent, which would be at least 1,400 students as compared to 800 in 1998. I see Survay, page 3 I Reaction: While some find costs prohibitive, others say it aids them during the regular year By .ASHLEA TATE Staff Writer In the period between Spring Break and finals, students must struggle through midterms, term papers and final projects before summer begins. While some students work or travel during their months off from school, others continue to take classes at USC or a community college. Due to its tremendous expense, most students think twice about attending summer school at USC. Tuition, estimated at $3,000 per four-unit class, includes various mandatory charges such as the application fee, a commitment fee, identification photograph replacement fee, student programming fee and Norman H. Topping Student Aid Fund, according to the summer 2000 Schedule of Classes. Other fees that contribute to student tuition include parking, graduate record examina-I see Summar, page 3 I nitt Photo I Daily Trojttn No beer hero. Attendees at last year's Springfest enjoyed several bands and a beer garden. This year's event features group Sugar Ray. ^
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USC's firs! iMiildiiift, today'* Wldney Alumni llouht*. wai> erected in IHHo |