Aid ‘Much Faster’ With New Director

Acting Financial Aid Director Chris Melton has made improvements to the Financial Aid department since taking the position Feb. 1.

The previous director was let go. During fall quarter, The Ebbtide reported on the issues of delayed aid processes due to a shortage of staff. Melton is filling the position until a replacement is found.

Melton still holds her position as registrar along with her new position. “I love it … the staff is so incredible and energetic and enthusiastic … I have two jobs but I'm lucky (because of the staff),” Melton said.

New Financial Hope for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students in Washington can now apply for financial aid.

Senate Bill 6523, known as the REAL (Real Educational Access, Changing Lives) Hope Act, was signed by Governor Inslee recently. It received bipartisan support. The REAL Hope Act is Washington’s version of the DREAM Act. Washington joined four states with similar legislation: California, Texas, New Mexico and Illinois.

Presidential Candidate Participates in Q&A at SCC

Diversity and race were a common theme in the questions asked at a public forum to the presidential candidate on April 7 in the PUB Main Dining Room. The position became open when former President Lee Lambert left for another position in June ‘13. Daryl Campbell is the current interim president while the Board of Trustees searches for a new president. Currently there are two candidates: Paula Langteau, who has a Ph.D. in Literature, and Cheryl Roberts, who has a Ph.D. in Education.

Racial Slurs Hold Tension Between Generations

One of the biggest songs in 2013 was Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris.” This song had many young adults around the world singing these lyrics proudly, as if they were singing the National Anthem. This song, along with others by hip-hop artists such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Tupac, can be heard blasting loudly from the speakers of cars on any given day.

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