Saddleback’s campus is a busy place this week

Vote online for the 2011-2012 Student Trustee of the South Orange County Community College District on Tuesday and Wednesday. The duties of the position include representing the voice of the student bodies from both Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.

Several guest speakers will address some of today’s pressing social issues today in the Student Services Center, Room 212.

“The Bars that Bound Me: The Challenges of Parole and Re-entry,” part of the Speaker Series presented by the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Committee welcomes guest speakers Stephanie D’Auria and Norma Cupian. The speakers will address issues such as why the majority of offenders return to prison within three years of their release. Using ethnographic data of a halfway house in Southern California, D’Auria will highlight the challenges faced by parolees as they transition into the free world. Cupian, a resident of a local transitional living facility, will also share her experiences of life on parole. The event begins at 9 a.m.

Michelle Ortiz will discuss the proposed anti-bullying bill, dubbed Seth’s Law. The bill will tighten anti-bullying policies in California schools by ensuring that all schools have clear and consistent policies, instituting better training and clearer guidelines for teachers and administrators, and establishing shorter timelines for investigating claims of bullying. This event, at 6 p.m., is also presented by the psychology department and the student government.

Jacobo Sefami, professor of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California, Irvine, will present “Growing Up in a Minority within a Minority: A Personal Journey. Stories of a Mexican-Syrian-Jew” at 8 p.m.

The International Film Festival presents two films this week. “Silent Waters,” from Pakistan, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and “Volver,” an award-winning film from Spain on Wednesday. Both screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Student Services Center in Room 212.

The Poetry Club presents “Proletariat Awareness,” Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Quad. Proletariats are the working class; a class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment. The event includes information on ethical companies and poetry about sweatshops and workers’ rights.

Come celebrate a Transfer “Cinco de Mayo” Celebration and meet with students transferring to other colleges and universities on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Room 212. This catered affair is to celebrate student achievements who will move on from their time at Saddleback College.

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