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pushing 30, works a full- or part-time job, maintains a family of
two or more children, and carries a full academic load. Unlike
the university student who attends on-campus lectures, films
and concerts as routinely as he attends classes, the Valley
student has little or no time to indulge in such aesthetic
But just as a realistic computation of an average age is limited
to rough approximations, determining the predominant gender
of Valley students is subject to relative generalities.
Statistics, however, clearly indicate that the proportion of
women students is rapidly increasing. There is a change . . .
women are coming to school. ln keeping with a national trend,
women at Valley now constitute a whopping 41 percent of the
student body, contrasted to a mere 25 percent just six years ago.
"Susie Homemaker" has suddenly gone academic. Majoring in
home economics and child care development was fine for Betty
White, but chemistry, math, engineering, even electronics, are
Prof. Locks, one of the few teachers who have been at
Valley since its opening, spends most of his time
counseling and teaching.
But equally as impressive was the interim transformation of
senior citizens into participating students. After a 30-to-40-year
absence, retired men and women are flocking to the college for
what Harry Morrison, 72-year-old history major, terms a "vitality
Freed of time and monetary restrictions, the Ben Gay crowd
have turned in their heating pads and rocking chairs for black-
boards, slide rules, and textbooks. A "tried-and-true" cure-all for
individuals disenchanted with the monotonous "joys" of retire-
ment living, enthusiasts say, Valley serves to retard senility.
"The brain is a muscle," chirps 68-year-old art student Beth
Goldman, "You don't use it, and it dies." A former nurse, Mrs.
Goldman loathes TV game shows, morbid people, and ortho-
pedic shoes. She has found, however, that the intellectual
activity as a student at Valley now heightens and revitalizes her
But whether a student is coming back or going to college for
the first, second, or third time, one is impressed by the
compatible blend of old and new faces.
After counseling, graduating, training and transferring some
students, Valley, in its 25 year life span, has gained long
standing recognition for its ability to rejuvenate the old,
re-idealize the cynical, and stimulate the unmotivated.
Whether the individual sets his sights on an A.A. degree, an
occupational certificate, or transfer or terminal work, the
certainty of receiving the best possible education at the least
possible cost is a guarantee offered to any student interested in
So a quarter of a century later, Valley College, which began
as nothing more than a disheveled network of ruffrock shanties,
has mushroomed from infinitesimal insignificance to ranking
predominance as an institution geared to helping people of all
varieties to utilize and' develop their talents to the fullest
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This farmland is where Valley College was built. No one knew
at the tlme that someday these grounds would become an
Dr. Robert Horton, fourth president in the
history of Valley College, will be leading
the college in a salute to Valley's
something. You're expected to ask questions. If they don't have
the feed back, how else can they know if you're learning?"
Located in the suburban midst of L.A. County, Valley is large
by any standard of measurement, and after 25 years the college
remains a standing butress of relaxed sophistication in a maze of
As statistics supplied by the office of educational develop-
ment reveal, the Valley College transfer student is inclined to do
better than the high school student who went directly to the
university. This is of special benefit to the high-caliber student
who cannot afford the ever-rising cost of the four-year schools.
By attending the community college he may obtain the equiva-
lent or superior education while at the same time cutting costs
Also running in favor of the community college is the fact
that it provides a better chance for psychological adjustment
during a time of emotional uncertainty reflected in national
figures that show suicide to be the number one killer of college
While the community college and university students face
identical pressures for achieving success, one underlining differ-
ence separates the two groups-that of attitude. Shortly after
making the adjustment from one system to another, the transfer
student is thrown into a state of limbo.
ln opposition to the larger institutions in which a student
suffers from a gnawing sense of alienation, the Valley student is
accustomed to making and maintaining ties preserved long after
At Valley, professors, rather than teaching assistants, con-
tinue to instruct classes in which students are known and
addressed by name. Student-teacher contact is a serious
formality that escapes sacrifice in even the largest of classes.
The Valley student does not lead a campus oriented life style.
As available statistics reveal, the average Valley student is
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Cesar Chavez, leader of the United Farm
Workers, Valley's MECHA members, and
farmworkers, rallied together at a picket
line in San Fernando.
By Marc Littman
Illustrated byAparicio Gil
The seeds of change planted in the throes of last lune's
tumultuous A.S. government elections took root and bore fruit
in the form of positive accomplishment last fall.
Dominated by a viable contingent of minority students
headed by lo Anne Orijel, the new council quickly asserted
itself and appropriated S9O,220, the third largest allocation of
student funds in Valley College history, for the construction of
the Recreation Room.
David Churchill, the catalyst behind the project despite his
own physical limitations, later surfaced in the political arena
before the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees,
and in a bitter harrangue convinced the board to repeal a ban
on campus cigarette sales.
Indeed, the semester was saturated with fervent rhetoric as
Churchill's fellow council members shed their stilted insulation
and reacted with partisan sentiments to the pressing issues
outside the college including the Mideast War, Gov. Reagan's
tax limitation initiative, the energy crisis, impeachment, the
struggle of the United Farm Workers, and teacher collective
Frustrated in an earlier bid, Orijel and her fellow council
cohorts from MECHA and the B.S.U. mounted a successful
drive to secure Bobby Seale, the co-founder of the Black
Panther Party, as part of their November Campus Speaker
Bobby Seale, co-founder ol the Black Panthers, spoke
before the largest student turnout ofthe year in Valley's
Free Speech Area.
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