Scandinavia will be the focus of this yearʻs Cultural Day on Campus from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

Hereʻs a list of the planned activities, all of which will be held in the HonCC cafeteria.

9:00 a.m. Play a round of MUSIC BINGO showcasing Scandinavia’s greatest hits, including your favorite Swedish mega band, ABBA. PRIZES TO BE AWARDED!
10 a.m. — Learn about the fascinating history, culture and geography of the Nordic countries in a gorgeous slideshow presentation by Professor Lena Low
10:30 a.m. — Enter our LEGO Guessing Game for a chance to win a deluxe ANGRY BIRDS LEGO SET (a $50 value)
10:45 a.m.– Make a Swedish MIDSUMMER GARLAND with fresh local plants and flowers.
11:45 a.m. — Create your very own NORDIC PUPPET drawing on inspiration from the Vikings and Norse fairy tales and myths
12:30 PM — Meet the FINALISTS of HCC’s Art Contest: Vikings, Trolls, and Fairies and hear the students talk about their winning entries.
1:00 PM — Cheer the first, second, and third place WINNERS of HCC’s Art Contest.

All events are free and no pre-registration is required.

Senate committee to take up scholarship ‘promise’ bill

The state Senate Committee on Higher Education will discuss a bill on Tuesday that will assist with college finances. Dubbed Senate Bill 1162, the measure would establish the “Hawai’i’s Promise Program,” which would award “last-dollar scholarships” to help students cover tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation for qualifiers. It has already passed the state House, but senators will discuss their proposed amendments to the bill.
Last month the House passed the bill with “none voting no,” but with amendments. These included, but were not limited to requirements that students maintenan a 2.5 grade point average and a 24-credit minimum to maintain the scholarship; extending the effective date to July 1st, 2050; and requiring students’ enrollment in a UH undergraduate or non-graduate certificate program to qualify for the program.
House also offered to the Committee on Finance the option of “appropriating $11,560,000 to establish and implement the program.”
Around 60 total testimonies were submitted and posted on the Hawaii State Legislature site. All of the testifiers supported the House version and urged the bill’s passing. Supporters of the bill mainly argued that the bill would help those of lower income complete college to better themselves and the community.
Djojeanne Simon, a Leeward Community College student, graduated from Waipahu High School with honors but fears an inability to “continue due to college costs.” Filemon Evangel Lancelot C. Lagon III, a military serviceman attending LCC, said “…younger generation students also would not have to worry…as they are more focused on studying” at colleges. Private citizen Davelyn Quijano argues that “our economy will not grow healthily if…income inequality persists.” Quijano believes scholarships to be a means to rectify income inequality.
The Senate version of the bill wants to have UH students be eligible for scholarship consideration “for a maximum of 8 semesters.” Another proposal is that 2-year and 4-year colleges be separated into their own categories for appropriation of Hawaii Promise Program funds. Senate also will discuss “inserting language that clarifies” community college students have to meet “different scholarship requirements” than students in non-community college campuses.
But perhaps the largest change is the allocation of money to specific colleges.
Although the Senate Ways and Means Committee recommended $13,587,000 to be given to the program, they are considering the funds to be distributed to UH Manoa, UH Hilo, UH West Oahu, and “the community colleges.” Of the 4 stated previously, UH Manoa would receive the most in Senate proposals – $9,387,000 (about 69%).
“The community colleges” would receive $ 1,829,000 (about 13%). There is also no clear statement saying if the community college fund will be split evenly among the campuses under this jurisdiction.
The hearing is scheduled Tuesday, March 21 in the State Capitol (in conference room 414) at 1:15 pm. It is open to anyone wishing to attend.
By Chris Garcia, Ka La staff writer

Celebrate Persiaʻs “New Day” at HonCC

The Honolulu CC library is planning a celebration of Nowruz, the Persian holiday marking a new year, on Wednesday, March 22.

Students, faculty and others are invited to participate in the spirit of Nowruz, or New Day, which of thanking Mother Nature for giving us life and the means to sustain its core values.

Activities on Wednesday will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday with activities include learning about Persian culture.

At 10 a.m. there will be a panel discussion on topics including setting the traditional new year haft-seen table, the Peace Corps in 1960s Iran, opening the doors to Shangri-la, traveling & teaching in Iran today.

The activities will be in the Loui Room on the second floor of Building 2 on campus.

Multiple lanes shut down after deadly crash

Honolulu police have shut down multiple lanes of the H-1 Freeway as it turns into Farrington Highway in West Oahu.

Video of the scene, courtesy Jason Laquihon, shows the crash involved multiple vehicles on the stretch past the Campbell Industrial Park off-ramp and Honokai Hale.

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(Re-posted by HCC student Alyssa Baligad)

Looking for a good-paying job in California?

A representative of the Sunnyvale, Calif. Dept of Public Safety will be back in Honolulu next week (March 13-17) to recruit potential Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians.
Lt. Anthony Tani will be visiting a few of the schoolʻs & AJ classes, and career services will be hosting two sessions that are open to Students, Faculty, Staff, and friends and families.

If you are interested in attending, sign up here